* Posts by Lamont Cranston

1527 posts • joined 27 Apr 2010

Uber Australia is broke: 'We don't pay tax because we don't generate revenue'

Lamont Cranston

Re: "Actually, yes it is."

See here. Don't know what it's like in the rest of the world, but I'd imagine it's much the same. Withholding my tax contribution would more accurately meet the definition of theft, than government taxation does.

Having read your reply to dan1980, I'm slightly worried that you might actually be serious.

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Lamont Cranston
Meh

Re: "Blaming companies for doing what the law allows is both futile and foolish."

Quite right, tax laws do need tightening up to eliminate this sort of behaviour, but it's going to require tremendous international cooperation to do it properly. It's not within the power of an individual government to fix, more's the pity.

"Tax is theft"

No, it isn't.

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

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Re: "available on two platforms"

Netflix and Amazon both offer TV shows without advert breaks. Programming schedules are the past, I would have thought, but that won't stop Sky milking its subscribers for all they're worth.

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Kids' tech skills go backwards thanks to tablets and smartmobes

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^ This.

I'm quite glad that my kids' time in the ICT suite so far (all still at Primary School) has been mostly spent using Scratch to gain an understanding of programming. The only time that social media has come up has been when they looked at staying safe online.

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ISIS operates a crypto help desk – report

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FAIL

Re: Hornets

There's so much wrong with that analogy, it hurts.

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What upgrade cycle? Tablet sales crater for fourth straight quarter

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Re: I am NOT a candidate.

A nose around the XDADevelopers forum can usually turn up some fool-proof instructions, but I'd agree that the CyanogenMod site generally presumes a level of prior knowledge. Still, it's a lot easier than you'd think, and well worth a go - if you're considering chucking the device out, you've nothing to lose!

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My Nexus 7 is three years old.

Cyanogen mod (free) and a new charging port (very cheap) and it's doing everything that it's supposed to - barring some catastrophic accident, why would I buy a new one?

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Yes, GCHQ is hiring 1,900 staffers. It's not a snap decision

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Unhappy

Re: Why not ...

Slash the funding, surely? "Do more for less" seems to be Osborne's current mantra.

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Thanks for playing: New Linux ransomware decrypted, pwns itself

Lamont Cranston
WTF?

The other option being

that they keep quiet about it and let the existing malware go around encrypting files and extorting bitcoins as usual?

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Royal Mail mulls drones for rural deliveries

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I imagine it will just fly past the front door,

and drop a "you were out" card on the step.

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Space fans eye launch of Lego Saturn V

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Joke

Re: "allowing grown men to play with Lego"

Play with it?! It's not a toy, it's a highly sophisticated inter-locking brick system.

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Happy

Re: model-building to a pattern

Sets like this are model-building to a pattern, yes, but that's the point - you want to build a Saturn V, but don't have all the bits you need, nor the time/money to collect them all (nor, perhaps, the necessary skill).

Doesn't matter, as once you've built the model shown on the box, you (or, more likely, your children) can smash it apart again and have lots of interesting pieces to work with - just because they're specialised pieces for building a rocket, doesn't mean they can't be turned into something else (e.g. skeleton legs make for an excellent balustrade).

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Coding with dad on the Dragon 32

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Go

There's an interesting article to be written on this subject.

How does learning to code on BASIC compare to something like Scratch - are today's kids put off by the flashing cursor? For example, my eldest was somewhat disappointed to find that Python was just a text editor, compared to the rich environment of drag-&-droppables that Scratch provides, although he quickly picked up the basics of Java when it was presented as a game (making robots move about and fight, or something).

More please, Reg writers!

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Get 'em out for the... readers: The Sun scraps its online paywall

Lamont Cranston

Re: Woop-de-do

No one reading at a grown-up level gives a toss about The Sun. That such a significant brand is having to climb out from behind its paywall is interesting, however.

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Wailing kiddies face Xmas Legogeddon

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Trollface

Yeah, right.

Either everything is fine, and they're just trying to whip up a bit of interest to get sales up (given that Argos has reported a dip, this would make perfect sense), or they've taken a leaf out of Apple's book and artificially induced scarcity.

Troll icon, as it has a big chin.

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Wheels come off parents' plan to dub sprog 'Mini Cooper'

Lamont Cranston

Re: My mate Mr Law...

First name has to be "The", surely?

