* Posts by Oliver Mayes

438 posts • joined 19 Nov 2008

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Shhh! Shazam is always listening – even when it's been switched 'off'

Oliver Mayes

Re: Language

I'm anaspeptic, frasmotic, even compunctuous to have caused such pericombobulation.

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Leaked paper suggests EM Drive tested by NASA actually works

Oliver Mayes

Re: Easiest way to check this...

One is being sent up on a cube-sat in the near future. It'll be told to try and maintain orbit for as long as possible, if it stays up for longer than the fuel will allow, the EM drive aboard must be working.

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Citizens don't trust UK.GOV with their data

Oliver Mayes

Re: I dont trust the government...

> The outsourcer bid for that job, but on commencement discovered that the old bulb was still in place. As this work was out of scope the costs tripled....

Then when they get to the end of the contract they discover that they were unable to change the lightbulb at all due to; lack of specifications, unanticipated consultancy fees, and increased cost of stepladders. The new lightbulb has been placed on a shelf in an MOD depot somewhere near Droitwich and tendering has begun to find a new contractor to complete the work by 2025.

Of course, since the original contract didn't actually specify that payment was contingent on completing the work, the full £15,000,000 (up from the £3,000,000 originally quoted) has to be paid regardless of the outcome.

But hey, it's all just taxpayers money, right?

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Microsoft deletes Windows 10 nagware from Windows 7 and 8

Oliver Mayes

Re: Now lets hope...

The Windows 10 telemetry feature was forced into Windows 7 & 8 months ago.

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'What this video game needs is actual footage of real gruesome deaths'

Oliver Mayes

Re: Here's an idea, PETA, write your own damn game

Candlelight Supper Simulator 2016

Pre-order bonuses include the Royal Doulton plates with Hand-Painted Periwinkles.

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NASA to begin first asteroid sample mission: Seeks 'pristine' specimen

Oliver Mayes

Re: Pristine

Asteroids have negligible gravity, no rockets needed for a soft landing. Just some soft thrusters.

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Gaming apps, mugging and bad case of bruised Pokéballs

Oliver Mayes

Re: Journalism?

"Drop lure-thingy in a nice secluded spot"

The lures can only be deployed at an existing Pokestop. You can't just drop one anywhere.

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Oliver Mayes

Pretty poor research here

"Well, you get what you pay for – which here in the UK so far has meant paying nothing at all, since impatient players are sideloading dodgy Android installers for free."

The official game is free. No-one pays anything unless they choose to make in-app purchases.

"The cynic in me suspects the supposed negative publicity generated by such stories will simply heighten the demand for the legal version of the game when it reaches these shores"

It was released officially yesterday.

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

Oliver Mayes

So every website worldwide will be required to submit themselves to an independent British organisation, likely charging extortionate fees al la the film board for each rating. Those people will be required to review all content on the website before reaching a conclusion.

How will they handle dynamic content? Will all news organisations be required to submit their articles to the board for approval before being allowed to publish? There's obviously no risk of censorship there.

What about forums, where anyone is allowed to comment, will this board be reviewing individual comments before they're allowed to be displayed?

Sounds like yet another politician trying to regulate something they have zero understanding of. Perhaps they should just encourage the parents to actually do some parenting instead of requiring the government to act as an online nanny service for their spawn.

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Kent Police handed domestic abuse victim's data to alleged abuser – a Kent cop

Oliver Mayes

Police screw up, taxpayers get fined. Business as usual.

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That naked picture on my PC? Not mine. The IT guy put it there

Oliver Mayes

Re: Another reason...

Maybe that people shouldn't be using work computers to browse and store that stuff? Keep it on your own machine so I don't have to deal with the inevitable viruses you've brought in. Not to mention having to replace your suspiciously stained keyboard that suddenly stopped working.

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Brits still not happy about commercial companies using their healthcare data

Oliver Mayes

To date, I still have heard nothing about this from the authorities involved. I only know it's being done because of the news articles I've read online criticising it.

If they're not making an effort to actually inform the population then their motives are seriously questionable.

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Hillary Clinton private email server probe winding up – reports

Oliver Mayes

It was her job to understand what she was doing, ignorance is no defense.

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UK carrier Three in network-wide ad-block shock

Oliver Mayes

Re: Block three

I'd assume illegal in the sense of interfering with network traffic between the user and their destination. Even if it's something benign like stripping ads out of a webpage there's probably some law somewhere that classifies this as intercepting potentially confidential information.

