* Posts by tony2heads

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Contractors who used Employee Beneficiary Trusts are in HMRC's sights

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@Gordon 10

I have met other government departments that change the goalposts. Their motto is: I am alering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any futher

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Wanted: beta testers for El Reg’s Android app

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Before I sign up

What permissions will it want?

What does it give above a browser link?

How bloated is it?

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Bloke cuffed for blasting low-flying drone with shotgun

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Mushroom

Re: 40mm Glock

Bofors!

Serious gardening needs railguns

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Boffins get the inside dope, craft white laser

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Boffin

Re: need multiple colour LEDs

I think it could make a good holographic projection system.

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Oh look – Office Mobile apps to go with your shiny Windows 10

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Bloat

These must be the most bloated file display programs ever made.

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Hurrah! Uber does work (in the broadest sense of the word) after all

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@Neil Barnes

I have used Uber a few times and spoke with the drivers. All were happy with Uber, and used GPS (typically on a smartphone) to find their way around. One was an ex-taxi firm guy and said that he preferred Uber to his old boss. They said that the convenience of the app got them more business without having to sit at a taxi rank.

They better than the local taxi service (but to be honest that is a low standard).

Uber does NOT employ them.

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Got an Android phone? SMASH IT with a hammer – and do it NOW

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@Michael Habel

With VLC (if I recall correctly) hardware acceleration is optional -but the default is ON.

It won't even run hardware acceleration on some devices.

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Re: Who intentionally sends MMS messages these days?

Right:

- I have turned off MMS upload (never used the system anyway)

- I don't use hangouts

- I never installed Viber.

- Media playack by VLC

What else?

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Ad rivals whimper: Hey Commish, we've 'ad it up to here with ad giant Google

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No

If the feed off the lifeblood they need a stake through the heart.

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AI finally understands primitive sketches – aka marketing presentations

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Re: speaking of porn

How will it distinguish is from Art?

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Windows 10 Edge: Standards kinda suck yet better than Chrome?

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"IE fans"

do such people exist?

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Reg reader casts call centre spell with a SECRET WORD

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Re: With Slime Warner, this does not work

Another candidate for a douchebag icon

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Magic quadrant of four squares, who's the virtualisation Mayor?

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Gartner

bloody magic quadrants of unmeasurable nonsense again.

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Dwarfworld PLUTO may not have a real DOG on it - but it does have a TAIL

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Re: I wonder .....

Wild West law: whoever has the most weapons

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Farmer mooved after reunion with two-year fugitive cow

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Re: "The day after her farmer brought Matylda home"

Cow's hate change; no wonder is their next move might be to the abattoir

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Thanks for open sourcing .NET say Point of Sale villains

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Trollface

Programming languages have primary targets

C for operating systems

FORTRAN for science

Smalltalk for A.I

Javascript or PHP for web

.NET for malware

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Feel like you're being herded onto Windows 10? Well, you should

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Re: "Architecturally there's not any major changes since Vista, so why not?"

That just means that we're going to die, but more slowly.

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Loan application data hacked, company responds: Meh, not our customers

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Re: dear reg

also needed for:

SCO

Prenda Law

any other contenders?

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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...

Tracking??

My TV doesn't go anywhere, but if it does I want to be able to hunt it down (and hunt down whoever took it)

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Ideal solar system for SECOND EARTH found – and it's just 186 light-years away

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Re: Is there anyone out there?

Also not much that is broadcast can be classified as 'intelligent'

Excepting of course BBC radio 4

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Evil computers sense you’re in a hurry and mess with your head

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Flame

I get the

lp0 on fire code when the printer is really annoyed

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NASA boffins peer at Pluto: Could it be ... is that ... OATMEAL?

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Alien

Sputnik Planum

They heard that the earthmen were sending a camera, so they tried to plaster over the cracks.

It looks like my attempts with polyfilla (spackle for our American readers)

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Police, firefighters, ambulances, hospitals: 20 per cent still rely on Win Server 2003

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I see its still her with the upside-down badge

Don't you have another image for Mr (or Ms) plod?

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Mathematician: SUNSPOT DROUGHT will mean mini ICE AGE from 2030

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Re: This good be good news or bad news.....

A lot also comes from Canada & Australia

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Flash HOLED AGAIN TWICE below waterline in fresh Hacking Team reveals

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Question

Does this apply to Google's Pepper flash player too?

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Wow, another NSA leak: Network security code appears on GitHub

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Re: Trojans?

No, and they keep the prophylactics on

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Gartner, Gartner, on the wall? Who is the fairest IT backup biz of all?

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The trouble with this nonsense

How the hell do you measure the coordinates?

Why are the 'quadrants' put where they are?

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

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Windows

Sleep

I have never managed a proper sleep on a plane:

- I cannot lie down

- too many people in one place; at least 2 babies or toddlers on the flight crying.

- too much vibration

- people walking up and down near you (to go the the WC or whatever)

- flickering lights of screens of other movie-watching insomniacs

However I have had a good night's sleep on couchette compartments on night trains through the alps; there I lie down on an approximation to a bed, with a limited number of people to annoy you and there is a steady rattle without the vibration.

Icon: what I look like after a long distance flight.

