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Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop

Mark #255
Unhappy

Face unlock anyone?

Does (did) anyone else use the face unlock on their 2012 N7? Is it still available?

The upgrade to Lollipop seems to have removed it on mine.

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Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'

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Coat

Hmmmm

Just where is Admiral Ackbar when you need him?

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Ordnance Survey intern plonks houses, trees, rivers and roads on GB Minecraft map

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I'm not a Register hack, but...

here's the download page for the GB Minecraft 2 map, all 1.1GB of it (20GB uncompressed).

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Protesters stop ground breaking on world's largest telescope

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Re: I suppose

I suppose ..the biggest constraint is money,

Engineering. And risk. (Probably)

Remember the teething problems with the LHC at CERN? Building a 100m telescope would probably uncover a raft of issues (mechanical, metallurgical, electronic, data storage) some of which could be anticipated, others which would be unexpected, but would probably be encountered in manageable numbers with incrementally larger telescopes.

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PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users

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Facepalm

Re: I remember those days

... when I could bring up my old handset and have it linked to a new contract. [...] It's been years, maybe a decade since that ability went away as "bring your own phone" is no longer an option. I know, I tried to do this back in 2007 with my PAYG phone.

Err, what? EE, Vodafone, O2 and 3 all do "SIM-only" deals, on either 30-day or 12-month contracts.

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

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@Duncan Macdonald Re: Hostile leadership vs hostile software

Pulseaudio might possibly be OK on reasonable systems - on an old single core Atom based netbook it caused so much trouble with sound breakups that I reverted to the basic ALSA drivers.

I recently fixed a problem like that for an Atom Netbook (an eeePC 1101).

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Scale out sister: Open sorcerer pulls v3 Gluster cluster out of Red Hat

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19 petabytes?

Think of all the pr0n and t0rr3nts legitimately-acquired movies, games and music one could store in that.

Thing is, would it fit in my under-stairs cupboard?

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What’s the KEYBOARD SHORTCUT for Delete?! Look in a contextual menu, fool!

Mark #255
Facepalm

Users and Interfaces

The last application I wrote had two buttons: "Connect to Analyser", and "Get Data".

For one of my cow-orkers, it was not sufficiently self-explanatory.

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Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables

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somehow able to create a database of customers...

But where on earth would Oracle get such a complex program, this "data-base" of which you speak, from?

And surely it would require an unprecedented level of foresight to allow a company to contact its paying customers over such a newly discovered class of issue (I mean, bugs only gained their name in t the forties).

No, Mr (or Ms) Coward, I feel you are holding this poor, blameless company to altogether a too high standard.

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Man, its smartphones are SQUARE. But will BlackBerry make a comeback with them?

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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

Mark #255

Re: about that International "Space" Station...

No, I know the ISS is real: I've seen it on The Big Bang Theory.

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Why Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had to go ... Except he hasn't

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Coat

[...] hardware is dragging Oracle down, down, deeper and down.

I guess that's why the status quo couldn't continue.

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

Mark #255
Headmaster

Re: The other trick that stumps all hackers

pɹoʍƨƨɐd

Your "s"s have been mirrored, not rotated.

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Has Europe cut the UK adrift on data protection?

Mark #255

Re: Let's be clear on definitions and scope of territories

Plenty of countries in the EEA but not the EU...

Well, if by "plenty" you mean "four": Liechtenstein, Iceland, Switzerland and Norway. And Iceland was on track to join the EU until it went bankrupt.

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YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS

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Study not blinded enough

That is released – not announced – so it must come from actual use, rather than just thinking that it isn't quite up to date.

Not necessarily, because it's not a blinded study. It could easily be a placebonocebo effect.

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Recording lawsuit targets Ford, GM in-car CD recorders

Mark #255
Coat

Hmmmm

I'm wondering how the Audio Home Recording Act applies to cars with internal data storage.

I mean, a PC (not marketed primarily as a ripping device) doesn't fall under the Act, so a car (similarly not marketed primarily as a ripping device) shouldn't either.

Also, if your car is regularly in your home, you're an astonishingly bad driver.

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14 antivirus apps found to have security problems

Mark #255

Re: Bad AV

Back when I was green and running Win98SE (but I repeat myself) I installed McAfee's firewall, which was a separate product to the AV program at the time. It ate memory and brought the PC to its knees.

Prejudice, n: Sometimes synonymous with bitterly-won experience.

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Microsoft bakes a bigger Pi to cook Windows slabs

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VS Express "free with a valid MSDN account"

This is rather disingenuous of them, since Express is free for anyone.

Unfortunately, it's also worth about what you've paid for it, particularly if you want to use C++ - it cripples the Intellisense (which is one of the more useful bits of the IDE). Evidently they're intent on pushing C#...

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SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud

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This old canard...

VHS vs Betamax; VHS won because it was cheap and no one cared for Betamax's quality.

Also, the (original) maximum recording length for NTSC Betamax tapes was 60 minutes. Far fewer people cared for an intermission in their movie than the putative better quality that Betamax's shorter tapes offered.

