1008 posts • joined 6 Oct 2010
Re: Brand new
"Your brat and countless others like him are just one of the many sources of frustration that make modern air travel so tiresome."
I see you have no children. Getting a 5-year-old to focus on long 5+ hour journey is pretty much impossible no matter what entertainment is available.
The food was on the tray that cannot be locked down - raise your legs and the tray starts to fold towards the seat in front of you - and that's what happened. Kids have restless feet. Deal with it.
Air travel for me is tiresome because of the constant noise from engines and the waiting times at the airport.
"Inadvertent" my arse!
Unlike you Mr Coward, everyone else makes mistakes.
I was flying on a brand new 737 Max with my family last week. Even the captain blabbed or intercom how new it was and how the leather still smells on the seats and so forth.
The my 5-year-old kid inadvertently kicked his airline meal into the floor and left a nice spaghetti and juice stain. Not so brand new anymore...
Re: Developing for Windows MR and Hololens now @fung0
"I have several big boxes full of Microsoft's great peripherals. Superb joysticks and SideWinder gamepads that no longer work, because they need a game port."
Just buy a USB game port adapter for very little money. Some features like pedals may or may not work I hear, YMMV.
I have a second hand Thrustmaster 16000m USB joystick for playing Wing/Strike Commander, Privateer, X-Wing and such in Dosbox. Works perfectly though the games don't support the extra axes and buttons the modern stick has.
"nothing listed for mine yet - a Q6600 (yeah a 10 year old core quad)."
The outlook isn't good - Intel has published their Microcode Guidance document and it doesn't mention Kentsfield CPU's - which your Q6600 is. Intel seems to keep updating this doc but since your CPU wasn't mentioned even in the beginning it looks like anything over 10 years old will not be supported.
Re: modems 25%
"And none of the ones I ever saw actually had the slot populated never mind actually in use."
I've seen plenty of corporate laptops with integrated 3G/4G. Usually factory installed but I've also installed plenty of them - the procedure is practically identical to installing a Wi-Fi card, and HP at least provides the screw driver and tool to snap those tiny antenna connectors securely.
I'd still say WWAN models account for less than 25%, and those models are usually reserved for people who need them since most companies just won't splash for no reason. The extra cost for the kit is about €100 for the module and then the extra SIM card adds a bit more to the equation.
4G coverage here in Finland is excellent and prices low so perhaps the OP lives somewhere with great coverage or only has clients who like to buy expensive things.
Re: "is on course to become the world's default desktop OS over the next 2-3 y"
"Windows 10 user data slurping and continuous upgrades really pissed a lot of users."
Perhaps most of us technical people. The average Joe Sixpacks out there are oblivious to the 'telemetry' slurpage. People I interact with (end users) have never mentioned the whole thing when served with a new Win10 computer. Equally the same end users are buying Android phones en masse.
"And it's still interesting that despite having being first offered as s free upgraded, and then employed any malware tactics - but those that would have had Nadella jailed - to install itself surreptitiously, it's still NOT the world default desktop OS..."
I think the people who updated to Win10 were mostly home users and some users at smaller businesses. I sure as hell couldn't be bothered to upgrade any of my clients to Win10, because while the update was "free" it would still require lots of work and in the end Win10 wouldn't run the users' Office and other software any better. The Win7 death date has been pretty far in the future so more likely the computers would be replaced before that date anyway.
Being 'free' did help Win10 market share at home users because people usually like the notion of having free stuff, whatever it is. Those home users are also more likely to invest in the Store app.
"HP's new toy is "Sure View", a software-driven privacy shield that dithers a laptop's display to narrow the angles from which it can be seen." - not really needed with the quality of their laptop screens. I bet it will also screw users' eyesight.
The Reg author is wrong, Sure View is hardware-based solution HP made with 3M. Whether the Fn+F2 toggle works with e.g. Linux I cannot say, but this definitely isn't just "software magic".
Sure View has been available since some 2016 models, this is just a new iteration of the tech. I have clients who use separately bought privacy screens and this could be quite handy for those users should they buy new laptops.
"Not very impressed with usb-c. for one, you still have to plug power in to your laptop."
Some laptops can be charged with the USB-C dock, HP Spectre Pro G1, Macbooks etc.
