* Posts by zebthecat

58 posts • joined 23 Jun 2008

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

zebthecat

Re: Pointless and dangerous fads

Had this last year when they tried to convince me that they had to install a smart meter for safety reasons. I said fine but can i have a dumb meter instead if safety was their concern. They said of course and, 18 month on, have heard nothing more from them on the subject.

I just cannot fathom how fitting a smart meter will magically reduce bills by 2% (unless they fit external insulation for free as part of the service).

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

zebthecat

Re: How Widespread?

It happens quite a lot to me (use it for javascript debugging and css work) and have learnt to live with it as the dev tools are good. Two things are really irritating though.

1. It appears to be impossible to clear the file cache - clearing the cache manually rarely works entirely and the options to stop caching while the dev tools are open is flaky too. Incognito also caches files. This is bloody annoying if you are debugging js includes and Chrome is keeping hold of stale files.

2. Whoever thought "Aw Snap!" was amusing needs a knee in the nads.

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Apple’s $700 BEEELLION market cap makes it more valuable than Switzerland

zebthecat

So depressing

that there is such a reward for building stuff that is obsolescent in just 2 years. Not quite as bad as the fashion industry but close.

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Universal Credit CRISIS: Up to £200m in IT spend WASTED – NAO

zebthecat

The NAO might be waiting a fair old while...

... IDS doesn't do trivial things like deadlines and project plans. He was on Radio 4 earlier on this week reiterating this very point. Apparently deadlines would represent an existential risk to the project as they are invariably unrealistic and compromise delivery (i.e. they will always be missed).

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MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'

zebthecat
FAIL

Ludicrous

Blaming the (unnamed) service provider is like blaming the Royal Mail if they had used post to communicate.

This was a human intelligence failure by the security services of they want to find someone to blame.

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zebthecat

Re: Jump on the privacy bandwagon

Too right they don't.

Would you expect UK providers to comply with warrants from the USA? Russia? North Korea?

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Apple, Google take on Main Street in BONKING-FOR-CASH struggle

zebthecat

Er...

Two bald men fighting over a comb.

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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

zebthecat

Re: BlackBerry Passport - Black (UK) Out Of Stock

Blimey! That didn't take long.

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Phones 4u demise: 1,700 employees laid off with redundo package

zebthecat

Best guess is that the bondholders will get whatever PWC manage to extract from the remnants of the business post redundancy payments before the other creditors.

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Man, its smartphones are SQUARE. But will BlackBerry make a comeback with them?

zebthecat

However...

...If you wish to while away your commute with Flappy Bird you still can,

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EE buys 58 Phones 4u stores for £2.5m after picking over carcass

zebthecat

Rubbish

EE and Vodafone need no outside help when it comes to brand reputation and Phones4u were certainly no worse.

That phones4u did do, however, was offer a variety of handsets that the networks sometimes didn't carry themselves and (from my experience) undercut the carriers using a like for like comparison thus breaking the carrier cartel.

Consumers will be poorer as this is another supply route cut off.

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BlackBerry bottoms out: Vows to wow with new Berries

zebthecat

Agree absolutely with all that.

I swapped from to a Q10 from the HTC One and the BB10 Hub pisses all over the (non-existent) Android messaging alert "system".

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zebthecat

Currently BB10 can run Android binaries impressively...

"but this requires user to sideload a third-party app called Snap first"

No it doesn't.

10.1 runs android apps without any of this snap sideloading malarkey.

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Google: Why should we pay tax when we make 'intangibles'?

zebthecat

Reputation is a beautiful thing

That was Starbucks best wheeze.

When buying all their UK coffee beans from that famous coffee growing country Switzerland wasn't enough the UK arm gets charged a whopping sum for using the Starbucks name. Hey Presto! Profit turns to loss.

Quite how that got past the transfer pricing rules is a mite baffling.

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More chance you came a cropper on a UK road than bought a Chromebook this year

zebthecat

Re: 300k laptops sold in UK first quarter?

>Wonder why I'm only seeing people with tablets and phones?

Depends where you look really, nobody in my office uses a tablet or mobile for any work stuff (apart from the test team).

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Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

zebthecat

Re: Twaddle

Azure you say?

Of course that has never had an outage whatsoever...

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UK.gov data sell-off row: HMRC denies claims it'll flog YOUR private info

zebthecat

Re: Daily Mail?

Fuck off!

I know, not very clever but it is our personal data NOT yours.

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HTC One grabs BEST SMARTPHONE gong

zebthecat
FAIL

Re: More metal kit that blocks and thus drops more calls.

