* Posts by Mr Ian

63 posts • joined 24 Jul 2009

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FunnyJunk lawyer doubles down on Oatmeal Operation Bear Love

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In an act of rage, I won't be visiting this website for a month. What utter trash this article turned out to be :(

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Total War Battles: Shogun

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I don't understand why someone gave the article such a negative review, so I had to tip the scales. As a huge fan of all of the Total War series, yet not an iOS user, I had to give it a read anyway. It's quite interesting to see what they've done to get around the limitations of mobile gaming... but it still looks pretty good, doesn't it!

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Zuckerberg blew $1bn on Instagram 'without telling Facebook board'

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Big Brother

Was it such a silly business decision after all?

"Mr. Andreessen, whose venture-capital firm was the second to invest in Instagram, cutting a $250,000 check before the service launched, was surprised when Mr. Systrom walked into the room about an hour into his meeting with Mr. Zuckerberg, the people said."

I'm curious about the Facebook board's Mr Andreessen. He's apparently invested $250,000 into Instagram prior to the sale, so how much does he stand to gain now? I see that the sale is primarily Facebook stock, so wouldn't Mr Andreessen be winning quite a bit of his own stock? Stock that they're all hoping will be worth a metric fucktonne now?

Perhaps it's possible that Mr Andreessen knew a bit more about what was going on and the $1b price paid had the secondary goal of lining the Facebook board's own pockets.

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Cloudy QR code bike theft stopper gets Police thumbs up

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In the old days you'd engrave a registration number into your belongings that could be used to relocate lost stuff. This is just a more modern way of doing things, and the type of sticker Robert mentions is pretty tough to shift.

I think the goal was not to provide a completely permanent 'rego' for use when tracking down lost stuff, it's more for Lost and Found - ie: a thief pinches a bike and dumps it somewhere else. The sticker could then be scanned and the owner notified.

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Samsung joins Telstra's 4G handset party

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I was in a good quality Telstra shop over the weekend and was speaking to a knowledgeable sheila about their 4G coverage. She brought up a map and it was much larger than what I have previously seen.

This is the best I can find to reproduce what she had on hand.

http://www.telstra.com.au/mobile-phones/coverage-networks/our-coverage/mobile-broadband/?red=/mobile/networks/coverage/broadband.html

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Pair of double-As give you cheap, quick charge

Mr Ian

I just always carry a wall charger around with me. If it's 2am you're bound to find a place that'll let you charge up for 10mins as long as they can serve you *something*, a pub, a kebab shop, anything.

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Etailer punts steamy lace-up 24-port switch

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Hahaha... what a champ!

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Google's Facebook: It rocks, but who cares?

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@AC

The latest version of Facebook for Android is extremely buggy and unreliable. It also now no forces the user to jump into Facebook's Mobile site, instead of using the Android app. If you look up Facebook for Android on the Android marketplace and read the latest user reviews you'll see that the latest update is utter shite. The previous version is sort of okay, and I use it occasionally, but the new version is garbage.

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LG Optimus 3D dual core Android smartphone

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Ditto x2

Hehe, same :P

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Apple pilfers rips off student's rejected iPhone app

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Devil

Next thing Apple sues him for similarity in the name + icon

Change your apps name. Not that big of a deal.

Steve.

Sent from my iPhone.

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Mac trojan evades Apple's brand new security fix

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The Chosen One!

As a software dev I really do hate the idea of rooting for trojans and the like, but this is superb news! Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a balance in the force!

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WW2 naval dazzle-camo 'could beat Taliban RPGs'

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Next page: Come off it

Haha... I love you Lewis!

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Verity Stob and the super subjunction

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Heare. Heare.

(body)

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Apple iPhone 5 to sport CRT-style screen

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Hard to say

Which do you consider is more structurally sound.... flat unsupported beams, or arcs and domes?

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LA Noire

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Have to agree

Got both consoles, normally prefer Xbox. Apparently the PS3 version is one disc, whereas the Xbox is 3. On that alone I'd vote for the PS3 version.

