* Posts by Richard Rae

78 publicly visible posts • joined 25 Jan 2007


Samsung’s new phone-as-desktop is slick, fast and ready for splash-down ... somewhere

Richard Rae

Actual user here

I thought that I would add this little review. I have been using Dex as my main work machine for a few months now (4) and tbh I love it.

The ability to have the phone, complete with text messages, etc... at my finger tips is amazing. The Office apps with OneDrive integration works really well. The samsung mail client to Exchange has a lot of features including bullet points, colours, tabs etc... allowing me to write email that the Outlook or Gmail app simply can not do. The clincher here, it integrates the main callender which means that I can see personal and work in 1 - amaze balls!

Now, the bad, but to stress this is not the bad with the concept or the implementation more the ways apps run....

Google sheets is terrible. It's a scale up of the smaller screen - horrible!

Map browsing is challenging unless you have multitouch pad (either screen or logitech T650 works well)

Onenote is limited

Phone calls - either speaker or headset. Never had an issue going in and out of dock during calls (normal, skype etc...)

Now more good - Start up time - F*** fast. Stability - yes, functions yes. Constant improvements with patching - yes.

Capita strikes again: Bug in UK-wide school info management system risks huge data breach

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There's an opportunaty here

for our dear government to recup some of the monies they have given Capita. GDPR.....

Parents blame brats' slipping school grades on crap internet speeds

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It's the new 'dog'

I was at a loss for this, and realise that it's the new 'my dog ate it' excuse

This also explains the lack of rural complaints... they actually still have the dog to provide the service!

Samsung’s DeX dock clicks the second time around

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I have one on my desk


I have been using this in anger for 2-3 weeks (currently on laptop due to fatal deceleration of the phone against a hard surface...), and I have to say that it is brilliant (ish)

I can do around 90% of the work and the time that it falls over is when I use OneNote as the android client is just not up there yet. Everything else is fine, but I have got a TS server 'just in case' I want to do something more exotic.

Now the MAJOR bug bare is that the screen touchpad switches off the minute you add a keyboard (USB or bluetooth) which makes it a pain in the a*se.

I wanted to use a foldable BT keyboard and the phone as the rodent, but apparently not yet.... Just waiting for the update

Google aims disrupto-tronic ray at intercoms. Yes, intercoms

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No, the BORG is Cisco - prolific acquirer of other companies

Malware again checks into Hyatt's hotels, again checks out months later with victims' credit cards

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Paris Hilton

Re: Hilton, too?

Hasn't that already happened?

Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

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You've got to question the quality

£1 for all of that, including the overheads, the utilities, taxes etc....

I seriously doubt that it's a mediocre/good quality roll, and yes that is important!

Nationwide’s online banking goes down again

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Coop bank never looked so good

With their outdated and behind the curve systems....

Bloke charged under UK terror law for refusing to cough up passwords

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There's 2 sides to stories

So, we have a situation where we are seeing 1 side of this - third hand

He was stopped 20 times before and didn't get prosecuted. This time he is...

Now, there are several things here that we don't know

- What evidence do the police have? And before you say 'none' think carefully first and if that fails, site your verifiable sources.

- Could it be that he's just good at hiding his real activities and getting sympathy vote? Most terrorist / high level criminals (or all ethnics background) tend to look 'normal'

- He could well be innocent and win the case

I can't help thinking that profiling is going on both sides of the fence here. People responsible for our safety - the ones that people bitch about the most - tend to look at people like his gent and think 'could be'. On the other hand, you have the rest of the population that look at him and go 'no can't be'. Both approaches, in my books, is racially motivated. Would you think the same of a white middle aged man in the same way? be honest with yourselves.

The police / protection people have a hard job to do and yes they sometimes get it wrong. But when they get it right it allows us to live safely.

>waiting for the downvotes<

Coppers 'persistently' breach data protection laws with police tech

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Re: Power corrupts

But absolute power is more fun and saves "In an average year around £17m on legal advice"

Dungeons & Dragons finally going digital

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It's a mimic!!!!

There are no corners in a round room!

Rooky error!

Mine's the cape with the +10 potion and the strips of 7 leagues

Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

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Isn't this a bit of an extreme way

to get people's porn collections?

