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Comment Would this use more electricity? (Score 1) 149

With the increased bandwidth (and presumably the Wi-fi listening on a new, second channel?), would this increase the electricity usage of the router? It might only be pennies a day, but still the customer has to pay more to support someone else's Wi-fi connection as well as their own...

Comment What's the internet got to do with it? (Score 1) 95

They're locally lighting up the water and attaching electrodes to the taster's tongue - neither of which requires the internet at all (just a local machine to control things). Yes, the internet can store the light/electrode "recipes" so there's a central repository, but I fail to see how the internet is an important part of it (after all, I suspect all the possible drink/light/electrode combinations would fit on a small USB stick).

Comment What if I never read my ISP mail account? (Score 1) 206

I don't use my ISP mail account at all because if I switched ISPs, I'd have tell loads of people my new e-mail address (which is why most people bring along their mobile number when they switch mobile providers). The only e-mail I use is either my work e-mail or Gmail, which is why these e-mail-only notifications - presumably to your ISP mail account - probably won't be read by a lot of people. Also, these warnings seem to be toothless - no legal action is taken even after receiving many warnings.

It's interesting that they only mention P2P, whereas streaming and file download sites are becoming increasing popular. BTW, the FAQ linked to spelled computer programs as "programmes", which is incorrect, even in the UK. It's sneaky how they say "an IP address is similar to a street address or telephone number in that it is used to uniquely identify an entity" - most people might think this means it identifies an individual, but all it does is identify a location (and with wi-fi possibly involved that might be a radius around the location).

Comment Re:WP auto-patching should have mitigated this bet (Score 1) 119

WP auto-updating does have its risks of course - we've seen WP 4.7 introduce this big vulnerability for example (though I believe you can hold back these "major" updates and do them manually). Plus a lot of admins would prefer a scheduled time/day to update - it seems that by default auto-updating is fairly random w.r.t to its scheduling. Plus you'd want to update dev/UAT first before live in case there is breakage. Also, as far I know, WP auto-updating by default doesn't backup the Web tree/DB first and has no easy way to roll back a failed auto-update because of that (so off to tape backups you go whilst the site can often be down).

Still, WP updating whether its manual, scripted or automatic is still a million light years ahead of Umbraco's updating (which usually can't be upgraded between major releases, so many Umbraco sites get stuck on a particular major release for a very long time, even after support has ended).

Comment /readme.html doesn't show exact WP version (Score 1) 119

Don't rely on /readme.html to show you the exact version any more for a recent WP install. They seem to have knocked off the third field, so versions 4.7, 4.7.1 and 4.7.2 all now say "4.7", which might scare someone into thinking they're still on the vulnerable 4.7.

Of course, you can log into your WP admin interface and find the exact version there, plus it's also present as the $wp_version variable in /wp-includes/version.php if you have access to the Web tree filestore.

Comment Firefox is pretty good on Android (Score 1) 319

I actually prefer Firefox on Android to other browsers on that platform, but its "weakness" is that Chrome comes pre-installed with virtually every Android device now, so - like Linux vs. Windows on the desktop - Mozilla is fighting a lost cause really. It's quite shocking that after all these years, Android Chrome *still* doesn't have extensions, whereas Android Firefox has had them for a very long time now. Apart from the obvious ad blocker extensions, I like "Phony" to force all sites to their desktop version - handy on a tablet where I *never ever* want to see a mobile site.

Comment Stagecoach in the UK have them already (Score 1) 71

I was on a Stagecoach bus recently in the UK and they had a USB charging port placed fairly low between each set of two seats (plus ports on the side below the window for the front sets of seats). I believe their fleet refit in late 2016 added them in. Apart from nicer (faux?) leather seats, the new bus also had *much* better onboard free wi-fi than their previous generation of buses too. A shame no-one but me ever seems to use the free wi-fi on the bus though!

