* Posts by Ben Boyle

93 posts • joined 11 May 2007

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Adpocalypse 'will wipe out display ad growth' by 2020

Ben Boyle

Re: Is it just me ....

@Kryptonaut

You'd have a fair point if the ads weren't obnoxious, invasive, or occasionally carrying a malware payload. Until the online ad industry can clean up its act, then blocking is the only way to stay safe.

Site owners should be applying pressure to the ad industry, not to their customers, if they want to keep the revenue stream.

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Blocking ads? Smaller digital publishers are smacked the hardest

Ben Boyle

Re: My heart bleeds

4. Clean up your shit so that the ad networks aren't malware vectors.

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Ireland's tech sector fears fallout of Brexit 'Yes' vote

Ben Boyle

Re: "no fixed controls on the land border between Northern Ireland and the republic"

@joeW... I will not make a leprechaun joke... I will not make a leprechaun joke... I will not make a leprechaun joke... I will not make a leprechaun joke...

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Big-screen Skype gets small farewell note

Ben Boyle

Re: I <> Everyone

Yep, holiday calls with the extended and dispersed fam are the key use case for Skype on the TV, at least in the home. I've seen businesses use it for site to site in small conference rooms too.

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Cinema boss gives up making kids turn off phones: 'That's not how they live their life'

Ben Boyle

Update from AMC

AMC just sent out an email saying that “… there will be NO TEXTING ALLOWED in any of auditoriums at AMC Theaters. Not today, not tomorrow and not in the foreseeable future.”

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Czech Republic to rebrand

Ben Boyle
Trollface

Re: Will the Czechs change their name to Czechians?

@chivo243 - Hollandaise?

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Adblock wins in court again – this time against German newspaper

Ben Boyle

Re: $22bn

Obviously they're using the same mathematicians and formulae to calculate losses as the RIAA

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FBI backs down against Apple: Feds may be able to crack killer's iPhone without iGiant's help

Ben Boyle

Re: precedent

Trying to derive a whine-whine from the loose-loose situation...

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More and more Brits are using ad-blockers, says survey

Ben Boyle

Re: @Lost all faith Same here

@Tom 13

Odd, my wife has the same reaction to Outback's food. Personally I find the over the top "aussie" accent used by their voice over people to be incredibly irritating, but I know a few others who think it;s great.

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Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic

Ben Boyle

Re: Brilliant

AFRICAN-American wall, so the Academy Awards nominations won't be a whitewash...

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Getting metal hunks into orbit used to cost a bomb. Then SpaceX's Falcon 9 landed

Ben Boyle

Now push... and pull... and PUSH....

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Rebels defeat the Empire (again) by giving BB-8 an API

Ben Boyle

Re: An API is OK, but ...

I have the Hasbro version, and it's actually fun to play with for short periods of time. The dog figured out quite quickly that if he bops the demon just the right way his head will fall off, but that's part of the joy....

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Cisco forgot to install two LEDs in routers

Ben Boyle

Re: Not Just Cisco

I have a Dell laptop (E5550) that has a numeric keypad, but no num lock indicator light. Caps lock and the hardware mic mute have lights built into the keys but not num lock.

FFS.

Ended up finding a bit of software that puts an indicator in the system tray.

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Dell: How to kill that web security hole we put in your laptops, PCs

Ben Boyle

Re: Three Keys To Improved Computer Security.

Delldos

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Commentard achieves bronze badge, goes directly to jail

Ben Boyle

Re: I've been around here for ages

Upvote for correct use and spellage of "piqued"

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ASA slaps Ebuyer AGAIN - this time for ignoring regulator

Ben Boyle

Re: This article needs an Editor

"Pidgin" English

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Hi, um, hello, US tech giants. Mind, um, mind adding backdoors to that crypto? – UK govt

Ben Boyle

Re: Own Goal

Or perhaps that's what we're meant to think.

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'T-shaped' developers are the new normal

Ben Boyle

Re: I'm pleased I don't live in a mind...

Perhaps it's less a T and more of an inverted isosceles triangle, which when converted to 3-D becomes a cone... which is rounded from some angles but still has varying depth.

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TalkTalk incident management: A timeline

Ben Boyle

TalkTalk, soon to be rebranded "Fuck. Fuuuuuuck!"

