* Posts by Miek

1587 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009

Spy back doors? That would be suicide, says Huawei

Miek
Flame

Posts deleted before being published? .... must be an Orlowski Article, must make an email filter to put those RSS entries straight in the bin.

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Miek
Linux

Plot Twist: It's the Americans spying on everyone and watering down World security standards.

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Pirate Bay's 10 millionth upload: Colour us shocked, a SMUT FLICK

Miek
Coat

Re: Shock, horror!

"Hi, I have come to service your air-conditioner, bow-chicka-wow-wow"

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Italy has a clumsy new pirate-choker law. But can anyone do better?

Miek
Linux

Re: Alternatives

"Uh... wasn't that a Woody Allen flick that was done that way specifically as a satire? Not that I'd put it past them to ignore the original movie, but that's a hell of a lot more work than doing it the usual way, and I find it difficult to believe that anybody whose job it was to finance the dubbing said, "I don't care if it costs five times as much; I want the lips to match!"" -- There may be a Woody Allen flick of that nature, but, this also happened less-satirically to Fong Sai Yuk (sometimes simply know as "The Legend" starring Jet Li)

First rule of Kung-Fu? Cheat!

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Miek
Mushroom

Re: Alternatives

" (I'm German, everything gets localized here)" -- The US and the UK tend to 'localize' content too. I remember re-watching 'The Legend of Fong Sai Yuk' on Sky (having already watched the original language version some years prior) and the translators had taken the rather unusual step of changing the entire plot-line and dialogue so that the English translation lip-synced with the actors speaking in Chinese. Mind Blown.

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

Miek
Linux

Re: Still hate the tiles and the window decorations

"I still really wish that Microsoft had gone the OpenGL route rather than the (frequent) abomination that is DirectX. It's not that DirectX is inheritently bad ..."

If Microsoft had used OpenGL without giving it the old EEE treatment. Most games developers would simply be able to port their games directly to Linux boxes where users would see some favourable improvements in game performance (statements backed up by tests performed by Steam/valve engineers) . From a gaming perspective, Microsoft would not be the be-all-and-end-all of the PC gaming world; Monopoly over.

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Linux

Re: Too little, too late.

I think the important factor is that the machine hadn't seen the internet in a few days and it is likely that the machine's Kerberos ticket had expired. Does anyone know if the Live infrastructure is actually using Kerberos AND are Win 8 machines essentially joined to Microsoft's "Live" domain?

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Linux

Re: Too little, too late.

I had a user the other day that could not log in to her Windows 8 laptop because she was not connected to the internet, her user is a live.com user and her kerberos ticket had expired. She had to log in to connect the internet but could not log in until the internet was connected ... Microsoft Strikes again!

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Linux

Re: More crimes against English.

"reach out to"

Extend arm, clasp Microsoft employee's throat, squeeze.

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Miek
Coat

Re: Still hate the tiles and the window decorations

Microsoft: I'm not scared

Steam: You will be

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Linux

Re: LOL

Thumbs up from a Linux Mint 16 Desktop

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Linux

Re: RIP Windows

Well, I certainly wouldn't pay for Windows 8 or 8.1; it would have to be free for me to even consider it at this stage. Roll on Windows 9

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Miek
Linux

After the apparent defeat of the metro tiles system, Microsoft gives in and brings back the Start menu WITH TILES FFS!!!! My first though, "I can turn that shit off right?".

Dear Microsoft, FUCK your tiles!!!

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Ex-Tony Blair adviser is new top boss at UK spy-hive GCHQ

Miek
Linux

There be WMDs in them there hills y'all.

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El Reg's Deep Outback XP upgrade almost foiled by KILLER ARACHNIDS

Miek
Coat

Re: Handy musical guide

It's a trick question, they're all evil!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqwAoFu2uqU

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Apple: You're a copycat! Samsung: This is really about Google, isn't it?

Miek
Linux

Re: Meh

Considering that iPhone shipped originally without the ability to Copypasta suggests that it wasn't even that much of a game changer. Simply put, the launch of the iPhone was just brand alignment for the Apple hipsters.

