* Posts by lybad

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If the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition doesn't make you a fan, we don't know what will

lybad

Re: A 600£ or 700£ price is now considered not hard to swallow? For a phone?

Of course it can. Xiaomi are available direct from themselves but also through Amazon amongst others. And they are not part of Huawei, so don't have the US issues (yet).

I got a 5g handset for £220 a few weeks ago, from their own site.

Microsoft will release a web browser for Linux next month. Repeat, Microsoft will release a browser for Linux – and it uses Google's technology

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Re: At least

Both Crysis and Witcher 3 are reported as working fine on linux - check out ProtonDB for a list of real people's experience of running (Windows) games on linux.

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Re: At least

I honestly can't remember IE for Linux, but I suspect they did. I know I did run IE 5.something on Solaris at one point.

Epic, Spotify, ProtonMail and pals rise up as one against Apple's 30% cut, call for end to Cupertino-style markets

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Re: How about...a Linux Phone?

There have been - there was (is?) a Ubuntu Touch OS that was used on a couple of phones.

The biggest problem for most of these is the performance and/or interface, along with apps or programmes. Though a lot of that is solved if you get things like HTML5 apps.

Amazon Lex can now speak British English... or simply 'English' if you're British

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Re: American English is English

Had something similar at work in Glasgow. A Polish student told my Scottish friend from Blantyre that he couldn't speak English properly. Now Scotland's west coast might not be queen's English, but really?

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Devil

Article quoted as "Amazon said: "With British English, you can deliver a robust and localized ['scuse me?] conversational experience that accurately understands the British accent. Amazon Lex also provides pre-defined slots that are localized [ahem] to capture information such as common names and cities found in England.""

So British English - but common names and cities found in England. So that rules out Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland's cities and names then?

Putting the B's in bargain basement, Xiaomi staggers into sunlight clutching Poco X3

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MIUI is like every skin - personal preference. I use EMUI and MIUI every day (one tablet, one phone) and can't say I care wither way. But I probably prefer MIUI. Xiaomi tend not to be as aggressive in terms of forcing their own skin on the device owner.

As I mentioned, Poco is now a separate company from the main Xiaomi line, so they are competing now - and as for the launcher, the Poco launcher is a different beast from the main MIUI one.

https://9to5google.com/2020/01/17/poco-splits-from-xiaomi-to-become-completely-independent-brand/

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It might be based on MIUI - but Poco is a split off company from Xiaomi, and has always used it's own launcher. Should be available on the Play store if you look for it.

Google to pull plug on Play Music, its streaming service that couldn't beat Spotify, in favour of YouTube Music

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The thing about the web YouTube music is how difficult they seem to make it for you to listen to an album you have uploaded. Search defaults to online media rather than your library, and then when you switch to your uploads, it lists all the music in a random order. Trying to actually find the album is a nightmare.

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Re: Anyone know how to buy through YouTube Music?

Yes it is primarily a streaming service. However Google Play allows you to buy music, but according to something I saw yesterday, they're about to stop selling music as well. Which means I need to find an alternative site for buying music if I can't or don't want to buy physical media for those items.

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Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

Afaik - the issue with the free YaToob needing the device to be unlocked only applies when you're streaming media. If you have local content it should play it with the screen locked.

For me, I've always just used local content on my device, and at present I use Omnia as my media player. Works for me...

Chinese tat bazaar Xiaomi to light a fire under Amazon's Kindle with new e-book reader

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Re: Is there a point to eReaders that I'm missing?

You used to be able to argue that they were cheaper than a tablet, but with the Fire tablets, that's not true anymore.

I used a paperwhite for years as it was convenient for on the bus - especially as some of the books I read are more coffee table books in print. However, since I've been working from home, I've been reading more graphic novels and less books, and the 10" Fire tablets are great for those. If I ever start commuting again, I suspect I'll go back to the Paperwhite again.

Going back to the Kobo/Kindle thing - in the early days Kobo used to emphasise they felt if someone bought a book from them, they "bought" a book from them - so they were free to make backups, copy them to other devices, etc, whereas Amazon only licence the book to you - so if Amazon decide they don't like your face/money and close your account, you basically have the licence (to kill), revoked.

Utilitarian, long-bodied Nokia 5.3 has budget basic specs - but it does cost £150

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Same here.

