* Posts by SamX

19 publicly visible posts • joined 27 Feb 2018

What do you mean your eardrums need a break? Samsung-owned JBL touts solar-powered wireless headphones you don't need to charge


Re: "68 hours of playtime from just 1.5 hours of sunlight"

Actully, it's really exciting tech. we mains charge it fully just once, then it keeps topping up with sun light and lasts much longer (as opposed to much less hours without the sun light). Future versions will gradually become more powerful.

macOS? More like mac-woe-ess: Google Chrome slip-up trips up SIP-less Apple Macs


Re: Bad software affects some users

Shouldn't this be a one off thing? Disabling SIP for installing kernel extensions and enabling it again? un less, of course they change the GPU every day....

Funnily enough, China fuming, senator cheering after Huawei CFO cuffed by Canadian cops at Uncle Sam's request


Dangerous precedent

This sets the dangerous precedent where political motives are aimed at individuals. Imagine any western business individual being arrested in China for selling stuff to the US government? or a software company selling software to government intelligence agencies?

European fibre lobby calls for end to fake fibre broadband ads


The lady from the Virgin Media Support argued with me for 5min when I wanted to switched to FTTH saying VM is also full fibre broadband. It is just fibre up to some nearby cabinet and copper inside.

Whoa – oh no, Zoho: Domain name no-show deals CRM biz, 40m punters a crushing blow


Planned, targeted attack on Zoho

From what I hear from my circle of friends, this is a targeted attack on Zoho to damage their reputation. Tierra's credibility (if any) is at stake now.

Spam is a cat and mouse game - both good and bad guys are evolving constantly. I still get Spam in google and yahoo in my inbox. They all try their best classify and send them to spam folder, yet they fail at times.

VMware 'pressured' hotel to shut down tech event close to VMworld, IGEL sues resort giant


IGEL must be grateful to VMWare

They wouldn't have got so much publicity like this without VMware's best effort :)

GlobalFoundries scuttles 7nm chip plans claiming no demand


End user wins

We should see 7nm ASAP.

Reduction would take us towards consuming more energy and better battery life. It might have a cost for AMD but if they are ready to jump in, it gives them an advantage over Intel. Even if the end user likes to stick to >10nm and sees no great advantage, their cost will be low. AMD's roll out will squeeze Intel's margins.

EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.



I still don't understand how a single charger would resolve the differences in fast-charging specs. Qualcomm increases the voltage in compatible devices upto 12V (in stead of 5V for standard USB). OnePlus uses a higher amperage with compatible devices (charger/cable). They both are quite different and work against the policy of single spec for charger. Cable can be standadised with USB C by taking the highest quality cable (capable of 12V and high amperage) and forcing them on all. I have seen one that has a USB-C to lightnng adapter sticking to it. When the remaining micro USB people move to new phones, this must be standard.

Similarly, if Qualcomm and BKK agree, then they can create a charger with both specs included.

'Plane Hacker' Roberts: I put a network sniffer on my truck to see what it was sharing. Holy crap!


Re: So... who pays for the 3G/4G data connection?

I vaguely remember Amazon had a deal with mobile carriers to allow Kindle owners to download ebooks whenever they want, in whichever network they are in in. Device owner don't pay anything and I guess they get internet only for the white-listed Amazon website. Similar arrangement might exist for blackboxes.

We just love small firms, screams UK.gov after palming AWS UK £4.1m


They never for SME definition correctly. In their opinion, a startup with a few people is an SME. A company with upto 250 emplyees is also an SME. Both would compete for the SME grant fund. A company with 250 employees recruit a bunch of full-time staff to write, polish and win the grants.

Chrome sends old Macs on permanent Safari: Browser bricks itself


Chrome is memory hog

I am still on Mavericks with 8GB RAM and looking forward to an upgrade soon. But I switched to Firefox long, long ago. My observation: (1) Safari uses the most momory efficient in Macs, but some websites don't work properly. (2) FF uses more memory than Safari, but compatibility is much better after v57+. (3) Chrome was great at first, but later became a memory hog and even buggy. Also, they started disliking adblockers (understandably) and kicked them out of Chrome marketplace.

Shared, not stirred: GCHQ chief says Europe needs British spies


French satellite businesses

For Galileo, they already made up their mind to award new contracts to French businesses to replace UK (other EU states lack expertise). Access to secure high-res signals are now under debate. However, to avoid paying UK's money back, they like to keep Britain as as an observer. Now, T.May has to decide whether to take this, or insist for the money back. US is waiting for the right 'bad' moment to strike a deal with the UK, like the ones that they did during WW2. Penicillin was made available free of cost, and yet UK had to borrow war ships on a long-term loan. $10b alternative to GPS is a bad idea.

I see a satellite of a man ... Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, that's now 4 sats fit to go


Re: Receiving the signal

We already have Galileo support in newer phones - such as the OnePlus 5T. It depends on the underlying chipset. Almost all phones would support it later this year I hope. By using multiple systems (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo) and triangulating the signal using software we can achieve a high location accuracy.

You know who deserves more help from UK.gov? Startup investors, say policy wonks


Gareth, have you ever applied for Innovate UK funding? If you are developing a simple cardiovascular diagnostics, they'd want you cut your heart out to show its picture before giving funding.

OnePlus 6: Perfect porridge? One has to make a smartphone that's juuuust right


Re: Qi Charging

- I have Nexus too, but use the quickcharge USB more than the wireless charging. It is just much faster than wireless.

- Removable battery? Ii's getting less likely than it can be the case in future. Brands claim thinner phones and better packaging of components. But, the real reason is that they want to buy a new phone every 2-3 years, by making it nearly impossible to replace battery without breaking the phone.

- Some use the same login for screens and the shell (glass shell).

1.5m Brits pay too much for mobile and crappy broadband – Ofcom


Re: 24Mbps superfast?

With all the hype around GFast it looks optimistic now.


Re: People can't be bothered

I'd agreed with you a a while ago. But, the switching sites have become better now. My energy switch site already has all the details, including my energy spend and my previous tariff rate. Yes, it is still a hassle to switch but it is worth it.

O2 wolfs down entire 4G spectrum as pals fiddle with their shiny 5G band


Re: As always...

@JimboSmith: Sure, it is a tad higher cost. But, I'd say that the SalesRep did not have the knowledge (or pretend to be unaware) of what's possible. Basically, with FTTP, you pay for the broadband only for the provider which is £40 (still a bit high). You can have an almost free VOIP phone (as many independent lines as you want) even with a free incoming number (eg, SipGate). I don't work for them BTW.

And, you can have a good mobile signal at home indoors through your broadband. There are some cheap devices that the providers offer or you can use an App through WiFi.

I am on FTTP now. BT is a bit expensive but their other company Plusnet offers a cheap trial. No phone line but have a couple of VOIP phones.

The phone OS that muggers wouldn't touch is back from the dead


After the introduction of JIO, the new mobile 4G-only VoLTE network in India launched by the country's richest man, 4G feature phones gained popularity suddenly. They offer unlimited data (1GB per day at full 4G speed, reduced to slow Kbps speeds after) and unlimited calls for ~£5 per month.