* Posts by Oliver Mayes

435 posts • joined 19 Nov 2008

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Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine

Oliver Mayes

Re: Does anyone know

It's so they don't get run over.

Pedestrians in the US have walked through, been hit by cars, then sued the restaurant for not warning them.

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BT slammed for FAILING to explain why its broadband investment has shrunk

Oliver Mayes

"no body needs BT when you have 3g on tmobile at 8mbs for £5 for 30 days"

Try gaming with that latency and we'll see how far you get. :)

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BT earmarks super-speedy 300Mbit/s broadband for 50 exchanges

Oliver Mayes

"The national telco has not said which exchange areas will get the FTTP service"

I'll save you some time, it's London.

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Amazon reaping $600 MEELLLION a year in ad sales

Oliver Mayes

Their targeted ads aren't the best

I set up a new account, bought a copy of the Divine Comedy. Came back a few weeks later and there was one item in my 'Suggested Items' list... a mop.

How they came to that conclusion I have no idea.

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Prosecutor on Private Manning's Wiki-leaks: 'Arrogance meets access'

Oliver Mayes

Re: PFY

Barack Obama (Formerly Hussein)?

It fits too perfectly to be a coincidence, please don't let the Tea Party know.

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NASA on alert: International Space Station springs a leak

Oliver Mayes

I really want to believe that there is an emergency guitar on the ISS. Preferably in a glass case on the wall.

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Kinky Android X-ray app laid bare as malware

Oliver Mayes

@AC

You really think Apple would have caught something like this?

Just look at the hundreds of 'mirror' apps in the Apple App store, they just turn the screen black so you can see yourself in the reflection. Apple make no attempt to stop those sort of scams.

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Curiosity Mars rover flashes pics of GREY drilled powder sample

Oliver Mayes

Re: Rust

Pretty sure that's just more dust. They don't call it the red planet because it's a commie.

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11-YEAR-OLD code wizard hacks Greedy RuneScape geeks

Oliver Mayes

Writing a fake program that asks stupid people to enter their login details != hacking.

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Chinese boffins crack cloaking tech for camouflage

Oliver Mayes

@LarsG

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invisible_Pink_Unicorn

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Anti-virus products are rubbish, says Imperva

Oliver Mayes

I've had warnings from avast about malware embedded in advertising links on reputable sites many times. It's not only 'bad' places that can become infected.

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Home Sec: Let us have Snoop Charter or PEOPLE WILL DIE

Oliver Mayes

Re: Creep

Wasn't there a 'power' granted to local councils that allowed them to spy on people who they suspected of terrorist activity, only for them to immediately use it to monitor anyone suspected of anything (not cleaning up after their dog, applying to a school while not living in the catchment area, etc...)

There's very little we can do about it though, the government long ago stopped caring what the public want or need.

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Elon Musk envisions small town of VEGETARIANS ON MARS

Oliver Mayes

Re: "ship off thousands of vegetarians to Mars"

They're only growing crops there, not farming animals. So no meat being produced, vegetarian diet is not optional.

If they can figure out a way to grow bacon (please no hambush jokes) I'll happily signup in 15 years.

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eBay: It's safe to buy busted lava lamps and bug-infested rugs again

Oliver Mayes

Re: Fuck All The Javascript Right Off Will Ya

I particularly liked the survey popup "Have you got a minute" that has no close button so you have to refresh the page.

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Apple-v-Samsung $1bn iPhone fine: 'Jury foreman was biased'

Oliver Mayes

Re: Bias training.

"Rounded"? "Corner"? Those are dangerous words you're using there!

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Singaporeans get hard token baked into credit card

Oliver Mayes

Re: Picture caption...

Mine once gave me me the password 101010 which was pretty hoopy.

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Oliver Mayes

Re: No Longer Two Factor?

Well, my HSBC device still requires me to input a 4-6 character PIN (different from my normal PIN) before the password is generated. Someone stealing it from me couldn't use it.

