* Posts by 0laf

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Unlock and start General Motors cars with a $100 box of tricks – hacker

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Just hook it all up to the CANBUS what could go wrong.....

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And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

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Re: Sorry, chaps

Yeah but the full deal is only £8 more a year for everything else.

I'm considering moving on to the full thing.

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Tired tablets don't tickle the imagination, so sales fall again

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Re: Marketers can't think the unthinkable

I don't really know anyone that doesn't have a tablet now, at least not anyone that wants one.

Most houses have 2 or three plus phones.

There isn't any drive to get a new one other than breakage and dud irreplaceable batteries.

Most people just use them for social media, web browsing and some video watching. Nothing that really stresses the cpu. So there really isn't even a driver for more power.

Other people have found that tablet are a bit shit for work and are either going back to laptops or are buying Windows tablets with half decent keyboards. Recreating netbooks which got pushed out by tabs in the first place.

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BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

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I probably will have a go. But not for a little while and not until I've got a proper backup of the current Win7 install.

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Now car hackers can bust in through your motor's DAB RADIO

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TBH

I'm waiting on the first crypto locker attack on a car now.

It's going to be far more profitable to disable someone's car and demand a payment to release it than to kill them. Killing them tends to make people take action as well.

If I just skim off $500 from a few thousand people I'll probably make a fair bit of profit and the law won't bother for a while.

I'll be the one without an Android power ICE in the future.

If you really want to scare people just imaging a future where self driving cars are commonplace (which they will be). And I hack your car to ignore stop signs or red lights or just program it think the destination is 10m west of whatever you put in. again I doubt that would happen too much since there probably isn't much money to be gained from it.

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Happy birthday, Amiga: The 'other' home computer turns 30

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Happy Guru Meditation

Happy days saving cash for the whopping 512Kb memory expansion cards.

Gif pr0n (at least it might have been gifs), first viruses.

Breaking joysticks on Speedball 2

Stuntcar Racer

Populous

So much innovative stuff, which admittedly doesn't look great these days but was such a leap from the 8bit days.

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NASA briefing in HOURS: 'We are upon the CUSP of finding ANOTHER EARTH'

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Alien

Like last time?

Remember the last time NASA has a big announcement about 'alien life' and it turned out to be a bacteria in a hot spring in the USA that really liked Arsenic. Interesting but not what was implied.

The cynic in me thinks that NASA is going to announce an Earth sized rocky planet in the habitable zone of another star which 'could' support liquid water (depending on another thousand variables).

I really hope it's more than that, but I doubt it.

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

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Still feel like MS peaked with Win 2000.

A brutal square lump of speedy solidness that just shut up and got on with it.

MS might do better when they try to stop trying to be Apple or Google. But they never will. idiot investor and boards will always want to chase the high margin fanbois to the detriment of those low margin high volume users.

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Sad face

I'm one of those few WinPho users and I really like WinPho. I've always found it far less hassle to use than a previous Android phone.

At work we've recently migrated users to WinPho away from Blackberry. We've had no real complaints users like them for their simplicity and we've save a lot of money over retaining and upgrading BB.

It would be a great shame if MS turned WinPho into the same schizophrenic mess that Windows Desktop 8 was/is.

I get the feeling MS is just so tied up in itself they don't even go and get a fresh pair of eyes on their developments. I think they just need someone that can see the woods for the trees and maybe just point out to them that sometimes their stuff sucks.

What is even worse is that it seems the engineers that do the nuts and bolts underneath are doing a great job. Win8 was super fast even on old hardware, security guys reckoned it was pretty decent out of the box it just seems that Ms has an army of user interface and marketing guys that take a good foundation and smear it in layer upon layer of shiny shite that no one really wants.

Just make it fast and make it feckin work.

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PEAK PLUTO: Stunning mountain ridge snapped by New Horizons craft

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Re: More Plutonian mountains

Yes. Icebergs in frozen sea ice was my thought

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Cops baffled by 'canal corpse' that turned out to be COCONUTS

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What'll I do with all these out of date coconuts Dave? Put them in the recycling?

