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* Posts by Lamont Cranston

1250 posts • joined 27 Apr 2010

Whitehall and Microsoft thrashing out 1-year NHS WinXP lifeline

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@JurassicPark

Just because NPfiT was a massive cock-up (let's throw more money at Accenture, et al.!), doesn't mean that it had to be.

Whilst I was quite glad to see the back of it, I don't think that it was a bad idea in principle, just very poorly handled.

As for green screens and UNIX-based PAS systems, they went out of fashion at the turn of the century (see, it's cutting edge in the NHS!).

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Virtual reality? Two can play THAT GAME, says Sony: New headset revealed for the PS4

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Re: A few problems with these things

I'd hope Sony would know better than to promise that which isn't technically acheiveable (remember the hype around the PS2 promising "movie quality visuals"?), but I think the biggest problem with the whole VR-helmet idea is that nobody want one.

Cue flood of comments explaining that they do, in fact, want one. Just remember, if you're wearing a VR-helmet, you'll look like a helmet.

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Xenon: Bitmap Brothers' (mega)blast from the past

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Re: Namco Xevious

Thank you - I know I played Zenon (or at least watched it on the telly!), but I never owned it. Thank you for reminding me what I did have a copy of!

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MPs urge UK.gov to use 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies

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As one of the few people on this forum

who was broadly in favour of the "default filtering" proposal (which still hasn't been enabled on my BT broadband - I really must find the password and find out how to turn it on for myself), even I think our MPs are getting a bit carried away, now.

Whilst I appreciate the availability of universal filtering (even if it is a bit crap/easily bypassed/not actually switched on), that's enough - I've no desire to devolve all responsibility for my children's wellbeing to the state. Boys will be boys, so they're going to get to the porn eventually, but I'd rather they weren't encouraged to half-inch my credit card at the same time.

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Think drone delivery is hot air? A BREWERY just proved you wrong

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Winter lager?

I don't think I want to know what that is.

Can we have a proper beer icon, please?

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NZ bloke's drunken poker bet ends in 99-letter name

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Re: Worra laff

Lovely. My middle name (and that of my first born) are taken from my paternal grandfather. Your son gets his from his mother's birth canal.

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Takeaway order spewer Just Eat plans to raise £100 MEEELLION in IPO

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On the small number of occassions that I've used them,

I've found it to be a handy service. I do worry that they're just leaching money away from independant businesses, but I do appreciate the convenience of not having to try to make myself understood over the phone (I've not the greatest diction, so getting the wrong order is not unknow).

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Re: No British food

Hard luck - there's a place in Luton that'll deliver roast dinners (and no, it's not Meals on Wheels).

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Europe approves common charger standard for mobe-makers

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I'm sure this was relevant when the EU started debating it,

but pretty much everything has Micro-USB, now. Just my luck that most of my devices date from a few years previous, and have Mini-USB.

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They ACCUSED him of inventing Bitcoin. Now, Nakamoto hires lawyer to CLEAR his name

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

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Re: As if this will make people happy!

Thanks for telling me how I should have been using my PC.

I actually do use the start-menu-type-what-I'm-looking-for approach on my Mint desktop, but that's only because I've never gotten around to organising the menu properly (and thus can never find anything). I'd rather not flick my hand back and forth between keyboard and mouse, thank you very much, which was why my Vista (shut up) Start menu was organised so that everything I used regularly was accessible with a minimum of clicks.

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Having used every desktop version of Windows since 3.11,

8 has been the only version where I couldn't sit down in front of it and find what I wanted straight away.

I don't oppose change, but MS has made a huge mistake by not giving people what they want. Technically, my phone, tablet, and desktop all run Linux, but it doesn't take a genius to see why Android is not installed on my desktop.

Take the hint, MS, and make whatever-you're-not-calling-Metro go away on desktops - no more half-measures.

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Plusnet shunts blame for dodgy DNS traffic onto customers' routers

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Re: http://www.opendns.com/

If PlusNet are anything like their BT masters, then their routers won't allow you to change the DNS server settings, rendering OpenDNS worthless.

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Blurred lines: Android e-ink mobe claims TWO-WEEK battery life

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More of this sort of thing, please!

Even if I don't actually want one.

