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G-Tech intros glossy HHD box: Because media 4Kers need external storage too

0laf
Pint

Re: Wow talk about branching out.....

Maybe not branching out that far since this looks like a flip-top bin.

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Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER

0laf
Meh

Volume

What about seperate volume levels for the ring tone and media? PITA right now. Much as I like my WinPh8 there are some really stupid things like the lack of volume controls and no file explorer.

I be happy to be able to set my own colours on the tiles, not that bothered about the background images on them.

App store is still pitiful but at least it stops me downloading loads of shite. I have an Android tablet for that.

I wonder if Nokia will sort their Music Mix through this? The last update made things considerably worse, slow and buggy. Worked fine previously.

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Boeing, Cupertino to 'explore weaponisation of Apple technologies'

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Thumb Up

Nearly. Nearly had me until the end

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

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Thumb Up

Deep Freeze is a good call.

Turns a lot of support calls into "have you tried turning it off and on?".

Good for library environment where you might need to let people do things that will probably break computers in a day or so.

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Plusnet shunts blame for dodgy DNS traffic onto customers' routers

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Meh

Re: For me there is a basic question

I can confirm the Plusnet supplied router is a pile of shite.

At least they do let you change it unlike some ISPs.

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Review of UK data protection: Should fines go OVER HALF A MIL?

0laf
Meh

No need for more in the public sector. It's other people money anyway. The public humiliation is a more motivating factor than the loss of cash.

Private sector should have a % limit. £500k is pocket-change to some of the big boys

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Learn about Microsoft Cloud OS

0laf
Unhappy

Across the UK? We've not voted yet.

Not enough money in Salmondland I suppose.

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Very fabric of space-time RIPPED apart in latest Hubble pic

0laf
Angel

Is it he?

Traversing the universe touching things with his noodly appendage

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But... you work in IT... Why aren't we RICH?

0laf
Childcatcher

WhatShatt, it's used by the yoof old boy therefore worth billions. It's only the yoof that count right now don't you know that?

Not used by anyone who actually draws a salary; in this country anyway. Pretty much like every Daily Mail evil app of the day.

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Samsung Gear splurge skews smartwatch market Google’s way

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Go

Re: y'know ...

Fob watch tablet...

Foblet?

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NHS website hit by MASSIVE malware security COCKUP

0laf
FAIL

CRAPITA strikes again.

Still it makes a change from Northgate.

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UNBREAKABLE bendy phone screens built, thanks to SHELLFISH

0laf
Pint

Is it toddler proof?

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Sinclair's ZX Spectrum to LIVE AGAIN!

0laf

Put a touch screen android in a Psion 5 chassis and I'll be impressed.

Otherwise nice idea but for £40 it's got to be more than a pretty yet poor keyboard.

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BT-owned ISP Plusnet fails to plug security hole on its customer signup page

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Devil

Ubiquitous XKCD reference

I wonder what would happen if 'Little Bobby Tables' signed up.

http://xkcd.com/327/

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BlackBerry ends write-off of a year with $4.4 BEELLLION write-down

0laf

Re: Ouch!

Samsung KNOX within the S4 has already been signed off for use within some US Government departments. Quite likely that acceptance will spread into other Governments like our own.

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Google Glass pics will BAFFLE admirers: Nudge nudge, WINK WINK

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Alert

Twitch

So if I get a twitch in my eye it's going to cost me a fortune then get me arrested.

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Why UK.gov's £1.2bn fibre broadband rollout is a bumbling FLOP

0laf
Big Brother

Anyway what's the point of superfast broadband when they're about to block all the porn.

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Excise Xmas prezzie indecision MISERY with El Reg’s gift guide²

0laf
Flame

Re: Hard-learned lesson

Tech support for the family was fine but when they started whoring me out to their neighbours and friends it had to stop.

Still do it for the immediate family but they've been well warned not to repeat themselves.

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UK fondleslab surge slowing, says sales-sniffing specialist

0laf

A bit like mobile phones everyone who wants one pretty much has one. The sales in the future will just the the churn of people replacing broken/tired tablet.

They'll need to think up some new format soon and I can't see wearable tech taking off for the majority for a long while.

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3D printing: 'Third industrial revolution' or a load of old cobblers?

0laf
Meh

Hype cycle

Looking on the hype cycle I see 3D printing is just entering the "trough of disillusionment" after which it'll start to be looked at and used more widely with less notice being taken.

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Atomic clocks come to your wrist

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FAIL

Ugh

$12000 and they're using a 1p crappo plastic winder handle. Dear me it's fugly.

