* Posts by brym

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Virgin Media customers suffer YET MORE YouTube buffering blues

brym

Broadband completely down...

...in areas of Southampton. When I asked why the status page still shows everything is fine, she said it's because the account info can't be pulled from the routers, and the status page will only updates in the mornings. I guess their web devs haven't heard of AJAX. Apparently I was the 4th caller she'd had from the same area as of 0650.

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DHS bigwig 'adamantly opposed' to degree fetishism

brym

On the other hand...

...if you were a small business owner attempting to expand, would you want somebody who may have only adequately self-taught themselves running critical operations?

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Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 64GB Android tablet review

brym

Use VLC

Still in beta, VLC on Android: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-android.html

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Google ditches the bits in the bottom of the box

brym
Facepalm

meebo bar

nobody else disappointed about having to have a meebo bar instead of gtalk? if they're still going punch for punch in social networking with facebook, the floating footer bar concept is pretty old now. they're moving backwards. i thought gplus was better than that.

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Microsoft hands out tools to sneak Skype onto new PCs

brym

Something about the truth setting people free...

"We aim to make it as easy to access as possible"

Legal Intercept.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/06/29/microsoft_skype/

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SpaceX Dragon chokes at the last second

brym

Maybe...

I don't know if it's possible, but wouldn't it be easier if they could just lift the crew/payload system to the edge of space using a balloon, then rocket to the ISS? I'm sure it would save a shit load on fuel.

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Android's Chrome finish comes too late for Flash coating

brym

Adobe created what?

Appears that even in your original universe, you were wrong. Adobe didn't create it. They bought it from Macromedia. Read The Reg much?

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Russia and NASA plan to COLONISE the Moon

brym

...

telescope arrays on the dark side of the moon, and launching points for mars and mining the asteroids would be a good start.

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Samsung SSD 830

brym

dabs

dabs are already on the 128gb's for £165: http://goo.gl/l2eGa

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KIBOSH 'non lethal' sticky-bomb hits a car, fills it with gas

brym

KIBOSH

Knowing It'll Be Over Soon Helps

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Irishman's coke-packed abdomen poses for police

brym

Re: The Guard

http://www.traileraddict.com/clip/the-guard/street-value

Great film!

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Murdoch accused of operating illegal US air force

brym

holy...

i can actually understand one of your posts and completely agree with it. way to opine!

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Android respawn horror: Hacker says hackers' phones hacked

brym

Respawning apps

This happens already on my 1.6 Tattoo. Several apps restart on their own. Happens at least every night shortly after midnight, and usually about an hour or so after I've forced them closed with Astro. Mostly seems to affect apps wanting Internet access.

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Virgin Media blames Activision for Call of Duty lag problems

brym

What about the GSP?

I don't know who hosts the XBL version of Black Ops, but it's GameServers for the PC. I regularly experience harsh lag for the first 3-5 minutes on all maps. 50Mb Virgin customer here, too. Also playing Eve, which is a P2P game. The only problems I've had with Eve have been related to their recent patch and subsequent patch fixes.

Though Virgin aren't completely without fault. I'd suffered 9 disconnects in as many days in mid June, and Virgin's response was to send an engineer out to tell me that my area isn't cabled for a digital service. Nice one!

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600 tonne asteroid in low pass above Falkland Islands - TONIGHT

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@JaffaMan

They hardly discovered it a few days ago. JPL's Dawn spacecraft has been on an intercept course for 4 years. It's set to orbit Vesta for one year while it gathers scientific data about the early Solar System.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/dawn/news/dawn20110623.html

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Reg hack applauds asinine augmentation

brym

el nombre

Bambi "Brian" Bobcat.

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FSF to Google: Free Gmail's JavaScript now!

brym

Bless your hippy mentality FSF,

...but do you honestly expect a multibillion dollar company to release all it's coding secrets, allowing any regular Joe to steal away a slice of their very profitable pie? Or how about those coders with malicious intent? You think they won't have a field day with Google code?

Nice try and all that. But we're a long way from peace and love and good happiness stuff. As long as there's someone who is perceived as competition or a threat to Google, you'll never get all of Google's code. Even if you only refer to web apps.

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Microsoft: 'No one cares about Google's dev cloud'

brym
FAIL

Old tactics

We've seen these advertising tactics already. Probably most recently with Apple and Adobe. Microsoft is to Amazon EC2 and Google App Engine with Azure what Apple was to Adobe Flash with Gianduia. If you're going to have a bash at the competition to release a directly competing product, you'll need to hit alot harder than this unconvincing and transparent attempt.

Also helps if you have something which genuinely competes.

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Groupon to raise $950m in massive funding round

brym

Also...

Doesn't Groupon predominantly use Google as an advertising platform? If so, bit of a win for both parties anyway.

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Anonymous attacks PayPal in 'Operation Avenge Assange'

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@MrCheese

Wind your neck in, CheesePuff. Firstly, I'm not American. Secondly, re-read my post. You've clearly missed the points I felt shouldn't have required fine detail to explain.

