* Posts by Andy ORourke

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Xbox One site BELLY-UP in GLOBAL Microsoft cloud catastrophe

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outlook.com too

Email crapped out too?

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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Re: Better get busy

Not me but the wife got a shock when she searched for bengal kittens...........

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Apple reveals payouts for parents of in-app purchase nippers

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Why, oh why........

Even have a card on file at iTunes at all, I just buy some gift cards once in a while & stick those on there.

Even with a credit balance you still need to provide the password for every in app purchase, these parents must give kids the password & let them get on with it or give them their own account a stick a credit card on file, either way people who do this kind of stuff kind of deserve all they get (or lose)

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Experts agree: Your next car will be smarter than you

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Freudian Slip?

"computer with control over steering, breaking and acceleration"

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Re: Do not want, and in fact this kind of thing is a fucking 'orrible idea.

Andrew Moore - I'd say the LAST generation of cars are probably smarter than this generation of drivers (or am I just getting older?)

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BT engineers - missed appointments

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Disconnect ....,...

Done at the exchange end

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Marvel: 'Come and get 'em! 700 first-issue comics! FREE!'

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Re: "Do we expect folks to try and download [every first issue]? We encourage it!"

I think you may be right, downloaded the app, tried to create a marvel account "connection to the server has been lost" over & over

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Bank whips out palm-recognition kit - and a severed hand won't work

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Re: Yuck

They did say it was contactless for exactly those reasons (although it was quite near the end of the article

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Apple to cough up $100m after kids rinse parents' credit cards on apps

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FAIL

It's not like...........

You HAVE to keep a credit / debit card on file, I don't if I ever need some credits I just buy myself a gift card and bob is your mothers brother

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Woman nails 'cheating boyf' on Russian 'Street View'

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Re: boyf ??

Complaining about abbreviations while using an abbreviation, my Irony meter just exploded!

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New blow for Microsoft Surface: Touch Chromebooks 'on sale in 2013'

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Re: "Blow"?

"On one side you have a table that can run any Windows application "

I'd buy that for a dollar

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Own a drone: Fine. But fly a drone with a cam: Year in the clink

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Re: What is the UK's take on a drone camera?

Or, If you are really concerned about what the man will let you fly you could try one of THESE

Maybe NSFW!

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Re: What is the UK's take on a drone camera?

You can pick up a ready made one pretty cheap, Klaas Olsen do / did one for about £20 if I remember correctly (Helicpoter rather than "Drone" but I used it to check the gutters and I have no R/C flying experience (well, I do now obviously)

Actually, £39.99 now - Catalogue here

Disclosure - Not employed by them, satisfied customer

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Boffins FREEZE PHONES to crack Android on-device crypto

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Re: And this same attack vector

you ever tried taking out a battery on an iPhone, quickly or otherwise?

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Fashionably slate

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@ arbee

Sony do this, I have the remote for the Bravia in the bedroom on my iPhone.

I also like the Sky+ app on the tablet, it's a lot better than the EPG guide on the Sky box, tells you when you have recording clashes, helps you sort them out with good suggestions for alternative recordings

Also, I hate to say it but the TV catchup services on the sky box are WAY better than those on the PS3, iPlayer on the PS3 is soooooooooo Sloooooooooooow compared to the iPlayer on the sky box.

All in all, my "dumb" TV has enough "Smart" stuff attached to it for my liking

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Journo says Elon Musk apologized for Tesla battery fiasco

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Re: While we're on the Tesla topic,...

Or idiots forgetting to release the parking brake when they can't find it in the "usual" place - "this bloke I know" once hired a car in Australia, picked it up and couldnt find the parking brake so drove it one block to the hotel where upon relating this tale to his Aussie mate about no parking brake and performing like a dog was then introduced to the concept of the parking brake as a pedal on the very left hand side of the drivers footwell.............

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Re: Yes but

@ Psyx, yes, but if the traffic jam is that bad you're not moving and even if it's cold I'd like to have the ability to switch the vehicle off knowing that whatever reserve I had in the tank would still be there when I switch it back on rather than the charge evaporate in the cold night air as these reports suggest

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Spotted: Android 4.2.2 update for Google Nexus devices

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Re: I tend to agree

Horses for courses though isnt it? I mean I wouldnt use my tablet for "serious" work, it's a consumption device so I use it that way, when I have any "real" work then I resort to the laptop, I couldnt imagine trying to do any of my real life day to day tasks on my iPad, it just means I can check my email from the sofa instead of having to nip upstairs every so often when I work from home :-)

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El Reg contemplates the ultimate cuppa

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Re: It's not a proper mug of tea unless it's a double bagger

Plus, you should use the same mug throughout the day without washing, the last cup of the day should be in a cup that has been thoroughly stained a bright orange colour :-)

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Ofcom: Fancy running a temporary HD Freeview TV channel?