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Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: The plug-in for plutocrats

Mark #255

Those MPG numbers...

Hmmm.

91mpg (NEDC).

39mpg (test drive).

That's an even bigger margin than usual, even accepting all the usual caveats (driving enthusiastically, not run in yet, etc).

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Twitter hints at messaging moves

Mark #255

DM fail

The failure I found with DMs was insufferably long delivery times. I'd send a DM to SWMBO, and she'd be notified of it (official Twitter clients for both of us) 30 minutes to an hour later.

It would be marvellous if you're paying per-SMS but can find some free WiFi to scrounge; but the lack-of-instantness killed any claim to instant-messaging.

Of course, it may have changed in the last 30 months.

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Huawei's turnover rockets upwards. Suck on that, US government

Mark #255

Influx of ex-Nokia folk?

Huawei are probably looking forward to an influx of ex-Nokia-Microsoft hardware engineers, since their European HQ nestles in close proximity to the offices of the Lumiatects.

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GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?

Mark #255

Re: Tetra

Yes, TETRA does the funky ad-hoc mesh network setup if your handset can't see a base station; but it does voice and data.

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So whither Microsoft? If Nadella knows, he is keeping it well hidden

Mark #255

on slogans...

On the whole "devices and services" versus "mobile first, cloud first", I can see very little functional difference between the two. Devices == stuff you can (mostly) carry about, and services == things we can do for you (and we'll do them on our computers and send you the result over them thar Intarwebs).

With apologies to Babylon 5, I think they've had their last, best hope, and it's failed. Yes, they'll be around for a couple of decades to come, but as custodians of a fading empire rather than world be-striding colossi (colossuses?)

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Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN

Mark #255

time for Netflix to test things properly

So evidently, what is needed is for Netflix to quietly set up some VPNs of their own, and lend them to complaining customers, just to see where the problem is. (Of course, this armchair engineer leaves it as an exercise for the reader to ensure that/maximise the chance that the bits do get shunted down the correct pipes so it's a true test.)

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El Reg nips down IKEA's 'I've Got A Screw Loose Street'

Mark #255

Re: Seagate's HQ

It's actually (or it was - they talk about hard drives now) Seagate's preferred spelling. My father (who used to be a purchaser for a now-defunct UK computer manufacturer) has a Seagate T-shirt with a watercolour-esque print of a drive, titled "The Art of the Disc Drive" on its back.

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Mark #255

Seagate's HQ

To bring a slight IT angle, Seagate's old headquarters in Scotts Valley, CA was on Disc Drive.

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We've just unboxed our Google Android Wear. We're not appy

Mark #255

Paid apps tied to specific devices?

Really? I've never encountered this.

(Specifically: Minecraft, and a couple of other games I've bought from the Play Store are happily installed on 4 devices [stock Nexus' and a Moto G, if you were wondering]).

I'd be mightily annoyed if an app I'd bought 'tied' itself to a single device.

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Rockall batters plucky Brit adventurer

Mark #255

Re: "Those seagulls will be start to look awfully tempting soon then"

Ah, is this what the "Report abuse" link is for?

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Facebook dumps AWS, moves Instagram's images to own bit barns

Mark #255
Coat

I'm sure it costs something to have your advert displayed to $large_number_of_eyeballs.

Or were you thinking of a different end-user?

But yes, their infrastructure is technologically impressive.

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What's it like using the LG G smartwatch and Android Wear? Let us tell YOU

Mark #255

Re: I just don't get it

[...] only practical use is health-based, but just how lazy do you have to be to consider pulling your hand out of your pocket to look at a wrist-strapped screen as being preferable to holding on to your phone as you pull your hand out of your pocket so that you can look at a hand-held screen?

I'd guess that some folk get out-of-breath and sweaty enough that holding a screen becomes significantly more difficult and risky than having one strapped to your wrist.

(There isn't an "oh my $DEITY I'm having a heart attack" icon that I can see)

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Lync users see outages as Microsoft wrangles with network problems

Mark #255
Black Helicopters

obvious

I blame the NSA, of couNO CARRIER***

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'I got a little bit upset by that Register article...' says millionaire model. Bless!

Mark #255
Coat

Re: What about a Mars-obliterating catastrophe?

I need more info.

Would Lion bars be affected at all?

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British boffin tells Obama's science advisor: You're wrong on climate change

Mark #255

Evidently neither of them reads xkcd.

(No, this is not a call to cease all scientific research and rely on xkcd cartoons.)

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Podule-lodged Brit nears two weeks atop ocean peak Rockall

Mark #255

Of Redshanks

Redshanks are wading birds; their typical habitat is shores with lots of sand/silt/mud where they can hunt for wriggly things. Rockall is fairly far removed from that type of environ.

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Twitter for iOS embraces Bing Translate in time for World Cup 2014

Mark #255
Facepalm

Re: I can't believe Appple....

This isn't Apple, it's Twitter.