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Titanfall, shoot-'em-up gamers, cloudy contracts and cattle

Miek

"He will be able to quite literally dodge bullets and you won't see his bullets coming. In the modern FPS world when two gamers of more or less equal skill meet, the gamer with the lowest ping wins." -- Until you play Battlefield 4, where the person with the highest ping wins!

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'I will not work with Facebook... they seem creepy to me'

Miek
Headmaster

"Spunking" and "Spaffing"

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BT finally admits its Home Hub router scuppers some VPN connections

Miek
Linux

Virgin Media also interfere with VPN/SSH and probably a lot more, they have justified this to me over the phone by saying "Those are business technologies and your connection is a home broadband connection; we cannot support business technologies on your home broadband connection".

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Returning a laptop to PC World ruined this bloke's credit score. Today the Supreme Court ended his 15-year nightmare

Miek
Linux

Re: 15 years

"If a seller misrepresents a product, that is misselling, which is illegal, and they have to accept the product back and provide a full refund." -- They took the product back and refunded him his deposit, but, the customer did not cancel the payment plan he had entered into with HFC Bank. The bank ultimately is at fault for trying to uphold a contract for goods that were returned.

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Spooks vs boffins: MIT bods say they've created PRISM-proof encryption

Miek
Linux

Will anyone outside of the United States be able to use this technology ?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Export_of_cryptography_in_the_United_States

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Apple vows to add racially diverse EMOJIS after MILEY CYRUS TWITTER outrage

Miek
Coat

All the emoticons on my phone are little green people, go figure.

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ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

Miek
Linux

I can download as much as I like on my broadband connection, P2P is not throttled, but, there just isn't anything available to download that I don't already have or want. Sounds more like an 11% drop in material worth pirating rather than an 11% drop in piracy.

BTW, I purchased a considerable amount of music that I enjoy listening to regularly via Amazon on CD which in some cases also gives you access to MP3 cloud hosted versions of the CDs you buy.

Then some git nicked my car stereo ... so, fuck listening to music.

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It's EE vs Vodafone: 'How good is my signal' study descends into network bunfight

Miek
Linux

Vodafone are pants, their coverage map is inaccurate, I'm supposed to get H+ around my office area and all I can get is E which cannot even load a google search page (before searching). I have given up caring about mobile data and see it as this imaginary thing that people talk about but no-one gets to see or use.

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Microsoft issues less-than-helpful tips to XP holdouts

Miek
Linux

I note that Microsoft is offering $100 discount to anyone purchasing new hardware with Windows 8 (over $500). They should really just offer a discount of $100 on a boxed copy of Windows 7, he he he.

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Bruce Schneier sneers at IBM's NSA denials

Miek
Linux

It's pretty obvious that IBMs answers were cagey at best.

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MPs blast HMRC for using anti-terrorism laws against whistleblower

Miek
Linux

Unsurprising at best, they will justify it by saying "We did nothing wrong" or "It was a matter of National Security" or some trumped up crap like that.

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Surrender your crypto keys or you're off to chokey, says Australia

Miek
Linux

Pointless law: the spooks probably have your encryption keys already.

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Think drone delivery is hot air? A BREWERY just proved you wrong

Miek
Coat

Those drones don't have the greatest lift capabilities, anyone for a light beer?

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Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

Miek
Coat

Re: Typewriter and Abacus are not running XP

Mine are set at 9800 baud, 300 baud is for the older models.

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Miek
Coat

Happy to report that my Typewriter and Abacus are not running XP, phew!

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Microsoft gives away Windows Phone 8 licences in India – report

Miek
Coat

"We cannot afford and Indian mobile gap, captain!"

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Euro cops on free Wi-Fi not-so-hotspots: For pity's sake, don't use them for email

Miek
Linux

"Troels Oerting, head of Europol's cybercrime centre, told BBC Click that growing number of attacks are being carried out via public Wi-Fi and that people should send personal data only across trusted networks." -- So, in other words, we should not send any data across any networks at all then?