Comment Casio Pro Trek PRW 2500 (Score 1) 232

I picked up a Casio Pro Trek PRW 2500 a while back at a cheap price (under 110 pounds = $134 inc. tax) and really like it. It's radio-controlled, solar, water resistant to 200 metres, altimeter/barometer/compass and has a cute power saving feature (display goes blank if it's dark for an hour and then re-appears if you tilt the watch towards you or press a button). Only complaint is that you can't flip the "wrong" US date format (MMDD) back to the "correct" format (DDMM).

Yes, Casio have a smartwatch which looks really nice, but is hellishly expensive and even in its monochrome power saving mode, it still needs to be charged at least weekly, whereas my Pro Trek never needs a charge and the battery will probably last 10+ years.

Comment It's also a drop in all offline shows... (Score 1) 189

If you look at the graph shown in the article link, it turns out only online scripted shows have increased in the last year. The other 3 media (broadcast, paid cable and basic cable) all actually fell in 2016. Considering online scripted show 2016 quantities only sit half way between paid cable and broadcast quantities, then really all the article should had said is that there's a trend towards more online scripted shows.

Comment 6 days old "news"... (Score 1) 88

Er, no, Adode didn't release Flash 24 for Linux on 19th Dec, it was actually 6 days earlier than that. Heck, I even picked it up on my CentOS 7 system on 15th Dec via their convenient repo. I guess after 4.5 years of version stagnation, being almost a week late with the story might be expected...

Comment No decent new Android tablet in the last year (Score 3, Interesting) 127

It doesn't help that the last flagship tablet releases by Samsung (the Tab S2) and Google (Nexus 9) were not only expensive, but disappointingly 4:3 aspect ratio, making them poor for games and videos. I think Samsung's Tab S 8.4" and 10.5" tablets were the pinnacle w.r.t. the display on an Android tablet and there's been nothing since then worth buying. Heck, Google completely ignored tablets at their last launch, instead flogging clearly overpriced phones. If a Samsung Tab S3 came out with a 16:10 display like the Tab S, but with more RAM/faster CPU/GPU, then I'd probably first in line to buy it.

It's sad that my venerable Nexus 10 is still pressganged into service (with CyanogenMod on it of course, like all my tablets) - it was the last decent large tablet Google sold. It's no wonder tablets are dropping in sales - the Android tablet manufacturers in particular have almost given up making an effort to create a decent tablet. Yes, I know about the Yoga Book, but the price is a little steep considering the specs aren't fantastic and you can't detach the display and use it as a standalone tablet.

Comment Won't they have to also block other DNS services? (Score 1) 194

Providing a national DNS service with nanny filtering sounds too easy to workaround (just point to Google's DNS, OpenDNS etc. instead - just any non-UK reliable DNS service would do). Wouldn't they also have to have the ISPs blocking those other DNS services as well?

Like all these blocking services, they'll never publish the full list of what they block, hiding behind the claim that it's either proprietary or will give people clues as where the dodgy sites are. Problem is, this means they can block all sort of sites incorrectly and it's hard to know they've done it until someone has to go and kick up a fuss about it in the media.

Comment Re:Don't panic (Score 1) 99

Yes, it's a bit weird that someone posted up "we need an LTS with 10 years of fixes" when there's been a very prominent one (Red Hat and its derivatives) available for quite some time. RHEL isn't targeted at embedded systems admittedly and they've only just introduced a preview of an ARM variant with version 7. The oldest supported RHEL kernel is the creaking 2.6.18 - with a ton of backports - found in RHEL 5, but beware that support for that ends in 6 months...

Comment Depressing for the UK tech industry (Score 2) 65

ARM was a shining light of the the UK tech industry - its clever strategy of licensing its designs without manufacturing them made it a stellar company. Now it's been sold off to a Japanese company-swallowing mega-corporation, so is there a UK-owned equivalent to ARM left in the tech industry? It's a sad say, even if Softbank overpaid somewhat.

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