* Posts by Horridbloke

293 posts • joined 23 Apr 2007

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Gangnam Style BREAKS YouTube

Horridbloke

@Eddy

The dollar value is large, sure, but what price can you put on happiness?

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Boffins find Jackie Chan's SUPERCOP is good for something

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Re: Idiots!

True, Sammo Hung demonstrates unparalleled randomness in that one.

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

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Re: Is there not enough junk up there already ?

The payload had "SPACE JUNK" written on the side of it in big letters. Crafty beggers those ruskies.

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Re: Doberman

How do you drop warheads from an orbital platform? Just pointing a warhead towards earth and releasing the clamp will be pretty anticlimactic. You will need either a gun of some sort or a rocket of some sort.

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

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Re: Has WiRED

I gave up on WiRED some years ago after reading about someone running OS X on their iPhone. In fact they were just running a VNC client (that somebody else had written) but that distinction was too subtle for the author of the article.

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Pay-by-bonk 'glitch' means cards can go kaching-for-crims

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FAIL

Re: And yet...

I have received the following reply from MBNA on the matter...

Thank you for contacting us {Horridbloke}. I appreciate your concerns however rest assured that Contactless technology has been extensively tested to ensure the absolute security of your account. This is a new development in the card industry that lets you make a payment for retail purchases without entering a PIN or signing to authorise the transaction wherever you see the Contactless acceptance symbol. Paying with a Contactless card is just as secure as paying by Chip and PIN because it is based on the same secure technology as Chip and PIN, it only works when you hold the card up to the terminal (within 4 cm), so you can’t accidentally pay for someone else's shopping and occasionally you will be asked to make a normal Chip and PIN transaction instead of a Contactless one. There is nothing wrong with your card; this is a security check to limit fraud and would likely occur if you made multiple Contactless transactions within a short time period. For additional security when you are sent your Contactless card you must first make a Chip and PIN transaction. This is just to make sure it’s got to the right person and to enable it to work. In addition, you are still covered for any fraudulent activity on your card just as with Chip and PIN transactions, providing you let us know as soon as you notice any unrecognised transactions on your statement. All our cards now come with Contactless functionality and are perfectly secure. Contactless offers many benefits, but if you don’t want to use it in this way you don’t have to. We are unable to issue a card without Contactless functionality however you can continue to make your payments by Chip and PIN if you prefer. If you log on to the website. Click on the tab "Account Home" and you can select the tab "View all transactions" and you will be able to see any transactions in current activity if you wish to monitor your account. Many thanks.

I guess I'll carry on using the craft knife.

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Re: And yet...

I couldn't see any on-line option to turn it off (the provider is MBNA), so I've sent them a message asking whether they can turn it off for me. I'll post again if I get a reply.

You can't beat physical sabotage though.

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Re: UK needs to learn from other countries

This works well but a shop assistant might get worried about the visibly mutilated card. The job can be done more discreetly by making a small nick with a craft knife, though this really needs an nfc-capable phone to confirm the card really has been snipped.

It's probably a good idea to make a test purchase afterward to verify the card's normal chip & pin function still works - have an alternative payment method just in case.

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Apple hit by INSIDER LEAK: New iPad Mini 3, iPad Air 2 blabbed

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Windows

Re: Ooooh, new versions.

and it comes with a free trial of McAfee.

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Siri ... why is this semi headed RIGHT AT ME? Phone apps distracting as ever – new study

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Does not apply to good drivers

Yeah but this is only true for bad drivers innit? Right now I'm using voice typing while driving my A4 along the M6 without any OH F

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

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Re: I wonder why ?

I made the mistake of wandering into one of their branches several years ago to try and buy an unlocked handset. The sales slug couldn't believe somebody could be so demented as to want such a thing and pulled in a second sales slug to help teach me the error of my ways and to show me the contract I actually wanted (never mind the fact I had asked for something specific that the shop allegedly had for sale). After a couple of minutes of obnoxious high-pressure sales pitch I thanked them for their time and walked out but I can see how some people fall for it.

Carphone Warehouse were angels by comparison, at least they would sell you an unlocked phone without arguing and the larger branches had powered-up models you could play with so that expensive purchase was less of a pig in a poke. I say "were" because, well, you know who owns them now...

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Ninja Pirate Zombie Vampires versus Chuck Norris and the Space Marines

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We've forgotten the probable winner

What about psychologically scarred billionaire vigilantes?

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Rejoice, Windows fans: Stable 64-bit Chromium drops for Win 7 and 8

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64-bit Chrome available soon via the normal channel

...packaged with the next flash update.