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Silicon Valley now 'illegal' in Europe: Why Schrems vs Facebook is such a biggie

Ben Boyle
Thumb Up

"Spung"... I like it. Sounds kind of unpleasant and dirty, much like the media spin on a lot of topics. Henceforth I shall use your newly coined term, Sir!

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XcodeGhost attack tapped into dev distaste for Apple's Gatekeeper

Ben Boyle

Re: Let me see...

And if you're a student or hobbyist you don't actually have to pay to download Xcode while you learn - you only need to pay the $99 when you want to submit your apps to the app store. Sell your app for $1 and you only need to punt 141 copies (allowing for the 30% apple tax) to break even...

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'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

Ben Boyle
FAIL

I tried turning off the ad blocker on my tablet

As above, I turned it off for a day or so, but the number of times an ad displaying on reddit or imgur pushed me to some crappy application in the play store before I could see the post i was trying to get to pissed me off and I turned the blocker back on.

That's the kind of shit that forces people to take steps against the ads. police the ads that your customers are pushing through your ad networks and maybe that trend will reverse. Stopping visiting a site doesn't work either because the same damned ad gets served on multiple sites and you can never predict which ad network is being used where.

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'Walter Mitty' IT manager admits to buying gun on dark web

Ben Boyle

Re: Luger

Probably an LCP - the LC9 is 9mm and that one clearly says it's a .380

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Google Adblock shock a load of cock – users mock post hoc

Ben Boyle

Re: Simple solution for google

For me it's pretty big. I've also started closing tabs on the sites that offer list of "funny" things that end up being one per page, and 3/4 of each page is ads or random links to other lists of funny things and related content.

I seriously see some of them on my tablet where the content I want is in the top left quarter of the screen (landscape) and the other 3/4 are crap that takes ages to load. Going through ten pages of that is a major nope and it seems that there are way more of those being shared as clickbait on the ad free content network of late.

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Biggest security update in history coming up: Google patches Android hijack bug Stagefright

Ben Boyle

I'm glad the manufacturers are going to push out patches, but will the carriers help or hinder the process?

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Hey, Apple! 1999 just called and it wants its voicemail avatar back

Ben Boyle

Re: Patents!

That's a very Wednesday joke for it to still be Monday. Well done that man!

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Got an Android phone? SMASH IT with a hammer – and do it NOW

Ben Boyle
Joke

Yay!

On the plus side, I have an Android phone on AT&T and half the time MMS messages never deliver content anyway, so I guess AT&T can start claiming that as a "security feature".

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Time for a brutal TELLY-OFF: Android TV versus Firefox OS

Ben Boyle

Re: I mostly agree

Same thing with my Samsung "Smart" blu-ray player.

Advertised as having Hulu support, which wasn't there initially and promised as "coming soon" then six months later they released the new models and suddenly all mention of Hulu disappeared from their web pages for my model. Bastards.

I'll stick with a dumb panel that I can plug in a PC, Raspy Pi, or Roku type device and upgrade the brains without shelling out for a new screen.

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Police investigate strange case of doughnut-licking pop singer Ariana Grande

Ben Boyle

Re: Saleswoman missed the obvious

Wrap them up individually and sell them to the celebrity crazed, bizarrely cash rich teenage fans on fleabay

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Ben Boyle

That should be "Donut try to divide us...:", Shirley?

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Ben Boyle

Might just be me but on my 1680*1050 screen the logo in the banner is looking a little jaggy.

Won;t stop me reading but I'm in the "Ewwwwwwwwwwww!" camp too. I like the overall layout of the articles on the main page but for me there's too much bright white space and it feels almost... unfinished?

And those popup/flyout leaders when you hover over the subnav are crazy annoying :/

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Vodafone pay-by-bonk launch may signal iPhone 6 NFC plans

Ben Boyle

Re: EE - Cash On Tap

Same here in the US - vending machines, 7/11, CVS Pharmacy, McDonalds. various medical offices... still get looks from some people as if I just hacked their payment systems because while it's readily available there just aren't that many people using it. I know a couple of folks who had to go to their Verizon store to get an upgraded SIM for their phones in order for it to work, so I;m figuring most just aren't bothering and unless you already have it configured and working the networks just aren't pushing it that much.

