* Posts by Lamont Cranston

1527 posts • joined 27 Apr 2010

Apple backs down from barring widow her dead husband's passwords

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Joke

Re: Acces to email?

ISP email? Is it 1996 again?

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Meh

Surely you can factory reset an iPad without needing to know the previous owner's password?

Or are you supposed to be buried with it?

Legitimate concerns if all your family photos are stored in "the cloud", however.

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Sorry, kids. Microsoft is turning Minecraft into an 'educational tool'

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Coat

Re: I wouldn't be here today...

I know we love to blame Microsoft for all of the world's ills, but I think they're probably not to blame for the bombing of your nana's street.

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Re: Give Microsoft a break

I won't downvote this comment, as it's true that Minecraft could make for some very engaging classroom projects (if you can disguise learning as a game, that's a massive win), but the idea that Microsoft are doing this for anything resembling altruistic reasons is laughable.

Microsoft have form when it comes to shovelling shit into schools and getting them to pay for it. Mind you, that's generally true of all school IT suppliers.

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Meh

Re: I'll do it on the Pi thank you

Hasn't Minecraft on the Pi somewhat stalled? Last time I checked, it was lagging way behind the Pocket Edition, and that's already the red-headed step-child of the Minecraft family.

I'd be happy to be told otherwise.

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Trump's new thought bubble: Make Apple manufacture in the USA

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Re: "Why not just hand out moneys to people for doing nothing"

Isn't this the current Labour proposal for the Trident submarines?

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Group rattles tin in bid to snatch TfL licence from Uber's paw

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Joke

Isn't that exactly the sort of thing that Uber should be doing

as part of a properly regulated market?

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You've heard of Rollercoaster Tycoon – but we can't wait for Server Tycoon

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WTF?

"recent M&S games"

This isn't just a data centre simulation, this is an Marks and Spencer data centre simulation.

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Facebook is no charity, and the ‘free’ in Free Basics comes at a price

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Joke

No Java, No Flash, no large images?

I'd buy that for a dollar!

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Re: Appeal

In an ideal world, governments look out for the interests of their citizens* - leaving everything in the hands on unregulated markets is just asking for trouble.

*can't believe I kept a straight face whilst typing that

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Re: Mistake in the article ?

"Free" and "ad supported" are fairly interchangeable, I would have thought - I've always considered commercial tv and radio broadcasting to be "free", in so much as I don't have to pay any money for them.

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Re: ads for free web access

@Seajay But it isn't free web access in exchange for ads, is it? It's free access to the internet services that Facebook provides (Facebook, Whatsapp, etc.) which is anticompetitive. Whilst free access to a reduced service might sound appealing, when compared to no access to a full service, the truth is that the restriction of choice that it brings is anticompetitive and so likely to harm the interests of those consumers over the long term (by disadvantaging any potential competitors).

For Zuckerberg to claim that he's protecting net neutrality just shows what a brass neck he has.

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Russian Pastafarian wins right to bear colander

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That's not a collander, it's just a hat.

Unless knitted kitchen utensils are the norm in Russia?

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Optimus Prime goes under the hammer

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Re: Hang on

More practical effects than one might expect (at least in the first film, I haven't bothered with the rest). But, no, these look nothing like the characters that they're supposed to represent.

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After-dinner Mint? Stylish desktop finale released as last of the 17 line

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Re: Not quite there yet...

I've given up trying to get my Mint install to print to our wireless HP printer - always prints with the colours misaligned, for some strange reason. Based on that, I've never attempted to get the scanner going!

Everything else is great, though, such that I rarely feel the need to boot it into Windows Vista, anymore (if someone could recommend an easy way of ripping and tagging CDs, I'd been happy as a pig in muck).

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Re: maybe one day there will be a Linux OS that I can recommend to a wider audience

If there is, it'll probably be Mint. I've found the hardware support to have improved since I started using it (either that, or I've just become a more confident Linux user?). Where Windows does win, is that you'll almost certainly know someone who can help you out with your PC, in real life, but Linux will probably require searching online for the answer. I think that will change, however (and I've generally had no problem in finding answers to any issues by searching online).

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BBC risks wrath of android rights activists with Robot Wars reboot

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Go

Re: They could combine...

Clarkson & co., locked in a pit and tormented by armed robots?

