* Posts by Youngdog

293 posts • joined 9 Nov 2007

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Cock fight? Not half. Microsoft beats down Apple in Q1

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(sigh) Microsoft have made a good product

Got hold of my firms Win10 RC and tried it on a gen 1 Surface Pro some high-band early, early 8.1 adopter had tossed aside. Worked a treat. Does 90% of what I need and runs on an enterprise platform without breaking a sweat. They could sell millions.

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Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

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@Boldman

Behold - the Archimedes Death Ray!

http://web.mit.edu/2.009/www/experiments/deathray/10_ArchimedesResult.html

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Our old enemy - the Sun!

(shakes fist at the sky) Grrr. Damn you!

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Apple's iOS updates brick iPads

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@ Xamol Re: If it were Microsoft

There's also some unreasonable criticism up there as well - and if MS did brick a similar number of devices the vitriol would be fully justified as it would hit a far higher proportion of users given there are about 10 times as many ipads out there.

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Yet another SE Asia bank hit by a SWIFT credentials hack

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They know in advance you smoke

You probably fell for the cunning ruse of putting a 'do you smoke' question on the application form or during the on-boarding process.

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China says yes to SanDisk

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Will SanDisk's SSDs get any better?

If so then happy I will be. Unlike some here I like WD and had a fleet of workstations all running Raptor 10K. Tough as old boots. Unfortunately my firm upped sticks and moved to Lenovo - now my days are noticeably more difficult.

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Sic transit Mercury Monday

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Re: By the way...

Holding it over your head would be sliding it under the sun

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Trouble at t'spinning rust mill: Disk drive production is about to head south

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That's now

They will come up with another long term forcast next year based on what they know then. It's a consumption forcast and reflects expected demand so it just means the number of people who won't care gets larger.

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Chrome lives in dog years: It's seven years old but just turned 50

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Another one of Chrome's big advantages was its ability to run from a Windows user's profile without install with admin rights - much to the chagrin of sys admins everywhere. I think we found over a dozen different releases scattered about on one scan

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Microsoft drives an Edge between Adobe and the web: Flash ads blocked

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Re: So all this time Steve Jobs was right

I don't remember anything of the sort. Even with all his faults and the mess Apple is heading towards I, and a great many others, knew he was bang on the money and grateful for it!

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Pothole campaigner sprays Surrey street with phallic paintings

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Councils and potholes

Is it just a hoary old myth that councils wait until the end of a budget cycle before splurging any remaining on these works?

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Apps that 'listen in' to your mobile get slapped by US watchdog

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I'm shocked

"in order to make use of the SilverPush code, they must first obtain direct permission from users to both access their microphone hardware"

So there is currently isn't a technology control to prevent that if they don't? God help us all we really are just dollar signs to these type of people.

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One in five PCs will be a tablet with detachable keyboard by 2020

Youngdog

And also in the interests of fairness

I brought my Lynx 10 with a detachable keyboard and never remove it. Spec wise it's almost identical to the Asus Transformer T100 and half the price - it's the cheapest full x86 notebook I've ever owned.

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How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

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So just spoof a successful KB295266 install

I've done that before to avoid unwelcome but unstoppable giftings from WSUS when the usual channels have failed me.

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Remix OS: China's take on an Android operating system – but for PCs

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Re: Great but...

@AC I got it installed on an old eeepc last week. I created the RemixOS USB then booted into a live Xubuntu drive on another port and DDd the image onto the HDD. Worked a treat. Only problem is I can't think of anything I need to use it for - it doesn't load or run as quickly as a lightweight Linux distro.

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Obama puts down his encrypted phone long enough to tell us: Knock it off with the encryption

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Re: Mr. President, aren't you a constitutional scholar??

That paper was written by Peter Sands? The same Peter Sands that advised the UK government and was instrumental in formulating the bank bail-out in 2009? The one running Standard Chartered when it copped squillions in fines for assisting money laundering with sanctioned countries? The one who steered said bank's share price off a cliff in chasing profits through bad loans and an obviously unsustainable commodity boom? Yeah, you should totally listen to that guy.

