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* Posts by M Gale

3496 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

Brits: We can STOP TROLLS if we know where they LIVE - poll

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Re: Pointless

So if you have no bank account, then no Facebonk for you? Blessing in disguise perhaps.

Or maybe that bloody big loophole called "UKash" could be used. Or prepaid debit cards. I'm sure the Zuckerbergs wouldn't complain at all about charging money. Give it a few years, I can see that happening anyway.

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Samsung Mega 6.3: Enter the PHONDLESLAB

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Re: Size Matters

Still using an AOC 9GlrA here. It's TCO '99 compliant!

1600x1200 (and 2048x1536 at an extreme push) is probably more "high def" than "standard" though.

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Some apps (that require a multicore CPU and 1GB RAM) won't run on some phones (that have a single core ARM11 and 256MB). Phone apps generally look the same on tablets but bigger. Whether that's "shit" is really in the eye of the beholder. There's usually a tablet version of the app if you want the buttons scaling down in size.

Funnily enough, there's plenty of iOS apps that won't support iOS5 or earlier.

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Re: Nice phone

"Then it would only need half the memory / CPU power for similar performance...."[citation needed]

...have a crap app store (including the crap substandard Youtube app), no way of sideloading, no way of getting rid of the shit UI overlay, be more expensive to pay for that lovely license, get dumped the moment the next Windows Phone comes out, be unable to do something as simple as lock screen rotation...

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Engineer's $30m windfall from Nintendo 3DS patent spat SLASHED by beak

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Re: Uhm...

Still, if a child can think of the idea, there must be somebody else out there who had played with a TV screen and a lenticular poster.

Just seems to be a really crappy thing to get a patent for. But then, that's patents for you these days I suppose.

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Uhm...

...so you take the lenticular overlays that have been on posters and DVD/video cases for decades, stick it on a screen, and it's patent-worthy?

I wish I'd been old enough to file a patent back in the late 80s when I thought of the idea myself.

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Microsoft pulls faulty Exchange 2013 patch HOURS after release

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Re: ADFS Servers

Wow, still rockin' with the BBC Micro. Hats off to you, sir.

(I know, I know..)

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Superstar cluster-Zuck as Facebook tries out celeb-only edition

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Re: Melanie Sykes

By 'eck! You smell gorgeous tonight, Petal!

Classic.

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Starwing: Nintendo, Argonaut's Brit boffinry and the Super FX chip

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I always thought that Starfox was renamed in europe...

Yep. To Starwing.

Me and mates used to play Starfox anyway, via one of the wierd adapters where you shoved a UK game (or a game where the region lock matched the console) on one slot, and the game you want to play in another slot. Seems I can still get to the Black Hole pretty reliably on the emulators, and Out Of This World is as painful a secret level as it's always been!

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Foxconn mulls solar panels, sticking Apple where sun doesn't shine

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Re: Anyone know of the Fire Brigade issue ?

All approved domestic grid-tied solar installations have "anti-islanding" circuitry which isolates them from the house wiring in the case of a mains failure.

All? Just what would be the point of setting up your own generation capacity if it falls over as soon as the grid goes down?

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Larry Ellison: Google is ABSOLUTELY EVIL, but NSA is ESSENTIAL

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They didn't take your stuff, Larry.

They copied Sun's API, which Sun didn't seem to have a problem with.

Then you bought Sun and started pretending in some drunk delirium that you invented Java and that EVERYONE OWES YOU ROYALTIES, ESPECIALLY GOOGLE RAARGH.

Fuck off you troll.

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Waiting for a Windows Phone update? Let's talk again next year

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Re: Correction:

Oops.

Well I guess if the differences are like going from a certain robot OS' 2.1 to 2.2 or 2.3 then he's not missing a great deal.

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You're stuck on 7.5 because of Microsoft. No WP7 phones were ever, nor will ever, be officially updated to WP8. This after telling everyone how Windows Phone will have smooth reliable updates, unlike that Google thing. It's a rather huge "compatibility glitch" that the author seems to have glossed over.

