* Posts by Dean Burrows

25 posts • joined 12 Apr 2007

Facebook gobbles WhatsApp for SIXTEEN BILLION DOLLARS

Dean Burrows
Stop

Hmmm...

I wonder if I can get a refund for Whatsapp now then. Facebook does not, in my mind, lend itself to good, stable management of inter-device communication. There's a reason why people chose Whatsapp over Facebook and it's insidious attempt at a mobile messenger in the first place.

I am not pleased by this.

Back to email?

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Game Group shares slide under a penny

Dean Burrows
FAIL

The problem was...

...is that Game (and GameStation) offered the less well off members of the UK public a chance to cash in on games they never played by offering to buy them. Game paid pittance for it, the working class types who sold the game got a couple of quid towards another game, and Game could resell it and make some profit. It kept the games circulating. Back in the heyday of the PS One and PS2 et al, games would be turned around fairly quickly. Why buy the full price games of 30 quid or more when you can buy the preowned one for often as much as 5 to 10 quid off the price? It's kind of ironic that EA were one of the first publishers to not give Game credit for more stock seeing as it was EA's abysmal *online multiplayer code with every game* ploy that has killed the second hand games market. Who is going to buy a copy of a game (like Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit or Battlefield 3) preowned when the multiplayer code won't work and EA charge £10+ for a new one?

This could have all been avoided if Game hadn't been so greedy and offered publishers a slice of the profits years ago.

Meh... shit happens... I just need to find a way of spending all my reward points now. Problem is, they have no new stock I want to buy O_O

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Official: British telly really is almost all repeats

Dean Burrows

Hmmm...

Haven't I seen this before?

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El Reg shrinks seven days onto one webpage

Dean Burrows
Coat

Time-saving?

Perhaps... but I still have to move my hand to move my mouse to click on a link to read one of the interesting stories...

Can you improve it by making it open stories I stare intensely at for 5 seconds?

kthxbai

BTW:

Damn good job chaps..

Mine's the one with the design blueprints for staring-at-something-intensely-for-5-seconds PC monitor

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Three-way fight for Real's iPhone-Rhapsody application

Dean Burrows
FAIL

It's almost embarrasing...

... I mean, what douche-bag at Real thought for an instant that this is a good thing?

I agree with Messers Keystroke and Ferguson... Real needs to turn over and die already.

Spam and Ad-laden on a PC, can you imgine that heap of trash on an iPhone or iPod Touch?

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy laughing at the jesus-phone brigade as much as the next, but regarding Real and Rhapsody?

Apple, take the so-called PR hit, noone will hate you for it.

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UK.gov revives net cut-off threat for illegal downloaders

Dean Burrows
Coat

-snorts in disgust-

I have watched over the past few years as freedom after freedom gets eroded by the 'Labour government' and I have shook my head watching no-one do anything about it.

I will be damned if I am gonna let this government think it can hound me in my own home... with it's powers to the councils, the fake coppers it puts out on the streets and everything else,this is one step too far,and I think any ISP that agrees to it needs abandoning... quickly...

Mines the one with the plane ticket to Guernsey, Working Permit and passport thanks!

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Exposed activist accuses Tiscali of putting life in peril

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Quite simply...

Tiscali cocked up, not because of the women's reasons for her court battle...

But simply this...

The customer requested at time of purchase a specific addition to the the contract, that of being in all ways, shape and form, ex-directory, meaning her details would remain unpublished in any publicly accessible forum and that her details would not be passed on without the explicit permission from the client sought by the provider.

Tiscali failed in this the moment her details were handed over and are liable for not only breach of the Data Protection Act, but also breach of signed contract agreements, which were signed by the client who understood this ex-directory issue to an additional service that a negligible payment would need to be recieved by the provider.

At the very minimum, I would expect the sales person who sold her her connection and promised something Tiscali say he could not, to receive new training as to Tiscali services, he blatantly does not remember what it is he is selling, for Tiscali to pay heavy compensation to the women regarding this matter, as to my knowledge, the breach of the Data Protection act is something fairly serious and should be stamped on fairly quickly (unless you are BT re: Phorm, in which case, go right ahead, you don't care anyway) and a thorough investigation into Tiscali's records by industry appointed regulators and experts.

