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* Posts by M Gale

3505 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

Chrome and Firefox are planet-wreckers, IE cuddles dolphins

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Re: W8 on a 1Mhz processor

Now that I would like to see.

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“installed three popular browsers, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox, on six new notebook and four desktop computers running Windows 8.”

Running Windows 8. That's your problem right there.

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We're losing the battle with a government seduced by surveillance

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Re: it's probably MUCH worse than this

You'd rather the MBR get trashed silently I suppose?

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Comcast expands public Wi-Fi net using customers' modems

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Because if this is anything like the deal BT have been running for years, you choose whether to join that club or not.

Don't want access to a huge network of BT-FON points? Don't enable your point. I can't see how ComCast's setup is going to be much different.

tl;dr: Untwist those knickers until you know what's actually happening eh?

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Re: Are you kidding me?!

If it's set up like BT-FON/OpenZone, what's the problem? You can dish out your bandwidth in exchange for being able to use anybody else's bandwidth who's also in on the plan. You don't have to join if you don't want to.

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Microsoft announces $499 price tag, new games for Xbox One

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Re: Comparing like with like

Next lets see what Sony have to say about PS4.

I dunno. Maybe the boss might just walk on, say "$299", and walk off again? Not like it hasn't happened before. And then the year after.

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Tim Cook: Android version fragmentation is 'terrible for developers'

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CEO of company slags off major competitor

Well who would think that would happen?

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Chinese 'nauts prep for next coupling in Heaven, clear way for new station

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What I'm waiting for

Real-life modified asparagus staging.

Sorry, on a bit of a Kerbals trip at the minute. Rockets that start out pancake-shaped? Might as well.

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Re: Wang Yaping?

Does that sound like a euphemism to anyone else?

Not unless yours talks.

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Author Iain (M) Banks falls to cancer at 59

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/Use of Weapons/ is perhaps the best of his SF. To decry it as too hard is to miss the point of reading IMB. It is not easy reading.

Not saying I didn't enjoy it, but I was replying to someone who might want something a little lighter? You can burn through a State Of The Art short story in an hour if you're taking your time over it, stick a bookmark in there and come back tomorrow.

Taking a lead from the movie adaptations of Dicke's short stories, something like A gift from the Culture(spoilers) is probably ripe for the Hollywood treatment, too.

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Some are easier than others. Try to avoid Use Of Weapons unless you want to have to wrap your head around two plotlines travelling parallel but in reverse to each other so that the book ends and begins at the end and beginning.

State Of The Art is quite fun though. Lots of little bite sized storylets, some in the culture universe and some elsewhere.

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SEXY models clash at big bash over catty tweets: Yup, it's HTC v Samsung

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Re: To be fair...

It's probably the only thing LG have won around mobile phones for a while

The contract for the Nexus 4 not count?

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The Reg's best-looking reader reveals list of jobs for the beautiful

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Re: Good looking on Radio

Now list me a few female presenters who aren't at least passably good looking.

Jo Brand?

Okay, so she has a certain "cuddly" look about her, but she's hardly size 0. From her material, I gather quite proudly so.

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

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Re: I don't see why

The original model one was out for years. The model 2 worked fine, and I'm not even aware there was a model 3 of the 16 bit consoles. After some wikichecking, seems that was limited to North America and Brazil. On this side of the Atlantic, I was playing Master System games on a Megadrive up until way past the Saturn launch.

Considering the 3rd model didn't even support the DSP used in Virtua Racing, nor the Game Genie that was quite popular over here (or even the 32X and the CD add-on, whatever you want to call it), maybe people on this side of the Atlantic just tolerated less bullshit at the time?

But still, the original point stands. PS2 was nothing like the first console to support backward compatibility.

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This is just a convenient excuse.

Don't ever accept bullshit for an answer. Right now the only thing wafting in the breeze from various game publishers is a distinct manure scent.

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Re: I don't see why

Up until ps2, no console supported legacy.

I think people who remember Sega's 8 bit adapters for their 16 bit consoles (and MasterGear converter for playing Master System games on the Game Gear) will tell you very differently.

Yes, Sega dumped their hardware division after the Dreamcast did less well than expected. The 16 bit consoles were way before this, and massively more successful.

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Attention Cipher:

Good luck trying to sell those second hand Steamworks titles.

Frying pan -> Fire?

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I'm alright, jack.

Guess little old me on a mobile Internet connection is stuffed then. Good for you.

I'll just have to console (har) myself with the 200mph model aircraft that's sat in the shed begging me to make a new crater with it. Or maybe the palm-size quadcopter. Perhaps I'll try and jump a house with the nitro monster truck again, or attach cameras/sensors/etc to any of the above for more amusement?

All are toys that cost less than an Xbox with no games, and provide vastly more amusement with no risk of spyware. I can sell 'em on when I'm bored with them or running out of space, too. There's a couple of people who have some nice five-foot-wingspan four-channel trainer airframes thanks to me (that'll be the Arising Star and Tutor 40). Built like tanks, tend to hit the floor and bounce, unlike your average games console.

