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46 posts • joined 6 Mar 2008

WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

McToo

Re: just wondering if this true

and Sun readers don't give a monkeys who runs the country, as long as she's got big tits!

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OpenSUSE uncorks a fine Ruby-red Bottle: Beta 13.1 didn't give me a hangover

McToo

Likewise. My machine at home started off life as 10.1 (I think) and I just upgraded through all the releases with no problems at all. I did try Mint on my laptop, but although it's pretty it just doesn't have some of those nice 'touches' that OpenSuSE does (think ls -l aliased as ll out the box and others too numerous to mention here). I'm a coward (and it's my 'work' OS) so I'll wait till the official release, but I'll upgrade. I do love my Geeko.

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HTC staring down the barrel of a US sales ban after Nokia's patent coup

McToo

Re: Shitting hell - someone actually managed to patent

As someone mentioned above, Nokia phones do tend to get signal in places others can't. My mates place in darkest Berkshire was a dead zone for Apples/Samsungs et al. on every network apart from Orange, but my N900 got 3 bars on Voda and I could quite happily make & receive calls. May well be a first year electronic project, but somehow I doubt it...

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LinkedIn fires back against 'hack-and-spam' US class-action sue bomb

McToo

LinkedIn seems to harvest people on CC lists too

Never used LinkedIn, probably never will, but I got the "Invitation to connect on LinkedIn" email but didn't recognise the persons name. Hovered over the "Confirm you know this bozo" button expecting to see http://419scam.ng/givemeyourdetails.html or similar, but it was https://www.linkedin.com/blahblahblah. A quick shout round the office confirms the fact that I don't know this bod, I was CC'd on an email to him previously. Maybe he just adds everyone to his 'contacts' or his mail client does that for him. At least there was link to 'Unsubscribe from reminders'. I haven't heard from them since.

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Ministry of Sound sues Spotify over user playlists

McToo
Alien

Re: Do they mix?

@Bill the Sys Admin 14:50

I guarantee you've never listened to a (genuine) MoS CD then.

Although like others I fail to see a legal infringement here. Playlist without the mix is *not* a MoS product, so what if someone decides to call their playlist MoS Ibiza Chillout? It's gonna sound cr** compared to the real deal and I doubt Spotify has access to some of the mixes that MoS have.

Good publicity for MoS in their 22nd birthday year though....

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Office for Mac 2008 support umbilical chopped off

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Devil

Unlike your cousins on the PC, you won’t be getting OneNote, Access or Publisher.

Mac Fans.... you aren't missing anything.

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Ancient revellers came to party... and build Stonehenge - boffins

McToo
Happy

Rave?

They call it ACIIIIIIID

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Amazon yanks SimCity download from store

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Thumb Up

Yay!

Thanks for the info on that. Made my Friday lunch hour finding out Chris Roberts is making a space game again!

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Official: Sky to buy O2 and BE's home broadband product in £200m deal

McToo
Unhappy

Sad day for me

Been with Be for years, rarely had problems. The Bulgarian(?) helpdesk was a joy, you always got through to someone who knew what they were talking about and any problems were sorted out quickly. Since the demise of Nildram that really only leaves Zen and Andrews & Arnold as ISPs with a decent tech support line. Not even sure if A&A are still going. As I'm fed directly from the exchange, I'm not gonna get fibre any time soon, and although I've got Virgin TV, friends have had nothing but trouble with their Virgin Internet, and that's before we start talking about their DPI, so they're out. BT have managed to grab the 'holy pi** pot' of bad customer service with their Indian call centres so won't go near them. Like Norphy above, I wouldn't urinate on Murdoch or his minions even if they were ablaze, so I'll have to move before the Dirty Digger gets his hands on any of my readies.

Bye bye BeThere, thanks for the years of great service, you will be missed.

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Nokia straps Qt into ejector seat and hits the shiny red button

McToo
FAIL

Re: @AC 16:28 (prob RICHTO posting Anon) @RICHTO

The usual M.O. is to make a snide comment about one of MS's competitors, followed by a load of B.S. telling us how good MS products are. Even more pathetic IMHO.

