* Posts by DrStrangeLug

96 posts • joined 22 Feb 2008

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Mastercard and Visa to ERADICATE password authentication

DrStrangeLug

Biometrics

Seriously people, stop thinking biometrics are secure.

I've seen fingerprint authentication fooled for the cost of a camera and an inkject printer.

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Watchdog bites hotel booking site: Over 3k card details slurped

DrStrangeLug

Including the 3 digit security code?

Er, according to most payment providers I've seen they're not allowed to store that.

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

DrStrangeLug

I call hacks !

This would total unbalance kerbal space program and must be banned.

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Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY

DrStrangeLug

You really love developers

Prove it - stop putting out versions that stop working with Selenium.

Real developers have have integration tests you know.

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Boeing to start work on most powerful rocket ... EVER!

DrStrangeLug

Totally wrong type of rocket,

It's the wrong kind of rocket - with their budget they'll be lucky to launch two a year and it'll take ages to do anything.

It would be much better to have more smaller rockets and a reusable crew capsule. Assembling things on orbit in multiple launches would give more flight time for Astronauts and experience in orbital assembly.

How are you going to learn about orbital assembly and evolve new techniques if you just package everything up onto one rocket ?

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London cabbies to offer EVEN WORSE service in protest against Uber

DrStrangeLug

There's a difference

"if we blocked everything that put people out of work"

Nope, we don't do that in this country - ever.

See Margaret Thatcher and the Closure of the Mining Industry.

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Goodbye, Mr Dong: Samsung Galaxy S5 boss disappears through trapdoor

DrStrangeLug

No real innovation.

I was originally hoping to upgrade to an S5 (from an S3) but when I looked I didn't find the features that enticing.

Fingerprint Sensor - Useless and cracked within a week of launch.

Waterproof - I seriously doubt that halfway through a two year contract those covers over the ports will still be tight and waterproof.

I went for a Note 3, the large screen nicely sits in my heat slab hands.

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GSMA: EU net neutrality reforms are the enemy of business

DrStrangeLug

Actually they're perfectly right.

If you don't allow ISP's to throttle certain *cough*netflix*cough* services they there is no way to entice customers to use anybody's VPN service to bypass their throttling.

Seriously if you get the connection you pay for why would you want to pay another party so you can actually use it?

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Whitehall and Microsoft thrashing out 1-year NHS WinXP lifeline

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Seen this far to many times in Education, applications that "relied" on IE when in actual fact they relied on an ActiveX control. At least it was a step up from those "application" that were really just Access forms wrapped around some kind of Access runtime .

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

DrStrangeLug

There's a difference

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_Airways_Flight_1549

It has been done.

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Micro Men: The story of the syntax era

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Loved it but

The one thing this show didnt mention was the long term effect on the end users and the population at large.

I think the biggest achievement to come out of the British home computer boom of the 80's is the number of developers this country currently has. I can think of entire development teams that wouldn't exists if you wiped the ZX Spectrum out of history.

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Zuckerberg IN COURT: Judge rules Facebook investors CAN sue for IPO non-disclosures

DrStrangeLug

Mobile markets?

It might help 'mobile markets' performance if their mobile app didnt slow the phone down some much and require so many privileges.

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IT bods: Windows XP, we WON'T leave you. Migrate? Chuh! As if...

DrStrangeLug

Any movement so far in migration has been to Windows 7 rather than 8 or 8.1

Including my new laptop, which is going back to 7.

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No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

DrStrangeLug

The classic quote still applies

"The internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around the problem."

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Windows 7 outstrips Windows 8.x with small November growth

DrStrangeLug

Hated hated hated

Bought a new laptop recently and it came with 8 installed on it. A very quick instlall to 8.1 yet still it's rubbish.

All those shortcuts like Alt+F4 no longer work, I actually paid £££ for a 3rd party app to get a proper start menu, and it looks and feels just slightly worse that windows 7.

It's on borrowed time - one big screwup and it goes straight to linux.

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Report says Microsoft has divided CEO list into possibles and probables

DrStrangeLug

Thank you

I just threw up a little in my mouth.

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Microsoft hires Pawn Stars to shaft Google

DrStrangeLug

Storage Hunter

As in hunting for storage, and finding that you can't actually add a microSD to an apple device.

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Ultimate Doctor Tom Baker REGENERATES, RETURNS to WHO

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Prediction

I'm betting that you'll see Hurt's War Doctor regenerate into the ninth (Eccleston) at the end of the special. He can be seen right at the start of Rose checking his reflection as if he's just regenerated.

