* Posts by NogginTheNog

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Pitch Black: New BlackBerry Classic is aimed at the old-school

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Re: Who stole my QWERTY

It is baffling why there is no single manufacturer turning out an even half decent QWERTY equipped Android phone.

1. The modern smart phone market seems to be wedded to a screen-size arms race, obsessed with making phones with screens bigger and shinier than everyone elses. Physcial keyboards reduce the possible screen size.

2. Physical keyboards cost money in materials and build costs. Android phone makers have VERY tight margins and probably can barely afford the extra costs, for likely less sales. (see above).

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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Re: Daytime running lights

Yes I've noticed that: it used to be an easy reminder, if you can't see your speedo so well it's probably time to put your headlights on!

As for DRLs, I don't mind them in principle but some of the new cars seem to have ones so bright that it's really quite distracting to me in my rear view mirror when the car behind has them. In those situations I actually find them quite agressive.

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'Shadow IT' gradually sapping power and budget from CIOs

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Re: And they also buy the wrong thing

Finance: "We've bought this NAS to store all our docs on, can you configure it for us?"

Even better:

"What access control are you using for all that sensitive financial information?"

"Access control? What's that? Bill just set up the share so that everyone could use it..."

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

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Two geek director legends

Does anyone else see parallels between Peter Jackson and everyone's other favourite love-hate legendary director George Lucas?

Both are clearly from the geek side of the sofa, both unexpectedly hit the motherload with a fantasy adventure, both then went on to milk the franchise for all it's worth, both have questionable beards..?

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VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

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Re: Looks like...

...or stood on by the Jolly Green Giant!

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Facebook cosies up to ESET for malware detection

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Re: The user would then get pointed at the vendors' online scan and cleanup services.

Isn't this exactly the behaviour of each and every one of the fake scan and crap-on-the-carpet 'anti virus' scams out there?

It's easier to 'Like' and 'Share' these ones with your friends.

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Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance

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Re: Normality

"Godwin's Law strikes again"

Yup! I realised that about 15 minutes after I posted!

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Re: Normality

Islamic State of the United Kingdom (ISUK) established

You do realise that the self-proclaimed "Islamic State" is about as Islamic as Hitler was a Christian, right?

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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Re: Hilarious maybe

Pies are a strategy for dealing with not having the best meat to serve.

Vegetarianism is a strategy for dealing with not having meat full stop. No gristly cortexes and inedible bits of carcass to worry about.

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Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

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Hunk o' junk

The X-Wings were quite cool, the droid worryingly cute, but when the Falcon burst in at 1:01 the adrenaline rushed and I was 10 years old again!

BIIIIIIIIIGG grin!

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A WHOPPING 8 million Windows Server 2003 systems still out there

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"A WHOPPING 8 million Windows Server 2003 systems still out there"

Is that all?? I'd have put money on more!

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Bladerunner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

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Sequel?

Ridley's stock is very low around here after the crap that was Prometheus, so I shan't be waiting for this with too high expectations.

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All ABOARD! Furious Facebook bus drivers join Teamsters union

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Re: inequality and entitlement...

Seems to me the best solution is to knock them down to part time. That way they can be home with their families more. Bring in another group to work the afternoon route.

Wouldn't you then need a bus to collect the drivers from the morning route who wanted to go home, and drop off the ones for the afternoon shift? Unless... the same driver gets into the bus to take himself home in, and then drops himself back in the afternoon, and he could then get paid for those six hours working, and bingo!

NOW problem solved! :-)

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Bang! You're dead. Who gets your email, iTunes and Facebook?

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Re: Apple's view

When I buy a dead-tree book I own it.

You own the physical book, but not the copyright on the content within it. You can read it, you can let others read it, but you can't copy it or republish it in any way. You can play a CD for personal use, but you can't copy it for your mates or broadcast it in public.

Since electronic content doesn't really have any physical form then when you think about it the rights you get are actually not that dissimilar to the ones for content on physical media.

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Re: Attach account details to your Will in dead tree format

In a world where passwords need to be updated relatively frequently though, how feasible is this??

A better option might be to use KeePass or similar, and to document the Master Passphrase for that in/with the will.

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Quebec's latest bid to break away from Canada HALTED by a single dot

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Re: Stop signs at junctions.