There was a time when the companies lived to serve their customers.

I will sign up to the first ISP that offers me this... meanwhile I will stick with Virgin's L package of a 10Mb...sorry, 5Mb connection....

All power to her for doing and pushing for what noone else did to this point... We need people like her in government, irregardless of past... talent and the metaphysical sac of a huge bull should be put to good use.. We need it

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Corrupt cop abused police database to blackmail child abusers

Dean Burrows
Coat

@Stuart Elliot

Being a criminal means you have no rights and should roll over to anyone who comes your way and tries to blackmail you?

<rant>

You blithering idiot! Your very words bespeak you as a cretin, sir, and I find your comments offensive and 'hoodish'. You are quite clearly of the mindset of the worst of estate hooligans which leaves Me to wonder how your using a pc to get on the internet? Are you by chance robbing someones house?

</rant>

In all seriousness though... My friend was convicted of similar offences, did his time in jail, came out a broken man who was placed in the usual Sex Offenders rehab programmes which I have had the distasteful duty of dropping him off at so he can continue on his road of becoming the man I know he is. I have seen his end of programme report in which it is claimed he still has some issues but is effectively... 'ok'

He is setting up his life once more with a girlfriend who knows his past, he has a job, a baby on the way and he is doing good... At what point, considering his past, does it make it ok for ANYONE to upset that? What that copper did is essentially terrorism on a personal level, I am disgusted that the Met couldnt pick up on this sooner and I think he got off lightly, VERY lightly...

Not to mention the sheer fear of mine that police have this much power and I echo the thoughts of "if the police cannot manage THIS much power and regulate it effectively, how can they be trusted with something bigger and far more powerful?'

Mine's the one with the Channel Island work visa

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Dixons plunges to loss

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Thumb Down

-sigh-

OK, so I will be the first in line to slate PC World, I know, I worked there for a few months...

I have to take a moment though and defend my ex-fellow lilac-shirted-geeks...

Not all of us are sales monkeys, we genuinely try to do a good job selling the best of the crap products... it wasnt easy, but I always tried to do the best by any customer that came to me... and yes, unlike 90% of the sales force of PCW, I ACTUALLY know about computers...

I agree, though, with the enlightened comments that DSG going down would be a huge blow...

spare a thought, in your glee, for the thousands of people who work there who would be left in these lean months with nae a job...

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Microsoft preps IE 8 for the web-challenged

Dean Burrows
Paris Hilton

Not to mention...

...the fact that IE8, strangely, stops my antivirus from working correctly...

I mean, thats all KINDA screwed up, when your internet browser doesnt like McAfee and blanks the security centre making you completely unable to use it...

I still dont know if they have this resolved, which is a shame, as I like beta testing...

Microsoft is cocking up though...

Tell me, at what point do we allow software developers, even ones as big as Micro$oft, to dictate how we do something as simple as display our webpages in a certain way?

Although, judging by current trends, noone will need to optimise for IE8, as Firefox seems to be catching them up quickly...

now I wonder why that is...

-goes off in a tangent-

Paris, cos her mighty social status and blatant non-tech savvy-ness should help our cause with IE8 and Microsoft ^^

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Tory leader's stolen bicycle surfaces on eBay

Dean Burrows
Flame

It's been removed...

maybe eBay is a left-wing site???

just checked it now and the item has been removed...

shame really... I was going to bid on it so I could practice a bit of long dormant pyromania....

Mine is the effects of releasing said dormant pyromania....

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Vodafone shares tumble on interims

Dean Burrows
Coat

eh?

Well of course revenues are up with half a million pound phone bills...

I can work that one out and I aint no fancy-pants economist...

Mines the one with too many pockets....where's me damn phone?

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Watchdog bares teeth at mobile premium rate scams

Dean Burrows
Coat

I agree...

