* Posts by steogede

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Botnet-powered ballot stuffing suspected in 2nd referendum petition

steogede

The English isn't great, but as I read it, it is calling for a majority of 60% OR at turnout of 75%

When you look at it like that, 50.0001% of 75% isn't that different to 51.9% of 72.2%

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London Mayor election day bug forced staff to query vote DB by hand

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Re: WAT?! - software

According to the BBC, you're not far of the mark. Not sure what the world is coming to when the BBC have more technical details than El Reg.

> Staff had to collate discrepancies in a spreadsheet, rather than automatically, when tallying final results, said chief executive Steve Gowers.

> A resulting investigation found that the underlying data, the actual numbers of votes in the database, was correct - but the counting software was not reporting it accurately.

> The decision was then taken to disregard the system's ability to collate results from each constituency - querying this data was instead done by programmers.

> "The manual part of the process meant that we took the output of those queries and put them into a spreadsheet to add them up," explained Mr Gowers.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36558446

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Barbie-brained Mattel exec phell for phishing, sent $3m to China

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WTF?

> Attackers had harvested open source information on staff, and is thought sources say to have hacked Mattel in order to understand its corporate hierarchy and payment patterns.

What is 'open source information on staff' and what does 'Attackers... is thought sources say to have' mean in English?

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Take that, Mom! Turns out Super Mario Bros was all about solving complex math problems

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FAIL

>> Completing a game of Super Mario Brothers is the mathematic equivalent of solving complex mathematical calculations, according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

No, it is the video game equivalent of solving mathematical equations.

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Shocker: Smut-viewing Android apps actually steal your data

steogede

How does one obtain these apps?

Is this malware in the Play store? Or do you have to go to extraordinary lengths to install it?

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UK's internet spy law: £250m in costs could balloon to £2 BILLION

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Estimates

The previous projects were estimated to be £2 billion and £1.8 billion. Had they ever gone ahead, surely they would have been 2-3 times that amount by the time they were completed or cancelled.

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'Govt will not pass laws to ban encryption' – Baroness Shields

steogede

Re: No one planned to ban encryption

Is it really necessary to point out that the AC was being sarcastic? Two replies seem to suggest that it is.

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TalkTalk CEO admits security fail, says hacker emailed ransom demand

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Re: BBC news just reported it was a SQL injection attack

Do you honestly think that anyone here doesn't know what SQL injection is?

> Sounds like yet another company preferring youth to experience and paying the price yet again.

Just as likely that it was a very experienced lazy idiot, infact probably more likely. If it were written by some inexperienced youngen, they'd probably be using some trendy framework that made SQL injection very difficult.

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Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

steogede

Five pages of comments and nobody has said it...

Bacon is the cure for cancer.

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steogede

Re: Wouldn't be worth it...

> The difference between bacon butties and cigarettes is that you tend to scarf bacon butties now and again at mealtimes smokers always seem to have one dangling from their lips.

Speak for yourself. I'm on 40 rashers a day.

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C For Hell – Day Two: Outage misery continues for furious C4L customers

steogede

Women and childrens[sic.] have their own unit?

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Wrestling with Microsoft's Nano Server preview

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Re: Add me to the confused list....

> And using 1Gb of memory for an install doesn't exactly sound like "nano" to me - I've run proper Windows server installations successfully on half of that in the past

Windows in 64MB, what was it XP? 2000?

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Facebook tips India and Pakistan into NUCLEAR WAR of words

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Re: Zuck, you're out of your element! The Pakis are not the issue here!

Pakistan doesn't have an embassy in the UK. Surely you mean the Pakistani High Commissioner.

Also, as a diplomat, sure he would have diplomatic plates?

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Three's 'Home Signal' femtocells fail, restore mobile black spots

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> Is that the same team who volunteered all of their IP addresses to various blacklists and refuse to listen to my complaint that I was not advised of this before taking out my contract? As a result it's basically impossible to run your own outgoing SMTP server on a Three data connection.

I doubt they provided a list to the blacklist providers, more likely the blacklists listed them based either on the rDNS or perhaps the IP whois (the latter is unlikely). You can't really hold Three liable for the actions of various blacklist operators, it's not like they are accountable to Three or anyone else. Do you have a static IP? Can you get the rDNS changed? Without an rDNS that matches your forward DNS and suitable SPF record, your mail is likely to be rejected by a lot of servers anyway.

