* Posts by disco_stu

26 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Dec 2011

Microsoft Surface Pro X: Windows on Arm usable at long last – but, boy, are you gonna pay for it


£200or so for an extra 128GB of SSD storage does feel as if they are going in dry..

Windows on Arm keeps low profile at IFA as Intel takes swipe at platform's compatibility problems


Re: An answer in search of a question

What Windows on ARM really needs is x64 application compatibility, I imagine the performance overhead of emulating x64 on ARM means this is going to be a non starter for a while.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moves to shut Parliament


Re: About Time

Say goodbye to car manufacturing in the UK then



Could you helpfully point out the parts which are biased? It seems to be factual reporting, there is the odd snarky comment but then it is The Register.

Apple's WebKit techs declare privacy circumvention to be a security issue


Re: Safari?

I use Chrome on desktop pc and on iOS, though I am currently trying to wean myself off Chrome/Google usage., It's a shame Apple stopped releasing Safari for Windows as I would probably not be using Chrome if they did.

Bonkers British MPs rant: 5G signals cause cancer


Re: "Is there any evidence that electromagnetic fields can affect the behaviour of animals?"

It's the chemtrails making us forget that animals do not use screens. :D

Apple bestows first hardware upgrades in years upon neglected iPad Mini and Air lines


My iPad Mini2 is still going after 5 years of use, only chrome/safari usage seems to be showing its age. It might be time to upgrade, though I would probably go for a standard iPad rather than the Mini this time around.

Silent Merc, holy e-car... Mflllwhmmmp! What is that terrible sound?


I would be so happy to drive in a car that made the Jetsons sound - at least it would seem for a few moments I'm not living in a dysotopian future :D

Cheap as chips: There's no such thing as a free lunch any Moore


Is it really that much of a surprise that the Surface Go is slow - its a dual core Pentium with the same performance as a desktop from 10 years ago.

Three-quarters of crucial border IT systems at risk of failure? Bah, it's not like Brexit is *looks at watch* err... next month


Re: What possible delay?

Fishermen - who sell most of their catch to the EU

You're an admin! You're an admin! You're all admins, thanks to this Microsoft Exchange zero-day and exploit


From this reddit thread it's assumed it wlll work on Exchange 2010, just that it hasn't been tested.


Talk about beating heads against brick walls... Hard disk drive unit shipments slowly spinning down


Re: Steep drop in prices for SSD

I setup a new install of Windows 10 on a Samsung 970 SSD last month, the install was completed in less than 5 minutes, there's no way I could go back to Slow Spinning Rust given the disparity in speed.

Not a price cut! Apple perks up soggy iPhone demand with rebate boost


Re: iPhone SE

I have no problems connecting my SE to a soundbar, speaker or headphones ( all non apple devices ) via bluetooth.

Surprise! VAT, customs likely to get a bit trickier in a Brexit no-deal world


Based on past Government IT projects it will be a shitshow if we do leave with no deal!

UK's Rural Payments Agency is 'failing on multiple levels' – report


If only there was some kind of government organisation responsible for providing mapping of the UK!

Shining lasers at planes in the UK could now get you up to 5 years in jail


A lot of the overbright bike lights are designed for off road use and really aren't suitable for use with traffic as they chuck out light in all directions and not focusing the light where it needs to be..

I cycle into work pretty much all year round, it's along a canal towpath.

In the winter when commuting in the dark it has the added danger of being dazzled by oncoming bike lights, the combination of an unlit towpath with a superbright ( sometimes strobing ) lights is very disorientating.

Two's company, Three's unbowed: You Brits will pay more for MMS snaps


I tethered my ipad to my phone whilst I was on holiday in Italy, I got a text message within a few minutes telling me to stop tethering. This was on Three, I think you can't tether from phone to another device outside the UK.


I don't think I can remember the last time I sent an MMS, it has to be in the proto smartphone era when I had an N95 so about 10 years ago.

So the suits swanned off to GDPR events leaving you at the coalface? It's really more IT's problem


Re: ITs job but not IT's problem

It was a joy for me to attend a presentation on GDPR by someone at Irwin Mitchell and hear that the IT Manager (me) can't be in overall charge of GDPR :D

Manchester plod still running 1,500 Windows XP machines


So do we know if Manchester Police are paying Microsoft for updates for Windows XP?

Streetmap loses appeal against Google Maps dominance judgement


I just had a look at the Streetmaps page, looks like it hasn't evolved for about 10 years.

When you do zoom into the maps they are better than the Google maps, for example better use of colours for different road types but lack of scroll wheel zoom, the small mapping window are something that should have been ditched as soon as Google Maps came out.

Allow us to sum this up: UK ISP Plusnet minus net for nine-plus hours


So today might not be the best day for me to go live with a new Fibre connection?

Windows RT on life support: Microsoft vows it won't pull the plug


Windows 10 runs on ARM phones and the Raspberry Pi, is there any reason ( other than they can't be bothered ) for Windows 10 to run on a SurfaceRT ?

Happy Birthday Tetris: It's flipping 30


Re: Tetris DX still #1

Infamous Grouse speaks the truth! No fancy addons/additions that mess with the gameplay.

I think my high score on Tetris DX was in the region of 1m points.

Organic food offers basically no health benefit, boffins find


I've no idea if the tomatoes I grow down my allotment are nutritionally better than the ones bought from supermarkets but I know they taste an awful lot better

Early 2012 date for UK Kindle Fire debut


I'm more interested in a Nook Tablet than a Kindle Fire but I guess not much chance of seeing that on these shores.