* Posts by zebthecat

69 posts • joined 23 Jun 2008

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Hated biz smart meter rollout: UK.gov sticks chin out, shuts eyes

zebthecat

I don't get it at all.

What on earth are these smart meters meant to achieve?

Unless they have some magic powers to reduce electricity if course. Do they contain some secret electical fairy dust?

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Millions of voters are missing: It’s another #GovtDigiShambles

zebthecat

And there was me thinking...

...that the GDS was staffed entirely by Agile code ninjas. Have we been misled?

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Google Glass DIED from TOO MUCH ATTENTION, Captain Moonshot admits

zebthecat

He missed the main problem...

...in that glass was a stupid idea in the first place and no amount of positive PR was ever going to change that,

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

zebthecat

Re: self-indulgent onanism

Furious

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

zebthecat

Re: We should pay for TV we dont want

Er, this is kind of how public service and taxation works (for tax is what the license fee is).

See also:

Roads

Railways

The NHS

Schools

etc etc.

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zebthecat

Re: Being in the US, I'm no expert on the BBC...

Don't be silly - that is far too sensible an idea.

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Lenovo CTO: Hey, look around – we're not the only ones with a crapware infection

zebthecat

While they are about it...

...why not ditch their stupid BIOS whitelist policy as well.

My son's Lenovo laptop WiFi card went titsup and Lenovo support were unable to tell me which WiFi cards the laptop BIOS would accept.

Useless

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Chaos reigns as Coms plc CEO tries (fails) to stage boardroom coup

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Re: They took over my broadband provider

Were you were another ex ADSL24 custiomer?

Had exaclty the same thing with Coms (along with 2 long complete outages) and moved on once BT got round to putting a fibre cabinet in at the end of my road - not at all surprised Coms are in trouble.

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Vodafone to stock BlackBerry Passport – on sale tomorrow

zebthecat

Re: Indeed

Sadly it does have facebook and twitter natively - your search continues...

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Re: Cheap BDs from Asda

Ein

Zwei

DIE!

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Spotify flips bird at Taylor Swift, adds MILLIONS more users

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Loss Leader

How long will their VC money last though?

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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'

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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

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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

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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

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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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