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* Posts by Rhyd

49 posts • joined 26 Apr 2007

AWS bins elastic compute units, adopts virtual CPUs

Rhyd

Still used

Click Pricing and you'll see ECU is still used. Note that m3.medium, m1.small and t1.micro are all 1 vCPU, hardly a useful comparison!

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Lumia sales fail to set world alight

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Fail indeed

I know someone who had 3 fail in a week - first with poor call quality and volume buttons not working, then the replacement wouldn't charge and the third one wouldn't even turn on.

As for selling well into the enterprise market, I doubt it as there's still no VPN (not that Android fares much better on the VPN front).

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Samsung Galaxy Note

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VPN

Does the PPTP VPN work with encryption turned on?

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Amazon offers cloud based bulk emailer to SMEs

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Bulk email != spam

We send out a monthly email newsletter with special offers and new ranges etc. I wouldn't call that spam, and neither do the 40,000 customers that receive it (we have a simple opt out procedure in place for those that aren't interested).

It's not about spamming potential customers, and if you're not keeping in touch with your existing customers in this way then you're missing a trick!

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Sepp Blatter dubbed 'Bellend' by SA gov website

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FTA:

"Blatter, well known as the president of Fifa"

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New Labour bring old Nuremberg Laws to Britain

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It's good...

...but not as good as Wright Hassall

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Y2.01K bug trips up Symantec

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Perhaps...

p000?

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Cops taser naked doorbell-ringing giant

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Coat

Ding Dong!

I'll get my coat...

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Google kicks Maestro into touch

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Mini Rant

@Rtdro: If you have a Maestro card at present, I doubt you will for long. IIRC all major banks are ditching Maestro.

I'm having to update a payment system to implement 3DSecure just because MasterCard have enforced it on Maestro transactions. I can only assume they've done this to increase 3DS use without harming MasterCard if it all goes wrong - which it is, considering that all major banks are ditching Maestro and many merchants are no longer accepting it (my PSP even has an option to refuse all Maestro payments).

As for being more secure, it's simply not and that's just a cover for its real purpose - it offloads responsibility from the card companies to customers if they're enrolled, and to merchants if the merchant isn't using 3DSecure.

Of course, once I've finished updating the payment system to handle 3DSecure, it's on to PCI DSS - another huge pile of crap from the card issuers.

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Brit firm stops anti-tank warheads with cloth

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Shield

FWIW, tarian is Welsh for shield.

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Firefox 3.0 ekes ahead of Internet Explorer 7 in Europe

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I've been looking at the same stats this week

Courtesy of gs.statcounter.com.

Sadly, the UK has a completely different result - IE7 has twice the market share of FF3. There's an undeniable IE6 trend though - its share drops off drastically on weekends.

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Numbers should be portable, insists Reding

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Only 38 days?

That's nothing, I've been waiting months for BT to transfer a business fax number from an ISDN service to an analogue line, and I'm not even swapping providers. In the meantime, I've transferred 10 numbers from the same ISDN service to a VOIP provider within a couple of weeks.

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World's first proper flying car makes debut flight

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Stop

First?

Maybe if you ignore the 1949 Aerocar...

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Protostar steers out Lampo 'leccy sportster

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@Fourth letter is incorrect

7th letter of the headline really is incorrect.

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Developers more 'satisfied' with PHP than other codes

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Other languages

@Why no C, C++ etc.

Because it's an article about scripting languages.

@"little or no experience of other languages" / "none of these languages are really suitable for enterprise-scale work"

I started as a C developer and moved on to C++. I still have a soft spot for them and occasionally enjoy scaring Java developers with tales of pointers. When I moved into web development, I started with ASP, moved to PHP, then had to go back to help out with an ASP / MSSQL project and cried myself to sleep. My right hand man is from a Java and Oracle background.

We use PHP across the board, with a few small exceptions. E-commerce web site - PHP, MySQL. CRM / EIS - PHP, AJAX, MySQL. Hand held computers - PHP, AJAX, SQLite. Even our cron jobs call PHP scripts.