My Monster might need adjusted every week but could beat that crap to death and still be running in 10yr without a battery.

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Nokia Lumia 625: Quality budget 4G phone ... but where's UK's budget 4G?

0laf
Facepalm

2G first please

Lots of places still struggling to get 2G.

This 4G malarkey will only be for metropolitans or a long time.

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Scots council cops £100K fine for spaffing vulnerable kids' data ONLINE

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FAIL

Re: Technical Detail

She was using a second hand machine. The FTP Auto-uploader was a present left behind (accidentally or deliberately) by the previous owner.

She probably took the stuff home on an encrypted usb stick with the blessing of her manager, coz that's secure innit?

That blessing evaporating as soon as an investigation started.

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NASA's nuclear Mars tank REBELS against human control

0laf
Facepalm

Oh no

It's heading for Martian Hafords to add some bling and get the rover 'slammed'!

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Capita IT Services staff plan strike over pay this Friday

0laf

What is this thing you call a 'Pay. Raise'?

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Are driverless cars the death knell of the motor biz?

0laf
Meh

Nae chance

Self drive will just become another 'option' like sat nav. Most people like to own their cars as a little bit of mobile private space. And some people still enjoy driving.

But it would be a great option.

I can see this replacing taxis (Johnny Cab anyone) but not the private car.

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BlackBerry's retro-look QWERTY Q5 mobe: Resentment by design

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Thumb Down

Generally I don't care about phone design all that much. They all look much the same. But I have to say the pictures of that Q5 make it appear particularly nasty and cheap. Certainly it's not going to stand out against the competition at the £20/month bracket.

Not a win.

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More than half of Windows 8 users just treat it like Windows 7

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Thumb Up

I feel dirty but....

I saw a Dell Win8 tablet used in anger the other day. It worked really well. Non-techy user were being given the choice of the Dell or an iPad. They threw out the iPads within 10min the Dells were so much more practical. Enterprise compatible, removable batteries, sd card slots, more OEM storage no MDM needed.

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Smartwatch face off: Pebble, MetaWatch and new hi-tech timepieces

0laf
Meh

Maybe a kinetic smart-watch would be a better move in the future. It might not manage to provide all the power but it should keep it going longer.

Personally I wear a mechanical watch but that's coz I love the engineering of them, doubtful I'll be won over by a smart-watch.

Yoof of today are more likely to just sit the phone out on the desk wherever they are. I can't imagine they'll bother with one either unless [insert vacuous celebrity] promotes them.

Not sure I can see this becoming more than a geek toy unless it works its way into the mainstream like 3D tellys. Hardly anyone goes out to buy 3D tellys but they'll probably buy one with it just in case or because it has a better screen anyway.

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Stephen Hawking nixes Intel voice upgrade plan

0laf
Happy

Yup I had a recollection of something like that too. That he'd had offer of new technology to improve the quality of his simulated voice but that he'd refused because the robotic voice was now 'his' voice and he didn't want it changed.

I suppose from the technologists point of view they don't really want someone well known using what appears to be technology from 20yr ago. Makes them look bad.

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Computer use irrelevant to education outcomes, says US study

0laf
FAIL

Right now in schools pupils are not taught to use technology they are taught to be users of technology.

MPs, MSPs, unions, head teachers, and other higher level organisations are all in thrall of technology especially 'apps' and 'cloud' without the slightest understanding or any desire to understand how it works or what these companies do with the information they insist on being uploaded to these companies.

All they know is that they MUST be the one to shout loudest about using technology.

It's a race to the bottom.

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Life on Mars means subsisting on grim diet of turd-garden spinach

0laf
Flame

You might want to seek out a copy of Andy Weir's 'The Martian' which was until recently available on Kindle for about 70p (since been bought by a publisher). He went into grim detail about the process of preparing a poo garden to grow emergency potatoes.

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Don't bake your Raspberry Pi - now you can WATER COOL it

0laf
Angel

Re: I like mine with gravy

Pi and gravy definitely the way to go.

Thumbs up for pointless yet talented engineering boffinry

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Acer reveals 'floating' screen to save desktop, self

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Thumb Down

Touchpad near the screen.? No sorry that looks like an ergonomic nightmare.

On my desk I sit a good 60-70cm away from the screens. If they were touch screens I couldn't reach them without leaning forward quite a lot.

Ok the multi position on the screen on this R7 looks like it could be useful to flip into a tablet when the touch might actually be wanted, but it's too heavy to use like that.

I'd have rather had a detachable Bluetooth mouse and dock built in. This is an idea looking for a problem.

