* Posts by PhilipJ

57 posts • joined 8 Jan 2013


Amazon's bugging of homes has German boffins worried that Alexa may be an outlaw


a device which uses some cloud services to recognize the words you say can record stuff and store it somewhere on the internet?

*surprised pikachu*

Do not adjust your set: Hats off to Apple, you struggle to shift iPhones 'cos you're oddly ethical


Re: Losing customer

even mid-range is almost too good for most people, given how cheap and just all-round great the budget phones have become - with the likes of Xiaomi Mi 8 lite etc... that kind of performace and features were flagship level just a couple of years ago...

Jeez, not now, Iran... Facebook catches Mid East nation running trolly US, UK politics ads


so where's the misinformation?

Both pictures are spot on.

Maybe the money should be passed over the table not under it - super PACs are surprisingly completely legal.

So... where's the rest? Xiaomi walks away from IPO with less than hoped


Not really. Their flagship phones cost half as much as flagships from Samsung, Sony etc, and from my experience actually run better and more stable. Not to mention they don't come with all that bloatware that can't be removed like Facebook etc.

Bought a Mi 6 for 320€, the value for the price is incredible. I sure as hell won't buy another Sony/Samsung again, not after the experience with two flagship Xperias...

It's happening! Official retro Thinkpad lappy spotted in the wild


16:10? I want my freaking 4:3 - I'm working on it, not watching damn movies.

Look who's bailed out internet-satellite provider Intelsat? It's... Softbank?


looking forward for the ultra links

President Donald Trump taken on by unlikely foe: Badass park rangers


what happened to the President Snowflake title ?

One espresso is not theft, Oz judge rules, it's part of civilization


not to mention a "machine" can never make an espresso, just a black coffee infusion

Meet the man who owns his own piece of the internet


you know what ? I think I'll blacklist his TLD on my DNS forwarder

VMware axes Fusion and Workstation US devs


Re: Ahh... The ever connected fallacy

So is there any usable replacement for Windows ?

None of the alternatives that I've tried performed anywhere as good as VMware Workstation.

Putin's Russia outlaws ECHR judgments after mass surveillance case


Putin undoing Perestroika one step at a time.

Spotify updates hated privacy policy ... with exact same policy


yeah all I need is voice control, never mind the fact that I can't organize my music collection by genres

Jay-Z freestyle attack on Tidal's rivals leaked to Tidal's rivals


won't somebody think of the poor multi-billion dollar celebrities !??

You can't put a price on LOVE, says Apple after court's Samsung payout slash


Re: Acting

wait till you see the sequel

Lightbulbs of the future will come with wireless extenders and speakers


No they won't.

..just like nobody uses internet connected fridge and other similar ridiculous products

DTS announces DTS:X – sparks object-based audio war with Dolby


any modern AV receiver supports dynamic range compression, you don't need DTS:X for that

Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again


Re: One of the reasons I abandoned them years ago

Given your use case, you don't need a discrete graphic card at all.

I play games. nVidia has no competition on that market.

ATI has been trying to come up with functional drivers for 30 years, and they still haven't accomplished that.

Binary blob or not, nVidia drivers work.

'Why don't you buy from foreign sites?' asks Commish, snapping on the gloves


umm, if a shop ships to foreign countries, it usually has at least an English version of its page. Quite often other languages as well.

In the last 6 months, I've ordered more stuff from Germany than from shops in my country - simply because they did not have the products that I wanted, or had very long shipment times whereas the German shops had everything available in their warehouses, ready to be shipped.

The only thing holding back cross-border commerce in my opinion are worries about possible issues with warranty claims.

C’mon Lenovo. Superfish hooked, but Pokki Start Menu still roaming free


Re: Why are you even diagnosing this lappy?

what are you talking about ?

I have installed an official windows iso from digitalriver and registered it with the serial number printed on that microsoft sticker couple of times already.

Anybody with OEM licensed windows can do the same.

SAP unveils its biggest thing for 20 YEARS: Core suite with HANA


Re: little big data

> "Gotta love an accounts package..."

you sure have no idea what SAP actually is

iBail: American Psycho actor Christian Bale rejects Steve Jobs role


can we have Adam Sandler please ?

The movie is going to be a disaster anyway, might as well up the game a bit.

Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users locked out


Re: Who trusts a third party with their authentication?

No, I use KeePass and synchronize my DB files manually once in a while.

There is absolutely ZERO reason for me to enter all my accounts and passwords into some shady freaking website.


Re: Who trusts a third party with their authentication?

the whole idea of sharing accounts and passwords with a 3rd party is ridiculous - why in the hell would you use a password at all, when you give it to anyone ?

suckers, serves them right !

Amazon sues former employee who took Google cloud job


Re: Can't see the gray area here

this is true for the whole EU - non-compete clauses lose their power as soon as the employment contract is terminated - it's one of the things that came to Europe from the US and has absolutely no power over here - pretty much like any EULA

Space station 'nauts will use URINE-FUELLED ESPRESSO MACHINE


..and so they spent milions of euros developing an espresso machine that would work in space.

