* Posts by Wokstation

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Four tuner frenzy: The all-you-can-EEat TV Freeview PVR

Wokstation

Can you change the order of the channels? Can on my aging Humax, how about on this?

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

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Not enough buttons!

Had a Razer Naga, the buttons became unreliable - a click became 10, and holding the button down was read as mashing it.

Replaced it with a Logitech g600.

Keyboard-wise I use a basic cheap keyboard, but have a pad for my left hand so I hardly have to touch the main keyboard. Originally a Nostromo, now a Logitech G13 - the little LCD is invaluable for it's temperature readouts. Shame LCDStudio was discontinued.

I hadn't intended to go all Logi, it just turned out that way.

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MPs to gaze upon biometric data industry's ID-gobbling tech

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My fingerprints change daily

Due to a nasty skin condition, my fingerprints are in permanent flux. Big flakey scabs, blisters, serum... have often wondered if they'll even remotely resemble the fingerprints taken 25yrs ago!

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Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

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The watchdog said that unlike BT...

"The watchdog said that unlike BT, TalkTalk and BSkyB which nagged all of their customers with an "unavoidable choice" about filtering"

I switched to BT about a month ago (only FTTC provider here). Wasn't asked by customer services nor the engineer. Not had any popups asking.

I'm guessing it's because I disabled Smart Setup, which makes the choice far from unavoidable.

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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Elderly neighbour asked me...

...asked me why her internet wasn't working. Popped over, asked where her router was. Didn't know. Asked her where the box BT sent her was. "Oh the hob!" (not a typo) "i put it away in the attic, I didn't need it" Why not? "because the internet was all set up".

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Facebook wants to LISTEN IN on the songs and vids playing in YOUR living room

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Mission creep and opting out

Bed down this idea, then change the T&C so it can listen for spoken keywords to "serve you more relevant content", those around the Facebooker may not have consented to having personal data processed. But oh so handy for the spooks.

Likely? Who knows. Possible? Unfortunately.

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Boffinry breakthrough: First self-replicating life with 'alien' DNA

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Did they forget..?

Life finds a way! Jurassic Park said so!

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BT fibre 'availability checker' looks into FAR-OFF FUTURE. Again

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Unhappy

Same here

November? Our local cabinet was listed as upgraded to FTTC, so planned to go BT Infinity once Christmas was done. January rolls round, go to sign up, not available. Checker says March. March? Checker says April. Now it says May.

To rub salt in to my current 1Mbps wound, I get phonecalls and leaflets proclaiming how joyous life is on 50Mbps from BT about once a week.

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NSA headman: 'Don't worry, our watchful analysts TAKE EXAMS'

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Black Helicopters

"Only 35 analysts within the NSA", ok, cool. Now how about those contractors who aren't within the NSA? People like Snowden..?

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ISPs: Relax. Blocking smut online WON'T really work

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Trollface

Re: Mr Flibble

Blame the predictive. I do. It's why I typed "user" instead of "use" in another comment, and I'll be gracious and assume that's also how you managed to spell my name incorrectly! (Oh, the ironing...)

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Facepalm

Re: scaremonging

Two ACs, not even sure who you're replying to as a result.

Mission creep isn't scaremonging, btw, it's a proven phenomena.

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FAIL

Re: Just get the filters installed and everyone shut up.

Yeah, coz there's no chance of mission-creep is there? Our Government would never do that, would they?

It's not like they have form for that, is it? They'd never, for example, user anti-terror legislation to catch people who didn't pick up their dog's excretions, would they?

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Guido ran a poll on his site about what to do regarding the alleged accusations. He's since tweeted that he's going to sue her.

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PORNAGEDDON: Sexy bloggrs stung by Tumblr smut smackdown

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Over on Deviant Art they have a Muture Content filter. When you submit something, there's a checkbox marked "contains Mature Content". Check it, and your work is invisible to people who have not logged in and turned off the filter.

Not perfect, but better than Yahoo!'s move.

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Ad man: Mozilla 'radicals' and 'extremists' want to wreck internet economy

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Re: Dear Advertising Scum. STFU, GTFO, FOAD, & HAND.

" I don't watch advertisements on tv, because as soon as they begin, I hit MUTE & leave the room."