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100,000+ Earthlings star in 'reality TV contest' for ONE-WAY ticket to MARS

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Re: The first question to ask before making any move

Or take a few Sativa, Indica and Ruderalis strains up there and make your own Martian F1 hybrid where the laws are a little.. uhm, less problematic.

Space Weed? It'd be rude not to.

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Should UK tear Wi-Fi a new one at 5GHz? Speak your brains, says Ofcom

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Fire up a 100W FM rig with a nice antenna, say somewhere between 97-99Mhz. Give it about half an hour and then tell me OFCOM are toothless.

Of course they will do what their "political masters" tell them to. They're a govt watchdog. They enforce the govt's rules.

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NSA gets burned by a sysadmin, decides to burn 90% of its sysadmins

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Re: Works for me

Two replies, and now three?

Not that unsuccessful.

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Google Glass: Would you pay a mere $299 to plop one on your brow?

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I think the whole "ablating the surface of your eyeball with a high wattage pulse laser" thing probably turns a few people off.

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Re: no way

How interesting. I'm sure some people baulked at the idea of carrying a phone with them all the time too.

I don't think that was ever the case, or maybe for some vanishingly small value of "some".

Baulked at some of the people waffling obnoxiously into those early bricks perhaps, but then that's still the case.

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Google patents swish, swosh, swoosh pattern unlock app swipe

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Awesome

So if I know you, I'll be able to hack into your phone with some cyanoacrylate vapour on something you've handled, a copy of Photoshop or GIMP, a PCB etching kit and a packet of gummy bears.

You sure you wouldn't rather use a password or a pattern?

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Re: ROFL

"The more possible working passwords there are the less secure the device will get!"

The more app-specific patterns there are, the more chance someone will be able to randomly start a pattern-started app. There will be no extra chance of them finding the pattern you protected the phone with. Unless one of the apps you added to the list was "Phone Dialler" or "Contacts", I don't see how this makes the device less secure?

Just don't add the camera app if you have some sensitive selfies in the gallery!

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Werner Herzog's latest film warns drivers not to text while driving

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Re: Best 'pay attention when driving advert' should be....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PMDZjOW2KM

Borrow that one from Ireland, perhaps.

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Amazon to ship Android-based gaming console by year's end?

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^^^this

Android has had HID and games controller support since version 4. Why do so few games work well with it?

Running the tablet through an HDMI lead is pretty awesome. Just a shame that for most games I have to hold the thing like a Wii U controller and make sure I don't wobble the lead loose.

Even a 3rd party hack app that would make various button presses equate to pressing various parts of the screen would be a workable solution for some titles. Give the app the ability to create profiles for different titles, that auto-switch depending on what application ID is running in the foreground.

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Asus boss flushes down tabs, says 'Windows RT has not been successful'

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The Neo Geo was an arcade machine that you plugged into the telly, and came with an appropriate price!

Seemed like SNK were really playing on the whole "premium" thing in the last few years of that console's life. Still selling the same crappy old 2D beat-em-ups (but with real sprite scaling, woohoo), still advertising "400 mega spec" cartridges and pretending like they were the dog's bollocks as the rest of the games console companies flew by and overtook them at half the price.

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Asus will bung 'Nexus 7 2' fondle-droids on Blighty's shelves this month

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I'm not sure quite what you're on about? I have a TF201 with a 1280x800 screen. I have no problem connecting to an MS terminal server and running the Remote RDP app at 1280x768, ditto the Splashtop HD/Gamepad THD streaming server at 1280x720.

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Despite Microsoft Surface RT debacle, second-gen model in the works

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Re: They might retail it now

Sounds nice, but the only thing you quoted there that my years-old Asus TF201 doesn't have out of the box is Outlook and Onenote. Skydrive really is a "so what" app, since you can get to that service from anything with a web browser, and there are a million and one online storage providers out there that aren't maintained by a corporation whose entire business model revolves around lock-in.

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Re: Really?@AC20:50

Laughed at for filling a cunt with stars.

You can read that sentence any way you wish.

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Second LulzSec Sony website hacker starts a year in the cooler

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Re: It's all good

A minimum ten year sentence?

For making your sister's display flip upside down and go funny colours?