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Hurricane Sandy: Where are all the cynical online scams?

Oliver Mayes

"Fake donation pages are notable by their absence"

If you don't count the IRL one Romney held in Ohio, where he went out and bought loads of stuff then gave it to people to 'donate' to the cause on camera.

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ICO fines council £120,000 for crypto email fail

Oliver Mayes
Headmaster

Re: Ok I'm struggling here....

*eye twitch* HAVE, would HAVE. Not 'would of'.

Sorry, but this is probably the most irritating grammatical mistake to me.

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McKinnon will not be extradited to the US, says Home Secretary

Oliver Mayes

@h4rm0ny

The 'misery' was entirely self inflicted. It was only his constant appeals that kept it going on this long.

I don't care where he goes as long as he gets properly prosecuted for breaking the law.

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Regulator spanks quiz line with record £800k fine

Oliver Mayes

"requiring players to complete a word search over the phone"

How does that work then? Do they read out the letters over the phone?

On a premium rate call they must have been raking it in.

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Christian footie match ends in almighty brawl

Oliver Mayes

Re: Of course

"It must have been the non-Christians."

Of course, no Christian has ever been involved in any act of violence.

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NZ spooks acted unlawfully in Megaupload wiretap

Oliver Mayes

Because if you don't you vill be shot.

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UK.gov lays out what cities will get in broadband cash divvy

Oliver Mayes

No surprises there

They choose to give all the money to the cities that already have the fastest internet available, putting them another notch ahead of the rest of the country. What about us schlubs who are still stuck on 20CN, where's our subsidy?

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Opportunity finds new patch of 'berries' on Mars

Oliver Mayes

Re: Get your Martian Blueberry Jam right here!!!!

"C.M.O.T. Dibbler would try that."

It depends on whether you can get it to stay onna stick.

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Dreaded redback spider's NEMESIS: Forgotten Captain Cook wasps

Oliver Mayes

@Captain TickTock

Emphasis on 'some' of the sheep. There are a few good ones but most want you dead.

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Nokia flagellates self further to quell fake cam ad Twitterstorm

Oliver Mayes

Re: "Why bother mocking it up?"

Um, is it normal to produce an advert before you have a working product?

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Google's Nexus 7 tabs 'can't perform' if flash RAM crammed

Oliver Mayes

My phone is labeled as 16GB, it actually has 13.2 GB 'available', and the OS takes up another GB of that so I actually only get around 12. As far as I'm concerned that's false advertising.

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Home Sec to decide Gary McKinnon's fate by 16 October

Oliver Mayes

Re: probably not a very fashionable thing to say, but...

"probably not a very compassionate thing to say"

What's compassion got to do with anything? He admitted to committing the crime a long time ago and has been kicking and screaming ever since in an attempt to evade punishment. As far as I'm concerned he's waived any right to compassion.

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Apple hoards LTE patents to deflect Samsung attack

Oliver Mayes

Is anyone else disgusted that the 'rights' to produce certain technologies are being bought and sold by soulless corporations purely to be used alternately as legal defense and ammunition?

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Samsung: We can't find any child labour at our Chinese contractor

Oliver Mayes

Re: Every factory in China uses child labour

"Besides, all patents, copyright et al vanishes once you move production to China ... designs to the Xerox."

Don't you mean to the Zerocks(TM)?

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Fired Toyota coder trashes systems, steals data

Oliver Mayes

Re: This depends where you are

I'm in the UK and I've seen multiple sales people marched out by security as they have a habit of trying to take customer data with them to give to their new employers. We even had a great one where an outgoing guy wanted to take 'personal' documents from his desk drawer but as there were lots of sensitive documents in there too he wasn't allowed to go through it. Ended up with them carrying his entire desk (drawers attached) down three flights of stairs to reception so he could go through with a lawyer present and remove only his property.

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Ghostbusters

Oliver Mayes

I had this on the Master System, the dancing stay-puft wasn't the boss fight at all, it was the second stage of four. You needed to get past him, go through a platforming-style level of climbing the buildings stairs to the roof, then fight Gozer. Or did this version omit the last 2 stages?

