* Posts by Ian 55

558 posts • joined 19 Feb 2010

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Disaster-gawping cam drones to be blasted out of the sky in California

Ian 55

Forget cars

In the UK, if the fire brigade want to demolish your house - to create a fire-break, say, or just because it's in the way - they can just do it.

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North Korea's Red Star Linux inserts sneaky serial content tracker

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There was no earlier article on security issues, comrade

And that is why the link to it 404s.

It is obvious that you need some 're-education' though. No need to pack and we'll take the family too.

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UK.gov makes total pig's ear of attempt to legalise home CD ripping

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Re: Has anybody ever been convicted of format shifting?

It'd certainly be a brave music industry lawyer who wanted a case to go in front of a jury, but with the maximum penalties for 'piracy' being so high - thank you music industry - then it would clearly be too serious a case for magistrate's court.

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

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'Not likely to get plug pulled'

Have you tried the iPlayer channel on a Wii recently?

An awful lot of Wiis out there, but it stopped working a while ago.

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Re: I mostly agree

Dumb TV + Raspberry Pi 2 running whatever they now call XBMC = win, yes.

You get to choose what software is on it, you can run it on anything with an HDMI input, and you know there is a community dedicated to supporting it.

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Ashley Madison hack: Site for people who can't be trusted can't be trusted

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Wrong sort of lawyer

AM engaged in such interesting practices as sending members who had yet to pay 'messages' from automated bots in the hope that they would pay to read them and charging people who wanted to delete - as opposed to suspend - their account.

Now, if you'd paid to delete your details and they turned up in the leak from this hack, I'd expect you'd be reaching for a lawyer, but not a divorce one.

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Ant-Man: Big ideas, small payoff

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Re: Worst... Comment... Ever!...

Plus as "Stop thinking and look at that explosion!" is the entire plot of every Marvel film, I suspect their lawyers will be in touch.

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Download Festival face scan: You’re right to be annoyed, said UK surveillance commish

Ian 55

If it's so harmless being tracked everywhere, why do the police and the great and the good get upset at being followed around?

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Flash HOLED AGAIN TWICE below waterline in fresh Hacking Team reveals

Ian 55

Re: Meanwhile...

How long should Adobe be going down for?

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

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Re: A beautiful aircraft though - Possibly the loudest thing I've ever seen move.

I live (looks) about 4km from somewhere that had a fly over recently and we're at about 90 degrees to the flightpath.

WHAT'S THAT NOISE? I SAID 'WHAT'S THAT NOISE?' etc

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Vectone Mobile gone for the week, don't know when it'll be back

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.. and does explain why they've out of business.

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Ian 55

Vectone who?

I'm sure it's tragic for its customers, but... who?

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Microsoft SLASHES 7,800 bods, BURNS $7.6bn off books in Nokia adjustment

Ian 55

Re: I'll bet

If I had a pile of shares, I'd be wondering if Steve B could be made personally liable for some of the losses he created.

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

Ian 55

'just blow away the existing boot sector'

Has anyone ever sued them over that?

I don't remember ever being asked if the Windows installer could crap over it.

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German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

Ian 55

Re: negative waves

Did any Sherman mount a 90mm gun?

In practice, that would have made them more of a target, because obviously you take out the Firefly Shermans with the long-barrelled 17pdrs first.

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Ian 55

Yes, that's why I thought they'd have difficulty moving it

The German army of 1943 certainly did - they delayed the Battle of Kursk until more Panthers were ready, then a large proportion of them broke down because the drive train was originally designed for a much lighter tank.

Meddling in the design made it definitely a Nazi tank in that regard.

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Linux Mint 17.2: If only all penguinista desktops were done this way

Ian 55

Re: @James Loughner Lack of upgrades is a killer for me

Celestia with all the graphics downloaded uses quite a bit of space, but yes.

The only reason the SSD here also has Windows is that it'd look very, very empty if I just had the two Linux root partitions. I boot into it every couple of months, the update process reminds me why I stopped - you have to update programs individually!?! - and I restart into Linux again.

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Ian 55

Re: Lack of upgrades is a killer for me

It was that and a couple of things that were not quite working in Mint that meant I switched back to Ubuntu when Ubuntu MATE happened.

Not regretted it for a second.

