* Posts by tabman

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Doctor Who: Even the TARDIS key can't unpick the chronolock in Face the Raven


Re: how else does she keep her waist so trim and her feminine bulges so pointy?

And she certainly looked trim and very pointy.

Easily the best of the season, acting wise if not quite story wise. Capaldi was on fire as an angry Timelord, he really let the darkness of the character show. Coupled with Maisie William's Ashildir looking terrified it summed up a terrific 45 minute episode.

I have never been a fan of the impossible girl, but I have to admit that last night, as she died, I did hope for one second that the Doctor would save her. Seems that was not to be and Clara will join Adric as one of the shows dead and truly dead (although didn't Adric come back in one of the Big Finish productions?).

What the Investigatory Powers Bill will mean for your internet use



I presumed that if I used a VPN to access web sites the IP address provided by the VPN would be logged not mine. For example, VPN turns on as soon as I connect to the internet. It gives me a IP address from London or Manchester even though I am in the Highlands. If I then do a google search, with the VPN turned on, doesn't google record that search as coming from the VPNs IP address (and therefore location)?

AMD sued: Number of Bulldozer cores in its chips is a lie, allegedly


Re: Confused - help please

Thanks, I think.

time for wikipedia


Confused - help please

I hope you will all allow a very basic question from someone who doesn’t know too much about the differences between AMD and Intel processors.

I have always bought Intel model chips for my PCs. I am a believer in the model which states that you buy the most expensive processor and motherboard and then build your machine around those components, I have never bought or knowing used a PC with an AMD processor chip inside it (and I doubt that I would be able to tell if I did. I have nothing against AMD but that is the way it has worked out for me. We use Intel machines at work, I use an Intel desktop at home and on the go I have an i5 laptop and an Intel Atom tablet.

Ever since I have had MS Vista I have used a gadget which showed me the loading on each processor (not for any other reason than I thought it looked good). When using these gadgets, I noticed that on a dual core machine it showed 4 processors. On the system tab in settings it showed two processors but 4 processors with hyper threading. I had no reason to believe otherwise so I always expected that an AMD chip would do the same (i.e. if it had 4 processors, I would see eight cores due to hyper threading.

Is this article saying that on an AMD processor, if it states 8 cores, the gadget I use would report 8 processors? Do Intel hyper-threads=AMD cores or have I missed the point of this entirely?

I know that this is probably a dumb question but that is how it seems to read to me. Could someone try and explain in plain English for me?


Is a 4 4.0 GHz core Intel i5 (for example) = 8 core 4.0 GHz AMD

I know this is a bit of a TL:DR but any help would be much appreciated.

Next year's Windows 10 auto-upgrade is MSFT's worst idea since Vista


Honest Question

Since it seems to be pretty much accepted that Microsoft (and others) all have agreements with NSA and other three initial US Gov Agencies, maybe we should give them credit for being open and honest about slurping, recording and forwarding your info straight into the "take" rather than waiting for the info to be sucked up an NSA / GCHQ fibre trap ;-)

'iOS 9 ate my mobile broadband plan'


No warning from phone?

I don't have an iPhone nor do the people I live with so I have a question. Doesn't the iPhone warn you when you are burning through your data quickly?

My phone has a built in app which keeps track of what you have used, how you are using it (which app is using exactly how much data) and when the data cap is refreshed. It even allows me to restrict data use either when I get near my limit or all the time. The info is pretty unmissable and details exactly how much I have left and for how long.

If the iPhone doesn't have this baked into iOS, are there not free apps that would do this for you or even premium apps that would do even more?

Switch to dual booting - SME advice requested



Sounds like good advice. Thank you.


Switch to dual booting - SME advice requested

Hi everyone,

I have recently set up my laptop as a dual boot machine running Win 10 and Mint 17.2. Everything is working fine but I am seeking a bit of SME advice from you all to help ease my transition into regular Linux user. I hope you don't mind me posting here, some of the Linux forums seem awash with people waiting to jump on the noob and overload him with sudo this and tar that and don’t you know this, etc.

