* Posts by dotdavid

1678 posts • joined 28 Jul 2010

Hold the miniature presses: Playmobil movie is go

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"The Lego Movie, which enjoyed huge public and critical acclaim, but inexplicably and controversially failed to get nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar"

Strong competition. The Lego Movie was good, but IMHO How To Train Your Dragon 2 was better.

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Three scoops 'most reliable network' crown, EE takes every other title

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Re: Another EE win?

Still better than when I was with them and they had three impenetrable and awful web sites; one for each brand.

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German Chancellor fires hydrogen plasma with the push of a button

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Re: re.Mutti

"It is meant affectionately, i.e. mother of the nation... Mutti der Nation. ;-)"

In Britain we have a Nanny of the nation, perhaps we should call Cameron "grossmutti" ;-)

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Go phish your own staff: Dev builds open-source fool-testing tool

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An ex employer sent me a snotty email once when I reported one of their phishing test emails as abuse to Google and told them I had. I very much doubt that Google did anything with the report but some wannabe-bigwig emailed me telling me my action had been "escalated" as it might have effected the success of the education campaign. Of course nothing further happened to me, but it did leave a sour taste in my mouth for doing the right thing.

I think ignoring phishing emails, legit or otherwise, is the best policy.

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Big Ben belittled by Infosys' plans for enormous erection

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"The Chamberlain Tower at Birmingham University at 99, 100 or 110m depending on who you talk to"

And presumably how cold it is?

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Built-in LG smartphone app created data hack risk

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Re: Grrr - so far I've been really happy with my G3

"I've just received the update to Smart Notice."

Me too. I'm glad someone at LG decided that a way to update built-in apps would be a good idea, although I wonder how many people would bother checking their "Update Center" app at all.

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Re: Grrr - so far I've been really happy with my G3

"On my stock unlocked G3 (software version V21a-EUR-XX), I can add and remove Smart Notice just like any other widget"

The widget, sure, but I can't disable the app in Application Settings like you can some other "built-in" apps.

"My experience with Cyanogenmod (on Galaxy S2) is that it's ... bad for stability."

Samsung's fault because of their horrendous record of not releasing code for their Exynos chipsets. The G3 with its Qualcomm-based chipset should be much better.

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Re: Grrr - so far I've been really happy with my G3

I'm running an OEM unlocked G3 with latest stock firmware.

No you can't disable Smart Notice, I've just looked. Also it doesn't appear in LG's "Update Center" app nor Google Play so I'm not entirely sure how I'm supposed to patch it.

I had always intended to migrate to CyanogenMod in time (was waiting for the Marshmallow update to see what that was like first) but this sort of thing makes me wonder whether I should do that at the weekend.

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Rooting your Android phone? Google’s rumbled you again

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Re: To all of you with older phones...

Hmm, never heard about the Barclay's app before. That does seem pretty ridiculous - xposed and rootcloak has always worked for me with other apps like Three's wifi calling one.

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Re: To all of you with older phones...

"* Continue using your device for financial stuff and have the whole thing compromised exposing all that data to the bad guys.

* Have a secure device but lose the ability to do financial stuff with it."

While I agree with your sentiment I must point out that some custom ROMs, like CyanogenMod, actually don't execute as rooted by default. In the latter case you have to enable root using a developer option, so you can still get the benefit of the quick updates without root.

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UK govt right to outsource everything 15 years ago – civil service boss

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Re: "doing "what everyone else was doing at the time""

"Government + outsourcing = even slower progress, even more overspend and later delivery"

In my experience it's "Government + civil service + outsourcing". Oddly enough, adding another organisation to the plus list doesn't make things more agile.

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Hackers mirror 250GB of NASA files on the web

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Re: Terminator seeds

"I'm curious to know, why the downvotes?"

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/a-blog-around-the-clock/files/2013/01/10yvf8m.gif

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Re: Oh the conspiracies ...

"Heavy metals? Last year it was mind control chemicals..."

Evidently the mind control chemicals worked.

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AI no longer needs to fake it. Just don't try talking to your robots

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Re: WTF?!

"Even less intelligence is required to design a commentard trolling program!"

That's what you think, but amanfrommars has been under development for years.

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"At some point, perhaps, no-one will have a job any more, which would mean no-one would have any money to buy or run the machines anyway, and the world economy would be forced to reboot."

I rather like to think we'd end up with some kind of universal basic income and a barter system. All our needs would be provided for by the robots, but we could spend our time freely doing what we liked and exchanging stuff we produce as a hobby for other stuff other people have produced as a hobby. A bit like Iain M Banks' Culture.

