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Facebook, WhatsApp wait on cold steel table as Euro Commish ponders painful probe

Suburban Inmate

Re: mandatory service disable.

There's helper apps that nuke background crap, according to a mate who tinkers with Android. Personally I have just given up on phones for now.

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EE: STILL Blighty's best mobe network, says 'Frappucino' Moore

Suburban Inmate

giffgaff runs on the O2 network. They are diafuckingbollockal.

All but non functioning data most of the time. Speeds do occasionally go quite nippy for a minute or two, but only when I am idly titting about rather than doing something important.

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Hacker crew nicks '1.2 billion passwords' – but WHERE did they all come from?

Suburban Inmate

Can someone please explain

Why the flaming flatulent fuck are SQL injections still a thing? I'm not a coder or web tech, but isn't there even an automated tool to check one's servers? If the bad guys found this stuff...

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Microsoft KILLS Windows 8.1 Update 2 and Patch Tuesday

Suburban Inmate

Please don't bollocks it up.

That is all.

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BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: It's a supercar, Jim, but not as we know it

Suburban Inmate

Re: The advert

As someone rarely subject to the indignity of televisual advertising*, thanks for the heads up. They must have hired the same polo-necked pricksters as Mazda.

*Grey market torrents, adblockers, making a habit of ad skipping on catchup boxes, coughing up a donation, etc.

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Read the proposed US ASTEROIDS Act to green-light mining IN SPAAAACE

Suburban Inmate
Mushroom

It takes a lot less to destroy asteroid mining ships than it does to make them, so this could get rather interesting.

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UK's emergency data slurp: IT giants panicked over 'legal uncertainty'

Suburban Inmate

Watching the watchers?

What worries me about all this retention, black boxes, meta-data mining and whatnot isn't so much the potential for individual abuse, suppression of democracy and invasion of privacy as much as we seem to be heading to a situation where the regime could prosecute (or at least publicly ruin, that does the job) someone purely on the basis of "computer says jihadi/paedo/boogeyman du jour".

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UK gov rushes through emergency law on data retention

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Go

@ Ivan 4

There are a few honourable exceptions that have actually stood with the people they represent, and no doubt found themselves on the "domestic extremists" list. E.g. Caroline Lucas.

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Code Spaces goes titsup FOREVER after attacker NUKES its Amazon-hosted data

Suburban Inmate

Re: bummer...

My thoughts exactly! Also, if a "user" suddenly goes postal on their own data, maybe have something set up to pretend to delete it while alerting the AWS meat sacks to call their client meat sacks on Ye Olde PSTN?

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Mobe-orists, beware: Stroking while driving could land you a £4k fine

Suburban Inmate
Stop

Re: Driving is not actually that difficult

For about 99.9% of the time, yeah. The tricky bit is the 0.1% you have to react to bloody quickly, as in quicker than someone whose attention is elsewhere.

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UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

Suburban Inmate
Thumb Up

@wolfetone: Feed in tariff

Which is roughly half (per MWh) what the government recently promised to EDF (IIRC) for a new nuke plant. Add to that up to 20% grid losses (overall about 7%) and the advantages of a fault tolerant distributed local generation begin to stack up. The only hurdle is the fact that it empowers ordinary people rather than the hydrocarbon dealing swine, which runs counter to the deliberate policy of poverty infliction and enforcement, also known as "austerity", "big society", "benefits reform", etc.

The problem with Auntie is the frankly embarrassing political news blackouts it engages in all too often at the behest of those who hold the purse strings. A recent example being the Green Party all but ignored in favour of the establishment's fringe nutters UKIP and trampagne crusaders britain first. Thanks to an episode of Derek I heard the C word more than the G word from the beeb that week.

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The hoarder's dilemma: 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

Suburban Inmate

I still have my old Sega Saturn, cost at the time: £250. What a crock of shit that was, sega too. Then they faceplanted with the Dreamcast and good bloody riddance!

