* Posts by nichomach

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Manchester skeptics annexed in hostile digital power grab

nichomach

On the face of it

...it sounds as though Meetups procedures are really, really shoddy.

1. It should be perfectly possible to separate payments from organizational control, so someone could renew on behalf of the Group without being handed control over it; and conversely

2. Where a group has organizers, being quicker on the draw with a credit card shouldn't allow the payer to displace them.

3. The "let's notify the whole group that control's up for grabs to anyone quick with a Visa" model of renewal notification sounds utterly nonsensical.

Certainly, on the basis of this report, it's a service that I wouldn't trust.

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Google makes it official: Chrome will freeze Flash ads on sight from Sept 1

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@Tromos Re: Remedial

I'd have replied to that, but the plugin crashed, sooo....

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First pics of flagship Lumias for 18 months released … or maybe not

nichomach

Thurrott's wrong.

Our Lumias are very popular, the *only* complaint being "I can't run <android app> on it, otherwise I'd buy one". Anything that removes that hurdle is going to make WP more popular.

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Ballmer's billion-dollar blunders: When he gambled Microsoft's money and lost

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Doug 3

As a phone OS, WP is flipping awesome and frankly, any carping about it generally comes from people who've never used it in anger; I've used Symbian, various flavours of Android, Windows Mobile even, and my current Lumia knocks any of 'em (and any fruit-based phone I've seen) into a cocked hat. The *only* flaw is the relative paucity of applications, but anything I want to do, I've found an app for or the functionality is baked in.

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Windows 10 on Mobile under the scope: Flaws, confusion, and going nowhere fast

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I actually used to use it

My first smartphone was an HTC Touch Dual (still have it somewhere) but honestly, even with a UI makeover from HTC it was nowhere near as usable as a WP device. At the moment I love my Lumia 735 to bits, and I hope that MS *haven't* chucked out everything I like about it in order to turn it into a clone of the Android that I moved away from.

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nichomach

Re: Last chance

Honestly, I really don't get this - for the vast majority of stuff that I want to do, either the functionality's built-in or there *is* an app. Games, I mostly don't care about on my phone, but I'm genuinely curious as toi what you want to do for which support isn't available.

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Loan application data hacked, company responds: Meh, not our customers

nichomach
Trollface

"What that group did is illegal and writing about it would be against the law."

Yeah...that law probably doesn't say what you think it does...

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Adobe: We REALLY are taking Flash security seriously – honest

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I am perfectly prepared...

...to believe that Adobe take Flash's security as seriously as they do its stability.

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V&A Museum shows Guardian's destroyed MacBook as ART

nichomach

Re: What makes art?

http://images.cryhavok.org/d/16306-1/Ceci+N_est+Pas+Une+Lune.png

I have a very bad feeling about this...

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It's the FALKLANDS SYNDROME! Fukushima MELTDOWN to cause '10,000 Chernobyls' in South Atlantic

nichomach
Mushroom

Oh well done - you had to warn the buggers, didn't you?

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

nichomach

Re: the ultimate closet

Escort? I see what you did there...

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BOFH: The ONE-NINE uptime solution

nichomach

As I'm putting together quotes for new mail servers...

...I sympathise. A lot.

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Twin Adam Sandlers shake El Reg's movie unwatchablathon team

nichomach
Mushroom

Re: Yes, I have

Nativity 3 - Dude Where's My Donkey. A film designed to immolate the Christmas Spirit and urinate on the charred and defiled corpse. Honestly, probably the second worst movie I've ever seen. Not even "so bad it's enjoyable", just excruciatingly, painfully, woefully ill-judged. Kill with fire.

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BYOD is NOT the Next Biggest Thing™: Bring me Ye Olde Lappetoppe

nichomach

Re: Secure erase....

Agreed, if you're expected to respond *outside business hours or your agreed shift*. If it's just there for when you're out of the office in the course of your normal working day, then no.

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YouTube flushes Flash for future flicks

nichomach
Mushroom

Bloody good thing too.

Flash is the most appallingly crashy piece of crap. Kill it with fire.

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

nichomach

Re: "So bad it's good"

Knowing is truly dreadful - it's like someone took the start of a half-decent thriller and then tacked on the arse-end of a SyFy special (hence chez nichomach we refer to it as the cut-and-shut movie).

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Bloke fighting Facebook in court says ad network claims its users lack 'legal capacity' to sue it

nichomach

Re: Aren't Facebook just arguing...

Well, yes - generally in order to create an obligation between two parties there has to be something of value exchanged by both sides (consideration). FB may be arguing that absent that being provided by its users, they aren't consumers and FB does not have an obligation to them as consumers. Note, I doubt that'll wash, and I don't think it's a good thing (and I don't see why I got downvoted for raising the possibility that this might be their argument, but hey ho), but that may be the logic they're applying.

