* Posts by Adrian 4

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Inside GOV.UK: 'CHAOS' and 'NIGHTMARE' as trendy Cabinet Office wrecked govt websites

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Re: Yep - it's terrible

Huge text is indeed a scourge. However, it's often accompanied by tiny text. I have minimum font sizes set in my browser to make them readable, but the page designs can't handle that and mangle all the formatting.

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Panicked teen hanged himself after receiving ransomware scam email

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Re: Sad, and not good enough

Yes. Yes, I do.

They do a lot more harm than terrorists, or badly parked motorists.

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Google cuts Microsoft and pals some slack in zero-day vuln crusade – an extra 14 days tops

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Re: Good Job

Of course there are some bugs that take longer than 90 days to fix (and test and release). But if one lot of researchers have found it, so will another - and they might be exploiting it. Just because it takes a while to fix doesn't mean the blackhats will hold off too.

If 90 days is too short, then the vendor should offer a workaround instead, or at least a warning to disable some feature. Just keeping it quiet isn't a reasonable option.

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Let's be clear, everyone: DON'T BLOCK Wi-Fi, DUH – FCC official ruling

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And concentrate all your usage on a single account, which may have an unused data allocation. If you have a separate account for phone, tablet etc. you'll be paying for two, perhaps underused numbers.

That's for the UK model, anyway. If the US allows multiple SIMs on the same account, the reason is less obvious.

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'Camera-shy' Raspberry Pi 2 suffers strange 'XENON DEATH FLASH' glitch

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Re: Is this issue

Possibly. They're quite popular for arty / student projects, and may not be boxed, or be boxed in clear acrylic. It would be a pity to crash unexpectedly when someone takes a picture.

It's not a showstopper, but it's useful to know, and be able to take precautions.

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RIP Windows RT: Microsoft murders ARM Surface, Nokia tablets

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Re: hmm

This is good, right ?

Because what people understand as a PC is dead, except for niche markets lke developers.

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Come and Twiddle Tek Gear's one handed keyboard

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Re: It sounds like a dead end to me.

It's crying out for a 3d-printed clone.

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Microsoft eyes slice of Raspberry Pi with free Windows 10 sprinkled on top

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Re: Wait a minute...

RT slabs are dead.

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Re: Now this explains it

I'd say the most useful IoT thing this would improve is video recognition. The link to the camera is one of the few that isn't severely bandwidth limited, so the extra ram and processing is useful.

Media ? who cares - the android TV addons handle that.

Windows ? no point, see another posting I wrote

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Re: Good work MS

It'll be some bizarrely crippled version, like office for tablets which won't work on a large screen.

But, that apart, it completely misses the point. The only reason people use Windows is for the applications. It's not the familiarity (all lost with 8.1 anyway), or the reliability (lol) or security (lololol). It's because LeisureSuitLarry95 or AdobePhotoshopfreewithconflakes2000 runs on it.

And this isn't true for an ARM processor, so it won't attract anyone. Even the Surface, with an executive-friendly look but the same restriction didn't attract anyone.

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

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Re: Video playback

But it's not a computer, it's an appliance like a set top box. It doesn't matter what it runs on.

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Re: PoE

Chicken/egg problem, I think. Can't sell PoE unless the user has a PoE hub, no need for a PoE hub without lots of gadgets that use it. And most consumers use wireless anyway.

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Re: Competitors dead in the water?

@Voland's right hand

Useful comments, but it DOES have a real power plug : you can provide power through the "gpio" pin header.

I would never use a barrel jack on a permanent installation : I'd rather use the micro usb. But the right way to do it imho is to make a carrier board with a suitable power supply and any signal conditioning / pin protection etc. and drop the pi (or even the naked version) onto that. Then use proper connectors like the green plugin ones or whatever the rest of your system uses to connect it in.

Microusb is just for bench lashups. Barrel jacks are a bygone age, barely good enough even for chargers.

