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* Posts by Piro

1465 posts • joined 20 Nov 2008

Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED

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Re: Canadian Mounted Police - Ahhhh Due South.

One of the all time greats.

Good, clean fun. Witty dialogue. Interesting and varied environments.

Excellent characters. A genuine heart of gold.

Love it.

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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

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Re: Meh!

But what you're talking about is real quality in terms of hardware build and picture.

Sadly, the masses are ignorant, so quality is harder to market than: "SCREEN IS CURVED, YOU NO HAVE CURVED SCREEN"

I completely agree with you.

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Re: Designed to sell screens

(Also, I realised that someone might think "curve's" was misuse of an apostrophe. It wasn't: "Curve is" is what it meant).

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Re: Designed to sell screens

Curve's the other way, at least that's something!

Personally I think it's extremely vulgar looking. Surely these days most people, if they've got a properly planned room, will want to get a thin TV and wall mount it out of the way with nicely hidden cables.

We simply don't have big enough living rooms to require a curved screen.

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Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

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Re: Underlying meanng of the data ...

Surprisingly high quality for an internet community? I thought so too.

If you think the comments on El Reg are of low quality in general, you clearly have yet to visit the "have your say" section of the Daily Mail, or read any YouTube comments.

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That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

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I was invited to Gmail.

Now I feel old. Thanks. My career hasn't really gotten anywhere due to a number of factors, mainly my own failings.

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Microsoft in 1-year Windows XP survival deal with UK govt

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Re: Wasting taxpayer's money again

Yep. There's no excuse for this shite. The dates have been known for some time.

This is a totally preventable scandal.

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Driver drama delays deep desert XP upgrade

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Wifi performance

Well, at least there can't be too many APs to interfere out there!

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Apple: You're a copycat! Samsung: This is really about Google, isn't it?

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Re: Meh

Ahh, UIQ.

I had (well, still have around) a Sony Ericsson P900 and a P990.

I could play SCUMM games at native res with a stylus, which is honestly better for those good old point and clicks than your finger.

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Dimwit hackers use security camera DVRs as SUPER-SLOW Bitcoin-mining rig

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Correction:

"Mining BitCoins these days requires a specialist rig featuring graphic cards"

Nah, people are only doing that still for Litecoin and the like, scrypt algorithm based cryptocurrencies.

Bitcoin mining on a GPU now would be a mug's game - that's done by dedicated ASICs.

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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

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Really, the only issue then

Is the very tall size.

That ridiculous bottom bezel with the htc logo needs to go, to make the thing symmetrical (when sideways) and more balanced.

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OkCupid falls out of love with 'anti-gay' Firefox, tells people to see other browsers

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Kind of

I use NoScript on by default....

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Changed my user agent string because of this

Not exactly the best protest, but a protest.

I still love Firefox even thought it is now a bloated mess with fewer useful features than ever. On version 25, though.

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No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

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Re: What's good for the goose...

Yes, but in reality you'd need to make a formal complaint to get a DRM-free copy.

Has this ever happened? Will it ever happen?

Someone should do it, and persist. You know if enough people did it, they'd bring out DRM-free copies for the UK market as a norm, simply because it would be cheaper to make one copy.

But that would require a ridiculous amount of pressure.

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Little pink handjob: Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact

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Re: Attention Handset Manufacturers!

It is funny, huh?

I have an old HTC Desire HD floating around, and I recall that being perceived as large at the time.

"Gizmodo praised it as "A 720p-Shooting Android Behemoth" though they felt that it was a little too big for comfort"

The Xperia Z1 'Compact' is taller, slightly narrower and thinner and less weighty. But it's not exactly worlds apart.

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What about the Xperia Pro? The Mini Pro was beyond terrible with the very old CPU and terrible res screen, along with almost no space for apps.

The Xperia Pro is a great handset that was EXTREMELY overlooked, in desperate need of a new version.

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Re: units again...

A trap.

