* Posts by dogged

4542 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009

Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Re: If they say yes...

> The goalposts were changed in the 79 referendum. The change meant that there needed to be a 40% turnout, which btw is a damned site higher than most general elections!

No it isn't. Stop making things up.

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Re: subsidies????????

In the same way that profitable urban cell towers subsidize less profitable rural cell towers.

Scotland is a whole lot of rural and it is subsidized by England wherever a national (id est, UK-wide) infrastructure exists.

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Re: As a Scotsman

> can I say that a YES vote wouldn't actually mean the person hates the English

Maybe not, but what does it mean? It seems to me that the issue is dissatisfaction with the major political parties, which is fine, that's universal. It ain't just Scotland, everyone hates every one of those shitbags.

The problem with that is that your displacement activity is a one-issue party with no concern outside Scotland. The Scots as a whole (no individuals need be named or shamed) have wasted their dislike of the centre-right corporate-owned political consensus by pissing away their votes on a nationalist party instead of producing something better for everyone. That lack of interest in and support for the rest of the UK has hampered everyone's desire for real representation.

If I were a Scot, I'd be ashamed my country ever let this get so bad.

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Re: You know all this talk of things being more expensive

Not as such but per capita GDP in the UK will rise by around £150 annually if the Scots go.

Life expectancy will also rise.

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duh

The whole thing has been an absolute disaster in terms of actual intelligence.

On the one hand, you have "Better Together", a bunch of failed idiot politicians who did nothing but make rich people richer at the expense of everybody, not just Scotland saying "Don't leave, we want to fuck you over some more!"

And then you have the Yes campaign sticking to the message that everyone should vote for independence because independence is a lovely lovely thing that makes things lovely. Obviously, you don't need to worry about practicalities like jobs or money or your phone working or anything at all because all of that will be independent and therefore as lovely as a very, very lovely thing. Also oil, which is currently horrible but will be lovely when independent and even George Monbiot thinks so.

I've seen more in-depth debates on CBeebies and we should round up everyone involved and drown them. In oil.

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Microsoft splurges 2½ INSTAGRAMS buying Minecraft maker Mojang

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Re: WTF?

Short version - it teaches kids how to construct code through plugins and environments.

If MS shift it to .NET and make a free plugin for VS Express, they have just captured pretty much the entire next generation of application developers.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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Re: The first time I've seen Godwin's law work in reverse..

For various reasons, I strongly recommend that El Reg try to avoid calling Tim Cook "fruity".

You could get away with it when it was Steve "I'm drowning in fanny, me" Jobs but Tim Cook might take it as referring to his personal life and nobody needs to go throwing homophobia around.

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Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales

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“The biggest problem is that Windows is not easy to develop independently on this platform. A lot of things are defined by Windows; they [Microsoft] leave [a] very small space for vendors to develop,” he told El Reg.

You are only allowed Microsoft's fuckups. No adding your own fuckups.

Whether this is good or bad depends on how much you like Touchwiz.

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Stonehenge's HUMAN ABATTOIR was just a prehistoric Burning Man hippyfest site

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http://youtu.be/U6y-jn6jGbM

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This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...

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Re: The decline of apps

> National Rail Enquiries - a rail timetable FFS, wants to watch me go to the toilet for some reason.

I suspect that's because they want to find where railway quality went in the UK. It'd be my first guess too.

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Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

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Re: Surely there are two sides to the size thing?

> It would be interesting to see some comparative pictures of the top phones available when the first iPhone was released. Strange how we've all got used to carrying these huge slabs around.

I remember I had an HTC Touch at the time (smaller than iPhone) and most of my feature-phone using colleagues thought that was a bit big.

I saw one of the them the other toting a Galaxy Note.

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Meh

"provided the company plays well with others"

Because they have such a great history of that.

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Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume

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Re: Chromosome problem?

women love Apple. I predict that the largest demographic to buy iWatches will be women in their 30s.

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Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?

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Re: OnePlus One

I think all of the Lumia's have an FM radio but you may have OS preferences which count them out.

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O2 Refresh

Sounds like this.

Okay, the price of the handset is tucked away in tiny letters on the "Sign away your life!" page and interestingly, the total price you pay each month doesn't seem to vary (seems to be roughly £33 for everything with a decent data allowance) but you can still see exactly how much the handset costs and it's a lot.

Not quite Expensys prices but pretty close.

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What the BLOCK? Microsoft to gobble Minecraft-maker 'for $2bn'

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If they decide to "integrate" it into the Microsoft infrastructure or only develop the Microsoft platforms, then it will be a bad thing.

I disagree.