Totally agree, except this bit. I record it and skip the adverts altogether. Makes films on TV a lot shorter, too!

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FAIL

Re: Ok holier-than-thou smartarses.

You talk as if it's all-or-nothing, when there's many shades to choose from. Non-intrusive adverts that don't phone home, run scripts, risk my network security and/or follow me? I'm not going to mind that any more than I mind a poster on a bus shelter.

If advertisers didn't take liberties, we'd not want to take them back.

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Universal Credit: ONLY 6 job centres to get new dole system in October

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" The dole offices earmarked by the DWP for Universal Credit from October are: Hammersmith, Rugby, Inverness, Harrogate, Bath and Shotton."

Which each have a comparatively low unemployment rate, even locally.

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Universal Credit? Universal DISCREDIT, more like, say insiders

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Stories from March saying they're calculating UC Pathfinder claims by hand on spreadsheets shed light on the DWP statement:

" The Universal Credit IT has been working well during the Pathfinder". Yes, because the qualifying criteria for the pilot are very tight, because you are having to input the lot onto spreadsheets...

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Microsoft cues next-gen Xbox for Crimbo 2013

Wokstation

and it's clear that there'll be a whole bunch of kids - appreciative, we hope - glued to a new games box on Crimbo morning.

Or more likely, frustrated kids waiting for an inevitable system update to download!

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Half of us have old phones STUFFED in our drawers

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I use mine until they die. I've not yet bought a phone when I already have one that works.

The old, dead, ones get used by the kids as pretend phones... or spaceships.

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Facebook starts going encrypted by default in North America

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Re: Twitter already is https

If you set them to private...? If you send a DM? Not all Twitter interactions are public. And even the public tweets would require a system allowing uk.gov to either cache the lot or target users under their jurisdiction only. The former would mean a LOT of noise, the latter would require Twitter's co-operation. Something I don't see them doing without a law or court order making them.

So it *seems* the IMP can't even target one of the more public social platforms properly, unless the AC in the 1sr comment is correct.

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Wokstation

Twitter already is https

The UK government mentioning twitter as one of the things they want to monitor the "who" on makes me smile, given it's already encrypted...

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Man, 19, cuffed after burning Remembrance poppy pic is Facebooked

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I find Cameron wearing a poppy while selling arms far more offensive.

The MC Act simply isn't designed to handle social media. It was to protect telephone operators, then users, then covered email. All one-to-one communications. It really cannot handle a virtual soapbox without stepping on free speech.

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Slideshow: A History of First-person Shooters in 20 Games

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ARMA?

It's technically an FPS, but pretty hardcore.

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Xbox SmartGlass hits Android ahead of schedule

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Unhappy

Not compatible

With the Sony Tablet S, computer says no.

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Windows 8 unleashed! Midnight launch for world+dog

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This explains...

..why all of a sudden my Xbox360's dashboard looks like The GUI Formerly Known As Metro. At least there the big bulbous buttons work with the "hand-mouse" on the Kinect.

It's not how I fancy my PC though.

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I just LOVE Server 2012, but count me out on Windows 8 for now

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You can rate the article.

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Wokstation

Re: AceRimmer

Unless you plug one in...

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BT and Virgin sue over £10m state-funded Birmingham broadband

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perhaps if they got off their backsides...

...local government wouldn't feel the need to provide the service.

Clearly privatization failed to fill this particular gap.

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EU greases up orphan works copyright loophole for Big Culture

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Unhappy

I think I'll only upload low-res shots from now

I would just fill out lots of metadata to show the photographs are mine, but if someone wanted to use it, they'd just strip that out.

Upscaling is a little harder to do (well).

Shame.

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Haynes Build Your Own Computer book review

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Re: Everyone...

For me it's the motherboard. That's the backbone to the thing, in my mind.

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Online dole queue tech 'not grounded in reality', say councils

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FAIL

On time, on budget? On yer bike...

How many big government IT projects have managed that, then?

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Google's stats show few Android tablets in use

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Trollface

Re: Due diligence

Self important? Nah, just know how important the money I have is.

Plonker? Guilty as charged!

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Wokstation

I bought this tablet a couple of months ago, and of course did due-diligence searching rather than say "want shiny". One of my criteria was that it must support the Google's store (having found GetJar rather lacking on my phone), and found myself having to discount a lot of kit (mainly cheaper brands) because they weren't able to access Play, which obviously can't be counted by Google.