The problem lies within the laptops which either consume more power than what USB-C can deliver (or what the USB-C dock/charger can deliver), OR the laptops contain the USB-C connectors but not the circuitry necessary to enable charging through it.
"Now you have a mess of cords going into a plastic hub that only ways a couple of ounces and stressing wires through daily flexing, as well as the chintzy usb-c port. Failure is sure to abound after a couple years of daily use."
Or, you can just select a weighty dock. I can live with light-weight docks with double-sided tape securing them to under the table or whatever.
Side and bottom docks and port replicators are being deprecated by the OEMs because people are buying laptops so thin that they can't be docked. USB-C is a sufficiently thin connector and Thunderbolt has as much bandwidth than the traditional docks. USB-C and Thunderbolt are both standards whereas with docks you had to usually replace them when you're replacing your laptop. You're also not restricted to using vendor-specific docks when you're using TB or USB-C.
Re: What a douche bag @Mr Drone
"Wonder when he will announce he is running for President"
Sad thing is that if he was to be named in the next preliminaries for either party1, around 50% of Americans would vote for him.
1 (just kidding, we all know which party it would be)
"...unsettling sight of Helena Bonham Carter costumed as unsettlingly attractive chimp"
"Did you ever find Bugs Bunny attractive when he put on a dress and play girl bunny?"
"Did you ask Levandowski to bring Google information to Uber?"
"In any job interview the company recruiter is interested in what advantage in skills, knowledge, background etc the applicant will bring to the company?"
Yes. Or at least should be. In this case Kalanick could have just hire him immediately without HR intervention.
Uber cannot ask Levandowski to bring "Google information" since that sounds very much like intellectual property theft. Whatever Levandowski has in his head is fine, but he still cannot bring anything copied from Google, nor can he obviously use anything that Google has patented.
Re: Yes... But does it actually work?
Okay... which CPUs are not affected by either Spectre of Meltdown?
Re: C'mon, seriously?
"The first thing I do on a new computer is delete IE and Edge, or at least delete their shortcuts, which is usually enough to encourage the user to browse with something else."
If the user doesn't have the blue 'e' icon on the desktop he won't be able to download that other browser. Worst case scenario: he still has an old CD from the ISP welcome package and you'll find him browsing with NN 3.02 when you're next time checking the computer!
Re: C'mon, seriously? @Mayday
"Seriously Adobe, kill it."
How would Adobe do it - by stopping all support immediately and let the bugs roam free? What would that accomplish - millions of never to be patched browser/plugin combos?
Since there is no kill switch (or perhaps the final update will disable it or prompt?) the only way to "kill" Flash in even remotely well handled manner was for Adobe to inform that support will end by the end of 2020 and to honor that commitment. Yes, the development on a dead-end technology for almost 3 years now costs money to Adobe but for me that is praiseworthy whereas pulling the rug from under it is something more associated with e.g. Apple which may inform *afterwards* that 'by the way, Safari and QT haven't been supported for some time now.'
Since there are still plenty of Flash based services available (someone mentioned BBC) it will take time to move. Whether because of transcoding the movies, music etc. media to something more suitable for HTML5 presentation or for whatever reason (DRM?). HTML has only in the last few years caught up with the capabilities Flash had 20 years ago.
GPS has always sucked the life out of any battery so finally we can ditch it and have maps and routing where you don't need to worry about keeping the phone plugged all the time. Brilliant!
Re: And they were so close... @AC
"You get only IE instead of Edge - significantly less secure."
In any case, lack of Edge doesn't mean IE only since there are several other browsers available, Chrome and Firefox come to mind. IE can be locked down pretty well through GPOs.
"And data slurping is the exact same"
Wrong. The telemetry shit can be tuned down (but not off) as in the normal Enterprise versions.
"But you DON'T get the security feature updates with the LTSB."
"Security feature updates"? LTSB versions, release every now and then, will all get 10 years of security updates from the release dates. For example, the 1607 LTSB version ("anniversary update") will get security updates for about 8,5 years as of now, but whatever fancy things MS has concocted in later versions won't be backported to it.
for instance no option to run Office Pro Plus - which is a common requirement in most enterprises that are not fully O365."