You'd know that mAh is not a measure of battery storage anyway, because there's no voltage along with it for the ride! mAh on its own is a fairly hopeless measure.

It should really be watt-hours...

Edit: A thumb down! Remarkable! Maybe someone wants to say the total energy stored should be in joules? That of course works too!

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Facebook Oculus VR buyout: IT WANTS your EYEBALLS

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Everyone was, AC

Everyone was.

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Facebook swallows Oculus VR goggle-geeks. Did that really happen?

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All you need to know is in this image...

http://i.imgur.com/ZuIOr9e.jpg

When anyone says Oculus wanted to join with Facebook, the proof, once again, is above this line, that they had no original intention of such a thing.

Purely for the money and not for the good of VR.

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As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free

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Re: ??? ReactOS

It aims at Server 2003 level XP, to be fair, and honestly, an open source version of that could be useful for many people.

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No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

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Good on Notch

He could no doubt still have made a bundle of cash shipping Minecraft for Facebook® VR™, but he cares more about sticking to reasonable principles other than just making some more money, especially if it means more money for Facebook.

I was, like everyone else, looking at Oculus Rift, but now, of course, like many others, I won't be. John Carmack, I hear there's a good job for you over at Valve developing their VR.

I guess it all goes back to that meme: in Gabe Newell we trust.

I think it's time for celebration over at Valve - there were a lot of developers expressing their disdain for the Facebook deal, and would no longer develop for Oculus Rift, and Valve is the clear alternative. To Valve: get a dev kit out soon!

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

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Agent Ransack is a great way to avoid having to use Windows 7 search, which is basically awful and constantly doesn't find files that blatantly exist.

Love it. But I don't think it's essential in this situation - a public PC.

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I would personally use SumatraPDF over Acrobat Reader if I had the choice here.

Tiny, fast, free, no background updater bloating things out. If these are old XP machines, you don't want any bloat.

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Windows Live Essentials

They're not bad, you get a few fun things, such as Movie Maker and Photo Gallery to do simple changes to images.

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Re: public access?

Defrag has been scheduled by default since Vista! (Unless you're on an SSD, of course, which Windows 7 will correctly detect).

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TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

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Re: Why replace what works?

Audible arcing sound, maybe it's the lamp?

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NSA 'hunted sysadmins' to find CAT PHOTOS, high-level passwords

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Re: Simple, logical and exactly what any computer criminal would do.

"heterosexual adolescent virgins"

Well, correct on no accounts, but as I get older, it'd be nice to wind the clock back sometimes.

Also, I think you've come to the wrong place for those types.

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It's not you, it's EE: UK mobile network goes titsup, blames gremlins

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No problems noticed for me

Have a t-mobile SIM.

Then again, I very rarely text.

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QUIDOCALYPSE: Blighty braces for £100 MILLION cost of new £1 coin

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Re: "it has 15 faces (12 bevels, obverse, reverse, outer edge)"

Good point, those aren't flat textures.

Far more complex than can be guessed.

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Re: Also and excellent opportunity

Contactless card payments on those things would be perfect.

The person who thought phone payments were a good idea should be shot. Awkward, hopeless things.

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Cops bang up squiffy, nude Virginian minx

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Re: IT angle?

Hmm, you're reading this on a computer, presumably they used a computer to record the two boozy troublemakers' details, and one imagines computers were involved in processing the alcohol transactions that caused so much trouble.

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Keep your quinoa, hipsters: Boffins back healthy slabs of choc

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Re: Glenfiddich?

You can't always be picky in the world of booze.

We don't all drive McLaren P1s, despite that surely being preferable to an old beat up thing with over 100,000 miles.

Alcoholics can't (well, unless they're millionaire dipsos) afford extremely expensive booze for every occasion.

I know a good beer when I taste one, but at the same time, sometimes a cheap pint of cold swill will do the trick without breaking the bank.