...that the system is messed up...

perhaps a way of checking to see if the number sending the text is on the recievers phone contacts list? if it aint there the message doesnt get sent?

but then, the comment that the phone providers gain too much money from it is a valid point...

Not to mention that I myself am with O2 and they send Me a 'free' mms with 'On this Day' rubbish, I cant ever remember asking for it, but the STOP text is gonna cost me £1.50...

Stupid stupid stupid...

Is anyone willing to set up an organisation that ISNT a bunch of sanctimonius twits who will actually get the job done?

Mine is the coat with the mobile in the pocket...

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Google tips hat to St George - finally

Dean Burrows
Flame

Look and listen...

I cannot believe what I am seeing...

Assuming that 90% of El Reg readers are, like myself, involved in some computing career of some form...

Why the hell are you all arguing patriotism or facts when you have a NATIONAL excuse to bunk off work and go for a drink?

Think what the Bastard would do then hang your heads in shame as you fumble blearily for your 8th pint...

The Flame because I am on my 8th pint and in complete lack of control of my emotions...

I may go and change printer access priviliges out of sheer mind-numbing evilness when I get back to work....

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London teen orders 'cab, innit'

Dean Burrows
Unhappy

-sighs-

Directory enquiries call says no available listing for a 'Mr Joe Baxi'

I feel strangely disappointed...

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Dean Burrows
Happy

Really?

I wonder if there is a guy in south london actually called joe baxi who gets calls from irate customers of errant or late taxis...

I refuse to get a directory and look...

Smiley face... It made me laugh hysterically

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Final beta of Firefox 3 available now

Dean Burrows
IT Angle

oh sweet lord...

Why cant MS take a long hard look at firefox and realise IE in any form falls so far short of the standards firefox gives us?

Cant wait for the final release but I agree with the anonymous bugger...

the plugins are key... maybe some backwards compatability (always a fave) until they can get new releases for ff3?

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Quake rocks Britain

Dean Burrows
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I will just sit back and wait...

It is inevitable really...

"Global warming to blame?"

Of course it is... I give it till midday today before the Beeb trots out a line of 'experts' who say this is all our fault and We should stop driving our cars...

Unless of course, Sky News beats them to it... and gets an 'expert' to phone in and tell us how he was asleep in bed dreaming of a green earth and it woke him up with the idea of a new carbon footprint scheme...

All regrets though, the Ministry for Making Our Lives a Living Hell (or HMRC, DVLA... take your pick) didnt collapse or fall in and destroy the nanny state...

Sympathies to the old gent in Yorkshire...

"A man from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, was taken to hospital after a chimney collapsed and fell through his bedroom roof. A spokeswoman for South Yorkshire Ambulance Service said the man suffered injuries to his pelvis and was taken to Barnsley District Hospital."

I dont know if he is gonna be angry that his house lost its chimney or that he will still be in the waiting lines this time next week when happily he can escape and read it all first hand on Google news...

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Dearly departed to heat Manchester crematorium

Dean Burrows
Alert

hmmm..

I wonder why the council didnt use frozen dogs?

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Microsoft: New Live Search 'as good as Google'

Dean Burrows

would love to see it in action...

if it is that good then maybe they could apply the 'good as google' search engine to their absolutely abominable Kowledge Base Article section of the Msoft.com website.... rather than trying to catch up to something so far in front of them they dont have a hope in hell, they may as well do SOME good to their own place first....

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Top judge: put everyone in UK on the DNA database

Dean Burrows

Reading all your comments make me ill...

While I cannot personally come down on either side of this fence I have some points to make...

I completely agree that a National database of DNA would NOT act as a deterrent for crime as I will explain later, but it would however allow the police to solve any and probably all violent crimes where DNA has been recovered, and when you see the news and hear about the severe inflation of gun and violent crime, armed robberies, and serious sex offences this for me can only be a good thing...