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nichomach

Aren't Facebook just arguing...

...the logical conclusion of the statement that "if it's free, you're not the customer, you're the product"? The users don't pay to use FB's service, so it's arguable (I guess) that they *aren't* consumers, at least not legally.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

nichomach

Windows has had multiple desktops for bloody years

Honestly, OK via a free Microsoft supplied add-on (cunningly called "Desktops" - well-hidden, eh?) but it's been there since XP/2003. I would suggest that anyone who *hasn't* found that probably hasn't been looking very hard. Of course there're other options like Virtuawin and so forth, but suggesting that Windows has "just caught up" is just flipping stupid.

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

nichomach

Re: Love that noise

Noise-wise, I don't know whether I'd say I *liked* it as such, but lo these many years ago when I lived in Aberystwyth, I remember being overflown by a couple of (I think Turkish) Starfighters, and I've never heard another aircraft produce anything like the unearthly shriek from them. THAT was a noise which could occasion a swift trouser change....

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Oh girl, you jus' didn't: Level 3 slaps Verizon in Netflix throttle blowup

nichomach

Re: Verizon can STFU & FOAD, Kthxbai.

Well, true, but that's like saying that having your knackers run over a bacon slicer is slightly less painful than running them over a belt sander...

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USB charger is prime suspect in death of Australian woman

nichomach
Stop

There's a difference between

a third party replacement and one which, as in the case of that link, is an actual fake intended to deceive. I use a number of generic MicroUSB chargers without issue.

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BOFH: On the contrary, we LOVE rebranding here at the IT dept

nichomach
Mushroom

Does anyone know where...

...I can get some of those completely safe chairs? No particular reason... *whistles nonchalantly*

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

nichomach

@Youngdog Re: If not JJ Abrams, then who else?

Upvote, but I always assumed the allegory was supposed to be to the American Civil War, rather than the War of Independence.

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Whaddaya mean, NO REFUND? But I paid in Bitcoins! Oh I see...

nichomach

Re: This isn't hard

And the words "massively volatile" are why I'll happily avoid using it as a currency as long as I have a choice not to.

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US to strengthen privacy rights for Euro bods' personal data transfers

nichomach
Big Brother

"We've already siphoned off...

...most of the stuff we were interested in, so we'll throw you a bone."

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BOFH: On the PFY's Scottish estate, no one can hear you scream...

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Stop

Hate to point this out...

...but we do a lot of paper recycling in the UK as well; the company I work for built a plant that's currently chewing through 640,000 tonnes p.a. and given that it's in the UK it doesn't get to play fast and loose with truly nasty chemicals.

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NHS England tells MPs: 'The state isn't doing dastardly things with GP medical records'

nichomach

Technically, they're not...

...*doing* nefarious things, since the nefarious things have already been done.

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Just as we said it would: HP clamps down on server fixers

nichomach

Congrats, HP

No more Proliants here. Ever.

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US Navy trials GIANT ROBOTIC SPYBIRD for coastal patrols

nichomach

Re: I don't get it.

The point is that the P8 can't do the job properly without assistance from another aircraft.

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Universal Credit: £40 MILLION and counting's been spaffed up the wall on useless IT gear

nichomach

Re: Give them a whiteboard and tell them to explain it properly

That presumes an ability on their part to do so, which appears unlikely given the people concerned.

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Nooo, ANYTHING but BT! Cisco gives 'stay of execution' to Phoenix IT

nichomach
Flame

@Rhydian

Up until last week I would have agreed with you. Until I was dragged away from what I was doing to deal with an Openreach engineer last week who turned up with an instruction to fit a line under an order that someone had affixed my name to. Such details as he had regarding the job were scrawled on the back of an envelope, and specifically referred to an office block round the corner that we also own, so he hadn't even turned up at the right building. The engineer had not been properly briefed as to where the line that he was fitting was to be installed or what it was to do, beyond that it was a "monitoring line". This did not appear consistent with the only Openreach order that I had on the go, and I asked him to contact Openreach to confirm the details. He informed me that he could not. An Openreach engineer, replete with Openreach bag and Openreach jacket could not call Openreach to check the details of a job that Openreach had assigned him. I think we could all benefit by pausing for a moment to contemplate the utter blithering idiocy of that situation.

By dint of patient questioning, a colleague and I were able to elicit that in fact the service to be installed had nothing whatsoever to do with the Metro Ethernet service that I had on order, and in fact was nothing to do with me whatsoever. My name had been spuriously attached to an order with which I had absolutely no association or involvement. We do not have any idea to whom notice of the installation should have been given, but can assume that they were not properly notified.

