* Posts by Ian McNee

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Apple users: Only Apple can track us! Not Google

Ian McNee
Gimp

Re: But

Sorry but I'll have to see your lawyers before you can have a "skinny soymilk frappucino" as that is a method outlined in Apple's patent iCaff.

As for a lawsuit over this, I wonder what sort of ads Google ended up targetting at these clueless Safari users (pardon my tautology)? I'm willing to bet they were mainly for wildly over-priced brushed aluminium-clad laptops and fruity phones. Oh and trendy coffee bars where the punters cogitate deeply on what kind of cow soymilk comes from...

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My top tip for Microsoft: Stop charging for Windows Phone 8

Ian McNee
Alert

Re: Isn't that cute...BUT IT'S WRONG!

Agreed - and MS should not be encouraged to use the fat wedge that they have extorted via their monopoly positions in other markets to gain anything like a monopoly position in the mobile market.

Yes Google have spent quite a lot developing Android but Android is Open Source and a huge chunk of the work was already done in the form of the Linux kernel and other Open Source inputs. And yes Google are monopolistic in their own way but that is their search+ad+data slurp model, not mobile OS lock-in.

An attempt by MS to gain significant mobile market share by using WinPho8 as a loss-leader initially can only be on the premise of future monopoly per-device license fees in the future as that is almost the only significant business model they have. That would not be a good future for any of us apart from possibly MS (if they could make that succeed, which is questionable).

MS's failure to date is not that their mobile OS is too expensive, it's that it is not sufficiently superior to (or even as good as, some of us may argue...) the competition to justify the premium they need to charge to cover the cost of development and turn a profit.

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Dead Steve Jobs' patent war threat to Palm over 'no-hire pact'

Ian McNee
Alert

Dead Steve Jobs?

Did I miss Daniel Lyons' obit?

Just askin'...

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'End of passwords' predictions are premature - Cambridge boffin

Ian McNee
Stop

Re: Canbridge postgrads aren't what they used to be (sic)

@Colin Millar & Mongo:

Who knows (or cares...) what "Canbridge" postgrads are like? But your typo is beautifully Freudian as you clearly have not bothered to put the comments in this piece in any kind of context, let alone glance at the research referred to.

The quotes are lifted from a post on the excellent Light Blue Touchpaper blog that is simply a response to the usual media/consultant-hyped scare stories about brute-force cracking. And, Colin, even the article makes clear that the quote you mistakenly attribute to the researcher was "perceived wisdom" being debunked.

If you really want a flavour of the actual research check the summary of the thesis or a more weighty LBT posting on authentication. There are boffins and there are boffins, in my experience the bunch at the Cambridge University Computer Laboratory know their stuff.

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Long-delayed Fedora Linux 18 arrives at last

Ian McNee
Boffin

Certainly sir...

...would you like a little horse with that?

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Titsup Windows Phone 8 orders user to cram 'boot disc' in mobe

Ian McNee
Linux

Re: True innovation

@JDX: You, sir, are a troll, though a troll with a very nice gold badge!

For once I'm going to give M$ the benefit of the doubt here: maybe there is some wag of a code monkey in the WinPho8 dev team who mocked-up this screen to be displayed on a boot failure likely to have been caused by tinkering with the standard boot image. Surely someone at M$ has a sense of humour...surely...

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Biz users, hard-up punters: Nobody loves Windows 8

Ian McNee
Linux

Re: USB3

@Euripides Pants:

Quite right - I do get fed up of Windows drones whining on about all their fab new feature that has just been quietly working in Linux for years. I mean the important shit that does useful stuff and makes systems dependable, fast & efficient, not the bollocks bling and other ephemera.

Same with iPhone fashion victims continually bleating the myth that their extortionate hand-candy is innovative and technically superior - though I grant that from a marketing perspective it may be. Meh...

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Review: HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 handset

Ian McNee
Alert

Now be fair...

...as attractive paperweights go this one is beautifully designed!

</troll>

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Manning was 'illegally punished', will get 112 days lopped off any sentence

Ian McNee
Stop

Re: Bull

Assange is a dick.