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steogede

DSL?

> it hooks a small mobile phone cell - a femtocell – into a DSL connection.

More accurately, the femtocell connects to Internet connection - doesn't need to be DSL.

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DEFCON 23 to host Internet of Things slaughterfest

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Re: Fancy Bosch Oven

True, but surely it would be nice if it could use NTP to get the correct time for those 5 clocks. Also, whilst I can't see how it would help with proper cooking, it might be nice if you had a ready meal and could just snap the barcode with your phone and set the correct time and temperature.

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'Camera-shy' Raspberry Pi 2 suffers strange 'XENON DEATH FLASH' glitch

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Re: E.M.P. anyone ?

> Probably unlikely in an English winter

What do you mean? Winter is when we get most sunny days, even with the shorter days there's probably more hours when it is sunny. It's summer when it tends to be grey and overcast.

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Speaking in Tech: Android 5.0 Lollipop is a TRAIN WRECK

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Just a comment about the Podcast. One of the parties stated that it would be no good for companies which have email retention policies, in order to meet compliance requirements - as Google *could* delete mail without the companies consent. It kind of misses the point that if your an organisation that is required by law to archive emails, surely you put your archiving solution on your server(s), where no-one except specifically authorized individuals have access.

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steogede

Re: Updated my Nexus 4

@Spiracle

> (what happened to silent mode? It seems that vibrate only is the best I can get now).

1, Press either of the volume buttons.

2. You will see a slider, under which you'll see the words: None, Priority and All

3. Press None or Priority - depending on whether you want to hear priority calls and priority notifications (you can set what is classed as 'priority' elsewhere).

4. Leave 'Indefinite' selected, or choose a time limit.

You will still get visual notifications, but you won't get any sound or vibrate.

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Data cops in charge of Facebook, LinkedIn, Google get a new office

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At least we know that it is secure and they didn't put it in the cloud... http://goo.gl/maps/5S4oK

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SCREW YOU, EU: BBC rolls out Right To Remember as Google deletes links

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Re: Don't often find myself praising the BBC

> You miss the point that Google is being deliberately bloody-minded by smugly claiming to "do the right thing" whilst sticking to the letter of the law, rather than its spirit.

Maybe it is my failing, but I don't understand the phrase "sticking to the letter of the law, rather than its spirit". Laws are written in letters. If the law makers make laws, where the letter and the spirit are not one and the same, whose mistake is that? If I wrote a piece of software, would it be reasonable for me to complain that the compiler was following the letter of my code and not the spirit? If I gave an order to an employee, whose fault would it be if they did as I asked rather than what I meant to ask?

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Man brings knife to a gun fight and WINS

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Re: I think the use of the term "male" by law enforcement is entirely justified.

I was going to rant about how using the terms 'the victim' and 'the male' - surely it should be alleged victim, and how does 'the male' differ from 'the black person' or 'the muslim'.

That said, if you are correct and there was a copy of the Daily Mail in the house, then I can see that it makes a lot more sense to use 'the victim' rather than 'the alleged victim'. Now that I think about it, the Mail's "weapon" of choice was a knife, which makes perfect sense - after all, there is no more evil and subversive "weapon" than a knife (in the eyes of the Daily Mail).

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Like frozen burgers, 'Bigfoot' DNA samples have a touch of horse

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Re: Finds all are extant animals?

The polar bear DNA was from an earlier study of yeti DNA samples. Yeti != bigfoot, one is Asian/European, the other is North American

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What a whopper, LG: Feast your eyes on this 77-inch bendy TV

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Re: Off-axis OK, what about from below?

> Not all people who don't kick balls are poor.

Not all people who can't afford to blow £20k on a telly are poor.

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Google's self-driving car breakthrough: Stop sign no longer a problem

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Re: I for one ...

> ... would welcom Indian driving in the UK.

You obviously haven't spent much time in India, or Southall for that matter.

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OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts

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Re: This explains it

> down vote for using obfuscated link...