My colleague and I were obliged to stop doing our actual jobs to cater to an inadequately briefed engineer, who had been given incomplete and inaccurate work instructions and the wrong contact details, who had no means of correcting the deficiencies of the information that he had been given, and who presented at the wrong address. To cap it all, the service that I *actually* have on order I can get no information on whatsoever. BT. They're not even funny anymore.

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Doctor Who nicked my plot and all I got was a mention in this lousy feature

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Coat

Re: Stolen Ideas

Forbidden Planet didn't have http://nerdalicious.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/leela-louise-jameson-2.jpg either....

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Want to keep the users happy? Don't call them users for a start

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@t.est Re: You can't win

Re: Screen recording on Windows PCs - http://camstudio.org/ any use to you?

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Don't crack that Mac: Almost NOTHING in new Retina MacBook Pros can be replaced

nichomach

That's just silly. My other half has an 11.6" screened Core i3 which is thin and light and on which (thanks to an errant heel) I've just replaced the screen. Perfectly serviceable, process took about 15 minutes, and I was taking my time. Hard-wiring components doesn't make them any more reliable, it just makes repair when they go wrong almost impossible, which, one suspects, is kind of the idea.

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How I BLEW my co-workers' HEADS OFF ... without going to jail

nichomach

@ tempemeaty

http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1051

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Apple CEO Tim Cook v Microsoft's Ballmer: Seconds out, round two!

nichomach

Re: "Who remembers netbooks?"

Quite. Other half replaced hers relatively recently with an 11.6" screen Core i3 subnotebook for about a third of the price of a Macbook Air, and was previously welded to an Aspire One 10" because you could actually *do stuff* with it.

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Another nasty ad

nichomach

Another nasty ad

The Tosh ad that swallows half the flipping window, and it seems half the memory and CPU cycles on my machine. Regrettably, I'm another user that has now installed Flashblock. I don't want to block ads on your site but they're getting ridiculous.

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Vote NOW to name LOHAN doomsday box

nichomach

Re: Too late for another?

I had a similar thought, given its rugged construction:

Battleworthy

Object

Oriented

Breakaway

Interface (for)

Emergency

Separation...

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Need the loo AND need to build a website? There's an app for that

nichomach
Joke

Pleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleaseplease let the default font be multicoloured flashing Comic Sans...

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UK mulls ban on tiny mobiles to block prison smugglers

nichomach

Re: The question is:

Because the prison service get a kickback from the monopoly supplier of prison phones, calls on which cost about 5 times the cost of a call from a payphone outside.

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'Symbolic' Grauniad drive-smash was not just a storage fail

nichomach

" It was petty and stupid, the action of an ignorant and frightened bully...". Yep, that sounds like this government.

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Guardian lets UK spooks trash 'Snowden files' PCs to make them feel better

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Re: Wait a minute

One suspects that asking these people to stop being ignorant would be rather like asking water to stop being wet, but nevertheless an outstanding job there, well done!

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BOFH: Backup server's failed? We have a backup backup server

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Internal dimensions...

...being about 7ft x 3ft x3ft? You forgot soundproof...because the tapes are...sensitive to high frequency noise bursts, yes, that's it, especially in ranges oddly similar to, well, a human scream for instance...

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So, who here LURVES Windows Phone? Put your hands up, Brits

nichomach

My Lumia 620's great, and my wife is getting along *very* well with her HTC Windows Phone 8X.

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'The Washington elites fear liberty. They fear you'

nichomach

Colour me shocked...

Republican who had no problem with NSA wiretapping under Bush suddenly dsecides it's a threat to liberty under Obama. Quelle surprise....

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Fanbois smash iPhone 5s much sooner than iPhone 3s ... but WHY?

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Re: Nokia!

Even the cheaper Lumias are rugged little buggers; my 620's showing little sign of the mistreatment it's received.

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Rotten hackers feast on mouldy Java flaws

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@lansalot

Well, yes, but the difference is that they *are* updates - they get rid of the code that has a problem when they install, unlike Java, which installs the new code but leaves the old and vulnerable stuff there to be exploited.

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How the clammy claws of Novell NetWare were torn from today's networks

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Joke

He didn't just forget it...

...the trauma erased it from his memory!

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HP confirms it's back in the smartphone business

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I agree with the notion that they should be focussing on the business market, but I would say that WP8 would be a better fit for that. I have WP8 handsets in use and they are easy to set up, reliable, easy to use, and seem to generate fewer support issues than the various androids that we have in service.

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