"USA:- YIELD"

Isn't that more akin to the UK 'Give Way' sign than a 'STOP'?

The first means "if someone's coming they get priority" whereas the second means "always pause to check if it's clear/safe".

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'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?

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Re: Ahh robot wars

"jeremy clarksons finest work"

If your definition of 'finest' is "least pile of self-important gobshiteness'.

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VXers Shellshocking embedded BusyBox boxen

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Re: boxen???

Would they be poedoes?

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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In my yoofff

I was an avid vinyl listener and collector. And I had a pretty decent audiophile set up too for a relatively limited budget.

Sadly nowadays my hearing's too buggered to make any real use of it all... I just have to turn it up in the car and sing along!

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Google DoubleClick goes TITSUP. ENJOY your AD-FREE WORLD!

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Fixed?

I've got (nice) blank spaces on my 'Reg pages at the moment, and it does load lovely and fast!

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

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"Proper Unix, not Lunix"

Of course it's petty rivalry and "my version is better than yours" that ultimately killed off the many Unixes as mass market contenders. Ironically it took 'not proper' Linux and FOSS to revitalise what was otherwise a dying architectural cul-de-sac.

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Russians hear Tim Cook is gay, pull dead Steve Jobs' enormous erection

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Re: Cheap dig

Tim Cook coming out SHOULDN'T be news: in a perfect world who he loves and sleeps with would be his business and his business alone. But until we're rid of despicable bigotry against people because of such things then it's extremely helpful that famous successful people like Tim do.

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Apple spent just ONE DOLLAR beefing up the latest iPad Air 2

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Slave labour

"Seeing as the iPad sells for just under £400, this would mean Apple is raking in £230 on the sale of every slab."

So actually designing it, manufacturing it, and then shipping it around the world, all come for free then?

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iPad Air 2: Vulture chews on new Apple tablet

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16 or 64 gig

Of course the crucial point is that you have to make these estimates up front, as there's NO WAY to increase the amount of onboard storage afterwards. Major PITA!

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Whisper tracks its users. So we tracked down its LA office. This is what happened next

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Whisper?

Never heard of it.

*Sigh* another Internet "must have" passes me by - like Twitter, Pinterest, WhatsApp, and fuck knows - or cares - what else...

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Re: you can barely turn the undriven wheels by hand

"More often than not the latest fad is to have a large diameter, low mass rim paired with a large diameter tire and it doesn't optimize the acceleration"

Not only that, they often look SHITE! They look like cart wheels from a distance, and unless you've got decent brakes worth showing off you're just telling the world your car only needs crappy drums to stop!

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iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

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Nobody has installed any software using an optical drive since 2008.

I regularly mount ISOs of CDs and DVDs to install operating systems on VMs: does that count?

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Anti-Facebook Ello: Here's why we're still in beta. SPAMGASM!

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Re: Motive? Whodunnit?

Zuckerberg?

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Bono apologises for iTunes album dump

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Re: Have to laugh

"What's a lepricorn?"

A unicorn with a nasty disease..?

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Something ate Google's 8.8.8.8 at about eight in Asia's evening

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4.2.2.1, 4.2.2.2, 4.2.2.3, 4.2.2.4, 4.2.2.5, 4.2.2.6

I've been using a selection of the above as forwarders for my local DNS servers for years. If they ever fail the box will still do lookups the long way using the Root hints servers.

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Pen-testers outline golden rules to make hacks more €xpen$ive

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Re: Hmmm....

Or you could just use another OS that can properly handle constrained delegation...

Seriously?? They're discussing a consistent approach to securing diverse enterprise-wide systems and you bring it down to "my fave OS is better than yours!". Do grow up!

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Android Wear

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Win95 on a 386DX?

Rather you than me sir!

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Fiat 500S: So pleasingly sporty we didn't want to give it back

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Twin-Air.

I had a TA 500 hire car too a couple of years back whilst mine was in the garage. I liked the looks, liked the Stop-Start too, but the little engine just ran out of steam getting up the long hill westbound on the M62 past Brighouse, and there was only me in the car.

I love the idea and the tech behind these little turbo engines, but sometimes there's just no substitute for cubes!