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After Burner: Sega’s jet-fighting, puke-inducing arcade marvel

Lamont Cranston
Paris Hilton

Dare I ask what happens

if you fill the Climax bar?

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Google's .bro file format changed to .br after gender bother

Lamont Cranston
Facepalm

Re: "minor girl and "adult male" even if she actually initiated the sexual relationship"

Yeah, funnily enough a defence of "she was gagging for it, m'lud" probably isn't going to see you acquitted.

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In this interests of equality,

perhaps you could name some of your folders as .ass?

[Insert speech from Team America, here]

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Lamont Cranston
Unhappy

Re: Gendered abuse

I really want to point out that .bro isn't at all offensive to women, but "no true Scotsman" arguments are wide open to ridicule. Basically, everyone loses - common sense, feminism, catchy file extensions, all are having a bad day.

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Amazon Fire HD 8: Mid-spec Nokia Lumi... er, MediaTek slab

Lamont Cranston

Re: the coin has dropped at Amazon

Any idea what the Hudl's pre-update update was for? Surprised to hear that it was so large, but I left the kids' Hudls to update overnight, each time, and so didn't notice the massive download size.

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4K catches fire with OTT streamers, while broadcasters burn

Lamont Cranston

Re: "a decent fibre network connection (around 15Mbps)"

From Ofcom:

Average UK Download Speeds (% Improvement vs Prior Report)

* February 2015 = 22.8Mbps (+21.93%)

* October 2014 = 18.7Mbps (+5.06%)

* April 2014 = 17.8Mbps (+21.09%)

* August 2013 = 14.7Mbps (+22.50%)

* March 2013 = 12Mbps (+34%)

Anyone care to speculate how many homes get below average speeds? I get 30Mbps, at home, and Netflix regularly craps out on me.

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Chocolate Factory plops Marshmallow on Android slabs

Lamont Cranston

Just looked on the Motorla paged linked in the article.

The M update will remove the Migrate, Assist and Connect apps that they added, as they're no longer necessary. Can someone alert Samsung to this revolutionary practice?

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Lamont Cranston

Re: Old Nexus 7?

Weren't the problems with the original Nexus 7 to do with it being made using cheap flash RAM? Mine was getting a bit ropey on KitKat, and was an unusable mess with Lollipop, but reformatting the internals to f2fs and picking an android distro that supported it (started out with SlimKat, which was rather buggy, settled on Cyanogen which has been great) has brought my Nexus 7 back to life. OK, I'm on KitKat, not Lollipop or Mashmallow, but it's running really well, and so I don't need to worry about replacing it for a good while yet (unlike a PC, I can't just pop it open and upgrade the components!).

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Is the world ready for a Raspberry Pi-powered Lego Babbage Engine?

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Thumb Down

Re: Waste of time

I got the Lego BTTF set, a couple of Christmases back - would it surprise you to know that it can't actually travel through time? ECTO-1 in the Ghostbusters set doesn't even have a working engine!

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Facepalm

Re: Sorry but..

It's a toy, you mug.

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Doctor Who's Under the Lake splits Reg scribes: This Alien homage thing – good or bad?

Lamont Cranston

Re: "its a pre-watershed show and we cant scare the kiddies too much"

This is the trouble with watching these things as an adult. I watched in the company of 3 under 9s: 1 fled to his bed as soon as the first ghost was revealed, 1 had her head tucked under a rug any time an eyeless spook appeared, and the other was sent to bed, filled with concern over The Doctor's fate ("He's not really a ghost, is he Daddy? Why hasn't he regenerated?"). I'd say this hit just the right note of terror for the kids (Daleks and Cybermen will never be scary to today's kids, but that's not to say that they can't enjoy seeing The Doctor defeat them time and again).

Kicking myself for not spotting the glasses/wifi/farady goof, but I was too busy enjoying the episode to notice! Enjoying an episode of Doctor Who? Not something I got to do during the previous series, so I hope the current one can keep it up.

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If you got Netflix for Miss Marple, you're out of luck (and a bit odd)

Lamont Cranston

Re: An alternative option that you may want to consider

Very much this. I got Netflix, thinking I'd use it for films, but it's pretty rubbish for that (just as Lovefilm was), but rather good for TV. OK, there are gaps, and sometimes only entire series are missing, but I get to watch things that I wouldn't bother buying the boxset for (most TV boxsets I've bought get watched once and forgotten about), and I can drop it once I've watched what I want.