It's got a CD lid override switch for playing shady CDRs and the AV lead SCART plug has a stereo 1/4in TRS socket hanging out of it. We've kept the old CRT TV/VCR around for it so we can play light gun games and Wipeout 2097.

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Suburban Inmate
Pint

It's not hoarding, it's preemptive stocking!

Ah Dabbsy mate, always enjoy your pieces. I'm just like you (even our meatspace forename), but also have an ebay-tat-from-china habit. Currently pi/arduino bits as I'm preparing an electrical workshop.

Unlike you I'll never get married or cause any kids, and my best BOFH mate is my housemate, so think of The IT Crowd's lair and you're not far off. Living the dream!

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Facebook wants MORE EXPLICIT SHARING

Suburban Inmate
Boffin

Simple Really

If you want to use a useable fb and keep a few $$$ out of zuck's grubby claws then you need an ad blocker, FB Purity and turn off platform apps.

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Be the next tech hotshot – by staying the hell away from regulators

Suburban Inmate

Re: Madoff

Madoff stole from the rich, not the poor. Key difference.

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Want a twenty-buck smartphone? Go to China, says ARM exec

Suburban Inmate

Re: I'd be perfectly happy...

Indeed, ISTR running Unreal on a mere 64MB of RAM.

Frankly I'm surprised the smartphone isn't the core of the modern digital life, with a tablet style dock for bigger screen stuff, additional keyboard serious typing on the move, and a fully featured dock at home featuring NAS, lots of connectivity, maybe some enhanced grunt for games (i.e. have them launched from the phone's OS and the home screens you've tweaked to your liking, but the heavy lifting delegated to the desktop hardware) with full desktop K/V/M.

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Epson takes on Google Glass with wired 'augmented reality' glasses

Suburban Inmate

IR version

Good for ummm... Stealthily putting the bins out?

<governator>I see everything.</governator>

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Titsup UK Border IT causes CHAOS at air and seaports in Blighty

Suburban Inmate

The parking is undoubtedly outsourced, so its not their department!

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Facebook UNVEILS VEIL for 'anonymous' logins

Suburban Inmate

Re: Useful for photo sharing.

Yes it's been buggered about with for exactly that, meaning activist and non-profits have been royally shafted as they have virtually zero "organic reach". They have done this slowly though, to avoid spooking the herd, a few pages at a time over several months.

Still borderline usable for non serious stuff with the FB Purity add-on and VERY diligent use of the privacy settings.

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NASA finds first Earth-sized planet in a habitable zone around star

Suburban Inmate

Re: The Red Planet

Radiative flux is a measure of power, typically in this context it would be watts per square metre. The wavelength would be similar to voltage in a wire, with the amount of photons being equivalent to amperage: Volts X Amps = Watts = Power. With less energy things will just grow slower.

The vegetation on Kepler-186f would be quite different from what you see outside your local B&Q, unlikely to be using the lovely green chlorophyll we know. Earth vegetation can sometimes survive on much less than you think, too. Extremophile microbes aside, very slow bent-over trees and hardy shrubs extend quite far north in Canada, for example.

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Scammed by Simply Electronics

Suburban Inmate

Re: Simply Electronics - don't buy from them!!!

Good luck mate!

Like yourself I just ordered (on the 7th) without paying attention and then cancelled a seemingly good deal on a Samsung from one of these shady little outfits. Thankfully the firm refunded without hassle, but now the refund has passed through Paypal it's decided to take a long weekend in fucknowswhere on the way to my NatWest account.

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NASA's LADEE: A Great Gig in the Sky, now on a death dive to the Dark Side of the Moon

Suburban Inmate
Joke

Joke: "in lieu of food" comment.

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SmartTV, dumb vuln: Philips hard-codes Miracast passwords

Suburban Inmate
Joke

Re: When my CRT finally dies...

I've got a CRT going spare, nice metallic silver model with a built in thingy that makes ~320p YouTube quality video appear out of rusty sellotape.

£30 collection West London.

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Huawei: We'll sell a dual-boot Android, Windows 8 smartphone because, well, isn't it obvious?

