* Posts by Chris 3

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Cheers Ireland! That sorts our Safe Harbour issues out – Dropbox

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Its not clear to me whether...

The move is to do with data legislation, or Dropbox attempting a little tax avoidance. Comments?

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All Mac owners should migrate to OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 ASAP

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Re: ...you're out of luck.

Hang on? I've got 10.10.3 running on a 2007 iMac with 3Gigs of RAM. I agree about the stupidity of the new 21" iMacs not having accessible RAM slots, but if you've got one of those, it wouldn;t have shipped with less than 8Gigs.

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Duh

It's here for download https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1804?locale=en_GB

Not exactly sure what you mean by 'babysitting a GUI app'. The Appstore pretty good at resuming interrupted downloads. Sounds like you want to be angry for the sake of it.

... Whereas you could be quite reasonably angry about them not providing patches for Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks.

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GitHub jammed by injected JavaScript, servers whacked by DDoS

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Re: 2008?

> not sure how "startup" became a synonym for "new"

They aren't synonyms - as can be seen from the way that the article applies startup to a 2008 company.

Hence startup is a state of mind. You're the one confusing yourself.

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Virgin Media takes its time on website crypto upgrade

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And they have a ludicrous mandatory weak password policy too

It's been a few months since I wrestled with trying to reset a mail password on Virgin, but it used to be hilariously bad. The system disallowed my choices for being too long, then for having a space in, then for having the wrong kind of punctuation in the wrong places. Amateurs.

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Audi TT: It's NOT a hairdresser-mobile, the dash is too flash

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So it's impossible for your passenger to put on music?

Quite often on long journeys, its nice for the wife to be able to channel surf or put some music on or whatever, while I concentrate on the road. This looks to be impossible with this set-up. Yes?

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Breaking news: BBC FINALLY spots millions of mugshots on cop database

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Re: Does it matter if the beeb were late?

Personally, I think Newsnight did it on purpose to see if they could give the reg staffer some kind of smugness-embolism.

Did Kelly survive? That's what I want to know.

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Siri? Are you seeing another man?

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It's articles like this...

That make me yearn for the dear, departed 'rate this article' widget, so I could hit '1'.

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NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!

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Re: Really?!

> No. What caused their downfall was being forced to do what Microsoft wanted.

No. Their downfall was already well underway by then.

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Reg mobile man: National roaming plan? Oh UK.gov, you've GOT to be joking

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But what the network cannot do is roll out services when it does not have the network in place.

... Except for all the VNOs like Tesco who do just that.

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Does Father Christmas expect a happy ending with Clara in Doctor Who?

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Alternatively, Capaldi's been the best doctor for while and the writing has been imaginative, with a good mix of scares and laughs and a nice bit of nuanced character writing. In addition the plots have gone back to comparatively simple but entertaining story, compared with the overly baroque 'the doctor save the entire universe again this week, with some time-whimey paradox which is never fully explained'.

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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

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Re: I'm just glad it's over

Not really. She started as magic-pixie-impossible-girl and ended up as a character with a bit of emotional depth and complexity.

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An enjoyable episode that finished an enjoyable series

Some fine acting from the The Doctor and Clara, a series in which the Doctor's morality is put under the lens, siome nice character driven episodes, a few properly scary ones. Some laughter, a few damp eyes and the return of the master (and no she's not dead).

Overall a cracking return to form for what is - let's face it - a kids show that adults can enjoy watching too.

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Pixel mania: Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display

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Re: Value for money?

> The idea that anyone is editing 4K images at 1:1 and needs the extra space for toolbars etc. is classic Apple iWank. If you're editing those images, you're zoomed in

How do you figure that? Why would I want to zoom in when editing?

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Re: Wotta lotta pixels

All Macs come with really good calibration capabilities courtesy of Colorsync Utility. You can get an idea of what it does by watching as someone pootles through its menus here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ah_EpObQ1PE

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

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Re: Why proud, confident or assured maybe?

> I'm not "Proud to be hetro" it's just what is.

Yes, but that's because you're not part of a minority who until recently were classified as criminal and who (for example) have to think twice before holding hands in the streets.

You don't have to think long and hard about the effect announcing your sexuality would have on family, friends, stockholders and customers.

