* Posts by Tommy Pock

316 posts • joined 10 Sep 2008

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Unlucky Luckey: Oculus developers invoke anti-douchebag clause, halt games for VR goggles

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Re: I actually feel for the guy

No, but we can choose simply to not fund idiocy.

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Oculus' Ratner moment. There's no way back from this.

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Cooky crumbles: Apple mulls yanking profits out of Europe and into US

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Re: He can huff, he can puff, but he will pay

Really? In that case, he should refund his earnings from that comment.

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You think the current backlash against Apple's tax avoidance is bad?

Wait until the public finds out that the iPhone 7 won't have a headphone socket.

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Huawei P9 Plus: Leica-toting flagship gets a big brother

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There's nothing wrong with the UI - it gets out of the way unlike the unholy mess of the standard Android UI.

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Microsoft buries the bad Windows Phone news: Mobile sales collapse

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It is a shame. I had a Nokia Lumia 800 which I loved, and a Lumia 1020 which was an improvement in every way. Then Microsoft killed Win8, lost Here Maps and when upgrade time came around they simply didn't have a viable phone for me.

Gone are the days of the sublime Lumia 928, now they have.. what?

I bought a Huawei P9 instead.

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Don't use a VPN in United Arab Emirates – unless you wanna risk jail and a $545,000 fine

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Re: Legitimate use of VPN fine?

"Sounds as though it's only if you're using it to commit or conceal a crime, that 'new language' doesn't seem to cover use of VPN for legitimate purposes."

Whoever uses a fraudulent computer network protocol address (IP address) by using a false address or a third-party address by any other means for the purpose of committing a crime ,or preventing its discovery

Yeah it does. Also, no, it doesn't specifically mention VPN but it covers any spoofed or otherwise hidden IP. So that includes Tor.

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Nitwit has fit over twit hit: Troll takes timeless termination terribly

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I'll let the downvotes speak for themselves.

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One of his devotees called me a racist for saying #blacklivesmatter isn't a racist movement, and he then went on to call me a "limey wanker."

This is the level of interaction we're talking about, here.

#limeywankersmatter

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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Re: Nahh, the old Star Trek was for nerds...

Star Wars got there first

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Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you

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"Google don't delete your files"

No, but it won't be long before they start embedding adverts in them

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Microsoft's cringey 'Hey bae <3' recruiter email translated by El Reg

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I saw this and assumed it was just a wind-up. You know when your dad turns up at a party wearing MC Hammer harem pants demanding that...

...look,I'm making this up. I was trying to think of an analogous moment which is comparable to that horrifically embarrassing email. There isn't one.

Microsoft have reached peak cringe, fam.

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NASA's astroboffins spot the largest ever Tatooine planet

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I think I saw one on Elite Dangerous

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Twitter resets passwords

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How would a strong password help in the event of a hack?

They may as well be 'mypassword'. Nobody guesses what passwords are anymore; they just find out for themselves.

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MPs pass new UK spy law

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Re: "Could you argue your case with a little more detail?"

Nice language you've got there. Where did you find it? :)

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1 Introduce outrageously invasive investigative powers bill.

2 Outrage.

3 Scale back bill so it's only as invasive as you wanted in the first place.

4 The public breathes a sigh of relief as they're put under mass surveillance.

By the way, the Conservatives' own 2009 white paper - "Rolling Back Labour's Surveillance State" - has been removed from their website.

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LinkedIn mass hack reveals ... yup, you're all still crap at passwords

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If my password was 'blimeythisisalongpa$$word128bitsofentrOPy' it wouldn't matter a jot if a server has been hacked. I'd have been just as secure with 'passw0rd'.

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Google tries social again

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Myspaces

It can't fail.

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Opera unleashes ad blocker

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Remember about ten years ago when Opera wasn't shit?

Good times.

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Your mother has a smooth forehead, Klingon language lovers roar at Paramount

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Re: Reality check

This is my favourite thing I've ever written

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Dear god, Trekkies are worse than Doctor Hueys or whatever they're called. Children's TV is really getting out of hand

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The EU wants you to log into YouTube using your state-issued ID card

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You might have it forced on you, but how are websites going to prove I'm accessing from Europe?

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Dyson hair dryer

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"Fights the seven signs of wet hair"

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A perfect marriage: YOU and Ubuntu 16.04

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Thanks, I will. Stuck in my ways I suppose. It worked so I used it, and it continued to work so I continued to use it

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Re: Linux is good but boring as shit

I don't care about the OS, I don't sit there using the OS. I use sofware.

The more boring and unobtrusive the OS, the more mature, stable and useful it is.

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"To be removed: XChat"

Shouldn't I get to decide that?

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HTC 10: Is this the Droid you're looking for?

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That downvote wasn't mine, I'm better than that. And you.

And an HTC M10.

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It's a disaster. It looks like a Galaxy S7 ripoff but isn't as good as a Huawei P9.

I'll pass.