A DNA database wouldnt deter crime on any level whatsoever as unfortunantly the bleeding hearts liberals and hand wringers who have spent the last god knows how many years taking away our rights to punish our children as we see fit, our right to defend our homes against invaders (remember the farmer who shot that burgular?) have essentially created the cultrue of yobbishness we see now, with kids who have no respect for parents or teachers, people with no respect for those people who take to the streets to uphold the law, and I can even remember a piece in my local paper not so long ago about firemen who refused to go to a housing estate in my town without police protection because they feared for their lives, after suffering attacks not just from 'hoodies' but from adults as well...

Besides... I agree with a previous comment... it wouldnt happen cos the government and politicians of this country couldnt organise a decent knees up in a brewery....

And if you feel outraged or offended by what I say... -shrugs- what can I do?

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Microsoft promises less-annoying Vista OS early next year

Dean Burrows

Just an after-thought...

One thing that I noted when installing Vista is it's appauling back-catalogue of drivers... at least XP recognises old equipment and installs a generic driver which makes the hardware usable... Vista doesnt even do that...

Backwards compatability is a major issue these days with the climate of rapid-changing technology and there are many instances of backwards compatability being a bloody good selling point...

Sony Playstation 2 could play PSX games and use PSX hardware - It sold and sold well...

Sony's PS3 runs some PS2 games and most if not all have some glitches on the new system but the PS3 is incompatible with old pads etc... major turn off...

I could go on and on but I am sure you get the drift....

Maybe MS could incorporate a larger driver database with Vista SP1 or at least give us the option of downloading one rather than hunting the net for driver updates for old'ish hardware...

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Dean Burrows

Pfft...

As far as I am concerned the only good copy of Vista OS is one in which the computer is still running XP w/SP2 and the cd of Vista is a little pile of molten plastic and flames on the floor next to it....

I cant believe that MS having spent so long delaying the release of Vista, released a hashed together, shoddy product then say 'Microsoft encourages organizations not to wait for SP1 but instead [to] deploy Windows Vista today in order to benefit from improved security, management, and deployment benefits'....

XP as it is now is far more secure now than Vista will ever be for the next 2 years at least...

Microsoft should listen to ACTUAL customers and get their act together...

Because as far as I am concerned I have wasted my money so far buying Vista....

-Dean Burrows-

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Intel restyles laptop as wireless fashion accessory

Dean Burrows

Rubbish!!!

While the idea is sound and maybe workable, it just wouldnt be feasible over here!!!

It would damn well be robbed!!!

You can just see someone buying one then never taking it outside in case they get mugged!!!

And given it's size and weight i cannot see it having any serious multi-tasking or processing power... so it would just be an overgrown PDA really... Unless Intel have a spec list for us to browse and laugh at?

Anyone else agree???

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Sony US yanks 20GB PlayStation 3

Dean Burrows

Sony should listen more to the customers!!!!

Sony have waffled on for months and months with rubbish explanations for the delay of their 'next-gen' console with assorted blamings of production lines, chip problems and 'intergration issues with the Blu-Ray technology', leaving many gamers frustrated and many Sony-critics cackling and rubbing their hands with glee but more importantly leaving Microsoft and Nintendo laughing all the way to the bank as they cashed in on superb sales of the 360 and Wii...

Then we finally get the PS3 launched in the UK... with comical results as stores advertising pre-ordering not actually selling all of the consoles Sony provide them with as they price the console 200 quid over the price of it's rival consoles!!!

They claim that this is because the Blu-Ray technology is so expensive... (BTW could anyone tell me where to find the survey they did that says we wanted BD???)

And now someone with some modicum of common sense suggests the budget console but then makes himself look an idiot when they make it with reduced functionality...

They done right pulling this version of the 'budget console'... they should now re-release it with exactly the same functionality as the 60GB PS3, but slap the HDD down to 10/15/20 GB and optional Blu-Ray... they could easily then sell that for £220???

I know I would buy that at least...

Meanwhile I will content myself playing my idiotic friends PS3... He did, after all, pay through the nose for his and now sits about whining cos he doesn't have another 50 quid to go buy a new game as he has completed Resistance...

Idiot...

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