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NYT fights back against links-in-texts patent

Oliver Mayes

It's worse than you think

All of the images and page elements are held in a web accessible directory http://www.hpl-llc.com/files/.

Judging by the amount of useless markup someone with no web knowledge made this in something like Frontpage.

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1 MILLION accounts leaked in megahack on banks, websites

Oliver Mayes

I wouldn't blame the testers, they probably reported the vulnerabilities that they found and were ignored by the managers who saw the cost to close the holes.

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Disable Java NOW, users told, as 0-day exploit hits web

Oliver Mayes

I'm pretty sure you can still run NoScript with the JRE plugin disabled.

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Oliver Mayes

Re: WTF? Java stopped being malware?

Indeed, I distinctly remember disabling JRE in Firefox a few months back when it caused some issues. Just checked and it's been re-enabled, wonder when that happened.

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Doctor Who to hit small screen on 1 September

Oliver Mayes

Re: Doctor Who?

Reusing the same enemies? You know the Daleks have only had 1 episode out of the last 2 series? (OK, they've had short cameos in 2 other episodes but that's still far less screen time than other enemies).

Can't argue with you about the ponies though, I can't wait.

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UK.gov's minimum booze price dream demolished

Oliver Mayes

Re: *Shrug*

First they came for the supermarkets, and I didn't speak out because I was not a supermarket.

Then they came for the Home Brewers, and there was no-one left to speak for me.

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Oliver Mayes

Minimum alcohol pricing reduces drinking, in the same way that ever increasing fuel duty keeps cars off the roads and thereby reduces congestion.

Just another tax with a ridiculous rationalisation, it won't be mourned.

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Anti-gay Uganda's premier backs pride march in protest hack

Oliver Mayes

Re: Aggravated Homosexuality?

Breaking and decorating.

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IBM tells electrons to strictly come dancing in spintronics first

Oliver Mayes

Any relation to the ads for write-only memory? Write once, impossible to read. Perfect security.

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Saudi royals seek ban on .virgin, .sex, .catholic, .wtf and 159 MORE

Oliver Mayes

Re: This from...

But only the right sort of imaginary friends. Imaginary friends that come from a different magical book are offensive and must be banned.

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Curiosity's new OS upgrade ready to go live

Oliver Mayes

Re: Tourist?

I'd like to think that one of the first manned missions would recover the rovers for them to be brought back as heroes.

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Deadly pussies kill more often than owners think

Oliver Mayes

Re: What A Load Of Homo Sapiens Bullcrap !

The argument is that the ever increasing number of cats bred in captivity is unsustainable as it's adversely affecting wild animals.

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Why women won't apply for IT jobs

Oliver Mayes

Re: Interesting

I think it's mainly because the people writing the requirements are non-technical people who have no idea what they're asking for. They put every conceivable qualification that they can think of down expecting god himself to apply (as he's the only one who could possibly meet the requirements) but after months of silence or unsuitable people they just settle for someone who can just do the job.

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Scribe's mobe, MacBook pwned after hacker 'fast-talked Apple support'

Oliver Mayes

"having a 3-letter Twitter [handle]"

Sorry, what? What difference does it make what his username is? That's not privileged information, does he mean the password?

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Baidu bods arrested after deleting posts for dosh

Oliver Mayes

"close the loopholes by strengthening management"

Doesn't matter where you are in the world, corporate problems can always be solved by hiring more managers.

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Success! Curiosity Mars lander arrives precisely on schedule

Oliver Mayes

Funniest bit was the random guy at NASA who yelled 'holy shit' at touchdown before suddenly realising he was on camera and they hastily muted the feed.

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Booth babes banned by Chinese gaming expo

Oliver Mayes

Re: Why does the indusrty...

Not everyone goes to these shows to stare at half naked women. Some of us are interested in the content of the shows instead.

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