* Posts by noboard

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Apple! and! Yahoo! fight! the! man!, claims! EFFing! daftness!

noboard

Errrmmm

If this report covers 2012 to 2013 data then why does it have a sections on:

Discloses government content removal requests

Pro-user public policy opposes backdoors

It's only recently they've been telling us about government requests and this prompted the whole "encrypt everything on the device" from Apple and google. So everyone should be marked down as they didn't have our backs during the reports timeframe.

Can we have a "Who's got your back report" when it comes to issuing reports, I think this lot will be marked down in the "Doesn't publish nice things for companies that pay them money" category.

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Gremlins in the first six months? It's the seller's problem – EU court

noboard

Re: Nothing new

I think in the UK you were covered as long as you wanted a like for like replacement, the new rule seems to cover us even if we want our money back.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (of the net). Make your vote count

noboard

Just remember...

they'll be monitoring the mailbox and noting down names of people nominating them for the villian award. It's entry number 42 in "How to spot terrorists for dummies"

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UK safety app keeping lorries on the right side of cyclists

noboard

WTF!

"PIE Mapping, a British company which already delivers route-planning products to hauliers, is developing the smartphone app"

Ok anyone who tries says they're combatting raod safety by making drivers use a phone app should be shot at birth. Lorries should be using a specialised Sat-Nav that avoids crappy little roads that aren't suitable for them, that's where any extra route planning should be involved, not in a phone.

As for cyclists I think everyone should need to register for a unique number and this can get printed onto a high viz vest or something. Then any cyclists caught speeding, jumping lights, being a prat can be traced by the number. If people aren't wearing a number and ride like an arse the fine/punishment is automatically doubled. While you wont get every cyclist everytime, you will be able to get the repeat offenders and hit them hard.

Motorists are easy, just have compulsary re-tests every x years, will weed out the majority of crap drivers; maybe make motorcyclists exempt as the ones that ride like idiots take themseleves out of the loop and it would incourage poeple to use an excellent form of transport.

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Google pumps $60m into music company Kobalt

noboard

Hey Taylor

Instead of removing your songs from streaming services that your fans use, why not checkout how much services like this are charging. I bet they're taking a bigger cut then you'll recoup from keeping your music from your potential fans.

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AMD stops shipping chips as bloated channel begs 'Please, no more'

noboard

Re: wow AMD

I'm happy with my 8 core cpu. When it comes to proper multi-core fun and games it left my work i7 for dead. I was also reading a preview of one of the next big releases and the comments were all bitching about the recommended specs, as for an intel cpu it was an i7, but for AMD you could get away with the quad core phenom. None of them read the article where it stated that the new consoles now have 5 cores available for them and they've re-written the code to make the most of the extra cores and the gap between the top intel chips and amd chips has never been that much when benchmarking all cores properly.

They do need to release something new though, I only upgraded last time because it had been a while and I fancied a new toy. As others have stated, give me a beast of a cpu and to hell with the power consumption.

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Samsung's 850 EVO 1TB SSD appears live ... in 3D

noboard

Actually I was amazed at how cheap it was. I was expecting £500+ for the 1TB model. Given how quickly prices drop in it, it should start hitting reasonable in a couple of years.

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

noboard

but very few voted for him

Which is why he had to make an alliance with the tories. It amazes me when people complain that the party that got voted into third place has f*ck all say in how the country is run, but then it's the same kind of logic that makes people vote for one pile of shit stained corrupt wankers because they're "better than the other two".

As soon as people start voting for *anyone* who isn't a main party, the better we'd be. Failing that spoil your ballot paper.

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Pebble: The brilliant stealth wearable Apple's Watch doesn't see coming

noboard

Re: Battery Life

"Having a bluetooth connection to your phone pretty much 24/7 is going to kill the battery life for that as well."

This, this and once more this. I have a moto360 and enjoy the toy side of it, but it kills the battery on my Moto4G so badly that I rarely have it connected now. I just connect it up when I want to change watch faces. Most of the reviews winged about the battery life, which isn't an issue for me, but my phone battery life is.

If pebble can get a coloured screen going, I may consider switching. I never expected my Moto 360 to 'change my life' and it's certainly living up to my expectations, but I do love messing around with the watch faces.

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Brits to teach Norks hacks about 'multimedia websites'. 5% of DPRK is in for a TREAT

noboard

Re: errrm....

Have you not been keeping up with the IT world? A few years ago big companies started off-shoring all their work to India, this is now getting so expensive it's almost worth moving it back in house. Our brilliant politicians are lining up North Korea as the next sweat-shop to out-source the work to.