I'm sure there'll be problems though; we don't want to end up with a universal basic income as depicted in James SA Corey's The Expanse, for example. Still I don't see robots making us all redundant as a particularly scary thing - after all machines have been taking our easier chores away for years; wouldn't it be nice if no-one needed to work unless they wanted to?

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Death to clunky, creaky rip-off cable boxes – here's how it will happen

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Re: Interesting

"Because, ironically, the UK has competition in cable providers whereas in the US the vast majority of homes are supplied by only a single cable TV provider"

AFAIK Virgin Media is the only major cable TV provider in the UK, there may be small local ones but hardly adequate competition. And even in the past where there were a few more major providers (NTL, Telewest etc) they never served the same areas. I guess the only difference then is the widespread availability of DSL.

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Interesting

I often wondered why the cable companies in the US do this sort of thing. Virgin in the UK give you a box (well, it's included in your package price) and will replace it for free if it breaks. The flipside is that you can't really buy your own with more features. They do try to sell you better packages that come with better boxes though (originally HD, though that's standard now, or boxes that can record TV).

Why is the UK so different?

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NSA’s top hacking boss explains how to protect your network from his attack squads

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Flawed car analogy. Better would be you can lock your car in a garage, but you need to make sure the key to the garage hasn't been copied for someone else to use (patching), that there's some kind of surveillance that flags people you don't recognise or people you do recognise acting in ways they don't usually act (intrusion detection) and that you're not handing your key to anyone who rocks up at your house claiming to be the car repairman (spearphishing).

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Sensors, not CPUs, are the tech that swings the smartphone market

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"Every major manufacturer will have their own Gear VR-like plastic case for wearing their latest top-of-the-line handset"

I can see that; all the manufacturers are looking for ways to differentiate considering they basically all run Android. Unfortunately it won't work - I bet I'm in the majority of people that would never buy a Gear VR or similar unless it was compatible with all Android phones.

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Re: Swiss Army Phone.

"When my very old Nokia phone fell apart (it was that old) I ended up with a very cheap smartphone because that was all that was available at the time"

You know I've never understood that. You can get a Nokia 105 from Amazon for under £20 that will do anything an old Nokia can do (including last for weeks on battery) plus more, and that certainly isn't a smartphone.

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Oracle to kill off Java browser plugins with JDK 9

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Re: Will they depreciate.... [sic - SPELLING]

Yahoo is depreciating already with little help from Oracle.

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GitHub falls offline, devs worldwide declare today a snow day

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Re: re: when GH goes down its like a free holiday

Shhhh! Our manager doesn't understand that!

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Pubs good for the soul: Official

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Re: giving head

"Visitors were often intrigued by this and you'd get customers asking you to to pour out successions of pints alternately with and without the head without changing anything on the pump."

"Wait, I missed it. Pour another one; let me see what you did there? Damn, missed it again..."

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Fretful Amazon wishes it could get more Android action

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HTC Sense was pretty good, yeah, based on their earlier "TouchFlo" work on Windows Mobile.

But the way they went about it was all wrong. Rather than being a simple default launcher replacement with a bunch of other things using as many standard Android API features as possible* it was crowbar'd in using proprietary hacks, meaning any changes Google made to Android would mean HTC had to change a lot of stuff that suddenly broke. Didn't exactly help them release timely OS updates for existing handsets, if that was even a priority for them.

* Really the first OEM to do this was Motorola, and only after being bought by Google

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They invested heavily in skins, themes and “unique social experiences”. For a year or two it worked, but today, many users prefer a vanilla “Stock” Android.

Wait, what? Which particular year or two did it work? Pretty much all carrier and manufacturer skins, themes and especially "unique social experiences" were awful.

Unless of course you meant "worked for them" - given the strong competition that was never something that would have worked for long.

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Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic

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Re: Extended Director's Cut Edition

Wouldn't a Director's Cut need to be resubmitted to the BBFC?

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I think so. Directed by Wall Disney?

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Islamic fundamentalists force Yorkshire IT shop to chop off brand

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Re: If Only...

Considering what they charge for what they do, some of these "Solutions" firms are undoubtedly terrorists (inspiring terror in procurement circles anyway)

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US rapper slams Earth is Round conspiracy in Twitter marathon

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Re: there's wind on the moon ?

There is no moon. I saw a documentary about a war in space where that was proven.

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Flock of sheep ends NZ high-speed car chase

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Yeah when they realised their mistake they looked pretty sheepish.