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

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Re: Minty

Another upvote for Mint, here. Was dual-booting with Vista but, since I upgraded my hardware, Vista almost never gets booted, anymore. As of Mint 15, I didn't even have to faff about to get my Broadcom Wifi working, either.

Does everything I want, bar playing nicely with the household printer, for some reason.

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Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge

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£16?

I normally do that sort of work for a cup of tea, maybe a biscuit. I think I see why I'm still not worth £millions.

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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Very amusing.

I tend to find that I go in Maplin a lot, but leave empty handed as, if I pop in for a browse, I've enough self-control to avoid picking up armloads of crap, but if I pop in for something specific, they either haven't got it, or have it at too high a price.

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Having exhausted the entertainment potential of my work town,

I just pop in some earphones, and take a walk. It does you good to get away from your desk, rest your eyes, and take in some fresh air.

Good grief, that sounded smug - maybe I should take up jogging!

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Blimey! ANOTHER Bitcoin bleed brouhaha

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Probably a silly question, as I know next to nothing about BitCoin,

but is it possible to invalidate the stolen BitCoins? I would have thought that they carried some sort of unique ID and, being virtual, it's the unique ID that gets stolen?

I'm probably wrong, as usual.

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Your 'funny' cat pics are weighing down the web, so here's a better JPEG encoder from Mozilla

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Re: Question is, why isn't Firefox adding WebP/WebM?

You can't go around recommending Opera, anymore. Not since it became just another Chrome clone.

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Insecure hipsters with BEARD ENVY spur facial hair transplant craze

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As someone who has grown out his beard, in spite of it being somewhat patchy,

I'd just like to voice my approval of the tone of this article.

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Two in five Brits cough up for CryptoLocker ransomware's demands

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More than 1 quarter of users have no antivirus running?

Who says Linux hasn't acheived critical mass yet?

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Official FACT: Gadgets are giving YOU a wrinkly 'Tech Neck'

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They all laughed at me for wearing an ascot.

Well, who's laughing now?

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Birds Eye releases 'mashtags' social spud snacks

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Re: Mashtags....

I assume that the smiley is actually #innocentface ?

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

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Re: Wii Component cable

I bought one of those, hoping for an improvement in the graphics. Granted, things got a little less blurry, but it still looks like arse on an HD Ready TV (just about passable on the kids 23" telly, unbrearable on the larger telly in the living room - and that's only 32"), and some of the games purchased through the online store refuse to work with it!

Our Wii is due to be replaced soon (2nd hand, knocking on a bit, and not seeing the latest releases) - tempted to get a U so that we can finish off any old Wii games, but a cheap PS3 is more appealing. Think I agree with everything in the article.

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BBC, ITV gang up on YouView with 'FreeView Connect'

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Re: Red Button

Sounds reasonable, I suppose. My current box can display freeview channels that are delivered through the ethernet port, so I can't see that it would be a big stretch to have the Red Button point to one of those channels, rather than a "regular" freeview one.

Of course, this then borks the Red Button for anyone without an internet-connected freeview box!

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Maybe the BBC et al. should work on the marketing of YouView,

rather than throwing out what appears to be a perfectly workable platform? Having seen YouView running on my inlaws' BTVision, it'd be something I'd look for when replacing my current PVR. I can't see any benefit to them developing another, identical service.

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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

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Re: History often comes with rose-tinted specs

I hate to agree with this, but articles like this one lead me to believe that Sugar does indeed know what he's doing (some of the time, at least).

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Gamers in a flap as Vietnamese dev pulls Flappy Bird

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I don't have any friends.

Anyone want to sponsor me to the tune of £000s a week to prove that money doesn't have to make you miserable?

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Facebook will LOSE 80% of its users by 2017 – epidemiological study

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Re: join the club...

In defence of various people's wives, letting Google find the page you want might well be a safer option than typing in what you think the URL might be - probably quite a high chance of landing on some impostor site, otherwise (pretty sure that "facebok.com" lands you somewhere unsavoury, for example).. Google's naggy little spell checker ("did you mean...?") has its uses!

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Angry anti-NSA hackers pwn Angry Birds site after GCHQ data slurp

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Angry Birds lets the NSA know my sexual preferences?

I suppose it's no secret that I like birds, but not of the avian variety.

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Volunteers slam plans to turn Bletchley Park into 'geeky Disneyland'

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Very sensible comment.

