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Natwest, RBS: When will bank glitch be fixed? Probably not today

Oliver Mayes

Re: Eh?

Or perhaps the mobile app had some debug code left in it that wasn't supposed to run on their live servers?

One rogue DROP statement can cause havoc if they don't have proper backups and DR policies.

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Vatican subtly shifts its position on The Blues Brothers

Oliver Mayes

Re: So hate me why don't you

I've got the double pack too. The first (only?) film is one of my all-time favourites.

Watched the sequel once, nodded solemnly, put it back in it's place and haven't watched it since.

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Microsoft next-gen Xbox details leak

Oliver Mayes

Re: all for a retail price of $300 (£191).

Ah, well you see there are difficulties bringing a product to market in a foreign territory and the distribution channels are far more expensive. Not to mention sales tax, import duty, window tax, backhanders etc. So it makes sound fiscal sense to simplify the process by charging the same numeric value in every country and only varying the currency symbol. Except in regions where the difference between the USD and the local currency would result in a loss for the manufacturer.

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Scots council: 9-yr-old lunch blogger was causing 'distress and harm'

Oliver Mayes

Re: Phones & Cameras

She states on her blog that it isn't a phone, she was taking a small camera in with her specifically to take these photos for her reports.

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UK websites: No one bothers with cookie law, why should we?

Oliver Mayes

It's a moronic law written by people with no knowledge of the technologies involved. It's practically unworkable as it stands and will hopefully be dropped entirely shortly. If not, at the very least lets hope that ignoring it becomes commonplace. Like how it's illegal to park your car on the pavement but the police are unlikely to prosecute you for it unless you're causing a problem for others.

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Japan to get Android phone with built-in radiation dosimeter

Oliver Mayes

Re: Radiation, the new terrorist paedophiles.

The Sun were already reporting on radioactive paedophiles long before this:

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2276130/Radioactive-paedophile-on-the-run.html

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Samsung snafu grounds blue Galaxy S III

Oliver Mayes

@Steven R

Made in France?

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UK High Court split over Twitter airport bomb joke

Oliver Mayes

Re: Advice for his legal team

Ah but you're making the classic mistake of expecting the law to apply in the same way to a politician and a prole. If a politician breaks the law it's simply because they mis-interpreted the law. If a prole breaks the same law it's because they're a criminal.

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Shanghai cops set for online 'crime' crackdown

Oliver Mayes

Re: "..monitoring all of the web sites registered in the city,"

Really? A Government that doesn't understand how technology works? How preposterous!

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Virgin Media wipes out websites with routing blackhole

Oliver Mayes

Mine was up and down all weekend, in the year since I moved into this house and got VM installed I've had the connection speed drop to 1/2 what it was to begin with, they forced out a firmware update to the router that completely broke the wifi, cut me off for a week due to a 'fibre issue' and then over this weekend I couldn't get to half of the sites I tried. In every instance they've provided absolutely no support beyond telling me to continually reboot my PC and modem until it comes back. I doubt there's a single support worker left with them that knows how anything works, they just read scripts at me and refuse to actually fix the problems.

My only other option is a 1Mb ADSL service with BT, so for now at least there's no reasonable alternative.

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Real Networks will refund $2m to grumpy punters

Oliver Mayes

"People were charged for months — sometimes years"

Knowing RealPlayer, it probably took that long for the charges to buffer.

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Apple's trial experts are 'slavish fanbois who believe in magic'

Oliver Mayes

Re: Can't fault their stance

The same can be said for Microsoft, or Linux, or any popular brand. Say anything bad about them and expect the foaming-at-the-mouth weirdos to yell at you.

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ASA tuts at TalkTalk over broadband speed estimator

Oliver Mayes

Re: If its wrong most of the time...

Marketing overrides maths.

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Game goes titsup in Australia

Oliver Mayes

I read the same thing, I've also heard that several competitors are offering the games at a big discount for anyone who pre-ordered at Game and didn't get their copy.

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Microsoft ejects DVD playback from Windows 8

Oliver Mayes

Re: Really??