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Nvidia GPUs give smut viewed incognito a second coming

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Joke

[something something] holding it wrong [something something]

Needs to be a jab at Apple, somewhere, surely?

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Lovelace at 200: Celebrating the High Priestess to Babbage's machines

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Re: Great visionaries

Rumour has it that Half Life 3 was available for the Analytical Engine - if only Babbage had finished building the thing!

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Thumb Up

Re: Tip of my hat to the illustrator

I found a copy of The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage under the Christmas tree - it's a lovely book, and chock full of informative annotations.

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Did North Korea really just detonate a hydrogen bomb? Probably not

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Re: Ever heard of Guantanamo Bay?

That the USA has a less than stellar reputation on human rights, is hardly a reason to cheer on the NK nuclear programme.

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Dick limps towards inglorious end: Gadget retailer on the brink

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Re: Oztralia

I was wondering why I'd never heard of them. Still, it's an insight into Maplins future, at least.

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Drunk? Need a slash? Avoid walls in Hackney

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Re: What's to clean?

£40k to man a phone line? You've never worked in the public sector, then?

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Intel, Warner lock horns with hardware biz over HDCP crypto-busters

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No chance they could just give up on all this encrypted video nonsense?

No? Pity. At least the lawyers will eat well.

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Steve Jobs mural highlights plight of Syrian refugees

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Unhappy

Re: "if the job is getting done for less then that is the only consideration" @Ragarath

This is a legitimate concern, but why does the response always have to be "let's kick out the foreigners" rather than "let's prosecute the employers who are knowingly employing those without leave to remain, and/or paying below minimum wage"?

Reading it back, the former is a more catchy slogan, I suppose.

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IT bloke: Crooks stole my bikes after cycling app blabbed my address

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@John Tserkezis

A limp what?

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Old jet bits, Vader's motorbike gear, sonic oddness: Hats off to Star Wars' creative heroes

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Happy

Re: "the stories are not sci-fi"

That was kind of the point, wasn't it? The stories may have been set a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, but the source of the stories wasn't sci-fi, only the setting was. Star Wars is never really about the technology (lightsabers are just swords, spaceships are just boats, fighters are just planes), it's just familiar stories given a sci-fi twist, and it really worked. Not for everyone, but there you go.

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City of London cops in Christmas karaoke crackdown shocker

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Re: Costing money? How?

"uploading and distributing would still have been costing the legitimate music companies money"

is the same as

uploading and distributing would not have been making any money for the legitimate music companies

Apparently. Profit is the be all and end all, apparently - maybe the Ferengi are in charge?

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New HTTP error code 451 to signal censorship

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Re: Can we also have error 551 to indicate 'Censorship needed'

You'll miss the internet when it's gone.

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Mozilla backs away from mobile OS as Android looks invincible

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A shame, but not a surprise to anyone, I suppose.

Should we start touting 20## as the year of [something other than Android] on the mobile?

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Revenge porn 'king' Hunter Moore sent down for 2.5 years, fined $2k

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Re: "don't understand how identity theft even applies"

I read (on Vice's Motherboard, I think) that he was presented with a list of charges, and decided to plead guilty to two of them. He's got of pretty lightly (the $147 paid to one of his victims is laughable).

Despite Mrs Moore's protestations, I think I can say with a degree of certainty that Hunter Moore is a dick.

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Darkode 3.0 is so lame it's not worth your time reading this story

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"hackers, coders, and other net scum"

Coders really are the worst, aren't they? The sooner everyone stops coding, the better.

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Ofcom spins out Wi-Fi checker app just in time for Christmas

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Re: My challenge

I doubt there's many microwave ovens or homeplug adaptors on Rockall, so the WiFi is probably excellent. OFCOM should be talking up the benefits.

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Re: Ofcom said its Wi-Fi checker app – developed by SamKnows...

Should a public body even be commissioning a specific app, when there are already many free alternatives?

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WTF?

Someone's not been producing their material externalities.

Whatever they are.

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Doctor Who: The Hybrid finally reveals itself in the epic Heaven Sent

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Re: Hybrid is mentioned a lot in the last episodes

A passing reference in the first episode of this series was all I turned up after a quick google. It was a bit like being expected to care about the kid with the tattoo, last week.