Manning was naiive.

Leaking & publishing information about US war crimes and cynical diplomatic hypocrisy was the right thing to do.

Manning's treatment in custody is a deliberate form of pre-trial (i.e. extra-judicial) punishment and amounts to torture.

112 days remission does not make the US court martial system just and enlightened.

None of these statements are mutually exclusive.

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Reg Hardware Awards Best of 2012: VOTING NOW OPEN

Ian McNee
WTF?

Media Service Provider of the Year

The BBC not on the list? Best £150 I spend every year!

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Review: Vodafone Smart Tab II 7 budget 3G tablet

Ian McNee
Facepalm

Re: You can give me £10-15 if you like

Anyone would think I pompously held-forth without reading the article...oops!

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Ian McNee
Linux

The Huawei Ascend G300 of 7" tabs?

If it's straightforward to SIM-unlock this for £10-15 and it doesn't have some awful signed bootloader this could be a nice cheap 3G tab to hack and put a custom ROM like CyanogenMod on.

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Ten affordable mid-sized Full HD monitors

Ian McNee
Holmes

Re: @Ian McNee Asus PA248Q

@DF118:

I lied - they are 2560x1440 - oops! Anway Scan have a few, starting with the Asus PB278Q, TFT Central review here.

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Ian McNee
Go

Re: Asus PA248Q

Being the proud owner of an old Iiyama 24" from back in the day when 1920x1200 was more common I totally agree. However both Dell & Iiyama do a couple of reasonably priced 24" 1920x1200 IPS displays like this one at Scan: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/24-dell-u2412m-led-ips-monitor-full-hd-displayport-dvi-vga-1920x1200-8ms-300cd-m-10001-silver

However what puzzles me about this review of "affordable" monitors is including those expensive panels from Asus & Benq. When you're in the £300-350 range it's hard to imagine why someone looking for the improved colour performance that these offer would not spend a little extra for a 27" 2560x1600 IPS model seeing as there are several good options around the £450 mark.

And was it not possible to put in at least one monitor that the review felt able to recommend?? Poor show.

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Open-source attack dog enters Ballmer's inner ring

Ian McNee
Thumb Up

p.s.

Fab title btw - Ballmer will be getting sweaty just thinking about it :-)

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Ian McNee
Linux

Android vs. Surface/Windoze 8/TIFKAM/<insert crap M$ product here> anyone?

So...

Setting out Microsoft’s position at New York University, Mundie claimed open source resulted in “unhealthy forking” of code and the “viral” nature of the free software movement's GPL threatened developers' intellectual property and undermined commercial product development.

Speaking as Microsoft was ramping up its campaign against open source and Linux – Ballmer called Linux a “cancer” – while promoting .NET, Mundie said the open-source software model: “Isn’t successful in building a mass market and making powerful, easy-to-use software broadly accessible to consumers.”

See title. Nuff sed.

</rms-troll>

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Hey, Apple and Google: Stop trying to wolf the whole mobile pie

Ian McNee
Linux

Re: Tripe... - and on so many levels

Fundamentally what Matt Asay misses is that where iOS is a walled garden monoculture and an attempt by Apple to completely monopolise users', Android is open and diverse encouraging a massive ecosystem of hardware, software and cloud developers.

Just because Google are monopolistic with their search/ad business it doesn't mean that Android is monopolistic. On the contrary, its openness and diversity have simply made it extremely successful, to the benefit of all of us who choose to use in whichever way works for us. Unlike Apple with iOS, Android expands the possibilities of what we can do rather than limiting them to what we are spoonfed (and spoonfed rather expensively at that).

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Feeling poor? WHO took all your money? NOT capitalist bastards?

Ian McNee
Alert

Re: Starting figures are well out

Using this analogy I expect our thieving pals in the City would have dipped-into someone else's savings to buy half a dozen battery-farmed eggs from Tesco that they knew would not hatch, then sold 250% of the shares in each egg on the basis that on maturity each egg would become 100 plump & delicious organic free-range self-basting roasting chickens.

