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1065 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 region-locking saga CLEAR AS MUD

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Please excuse this OT comment...

...but Orlowski won't allow my comment on the IPCC article.

I hope all the anti-IPCC trolls will read this.

People can make their own minds up as to the veracity.

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'I shot the sheriff': Turnbull asked for NBN Co board scalps

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Predictions

1. The CBA will show that the fibre model is better in the medium/long term.

2. Turnbull will use the CBA as a reason to keep the fibre model.

3. His business mates will make a few bucks out of this, somehow.

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Fanbois shun 'crappy plastic' iPhone 5C

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It's not a phone...

...it's a religious experience.

And they call Scientologists gullible.

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Meet the Unmagnificent Seven: The critical holes plugged in Firefox update

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Re: Lamentable

But then again, why should ANY plugin or extension be able to crash the entire browser?

Why should anything be able to crash an entire OS? It happens.

Surely there are catch statements to prevent that sort of thing?

Firefox plugins have been run in a sandbox since early 2010 and Adobe added their own plugin sandbox a year or so ago.

Give the current version a try. You won't be disappointed.

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Re: Lamentable

a browser that crashes all the time, eats all my memory, and just generally plain sucks (Firefox)

Have you tried disabling all your extensions and plugins in Firefox and noting how crashy it is then? Badly written extensions are often the culprits. If it's stable then add the extensions back in one at a time to see which is/are causing issues. I've seen installations that have 50+ extensions installed. To be frank, that's just asking for problems.

Firefox never crashes here on any platform.

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Google driver flees after Street View car crashes

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Re: Sounds about right.

This is a typical megacorp.

You'd think this particular megacorp would buy some insurance for their cars. If only there was some kind of online service where they could type "car insurance" into a little box in their browser and get back a list of car insurers. I think it may prove popular.

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ISPs set to install network-level smut filters despite Lib Dem opposition

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Democracy by Mumsnet

I know it wasn't Mumsnet that kicked off the current batch of whinging but you know what I mean. There's nothing quite as awful as someone who knows what you shouldn't be reading.

If this lot blocks any of the sites I manage I shall be mightily pissed off. I tried for months to get one site unblocked by Orange. No luck.

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400 million Chinese people can't speak Chinese: Official

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Re: French?

Two downvotes for a well documented fact. You wacky downvoting Registerians, always good for a laugh.

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Re: French?

With over 200 million speakers French

French, as we know it today, wasn't even widespread in France until relatively recently. There were many other languages and dialects until they were stamped out by Paris.

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Canadian family gives up modern tech to live like it's 1986

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Re: iPhone and iPad?

@ Robert Long 1

To be fair, a two-year-old is pretty unlikely to swallow an iPad.

But highly likely to stand on it or throw it at a sibling in a spoilt brat tantrum.

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Re: iPhone and iPad?

@LarsG

Didn't get Lego till you were 6, gosh you must have been deprived.

I grew up in a very poor family. I humbly apologise if my family's poverty offends your middle class values.

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Re: iPhone and iPad?

@ Andy Prough

Audio CDs were not commercially released until 1982 in Germany, and not until March, 1983 in most of the rest of the European market and in North America. The first CD to sell 1 million copies was Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits in 1985. It took until 1988 before the majority of American retail music was finally being produced on CD.

I worked on the Philips' announcement to the UK trade in the summer of 79. June, IIRC.

And as you say, they were widely available during the 80s so my point still stands.

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iPhone and iPad?

Who buys an iPhone and iPad for a two year old? I didn't even get Lego until I was six.

And why no CDs? CDs are are 70s development.

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Google's Project Glass headman answers most pressing question: 'Why?'

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"Now if I want to know, say, the capital of Nigeria,"

If I want to know the capital of Nigeria I just check my spam folder.

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Tesla cars 'hackable' says Dell engineer

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Re: Enough is enough

Why would you cancel an order for the most technically advanced and awesome device on the planet at the moment?

What makes your friend think I was seriously ordering one? I'm not a multi squillionaire, I'm a Reg reader.

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Enough is enough

I'm cancelling my order.

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Dell juices Latitude line with Haswell Ultrabook, skinny lappies

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Nice to have some choices

Option1: "the most secure in the world."

Option 2: "ship with Windows 8"

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Four ways the Guardian could have protected Snowden – by THE NSA

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Re: Not that daft

When you put it like that the Graun suddenly seems far more shrewd...

I'd like to think the spooks will use a data centre full of Crays to crack the solitary encrypted file on the laptop only to find it's contains nothing more than the goatse.cx image and an mp3 of someone blowing a raspberry.

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Not that daft

You have to wonder why the Brazilian was being used as a data mule

I very much doubt he was a data mule. A canary in a coal mine, maybe, but not a mule.

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IiNet creates cut-price diffusion brand 'Jiva'

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Jiva

Is there a special school for making up silly product names?

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Does the RSPCA have your gun licence or car registration? NOBODY knows

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Big Brother

Lots of people getting a sweat on about the RSPCA

Amateurs. It's the real rozzers you need to worry about.

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Screw you, Brits, says Google: We are ABOVE UK privacy law

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No Google, screw you

I stopped using you years ago. As I've said here before, I take measures to block you wherever possible. Your loss, not mine.

