* Posts by tirk

290 posts • joined 24 Nov 2009

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Patching a fragmented, Stagefrightened Android isn't easy

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Re: REM had the answer in 1992?

Nightswimming? Take your device with you and the vulnerability is gone!

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Why is the smart home insecure? Because almost nobody cares

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Terminator

Top article

True, funny and scary. Could be the back-story for the next Terminator reboot.

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Pirate MEP: Microsoft's walled garden is no consumer pleasure park

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Unhappy

Re: Dodgy legal ground..

We'll probably find that TTIP will retroactively make these sort of clauses legal and binding.

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Ofcom coverage map: 7/10 – must try harder next time

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Re: Is it just me?

Link to map - http://www.ofcom.org.uk/mobile-coverage

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Help! Our Virgin Media TiVo boxes are stuck in a loop! Help! Our Virgin..

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Re: London time??

In the U.K. there is only London when it comes to news.

One third of the population of the UK lives or works inside the M25. London produces roughly half the taxes for the UK.

If you want us to become independent, a la Singapore, just say the word.

(Queue the downvotes from the UKIP types I guess....)

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Windows 10 on Mobile under the scope: Flaws, confusion, and going nowhere fast

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Version 3

It used to be said that no MS product was worth using until the third version was produced. If MS never let an OS reach it's third iteration, then they will continue to have a real problem.

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Minister for Fun opens consultation on future of the BBC

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Re: Open up BBC TV to the world

"I agree. But even Amazon and Netflix streaming TV services can't manage to get worldwide licensing for "broadcast" from the IP holders."

If it's BBC created content, then presumably the BBC own the IP rights anyway.

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WHOA! Windows 10 to be sold on USB drives – what a time to be alive

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Coat

Floppy disks?

Some of us remember installing software from punched cards!

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Mushroom

@jbuk1

"Seriously, who actually uses a start menu when since Xp sp2 it's been easier to...."

That sounds awfully like "you're holding it wrong" to me.

Pardon me but I'll hold/use *my* stuff the way *I* want to.

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Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers

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Re: New browsers pop up all the time.

@Stevie

Gopher and WAIS? Luxury! I still use the reference section of the public library!

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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Re: If you emmigrate

Do you get to watch the Beeb for free?

Some of it. You also get added adverts on some services, and some content geographically blocked. The ability to buy a TV licence for overseas use (or somehow identify yourself as holding a licence, eg when on holiday) is a not infrequent request.

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End well: this won't. European Copyright Society wants one EU law to rule 'em all

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Re: Flucking Crackheads...

Leaving the EU (in this case) would just mean the UK government would have no say in the regulations which would end up being imposed on them anyway. Do you really think the multinational lobbyists behind this sort of stuff are more worried about the UK out of the EU than in?? There may be arguments for leaving, but this ain't one.

A better question is why so many UK politicians don't care about stuff like this.

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Disk areal density: Not a constant, consistent platter

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Happy

Re: Memories ...

Glad I'm not the only old fart here ;-)

The joy of optimising COBOL sort steps by seeing how much the disk drives (damn, forget the number!) shook on the old 360/40. Don't get me started on punched cards....

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Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

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Coat

Re: NOO!!!

You think that's bad? Just wait until you have to go to the toilet!

(Red Dwarf hat-tip).

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Uber surge pricing kicks in during Sydney siege

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Unhappy

Re: Over here...

Over here they can only be a taxi service.

Isn't the whole point of Uber that it ignores existing taxi regulations and screams and holds it's breath when people suggest it should be regulated (who doesn't want to be driven by a criminal or psychopath after all?)

Personally, I use black cabs (advantage of living in London though)

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REVEALED: Titsup flight plan mainframe borks UK air traffic control

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Facepalm

Re: Properly engineered systems!

...can still fail if implemented badly. I remember being at a client's new datacentre many years ago were they had half a dozen or so S370s. There was a power failure affecting the whole site, but the UPS, followed by the on-site generator, kept the mainframes running. Unfortunately, some genius had wired the mainframes consoles into the normal ring main, rather then the protected circuit, so whilst the 370's continued running, not a lot could be done with them! Doh!

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UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

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UPS's sometimes fail, vital bits of kit sometime end up "temporarily" being plugged into the regular power supply, etc, etc.

Just having a plan for when things go wrong isn't the same as it working.

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NASA prods sleeping New Horizons spacecraft: Wakey, wakey, Pluto's calling

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Re: Beep, beep, beep ...

Ha, just wait until New Horizons asks when it's coming back home!

(Mandatory XKCD reference.)

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Apple patents NEVERSMASH iPHONE for fumbling fondlers

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WTF?

Re: Oddball weights

Eric Laithwaite. The man who epitomised the difference between engineers and scientists. Remember his TV lectures well!

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

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Facepalm

4. Doesn't support Windows Phone...

With 3% market share*, why should it? Should it support BlackBerry too?

* http://www.idc.com/prodserv/smartphone-os-market-share.jsp

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UK national mobile roaming: A stupid idea that'll never work

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I don't buy the "18 months too long to approve a tower" excuse

After all, the poor coverage with 3G was there for way longer than the last 18 months.

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Chromecast video on UK, Euro TVs hertz so badly it makes us judder – but Google 'won't fix'

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Coat

Re: Apple TV

Yes but you do have the annoying problem of random down votes.

