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Comment: Re:Multiple devices, works great (Score 1) 362

by Malc (#47962553) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

If you're so inclined, I'd try a fresh install

The trouble with this is you lose all your call and messaging history. It's all or nothing with iOS device backups. I recently upgraded from a four year old iPhone 4 to a 5s. I thought a great opportunity to start clean: I installed only the apps I wanted and configured all my accounts, and was even satisfied with my photos from the old phone being an their own album instead of the camera roll. Loss of the message history in particular irritated me so much so quickly that I restored from backup in a few days. There are some apps out there that claim they can do this, but after a few wasted hours faffing around with one, I ended up with a messed up phone.

Comment: Re:Alright smart guy (Score 1) 362

by Malc (#47962537) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

You must have serious amounts of spare if you think it's an acceptable solution to go looking around an online community for solutions like this. I don't have the time nor inclination to do this with every device in my household. Maybe once because it's interesting, but that's pushing it. It's a phone or table device FFS, I just want it to work and spend my time more usefully.

Furthermore, if the device was current at the time it was bought, it's irrelevant how long it was since the original release date. It's reasonable to expect a useful support period. What the grandparent post described is totally unacceptable.

Comment: Re:I don't see the problem. (Score 0) 667

by Malc (#47498561) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

In some people's eyes. To other Ukrainians he was democratically elected and represented their views. Are you so sure that his pro-EU replacement was democratically elected? We only get part of the story here in the West, although I *hope* it's more honest/unbiased than the other side of the story.

Comment: Re:TrueCrypt screwed me (Score 1) 566

by Malc (#47116975) Attached to: TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

That sounds more like user-error, or you've corrupted the hard drive somehow.

That said, I've had some problems with TrueCrypt:

  • It falls over with big files. I found the throughput to a TC volume dropped to a few KB/s copying a 90GB file to it. I work on professional video compression tools, so I have a few files this size and larger. Google revealed a few other people have encountered the same issue
  • There's a bug somewhere in the Windows version of TC that prevents it releasing drive properly. I'm not sure how people use this with USB flash drives, but when I tried it with an external 4TB USB drive, I was unable to safely eject the drive after unmounting my TrueCrypt volume

Comment: Re:apples and oranges (Score 1) 688

by Malc (#47073111) Attached to: Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

Blimey, you've put a lot of words in to my mouth and made a lot of assumptions about me. You should stop and think.

I didn't make assumptions, I asked questions. Instead of useless posturing, why don't you answer some?

Errr, what do you call this: You seem to take it already as a given that public schools are the right solution and will yield better results if only we do

Where exactly did I say this? You're making things up.

But I'll stop here, since so much math and reasoning is likely too taxing for you.

You really know how to debate or discuss things don't you?

Comment: Re:apples and oranges (Score 5, Insightful) 688

by Malc (#47063577) Attached to: Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

But as long as people like Obama advocate mediocre European systems as a model, all we will produce is the same kind of mediocrity that Europe produces.

WTF? Do you just have a short list of canned sentence templates that you try to plugin in to any scenario to support some sort of mindless political agenda? Your statement makes about zero sense.

Comment: Re:health advice is 30-60 mins exercise per day (Score 1) 329

by Malc (#46970977) Attached to: Gaining On the US: Most Europeans To Be Overweight By 2030

Well done, that's an impressive feat.

I also sold my car a few years ago, so I can say categorically that it helps to live somewhere that accessible on foot or has decent public transportation as a back-up option is very helpful. I cycle 11 miles TW9-SE1 in London, but these days I only do it when the roads are dry (safety and comfort), and take public transport if I'm feeling unwell, need a rest, have plans elsewhere during the day/after work. I also sleep like a baby after three days in a row commuting on the bike, which is great for an insomniac like me.

Keep up the good work, keep yourself feeling good, and keep safe.

Comment: Re:H1b Is a marriage killer in its current form! (Score 1) 566

by Malc (#46947727) Attached to: Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

This is the very reason why I left the US in 1999 after almost three years on an H1b, and changed my mind about returning a couple of years later after being offered sponsorship for a new visa. I did end up working 1099MISC from overseas for a bit, but ultimately my quality of life was better staying away from the US. You know what they say: happy wife, happy life. Since then I've lived in Toronto, Shanghai, Melbourne and now London, and there's no way in hell I'd go Stateside for work again under the current scheme, and besides, after all those awesome cities, there'd have to be a damn good reason.

A bug in the code is worth two in the documentation.