* Posts by gotes

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30,000 people buy a box of BOVINE EXCREMENT

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Re: "...and maybe some beach-front property in Switzerland."

Don't beaches have sand? That looks more "lakeside" to me.

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BT Infinity ‘working to fix problem’ after three days of outages

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Re: Talking of fails...

C'mon, it's hardly Windows 8...

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Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION

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Re: Hmm.

And, to be blunt, IT is a really bloody boring hobby.

I've been an IT hobbyist since childhood, and subsequently an "IT professional", and I actually find it very interesting! A lot of hobbies will seem boring to people who aren't interested in them.

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GiffGaff spanked for clumsy attempt at mum-and-dad-humping humour

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Re: ...and back on topic

I think the video embedded in the article is not the "having sex" one the ASA refers to. The "shaving" one apparently wasn't banned.

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WIN a CHANCE to RECORD your WORLD in 3D

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Re: "Name the 10 phones and your entry goes into the draw for the Poppy."

I think if you'd named one "Poppy" you would have had a chance.

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Firefox decade: Microsoft's IE humbled by a dogged upstart. Native next?

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Netscape

In the late 90s I actually changed my preferred browser from Netscape to IE by choice because Netscape turned Navigator into "Communicator" which ran like a dog on my 486 PC. IE 3 was small and fast by comparison. I certainly wasn't tricked into using it by Microsoft.

(I'm not using IE any more, though)

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No content in any articles

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Re: No content in any articles

Seems to be working now. Once again a fantastic article from Mr Dabbs.

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No content in any articles

Not sure if this is just happening to me. I've tried looking at articles on El Reg this weekend from several different platforms and browsers but there's just a massive void of blank with the "related articles" as a narrow bar on the left of the page. No ad blockers enabled. Help! I can't start my weekend until I've read "Something for the weekend".

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Me GIVE you $14 SQUILLION gadziddly-DILLION

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Amusing spam

A few years ago I spent quite some time tweaking my spam filter. No, that's not a euphemism. As part of this process I read a lot of spam, and still study the odd message now and again. Anyway, as I looked at the messages, I found some of them so hilarious that I would forward them to friends. Sadly I no longer receive amusing spam in English, though very recently I've started to receive a lot of Russian and Chinese spam which I can't understand. I can only hope that the content of these messages is just as ridiculous as the classic 419 messages of yesteryear.

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Intentional sexual bias?

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Trollface

Re: Intentional sexual bias?

You forgot the troll icon.

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GET A ROOM, yells Facebook as it stumbles on IRC, slaps it in an app

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Re: There's still plenty of 'old' internet out there.

Oh, and for a blast from the past I recently installed MS Comic Chat... It had me in stitches because it's so ridiculous.

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Re: There's still plenty of 'old' internet out there.

I'm still using IRC after 20 or so years. It is still my favourite method of instant messaging as there's no stupid distractions like "apps" and photos. And as far as I'm aware the server admins don't care what I "like" and who I'm friends with.

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Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM

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Re: Toilet breaks?

Let's hope that [your favourite smartphone brand] aren't developing "smellophone" for the next [flagship product name].

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Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says

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Re: Curious

Yes, I was wondering if that was a mistake, or some new aspect ratio that's going to be all the rage for tablets. Are there any other devices with a 64:45 ratio?

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Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy

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Re: Give me Uber / Lyft

@ pdlane

"Google's self driving cars" refers to vehicles which are controlled by a computer rather than a human. What you describe is basically a car rental scheme.

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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 SHUNNED by refusenik fanbois

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Re: After reading about the battery-killing "upgrade"...

I used to get amazing battery life out of my iPad, which I used to rave about to my friends. Ever since a 7.0.? upgrade the battery life has dropped significantly, with no noticeable increase in functionality or reliability. The iPad 3 is a perfectly "good enough" device for me, I certainly won't be shelling out for whatever the latest model is now, nor will I be installing any more OS updates.

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Take THAT, hated food! It's OVER, tedious chewing! Soylent strikes back with version 1.1

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Re: No.

I think that's due in about 8 years...

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US team claims PARIS paper plane launch crown

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Re: Cheating YANK BASTARDS

Well PARIS was made from straws and didn't look much like your traditional paper plane, so by your reckoning that record is invalid too.

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Game pirates 'donate' compute power to Bitcoin miners

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The trouble is, the people they're getting screwed by are (in my opinion) far more reprehensible than the pirates. At least the downloaders aren't actually making any money from piracy.

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Reg bloke zips through an iPHONE 6 queue from ZERO to 60 SECONDS

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Re: Portrait video?

Glad someone's mentioned it!

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Man buys iPHONE 6 and DROPS IT to SMASH on PURPOSE

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Re: What a fecking twat!

I'm guessing, given what his company does, that he'll fix it himself (or get one of his employees to do it) rather than throwing it away. If anything, he's promoting not discarding broken tech.

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Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around

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Re: @ Def

"The sun has used up about half of its hydrogen fuel in the last 4.6 billion years, since its birth. It still has enough hydrogen to last about another 5 billion years."

So we're only a few hundred million years away from "peak sun"? Yikes.

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Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins

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Re: Too bad about the video

The composite output has been integrated into the 3.5mm audio connector, so it's still there, you just need a different cable.

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Re: The B got a memory memory in a previous rev

Surely "the point" of a Raspberry Pi is to do whatever you want with it? If it works, why not?

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IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

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Re: Surprised..

I'd never even considered having an alcoholic drink at a conference or trade show - I'm at work FFS. As others have said, it's not professional and completely out of order.

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RealVNC distances itself from factories, power plants, PCs hooked up to password-less VNC

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Re: Legality ?