Twitter on Android also has a bing translate link. Amusingly, it tries to automagically guess when translation is needed; unfortunately, it doesn't exclude URLs, so you get

<cat picture>

_Translate from Romanian_

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The cute things they say

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Facepalm

Re: Lost Files

Oh $DEITY.

In Word 2010 you can 'pin' files to the recent files list.

I don't know whether it's awesome or awful that the developers have used Tales of the Lusers to widen their use-cases (luse-cases?)

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

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Re: Nut allergy

One course (at Uni) I saw was for Computer Literacy and Information Technology.

The lower-case 'a' was to be retained in all abbreviations, on pain of pain.

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Mark #255

Re: Signs on the reserved parking spaces:

No, no.

Business Development and Strategy Manager

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Car titans WON'T STEAL our tech, says Musk: DAMNIT, I'll GIVE IT to 'em

Mark #255

Re: This is nice but (@dan1980)

...let a dozen companies infringe and then go after the thirteenth

I daresay a defence of Laches would be swiftly brought in by No 13's lawyers.

(IANAL, TINLA, etc etc)

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UK govt 'tearing up road laws' for Google's self-driving cars: THE TRUTH

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Re: SatNav analogy @theodore

M1: emm one

A59: ay fifty-nine

B247: bee two four seven

(but: A500: ay five-hundred)

A1079: ay ten seventy-nine

are, I believe, typical British pronunciations.

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Mark #255

The version I heard was that the car would end up driving past the highest-bidding advertising hoarding.

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Concerning Windows Phone and its relevance to the larger business

Mark #255

Re: CalDAV/CardDAV

Android doesn't have native CalDAV support. That is, the calendar will plug into Google calendar, and into an Exchange server (though I've never needed to try this myself) without further ado, but not CalDAV, unless you install a separate plugin (of which there are several available on the Play store).

And woe betide you if you try to use a simple WebDAV store to save your iCal file on.

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Moto E pops up with £89 price tag – alongside new LTE Moto G cuz

Mark #255

I've got a G...

And it (being the 16GB model) is very nice. Prior to that I had a San Francisco, but its battery wore out, and replacement ones were horrendously poor, and I ran out of space for apps, and it struggled to run them (and I wanted TEH SHINY).

SWMBO has an S3 mini which she's now looking to upgrade (18 months old and suddenly battery life has fallen off a cliff) - the added uSD slot may well convince her to get the "G with LTE".

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Traffic light vulns leave doors wide open to Italian Job-style hacks

Mark #255

Re: Hack away you can't do worse than Bristol City Council

You can probably replace "Bristol" with any other reasonably large town or city. My vote goes for York (20 minutes to travel the half-mile to the A64/A1079 interchange, every weekday evening).

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Brit chap weaves silver bullet for wireless health scare bollocks

Mark #255

Shielding Effectiveness only quoted for the fabric...

So, the material itself provides (according to their indiegogo page, and converted into proper numbers) 70 to 80 dB, which is actually quite reasonable for a woven fabric.

But once you fashion it into a pair of pants, and leave great big holes for the leg and trunk, you'll be lucky to get any level of SE worth bothering about.

Also, measuring the SE in a meaningful way would require a body phantom (full of toxic goo which mimics the body's electromagnetic properties accurately enough), so actually it would be a rather expensive measurement.

So all in all it's a good job that the threats these pants are supposed to mitigate are not actually backed up by credible, peer-reviewed science, since the pants won't actually provide the (implied but strictly speaking not promised) protection.

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Google updates Maps app for iOS, Android, adds Uber support

Mark #255

Google's small business data sources need work

Wherever Google is getting their info about small businesses and local shops, it tends to be woefully mangled when the business name is based on a person's name. So the registered company name might be "Joe Bloggs Motors Ltd", and Google will list it as "Bloggs Joe Motors". Which is just ugly.

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10 PRINT "Happy 50th Birthday, BASIC" : GOTO 10

Mark #255

Re: BASIC is under-appreciated

I learned BASIC on a BBC Model B, and taught myself about subroutines, loops, control etc. I don't recall using data structures, but the other concepts are, if not universal, certainly widely applicable.

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It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer

Mark #255

Section 3?

Section 3 covers intent to impair.

But seeing if Heartbleed is fixed or not (AFAIAA) does not (a) impair the operation of the computer; (b) prevent or hinder access; or (c) impair program operation or data reliability.

It just gets back random data; so I don't see how S3 applies here. *.

Section 1 (unauthorised access to computer), probably (but IANAL).

* For other types of penetration testing, eg SQL injection, I could see how it could apply.**

** Would changing your name as per little Bobby Tables be an offence under the CMA, I wonder.

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Murdoch says Microsoft needs 'big clean out'

Mark #255
Trollface

Skycrosoft? MicroNewsInt?

I have to say, a mega-corp merger of Sky/NI and Microsoft would allow me to consolidate most of my daily moans of discontent into a single roar of unalloyed ire.

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