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Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'

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Re: Who is Tom ...

The emphasis should be on "actor".

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Horridbloke

Already done.

The show is called Person Of Interest and it has been running for several seasons.

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Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer

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Re: If apple had such great mouse designers...

Apple obviously hired some really bad mouse designers as well.

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Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio

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Meh

GAME?

The Call Of Duty games are pretty much barely-interactive immersive movies anyway.

Unless of course the film will be based on the multiplayer experience... Good grief, please no.

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Gimp

Revert

They could always change it back to "Mosaic".

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Horridbloke

Re: New browser names:

10) "the thing"

(True story.)

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Japanese boffins invent 4.4 TREEELLION frames per second camera

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Unhappy

Re: My phone (Sony Z2) does 120fps at 1080p just fine. :P

It won't after the next firmware update.

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Cor blimey: Virgin Media pipes 152Mb fibre to 100,000 East Londoners

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Re: Q from the US

"no home user really needs this kind of speed"...

I suppose it depends on ones definition of "need" but I recently bought and installed the new Wolfenstein game via Steam and that was a 40 or 50 gigabyte download - an inconceivable figure not so long ago. That wasn't too painful on our 40Mb connection but these things just keep getting bigger.

Weirdly enough we're on Virgin and I'm pretty sure our connection has been throttled to 40Mb - our peak download speeds were much faster when we got connected a year back.

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Indian techies-in-training face down MAN-EATING LEOPARD - and WIN

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Fauna.

I once found a slug in the office. We put it outside.

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

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Re: For £3.5m

They could spend the £6.5m surplus on a film about midget porn.

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LG unfurls flexible SEE-THROUGH 18-inch display

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Re: Patent This!

That's a nice idea but the screen would need a ridiculously high refresh/update speed.

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Boeing to start work on most powerful rocket ... EVER!

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@returnmyjedi

Agreed. Sort it out Reg, it isn't rocket science.

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Golf bloke to Richard Branson: Get on board the future bus, where there's 'NO WEATHER'

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Re: Mirror, mirror...

The trying-on-outfits-virtually-via-pseudo-mirror idea featured in an episode of the short-lived Max Headroom US scifi "drama" from the late eighties. (If you missed it, the show was based on the original Twenty minutes into the future Channel 4 production and looks horribly dated nowdays.)

I suppose that counts as prior art should anyone try patenting the idea.

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Drone-assisted Swiss construct virtual 3D castle

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Re: Ultra Realistic 3D Games

Google Earth Deathmatch perhaps?

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'World’s dumbest' suspect collared in Facebook sting

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His facebook page is still up...

... and there are photos of him trying to look gangsta.

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Google, Microsoft to add remote KILL switch to phones

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Gimp

Re: Really?

If all phones have a kill switch you won't have to buy another one, because the existing one won't be nicked. In addition your car window won't need replacing the one time you accidentally leave your phone on display in your car and you'll be saved a night in A&E when a bad person doesn't decide to take your phone off you by force.

I've had both those experiences - through matters other than phones - and don't recommend them.

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People will happily run malware if paid ONE CENT – new study

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FAIL

Re: Already infected, why not make money?

How about legal ramifications? I can't help thinking anyone knowingly offering their machine up to a dubious-looking botnet for reward is an accessory to any crimes committed via said botnet.

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Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

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Re: This might be the first time a machine has passed it

Estate agents fail the Turing Test every working day of their lives. They also invoke the "uncanny valley". I was talking to an EA the other month and become convinced she was animatronic.

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Facial recognition tech convicts man in Chicago robbery case

Horridbloke

Odd match...

Looking at those two pictures I have an uncomfortable feeling they were matched based on him leaning his head a bit to the side in each.

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My my, Intel, that's one speedy NVMe flash card you have there

Horridbloke

Re: They fail to "read-only" mode.

... except when they don't.

I had a Samsung 840 pro fail utterly and without warning on me three months after purchase. Nothing I tried it with even recognised there was a storage device there.

(I was pleasantly surprised when the backup successfully restored and the replacement has been good so far.)

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Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi! 3D HOLO-PHONE hinted in Amazon vid

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Re: I think it's a lenticular display

There were a number of android slabs boasting lenticular displays for sale at Bangkok's Pantip Plaza when I visited a couple of years ago. Those displays weren't great, but there's been time to improve that part of the equation and I can see Amazon using that with online 3d film or game delivery to draw more people into their ecosystem.

