* Posts by Mahatma Coat

1291 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Jaguar F-Type: A beautiful British thoroughbred

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If I was stupidly rich...

...and could buy any car at all I think an Aston would be top of the list (based purely on looks). I'd buy something more practical for shopping and the school run.

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Apple 'hires' the 'A-Team' from car titans, they DO SAY: Let's modify the 'van'!

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Any colour you want...

...as long as it's white.

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Avoiding data retention will be as easy as eating a burger

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Re: Is Ludlam being a bit naive?

You're missing what he is talking about.

You're missing what I'm talking about.

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Is Ludlam being a bit naive?

Ludlam's one of our better senators but is he correct in this case? Anyone that uses backdoored services such as Skype will just be shafted by one of the other 5 Eyes partners and any juicy data will be funnelled back to spooks.gov.au.

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Sly peers attempt to thrust hated Snoopers' Charter into counter-terror and security bill

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Re: British Democracy

800 years since Magna Carta.

Magna Carta is overrated. It was designed to give more power to the barons, the military-industrial complex of mediaeval England. Plus ça change.

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NO WARRANTS NEEDED for metadata access, argues Oz A-G

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"isn't an invasion of privacy to rank with entering a home"

It's worse than that. It's entering your brain.

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Evernote says goodbye to Hello, shuts lid on Peek

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Polish chap builds computer into a mouse

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just like my phone

I was thinking along similar lines. This is like a phone but with the phone functionality removed. And bigger.

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India pushes ahead with slimmed-down fibre rollout

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I hope Malcolm Turnbull is reading this.

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Firefox 35 stamps out critical bugs

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Re: Firefox stability problems?

The half and half trick, fondly remembered from days spent fixing peoples' Quark XPress.

It's a real time saver to eliminate half of many possibilities in one go.

Many years back I took a car to the dealer to have a warped brake disc changed under warranty. The symptoms were the brake pedal "pumping" in use and the disc wear warning light going on and off. The receptionist told me it would be a long job as they had to take all the wheels off and check the brake assemblies to determine which one it was. I told them that I knew which one it was because I had unplugged the sensor cable from each brake in turn, a simple process of elimination that took less than 15 minutes. The receptionist looked gobsmacked that there was a better, faster way than following the manufacturer's bible.

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Firefox stability problems?

They probably aren't caused by Firefox but some crappy extension, theme or plug-in you have installed.

Disable all your add-ons and re-enable one at time* until you find the culprit.

A base installation of Firefox is always 100% stable for me on both Windows and Linux. The only issues are extensions and that's not very often.

* I disable half of them first of all. If the issue stops then I know it's in the other half. It's bit quicker to do it this way.

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Re: Have they enabled look like Firefox yet?

Switch to SRWare Iron instead then...

I tried it in the early days and dumped it after a few tries. As I've mentioned here before, when I logged into an SSL-secured site it made simultaneous connections to an SSL server owned by Google. Nein danke.

Companies only have to lose my trust once.

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Just WHY is the FBI so sure North Korea hacked Sony? NSA: *BLUSH*

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I think it's safe to assume...

...that whatever the NSA says is the opposite of the truth.

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

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David Cameron

<inbetweeners>Cryptowanker</inbetweeners>

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Disney, McLaren and National Rail walk into bar: Barkeep, make me a Wearable

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Atos?

Atos, the "I'm sorry but you're not disabled enough for this watch" company?

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SpaceX drone hovership ROCKET LANDER BURN: Musk to try again

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"floating barge"

I always find them preferable to the other kind of barge.

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20 years on: The satirist's satirist Peter Cook remembered

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Cook's decline in the 70s and into the 80s

He did come back from that though. Cook did some low-key but still brilliant stuff later. His "Sven from Swiss Cottage" phone calls to LBC were hilarious.

In the early 90s one of last appearances was on the Clive Anderson show where he played all four guests. I watched again it a couple of weeks ago and it's still excellent.

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G-Tech goes full lumberjack with drive for hard storage heroes

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Or if you are on a budget...

Buy a roll of gaffa tape in the colour of your choice and wrap a 25mm layer around a cheapo external drive. Bingo.