" I don't know what crappy spec machine you must be trying to run it on?!?"

Dual core CPU @ 2.6GHz, 4 GB RAM, recent nvidia card (1024MB, can't remember the model), Creative 5.1 sound card. All latest drivers.

Video stutters, random coloured pixels flicker across the screen, menus and buttons flicker then disappear leaving artifacts behind.

None of these problems manifest in Windows on the same PC. Just Ubuntu.

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Oliver Mayes

Re: Linux

Mine can't handle a refresh rate of more than about 10 FPS, so DVDs stutter and flicker.

And that's with a fairly decent spec and recent nvidia graphics card installed, Ubuntu just can't handle anything more complex than running OpenOffice yet.

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Cameron hardens stance on UK web filth block

Oliver Mayes

Make it opt in only, it's the responsibility of the parents to apply to their ISP and have it switched on for their connection. The parents need to start taking some responsibility for raising their own children instead of dumping them in front of the TV/PC/iPad and expecting the government to supervise them.

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Glider pilot 'swallowed camera memory' say plunge tragedy cops

Oliver Mayes

Re: 7 hours

Perhaps the camera wasn't within his reach while he was airborne. Might have needed to land and get into the camera to get the card out.

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NHS trust goes 100% over IT budget in patient records rollout cockup

Oliver Mayes

Re: Public sector

The accountant who questioned it.

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Star Trek role-players' privates sniffed by alien invader

Oliver Mayes

I thought it was fake too, mine had a spelling error in it.

So that was actually a genuine email? Damn, that makes 5 times in the last 18 months that a website has lost my details. I only found out about the last time after someone tried to charge a hotel room in Paris to my credit card.

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Apple sued for every touchscreen device by Flatworld prof

Oliver Mayes

Re: Can I...

@Voland's right hand

Except that the fact that he waited 15 years to enforce the patent shows that this is purely a money grab. If he had a genuine claim then he should have made that claim back when someone else produced a touchscreen device. Apple is just the big money target.

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Ofcom probes Sky News over Canoe man email hacks

Oliver Mayes

"claiming that the intrusion had been justified as it was "in the public interest" and that the hacking had led to criminal charges being brought."

Since when has this been the job of news reporters? Breaking into someone's personal communications in search of a story is never justified. In fact, isn't it illegal to prosecute someone based on evidence obtained illegally?

If someone is tortured into giving up evidence then that evidence is inadmissible in court so surely information stolen would be as well.

Either way, this is yet another example of the rotten Murdoch empire ignoring the law in their search for more money. It's about time he was held accountable for the actions of his minions.

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Metallic Glass iPhone 5 to battle pottery Samsung Galaxy S3

Oliver Mayes

"Do any Reggies here have the 3G tool? And if so, have you performed some destructive testing on it, possibly whilst bored or drunk? Any observations? : D"

I have one on my desk, I wasn't aware of its construction method but have always been intrigued by it. Although it's just a little bit of metal I couldn't find any injection seam or evidence of cutting so I was baffled as to how it was made without lots of effort being put into finishing.

As for it's properties, it's pretty rigid and resistant to flexing or mild bending. I haven't gone the whole destructive testing route yet because it seems wrong somehow to damage a nice shiny things, I'll wait until I've had more to drink.

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iiNet wins High Court trial

Oliver Mayes

Re: Fixed.

"I was going to say It's like watching a runner fall at the first hurdle, but it's probably more like watching a runner false start, run over to the official and shoot themselves in the foot with the starting pistol."

...and then attempt to sue the official for not stopping him from doing that.

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BT's 'unbeatable' Infinity broadband ads banned by ASA

Oliver Mayes

I'm still waiting for them to stop Virgin from touting their 'fibre-optic broadband'. This is quite clearly just a length of coax running into my house, not fibre.

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Apple can't agree with Australian regulator on iPad 4G

Oliver Mayes

Can someone explain this to me?

They advertised their product as being 4G capable. It isn't.

