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Well slap my ass and call me Judy, Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 is just as hard to fix as the old one

Tony Paulazzo

I think the real issue is that companies aren't held liable for the quality of the products they sell. These things should come with a 5 year warranty as standard.

Quality control would certainly shoot up.

Tho, here in the UK we actually have a 6 year warranty anyway, you just have to be aware of it when shops refuse to honour it...

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/11296784/Shops-accused-of-denying-six-year-warranty-right.html

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Oi, you. Equifax. Cough up half a million quid for fumbling 15 million Brits' personal info to hackers

Tony Paulazzo

Ok, I might be being a bit thick here, but why is this shit being held on servers connected to the internet anyway? this and societal infrastructures like nuclear power stations, power grids, NSA snooping et al don't need to google what perversions the latest celebrity has been up to, they should be in company servers not connected to the internet. If they're a world wide organisation have some kind of (oh, I don't know, let's call it a) world wide intranet that can only be accessed physically within the company - they have the money. Nearly unhackable - short of an inside job.

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Email security crisis... What email security crisis?

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Who the fuck cares about such semantics in this day and age?

On topic, email security sucks, never trust it, tell everyone you know to assume it's not really from where it purports to be and any company that legitimately asks you to click a link in their email should be sacked for promoting bad online security (this means you Paypal).

Off topic : After years of scientific progress, not once has the answer to any mystery been "magic".

Read up on Quantum Mechanics then tell me gods don't play dice and happily break the fourth wall. Believing in the non existence of something without absolute proof is belief whether you like it or not. Smashing the downvote button doesn't validate your* non belief.

* Your as in general, not you personally.

What... is your favourite colour?

What... is the airspeed velocity of an unladen African swallow?

What... is the breath of life - physiological processes or simple magic?

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Chap asks Facebook for data on his web activity, Facebook says no, now watchdog's on the case

Tony Paulazzo

My Windows 10 seems to work just fine with a local user account

But to be fair there's a huge 'sign-in with MS account or create one' and a tiny line near the bottom of the screen with 'local account login' that in no way implies MS is trying to hide the option.

As for the GDPR and tracking details, someone needs to create an 'easy to ask for all my data' website for all Europeans to really fuck MS, Google, Facebook et al.

It would be really funny.

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Unpicking the Pixel puzzle: Why Google is struggling to impress

Tony Paulazzo

I think they would be better off going after the mid market in the short term. If they made a £500 mid range phone with average CPU/RAM, removable battery and SD card slot I would be handing over my cash right away.

They don't really need to compromise that much to keep the price low, the Axon 7 was a high end phone with a mid range price (camera maybe wasn't so great), Chinese - so probably they now have a great deal of data about me, but until they invade the UK, not much they can do with it - selling it to UK spooks is probably nogo since they probably share everything with Yank spooks.

The prices are high because the market will pay it. If they'd kept with the Nexus line (reasonably priced) and slowly added a higher end option I'd probably still be a loyal Google customer, but fuck 'em!

Gods' save the Queen!

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Re: Beta?

You should be burned as a heretic and a witch (or warlock depending on your sensitivities / gender fluidities) :) Samsung s9+ is far superior.

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It may be poor man's Photoshop, but GIMP casts a Long Shadow with latest update

Tony Paulazzo

Never mind the User Interface, get MS to bundle it as part of windows. The only reason Photoshop is ubiquitous is because it's easy to pirate for kids, they learn the interface, they're locked in for life, they look at the slight learning curve for GIMP as teens then scurry back to the familiar Photoshop which they'll hopefully pay for as students / adults.

Or, y'know, make it more like Photoshop which would also work.

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Your phone may be able to clean up snaps – but our AI is much better at touching up, say boffins

Tony Paulazzo

Every one's missing the bigger picture here, this means HiDef versions of all my old classic porn... er, I mean archive footage from the 70's :| all those old 40's / 50's scifi B movies lovingly restored.

And yea, if it can't do that then it's not AI.

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Call your MEP! Wikipedia blacks out for European YouTube vote

Tony Paulazzo

Re: The problem I have so far...

Do you object to me, and people like me, actually making a living from our work?

No, it's more like your great great great grand children still earning a living from your work and the utter destruction of the Public Domain.

Get Copyright back in balance and then we can talk, Mickey (the Mouse).

