* Posts by Fibbles

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Tech firms reel from Leave's Brexit win

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Re: " with a third of its staff in the UK from overseas"

Priti is a woman's name...

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Tor torpedoed! Tesco Bank app won't run with privacy tool installed

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Re: Best security practice

Don't use a banking app on Android in the first place.

Every sane OS is patched at least monthly, if not more often as bugs and security holes are found. Most phones one per year if you are lucky for core OS parts, occasionally more often for app and that often asks for more permissions.

I don't know where you're getting your info from. I've got a Motorola which received an update to Lollipop and then later Marshmallow. I still regularly receive updates to Marshmallow. The OS also gives me granular control over app permissions; I don't have to allow everything to install an update.

I'd say modern Android is a pretty secure OS. Of course you're much more likely to get pwned if you're browsing porn sites with it or installing apps from warez.cn but that's true of any OS. Even if someone does gain control of your phone I don't understand your fear of banking apps. The most any attacker would be able to do is view your balance or transfer money to a pre-approved list of recipients. You need to use a separate card reader to authorize anything else.

To be honest your post is another example of the self-congratulatory Luddite circle-jerk that seems to happen far too often on these forums.

"Kids using banking apps? Pah! When I was their age we had to walk FIFTEEN miles, uphill, both ways, just to find the bank was closed!"

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Sneaky brown dwarf gives us a bright flash and astroboffins are confused

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Coat

That could only be true if the emissions were of black light.

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Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

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Re: Champagne Cider

The exclusive right to the name Champagne for a sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region of France is protected under the International Regulation of Marks, aka the Madrid System under a treaty of 1891 and specifically reaffirmed in the Treaty of Versailles.

Does the exclusive right to the Champagne name only extend to sparkling wines? If so that'd explain why the wine producers haven't sued the Champagne Cognac producers. It'd make for an interesting legal battle since AFAIK the Champagne regions in south-west France have been making brandy longer than the Champagne region in north-west France has been making sparkling wine.

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Scots denied Saltire emoji

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Re: Adventurous

And? That's still less than half.

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Re: 2 x Twats!

Found the nationalist. Now, where do I claim my £5?

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Belgian brewery lays 3.2km beer pipeline

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The alcohol content if beer isn't anywhere near high enough to be antiseptic. Beer is basically liquid bread and is a perfect breeding ground for all sorts of micro-organisms.

Presumably you've heard the old tale that people used to make beer because it was safer than drinking the water. However, this is because part of the brewing process involves boiling the water, not because the beer contains alcohol.

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The length of the pipe means that using line cleaner is going to be tricky. The stuff used by pubs is corrosive (and actually has to be very heavily diluted). If you leave it in the line too long it'll cause the inside to become pocked. The pocking causes the build up of biofilms to happen more rapidly meaning you have to clean more often.

A line that is kilometres long is going to take quite a while to flush through.

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Facebook: 'We don't listen'

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Re: Loads of other apps too

Android now contains fine grained permission controls. If an app requests a bunch of permissions and you think one is unnecessary then simply deny it. It's no longer all or nothing.

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Why Oracle will win its Java copyright case – and why you'll be glad when it does

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Re: According to Mr. Orlowski

Even if Google clean-room reimplemented the API rather than copying and pasting it, it would look pretty much the same. The header files would have the same names, the function prototypes would have the same names, accept the same arguments and return the same value types. The differences would mostly be in indentation and declaration order. A copyright claim based on indentation is fucking ridiculous.

IMO Oracle would only have a leg to stand in if they said Google wholesale copied their comments/documentation but that doesn't seem to be the case.

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Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.

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How dare you mess with my fake internet points! You think this is a motherf*****g game!?

/s

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Been saying this for years. Got heavily down voted every time...

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Swiss effectively disappear Alps: World's largest tunnel opens

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Re: Tunnels aren't as good when everybody likes them

I liked tunnels before they were artificially cooled.

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UK plastic beats cash in 2021

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Re: Titles are for toffs

Is the reg just posting sub 100 word articles now or is the mobile site b0rked?

I've found myself coming here less and less since the editorial staff changed; I'll probably not bother at all if super short articles are now the norm.

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Oculus backtracks on open software promise

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Re: "As I have said a million times"

hyperbole

[hahy-pur-buh-lee]

noun, Rhetoric.

1. obvious and intentional exaggeration.

2. an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally, as “to wait an eternity.”.