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Open source games console

Or at least, as open as the games industry is ever likely to get.

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Re: Long live the 360

"And developers know it inside and out", like XNA that's being rapidly deprecated?

Unfortunately, people won't be developing for the 360 much past the release of the Xbox One, for the same reason nobody makes PS2 games any more.

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Re: Goodbye XBOX

Or alternatively, buy a games machine that doesn't have a built in camera and microphone and demand you tell Microsoft who you and your contacts are before allowing you to fire it up, or even pass a disk around.

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Pre-owned games? not a problem - again Steam allows you to sell them on..

No it doesn't. Not until the European courts whack Valve over the head a few times and make them enable that functionality. It'll probably only be enabled in Europe too.

Even then, it's a shitty system and I'm having nothing to do with it. I can do without toys that come with built-in ransomware and spyware.

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MYSTERY Nokia image-mangling mobe spotted in public

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Re: capable of knocking out outstanding photos

Dunno about the downvotes. I have video of bats taken with this old Arc S. Not the fastest phone in the world, but that is one nice phone camera.

Now, what time to bats like come out to play (and occasionally use you as an obstacle course)?

Quite good low light performance, I would say.

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Re: Why does the OS matter?

Because that's what the apps are released for.

If you've no interest in the OS, then by extension you've no interest in the apps.

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Review: Acer Aspire P3 Windows 8 slate

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Re: Caps lock?

If you want to tear the caps lock key out with a screwdriver, be my guest. I'd rather tear the power button out of the too-many keyboards that have a power button on them. Whose stupid idea was that? Ah yes, the Apple Mac was the first with that little insanity wasn't it?

Some people find caps lock useful, for instance, for typing things like MEMORANDUM or IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ.

Plus if you have your caps lock on while setting your password, it adds an extra layer of confusion for shoulder-surfers.

Given that caps lock is used then, it helps to have an indicator to show whether it's active. That or to have a proper old-skool clicky pushbutton switch that holds the caps lock key down when it's on.

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"Does ubunutu have an unattended install option?"

Yes, but without just simply answering "yes" to all questions, it's a bit of a bitch to set up. In a nutshell, you create an install script that decides whether to answer yes or no (or what username, other input fields and such) to things as they come up.

Sort of thing you only need to do once before rolling out to N huge number of workstations I guess, but it's a ballache to do that once.

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Sneaky new Android Trojan is WORST yet discovered

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Re: does tend to prove the point

I have to wonder how many of the NT kernel's security flaws would be known if any old Joe could take a look at the code?

There would certainly be a bigger chance of getting them fixed, rather than festering away in some dark corner of a hacker's 0day catalogue.

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Re: I'm confused

On a more serious note, any recommended AV applications for an Android tablet?

I use the don't-run-rooted method of virus avoidance and it works pretty well. If you're worried about random apps nobbling your SMS messages or somesuch, the usual firms (such as Kaspersky, hoho) will sell you a security suite.

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Re: Déjà vu

I still want to know how many devices were infected that weren't rooted. I'm guessing the answer would be 0? The only thing I'm surprised at is that there aren't more infected smartphones (of any platform) that are basically allowing random apps to run as root (which was half the problem with Windows up until UAC).

Thing here is, the droid builds for rooted phones tend to let you perform post-install permission denial, either built in or by using an app like Permissions Denied. So, it can obviously be done. The only thing that prevents me from rooting my own devices is because I'd like to install Cyanogenmod or whatever distro, then re-lock the device under my own key.

Add the ability to root, mod, then re-lock, and I bet you'll slash the already small amount of Android virii out there.

Of course, if someone decides to enable downloads from unofficial sources (and let's see that code swapped to allow different 'official' app stores eh?), root the device, leave it open then go on a download binge from cracked-apk-downloads.com, you can't really blame the device or the system for that.

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NSA Prism: Why I'm boycotting US cloud tech - and you should too

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Re: Classic!

I think you'll find that the age of comparitive enlightenment we live in around these parts is due to people fighting for, dying for, and eventually winning the ability to raise a middle finger high in the direction of religion and established dogma without it getting chopped off.

Probably upsets you but it happens to be a fact.

Childishly throwing spiteful comments when the only thing that US corporatism will ever understand is the bottom line is simply petulance and, perhaps, ignorance.

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Re: Hello pot, this is kettle.

Already been thinking on this problem. Basically a TrackMeNot but for as many forms of communication as possible. Problem is how to make it work without everyone filling each others' inboxes and chat windows up with bomb recipes.

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Study: US iPhone owners tend to be rich, educated, white

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Difference is, you got your phone before it was passé. I got mine before it was cool.

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I use an iPhone because I have better things to think about than my phone. It does it' s job and I don't need to be sending hours sorting out home screens and widgets thanks.