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Apple: We'll tailor Swift to be a fast new programming language

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Boffin

Re: No need to be so special, Apple

<PEDANT>

Don't lump all those "far east" languages together...The Korean Hangul alphabet is small and reasonably phonetic.

</PEDANT>

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Google Glass? Feh. Behold Dyson's 2001 pocket 'puter techno specs with own 'Siri'

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Stop

Re: well very few products are competely new designs?

The story I heard about the Sega VR product was it got cancelled due to medical concerns that it would mess up kids' eyesight - if true then Sega did the right thing.

I read this on the internet somewhere, so it must be true...

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Privacy International probes GCHQ's mouse fetish

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Re: Churchillian feint

Agreed, the whole thing smells of either misdirection or intimidation.

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Boffin fights fire with EXPLOSIVES instead of water

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Mushroom

Re: Macho

.... and John Wayne (playing an elite extinguisher of oil well fires, can't be bothered to track down the title.)

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Internet rejoices over Star Wars, um, clapboard pic

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Will Simon Pegg be in it?

Because everything is better with Simon Pegg.

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Internet of Stuff: Cleaner washing, more milk ... fewer COW FARTS?

Horridbloke

Re: animal's natural diet

The animal doesn't really have a natural diet, because it isn't a natural animal. The domestic breeds used to produce beef or milk are a long way removed from the beasts our ancestors first decided to corral and use.

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Zombie Nortel grabs Cisco by the neck, again

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WTF?

We got a patent troll letter once

The claim referred to some esoteric SCSI thing that had nothing whatsoever to do with our business or products, so we told them to **** off. That was the last we heard from them.

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Say CHEESE: Samsung files patent for transparent camera

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Re: Transparent display?

It's potentially useful when photographing fast-moving subjects such as martial arts bouts. My current digital compact takes the shot almost immediately when I press the button, however the display on the back of it lags by about half a second. It's therefore not possible to watch the bout through the display because by the time you see something happening the moment has passed. The current workaround is to not look at the display, keep things reasonably wide-angle and hope the camera is pointing in the right direction.

(In theory an SLR is better, however that can suffer from being TOO fast - I found I had to slow myself down to grab the perfect glove-in-face moment.)

I don't claim to be any sort of photography expert, but this transparency gimmick seems weirdly suited to this problem.

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iPhone 6 FEELS your heat, wetness... and it'll TELL Apple – report

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Sensing moisture...

Could this be an ultra sophisticated next generation means of voiding the warranty?

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Forget superstars, this HYPERGIANT star is 1,300 times the size of OUR SUN

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How big?

Well I know what I'll be doing on Universe Sandbox later.

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Finally! Some actual, novel tech: Apple patent to revive geriatric gear

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Re: talk louder for Siri to hear you

Siri would then mutter darkly about those funny-looking coloured phones that have just moved in.

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Your 'funny' cat pics are weighing down the web, so here's a better JPEG encoder from Mozilla

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Re: OMG lolkatz

I thought it was called the Enternet.

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Japanese boffins build 'earring PC' for hands-free computing

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Gurn-operated computing

I think some of the customers in my local Asda are already using this.

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Steelie Neelie 'shocked' that EU tourists turn mobes off when abroad

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Re: Funny thing is

I once got a "Welcome to the Isle of Man" roaming text whilst in Wales (Amlwch to be exact).

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Tata says USA rejecting HALF of Indians' work visa requests

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IT'S CHEEEEEAAAAAP!!!!!

"Much of the widely-alleged benefit of offshoring sounds like a typical tunnel-vision fantasy of a stereotypical accountant."

Bingo. I while ago I worked at a UK software outfit that had been bought up by US dot-com lunatics. At one point there were several IT professionals from India visiting the officers on six-month stints and supposedly learning the ropes. The phrase "Don't worry, you're not training up your replacements" was uttered numerous times. A development office was opened in India, the folks there got access to our CM system and the fun really started.

I'm sure there are lots of educated, capable and very well motivated technical types in India, but the people we were asked to work with were about as good as a random UK-born chav would be if plonked into a development role and expected to produce with no pertinent training. Of course there were language problems to contend with as well. I had the impression the US overlords had travelled to India and hired the cheapest people they could find there.

This was all a bit ironic considering the cash the people stateside were burning on nice offices and perks, but given they didn't respect the engineering function I suppose it made sense.

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Bangable poster firm Novalia makes printed 'leccy keyboard

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Re: @fibbles

"Tried that as a student project"

Well done on at least trying it.

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