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Post-Microsoft, post-PC programming: The portable REVOLUTION

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FAIL

Re: What tosh

"Apple laptops had replaced Windows laptops"

Nicely edited to change the meaning of the sentence. However as a platform for code development (which was what the author was saying) the ratio is different. I certainly see many Macbooks being used by coders at my clients, even those that are exclusively Microsoft based.

FWIW, I still use Windows as my OS on desktop and laptop to develop and manage my Windows code, but I have got phone & tablet set up with RDP as a fallback.

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That dreaded syncing feeling: Will Microsoft EVER fix OneDrive?

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Facepalm

RE " Do you NEED 1TB?"

Here we go. "I don't need it, so there can be no valid use for it".

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

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Coat

A fire extinguisher?

For the burning platform.

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

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Re: It makes you despair

"Just imagine the shitstorm if he came out as an atheist."

Hmm.

I thank god from the gift of.... perhaps not.

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tirk
Trollface

Re: Dumb Idiots and Sexists....

@BinaryBunglar...

The irony of commenting on someone's mistyping, and then putting:

"Paris, just because."

but forgetting the icon. Priceless!"

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iPad Air 2: Vulture chews on new Apple tablet

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Re: Brighter screen, smaller battery?

With caveat that everyone uses a device in a different way, I'd guess the majority of people use tablets primarily at home and not on the move, compared to phones. So battery life is more of an issue on a phone than a tablet, as the charger is more likely to be handy is the tablet runs out of juice.

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Citrix: Wearables allow conference calls 'while rocking a baby to sleep'

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Unhappy

Re: Not sure about jogging but...

Fitness, and a bit of disregard for personal safety?

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A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers

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Coat

Re: Flying on manual

I didn't see the 'have you purchased your C4?' option on Amazon at the checkout. Am I missing something?

It was replaced by the "have you purchased your Albanian flag?" when I last looked.

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It's a TAB-tastrophe – 83 million fewer units to ship in 2014

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Gimp

Re: 2 years for my Nexus 7...

Perhaps 'shiny shiny' is a reference to the lyrics of the VU's Venus in Furs. In which case 'the naughty step' could be just where the OP wants to be sent??

(Icon for obvious reasons.)

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Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods

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Coat

ROT-13 is strong ...

Especially if applied twice.

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Coughing for 4G, getting 2G... Networks' penny-pinching SECRETS REVEALED

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Re: Population density

Yup. As another example try getting the latest scores from a crowded football ground at half time.

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Wide-ranging UK DATA SHARING moves one step closer

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Coat

Unique combination of names?

Pah, that's nothing!

http://xkcd.com/327/

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Microsoft confirms Surface NOT DEAD YET, next-gen version coming

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Facepalm

...or what it might look like.

A dead horse being flogged? (In the punishment sense, not the way MS might hope for).

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Inflatables in SPAAACE! ISS 'nauts to enjoy bouncy castle spaceship

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Re: PLAY NICE NOW

At least none of them would have a problem with the weight limit.

A mass limit OTOH....

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How much is Microsoft earning from its Android taxes again?

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Unhappy

How long will these 'patents' be valid for?

As long as the megacorps keep paying the governments to extend the law. At least that's how copyright works.

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Apple's iPhone 6 can REVERSE BALDNESS (and cause it, too)

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Coat

Re: Only 9 people have complained to Apple about bent phones (and lived)

The rounded corners on your phone are clearly hyperbol(a)e.

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Feds: Cheeky scammers are impersonating us in criminal capers

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Facepalm

Re: Guilty Conscience

You clearly don't do IT support for elderly relatives.

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Swiss cops BAN MASKS at meeting of rebellious United Nations IP staff

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Sepp Blatter?

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iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!

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Trollface

Re: So which IOS gadget got to have a cardiac arrest OS ?

Version 1 of software tends to have bugs... Like v1 of posts "only semi-fir for purpose"?

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Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway

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Coat

In 3014, future historians open the archive to discover...

Rick Astley?

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Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM

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Coat

Tyson mode?

Pencil and paper. For extra badass, not erasers allowed!

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What could possibly go wrong? Banks could provide ID assurance for Gov.UK – report

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Unhappy

Re: But retail banks are clueless about security

To misquote Douglas Adams, they are so primitive they still think Trusteer is a pretty neat idea.

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CRR-CRRRK, beep, beep: Mars space truck backs out of slippery sand trap

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Coat

Re: rippled?

You are Marianne Faithfull AICM£10

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Time to move away from Windows 7 ... whoa, whoa, who said anything about Windows 8?

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Re: Linux maybe, but OSX.. You'd need to be off your tree.

But are you comparing "OSX" or "MacOS OSX" with "Windows" or "Windows 7"? That's before we get to the version number vs service pack level. You may be right, but there's an element of apples and oranges in such a comparison.

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Totes AMAZEBALLS! Side boob, binge-watch and clickbait added to Oxford Dictionary

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Coat

The really ironic addition ...

... in a squillion word dictionary would surely be "TL;DR"

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HP says it will sue former Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussein

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Unhappy

Re: Wow

What do HP management care? It's not their money at risk, it's the shareholders after all.

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POW! Apple smites Macbook Air EFI firmware update borkage

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Re: Ah well...

It does say "biting the had that feeds IT" up there on the right. Though I think this is more of a gumming TBH.

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