Suburban Inmate

Re: Good idea

What about telling MS a big NOPE at the EULA and asking for a refund?

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CIA snoops snooped on Senate to spy spy torture report – report

Suburban Inmate

Re: Tail wagging the dog. @WonkoTheSane

Or "Absolute Power" either...

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Ever get the impression a telesales op was being held prisoner?

Suburban Inmate

Rehabilitation my arse.

Just look at the for-profit system in the USA. When prisoners make you money then it becomes a wise investment to lobby for harsher sentencing while doing bugger all to rehabilitate, ensuring the highest rate of incarceration and reoffending i.e. repeat business.

*ker-ching!* Thank you, come again!

Compare to Norway.

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Get Quake III running on Raspberry Pi using Broadcom's open-source GPU drivers, earn $10K

Suburban Inmate

A thought just occurred to me

Might this be related to the upcoming Linux based SteamOS?

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Fanbois sent into FITS of RAGE by fake Steve Jobs statue competition

Suburban Inmate
Gimp

Blend traditional authority with modern irreverence.

I'm thinking they could have a statue styled on that of Kim Il-sung, but with the arm holding an iThingy taking a selfie.

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RSA booked TV's Stephen Colbert to give the final speech. This is what happened next

Suburban Inmate
Big Brother

Re: Growing like Topsy

There's no need for the Chinese to p\/\//\/ our MIs, they have the world by the bollocks financially so they have control of governments as a result.

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Volvo tries to KILL SHOPPING with to-your-car Roam Delivery

Suburban Inmate
Unhappy

@moiety

Still better than Initial Citylink, those useless tossbags tried two "attempts" at delivering a door lock to me, only leaving a card on the second, having buggered off back to their Heathrow depot with my package. Having emailed the seller to let them know I wanted to cancel the sale (I'd bought it for a better price online to collect from a local company) they then had shittylink "attempt" to deliver, this time 2 more no-shows and not even a card.

Contrast this with the service from DPD: Text message notifications of delivery day and estimated time slot, with the option to reschedule or have it left with a neighbour, along with a cheerful driver who actually showed up.

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MtGox claims to have a fix ready for Bitcoin withdrawal woes

Suburban Inmate
WTF?

Protocol flaw? OK, it happens.

It's not the fact that there was a flaw in the Bitcoin protocol that pisses me off the most, as I was always mindful of that possibility even before this tanker of manure crashed right in to the HVAC showroom, but the fact that it was known to the developers!!

Still, at least I'm only down about a tenner at the moment.

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Bitcoin value plunges as Mt.Gox halts withdrawals and Russia says 'nyet'

Suburban Inmate

Re: Aren't transactions rather slow?

good point about the pub, I wondered that myself.

the transaction confirmations can be sped up by offering a sightly higher fee to those doing the mining, though still far below the ransom demanded by the traditional processor cartel. in the real world even with "default" settings there would be at least one or two confirmations by the time you finished your pint.

the pub or their 3rd party BTC handler could also set up a deal with trusted wallet provider like localbitcoins, or you could pre pay your piss up before you even leave the house.

instant it ain't, but where theres a will and a few quid to be saved, there's a way!

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Think British weather is bad? It's nothing to this WOBBLY ALIEN planet

Suburban Inmate

Re: The Register, TripAdvisor for the planets.

"don't expect to ever leave."

"Although you can check out any time you like"

A bit like facebook then...

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Facebook turns 10: Big Brother isn't Mark Zuckerberg. It's YOU

Suburban Inmate

But where's the money in that?

Admittedly, I'd happily pay a few bob for a non shit facebook. It's a background thing and good for keeping in touch, and if I have anything important to talk about I'll be using Zfone/ToR/meatspace etc.

The thing that pissed myself and many others off is how they recently rejigged the options of what gets shown in the newsfeed to exclude pretty much anything that wasn't paid for, such as interest pages and friend's posts. Users who clocked this have to go to each and every page they actually want to see and make sure the convoluted options are set to show all their posts. They are milking the cow so hard its udders are nearly falling off.