DVDs are down in price, and £5-£10 is a fair price for something I'll watch more than once. Blu-Rays can take a hike, though (not least because my PC has no Blu-Ray drive, and thus I can't get them onto the NAS).

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Man given positive pregnancy test in an Apple Watch box

Lamont Cranston

Doesn't rhyme,

but the seedless ones are reported to be more juicy.

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Lamont Cranston

Re: Tasteless, and not funny.

You're not supposed to lick it.

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Laminate this: Inside Argos' ongoing online (r)evolution

Lamont Cranston

Re: Dying

Argos are one of those businesses that can easily strike you as utterly pointless (when I was a teenager, I assumed they'd be gone by the time I'd grown up), until they happen to be just what you need (since I grew up, bought a house and had kids, I find Argos to be incredibly useful).

Being able to order, pay and collect on the same/following day is really bloody useful.

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Ashley Madison: ‘Our site is full of women, and members are growing’

Lamont Cranston

Chinny reckon.

Jimmy Hill, etc.

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Google makes it official: Chrome will freeze Flash ads on sight from Sept 1

Lamont Cranston

Re: Is there really anyone out there still browsing without an ad-blocker?

If there weren't, do you really think these ads would still exist?

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Angry Birds maker Rovio takes aim at staff, axes a third of them

Lamont Cranston

Re: "focus on where we are at our best: in creating magnificent gaming experiences"

My kids went mad for the cartoons they started adding on to the games, but have never found the games themselves to be all that engaging. They're all but grown out of it now, but I don't doubt that kids a few years younger will be pestering their parents to take them to the film. With any luck, that ought to be the end of the franchise, but I suppose the extra hype will push it along for a few more years.

At least Moshi Monsters are on the way out.

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Android in user-chosen lockscreen patterns are grimly predictable SHOCKER

Lamont Cranston

Re: I wasn't aware the lock pattern was for security!

I only went with a pattern screen lock on my tablet to keep the kids off it - total fail as they sussed the "follow the greasy line" method very early on. I have found that it's sufficient to keep my wife out of my phone, though!

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Ebuyer MD Carlisle exits following board level bust up

Lamont Cranston

Re: I'll stick with Scan & Quiet PC

I've bought all sort of bits from ebuyer, over the years, to the point where they're always the first place I check for anything tech related. Their couriers are a bit ropey, but the one return I had to make went off smoothly.

Still, it always pays to shop around. Can't see why they'd want a high street presence, although I'm sure it would draw me in from time to time (probably just for a browse!).

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Vodafone UK rocks the bloat with demands for vanilla Android

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Better late than never, I suppose.

Can someone please make sure that PC manufacturers/vendors get the memo, too?

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Feeling a physical present: Ten summer games and gadgets

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I used to really enjoy Space Hulk,

but the disparity between setup time and the time taken for the Genestealers to devastate the Terminator Marines, made it a hard sell to my friends.

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Budget UHD TVs arrive – but were the 4Kasts worth listening to?

Lamont Cranston
FAIL

Re: Sky and UHD

HD was pretty much a waste of time for any sensibly sized TV. HD is a little sharper and brighter, but not so much that it's worth paying the extra for. Ever notice that the Freeview EPG relegates the HD versions of channels to the hinterlands? It's almost certain that everyone is merrily watching the SD broadcasts on their HD tellies, and they don't care.

UHD will surely be a big hit with the mugs who think their TV needs to be the size of a wall, though - I'm sure the SD Freeview signals will look great when blown up to 50 or more inches.

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Stop taking drug advice from Kim Kardashian on Twitter, sighs watchdog

Lamont Cranston

And I thought that talking meercats giving financial advice was the daftest marketing technique.

The human race never ceases to amaze.

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Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

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Re: Shit shit shit

My dad's PC is Windows 8 - my fingers are crossed for Windows 10 being slightly less shit.

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Apple and Samsung are plotting to KILL OFF the SIM CARD - report

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SICK FILTH

^ BAN THIS

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Police investigate strange case of doughnut-licking pop singer Ariana Grande

Lamont Cranston

Re: doughnut

Am I the only person who thinks that "Krispy Kreme" sounds really unappestising?

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Reddit scrubs up: Child abuse? Gone. Drugs? Cool. RACISM? FINE

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@Symon

That's a very interesting and highly laudable approach - treatment/rehabilitation should always be preferred over retribution. I do have to wonder what happens to the victim of abuse, in cases where the perpetrator confesses his crime to his doctor, though.