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Doctor Who writers Neil Gaiman and Terrance Dicks talk to The Reg

DrStrangeLug

If you love someone...

..then you have to accept their faults along with their talents.

Dr Who is the same. Its never perfect, but we love it.

(Same with Star Trek , for each 'City on the edge of forever' you get a couple of 'Spock's brain's);

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Doctor Who Episode One: Through a glass. Darkly

DrStrangeLug

Re: There's a difference

To clarify this , in the UK TV programs go into public domain on January 1st following the 50th year since first broadcast.

This means that the first Dalek serial episodes 1 and 2 falls into public domain but the rest of it wont for another year.

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DrStrangeLug

There's a difference

It's only illegal for another 6 1/2 weeks. On jan 1st 2014 this episode (and early Dalek ones too!) fall into the public domain.

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Are you experienced? The Doctor Who assistants that SUFFERED the most

DrStrangeLug

There's a difference

Never understood that.

Yeah, he can't go back to New York without blowing up the planet. So why not nip back to , say , Boston, a couple of days before they arrive and send them a telegram. A telegram that states something like "TARDIS IN BOSTON STOP GET THERE NOW STOP" .

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BOFH: GOATSE? No, I said goat fetis... you know what, forget it

DrStrangeLug

Honestly I have never

Configured a netware print server to add a header page with the printing user on it, then weeks later add an "auto-print on inbox rule" before signing the user up to wife-swapping mailing list.

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Berners-Lee: 'Appalling and foolish' NSA spying HELPS CRIMINALS

DrStrangeLug

Won't somebody think of the children?

Do you really think we'll get anywhere near a reasonable debate in this country?

The day we get anywhere near that some terrorist activity will occur and news media will spend days days pandering to it demanding that more be done to stop them. I didn't think it a coincidence that that army drummer died just after the communications bill was shelved.

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Blighty's telcos set to CHOKE off another fistful of piracy gateways

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Go

If the worse comes to the worse

You can always find solace in the arms of SpotFlux.

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

DrStrangeLug

There's a difference

You can't sacrifice utility and ease-of-use on the holy altar of efficiency.

Other than another radio spectrum auction, exactly what does scrapping FM radio get us?

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Coding: 'suitable for exceptionally dull weirdos'

DrStrangeLug

No, this guys is right on the money. We shouldn't teach people to code.

(Go with me on this guys, restriction of supply leads to increased demand . Less programmers higher wages)

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Leaping SpaceX GRASSHOPPER ROCKET jumps 2,500ft, lands safely

DrStrangeLug

Clearly...

Clearly they used mechjeb. Cheats!

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Techies with Asperger's? Yes, we are a little different...

DrStrangeLug

We're not sufferer's , we're the future.

I think we need to help those suffering from Technical Ability Disorder (TAD).

TAD sufferers can be the fairly mild type, who need to call help when the printer jams or routinely double click everything. But there are so many serious sufferer's, the one who can't use series links on satellite boxes, or send every email in capslock with no full-stops. These are the full Untechincals. As the world moves on they must either have constant help or retreat to Amish like homes where technology rises no higher than the electric oven.

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TWELFTH-CENTURY TARDIS turns up in Ethiopia

DrStrangeLug

Be free soon

With the 50th anniversary coming up the first epsiodes will be coming into the public domain.

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Grand Theft Auto V: Violent, sweary and amazingly ambitious

DrStrangeLug

I've not even looked at the single player yet.

I waited to long to buy it and it's sold out.

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Microsoft, Nokia and the sound of colliding garbage trucks

DrStrangeLug

Meanwhile....

Meanwhile, in a parallel universe, the android powered Lumia 940 is taking market share away from the Samsung Galaxy.

Sigh.

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Web showered in golden iPhone 5S vid glory - but is it all a DISTRACTION?

DrStrangeLug

It'll be the..

iTerminal !

It works just like a tablet but you have this pair of external input devices , one with a lot of buttons for typing and another analog input device you move around a flat surface.

Specially designed for people to use while at a desk.

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Why Teflon Ballmer had to go: He couldn't shift crud from Windows 8, Surface

DrStrangeLug

Do we really want a good CEO at MSFT?

I'd rather he had stayed for twenty years.

Given their track record I do not want to see Microsoft rising to dominance in ANY tech sector ever again. People accuse Google of doing evil but compared to 1990's Microsoft they're saints.

