* Posts by D@v3

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Fanbois: We paid $2000 for full satisfaction but now we have SPREADING STAINS

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Megaphone

seems like a pretty serious problem

and if i were affected, i'd be pretty annoyed.

Almost as annoyed as I am with the continuation of this bloody (x)gate nonsense.

The Watergate scandal that this all started with had NOTHING TO DO WITH WATER OR GATES !!!

For Christ's sake !

(sorry)

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We need copyright reform so Belgians can watch cricket, says MEP

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UK Channel 4

Doesn't show cricket, hasn't done for a while. We get the highlights of some matches on 5, and some IPL stuff way down the freeview guide (ITV4 I think). You want full coverage, you have to go to sky.

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Windows 10 will finally drop in 'summer' says Microsoft

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they are just using the same time estimation algorithm that they use for file transfers

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Re: Summer has a special meaning in the NorthWest

Sounds like summer in the parts of the UK (where you're lucky) in other parts it is 'that nice couple of days that are grouped together and fall sometime between the middle of may and the end of august'

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LOHAN unleashes 'waiting for the FAA' collector mug

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Re: Gitmo

It's funny how 'waterboarding at Guantanamo Bay' sounds like fun, unless you know what it really means

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Tell us, do you enjoy the thought of BT-EE's sweaty fourplay?

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BT Mobile

At work we have been with BT mobile for some time (running off Vodaphone signal) with the merger, although we are staying with BT, we are 'switching' to EE, which means changing all the SIM's in our mobile devices, which i can tell you, is a massive pain in the arse.

You'd think you could rely on people finding that their device (either mobile or tablet) has stopped functioning and bringing it in to be fixed but nooooooooooooo. It all kicked off a couple of weeks ago and we have a growing pile of SIM's from people that have ignored their (often requested) switch over date, meaning that we have a growing group of people with either mobile phones or 3g tablets (and in some cases both) that they can't (or more likely just don't) use.

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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Re: "He annoyed English teachers"

I was put onto Pratchett by an English Teacher, not my own, a friend who just happened to to go on to become one, and I am glad that I was.

Now, where did I leave my frog pills.....

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FREAKing hell: ALL Windows versions vulnerable to SSL snoop

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Re: A different Freak?

would appear that Safari on iOS 8.1.3 is vulnerable

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'Hi, I'm from Microsoft and I am GOING TO KILL YOU'

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Re: calling about your accident

I had one of those a few weeks back. I decided to play the "it must have been a very serious accident that induced amnesia because I can't remember it" card. Managed to string them along for a few minutes with questions like, "was I hurt" "am I going to be ok" "do my family know about this" before they gave up and hung up on me.

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Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor

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Aeropress

was just about to say the same myself. Also, like you say, have one in my desk draw at work, and one in the kitchen at home, rarely make coffee any other way these days.

On the crema debate, sometimes i get it, sometimes i don't, seems to vary with coffee type, and how much time I want to spend making the cup. I seem to get it (some) on my first cup of the day, but not with subsequent cups, but I don't really care as the coffee itself is far superior to any other 'coffee' I have ever had

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SanDisk launches 200GB microSD card

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obligitory

http://xkcd.com/691/

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

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Damn Flash!

i thought youTube was supposed to be fixed to not require flash?

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STOP! Pebble Time: New color watch clocks up $5m on Kickstarter

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Re: I am intrested

from my experience of being a v1 kickstarter. i did have issues with my original hardware. they sent me a new one, no problems since.

They have some of the best after sales customer service i have experienced. Might take a while to get things done, because of the massive volumes they are dealing with, but it gets done.

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Apple drives itself round bend: PITIES THE FOOL who inks deal with carmakers – source

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Ah! Audi

Audi - Drive like they are the only ones on their roads

BMW - Drive like they own the roads, and are disgusted to find any commoners using them and getting in their way

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Apple 'hires' the 'A-Team' from car titans, they DO SAY: Let's modify the 'van'!

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Re: Judging from their track records

I was thinking along the lines of the iTV that we were promised (by all the rumour merchants) a few years ago

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You'll NEVER guess who has bought I Taught Taylor Swift How To Give Head dot-com

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Re: Taylor Swift?

and what's with all the italics

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Hear that sound? It's the Windows XP PC bubble popping

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upgrade from XP -> 7

I'm sure that we can't be the only place that found for a lot of users, a bit more RAM was all that was needed to breath enough life into their existing machines to support an XP -> 7 upgrade. Hence, anyone planning on selling us a load of new pc's to cover that upgrade would have missed out.

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YOU. Your women are mine. Give them to me. I want to sell them

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Re: Monday 25th Jan?

round these parts, it's Monday 26th already. where does the time go...

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LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

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Re: ROBOTS!!!!!

and at least one of them is a nuclear powered, laser wielding monster

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Grand Theft Auto 1997: 'Sick, deluded and beneath contempt'

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+1 for the comment

That was mostly what I did too (don't think I ever made it out of liberty city). Shame I can't give you another +1 for the pic.

