* Posts by Andy Miller

121 posts • joined 9 Sep 2008

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Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

Andy Miller

Re: Missing item in the series?

is a specialist Linux distro that uses the whitespace language as it's default shell

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Virgin Galactic and Boom unveil Concorde 2.0 tester to restart supersonic travel

Andy Miller

Re: No so great in time savings

I share your reservations. To make it work the airlines are going to have to put some effort into streamlining the time from check-in to take-off, and landing to check-out. With a small, business-class only plane, mostly full of frequent fliers, this shouldn't be beyond the wit of person. Even BAA may not worry too much; business travellers spend most of their time in their lounges, so there may be little point in holding them for 2 hours in an over-priced shopping centre.

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Re: whoop!

But you won't be able to take your Note 7 aboard

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‘Penultimate’ BlackBerry seen on 'do not publish' page as fire sale begins

Andy Miller

A "convenience key" ? Can it unlock public toilets? That would be the first innovative feature I've seen on a smartphone for some years.

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The developer died 14 years ago, here's a print out of his source code

Andy Miller

Re: Portrayal of computer tech guys in films/tv.

Have you tried turning it off and on again?

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Vodafone hints at relocation from UK

Andy Miller

Re: Bye Bye Then

Tell that to the staff.

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Label your cables: A cautionary tale from the server room

Andy Miller

Also, your phone has a camera. Take lots of pictures as you move stuff. You can always delete them later.

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Linux command line mistake 'nukes web boss'S biz'

Andy Miller

Re: Format C:

At one time 'format' defaulted to the current drive. So all you had to do was miss off the A:... IIRC they fixed that one (probably around DOS 4?)

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Samsung Galaxy S7: Big brand Android flagship champ

Andy Miller

We've got five phones, four tablets, two kindles and an smattering of wireless headphones and keyboards. All micro-USB. Cables and chargers all over the house and in both cars. Any device can be plugged into any charger.

The thought of going back to having one device where I have to hunt down The Cable was the only reason I passed on the Nexus 6P.

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Microsoft wants to be your phone company, at least for voice

Andy Miller

Mac

Can't see them getting much traction until they get serious about OS X. Those of us on Macs (I'm not a fanboi - I need to develop for iOS) are still using the wonderful Lync 2011; the wonder being that this was deemed suitable for release in 2011, and hasn't been fixed yet.

There may not be huge number of Mac users, but lots of the decision makers love there shiny Macs, and a business solution kind of has to reach everyone.

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Facebook casts a hex with self-referential IPv6

Andy Miller

A55 ?

Are you in north Wales?

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Scout Association's shelved database won't be back until next year

Andy Miller

Re: Kill It

As others have said the alternative to a central database is Scout leaders having stuff on bits of paper and local machines. Which do you think is going to be more secure?

Bad guys who are looking to exploit Scouts are going to be largely targeting local kids. Much easier to nick Skip's laptop than hack a properly implemented central database.

Assuming the central database is properly implemented.

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Volkswagen Passat GT 2.0-litre TDI SCR 190 PS 6spd DSG

Andy Miller

Tech angle?

Did you not get one with the "Trailer Assist" automatic trailer reversing gadget? I think lots of caravanners will be interested in that and it's an interesting new bit of applied technology.

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EE 'best' of the UK mobile network bunch, but how good is that?

Andy Miller

However...

I've sampled EE's "customer service". I don't care how good their coverage is, how fast the back haul is or how cheap their tariffs, I will NEVER deal with them again.If it was a choice between EE or nothing, I would forgo my phone.

I know other companies have bad customer service, but EE is breathtakingly terrible.

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UK Scouts database 'flaws' raise concerns

Andy Miller

Most of what you say is true, the bulk upload was a bloody nightmare. Kept failing, no message about why. Took me most of Christmas to nail the damn thing.

However, one point. Two parents aren't compulsory. I thought that at the start, however I discovered the small print that says IF you enter a name for the second parent THEN all the fields for that parent become compulsory. Missing out the second parent completely is valid.

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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

Andy Miller

Banking

"cornering could make passengers nauseous due to sideways G forces", could they bank the curves, so the pod tilts? Then the acceleration is downwards, where humans expect it. BR nearly made it work....

