* Posts by Darryl

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Amazon's Lumberyard invaded by zombies

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I have no idea what the correct expression would be, but can you imagine the personal injury lawsuit that zombie would be subjected to?

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Re: Beers all round

Mr. Slant is an El Reg commentard?

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Bitcoiners are just like everybody else: They use rubbish passwords

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Klaatu barada nikto?

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Security? We haven't heard of it, says hacker magnet VTech

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Re: Correction

Forgot the last line

...AND WE DON'T GIVE A SHIT. IT'S NOT OUR PERSONAL DATA, SO WHY SHOULD WE?

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Canonical reckons Android phone-makers will switch to Ubuntu

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Re: Too late for Ubuntu

"Except 80% of people don't care what's on their phone, it's just a phone."

Don't care and don't know. I'm always amazed when I mention Android to someone who owns a Samsung or an LG and they give me a blank look because they have no idea what Android is. People like how the phone looks and works and the apps they can get and that's about it.

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Ex-TalkTalker TalkTalks: Records portal had shared password. It was 4 years old

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Re: ICO should open another investigation.

"particularly if it became a habit"

I see what you did there

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Reminder: iPhones commit suicide if you repair them on the cheap

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Re: Frankenstein iPhones

"for all intensive purposes..." Good god.

Should be "intensive porpoises" obviously

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Re: "Apple says that the policy is designed to keep users safe"

And judging from a lot of the comments on here, their consumers are lapping up this latest justification.

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The Mad Men's monster is losing the botnet fight: Fewer humans are seeing web ads

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Re: Is anyone really surprised ?

"I halfway expect ad screens in the stall and above the urinals in bathrooms, soon."

We've had those around her for years already. At least above the urinals

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Who wants a quad-core 4.2GHz, 64GB, 5TB SSD RAID 10 … laptop?

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Re: Does the battery last...

Probably just about gets those fans up to speed

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Who would code a self-destruct feature into their own web browser? Oh, hello, Apple

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Re: Units of Measurement

I was in printing too at one time, and we used the RCH for measuring trap and register adjustments, but the R stood for 'red'

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Microsoft's malware mitigator refreshed, but even Redmond says it's no longer needed

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Not disappointing to me... Most of those idiots are Americans threatening to move to Canada, and we really don't want 'em.

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Like your iPhone, but not enough to touch it? This patent's for you

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Re: No one knows this

You'd think the Apple fans would have more respect for MS, Samsung, et al... After all, they DID invent time machines so that they could go a few years into the future and steal Apple's ideas so that they could copy them back in the past.

Or something

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

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You'd hope those users didn't have admin rights on those PCs and therefore wouldn't be able to initiate an OS upgrade

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US government's $6bn super firewall doesn't even monitor web traffic

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Instead of reinventing the wheel (and making it square, from the sounds of things) wouldn't it have been about 5.5 billion cheaper to pick up the phone and call one of the established firewall/security companies? They could've even supported some US company like Palo Alto or Dell Sonicwall...

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Why a detachable cabin probably won’t save your life in a plane crash

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Re: Easier

"No, Steve! Not that button!" <POP> "Oh, so that's not the de-icers then? Whoops, my bad."

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"What we really need is a method of ejecting the entire aircraft."

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Invent a hyperspace button. Problem solved. Where do I pick up my royalty cheque?

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Re: Acme Personal Phone Boxes

No, it's easier to save a bunch of weight by 'accidentally' not loading the plane with the requisite 300+ anvils.

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Sorry slacktivists: The Man is shredding your robo responses

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38 Degrees' description of their name reminds me of Despair.com's 'Teamwork' poster...

A few harmless flakes working together can unleash an avalanche of destruction.

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'Printer Ready'. Er… you actually want to print? What, right now?

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Worse is someone who pulls up each Powerpoint slide and reads it to you word for word before going on to the next.

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Two-thirds of Android users vulnerable to web history sniff ransomware

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Re: two thirds are surely NOT vulnerable...

Yeah, it's more like two thirds of Android users who are dumb enough to permanently allow third part app installation on their phone, so probably more like 0.01% or less... But that's not as gripping a headline.

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Apple yanks international travel plugs over shock worries

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Mystery solved

So that's how they came up with the name for the Lightning port.

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Apple’s retail chief: ‘Touching customers’ key to retail success

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Re: How about touching a REAL UK Keyboard?

You could, I don't know, vote with your wallet?

With a lot of consumer goods, if what they're looking at buying doesn't suit their needs, people will look elsewhere.

This is one of the things about Apple products that just amazes me... It seems to be buy whatever they offer and adjust yourself to suit the product. (And maybe go complain about it on a forum or two before buying another of the same)

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Built-in LG smartphone app created data hack risk

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Re: Grrr - so far I've been really happy with my G3

Can you disable Smart Notice completely? I usually do that with all of the add-on crap from OEMs and carriers (not this time - got another Nexus) but I know they're making some of those addons un-disable-able now.

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Come on kids, let's go play in the abandoned nuclear power station

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Re: If you'd like this, I'd recommend Chernobyl

"the food is colourless"

...until you turn off the lights?

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US rapper slams Earth is Round conspiracy in Twitter marathon

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Re: So this is where we are...

Worked for Kanye West

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Squeeze the banana to log into this office Wi-Fi

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Re: I think...

I thought it was a pretty good way to "Dole" out WiFi passwords

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

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Re: cracks

"Houses where the lights and other appliances go on and off in a programmed and varying sequence when nobody is home also exist, this is an anti-burglary measure."