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Toshiba tosses out uber-slim THREE TERABYTE HDD

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bet these ain't gonna be cheap

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It's 4K-ing big right now, but it's NOT going to save TV

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not just the screen to worry about

as has been mentioned, bandwidth to provide all this (somewhat fictional) 4k content is also a big issue. Another one that I discovered this weekend is (potentially) compatibility with the rest of your kit. I was mildly curious about why the HD logo was not 'active' while watching something from amazon prime (labelled in description as HD), watching on TV screen, connected to AV box via HDMI, which also has my PC HDMI'd into to to provide the stream.

Hovered over the greyed out logo and was given a message about an HDCP problem. Now I just have to work out what is the week link in that chain (For now, I'm going to assume it's the PC).

Fact is, the video still looked fine, and it must have been that way for some time, it was only curiosity that led me to find what I thought was HD, was not. I can imagine that there could be quite a few cases where people have a nice new 4k screen, and just assume that everything they watch is going to be 4k

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'Open' SIMs, brain chips and Google's Nest: What to expect in wireless in 2015

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2015?

For an article headed

"What to expect in wireless in 2015

We look at events that will shape the industry this year"

There seemed to be an awful lot about last year.

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Marriott: The TRUTH about personal Wi-Fi hotel jam bid

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thumbs up, specifically for

"There isn't a snowball's chance in hell that I'll use my European provider's data plan when I'm in the US, at $DEITY only knows how many €€ per GB"

As someone who likes to travel in my off time, having wi-fi in the hotel means i can still get internet access to look up local details, places to go things to see, without having to carve out my internal organs as payment for roaming charges to the telcos.

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Analysts claim itty bitty iPhone Mini to land next year

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2 year release cycle

What I'm hoping for is that they will release a 6s this year, as in 6small. Then next year a 7 and 7+ (or maybe 7L ?) Then the year after a 7s. That way, they can keep selling the large phones to those who want them, every other year at the end of their 2 year contracts, and similarly, those who brought a 5s and might be starting to think about upgrading in a few months but don't want to supersize still have an apple upgrade option, and will do again in 24 months time.

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German minister fingered as hacker 'steals' her thumbprint from a PHOTO

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useable print

I did wonder that myself.

The article states "was able to use to unlock an iPhone", but then goes on to say

"The key question, however, is whether the thumbprint matches Minister von der Leyen's actual digit – and she's unlikely to offer herself up to check."

Which leads me to believe (perhaps incorrectly) that to test it, he used the fake print to set the touchID pattern on his phone, and to also unlock it 'proving' it works, or (very unlikely) that he asked her if he could borrow her phone for a few seconds.

Which (to me at least) only proves that he was able to fabricate a pattern that would be accepted by the sensor, when placed over a finger (to provide the previously mentioned heat/pulse), not, that he has been able to clone someone's prints from a photo.

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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Re: What? Have these people learned nothing?

Yes, we have learned absolutely nothing. Nuclear power hasn't developed at all since the days of Chernobyl. There have been no improvements, what so ever. Every new plant we build will be guaranteed sooner or later to explode in a nice big mushroomy cloud.

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Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

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Re: It'll all end in tears...

..probably already has

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Keep up El Reg

I'm sure I have already seen this next week

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Aged star could give us clues to HOT TEEN's behaviour

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....Over time....

It does make me chuckle when I read things like that. No doubt, it is interesting to find an example of what our solar system _may_ have been like 4.someodd billion years ago, but the idea that we will be watching it over time to see how it develops, what are they going to do, leave a note on the telescope saying "check back at these co-ordinates in 500,000 years, this is what it looked like in 2014 (pic.jpg)"

considering A) how long the human race has been around, are we even likely to still be looking skyward in 500K years?

and B) given the speed that things move on a cosmological time scale, even if we were able to check back in 5M years, would we really notice much change?

I'm not saying we shouldn't bother, far from it, I'm just saying we should be realistic with our expectations

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Microsoft BEATS Apple, Google ... to accepting limited Bitcoin payments

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Bitcoin is better than currency in that you don't have to be physically in the same place

Because I regularly find myself driving to one of the many Amazon shops, so I can do all my online shopping, physically, in the same place....

Or going to one of the local Netflix kiosks each month to hand over a bag of pennies for my subscription....

I could go on, but you get the point, and I'm off home

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Your data: Stolen through PIXELS

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@badvok (without attaching [...] anything else)

" and install an off-the-shelf HDMI recording device and an Arduino keyboard".

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Confused about 5G? So are we, say carriers

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so we'll have a nice incomplete deployment of 4g to add to our incomplete deployment of 3g? I guess that if we give it a few years, we will be able to add to the collection an incomplete deployment of 5g, when 6g gets announced to fix all the problems with 5g (which in turn will be fixing the problems with 4g).