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Watching Olympics at work? How to avoid a £1k telly-tax fine

McToo
Facepalm

@AC 12:50

"Filtering".... see Highway code rule 88... it answers all your questions.

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Linus Torvalds drops F-bomb on NVIDIA

McToo
Linux

Re: @AC

"Nvidia DO provide GPU support on Linux" is true. The rest of your statement, sir, is complete bollocks.

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ISP Be admits crippling iPlayer demand burst its pipes

McToo

Possibly DNS server

I changed mine to Googles (8.8.8.8) when gta4.net fell off the Be DNS a while ago. Me & the missus play a lot of WoW, no problems at all (22 ms pings). Rarely watch iPlayer on the Be network, we've got a VM Tivo box for that. iPlayer on that manages to suck occasionally though.

HTH

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Minnow Android slab maker BEATS Apple in court

McToo
Headmaster

Chav != Council Housed and Violent

Travellers call their children chavvys, and did so long before 'chav' became an insult. I think you'll find that's where the word originated.

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Virgin Media broadband in two-day wobble

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Thumb Up

So that settles it!

Our TopUp TV box is getting a bit old and I was going to change my pretty much rock solid BeThere ADSL/BT Phone line/TopUp TV stuff to a Virgin 'all in one' package (we're in a cabled area), so I could save a paltry few quid, get marginally faster broadband (I'm about 200 yards from my telephone exchange) and get a few more channels of dross. However, thanks to the glorious readers of El Reg reminding me about VMs abominable DPI & Indian script reading call centres, I don't think I'll bother now.

Thank you all!

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Apple turns the screws on reseller channel

McToo
FAIL

Options trading 101

You forgot to put "Master, I have a cunning plan..." before you posted.

If you sold 1 AAPL 430 call on Friday at the bid, you'd have made the princely some of $3.30. Selling 1 AAPL 340 put on Friday at the bid would have made you the princely sum of $4.85 for a grand total of $8.15. This may just about cover your trading costs, unless your Apple reselling business doubles up as an Advanced Market Making business.

You have sold these options naked, presuming that nothing will happen between now and the 21st October close to push Apple stock above 430, in which case you are then obliged to buy the options contract amount (usually 100 shares) of Apple stock at the market ask and sell them to the buyer of your call for $430. If the stock sinks below 340, you are then obliged to buy 100 shares at the market ask and sell them to the buyer of your put at $340.

Fortunately for you, no-one would have bought your options as they are way over-priced! :-)

Price source http://finance.yahoo.com/q/op?s=AAPL

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MS names Nokia WinPho models in compo blunder

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The N9 running Meego I will drop some cash on when next in Abu Dhabi, which means I can avoid that clunky looking POS that is WP7. Sorry Mr Elop, you made a huge rick not releasing the Meego N9 in the UK, it would have sold like hot cakes.

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Hollywood eyes Blade Runner replicants

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Proof positive

That movie studios have run out of original ideas and just prefer to churn out prequels and sequels to previously made classics (although Blade Runner managed to completely miss the point of 'Do Androids dream of electric sheep') and then scream blue murder about 'piracy' hitting their bottom line. Make a good, original movie and the money will come... oh yes it will.

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US trade rep bashes Baidu for 'deep linking' naughtiness

McToo
Grenade

Hmmm....

“Piracy and counterfeiting undermine the innovation and creativity that is vital to our global competitiveness. These notorious markets not only hurt American workers and businesses, but are threats to entrepreneurs and industries around the world,” said USTR official Ron Kirk.

Replace "Piracy and counterfeiting" and "These notorious markets" with "The US Patent Office".

I won't hold my breath waiting for any announcements on that little money spinner being made fit for purpose.

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Shocked mum muzzles foul-mouthed toy mutt

McToo
FAIL

To these old ears...

that sounded remarkably like 'bark', the third time I could definitely hear the 'b' enunciated. Still, it does get Ms McPherson into the 'super soaraway Sun' eh?