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BlackBerry boss mulls mid-range Androids

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I had a Lumia 1020 which I couldn't fault - except for its numerous faults (it went in for repair 7 times).

WinPhone is effectively dead in the water now - 8.1 had real promise. Someone at Microsoft needs shooting.

I bought a Blackberry Classic, which I can't fault. I really do love it - but Blackberry is effectively dead in the water now, etc

I don't want the fragmented, ad-filled mess of Android and I'm not mortgaging the grandmother simply to get this year's clone of last year's Apple.

So I'm stuffed.

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Brilliant. Because what Android needs is another mid-range phone.

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China's Great Firewall inventor forced to use VPN live on stage to dodge his own creation

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You think we don't have internet censorship?

Look at Google (UK) autocompletes for

Labour is

Lib Dems are

UKIP are

The Greens are

And then

Tories are

Conservatives are

And this tells you exactly why Google paid about ten pence in owed taxes. Google is not your friend.

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Woman scales Ben Nevis wielding selfie stick instead of ice axe

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So next time some macho experienced climbers with several hundred pounds of gear and six tents each manage to scale Ben Nevis, they can just remember that once it was scaled by a woman from Brighton wearing flip-flops.

Kinda takes the edge off

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Facebook throws BlackBerry an HTML bone

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Re: @tommy pock

I was joking. Touchy bunch around here

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Re: Hub Integration

I use Face10 for the hub notifications, and the m.facebook homescreen link to actually use the thing

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Re: Oh Dear!

You know, it's called Facebook. As an IT professional I'm sure you're able to convey your dislike for something without resorting to churlish and juvenile dysphemisms.

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Go nuts, brother: Ubuntu 16.04 beta – no more auto data-spaffing

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Re: close window button

Oh, and you can move the menus to individual frames instead of the menu bar as well.

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Re: close window button

You can put the window control buttons wherever you like, in any order you like

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Re: Big warning 14.04LTS to 16.04LTS upgrade

I will, eventually. My laptop* started out on 8.04 Hardy Heron and it's been upgraded to every LTS since.

Nothing serious has broken yet. It's interesting to see how many upgrade cycles the OS can go through without any catastrophic occurrences.

I do stay away from interim releases and betas though.

(*I moved the HD to a new laptop during 14.04, try that with Windows)

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Here's a great idea: Let's make a gun that looks like a mobile phone

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RING RING

"He.. *BANG*

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How one developer just broke Node, Babel and thousands of projects in 11 lines of JavaScript

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This whole debacle mirrors Gamergate

I didn't have a bloody clue what was going on then, either.

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What to call a £200m 15,000-tonne polar vessel – how about Boaty McBoatface?

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Re: An ex-Beeb man, too

Not only is Boaty McBoatface the most British of suggestions, the apology for suggesting it couldn't have been more English

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Facebook, WhatsApp farewell BlackBerry

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The Android FB app doesn't work on Blackberry

You have to find a legacy apk for some lost and forgotten version which will work on BB10. The Google Play version won't login.

Face10 works but it isn't free. (Native Blackberry app but uses the Android API)

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Judge orders Universal Credit internal reviews must be disclosed

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Makes no difference. The courts ordered the government to release the results of an impact assessment on the Health and Social Care bill in 2012.

The government just ignored them.

There are 650 MPs. There are also 400,000 lampposts in London; more than enough.

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Solus: A welcome ground-up break from the Linux herd

Tommy Pock

Re: Flat is bad

Bob, if every word you use is important, you don't need to emphasise any.

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Alice, Bob and Verity, too. Yeah, everybody's got a story, pal

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Re: Gotta-getta-double-seat

I'm only in the comments to see if anyone clocked the Ben Elton reference before I posted it.

Bugger.

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Baby Ubuntus toddle forth into the big scary world of beta

Tommy Pock

Re: Give Unity a try!

Put your menus back on the windows then.

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What took you so long, Twitter? Micro blogging site takes on the trolls

Tommy Pock

Trolling isn't abuse, trolling is funny. Abuse isn't funny.

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Debian Linux founder Ian Murdock dead at 42

Tommy Pock

Re: very sad...:-(

You can step away from the keyboard now, Mr Trump counterstrike

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BlackBerry Priv: After two weeks on test, looks like this is a keeper

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I had a Pre3, and fell in love with that thing. I've hated every single touch screen phone I've had since; although the Lumia 1020 was the least worse.

But, the 7th time that went in for repair, Vodafone replaced it - against my will - with a godawful Sony M4 Aqua. I hated that phone. I hated that phone more than any piece of tech I've ever used. So I sold it at CEX for £93 and put the money towards a Blackberry Classic. It really feels like I'm at home again. I have no Google services at all, I have all the apps I need (basically a browser and sat nav) and even the laughable camera isn't as catastrophically bad as the M4's.

I've got a lot of time for Blackberry. Let's hope the Priv can get a lot of people to fall back in love with them again, so they can fuck Android off. BB10 blows it out of the water. Using Android is too high a price for me just to have a keyboard

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