Nah, fill up that duvet cover with them and we'll chuck them in the canal.

In someone's mind a duvet and a canal is the best option for getting rid of coconuts. That's quite frighting really.

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British spooks wave through Samsung S6 mobes for UK govt bods

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Meh

CPA is just a Hammerite test. It does what it says on the tin.

OFFICIAL as a classification covers everything from public documents to information under the data protection act. You don't need to use certified equipment for OFFICIAL either.

I think Samsung are just trying to make more of this than it really is.

Samsung = Our phones can be really secure (if you configure them right and have MDM)

CESG = Yes, they're quite secure (if you configure them right and have MDM)

None-the-less the KNOX stuff is interesting from a security standpoint. Now you know it works.

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Bill Hicks: 25 years on from the cult comedian's big break

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If you were a student in the 90s the Hicks was probably on your radar.

His stand up was certainly a point of reference for my mates who were all 17 in 1994. Just the right age for someone as subversive as he was.

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PLUTO: The FINAL FRONTIER – best image yet of remote, icy dwarf planet REVEALED

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Re: Inverse square law

I had the same thought once and through the wonders of the internet found an answer.

Apparently it's not that dark. Even at that distance the sun is many times brighter than a full moon here on earth, although it is a small bright point of light.

Can't remember the numbers but it's out there is you look.

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I hope they see something really weird. I can't keep saying this tinfoil hat is for fashion.

Utterly epic science though.

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China wants to build a 200km-long undersea tunnel to America

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Is there not a rather large continental fault line going right now there?

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SatNad's purple haze could see Lumia 'killed'. Way to go, chief!

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Nothing MS makes will ever be fashionable.

It's when they try to do this that things fall down.

When they just try to make things work they do ok.

The people that buy WinPho now are buying a solid phone with a camera. They're not bothered about a huge volume of apps and they;re not bothered abut having the latest flagship phone. They're not buying the lifestyle experience that Apple or Samsung are marketing.

Those people are harder to leverage money from for Ms and for app vendors

When MS try that lifestyle marketing thing it just looks stupid.

It'll be a shame if MS give up on phones, I like mine and I'm seeing them replace Blackberry in businesses since they provide integration with Exchange easily and they're cheaper than iPhones.

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The END of WINDOWS EVERYWHERE! Is that really what Nadella wants?

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Re: I think too many journalists are Apple Fan Boys

"My other bet is that somewhere down the line we will see a very powerful phone device that goes with a docking station and can run full Universal and Win 32 Windows applications that really will embody the mobile first mantra as you can carry it about in your top pocket and use it like a phone nowadays"

This was one of my thoughts too. A mid end phone is more than powerful enough now to run a basic desktop operating system. That could be a big step if your business phone was also your desktop, also your tablet etc. We've already got users happily using docked Windows tablets as desktops then picking up the tablet to take home at the end of the day. And that's using Win8.1 which is a dogs dinner.

I'm sure they'd be happy to drop the 10" tab for a 5" phone.

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Mars rover Opportunity shuns dodgy flash chips, relies on RAM

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QVC start selling 'Space Broom!', only $10M.

But I do wonder why they didn't fit a little brush wiper arm on the panels if dust was thought to be the limiting factor on the rovers life.

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DOUGHNUT (donut?) and whale FOUND ON PLUTO

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Finally on July 14 the clearest pictures are seen and the dark and light images resolve to show - "Greedo Shot First"

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Apple Watch sales in death dive after mega launch, claims study

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Handed out to media types for many many reviews short and long, tear-downs, destructions tests CHECK

Handed out to celebrities to be seen and photographed possibly by some same media types - CHECK

Bought by fanbois - CHECK

Right who's left........anyone?

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Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

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Re: A beautiful aircraft though

I've never heard a Vulcan described as quiet before. I saw one at RAF Leuchers in the 90s and it made your guts vibrate and the ground shake as it went by. Possibly the loudest thing I've ever seen move.

A sad but understandable day. Our new stuff is no doubt much much better than the old V bombers but they're not half as impressive.

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Re: Photobombing

Now that's a wedding picture!