The recent Reg article referred to the MS article which specifically states that the upcoming Office 2019 will run on LTSC 2018 version. Office 2016 Professional Plus has feature parity with 365 Proplus.
"And you cant make sites that require IE automatically select it like you can in Edge. The list of problems with such an inappropriate build choice is significant..."
Many choices have pros and cons. Lack of Edge is either a pro or con for some.
Re: Now let's play this through for a UNIX(oid) shop
"You cannot (usefully) ssh into a Windows box and use your standard text editor or e-mail software."
No argument there. If the users are only using text based stuff then SSH is fine.
Companies using Windows have this thing called RDP which allows the users to use their ERP, Office programs ("standard editors") and email software which I reckon is probably not going to be elm or pine in most businesses around the world.
#metoo with a big arse
One client had the single server rack installed into a stupidly tight space in a corner. There was barely space to stand in front of the rack for the times when you needed console. And behind the user was a big fuse board with circuit breakers aplenty.
Apparently I wasn't the only one who managed to turn off several of those breakers with my posterior and thus turning off several office computers, lightning, and worst of all, the coffee machine. I felt pretty stupid for doing that.
You couldn't remove or install servers in the rack unless you carefully turned the rack at least 45 degrees or so. Didn't really help that the ethernet patch panels were built into the back of the same rack...
Re: I still own an iPhone 6 plus @packet
"thought about getting the battery replaced for the low promo price while you still can?"
I tried that with my iPhone 6 (nonplus). It was a scam.
I had noticed earlier that the phone had become much slower when I upgraded to IOS11. People scoffed at the notion - before the deliberate slowdown was to become public knowledge...
Anyway, I called Apple helpdesk and the helpful and knowledgeable (really!) guy told that I am eligible for the €29 battery replacement program even though the remote diagnostics said that the battery wasn't too much worn. He directed me to the only authorised Apple reseller around where I live, which I promptly called only to hear that the price would be €49... Apparently Apple advertises this €29 replacement program but no-one here in Finland swaps even no-name batteries at those rates. I asked a few further questions and yes, they would have swapped in an Apple approved battery and no, Apple doesn't sponsor either the labor or the part.
Since the reseller tech said that the phone would be ready a day after I brought in the phone I went to the nearest mall where a small shop replaced the battery for €49 in half an hour or so.
And yes, the phone became about as responsive as it was before IOS 11 and the battery lasts longer than it did before.
"they all want people who have years of experience in a more senior role"
They also expect you to be no older than 22 or thereabouts...
Re: By Firefox 60 Market-share with be 0.1% sadly
"No, we wont accept plans to shows Ads through the Browser etc!"
The masses don't care about things like that. If people don't care about their privacy (Chrome has what, 60% share and growing?), they sure won't care about some start screen ads that can be toggled off.
I can honestly see no way for Firefox to oust Chrome no matter what Mozilla devs do with the browser. Technical superiority doesn't matter, speed advantages etc don't seem to matter when they are fighting against Google.
Chrome is sideloaded at several download sites along with e.g. free Adobe downloads, FF doesn't have that luxury. People will install FF deliberately if they have had previous contact with it (like I do). A Linux distro may have it preinstalled, but because Linux-On-Desktop is a niche it won't really help FF's share.
Regarding your outlook on the dwindling market share Firefox has - how would you fix it? If you can pay mobile phone companies to preinstall it, pay for every other sw company to sideinstall and endorse FF and so on. Bidding against Google would be insane since they have infinite money and Google isn't dropping Chrome 'project' any time soon.
Netscape and Forte Agent - heck, even OE already perfected the look 20+ years ago. TB should come with a "bare" look and for those who want blinky graphics (and the dinosaur mouse pointers) there could/should be support for themes.
"But the Danish police has the tendency to bring cases in a Danish court of law. And they do have juries."
You're of course right. I just associated the SVT links to Sweden and drew wrong conclusions. My bad.
Juries are not really used in Swedish courts of law. But the judge(s) will still find him guilty, don't worry.
Re: Why not a cargo version
"Because nothing - absolutely nothing - can beat ocean shipping for costs."
But somehow there still is a market for freight planes... According to Wiki, FedEx fleet has >650 planes, UPS has 240, DHL has 188 planes and so on.
Re: Gender pay gap anyone....