Meanwhile, the Russians used a modified AeroPress.

German server lockbox scores MEELLION dollar seed-smashing record


Re: And the clients?

is't the whole "product" just a regular PC in an orange case with some basic free tools installed and preconfigured ?

I mean what did they actually do ?

Cheat Win XP death: Your handy guide to keeping snubbed operating system ticking over


Re: WAAAAAIT a minute....stop.

It's not my problem when an incompetent vendor goes out of business.

End of life does not mean that all existing copies stop working. There's absolutely nothing wrong with running XP after it's no longer supported, as long as security measures are taken. Like keeping the computers off the network or on a dedicated VLAN with no access to the rest of the network. That desktop with that special exotic unsupported hardware can run another 10-20 years on Windows XP just fine. It just needs to be handled as a security risk, that's all.


Re: not to diss open source software

of course - since it was unusable without those guest extensions (low resolution desktop etc)


Re: WAAAAAIT a minute....stop.

To be fair, any decent software vendor has been supporting Windows7 for at least 3 years - if a vendor is not able to provide support for Windows7 almost 5 freaking years (!) after the OS has been released, he's not worthy of my business.


not to diss open source software

but VirtualBox is terribly sluggish compared to VMware, it's a night and day difference !

XP Mode in MS Virtual PC was not really fast either.

For personal use, the free VMware player is the best solution hands down.

Valve showers Debian Linux devs with FREE Steam games


Re: Damn...

Publicly traded companies can't afford sensible decisions. They are run by morons answering to stakeholders.

Only a privately-held company can afford to play nice.

Sweet work, fellas: Boffins build high-density battery powered by sugar


Re: Energy density

If you bothered to look at the article on nature.com that is linked, you would see the image I posted above, as well as a PDF with "Supplementary Table S3 Comparison of energy densities of batteries and EFCs", which contains an information about voltage as well - it is 0.5V


Re: Help me out here

have a look at the linked article..



so the CO2 that is released in the process is not considered a waste ?

ANYONE on Google+ can now email you, with or without your Gmail addy


you mean like:

+Google +email +no +longer +delivers! email! to! Yahoo! addresses!


No sign of Half-Life 3 but how about FOURTEEN Steam Machine makers?


Re: 65 million users, but all of them already have a PC with Steam installed

Valve is not going after PC gamers - they already have that market. Valve is going after console gamers.

And if they manage to deliver console-like experience with these steamboxes, they might as well succeed.

Running a Linux PC with a dumb controller instead of a keyboard is not an issue - XBMC already accomplished that with Xbmcbuntu - where a simple MCE remote can be used to do pretty much everything.

Valve would never make their game a Steam Machine exclusive. That would be a dickish move, and Gabe is better than that.

Linksys's über-hackable WRT wireless router REBORN with 802.11ac


any $100 router compatible with openwrt/dd-wrt can do quite a bit more than a traditional (dumb) router


Re: Is this good or what?

Is this an issue with linksys power supplies ?

My trusty old Netgear WNDR3700 has been running 24/7 for the last 4 years. Even the lowcost tp-link routers have never had any issues with power supplies or anything else.


Re: Is this good or what?

$300 for a router ? Is there a premium for not having a NSA-bugged firmware ?

Leaked MS ad video parodies Chrome as surveillance tech


this would be a great ad for IE launch on android

IBM and Nvidia: We'll build your data center like a SUPERCOMPUTER


umm, IBM transformed from a HW company to a services company - hardware makes less than 40% of IBM's revenue...

Apple slams brakes on orders of (not so cheap) plasticky iPhone 5C


Re: Shouldn't be hard for apple to break into the lower end of the market

what's even more interesting, is the fact that if you replace the Porsche 911 frame with plastic, you get a Fiat Panda.

Judge smites IBM's anti-Amazon cloud campaign


Re: "Superior technical solution"

Well in this case, there's no question about who is more capable in the cloud business. It's not the IT company.

Peak Apple: Has ANYONE at all ordered a new iPhone 5c?


Re: I've ordered a 5C

are you before, or after your lobotomy ?

IBM, Accenture play blame game over $1bn project blowout


it's SAP, not an Excel worksheet with formulas in two columns

IBM axes nearly THREE THOUSAND staffers in North America - union


Re: Remind me...


You can't build PCs forever.

Now it gets serious: Fracking could RUIN BEER


yeah, let's destroy our clean water supply for some quick fracking money

Adobe's Creative Cloud fails at being a cloud

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Re: Let's hear it for the 'Creative Clod'

Actually it holds true. You just have to find Creative ways to sync your files !

Adobe kills Creative Suite – all future features online only


Re: Lightroom?

They won't.

Photoshop is a bitmap editor for professionals graphic designers and retouchers.

Lightroom is a photo editor for professional photographers as well as the average Joes. They won't pay more than the $80 upgrade once per year or two.


Re: Waiting for Adobe's U Turn

you absolutely DON'T NEED the latest Photoshop/CS to work with RAW files - there's Lighroom - or the free Adobe DNG converter for that !



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