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Notebook news: Dell does density, but Lenovo's a lot lighter

Andy Miller

Re: But what is the screen resolution?

My company spent the extra on a 1600x900 display on my 15.6" (sorry 396.24mm) laptop, and I wish they hadn't. It spends most of it's life tethered to a 1920x1080 584.2mm monitor. As the OS doesn't let me set a font size per screen, I either have the text on my main monitor insanely large or the text on my laptop screen unreadably small. You pays your money...

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Cheap Android phones? Bah! How about a $29 mobe from Microsoft?

Andy Miller

Re: No 3G? Useless in some parts of the world...

Closer to home (the UK in my case), 3 only support 3G phones. If it worked on 3 I'd buy one for festivals and walking holidays.

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UK's non-emergency police and NHS Vodafone systems go titsup NATIONWIDE

Andy Miller

Anyone else?

I got a similar message this morning from the Nationwide BS. Are they using the same service provider?

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Right, suits off: Windows 10 preview Internet Explorer is here

Andy Miller

WebRTC is here

You need to look again at WebRTC. It's in Crome and Firefox stable (and Safari I think), and it is is now usably stable. It is being used right now.

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

Andy Miller

A touchscreen optimised UI on a desktop PC is as useful as a steering wheel on a washing machine.

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Thought you didn't need to show ID in the UK? Wrong

Andy Miller

Re: Humph!

I was in a branch of a well known DIY store with my 12-year old son. They seem to only have self check-out tills these days. Being 12 he wanted to put the items through the till. All was well until we came to a set of putty knives (about 100mm long and made of flexible plastic). For this the till needed approval. The large, steel brick bolster had gone through without complaint....

PS B&Qs self service tills are by far the worse I have ever used. They are a complete heap of junk.....

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

Andy Miller

So we should all replace our radios (the factory fit one in my 2 year old car is going to be expensive) so you can listen to your favourite radio station? Where do you work? The House of Commons?

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Once, twice, three times - a Very Large Phone™

Andy Miller

I was looking forward to swapping my Note 1 for a Note 3, but I now have concerns about the SIM region locking. If I go abroad I want to be able to use a local SIM in my phone, and it is not clear to me whether this will work with the Note 3. I'm getting mixed answers to this basic question.

Oh, and no FM radio I see...

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Have you tried turning it off and on again - oh, you did: IT Crowd RETURNS

Andy Miller

Damn you !

Now my complete DVD set isn't complete !

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Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid: Eco, economy and diesel power

Andy Miller

Re: If I don't need ...

• 1,800 kg towing capacity

• Up to 280 horsepower working at the same time

• Up to 640 Nm of torque

& 4WD

Should pull a pretty big van very well. If only I could afford one, and over-come my anti-Volvo prejudice...

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PM Cameron calls for modern, programmable computers! (We think)

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Re: *Actual* computer science, rather than fluff

If that's what he means, then I'd agree. However, if that is what he meant, then he would have said "more core" or "more technical"; rather than "more modern". I was taught programming at school, before Word was invented.

If he believes that in the beginning was Word, and coding came latter, than he neither knows his facts (which Mr Gove thinks is bad) nor can he find them out (which I think is bad).

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Andy Miller

Modern is relative

Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) is widely regarded as the first programmer. That's pretty modern for the reformation re-enactment society we have as a parliament.

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Interview: Steve Jackson, role-playing game titan

Andy Miller

Bigger

Can we have a higher res copy of that photo of the shelves, please? I've worked out about 25% of the games, but there are some I don't recognise.

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Doctor Who? 12th incarnation sought after Matt Smith quits

Andy Miller

Re: Justin Bieber for the next doctor!

Nah, Matt Smith has already done the turning up late bit....

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Andy Miller

Fountain of Youth

The Doctor is getting younger. My money is on Tyger Drew-Honey

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STROKE this mouse to make apps POP, says Microsoft

Andy Miller
Alert

Re: Yeah, about that Windows button...

You could consider getting a screwdriver under it and levering it off. If you're lucky the switch itself will still be usable, but it will be below the hight of the other keys and take a deliberate action to press it.

This is at your risk. I take no responsibility if you break your (or your companies) keyboard,

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US boffin builds 32-way Raspberry Pi cluster

Andy Miller

Re: Fans overkill?