In the case of reddit, I suppose they need to draw make a distinction between openly discussing a criminal acts and inciting others to commit them.

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Game of Thrones: Where to now for headless Nintendo?

Lamont Cranston

Re: Pretty offensive article.

Glad you like your WiiU, Steve, but I must take issue with a few of your points:

4. WiiU games work properly at launch instead of requiring massive day zero critical patches

Not entirely true. Of the half dozen WiiU games that we own, only 1 has not gone online and downloaded stuff on its first run (it's a console, I expect all of the games to work out of the box - the kids certainly don't want to sit there and watch a progress bar fill up).

5. Lack of third party support is a blessing not a curse [...] no gamer would ever buy one of these 'games'

"Third party" doesn't have to mean shovelware. I certainly enjoyed Arkham City on the WiiU, and I don't think that was developed by Nintendo.

7. There's no fees for online WiiU gaming, Splatoon + all it's dlc has been free

All the Splatoon extras might be free, but this isn't true of, say, Mario Kart. I can't say I was particularly put out by paying for the extra tracks/karts/characters, but there's no point in pretending that Nintendo are just giving this stuff away. They'd like you to by some amiibos, too. Still, it is nice that there's no charge for the privilege of online play.

9. Most games for the WiiU are half the price

High street prices are around the £40 mark for new releases. I do hope PS4/Xbone players aren't paying the best part of £100 for their games?

I don't think it's offensive to the dead to consider the fortunes of the company he was running.

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Unhappy

@ Tim Jenkins

I would agree with this, but I picked up a copies of Nintendoland and Marion Party 10 recently, and the kids went ape for them (so did I, if I'm honest*). I think the real tragedy is that only Nintendo have any idea what the gamepad / wiimote+nunchuck can be good for, hence the lack of 3rd party titles.

*Was playing the Metroid game with my eldest, the other night, and it played like I wish the Wii had - smooth control with the nunchuck, and aiming with the wiimote actually worked (used MotionPlus, I think, which should have been there from the start). Really well done, just a shame it's relegated to a minigame.

The fact that Splatoon doesn't have 4 (or 5) player local multiplayer speaks volumes as to how underpowered the WiiU is, though - it'd be on my "must have" list, otherwise.

Oh, and Dan55 is spot on about media player functionality. Our old Wii was hacked to play DVDs and stream across the network (although it wasn't particularly good at this), which was a real boon. Sony recognised the value of this when the PS2 came out (DVD playback was a major selling point), but Nintendo don't. OK, there's Amazon Prime / Netflix as standard, but no chance of any other media player getting added to it, so it'll never be the entertainment hub that it should have been - a real missed opportunity (and the presence of the TV remote functionality of the gamepad suggests that it had occurred to someone at Nintendo).

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Your security is just dandy, Apple Pay, but here comes Android

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Thumb Down

I put all my eggs into the one basket. Far more convenient that way.

No worries for me - the basket weaver assures me it's drop-proof.

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Kobo Glo HD vs Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: Which one's best?

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I can't help thinking that,

in a sane world, you'd be able to buy the device of your choosing, then buy the books from the stores of your choosing. If, say, Sony were to restrict their Blu-Ray players to only play films from their own studio, everyone would think them mad.

As a side note, I've put a few books on my android tablet, and found Adobe Digital Editions to be a steaming heap of poo.

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Uninstalled Google Photos? Thought your pics safe from slurping? WRONG, bozo

Lamont Cranston

The way I read it

was that he'd been taking photos using the Google Photos app, which was automatically saving them to Google's cloud, which was as he expected, but then he uninstalled the Google Photos app and assumed that this would take the cloud backup element of the app with it. Which it didn't, and so photos taken with a different app (maybe the stock Android app, maybe whatever Samsung had foisted upon him) were still being backed up by the remnant of the Google Photos app.

I've never used the Google Photos app, although it is installed on my Moto G (just seen the pinwheel icon in the app tray), but a check of the Google Settings shows no entry for Google Photos, so I'll (naïvely) assume it's not slurping my pics. I don't think it's unreasonable to assume that if you go to the bother of uninstalling an app, it uninstalls completely?

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On yer bike: Hammerhead satnav for cyclists – just don't look down

Lamont Cranston

Re: More and more people expect to be spoonfed

I only cycle at night, so I can navigate using the stars. I'll bet you've got a sextant installed on your handlebars, like some sort of cissy.

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