Mu primary reason for installing Mint is because of the privacy concerns around Windows. It's not that I have a big secret to hide, just that I don't think that my correspondence, web browsing, shopping and everything else should be made available to any company or a group of companies. I have no plans to abandon Windows completely but would like the choice of using Mint when I require a bit more privacy.

So I am here with a few questions that I am hoping that you all, as subject matter experts, can help with or at least point in the right direction.

1. Windows and Mint are both installed on the same physical disk. Does the Micros ft EULA allow them to look at non-Microsoft parts of the disk? i.e. Can they use the EULA to read letters thatI have written in Open Office on Mint?

2. As a total Linux noob, do any of you have suggestions for Linux software equivalents? Open Office is not bad at all but are there equivalents for software like Auto Cad, Media Players, Torrent Client, e Book readers? I am aware that Google employs similar data-collection methods as Microsoft – should I reject Chromium and run with the supposedly less secure Firefox or am I a small enough needle to be forever disregarded?

4. Ad blockers. Do I need one? Do I need any sort of malicious software removal tool? I don't believe that Linux (and Macs, and iPhones, and ietc.) are immune to the talents of a dedicated group.

5. One Drive. I have a lot on there. Is this accessible from Linux?

Like I said, I am a complete newbie. Any and all help appreciated. Thank you in advance even if the advice is RTFM. If the advice is RTFM can you please point out where the F the F-ing M is???

Thank You.

Devious Davros, tricksy Missy and Dalek Clara delight in The Witch's Familiar


Dalek Hybrid & a usual copout

It seems possible(to me anyway) that Clara is going to be the Dalek Timelord hybrid. Clara's "impossible girl" history plus the dalek nanotech = possible timelord dalek??

I hoped assist hope that there would be no sonic escape. It's got to the point where you expect the sonic as much as you expect the end credits.

Don't want to upgrade to Windows 10? You'll download it WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT


Re: we need a class action lawsuit ...

Were did 7-10GB come from?


Re: I am not sure of the law in various parts of the world where microsoft operate

"Given that, in many cases, this is likely to fill the hard drive and stop the computer working it is no better than a virus and MS will have to pay for this bigtime."

Not really. Yes there will be a small amount of users who use a small drive or small partition for the OS who will have issues. I guess they will have to be extra vigilant or adjust sizes to suit. Unless someone is ghosting the OS drive every night and retaining copies (why???), I cant imagine this would be an issue. Mr Average will have a store bought Win7 or Win 8 pc and I doubt that there will be many who cannot spare 3GB of storage space. I doubt they would even notice the increase in footprint.

The significant issue here is that this download (which is effectively forced on you) may cause you to exceed an ISP download cap which in some cases may cause a financial or speed penalty to your connection.

Sure, you can set your connection to metered and Windows 10 is pretty effective at detecting metered connections but those not using wireless who have a metered connection will have a problem here.

Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8


Re: Multiple desktops @JustNiz

Can you provide a reference for the many studies you mention that show Linux is learned quicker than Windows? I am not calling BS, just interested in reading all those studies.

Windows 8.1 market share grows, Windows 7 slips, Windows 10 lurks

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Re: Perhaps people have realised...

Timmy, have an upvote. Well said.

Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?


Re: I'm running it....

Why are you running it if you hate it??

Windows 10 won't help. The PC biz is doomed, DOOMED, I TELL YOU


Re: too late, I'm already gone...


So to clarify...You bought a laptop with Windows 8 pre installed on it. As you didn't like Win 8 you then never used the laptop again? Do you still have the laptop?

Bit of a waste of money. Why not install linux? Why not give the laptop away to charity?


Apple TV -


Apple TV -

Hi everyone,

Does anyone here own an Apple TV? My friend is considering buying one but I have a couple of concerns though that I haven’t been able to fully answer through research on the net. Hopefully someone here can give me a few pointers. She will be using this in place of, not alongside, a terrestrial TV service (viewing probably 6+ hours Monday-Friday and 12+ Saturday / Sunday. I’m not really looking for advice on whether Apple TV is better or worse than Roku (or similar devices), I’m looking for advice on the legal & technical side.