By shoving it onto Azure, MS can reduce the infrastructure costs to a rounding error and that means more of that $2.9bn sales revenue becomes profit.

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New USB spec offers two-way power flows AND double-sided plug

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shyeahright

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Limits to Growth is a pile of steaming doggy-doo based on total cobblers

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Re: Added to my Lexicon of Useful Phases

I think it's first attributable to Professor David Nutt.

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Ferraris, Zondas and ... er, a bike with a 500hp V10 under the saddle

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Re: Alan Coren

I'm sure I've heard it (unattributed) from Stephen Fry.

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Alien Ninja Fembot Pirates vs the Jedi SAS Chuck Norris startroopers: RUMBLE

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Chuck Norris is a mad retirement-age fundie Christian who turns the other bum-cheek. My mrs could beat him in a fight.

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Weekend reads: Perfidia, Fatherland and The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being

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Fatherland

On the whole I preferred the Robert Harris version.

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Shitty what? Almost half of MPs have never heard of Tech City

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“As things stand, MPs don’t appear adequately informed to vote on future policy changes impacting entrepreneurs.

Fixed that one for you.

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Microsoft's SELFIE-TASTIC Nokia 830, 730: Complete with DOG SMILE WHITENER

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Re: Windows Phone is a

> Call me when Microsoft can make Windows Phone stream to a bluetooth speaker with having the audio chop out or the pairing lost, or when the phone doesn't reboot every other day, or the proximity sensor play up so you can't use the in-call numeric keypad or the touchscreen lose accuracy at the edges, or the platform has some apps, or the camera lives up to the hype it got prelaunch.., etc etc etc.

How am I supposed to call you 18 months ago?

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Re: Market Share

> In the UK, market share from memory is much higher than 2.5%.

Latest figures showed 9.9% from Kantar, if I recall correctly. But I have to admit that I don't quite understand those figures. If that 9.9% of all _new_ handsets sold during the last quarter, fair enough. But 9.9% of _all_ mobile phones would be a phenomenal amount in real terms and I would find that figure suspicious.

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Finally, a USEFUL smart device: Intel boffins cook up gyro-magneto-'puter bike helmet

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That's one of Intel's new InternetOfStuff™ Atoms, not a full-blown Atom.

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Heads up, Chromebook: Here come the sub-$200 Windows 8.1 portables

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Re: with Bing

> I doubt many here have tried W8.1 on a 1Gb PC considering a)most people don't use W8.1 b)very few PCs have 1Gb RAM.

I tried it on actual hardware. An ExoPC - old-style Atom, 1GB RAM, 64GB m-SATA SSD, touchscreen, basically a netbook with no keyboard.

It runs fine. No you don't really want to try Crysis - not least because there's no keyboard and no GPU - and you probably wouldn't want to try to multitask more than 4 (desktop) applications at a time (Win8 apps are a different matter, you can go as nuts as you like with those).

This is actually the main reason why I know that most of the WindowsH8 brigade are bullshitters.

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> So how many of these have secure boot locked down so they're useless?

Since none of them run Windows RT, the exact number with "secure boot locked down" is "none". It will be enabled but all have the official badges on and thus must have the facility to disable Secure Boot in BIOS.

Don't you think all this secure boot FUD has gone far enough now? Seriously?

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Lenovorola TRIPLE-ola: New Moto G, Moto X and 360 wristputer UNZIPPED

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> is compatible with smartphones running at least Android 4.3

Yeah, that's the killer. Cross-platform or no sale.

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YES, I have ridden the UNICORN: The Ubuntu Utopic unicorn

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Re: You don't see people whining...

> You are joking, right?

There are two answers to that -

1. Yes, he's joking. It really doesn't try to force you to do anything and the "skip this crap" link is not hidden - it's on the same page as the "enter an MS account" dialog box.

2. He is actually Gavin Clarke and just clicked "next" rather than bother to read the text, thus believing that Win8 won't run without an MS account. It will. It does.

And all of these look pretty but I prefer my debian set up my way, thanks anyway.

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You are here => Earth is in 'the suburbs' of an IMMENSE HEAVEN

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That headline

I keep trying to parse it as a lambda expression

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Scared of brute force password attacks? Just 'GIVE UP' says Microsoft

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Re: Some truth to some of what they say

Disingenuous. They hash AND salt with online services, simply not with local OS level passwords (largely for historic/compatibility reasons).

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Re: Interesting

That's exactly what I said, except for your pro-Apple spin.

Failure to enforce lockout after multiple failed login attempts is pathetic and there's no excuse for it.

Frankly, I hope Jennifer Lawrence sues.

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Re: Interesting

As an interesting aside, Apple are saying the iCloud attacks aren't their fault because the attacks were online.

