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* Posts by Lamont Cranston

1254 posts • joined 27 Apr 2010

Another 170,000 Freeview homes to be freed from reality TV - possibly

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^ hung by my own typo.

The shame.

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@David Cantrell

Won't listen to a peace of furniture, but will take advice from Annihilator, it seems.

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Oklahoma woman cuffed with loaded .22 in pork holster

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A Loaded magazine?

Didn't realise that was still in print.

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Microsoft preps UPDATE EVERYTHING patch batch

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Re: "Linux avoids the need for AV" @Lamont Cranston

@Eadon

I'm thinking that open source makes it easier than ever to find the security holes - am I wrong (I'm not a programmer, hacker, nor a security researcher, so I honestly don't know)?

TBH, I was thinking more of the potential rewards that motivate virus writing - if you're after credit card details, surely you'll have more luck putting keyloggers on Win/OSX machines, due to their higher user numbers (and those users being on average less tech savvy)?

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Re: "Linux avoids the need for AV"

Isn't "security through obscurity" eventually going to run out?

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News Corp challenges iPad with $299 education tablet

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Re: $99 contract?

Schools seem to love signing up to bullshit IT contracts. There are some signs that they might finally be waking up, but it'll be a long while before no-one thinks that forking out taxpayer money for old rope is a good idea.

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Bacon sarnies can kill: Official

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Re: Right.

I'd rather die happy with a younger woman in my arms. Each to their own.

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Reg readers brew up the ultimate cuppa

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Re: proper tea

How many jiggawatts does his kettle need?

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Re: @JDX (whisky & sex)

Are you some kind of lightweight?

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Inside Lord Sugar's 'you're fired' YouView bust-up with TV baron

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Ha!

Probably because Sky own all the rights to all of the Sport and Films, and then charge you for the privilege of letting them beam adverts into your home (ie. stuff you want, but don't want to pay for), whilst Desmond's 5 owns the rights to, umm, CSI and, er, Robson Greene's fishing rod, and doesn't charge you to watch (ie. stuff you don't want, but watch because you don't have to pay). All this makes Desmond seem positively benevolent, when compared with Murdoch.

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Strategic SIEGE ROBOTS defeated by 'heavily intoxicated' man, 62

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Rimfire?

Sounds pretty unpleasant, to me.

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Barnes & Noble to sling their Nook - report

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Re: What???!

It's more like letting outside companies in to run the rides, but continuing to maintain the amusement park and selling hot-dogs (etc.) to the punters, which they can then take on the rides vomit down their fronts. Yeah, this analogy fell apart pretty fast.

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

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Re: Wise words?

Red rag to a bull, was my first thought.

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Time to rid ourselves of the tech channel zombies

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I've upvoted for the comments about local independents,

but couldn't disagree more about browsing on Amazon: with a decent sized, real bookshop, I used to love to wander in, either with or without an idea of what I wanted, mooch about, look over a few books, and either come out with something familiar, or a complete surprise. Online just doesn't work this way, as you need to know what you want before you start, and is thus a much less enjoyable experience (even if it is more efficient!).

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re: TIGHT!

Divorced, probably.

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Rogue Squadron: Unit of X-wings Kickstarts in response to Death Star

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Re: on a serious point...

Or, this just proves that people will throw money at anything, if it says Star Wars on it. George Lucas has known this for a long time.

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Tennessee bloke quits job over satanic wage slip

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"The company ought to find a way to cut him some slack."

The company have clearly found a way to make him go away. Good for them.

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Playmobil punts bank-heist set to wide-eyed kiddies

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My friends and I were forever playing "Cops & Robbers" when we were young,

and it never did us any harm.

That said, all my money is tied up in the Cayman Islands, and I've been on the run for the last 15 years...

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FUD flies as Raytheon reveals social media analysis tool

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Re: "99.999999% of the internet couldn't give a dead dingo's kidney"

Big Data must care, or why else would they be harvesting all this data?

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'Why can't we say we're happy to be RIMmed on a daily basis?'

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Should I be worried about my "pancreas levels"?

I wasn't before, but maybe I've been neglecting them?

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Sick software nasty uses child abuse pics to extort infected victims

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Re: Thought experiment

No.

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Re: Paedoware

Can I upvote all of your post, but make an exception for the part where you advocate hanging people?

Hmm, I was going for "against capital punishment," but have managed "paedo-sympathiser," instead.

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Re: What about UK? (@aliceklaar)

That's a very disturbing quote, as it seems to require the accused to prove a negative (that the file in question was sent "without any prior request"), which is impossible.

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We're not making this up: Apple trademarks the SHOP

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That drawing

looks just any mobile phone shop, yet I've never been in one and wondered where the Genius Bar(tm) was.

What a load of wank.

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Customer service rep fired for writing game that mocks callers

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Re: "You do the math."

I want to upvote you more than once.

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Symantec: Don't blame us for New York Times hack

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I do hope Symantec will be updating all their marketing blurb

to include something like "this product will not protect your PC from malicious code". Most AV vendors claim the opposite, so it'd be refreshingly honest of them, at least.

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Axed staffers hijack HMV Twitter account: 'We're tweeting LIVE from HR'

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Teenagers on the minimum wage?

Yeah, how dare they be less than enthused?