No museum is going to survive solely on middle-aged patrons. Still, sacking the tour guides is probably not the answer (I caught the piece on Radio 4, where the guide was sacked after taking his group round the computer museum - utterly heartbreaking).

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I don't think this is true.

Not all history on the beeb is in "docu-drama" format - there's plenty of person-who-knows-what-they're-talking-about-presenting-to-camera, too (Lucy Worsley's recent series comes to mind, particularly as her passion for the subject really comes through).

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Facebook app now reads your smartphone's text messages? THE TRUTH

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I think facebook design their mobile site

to encourage users onto the app - it's hideous.

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Re: "permissions model was at the insistence of the app developers"

Really? Ugh.

Maybe Android should be changed so that, if you enable Developer mode, you get fine control over permissions - that way, those who give a monkey's can get it done, and those who don't care don't have to worry about it?

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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Re: The quality would improve greatly....

Thanks, Martin. What about all the people who don't want to watch the same things that you do?

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Re: BBC's monopoly on FM Band.

You can have Radio 4, when you TAKE IT FROM MY COLD, DEAD, EARS!

Hmm, that doesn't really work, but you get the gist.

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Re: "Cultural Marxist grooming"

Sarcasm doesn't work on internet forums; please use the joke icon in future.

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Globe grabbin,’ sphere slammin’, orb-tossin’, pill poppin’... Speedball

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Every other sports game suffers

from not having the option to beat the crap out of the opposing team!

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Lloyds Group probes server crash behind ATM, cash card outage

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Re: "don't actually pay for a current account"

Really? I (and all the other customers) give the bank all my money, and let them do what they like with it, so long as they hold enough in reserve that I can take it back out again. Interest rates might well be in the dirt, but I'm sure that they've found some way of turning a profit from my money.

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Apple’s Mac turns 30: How Steve Jobs’ baby took its first steps

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Re: Floppy Eject

Most people I know never bother to eject their USB drive before pulling it out, and I've yet to see this cost someone their data (I've yet to see one pulled mid-write).

Still, at least this thread has taught me why Word'95 used to throw such a hissy fit when people would eject the disk whilst the document was still open!

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UK.gov to Google: Kill impostor taxmen ADs hogging top spot in YOUR search results

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Perhaps the UK government should launch a public awareness campaign

on the dangers of clicking the adverts in Google search results?

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'I don't understand why they feel like they own the word CANDY'

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Re: the app name was what now?

Nonsense - that's a perfectly cromulent word (in German).

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Walking while texting can – OUCH! – end badly, say boffins

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Old people are wont to do this,

only without the distraction of a mobile phone. But, oh, the fuss when you push one of them into the road...

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German frau reports for liver transplant clutching bottle of vodka

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Re: "alcohol is a drug"

Alcohol isn't regulated in the same way as other drugs, much like nicotine isn't either. Communication works best when both parties have the same understanding of what is being said - no doctor is going to advise their patient to avoid tobacco and alcohol by telling them to "stay off the drugs".

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Candy Crush dev stuffs EU 'candy' trademark down gob

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Re: Prior use of the term.

"Please wait 30 minutes for the rinse cycle to start, or buy exclusive Candy Dollars and load unlimited washes for the next 24 hours!"

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Re: Phew...

I'm looking forward to the slew of sequels, followed by the inevitable relaunch of the game that started it all: Kandy Krush Klassic.

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Twitter WLTM UK-based pro lobbyist with GSOH - is ready for ads

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It's a social network, so, if your social group don't use it, you won't get anything out of it.

I have accounts on both Twitter and facebook (not the sort of thing I should confess to on this forum!), but only facebook is host to my IRL (is that the correct TLA?) friends, thus facebook is a handy communication tool, whilst Twitter is a waste of time.

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Devs write 'film my shag' sex app for Google Glass

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This entire article is missing the "Joke Alert" icon.

At least, I hope it is.

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4K-ing hell! Will your shiny new Ultra HD TV actually display HD telly?

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Re: Broadcasting Linear TV Should End

You can keep your Netflix - I like my advert/license fee funded background noise!

No joke icon, as I'm serious. I tried Netflix, but didn't like it - TV should be a passive experience (never mind that I am one of the many people doomed to never have the audio/visual be in sync).

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