We may not be on the enterprise scale, but using a scripting language is great when someone says "this doesn't work properly" - fix, test, update on server, job done. Especially when you're away for the weekend - find a laptop, download PuTTY, log in to server, vi... job done, 'nother beer.

/Mine's the one with a Nokia N800 running nginx, PHP & SQLite with files copied directly from my PC's test environment onto an SD Card. Did someone mention zero effort cross platform support?

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@Lou Gosselin

"Why in the world isn't there a generic database interface such that code doesn't need to reference mysql explicitly every time a call is made? This is inexcusable and amateurish considering a correct implementation could have been so trivial."

Ignoring the pros and cons of abstraction layers... DB, Metabase, MDB2, ADOdb, dbFacile, PDO, Zend_DB to name but a few.

I use both PDO and Zend_DB, as well as straight mysql_.

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Opera proxy promises 'game changing' browser speed

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Late bets on new Who hit Paddy Power's pocket

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Is that all?

If I knew for definite, I'd bet a hell of a lot more than £75 at 22/1 odds! Approximately [[insert bank balance here]] in fact.

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Windows Media Player flaw denied

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WMP10...

...wasn't tested by the ISC reader which is where the 9 and 11 information comes from. The Security Tracker post says it was tested on 9, 10 and 11, and described as "11 and prior versions". So no, downgrading won't eliminate the risk. Besides, the only risk is your player crashing.

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Brits decline to 'think outside the box'

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Footballers

I hear "at the end of the day" in every post-match interview, along with "y'know" at least 5 times in each sentence!

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Sharp shows first 'zero-emission' telly

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Am I the only one...

that closes the curtains when it's bright outside so that I can see the TV? I suppose I could use the solar panel as a window blind...

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Sega to launch PSP beater in 2009

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Hardly a PSP beater

It plays Java mini games.

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HBOS could shift 2,000 IT jobs to India

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Mortgages

I wonder how many of the 2000 have mortgages with HBOS that they won't be able to repay...

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Postman Pat goes postal

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Wot

No Segway?

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El Reg dresses The IT Crowd

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"fans of Vulture Central"

Two fans, one of them was me. Surely I should get a ticket by default :P

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Sony coughs to third-gen PSP power problem

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RTFA

@AC - "conviently failed to mention the difference between PSP2000 and PSP3000"

FTA: "The PSP-3000's brighter screen (bottom) cuts battery life by 20 to 30 minutes"

Is it just me, or does the bottom one look darker?

P.S. I'm fairly sure "conviently ", "sacrafice", "journellism" and "teh" aren't real words.

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PS4 and Xbox 720 due by 2012, says Crysis firm

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Flame

@Justin

"PS4 in 4.5 years

stable within 1 firmware upgrade"

Will the PS3 have any games worth playing by then?

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1&1 botches Microsoft Exchange update

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Stuff generally works

But the support is bloody useless.

I have a dedicated server support hotline number, whenever I ring it I get put in a queue for a few minutes, then it fails over to 2nd line support in India that check if dedicated server support are available, which they never are, so I get told to try again in half an hour "because there's only 1 engineer in and he's been on the phone for 20 minutes". Rinse and repeat.

Shouldn't really complain though, I'm paying peanuts for it.

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Suprise at spelling snafu sanctions

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@Sam

No.

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Rhyd

Warning: This post contains (mostly) correct spelling. Continue with caution.

Considering that English is technically my second language and was banned at school outside of the twice-weekly English lessons, why is it that I'm continually correcting the spelling and grammar of English friends and colleagues?

On the topic of further education, I once attended a lecture about the importance of "spelling and grammer". Sigh.

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ASA rules against citing 'hits' in ads

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@Paul Taylor

Every stats / analytics program and log analyser I've ever used has automatically filtered out bots. Most log analysers I've used actually have a separate section showing what bots have visitied etc. They generally work using UA checks but obviously that can be faked, and IPs can be used to some extent too.

