* Posts by Timmay

258 publicly visible posts • joined 1 Dec 2011


Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A steep price to pay


I'm sure this bloatware thing is a myth, perpetuated by people who don't actually own or use these phones.

To prove me wrong, can you detail, and I mean *detail* rather than vague "b-b-but all the Samsung apps" statements (which you can hide/ignore/etc), exactly what bloatware there is on the latest Samsungs?

As Corning unveils its latest Gorilla Glass, we ask: What happened to sapphire mobe screens?


Re: Seems obvious ...

In my 22 years of driving, I've never crashed a car or hit a pedestrian, so I don't see why car manufacturers spend billions and billions every year on R&D for safety. Can't people just stop crashing, rather than relying on airbags, seatbelts, crumple zones, etc? Imagine the cool cars we could have if they didn't need to be safe!

Natural selection; a "tax" on the careless.

Telegram crypto-chat chap says Apple has 'restricted' its app updates worldwide


Re: Apple have never really played ball...

@ gnasher729

I suspect he doesn't mean you could access email accounts without any credentials, but rather you could access the account (with your credentials) with a device that didn't meet the security requirements the server requires - such as remote wipe ability, enabled lock screen PIN security, encryption, etc. Basically, the iThing lied to the Exchange server saying it met those requirements, so the Exchange server let it in (with the credentials supplied).

Nest's slick IoT burglar alarm catches crooks... while it eyes your wallet


Horizontal service

>The Nest Guard base station, part of the Nest Secure kit, has to be on a horizontal service

I guess prostitution could be classed as a horizontal service?

Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!


Re: it's already doing 17.46 km/hour

> "A small units error"

Sure, just like the Mars Climate Orbiter in 1999 had a small units error! No biggy!

Dumb bug of the week: Apple's macOS reveals your encrypted drive's password in the hint box


Whoosh. That went over your head, AC buddy.

Try this link.

Can North Korean nukes hit US mainland? Maybe. But EMP blast threat is 'highly credible'


> "Why would China start a war with the US to protect a state that had just nuked the US?"

They wouldn't - they actually said they would only attack the US if it was a pre-emptive strike against North Korea. If it was a retaliatory attack, they'd remain neutral.

Strip club selfie bloke's accidental discharge gets him 6 years in clink


Right to bear arms

Ah ha! So prior burglary and attempted murder charges are what it takes to deny someone the right to bear arms. Looks like we've found the line, surprised this hasn't made bigger news!

Sysadmin bloodied by icicle that overheated airport data centre


Creative license

Look, I'm as much of a fan of exaggeration and creative license as the next man, but since when would a stream of water, even under pressure, from a 1cm pipe even get close to being described as a "gush of water resembling Niagara Falls"?

Voyager 1 passes another milestone: It's now 138AU from home


Paul Nuttall

I think Paul Nuttall had a hand in the Voyager project? I'm sure I heard that somewhere...

UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT



No need for messing about with clever detection routines that use up valuable system resources and still won't catch it early enough to protect everything - just backup your shit, ffs. There's so many lightweight endpoint backup solutions out there, there's no excuse - just roll back to a date/time just before the attack and carry on with your day.

A switch with just 49 ns latency? What strange magic is this?



The goddamn financial system. It's just gaming at its base level, albeit with actual money (well, virtual money but backed with other people's real money), and these gambling gimps just want the best gaming equipment they can buy to give them an edge over the competition.

They're not contributing to society, this is no use in the real world, this is all about 100% personal gain.

New MH370 analysis again says we looked in the wrong places


Aliens! Lizards!

Borked browser baked into Nintendo Switch


Re: I see what you did there

@Lee D, when the commentard says "beloved", they are being sarcastic. Read the comment; they're saying when it's Apple being jailbroken, it's reported as a good thing. When it's Android, it's a bad thing and needs to be stopped.

This is where UK's Navy will park its 65,000-tonne aircraft carriers


Re: Up and down an inch or so...

I came on to comment on the exact same thing - a 75,000 ton ship will naturally rock way more than an inch either way even in very still water, so I can't work this out.