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Ford recalls SUVs … to fix the UI

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Not the first

Many, many years ago a Marina van I often drove (not out of choice) had something similar. Every time you put it into first gear your knuckle would hit the radio on/off button. Driving in London traffic was not a rewarding listening experience.

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Sony's well and truly 4Ked with skinny TVs and cheap cams

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Re: Xmas temptation

Good idea, wait until the game has played out a little more and the standard(s) have become more settled. In any case, the decent 4K sets still carry a hefty premium over very good 1080 sets

The Mrs had exactly the same thoughts too. The 55" model she was lusting after was reduced to under AUD1000 before Xmas. I just checked and it's now back up to over AUD2000 at JB Hifi.

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Xmas temptation

Sony had lots of 4K models in the shops at reasonable prices over the Xmas period. Mrs Coat was tempted but thought better of it.

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Australia: even more empty than you imagine

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Re: Bumper Sticker?

Maybe this should be published as a bumper sticker to counter those idiotic "F**k off, we're full" stickers I keep seeing.

Indeed..

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Three expat Brits explain their move to Australia

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Re: Not being British

Last time I checked, being a 'Pom', aka 'British' wasn't a race, and therefore such comments cannot be considered racism.

Twattish, stupid, bigoted, ignorant, intolerant, prejudiced, biased, sectarian, discriminatory, etc. To paraphrase Groucho Marx, if you don't like my adjectives I have plenty more.

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Re: Not being British

Antipodean humour is very much designed around having a thick skin

I'm not sure the racism I witness here could ever be classed as humour. Mrs Coat is an Aussie and it was only after marrying a Pom that she realised how much everyday racism there was in the tea room when her workmates forgot she was married to one. I can't begin to imagine what's said about non-white people.

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Re: Grass always greener

I was always under the impression that Bali to Aus was kind of like UK to Spain!

In cultural terms you're 100% correct. It's the overseas destination of choice for young Aussies who want to get drunk and catch the occasional STD.

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Re: Grass always greener

Oh, well, off to Bali in a couple of years time

Am I correct in assuming you're not in Aus and may be unfamiliar with how far SE Asia is from Australia? Here's a few distances for comparison.

Sydney to Bali: 4619 km

London to Tehran: 4407 km

Melbourne to Hong Kong: 7394 km

London to New York: 5587 km

Brisbane to Hanoi: 7389 km

London to Nairobi: 6805 km

The major population centres in Australia aren't as close to SE Asia as some people think.

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1,000mph ROCKET CAR project dogged by beancounters

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Re: The love of money is the root of all evil

it was beancounters who ultimately did for the UK car industry

I thought it was a combination of shit car designs, shit quality control, shit managers and shit workers.

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Zuckerberg asks the public to tell him where to go in 2015

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"gone nearly vegetarian"

the only meat he ate was stuff he’d killed himself

I'm not sure "nearly vegetarian" is the best description to use here.

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30 years ago today, the first commercial UK 'mobile' phone call was made

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Meanwhile back in the early 70s

An acquaintance of mine had a mobile "phone" in his car. It consisted of a Pye two-way radio with a handset that looked like it was straight off a standard GPO domestic phone. Callers rang a service number and the operator then radioed the subscriber in their car and passed the message on (and passed one back, if required).

At least the wankers were isolated in their cars back then.

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PlayStation outage: Sony asks 'have you tried turning it off and on again?'

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DDoS? Really?

Would a DDoS only affect PS4owners? Mrs Coat was using her PS3 all over the holiday period and there was only one occasion when she couldn't log in. Maybe an hour or two at the most.

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The Theory of Everything: Stephen Hawking biopic is immensely moving

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Poxy release dates

I really want to see this along with the recent Turner and Turing flicks. My nearest cinema is a very long way from home and has seats with all the comfort of a Gitmo torture appliance. Why can't the distributors dump their cosy arrangement with the cinema chains on BRD/DVD release dates and sell them when willing punters are offering to buy them?

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ISC.org website hacked: Scan your PC for malware if you stopped by

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Maybe we need Microsoft to buy out WordPress and rework the security.