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JavaScript daddy's Brave ad-blocker hits Android, Apple stores

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Re: What I want is an iOS blocker extension, not a browser

I've just downloaded Brave and it seems quite good so far - I might have to put this on my home page if I don't have any problems soon

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Re: What I want is an iOS blocker extension, not a browser

Have you tried Purity? Not perfect but does at least allow you to browse in Safari

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Linux Mint hacked: Malware-infected ISOs linked from official site

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Re: What am I going to do now?

Pretty much my experience too David 132.

I was dual-booting it with Win10 until a few weeks ago. Then I found out that after July I won't be able to transfer Windows to a new device - so I backed up /home, spent about an hour rebuilding Mint, downloaded virtualbox, created a Win8.1 VM and finally upgraded that to Win10 instead. Ever since then I've been not looking back.

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

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Re: RAID 10 ? Why not RAID 5 then?

According to the configurator page they can do RAID 5 for the same price - and they offering RAID 1 mirroring on the PCIe storage too!

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Four Boys' Own style World War Two heroes to fire your imagination

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Some great ones in the recent le Carré biog

My favourite so far is Lance Pope - walked out of Colditz wearing a German officer's uniform he'd made himself. Even had the cheek to b*ll*ck one of the guards in flawless German on the way out!

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Huffing and puffing Intel needs new diet of chips if it's to stay in shape

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Headmaster

"I spent nearly two hours typing an analysis article on Intel's latest financial figures into our intranet"

Oh dear. As any fule kno you must always always type it out, in full, into something far more stable than a browser window if you want to avoid pulling your hair out in clumps before keeling over with an aneurysm. I use notepad just to be sure.

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Invite-only bug bounty criticised for turning up the heat on Tor

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Wait - what?

The shelf life of any bug they may have found or will find might become a lot shorter

Isn't that the whole point of a bug hunt? When did that become a bad thing?

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Intel lobs out new Core m3/m5 Compute Sticks, shouts 'Fetch!'

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Re: How much?

Upvote for this - after some consideration I went for the Gigabyte Brix over the Zotac. Some high-end versions can top £500 but I got a last-gen quad core for <£100. Small, quiet (fanless) and does everything I need!

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Why the Dickie Davies would I pay $100 more for Win10?

I can get a legit Win8 license for half that and upgrade free. What gives?

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Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens offers a new hope for the franchise

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@DavCrav

That's true - my bad. The reaction of the field to the bolt would push the weapon projecting the field in the opposite direction

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The bolts are projected via a (possibly magnetic?) cone extending beyond the tip of the blaster - they accelerate away from it drawing energy from whatever field generates the cone. This would explain why the shooter doesn't suffer an equal and opposite reaction.

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I thought Carrie Fisher was excellent as Yoda

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Steve Jobs mural highlights plight of Syrian refugees

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Re John Brown

The bloody beaker people! Coming here from the Iberian Peninsula, giving us cups so we didn’t have to lick water from our hands! What's wrong with licking it up like a cat eh?*

* c/o Stewart Lee (what, you think I'd nick it uncredited like some bloody Pasquale?)

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Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950XL: Clear thoughts of Continuum with a snazzy camera

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Re: "where your phone doubles up as an ARM-based PC to run Microsoft Office"

An idea that is then taken out at the knees by the use of the ARM processor. Don't get me wrong - it's a wonder of modern technology - but it's also the reason M$ were left with warehouses full of Surface RTs.

If I can get a 7" tablet with an x86 processor for £50 is it really beyond our best'n'brightest to come up with a phone that runs full Win10? Then you would have true continuum.

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Microsoft encrypts explanation of borked Windows 10 encryption

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Re: No FDE - no Win10

Wait sorry - just re-read the article. If I've FDEd using something other than bit locker does it affect BL functionality for other removable disks?

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No FDE - no Win10

If you think I spent those extra pennies on an Evo Pro just to use M$ software encryption you can jog on

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Hey Cortana, how about you hide my app from the user?

Youngdog

'nuff said

"The less time the user spends in the app, the more productive they're going to be."

Microsoft's contribution to the 21st century working environment in a nutshell.....

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Hillary Clinton: Stop helping terrorists, Silicon Valley – weaken your encryption

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@sisk - from the article you linked

"The terror group prefers to be known as the Islamic State, and is averse to any acronyms, especially one politicians are now using more often...the Islamic State reportedly hates 'Daesh' so much that its brutes have threatened to cut out the tongue of anyone using it"

Would it help if we built them a shrubbery?