What exactly is this discussion about? Surely they should simply be banned from making that claim again and made to compensate anyone who bought the product without knowing that the 4G claim was incorrect.

Why are they having to 'come to an agreement' with anyone? Do Apple decide what the law is or how it's enforced now?

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'As seen on TV' claims can't be made about unbranded props

Oliver Mayes

Huh, does 'as Seen On TV' actually mean something? Everything is on TV these days. Most channels devote 10% - 20% of their time to showing various products that you can buy. How does this sticker somehow make any difference? Are people specifically buying things because the same product has been shown on television at some point? If so I think time should be devoted to analysing and restricting those morons instead of the advertising.

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Home Sec: Web snoop law will snare PAEDOS, TERRORISTS

Oliver Mayes

Re: Lets be realistic shall we.

"The Police have enough to do catching criminals than worry about which porn sites you visit."

Except that they don't, they're so obsessed with arrest figures that the majority of police work these days seems to be focussed on parking fines and minor speed offences. The police stopped caring about actual crime when they realised that it looks far more impressive to 'catch' people illegally downloading music form the internet.

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Oliver Mayes

Re: hmmmm...

Like how councils were granted powers to spy on people with the promise that only benefit cheats and tax dodgers will be targeted. Fast forward 12 months and they're using it for anyone they suspect of doing anything wrong from littering to not clearing up after their dogs. Emphasis on 'they suspect'.

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Parents shocked by priestly PowerPoint pr0n

Oliver Mayes

Re: Down with this sort of thing

Careful now

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Game chain sold

Oliver Mayes

Re: WHY!?

@southern

"So send it to your work address and have them take receipt of it and set your downloads to run at night instead of daytime. It really is not that difficult to overcome your two main objections."

My employer won't allow us to have things shipped here, why should they pay for the reception staff to sign for and store my property for me until I collect it?

And downloading overnight would require me to leave my console or pc on overnight which is a waste of power. I put everything to sleep at night, the noise of my PC fans alone would keep me up all night.

@wild bill

"My house has this amazing device installed called a letter box. Google it, I think it's going to be the next big thing."

Yes, and I love receiving those "While you were out" cards when I get home every day. Almost as much as I love having to go collect my ever-so-slightly-thicker-than-the-average-letterbox parcel from the post office depot that closes every day at 7:30 am.

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Oliver Mayes

Re: WHY!?

Not everyone can wait in all day for the postman to deliver Amazon packages. I'm at work between 8 and 6 Mon-Fri so my only option is to book the day off or have it left with a neighbour. Now they're lovely people next door but I feel a bit bad relying on them this much. Plus, downloading a game can take several hours at peak times, compared to going into a shop and buying a physical copy that I can play right away.

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Apple pushes patents for 3D avatar authoring

Oliver Mayes

Prior art?

That looks like either a Nintendo or xBox avatar, and the interface is almost identical to the once used in The Sime 2 & 3 to create your Sims.

Only an idiot would think that this was in any way enforceable.

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Apple slapped with second Siri senility lawsuit

Oliver Mayes

Siri can do any of the following things for me:

Open the weather app and show the location I ask for (about 50% of the time)

Tell me the time in other time zones (about 40% of the time)

Tell me what the time is 'here' (about 10% of the time, it uses the GPS to figure out where 'here' is and keeps getting it off by about 20 miles then telling me it doesn't know the time in *address across town*

Do a google search (roughly 70% accuracy)

Play songs or albums from my library (pretty good 90% accuracy but then there is a set word list there)

When I see the advert that shows people checking their email and messages or asking where their brother is (presumably he had to check into the place first?) it makes me angry that they can blatantly lie about it's capabilities like that and get away with it.

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FLA, Apple and Foxconn shake on new deal for Chinese workers

Oliver Mayes

So 'official' hours and overtime are being reduced. Along with the wages earned by the workers.

I wonder how many staff will continue to work un-official overtime under-the-table in order to maintain their meagre wages?