Why would you want to make it worse?

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Japan to get blinged-out Firefox OS phone draped in GOLD

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Re: Doesn't tempt me.

Even if you're suitably paranoid

You want a copy of a receipt as proof of purchase for a phone that I said I like and you think I'm paranoid?

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Well, yes

This could tempt me to finally buy a smartphone.

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Norks' internet goes TITSUP in possible DDoS attack

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Re: Users little affected

Have a festive beer!

Ta muchly. Mine's a festive Wells Banana Bread.

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Re: Users little affected

Few ordinary North Koreans will be affected by these problems, as so few have Internet access.

If you're wondering what they do have then this may hold some clues.

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Apple v BBC: Fruity firm hits back over Panorama drama

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Re: Get it right!

But then being a "traditionalist" myself, I have a fifty-year-old edition........

Gadzooks! Where, prithee, did thou procure this?

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UK cops caught using 12 MILLION Brits' mugshots on pic database

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Re: 12 million custody photographs

I've been a cop for ten years - I've never interviewed somebody who wasn't guilty of the crime, but there have been plenty of times where sufficiency hasn't been met and they've been released without charge.

Wow. Just wow. Are you really saying these people are guilty despite having no evidence? Or maybe just the wrong colour.

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12 million custody photographs

That seems quite a lot for a nation of roughly 65 million.

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30,000 people buy a box of BOVINE EXCREMENT

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"...and maybe some beach-front property in Switzerland."

That was a bad choice of phrase anyway. There are beaches in Switzerland.

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Microsoft opens smiley-kids jangly guitar doc-maker to all

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"jangly-guitars, cute-kids, I'm not just productive, I'm empowered affair"

Microsoft Emetics.

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Denmark BANNED from viewing UK furniture website in copyright spat

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Re: Two words...

The Danes don't want me to sit on on Barbara Streisand?

I don't know about the Danes but images of sitting on anyone else's face are now banned in the UK.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Can we also have a filter so I don't need to read whiney easily-offended commentards like Mahatma Coat?

I'm actually pretty hard to offend. I'm just picky about what I read.

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@Stuart Elliott

the white gaps down each side are now bigger than the bloody content I'm trying to read

Just to play devil's advocate for a moment, what would you fill the white space with exactly? Massively wide lines are unreadable. More ads maybe?

The comp that I'm reading with at the moment has a 1920x1080 screen but I keep my browser window set around 1100 pixels wide. Trying to follow a 1920 pixel-wide line of text would be a nightmare.

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Re: El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Two things I would like to see:

1. A by-line on the front page so I don't accidentally read anything by the likes of Orlowski* and Page.

2. A better way of changing account details such as email addresses.

* To be fair, it's fairly easy to spot Orlowski's drivel as the headline usually contains the words "BBC", "Freetard" or "Open Rights Group".

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Web daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Back off Putin, I'm no CIA stooge

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Always listen to the paranoiacs

I recall setting up a new PC for some friends around 1999ish. They hadn't owned one before. Their son asked if the government could see everything he was doing online and told him that it was theoretically possible but highly unlikely.

A while later he told me he was sure he was right. "When I use Napster," he confided, "a message pops up that says This Program Has Caused An Illegal Operation And Will Be Terminated".

I laughed at his misinterpretation of a Windows error message but he turned out to be 100% correct about the government.

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Cops accessing journo sources with RIPA? Use your powers properly, moan MPs

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"not fit for purpose"

RIPA or the MPs that voted for it and have only just realised how draconian it is?

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NBN Co details fibre/copper divide in new rollout plan

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Oh the irony

If you are on a slow connection the poxy Google map times out before the data finishes loading.

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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Re: VLC

I've always preferred MPC-HC

I'll second that. I just wish there was a *nix version.

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NBN Co screws lid on FTTP coffin

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Re: Do I feel lucky?

It could be worse. Most of the areas around here that were promised fibre have now been put on the fixed wireless list. Our 100 Mb/s dream will now be 12.5 Mb/s. Just as annoying is that planning permission for tower locations was granted ages ago by the local council but we can't get a date from NBN Co for when it will get built.

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