* Posts by WonkoTheSane

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Intel pleads for €1bn EU fine to be overturned, is DENIED

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Re: @P010nium "They paid it when........."

"Paying kickbacks to the German dealer .... OK, that WAS illegal :-)"

There is precedent however - search for "Lockheed and Luftwaffe"

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Apple is KILLING OFF BONKING, cries mobe research dude

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Bonk also works at Boots, McD's & Aldi.

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New 'Windows-8.1-with-Bing': How's it different from Windows 8.1?

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There is no Dark Side of the Force - It is all Marketing

This is obviously marketings plan to massively boost Bing's market share by counting every system sold.

That same marketing department will also carefully forget to subtract users who immediately switch search engine as soon as they boot up their new toy (ie: all of them).

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Facebook wants MORE EXPLICIT SHARING

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Said it before, I'll say it again...

No Faceplant, no problem!

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Pirate Party runs aground in European Parliamentary elections

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No Pirates to vote for here...

UKIP

Real UKIP

Provisional UKIP

Continuity UKIP

BNP

Green

Plaid Cymru

And then there were the no-hopers.

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Disney plans standalone Star Wars movies to go with the main trilogy

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Obligatory Star Wars quote...

"I have a very bad feeling about this."

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US giant NBC 'leaks' PRIVATE Amazon keys in Github Glenn gaffe

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Delays..

"We've asked NBC Universal and GitHub for comment on this reported incident, but we haven't heard back from them."

Because NBC are already prodding their lawyers into (un)life.

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Multiplayer Elite to debut on May 30th

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Also available...

Chris (Wing Commander) Roberts' latest offering "Star Citizen" goes multiplayer beta starting May 29th, and starts at $35 to jump in (choose a starship from $30 plus $5 "Arena Commander pass").

Star Citizen is a wholly crowdfunded MMO Space Sim with FPS capabilities (Current funding is approx $43.8million and counting).

Unlike Eve Online or Elite, you are not the ship, you are the pilot and can get up & walk around your ship.You can land on a planet, get out of your ship and go to the trading outpost, weapons boutique, ship dealership, police station or pub.

Arena Commander is a space sim within the main Star Citizen game.

See http://www.robertsspaceindustries.com

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Crypto-guru slams 'NSA-proof' tech, says today's crypto is strong enough

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If encryption can delay NSA access beyond the heat-death of the Universe, it should be just about enough.

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Stop bullying SUPER FAT GODZILLA, urge movie stars

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Re: "It's been sixty years..."

Article is referring to the original 1954 release of "Gojira" - the first appearance of Biggie G

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UK's pirate-nagging VCAP scheme WON'T have penalties – report

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Re: Remember Kids

No. Simon Cowell is killing music!

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NHS patient data storm: Govt lords SLAP DOWN privacy protections

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Re: It might be illuminating ...

You may be cynical, but I won't say you're wrong.

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Traffic light vulns leave doors wide open to Italian Job-style hacks

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Re: Hack away you can't do worse than Bristol City Council

This done by intent.

The idea is apparently to discourage inner-city motoring, rather than improve traffic flow & lower pollution.

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

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Re: @wonko

That's right. I've been told that there are 3 options to give me VDSL (in order of likelyhood):-

1: A new cab in the exchange car park - so crap speeds due to my line being approx 900m long.

2: A new street cab (possibly even a pole-top one) - OK. Pole is across street so approx 20m.

3: FTTH - How much?

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Re: Same here

At least you have a cabinet to connect to.

My town has been "fibred up", but as I'm on an Exchange-only line, I can't get it for the forseeable future.

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Researcher says Apple fibs about crypto for iOS email attachments

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Re: It's not a bug, it's a feature.

Maybe Apple are using double ROT-13?

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BSkyB broadband growth chopped in HALF

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Re: Waiting for fibre

All the town's cabinets (a couple of dozen I think) have been upgraded, but as I already stated, there is no street cabinet for me, I'm connected directly to the exchange.

I will indeed be migrating to Zen or similar once fibre gets to me. Samknows reckons FTTP here by Xmas.

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Re: Im not impressed either

"Then to top it all off youtube doesnt work in the evenings without either degrading to a jumble of coloured blocks or severe buffering if you try to set it to a sane resolution"

The best trick I've found to deal with this problem, is a freeware java app called JDownloader.

It monitors your clipboard & parses downloadable files, so all you have to do is open your youtube clip & copy the URL. JDownloader then wibbles through the page & offers to download the highest resolution version of the clip it can find.

I consider it to be the restoration of the "buffer all before playing" option that youtube removed a while back.

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Waiting for fibre

Another one here who got moved over from Be last month.

I'll be staying with Sky for a while as I'm on an "exchange-only" line (no cabinet for fibre gear - BT aren't allowed to put it in actual exchanges!). "Superfast Cymru" have assured me that they will be providing either a new cab or FTTP soon.

No new contract (meaning I can leave at 1 month's notice), using my own router (Billion 7800DXL) with Google's DNS server.

So far, no problems (touch wood!).

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Apple patents Wi-Fi access point location lookup

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Coming soon...

Apple receive patent for patenting things.

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Japan plans SEVEN satellite launches to supercharge GPS

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Re: Address confusion

The houses on each block are numbered in the chronological order that they were built. The trick is to ask directions from the oldest person you can find.

This is why neighbourhood cop & postie are generally considered to be "jobs for life", as it takes that long to learn where everyone is.