A forward thinking and genius move by our glorious leaders, that has no way of backfiring*

*at least not until they've moved on to become a director somewhere and can blame westminster for all the problems.

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ASA raps 'F*CK YOU GOOGLE' vlogger + chums over VIDEO LICKFEST

noboard

Errr, have they ever had the misfortune to watch any of them?

"Vloggers build their fan base on the originality and authenticity of the material they produce."

As I have teenagers in the house, I've endured a few of these so I can gauge the kind of content on show and they're just copies of each other. One person will do something that's been done by everyone when they were little and then the rest will all produce similar shows over the next few weeks.

Fair shout to them for making the money, but they're not doing anything special, they just jumped on the bandwagon before it came into view.

Oh and even though the kids are stupid enough to watch them, I'm pretty sure they know the sponsored videos when they see them. Nice sour grapes from the BBC.

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Would you recognise the Vans shoes logo? Neither would Euro trademark bods

noboard

Blimey

Just taken a look at the site and the line really isn't uniform is it. It's as if they've looked at the tech industry, seen what passes as patent-able in the States and thought "I want some of that". Nice to see Europe kick it out, but for how long? Lawyers need to earn their megabucks somehow.

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Copyright thieves' cyberlockers slurp MILLIONS from honest creators, study finds

noboard

Hmmm

"Not so with the cyberlockers. In the same way as Propeller Media, the infringing sites use complex corporate structures based offshore in locations including the British Virgin Islands, the Seychelles, and Cyprus."

So the crooks are Google, Star Buck, Harriet Harmen, plus every other large corporation, businessman and politician as they all employ these tactics.

Feel free to lock them all up.

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Fat-fingered admin downs entire Joyent data center

noboard
Pint

Re: Jheez, poor bastard. :\

No they don't, it covers the case where the person wants to shut-down or reboot the test server, but hasn't realised they're on the live server.

Have a pint for the old reading comprehension :)

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Microsoft throws Kinect under a bus, slashes Xbox One to $399

noboard

Re: Dictators always fail in the end

"This is how you share a game on XB1"

Errm you never could, they only said that in time they may bring it in. The online DRM was to kill off second hand sales nothing more. Everything else was just spin to try and convince people it was a good idea. They also said if they did implement it it would be down to the publishers to allow it, which means most games would not be allowed to share.

The fact is MS could allow this for downloaded games right now and show people how good it is, but they wont as downloaded games can't be re-sold or loaned out, so these changes would only benefit the consumer and they don't care about them.

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Is the World Wide Web for luvvies and VCs – or for all of us?

noboard

TBL got it right

As others have said, the simplicity of HTML probably helped the WWW take off more than anything. When it comes to "Think of where we could be if..." you should really look at Microsoft. They're responsible for delaying technical innovation more than anything/anyone else. If they didn't exist, or if they'd have played fair the web would be a much better place today and a fair few other areas too.

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Silk Road admins: Sorry for the hack, we're sorting out refunds

noboard

We guarantee your money back

Simply send £10 to this address for admin costs

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Thought mobe banking apps were safe from nasties? THINK AGAIN

noboard

Re: More security company FUD

There was a story a little while ago about several apps, including one from HSBC allowing non-signed ssl certs through. The latest versions of android won't let you pass anything over http, but you can add some code to turn this off. HSBC and others forget to take this code out so you could happily intercept the traffic.

So they have form.

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China ready to unblock access to Facebook, Twitter et al

noboard

Hardly surprising

These last few months have taught China that these Western companies not only allow Goverments to spy on their users, but already have departments and procedures set-up to expediate the process.

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Java updates too much of a bother? Maybe online banking's just not for you

noboard

Re: It's not Java upgrade I hate....

Yeah, as the updater always throws an invalid certificate warning I end up uninstalling and grabbing the latest version when I need it. Seeing that Ask toolbar always pisses me off as one day I'll forget to untick it.

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It's Grand Theft Auto 5 day: Any of you kids remember GTA the First?

noboard

Ahh fun times

I remember getting as many cars as I could on screen (go to far and they dissapear), then blowing them up and see how high the score would go. Played a linked game with a friend and I clocked the score. 10 minutes later my friend did his and broke the score, it just kept going round and round for the rest of the game.

Never really liked doing the missions.

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

noboard

bargain

$5 billion dollars seems pretty cheap for all those patents. If I was a shareholder I'd be crying foul right now.