Yes, they're called timers and you can pick them up at the local hardware store. Don't have to plug them into the internet, don't need to install a phone app. Don't have to worry about some kid in Taiwan hacking into them and quadrupling your electricity use while you're out of town.

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Cabling horrors unplugged: Reg readers reveal worst nightmares

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The server room that I inherited at my last job was as big as a decent office. There were four racks lined up side-to-side for seven servers and a bunch of old 24 port 3Com switches. The reason four racks were needed was because, instead of buying rack mounted servers, they bought towers and put each on a custom made metal shelf screwed into the rack. Also on each shelf was a standalone UPS dedicated to that server. Cabling the building was handled by the on-staff electrical dept. and even though the supervisor was a master electrician who was also certified in comms installation, the guys working for him just dealt with industrial electrical installations. This resulted in most of the drop ceiling tiles in the room being long gone, and Cat5 lines, fibre, and phone lines dropping in all over the place - some of the Cat5 terminated with an RJ45, which was plugged straight into one of the antique switches. After some arguments with the fire inspector, who insisted that there needed to be ceiling tiles, I attempted to bundle some of this nightmare up and work it into four or five common drop points so I could get most of the ceiling reinstalled.

And don't get me started on cable ties or zip ties or whatever you want to call them. I think I must've cut at least a few hundred out of there before I could move anything.

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How to help a user who can't find the Start button or the keyboard?

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Re: PEBCAK

I prefer PICNIC. Sounds more friendly - Problem In Chair, Not In Computer

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Re: Of mice and men

I've seen the mouse on the left side to free up the numberpad too. A lady at my last job did that, even though she was right handed. She was in Finance, and it was pretty amazing watching her enter and shuffle data in a large spreadsheet. Most people speed this up by using enter and tab to jump around from cell to cell, but she keyed in data using her right hand while navigating with her left on the mouse, seemingly with no pauses. I've never seen anyone interface with a machine that fast.

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Crummy Samsung gear no one wants, now no one can get – well done, Apple

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Who cares about reputation. She's probably on retainer with Apple now

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Bone-dry British tech SMBs miss out on UK.gov cash shower

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I'm still trying to figure out why the government should be giving money to Kim Kardashian's brat...

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Twitter goes titsup

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Re: Slow news day ahead?

Well, it's a boon to TV news anchors.

"This just in, Twitter is back up. Oh, wait, now it's down again."

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KeysForge will give you printable key blueprints using a photo of a lock

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Wouldn't it be easier to look at the lock, see the 'Weiser' or 'Yale' or whatever stamped on the case, and run to your nearest key shop to get a matching blank?

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Optimus Prime goes under the hammer

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Re: Merkins say the darndest things

Actually, that's a mistake on the author's part. It would just be a tractor (Actually the term is 'Tractor Unit' https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tractor_unit.) A tractor trailer is the whole shebang with, well, a trailer attached.

Edit: Eddy beat me to it

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Server retired after 18 years and ten months – beat that, readers!

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Re: Linux Free-Nas?

Maybe a NAS that's free of Linux?

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Nest thermostat owners out in the cold after software update cockup

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Funny, my programmable thermostat didn't have any issues. Oh, right, it's a cheap Home Depot special that works just fine even though (or because) it's not connected to anything but the furnace

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Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack

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No offence, but after reading this article and the one about smart meters, it just makes me glad that our (Canadian) government isn't alone in its ability to make monumentally stupid decisions and proclamations all in the name of showing how much they care, and not so much in the name of actually doing anything useful. Sometimes misery DOES love company.

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Smartphone hard, dudes, like it’s the end of the world!

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Re: New look ElReg

I'm sure he was hauled into the office for a bit of 'reeducation' after submitting this.

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Comcast's Xfinity home alarms can be disabled by wireless jammers

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Re: You get what you pay for

You've hit the nail on the head. For most average people, home and vehicle security is all about making it enough of a hassle for criminals that it's easier for them to go next door and break into the neighbour's place.

This is the only reason for those 'Protected by XX Alarm Company' stickers on the door. And also, the cheapest method is just to get a handful of these stickers (and maybe a blinking LED for your car)

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Outfit throws fit, hits FitBit's hit kit with writ (Apple also involved)

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Re: and award for openess

No, that would be a rectangular shape with hospital corners.

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Microsoft's 200 million 'Windows 10' 'devices' include Lumias, Xboxes

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I was thinking the same thing... And the Cortana questions are probably about how to stop Win10 from switching all your default applications back to Edge and the other Win10 apps after you've set things up the way you like.

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The Register's entirely serious New Year's resolutions for 2016

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Re: Courtesy of Barry White

Was that a whooshing sound as something went over my head, or wasn't 'Just The Way You Are' Billy Joel's song?

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Periodic table enjoys elemental engorgement

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Re: If you played the original X-COM game

Asimovium?

He was a chemist

and thiotimoline is a compound, not an element, so that's out

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There's an epidemic of idiots who can't find power switches

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Re: On the plus side...

"The AA man doesn't give you abuse for leaving your lights on, the doctor doesn't berate you for catching that embarrassing rash and your lawyer will defend you regardless of how drunk you were."

Yes, but I'll bet you don't call the doctor and treat him to a 20 minute tirade on how shit this body he gave you is and how even your 5 year old kid can do that surgery faster than he can.

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HPE's private London drinking club: Name that boozer

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Re: If they moved the rectangle a lot lower

I like that... I could work on getting expenses approved for a trip to the London Datacentre.

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Lenov-lol, a load of Tosh, and what the Dell? More bad holes found in PC makers' bloatware

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Re: Buy a mac

Isn't a mac the standard attire for exposing oneself?

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PC Decrapifier to the rescue.

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