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Facebook's flush Sheryl Sandberg savaged over UNPAID intern advert

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Small correction

Sheryl Sandberg faced a backlash on her free-content network

Content-free network, shurely.

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Obama appoints intelligence boss to run 'independent' review of NSA

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They must have some good shit on Obama

Just a thought.

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Leaked photos of iPhone 5C parts portend ugly Google legal battle

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Really?

Here – with the help of Photoshop for a bit of cut-and-paste – are Dickenson's volume buttons:

Prior art: Teletext remote control buttons

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Elon Musk unveils Hyperloop – the subsonic tube of tomorrow

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Re: Sounds a lot like the Transit Tubes...

in "Logan's Run"

Or this from somewhat earlier.

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New blinged-up 'iPhone 5S' touted by Jobs FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: New iPhone?

The new one will be improved perfection

Improved perception, maybe.

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New iPhone?

I thought the current one was perfection.

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1,100 haiku heading to Mars on next NASA mission

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They sent DVD.

Martians may have VHS

Or Betamax still.

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DON'T PANIC: Amazon's Chromecast late-ship email was a blunder

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Shurely shome mishtake

Steaming stick.

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Study finds online commentards easily duped, manipulated

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I live in a western democracy

Voting is an illusion. The bastards always win.

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Silent Circle shutters email service

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Unhappy

Blimey.

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BlackBerry slides crown jewels into Samsung: BBM Android app touted

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Was Re: Too little, too late.

Completely OT but I can't help noticing comment replies are now offset to the right by about 80 pixels.

When did this happen, El Reg, and is it a nested offset?

Edit: Not nested. Hmmm.

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Buy a household 3D printer, it'll pay for itself in MONTHS!

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Re: Spoon holder...

My wife has a spoon holder. A nasty cheap plastic affair.

I have a spoon holder. It's made of hand.

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Ministry of Fun launches news quiz - and the BBC is in its sights

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Re: Multiple view points

trashy or Murdoch

You can't have the latter without the former.

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Mozilla ponders blinkers for your browser

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No

The problem with this kind of idea is that you eventually get herded into a dead end when it narrows down your interests. I prefer the serendipitous nature of random online discoveries.

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What did the Romans ever do for us? Packet switching...

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"The next generation of network was the railway"

*cough*

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The FLOATING mobile phone shop on the edge of the Internet

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Great article

More Reg journos should recount their holidays from a tech perspective.

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NSA chief leaks info on data sharing tech: It's SharePoint

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Re: Sharepoint isn't the only thing they use

Forest Dwellers of Borneo

Probably the best band I ever heard.

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Spotify: If musicians don't give us their stuff they get pirated more

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Re: Nearly Zero.

payout rates are scarcely distinguishable from what piracy pays: i.e. "zero".

Given the choice between zero and near zero I know which choice I'd make.

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UK parliament presses for pardon for Alan Turing

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Re: Hollywood Pressure

there's a Turing biopic coming out

Please, no. Is nothing sacred?

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UK gov's smart meter dream unplugged: A 'colossal waste of cash'

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Do these people stay indoors when the radiation of the sun is out?

If they have any sense, yes. If not then suitable precautions need to be taken.

You should see the people that fix the roads around here. They dress like someone cleaning up Fukushima despite 30+ shade temperatures.

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UK discovers Huawei UK staff auditing Huawei kit: Govt orders probe

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Does every piece of kit get the same treatment?

Is Cisco vetted for foreign government backdoors, for example? After all, we know the US has massive form.

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1953: How Quatermass switched Britons from TV royalty to TV sci-fi

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Re: Bah!

Britain did have a successful rocket programme for launching the Prospero satellite but it was cancelled.. If you have 25 minutes to spare this is well worth watching. No captured German scientists involved, unlike the US and USSR efforts.

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Re: A pedantic ex-BBC VT engineer points out...

I didn't say they were perfect, I was just pointing out they are there. Anyone that hasn't seen Quatermass will be able to see what it was like. And FWIW I've just been watching the first episode of The Pit again and it's none too shabby at all.

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Re: A pedantic ex-BBC VT engineer points out...

But despite that many episodes of Quatermass still exist. Lots of them now reside at archive.org.

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Tweet like escaping Hell depends on it, Twitter Catholics told

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How many tweets...

...does a priest need to make to gain forgiveness for fucking a choirboy?

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Ad man: Mozilla 'radicals' and 'extremists' want to wreck internet economy

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Clueless

To Rothenberg, however, the idea of a browser that knows how to block cookies from selective sources is not only abhorrent, but it could mean the destruction of an entire segment of the global economy.

There's already at least one browser that knows how to block cookies from selective sources. It's called Mozilla Firefox. It's not a default state and the user has to select this option manually but the option is there.

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The IT crowd: Fiercely loyal geeks or 'inflexible, budget-padding' creeps?

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The reality...

...is more often than not something like this.

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Boeing batteries back under spotlight as 787 burns at Heathrow

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Re: Looks a

Allegedly Boeing have the repair techniques ready and waiting.

Yes, tried and tested techniques exist.

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