Origin of hyperbole

1520-30; < Greek hyperbolḗ excess, exaggeration, throwing beyond, equivalent to hyper- hyper- + bolḗ throw

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Three UK: Our MMS prices are up. Get around us with WhatsApp or Skype

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Re: Wow, first Canada has worse internet now the UK has worse cellular

You get charged for incoming calls. In what universe is this a better system?

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Photoplethysmography up

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Re: Are we playing Headline Scrabble here or something?

Presumably that's why the article is less than 70 words...

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Queen's Speech: Ministers, release the spaceplanes!*

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Re: Age Verification

1) All pornography websites must institute age verification. Think of the children!

2) Those damned foreign websites refuse to recognize our laws, this makes them illegal. ISPs must block all illegal sites. Think of the children!

3) ???

4) Thank-you Mr. Chinese Ambassador for lending us the technical expertise to implement this "Great Firewall". 想想孩子们!

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Big Brother

The same way China does.

Don't worry though, it's only to protect the children.

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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 4.6

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Instructions unclear. Deleted root file system.

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Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

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For reasons unknown American instant coffee tastes like soap.

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Radiohead vid prompts Trumpton rumpus

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Copyright in the UK has an exception for parody. I can't see any legal action getting very far.

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The fork? Node.js: Code showdown re-opens Open Source wounds

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Re: Without open source there would be no leftpad

Just because they're old, doesn't mean they're good. Tables are generally agreed to be bad unless you're actually representing tabular data, i.e. what they were designed for. I've yet to meet any web developer in the last 10 years who doesn't advocate CSS, it works fine cross browser unless you target ancient versions of IE.

Using tables you're bloating every single HTML file with presentational info, rather than allowing the browser to cache it once in a single CSS file. If you want to modify your site's design you'll have to edit/rebuild each HTML file rather than a single CSS file.

Tables are also slower to render in the browser since they need to be processed in full before any rendering can begin.

Last but not least, using table tags is actually more long-winded than using divs.

<table>

<tr>

<td></td>

</tr>

</table>

vs

<div>

</div>

tl;dr Shitty code can often be quicker to write but it's a bitch to maintain.

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Re: Without open source there would be no leftpad

/me points out (again) I hand-code my html and use '<table>' to format it really nice. Why can't others do this?

Because this isn't the 90s and we have CSS now?

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Dwarf planet intumesces before astronomers' gaze

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Re: sort of dull red?

Well it does appear to hang in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.

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Debian farewells Pentium

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Re: Time moves on...

It's a lot of effort for very little return. Virtually no one will be still using Pentiums in a home setting. Those using them for business are likely using an ancient LTS Debian and won't be affected.

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Linux Mint to go DIY for multimedia

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Re: If

This is already how it works with other Ubuntu based distros. The codecs aren't on the live CD though, they must be downloaded during installation. That's OK for most people but if you don't have a net connection then you're stuffed.

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Paying a PoS*, USA? Your chip-and-PIN means your money's safer...

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Re: not quite as acceptable as VISA/Mastercard

That's because all your nice AMEX rewards are paid for by the retailer rather than the card company.

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E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians

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Re: propylene glycol plus some flavourings ?

I'm fine with vaping but the flavour additives definitely need to be regulated.

There were stories last year of e-cig liquids containing Diacetyl. It's an artificial flavouring added to 'butter' popcorn and is safe to eat. Inhaling it however will seriously mess up your lungs.

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Linux greybeards release beta of systemd-free Debian fork

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The more articles from Simon Sharwood that I read, the more I realise he knows very little about technology.

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ICANN in a strop that Intel, Netflix, Lego, Nike and others aren't using their dot-brand domains

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Re: ironic

Isn't that a text speak contraction for 'amazing'?

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If you're appy and you know it, say five Hail Marys – cyber-Pope

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"Technology is not a REPLACEMENT for life"

Speak for yourself meatbag.

All hail the singularity!

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The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

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Re: Yep

Search for kkrieger, it's a full FPS game in 96KB. Sadly the original download page appears to be gone so I can't link it.

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Comcast stabs set-top boxes in the back, pipes directly into smart TVs

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Re: The cable companies had already been trying to push this "app" model

My advice has always been to get a dumb TV and a smart box to plug into it. Smart services will inevitably suffer code rot or be deliberately made obsolete in which case it's a lot cheaper to replace a box than a TV.

This move by Comcast shouldn't be the death of set-top boxes, it's just going to allow consolidation of multiple services into one box.

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FBI's Tor pedo torpedoes torpedoed by United States judge

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I suspect if the FBI had gone to the correct, more senior judge they wouldn't have gotten the warrant. The FBI were effectively distributing kiddie porn 'for a couple of weeks' before they shut the server down.