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Spotify strikes back at Radiohead - but artists are still angry

noboard
Go

Green light

“Any music creation is now potentially ubiquitous, for free, as soon as it is made available digitally,”

Fire up the downloaders people, this guys said it's alright. I mean we don't need to worry about the artist losing money, as they're no longer getting it.

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Rap for rap chap in crap rap app flap: Jay-Z blasted by privacy bods

noboard

In fairness it's Samsung rather than Jay Z

When I got my S3 last year I went looked around the Samsung store and decided to get a couple of apps. Both needed minimal permissions but asked for everything. I took a look at some more and they all asked for access to everything.

Funnily enough I never installed the apps I wanted and have never been back.

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US State Department coughs up $630k for Facebook Likes

noboard
Trollface

Hold on a minute

This article gives the impression a facebook like is a meaningless piece of crap and people that spends lots of money chasing them will get just the same affect from wiping their arse with the money and flushing it down the toilet.

A reasoned argument in a Reg article, it's been a while.

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Google flings another £1m at online child sex abuse vid CRACKDOWN

noboard

Re: Eh?

I was thinking a similar thing. "Google has pledged a further $2m (£1.27m) to encourage the development of tools that seek and destroy online child sex abuse material." How are you meant to create a system to identify and block suspect images without having a boat load of images to test with in the first place?

Plus how would you test a solution works? I pitty the poor soul that has to search for those kind of images to make sure they're blocked.

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Microsoft hoists ZTE onto the Android patent bandwagon

noboard

Hmmm

So MS have given another company some cash so they can say "We've licensed their patents". When will they ask me to licence their portfolio? I could do with the cash.

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Turn off the mic: Nokia gets injunction on 'key' HTC One component

noboard
Stop

Wait a minute

If the microphone is genuinly good and contains stuff designed by Nokia, this may actually be a story about patents working the way they should.

I think I need to lie down.

Of course Nokia may have simply patented using a microphone in a mobile to record stuff.

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Foxconn must pay Microsoft for EVERY Android thing it makes

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Errm

Do we actually know if these fee's are anything above 0? As public listed companies have to publish their account and you can't put "Super Secret payment shit that you're not allowed to know about", surely we'd have some idea of what the supposed fees are. Also Barns and Noble took them to court and got $300 million dollars from MS in an out of court settlement, for the price of setting up a new company to make windows devices. As the nook site is happily promoting the android devices, it doesn't seem like MS won that one.

I can only think MS are saying "Agree to say you're paying us a fee and we'll not sure you", so they can try and make their patent claims sound valid.

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Production-ready ZFS offers cosmic-scale storage for Linux

noboard
Coat

Re: Must say it..

Ahh but you're forgetting 'Ron Jeremy' law. The amount of porn on the Internet doubles every 18 months. Teenagers and people with a large rain hack collection will probably last a week.

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Are you in charge of a lot of biz computers? Got Java on them?

noboard
FAIL

SSL Cert error anyone?

Does everyone else get a certificate error from the updater? I gave up installing updates ages ago as it complained about the ssl cert. As it's a simple dev box I figured I'd wait for the certificate to be fixed, that was well over a year ago.

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Bite us, Apple: Samsung hauled in $8.3bn in Q4

noboard
Joke

Re: Is it time for Apple...

Plus if you Photoshop the fridge it will look like an iPad. Also Samsung lawyers will not be able to differentiate between the fridge and an iPad.

Open and shut case.

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It's JUST possible, but Apple MIGHT not make an iWatch in 2013

noboard
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Re: Intel chip?

And when they all break from over winding, Apple can tell them they're doing it wrong.

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Apple, Samsung patent judge: 'I feel like I'm in Groundhog Day here'

noboard
Unhappy

Anyone else

Get the feeling the Judge is also part of the problem. Fair enough warn them that negotiating is better than going to trial, but as its painfully obvious the two sides will never agree, just get on with it. Boot her out, get another person in and get on with round 2.

I want my popcorn icon

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Why did Comet fail? Hint: It wasn't just the credit insurers

noboard

Re: A trend, not a case

I think Apple stores are a pretty unique case. People have generally made up their mind they want an apple product when they go in and they can't get it cheaper elsewhere. I'm sure other stores would love to be able to follow their lead, but they'd just go to the wall fast with incredibly high overheads. The main difference between employee's in the apple store and PC World is the uniform.

As for the article, Click and Collect is a must in my opinion. The only reason I wander onto the PC World website is because I can get the product cheaper than in-store and pick it up on the way home. Perfect for those "I need this right now, I can't possibly survive another second without one" moments.

