* Posts by Talic

35 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Feb 2012

Microsoft blames dying Surface Pro 3 batteries on software bug


I've seen at least 2 SP3's with Simplo batteries with this fault.

they went from ~38w/h to ~2w/h in a matter of weeks.

Windows 10 didn't make any difference.[yet]

Tight-wad Apple repair techs swapped our damaged iGear with used kit – lawsuit


I had an iPhone 4 replaced twice in two weeks. the first one the cellular data just died entirely after a couple of days.

The second one they refused to replace, I believe had a 3rd party screen replacement in it (when I received it from apple). the screen wasn't as clear as itshould have been - I cant really explain it, but it seemed like it was displaying the image from an interleaved signal. eg you would look really closely and every second line would have this faint flicker to it. so annoying!

CIA says it 'accidentally' nuked torture report hard drive


Instead, claim the drive was encrypted and then jail the guy indefinitely for refusing to decrypt?

How long is your password? HTTPS Bicycle attack reveals that and more



So.. The form should have a hidden field with a random length of data added at runtime?

Even Microsoft thinks Outlook is bloated and slow


Sounds like some sort of Short Messaging Service

Telstra vid downloads getting SLOWER says new Netflix speed test


would not be surprised...

I would not be surprised if Telstra were throttling Netflix, to steer users toward their crappy Presto offering..

Microsoft's Surface 3 is sweet – but I wouldn't tickle my nads with it


Connecting to wifi

Is this your first time with windows 8? You don't need to open control panel or network and sharing centre to connect to wifi.. Just use the right charm and click networks. Wifi networks will be listed right there

Microsoft points at Skype, Lync: You two, in my office – right now


Installed it today

So I just installed Skype for business today. It's really just Lync with a new skin. I don't think you'd even need to upgrade the server unless you had some old version that doesnt support the updated client.

I found the new UI to be rubbish, very little contrast in some areas, like using Office 365 without using the light-grey or dark-grey theme.

The new notification sounds are even worse, so I will be changing those pretty quickly.

You can switch between the lync/Skype themes by changing a registry key and restarting the client.

I much prefer 'Lync' as a name as well. Lotus Sametime had some perks but I prefer Lync

Linux chaps want to recycle your mobe as a supercomputer


hasn't this been done already

Or could we just expand on this http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/04/11/project_ara_mdk_alpha/

and have the Processor/mainboard modular too?

You know, just have everything plug into the back of the screen, acting like a hub?

Microsoft brings the CLOUD that GOES ON FOREVER



So, have they also done away with the 20,000 file limit, where the app then silently stops syncing? How about the invalid filenames, which are valid in windows.. MS have a tool that let's you scan a folder to be sure it will sync ok. Why not build that into OneDrive? Why not use the same limits as their own OS?

Foxtel promises triple-play launch in early 2015


No doubt to watch game of thrones will require a $35/mth upgrade package..

'Apple is terrified of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm


How about...

Replacing the L with an uppercase i ?

New Bluetooth tech lets you control 4 BILLION lightbulbs at once


... "in a move that will please the green lobby, the switch can be run off a battery that, according to CSR, will last for up to six years"

These statements are dumb. If it takes six years to flatten a battery. How much mains power could it possibly use. Plus you don't have the environmental impact of battery disposal.

Europe: Apple. Google. Yes, you. Get in here. It's about these in-app bills


Re: Solution

Apple already have an option to disable all In-App Purchases. It has been in General > Restrictions for some time now.

I'm quite sure that all apps need to use an API to do in-app purchasing, so there shouldn't be any way that devs can bypass this.

SA Plods plonk boots on privacy principles with fingerprint scanners


In Queensland they are introducing the requirement that all tattoo parlour operators must have their fingerprints recorded in CrimTrac before their tattoo license will be renewed. You don't even need to be a criminal! They also said the prints will remain in the system permanently and can be used to match prints from crime scenes..

Apple prepping 4K resolution 12.9-inch MaxiPad – report



Hopefully the rumour is wrong, and it turns out to be a tablet capable of running OSX or bootcamp-ing windows 8.. That could be nice.

PlayStation daddy on new PS4: She's ALL 'PLAY', NO 'Station' this time


So the PS4 is for "play". But I read here that it won't play mp3 or stream DLNA.. What kind of 'play' is that.

I'll stick to my PC thanks

Surface Pro 2: It's TOOL-PROOF and ultimately destined for LANDFILL


Re: Fans?