If you're appy and you know it: The Huawei P40 Pro conclusively proves that top-notch specs aren't everything

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Re: Wonder if the quoted excellent battery life

The issue here is that for quite a while, Huawei have not released codes for unlocking the bootloader. Plus they also use their own chip designs, so it's generally not easy to get something like LineageOS on to them.

Xiaomi Mi 9 owners furious after dodgy Vodafone software patch bricked their mobes

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Re: To be fair

They had a shop. It's now closed I believe. But 3 amongst others have sold Xiaomi devices, and I'm sure places like Argos and Amazon sell them.

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Re: Android One

I thought with Android One it was still the device manufacturer that built the OS - as different devices will have different components. So updates will be quicker than a non-Android One device, but not guaranteed.

Xiaomi what you're working with: Chinese mobe-flinger proffers two Redmi Note phablets for UK market

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Re: This is more than a little disturbing...

You're missing the point - this isn't about the ROM as such. The global ROM is what is on the phone if you buy a genuine UK market Xiaomi handset.

Given that most people will do some customising of their settings, even if it's just their ringtone and wallpaper, it's not that difficult to search for and turn off a setting for displaying adverts (or as Xiaomi put it - suggested apps).

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Re: This is more than a little disturbing...

In terms of ads, there is a single toggle seeing to turn most of them off in the global ROMs. Google it for a guide.

Only took 5 mins on my mi 8.

Another thing is that Xiaomi don't abandon their handsets after 2 minutes, still releasing updates to the OS and MIUI after several years.

Hello, support? What do I click if I want some cash?

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But unlike the Mars bar stuff, the pie isn't battered usually.

Battered Pizza on the other hand... felt my heart straining when I had one of them...

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One of the chippies in Forfar used to do deep fried Freddos - but that was to cater for the kids coming out of the swimming pool. The pool is now the other side of the town...

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Chip shop in Forfar does gluten free fish and chips between 10-12 on the the last Saturday of the month. And the Bell Rock in Arbroath apparently does them all the time.

Grab a towel and pour yourself a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster because The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is 42

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Re: About to be re-released on vinyl

I think I borrowed them from a library when I was a kid - probably taped them too, but no idea if I still have the cassette. And if I do, who knows what state it's in.

The did a second album too, which was probably based on Restaurant, which I don't know if I ever found.

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Re: About to be re-released on vinyl

No, it's not the radio series. It's a remaster of the LP that was released after the radio series iirc.

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Re: Anybody fancy a game of...

And, depending on your take, Pirate Planet, Krikkit Men, Shada, etc have been novelised and published.

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Re: Anybody fancy a game of...

Iirc, the Krikkit storyline was actually an unfinished Doctor Who story - and Dirk Gently was based on the infamous Doctor Who Shada story.

Xiaomi in the UK: Multi-eyed Mi Note 10 hits Blighty festooned with cameras and hefty battery life

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Not entirely - you can turn off almost all of the ads in the OS and apps. On my Mi 8 I think I have a total of 5 apps that I put in a junk folder and hide them away, and some that are more visible, but not used. I personally don't think it's excessive.

OK, which Dombås stuffed Windows 10 to bursting at Swedish flatpack flinger?

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Re: "Relationship-ending"

The scary thing is, iirc, Daddy Pig works in an architect's office?

Are you getting it? Yes, armageddon it: Mass hysteria takes hold as the Windows 7 axe falls

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Re: Time to grab the book ...

And only 42 years since first broadcast, given a month or so.

The Nokia 3.2 is a phone your nan will love: One camera's more than enough, darling

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Re: "longevity ... guaranteeing two years of software updates and upgrades"

To be honest, a lot of the phone companies are trying to push three year contracts, some for the SIM part, but mainly for the handsets.

Xbox Series X: Gee thanks, Microsoft! Just what we wanted for Xmas 2020 – a Gateway tower PC

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Re: So, it's a PC, right ?

On a semi similar note, given that it's fundamentally a PC running Windows 10 - if MS allowed people to use Steam to run their PC games on it, sales would potentially increase significantly.

Play Huawei... for now: Firm aims Googletastic Honor 9X at young 'uns

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Re: Nope.....

I just got rid of my 9 - not because of any real issues with it, more the concern over Trump blocking further OS updates (even security).

So I went off and got a Mi 8 when it was on offer. It's also a decent phone for the money, but not quite as solid as my 9 was.