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Re: Two words.

On ice............

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BSkyB to flick switch on network-level smut-'n'-violence filters

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Re: Block smut & violence

Some of those cat searches can be very smutty, imagine the wife's face when she searched for "Bengal Kittens" recently

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How to destroy a brand-new Samsung laptop: Boot Linux on it

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Re: Perspective

Come on Phil, You've been round here long enough to know that the Anti-linux crowd on El Reg would have read these words from the article "Linux...... Bricked.......... Laptop" and that would have been enough, no need to read the whole thing to find out what I call "The facts"

I wish we could all just get along, why cant we all just be nice to each other?

Have a beer on me

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Obama calls for study into games ‘n’ guns link

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Re: Correlation =/= Causation

I agree Dave,

Maybe they could do a study along the lines of:

Subject group 1 - Hardened gamers who are able to lay hands on fairly readily available weapons

Subject group 2 - Hardened gamers who cant get hands on weapons

Maybe then we can see how many more weapon rampages there are in one group over the other?

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Playboy fined £100k by Blighty watchdog for FLASHING SMUT at kids

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Re: but why are they paying pb....

Or Pornhub (or so I hear)

Oh, BTW, Porn sites, bit of a waste of time having thos share on facebook widgets don't you think?

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Security audit finds dev OUTSOURCED his JOB to China to goof off at work

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Re: Is this a Verizon press release?

Vodafone owns 49% of Verizon "Wireless", Verizon is MUCH bigger than that.

Also, for once, this is NOT Verizons fault:

"The firm's telecommunications supplier Verizon was called in after the company set up a basic VPN system with two-factor authentication so staff could work at home. "

So Verizon were the SUPPLIER of the network and they found the info on "Bob", they were not employing him.

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BT's 'six-month free broadband' offer is a big fat FIB - ads watchdog

Andy ORourke
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Re: Another day, another "Let's bash BT" article

Virgin STILL do it, My daughter recently moved and was going to sign up for "Broadband and calls for just £4.50 per month*"

I told her, see that star, have a look what is says - Installation fee, line rental from day one of £14.50 or so.

Its just like unlimited* The * is all important, I recently had a debate with Three about this, I was looking at a SIM only deal, £12.50 per month, unlimited data, I was then told if I wanted tethering I'd have to pay £25.00 per month because "you can use much more data if you tether your phone". My reply was "If I have "unlimited*" data then WTF does it matter if I tether or not?" He didnt really have an answer to that so I decided not to join Three.

If only there was some way to stop firms making misleading claims in Advertising (Don't get me started on Plus Net or any of the others pulling this same trick!

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Forget 3D: 13,000 UK homes still watch TV in black and white

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@ Graeme

I think this is why they changed the "road tax" to "vehicle excise duty" because they sure as hell werent spending the "road" tax on th F'ing roads!

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Ruby off the Rails: Enormo security hole puts 240k sites at risk

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@ Jemma - New Paradigm

"spaff something out to world + dog" - I think this is now called Beta testing

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'Doomsday' asteroid Apophis more massive than first thought

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So Unlucky.......

"The odds of a 2036 impact are still tiny – an estimated 1 in 250,000 "

So the year after I retire (assuming I dont have to work till I'm 110 by then) I still have more odds of being struck by an asteroid than winning the lottery (Much better odds if I recall, isnt the lottery 1 in 14,000,000 or something?)

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Potty-mouthed Watson supercomputer needed filth filter

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Rich Communications

"science is still a long way from developing a computer that can communicate as fully and richly as humans can"

Surely the use of some more colourful terms in it's dialogue (in context of course) would add to the richness and fullness of communications:

Also, we know the answer was bulshit but do we know what the question was? (I skimmed the article so I may have missed the question) I mean "Bullshit" might be a perfectly good answer depending on the question?

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Buying a petabyte of storage for YOURSELF? First, you'll need a fridge

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Re: Bitcasa?

I Just had a quick look and there is currently a free trial then 10Gig remains free and a deal of $10.00 / month for unlimited storage.

Now that sounds great but, as with all things cloud you have the issues of Data security (even if it is only your old photos and music)

will Bitcasa last?

will Bitcasa have an elegant back out solution should the company fold?

will they get you hooked and then up the ante by charging $20 / month?

Ultimatley will they have a "fair use policy" (since we all know nothing is "unlimited" in this day and age)

Most readers here would have enough cynicism to tell Bitcasa "you can have my data when you prise it out of my cold dead hands!"

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Ofcom looks at contract opt-outs as users rage over price hikes

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Re: How about...

Not sure if Tesco direct and places like that do "credit" for their phones and stuff but if you really want an iThingy and want it unlocked so you can use any operators SIM in it then you can get one direct from Apple (with interest free credit if I recall) There must be other stores that sell android winpho stuff without being affiliated with any operator?