PayPal is used daily by hundreds of legitimate users and businesses. While PayPal can no doubt afford to withstand a DDoS, it's still incredibly short-sighted of Anon to potentially affect the transactions of those legitimate users. How does that keep governments honest? Seems more like the playground fight-starer "My Dad's bigger than your Dad" response. Mature.

Many of my friends are currently serving, both in the different arms of the forces, and in my former regiment. While I disagree entirely with the reasons for going, the fact remains that we are still over there, and our support for our servicemen and women, rather than the mission, is what needs to be absolute. Disclosing details like informant or undercover identities risks not only them and their families, but our uniformed personnel too.

The tree you claim I fell from? Clearly wasn't the one you still occupy.

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brym

Meanwhile,

...legitimate PayPal users suffer while Anon throws their dolly out the pram. Get a f*cking clue, morons! Do you have loved ones enlisted and overseas? This type of childish short-sightedness puts them in even greater danger, regardless of whether or not you believe they should be over there in the first place. Not to mention the countless HUMINT assets trying to protect you.

It's embarrassments like these which almost make communism appealing.

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Gamers demand CoD: Black Ops money back

brym
Stop

Rushed development?

Seems to me that all recent major FPS titles have promised much and delivered little. Releasing new titles every ~12-24 months was never going to be a sustainable practice. Not least because of the immediate shortcomings in quality and experience, even with capable hardware.

I'm not suggesting developers take so long developing that hordes of long-loyal customers jump ship through lack of interest (a la NovaLogic), but stop taking the piss out of the people who ultimately pay your wages. We should be over the immediate network issues which befall every latest and greatest by now. And how about some serious investment into anti-cheat tech?

I'd much rather wait an extra 6-12 months for a tried and tested product, than be forced to conclude I've wasted my money within 6-12 days of play.

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Acer takes on iPad with Android, Flash, own UI

brym

AMD and Nvidia...

...are two separate firms. AMD punts ATI chips while Nvidia produces Tegra.

I'd like to see a netbook / tablet featuring a chip combo of an AMD Phenom II triple core mobile CPU with an Nvidia Ion GPU.

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UK.gov plans net surveillance by 2015

brym
Black Helicopters

Tinfoil hats at the ready...

Those GCHQ MapReduce boff's are gearing up the digital doughnut to receive all our Pfizer emails, tweets, and Facebook rants. The gig's up ladies and gents. No more skiving during work hours. Oh well, we had a good run!

Now, I wonder how long it'll be before that intentionally infected email makes it's way onto the database they're not having GCHQ build?

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Intel's embedded security strategy faces tech obstacles

brym

If AMD buys a vendor...

...I'd like that vendor to be AVG.

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Orange coughs to data network failure

brym

In their defense...

...it was before dongles went mainstream. The network wasn't as inundated. But there's no excusing this kind of failure. They've only recently recovered from a similar GPRS issue, I think only last month. And they're down again for me right now. No calls or data.

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brym

"I need a hug"

Hehe, yes please. It's such a hard life!

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brym
FAIL

Finally...

So word has finally gotten out about the piss-poor state of play with Orange. I've had my current contract with them since May, and have honestly lost count how many times I've called them to get their misfiring filter (Safeguard) removed. Many times, staff found multiple instances of the filter attached to my account.

It wouldn't be such a bad feature if the damned thing actually worked! On my HTC Tattoo, it still blocks me from visiting perfectly harmless websites and forums, like the HTC support forums.

About a month ago, they even tried telling me that I was lucky to be averaging 2.11mbps over HSDPA, when under my previous contract period with them, I always received 7.2mbps. This, they say now, is the result of a faulty sim card.

Because it could never be the result of a crap network.

Sent over 2G, because 3G hasn't worked properly for me in nearly a fortnight.

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Watchdog backs Google antitrust complaint with (more) data

brym
WTF?

Seriously?

Google games Google to promote Google. No shit. Stop bitching and try harder if your product or service can't keep up. There's more than one search engine.

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Google mocks Steve Jobs with Chrome-Flash merger

brym

So...

...your biggest gripe appears to be that you cannot view the ActionScript inside? Buy a SWF decompiler, and go get your coat. Flash isn't going away any time soon. Get over it.

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The $20K iPad

brym
Jobs Horns

One question...

Will it blend?

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iPhone ego clash costs Flash at Virgin America

brym
FAIL

Navigation bar fail!

Goto their index page now... the nifty navigation bar they're sporting sucks balls while the slideshow goes on beneath it. Coded properly, the navigation bar would never have been so problematic.

Should've used Flash!

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Jobs: I'll decide what to do with Apple's $40bn cash pile

brym

@AC

Personal worth. And I believe it's tied up in lots of investments.

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HDD suppliers bound for choppy waters

brym

Hardly surprising

Almost every time we need to test Seagate HDD's, they've mechanically failed. Almost as predictable as Dell or Toshiba laptops going tits up because of motherboard failures. We replaced Seagate with WD HDD's years ago.