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Ditching political Elop makes for a more Nadella Microsoft

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Re: Mobile vision

No remote sessions from non-business PCs. That is a big no-no for us.

We have enough offices to mean that this is an inconvenience rather than a disaster however it makes the platform look bad. These users should effectively never need to visit an office. But now they do just every ~40 days to change a password and nothing else.

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Re: Mobile vision

MS should be the one to step into enterprise replacing BB. They should be able to get their own phones to integrate with their own network architecture.

We've issues Winpho to replace BB here. User like them. The phones are cheap, the users find them easy to use. They're good phones which is often a rare quality in android phones.

Then you discover unforgivably stupid omissions.

We have mobile users with no laptops. They don't need them, email is all they need and the winpho does it fine. Except when the ad account password expires. There is no way to reset from the phone. They have to trek to an office sit down log in change pwd then head off again.

No encryption option for users without an exchange server?

Maybe winpho10 will fix niggles like this. We'll probably get some more.

I'll be disappointed if the winPho bites the dust. I don't really like Android, I don't want to get into the Apple ecosystem and moving to BB is probably going from the frying pan into the fire.

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LG's six-sided battery to take smart watches into new timezones

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Re: Wasted space

Might have wanted to patent that idea coz it's not a bad one?

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Smart meters set to cost Blighty as much as replacing Trident

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Your Bill

Well done customer! You've saved £50 on your energy costs this year through the information provided by your smart-meter.

Smart-meter maintenance charge £150

Congratulations, your annual saving is £-100.00

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Microsoft's magic hurts: Nadella signals 'tough choices' on the way

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WinPho not doing better than before?

I thought Windows Phone was actually picking up market share?

97% of all mobile malware on Android might drive some market share towards cheaper Windows phones.

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Indiana Jones whips Bond in greatest movie character poll

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WOT!

No Al Swearengen?

Best tv program ever cancelled.

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Pluto plastered in what looks like 1970s orange wallpaper – proof

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Yay science

I'm getting quite excited but the New Horizons mission, shame it's going to take quite a while to get a fleeting glimpse of the little planet as the probe scoots by. There has been so much great space science going on this year. Well done boffins.

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Windows Phone is like religion – it gets people when they are down

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Re: Yup

Think you're right if you've the app you're not affected.

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Yup

Integration with AD makes WinPho a pretty easy choice for cheap business BB replacements .

The lack of apps on WinPho doesn't really matter when all you really need are calendars and email.

The built in off-line Nokia Maps can be pretty big plus for those that have to delve into remote areas lacking in a mobile signal.

MS inability to keep up with the Facebook API might put of some folks outside of business.

Not sure how WinPho 10 will do. Windows 8.1 for phones works really quite well. 8.1 just sucked on everything else.

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Say 'cheese'! Cassini probe ZOOMS IN on Saturn's craggy Dione moon

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And another shocking thing

This machine has been out there since 1997. 18 years.

I wonder if NASA is seeing the benefit in cash and kudos of their probes that just seem to keep going and going.

These things must be tough as hobnail boots.

The little Opportunity Mars rover is still going too 10yr on when the original mission was 90 days (Martian)

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Oi, UK.gov, your Verify system looks like a MASS SPY NETWORK

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GDS

I wouldn't worry to much if GDS have set it up. It'll look good on an iPad but GCHQ won't be able to find anything on it.

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Philae warms up nicely, sends home second burst of data

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Do they know what way up it is yet?

Was there not a supposition that the poor wee bugger was lying on its side.

Does it have the capability of righting itself?

Irrespective, massive kudos and many pints to and epic piece of boffiny.

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Testing Windows 10 on Surface 3: Perfect combo or buggy embuggerance?

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Windows

When I used Win8.1 on a tablet the Metro interface actually worked really well with touch. It was the schizophrenic nature of the tablet which couldn't quite makes it's mind up whether to use a metro app or a desktop app that was a PITA. Sometimes ending up with two versions of IE running with different pages because it all got a little confusing.

Turning win8 off an on was hardly a hardship. It took about 15sec to boot. I never switch off my Android Nexus 7 tablet because it takes nearly 3min to get going, not because the battery life is good.