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Metro's mother to replace defenestrated Windows boss Sinofsky

noboard
WTF?

shipped win7 on time

Wow that's some achievement considering the numerous changes between vista and win7. I mean at least 4 new wallpaper pictures. He's a modern day genius.

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Facebook's IPO was a disaster? RUBBISH, you FOOLS

noboard
FAIL

Errmm

Is this article written by those infinite amount of monkey's on their way to the complete work of Shakespeare? Either that or the writer bought shares in Facebook and is desperately trying to get the stock back up. Maybe that's why the reg is becoming adverts branded as articles these days, desperate to get their money back.

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Apple is granted a patent on the rectangle. No, really

noboard

blimey

is it April 1st already

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Prime Minister on Twitter: Me and Obama, we're like THAT

noboard
Stop

Re: What's the problem with the picture?

It exists, that's the problem with it. A great example of the pointless tat posted on these sites

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Canonical flings out Ubuntu 12.10 – now with OPTIONAL Bezos suck

noboard
FAIL

Is it just me?

Or is anyone else reminded of the complete bilge that was IE4 with active desktop?

Ubuntu, hobled so much it's now competing with a Microsoft product 14 years old.

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Guild Wars 2 game review

noboard
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Loving it at the moment

I'm a casual 'casual mmo'er' and I'm loving GW2. While the main game is fun and they've cracked the whole 'other people being in the area is a good thing', it's the little things that have hooked me. Being able to gather all materials is a great start, automatically storing crafting goods in the bank from anywhere is a great point and crafting materials don't use up bank slots is the icing on the cake. They've sat down, looked at the hoops people jump through by creating 'bank alts' and removed them. Very little gets in the way of enjoying the game.

As I get bored of mmo's very easily, the little distractions they've added are great. My aimless wandering now earns XP woot. There may even be a chance I'll have completed the story by the time the first expansion comes out, it's that good. I was only 55 when the burning crusade came out for WoW and I had been playing since day one.

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Who queues for an iPhone 5? Protesters, hipsters and the jobless

noboard
Trollface

Re: First post-purchase action for these muppets.

Well if a post a few places above is correct, it may be down to issues with your new retina display

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Samsung's Wang was up 22 hours a day, had no time to copy Apple

noboard

Oi Reg

*chomp* *chomp* *chomp* *chomp*

Where's our popcorn icon?

*chomp* *chomp* *chomp* *chomp*

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NHS trust: Not buying through NHS IT saved us £7m

noboard
WTF?

Re: Not as good as it sounds.

I love the fact the device id is really important, but if just flashes it on the screen for a short time

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Microsoft: Don't overclock Windows 8 unless you like our new BSOD

noboard
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Re: I see a problem with the analysis

Exactly what I was thinking. "Machines with a higher chance of having crappy software installed are more likely to crash" should be the title of the report.

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BT to fibre up another 98 exchanges, puffs 'FTTP on demand' offer

noboard
Happy

Re: Somerset?

Not all places in Somerset have been forgotten. In the crappy backwater that is Shepton Mallet we got upgraded in January.

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Oracle gobbles upstart Facebook, Instagram biz tout

noboard
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So..

..they decided not to invest in facebook shares, had a lot of cash sitting around doing nothing and decided to buy a company that doesn't earn a living marketing companies on facebook.

Top move

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GM snatchback of $10m Facebook ad cash = amateur move

noboard
WTF?

proven?

"If you were to leave FB social advertising with its proven top and mid funnel results, where would you go? Banners and pre rolls?"

Errmm since when has anything facebook related been proven to work? Is it in the same report that says facebook is worth one millliiioon dollars^H^H^H I mean one hundread biiilliioonnn dollars?

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Amazon green-lights in-app purchasing for Android

noboard

All about choice

Hmm was going to write a post about this not being a bad thing, as the decreased price will come alongside increased advertising/prominence of your app and what's better 100 user paying £5 each, or 1000 users paying 50p each?

Then a bell went off in my head. Wasn't there an article about this sort of thing and developers closing down because of support costs. No point having a great app if you get a bad rep for not supporting it.

Maybe over time the developer will be promised more, just so the amazon store can attract the kind of devs that think things through?

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Ballmer shoots down Microsoft breakup advice

noboard
Unhappy

Problem is

If they spin off the company who get's the profits from patent trolling? This is probably going to be the biggest money spinner for them. Unless the patent fairies get their act together.

Shame as Microsoft had some nice hardware in development at times, if only they dropped the "Must run Windows and Office" mentality.

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