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Adblock Plus blocked from attending ad industry talkfest

Oliver Mayes

Re: Keep on with the autoplaying auto-expanding video, sound, and light-show free-for-all

I find the most annoying ones are the normal looking adverts that have embedded code to redirect me to some malware filled website that tries to tell me that I have a virus and need to download their removal tool.

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Assange™ to SQUAT in Ecuadorian broom closet for ANOTHER FIVE YEARS (maybe)

Oliver Mayes

Re: If you were Assange

If the woman regrets sex the morning after, it's not rape.

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AIDS? Ebola? Nah – ELECTRO SMOG is our 'biggest problem', says Noel Edmonds

Oliver Mayes

Re: Is this a preview of a new series of Brass Eye?

I thought he was one of the only ones to question the bullshit they tried to have him recite?

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Lottery chief resigns as winning combo numbers appear on screen BEFORE being drawn

Oliver Mayes

Or perhaps like a lot of 'live' TV there was a delay of a minute or two between filming and broadcast, and the person adding the graphics got out of sync by a few seconds.

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

Oliver Mayes

Next up, putting locks on your doors to be banned as it may hinder the police when they urgently need to search your house without a warrant. After all, only a terrorist would have something to hide behind a locked door.

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UK data cops warn Optical Express to stop spamming 1000s of customers

Oliver Mayes

So all those messages I received were actually from Optical Express?

I got dozens of texts offering free eye surgery with OPTICAL EXPRESS, I assumed they were just generic spam using the name of a real company to try and look legitimate.

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You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes

Oliver Mayes

Re: Another Laurel & Hardy moment

"Since Avast became mainstream, users of the free product (which used to be a true gem) are subject to popups like "Your PC can run faster", "Upgrade now", etc"

Not just the free product, I use the paid for version and they've started throwing adverts up at me all the time. I get about 10 popups a day from the client offering to sell me additional functionality. It's not possible to disable these popups without disabling the software.

Then there's the browser plugin, which includes a mandatory 'price comparison' component which inserts adverts for other websites whenever I buy something from Amazon. I had to disable the browser integration completely to get rid of that.

My license expires in about 6 months, I will definitely not be renewing it and will look for another AV. But I just can't find one these days that isn't a resource hog or hopelessly ineffective.

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Why solid-state disks are winning the argument

Oliver Mayes

I made the switch a few months ago, replaced my primary HDD with a Kingston HyperX 3k.

It was fantastic, really fast and simple to install. It lasted 4 months before completely failing and taking my data with it.

Now restored from backups I'm back to using a HDD. Think I'll wait another few years before risking it again.

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Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch

Oliver Mayes

So, is this why my machine bricked itself after last weeks update?

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Apple wins patent on charging iThings THROUGH THIN AIR

Oliver Mayes

@DougS

RE: Keyboard power:

http://what-if.xkcd.com/102/

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MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws

Oliver Mayes

Re: unsurprised, but ...really?

What exactly am I supposed to do about this? I did not vote for these politicians, I have no say in what they do.

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Can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of PUREST ... BLACK?

Oliver Mayes

Re: Black space craft? Whatever could go wrong

It's like, how much more black could this be? and the answer is none. None more black.

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Ads bandog berates Virgin Media in BSkyB broadband bumf bust-up

Oliver Mayes

Re: Endless Junk Mail

I'm already a Virgin customer, get phone, internet and TV through them but I still get flyers every other week telling me how much money I would save if I switched to them.

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Alphadex fires back at British Gas with overcharging allegation

Oliver Mayes

Sounds like both parties are at fault here, one doing the overcharging and one blindly paying the bills without reading them.

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The IT Crowd tops BAFTA nominations with four nods

Oliver Mayes

Re: I have to say

The last episode had its moments, I thought it felt like a normal 30 minute episode stretched out so the laughs were spread out more than usual.

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'Hello, is that the space station? NASA here. Can you put us through to Moscow?'

Oliver Mayes

Tense relations between the US and Russia, a mixed-nationality crew in space trying to get their job done despite the politics. Isn't this just the plot from 2010?

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NASA: Vote now to put FLASHY LIGHTS on future spacesuits

Oliver Mayes

Re: Suit port concept

You can always send someone outside to fix it, or just bring it inside. They're not incapable of coming inside.

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Kent Police fined £100k for leaving interview vids of informants in old cop shop

Oliver Mayes

Police screw up, taxpayer pays the fine. Business as usual.