EDIT: Not that I down-voted you, you are more than entitled to earn a living from creating stuff.

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USB-C for Surface owners arrives in form of a massive dongle

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Eh?

people who design the Surface should be DAMNED into HAVING TO USE the thing, ALL OF THE TIME. And no special treatment, either.

I'm on my second Surface Pro and I absolutely love it. At home I use the superb SP keyboard, on the sofa it becomes my favorite tablet and in the office a powered USB3 hub connects a decent keyboard, mouse, ethernet, DVD burner & printer effortlessly, plus a decent monitor plugged into the display port.

When shopping around to replace the SP3 I looked at many, many options, then stuck with the Surface, it's a beautiful piece of engineering.

On topic, USB C - meh, don't need it, my phone has wireless charging and MS are taking the piss a bit with that price, but their Surface Dock is also over priced for what it does (IMHO).

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Brit reseller Aria PC's appeal against HMRC VAT fraud finding gets under way

Tony Paulazzo

Aria is my goto hardware store, great customer service (brilliant returns policy now too), hope they win - don't care if they're guilty, they probably still pay more tax than Google and Apple et al...

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About to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update? You might want to wait a little bit longer

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Asus Laptop users beware (and Surface Pro 2017)

The Windows 10 April update borks...

Also has been known to update their own hardware SP2017 then blue screen of death a few hours later, (apparently doesn't like the SSD they used).

Why isn't MS holding off on the updates to run a few more tests? How can they have not even tested it in their own line of PCs? Why is no one holding them to account?

They're really starting to piss me off!

Edit: It also borked my Miix310 wifi adapter, have to find a realtec driver to fix it.

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'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'

Tony Paulazzo

Re: 'Where is it?'

WhatsApp

If it's owned by Facebook, and you use it it, so are you...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mergers_and_acquisitions_by_Facebook

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Reg man straps on Facebook's new VR goggles, feels sullied by the experience

Tony Paulazzo

Since you've used the Rift how about a paragraph on the difference in optics and resolution, SDE and godrays, is it $200 better? You talk about the weight, I'm guessing (since you neglected to say) it was heavier than its sibling, the Rift. Watching Netflix / 3D films at imax size with HD resolution or still suffering from pixel envy*?

What about the inbuilt sound, good or bad, 3D positional or stereo? FOV? Comfort?

* Guessing you couldn't answer that with the brief chance you got to play it.

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Fermi famously asked: 'Where is everybody?' Probably dead, says renewed Drake equation

Tony Paulazzo

Short of subliming they could've retreated into awesome Virtual Realities and stopped advertising their presence in the galaxy.

After all, on Earth, there are plenty of sheep but also not a few wolves.

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Us? Reverse engineer HoloLens? No way, not us, nuh-uh – Magic Leap

Tony Paulazzo

Templecloud has the measure of you people, you're clearly not in love with magic leap

https://www.reddit.com/r/magicleap/comments/81clrb/whats_going_on_here_then/

It's like Nessie, you have to believe to see it. I mean, it's got magic in the title, you need to look with different eyes, like, every-time you doubt it's existence a fairy dies.

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*Wakes up in Chrome's post-adblockalyptic landscape* Wow, hardly anything's changed!

Tony Paulazzo

Re: What really narks

I'm definitely not going to buy any of that advertised shit

This is what I don't understand, by kicking and screaming about adblockers they're actually advertising adblockers existence. I can't imagine anyone who uses adblockers would ever buy their product (if I saw something I wanted in an advert I would actually open up a new tab, google for it and buy a competing product because I hate adverts so much).

The Hitchhiker's Travel Guide describes the Marketing Department of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation as:

"A bunch of mindless jerks who'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes."

Curiously, an edition of the Encyclopedia Galactica which conveniently fell through a rift in the time-space continuum from 1000 years in the future describes the Marketing Department of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation as:

"A bunch of mindless jerks who were the first against the wall when the revolution came."

Only their complaints department survived the general economic implosion of the company as a whole.

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Magic Leap's staggering VR goggle technology just got even better!

Tony Paulazzo

"We're trying to understand what is going on there: what's the physics? What the neuro-technology? What's the neuro-anatomy happening? How do we gently slipstream into that and not disrupt things? We want to talk to your neuro-cortex in a biologically friendly way."