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UK.gov's e-Borders zombie still lurks under the English Channel

Ben Boyle

Same thing for immigrant visa in the US - list every visit ever made to the US, with dates, reason for travel and accommodation addresses.

Always fun when you've been back and forth at least every six months, for both business and pleasure, over the preceding six or seven years.

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VMware's Project Zombie gives dumb servers BRAAAAINS

Ben Boyle
Black Helicopters

Re: Buzzword much?

All your data are belong to U.S.

FTFY ;)

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I watched Excel meet 1-2-3, and beat it fair and square

Ben Boyle
Facepalm

Re: "The only issue..."

office 2003, Excel, OLE... have to format the cell as a date first in MM/DD/YYYY then insert your data in that format, then reset the format to DD/MM/YYYY or it fails.

Every. Damned. Time.

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UK.gov stalks jobless online to axe work refuseniks' benefits

Ben Boyle
Meh

Re: Bang on

Similar experience here - made redundant as a software dev in Somerset. JC wanted me to apply for an overnight data entry job in Plymouth because "you can type pretty well!"

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Google motors into cloud storage with Drive

Ben Boyle
Thumb Up

Re: Meh

Yup, and my educational SkyDrive account just got a bump to 7GB so I won't be jumping ship just yet

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The Pirate Bay torrents printable 3D objects

Ben Boyle
Happy

I read that as "well suited to dong"... no idea why

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Pixmania users report scam-spam bombardment

Ben Boyle
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Amazon here too

I've had mail to the account I only use for Amazon... but have bought from Pixmania through Amazon. Lucky I didn't send the big A that snarky email yesterday, then!

If it continues I guess I just create a new address for Amazon and block the old one.

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Barnes & Noble answers Microsoft's anti-Android suit

Ben Boyle
Terminator

Title

You're thinking of Borders. As far as I know B&N is ticking along alright, albeit not in the rudest of health.

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Facebook traffic mysteriously passes through Chinese ISP

Ben Boyle
FAIL

Facebook account security settings

Those will be the ones that magically reset themselves to OFF every couple of weeks. You have to keep an eye on the address bar as it's the only indication that you're using the SSL encrypted connection to failbook's servers.

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Giffgaff shudders to a halt

Ben Boyle
Boffin

Thump it a couple of times

Ah, the old "percussive maintenance routine"

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Android rebellion: How to tame your stupid smartphone

Ben Boyle
Go

FB Contacts

You can link facebook to your contacts and get the images... at least on AT&T's Galaxy S variant (Captivate). Bring up the menu in your contacts app and select "Get Friends", add your facebook account and it will download your facebook contacts and link them where the names are the same. You can manually link the ones where there are differences (e.g I have a contact named "Angie" on my phone but she's "Angela" on facebook) and if you only want the linked contacts to display in the list then turn off facebook in the display options.

Simples. And really quite effective.

The captivate has a dedicate search button too.

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Polaroid 300 instant print camera

Ben Boyle
Stop

meh

it's a rebadged Fuji Instax Mini 7 (and Fuji Instax Mini film) with a different colour scheme and a higher price.

Buy the Fuji and save yourselves some money.

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UK border security ring-o-steel flagged 48,000 travellers

Ben Boyle
Go

Purdah

Purdah as lifted last Wednesday (12th May) - at least for some of us.

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UK IT job outfit punts 491 private email addys

Ben Boyle
Megaphone

Of course...

... the personal apology will be created by simply replying to "All" and sending everyone the mailing list all over again ;)

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Flat-pack plug designer wins top award

Ben Boyle
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So...

... when can we expect to see these hit the market? I'd LOVE to be able to pack my carry on and laptop cases with these rather than having to fudge the current plugs in.

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Doctors tell government to stop the health records roll-out

Ben Boyle
Stop

Title goes here

My GP's surgery sent letters out to all their patients including opt-out forms and suggesting that people fill them in and return forthwith. Surprisingly, it was also accompanied by an intelligent fact sheet discussing pros and cons, with very little bias in the information.

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Mobile-phone wallet stymied by lack of understanding

Ben Boyle

@Matt K

My understanding is that it's predicated on two concepts - the first that you always have your phone with you and the second that you already have a billing relationship with your phone provider. I seem to recall that early trials were based on adding the cost of the item you're purchasing to your phone bill but I may well be wrong.

The whole concept always struck me as flawed anyway.

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