She believes that by using the ATV, she will no longer need a TV licence. Is that correct? She is planning on blanking off the TV aerial connector on the wall as a way of proving that she will not be watching live broadcasts but surely she still could through services like iPlayer?

She would be using her iPhone as a hotspot to provide the connectivity for the ATV. Is this realistic? Are there truly uncapped or very large data plans for mobiles which are not unrealistically expensive?


El Reg regains atomic keyring capability


Re: Originals still going strong

Brilliant! Genuinely made me laugh

Chrome OS leaks data to Google before switching on a VPN, says GCHQ



Pascal Monet Says: And I can actually agree with that kind of separation, to the point where I do believe that the military should not have ANY computer attached to the WWW.

Well, that would make it impossible to do any work with SME type businesses. CESG Crypto isnt cheap nor can you just buy it.

Try to think before typing.

Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever


Re: Windows 8 was built for one reason only

Exactly, horses for courses.

Use Metro or TIFKAM on touchscreen devices, especially handhelds. Makes alot of sense.

Use the desktop for desktop oriented software (like games) but also in my case Office 2013 and VS2013.

The only problem is that I have to use middleware to achieve this. Start8 boots me to desktop which is where I want to be on my Win 8 desktop. If the next major update of windows (8.2) allows me to remove Start8, all the better.

Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, Already obsolete


Re: Can I quietly end it all?

Hi Refugee from Windows,

I am going to take a pount here that you haven't actually bought or used a brand new Win 8 machine then? I say this because I have two machines running 8.1 plus a few others running falvous as various as Raspian to Win 7). On buying the laptop with Win 8 preinstalled (Sony Vaio), I was up and running within 20 minutes (note that there wasn't any hours spent where the machine chewed through multiple reboots). The download and installation of Office 2013 took about another 20 minutes and the install of VS2013 via DVD took about another 40 minutes. Total: 1 Hr 20 Mins. The upgrade to Win 8.1 was via the store with no problems whatsoever. I think there were two reboots in total during that phase (getting the updates required before the upgrade to 8.1 required a reboot) then one reboot on install.

Also bought a Win 8.1 pro disk for the desktop running 7. Popped it in the machnine and was complete within 30 minutes. Single reboot.

On both machines the installation of stardock start8 took about 2 minutes. I boot to a nice desktop environment with a start menu in about 10 seconds (on a bad day).

I probably should mention that while the desktop is pretty high specced the Sony Vaio isn't. I can run XP in a VM if I wished but thats what compatability mode is for.

So, I call BS mate. You just haven't tried it have you?

Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever


Re: re: command line (@ A J Stiles)

Lars Re: re: command line (@ A J Stiles)

Yes, only it's a damned useless and stripped down command line compared to what you get in any *nix

uh... Powershell?


Re: Head to head

3 days ago Baron Ebaneezer Wanktrollop III wrote: When I sat down at a Win8 desktop I had to retrain myself on how to do the most basic of functions

I call total utter bo**cks. Did you not understand that pressing Win key +D gets you to the desktop?

Maybe you didn't know that there were freely available low cost (£5) or free start menu replacements available from pretty much day one?

Maybe you're just a lonely troll?

Who knows.

Brit game devs WILL get tax relief for, er, EastEnders Game and Legend of Slough

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Re: Sim Scotland

"A Wee Eck Production"

Brilliant, who's the leader though? Fat Boab or Daphne Broon?

Life support's ABOUT to be switched off, but XP's suddenly COOL again


Why would they Julian? Serious answer only. And if we must compare cars why not go all the way back to when drum brakes and no airbags were standard. Should a car manufacturer replace them for free too? Take your brain out of first gear mate.


Re: I still love XP..

You run XP under a VM to just watch netflix??

Yet you use linux and android for the rest. Why not use the android netflix app? As for the VM, whats wrong with wine? Not that I am a *ux lover but seriously... I call you on that one mate.

Gift-giving gotchas: How to avoid Xmas morning EMBARRASSMENT


Re: not having batteries is a good thing

'not having batteries is a good thing

Then at least the toy/whatever won't get broken on Christmas Day.

