* Posts by thesykes

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Contactless card fraud? Easy. All you need is an off-the-shelf scanner

thesykes

No CVV and no Verified by Visa / Mastercard Securecode?

Name and shame the sites and get the banks, Visa and Mastercard to refuse to allow online transactions with them.

Bypassing the most fundamental of security checks is ridiculous, and I would've thought the retailers themselves would have to stand to any losses.

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Time for a brutal TELLY-OFF: Android TV versus Firefox OS

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Re: Android TV lost me at...

So create a dummy account with fake name. No need to give them a phone number or address. Not that difficult.

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Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

thesykes
Joke

It's obvious really

The reason he doesn't like the sound quality is that he's obviously not using high quality audio power and Cat-5 cables.

The fool.

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Google launches native Android Smart Lock password manager

thesykes

Re: Now THIS is something to cheer for

Agreed, the password manager thing is a bit of meh sort of thing.

Much more interesting and useful is the permission control stuff.

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ZX Spectrum 'Hobbit' revival sparks developer dispute

thesykes

Have to admit I gave up trying to play the Hobbit. I had the MSX version, which took about 15 minutes to load and each picture about 5 minutes to draw (probably a bit quicker, but age blurs the reality). I just didn't have the patience for that, so just loaded River Raid in 30 seconds and was away.

I did play text adventures, and can still remember encountering a bear blocking a cave entrance on a TI99/4a game (I knew how to pick a winner when it came to home computers). To get past you had to scream, which scared it and it fell off a cliff. You later walked past a "slightly woozy bear". No idea why that sticks in my mind. No idea what the game was either.

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

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Re: What a shame

Hear it? You can feel it! I remember watching one fly low over the car park at RAF Finningley and hearing a chorus of alarms go off as the ground shook.

Definitely something you have to experience in person.

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Windows 10 to MELT YOUR BRAIN and TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE

thesykes

Just another bit of crap to uninstall, to add to all the other crap dumped on your computer by the manufacturer.

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Attack of the possibly-Nazi clone parakeet invaders

thesykes
Coat

Obviously somebody get the wrong end of the stick in the Argentinian military. The memo about gaining revenge for the Falklands war didn't actually say to invade Britain using crack parrot-troopers.

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Volkswagen Passat GT 2.0-litre TDI SCR 190 PS 6spd DSG

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"although the sat-nav doesn't take postcodes"

what year was this review written?

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Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

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Re: In fact, warning does make sense

"strawberries aren't berries"

To be honest, I'd say that the scientist who came up with the definition of berries that excludes strawberries, raspberries etc., got the definition wrong.

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Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures

thesykes

I'll take that back. They're already on there. As are the watches themselves.

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thesykes

Not to worry, there'll be replacement copies on eBay for a fiver in a couple of weeks.

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Microsoft's top legal eagle: US cannot ignore foreign privacy laws

thesykes

Wouldn't it have just been quicker and easier for the US Government to go to an Irish court and ask for a subpoena from them for the email?

I mean, it's not as if they'd use a judgement against Microsoft to try and force every US-based tech company to hand over all their overseas documents, would they?

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This is what happens when a judge in New York orders an e-hit on a Chinese software biz

thesykes

Re: If only

Spot on. I have no desire to break the law, and am more than happy to pay, once, for a film. Unfortunately, I would also like to watch that film how I want, when I want, where I want. The US film industry seems hellbent on making sure that I cannot.

Take Ultraviolet, for example. A good idea badly implemented. Buy a film, and get to watch a digital copy when I want. Except, it doesn't work. I can watch all my Ultraviolet films on the Flixster Android app, but, I can't cast it to Chromecast here in the UK. Apparently you can if you're in the US. Why? I can cast from the Blinkbox app, but, they don't have all the studios signed up, so some of my films aren't available on Ultraviolet on Blinkbox. What's even more annoying is that Blinkbox will happily sell me the non-Ultraviolet digital version of the missing films.

So, my only options, if I want to watch a digital copy on Chromecast of those films, is to either rip a DVD or download from some dodgy site.

I don't want to break the law, but, the film studios seem to want me to.

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BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

thesykes

Moaners everywhere

Maybe some of you should just shut up and think about what this is trying to achieve.

If the partners of this project had all clubbed together and produced this device and offered to give it to every 11 year old, it would get nowhere. Add the BBC name to the project and ask them to knock out a few TV programmes to support it and suddenly here's a project with national exposure, a name most people trust and who have helped inspire a whole generation to learn to use a computer. How many posters on here remember watching Ian MaNought-Davies and being inspired by his enthusiasm for computers?

It's highly likely that these companies involved have seen a steady decline in the ability of graduates to knock out a simple "Hello World" program, let alone be let loose on enterprise-critical coding. Maybe they realise that, if they are to remain in business in the future, they need an increase in the quantity and quality of programmers. As with most things in life, the younger you start, the easier it seems to be to learn.

Some have asked why the Government aren't running this sort of thing. If they were, it would result in a device costing £200 to make, cost £2bn to develop and wouldn't be delivered until 2025.

