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  1. There is a confirmed major issue with the PI 4 USB-C port https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/10/20688655/raspberry-pi-4-usb-c-port-bug-e-marked-cables-audio-accessory-charging
  2. Yep, on an Acer Aspire, but it kept locking up - perhaps old hardware but it was happy with Windows 7. Doesn't use systemd which I don't know much about but apparently an area of controversy in the L world.
  3. 'I also make sure that I get rid of any Google keys in Certificate/PPA settings in GNU/Linux ' Is that to do with tracking? how do you think they are being used?
  4. Thanks for the replies, the upgrade made it boot (Linux) in about a third of the time, general use about 50% faster. An Athlon 64, old M/B def not SATA III!
  5. Looking to speed up an old machine with a small SSD. Anyone had any good or bad experiences with the various brands? My Sandisk and Kingston have been fine but some OCZs went. PNY and ADATA seem cheap at the moment
  6. Thanks, nice facility for a caddy, wasn't aware. 55.00 plus an SSD, I like the write protection option.
  7. Close 6/10 A non glossy look at the PPO business. Rapace makes it watchable as the bodyguard (based on real person Jacquie Davis).
  8. Ended up getting some Verbatim from Amazon, burnt at 2x using Linux Xfburn (took over half an hour), but it worked and installed fine on a new Windows box. Took it's time though, should get a USB 3 external drive.
  9. Yep, agree about the media creation tool. Have had about an equal number of problems with DVDs and USBs over the years so thought I would try this route. Perhaps I ought to freshen my mindset!
  10. Thanks for the suggestions. It's a Windows 10 64 bit ISO, took a look but don't think I can take anything out of it. Tried a test burn with a 4.7 to see if it would fit but just complains it is not large enough. Alas couldn't find any DL discs locally
  11. I need to burn an ISO image to DVD which is about 5GB As it is over the standard 4.7GB single layer limit I guess I will need to use a DVD DL disc. Checked and my DVD burner supports DVD DL, does anyone know if I can buy the discs from an outlet in Sheffield or is it be Amazon? On Windows 10 or Linux will it just be the usual burning process of right clicking the ISO and burn?
  12. So if only using an https mail portal rather than a client, it will already be secure even over open wifi, so whether or not to use a VPN will be down to whether it would be of benefit to have a second layer of encryption? Difficult to evaluate I guess, not sure of the hacker skills required to attack either. Thanks, will check it out
  13. Interesting. My main use is just for security if I'm out and about doing email on free wifi. It seems difficult to evaluate what if any protection it gives from malware. I guess at home there is perhaps little point unless I don't trust my ISP?
  14. Any recommendations for VPNs? I have tried the one built into Opera and also ProtonVPN (which uses a Netherlands based server, so of limited use). Also what about the pros and cons? I get that encryption aids security but does it also introduce vulnerabilities? (as say you are reliant on the integrity of the servers).
  15. On the BBC's Politics today Mr Self sparked an angry reaction from the right-winger by claiming “every racist and anti-Semite in the country” voted for Brexit. Mr Self said earlier on the show there were many rational reasons for leaving the EU but there said many of the key proponents of Brexit believed in an “ethnic nationalist Britain”. https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/will-self-mark-francois-brexit-row-bbc-video-racist-anti-semite/ Fellow panellist Grace Campbell later tweeted that prior to the show Self had suggested Francois had a small manhood. https://twitter.com/GraceCampbell
  16. ABC's of Quantum Mechanics by V. Rydnik, 2001 An expanded translation of the original Russian book (1963). Over the years I've tried numerous lucid tomes in my quest to understand some of this. Here the clever prose keeps you awake and the analogies lift it. A few of the concepts even got levered into my surprised brain.
  17. Not sure, my experience was with the same network, O2. Android gives the signal strength in dBm from System, About phone, Status, Network, Signal strength
  18. A few years ago I got a Sony L1 and for the first time the call quality was better than a land line. Not sure if that was improvements in the tech or if Sony put in some fancy electronics or speakers. About a year ago replaced it with a Huawei Honor and instead of getting a borderline voice signal in poor reception areas, I get one good enough for hotspot data. Thinking of upgrading and looking at the reviews there is little mention of reception, which seems odd, so, any recommendations or avoids?
  19. The girl in the spider's web Slick and well paced with Claire Foy replacing Rapace as Salander. More Bourne than Dragon though and whilst I like Bourne, this was oddly uninvolving. 5/10
  20. The secret life of birds by Colin Tudge Wonderfully interesting, not a dull word
  21. On the future Prospects for Humanity, Martin Rees The Astronomer Royal peers into our future
  22. Top secret alien abduction files : what the government doesn’t want you to know, Nick Redfern, 2018 It draws from FOI, contactee and abductee information and suggests several phases of alien activity. The early years, from the 50s, where contactees reported benevolent, non abduction type interactions. Intrigued governments began discreetly opening files. A second and more sinister phase from the sixties with abductions and experimentation. Governments became more proactive with monitoring and rapid response, black helicopter type reactions and occasionally their own abductions. Disinformation was used to limit widespread credence being given.
  23. Zoe A story about how synthetic humans can feel and even love, and how the people they are involved with react to this concept. Slow but interesting 7/10
  24. Thanks for the recommends, will check them out
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