I thought all tablets that run a full i5 or i7 processor will have fans- they are basically a laptop.

I've used a toshiba z10t, Samsung ativ pro, Lenovo helix. All have fans.

I wouldn't want a passively cooled one, they would get too hot.

Telstra launches budget ISP


These prices aren't that cheap once you factor in monthly line rental. I'll keep my unlimited Jiva thanks!

Microsoft relents: 'Go ahead, install Windows 8.1 on clean PCs'


Use a leaked key during the install, once you are in, use slmgr.vbs /ipk your-enGb-product-key and it should be fine. I did the same with 8.0 en-us media


Re: Relent some more will ya????

I found in my testing that if you deploy Windows 8.1 RTM via WDS, you can skip past the prompt for a product key. I though this was a bit strange, but it worked fine.

Behind the candelabra: Power cut sends Britain’s boxes back to the '70s


When I was younger, I once stayed up til midnight to plug in my alarm clock, just so it would flash the time. It was one that the time would change so it was accurate and constantly flashing...

Sony sets dates for US and Euro PS4 unleashment amid Xbox heckles


How much for the ps4 without the Cinavia feature?

Fooling the AppStore one code-chunk at a time


"...such as stealthily posting tweets, taking photos, stealing device identity information, sending email and SMS, attacking other apps, and even exploiting kernel vulnerabilities..."

fairly sure that the user must first allow the program to send tweets/take photos/send sms...

not sure how it would attack other apps as its sandboxed, - unless it jailbreaks the device first..

Moneybags pour shower of gold on new mega-precise GPS system


this sounds a lot like Differential GPS..

but with "phase" detection...?

D-GPS has been around for years, and did ~10cm accuracy- IIRC

Windows 8 apps pass 100K, Windows 8 passes Vista


I'm not surprised that there are 100k+ apps in the store..

I was browsing in it (for the first time) and I saw at least three different versions of Media Player Classic with the same image, and they were all $5. There must be pretty poor (or none) QA process..

Crusading lawmen want more details on Apple's iOS 7 'Activation Lock'


I'm curious to see if restoring firmware via DFU would bypass this protection, unless that prompt for iCloud I'd and password is kept in a separate location on the device..

LASER STRIKES against US planes on the rise


I think that the plane manufacturers should stop building windows into the floor of the cockpit..

Also, that must be a pretty powerful laser to have the brightness of a camera flash, spread over. The area of a cockpit

Diablo III


Re: Crappy Blizzard GFX

The extra graphics power required would be due to the engine they use in the game.

If you want to reduce your laptop overheating, lower the framerate limit in the game's video options. - this works well for me even in Minecraft.

The default limit is something like 150fps, and your graphics card will just max out to try and meet that.

Kiwi three strikes law closes on first victims


I'm curious to see if said warnings include a list of the copyrighted content that was allegedly downloaded.

Was it not previously ruled that an IP address is not sufficient to prove that the owner of the connection is the one committing the infringement.

If you were to run a TOR node, wouldn't this give the same result?

Republicans shoot down proposed ban on Facebook login boss-snoop



"I don't bow to peer pressure, so I do not have a Facebook"

Seagate strikes trillion bit HAMR blow


Shared Tech?

"Seagate suggests initial HAMR technology could provide 6TB for 3.5-inch drives and 2TB for 2.5-inch models"

Meanwhile, an article with the same date as this one:

WD intros 'world's first' 2TB portable HDD

"They're available now from WD's online shop and its many retailers"

Did they just sneak more platters in??

NEC shows off ultra-thin battery


3mAh? at how many volts?

This doesnt give an indication to the actual capacity this offers.

Low power LEDs, that you might find in your optical mouse may draw between 4-20mA at 2 volts (according to wikipedia)

**Assuming** this battery outputs 2 volts at 3mAh (0.004w), it might run a low power LED for maybe an hour..

an AA battery (1.5v/250mah) could run the same for almost 4 days?

An iPad in every pot, says Anna Bligh


Election time

Just more quickly thought up ideas to try and win the election.

ie. Vote for me and get a free ipad! (in a nutshell)

I cant stand Anna Blight after what she has done.

Where are all the well thought out ideas that show efficient and USEFUL spending?

Dell Latitude E6220 12.5in Core i7 notebook


low screen resolution

I dont think that the low resolution is an issue at all.

To those who would like it alot higher, could you stare at 1920x1080 over a 12.5" area?

everything would be so small and just cause frustration