* Posts by DJV

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Half of UK smart TV owners don't know what the 'smart' bit is for

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Re: writing

Yes, come back proof-reading moderatrix before all is lost!

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Murdoch 'sorry' he didn't shut News of the World years ago

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If only...

If only he would shut the Sun down retrospectively as well.

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Twelve... classic 1980s 8-bit micros

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Re: Oric 1 - some inaccuracies

Yeah, I upgraded my old ROM Basic 1 PET to Basic 4 using the same method!

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Re: errata

Apparently the much missed and long gone Moderatrix, Ms Bee, used to do a lot of the proof reading. El Reg obviously need someone new to whip them into (grammatical) shape!

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Re: Does it...

"Does it faithfully reproduce the hugely irritating click noise I seem to remember the machine producing with each keypress?"

Yes! Aaaaargh!

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Re: Mattel Aquarius

Well, I remember it! I also remember seeing one in Debenhams. I don't think it was ever turned on though.

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Uni plagiarism site buckles under crush of last-minute essays

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Yep, me too

Except that it was printers running out of toner that was a major problem.

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Sony 2011 losses are TWICE as bad as expected

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Re: Sony through the ages

And we all forgot the exploding batteries!

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Sony through the ages

1970s - Great quality home music centres, far better than anything than anyone else was coming up with for the price. Trinitron CRT TVs.

1980s - Walkmans and then Discmans!

1990s - Playstation

2000s - Rootkit fiasco

2010s - Freakishly bad web security which pissed off a good number of people. Removing second OS support in PS3 thereby pissing off a good number of people

Doesn't look like a promising trend!

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Woman cuffed for smuggling iPhones in beer bottles

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Apple-mad nation hidden inside empty beer bottles

You can hide whole nations inside beer bottles now? Excellent!

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PC World, Currys, Dixons websites all go titsup

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Re: Not just them...

Pity it's not the Sun as well as 404's would be an improvement in quality...

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Getting rich off iPhone apps is b*llocks, say UK devs

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Proper engineers?

Who the hell let proper people talk to MPs? It's just not on! I mean to say, isn't listening to sound-bite merchants the usual way MPs get their information? If this goes on there's the danger the MPs might actually come to a sensible decision for a change!

</sarcasm>

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Great HR mistakes of our time - Aviva fires 1300 by email

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Ahhh, Aviva...

I worked* for that bunch of idiots about 10 years ago when they were still called Norwich Union. Great people in the team I worked in but as for the management, oh dear... We spent most of our time fighting red tape and stupidity - it was like wading in treacle (and using the inadequate IT systems/networks was a pretty similar experience).

*I'd been made redundant by another company which was going down the swanee and NU offered me a job and I needed the money - honest guv!

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'Attitudes to robot sex will change'

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Re: But...

http://www.gocomics.com/monty/2011/07/08

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Compulsory coding in schools: The new Nerd Tourism

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@Crisp

"I suffer from the unfortunate affliction of getting solutions for everyone else's problems, but not my own."

You should become a consultant!

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@AndrueC

Some very true and wise words there! Programming can also be intuitive (for some) - I have often "fixed" problems by going away and doing completely different until the solution pops into my head (I think some sort of agency sends them telepathically).

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Windows 8 diet exposes Microsoft's weak ARM

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Re: windows 9?

As long as it's at least as good as Windows RG

www.deanliou.com/WinRG/

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Pirates not to blame for Big Media's sales plunge

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Agreed

Yes, a good article. It ticked all the boxes for me as well. I especially liked the sentence "Novelling their way through the decades until – like Commodore or Atari – only the name remains." And, for some of the other companies mentioned (such as Oracle), it can't happen too soon IMHO!

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Apple can't agree with Australian regulator on iPad 4G

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Change the iPad's name?

Maybe it should be changed to "iPad with WiFi + 4G LTE (only) with 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi) that's slightly fatter and heavier than the last one but is still shiny".

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170m people 'upgrade' to Google+, but how many stick around?

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It's fantastic!

I use it, oh, at least once every couple of months! Go Google+!

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Google answers less than half of watchdog's privacy tweak questions

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Re: Unique visitors

Damn, you beat me to it!

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Dark matter hits you once a minute

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Dark matter hits you once a minute

All I can say is OW!

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Internet Explorer nibbles browser rivals, swells by 1%

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Re: Nice.

Oooh, a dilemma - I want to vote you up because of the Ford comment but vote you down because of the Opera comment!