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Microsoft left red-faced after DMCAs dished out to Windows bloggers

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This is going to make the Minecraft community even more nervous.

... and they're already pretty nervous about what it means for all the game channels on Youtube.

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'Bill Gates swallowing bike on a beach' is ideal password say boffins

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Re: Not compatible

See also Virgin Media, where their passwords have to be something like more than 6 and less than 10 and don't allow spaces etc. Sigh.

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Windows 10's 'built-in keylogger'? Ha ha, says Microsoft – no, it just monitors your typing

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Re: Server Preview Fopah!

Its almost as if it's a really early preview and some boiler plate text and code has been left in there. Astonishing.

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Re: Key Strikes Yes - Letters NO

Hmmm, I can see how it would be useful to (for example) capture strings that were typed into the help box, or into command lines.

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Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets

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Re: "operator-led NFC payments system"

Why, what's Apple done 'of late'?

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Re: Glostermeteor If they say yes...

I was pondering the fact that England might be able to stick with BST all year around, perhaps with double summertime?

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Netflix releases home-grown DDoS detectors

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All the news coverage of this story....

....should be generating plenty of false positives.

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

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Odd. been working all day here

... From what I can tell.

I have my own domain, but mails are forwarded to my old NTLWorld mailboxes. I haven't seen any disruption today at all, I don't think.

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Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3

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Re: Camera

Why? Because they have them with them, that's why - and don't feel the need to carry another piece of equipment.

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

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Re: An old friend

I seem to remember that it started out as an e-mail newsletter didn't it - pre-Web. Or am I wrong?

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Canadian ISP Shaw falls over with 'routing' sickness

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Re: The 512 BGP Routes problem, presumably?

Oops - quite so, thanks.

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The 512 BGP Routes problem, presumably?

My guess is that this is a symptom of the Internet reaching 512 BGP routes today. I'm not a router expert, but as I understand it 512 is the default max size on some older routers. Shaw isn't the only one having some problems today.

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Fiendishly complex password app extension ships for iOS 8

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Re: Strong password to protect pictures of kittens.... WHY??!

Try Virginmedia's borked e-mail set-up - e-mail passwords, must be between 8 and 10 characters long, must start with a letter, cannot contain spaces. And apparently some word combinations are forbidden. Trying to generate something secure is horrendous.

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

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Re: Oh come on

> Virgin leads a fine example of why this is not always the answer.

As does ITV Player.

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20 years on: eWorld, Apple's spectacular online 'portal' failure

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There was never any sense of a community there

... Which is why I stuck with CIX. Happy days.

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AV for Mac

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Re: AV for Mac

I suppose the first question that I should ask is - what are the symptoms and what makes you think it's malware? I've seen a few occasions when people have suspected malware and it turned out to be something else - so what is the machine doing?

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TrueCrypt turmoil latest: Bruce Schneier reveals what he'll use instead

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Re: So fork it

The most recent version also changes the license terms.

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Mozilla agrees to add DRM support to Firefox – under protest

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Re: What's wrong with it?

> 1. You have to pay for the content. There is a ton of free content on the Internet, I have never seen any need to go to pay per view sites.

Therefore you don't have to pay for content - no-one is forcing you to watch DRM'd content

> 2. You can only watch it on one computer. But I downloaded it on this computer and now I want to watch it on another one - not happening. Get your credit card out and pay for it again.

That depends entirely on the content owner and the way the content is licensed. You may be able to run it on multiple computers, but not simultaneously, or any number of computers on the same subnet, or.... the permutations are many. It's up to you to decide whether you like it or not. I don't like the DRM on iTunes movies, so never purchase from there. I'm fine with the DRM on Steam.

> 3. I downloaded this before my computer crashed. I rebuilt it, but now I can't play it. That's because the secret key is gone. Easily fixed, pay for it again.

Again, you're making assumptions about the way that DRM is implemented.

> 4. I saved it when I watched it last week and now it won't play. That's because it is time-bombed. Pay for it again.

Again, you're making assumptions about the way that DRM is implemented. This one is likely, but seriously - you have the choice not to buy it.

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Apple pulls iPhone 4 from sale in India after just four months

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Re: Inventory

Actually, I think you've hit upon the most plausible reason, there.

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Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

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Possible problem with the questions, rather than Americans.