Swap "iPhone" for any particular brand of phone you like and it still sounds the same.

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I'll admit the iDevices have a bunch of manufacturers producing slots on the top of their clock radios and boom boxes that are completely useless for anything other than an Apple device. Many of them now require an adapter to work if you have the i5.

Headphones, remote controls and hands free devices in cars though? I'm pretty sure there's this thing called "bluetooth". Works on almost any phone, so I hear, although Apple are still having trouble with the file transfer bit. As for the "creation" side of things, have a look in the Play Store. There's DJ apps and virtual synthesizers all over the place. Same with graphics apps. "Mark-up"? As in the gazillions of text editors? Mix that up with the Bit web server and you've got a LAMP-ish stack on your smartphone that you can play around with as much as you like.

It ain't 2008 any more.

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Re: iPhone economics

We miss out on massive malware. I think we can survive it.

So do I, because I don't run stuff as root if I can help it.

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Google slides its soft finger-fondling into any willing Android doodad

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Re: ESC key

That's what the standard "back" button is for.

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Police 'stumped' by car thefts using electronic skeleton key

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Re: Old

Code hopping is still around. I know this because I've ended up "fixing" someone's alarm because if you pressed the keyfob out of range of the car (or if the fob batteries run out, or if the fob's battery connection breaks and requires resoldering), the code-hop sequence gets all messed up and you have to go through a bunch of timed keypresses and alarm siren activations to reset it.

What isn't still around is the old IR keyfobs, that I've had much fun scaring (and occasionally pranking) car owners with through the use of a learning remote control.

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Re: Need a combination lock

"Hello car, I am unlocking you with a duress phrase/code/whatever that I recorded when I bought you."

Car says okay, unlocks as normal, and silently broadcasts its position to the security firm that installed the alarm.

Just an idea.

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Copyright troll Prenda Law accused of seeding own torrents

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Re: Blimey

Kidding, right?

I'd walk there in person and ignore the automated deposit machinery just to see the face on the cashier when they examine the cheque. Why yes, yes that is my cheque. Would you like to know how I got the refund? Oh, you don't? Pity, it's such an ecstatically fun story to tell.

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Steelie Neelie: Crack down on wicked ISPs so we can Skype

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Re: helpless and ignorant clowns

Whereas the US is such a shining example to the rest of the world, yes?

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iPHONES and 'Pads BANNED in US for violating Samsung patent

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Re: Waste of Space

To wax philosophical, should the President overturn the ruling it is in fact proof that the rule of law is intact and 'justice' is being served because he is acting completely within the confines of the system of rules previously laid out and agreed upon.

I think someone is confusing law, with justice.

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Reports: New Xbox could DOOM second-hand games market

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Re: @Aoyagi Aichou

@M Gale: I'm old enough to remember that too, but I don't see how that's relevant. Maybe it has something to do with SEGA being among the richest game industry companies today? Oh wait.

That cartridge-swapping and second hand sales happened with Nintendo too. Now, uhm, what's your point?

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Re: Game resellers as "parasites"

You should learn to understand that you CAN. Your own stuff in case of XBox1 is the DVD/Blueray not the content. Do with the physical media what you want.

No, I buy a copy of the game.

Which I can then give away.

Unless it's on Xbox One or Steam, of course.

But keep cheering on the psychopaths if you like. You'll get everything you deserve. Just a shame the rest of us end up with it too.

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Relax, Hollywood, ARM's got your back: New chip 'thwarts' video pirates

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Re: x86 > ARM

I don't see Apple Macs running on anything other than x86, and specifically Intel x86 at that. They dumped 68k and PowerPC faster than a fashion magazine dumping a model on her 29th birthday.

Granted, I wouldn't want to try and run the latest Photoshop on a 68k machine, any more than I'd want to try and emulate a Core 2 on a 6502.

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Re: x86 > ARM

Well Mac is somewhat exclusive, but Linux? Well, there's x86, ARM, MIPS, PowerPC, 68k, Atmel oddities, your auntie's kitchen toaster...

Linux is a whore, and we all love her for it.

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Asus boasts of Haswell fondleslab threesome to get Acer hot under collar

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Looks nice.

Can I rip 8 out of it and replace it with 7?

(And how much extra does that cost?)

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How Microsoft shattered Gnome's unity with Windows 95

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Re: Perhaps a little research ?

Microsoft won easily because it understood that blaming the end-user is not a solution.

Windows 8.1.

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Re: To be fair to MS...

That is why I won't go into starbucks for coffee and I wont install linux again.

Go into Starbucks and ask for "a coffee".

When they say "what type", say "I don't know.. a coffee."

You will get a coffee.

Same with Linux really. If you don't want the choice, you can stick with whatever you're given. Apps designed for different Linux desktop GUIs all seem to interoperate nicely in alien desktop environments anyway, so I really don't know what the article is on about by "fragmentation".

Look at me, happily running GTK apps in KDE.

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