As far as I see it, this is a bunch of technology companies clubbing together to hopefully avert a programming crisis in 10 years time, and using the BBC to get the message out.

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FREAK show: Apple and Android SSL WIDE OPEN to snoopers

thesykes

Re: IE10???

Running Chrome v40 and the checker website says all OK.

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SanDisk launches 200GB microSD card

thesykes

Re: Too Small?

Micro SD card holder, a few quid from Amazon or eBay.Size of a credit card, holds 8 SD cards. Sorted.

No, I don't have one, I keep my spares in the various Micro to full size adapters, all in a cash bag. Even cheaper.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

thesykes

Not so bad

These things are a bargain once you claim your 1.5% cashback from Quidco....

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Microsoft & Paypal link hands, turn round and slap Apple Pay

thesykes

Re: Why can't all the players...

you mean, something like a debit/credit card?

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Apple's 16GB iPhones are a big fat lie, claims iOS 8 storage hog lawsuit

thesykes

Re: Would a car buyer complain about the space the engine takes up?

No, the case is equivalent to you ordering a car with space for 7 people, but, when it's delivered, there are only 5 seats. The engine is taking up the space where the other 2 people could have fitted.

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thesykes

Re: Well...

@AC

"I can fill the SD card to the brim with MP3 files no problem. How do I get my friend's pre-Kit Kat Google music app to play them? Oh, you can't? I guess you might not be as helpful as you thought."

Took the micro SD from a broken MP3 player, inserted into my old Orange San Francisco, 4 years-old and running Android 2.2, turned it on, opened Play Music, and the songs and audio books appeared instantly. Music on the root of card, books each in their own folders. Absolutely no problem at all.

Not sure how it could be any easier.

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Ford recalls SUVs … to fix the UI

thesykes

Re: Push-button gear change? Really?

Must've changed things since my car was built in 2012 then. Push button handbrake, releases automatically when you set off, provided you don't try and floor it.

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Apple hit by INSIDER LEAK: New iPad Mini 3, iPad Air 2 blabbed

thesykes

Re: really?

The very fact that Apple will have a potential order book of 10s of millions is why they can, and do, restrict initial supplies.

No newspaper, news channel or website ever ran with a headline of "New iPad on sale, and there's millions in stock". Headlines of "New iPad SOLD OUT in minutes" is much more likely. We've all seen soundbites from grinning phone shop managers all gushing about how they sold out in minutes. They obviously can't say that they only had 5 to sell, but, they never get asked anyway.

Apple are sitting on $billions of cash reserves, they don't care if they prize $700 from little Johnny Fanboi on the first day or the 30th day that the iPad is on sale. They know that there's millions of gullible, sorry, loyal customers out there and by artificially restricting initial supplies, they will just increase pent-up demand and make the devices seem even more exclusive and desired.

You think it's all about manufacturing delays and stock costs. It's not. It's marketing, something Apple excel at.

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Do Moan! MONSTER 6-day EMAIL OUTAGE hits Domain Monster

thesykes

Strangely, their emails to me, saying my domain was due for renewal, got through fine.

My email hosted elsewhere, obviously.

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Android's Cyanogenmod open to MitM attacks

thesykes

Re: Another week...

Absolutely. You never find massive gaping security vulnerabilities in software produced by big multi-national commercial companies, do you?

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Re: Wall

All problems would be solved by building an alternative wall, a little further south. I believe the foundations have been laid for some years now, but are currently being used as something called the M25.

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Not pro Bono: Apple's audio junk mail made spammers' lives easier

thesykes

U2 and the iPhone. Both overrated, underwhelming and beloved of the media darlings, while most of the world's goes meh.

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Go home Google, you're drunk! Desktop Maps says The Shard's TWO MILES from actual loc

thesykes

Re: I have yet...

4 reported errors, 4 fixes.

YMMV

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Yosemite Siri? Apple might plonk chatty assistant on your desktop - report

thesykes

Claim 1. A method for invoking a digital assistant service, comprising: at a user device comprising one or more processors and memory: detecting an input gesture from a user according to a predetermined motion pattern on a touch-sensitive surface of the user device; and in response to detecting the input gesture, activating a digital assistant on the user device.

Boiled down to... making a computer program react to user input.

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Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5

thesykes

How about having two versions of the software? One for older iOS devices, with limited functionality, and one for later versions, with all the bells and whistles. The old version can just sit on the App Store without updates and taking no support from Sonos.

Is that so difficult?

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

thesykes

Re: Red X

Craigie... the type of idiot who drives down the hard shoulder until he sees a police car up ahead, then he slams on the brakes, puts the indicator on to force his way into lane 1, abuses the other drivers for not getting out of the way and proceeds to block the way for the ambulance and fire engine trying to get to the critically injured people up ahead.

What a dick.

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Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?

thesykes

Re: and Google doesn't care

The Facebook app is free, so Google's cut of nothing doesn't pay many bills and the FB is one of the worst culprits for excessive, intrusive and unnecessary permissions.