Success!' Steve Davies @1054

Or you can pop out and get some batteries, conveniently passing the local public house on the way.

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Re: Good Advice

"Re: Good Advice

>Last year my nephew got a VITA with FIFA13.......

You're fooling no-one. You just wanted to play with your nephew's Christmas presents, didn't you?"

Have an upvote, I was thinking the exact same thing. First FIFA then Battlefield! Just buy yourself a console or PC and enjoy gaming all year round.

An Xbox or a playstation is not just for Christmas...

Macbook webcams CAN spy on you - and you simply CAN'T TELL


Can this bypass that key bit of black tape that most people I know stick over the cameras built into their devices?

Exactly, however the Mac devotees wouldn't want to spoil their shiny, expensive but underperforming bit of kit.

IT bods: Windows XP, we WON'T leave you. Migrate? Chuh! As if...


Re: I believe it

Steven Roper: "That you can only install software from Microsoft's app store"

"to be constantly pushed towards unwanted cloud storage, and to constantly monitored, logged and spied on is unacceptable regardless of what the interface looks like."

What a load of rubbish. I am running AutoCAD, Steam, Office Pro, Project and Visio. None of these were purchased from the app store. In so far as being spied on, you can turn that off at installation or via the control panel. If you want to worry about being spied on then worry about Homeland Security and GCHQ.

Stop spreading FUD. Have you even tried Win 8? Is your objection to the login because you were using an illegal copy of the disk and licence key?


Re: I believe it

You don't have to wait for Windows 8.2. There are a myriad of applications (some free and some cost money - about $5 or £3) that will bring you to the desktop from boot. You never have to use TIFKAM. It is all there on the start menu.


Re: Any movement so far in migration has been to Windows 7 rather than 8 or 8.1

Why would you do that? I run Win 8.1 with Start8 on my desktop and my laptop. The desktop start-up time using fast boot is approx. 5 seconds from POST. The laptop is slightly slower.

I bought Win 8.1 for the desktop (the laptop, being a touchscreen Sony Vaio, came with it) specifically for the quicker start-up, better disk management tools (partitioning has been improved since Windows 7 and also the ability to clear and reallocate space) and because I actually prefer the straight edged windows rather than the curvy XP, Vista and Win 7 type.

Bring on the down votes for someone who speaks up for Win 8. It may not be fashionable to like it but I'm not a sheep and I make up my own mind. Many people here have obviously not tried it given some of the comments.

THE TRUTH about beaver arse milk in your cakes: There's nothing vanilla about vanilla


Re: CAT Bum Juice

Depends if he likes mango juice I suppose.


CAT Bum Juice

Anyone from DNST apprenticeship days circa 1993 should remember a similar story to this about mango flavouring (i.e. guess where it comes from when the manufacturer can't be bothered to get actual mangos)

UK.gov to drive stake through heart of big IT outsourcing deals


Re: Down the rabbit hole.....or IT in wonderland (UK Government)

1. Absolute Rubbish, it's just the limited places you have worked (we call them office farms)has not exposed you to the talent.

2. Unbelieveable Rubbish. In the UKAF yes, but there is a reson for that, in Civil Service (MOD especially) promotion is based on merit only and certainly NOT age. In fact I might even send you the PRG on that.

3. Budgets are handed out to 4STAR/3STAR who then allocate it as any executive board. Do you think your director knows what a vga lead is? Why would the MOD be any different.

4. Yes, there are and I am one such person who (soft charge) buys 1 meter ST-ST patch leads for £15 quid and grinds my teeth. Don't you understand this is how PPP works. I'd name them but for losing myjob. You won't name them because that would be like killing the goose that lays the golden egg.

5. Laughable. Maybe 20 years ago but not now.

As for your final point, we don't want you, stay away, your limited knowledge would cause much more harm than good.

Microsoft parades Windows 8.1, the version you may actually want


Re: Start Icon != Start Menu. This the problem.

But, run any of the replacement programs (StartUI, etc) and windows key = start menu.