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Crap flap-app flap chap yaps: Yes, FLAPPY BIRD is comin' back

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Re: Oh, what a surprise...

I can't spot the carefully played PR stunt, honestly.

This guy has nothing to do with idiots buying phones on ebay.

Who the HELL would want to spend a lot of money on a phone from ebay because of one simple game?

If anyone actually did buy them, it's total idiocy, and personal data is left because it's supposed to be factory reset first.

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MtGox remedy worse than the disease says Kaspersky researcher

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Who the hell leaves their wallet without encryption?

I mean seriously, who would do that?

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Tony Benn, daddy of Brit IT biz ICL and pro-tech politician, dies at 88

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Re: Leyland, ICL, Post Office Telecom

My phone line cabling put in in that era works fine, just like a lot of others.

Has a lot more copper in than the newer stuff, according to an Openreach engineer (or any at all, if it is aluminium).

I doubt anyone's going to jump in and sing the praises of British Leyland, though, but there are people that fall in love with anything.

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RIP

No matter what people think of some of his ideas, at least he was a decent guy who stuck to what he thought.

He wasn't a pathetic flip-flopper pandering to opinion of the time like basically every politician these days.

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UK's CASH POINTS to MISS Windows XP withdrawal date

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Re: "realised the capital cost of paying for the existing ATMs"

OK, we can all agree that banks are rolling in dough, especially with all that top heavy QE.

So instead of complaining about Automated Teller Machine suppliers being bloody awful, why not

a) Use your absolutely enormous and all-consuming leverage to tell them you need the product to run on a free, secure, slim OS.. or..

b) Finance a startup that creates the Automated Teller Machine you desire. Heaven knows there are enough people that could use a job about now.

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Ballmer: 'Microsoft would have a stronger position if I could redo the last TEN YEARS'

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Re: Well if I had gone back 10 years in time..

See, you could say that, but really, Ballmer just messed it all, and even at the time it was obvious.

In reference to Windows Mobile Devices:

Windows phones for the longest time were just Windows CE devices with a cellular radio, and the only usable ones were HTC devices with Sense. They stuck with resistive touchscreens for ages, they had terrible UI by default (small buttons in the corner, list boxes), and were basically absolutely half-assed.

You cannot for a moment say there was nothing better, as there was: dumbphones and featurephones. The regular, everyday phones people used had better UIs designed for one handed and quick use that didn't require poking at tiny buttons or heaven forbid, whipping out a stylus.

They could have designed a better mobile by looking at the convenient UIs of featurephones, and adding on the 'strengths' of their Windows platform, that it had a lot of random software available for it, and written up UI guidelines and overhauled the platform. Long, long ago that was hyper-obvious. As mentioned before, HTC Sense was basically the only way to make those things decent to use, but Microsoft themselves just kind of ignored that until way, way too late.

In Reference to Windows Vista:

They should never have agreed to let any Vista machines ship with a Vista sticker without DirectX 9 capable hardware and at least 2GiB RAM. Full stop. The godawful experience of Vista without acceleration and even down to 512MiB RAM as some machines shipped was always going to be unusable.

In Reference to Windows 8/8.1:

I don't even know where to start.

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Newsweek knocks on door of dad-of-six, tells him he invented Bitcoin

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Re: More death throws of a zombie business model

How does that make sense? He actually is Japanese, so how can he be a wannabe Japanese?

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Re: Note he doesn't actually say he's the man.

His suspicious behaviour and calling of the police and complete avoidance at a mention of Bitcoin, and the fact he's called Satoshi Nakamoto, make it highly likely he's the guy.

I just don't get why finding the guy was key. Leave the bloke alone.

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

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Re: Disappointed with how naïve the dev is

For a start, transaction malleability as an issue in the Bitcoin protocol is credited with a lot of the losses from this particular exchange, and was a known issue for a long time.

If they didn't have the BTC, they could not refund it.

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Disappointed with how naïve the dev is

Bitcoin is a total free for all.

