* Posts by Darryl

1590 posts • joined 12 Oct 2007

Chocolate Factory exudes Nougat as Android 7 begins rollout

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Re: Not enough gain, too much pain.

Believe it or not, the phones do last longer than two years. They don't self-destruct on their 2nd anniversary, and Google is still pretty good about issuing security updates. They'll keep doing exactly what you bought them to do.

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NASA tried turning lost spacecraft STEREO-B off and on again... but it didn't work. True story

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Re: Time for an early version of R2D2?

If the bot were to fail, we could include a special bot that's designed to repair the defective bot so that it could repair the satellite!

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I got the power – over your IoT power-point

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Re: Mitigation?

Or just don't buy the damn thing and use a plug and/or switch like the unwashed masses have to deal with

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Beauty site lets anyone read customers' personal information

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They're just catering to the people who think having to change a password once every five years is a real pain in the ass. I'm sure their clientele would prefer if it just presented them with a list of names for them to click, which would then fill in all of those annoying fields like 'Credit card number' and such.

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Password strength meters promote piss-poor paswords

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"And it has 'Password1!' too. ;)"

Ah, but does it have 'Password3!'?

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My headset is reading my mind and talking behind my back

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Re: Yellow 'sunglasses'

The yellow (amber actually) sodium vapour streetlights were justified by saying that they were easier on the eyes, but mostly they were just easier on the cities' electricity bill than the old greenish mercury vapour ones that they replaced. You can tell, because now that they're starting to install LEDs, they're being sold to the public as giving off more natural white light, allowing things to be seen more clearly, when in reality, they're just saving yet more electricity

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Windows 10 needs proper privacy portal, says EFF

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ROLF indeed

Tie me kangaroo down, Sport!

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Fake Android update menace

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Seriously, I don't expect everyone to be computer experts, but I'd hope that, by now, most people would know not to believe a "Your computer is full of viruses!!!!111!!" webpage. Or, failing that, at least know to ask someone who does know what they're talking about.

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Ford announces plans for mass production of self-driving cars by 2021

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Re: Link to the Beeb not the Financial Times

I agree. Everyone has fixated on a car crash involving a system that was never meant to completely control the car and bring up "what if" scenarios about white trucks and cyclists, while conveniently ignoring the number of white trucks and cyclists that get hit by regular cars with humans at the controls every day.

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Re: Insurance premiums

"If introducing self driving cars on the roads increases the risk of collision, noone will do it in the first place."

BUT, if driverless cars prove themselves to be much safer than meatbag controlled cars, the premiums on meatbag controlled models will increase, as they will be proven to be a higher risk.

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Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze

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Re: If I ran Microsoft, I'd easily fix all of this...

I didn't know Elon Musk was a commentard on here

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The curious case of a wearables cynic and his enduring fat bastardry

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Re: Wut?

Maybe he means 6 actual movements of the arm before deciding it's just too much work and going for a nap instead?

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Re: Remotes

I had a Sony CD carousel with that feature. Only use I ever found for it was to freak out the cat

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update crashing under Avast antivirus update

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Re: Twitter

ntevanza translated:

"ppl r shit riters"

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

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Re: Yeah...

You can blame HP for the "Canadian Multilingual" shit. For a while, you couldn't order an HP laptop for delivery in Canada without that useless 'worst of both worlds' layout.

The other problem is, if you tell Windows to use 'English (Canada)' as your language, then some large software packages (especially DTP) will refuse to work properly.

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

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Re: Same old, same old from the Telegraph @Fuzzy

"accused of being a mouthpiece for whichever party is in power."

That's not a problem. The CBC is a mouthpiece for the Liberals, regardless of which party is in power.

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The developer died 14 years ago, here's a print out of his source code

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Re: Is that all?

In Earl's defence, weren't those old Compaqs the ones that refused to power on if you installed a fan with an improper serial number or some nonsense? I thought that was where HP got those great ideas for their servers...

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Re: Wonderous story @Steve 3

"If the company can live without accounting software for months they sure can still do it... :-)"

Yeah, they're probably happily doing it manually in their single copy of Excel 2.0

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BlackBerry DTEK 50: How badly do you want a secure Android?

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Re: So what about the belt holster options?

That magnetic pouch thing was always one of the greatest BB features

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15 million tech-fried Brits have tried giving themselves a 'digital detox'

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Re: I ... actually think there should be a mandatory unplug period for everyone.

And how the hell are we suppose to catch our Pokemon then? Huh, Mr. Smarty?

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Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate

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My 7 year old HP G42 laptop upgraded to 10 extremely quickly and smoothly. I think it might have got a BIOS upgrade back in 2012

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Tesla autopilot driver 'was speeding' moments before death – prelim report

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Re: Not an AI

"Who is going to pay? The drivers, that's who."

So hundreds of millions of drivers have to pay to install new equipment in their vehicles, including the aforementioned hassles of taking the time to get it installed, etc. because a few hundred Tesla "drivers" can't be bothered to pay attention to where they're going?