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Smartphones merge into homogeneous mass as 'flagship fatigue' bites

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There are lies, damned lies, and statistics. Just choose the numbers that support the story you want to tell.

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Re: There's always a trade off

If instead she bought a 2-year-old PC (that had been top of the line when new) and changed it after 3 years, she'd get much the same deal for about 25% of the cost. As with cars, but even more effective.

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'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment

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So you go to the park, play football with your kids, post pictures online. And have to track down the dog-walkers who walked through the frame.

It may have good intentions, but for practical reasons, this law is just silly. Sadly, UK is heading in the same direction.

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Windows tablet price war FINALLY has 'em prying open wallets

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Re: Storming a Dying Market

I wouldn't be so confident about them grabbing market share : a purchase isn't a user.

I bought the WIndows variant of a Asus tablet because it had USB3, unlike the Android variant. I figured I could live with it until I found an alternative OS. It's mostly served to confirm my dislike for Windows 8, and most certainly doesn't count as meaningful sale.

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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ORLY ?

"The police and the security services are not asking for new powers. Rather, they are asking for the retention of what they already have but are now losing," he told the House.

Or, to put it another way, they'd like to get away with their illegal surveillance without the fear of being outed.

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Sly peers attempt to thrust hated Snoopers' Charter into counter-terror and security bill

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Re: The whole fast-track process is flawed

We don't have supreme leaders here, except sarcastically. We have public servants, and the ultimate servant - the bottom of the heap - is Cameron.

Never let them forget it.

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REGARD our TINY but POWERFUL LASER, suitable for very SMALL sharks

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Came to the comments to moan about 'Microwave laser'. Found all 3 previous commenters had beaten me to it.

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

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Re: Try Vote for Policies

That's all very well, but it's the policies they don't tell you about and the policies they fail to implement that really matter. The glossy magazine is just for elections.

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Australia tries to ban crypto research – by ACCIDENT

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Re: ...everyone follows all the laws

The political establishment is ensuring only idiots get to be PM by alllowing only idiots to stand. We're stuck with them until we get a 'none of the above' vote.

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Global PC market's not dead, it's just resting – Gartner

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Why does anyone even care ?

We don't make them here, or any of the parts. We're just consumers of them as tools. Office chairs are more important to the country/industry than PC manufacturing is.

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BAN email footers – they WASTE my INK, wails Ctrl+P MP

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Re: Obligations

It's only a legal requirement because someone passed a law saying it should be. It can just as easily be made not a requirement.

Better still, put the company information in headers where it can be used properly instead of in free text.

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El Reg tests portable breathalyzers: Getting drunk so you don't have to

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WTF?

Where's part 2 ..

with the teardowns ?

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European data law: UK.gov TRASHES 'unambiguous consent' plans

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Consent

Once .gov has applied a more liberal definition of consent to the law, can it stop wasting taxpayers money on Mr Assange's personal escort ?

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

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Re: I think Big Trak...

Bigger trak.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa681uSqbvc

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It's all coming back with hackspaces though. You can't keep a good inventor down.

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Re: ICF7600D

The Sony looks a bit modern for that era - I remember the Grundig World Boy or somesuch as the state of the art.

I mostly got thrown-out valve radios with about 10 bands though. Lots of late-night listening with glowing dials.

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Dotcom 'saved' Xmas for Xbox – but no one can save Sony's titsup PlayStation Network

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Why do they do this, anyway ? Aren't games just for something to do when the interwebs are broken ?

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Re: AlbertH

Spittle, maybe.

But can you identify something Microsoft released that works properly ? Or anything, really, except perhaps TeX.

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Re: It's a trap!

Tricky, if their Cunning Plan is to take Tor down.

I don't see a real downside to encouraging DDos on game sites though. Perhaps it will make people reconsider the advantages of systems that still work when someone else's infrastructure is broken.