Well, that gives me wood! Course, I wouldn't pay someone to utter them but if someone wanted to gently whisper them into my ear I wouldn't say no :)

However, I do want to watch a 3D film on my coffee table (courtesy of Star Wars Chess game) - or like K's girlfriend in Bladerunner 2049, an external laser array of some description.

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UK Home Sec Amber Rudd unveils extremism blocking tool

Tony Paulazzo

Only our propaganda is good propaganda. Doubleplusgood! We are at way with Eurasia. We have always been at war with Eurasia!

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1980s sci-fi movies: The thrill of being not quite terrified on mum's floral sofa

Tony Paulazzo

While modern CGI can be entirely convincing

Like Princess Leia in Rogue1? The autopsy scene in Carpenters The Thing was stomach churning, gross and awesome, the CGI in The Thing '11 was laughable. Apart from CGI spaceships (which always look amazeballs) and the CGI bugs in 97s Starship Troopers it mostly takes me out of the movie.

The recent Apes movies were excellent, the CGI was almost perfect, but it's the almost that takes me out of the story and leaves me marvelling at the FX.

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Magic Leap blows our mind with its incredible technology... that still doesn't f**king exist

Tony Paulazzo

...until the headset is as thin as a pair of large glasses with wide FOV and massive resolution at a respectable price.

And I cannot fucking wait! Happy Christmas El Reg - keep up the balanced reporting <3

The killer app for VR is porn, it's always been porn :) The internet wouldn't be what it is today if it weren't for jiggly bits.

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Mozilla's creepy Mr Robot stunt in Firefox flops in touching tribute to TV show's 2nd season

Tony Paulazzo

[i]Mozilla chief marketing officer Jascha Kaykas-Wolff has posted a mea-culpa on the Mozilla blog. "We’re sorry for the confusion and for letting down members of our community," Kaykas-Wolff wrote.[/i]

Worst apology ever!

No promises of a review or how it happened nor promises to avoid doing it in the future. Mozilla (and I guess Google Reddit etc), have lived long enough / grown big enough, to forget about their users.

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For fanbois only? Face ID is turning punters off picking up an iPhone X

Tony Paulazzo

It's always wrong if Apple do it.

No, it's always late when Apple do it. Copy / Paste, notifications etc. In fact the only original thing Apple ever did was take away the SD slot and charge an extra hundred for minimal storage upgrades. They didn't invent touch screen, rounded corners, slide to unlock etc etc etc...

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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

Tony Paulazzo

Oh for some public PSA adverts warning people about trusting emails, website ads or cold phone calls to not poison their computer.

I'm kind'a surprised people are still falling for it. If a government agent phone me up with my national insurance number, place of birth and known political affiliations (philosophical anarchist), I would still ask that he (or she) send me a snail mail letter with a phone number that I could verify as being a UK gov based number before refusing to let him (or her) near my PC (at least without a warrant).

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We experienced Windows Mixed Reality. Results: Well, mixed

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Doomed to fail (again)

[i]I though porn was the killer app for VR[/i]

Graphical fidelity isn't really good enough, Screen Door Effect isn't too bad in fast paced games because you're not focused on the same (groinal) area constantly, it's not even great for simple flat movies or strong black on white (Elite Dangerous star fields) imagery.

I did hear the PSVR uses sub pixel tech which mostly eliminates SDE but I don't think any of these MS headsets uses that, plus their FOV / sweetspot is smaller than the Vive / Rift - seems like wasted potential, it's been over a year and they're worse than Gen1 products (and not much cheaper anymore).

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Antarctica declared world's most volcanic region as 91 new cones found beneath ice

Tony Paulazzo

Gateway to the Hollow Earth found! What next, Flat Earth?

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Europe-wide BitTorrent indexer blockade looms after Pirate Bay blow

Tony Paulazzo

How long's the Pirate Bay been blocked in the UK, five years? Can still be gotten to with a minimum of effort. And I know Theresa May is attempting to destroy the internet but better men than her have tried, it was designed to withstand nuclear war for gosh' sake!

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Senator blows a fuse as US spies continue lying over spying program

Tony Paulazzo

If certain folks keep pushing them, I look for an example to be made of someone disappearing or perhaps a very public and violent end. It's happened before.... allegedly.

I do worry about Ron Wyden, he is always popping up as being for democracy which puts him in an untenable situation (I'm from the UK and apart from presidents that's the only US political name I instantly recognise).