I always found HMV shop staff to be helpful and enthusiastic, if a little odd looking (when I worked in retail, turning up with a bad dye-job got me sent home!).

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"the company you dearly love"

I had a little chuckle at that, too.

I feel for anyone who is losing their job, but HMV was crap*, and should have gone/changed a long time ago.

*I doubt any of this is the fault of those being fired.

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Reg Hardware Awards 2012: The Winners...

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If I were a more cynical man,

I'd think that Apple getting the Rusty Dodo was pure flamebait for the Forums.

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Wii-U boat torpedoes Nintendo's '¥20bn profit' into ¥20bn loss

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Re: I own one!

I want one, now! Why aren't Nintendo selling the console like this? Backward compatibility is a plus (despite what Sony seem to think), and helping the little one to play Mario is a brilliant idea.

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@AC, Posted Wed 30th Jan, 16:49

I've had to downvote this, but only because you described the Wiimote as a "decent pointing device" - it really isn't: any game that involves pointing the Wiimote at the screen is about as rewarding as playing pin the tail on the donkey.

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Probably a bit early to write off the Wii-U, just yet,

but I don't really see a compelling reason to replace my existing Wii, so I'd expect the Wii-U sales to be rather sluggish (not seen much marketing, either).

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Netbooks were a GOOD thing and we threw them under a bus

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Couldn't you just charge your phones overnight, too?

Other than that, I agree wholeheartedly - netbooks were a good thing, and I don't really want to see them go.

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Oh, those crazy Frenchies: Facebook faces family photo tax in France

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"You tax apple growers when they sell their apples, not when they take them from the tree."

Pretty sure that the apple growers wouldn't be able to move all their apples to Switzerland (or wherever it is that facebook chooses to do business from) before selling them.

Besides which, wages (and Income Tax) would constitute collecting revenue on picking the apples.

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Holy classic car auction, Batman! They sold THE Batmobile!

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I always wondered what was missing from the Reg forums.

Turns out it was sweaty handed bankers. Who knew?

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BT's shock new wheeze: Make phone calls from smartphones

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Gosh, what a lot of fuss this has caused!

I get my landline and broadband from BT, so this ought to be quite a useful service when combined with the free WiFi that I get bundled in with the other services. If not (and I've yet to even setup the WiFi access), well, I've not lost anything, have I?

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Vibrator guru on pleasure tech: 'Of all the places you'd want a quality UI....'

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Ah, yes,

convince people that they need to buy your expensive gadget to acomplish what anyone with access to a couple of willing bodies can acomplish for free.

Would anyone be interested in this bottle of snake oil?

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White House rejects Death Star petition: '$850qn too pricey'

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@dssf

Tell me you didn't just mix Trek and Wars?

You did? Oh man...

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Mozilla to Adobe: PDFs don't need no more steenking plugins

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I've probably still got the floppy disks for Word 6,

I'll post them over, if you like!

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Quite.

I could never really come up with an answer to "Why don't they send it as a Word document? Everyone has Word!" Other than the fact the "everyone" had a pirate copy of Word.

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New tool jailbreaks Microsoft Surface slabs in 20 SECONDS

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Ativ4zaggin

I hope it comes with Beats Audio.

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Forget 3D: 13,000 UK homes still watch TV in black and white

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@ cornz 1

So, happy to watch BBC content, but resent paying for it? Did the reg commentards come up with the term "freetard" just for you?

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@ Simon Round

You forgot to blame Labour for the increase in living costs/wage stagnation.

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Is this possibly the worst broadband in the world?

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Are the signs in/around Wormshill still subjected

to the witty vandalism that I so fondly remember from my youth?

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Time has already run out for smart watches

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Re: Mens watches are jewelery

No they're not, they're a device for telling the time (and gradually falling out of favour, to be replaced by the ubiquitous mobile phone).

Would anyone who agrees with the statement that the watch "epitomizes prestige and is seen as an extension of the user’s personality and lifestyle/fashion sophistication" kindly step into the nearest meat grinder? Anyone who views their phone/car/TV/house/wife the same way, can form an orderly queue behind them.

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Raise a beer: Titans of tech fill out 'Worst CEOs' list

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I like wearing suits, although the opportunity rarely presents itself.

But people who regularly wear a suit to the office? They're generally untrustworthy wankers, in my opinion, probably more concerned with outward appearance, rather than what is actually going on. A shirt and a tie should suffice.

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Review: HP ENVY x2 Windows 8 convertible

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Batteries:

When the battery began running low, I simply re-attached it to the keyboard base - which contains its own battery - and continued working.

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Drop that can of sweet pop and grab a coffee - for your sanity's sake

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Re: What else is there?

To be fair, Diet Coke is nicer tasting than regular Coke, owing to it being sweeter (I think this is the same reason that the Pepsi Challenge always resulted in the participants preferring Pepsi over Coke*).

I shan't be defending the OPs stance on tea/coffee, however.

*only true in small quantities, all types of cola taste pretty rough after you've had a cupful.

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Re: But... Brawndo has got what your body craves...

If you find coffee to be too bitter, you should try a cup of Kopi Luwak, as it's not bitter in the slightest, yet still tastes like coffee.

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Re: @Fibbles

I have a full time job and three children so, at the end of any day, I'll take whatever I can get - be it coffee, wine, or sex - and the quality is not always my top concern!

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