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RSA asks for plaintext Twitter passwords on conference reg page

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Re: Single sign-on?

Inconceivable!

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Peru scrambles vulture squadron in war against trash

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Biting The Hand That Feeds

Them Rubbish

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Gov must hire 'thousands' of techies to rescue failing projects

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Re: The X Prize approach

"How about Gov't publishing a spec for a system and the first person to walk through the door with a system that meets the spec get's a cheque for 10Mega pounds. (or whatever)"

Which version of the spec would that be then? And who is to blame when the government ends up with exactly what they've asked for but not what they actually need? :-P

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Let's get GDS to build a public blockchain, UK.gov's top boffin says

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Re: Will discuss on Thursday

For bonus interview points propose the use of blockchain 2.0

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Bone-dry British tech SMBs miss out on UK.gov cash shower

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Re: Almost infinite monkeys

I bet it was spat out of an automatic article generator created by one of "dozens of doubtful digital media firms – which hardly need the cash"

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"Oddly enough, the one sector in the UK that has really boomed in the past 15 years – food and drink – has enjoyed relatively little funding or intervention from Innovate UK"

Why does it need funding or intervention from Innovate UK when it is booming already?

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Outsourcing spend declining for 2016, says research

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"Accenture, Atos and BT were named the three 'standout out' outsourcers for the year in terms of revenue"

Is an out outsourcer someone that outsources outsourcers?

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Spoilsport scientists unstick Spider-Man

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Re: In other news

These scientists might say it depends on how big your underpants are.

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SpaceX: launch, check. Landing? Needs work

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Re: Just Read the Instructions

I'm hoping there's going to be some other barges.

- Just Testing

- Funny, It Worked Last Time...

- Now We Try It My Way

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Re: Live embarassment

"Ok, let's just suppose for a moment that they cut the feed, landed it, removed whatever they wanted and then blew it up."

They cut the bit where it spun around the Earth crashing into random buildings and killing lots of people, like an out-of-control firework. You can tell by the pixels and the fact that lots of commentards have seen a lot of shops in their time.

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Whenever there's a SpaceX failure it never ceases to amaze me how many suggestions there are from commentards that seem to truly believe that SpaceX's engineers and scientists really didn't think of the (to them) obviously-better-way they've come up with after five minutes reading an article.

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Murderous necrophiliac kangaroo briefly wins nation's heart

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I would be hopping mad at being so mislead.

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Late night server rebuild led to 'nightmares about mutilated corpses'

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"Is this a rehashed article, or are you an antipodean?"

I thought El Reg's leave policy was unusually generous.

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We know this isn't about PRISM, Matt Warman MP. But do you?

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Re: Perfect Product for Breaking Bads

"at least I finally get it: you're paranoid about the AI future"

More like he's an AI himself.

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Swiss try to wind up Apple with $25k dumb-watch

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Re: Dumb Watch?

Dumb if you want to "watch" something apart from time, perhaps?

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A shameless rip off of the Apple Watch to help this no-name so-called "luxury" brand boost sales. Apple invented the big-hand-and-little-hand time display mechanism just like they invented swipe to unlock. H. Moser & Cie better have good lawyers...

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Your boss yells 'build a secure IoT gadget' and you don't know where to start. Take a look at this

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Re: Designing secure Internet-of-Things

"Then you're completely screwed when you need to patch a security bug in your OS"

Hah! As if building a patching/update mechanism is ever in scope for any of these IoT manufacturers!

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Reverser laments crypto game protection, says wares dead after 2018

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Re: A month.

I suspect there is more demand for users for cracked AAA computer games than for cracked computer audio software, and thus more "cred" in cracking them, so the pirates aim their efforts accordingly.

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Re: Good

"So she's extremely clever and I applaud her her skills, but I am cheering for the game manufacturers.

Fighting the pirates is taking away resources away from developing other games which the rest of us can enjoy."

So the game developers are extremely clever and I applaud their skills, but I am cheering for the game pirates.

Fighting the pirates is taking away resources from developing other games which the rest of us can enjoy. The sooner we all admit that DRM is counterproductive, being only an inconvenience for legitimate users, the sooner we can be done with one more legitimate excuse for software piracy.

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Oh, Zuck off: Facebook under attack for its attacks on net neutrality

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Re: "the 30 advocacy groups – only five of which are based in India"

>> the 30 advocacy groups – only five of which are based in India

> And how many are based in Egypt? None?

There are no groups in Egypt in the same way that there are no gay people in Russia.

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