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The terrifying tech behind this summer's zombie assault

DrStrangeLug

Found a good 3D film

I'm totally against 3D films and whenever I take the wife to a film we always pick the 2D version .

I've seen about 6 films in 3D, largely because we used to live in a small town with only a 2 screen cinema and if you didnt grab some films in 3D then you had to wait and risk not seeing it until you got it on DVD.

Then we saw Dredd and , frankly it worked. The 3D actually added to the film, due to what they were trying to show. But even that was 3D or nothing, we couldnt find a 2D showing that weekend.

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Hundreds of UK CSC staff face chop, told to train Indian replacements

DrStrangeLug
Mushroom

Training your replacement.

Replacement : "So how do you configure the database backup script?"

Original Employee : "Well first you DELETE FROM USERS WHERE ROLE LIKE '%MANAGER%'; ...."

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1953: How Quatermass switched Britons from TV royalty to TV sci-fi

DrStrangeLug

The late great Nigel Kneale, truly a man that can put the scare young children without flooding the set in false blood.

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ACLU warns of mass tracking of US drivers by government spycams

DrStrangeLug

The easy solution

Someone write an mobile phone app that can be use to read the license plate and identify police cars (marked and unmarked) and report their position online in real time.

See how quickly laws restricting the use of ANPR get rushed in then.....

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PM writes ISPs' web filter ads for them - and it must say 'default on'

DrStrangeLug

Is it a national blocklist ?

Whats on the list - do we get to see what we're opting in/out of?

What if my commercial site is wrongly put on the list, how does my company appeal this ?

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Play the Snowden flights boardgame: Avoid going directly to Jail

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Slap in the face

Could they put him up in a soyuz and de-orbit it over Cuba?

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BOFH: Go on, beancounter, type DROP TABLE asset;

DrStrangeLug
Happy

Ah, good old BOFH, a role model for modern IT professionals everywhere.

Whenever I get those stupid "Would you like to us your opinion of our site?" crap I always sign of with my nom de plume, DROP TABLE SURVEYS; .

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'Liberator': Proof that you CAN'T make a working gun in a 3D printer

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Not the original liberator.

"Nobody serious has used single-shot firearms in combat for well over a century."

The French Resistance used them. the (AFAIK) first Liberator Gun. It was a cheap one shot metal pistol designed to be small and easily manufactured in bulk, so it could be dropped to resistance members in occupied countries.

It wasn't even designed to be easily re-loadable, the idea being you would use this easily concealed pistol to kill a German and take their better gun.

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Snoopers' charter rests in shallow grave - likely to rise again

DrStrangeLug
Childcatcher

Please won't somebody think of the children?

Because over 99% children will spend the majority of their lives as adults.

Think about whether you want them to spend their adult lives with the government watching everything they do online.

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Brit robot programmers banged up for £500,000 tax evasion

DrStrangeLug

Hiding the money and not declaring it is what got them, not avoidance like amazon, google , starbuck , and every other multinational.

If they'd created a GoldLogic in Ireland or somewhere with low tax and rented the company name back to the UK branch they'd have gotten away with it.

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Björk gives up trying to Kickstart Android music app

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Alien

Bjork?

I thought the mothership had picked her up long ago.

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Microsoft blasts PC makers: It's YOUR fault Windows 8 crash landed

DrStrangeLug
FAIL

Windows 8 suffers from one big problem - MS wanted in on phone and tablet sales.

I was being shown windows 8 laptop by a salesdroid over xmas and I was stroking the screen trying to get it to respond .

"It's not a touch screen" the droid said

"It's a touch screen user interface" I replied

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Littlest pirate’s Winnie-the-Pooh laptop on the way home

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Stop

Hey microsoft!

Did these people boot this laptop?

Does the Windows license cover use by a third party without permission of the license holder ?

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Elon Musk envisions small town of VEGETARIANS ON MARS

DrStrangeLug

Dreamers

Part of me is thinking this is one of those blue (or muddy pink) sky scenarios that wont get anywhere.

But where would we be without the dreamers?

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Better luck next time Blofeld! Five Bond plot myths busted

DrStrangeLug

What about moonraker?

Any mathematical estimates on the probability of launching 6 shuttles within an hour and all of them working as intended ?

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Snoopers Charter is for 'incompetent criminals, accidental anarchists'

DrStrangeLug
WTF?

The logical extension

Would be to outlaw VPN connections without a permit. Otherwise this law is useless.

And probably violates Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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