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Steve Jobs takes 'medical leave of absence' from Apple

McToo
Happy

Alternatively....

You could just buy a some 350 put options....

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Ombudsman slams DWP, HMRC data dumbnesses

McToo
Flame

Ah... 'civil' servants...

Quote: "In addition, the three agencies, in discussion with the Cabinet Office, have agreed to put in place a customer-focused protocol to deal with complaints of this kind." Errr.... helloooo.... we pay your f***ing wages, you idiots. It should have been 'customer focused' from the beginning! They really need to start firing some of these people, those left might get a clue. If they don't, fire them as well. Welcome to the real world.

/rant

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MS warns over zero-day IE bug

McToo
FAIL

Ugh....

So the attackers can avoid ASLR because mscorie.dll wasn't compiled with the /DYNAMICBASE option?? Way to go... introduce new security feature, then have one of your own dlls not implement said security feature.

Face, meet palm.

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US iPad to get BBC pay app - with 'handcrafted British feel'

McToo
FAIL

You're wrong....

BBC IPlayer is available on the PS3.

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Flash video comes to iPhone, iPad (kinda)

McToo
Coffee/keyboard

"Jobs' Flashturbatory machinations"

Need I say more?

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Portable, rapid DNA analysis tech developed

McToo
Black Helicopters

Who needs ID cards?

"DNA, citizen"...

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Clegg's taking away Your Freedom

McToo
Flame

Yep!

When it's made into tea or cakes (hmmmm.... nom nom nom). Smoke it and you get the same detrimental effects as smoking tobacco, unsurprisingly. Or are you referring to 'mental health' issues reported by the Daily Fail et al? The same guardians of our health and morals that reported the deaths of those teenagers up north as being because of M-Kat and the post mortems showed no mephodrone in their bodies? But hey, why let facts get in the way of a good knee jerk?

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Fanbois howl over 'hang a lot' Safari 5

McToo
Grenade

You do realise

That this is a techie site, aimed at techies. Most techies like taking things apart 'just to see how they work', including the spawns of Jobs. If you're too stupid or your head is too far inserted rectally to understand this then may I point you in the direction of some 'marketing' or other 'creative' type sites where you can all gush together at how 'beautifully crafted' and how 'pretty' your latest bits of tech kit look.

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BT to retain more control over fibre networks

McToo

Well....

The top dogs at Nynex (the ones who initially made the massive investment in digging up pavements in the lucky(?) places that got fibre) probably did very well out of it. Can't remember how much VM bought them for, but I don't think it was for free. And now VM have a complete monopoly on said fibre and no legislation to share that fibre with anyone else.

And your point is what, exactly?

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UK hot-swaps leaders - Brown out, Cameron in

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Thumb Down

But....

I think you'll find Labour have *never* listened to anyone, that's the whole point of being a Marxist/Trotskyist/Stalinist dictatorship - the ruling elite know best, and the proles? Well, they can all just FOAD. Gordie & co were hoping for some kind of 'national emergency' whereby they could just do away with general elections and stay in power forever.

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McToo

Excuse my ignorance....

But how the hell does a database solve the issues of departmental incompetence, empire building and complete lack of communication? Hiring people that could actually do the job they were hired to do would solve most, if not all of the problems.

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Google mocks Steve Jobs with Chrome-Flash merger

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Seconded!

That is all

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IPCC Rainforest eco-tastrophe claim confirmed as bunk

McToo
FAIL

Linking to the Grauniad for climate change 'facts'???

That would be like going to Wikipedia to find facts on Jimbo Wales. Now seriously, just FOAD!

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Suburban woman accused of using net to recruit terrorists

McToo
Joke

I'd go along with that....

(steak trough the heart would be my suggestion) - a very fine dish indeed!

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Apple vs the iPad Bedwetters

McToo
Thumb Up

Seconded!

That is all.