...or Ms. Sandberg attended more board meetings than Mr. Dorsey. Sandberg has also been on the board longer than Dorsey. The board compensation rules for new members may have also changed before Dorsey was appointed. IDK and frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.
Whatever the reason I'm sure both are compensated more than enough and the whole board and CEO should be fired just for the latest Star Wars disaster movie.
"I work at a recently commissioned ballistic missile warning HQ somewhere in the Pacific. The 24/7 job consists mostly of playing Counter strike, watching Netflix, and boredom. There is also a spiderweb clogged red alarm light with klaxons which supposedly tell when we my every others' lives in the island are coming to an end. At that point we press the recessed and sealed Red Button to tell about this fate to the rest of the denizens."
"My boss decided to take a weekend night shift from us technicians because the pay is multiple of his already ridiculous salary and his new car needes a big down payment."
Someone else can continue from here...
Perhaps. Then again my Sony has the USB ports powered even in standby mode. I had to replace the external HDD for an SSD because of the constant whirring.
Re: Who said macs were more secure than Windows?
"I know a bunch of old retired folks that use Linux and have far fewer problems due to the lack of malware messing up their systems."
Do they install everything from repos or do they also download software packages from random sites?
They old folks could just be restricted to the app store on Windows and be just as safe.
Re: So why pretend to have a security layer in this case if you don't?
"Security through deception?"
Fake security cameras. They usually have a battery powered led and are hard to tell from the real ones unless you're handling them (plastic and lightweight). I'm sure they have some effect on graffiti artists, vandals and thieves when prominently placed. Better than nothing I'm sure.
"Compare that to a trunk road interchange near me..."
Empire State Building was built in roughly one year, in early 30's. The mind boggles.
"If you dig hard enough you can find original W95 styling and 3.1-era icons laying around."
Oh, MORICONS.DLL is still there in Windows 10. Whenever I need to create scripts for users I select something from there for the shortcut. :-)
PCID implementation in Linux?
"If there's a bright side to all this, it's that the PCID feature in Intel's x86-64 chips since 2010"
"PCID first saw Linux support in the 4.14 kernel released in November 2017"
If the Reg article is correct, why on did this tech take 7 years to be included in Kernel? Was PCID an unnecessary CPU feature until Meltdown was discovered?
Re: They made Athon CPUs until about 2010
"The Athlon II was released in late 2009, so they are well capable of running Windows 10. MS are skimping on testing again."
The MS support thread mentions only AMD CPU models made around 2006-2007. Athlon II seems to be in the clear.
"Forever War Joe Haldeman"
I think that has been in some sort of preproduction hell for years with Ridley Scott attached at some point.
Need not bother with the Forever sequels though...
I've read many books with thinking how great a movie would be but some have just so complex concepts for the common movie going people to swallow that the films would need too much explained and that would just ruin the film. Vernor Vinge's Realtime or Zone book series were brilliant stuff but I can't see how they could be filmed - the former has timespan of millions of years and the latter has alien point of views which was fun to read but probably just too...alien for the masses.
Re: One piece of good news though...
"For whatever reason the AMD models they do use a different charger + battery."
HP has for a couple years now transitioned to a smaller 4.5mm plug for several laptop models - probably because some laptops are too thin to sport the older 7.4mm barrel connector. Nothing to do with AMD. A few models only have a USB-C for charging.
Re: Another quality delivery from HP! @Voland
"You have to run their utility which runs only on THEIR OEM build of Windows."
You are wrong.
The HP download page also has a version that includes the "HP Framework" package: "If you do not meet minimum requirement's, please download the fully loaded battery validation utility that will install the required frameworks."
I agree that it is stupid not to be able to check the s/n online.
"If you want to have 'real timeshift', you boot from a Gparted Live CD/USB and save/restore entire partitions. It doesn't take long and it's a proper time machine. (I'm old fashioned.)"
Year of the Linux desktop will never happen unless those sort of advisories are abolished. I have nothing against imaging, but most people in the world would have trouble doing it. And some would still manage to image the USB backup media to the internal disk because they have no understanding what 'sda' or 'sdb' means.