You clearly don't know tinyurl.com applies you to preview links, otherwise you would have know his "shortening" was even more pointless - the link points to http://xkcd.com

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Target IGNORED hacker alarms as crooks took 40m credit cards – claim

steogede

Re: Minor correction

> a combination of Tesco, Currys, Argos and Primark.

So like Tesco then?

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Yes: You CAN use your phone as a satnav while driving – appeals court

steogede

Re: Not in the UK.....

> Whilst the legal definition of driving is:

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> "A person shall be held to be driving a vehicle when they have control over the direction and

> speed of the vehicle"

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> which means basically, if you are sat in the driver seat, engine on or off, you're driving that vehicle

> (Stated cases again uphold this point), it's only an utter bastard who'd do someone for it.

I wouldn't count on that. Certainly in my car, just being sat in the drivers seat could not count as driving, I am confident that I could defend that. Unless the ignition is turned on, the steering is locked as is the 'gear' selector (I can't move it out of park). Can't really be classed as in 'control over the direction and speed' when the car un-steerable and immovable. Being sat in the drivers seat is no more driving a car than being in possession of a set of keys is. That said, given the way that our legislation is going, it won't be long before it is a crime to be in possession of a bottle of beer whilst in possession of a car key.

> However, considering the Police is all about targets and figures now, sometimes it's not so hard

> to use common sense when effectively your job is on the line and bills have to be paid.

>

> In that scenario, it's not the cops fault, it's the heirarchy and the councils and finally the

> government for demanding so much.

I've heard better excuses than that on benefit street.

> (Didn't really make the news that we've just had all our public holidays taken away from us

> without consultation. Two a year, Christmas and New year, that's it.)

You get (got) public holidays?

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How a Facebook post by blabbermouth daughter cost her parents $80,000

steogede

Isn't it hearsay?

The father could have argued that he didn't tell her - she knew that he was suing them (that much is public record) and that they were now going on an expensive holiday. She might have deduced that there had been some settlement and she might publish her suspicions. All we know is that someone he knows, has revealed information that happens to coincide with the truth of the situation.

Surely they need proof that the father disclosed the information.

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'Bogus IT guys' slurp £1.3m from Barclays: Cybercops cuff 8 blokes

steogede

Re: This is supposed to be a tech site

>> http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HP-396632-001-IP-KVM-CAT5-PS-2-Interface-Adaptor-/200710430091?pt=UK_Computing_KVM_Switches_KVM_Cables&hash=item2ebb461d8b

That's not a KVM, it is a cable for an HP multiport KVMoIP. If there is a KVMoIP on ebay for £10, it'll be second hand, faulty and stolen.

BTW El Reg (I know it been said), KVM Switch, seriously? We expect that nonsense the iPhone loving technophobes at the BBC, you guys really should know the difference between a KVM-switch (http://www.misco.co.uk/product/174751/LINDY-2-Port-KVM-Switch-Micro-USB-VGA) and a KVM-over-IP (http://www.onevideo.co.uk/adderlink-al-ipeps.html). Also you should be able to find a "security expert" who knows that a KVM switch would be no use for remote access, unlike a KVMoIP that is designed for that purpose.

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Apple KILLER decloaked? Google lovingly unboxes Nexus 7 Android 4.3 slablette

steogede

Re: Note to laptop manufacturers...

I remember my brother had a 15" Dell Laptop that be bought 10 years ago for less than £500 which had a WUXGA screen (1920x1280).

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Tax man to take a bite of tech employees' free meals?

steogede

So how does it work?

Would you give the tax man a few chips? I have an idea, rather than pay the tax man money, I'll use a small amount of that money to buy potatoes and oil, make chips, by which time the value of the potato will have increased (after all chips are more expensive than potatoes) and I can give the tax man the chips and keep the rest of the cash. How does this affect soup kitchens? Will the destitute be required to fill out tax returns for the soup they consume?

How about if the tech companies opened up their canteens so that anyone with access to the site could get free food - employees, contractors, customers, tax inspectors. If it is available to anyone, then it is not a staff benefit - at least, not any more than using the loos or breathing the air conditioning is.

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You know how your energy bills are SO much worse than they were?

steogede

Re: Nuclear, nuclear, nuclear, nuclear....

Indeed thorium is looking like it will be the technology of the future. Just a shame we (as a planet) wasted so much time and money on uranium.