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BlackBerry snips Alcatel label off a midrange biz 'Droid, sells it for $299

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I'm kind of liking this phone. Might be easier to convince our "Anything but Android" director by pointing out the BB logo on the back and extra security.

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Apple Watch exec Bob Mansfield 'gets into secret Apple car'

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Re: Car?

"I wonder does an Apple car only unlock with an Apple iPhone?"

Worse, it would have to be logged into iCloud and used cars will be unable to be activated because they're still locked to someone else's iCloud account.

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By 2040, computers will need more electricity than the world can generate

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Re: Buy stock in bullshit makers Now!

@ Steve Davies 3

You forgot:

4) Everyone plugs in their new electric car, using up all of this extra power and most of the existing, causing a global brownout.

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Nitwit has fit over twit hit: Troll takes timeless termination terribly

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"web celeb Milo Yiannopoulos"

Sorry, never heard of him

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"it's actually not racially biased when you consider criminality rates across races"

Like the cop in Miami who was concerned that an autistic guy had a gun (which was obviously a toy truck) so he naturally shot the guy's black therapist, who was lying on the ground with his hands in the air?

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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...and get the hell off my lawn!

I'm an old fart and even I'm impressed by how 'grumpy old man' you all sound.

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Blighty's Coastguard goes into battle against waterborne Pokemon

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Re: Capture? What capture

Yes

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Dying! Yahoo! writes! off! half! of! the! $1bn! it! paid! for! Tumblr!

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I need to point out

...that is the most apt in-article stock image El Reg has ever used.

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Never before have so many with so little to say said so much to so few.

(One of my favourite Despair.com demotivators)

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IBM caps '20 years' of deep MS love with Surface deal

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Surface Authorised Distributors

Sort of an unfortunate acronym...

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Tesla whacks guardrail in Montana, driver blames autopilot

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Re: Excuse du jour

Or the Audi 5000, where people gave themselves shin splints trying to push the brake pedal down harder. Only it turned out they were holding the accelerator down by mistake?

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Keep up the pressure on the telcos, Canada

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Re: Hard to believe

The difference now is, the "men with shovels" are corporate lobbyists shovelling "campaign contributions" into the pockets of politicians.

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Windows Phone users beg Pokémon Go creators for attention

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Re: There are dozens of us, DOZENS!!!

I'm horrified to know that I'm not safe from Pokemon Go because I own an Android phone. And worse, I have a company iPhone!!

Oh wait. I didn't install Pokemon Go on either of them. Phew, crisis averted.

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SETI mulls reboot: Believing the strangest things, loving the alien

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Re: Alien search

Wait. I thought we were looking for intelligent life?

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White hat banned for revealing vulns in news sites used by London councillors

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@ShelLuser

You'd think they'd know all about dynamic IP addresses already, though, because the sites were obviously designed back in the days of dial-up

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Re: Smug, complacent and wrong.

Sure they've learned. As per the comment above, they're now blocking your IP if you try to get in. That'll make sure you never never ever have any way to get back there.

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Drowning Dalek commands Siri in voice-rec hack attack

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Re: drowning dalek ?

Siri, you will open XKCD.com. Resistance is futile

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Amazingly insecure industrial control systems + internet = Cupful of nope

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The vulnerabilities aren't surprising, as a huge number of these controls are running old versions of Windows and doing things like patching and installing antivirus packages can bugger up the proprietary software that seems to be designed to be flaky on purpose to ensure lots of expensive after sales service by the manufacturer.

What surprises me is why these things are connected to the internet? I can understand having to plug them in for remote support occasionally, but they should be isolated the rest of the time. That's what we've always done...

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Galaxy S7 Active can't swim, claims site. But it can, vendor retorts

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As mentioned above, Consumer Reports buys all of their test items from a retail store

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IBM scraps loyal staffer gifts in favour of... a congratulatory social page

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The large multinational that bought the ex-large multinational that I started working for back in the dawn of time, shut down the plant I worked in three months before my 25th anniversary. I still believe it was just to avoid spending money on a service award gift for me.

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Microsoft's cringey 'Hey bae <3' recruiter email translated by El Reg

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I saw that iOS10's messaging app will have the ability to translate your texts to strings of emojis, so you're closer than you think...

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Sociology student gets a First for dissertation on Kardashians

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So she's a Sociologist now?

That means she can ask the big question - WHY you want fries with that

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Re: ?

Don't forget the part about Kim doing a sextape with a marginally famous rapper and her mother seizing upon it as a business opportunity.

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The problem with Canada? The price of broadband is too damn high

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Re: The price of broadband is too damn high

I'm paying $70/month for 25Mbps with a data cap of 300 GB. Not sure what the upload speed is, but I think it's 4-5Mbps

The reason it's so cheap (HAH!) is because it's bundled with $90 worth of TV and a $17 home phone line.

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Re: a few hugely vertically and horizontally integrated companies

Don't forget Shaw has decided to join the other three in mobility too by buying up Wind Mobile with funds from petty cash...

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Re: O Canada

From what I read, Canada didn't block anything... One of the Canadian assholes ISPs lodged a complaint with YouTube and YouTube voluntarily blocked it for Canadian IPs

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