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US radar paparazzi snap 'Halloween Asteroid'

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The worst kind of space potato

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Big mistake, Google. Big mistake: Chrome OS to be 'folded into Android'

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Re: killing a secure, lightweight desktop OS in the process

I think you're throwing the baby out with the bath water with your dismissal - there are really no decent options for 'c' right now which is sad as a terminal only, properly secured device would be a boon to companies concerned with intrusion and data leakage.

I've seen them all - RDP products, Citrix, Java-based virtual desktops - and they all suffer because of weaknesses or limitations in the baseline OS used to launch them. A dedicated locked down chromium solution would be ideal.

And yes, as someone whose dabbled with Android on netbooks, I agree it really does suck when not on a phone.

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TalkTalk CEO admits security fail, says hacker emailed ransom demand

Youngdog

As a customer of these clowns

The only thing they're going to get from me is I watch a lot of Black Books and The IT Crowd. These idiots couldn't even get my mobile number right.

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TalkTalk: Hackers may have nicked personal, banking info on 4 million Brits

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One not-bothered Talk Talk customer here

Given how useless they were at responding to my complaints that details they had were wrong and STILL showing as inaccurate or out of date even the last time I checked I'd be surprised if the miscreants managed more than a few of the digits to be in the right place to do any harm.

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Millions of people forget to cancel Apple Music subscription

Youngdog

Sign up seamlessly?

Are you sure El Reg? I was told by my phone that my free subscription was ending and given a very clear yes/no choice on its renewal. The fact I chose not too and had no problems removing the Apple Music options from my Music app suggests Apple weren't being as shifty as your article suggests.

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PHONE me if you feel DIRTY: Yanks and 'Nadians wave bye-bye to magstripe

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Re: Tracing paper and a roller

I heard the whole magstripe/chip'n'pin/NFC arms race began after a waiter in Italy worked out how to take an inconspicuous rubbing (fnarr fnarr) to lift the details. Apparently he later turned gamekeeper and went on to start a very successful tech security firm!

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How to evade Apple's anti-malware Gatekeeper in OS X and really ruin a fanboy's week

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Ah bless - he drew a little picture!

A bit redundent given El Reg's concise explanation of a very simple concept - but one that worryingly wasn't picked up by the Gatekeeper team at 1Infinite Loop.

If software does have an external dependency (that isn't just input, conditions or settings) then it shouldn't be a mystery and so can't it just be given to Gatekeeper as well?

The picture I drew in my minds eye was based on my previous experience of copying older/patched DLLs into install/Env paths to get things working on various Windows versions!

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FATTIES have most SUCCESS with opposite SEX! Have some pies and SCORE

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No news here

In some cultures women prefer men with a bit extra on them as it would indicate they have the resources to fund a more opulent lifestyle

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FBI: We unmasked and collared child porn creep on Tor with spy tool

Youngdog

I'm all for this...

...if I knew for a fact this tech would only be used to catch people like this. Unfortunately I know it won't be so I'm left with a feeling of ambivalence about this. Happy they caught him, worried they could.

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Weird garbled Windows 7 update baffles world – now Microsoft reveals the truth

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Trixr/AC - Effect vs. Affect

This debate is the reason IT professionals, who generally came from a maths background and not languages, started using 'Impact' instead of both to spare their blushes!

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BBC joins war against Flash, launches beta HTML5 iPlayer

Youngdog

Good riddance...

...to bad rubbish!

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Feds want a phone smart enough to burn itself if it falls into the wrong hands

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Re: They're making a big mistake...

"Incidentally the maths problems underpinning the problems with these sorts of systems and requirements is what killed off the biometric identity card scheme here in the UK"

They seem to have sorted it out in other countries. When living in Singapore I could breeze through passport control at Changi with an ID card and thumbprint - and that place seemed much more concerned than we are with keeping out the uninvited! What were we (or they) doing wrong?

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332M Kick Ass pirates get asses kicked by scareware ass-kickers

Youngdog

Er, caveat ereptor maybe?

Or as my dad used to say - 'Don't play in puddles unless you're wearing your wellies!'

Mines the one with the Tails live disk....

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Boffins make brain-to-brain direct communication breakthrough

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Re: I disagree

Fair point - and yes this thing would have to be bullet-proof - i.e better than polygraphs - before life or death situations

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