As an ex HTC One user i absolutely concur.

Looks fantastic, great screen and toys.

But...

...terrible call quaility (drop outs and random voice volume), iffy connection, almost impossible to hold (too slim and slippery and frankly blummin uncomfortable). If anyone has worked out a way of putting it down without dropping the thing I'd like to know how.

Still, it is very shiny - Mmmmmm.

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Chinese Bitcoin exchange DISAPPEARS, along with £2.5 MEEELLION

zebthecat

Pop...

...goes the bubble.

Entirely predictable.

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Google chap reverse engineers Sinclair Scientific Calculator

zebthecat

Ahhh, RPN and the shunting yard....

...brings back bad memories.

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Chubby-chasing SEX TROLLS ran me offline, says fashion blogger

zebthecat

Re: Not just women.

Sanctimonious rubbish there Gaz. Do not confuse freedom of speech with freedom to spout blatantly sexist threats. We have laws against this sort of stuff for a reason.

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Blackberry Z10 sales fail to impress analysts

zebthecat

Re: Hardly a shock.

Totally agree - The hard keyboard is Blackberry's USP. If BB10 is any good and the Q10 has decent real world battery life I'm having one. The Z10 really doesn't stand a chance as the johnny come lately of touch slab phones.

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Firm moves to trademark 'Python' name out from under the language

zebthecat
Happy

Tee Hee

www.veber.co.uk is currently down.

Oh the irony!

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zebthecat
Coat

What I want to know is...

...Is this the right room for an argument?

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Netbooks were a GOOD thing and we threw them under a bus

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Re: Dead men walking

Got one of these little beauties too for a princely £220.

Excellent keyboard, plays HD video, battery lasts for yonks and surprisingly good speakers.

With a clean WIndows 7 64 bit install (thanks to work) and 4 gig of RAM it doesn't run all that shabblily either.

Am going to miss it when it goes bang.

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zebthecat

Re: Acer W510

All well and good and sure it is lovely little machine but it is five hundred feckin quid. Hardly netbook territory,

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How can the BBC be saved from itself without destroying it?

zebthecat

Re: The BBC is ... the vampire. Literally. It sucks peoples' money away

Have you seen Sky's revenue!

http://corporate.sky.com/about_sky/key_facts_and_figures

Almost 7 billion quid not enough to make quality programmes?

Of course it is but they still choose to chase sport and movies because that is where the profit lies.

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zebthecat
WTF?

Steady on...

This comments section looks to be straight off the Mail online.

I'm scared now.

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Saucy MINX in a THONG makes GoDaddy's hy-PHWOAR-visors go

zebthecat
Childcatcher

I prefer this place for stock images

http://placekitten.com/

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AVG kicks out new touchy-feely UI to grab smartphone-fondlers

zebthecat

Re: crow-sourcing

You do realise that the corvids are the most intelligent of bird families?

Fantastic problem solving skills - perhaps they really meant it...

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Samsung refreshes ChromeOS hardware with first desktop system

zebthecat

I can only think that Google are using this as some sort of Corporation tax write-off as they doomed to failure.

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Cameron's attempt to cram a robot arm wearing a Rolex into his pristine bottom

zebthecat

You're dead right there...

Did a temp job years ago changing Dunhill batteries.

Once we'd got the back off (special tool), changed that battery and put the back on again we'd then plug a compressed air cylinder into a valve on the watch case and give it a blast of air while dunking the watch in a bath of fluid.

If there were no bubbles it was good to go.

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Panic on the streets of Google+? Choc Factory hires Digg founder

zebthecat
Facepalm

Re: What is Google+?

It is the Betamax of Social Networks.

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Facebook disses Effin Irishwoman

zebthecat
Happy

Could be worse...

She could come from Termenfeckin!

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Chromebooks: the flop of 2011?

zebthecat
FAIL

Utterly dumb idea

Presumably Google thought it would do for Larry Ellison's Network PC idea what the iPad did for Bill Gates tablet PC.

Unfortunately Apple got there first and anyone who wants a netbook form factor will, most likely, get a netbook.

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Ten... best Blu-ray movies of 2011

zebthecat
Flame

Get the point of the article but...

...does this mean we all should watch some seriously shit films so that we can appreciate the technical prowess of Blue Ray?

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Blackberry BBM adds social music cloud

zebthecat
Flame

The Clash...

London's Burning, White Riot and I Fought the Law for starters

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Naked at 30: Osborne 1 stripped to its chips

zebthecat

@Annahilator

No scar on finger but one my head.