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Weary quid-a-day nosh hack fears colonal mass ejection

0laf
Pint

Dear Daddy

As my Father says, "You'll need to draw forward and make a second heap".

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Thousands rally behind teen girl cuffed, expelled in harmless 'explosion'

0laf
Mushroom

Boom

I had friends with firearms licenses.

Rat nest + can of butane + tracer ammo (yes you can buy that for a .22).

Big boom on farm.

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Reg hack to starve on £1 a day for science

0laf
Flame

Just hang around Tesco's hot deli bit for the mark downs. Pasty for 5p.

Ok it's nasty processed meat of dubious origin but hey it's 5p.

Flame for heartburn.

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Drones with freakin' CLAWS grab objects like eagles

0laf
Terminator

I for one...

welcome our small grasping overlords.

(sounds like a toddler so I'm right on two counts)

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Dell takes aim at iPad, uncloaks enterprise-level Win8 tablet

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Thumb Up

I saw one of the current models used in anger last week. The IT manager using it ,who is a pretty practical chap and hates most flat things (iPads/Androids), was genuinely impressed with the Dell offering. An even more network savvy version could kill off the demand for Apple toys in the business. If it's priced sensibly. A big IF that.

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Nursing watchdog fined £150k for confidential unencrypted DVD loss

0laf
FAIL

ICO is pushing for authority to impose custodial sentences.

It's not hard to use DVDs safely. It doesn't even cost money. Stick everything in a TrueCrypt container and burn that to DVD. Phone the intended recipient and give them the key.

User awareness is the big and hard step and those upstairs don't want to do it because it doesn't get them in the local papers or tick their bonus boxes.Security is sewage to them. Only important when it goes wrong, otherwise to be avoided.

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Higgs hunt halts as CERN prepares LHC upgrades

0laf
Boffin

Ooooh

I understood nothing of that yet my geek gland still feels overstimulated.

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UK doesn't have the SKILLS to save itself from cyber threats

0laf
Boffin

Get a degree in hard science and then get paid a pittance for highly skilled work on short term contracts only so mortgages are impossible to get. Get a PhD to get paid another couple of grand.

That was the case when I graduated nearly 15yr ago and I can only imagine things are even worse now. Science graduates were paid less than Tesco's checkout operators.

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BYOD is a PITA: Employee devices cost firms £61 a month

0laf

Re: BYOD is a way of avoiding lockin

Cloud + Data Protection Act = No worky

This is one of the places where the consumer world and the business world just don't work on the same rules.

Yes it's convenient and free for you to shift your personal files into the Cloud so you can get them where you need it. No it's not ok for you to shift you business files with customer data into a Cloud with data-centres outside the EEA and a Safe-Harbour agreement isn't a get out of jail free card.

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0laf
Facepalm

Re: Pay for my own device, and have them lock it down???

Unfortunately not everyone thinks like you. Many employees (many senior employees) see to think that BYOD is a way for them to play with their phones at work or somehow get hold of an iToy at someone elses expense.

They get a bit upset that the business might actually still want to protect itself and not just buy toys for execs to watch porn on.

BYOD is one of the worst phrases to have emerged from the puckered sphincters of suppliers.

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Review: Living with Microsoft's new Surface Pro

0laf
Childcatcher

Re: Damn.

That is true but the iPad is sexy and fashionable in Executive circles Microsoft is not. So if the price doesn't matter they'll still choose the iPad and the MDM that goes with it.

Also the iPad lets them display control over their IT/Procurement departments by getting something expensive and incompatible with the current system.

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Report: Over 1.5 MILLION UK drivers will have hydrogen cars by 2030

0laf
Meh

Who cares really? So we pay 80% tax on H2 rather than petrol. H2 going to be expensive anyway.

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BBC: What YOU spent on our lawyers in Secret Climate 28 debacle

0laf
Holmes

As far as the BBC is concerned it didn't cost anything, since it was other peoples money that was spent.

You'll find most public organisations are happy to throw wodges of cash around as long as it belongs to other people.

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Help us out here: What's the POINT of Microsoft Office 2013?

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Re: "The ribbon makes more features visible"

The ribbon is a bit of pain on today's widescreen laptops. Wouldn't so much of an issue on an old 4:3 setup.

Vertical space is at a premium anyway.

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0laf
Big Brother

Re: SkyDrive?

Depending on what sort of documents you are working on the Information Commissioner might come knocking on your door with a big fat fine for breaching the DPA.

Cloud and DPA don't mix well yet.

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