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* Posts by dogged

3324 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009

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?

garybuseyclapping.gif

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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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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

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Re: Oh I love my K70

I want something with a discreet backlight, otherwise I'd use the same Das Keyboard (Cherry Red switches) I favour at work.

Why a backlight? So I can type/game/whatever without having the room lights on and disturbing my family if time runs away with me.

Would you recommend the K70 or should I (as planned) go ahead with a Ducky Channel model, again with the Red switches?

(I have a RAT9 at work - totally agree regarding battery life).

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Logitech products last forever

Maybe in your reality. I had a succession of Logitech gaming mice, the right-click died on all of them. Now using a Mad Catz MMO7, even though I don't play MMOs (the extra buttons are still useful) which has lasted much better and is almost big enough for my hand.

None of the others even get close.

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Next moneybags kingpins of tech: Fondleslab game devs

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Touch-based games all suck.

I mean seriously, the input methods are uniformly awkward and clumsy. Why does anyone play this drivel?

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Vampires and Ninjas versus the Alien Jedi Robot Pirates: It's ON

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Re: Undead?

> Seems to me, they're among the "original" BOFHs. How are they not called out in the poll?

Answering your own questions there.

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Aliens

Beings of pure Light

"Fuck off, you big lamp!"

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True fact: 1 in 4 Brits are now TERRORISTS

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Re: ISIS

It's a shame I'm no longer allowed to call you what you are, ceayers. But it's also a Bank Holiday weekend here, so

CU Next Tuesday.

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Re: ISIS

so faces with an enemy that belive that you are less than human, and it is acceptable to lie to and generally abuse you, your sugestion is to just let them be....? how did that work out for yo uin school?

can't tell if irony...

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ISIS

Are we not calling them ISIS anymore?

Has Archer been round?

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Claim: Microsoft Alt-F4'd Chilean government open-source install bid

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Re: Re:fanboys. We should strangle them all and improve the species.

> Er, that's you dead then.

Yeah, my Umberto Eco fandom causes endless flamewars on the Reg's forums.

(debian file/media/web server, samsung android tablet, Asus Win8 laptop, Lumia 920 and Motorola V3xx, houseful of herself's iStuff - I am no tech fanboy. I merely object to all the crap you ignorant bigots spout as if it were true).

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> but if MS hadn't exploited their monopolistic position in the first place, this wouldn't be necessary.

trans: If Google had been allowed to just steal[*] work from other people like they do in the fields of literature (Google Books), Photography (everywhere), music, film and TV (youtube) there would have been no problem at all. Curse you Microsoft and your evil objection to Google stealing!

[*]Stealing by other corporate entities is MEAN and WRONG and should be PUNISHED but Google have beanbags so that's okay.

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> Other reasons are the words Microsoft and Windows which are synonymous with the phrase Malware Magnet.

Because there's so much malware on Windows Phone, unlike your perfectly safe Android. Right? RIGHT?!?

fanboys. We should strangle them all and improve the species.

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Creaky PC? SanDisk gives users a NAND with speedy '3-bitter' SSD

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Re: M.2

That's interesting. Where might I find such a beast?

EDIT - wait. Not interested. You only get two DIMM slots in a standard mini-ITX motherboard.

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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Re: So if the BBC show an excerpt from it on the News

Upvote for "thin but incredibly dense blue line".

Well done, sir.

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

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Re: Steam on Mint

> I've been using Windows, professionally, long before these fanbois.

I'm confused by the notion of "Windows fanbois" or "MS fanboys". Nobody's a "fan". I don't believe they exist. I use the products and will admit some of them are good but enthusiasm? That'd be like being a fan of British Gas or your local waste removal contractor. It's just a thing you use.

To be honest, I suspect this is why I get irritated by people who get all fanboy about linux or Google or Apple. You don't start internet flamewars about Powergen versus eon, do you?

Pathetic, really.

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Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai

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Re: bad poetry, bureacratic nonsense....

It doesn't rhyme but it does scan and the words work together nicely. It's very archaic, like reading Beowulf.

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Re: Ostentatious, overpriced and available in gold...

When I was there, I thought the Arabs would be the biggest offenders for that kind of thing but oddly, they're not. I think they're losing the "nouveau riche" thing, or maybe it rubs away slowly over time.

The absolute worst examples of terrible taste are usually worn by the "wives" of Russian, Chinese and Vietnamese visiting businessmen.

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Re: Correction?

Who did Johann Hari copy that article from?

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Dubai's a weird place. It's a city built by people who don't really have any concept of anything bigger than a fishing village, and it shows. I remember it took me forever to figure out what the road system was about until my boss-at-the-time (a close relative of Sheikh Mo's) had me accompany him by helicopter and I got an aerial view of the place. Then it became clear - it's an F1 track with a city in it. I'd be very surprised indeed if something like the Monaco GP didn't eventually happen there.

As for the rest - immense buildings just because. Soaring wealth and grinding poverty (imported Pakistani workers, for the most part) literally yards apart. Ostentatious water fountains in a place where tapwater is literally more expensive than petrol. Crazy shopping because money is big here but taste hasn't made it that far yet.

It's a place where all the fun things are banned by law so spending ludicrous amounts of money on nothing worthwhile replaces them.

As such, I expect Apple to do very well there. Vertu, Rolex and Hugo Boss do.

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