As an aside, i thought the whole thing about 4g was that LTE was Long Term Evolution, and that 5g was unlikely to be a 'thing' for quite some time, because they would be able to work on and improve 4g for the foreseeable future. Or is, (as i expect is the case) the whole 5g thing just marketing bollocks to squeeze more money from us mugs?

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EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really

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“It will be illegal...

Well that's ok then isn't it, because we all know that no big data mining firm would ever dream of breaking a law

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BLAST-OFF! BOAT FREE launch at last. Orion heads for SPAAAAACE

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Re: Fahrenheit

Apparently, they still work in miles so it's not all that surprising that they don't mix their measurement systems.

Anyway, to hell with that. Congratulations on a successful launch

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Quantum computing is so powerful it takes two years to understand what happened

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quantum awareness

as long as it wasn't a side effect of the quantum computer getting bored with such a measly problem, and deciding to solve something a little trickier in it's spare time

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DEAD STEVE JOBS accuses Real Networks of 'hacking' iPods

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Re: I may have misunderstood, i was referring to this

"forcing users to buy solely from iTunes"

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Really?

I've been using iPods, and itunes for (what seems like) a very long time (first one was the one with a firewire connector and four buttons round the wheel) and have never had any problems either putting non itunes purchased music on it, or on any other device for that matter.

My impression has always been, of course they want you to use itunes to buy your music, but if you don't no problem, hence why they allow you to rip cd's into itunes.

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Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES

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got some whisky stones for christmas lat year

they're crap

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Amazon DROPS next day delivery amid Cyber Monday MADNESS

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Re: So does this affect Amazon Prime Members?

Won't be renewing my prime next year, not because of this, but due to the general poor quality of the 'next day' delivery.

More than once (this weekend included) I have been tracking a package, waiting inside for the delivery, only to see the status change to 'failed' despite no-one trying to make a delivery. Also, seeing it changed to 'delivered and signed' when no attempt has been made, only to find that it has been delivered next door. Thankfully I have honest neighbours (at least on one side)

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BOFH: Everyone deserves a little DOWNTIME

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it might be the quick pint i had a lunch, but

"Well off the top of my head I'd say it was something like a 78 per cent chance."

"So 78 per cent?"

"No, LIKE 78 per cent. So it could be 7 or 8 or 78 per cent. It's hard to tell with all these calls."

made me laugh, out loud.

So glad i have a quiet afternoon ahead of me.

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Festive streamers caught in Vulture's claws: Gadget-ogle for audiophiles, video geeks

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Roku3

Picked up from Amazon on the lightning deal earlier this week. Nice little unit. Slight shame that Amazon video isn't available, but Netfilx is, and it has USB support for videos from 'other sources'.

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Oh BOY! The MICKEY MOUSE Apple Watch is no heart-throb

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Re: Who?

tacky? maybe. Cheap? Unlikely.

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UK boffins: We'll have an EMBIGGENED QUANTUM COMPUTER working in 5 YEARS

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Re: ISIS Quantum Computer

To be stored, in the Daaaaaaaanger Zooone!

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What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight

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Re: A free speaker worth £199

also worth noting that you only get the speaker on 8GB or 20GB a month contracts, also, (perhaps tellingly) the speaker itself is not listed in the Kitsound area of the Accessories corner of the site, me thinks they have a few out back that need getting rid of (maybe that had been purchased and returned?)

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El Reg reanimates Cash'n'Carrion merchandising tentacle

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Re: Inclined to agree relating to

ShityLink.

I find Royal Mail to be pretty good (however living round the corner from the sorting office has it's advantages), and even Yodel (seem to) have improved recently, but "Those c*nts in the green and yellow vans" well, says it all really.

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Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT

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10/12

Apparently, I didn't answer the question about twitter, didn't know the one about the Facebook uni (guessed Stanford, Harvard seemed too obvious)

Would have been slightly less, had I not read the article, didn't know the one about Mosaic, also had no idea who the woman was. In my defence, not because she is a woman, but because she works for facebook. I also would probably not recognise the higher ups from many other tech firms.

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YIKES: Combination of LIVING WOMAN and MACHINE sighted in NYC

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orientation

This isn't the first wrist based device that seems to have the screen (or at least the content there on) facing the wrong way. To me, that looks like you're going to have to be contorting your hand, to be able to read what's on it.

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Sealed with a kiss: Er, 80 MILLION BACTERIA

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persistance

How long to these 'similarities' last after the marathon snog session? How likely is it that you will be sharing your previous partner, with your next?

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Could YOU identify these 10 cool vintage mobile phones?

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not sure how many i got

I recognised the images, didn't know the name of the phones, never mind.

We did have a communicator pass through our office recently. I really, really wanted to find a valid use for it, but just couldn't

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