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Kent Police handed domestic abuse victim's data to alleged abuser – a Kent cop

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Re: but... but..

Bring back the death penalty for numpties who demand we bring back the death penalty!

Oh bugger...

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS arrives today complete with forbidden ZFS

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Re: This is awesome!

You don't know that. Maybe his giant CRT has irradiated him.

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European Union set to release anti-competition hounds on Google

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Re: Thank goodness this is nearly over.

Your point is slightly undermined by the fact that both Cameron and May are members of the Remain campaign to keep Britain in the EU.

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Linux-fight! Dev's plan to bundle kernel patches sparks debate

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Re: Please stop reading their mailing list

I think your point about context is interesting; that maybe the Reg shouldn't portray two friends having a dig at each other as a massive argument at the heart of the Linux project. I wouldn't hold my breath though, no news org is above clickbait. That said, you can't expect the Reg not to report something from an open mailing list when it's likely of interest to a lot of their readers. It's their job to report this stuff.

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The future of Firefox is … Chrome

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Re: How about an explanation

Check out the Self Destructing Cookies addon. It lets you choose on a per website basis whether the cookies are permanent, blocked completely, or disappear when you close the tab.

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Watch: SpaceX finally lands Falcon rocket on robo-barge in one piece

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The landing was so smooth that at first I thought something had gone wrong with the media player so that I was watching the video in reverse.

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How Remix's Android will eat the world

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Revisionism

In a few months Gartner will have been seeing it coming for years.

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Nest's bricking of Revolv serves as wake-up call to industry

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Re: IPV6, TLDs, etc

Alternatively when IoT Lightning Co. go out of business you can quickly buy up their IDIOTS address and point it to your own server. A server which just do happens to be running a script which switches everyone's lights on and off in a strobe like manner.

Bonus points if you also get their wireless speaker system to play obnoxiously loud House music.

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Bloaty banking app? There's a good chance it was written in Britain

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Re: I worked at a place once where we got a bonus based on LOC

Compiled size?

Today I will mostly be including all of the libraries.

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Microsoft lures top Linux exec from Oracle to Redmond

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Re: Actually, not quite the case

As the multitude of cracked Windows installs show, bypassing Redmond's authentication servers is not hard.

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Blighty starts pumping out 12-sided quids

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Re: counterfeit pound coins

I'm amazed they're still touting the use of 2 different metals as a security feature considering the amount of fake £2 coins around.

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Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

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Re: How complete will it be ?

I wonder if after installing WINE we can use that to install Cygwin.

Let's see how deep this rabbit hole goes.

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Let’s re-invent small phones! Small screens! And rubber buttons!

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Re: Small != Small

Yes it is. Does anyone know where I can go for unbiased, HONEST tech news?

Found the Trumpet.

Do parody and satire strain your cognitive abilities too much? Let me induce a headache. Donald Trump answers one of the greatest questions of our time; what is 2 + 2?

I have to say a lot of people have been asking this question. No, really. A lot of people come up to me and they ask me. They say, 'What's 2+2'? And I tell them look, we know what 2+2 is. We've had almost eight years of the worst kind of math you can imagine. Oh my God, I can't believe it. Addition and subtraction of the 1s the 2s and the 3s. It's terrible. It's just terrible. Look, if you want to know what 2+2 is, do you want to know what 2+2 is? I'll tell you. First of all the number 2, by the way, I love the number 2. It's probably my favorite number, no it is my favorite number. You know what, it's probably more like the number two but with a lot of zeros behind it. A lot. If I'm being honest, I mean, if I'm being honest. I like a lot of zeros. Except for Marco Rubio, now he's a zero that I don't like. Though, I probably shouldn't say that. He's a nice guy but he's like, '10101000101,' on and on, like that. He's like a computer! You know what I mean? He's like a computer. I don't know. I mean, you know. So, we have all these numbers, and we can add them and subtract them and add them. TIMES them even. Did you know that? We can times them OR divide them, they don't tell you that, and I'll tell you, no one is better at the order of operations than me. You wouldn't believe it. So, we're gonna be the best on 2+2, believe me.

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Computers shouldn't smoke. Cigarettes aren't healthy for anyone

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Re: I'm sure we've all opened the box and found bits missing...

Can't really blame the aircraft for what the meatbags do to them. IMO, if after having been serviced by a drunk* an aircraft can still become airborne most of the time, then the engineering has to be pretty damn good.

*fnarr fnarr...

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