Long may he make waves - o7

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Virtual reality headsets even less popular than wearable devices

Tony Paulazzo

The PC tech isn't coming down in price at all and is still high-end gamer-only kit, and it's a lot to pay to "hedge" on yourself enjoying those kinds of games.

MS has teamed up with Lenovo / Dell etal to produce Win10 VR, RRP 3 to £400. Inside out tracking, resolution and refresh pretty much on par with Rift / HTC and coming out this year running on not so high end PCs / laptops. Might ignite some interest but agreed the price to quality ratio is way out of whack.

The bigger problem is no killer app. I love Elite Dangerous and so splurged on a rift (hate Facebook, distrust Oculus, love the headset), but a lot of the stuff out there is either crap or good but short, like 5 hours of content short.

It's also great for driving / flight sim type games but the lens imperfection (fresnel, SDE, FOV) make it less good for movie watching and or desktop use.

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Dying for Windows 10 Creators Update? But wait, there's more!

Tony Paulazzo

Re: ugh

My favourite overhaul would be to permanently disable Cortana

https://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10

Allows you to disable many of the more unsavoury aspects of Win10.

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Two words, Mozilla: SPEED! NOW! Quit fiddling and get serious

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Why I use Firefox

Wasn't really aware of that but after Googling (oh the irony), it seems they're making even more since losing the Google only cord, bundling Baidu in China for eg, it seems Mozilla has a total of 12 search partnerships raising their revenue to $421 million in 2015, looking even better for 2016.

http://www.ghacks.net/2016/12/02/mozilla-is-doing-well-financially/

Mozilla doing well financially is a good thing. Not only for users of Firefox, but also for the web community as a whole. It is the one major browser left standing between browsers maintained by large corporations.

With 2016 looking even better financially, it is fair to say that Mozilla won't crash and burn any time soon.

Mozilla also do a monthly email thing, the last one discussing why you shouldn't overshare on Facebook, instagram etc... and promoting Data Privacy Day (https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2017/01/26/data-privacy-day), which I've not noticed the other browser companies do.

Plus, as others have mentioned, NoScript is always the first extension installed on my Firefox, closely followed by Ublock.

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Why I use Firefox

There are four major web browsers, and three of them are designed to profit the companies that produce them: Apple (Safari), Google (Chrome) and Microsoft (Edge).

Firefox is the only one to put the user’s interests first. Other things being equal, that’s a good reason to use it. (Stolen from the Guardian).

Plus the Firefox sync feature is...

The security goals remain the same: there is still a strong random secret key, and Mozilla's servers cannot decrypt your data. However, instead of using pairing, a “wrapped” version of your secret key, protected by your password, is stored alongside your Firefox Account. (Stolen from Firefox).

It's nice to know when I close Firefox it's really closed, which is why Chrome seems faster at launching, most of it is already running - secretly... in the background... talking to Google*

* Disclaimer: I like Google, it's my home page and primary search engine, but I don't exactly trust 'em.

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Tablets become feebleslabs as sales spiral down

Tony Paulazzo

Re: How many tablets does a person need?

padfone

I really like the idea of this, just got an Axon ZTE 7 and would love a slot-in larger screen for when at home (Netflix) or in the office (third PC screen). Someone needs to design a phone agnostic version of this.

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WTF? Francis Ford Coppola crowdsources Apocalypse Now game

Tony Paulazzo

Already been done, 1990, Gunboat. For the Amiga, ST & PC'

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunboat_(video_game)

It was awesome! :)

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Shocked, I tell you. BT to write off £530m over 'improper' Italian accounts practices

Tony Paulazzo

Well at least we know why BT are putting up their prices now, their shareholders probably lost a penny on their stock options. Gotta get it back somehow! /s

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BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

Tony Paulazzo

BBC £12 a month (license fee)

Netflix £6 a month

They still lose, and if they sell their service cheaper to the rest of the world they stand to lose even more British viewers.

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Has Samsung, er, rounded the corner with Apple court win?

Tony Paulazzo

Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock said "Blah, blah, blah... stealing isn't right."

Apple founder Steve Jobs said, “We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.”

And the only winners in this whole debacle were the lawyers.