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Rhyd

I get loads of hits

mostly from Googlebot!

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Mac users urged to ditch Safari

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Paris Hilton

Sigh

@ A/C

I didn't say that because it runs one of those it MUST be a PC, what I meant is fact that a box runs something other than Windows doesn't mean it's not a PC

@ Geoff Edwards

I see your point, but the term was around before the IBM PC. The Apple Mac is a personal computer - intended to be used by one person at a time, unless you're using it as a server, appliance.... Also, "doesn't have a common hardware platform"? Don't think that's been true for a fair while now.

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PC != Windows box

I wish people would stop using PC incorrectly. Whether it runs Windows, Mac OS, Linux, BSD, DOS, OS/2, RISC OS, or any other flavour, or has no hard drive it's still a PC.

That said, IE's still the dominant browser on PCs, sadly.

/Mine's the one with adjacent sibling selector capable browser.

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US woman celebrates cloning of 'precious Booger'

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Booger Burger

How long before they start cloning the tastiest dogs?

Mine's the one with the hot dog in the pocket.

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UK BOFHs face psychometric dissection

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PEBKAC

BOFH looks left, sees greetings card with "HUMAN ERROR. AGAIN." Smiles. Chuckles at a user being unable to add 90 to a total to cancel out a £90 discount.

Acknowledges "It's got stuck. Can you help?" problem by wandering off for a coffee.

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Firefox sweeps away carpet bombing bug

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Joke

@AC

Agreed, why can't the Firefox developers get the code right first time like IE?

Oh, wait...

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Prius hybrid to get rooftop solar panel

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Happy

50s technology FTW

I love the fact that a Mini (with an engine designed in the 50s) with £150 of mods is just as economical as a Prius and has a better power to weight ratio.

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UK game-development degrees not up to snuff, claims industry

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Introversion

Excuse my ignorance, but what have Introversion got to do with games degrees being useless?

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AMD CPU shoot-out: Phenom X3 and X4

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I don't get it

Why was the BIOS TLB "fix" left on if the problem's fixed in B3? That's just going to give false scores.

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Fraudsters pool data to beat plastic fraud checks

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RE Whole address / whole postcode

AVS was designed for card terminals, which only have buttons with numbers.

For a long time I've thought that a good e-commerce solution would be for credit / debit card companies to maintain a list of delivery addresses. When ordering, a customer chooses from the addresses registered with their card. This would also avoid the annoying "solution" of only allowing goods to be delivered to the registered card address - I'm at work all day, why would I want anything delivered to my house?

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Police probe pirate-DVD detecting dog's demise

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RTFA

FTA: "They were trained to smell chemicals used in the production of CDs and although they could not distinguish genuine CDs from pirated ones, they were to help enforcement teams sniff out hidden discs."

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BOFH: Dealing with engineers

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@Chris Peschke

A belated thank you....

Thank you.

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@Tim

The IT director.

P.S. Why don't the BOFH articles show in the RSS feed? Did the PFY hide them so the boss won't find out?

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CSC cranks the whalesong up to 11

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Inspired by...

...a Vodafone SIM card?

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UK.gov demands 999 ads on social networking sites

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Coat

There's already a catchy ad...

it goes 0118 999 881 999 119 7253

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OpenOffice update released

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Linux

@Peter

Have you tried Evolution? I made the switch a while ago and I'm happy with it so far (other than not being able to import my old .pst file directly). That said, I don't use it with Exchange.

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UK payment service outage leaves users fuming

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12 hours?!

I've had the odd problem with SecureHosting, but nothing lasting more than half an hour (if that). 12 hours is ridiculous, especially after being warned of the problem after testing. If any of my suppliers refused to answer support calls I'd find an alternative immediately, regardless of whether it cost 5 times the price.

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Welsh boffins build 3D solar images

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Link, but no 3D glasses :)

http://www.see3d.co.uk/news/

Video / image links at the end of the page.

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