Much as a nice bit of America-bashing is fun? Don't the questions look a bit off to anyone else?

Am I sure that the universe began with a big bang well yes - or was it inflation?

Am I confident that it started 13.8bn years ago? Of course not. I know it's meant to be about 13, but if I was asked on the street whether it was 13.8 I would certainly say I was "Not at all confident".

How many of you would actually say you were confident, without looking it up?

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Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED

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Yes of course...

... the reason Apple products sell is because anyone who buys them are idiots. That must be the reason, obviously.

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Just what could be inside Dropbox's new 'Home For Life'?

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Marketing Slurry

My new favourite phrase. Well done.

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Life support turned off: NHS Direct dies silent, undignified death

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iI found it useful

When we had our first sprog, she had a number of illnesses and I have to say that NHS was remarkably helpful at 3am giving good pragmatic advice about whether to take her into A&E or wait until morning.

Sad to see it go.

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GPs slam NHS England for poor publicity of data grab plan

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No leaflet here

East London - nothing as far as I know.

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Vultures circle to feast on carcass of free remote desktop service LogMeIn

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Re: Hell hath no fury

The issue, as far as I was concerned was that I have 6 days to get an alternative installed on my 90 year old father's Mac. The notice was rather short.

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Google stabs Wikipedia in the front

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For me, the knowledge-graph snippets marked the point where Google became evil-ish, from a Website owner's point of view.

The social compact between Google and a site had always been simple. "If I set my robots file to let you in, Googe - you can index my content and link to it from your search results. You get to put ads on your Google home page, I get extra traffic to put ads and cross-promote other services on my site".

With the new system, however that compact is broken. The Web site no longer (necessarily) gets extra traffic. Instead Google is effectively screen-scraping content into its own database and presenting the information to its users directly.

While it may be convenient for Google's users, it's not healthy for the Web as a whole. The solution? Robots.txt needs to be extended so that in addition to the allow/don't allow directives Web site owners can state whether they are happy for information on the site to be excerpted.

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No sign of Half-Life 3 but how about FOURTEEN Steam Machine makers?

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Re: 65 million users, but all of them already have a PC with Steam installed

Some of us have Macs. (ducks)

To be honest, while I enjoy gaming in the office, if I could play TF2 or Left for Dead 2 or whatever on the big screen downstairs, I'd be tempted. Particularly as (for Valve titles at least) I wouldn't need to rebuy the software

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BBC's 3D blunder BLASTED OUR BRAINS – Doctor Who fans

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Re: "Tax" - really?

Sounds like you need to tune into Radio 4Extra, you can get all the broadcasts of The Navy Lark, Round The Horn and The Men From The Ministry you desire.,

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GOV.UK swells organ donor signups by 10,000 a month

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Re: trust me, I'm a healthcare professional

Hang on, that says that *your* wishes are pre-eminent, not your next of kin. What's wrong with that?

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Ohh! The PRECIOUS! Give it to uss. We WANTS it: Shiny iThings coming in 2014

Chris 3

Re: re:we have devices made of the best

Since the last G3 iMacs were phased out over 10 years ago, that shows some remarkable longevity.

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

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Re: DAB Bashing

The Roberts DAB I have runs very happily for about 4 days of intensive listening on rechargable AAs, Personally I got DAB because I value the wider variety of stations - 6 Music and 4 Extra in particular. I also nipped down to Halfords and got one for the car.

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Post-PC era? Post-MAC era! OS X Mavericks 'upgrade' ruins iWorks

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Re: I'm getting uneasy

I left my wife's machine on 10.6.8 but I have to say this is the first upgrade since then that has made me tempted to upgrade it. 10.9 is a really nice OS and there really isn't much convergent UI going on.

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Naughty Flash Player BURIED ALIVE in OS X Mavericks Safari sandbox

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Re: Ummm, this isn't new...

You made me check and yes you're right and I'm wrong.. I made the incorrect assumption that when I saw the Flash plugin running as a separate process in Activity Monitor it was sandboxed.

I'll leave the original post just so this thread makes sense.

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Chris 3

Ummm, this isn't new...

The Flash plugin has indeed been in its own sandbox since Lion... as sort hinted at in the article. I'm confused as to why this is news now.

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