It's also why shop adverts in Japanese mags always include a map.

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Japan airport staff dash to replace passcodes after security cock-up

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Re: Please tell me

> "Japan airport staff...", why not "Japanese airport staff..."?

"Japan airport staff" implies staff at a Japanese airport.

"Japanese airport staff" implies airport staff anywhere who are of Japanese origin.

Better overall to say "Staff at Japanese airport..."

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Re: Epic fail

"You have obviously never managed a helpdesk."

And for that I shall be eternally grateful.

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FAIL

Epic fail

Notes containing passcodes are supposed to be stuck to the bottom of ones keyboard!

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EE & Vodafone will let you BONK on the TUBE – with Boris' blessing

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Re: EE and Vodafone?

"It'll all be OK in a year's time when the innovative geniuses at Apple patent NFC."

FTFY!

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Re: EE and Vodafone?

Not really. NFC requires specific hardware on the phone. Which rules out anything Apple flavoured.

Worse than that, these "trials" only seem to involve specific models of phones, rather than any phone with an NFC chip.

You may be able to get away with some kind of NFC sticker on your phone (or just stick an extra PAYG Oyster card in your phone case).

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WTF happened to Pac-Man?

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3 Million Points

Once you passed 3 million points, the original version of Pacman would display its source code, but only on the left-hand side of the screen.

This made getting much further almost impossible.

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Obligatory "Weird Al" song...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=941ssF8yIr8

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Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER

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Re: At full arm's length?

Good point, but I would've titled your post "Should've gone to SpecSavers".

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Re: Laptop resolutions...

MSI's recently-announced GT60 laptops have a 15.6" 2880x1620 screen.

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There is a market for this.

I expect Zuckerberg to order a bunch of these for his newly-acquired Oculus Rift headsets.

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Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker

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Re: Karma is a female canine

I see as many as 3 mumsnetters have read this thread.

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Karma is a female canine

If Mumsnet didn't try to get CallMeDave to legislate the net down to CBeebies-friendly levels instead of ACTUALLY SUPERVISING THEIR CHILDREN'S NET ACCESS, the script-kiddies probably wouldn't have targeted them.

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SpaceX Falcon tests HOVERCRAFT tech – despite ISS outage

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Re: ohoh

Until the US pork machine got involved, the shuttle was intended to be air-launched from a manned mothership, in much the same way as Virgin Galactic are planning.

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Launch streaming live on Space.com @ 19:45GMT

Hope that doesn't happen! ----->

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So you invent a wireless network using LEDs, what do you do next? Add solar panels. Boom

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Monty Python has "Prior Art"

Ladies & Gentlemen, I give you "Julius Ceasar on an Aldis Lamp".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLWUSka0HOw‎

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Gov cheerleader Sajid Javid gets nod from PM to park in Miller's spot

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Re: Rigorous Selection Process

"Dave: Will you do whatever your Permanent Secretary says?

Sajid: Yes!

Dave: You're hired!"

FTFY!

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European Court of Justice rips up Data Retention Directive

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"Not required to" != "Prohibited from..."

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US Supreme Court declines to hear NSA mass phone-slurp case

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Section 215 of the PATRIOT act (which is what is being ruled on here) expires June 1st.

Odds on it being extended no later than May 30th?

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David Cameron defends BT's taxpayer-funded broadband 'monopoly': It's a 'success story'

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Re: fudging numbers

As an exchange-only subscriber, the "Superfast Cymru" BB project has assured me that they WILL be connecting EO lines in a timely manner.

They have described 3 ways to do this:-

1: Install new street or pole cabinet on my street

2: Install new street cabinet in exchange car park

3: FTTH

I'd like 3, but my money is on 2

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Get ready for software-defined RADAR: Jam, eavesdrop, talk and target ... simultaneously

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"So bringing artificial intelligence to the battlefield might be the best way to bring an end to conflicts...."

yeah, that turned out real well in "The Terminator", didn't it?

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MtGox boss Karpeles ordered to Dallas to face bankruptcy probe

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Dilbert is right on the case today.

http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/2014-04-02/

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UK cops: Keep yer golden doubloons, ad folk. Yon websites belong ta PIRATES

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Intentional confusion of TLAs?

Infringing Websites List - list of sites deemed nasty by MAFIAA*

Internet Watch List - list of sites deemed nasty by Mumsnet & Daily Fail

* (Music And Film Industry Associations of America)

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Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month

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Fee! Fi! Foe! Fums!

I can smell a Net of Mums!

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ISPs CAN be ordered to police pirates by blocking sites, says ECJ

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Politicians fail to understand rules for "Whack-A-Mole"

Film at eleven.

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Spooks vs boffins: MIT bods say they've created PRISM-proof encryption

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Wouldn't work in the UK

Where withholding passwords is a criminal offense.

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ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

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You forgot the third option - sales are going down because current music is complete & utter Cowell (pronounced cr@p).

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Bletchley boffins go to battle again: You said WHAT about Colossus?

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I haz an idea!

Bletchley Park sounds like the ideal place to be compulsory purchased to house the new Alan Turing Institute.

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

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"Another reason to choose a phone from a company who refuses to pollute or downgrade their product at the instance of the phone operator."

No longer applies - even my "direct from Google" Nexus 5 came with an unwanted/unremovable HP printer driver app.

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Romanian 'ransomware victim' hangs self and 4-year-old son – report

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Next steps

1: Locate scum who wrote malware

2: Arrest same

3: File murder charges

4: Everybody profits!

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