Sudden explosion in reports of exploding phones


Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

Apple have taken the tactic of copying Samsung too far this time!!!

WikiLeaks claims 'significant' US election info release ... is yet to come


Help/hinder Clinton?

Wikileaks offered a glimpse of one reveal about Clinton; "Can't we just drone this guy?", she said about Assange... and people think this would harm Clinton? Actually, I think it'd bolster further support!

Not an Oracle user? You're probably in an Oracle database anyway


Re: Salesforce

They haven't bought Salesforce.

Idiot flies drone alongside Flybe jet landing at Newquay Airport



This is why we can't have nice things.

Swiss effectively disappear Alps: World's largest tunnel opens


Re: How much cheaper than HS2?????

Compulsory purchase orders for land? You don't have to buy land underground...

200TB proof cracks puzzler


Maybe I've misunderstood the statement or it was written horribly, but 200TB of data is estimated to be "more than 16 million times more data than the human brain retains in a lifetime"?

So it's suggesting the human brain retains less than ten floppy disks worth of data, in a lifetime?

Beleaguered 123-reg customers spot price hike


I've been with Easily.co.uk since I registered my first domain name in 1999, never had any problems with them at all. Sure, they may not be quite as cheap as the cheap-as-chips competitors like 123-reg, but you're talking a difference of a pint of beer over the year (or two) registrations.

Galileo satnav fleet grows an extra pair


Re: Love the video!

Agreed, though shame most of that video is actually CGI!

Google slaps Siri with Assistant and Amazon with Home device


Re: 20% of mobile searches are voice?

Probably getting on for half of my searches are voice-based - if I'm on my own, in the car, whatever, I'll default to an OK Google voice search, which works probably 90% of the time.

Yes, pseudo-Anchorman quote; "half of the time it works 90% of the time"!

Obama London visit prompts drone no-fly zone


Re: any small balloon ... banned from large swathes of airspace below 2,500ft

@Anon, at first I thought you'd got lost in the double-negatives, but you're quite right, the actual wording of the order says the definition of banned aircraft within it includes "any kite weighing not more than two kilograms", ie. anything more than 2kg. I'd like to see someone contest it in court!

India orders 770 million LED light bulbs, prices drop 83 per cent


> "peak electricity demand is already down by 2,346 MW"

Hmm, that's suspiciously close to double the 1.21 gigawatts the DeLorean parked on the drive requires!


Re: Have they finally solved strobing?

My issue is most of my lighting is dimmable, and despite specifically paying extra for dimmable LED bulbs, I get a quiet but noticeable buzz from them when they're on anything but 100%. I also get some flicker when they're like this too, but again nothing when they're at full.

Oculus Rift review-gasm round-up: The QT on VR


Re: VR sounded shit in the 90s

> VR sounded shit in the 90s

Says people who've never tried it.

Data-thirsty mobile owners burn through 5GB a month


Re: Same here

@ Dazed and Confused

> "Number2 son burns through well over 100G each and every month these days"

This why we can't have nice things.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge: Betting on VR with a dash of Vulkan


Re: Woooaaa we're halfway there....

You're welcome.


Re: Oh dear

You can already set pass-through video at least, on my S6 anyway - though it doesn't have the cajones for augmented reality itself, I'm hopeful the S7 might.

Big Brother is born. And we find out 15 years too late to stop him


Keyboard-warrior outrage

I do wonder sometimes, with all the keyboard-warrior outrage at the Security Services' actions, what exactly people think they should do. General consensus appears to be that yes, we do need them, but it seems to me that people just want them to stay over there, don't invade our privacy or collect any information about us, but somehow magically know who The Bad Guys™ are and therefore keep Us Good People™ safe.

There's also the other angle of "okay, so they're collecting all this information about us, and for what, we still see bad things happen to Us Good People™", blindly ignoring the fact that bad shit is being planned and prevented all the time - those one or two bad things that do happen are unfortunately what slip through the net.

The good guys only have to fail once for bad stuff to happen. The bad guys only have to get something right once.

