* Posts by Craig 2

149 posts • joined 1 Jul 2009

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Back to school: Six of the smartest cheap 'n' cheerful laptops

Craig 2
Joke

Re: One wonders why TheReg even bothers to do those articles?

"if your friends put their hands into hot lava, would you?"

Couple of points:

If it was called the "Lava hand challenge" then probably yes.

What other kind of lava is there?

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Biz that OK'd Edward Snowden for security clearance is fined $30m for obvious reasons

Craig 2
Trollface

So the failings of USIS were exposed by a whistleblower who was thanked by the DoJ. If only there were more whisleblowers exposing corrupt organizations....

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The Ashley Madison files – are people really this stupid?

Craig 2

Re: Framed?

"Any chance that those addresses belonging to regular blokes were really frame jobs done by someone else?"

That would be my excuse when faced with a spouse's accusations :)

"That Dave from marketing is a real joker..."

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DIGITAL DOPING might make you a Tour de Virtual cycling champion

Craig 2

The Garmin edge 705 has a barometric altimeter which differ from GPS derived altitudes. (Not sure if those smartphones have a barometric sensors.)

The altitude "cliffs" mentioned above can be sensor blockages or atmospheric changes. If you ride for a while, have an hour pub lunch, then continue riding the conditions could have changed (atmospheric pressure) and it will show as a sudden cliff. Most websites allow "fixing" of elevation using their own topographical maps.

GPS recording is always going to be a "best-guess" effort, the only way to get a precision recording of performance is on a properly timed & measured course. GPS data is also wide open to modification to create fake times & distances. (Search digital EPO)

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Apple tries to patent facial recognition

Craig 2

"automatically find a person's contacts in an image and share the photos with those contacts."

After actually reading the article it sounds like the patent is more about "automagically" sharing a photo with the subjects, if they are in the photographer's contacts. I've no idea if that's been done before?

Don't let that get in the way of a good Apple / USPTO rant though :P

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'Sunspots drive climate change' theory is result of ancient error

Craig 2

Another day, another "What we thought we knew might be wrong" article....

For the record I'm not a denier, skeptic or believer. I just think the question of what's driving (possible) global warming is way beyond solving by us, given our present scientific & technological abilities.

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Hands off, Apple! Irish dev studio sues over alleged iWatch infringement

Craig 2

Re: I love it when Apple...

Indeed, but are Probendi actively using the trademark or are they just a patent troll? They say that they are developing a competing watch product that will use the title, but are they really just waiting for an Apple pay-day?

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Peak Google? Chocolate Factory cuts costs amid dwindling growth

Craig 2
Facepalm

What do they expect? Massive year on year growth in perpetuity? Oh yea, it's shareholders we're talking about....

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Chrome, Debian Linux, and the secret binary blob download riddle

Craig 2

In my (admittedly limited) opinion, it looks like it's changing for the worse, and I hope nobody "gets over it".

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LastPass got hacked: Change your master password NOW

Craig 2

ahahahahahahahahahahaha... ad infinitum

I feel like smug scum for laughing at people's pain, but I just can't help it....

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Testing Windows 10 on Surface 3: Perfect combo or buggy embuggerance?

Craig 2
Trollface

Re: As it turned out, Microsoft's success was limited

"Have you ever thought about a career in diplomacy?"

They (The Reg) don't want to lose any chance of getting Microsoft review units in the same way the don't get Apple gear.

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

Craig 2

Re: Too old to remember

Ditto. In any case, I would bet the circles of real / virtual criminals (aka. burglars / hackers) don't have much overlap.

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' – from his PASSENGER seat

Craig 2

In my book, just the fact that the flight control & entertainment systems are linked is proof of negligence and reckless endangerment by the manufacturer.

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With WWDC looming, Apple kicks out third iOS 8.4 beta

Craig 2
Trollface

Re: Huh?

They post stuff like that to expose suckers like you: mission accomplished.

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Microsoft: It's TRUE, you'll get Android and iOS apps in WINDOWS

Craig 2

Embrace.......