And, of course, even though I changed everything - including going from 32-bit Linux Mint to 64-bit Ubuntu MATE - having a separate /home partition meant that my data and app settings were still safe. I don't want to think how much work it would have been with Windows.

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Apple Music: First three months for free? We lasted less than 3 hours

Ian 55

Re: Once a streamer, always a streamer?

This is why they're so eager to have you be a streamer, yes.

Big CD collection - they're dirty cheap s/h - plus Spotify Free to find new stuff = independence.

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Hi-res audio folk to introduce new rules and weed out impure noises

Ian 55

See also the deliberately bad encoding on some DVDs

How else to sell people 'blu meanies'?

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Ian 55

Having been a regular at the old Scala Cinema Club

Every film would be improved by the rumble of a train going underneath you every so often.

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Apple pulls Civil War games in Confederate flag takedown

Ian 55

A quick recommendation for the game itself

And the PC / Mac / Linux version available on Steam and GOG is better than the iPad one anyway.

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Ian 55

Re: Fast track to offense

Burn it, now!

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How Music Got Free and Creatocracy

Ian 55

Re: No cracking needed

'a certified genius' - I think you're underestimating him.

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Why are all the visual special effects studios going bust?

Ian 55

US elections

.. are only expensive because of the fear that if the other side spend lot$ and you don't, you'll lose. So both sides spend billions of their supporters' money.

If they had some regulation on campaign spending, the results would be the same and it wouldn't be the ad industry - including its outlets - that was richer.

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Humongous headsets and virtual insanity

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Glasses?

The assorted headsets don't look too comfortable if you've already got something just in front of your eyes.

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Microsoft: Here's what you'll cough up for Windows 10 next year

Ian 55

Re: And when MS cannot even

Amongst the things that mean I only boot into Windows once a month or so is the lack of info about the 'optional' upgrades that would be installed if I didn't turn auto updates off.

Clicking on the link for more info usually results in a KB article with the same text in a different order, slightly. Plus a list of which OSes it applies to and a request to say that the page was helpful.

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The thing about Apple's 'one MORE thing'? It's a streaming music thing

Ian 55

Independent artists, please bend over now

"Apple has promised that songs uploaded by independent artists will be given consideration for broadcast on the service alongside titles from acts signed to record labels" probably translates as 'one or two tracks a week max, for which you won't be paid because of the exposure we're kindly giving you'.

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Ian 55

Another device

I still use an mp3 player because it is smaller, lighter, cheaper, lasts longer between charges and has more storage than any smartphone.

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Will Hay: Britain's bumbling star of the screen and skies

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There's some padding in the films

.. but the same could be said of the Marx Brothers ones.

The best bits of both are verbal wordplay at its finest.

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Burger me! Microsoft's chainsaw rampage through sacred cow herd

Ian 55

"What might Steve be thinking?"

"If I'd have done something like this years ago, I wouldn't have pissed away so many billions of shareholder value..."

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'Android on Windows': Microsoft tightens noose around neck, climbs on chair

Ian 55

Re: Pining for fjords

They're supported by the mountain of cash, generated by one good purchase every decade or so: QDOS and DirectX being the best.

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Who was downloading smut in the office while eating ice cream?

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Re: You guys finding it must surely go raking for it??

Where I used to live, people would stick old PCs on the pavement for others to take as a sort of freecycle thing.

Not once did the hard drives have any porn or banking details on...

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

Ian 55

Pipes

After MS-DOS 1, Microsoft promised proper pipes and multitasking, then delivered MS-DOS 2 with the 'make the first program finish before letting the second one see the results' bodge that lasted for the rest of MS-DOS.

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Ian 55

'I was a Norton Utilities man myself'

They licensed 4DOS for NU 7 and NU 8 and called it NDOS.

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Grandmaster FLUSH: Chess champ booted for allegedly cheating with iPod app in the loo

Ian 55

Re: Endgames

The chess endgames with seven or fewer pieces are completely solved, and in some tricky ones computer assistance will get you a win or draw when you would normally draw or lose because /why/ some moves are best is currently unknown: they just are.

For computers, that's a simple database lookup.

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Ian 55

There should be a rule in Chess like the one stopping actors having the same name

I was wondering why anyone should need a computer to help beat someone - the former World Champion Tigran Petrosian - who's been dead for twenty years.