Fucking glad I live nowhere near Japan. They have USA-style batshit-crazy IP laws too.

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Re: and how did Sony get the customer's information?

That rootkit thing might be old, but it's a good thing people are still haranguing Sony BMG over it. Wouldn't want to let the bastards think they can get away with it again.

Also seems the sentencing was less to do with justice and more to do with tearing someone's balls off because they can. 600 grand? Really?

How much did Sony BMG end up forking out in $7.50 increments to the people who could be bothered claiming or even knew there was a claim? Was it more or less than $600,000?

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Web ad giant (Google) pops Adwords into Maps for iOS and Android

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By that definition, neither Microsoft nor Apple are software companies. The software is just a prison to keep you in while they shake you down every couple of years.

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Penguins, I give you: The SOLAR-POWERED Ubuntu laptop

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Those panels look like the couple-of-watt solar trickle chargers you can get from Maplins for a tenner or so. Given the panel component cost will be a lot less than that, they might add up to less of the total materials cost than you might think.

Whether it can really charge a netbook battery to full in two hours anywhere further North or South than the Tropics, is another matter.

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Google rolls its eyes, gives Windows Phones five more months to sync

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Re: Hmm

Windows Phone 7 was released. Amongst other silly things like the contrived "smoked by Windows Phone" competitions, the other thing Microsoft seemed to promise was an easy updates path, none of this horrible "fragmentation" stuff.

Of course, as soon as WP8 is released, WP7 is dropped like a hot dog turd, seemingly by design. We now have Windows, Windows RT, and Windows Phone 8. So Windows, Windows or Windows, and none of them really interoperate entirely well with each other. Microsoft are trying to turn everyone's computer into an Xbox, meanwhile the whole "mobile" effort that Microsoft is uprooting everything for, is being received in a manner that could best be described as "lukewarm", and that's in the friendly territories.

I can see how some fandroids might be experiencing schadenfruede.

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I think it's more to do with who would get the blame. A sudden chop, and Microsoft could say "well our hands are tied; those nasty Google people stopped it from working! :("

If however, they still don't have their shit sorted by the time the twice-extended kill date rolls around, Google can now say "well we gave them a whole extra year longer than everyone else on the planet including the ones on our own platform. Not our fault if they still can't get it right."

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Re: WP7?

s/idiots/victims/;

FTFY

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Moto X: It's listening to you. But can voice control finally take off?

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Re: The only time I have used Google Now:

Well, on a trawl through my comment history and this crops up.

Yep, Google Now Disabler/NoAssist seems to work. Feels awfully kludgey, but until Google actually let people disable that thing properly, it'll do.

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The only time I have used Google Now:

Accidentally, when a tap is misinterpreted as a swipe on the home icon. It usually gets turned right the fuck back off again, and I'd love to be able to permanently disable it but there appears to be no way to do so.

And no SD card slot. Fail.

Other than that, it looks okay I guess.

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Apple patents laser, incandescent projector for laptops, smartphones

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So when are Mozilla going to get their fingers out and make a Seabird phone?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG3tLxEQEdg

After all, they've got to the "pretty drawings" stage of design, which is obviously enough for some companies to get a patent.

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Hey, you know Android apps can 'access ALL' of your Google account?

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UKash, Paypal, and pre-paid debits cards are your friends.

Or, you know, Google Play vouchers.

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Ubuntu puts forums back online, reveals autopsy of a brag hacker

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"Hashed using MD5"

So a bit like a salted ceasar cipher then. Methinks it might be prudent to swap that bit out for SHA256. 512 would be nice, but probably a bit slow for a busy forum.

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Base stations get high on helium, ride MUTANT kite-balloons at the football

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Re: Anything over 200' is liable to be shot down

I think the UK limit for model aircraft (and kites, by the way) is 400 feet, though obviously the heart of Africa and other such places will have different laws.

Personally I know I've had models at over 1,000 feet AGL. It's nice to flip the thing into a dive and be high up enough for the bottom-mounted camera to see the very-nearby clouds peeling away and the dive to last for quite a long while. Not so nice to HAVE to put the craft into a dive after it starts disappearing into said clouds. That's between you, me and the rest of the Internet though. Keep it quiet, 'kay?