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PlayStation 4 'Orbis' pegged for 2013 release

Oliver Mayes

Agreed, it they're actually doing that then there's no excuse other than wanting to wring as much money out of their customers as possible without spending any on developing more games.

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TSA bars security guru from perv scanner testimony

Oliver Mayes

Re: false security theatre

Don't forget the guy who had a picture of a cartoon gun on his t-shirt. That was just as dangerous as a real one.

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Game closes 277 stores

Oliver Mayes

Re: Too many stores

Telford is the same, 2 Game stores within 2 minutes walk with a HMV about halfway between them, and a GameStation 2 doors down from one of the Games. Apparently both of our Games are closing leaving only the GameStation.

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ISS 'nauts take to the escape pods in Russian sat-prang debris peril

Oliver Mayes

Do they carry out the drills in the proper way? With red lights flashing everywhere, a siren going off and a computerised voice instructing everyone to abandon ship?

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Pope Benedict in .XXX pro-Islam cybersquat drama

Oliver Mayes

No action required

El Papa just needs to pray for a bit and God(tm) will sort the problem out straight away. That's how it works right?

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Writers' alliance throws the book at Apple 'piracy'

Oliver Mayes

@ac

"Google has been fined for breaking the law for example."

I'm sure that fine really hit their multi-billion dollar bank account hard. They won't try that again in a hurry.

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Xbox Live glitch resets players' scores

Oliver Mayes

Why stop there? All scoring should be removed from every game or sport everywhere. Can't have people attempting to judge their progress against their previous attempts can we? Let alone comparing themselves to anyone else.

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Apple slams hard-up Proview for conning the courts

Oliver Mayes

While I have to grudgingly side with Apple in this dispute I still can't help but laugh at

"...we would never knowingly abuse someone else’s trademarks."

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Phone-hack cops nab six 'including Prime Ministerial horse lender'

Oliver Mayes

"If the police find evidence of such a conspiracy, then this just got a WHOLE load more serious than illegal intercepts - maximum sentence of life imprisonment..."

...or, a brown envelope changing hands in the local park followed by a dropping of charges, a pat on the head, and a complimentary lollipop for the inconvenience.

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Game Group shares slide under a penny

Oliver Mayes

Same here

2 Game stores, although 1 is staffed by late middle-age men in shirts and ties who have likely never played a game in their lives while the other is staffed by actual people.

It seems that non-gamers go to the 'posh' one to talk to the smartly dressed men who advise them on which one their grandchildren would like for Christmas. The actual gamers (like myself) go to the other store to talk to staff who actually know what they're talking about and will go out of their way to help you. I got a very good deal out of them when I tried to buy a handheld console on sale only to find out that that particular sale ended the day before. They spent a good 15 minutes working out a way to sell me the same items for the sale price even though the till kept telling them no.

There's also a GameStation only 1 door down from one of those which seems to only stock second hand DVDs now. Very disappointing.

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iPhone con man knifed to death in knock-off mobile brawl

Oliver Mayes

Re: "The second victim died a day later due to excessive blood loss."

Yes, about an armful.

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UK.gov holds summit to stop satnav-driven smash-ups

Oliver Mayes

The easiest way is to simply class any accident caused by mindlessly following a satnav as dangerous driving.

Once they can't just use "Oh the woman in the dashboard told me to drive into the river" as an excuse for their idiocy either the number of accidents will fall or the stupidest 1% of drivers will have their licenses revoked.

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Yet another iPhone patent lawsuit

Oliver Mayes

Re: Things have taken an even more dangerous turn in recent years.

It's the same as copywrite, something intended to protect the creator and ensure that they benefited from their work, now twisted into yet another money-making scam for the big businesses.

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Citrix drops Rush Limbaugh over 'slutgate' slurs

Oliver Mayes

Re: What's surprising me...

Actually, in the UK you can't say anything you like. If you say something negative about someone or something, even if it's true, it can be classed as slander.

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Manchester biz raided in text message spam clampdown

Oliver Mayes

Re: double post

So every news story should only ever be reported once? What about those of us who don't scan all available news sites for new stories?

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