The rest is smoke and mirrors, just like Tim Worstall's piece. Never mind the vast omissions, what about that old turkey: "the public sector ate my breakfast"? Who do you think does all the jobs that makes life tolerable in this country? Largely low-paid public sector workers: refuse collectors that prevent us from drowning in crap, hospital cleaners who make sure that we don't die horribly from MRSA if we're injured, transport workers who keep our cities from grinding to a halt with cars, carers who look after our parents.

Yes we all know about the horror stories in these various lines of work but they are largely caused by lack of investment in the people doing the work: wages, training, supportive management. If Tim Worstall has his way less money will be spent of these things and it will be a short walk to hell.

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Boffins spot planet that could support life... just 12 light years away

Ian McNee
Boffin

Re: Ping Time

"24 years latency" - so, not quite as bad as Talk Talk boradband then?

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Google Maps becomes Apple's most popular app

Ian McNee
Holmes

Re: How humiliating

But just how humiliating? Now if Apple have patented schadenfreude...

</smug-areshole>

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Google puts Nexus 4 back on sale, sells out pronto

Ian McNee
Go

Re: Not 5-6 weeks for everyone

Different supplier naturally but my Nexus 7 3G that the website said would ship in 1-2 weeks last Wednesday arrived on Friday - deep joy!

Maybe I'm being cynical but perhaps the pessimistic delivery promises are part of the marketing hype? If that's so Google ought to be careful - Apple have probably patented that too...

</facetious troll>

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Android seven-inchers swipe rug from under Apple

Ian McNee
WTF?

Ditto - but at this price??

http://www.lambda-tek.com/90OK0MI1101090U-Asus-Google-Nexus-7~cs/B1490372 - just as well you get £124 cashback if you purchase with a debit card... *ahem*

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Ian McNee
Megaphone

Jemma: keep taking the tablets! (sorry...)

I know your game - you're aiming for FotW! A bit more random capitalisation and typing errors and you'll be there. And for the record I'm just about to order my Android seven-incher and wouldn't touch an iPhad with a barge pole (even if I could afford one).

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Asus VivoBook S200 11.6in touchscreen notebook review

Ian McNee
Thumb Up

Re. Testing with Linux

Totally agree with Troy - even if the tester ins't a Linux geek it's nice to see that they make the effort to see how a major Linux distro runs on a system: thanks Alun!

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Surface more profitable than iPad

Ian McNee
Headmaster

Re: Microsoft have been clever

Mark: correct yourself - it's obvious that I'm referring to tablet market share where Apple have about 50%: http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2012/11/05/apple_tablets_decrease/

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Ian McNee
Stop

Re: Microsoft have been clever

I think you're missing something here: M$ will have been clever if they can sell a shitload of these. I'm no fan of Apple, far from it, but they continue to sell lots and lots of iPhads. It has take the Android slab makers a couple of years to even begin putting a dent into Apple's market share even with a wide range of quality product from the likes of Asus and Samsung.

You only need to look at M$ efforts in the mobile market: WinPho 7.x was going to clean up and the response to 8 has been muted praise at best. Their sales are still virtually flatlined at the bottom of the graph. So an over-priced high-margin slab is going to reel in the profits for Redmond? You'd have to offer me very big odds to bet on that.

The maths is simple: modest sales x high margin = tiny profits compared to Apple.

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iPad Mini vs Nexus 7: inch makes all the difference, says Apple CEO

Ian McNee

Slow news day?

Apple CEO Shock! Bigs-up inferior mini tab vs. far cheaper main competitor!

Just as well that wasn't a bus, I'd be chewing tarmac...

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Who is it that makes pots of cash from Apple and Facebook?

Ian McNee
Stop

In the wrong business?

"For its first fiscal 2013 quarter revenues were $118m..."

If they can see this far into the future would they not get a bigger return on invesment on the lottery and the horses?

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Microsoft has no plans for a second Windows 7 Service Pack

Ian McNee
Headmaster

Re: End of life - comment bait or...

