* Posts by Kraggy

17 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

Kraggy

Whatever happened to the quaint old custom we used to have of the "E&OE" caveat that meant such blatant errors as this weren't able to be claimed as legit by customers?

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

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I was using multiple desktops in Windows 3, albeit with a third-party tool. The fact M$ didn't implement it in the O/S doesn't mean this is a new feature.

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Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed

Kraggy

This review is at odds with several I've read, linked on Slashdot and other places, those were uniformly bad/dreadful and gave the game few good words at all. At $500M Bungie had better hope El Reg's views are more right that Slashdot's.

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Payment security bods: Nice pay-by-bonk (hint: NO ONE uses it) on iPhone 6, Apple

Kraggy

Re: Too late

But since we in Europe are doing our usual Ludd impressions, Uber is being banned left, right and centre so that argument is largely moot.

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Pay to play: The hidden cost of software defined everything

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Re: Data is born free but is everywhere in chains.

What is data?

In the case of this article it's actually someone's IDEAS, there's nothing 'free' about what I think, I am thankfully free to charge what I want for them and you are free not to pay me .. but please stop this '60s hippy notion that everything that exists is your by right, free of charge.

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Re: "The basis of this article is laughable"

So you'd be happier if they sold the 'base' model to which you had to apply upgrades (or send back to the manufacturer) that are 'sold separately'.

Would you?

It totally makes sense for the manufacturers whose products are software-defined to build umpteen variations of the hardware simply so that they can contain various software versions depending on the price being paid.

I say again, this is a silly argument from those who seem to want everything at a basement bargain price and clearly don't agree with the idea you get what you pay for.

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And this differs from, say, what Microsoft have done for years .. how?

For years, Microsoft has shipped one DVD with all flavours of Windows on it which are selected by the activation code you enter.

I don't recall anyone complaining about that method of distribution, so why is this any different in principle? Same argument could apply, why should I pay more for Windows 7 Ultimate when it's already on the DVD I used to install Windows 7 Home?

The basis of this article is laughable, it's simply an example of today's entitlement culture.

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DNS cockup locks Virgin Media customers out of ntlworld.com email

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FAIL

This means mail has been lost

Notice the 'permanent error' nature of the response a sending SMTP server will have been getting, these e-mails are more likely than not lost permanently and there is no record on VM's system, of their ever having been sent.

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Russia to SAP, Apple: Hand over source code to prove you're not spies

Kraggy

Your final question is wrong, it isn't what Snowden has wrought, but what the NSA has,.

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KCOM-owned Eclipse FAILS to cover up the password 'password'

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FAIL

To be honest the real crime here is their storing passwords at all, the 'over the shoulder' issue pales by comparison IMO.

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Do-it-yourself Dropbox: Western Digital's My Cloud 2TB NAS box

Kraggy
FAIL

Re: Single HD !

Because this device is in the same league as a Synology box.

Chalk and cheese comparisons are rarely useful.

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Tor servers vanish as FBI swoops on kiddie-smut suspect

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"Crowing from the rooftop"

Er, no, not while it's clearly 'work in progress'.

Once they'd destroyed the entire TOR network then yes, pull out all the stops to help justify PRISM (yes, I know it's not really related but 'saving the children' is a great carrion cry excuse for anything like this) and anti-freedom actions in general.

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Glasgow subway's new smart tickets aren't, moan passengers

Kraggy

Re: Doubling? Did I miss something? Yes you did.

Er, please explain to a non-Glaswegian how I would only need one journey per working day 'cos where I live I make two journeys every working day, so 5 x 2 = 10 per week.

/confused

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Review: Asus PadFone 2 phone-tablet combo

Kraggy
FAIL

Shame UK getting an already obsolete device as 'new'

As the first poster noted via his link, this device is already obsolete as far as ASUS is concerned, they're palming off yesterday's tech. as 'new' to UK punters.

Not good ASUS, not good.

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Multimillionaire Brit games dev wants your cash for Shroud of the Avatar

Kraggy

No way

Given what Garriot did to the Ultima series with the abomination that was U9 no way will he get another penny of my cash.

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Visa to devs: Please take contents of our wallet

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WTF?

Er, it's complex because the damned CC companies made it so!

Do the PR bunnies who write this sort of thing actually use the products they're writing about?

Fact is, using a CC online was made HUGELY more of a pain when Verified By Visa and the Access equivalent came into being.

Do those parts of the banking system that foisted that horror upon us know what those propounding this simplified system are doing?

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Opera Software reinvents complete irrelevance

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Andy10 got it right

I'm not an Opera 'fanboi', I've used it on and off since version 3 (back in the days when people actually PAID for it!) and think there's a lot to like about it.

However, in the modern world of the Internet most of my browsing is done in Firefox+NoScript+AdBock, if only Opera provided the functionality of NoScript I'd probably switch over to that far more.

As Andy pointed out, Opera pioneered, if not the concept then certainly the implementation of several features of 'modern' browsers, some still not available elsewhere: I like how I can sync. my bookmarks etc. across multiple systems within the browser and not have to use a third-party site which I probably don't trust.

This 'review' is atrocious; loved the way Andy pointed out the writer's credentials! A bit of sarcasm is perfectly okay, I enjoy the odd snide remark when appropriate, but the entire piece was one long rant.

The bit about Yet Another Template Language I agree with, it's so typical of the Internet world that developers always know better than those that went and solved the problem before, and while obviously some innovation happens sometimes, mostly this effort is copying for copying's sake; I think Markup is probably that.

However, the whole 'Unite' thing has potential for the audience it's intended for, something that Ted Dziuba clearly doesn't see.

So to you Ted I throw your snappy little sub-head back at you: "Fail and You"

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