TLDR: Google's stats are hardly authoritative because they don't count the cheap slabs.

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It's time to burn the schedules and seize control of OUR TVs

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Stop

perhaps when my line speed is >=1mb

Perhaps then I will be able to use VoD, but until then...

Nope.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Android tablet review

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Megaphone

I use a stylus

...due to a physical condition, I cannot touch, well, most things with my skin. Capacative screens, therefore, are problematic for me without a stylus.

This wasn't a problem with pressure screens, as I could tap through my gloves (no, can't use capacative gloves, I have tp wear special ones)

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Microsoft denies Windows 8 app spying via SmartScreen

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Terminator

Redmond's lack of a historical database...

...does not mean they cannot be served with an order to monitor an address, or allow real-time access to an IP's behaviour.

*dons extra-lux tinfoil hat* (built-in earmuffs)

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Ten phones for seniors

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The young, sight-impaired?

It's not just old people that get issues with their eyes. These phones would be handy for the visually-impaired teen, or the middle aged mother with premature arthritis. Give disabled folks a thought too!

Handy list, duly tweeted.

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Atos IT workers threaten strike during Olympics over 'living wage'

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FAIL

Re: 0.5%, *really*?

DLA isn't an out of work benefit.

And the 0.5% figure is the DWP's own.

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Re: Atos IT workers are threatening to strike

They are contracted to run the medicals for the WCA (ESA assessment) and for DLA.

They are widely despised by the disabled community, and have a track re ord that would see other government contractors investigated. Their declaring people fitter than they are is costing at least £60m per year in appeals alone. The human cost is even greater.

A less-fitting sponsor for the Paralympics I could not imagine.

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Pre-paid Chinese users still anonymous despite new law

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FAIL

Armando 123, did you miss...

Did you miss the bit about this covering pre-pay phones? There's no monthly bill to pay.

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Can you handle LOHAN's substantial globes?

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Could you not...

...could you not have the balloon under a cage of some-sort, with the launch platform atop it? Then use a counterweight to keep the balloon the right way up?

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Boffins shine 800Mbps wireless network from flashlight

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Thumb Up

@Haff thanks

Cheers - wasn't aware what the relevant ranges were, now I am :)

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Wokstation

Although imperceptible to the eye

Is it totally transparent to the brain? Is there any risk of triggering epileptic seizures with this..?

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Nintendo 3DS

Wokstation

I've had a go on one...

Tried out the augmented reality with the cards - was technically impressive, and amusing, but my eyes very quickly got tired focusing on the screen (while wearing prescription glasses). The screen-size is also ridiculously small, reducing the appreciation of the 3d effect.

I'm still to be convinced by all the 3D hype, and certainly wouldn't pay what Ninty are asking for something so small, but it's good to see novel tech out there.

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Police DNA test plan to put off prostitutes' punters

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Disappointed...

...that an El Reg'er would describe a large chunk of their customer base so?

I normally find your contribs to be quite witty, but not that one. In fact it's the sort of low standard I'd expect on an unmoderated forum, not a moderated news-site and especially not coming from a staffer.

Boo. Hiss.

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Feds propose 'do not track' option for net surfers

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Badgers

Privacy by design...

...doesn't "privacy by design" suggest opt-in, not opt-out?

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WikiLeaks ousted from Amazon US

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Thumb Down

They really don't "get" the internet, do they?

Once it's up, it's out. It's available on torrent, it's available on mirrors - thousands of people have already got a copy of the files.

I'd mention barn doors and horses, but I think they might start cracking down on equine services...

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Telegraph to charge for online news

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FAIL

So...

"Telegraph.co.uk is currently the third most-visited UK newspaper website" - not for long, eh?

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Software engineer blogs own Starbucks wiretap

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Not how I expected it to end...

...I thought it was going to be "and sure enough, they had. He got up, packed his laptop and headed for the door before being intercepted by two of NYC's finest in their donut-sugar-frosted uniforms for inadvertently stealing the credentials of their sergeant..."

(Or maybe a mark had narked, y'know, something resulting in the bloke leaving Starbucks in cuffs)

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