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Steve Jobs biopic

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Re: But WHO will play Ballmer

I think you will find the correct term here:

http://thethumbcast.com/2012/02/11/any-old-fucker-with-an-equity-card/

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American pies are cooling on the windowsill ahead of Pi Day

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Nice attempt

I went to google.com to see what Pi-related logo they had put up to celebrate the day, but they hadn't - their logo was for Akira Yoshizawa's 101st Birthday so I have a sneaky feeling you're trying to April Fool us a bit early!

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Marvel to animate comic action with AR app

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Re: Marvel AR

And, if you can't get it to work, you'll probably need this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKv5ulewTO4

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Marvel AR

ARrrr! It be the pirate version, me hearties!

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Users: 'Personalized internet? Fuggedaboutit!'

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Re: Duckduckgo...

Cheers Adair

Duckduckgo now added to my browser's list of search engines!

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'The new iPad' selling out at AT&T

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Re: I can understand

So they can get the most use out of them before the next one comes out and they have to do the same thing all over again?

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'The new iPad' revealed: Full specs, rumor scorecard

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Re: Eminently Predictable...

Sony? Rootkits? Hacked web sites? Whistle whistle...

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Righthaven stripped of rights

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Righthaven's assets bought by...

...Darl McBride.

Not true (I hope), but it wouldn't surprise me if the slimeball did... (with assistance from Andrew Crossley, of course).

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Workers can't escape Windows 8 Metro - Microsoft COO

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Metro user interface removes all their distractions.

I'm more of the opinion that the Metro user interface IS the major distraction!

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Giant stick insect saved from extinction

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Re: Why?

Just so you know... Starship Troopers and reality are not quite the same thing...

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Space FIREBALL over Blighty sparks hunt for rich meteorite

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Re: Day...

ecxuse any tyops in tihs reply but, for soem reasn, someone truned out the lights...

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Police probing ‘threats’ over Canadian internet privacy bill

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Re: "...introduced in the House of Commons on behalf of the federal government"

Politicians working on behalf of the people they represent? Now, that would be a first!

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Satnav blunders blamed for £200m damages

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I usually just rely on the bloke with the red flag who walks slowly in front of my jalopy.

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Mozilla throws 'freedom' at Microsoft, Google, Apple tanks

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Security?

Well, your email address is probably no longer safe in the security sense if you keep posting it around the net!

IOW? Ha ha. I thought you meant the Isle of Wight for a little while there!

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Re: IonMonkey

Go for it! Just don't buy 200 cheap ones...

http://www.0xdeadbeef.com/html/monkeys.txt

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Apple demands US ban on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus

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@Toothpick

Agreed, but you forgot how to use the "Reply" button :)

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Google will swap you a box of crisps for your web privacy

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$25/£15?

Is that all? Hmm, my response is rearrange the words "Off" and "Fuck" into a well known phrase!

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Google drive cloud to rain on Apple, Dropbox parade

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16GB?

Hmm, you must have 2 accounts with them as the limit appears to be 8GB - if it IS on a single account please tell the rest of us how you managed it.

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USER-TRACKING Firefox sparks Mozilla civil war

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Bucksch and Sivonen are right

If people get it into their heads that Mozilla is collecting more information than they think they should then they will jump browser, and that's something Mozilla can ill afford at the moment. The fact that most people are jumping to Chrome which probably collects more info is "interesting".

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Printed jaw lets woman swallow again

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@Michael H.F. Wilkinson

Ha ha. Are you running for cover because of the joke or because you used "of" instead of "off"?

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Microsoft ad campaign savages Google over privacy

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Pot, kettle, blah blah

See above, bored now...

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Boffin's blog blast births boycott of publisher Elsevier

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Not a good idea!

Apple's small print would probably mean that anything published by said boffins would be wholly owned by Apple from that point onwards!

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iPad Fleshlight lets fanbois express their love

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"I bet very few ipad owners actually have the real version"

Trouble is, going by the pic, the iPad version seems to be a limbless midget! Well, that might appeal to some...

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Google boots out OpenStreetMap-nobbling contractors

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Amazing how many bad apples turn up at Google

And amazing how many bad Googles turn up at Apple as well!

i.e. Eric Schmitt allegedly "stealing" the iPhone idea (as Android) while he was still on Apple's board!

Meh icon because, well... meh...

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Virgin Media broadband goes titsup for 3 hours

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Yes, that was my experience as well until I made the mistake of rebooting the cable modem, then it wouldn't reconnect at all! So, I went out instead...

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McDonald's punters offered sex in exchange for Chicken McNuggets

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"here's the scene of the outrage"

Damn, I clicked that link expecting Playmobil instead of Street View!

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Crossley cops two-year suspension

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Two years suspension?

That's only fair if I can bring the ropes from which he will be suspended and can select the bits he will be suspended by!

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