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Google SELLS OUT the INTERNET HIPPIES! AGAIN!

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Re: Standard Terms and Conditions

Using VM as an example again, they allow you to listen or send on any port you like. What they also do however, is run regular scans of the entire network and attempt to take advantage of any open proxies they find. If you're running an open mail proxy that goes through their mail servers, you will be immediately cut off until the problem is resolved.

Once the problem is solved, you can phone 'em up and be back online in a day or two.

No, I don't work for VM, but several years ago I did report to Blue Yonder than an Aussie ISP was black-holing all of their mails due to open proxies. That caused a level 1 alert and all kinds of shit flying up at BY central command, which resulted in the abovementioned scans that continue to this day.

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Re: Standard Terms and Conditions

Pay commercial rates and you get complete access - what's the big deal?

If you're comparing a leased line with a 50:1 contended domestic connection, I must assume you're having a jolly good laugh. There is your difference between domestic and "business" connections.. what people use it for should really be up to them.

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Virgin Media tried this

Well, to be fair it was Blue Yonder that tried it, banning all but personal servers on their broadband service and any servers at all on their dialup service.

They soon realised what a fucktarded idea that was, people broke the rules en masse, it was utterly unenforcable, and the AUP is now more like "so long as you don't bugger up our network, we really don't give a shit."

Just as it should be.

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Weekend project: Mulch your old PC to save the world

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Post-LOHAN SPB project perhaps?

See title. Grind up some circuit boards, filter some shitty water through the result and see what happens.

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Boffins: We have FOOLED APPLE with malware app

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Re: Objective-C runtime

"Apple just cannot find out that such maliciousness exists in general."

Have to wonder whether this is related to the halting problem.

Given a system, find out whether that system will ever become malicious.

In simple cases, solvable. In complex cases? Well, I think the example is in the article.

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Re: Objective-C runtime

The entire contents of Wikipedia?

Damn, that movie could have ended SO differently if it was made just a decade or two later. "Input", indeed.

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Murdoch machinations mean Microsoft must rename SkyDrive

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Actually yes, just like Windows and Apple.

Microsoft Windows, and Apple Computers on the other hand...

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"Anyway anyone uses microsoft products (and isn't' some whack job fundamentalist) and has skydrive know it shits on the shit you get from other vendors."

Can you explain for people who aren't tied into the Microsoft treadmill, what the advantages of Skydrive are over every other online storage locker out there?

(Also yay to Reg comments for inserting random newlines everywhere. This paragraph inserted solely to prevent it.)

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China's army releases FPS trainer game

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"Thinly veiled communist propaganda"

As opposed to the intro to Home Front, which isn't propaganda at all.

Not saying it isn't bloody good fun, mind.

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Syrian Electronic Army no longer just Twitter feed jackers... and that's bad news

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Government, ffs

Assad government. "Regime" just sounds like Daily Wail propagandising. I know the Reg is supposed to have a tabloid feel, but is it really quite that unthinking?

Still, at least the SEA have declared open season on themselves. I can't think of many Western security agencies being too bothered if a whole shitload of hack attempts are detected heading inbound to Syria.

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Android MasterKey found buried in kiddie cake game on Google Play - report

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Re: @I ain't Spartacus

"No ads = no revenue = no reason for the dev to release for Android. See the problem?"

Well then they should make paid versions. Tough shit if there's no network connection. Stop the app from working if you're that bloody minded, but don't dare think you have the right to stop me from disabling your app's access to network resources, or any other resources for that matter.

"And while it's YOUR phone, it's THEIR app. Go their way or go without,"

...I frequently do. Rovio's software has no place on my phone until application firewalls are up and running.

"and if more people go without, devs again won't see a reason to release for Android,"

If people who own a massively popular phone platform are not buying your apps, it is not the fault of the platform. Ditto if you don't offer a paid version.

"and remember when the security model was first made, Android was the underdog against Apple. They needed a way to attract developers."

Like joining a new app market for a platform that's extremely promising and cheap? Just how do Windows developers make money on a platform where you can easily get firewalls that block apps from network access?

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