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Sony promises PC-based PlayStation 4 for Christmas

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Re: Re: Price...

>> It was far too expensive for a games console, perhaps yes, but for many it was also the cheapesst

>> blu-ray player at the time, so actually made economical sense to get one.

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>> Or at least, that's how I rationalised spending that much money to myself.

That's the key. All they need to do is think of something new that nobody wants or needs, make it really expensive and include it for less on the console. Can't go wrong.

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

steogede

Re: Coming soon...

>> when he accidentally walked in for a pee.

Why would little Jimmy "accidentally" walk into the bathroom for a pee? I could understand if you said he 'accidentally walked into the kitchen for a pee'.

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

steogede

No harm no foul?

He was getting the work done, to a high standard by all accounts and they have sacked him? His greatest sin was giving a third party his access details - he should have setup a VPN on his home system, and had the Chinese connect to via his home VPN into his work VPN.

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon will NOT be prosecuted in the UK

steogede

Re: How difficult....?

>> But it's also not very difficult to mug a defence-less little old lady, however that doesn't mean one should get away without prosecution for doing it.

So, when are they going to rename the DoD to DoDLOL (Department of Defence-less Little Old Ladies). Or perhaps they could call it the Defence-less Department of Defence - DDoD

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LASER STRIKES against US planes on the rise

steogede

Remember the Ray Gun articles?

Do you remember the 'plane mounted laser/ray gun articles El Reg used to run? Maybe the should combine the two. Give the commercial airliners ray guns so they can fight matches with napalm.

BTW, my take, there are 10 incidents per day, 3,650/year, yet no substantiated reports of real damage. I think this is just something that annoys pilots more than anything, perhaps because it interrupts their sleep.

>> That's wide enough to light up an entire cockpit, with an intensity that's comparable to a camera flash.

So pretty much like drive down an unlit motorway, and having an idiot with full beams on behind you? Or driving down a dark road, when a speed camera flash someone on the opposite side of the road? - except that there is nothing to crash into and you have autopilot to do the real work.

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Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' ad nuked by watchdog - AGAIN

steogede

Re: [no VM customer receives download speeds of less than 15Mbit/s].

>> no VM customer receives download speeds of less than 15Mbit/s

I am sure lots of VM customers get less than 15 Mbit/s. Whether or not they expect to is a different matter. , my 60 Mbit/s connection has dropped to less than 2 mbps on a few occasions - generally fixed after a few weeks.

Perhaps it should be "no VM customer expects to receive download speeds of less than 15Mbit/s". Or "no VM customer receives download speeds of less than up to 15Mbit/s". Or "no VM customer pays for download speeds of less than 15Mbit/s"

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steogede

Re: "Could"

Difference between "up to" and "could" is that someone, somewhere, will be getting the "up to" speed. However they cannot say that you will never experience buffering again, as that is entirely out of their control. There will always be at least one streaming service which does not have sufficient bandwidth to meet its users needs. Unless of course they mean 'say goodbye' in the same way that you say goodbye to your kids when you drop them at school in the morning - i.e. in the full expectation that you will be saying hello very shortly.

That said, I often go for days or even weeks at a time without seeing any buffering on my VM connection. But a few hours on the phone to India and a couple of days waiting in for the engineer, usually fixes that.

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New I-hate-my-neighbour stickers to protect Brits' packages

steogede
FAIL

Obvious Failures

1. The sender should be able to decide on a package by package basis whether to allow it to be delivered to a neighbour.

2. In this day and age, you should be able to designate a trusted neighbour. Postie can then look it up on their PDA.

3. You should be able to get a sticker saying 'Do not disturb'.

4. There is little point to this with Royal Mail, most people live within a few miles of their sorting office, unlike courier depots who can sometimes be 60 (or more) mile round trip. What would be useful is if the collections office was open longer (currently mine is open 10.15 till 10.20 every fifth Tuesday of the month).

5. You shouldn't need stickers, postie carries a PDA.

6. RM should be campaigning to prevent couriers from being able to do this, not joining in with them.

7. Whenever possible, I choose to get stuff delivered by Royal Mail, because the sorting office is nearby and they don't leave stuff with the neighbours or in the greenhouse or on the door step or in an unlocked porch.