Take a look at Windows Shadow Copies or OSX Time Machine. They really are not backups unless stored at dedicated media but many times I, and end users have recovered deleted or uncorrupted files from those without resorting to proper backups. Snapshots take relatively little resources to create (except for disk space), and can (and even should) be scheduled to happen several times a day for multiple revert points. It's rather cumbersome to image you computer even weekly unless you can do it automatically with e.g. PXE boot.
If this TimeShift works and the end user experience is even half as well done as in Windows/OSX then it should be a very welcome thingy.
Re: HP Sauce
"At least the crapware on HP machines comes from HP. Which is one of the reasons I don't buy HP. One of the others is that I don't see a need to use the screen as a mirror."
All the HP machines I use at work and see at customers' are matte displays. If you buy your laptops from 7-11 or Walmart then you're bound to end up with consumer laptop crap. Lenovo has glossy displays too you know.
Any new laptop I receive is imaged or the OS is installed from scratch. Pretty much no new laptop has the latest Windows 10 version (1709) and upgrading takes more time than installing from scratch which is about 20 minutes to fully updated, crapware-free system. No more useless Lenovo/HP utilities, diagnostics, registration reminders etc.
Re: GFX fail
"I am the only one who considers a GTX 1050 2Gb to be a pretty low end graphics card? I mean, for a corporate box email and word bpx, sure. But not even 4gb?"
I'm curious how anyone would consider 1050 a "pretty low end graphics card". Anything Intel is low-end and even they're perfectly sufficient for corporate stuff. This Nvidia is perfectly fine for casual gaming - and this is not a gaming laptop anyway.
"You can pick up a gaming laptop with a 1060 6gb for ~1500 or a 1070 8gb for ~1800. They have 256gb SSDs and 1Tb spinning rust, and one gen previous processors."
Apple and oranges, mate. How much do those gaming "laptops" weight? Can you actually use them in your lap? How long do the batteries last? How hefty is the power brick? How silent are they when idle or under full load?
Do people in your Uni actually lug gaming laptops to classes? How do they manage a day of lectures with those power sucking beasts.
"I'm curious about it's build quality too, since about 80% of the surfaces in my university crowd didn't survive past six months*"
Sounds like you are pulling that statistic straight out of your ass.
Re: Buy the US 15” from Amazon or similar
"I still use it 8-18 hours a day. It’s my development and gaming PC and I’ve experienced some sleep issues"
Uh, perhaps those 18 hour computathons have something to do with sleep issues?
Re: Real alternatives?
Wacom Mobilestudio Pro has partly you covered and HP Zbook X2 eclipses your wishes, although the Quadro GPU isn't nearly this powerful. The top spec Zbook is 50% more expensive than this Surface Book though.
"Three thousand quid for a 13" laptop!?"
Did you see the price for that new Nvidia Titan V??? $3000 when one can buy a fine GPU for under $100.
The thing is, some people like to pay more for luxury and I have no problem with that. People here are claiming how their ¤500 laptop is perfectly fine and I have no qualms with that either. I drive a no-thrills Toyota but some get delight in same size Mercedes with double the price. It's their money and I don't care. Drive a new car out the show room and the value drops immediately more than the price of this laptop is.
I read the Anandtech review yesterday and their conclusion was that this laptop trounces everything else in the same class. The CPU/GPU/SSD specs are really top of the line so it is going to be expensive. It's not like they're shoveling shit here fotr silly money.
I'm not the target for this and neither are you it seems. Some people are.
Re: Commodity ness is the problem
For example feed in a few hundred volts d.c. and you can
Most servers can be powered by either telco 48V or more hefty 380VDC power delivery. Bit surprisingly Supermicro doesn't seem to offer 380VDC but (at least) HP, Dell, Cisco do.
What you are proposing is nothing new. In ideal world every DC would be running on DC juice.
Re: Increased my interest in Vivaldi
"However, isn't Vivaldi one of those browsers that under the hood use the same engine as Google's Chrome?"
Yes, it uses the open source Chromium / Blink engine.
The fact that Google has created a spy wrapper around Blink and calls it Chrome doesn't affect Vivaldi.
Re: It would have been nice...
"I have been resisting calling everything apps"
Oh, that's nothing. I resisted calling directories as 'folders' for a long time, but after a couple decades I gave in and was assimilated when newbies didn't know what I was talking about.