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Apple wins patent to pump ads to your iDevice while you're watching TV

thesykes

Re: @dan1980

Of course, Apple aren't exactly averse to copious amounts of product placement themselves. The glowing half eaten fruity logos adorning every laptop, phone and PC in Grimm is amazing. It seems the police have spent so much in buying Macbooks they can't afford anything else, as they even take crime scene photos with their iPhones.

Hmmm, wonder what the odds are that, when an iPhone appears on screen, there are links aplenty to Apple, but no data found when Androids and Windows phones appear. OK, so the latter will be be pretty rare.

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SPB's mountaintop HQ menaced by WOLVES

thesykes

Soooo... if the missus got "accidentally" eaten, would the insurance pay out?

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Malware-as-a-service picks Android apart

thesykes

Re: All those steps required?

"considering the 90+ percent piracy rate on Android"

perhaps you should read the article to which you link, there's a sentence in there you should understand.. "the statistics are from one game developer's experience, and shouldn't be extrapolated across the entire Android app industry"

In my sample of 1 Android phone, there is 0% piracy. I'm not stupid enough to use a sample of one and claim it as representative of the entire Android world, you would do well to apply similar logic.

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Boffins run iOS apps on Android hardware

thesykes

"Android users miss out on the iTunes ecosystem"

and the drawback to that is?

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Tim Cook: Apple's 'closer than it's ever been' to releasing new product range

thesykes

Re: The Facts..........

I'd say having to throw away your PC and buy a Mac, just to use an iPod was way more inconvenient to anybody than anything Creative designed.

Hmm.. Apple made a massive design mistake and quickly back-tracked to allow Windows users to use an iPod?

Apple got it wrong.

I know, amazing concept eh?

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thesykes

Re: The Facts..........

"Compared to the abysmal way the Creative players et al handled getting music onto their devices at the time"

I have, sitting in the cupboard behind me, an old Creative mp3 player. Still works, if I could be bothered to charge it up. Now, to get the mp3 files on it was incredibly tricky.

What I had to do was connect it to the PC, using some obscure thing known as a USB cable. I believe they are really expensive and difficult to obtain. Then, I had insert the CD into this thing called a CD Drive. Don't think they ever caught on. The really difficult bit was then clicking on one button in the Creative suite that ripped the CD to mp3 and instantly transferred them to the mp3 player.

Yep, bloody hard work it was.

Of course, I could also rip CDs using any number of applications, and simply drag n drop them onto the player. That concept is obviously far too complicated for a simple minded Apple owner to comprehend.

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Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style

thesykes

Re: HTC One M8

Standard Android multi-user profile functionality with a custom skin.

I already have kids profiles on my Nexus 7, I get all the apps I want, the kids what I let them have.

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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

thesykes

" b) syncs to the PC/Mac without any cloud nonsense in the middle"

You call it nonsense, I call it a very useful feature. 2 phones, 2 tablets, 2 laptops, all with fully synched calendars without having to be anywhere near each other.

If I had to be in the same room to synch them all, I'd be looking for another solution.

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Apple vows to add racially diverse EMOJIS after MILEY CYRUS TWITTER outrage

thesykes

Simple... trace all the people who support this pointless endeavour, take them out back, single bullet. It's the kind thing to do.

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thesykes

Hmmm

Apple, Miley Cyrus, Twitter, emoji and MTV

Think that list encapsulates the entire vacuous, air-headed, brainless bunch of worthless individuals on the planet.

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Apple pedometer patent filing cranks up the iWatch rumor mill

thesykes

gotta love these patents

include every technology possible in the patent, then produce something using probably bluetooth and buttons, then wait for someone to make one with wifi and a touchscreen and screw them in the courts.

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Yet ANOTHER Brit MOBE tower BORG: Three and EE ink network-sharing deal

thesykes

Re: Thank God for O2

And yet, despite the O2 coverage checker telling me I should get good indoor reception, in reality it's piss poor, with a little yellow No Coverage icon being a familiar visitor to my phone. Pop in a Three sim and everything works perfectly.

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University boffins build snoop-spotting snitch app

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Facepalm

Great, so we can see what apps are pulling location info.

If only Google had developed a hidden option to revoke app permissions, so we could block unwanted intrusions...

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Robots? What a bunch of workers...

thesykes

Re: GPO snoops

you must have very nosey Post Office staff. When I post something the only thing they ask is "Is it worth more than £20?", presumably to try and sell insurance on it. A simple No and they're quite happy.

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Drawers full of different chargers? The IEC has a one-plug-to-rule-them-all

thesykes

It's time for the rest of the techverse to play catch up and adopt

And spend the next few years fighting Apple patent lawyers because they tried to use magnets in power supplies or connectors with rounded corners.

You don't actually think Apple would licence magsafe and lightning to their competitors for a reasonable fee?

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UK payday loaners cop MEGA £175K fine for 'misleading' SMS spam

thesykes

Re: wtf?

he sent out thousands of message with direct links to websites operated by his own company.

Are you sure he's not a complete idiot?

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Android nasty sends your texts to CHINA

thesykes

Re: Last week I chose between an Android phone and a Q5

I can see your concern. After all, it would be so easy to download an app that said it was a "vaccine killer" and that wanted access to your SMS messages.

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