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MONSTROUS iPhone sales are CANNIBALIZING iPads, gabbles Apple CEO

Craig 2

Re: Showoffs

I've bought iPhones for my OH because I like an easy life. Some things are just worth the money.

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Cash register maker used same password – 166816 – non-stop since 1990

Craig 2

"Forensics had even established which songs were played based on the logged keys."

Hmmmm, fairly impressive. Tell me their score for for bonus points...

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What's broken in this week's Windows 10 build? Try the Start Menu, for one

Craig 2

They do not sound like "it's almost finished" type bugs!

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Dot-sucks sucks, say lawyers: ICANN urged to kill 'shakedown' now

Craig 2

Shock horror! Domain registration companies fleecing trademark holders.

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Adobe Flash fix FAIL exposes world's most popular sites

Craig 2

Re: Last week I finally uninstalled Flash across our office

All it needs to marginalize flash is a significant portion of people to do this. Any offending sites would soon be updated to make them HTML5 compatible. If you can't yet commit to fully uninstalling, set the plugin permission to ask; you'll be surprised how little you need it.

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.Free domains at Amazon while Google says bye to .family

Craig 2

Really?? They're just picking random words out of the dictionary now!

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Microsoft announces Windows 10 and Azure for humanity's implacable IoT foes

Craig 2

As far as I can see, the cloud (and persistant internet connectivity in general) is all about control. Taking it out of the hands of customers and into the hands of corporations. Revoking licences, changing terms, disabling functionality or whatever they please is simple if everything is forced through a central server.

I feel like I'm a luddite, but no thanks to all that.

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

Craig 2

Re: Going back to the 50s

You've got bigger issues than the loss of £150, trust me.

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Reckon YOU can write better headlines than us? Great – apply within

Craig 2

Cue sarcastic comments about inserting random unrelated pictures into every article :D

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ACHTUNG! Scary Linux system backdoor turns boxes into DDoS droids

Craig 2

Yes, the article doesn't really specify how you get infected and whether it needs human intervention.

How are people supposed to effectively troll the security or lack thereof in their chosen favourite OSs without the full details!?

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How's this for customer service: Comcast calls bloke an A**HOLE – and even puts it in print

Craig 2

He probably meant to put it into a "Customer notes" box that only employees can see!

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'People ACTUALLY CONFUSE Facebook and the internet in some places'

Craig 2

eBay...

I'm not surprised eBay is losing money, its website has turned into a bloated POS. From constantly showing spurious "Sorry, can't perform that action", to the ongoing attempt to turn it into a "Shopping Destination".

For example, changing the "Saved Searches" link into "Searches you follow". WTF? Saved searches = searches that I saved. What the hell does it mean to "follow" a search? There are a million similar tweaks that don't add any functionality and just obfuscate the true meaning, all in the name of making it more "social". They should concentrate on making the best tat-selling site instead of trying to compete with the likes of Amazon.

/rant over

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One Sync to rule them all: How Microsoft plans to fix OneDrive

Craig 2

That stage has already been reached and it's a huge improvement.

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Space Commanders lock missiles on Elite's Frontier Devs

Craig 2
Flame

Still haven't forgiven Braben for the buggy POS that was Frontier, I think I'll wait until some comprehensive reviews come out. I think Ian Bell was responsible for most of the actual gameplay elements of the original Elite, David Braben is more a of a maths whiz who likes making "universe simulators" rather than good games. If Ian Bell's website has any truth in it, Braben is also a bit of a childish dick.

Or am I just old and bitter? ;)

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TALE OF FAIL: Microsoft offers blow-by-blow Azure outage account

Craig 2
Facepalm

Cloud services: You are the beta testers.

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Searching to destroy ... Bing? Facebook JILTS Microsoft

Craig 2

Re: Does this article...

It's the brave new world! More whitespace, more pictures, less information. I know everything has to be tablet-centric these days, but surely a lot of readers browse The Register as I do: At work on a PC, when I should be doing something more productive!

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Social media data is RIDDLED with human behaviour errors, boffins warn

Craig 2

The posts of many social media users doesn't reflect their real lives?? NO SHIT!!