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99% of Android phones leak secret account credentials

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Credentials and all that

Indeed. Had a further chat with the author and I can see your point. I think I do still draw a line between 'leaking a temporary token' and 'leaking a username and password that can be used anytime, anywhere' (until they get changed, of course). Most passwords online do not expire and it's only through intelligent security processes that you'll ever see a password get changed... not something that's done often. A temporary token though? It expires. While it's active sure, the attacker can abuse it for all its worth, but once it has expired they need to hunt down a new one.

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Mr Ian

Inaccurate article title?

"99% of Android phones leak secret account credentials"

I don't think any *credentials* are being leaked here. It seems that the cached plaintext 'auth successful' file. Sure this would allow attackers to automatically gain authentication with services - but it doesn't appear that it actually leaks the account credentials themselves (passwords, usernames, etc).

Concerning, nonetheless.

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Porn found in Osama bin Laden compound

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Unhappy

Question is...

Who was Osama's most trusted Porn Buddy and why didn't he save Osama from the shame?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgnDHbeVGG4

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Gov gone wild: Mad new pub glasses, bread freedom introduced

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Pints > Schooners

I'm an Aussie and I'll ask for a pint regardless of whether I'm at a restaurant, pub, nightclub, casino or having a barbie. When they say "Don't have pints, only schooners" I sigh dramatically. Bastards the lot of 'em.

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iOS 4.2: An 'ace' for iPad, a 'meh' for iPhone

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Nice apps you have there!

I recognise some of those apps from the 10 Smartest + 10 Stupidest article! Haha

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Trucker pulled with DVD and laptop on dashboard

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Indeed

That's what's so comical about the laptop tray...

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Woman finds Romanian living in shed

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Blimey

She's alright, eh!

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BOFH-making bug plugged in D-link update

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Dead Vulture

You bastards

You're dead to me, you hear??

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Russia assigns $16.7m for nuclear spaceships

Mr Ian

Not quite right there...

Unfortunately Gene, the US does not have the bucks. US is rather strapped for cash right now and if they continue to use the "Hey let's just print more money!" approach then they're only going to hurt themselves moreso.

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Southampton chap lodges todger in steel pipe

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*whipcrack*

You sir, have been dominated.

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Record-fine Napsterer wants retrial with RIAA

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hrmm

and they wonder why citizens flip out and kill people?

(what... no ninja icon???)

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Hackers break Amazon's Kindle DRM

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Ta for the input

I like it when someone on the inside adds their 2c, and quite often it's exactly what you expected.

The developers have no choice, you should blame those providing the content. The case with Apple may have been much like this, where the media companies forced Apple to DRM the files against Apple's wishes.

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Oz anti-censorship site is censored

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Unhappy

We already have

He quite simply doesn't seem to care.

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Fasthosts martyrs relive email FAIL (again and again)

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Paris Hilton

Woah

That was the most epic rant of all.

Paris, because I bet she's a moaning minnie as well.

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MoD does everything right for once in Xmas shocker

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Pint

There are some problems with your post.

This doesn't affect me one bit as I'm not a pom, but as someone who likes to whinge about my own government's spending decisions I feel it's important to give credit where it's due. Good spending plans, and good writing as usual. Cheers!

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Ten years of .NET - Did Microsoft deliver?

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C# Express

It may also be worth noting the various Express IDEs that Microsoft has released, including Visual C# Express and SQL Management Studio Express. Effectively allowing your average hobby developer and small-business contract developer the ability to create Windows applications.

This means that students and hobbyists alike can be exposed to .NET for free, which in turn should encourage them to move into .NET development. I realise Java has free tools but one of my first gripes from the early days when .NET and C# first came out is that it wasn't free for a hobbyist to play around with C# - and now it is.

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Navy's £1bn+ destroyers set to remain unarmed for years

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Heh

Ah I see, the Sea Viper was fired... saw a sea-skimming missile, popped out a white flag and then legged it off over the horizon.

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Prevx blames Microsoft for black hawk screen down

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Steam can be backed up

Just google for "Backup Steam games" or something and you should find a lot of articles about it. If anything is widely used, and could prove to be an annoyance, you're pretty much guaranteed someone's found a way around it

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Billionaire floats eco dream on sailing soda bottles

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More info

Not only is the event great fun, but the lead up to it is as well. I regularly hear of teams leaving their can collection and craft building to the last minute, so they all start plowing into the beer to try and collect as many empties in the final week as possible. They then quickly strap the cans together and hope it floats. Poor bastards would be hungover by the time they have to set sail!