...Gavin didn't read the note properly on the M$ website that he included a link to:

"Support ends 24 months after the next service pack releases or at the end of the product's support lifecycle, whichever comes first."

As there is not (yet...) a next Win7 SP then it's the same as the Mainstream/Extended Support End Dates for Win7 generally (2015 and 2020 respectively).

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Black hole spews out 2-million-light-year-long stream of WTF

Ian McNee
Boffin

Re: Clearly

I've never seen one before. No one has, but...

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Virgin Media's blighted SuperHub NOW comes with extra squeal (oink)

Ian McNee
Meh

Re: Mine does this, and has done since day one

Agreed, we can use modem mode but that still means we have paid for this lump of electronic crap. VM may say is comes free when you upgrade beyond a 20Mb/s service (the limit of the old Motorola cable modems) but we still had to pay for it to be "activated" even if we installed & configured it ourselves and there will be something factored into our bills to cover the cost as well.

With the TV service VM give us the option to having a simple digital STB or paying extra for a Tivo so for our broadband give us the option of a small-footprint low-power modem that will run at 100Mb/s+ or paying extra for an all-in-one modem-router-switch-ap.

Assuming the rumours are correct that VM execs are mulling this over does anyone know the best place to comment to have a small chance of influencing this decision?

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Canonical flings out Ubuntu 12.10 – now with OPTIONAL Bezos suck

Ian McNee
Go

Re: Well, you haters can hate

You Sir are a facetious sh*t and I upvote you for it!

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Santander downplays risk of 'personal data-stuffed' cookies

Ian McNee
FAIL

Cookies with user account passwords in plaintext confirmed...

...the H-Online have tested this: http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/Santander-s-online-banking-keeps-passwords-in-cookies-1730364.html

And these are the people who, if money is fraudulently removed from our accounts, instinctively insist that we must have divulged a card PIN or similar.

Yes, the banks are an easy target - mainly because they are an arrogant money-grabbing bunch of bastards.

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Paid secur-o-ware is generally better than free, but not always by a lot

Ian McNee
Stop

Indeed...

And why no comparison between the free and pay-for versions from companies like AVG, Avast and Avira? Also as other have said the failure to test products with widely-used non-MS browsers is a big gap.

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Boffins baffled: HUGE EYEBALL washes up on Florida beach

Ian McNee
Stop

Re: apple gimmick?

pete: you're a bloke and you're saying you DON'T ball touch??

Unfortunately it seems that Apple might be doing it again: getting us to part with our hard-earned for something that we don't really need as there is already a perfectly good (and free in this case) non-electronic method of achieving the same result, i.e. a satisfying ball-scratch.

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Russia blocks Monsanto corn in GM study fallout

Ian McNee
FAIL

Conflation part II: GM =/= mutation/evolution in the wild

You are right to separate out the different issues in the whole GM Pandora's box but you do so selectively, are guilty of your own conflation and ignore the interaction of these issues..

The first poster, asdf points out that there are proven links between obesity and cancer (and many other serious health epidemics in wealthy countries), not the simplistic assertion that "GM causes cancer." And you suggest that creating GMOs is no different from random genetic mutation in the wild which is frankly utter bollocks. On the one hand random genetic mutation leads to small incremental changes over time in the context of an ecosystem in which all organisms are evolving. On the other hand lab-created GMOs are specifically designed to out-compete organisms in the wider ecosystem and thus have a far greater potential for unpredictable consequences when released in the wild.

Finally it is precisely amoral profit-driven semi-monopolies like Monsanto that are creating these GMOs and lobbying to have them released into the wild. Do you trust them to do due diligence with regard to large parts of the planet's ecosystem with their track record so far? I certainly don't.

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Xbox Live gamers blown offline by 'Virgin Media routing balls-up'

Ian McNee
FAIL

Re: Virginmedia has routing problem...

Indeed. And I'd be willing to bet that their service status page says something like: Everything is DANDY! Don't you just LURVE having the best broadband in the GALAXY??

Fortunately I seem to be unaffected by this particular VM f*ck-up.