Brimming with VM goodness: Qnap TS-453mini 4-bay NAS


Re: Not quite the same

Look, you're preaching to the converted here! Amen, fella!


Not quite the same

Sure, I've got the previous generation of that, and I use it for my NAS. But the difference is this thing comes setup with all the software you need - plug and play. The HP box is just hardware.

I'm not saying the Qnap isn't overpriced (as is most of their stuff), but it's not an apples to apples comparison, and they have to make money somewhere.

Sharp's new TV has over 7,000 lines of pixels – but there's NOTHING TO WATCH


Re: Low-res

> and 83x83 is less than 7000 pixels

Sure, but it's hard to have 0.6660026534 of a pixel.



"Sharp's new TV has over 7,000 pixels"

Wow, an 83x83 pixel resolution? Welcome to 20th century mobile phone screen technology.

No, Microsoft: Your one-billion Windows 10 goal is just sad ... really sad


Re: OS X

@ Carling > "Then Download and install Linux on your old Mac"

This is an 18 month old MBA. And thanks, I'm not going to willy-wave, but yes, I knew Mac OS is based on FreeBSD. In fact, I pre-date FreeBSD by a good 15 years.



My Mac, since Yosemite, is slowly and surely pushing me back to Windows... and from what I've seen of Windows 10 on my experimentally cheap tablet (Linx 8), I quite like it!

Land Rover's return: Last orders and leather seats for Defender nerds


I must be misunderstanding something - if these bad boys are so easily customisable, why is it so hard to put in a nice clean Euro VI or VII (or whatever it will be in 2020) compliant engine?

Or if it's the average of a company's range of vehicles which have to be below an amount of something, do what Aston Martin did and have one small model to balance it out?

Super SSD tech: Fancy a bonkers 8TB all-flash PC?


They can sure stuff a lot of data in their ring.

Big Blue weeps as another 8% slips off its storage scales


Re: Sod Big Blue's storage slide...

I was about to say the same thing - using a 3D scale which goes up towards the right, means you can have declining values without it looking quite as bad as if it was flat!


Give ALL the EU access to Netflix, says Vince Cable


Cable and streaming

I love the fact that it's Cable talking about the merits of streaming TV. I thought Virgin and the like hated Netflix.

Judge bars dead Steve Jobs from appearing on TV news FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE



"Apple icon's deposition won't be given to the public"

I read that as Apple icon's decomposition won't be given to the public.

Firms will have to report OWN diverted profits under 'Google Tax' law


Re: It is only a draft law

But isn't this draft law designed to be generalised and a catch-all? So it's basically a law against using legal and obviously immoral loopholes?

It's basically saying, "if you utilise a scheme which clearly diverts profits out of the UK, you have to tell us, and then justify those actions"

I'm not sure how you'd work around something like that, but then I'm not a devious wanker corporate accountant.

Suffering satellites! Goonhilly's ARTHUR REBORN for SPAAAACE


Re: Portcurno Telegraph Museum

Yes, indeed - I was also disappointed Goonhilly was no longer open, though I wish I knew about the Segway tours then! And yes, big recommendation for Porthcurno too, I was the only one there when I went (out of season), and had a personal guided tour everywhere, even to the beach to go cable spotting!

UK's non-emergency police and NHS Vodafone systems go titsup NATIONWIDE



Vodafone. Say no more.

Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?



Dr Gui, do you reckon he's a down to earth guy - ie. WYSIWYG?

Would you recognise the Vans shoes logo? Neither would Euro trademark bods


Re: Undedicated follower of fashion

The one I'm picturing (and just confirmed with a Google image search) is the word Vans with the trailing top of the V extending over the ans:



Undedicated follower of fashion

Weird - I'm the least fashion-concious person around, and I can even picture the Vans logo without having to look it up. I thought it was quite a distinctive and well known logo, not sure why the EU (or whoever) came to a different conclusion.

How iPad’s soft SIM lets Apple pit carriers AGAINST each other


I thought going the soft-SIM route violated the requirements of GSM certification, or something? Or have Apple managed to work out (bribe/convince/blackmail) these issues with the relevant authorities?