With regard to the phantom cardings - I used to have a real problem with Amtrak 'carding' me when I was in and waiting for the delivery. It was probably the work of one lazy driver, it happened every time for months, most of the time they didn't even have the courtesy to pretend and leave a card. I'd be sat by the front window, refreshing the tracking page and all of a sudden it would pop up 'delivery attempted' - no sign of any card or van in the vicinity.

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Researcher offers quick fix for Samsung remote wipe vuln

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URI

>> As El Reg reported on Tuesday, a flaw in Samsung's dialing software causes its phones to execute some tel protocol URIs (universal resource identifiers) without the user even pressing the Dial button. At worst, this allows a remote attacker to send the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) code that resets the phone to its factory state, wiping all the data in the process.

URI, that is the bit that you felt needed further explanation?

Also what's with the 'without pressing the dial button', isn't that the usual practice - you enter the code into the dialler and it performs the associated command, I don't recall ever pressing the dial button. The flaw is that it is taking the code from outside of the dialler and processing it as though it had been entered in the dialer - then again with smart phones, you'd have thought there would be a better way to do this than the *#.... codes

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Apple iOS 6 review

steogede

Re: Re: Mutual Benefit

>> I can't believe these kinds of features are only just being implemented on modern smartphones.

Samsung TouchWiz has had this for a while now.

>> I'm pretty sure the auto reply with text feature was available on my Ericsson T28 if not it was definitely on the T39.

I don't remember it on the T28 - never had a T39 so I couldn't say.

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PC share of DRAM biz falls below 50%

steogede

"The "consumption devices" tend to be heavier on flash memory than traditional DRAM."

I think most devices are heavier on non-volatile storage than volatile. In fact the ratio is usually much lower for "consumption devices" than "creation devices", which is why they use flash memory rather than (say) magnetic disks.

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Pierogi versus patatas revolconas

steogede

Re: Great artery-clogging food

>> Panceta = Spanish for QUALITY Bacon.

High quality Spanish bacon is still Spanish bacon.

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Cook's 'values' memo shows Apple has lost its soul

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Re: Re: A friend of mine works for Samsung

>> Apple's patents were all software and Samsung's patents were all about boring shit like chips.

>> All of the innovation is in the software, the chips are just the mechanics.

> You owe me a new Ignorance-O-Meter. Mine has just exploded.

As ignorant as it seems there is a valid point in what he is saying. You can't (yet) use hardware without a user interface (personally, I'm hoping my off-spring will evolve this ability). So if Apple can get patents on all the most intuitive (and therefore obvious) UI designs, it doesn't matter how good your hardware is, the user experience is going to be crap, and no-one is going to buy it. Hardware patents might be difficult to work around and come up with alternatives, but at least you can generally do so, without it noticeably affecting the end user.

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Flash Player to vanish from Android store on Wednesday

steogede

Re: Flash..........

"Yes, we spell it "saviour" round these here parts ;-)"

That's fine, but was it written round these here parts?

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WD's 2TB Green giant can't jam hardness into standard slot

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Teapot

More teapot, than chocolate teapot. i.e. Might not be useful if you drink coffee, or brew tea in the mug, but it's hardly useless.

These would fit Dell C5000 series quite nicely e.g. 12 servers, each with 4 x 2TB (96TB) in a single 3U - hardly a chocolate teapot.

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Valve: Games run FASTER on Linux than Windows

steogede

What next?

Once they have ported all their games to Linux, they could then port them to Linux on ARM. Then they could release a Steam 'appliance' (i.e. console) built out of commodity mobile mobile phone hardware. Or they could release the games for android - as a mobile gaming device that you can plug into a HDMI/MHL telly and bluetooth controller/keyboard and mouse.

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Security fail for Apple as hacker cracks iOS in-app purchasing

steogede

Re: Harms the freemium game market

Freemium? What you mean those free games aimed at children, which entice your child to hand over the GDP of a Central American country, for a few pointless virtual trinkets? The apps which only continue to make money because people don't know (how) to make there App Store settings sane before handing their phone over to a child?

Android recently had a colouring game that was a great example of the worst sort of freemium. Appears that most/all platforms are afflicted.

BTW, I wouldn't use, recommend or condone the use of this crack, for many reasons. However, if it kills the freemium model, that has to be good.

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