Anyway, I made a new account last week and messaged New Me links to all the pages I still wanted to see, suggested some of Old Me's friends, and made sure my ad blockers and redirect strippers are up to par. They're really not gonna make much money from New Me.

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German frau reports for liver transplant clutching bottle of vodka

Suburban Inmate

It's a disinfectant, they were using it as intended.

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ICO to focus only on 'serious, repeat' data-protection offenders

Suburban Inmate

Re: A.k.a. IPO to intensionally disregard an act of parliament?

The headlines and us plebs.

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Meet NASA's Valkyrie: A SILKY BUSTY ROBO-MINX that'll save your life

Suburban Inmate

Under human control

For now...

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CyanogenMod Android firmware gains built-in SMS encryption

Suburban Inmate

Nothing to hide

Just doing my civic duty to irritate and burden the regime's onerous surveillance machinery.

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UK parents to splurge £3 BEELLLIIIION on kids' tech gifts at Christmas

Suburban Inmate

I'll be spending BUGG£R ALL

Haven't caused kids, don't want to cause kids. 31 years not out, woohoo!

However I will be giving my time and tech skills to Crisis At Chritmas.

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PS4 with Black Friday underway: TOUGH, you CAN'T HAVE ONE!

Suburban Inmate

Tea, coffee, coco, cuppasoup, sausage rolls, £3 each

Harry could have made a good few bob there!

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Romance is dead: Part-time model slings $1.5bn SUEBALL at Match.com

Suburban Inmate

XBOX ONE owners rage as HDMI SNAFU 'judders' Brit and Euro tellies

Suburban Inmate

Re: You can bet

"...they see frames freeze or judder. Others report oddly-hued backgrounds"

Because of a DRM snafu over HDMI? I would have thought that would simply kill the link/playback altogether. The symptoms reported sound like a copy protection "issue" from the days of analogue cable telly.

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Hooters, shooters and looters: Eidos’s Tomb Raider

Suburban Inmate

I've still got a (probably still) working Sega Saturn and copy of the original TR kicking about in the garage. Complete with hacked audio output hanging off the SCART and a drive lid microswitch override for playing "backups"...

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Dude, relax – it's Just a Bunch Of Disks: Our man walks you through how JBODs work

Suburban Inmate
Pint

Nice one Trevor!

As just a home tinkerer (and a bit of a rusty one at that) it was a very interesting article about the sort of thing I will never afford and probably shouldn't be let near.

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BOFH: One flew over the PFY's nest

Suburban Inmate

Re: off topic

expand his horizons - introduce him to tubgirl

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Brit ISPs ordered to add more movie-streaming websites to block list

Suburban Inmate

I have ToR

But there's no need for that when google loads so much quicker.

My most recent pirating: Blackfish, but I dropped a tenner in bornfree.org.uk 's guitar case instead :)

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Look at how many ways we ruin your life, Redmond boasts

Suburban Inmate

Re: A modest proposal for correction

When I was but a lad fresh out of a shitty secondary skool I did a stint at a local supermarket. One of my bosses had to spend Christmas Day emptying the freezers in to a hastily hired freezer truck because the compressors conked out. Again.

Hence why the company was known to us lowly grunts as "Scummerfield".

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Suburban Inmate

Some things can't be rushed.

If I take too long on the crapper, will I start seeing laxative ads?

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Anonymous claims Parliament Wi-Fi hack during London protest

Suburban Inmate

Re: I am sorry anonymous .....

Your knowledge of Anonymous can't be that great. It's a movement, a banner, an idea, an identity, a principle, many other things.

But it sure as hell isn't a club, a society, or a supermarket loyalty scheme. There is no membership, though there are groups that use the name.

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Bloke named 'human' demands 'COPSLIE' licence plate

Suburban Inmate

I'm glad they aren't so bitchy about that sort of stuff here in the UK. Me mum has a plate with her initials and WTF, and it's the car's original!

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