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Brit Bitcoin dev: I lost 'over £200k' when MtGox popped its socks

Oliver Mayes

Re: Inconsistency

Cars and stamps have real intrinsic value. If you started printing your own Monopoly-style money and using it to barter with your friends you couldn't expect the police to value it as anything other than paper and ink.

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Mens sana in fibro sano: Virgin Media network-level smut filters are ON

Oliver Mayes

Is this why my Virgin connection has cut off 5 times over the last 2 weeks? Was down for 2 hours yesterday with 4 similar outages over the previous 12 days.

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My smelly Valentine: Europe's perfumers wake to V-Day nightmare

Oliver Mayes

Re: Not the first time

Don't forget those old Radium cosmetics, for that 'healthy' glow.

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

Oliver Mayes

@Lusty

You've clearly never dealt with scope creep. Being given 2 weeks to complete a task but constantly having the goalposts moved further and further away as more is added into the requirements. And no matter how often you repeat that adding more functionality will push the completion date back there is always that moment some point after the 2 week original deadline where you get asked why you're taking so long to complete a simple 2 week task.

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ISS astronauts to grow tomatoes and rice …. IN SPAAAAACE

Oliver Mayes

Re: BOVINES IN SPACE!!!!

If you assume a spherical cow the tipping becomes much simpler.

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Judge: Google owes patent troll a 1.36% cut of AdWords' BEELLIONS

Oliver Mayes

Re: Obligatory adblock comment.

Adblock absolutely blocks the embedded adverts in Youtube. I got sick of the constant bombardment so just added the youtube ad filter to my block list. I've also blocked all of Google's adwords and other tracking sites and denied all of their cookies.

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Plusnet is working on a network-level filter to block pirate sites

Oliver Mayes

RE: 1Rafayal

Yes, but since it's just DNS blocking TPB just keep moving the domain and BT are currently playing catch up having to update the blocking constantly. Virgin do the same thing.

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Candy Crush dev stuffs EU 'candy' trademark down gob

Oliver Mayes

Re: Bit close, maybe.

Confectionery compression?

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ESA rejoices as comet-chasing Rosetta probe wakes from 3-year nap

Oliver Mayes

> 1:4:9

FTFY

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Classy Oregon diners tipped waitress with 'crystal meth' – cops

Oliver Mayes

Re: WTF..

Looks like a pair of skulls on a veiny background to me.

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China: 'JADE RABBIT' will be FOUND ON MOON

Oliver Mayes

"Jade Rabbit"

So they're using the same naming convention as every chinese restaurant then? Two seemingly random words joined together. There's a "Turquoise Kebab" near here, and an "Easy Happy"

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Are you experienced? The Doctor Who assistants that SUFFERED the most

Oliver Mayes

What about Captain Jack? I think he's died more times than anyone, not to mention spending a few hundred years buried 'alive', being blown apart by a bomb in his stomach and painfully regrowing his body.

They should add an extra slice to that chart 'Traveled through time while clinging to the outside of the TARDIS'

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Microsoft plugs Xbox One consoles into its cloud - what could go wrong?

Oliver Mayes

Re: Good.

"you-don't-actually-own-a-thing "AAA" games industry"

And you really think putting games in the 'cloud' is going to change that?

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Chinese building orbital lab by 2023 to make 'space medicine'

Oliver Mayes

Re: Rover by Christmas?

The moon isn't very far away (compared to everything else in the universe), transit time from Earth to the Moon is less than a week. They could launch on December 10th and still arrive there before the Queens Speech.

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Full Steam Ahead: Valve unwraps plans for gaming hardware

Oliver Mayes

Re: Watching with interest

"I know that I can go and buy any PS3 game today and it will work perfectly with the almost seven year old hardware I have."

And consoles like that are the reason that modern games have to be deliberately dumbed down. PC game development is stagnating because of the constant need to make them run on outdated hardware.

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RSA: That NSA crypto-algorithm we put in our products? Stop using that

Oliver Mayes

So, are the NSA now liable for every incident where this algorithm was broken and private information stolen?

They put the backdoor there, surely if anyone used it then the NSA are to blame?

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Snowden journo's boyfriend 'had crypto key for thumb-drive files written down' - cops

Oliver Mayes

"very poor information security practice"

This, coming from a government who refuse to use any form of encryption themselves?

A government who repeatedly leave huge quantities of sensitive information on trains, taxis, park benches, public bins?

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Google's Street View cars venture inside TARDIS

Oliver Mayes

Re: cool

Just navigate to the stairs and go up.

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