With Win 8 I felt like there was a really good OS in there somewhere trying to break through the layers of shite put in by the marketing men.

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TERROR in ORBIT: Dodgy rocket burp biffs International Space Station off track

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I can understand accidentally calling someone by sitting on a phone.

I can understand accidentally hitting the indicators when driving

But 'accidentally' firing the rocket motors on a space capsule attached to the ISS...

Is there a big red "do not touch" button in NASA HQ that does this?

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Paper driving licence death day: DVLA website is still TITSUP

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Re: I just love government projects

Because everything is about saving money now.

And it's more important to the recruiters that you have the rigtht certs now, they don't really care if you know how to use them or now.

You can't measure experience very easily so it gets ignored. Much easier to tick the cert boxes.

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Re: I just love government projects

Nope. As said everyone in Government is a contractor these days so when something goes FUBAR they just move on from that contract to the next. Leaving both the contractor and the Gov department to merrily repeat the TITSUP FUBAR incident ad infinitum.

SNAFU.

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Why voice and apps sometimes don't beat an old-fashioned knob

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Re: IoT

Right up there with removing all the buttons on a car for touchscreens.

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It's FREE WINDOWS 10 time: 29 July is D-Day, yells Microsoft

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Hmmm. Time to order that SSD.

I'll take the free download ta but I'll hang onto my old Win7 install for a while yet.

Good excuse to upgrade the spinning rust to an SSD though.

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Free Windows 10 upgrades from Microsoft will FLATTEN PC sales

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Component sales?

Lots of folks I know are planning to install the free Win10 when it comes out and are planning a bit of PC upgrading at the same time.

Planning on a new SSD to hold the OS and maybe a new CPU myself.

Bit of an excuse for a boost and I'll still have Win7 to fall back on should Win10 suck goats.

If it works ok on the desktop I'll roll it out to the laptops as well.

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Security software's a booming market. Why is Symantec stumbling?

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In the enterprise lots of others providing the same services for less money or just more favourable licensing terms. Looks at Sophos, free licences for schools and employees.

Plus tbh most of the big boys just aren't that good at catching stuff now.

At home plenty of free security stuff around that does the job well. Why would you pay?

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Windows 10 won't help. The PC biz is doomed, DOOMED, I TELL YOU

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I think I've heard that the PC is dead and buried about 5 times in the last 15yr.

Less important yes, but not doomed.

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Mozilla: We don't give a damn about cheap smartphones

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If MS struggles to get apps with 3% market share how much harder is it going to be when you've got just more than 0%.

MS can at least tap a business market with AD integration.

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RAF Eurofighter gets a Battle of Britain makeover

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Re: eh?

Yup looks like the Typhoon is almost balancing on the thrust flaps down etc to keep pace with the old Hurricane.

Good picture however they did it.

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Looks good.

Much better than the nondescript grey that looks like primer. But then I don't suppose aesthetics come into it really.

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GDS to handle Govt payments? What could possibly go wrong?

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Digital

They just use 'Digital' because the 'Cyber' bandwagon is already pretty full.

I believe those at the cutting edge of buzzwords are already looking for something to replace 'Digital' so they can continue to suck up all that shiny money by selling the same old stuff yet again.

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Re: This should be good

You did dodge a bullet.

Remember the old toilet paper adverts where the board of director was made up of smiling toddlers? Well that's GDS except they're all spoiled little brats screaming for their 'bitty'. Or probably more accurately an 'iBitty' .

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Microsoft's Surface 3 is sweet – but I wouldn't tickle my nads with it

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Re: Too expensive

We don't use the pens at all and haven't had anyone ask for one.

They really only get used in anger docked on the desktop or docked to the battery pack keyboard. Which I think actually proves the point that most people don't need a tablet.

They ask for a tablet, add a keyboard and a mouse and maintain the illusion that they really didn't want a laptop.

Which is stupid and wasteful because the Dells with the battery keyboard are not only more expensive but are considerably heavier than a laptop. Unless the battery life is needed it's a bit pointless.

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