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Happy

Re: How many Huaweis are there to say goodbye?

I always liked to think of it as from the north east - that's the north east of the UK, being somewhere round Newcastle, rather than the proper north east which is round about Aberdeenshire.

The why-aye phone company.

That time Windows got blindsided by a ball of plasma, 150 million kilometres away

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Re: Yep, Same Here

Yup - was about to mention them too. We had a lab full of Sun workstations that didn't work well when the sun was out.

Yahoo! customers! wake! up! to! borked! email! (Yes! people! still! actually! use! it!)

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Re: “Those Were the Good Old Days”

Still wish Sky hadn't left gmail for yahoo....

I just love your accent – please, have a new password

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Re: A small MSP?

My daughter used to call him the fish man.

Not helped by being replaced by a Sturgeon as leader of the party.

Huawei smartphone sales up but only thanks to China as US trade ban gives punters the jitters

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The software update depends on the handset - the Honor 9 recently got an update to EMUI 9.1, with July 2019 security patches. That handest has now been out for 2 years.

I'm sure they announced a while back that handsets would get software updates for two years, and security patches for 3 - but can't find the information

This weekend you better read those ebooks you bought from Microsoft – because they'll be dead come early July

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Re: Par for the course

I thought one of kobo's selling points was that the books were DRM free, and you could transfer them to other devices?

Firefox Preview for Android: Mozilla has another go at a mobile browser

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Re: Firefox's market share may change round about now

That doesn't sound quite right - one of the pages is to do with browsers, and the other page was to do with search engines. So for example, on my phone, I had a choice of Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Puffin(?). Then for search engines I got Google, Duck Duck Go, Bing and Yahoo.

Other people in the office got other mixes, but your example seems to mix browsers and engines together.

Zorin OS 15 nods at Ubuntu and welcomes Windows escapees

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Re: The 39 Steps

I use CentOS/RHEL at work, and my main machine at home uses Mint.

I have 2 printers at home - a wireless Epson multi-function, and a Samsung laser. The laser was a doddle, but the multi function was a pain to get the scanner working. It also took me a while to get a duplex enabled driver for the Epson. However, the issue was finding the driver rather than the installer for printing. And the scanner required a bit of playing round until I realised the scanning software was the issue rather than the driver.

I tend to avoid Windows at work unless I have to, but recently bought a Windows laptop, purely as I was missing some of my Windows games that just won't work for me under wine or Proton (in Steam).

Planes, fails and automobiles: Overseas callout saved by gentle thrust of server CD tray

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Re: airport security

Pre-9/11, but I got stopped when I checked in a bag as I had a trombone mouthpiece in the middle of a bag. Security couldn't work out what it was from the scan...

If servers go down but no one hears them, did they really fail? Think about it over lunch

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Meh

Re: "the start of the working week"?

It's a bank holiday where I live in Scotland, but not a local holiday. So school staff are working, but my son is home as it's an "In-service day". And my employer only closes between Christmas and New Year, so I'm working from home.

Want a good Android smartphone without the $1,000+ price tag? Then buy Google's Pixel 3a

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Re: more convenient that having it on the front.

Personally I prefer it on the back - my issue is more the "on a $400 phone" bit. My Honor 7 and Honor 9 have excellent fingerprint sensors, and both cost well under $400.

So, that's cheerio the nou to Dundee Satellite Receiving Station: Over 40 years of service axed for the sake of £338,000

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Re: 40 Students

I'm well aware of that - however, iirc, the Scottish Govt pay less than £2000 per year per student to the Universities, whereas they can charge £9000(+?) for RUK and non-EU students.

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Re: small change

The current principal only started at the University in January - you would think that the decisions around this would have been taken before then.

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Re: 40 Students

Just in case you don't know - Scottish and EU (but not rest of UK) students do not pay tuition fees in Scotland. So it would need to be English, Welsh or Northern Irish students, or non EU citizens to top up that income.

Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?

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Meh

Sorry - I meant to say in the last 5 years.

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That depends - parts of the country have already had 2 referendum votes, and are now looking for a 3rd and possibly 4th...

Web browsers sharpen knives for TLS 1.0, 1.1, tell protocols to dig their own graves for 2019

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Seems the Webkit people were ahead of the curve:

"The WebKit folks also provided on Monday a longer deadline, saying support will be removed from Safari in iOS and macOS “beginning in March 2010.”"

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