Vendors flash smartphone storage in Vegas

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Re: Solution looking for a problem?

in a cloudy world yes, but here I'm thinking appliance sitting in your netowrk without sending the metadata to home. That wa you can shedule your downloads.

personally I have an FTP service running that backups up the phone. 2am everynight to a local NAS

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Solution looking for a problem?

This is old hat type storage.

Would it not be better if was WIFI/Ethernet enabled and plugged into your home. After all smart phones tend to have WIFI...

Man accused of $180k ass-based gold smuggling scam awaits verdict

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Maybe his arse is the end of the rainbow?

VMware pulls buggy NSX release from distribution

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Microsoft didn't pull the version

But still funny to watch during the launch


Microsoft axes 2,850 more Windows Phone, sales staff – a week after Justin Timberlake sang on stage for them

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Used to cushion the blow

After a Justin concert, being saked is probably a relief

British cops to film you with 59k body-worn cameras by end of year

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Not going to bother with...

.... the big brother etc... normal tirade.

The only thing that went through my mind is "How sad that we, as a society, have come to this"

Cisco recalls switches that could short power to the case. And hurt you

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Electrifying even!

Stephen Hawking reckons he's cracked the black hole paradox

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"Hawking says 'soft hair' explains everything. Not, repeat not, on cats"

Schrodinger will be spinning in his box.... or not

Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

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We can not lose....

..... our only weapon against Vegetarianism!

BYOD battery bloodbath? Facebook 'fesses up to crook code

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Re: This is what happens

"Putting out a shite app suggests that the A team is employed elsewhere..."

I'm guessing that the A team is the team that managed to float them at the inflated price....

Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012

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"Labour MP Margaret Hodge, who chairs the public accounts committee, has chastised a number of companies about the apparent exploitation of legal tax loopholes by multinationals such as Google and Amazon."

Change the tax law if it's that big a problem. At what point is following the letter of taxation law exploitation? Sure if it was, then the 'loop holes' should be addressed? But aren't these the same rules they use to attract businesses?

Measure for measure: We visit the most applied-physicist-rich building in the UK

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Re: Just saying....

every country has failures in their history. I was not talking about that, but more that the current thought process in this (and so many other countries) is more axed towards the belittling of the place and what people achieve as opposed to taking stock of what has, is and will be done.....

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Just saying....

..... It would be nice if the general populous looked at this country through the achievements of these kind of installations instead of the football failures, Big brother and other mind numbing society dumbing drivel that is the main entertainment.

Maybe then they will actually have more respect for the place, themselves and what this nation has contributed to the world....

What the world really needs: A telescopic SELFIE STICK

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I think it's brilliant

A bit like the baby trolleys in supermarkets that have the flag on a pole, it allows you to spot the idiots at a distance...

Volvo tries to KILL SHOPPING with to-your-car Roam Delivery

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and the point?

So drive to the car park, have the car loaded, after waiting for the notification that it's ready, then bugger off for a while while they load up and drive home?

Yeah, that is a whole lot better then waiting at home for an hour slot, or ordering online and having it delivered to the office... where I am sitting there anyways!

Creation for creation sake?

Let police track you through your mobe - it's for your OWN GOOD

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For me it;s simple

If I am in a crisis then please by all means track me withing 1/2 a millimeter of my position. If it means that there is someone that can help me / save me or whatever go for it.

In regards to the 'wider net' of monitoring think of this...

Facebook - checking in location and tagging your 'chats' on the fly

Photos - geo tagging

Google - Google now service and g+

WEather widgets taht are set to 'my location'


would not be surprised for twitter (don't use it so no idea)

numerous applications that get this info...

So people are happy to 'share' their location with these coorporates but as soon as the 'gov' wants it.. OH MY GOD THEY ARE BIG BROTHER etc....

Wake up, smell the coffee you are not that important!

Wow, the future is HERE: Charge your phone (wirelessly) in your CAR

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Re: What?

££££££££££££££££££ or in this case $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Windows Media Center EPG has SWITCHED OFF, wail Euro users

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Mythtv Backend + XBMC

runs really smoothly for me and they now integrate beautifully...

No interruption etc.....