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Fanbois Apple buyers howl over crocked iMacs

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Unfortunate, really

It's unfortunate that there's so many DOA's here and I think it's unfair to blame Apple for any of this. They appear to be trying their best to sort it out in the customer's best interest. However, this does bring to mind what I see as the biggest reason why I prefer to use PC hardware instead of Mac hardware. I enjoy having the ability to personally piece together the parts, and take them apart when there's a problem. Prepackaged and inflexible gear from Apple, Dell, HP, etc leave an uneasy feeling in my stomach.

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Facebookers hit with steamy clickjacking exploit

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@Kanhef

I think Firefox's NoScript addon detects clickjacking quite effecively. So it's definitely detectable, and has saved me a few times as well.

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Savage roo mauls Oz man

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@David W

Oh dear.

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Triumph in Geneva! LHC beams up and running again

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Paris Hilton

Black hole...

'nuff said

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PS3 to go 3D in 2010, says Sony

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@sT0rNG b4R3 duRiD

"*** What's in it for SONY ***

Maybe more people will buy PS3s and cells if you support it better. More nerds would buy PS3s for sure. And surely you haven't forgotten the academic boffins who have used PS3's in small pocket supercomputer clusters. We believe better linux support will result in MORE profit for you, Sony, NOT less. "

You don't get it, do you? Sony loses money on every single PS3 sale. ALL OF THEM. The only way Sony makes their money back is through selling peripherals and games. If you buy PS3s for academia, clusters, linux or whatever else you deviants want to do with it you're not going to be buying games - are you? Sony actually loses money because of this. It's fair business sense for them to stop supporting it.

Now backwards compatibility... that's a shame, that one :(

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IBM lab builds computerized cat brain

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Yes...

but will it blend?

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Intel cash pays down AMD debt

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@AC 22:35

The article specifically states "..that could result in the world's largest processor maker being broken into pieces much as AT&T was.." which could mean any type of split. If a split were to occur, I'd imagine their microprocessor business would be separated from their motherboard, or perhaps domestic and business-grade processors could be separated.

So in a way it is exactly like AT&T. It may get split into different departments, for different target markets.

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Cross-platform Safari update shoots down multiple bugs

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h 6:

Somebody just got served.

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Microsoft admits Mac was Windows 7 muse

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Interesting claim

"...but it's built on that very stable core Vista technology, which is far more stable than the current Mac platform, for instance."

I hear of Mac machines having problems, and I definitely hear of (and personally experience) Windows Vista / 7 machines having problems, so this is certainly a pretty big claim from the fella!

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Giant iPhones invade Florida

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:O

They just look a little -too- happy.

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Ofcom swoops on kiddie's bedroom

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Proud of the Regtards

I'm glad you saved me having to comment on the non-grinning grinner. But now I've had to comment on the commenters. Boo!

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NZ town cans rabbit-chucking contest

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@Richard IV

Ta, good laugh that

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Google spins Docs preview into Gmail

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@Tom Maddox

Have you tried this? Perhaps when you click the Show Preview link it accompanies the opening document with a musical excerpt from Brahms, or Schubert?

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Oz driver prangs ute during 'amorous activities'

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@Yup, you really couldn't make this up.

Was born in Darwin, and it's certainly one of the more entertaining names up there. There used to be a cattle station near there called ‘Umpity Doo' and I believe the township is named after that. The origin of the station's name though isn't all that well known though... I think the station was there roughly 100 years ago. CSIRO used that area for a fair bit of experimentation and there's some reasonably successful farms around the place. That's about it.

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Hubble snaps aftermath of galactic pile-up

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Oooh

This shit makes me hard

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Hacker springs latest iPhone OS from Jobsian jail

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@Dana W

That's no excuse. If you release a software product for an OS you better damn well make sure it works. To make matters worse, writing software for Windows isn't exactly difficult.

To reiterate: "How hard can it be Apple??"

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