The whole point of the wallet is that you keep YOUR bitcoin on your own terms. Easy to lose if you suck at data backup, but not controlled by any entitiy. A key to a sequence in the blockchain.

A Bitcoin developer should know never to trust another entity, as they should know full well that there is no legal meaning to the Bitcoin itself.

Don't invest in this volatile investment unless you can afford to lose said investment. Certainly don't cry about it afterwards when you lose you your pretend bits of verified data in an arbitrary sequence copied to many computers, backed by... nothing.

But these problems are the actual draw to the currency. If it was somehow regulated or backed, it would end up being just another fiat currency. The wild west approach works. People need to understand what they're getting in to, and you'd think a developer of Bitcoin would know that.

As for the fiat currency he had held with Magic: The Gathering Online Exchange, then that's a different story. However, I doubt Magic: The Gathering Online Exchange has many real assets left, and I would imagine their customers are not the first in line to pick for scraps after bankruptcy.

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

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Re: I need to re-think my charging!

Ninite is a great thing and has saved me time in the past.

First thing you need to visit after installing your OS and sorting out the drivers.

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Steve Ballmer: Thanks to me, Microsoft screwed up a decade in phones

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Re: IS MICROSOFT AN INNOVATOR?

Sony PlayStation followed every previous console too, and was a result of Nintendo's falling out with Sony over building a SNES CD.

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Hey, Nimbus Data. What you doin' with those 4TB flash slabs? Making a 96TB box? We KNEW it!

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Re: 16/8/4/2 Git/sec

Turns out, an Olympic swimming pool contains a mammoth amount of data.

By my calculations, if you were to simply describe it as literally (H20×Number of molecules in the pool), you'd need 227800000000000000000 TiB (Tebibytes).

As for the individual molecules of the other trace elements in the pool, that becomes impractical and time wasting to estimate. Of course, describing water as simply "H20" doesn't describe all the properties, so it could be argued you'd need to include a longer description per molecule, vastly increasing the dataset required!

Thankfully, this dataset would be compressed insanely efficiently, so it's not as horrifying as it initially appears!

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Battling with Blizzard's new WoW expansion and Diablo revamp

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Re: Dumbed down?!

I don't know who voted this guy down, but they're in denial, whoever it was.

Some dude did an experiment where he did nothing but LFR his way to success, in shit gear, rarely doing anything at all, came out laden with epics.

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Beta tasting: The Elder Scrolls Online preview

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Re: Why cant they just make an

Now that would be a decent idea!

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UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report

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WTF?

What terrorist would use a webcam?

How on earth is a secret conversation aided by an unencrypted video feed?

No terrorist worth his salt would use a webcam. What purpose would showing yourself possibly serve in the context of a private conversation?

This was worthless data from day dot. Seriously, I'm surprised it wasn't higher than 11% nudity.

How is this legal or justified? We are being ruled by idiots, perverts and power hungry idiotic perverts. Also, those who follow them and just nod their head because PAEDOPHILES and TERRORISTS.

I don't think this will ever stop, because political will is as limp as a paedophile in an retirement home.

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Get Quake III running on Raspberry Pi using Broadcom's open-source GPU drivers, earn $10K

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Quake III Arena

A game that played fine on a Dreamcast.

200MHz Hitachi SH-4, 16MiB RAM, 100MHz PowerVR2 8MiB VRAM. Optical disc.

Over 13 years ago.

Even had 4 player split screen.

Not exactly a monumental achievement for a supposedly far more powerful device

700MHz ARM11, 512MiB RAM, 250MHz Broadcom Videocore IV. NAND flash.

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Insecure hipsters with BEARD ENVY spur facial hair transplant craze

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People making money from these mugs don't hate them, though

I am indifferent. Taking money from idiots doesn't seem like a bad thing.

As for beards, I thought all you had to do was not shave for a while, then, boom, beard. That's how it works for me..

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