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Ireland: Hey, you. America. Hands off Microsoft's email cloud servers

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Re: Location of servers or corporate headquarters doesn't matter in a connected world

So what if local (irish) law enforcement rolls up and threatens datacentre employees in a similar way, except that the requirement is to secure the data ?

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Re: So if the Houses of Parliament are now using the latest MS Word for documents...

Not really. The H of P rolled over years ago.

It's laughable that some politicians claim to object to the EU (in which they can vote) 'telling us what to do' but seem to have no problem being America's bitch.

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

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Re: If she likes the colour ...

That's all very well, but can you imagine the nightmare of persuading her that you didn't buy her Windows 8 as some sort of premeditated torture ?

At least if you put Linux on it you've got some hope of making it do what she wants with only trivial UI differences. It won't be actively fighting her (and you).

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NSA's Christmas Eve confession: We unlawfully spied on you for 12 years, soz

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Re: Reading between the lines...

Be fair.

If they were going to release it before the journalists got drunk, it would have to be at 9 am on a monday.

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Bring back big gov, right? If only the economics, STUPID, could tell us more

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Investment, investment, investment

If economic growth was achieved by state investment into the ideas of earlier inventors, it doesn't necessarily mean that the earlier work was done under conditions that encouraged innovation. It means that invention without investment to put the ideas into action is fruitless.

State control may once have been a good way to get investment into long-term plans, making use of the science to grow technology. I'm not sure that's any longer the case, as politicians have become short-term thinkers just like the financial markets.

The answer is to understand the actual reasons for technological and / or economic growth, rather than using cargo-cult science to attempt to generate growth by re-creating previous conditions.

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Amazon, Docker hop in bed: What happens in Vegas WON'T stay in Vegas

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The nice thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from

How often do we have to re-invent the 'clean' operating system interface ?

I refer m'learned friends to xkcd 927.

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Google sues Mississippi Attorney General 'for doing MPAA's dirty work'

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Re: Only in America

@Ivan : I think you'll find that seats in the house of Lords are usually given to 'promote people out of the way' - ie to shut them up.

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BACK OFF, KIM KARDASHIAN. BlackBerry CEO is NOT into SENSATIONALISM

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FAIL

biz platform ? i thought it was a spam platform.

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Sacre block! French publishers to sue Adblock maker – report

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Re: Money speaks, as usual

My initial reaction too, but having investigated I'm happy to keep using it.

https://adblockplus.org/en/acceptable-ads

This seems a reasonable policy : I stay in control, but the default is to block the distracting and annoying stuff.

The only thing that article doesn't cover is charging - in fact, it states "no one can buy their way onto the whitelist". Perhaps there's an 'admin charge'.

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CoreOS's Docker-rival Rocket: We drill into new container contender

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Containers all the way down

Isn't the point of an operating sytem to provide process isolation whilst offering standardised services ?

Of course, those services develop in different ways, and eventually we have the problem that our processes depend on the rapidly diverging 'standard' services.

I guess next month's thing will be a container virtualisation model, so we can substitute the app container or containing OS of our choice.

http://xkcd.com/927/

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Re: @Chris W Haven't we been here before

You'd reboot your system (or start a VM, make space for another box etc.) just to write a letter ?

Hint : nobody writes letters much now.

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Give nerds their own PRIVATE TRAIN CARRIAGES, say boffins

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Re: Take this train to Luton, um, I mean Bedford

Or take the X5 coach, which is rarely crowded and has free wifi.

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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RS-232

If it's late, will there be the compensation of a free RS232 interface lead ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDlj0jBtYmQ

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

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Chrome isn't free software. It's just that it isn't bought with cash.

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

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Re: Maybe we need an alternative

4chan, much ?

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Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

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Re: Good question....

Wasn't the Lost in Space robot just Robby, moonlighting ?

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Seems a bit Austin Powers meets Charlies Angels. But the name R.U.R. has an excellent pedigree.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA8wy6nnYLs

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You would include Roy Batty, and not Rachael ? Or Pris ?

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