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Tech-savvy UK kids = (over)confident writers

McToo
Happy

I think I'll find...

You're right... Geddy & co nicked it and changed Subway to Studio.... but the picture point still holds true.

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McToo
Coat

True... in '79

when Geddy & co released 'Spirit of Radio', but have you seen the 'arty' stuff they put on walls now? Pictures of prophets maybe, very few words where I live.

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UK mulls extension of McKinnon judicial review period

McToo
Grenade

Well, septic tank...

your grammar marks you down as such, and as such your views and comments are null and void. Please go back to reading the National Enquirer and sucking GB's end.

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UK jails schizophrenic for refusal to decrypt files

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Microsoft ordered to halt Win XP sales in China

McToo
Stop

Hmmm....

May I just point captain kangaroo and AC@23:03 in the direction of a google search of 'China Unequal Treaties' - here's one:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unequal_treaties

Yes, I know it's wikipedia but they've got the general facts right. So, which is now the blackest pot?

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Novell targets netbooks with latest OS

McToo
Flame

@Seth G

Your loss, sucker! This openSuSE 11.2 corpse on my desktop sure looks mighty fine.

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Creative whips out e-reader at AGM

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If it's like their other kit

it'll take them 2 years and the drivers will still be useless. Creative? Only in how badly they can write software for their own hardware.

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Texting makes kids faster and dumber

McToo
Coffee/keyboard

@AC 15:44 GMT

The icon says it! Bravo sir.

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Should software developers do it for themselves?

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Thumb Up

@Oh Manager....

I found myself nodding my head in agreement...

The only 'big' company (>1000 worldwide emps) I've ever worked for that managed developers well, got products/bug fixes out the door ahead of schedule was managed by an ex-coder with a 'personality' who could fight his own corner in the boardroom and kept the sales/marketing types well away from the developers, apart from the monthly 'meet the developers down the pub' meeting. He was a god in my younger 'fresh out of uni' days. In fact the software we developed in those heady days was still being sold 10 years after we developed it! (No freakin' Y2K bugs here, sonny!)

I was shocked when I entered the world of what is the 'real' big company development mentaility - 2 hour meetings of flip charts and corporate waffle from brown nosing wastes of space desperately trying to get a VP status and very little development getting done. As a contractor in one these hell holes (I put my extortionate rate down to 'boredom money') I was actually told I couldn't deliver a project early - because it would break the milestones! I was still getting paid, but WTF? It's a matter of professional pride!

I believe the rot in the I.T industry set in before the Y2K bug, the explosion of the PC onto the desktop circa 1988 onwards meant more programmers were needed, but there weren't enough to go round, so wages rocketed (£50ph as a contractor back then - those WERE the days) - then I.T. was seen as 'the' job to have.... for the money. Unfortunately this brought a load of talentless money grubbing numpties onto the scene who didn't know a byte from a nibble and the 'Useless money grabbing I.T. bod' generation was born.

Young developers are best managed by older developers (real developers, who are still coding - not the 'failed junior programmer moved to management 'cos we can't sack him' tools) who are managed by a 'developer with a personality' who can talk business to the board. That's programmers nirvana!

Apologies for the long waffle, I obviously needed to get it off my chest. I'm off to slap a couple of junior programmers now...

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Mozilla CEO blasts Apple for putting security of the internet at risk

McToo
Jobs Horns

And with QuickTime too...

I noticed that nice little Apple Software Update offering me iTunes with the latest update for QuickTime. I couldn't just choose the QuickTime update, I had to take iTunes as well. I have no use for iTunes, if I'd wanted it, I'd have downloaded it. There was only one thing for it, if QuickTime needed an update I couldn't get without getting iTunes - bye bye QuickTime. Now I won't be offered Safari, or any other software that Mr Jobs thinks I should put on my machine.

iHate - because I do.... 'kin Unix butcher!

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BlackBerry inventor escapes UK patent fees

McToo
Linux

Linux certainly does....

put food on the table and pay the bills... in this part of the UK, at least.

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