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Google to patch Chrome mobile hole after bank trojan hits 318k users

Tony Paulazzo

Adverts pushing malware you say, I don't believe it - it's a dirty plot from those nasty adblocker people! /s

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Living with the Pixel XL – Google's attempt at a high-end phone

Tony Paulazzo

32GB seems a little stingy when the phone costs this much, particularly as there's no SD card slot, but the thinking at Google is that cloud storage is the way forward

Also the fact that Google are selling it as a VR good phone, that 32 GBs is worse than useless and streaming VR from the cloud? get real. Also, the non XL has a crappy* 1080 screen. plus the body looks f'ugly - whats the top and bottom dead space for?

If you want to use Google Daydream VR you basically have to buy the 128GB XL (which shares the same resolution as the two year old Samsung Note 4) to minimise the dreaded screen door effect for £820 (vs the iPhone 7 256GB for £800).

Having said all that, that particular version of the phone has sold out so what the hell do I know?

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Microsoft's Surface Studio desk-slab, Dial knob, Surface Book: We get our claws on new kit

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Microsoft Surface Studio

John Lewis is...

Not only price match, two year warranty as standard, they also have the best customer service I've ever found. If they say they'll ring you back - they do! Take that Curries / PCWorld. They don't try and hard sell you extended warranties and are happy to discuss what a customer needs as opposed to what gets the best commission.

I don't work for John Lewis (honest), but I'll happily point customers their way looking for new PCs.

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Samsung halts production of Galaxy Note 7

Tony Paulazzo

There are noises

that it's the fast charging software that might be part of the problem, not just the battery.

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Y'know that ridiculously expensive Oculus Rift? Yeah, it just got worse

Tony Paulazzo

I'm kind'a surprised at the lack of Chinese knockoffs for VR headsets yet. I remember the 1 hour battery life tablet knockoffs coming out within months of the first ipad release.

Come on China, get your finger out - altho' please don't use child labour as we're not really comfortable with it; except, their little fingers are probably perfect for all those tiny little circuit boards...

VR isn't going to hit mainstream until the whole kit & caboodle cost about £500 (sterling), killer app is already here, vrporn.

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Good God, we've found a Google thing we like – the Pixel iPhone killer

Tony Paulazzo

And that's for the poxy 32GB model. With no expandable storage and VR (+ music etc) storage demands you're gonna need the 128 GB version for £700 (or £819 for the 5.5 phone).

Google can get bent!

I guess they've just become another corporation now - profit being the be all and end all...

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Florida Man's prized jeep cremated by exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Tony Paulazzo

I was going to get one last weekend, but seeing the news I might hold off for a while...

Wait for the fire sale - this phone is dead in the water, should be able to pick up a refurb (replaced battery) for peanuts when this is all over.

Mind you, am shocked they didn't send a message to every Note7 urging them to get a replacement immediately, wouldn't this open them up to lawsuits (esp. in the litigious US) - just heard about a child being burned, this is a PR disaster..

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What's up, Zuck? FTC to probe Facebook for WhatsApp phone number mega-slurp

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Numbers which have been collected without their holders' approval

If someone who has your number uses it, they've already sucked your number...

Number, name, address, email, business and any notes they've written in their contact information - which facebook now also has.

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Exploding phablet phears phorce Samsung Galaxy Note 7 delay

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Well at least

Maybe they'll come out with a USB-C health warning on the packaging - This may cause your device to explode! (not covered by warranty).

Do you feel lucky punk... well, do you?

SNAFU!

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Ankers away! USB-C cables recalled over freakin' fried phone fears

Tony Paulazzo

Wow, corporate brainwashing at its finest, not one comment asking whether companies should be held accountable if their cables fry an expensive £600 device, a cable, btw, designed to fit that device. USB C needs to be killed, we're back at the point where you can only plug your device into the cable that comes with it and daren't connect any others just in case.

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Samsung Note 7: Probably the best phone in the world. Yeah – you heard right

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Samsung v Xiaomi

My Note 4, not rooted / cyanogised has recently updated itself to Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) - so pretty up to date...

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

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Ah yes,

And how much to buy that Timberland chap for a couple of songs?

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Zero-day hole can pwn millions of LastPass users, all that's needed is a malicious site

Tony Paulazzo

I've only got 4 devices (and don't change passwords that often), so cables work fine for me.

Personally can't wait for biometrics to finally take off properly - got a fingerprint reader on the ipad, Surface Pro and phone yet none are properly integrated into the browser, or any password apps (that I'm aware of).

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