Confession: I nodded off twice during Heaven Sent. Aside from The Doctor having been replaced by a clone (I assume they'll come back to that?), this episode was a waste of time. I liked the matrix, though - still waiting for the Valeyard to reappear (unless you meant the Wachoski film, which is a couple of exciting set pieces, broken up by a load of boring waffle).

@h4rm0ny Fair point about not regenerating. Still, The Doctor is dead and is survived by his umpteenth clone.

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FAIL

An old man, doing the same thing, over and over again,

for 2 billion years, whilst talking to himself. If the BBC intended this as an allegory for senility, it was spot on. Sadly, I fear it was intended as an exciting TV show for kids, and so it was really fucking boring.

It can't have helped that I have no idea what this "hybrid" business is about, nor why a "confession disk" is a tiny prison, nor why The Doctor was stuck inside it. Come to think of it, how did the disk make its way to Galifrey, given that Gallifrey was locked away where no one could reach it? And why didn't The Doctor regenerate when he burned his body to power the machine? So many unanswered questions - there should be a Red Button feature to future broadcasts that could explain these things as they become relevant.

Very much a Curate's Egg, these modern Doctor Who series (which probably isn't all that different from how it used to be, if I'm honest).

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Samsung Gear VR is good. So good 2016 could be year virtual reality finally makes it

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Re: VR films ? Not likely.

VR films strike me as a slightly silly idea (I've never been in the middle of a film and wished I could peer up at the boom mike), but I'd take issue with the claim that "producers in that industry absolutely do not want you watching anything else than what they want to show you" - if you've bought the Bluray/download/whatever, they've got your money, so why would they care that you spend 90 minutes watching a pot plant?

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Happy

Re: "a broad defined story but with the progress driven by choices that the user makes"

I had those when I was a boy - Choose Your Own Adventure books and Fighting Fantasy. Pretty low tech stuff (and they never attempted to trap me in the holodeck and kill me, which was a bonus).

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Broadband's frequency hunters denied Freeview patch – for now

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Unhappy

Re: "QVC+1 HD and QVC Beauty HD" ??

I'd support this, but suspect that the shopping and porn channels are what's keeping Freeview free.

Not entirely sure how, though - surely Etsy and PornHub provide more than enough crap jewellery and undressed ladies?

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Flame

Re: HEVC

Better still, pick and standard and stick with it. I've bought 3 TVs and 1 PVR box in the last 5 years, I really don't fancy replacing them all. If Freeview shifts to DVB-T2, two of the TVs will stop working (they're small sets, so there's nothing to be gained from watching in HD over SD), and a move to HEVC would obsolete the lot in one fell swoop.

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What the world needs now is Pi, sweet $5 Raspberry Pi Zero

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Re: Overpriced

What I really want is a version that will connect with USB mini-B and a SCART cable - then I could justify that cable mountain I've been tending.

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UK gov sinks £25k into Pi-powered cyberdesk

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Bagsy Vice President.

No, wait! Junior Vice President.

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Flame

Re: Yeah...right...

It'll be completely upgradeable, right up until someone starts to undercut them on the upgradeable parts, and it becomes necessary to change the shape of said parts so that they no longer fit into the upgradeable desk. Then they can convince your peers to laugh at your ownership of an Opendesk 1, whilst they're all using an Opendesk Air, or whatever.

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BT could lawyer up after Sky’s sport channels obligation removed

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Re: "available on two platforms"

Upvote for you, AndrueC, as you've made me think about how Sky works. Doesn't change the fact that consumers are paying Sky for the privilege of having adverts broadcast into their homes, though.

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Science Museum trumpets Da Vinci expo

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Joke

Did he invent

The Bus That Couldn't Slow Down?

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Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)

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Trollface

"but somehow manage to get fans believing they were first"

Isn't that Apple's job, these days?

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Prudish Indian censors cut James Bond Spectre snogging scenes

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"what did that romp offer the plot of the film?"

Have you not seen a Bond film before? It's one of those things that's supposed to happen.

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Re: Melonfarmer

I've always liked "Forget you, muddy worm farmer" from the TV version of Heartbreak Ridge. Although, Dick Jones's admission that he and his buddies used to call The Old Man "airhead" is a joyous addition to Robocop's TV edit.

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Go watch Goldfinger again.

The "Shocking, positively shocking" fan in the bathtub scene is a classic, but it starts with Bond using an unsuspecting woman as a human shield - not what I'd consider the behaviour of a "gentleman". English Cad Spy, perhaps?

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