Japanese toilet can save penalty kicks

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A new way....

......to take the piss

Hey, Third World! We know what you need: Mmm, patent wars

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Can we send them to the USA?

They seem to need some help understanding things.........


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in Norfolk?

Virgin Media SuperHub 'upgrade' hangs up on IP phone punters

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Re: Can the SuperHub be flashed?

I wish.... but 2 months trolling and found nothing :(

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Re: The solution is pretty straight forward....

Oh I had forgotten that FTP one! That really wound me up. There is a fix somewhere on the net where you have to modify the FTP server to constantly send a packet through!

Richard Rae

The solution is pretty straight forward....

As a VM customer, I was fed up with the so called superhubb.

- no local resolution for wireless

- VOIP stuttering at best

- No QOS

and the list goes on.....

I slapped the 'superhubb' into modem mode and added a linksys wrt320n (and stuck ww-drt on it) and no issues at all since then!

I can see that for most people the hub is fine, but those of us that are needing that little bit more (and lets face it know better) slap your own router into the mix and enjoy!

War On Standby: Do the figures actually stack up?

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Re: A bit low...

I confused the crap out of mine by installing a log burner....

The gas consumption hardly went up during the winter and they had to send me a cheque for £300 :p

Ministers consult public on 'opt in for smut' plans

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At the same time lets

Put the pill in water to stop teenage pregnancy

Put Valium in the water to stop dangerous behaviour

Put slimming tablets into fat food to counteract the fat effect

Put insuling into all foods / pop to stop diabetese

put chemo everywhere to stop cancer

etc.... etc... etc....

Seriously, parents and co need to take control here, not the government or the schools.

You shagged without a contraception, you have a kid you TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ITS EDUCATION!

Zuck weds self to lady friend in surprise ceremony

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black tie

to his own wedding.....

Jetting off abroad? Pack protection ... for your Wi-Fi

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In more recent news....

.... Noah has built an Ark.

Queen unveils draft internet super-snoop bill - with clauses

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Black Helicopters

No communication contents?

So maybe they can explain this

To quote:

"May and her department have tried to bat aside criticism from civil liberties groups by saying that "no emails would be read in real-time"."

To support

"The proposed bill described communications data as being "information about a communication, not the communication itself"."

If there is no communication content held, then how can they say that no email will be read in real-time, implying that they can (or will) be read after 'real-time' ie 1 seconds later by a person or batch job.

this puts me in mind of the Great Wall of China, unfortunately not the nice stone one......

Now, where is that tin foil hat of mine....

Fanbois froth as Apple claims 'iPhone5.com' rights

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"As if most of those are real users..."

They are real users, whether or not they can be classified as people is another matter....


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How to ....

..... kill a legendary game

Dosbox for me with my old CD please, thank you!

Netflix set to make your video history public

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Who says that the government only passes laws that suit them???

"The Video Privacy Protection Act was originally created after a Supreme Court nominee was discredited by having his video rental records turn up in a newspaper."

'Nough said really....

TalkTalk bleeds punters, revenue in Q2

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Let me paraphrase....

"We are pleased that we are delivering a better experience for our customers, demonstrated by the continuing reduction in calls into our contact centres and a significant increase in the number of customers' queries being resolved first time,"

Continued reduction in calls = more people leaving therefore less calls

" significant increase in the number of customers' queries being resolved first time" = improved leaving process

Glad to say that I have never been with them....

Microsoft gives BPOS customers credit note for latest crash

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I like the wording....

On 'a' monthly invoice..... not saying which one....

Glaswegian arrested for pro-riot Facebook posts

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Simple solution...

Water gun, tear gas and rubber bullets.

If that fails, get their Grannies out and you will see them all run like hell!!! There is nothing more scary then a pissed off granny. Especially when they are broadcasting your family secrets. Guaranteed to destroy street cred!

PayPal teaches Androids to swap cash

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I will admit

That I have never used paypal to send money to people. Cash works just as well and they have it there and then without fees.... or a simple BACS transfer if they are too far away or need the cash on their card... Free, fast and efficient.

Paypal, go back to where you belong which is Ebay!

Oz alkie gets hammered on hospital hand sanitiser

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He is clean inside and out now....