One could claim it was a "wrong number", and they "hung up" as soon as they realised (but not before taking a screenshot).

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iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks

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Re: here are the patents

I was about to decry this new connector as dodgy Chinese tat, but it seems Apple do actually have a patent on the design.

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Felony charges? Harsh! Alleged Anon hackers plead guilty to misdemeanours

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Excessive damages

The DoJ claimed that Operation Payback had caused $8.9m worth of damage

No doubt conjured up using the same magic calculator that works out the damage costs for copyright infringement cases.

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Stalwart hatchback gets a plug-in: Volkswagen e-Golf

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Re: Maybe not the whole car....

The heated windscreen was the only good thing about my Mondeo.

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Cor blimey: Virgin Media pipes 152Mb fibre to 100,000 East Londoners

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Re: Q from the US

Intriguingly a lot of properties that could have a cable service have preferred to stick with copper. One may well wonder why.

I am one of these oddities. The reasoning may be obscure, but I refuse to use Virgin Media because of the utterly appalling customer service I experienced with Cable & Wireless and NTL, which eventually became VM. I am happy enough trundling along with my copper ADSL knowing my connection won't be throttled, I can get through to customer service, and they won't treat me like a moron.

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African samba queen: Don't cut off pirates' net connections – cut off their FINGERS

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Seems fair...

Possibly more reasonable than some of the damages claimed by copyright litigators in the US.

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Facebook goes down, people dial 911

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Someone call the grammar police!

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Plug and PREY: Hackers reprogram USB drives to silently infect PCs

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Re: I call semi-bollocks

How hard would be to modify the OS so it pops up a notice, "The device you just inserted wants to register as mass storage, a keyboard, and a network card. Which of these functions do you want to allow?"

Could be a bit annoying when you've just plugged in a keyboard and have no other means of responding to the prompt.

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon can't visit sick dad for fear of extradition

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Re: I suppose it all comes down to...

You mean "get tae fuck"?

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Too rich for an iPhone 6? How about a gold-plated Brikk?

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I'd be impressed if they managed to crack the glass, having seen someone attempt to break it.

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Oh Sony. Have we learned NOTHING from SuperAIT?

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Re: Something cultural within Sony

I used MiniDisc in the 90s and really wished it could be used to store data. There was something "cool" about the little cartridges. Sony did eventually bring out MD Data but it was expensive and too late to the market.

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Microsoft: You know we said NO MORE XP PATCHES? Well ...

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Re: Well ...

Just an off-topic anecdote here, but I started using IE over Netscape Communicator (nee Navigator) around 1996/97 because Netscape became so bloated that when loaded into my 4MB of RAM the system ground to a halt. I already had e-mail and Usenet clients that I was happy with and I just wanted a web browser that didn't take three minutes to load.

These days I tend to use whichever browser works best for the purpose I want to use it for, which is very rarely IE. Generally I end up being forced to use it because some web app requires NTLM authentication, or because I have to view some non-standard "html" generated from a Microsoft application.

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Re: Well ...

@poopypants, I think that quote is pretty much right, that whole antitrust debacle was around Windows 98 (or maybe an update to Win95)? Internet Explorer hasn't been "tightly integrated" for quite some time, though it's somewhat easier to just not use it rather than remove it. I imagine you'd get worse results removing Safari from iOS, though I expect that's not an easy task.

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Denmark dynamited by cunning American Minecraft vandals

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Re: Accurate user count?

In fact, in Europe, they write the day of the month before the month, and in some parts of Europe they use periods instead of colons to separate hours, minutes and seconds!

(Tenuous link to a quote from "Bart vs. Australia")

Also in some parts of the world they use non-English words and bizarre character sets to communicate with each other. Quelle surprise!

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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

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Re: late news

It's been there for years.

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Dimwit hackers use security camera DVRs as SUPER-SLOW Bitcoin-mining rig

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Re: Surprise!

Soon you'll be able to buy an abridged version of the Oxford English Dictionary which you can fit into a single tweet.

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Re: Correction:

I expect they'd struggle to mine even a single dogecoin on that hardware.

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Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

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Re: Head to head

Two posts in and we're already on to a "mine's better than yours" argument. Sigh.

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Xenon: Bitmap Brothers' (mega)blast from the past

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Re: it's a megablast

It's my favourite computer game music of all time.

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Booze and bacon sarnies: A recipe for immortality?

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Re: 20g of "processed meat"

Result of a quick web search: http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/seasoningflavoring/a/nitrates.htm

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Re: 20g of "processed meat"

>Bacon is FAR more processed than simply "smoking, salting, etc.". Store-bought bacon has nitrates, which currently has a likely link to pancreatic cancer

I guess it depends which store you bought it from.

You heard it here first, bacon gives you cancer!

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Hey, IT department! Sick of vendor shaftings? Why not DO IT, yourself

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Re: alf a dozen maintenance coders

>Why aren't your maintenance coders required to update the comments when they change the functionality?

In my (albeit limited) experience, when working at a company with a small development team (often just me), the management tend to prefer immediate results over a properly documented and tested solution. When someone asks me to make a change I usually ask "do you want it done properly or do you want it done now?". No prizes for guessing which answer I get.

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Ho, ho, HOLY CR*P, ebuyer! Etailer rates staff on returns REJECTED

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Re: Equal opportunities?

This looks more likely to be the technical team.

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Re: Benefit of doubt

I don't understand why some people get so worked up about downvotes. Here, have an upvote, hope it makes you feel better.

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Sysadmin job ad: 'If you don’t mind really bad work-life balance, this is for you'

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Re: General IT

Don't forget buttons & switches!

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