And apparently they don't lock you out after three (or even three hundred) failed login attempts.

The users are apparently securing it wrong. Not Apple. Apple are infallible.

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Re: So basically, MS says ...

Having a gnarly password makes it harder to remember and relying on a gnarly password is nearly as dumb as... well... jake.

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Pimp my lounge and pierce my ceiling: Home theatre goes OTT

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Re: I love

Russ Abbott? Showing your age...

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

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Oh crap.

My lad's 17 months old and a bugger for experimenting with things. He experimented with dribbling down the headphone jack on my phone, now that doesn't work. He experimented with sticking chewed toast into the charging port on 'erself's macbook Air - thank you, home contents insurance.

Now they're going to encourage him to rain happy enthusiastic destruction on daddy's workstation?

That does it. Nina and her chatty Neurons are banned in our house as of right bloody now.

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Redmond resists order to hand over overseas email

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And let's not shit on them for doing what is, after all, the decent thing.

MS are pretty serious about privacy. It's their major differentiator from Google's "you have no privacy, suck it" stance and as such, yes, it is worth money. But it's worth money because (and I know this may horrify you) some people like the idea of privacy and dislike the idea of somebody selling them to advertisers.

Normally I might ask whether somebody posting this kind of comment was being genuinely cynical or was only cynical "because Microsoft" but in this case, your posting history makes it all very, very clear.

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iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

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Re: Assailant?

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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

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Re: There is no market

Or we could just go with Occam's Razor and remember that over 25% of MPs are landlords.

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Vulture News anchor Regina Eggbert is (sort of) LIVE from London

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Re: Dear Regina

That would be "ichi", not "haitch".

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Too slow with that iPhone refresh, Apple: Android is GOBBLING up US mobile market

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Re: Italy?

Salesdroids don't care enough to criticize it? Italians like cheap phones? It's (possibly) regarded as stylish? MS's Italian marketing agency break the usual mould by not being massively useless fucktards?

Could be any number of reasons.

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Ninja Pirate Zombie Vampires versus Chuck Norris and the Space Marines

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Morris Dancers.

Terrifying. A world saved by Morris Dancers would probably be worse than one colonized by aliens.

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Siri: Helpful personal assistant or SERIAL APP KILLER?

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DISCLAIMER - I've only used Cortana. But -

>You're somewhere noisy

Type your question.

>You're somewhere you have to be quiet

Type your question

>You don't want to look like an idiot by talking to your phone

Type your question

>Also, whilst getting better, the mobile PAs aren't 100% accurate. Would you accept a keyboard which got what you typed wrong 5% of the time? Or even 1%.

Type your question.

I don't know if you can do that with Siri and Google Now, but given that you can with Cortana I suspect it's coming if not already here.

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Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch

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Re: Win32k Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability?

Managed code has indeed eliminated buffer overflows. However, if you're referencing win32k.sys from a managed assembly, it's important to remember that it is unmanaged code and needs manual disposal.

Of course, the actual Windows operating system is still written in unmanaged C++ and as such is irrelevant to your ignorant newb accusations anyway.

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>smugly

>MacBook

redundancy detected.

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Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws

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Re: Not surprising

> The biggest mistake is by programmers who choose to use C without understanding its design goals - not the language itself.

I beg to differ on the details here - programmers very, very rarely get to choose the tools they are asked to use in corporate environments. That happy task falls to "design authorities" who are usually ex-programmers promoted to their level of incompetence and too damn dangerous to be allowed near live code anymore. Sometimes those are project managers or technical leads or even the Reg's beloved CTOs (a less competent bunch would hard to imagine) but the odds against it being an actual programmer who writes code are astronomical.

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Re: Not surprising

> Copying code has its drawbacks of course, but it is generally considered better to re-use code than rely on individuals recreating the same things time and time again.

We re-use through encapsulation, not copying.

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Re: Why do coders fail to code for input validation

First rule (in classic banking Waterfall styleee) is actually "write what the business analyst tells you to write or they'll just make you rewrite anyway".

You carry on and blame the programmers though.

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Re: Not surprising

Hold on a moment.

Java and C# are both C derivatives. Neither are susceptible to buffer overflows. Both are (now) efficiently garbage-collected.

Really, your issue appears to be the Design Authority specifying unnecessary close-to-the-metal performance languages where they're not required.

Also, if you have a problem with TDD techniques, I suggest you're either some sort of project manager who knows dick about dick or one of those legion of Reg-reading first line support wonks who only knows what his script says. But not to worry, you can always turn it off and on again, right?

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Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE

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Nevertheless, you could be forgiven for calling the telephone an American invention. It was born there.

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