* Posts by Jacob Reid

129 posts • joined 19 Sep 2007

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Apple threatens Java with death on the Mac

Jacob Reid
Gates Halo

Just shows...

Apple's days are numbered and they are becoming increasingly desperate in an attempt to direct some kind of attention onto themselves as they realise consumers don't want orwellian 1984-computers which tell them what they want and don't let them do their own thing, no matter how shiny and white they may be.

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Google says desktop PC is three years from 'irrelevance'

Jacob Reid
FAIL

AKA...

"We just realised nobody wants our OS, so we'll say nobody needs it and hope it comes true"

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Amazon punters go mad for 'Laptop Steering Wheel Desk'

Jacob Reid
Paris Hilton

One problem I can see...

When you turn, wouldn't everything slide off it?

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Blogger outs back-end Google tech

Jacob Reid
Paris Hilton

Google TurdSense

Analyses what you've eaten and delivers targeted adverts.

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Trojan plunders $480k from online bank account

Jacob Reid
Gates Halo

Not Windows' fault

The problem there is known as 'human stupidity' - ie. opening random email attachments.

Do people really still fall for that?

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UK already 'major world power' in cyberwar

Jacob Reid
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I can't take that guy seriously...

His surname is actually Borg!

Resistance Is Futile.

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Bookie lays odds on next Microsoft head transplant

Jacob Reid
Paris Hilton

What about this one?

http://img504.imageshack.us/img504/8255/msadklingon2.png

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Internet junkie detox center claims US first

Jacob Reid
FAIL

@Andy

Not at all, I thought exactly the same thing.

FAIL city indeed.

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YouTube injects cash into US F1 team

Jacob Reid
Paris Hilton

Read the latest issue of Sniff Petrol (out today)

http://www.sniffpetrol.com/2009/08/21/youtube-s-a-f1/

EPIC.

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Sites pulling sneaky Flash cookie-snoop

Jacob Reid
Paris Hilton

NoScript FTW

I never allow any site to use flash without a good reason.

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Virgin hijacks empty pages

Jacob Reid
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I assume this is DNS based

EVERYONE should get their DNS directly from the root servers or run their own DNS server. It's becoming the only way to avoid censorship and interference with your connection.

Yet another reason to ditch Vermin Media too.

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Launch your own satellite for only eight grand

Jacob Reid
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Could I...

Put a laser weapon in one? or maybe some missiles? Even just heavy objects with sufficient heat shielding not to be destroyed in the atmosphere and sufficient mass to make a small crater of my target?

Just wondering, you know...

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Dutch court clogs Pirate Bay

Jacob Reid
Paris Hilton

Doesn't matter.

TPB sold out and is soon to die. All these idiots are just wasting their money.

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Cameron condemns Tweeters as tw*ts

Jacob Reid
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Well

I was probably voting for him before ("Democacy is being allowed to vote for the person you dislike the least" - he may be an idiot, but less of an idiot than Brown or whoever the lib dem leader is this week), but this has increased that chance significantly.

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Firefox 4.0 flashes lusty leg at Windows lovers

Jacob Reid
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Sounds crap.

firefox has jumped the shark really. Personally, I am only using it until something less bloated is released, developed by people who don't chase the latest 'ooh shiny' useless feature that make it look ugly and reduces usability.

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Firefox 3.7 swivels glassy eye

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Looks fugly.

I hope there will be options/addons to disable all the crap they are adding, and not another Firefox 3, forcing users who don't like the useless bloat to wait a year for them to fix it...

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Mysterious organic blobs found in Alaskan waters

Jacob Reid
Welcome

Aliens. Must be aliens.

The invasion has begun.

I , for one, welcome our new alien overlords.

(finally, a chance to use this icon...)

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Unpatched Firefox flaw lets fox into henhouse

Jacob Reid
WTF?

@twelvebore

No, UAC continually nags you every time. Noscript only needs an initial 'mark as trusted' for trusted sites, and 'mark as untrusted' for analytics sites, ad sites, etc.

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Office 2010 tech preview: Expect the expected

Jacob Reid
FAIL

Office out, Openoffice in

So it seems like time to go 100% Openoffice when Office 2003 is too old. I was still hoping M$ would give an option to have a normal interface in office 2010, but it seems sadly no.

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Vulture Central unleashes RegPad™

Jacob Reid
Pint

Where can I get one?

And how much money do you want?

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Firefox 3.5 patch coming soon as Mozilla cranks up downloads

Jacob Reid
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Love it

They finally gave us features to completely disable that completely shit URL bar.

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Gamer embezzles virtual cash to settle real debts

Jacob Reid
Paris Hilton

This happened last month.

Admittedly an impressive one, but thefts are not rare in EVE.

@Richard - the bank is 100% player run and owned. There is no official bank service in the game. Money most definitely is finite, even though they have a lot of it.

@Anon "Laissez-faire or double standards" - buying ISK via time codes is a lot more expensive than via 3rd parties. It is also well controlled so there is no chance of scamming while all the chinese gold farmers will just take your money and never send you the cash, or infect you with a keylogger then clear your cash out.

@Feef - scamming, metagaming, etc is all within the rules, he only got b& for selling ISK for IRL money, which is not allowed.

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Masked passwords must go

Jacob Reid
FAIL

Any site that stops hiding my password...

Will be a site I stop using.

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El Reg commentards offered extra iconography

Jacob Reid
Welcome

Loving the new icons

But I still think the dead vulture should make a return.