Catapaulted accross my bedroom after touching the smoothing capacitor in my home made bass power amp.

Ouch

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Fukushima update: No chance cooling fuel can breach vessels

zebthecat
FAIL

Oh dear Lewis again

Latest from IAEA:

"Attempts to return power to the entire Daiichi site are also continuing. After explosions at both units 1 and 3, the primary containment vessels of both units are reported to be intact. However, the explosion that occurred at 04:25 UTC [4.25am GMT] on 14 March at the Fukushima Daiichi unit 2 may have affected the integrity of its primary containment vessel. All three explosions were due to an accumulation of hydrogen gas. A fire at unit 4 occurred on 14 March 23:54 UTC and lasted two hours. The IAEA is seeking clarification on the nature and consequences of the fire. The IAEA continues to seek details about the status of all workers, reactors and spent fuel at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. "

When in a hole; stop digging!

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Government needs to bring IT skills in-house

zebthecat

Having worked in IT for the MoD...

...albeit many moons ago. It would help if the civil service actually paid something akin to market rates for developers.

Anyone with any talent left as soon as soon as they realized they could double their salary by moving into the private sector. I enjoyed my job there but succumbed to the lure of the lucre.

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No new copters for Afghanistan troops

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Flame

I get your point Lewis but...

Having worked in the MoD Procurement Executive and been involved in the assumptions thing (Long Term Costing it was called then) it was not the poilitcians who made these sort of decision.

Sure the politicians (via the Treasury) decided what the overrall budget was and it was the Minister who signed the final document BUT the comittee who ultimately decided what went into the budget and what came out was chaired and largely made of the military.

IF the decision is made to scrap the chinooks than poeple responsible for that decision will be the top brass of the services. Sure Cameron can question that decision but, ultimately, he will probably have to take the advice of the heads of the services.

It is the military top brass who have decided to keep prestige weapons at the expense of the useful workhorses and this has been that case for years. Why they do this is one of the great mysteries.

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Are disk drives beginning to spin down?

zebthecat

Cloud??

Would you entrust all your confidential details to the cloud?

Thought not.

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Who are the biggest electric car liars - the BBC, or Tesla Motors?

zebthecat
Stop

I am shocked, SHOCKED!

Holy Mackeral!

Lewis Page in anti-green tech article shocker; quelle surprise...

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Minister 'C*nt' promises £50m to get fabtastic fibre for all

zebthecat

@Chris Miller

He thought these new jobs would appear in online shopping.

Quite why you need a 1GB line to use online shops is a bit of a mystery.

He also said that BBC is helping to pay because of iPlayer demand.

Why stop there eh? Using his logic than all online businesses should help pay for the new infratructure.

The man is an idiot as well as a *unt

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Guardian super-blogger flames Reg boffinry desk

zebthecat
Stop

Face it - The original headline was misleading

Having said that Mr Robbins was an idiot for engaging in a flame war with somebody who approaches the climate change issue with same intellectual rigour as Jeremy Clarkson.

Amongst climate scientists it is only a debate in the same way that Evolution vs. Intelligent Design is a debate. The only climate scientists casting doubt on man-made climate change are those funded by the fossil fuel and automotive industries.

Make of that what you will

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Beeb dubs Facebook users 'saddos'

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I was responsible for a similar test data accident...

...in a previous job for a news website. The alt tag for the image of then columnist David Mellor read "smug_twat" for 6 months before anyone noticed.

Had to apologise to the editor after getting a slapped wrist.

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Video calling impresses Brits, if it's Apple video calling

zebthecat
FAIL

It will fail

Sure it is fun once, maybe twice at a push. We had this this years ago on three and my wife and i video called each other once each to test and that was that:

a. You look like a twat

b. You can't walk (mind that lamppost), pretend to work, pick your nose etc.

c. You have to TALK LOUDLY (twat factor again)

d. Skype is better and more comfortable.

but most importantly in this case, all your friends need to have apple kit.

Aaah - think i get the point now

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Judge de-ASBOes yoof's low-slung kecks

zebthecat

Wedgie!!

that is all

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Lords: Analogue radio must die

zebthecat
FAIL

As long you get DAB reception...

...which we don't. Nothing at - not even a 'glop'.

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Monty buffs MySQL cuckoo egg

zebthecat

Table Elimination? wtf

This looks suspiciously like a hack to get round MySQL's inability to do hash joins.

Why wasn't the useless query optimizer fixed instead?

Gahh

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