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Nutanix photo-bombs VMware's selfie with delayed patent release

Miek
Linux

Timing Coincidental? I think not, they are patently trolls.

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Steve Ballmer: Thanks to me, Microsoft screwed up a decade in phones

Miek
Linux

Gnash, Gnash, Chomp, Chomp. Saïd the Chimpanzee.

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UK man Lauri Love accused of hacking US Federal Reserve

Miek
Linux

Re: Sigh.

It seems the security services don't like it up them.

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Sanity now: Gnome 3.12 looking sensible - at least in beta

Miek
Linux

Re: Amazing what a bit of competition can do

"Cinnamon (especially)" +1 Personally I tried XFCE first, but, it was slightly* immature for my needs at the time and so I settled on cinnamon.

* Almost perfect ... almost :/

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French youth faces court for illegal drone flight

Miek
Linux

"If the machine crashes in a densely populated area, the consequences could be serious. The use of these drones also raises questions of privacy."

Professionally trained pilots crash too. "Questions of Privacy" Oh, you must be kidding right, have the French been ignoring the news, no-one has any privacy any more.

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Snowden journo boyf grill under anti-terror law was legal, says UK court

Miek
Big Brother

"has been ruled to be legal by a British judge." -- What a surprise, almost as surprising as the claim "We did nothing wrong" after executing an Innocent Brazilian Electrician in Stockwell Tube Station.

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Anons escape human sewer after billionaire bog roll blag

Miek
Linux

Wow, I hope we see the security services subjected to the same treatment as these guys for breaking the exact same laws.

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Imprisoned Norwegian mass murderer says PlayStation 2 is 'KILLING HIM'

Miek
Linux

I'd give him a book* and tell him to shut the fuck up.

* With last page removed as a dickmove

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SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

Miek
Linux

BBC+Subscription model = The Future

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Intel Labs 'geeks' flash Edison kit to El Reg: We do it for the BIRDS

Miek
Linux

Re: The paper notebook computer sounds intriguing.

I think the pluggable form factor is really just to show off how self-contained the package is rather than being an actual feature. Although, perhaps in the future we will be able to supplement a device with Edison via a modified SD card reader.

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

Miek
Coffee/keyboard

Wow, a history degree! I have just introduced my coffee to my keyboard.

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NYPD dons Google tech specs: Part man. Part machine. All Glasshole

Miek
Linux

Re: Haha, why not Robocop?

"Cops shouldn't be comparing themselves to Terminator, who was, himself, a criminal." -- At the moment I could argue either way on that one.

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Friends don't do tech support for friends running Windows XP

Miek
Linux

Re: I've been helping friends (and businesses) upgrade from XP to ...

"Suggesting Linux to someone unable to wean themselves off XP would probably strain the friendship to a greater degree" -- You would not believe the look of disgust that friends of mine that I have migrated to Linux desktops have given me after seeing my Windows 7 games machine at home. They almost feint when I tell them it's not even dual-boot o_O

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Miek
Linux

Re: This time Microsoft has gone too far

"The stupidest thing they EVER did was kill the $50 Win 7 upgrade as for the first time I had actually seen piracy drop like a stone, after the price went back up? " -- Piracy works in $MS's favour. If Piracy was hurting their bottom line; they would actually do something to prevent it.

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The revival of survival – the gaming genre that refuses to die

Miek
Linux

Re: Expensive

"Battlefield 4 is in a whole different league to these games though." -- Yeah, the bottom of the division. Leave it to EA to ruin a great franchise. EA rushed DICE (so the story goes) to market with BF4 approx 6 months earlier than they were ready. On the whole, BF4 is the most unpolished, poorly implemented and virtually untested game I have /*ever*/ played, including my own simple endeavours recreating Space Invaders et all for my Android phone.

EDIT: "Have they fixed the sound bug in BF4 yet?" -- Sort of, I believe they may have partially cured the loss of sound on Hainan Resort, in particular when in a vehicle, BUT, they have now introduced that same sound bug into other game modes, without vehicles. I hear (lol) TDM is particularly affected by this.

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