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TalkTalk and Three want to make it easier to switch mobe networks

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Awww

I have to agree they have a point, but I for one will be a bit sad if the process is simplified: I rather enjoy squeezing the current provider when I tell them I'm going elsewhere. It's fun working those retention droids hard - I had one guy from Three calling me 3 days on the run trying to get me to stay once (it worked eventually!).

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Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?

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Re: Who will rid me of these troublesome fascists?

I'll vote for (almost) anyone who'll pledge to bin that fucking total waste of money called 'nuclear deterrence'!

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WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

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Re: just wondering if this true

"the Daily Mirror is read by people who think they run the country; The Guardian is read by people who think they ought to run the country; The Times is read by people who actually do run the country; the Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country; the Financial Times is read by people who own the country; The Morning Star is read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country; and The Daily Telegraph is read by people who think it is."

"And the Sun...?"

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Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole

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Re: Eyes on the code? Not.

In defence of OS though (and I don't always do that, especially after Heartbleed), I checked my CentOS boxes yesterday morning. They were vulnerable. I ran "yum -y update" on them. They were then no longer vulnerable.

I'd love to see MS get a fix out THAT fast!

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Ab phab: Apple is Britain's coolest brand YET AGAIN

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Cool?

I buy and use things that are the most suited to me in utility, and within my budget.

Anyone who consumes something primarily for it's 'coolness' is a f*ckwit.

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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Re: An unsually poor article

Fourthly, how does this theory explain the rush of PC OEMs into Chromebooks, which are low-priced, low margin and also run a free Google OS?

Perhaps because Google made some cushy backroom deals with them that made them enough money to make adapting an already existing ultrabook design worthwhile? Don't forget Chrome is only of any use to Google if others create some hardware to sell it on.

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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

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Apple doesn't always play catchup

Crucially, Apple might implement a hardware or software 'innovation' later than others, but unlike Google or Samsung et al they'll put the effort in and use their still quite considerable clout to ensure the infrastructure is in place to make it all work seamlessly. THAT'S the difference.

Disclaimer: I don't like Apple or Apple kit, but you can't fault their skill at looking at the whole ecosystem and putting together things that 'just work'.

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As bankruptcy looms for RadioShack, we ask its chief financial officer... oh. He's quit

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Tandy

I'm reminded of Alan Partridge getting the Norwich branch of Tandy's to open up late for him to go Xmas shopping...

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Corporation hoards

Those companies like Apple, with nearly a trillion dollars taken away from consumers

Interesting point: all those billions squirreled away offshore is doing nothing for the economy, at least not for the economy of the originating countries!

Maybe the big businesses should be forced to repatriate a goodly chunk of it and SPEND it, or distribute it as a divi at least so others might spend it?

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Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen

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Re: Pedantry alert

I bit like river Avon, actually.

Except that if you just say "Avon" there's a sizable number of the membership here who'll think you're referring to a late 70s leather-clad sci-fi character of ambiguous loyalties.

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

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Buy direct froma RETAILER

I don't buy a new mobile phone very often, I can quite happily get 2-3 years out of my handset because I take a very long time and choose carefully what I'm going to buy. To be honest though I think my days of buying from a network are gone as the last few times I have been suckered in to an 'upgrade' it's worked out so much more expensive over the lifetime of the contract. From now on I'll only ever be buying a SIM only service from whichever network suits my budget and requirements at the time, and an unlocked handset - new or secondhand I'm open to both options. It gives you so much more freedom to get exactly the phone YOU want without being pestered in to buying whatever's on special promo that month!

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Hackers pop Brazil newspaper to root home routers

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Re: add a sticker

The ISP supplied routers I've seen have done this for at least a couple of years.

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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iPlayer overseas

I imagine iPlayer access abroad is something the Beeb has considered, but probably the licensing nightmare means it's not feasible: independent productions would want to handle their own overseas sales, not to mention potentially treading on the toes of their own BBC Worldwide...

But you know what? I maintain that just because you can't get hold of something you'd like to at the price you agree with that is not a justification to resort to illegal means to get it.

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Do you accept Bitcoin? That'll do nicely, says Apache

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Re: Ignorant of how BT works

Thank you both for the explanations. Not sure why I got the downvote for saying I didn't understand something, could someone please explain?!

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Ignorant of how BT works

If each coin is a discreet item with a digital 'key' how do you transfer a portion like 0.35915909 of one?

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