OK, so what if you mounted the boards at 45º within the rack? Would that generate a convection current (and look quite cool without increasing the foot print much) ?

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The IT Crowd returns to Channel 4 for a final episode

Andy Miller
Facepalm

Dammit

Now my complete box set will be incomplete.....

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ISPs: Get ready to slurp streams from Murdoch's fat pipe

Andy Miller

Re: Who else has left already?

My Mums leaving as soon as I get some free time to help her.

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Wireless charging on the Galaxy S4: Samsung goes VHS not Betamax

Andy Miller
Coat

Alliance for Wireless Power ??!!

Splitters !!!! We're the Consortium for Wireless Power.

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

Andy Miller

Still a great film

There should be room on the list for a time travelling paradox film, can I vote for La Jetée ?

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Andy Miller

Re: What, no Alien?

I thought that initially, but on reflection I think it's the right call.

Alien is a cracking film, one of my all time favourites, but is it about big ideas that explore the human condition? I don't think so. Given the spec for this list, I accept it's absence.

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Plastic Logic shows off bendy 'leccy posters: Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Andy Miller

A new life awaits you in the Off-world colonies...

We only have 6 years to have electronic bill-boards on the sides of blimps. This is moving in the right direction.

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Strategic SIEGE ROBOTS defeated by 'heavily intoxicated' man, 62

Andy Miller
Headmaster

Strategic ?

Strategic? Really? So these bots are designed to cut down crime over the long term, possibly by some kind of deterrence effect?

I think the word needed here is "tactical".

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Ten affordable mid-sized Full HD monitors

Andy Miller

Re: Review comment

Yes, a summary table of size, cost, resolution, inputs, extras etc would be good.

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The best smartphones for Christmas

Andy Miller
Headmaster

Spelling

I had a quick play with a Windows phone, and I was quite impressed; until I opened the calendar app. "january?". It's a proper noun, it has Capital Letters. Couldn't live with that, it would make me twitch.

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Where were the bullet holes on OS/2's corpse? Its head ... or foot?

Andy Miller

Re: OS/2000

OS/19100 would have been funnier...

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Sorority girls gone WILD: '1 to 3' casual sex 'hookups' every MONTH

Andy Miller
IT Angle

Only an IT site would find this surprising.

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Credit card-sized mobile simplified for oldies

Andy Miller

That's a good idea, until you shop around for breakdown cover / insurance at the end of year.

Maybe they need a web front end so someone can change the numbers bound to each button? This would also be useful in the main use case when one of the contacts moves or otherwise changes phone number.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review

Andy Miller
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Re: unsatisfying review :(

As for downloading scribbles etc, I've not tried to download an picture from my Note v1.0, but it was surprisingly easy to send a sketch via Skype and e-mail to a colleague. I say surprising because I wasn't expecting to actually use this feature in a business environment, but suddenly it was the right solution and it just worked...

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Bloke jailed for being unable to use BlackBerry Messenger freed

Andy Miller

Re: Dilbert

I make no point.

The strip was about the danger of sending inappropriate messages to a group code rather than the legislation. I thought it was funny at the time.

Sorry if my comment offended you.

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Andy Miller

Dilbert

Scott Adams predicted this on May 24, 1995

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Brummie plod cuffed in Facebook troll hunt

Andy Miller
Headmaster

Re: Bullies and Trolls are not the same thing

I've always defined an Internet Troll as someone who posts something that is not in itself offensive, but causes others to post over-the-top bias and just plain MAD replies.

Posting "Apple have never made a good product" and waiting for the fanbois to explode is trolling. Saying "Mrs X smells of elderberries and her husband is a Hamster" (or something like that) is not Trolling, it's abuse.

The main-stream media didn't follow this definition, just as they never got the term "Hacker". Now it seems the Reg are also using it as a mere synonym for "bully".

I guess I lose, and another linguistic tool turns into a hammer.

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Finally some QUALITY apps for Android: PalmOS emulator ported

Andy Miller

Proprietary

I seem to recall a vogue for running proprietary bespoke apps on PalmOS - stock control, travelling sales reps - that sort of thing. If those apps are still out there, the hardware must be getting on a bit. Maybe this is the target audience?

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