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Police use 24/7 power grid recordings to spot doctored audio

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"What cheap clocks that aren't stable?"

Maybe the Cheap POS clock that's in my microwave, loses at least a minute a week!

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Polish man mistakes hot iron for mobe

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Re: Won't happen to me

Maybe you'd also like some of the face paints for the Kiddies that have just been withdrawn from the UK market because they contain lead?

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Re: Ironing?

"That's what wives are for."

My wife has never done any ironing since I told her not to spend so long ironing my trousers -

Wife - "What do you mean, it harldy took any time at all"

Me - "It must have taken AGES to get all of those creases in the front and back of each leg"!

Maybe it's my military background or my "mild" OCD but over the 20 years we have been together I think she takes advantage of me wanting to "do things right" with the retort of "Well, you'd only (hoover / wash up / iron) it again because it's not up to your standard"

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This is out of hand now: Apple attempts to trademark the LEAF

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Re: Is anyone else completely bored of this?

@ 1Rafayal, I may have some prior art on that trademark

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Half of all app store revenue goes to just 25 developers

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Re: Silly all or nothing attitude

Your subliminal advertising worked, I downloaded the game ( free version obviously) and quite liked it, enough to upgrade? Give me a little time to play it and ill let you know!

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Windows 8 fails to revive world CPU biz

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Re: Just to add a bit of balance...part 2

Welcome Tim, I admire your spirit but come on, you have to get yourself a camp and stick to it if you want to be a regular comentard, unless you hate at least two out of the three main OS's / hardware manufacturers then you are going to be real lonely here.

Speaking as someone with an android phone, an iPad, home windows 7 PC and using many disparate versions of unix / Linux at work I confuse the hell out of the average commenter on here myself!

See that, it's a joke alert but I guarantee I'll get down voted for my "joke"

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Re: Could it just be......

Although if I'd typed my comment on my PC instead of my tablet the autocorrect wouldn't have changed PC to PCM!

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Could it just be......

People have no pressing desire to buy a new PC?

I find my home PCM acting as a bit of dumb storage because I tend to consume more on my tablet, no need to upgrade the pc I bought a couple of years ago now. At work the "old" hardware is more than adequate to run the same office stuff it's been running for the past few years. Could the market just be stagnating?

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Sex offender wins case against Facebook vigilantism

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Re: what is wrong here

The first rule of the pedantry post is that you will inevitably make a mistake of your own, why do you think El Reg doesn't allow editing of comments?

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NASA: THE TRUTH about the END OF THE WORLD on 21 Dec

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Re: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!

I've got a grand on the end of the world, if it does end on the 21st I'm due to collect £25K!!!

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Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro gets laptop-level price

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Re: Nice hardware, shame about the OS

Not sure but I thought the secure boot thing was just mandatory for the ARM versions of surface?

Even if that is true then I wouldn't put it past MS to make sure that the drivers aren't available for earlier versions of windows and I know Linux driver support has improved greatly in recent years but there may well be some lag before useable drivers for surface become available.

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Ten badass brainy computers from science fiction

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Re: I take exception to low rating of "Moon"

COMPUTERS - Damn my fat fingers!!

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Re: I take exception to low rating of "Moon"

Caleb, you new here?

"they're not really meant to be taken too seriously."

You are discussing fictional comupters in films with some of the worlds biggest computer / film geeks and you thought they wouldnt take thing seriously :-)

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Wii U 'has been JAILBROKEN' via legacy games, say homebrewers

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Meh

So what should "they" do?

"Don't try underhanded tactics either like making the first few levels great and the rest of the game suck"

How many levels of awesomeness should "they" release for free? Personally if the 1st couple of levels are great then I'm probably willing to "invest" in the full game (admittedly after a couple of weeks when I can pick up a pre-owned copy!

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Singaporeans get hard token baked into credit card

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Meh

what about......

wear & tear, I mean if you use it to enter a pin over and over again then the keys would have to be pretty robust not to give a thief a hint at least as to what the pin might be?

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Apple tries to add Galaxy Note, Jelly Bean to patent slapfest

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It may not be news but it is getting a bit annoying now

I mean I have the iphone4 and an iPad but I was left distinctly underwhelmed by the launch of the latest iPhone 5, I mean you've seen the adverts right, as far as I can tell all they have to say about it is the ear phones are a different shape and it's the biggest iPhone ever, big f'ing deal

As for the iPad mini, what a waste of time. Please tech firms (but mailnly Apple) can we get back to innovation and stop pissing about over silly law suits?

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The genetic button that could turn a WOMAN into a CHIMPANZEE

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Re: Chimpanzees are not monkeys

Sorry old boy, I think you meant to say Oook?

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