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Adobe sounds off on iPad's Flash slap

brym
Grenade

@Flash-bashers

Why always the same complaints? You probably use it more often than you think, without even realising it. Chances are most touchscreen kiosks use it. Shopping centres, tills, ticket machines, information desks, etc.

You focus on how bad the latest exploit is. Or how it's only ever good for advertising, or sluggish games. The majority of bad press Flash receives is down to piss poor scripters. And if it's too sluggish on your mobile device, news flash - it's a mobile device. Not a laptop or desktop. We're only now starting to see mobile devices catch up in terms of hardware.

As for the iPad, what a joke. More like iPhail. All that hype, even with St. Jobs' legendary gift of the gab, and seemingly bottomless bank accounts, they still couldn't afford to make it multi-task. And it's being pitted against netbooks? ROFLMAO!

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2009's Top Netbooks

brym

@Jerome 0

My Eee PC 901 is a WWAN-fitted contract job from Orange. They stopped doing Eee PC's for a while, but have returned now with the 10 series. Not sure if they've got modems too. Worth checking out, maybe?

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brym

Aspire One's...

...are absolutely pants! We've had many of these into our repair shop. The touchpads on them are ridiculous. I've looked at the newer 10 series Eee PC's, and they're nice. But I'll stick with my 901. Surprisingly robust little computer!

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UK gets final warning over Phorm trials

brym

@Azrael

So why does Phorm need to know what I'm doing in a remote session between my work and home computers? And for that matter, why does LMI? The things I do on my own computer are my own business and no-one elses. That I'm accessing them remotely should never be an issue. And that I'm deeply concerned about a gross violation of my privacy should never be reason to suspect I'm using my computer for anything illegal.

Maybe it should be seen as the major Telco's exploiting us for even more money by illegally recording and selling our browsing behaviour without notifying us or receiving our consent, and still not passing on that profit in the form of broadband networks which actually delivery broadband speeds.

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LogMeIn uses Phorm

If you fire up LogMeIn and goto LMI Connections, I found an entry there labelled "a.webwise[dot]com" - which was later confirmed by a group of friends, who also promptly uninstalled LMI. Think I'll stick with VNC!

Webwise, in case you didn't know, is yet another method for Phorm to monitor your browsing behaviour, which is used by Virgin Media. That website quickly redirects you to Phorm's main website.

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vBulletin denies busting downloads in paid-up protester ban

brym

You know...

If licensed forums is your thing, you should've bought IPB.

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China fingered in cyberattack on mystery high tech co.

brym

@Geographical Firewalling

Good that it stopped that much for him. But it would be economically suicidal to start blocking that many people arbitrarily. Isn't right to paint everyone with the same brush!

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Auto thief foiled by guardian satellite

brym

Great addition in real life, but...

Imagine this turning up in GTA5!

Also, does anyone proof read these articles?

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Japan gives the wheelchair a hi-tech overhaul

brym
FAIL

Terrible idea

As Alan suggested, where's the back support? What's to stop users falling off when it automatically handled slopes, or turns to avoid running grandchildren? Also consider the price difference. £67 for a freely delivered wheelchair with back support, or £4500 for something which has no back support, and a battery that could run out going up hill.

Well intended, no doubt. But fail.

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Worldwide GPS may die in 2010, say US gov

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Thumb Up

@Gene Cash

Seems you're the idiot if you aren't confident enough to be able to fall back on a good old fashioned map and compass. Heaven forbid your toys should fail you.

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Jimbo Wales kills 'Google killing' Wikia Search

brym

Oh dear...

What a tit.

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Convicted Romanian hacker is hot commodity in Italy

brym

@Destroy All Machines

"Also, I doubt the quality of Italian exams is very high."

Bit of a blinkered outlook, isn't it? Considering Rome lead the way for so long in so many fields, and still does in many respects in the Arts and Fashion industries, why would you assume the rest of their Academic capabilities would be lacking? 22 years old, and security firms are bidding for him? All the best to him. It's unfortunate though that it happens this way moreso than not these days.

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MoD loses most of the armed forces

brym
Unhappy

@ Peter

Of course we can rely on the Government. They sincerely care about the privacy and safety of their serving men and women. And our families.

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Serial commentard bitchslaps Reg hack

brym

what a twat

i wonder if the duty nurse know he's on the computer again?

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First Android phone to retail for $199

brym
Jobs Horns

@ Jiminy Krikett

Seriously? You're splitting hairs over this?

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Apple 'niche player' in touchscreen phone biz, says analyst

brym

@ Richard

Apple are good, granted. But they're not the be-all-end-all in mobile devices. I've been using HTC for a few years, and have never had any problems at all. And both the Hermes and the Kaiser have been more capable than the iPhone every step of the way. WM5 and 6 have never crashed on me. Oh, and I'm not restricted to one service provider.

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