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Safety wonks condemn digital TV satnav

Jacob Reid
WTF?

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents?

More like the The Nanny State Society for Pointless Nagging and Interfering.

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NASA takes stick over feet and inches

Jacob Reid
Stop

English?

Since when have we used non metric units, miles excepted? As far as I know, America is the only country not to use metric.

I don't even know any non metric units apart from miles and a very rough idea of feet.

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PETA pronounces on Obama fly-swat

Jacob Reid
Coat

I have a better idea

We can swat PETA members instead. They are even more annoying than flies, and I bet more satisfying to swat.

Mine's the one with the PETA member swatter in the pocket.

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Microsoft fans call for Opera boycott

Jacob Reid
Paris Hilton

Opera sucks anyway.

Big piece of bloatware. I would rather use IE.

Firefox is still the best browser, despite huge and fairly numerous issues

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Microsoft to bomb Europe with IE-free Windows 7

Jacob Reid
Thumb Down

Well, to be honest, that's fucking stupid.

I use firefox, but I Fdo use IE occasionally, if the copy of windows 7 I buy doesn't have it, first thing I will install after FF and NOD32 is IE.

Same for Windows media player.

Also, what about people without internet access via another PC? how are they going to be able to download an installer or whatever for IE/FF?

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Apple moves to patent mobile color

Jacob Reid
Jobs Horns

"And if there's anything an Apple product can't be, it's tired and unexciting."...

LOL WUT

That is all.

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DHS trials musical brainscan wellness tech on US firemen

Jacob Reid
Go

Piano? meh.

I would love to get hold of an electric guitar version for myself though.

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Zango goes titsup

Jacob Reid
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Good riddance

Now we just need to wait for phorm to die.

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Florida cops taser satnav lake plunge woman

Jacob Reid
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April Fools Day

Something tells me everyone here has been epically trolled...

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Mormons demand ICANN plugs net smut hole

Jacob Reid
Stop

How about...

the mor(m)ons just don't use the internet if that offends them.

their outdated superstition offends me, so I just don't subscribe to it.

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Google expands ad empire with expandable ads

Jacob Reid
Stop

As if I care

Adblock Plus FTW.

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Danish sex museum loses wood

Jacob Reid
Coat

Dongs?

Allow me to be the first to say...

'lol dongs'

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Phorm: BT system 'most definitely' online by end of 2009

Jacob Reid
Paris Hilton

@ 'legal question'

@Which ISP will definitely not go down the Phorm route?

IIRC, Be are safe. They are the only ISP really worth considering anyway, with Sky coming a distant second, who afaik are also safe.

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DHS deploys undercar Kraken tentacle-bombs

Jacob Reid
Paris Hilton

@Richard

Well, electric cars are so crap you could probably keep up by running, or just driving behind it at 40mph until it runs out of battery after 30 min or so.

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Mozilla delays third Firefox 3.1 beta

Jacob Reid
Flame

@Robert

That URL bar improvement is well known, except it still searches in titles, still searches bookmarks, still searches from the middle of a URL rather than just the start (e.g. if I type google then I would expect it to match google.co.uk and not a website with google in the middle of the URL, or in the title)

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Jacob Reid
Jobs Horns

@ anon 'meh'

I am in exactly the same position.

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Tech industry still leaving dirty great footprints, says Greenpeace

Jacob Reid
Paris Hilton

Does anyone care?

No?

...Didn't think so.

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Oz net censorship apparatus to target BitTorrent

Jacob Reid
Stop

Impossible

BitTorrent can be run on ANY port, I assume they will only sniff the default port.

The data sent and received has been encrypted for years anyway.

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Free eco-friendly font saves ink and toner

Jacob Reid
Paris Hilton

Better idea

Just print everything in 1point text.

Or don't print it.

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Mozilla boudoir shoots out second Firefox 3.1 beta

Jacob Reid
Alert

Is the Awful bar fixed yet?

Well...

I am still using Firefox 2 and will until it either gets too old (change browser) or they give an option to disable it in Ff 3.

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MacBook Air owners get laid

Jacob Reid
Jobs Horns

Well, at least they are easy to return

surely the entire point of the macbook air, when it fails then you can easily send it back to apple.

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Microsoft warns customers against bogus 'Blue Edition' Office

Jacob Reid
Paris Hilton

high quality

Explains why people are pirating XP but not vista.

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Apple tells Mac users: Get anti-virus

Jacob Reid
Jobs Horns

"Apple encourages the widespread use of multiple anti-virus utilities"

Great way to reduce performance and cause conflicts between them.

Also, I see apple recommend norton and mcafee... Looks like apple need to do some research into this 'security' business...

Also, it seems the end of mac fanboys' smug 'macs don't have vulnerabilities' is ending at last... Of course macs have vulns, just until now nobody has bothered to exploit them. Windows is possibly more secure due to regular patches.

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India plants flag on Moon

Jacob Reid
Paris Hilton

@anon "Idiots"

Ah, that explains it...

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Nissan: buy our electric cars... rent our batteries

Jacob Reid
Coat

"Tavares also predicted a long-term shift to communal car ownership."?

More like Communist car ownership, am I right?

Never going to happen.

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Online identity card scheme aims to remove password headaches

Jacob Reid
Paris Hilton

"aims to reduce consumer security"

Got that right. Give away your personal data, not to mention only one login to compromise to gain access to everything.

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