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Christian footie match ends in almighty brawl

Ian McNee
Stop

Re: Amish

micheal you clearly know nothing: the Amish aren't allowed to play football as the ball is heretically spherical and may lead those of the faith to the hellish idea that the world is not flat!

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Ian McNee
Meh

Re: Christian beliefs and ideals

badmonkey: don't forget a penchant for shifting paedophile priests from one parish to another so the law doesn't catch up with them

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Motorola, Samsung smash Apple's touchscreen patent claim

Ian McNee
Linux

Re: patent arena

Damn! I've never gone pay-per-view in my life up to now but the prospect of seeing Steve Ballmer's fat sweaty carcass getting pummelled would have me reaching for my debit card! qB^D

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Fans revolt over Amazon 'adware' in Ubuntu desktop search results

Ian McNee
Thumb Up

Re: 'Couple of decades'

Thanks Peter, as I typed "a couple of decades" I had the feeling that someone more knowledgeable than I would point out that it was a lot longer! :-)

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Ian McNee
Flame

Re: Big deal....

No, it's not a big deal in the sense that you can (presumably) configure this search feature to not search beyond the local machine or simply use a different search tool (find has worked well for a couple of decades...) but this is at best Canonical being disingenuous and underhand.

Home Lens does not suggest "send my search in plain text over the net to a 3rd party". And as for the results not being ads but "integrating online scope results into the home lens of the dash"?? WTF?!? My hopeless managers would struggle to come up with bullsh*t double-speak like that!

Oh and for the record I'm a long-time Linux (and Ubuntu) user.

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Asian hackers p0wned by Eastern European rivals

Ian McNee
Headmaster

P0wned?? WTF??!!??! FTW!!!111!!!

As any (geek) fule kno it is pWn3d

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Google defends drowning Acer's newborn Alibaba Linux mobe

Ian McNee
FAIL

Re: anticompetitve?

Way to miss the point eulampios: Acer being shite and failing to seriously address the Windoze tax doesn't exonerate Google from flagrantly using their monopoly position to further their own interests at the expense of a potential competitor and ultimately end users.

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Ian McNee
Flame

Speaking of Nokia...

...don't Alibaba have their number? If WinPho tanks any further Nokia may not give a stuff what M$ say to them.

But for the record, as an Android user and advocate this is yet another totally sucky thing done by Google. Not evil but monopolistic anti-competitive practice for sure.

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Nikon launches D600 lightweight full-frame DSLR

Ian McNee
Pirate

Re: Full Frame

Presumably because Nikon, Canon, Sony, et al know that they can sell APS-C sensor cameras to the consumer market and make a killing on APS-C lenses that still cost the same or more than the equivalent AF 35mm lenses from old film camera systems: much less of that expensive glass == much bigger profits.

It's called monopoly capitalism apparently.

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Firefox, Opera allow crooks to hide an entire phish site in a link

Ian McNee
Boffin

Re: But, but, but ...

Because the crims can "legitimately" use a URL shortening service like bit.ly or tinyurl that need not be be compromised. The "link" on the shortening service doesn't actually go anywhere - it's a URI that is itself the attack site.

So effectively this vulnerability makes shortening services attack sites and therefore it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect them to sanitise the links that they accept. Maybe they even do this already, anyone?

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Microsoft: Don't overclock Windows 8 unless you like our new BSOD

Ian McNee
Stop

"Quality" OEMs

And as anyone who fixes PCs knows, we *never* have nightmares with shed-loads of Acer laptops and Dell desktops built to the headline price set by the marketing department to sell shed-loads of boxes to unwary buyers. As if.

</sarky-fucker>

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Microsoft so sorry for limp wedding tackle gag gaffe

Ian McNee
Meh

Re: So what?

@frank: steady on - another story like this could generate a similar Twatter-splat of outrage and tip the intertubes over into...ermm....oh yeah, reality check...more utter indifference.

Slow news week? Meh.

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Windows 8 Release Preview open for download

Ian McNee
Go

Re: Here we go!!!!

OHOHO! Is funny because he say is great when his brain know it not true!

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