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Smartphones are ludicrously under-used, so steal their brains

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'Right under our noses'

I keep my phone in a pocket

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'Real' vampires reluctant to 'come out of the coffin' to social workers – barmy prof

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'real' vampires

Does eating black pudding count?

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'Facebook without sin' attracts 0.00006 times as many users as Facebook

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Angel

sin-free version of Facebook

Does it also steal your personal information, or is it just the user who is not allowed to sin?

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Let me PLUG that up there, love. It’s perfectly standaAAARGH!

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Re: A four-switch panel to control two lights?

I once rented a house with an extension out to the front. Both the original and extension had pitched roofs running in parallel with the original gutter left in between like

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and a ceiling placed underneath. It left about 15 feet of gutter you could not inspect with climbing up and crawling along in the "V" shape left between the roofs.

When heavy rain came it could fill up the central gutter -which had inevitably corroded- which was filled with leaves,and it created a damp patch in the ceiling.

After a week of heavy rain the ceiling sagged dramatically and, after switching off all electrical circuits going the extension, I had place a large bucket under the sag and pierce the ceiling. I then had a broom on some wooden boxes holding up the ceiling

Several gallons of water later I managed to contract the landlord and arrange for new (wider) guttering and a ceiling.

The whole extension was clearly not thought through. We left before the following winter but warned the next tenant.

Lots of software 'upgrades' are like that. They work in normal circumstances but buckle under heavy load or unusual circumstances.

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Self/Less: Crap science, eyebrow acting, and immortality for the 1%

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Immortality without eternal youth

Over hundreds of years;

languages change ( see 'Struldbrug' Gulliver's travels -they can't understand anything of current speech 200 years after they are born)

technologies change rapidly; try explaining high tech to anyone over 90

societal norms change;

You may be able to get a younger body, but getting without getting a younger mind you would gradually become a stranger to everyone.

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Cambridge boffins: STOP the rush to 5G. We just don't need it

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Re: And make the cost of 4G reasonable

about the rain:

Microwave absorption by heavy rain could be a serious problem for 5G if they go to higher frequencies.

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How Music Got Free and Creatocracy

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Bovine excrement

The Constitution is the force behind Hollywood and Silicon Valley, behind rock stars, and rocket scientists, and everything we love and everything we love to hate."

Rocket scientists like von Braun, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky and Hermann Oberth?

Rock stars - too many to mention.

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The Hound of Hounslow: No $40m Wall Street wobbler

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Feedback

Software systems that will change the markets they run in should get a feedback analysis; they should be looked at like some sort of servo system which can oscillate or (with positive feedback) wildy run away.

Position (price), Rate and Acceleration analysis should check for possible problems.

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In memoriam: Christopher Lee, Hammer's Count Dracula

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Noble origins

I think that he was convincing as a Count (Dracula or Dooku) as his mother was a Contessa, and he met with some of Russian nobles after their exile.

I'll get my cape

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Belgium trolls France with bonkers new commemorative coin

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Re: How about more annoying the French!

Not fair having a saint on your side at the time!

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How about more annoying the French!

UK coins for

Agincourt, Crecy, Sluys

Or perhaps for wider EU support Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde

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Spooky ghost town vid perfectly sums up YouTube's 8K playback: It's virtually no use to anyone (yet)

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Paris Hilton

Soundtrack

Should have been 'Paris, Texas' by Ry Cooder

Icon..

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Industrial Wi-Fi kit has hard-coded credentials

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Re: It's a difficult crowd

I though that "SCADA in the Cloud" was a joke until I read the link. Who would let a serious industrial control system be run from the cloud. I am beginning to think they were using Die Hard 4.0 (Live Free or Die Hard) as a template.

seriously - WTF??

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Corporate cuddle: USTR linked arms with industry in TPP negotiations

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Unhappy

If lawmakers just copy and paste from corporate documents

shouldn't they be charged with copyright theft?

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DARPA unTerminators gather for Robotics Challenge finals in Hell*

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Terminator

Re: Mystery Task

Will it need a phased plasma rifle in the 40-watt range, or will it use knives and stabbing weapons

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Don't PANIC but ... UNSTOPPABLE robots IMMUNE to injury built by boffins

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FTFY

wipe+shutdown of the user

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Terminator

It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.

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Shuttleworth delivers death blow in Umbongoland dispute

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Re: Why is this 'news'...

Proper penguin fights are conducted outdoors by them throwing back their heads, standing chest to chest and slapping each other with their wings. If it is really serious, some pecking will be involved.

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Microsoft to TAKE OUT THE TRASH in the Windows Store

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Holmes

Crap apps in app stores

I'm shocked, Shocked I I tell you!

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Heroic German rozzers rescue innocent lamb from sordid brothel

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Headmaster

Re: Rimbaud

..' de LA fontaine'

btw that was Villon

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Factory reset memory wipe FAILS in 500 MEELLION Android mobes

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Anyone with experience of these?

https://f-droid.org/repository/browse/?fdfilter=wipe&fdid=org.safermobile.intheclear

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pinellascodeworks.securewipe

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.projectstar.ishredder.android.standard

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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Re: Even worse

color:#80BFFF

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