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TalkTalk email goes titsup FOR DAYS. Cheapo telco warns: Changing password WON'T fix it

Craig 2

Anyone using ISP's own email is mad, and anyone using TalkTalk's is doubly mad!

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DNA survives fiery heat of re-entry on test rocket

Craig 2

Re: Alas...

Sadly, this gives me 2 simultaneous thoughts:

1. That can't possibly be true, nobody would be that self-centered.

2. It probably is true.

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Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

Craig 2
Joke

Re: The comet is heavier now. how will it affect its course ?

Yes, but the Earth is lighter by the mass of the probe so it all cancels out! :P

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Hide your Macs, iPhones and iPads: WireLurker nasty 'heralds new era'

Craig 2

Re: The myth is that all malware is viruses.

The Mac is pretty irrelevant to virus writers.

People wrongly extrapolate this to it being more resistant to malware.

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The Flash lives up to its name with a fast-paced pilot full of potential

Craig 2

Zoom, zoom, zoom!

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Microsoft: Cloud-o-bile still only small slice of softening revenue pie

Craig 2

Re: hmmmm

In case Steve Ballmer tries to come back?

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Apple tool: Buying an iPhone in a carpark? Find out if it's STOLEN

Craig 2
Joke

Re: "Bloke said not to open box until he leaves"

The article is about bent phones, not phones that may have been bent.

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Snowden shouldn't be extradited to US if he testifies about NSA spying, says Swiss gov

Craig 2
Joke

So if Snowden can possibly gain immunity to extradition in any country that has a grudge against the US spying, he'd be free to travel most of the world eventually.

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Tim Cook on pale, male Apple: 'As CEO, I'm NOT satisfied'

Craig 2

The article, and most of the comments read like an Onion story. It's getting harder to determine parody from reality these days.

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

Craig 2

One of the points that always seem to be missed is that before all the price cuts, they were ALL making OVER 50% profits. (Assuming they can still turn a profit now) They were raking it in!

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

Craig 2
Coat

The sad thing is that before he set off, he was sat in there for 3 hours with the keys in the ignition waiting for a certain Rolling Stones track to come on...

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NO TIME to read Facebook? Delegate the task to your FUTURE SELF

Craig 2

Re: Alternatively...

You could tag stuff you don't want to see as such and if you do it a few times it simply won't appear any more. Unfollow spammy groups and spammy people. My feed is 99% full of things I want to see posted by people I want to see it from. Also, adding everyone in the known universe to make it look like you have hundreds of friends is NOT a good idea.

Instead of moaning, try learning.

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Google's Pankhurst doodle doo-doo shows the perils of using Google to find stuff out

Craig 2

Sounds like this would be a Q.I. "Nobody Knows!" moment...

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NASA: ALIENS and NEW EARTHS will be ours inside 20 years

Craig 2

Much as I love all the exciting space stuff happening in recent years, seeing these new 'Earths' will be a real kid-in-a-sweetshop-look-but-don't-touch moment. We'll be able to see all these amazing things and never* touch them. Given that, still can't wait to see :)

*never - Not in my lifetime and probably quite a few more generation's lifetimes!

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Conformist Google: Android devices must LOOK, WORK ALIKE

Craig 2

Re: Slow learners?

They're not saying one UI for all devices, just that manufacturers have to stick more to their (Google's) stock UI for each device.

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Google Glass faces UK cinema ban: Heaven forbid someone films you crying in a rom-com

Craig 2
Thumb Up

The MPAA need to keep cracking down on illegal recording when new devices appear, because it's been working great so far!

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

Craig 2
Stop

Drilling holes, cursing at flat-pack furniture, removing spiders, spending hours starting the petrol mower. These are the things that build character in a man. Anyone bloke who buys one of these is chipping away at his innate manliness and will eventually start getting urges to watch box-sets of "Sex in the city" and buying stuff like Nivea exfoliating face scrub for men!

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Firefighters deliver trapped student from GIANT GERMAN LADYPARTS

Craig 2

Why wasn't the tagline "Dick gets stuck in vagina"?

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