Guess what Win Key + D does.....The Desktop. The Win 7 desktop. With the added security and other "under the bonnet" tweaks that actually makes Win 8 an excellent OS for tablet, laptop and desktop.

Now if you are smart enough to use "sudo apt get" then you should just be able to carry out the StartUI (or any of the others) trick.

What are you afraid of? That you would have to admit that with WIN 8 everything does just work, if you want the Win 7 experience then go get it.

Your answer kind of underscores what you mention when you say "Ever notice how easy it is to tell someone has never used the OS they are trying to defend"

Did you mean yourself when you made that comment?

US boffin builds 32-way Raspberry Pi cluster

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Just sitting down

and getting the thing to work is awesomme. Big Thumbs Up Kiepert

Fanbois vs fandroids: Punters display 'tribal loyalty'


Re: thumbs down - from who?

That was directed at you A/C.


Re: thumbs down - from who?

you reject

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thumbs down - from who?

one thumbs down for saying thanks to someone .....Classy,,,

Spot. the fanboi/droid.

have the guts to admit your hatred.


Hauwei and ZTE

I haven't tried a Huawei or ZTE mobile phone (or even ever knowingly seen one). I can say though that I own a Huawei MIFI unit which was very cheap (from an online retailer of all sorts of stuff and books etc.). Its performance is outstanding as is the build quality. I understand that O2 offer this exact same item as their MIFI offering but charge over double the cost.

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Re: Apps

I'm using a HTC 8X on WP8. The Nokia's got better reviews (perhaps the outstanding camera and the Nokia music app). Thanks for your feedback on this as I do love the WP8 UI, so maybe I will check out a Nokia running WP8. Thanks again for giving me another option and for doing that I have +1 your post.

Cheers Stacy


Re: Apps

Not at all.

I am missing decent sat nav software (that works in the UK), I am missing a non-DRM music player. I am missing an FM reciever (but I don't have much hope for getting one these days anyway), I hate that my DRM music is checked every so often, I hate that some music gets streamed even though I have (apparently) downloaded. I can't find a DLNA app which works well, I dont have iPlayer, 4OD, STV Player, 5 On Demand. No flash was a pain but as sites become HTML 5 compliant this is getting less annoying. Battery life is shocking (17hrs in standby) in comparison to my friends iPhone and Nexus 4. Podcast support within the OS is not available so I'm stuck with a 3rd Party App which is buggy and doesn't keep my casts updated.

Note: I haven't switched to droid yet, but plan to as soon as my current contract closes (or I may just buy my way out of it).


WP8 to Droid avoiding Apple

I'm a long term windows phone user right from 5.x. I guess brand loyalty exists as I have stuck with them through to WP8 but that brand loyalty only exists to a point. I have seen the UI improve to possibly the best out there and I have seen the quality of apps decrease. Now have a nexus 7 on droid, with a highly customisable UI and a good set of apps (once rooted). I can categorically state that my next phone will also be a droid for the same reasons that I love my nexus7. As for apple, the UI is dated, app store full of fart apps and the form factor really doesn't do it for me.

Cray descends to midrange HPC shops with baby XC30 supers



bye bye freon cooled big iron

Brit horologist hammers out ‘first’ ATOMIC-POWERED watch


Back to the future reference

Are you telling me this sucker's nuclear?

No, no, no. This sucker's electrical but I need a nuclear reaction to [generate accurate clock pulses!)

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Re: I happen to have experience transporting radioactive material across international borders.

How can I get myself one of those Cameron?

Apple's next OS X said to be targeted at 'power users'

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Re: Skeuomorphism

As I understand it, now that Johnathan Ive is in charge, there will be a big move away from skeuomorphism. Ive. Afterall was one of its biggest critics at Apple

Behold Ubuntu Server 13.04: Focus on hypervisors and OpenStack


LINUX - Server.....sure, data centre...maybe, desktop...don't hold your breath

Maybe this indicates that Linux is ready for the desktop. ROFL.

Only joking of course but I have heard similar claims made on comments about stories with a much more tenuous link!

Linux as the ubicutous OS on desktop - not for a while yet (except in fanbois dreams perhaps)