Turns out that there's another Armenian chess player with the same name...

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Ian 55

Re: I'm confused (yet again)

Disappearing to do some analysis with a pocket set was in How To Cheat At Chess nearly forty years ago, so doubtless it was happening then. It wouldn't work with mere mortals because they usually wouldn't remember the position correctly.

Using a program like this could offer little in terms of strategy to a GM, but it would help you know if your tactics are sound.

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Ian 55

Fact and fiction mix

Casino was the pair of hopefuls where one was peeking at a Blackjack dealer's cards from another table and signalling whether they were good or bad. Result: one guy with a hammered hand and one offered a choice of the money and similar treatment or being thrown out more or less unharmed.

Roulette timing was either the 1980s lot from MIT who did it in Las Vegas with a 6502-based setup (before the CMOS version, so they had problems with the power requirements and sweating leading to painful sparks) or the pair who got away with having a laser in a Psion organiser in London detecting the ball's position.

The funny thing is that if casinos just stopped taking bets before putting the ball in play, this would be impossible. But that would mean less profit overall...

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Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

Ian 55

Re: It would have been better

Yes, and that all languages are a large set of compromises.

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Motorola's 5-incher finds the G-spot: Moto G 4G budget Android smartie

Ian 55

Re: Why do they have to keep embiggening the screen?

Yep, a larger screen can be nice, but the main difference between the 4.5 inch and the 4 inch is that the former eats battery life significantly quicker.

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Ian 55

Re: eh?

I'm just back from Germany with my G mk2 3G version.

Having both my UK SIM so I could still get calls and a local one for data / calling people in Germany was extremely useful and saved having to take two smartphones.

And there have been times where I've needed two numbers but not wanted two phones here.

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Moto E 2015: The builder's cheapie gets a serious upgrade

Ian 55

Re: Cyanogen

The previous Moto E's and G's are easy to root and have plenty of activity on xda-developers, so I'd be amazed if this one isn't and doesn't.

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Ian 55

Re: Great phone, but...

The first gen E at least doesn't have the magnetic sensors - there's a delightful and useful 'educational' app called 'Sense It (sensors)' which shows data from all the ones your phone has. Highly recommended for all sorts of uses.

I am not convinced by this update. For £50 (what I paid Virgin for one for my daughter) or £60 (what I paid Amazon for a second one when the Virgin offer expired, having seen how good it was), the first gen E was an utter bargain. (Yes, it only had one camera and that wasn't a particularly good one, but I have a compact camera better than any phone's.)

I did get seduced into getting a second gen Moto G by listening to people - including here - saying how much better it is. I paid £120 for it, and I'm not convinced it was worth paying twice the price. (Yes, the G's camera is better, and it has two. Yes, the screen is significantly larger in size and in terms of the number of pixels, but I can't really tell the difference in terms of the resolution. But its battery life isn't as good because of that screen.)

Now the price for the second gen E is much closer to the price of a G, it becomes a much easier decision: get the G!

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

Ian 55

Re: Um, what?

I nearly wet myself laughing when I read that.

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(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

Ian 55

There are no mergers, only takeovers.

As true in graphics companies as in the City.

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Want to find LOVE online? Make sure your name is high up in the alphabet

Ian 55

Re: funny...

"dating priorities as Guns,NASCAR,Football and Jesus, and all that changes is the order. A touch simplistic..."

Someone's done a map of the most popular terms in dating profiles by US state... and that's not far off most of them.

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Huawei Browne-noses UK after hiring ex-BP peer for its board

Ian 55

Yeah, he was the one who had to resign because he'd lied to a court about how he first met his boyfriend: when he booked him as an escort from a court, and not out jogging...

.. isn't China wonderful for giving such people a second chance?

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Obama administration ENDORSES Apple Pay during Tim Cook's White House LOVE-IN

Ian 55

Re: Less Than No Interest

MP3 players are a dying breed, of course.

Neither of us, I suspect, are teenagers. They use SMS and voice far more than we do.

What I find bonkers is the obsession with shaving a millimetre off the thickness of a phone at the expense of its battery life.

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

Ian 55

Re: Honky Tonk Freeway

It's got a water-skiing elephant!

There are some good bits, too.

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