* Posts by dotdavid

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The world .sucks at a minute past midnight on Sunday

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Or sucks.sucks?

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News website deserves a slap for its hate-filled commentards, say 'ooman rights beaks

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Re: News website deserves a slap for its hate-filled commentards

I thought it was The Register, but then I realised they'd said "News" site :-P

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Google to shell out up to $58k for new Nexus epic pwnage

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Re: Almost 40 percent of users run the outdated Android KitKat platform

Technically outdated as it has been replaced by Lollipop.

A lack of any mechanism to update Android phones' software without the meddling of the carrier or manufacturer is a problem I'm surprised Google haven't spent more time trying to address. The manufacturers don't care about updates with a few exceptions; they want to sell new hardware. The operators don't care about updates as they see it as the manufacturer's/Google's responsibility, and quite like people signing up to new contracts for new hardware.

Google has made some changes by farming features off to (the updateable) Google Play Services and using that as a mechanism for applying some of the security patches to older phones, but I think more should be done.

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Cinnamon 2.6 – a Linux desktop for Windows XP refugees

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Re: Wasn't that LAST YEAR ?

Windows XP refugees aren't exactly known for their promptness; after all they were still running XP until recently.

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Re: Mint

I think Mint now allows you to upgrade but repeatedly warns you about it. I upgraded my inlaws Mint Cinnamon machine with no issues, but then theirs has basically nothing but the standard office and web software installed on it so probably less weird packages that might go wrong. That said, *Ubuntu does make it easier and doesn't try to scare you away from doing it.

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Re: I'll stick with my MATE

@codejunky thanks, I'll give that a try next time I'm there :-)

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Re: I'll stick with my MATE

I'm currently on Ubuntu MATE after a brief foray through Xubuntu.

Installed Mint Cinnamon on the in-law's old XP machine in a dual boot config for the few times they need to run Garmin's software to update their GPS maps (grr). Mint runs well and very quickly on the old early-pentium-4-class hardware. Not so fond of the update mechanism which doesn't seem to allow automatic security updates; my inlaws basically ignore the update prompts as they're hidden away in the taskbar and don't seem to notice them. But that's my only real criticism.

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Zionists stole my SHOE, claims Muslim campaigner

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"on a Facebook rant (now seemingly not there any more)"

Mossad stole it?

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Toothless Ofcom: C'mon consumers, show your teeth on broadband speeds

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Re: OFCOM?

COM(M)OF(F)?

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SourceForge accused of shackling GIMP in kinky adware

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Re: Sourceforge should die already

We should Sourceforget about it.

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O2 craps itself on national Blighty holiday as cabinet minister moans: 'Oi, sort it out!'

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Re: Almost but not quite as good as virginmedia

Even their online fault checker is a bit crazy. When my Virgin internet is down I go on their fault checker website using my phone and it usually says internet is fine but there's a problem with the TV service in my area. Unfortunately there's little I can do but wait until they fix the TV problem before the internet starts working again.

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SanDisk opens for business with point-of-sale terminal SSD

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Re: Yeah......

Checkout your head

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Cheesy video shows ex-Gooners pronouncing 'Huawei'

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Re: wha[t] way do you really pronounce it?

I always thought it was "who are we" but it's "wah way".

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Torvalds: decisions, decisions, top up sun tan or release Linux 4.1?

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Re: 4.1? Should be at least 5.0.

He should call the next version Linux XP then no-one will feel the need to upgrade past it :-P

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Google sells .car, walks away from generic domain names

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Re: 1990s

.phd was contested?

.phD? Crap, we thought we were bidding on .phP :-(

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Google wraps search designer in Cardboard

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Re: Patent Problem.

@Little Mouse - you seem to be under the misconception that you need to be first to invent something before you can patent it! :-P

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BT boss in shock 'bigger is better' claim as £12.5bn EE bid heats up

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Re: They could succeed and form BE...

More like TE (Terrible Everywhere)

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

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Re: PR own goal

The spokesperson is full of really odd statements.

""To do otherwise would create an opportunity for consumers to claim that they were not responsible for a purchase on their account, receive a refund and yet retain the content," continued the spokesman"

Woah there - you're saying Sony can't prevent the fraudsters from accessing their fraudulently-purchased digital content, but can prevent legitimate customers from accessing their legitimately-purchased digital content until an outstanding erroneous charge is paid?

What an odd system design.

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Facebook's phone KILLER: Messenger will replace TALKING, says Zuck

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"And while users initially griped when Facebook split off Messenger into its own app ... the firm is banking that they'll come around once the app becomes more versatile and powerful"

...and, by the sound of it, a lot more slow and bloated. No I don't see it myself.

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Philae's either screening Rosetta's calls or isn't home

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That plan also worked, mostly, save for Philae landing in a spot where its solar cells can't gather enough energy for it to do any work.

That excuse doesn't work with my boss.

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PIRATES and THIEVES to get Windows 10 as BOOTY

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Trojans and backdoors

"El Reg reminds enterprising would-be freeloaders that pirate copies of Windows often include trojans and backdoors."

In my experience even the legit copies include those.

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Re: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory...

"All M$ had to do was the option to change between metro and a start button and it would have been a great release"

I completely agree, but from what I've read there's a great resistance within Microsoft to making everything configurable because it is claimed that too many configuration options may just confuse users.

Still an optional "Advanced" setting would have been nice, better still only enabling metro if a touchscreen was detected.

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CBS goes OTT, releases EVERY EPISODE of Star Trek EVER MADE

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A step in the right direction making their back catalogues more available, but I can't help but wince that all the individual content providers are rolling their own systems rather than collaborating.

Considering how much actual free time people have to watch, say, Star Trek, I would expect people to subscribe to just one or two services at a time, switching when the content has been exhausted. Which won't be particularly good for business if there are any setup/teardown costs. Why not also licence the catalog to existing OTT providers like NetFlix, Amazon etc?

Also the region restrictions are stupid; they really need to take another look at whether the (admittedly lucrative) foreign distribution contracts really make sense in a globally connected world.

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We chat to CloudFlare about its 'EVERYBODY GETS SSL' venture

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Yeah, what's the deal with that? Especially on the forums!

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Cloudflare

Just wanted to post that I'm a happy customer and run all my domains through Cloudflare now. Quite apart from the SSL stuff, the fact that my server's IP address is obfuscated from every tom dick and harry script kiddie out there is a big bonus, and benefits all of my domains on the free plan as well as the ones on a paid plan.

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Would you blow $5.6m to own a dot-word? Meet a bloke who did just that

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tos.spot shurely?

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Remember the Aereo streaming TV service? Wasn't it COOL? Well, it's pretty much dead now

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Re: That's why we need to do that in a distributed sense

"cashing proxies"

Is that one you have to pay for? :-P

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OnePlus One cut-price Android phone on sale to all... for 1 HOUR

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Re: how fucking stupid is this

Actually there are quite a few horror stories about the warranty process.

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Re: Confused

OnePlus One refers to the total number of handsets they aimed to produce.

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YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results

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Re: "Piracy often arises when consumer demand goes unmet by legitimate supply"

You can always move country - you pirates are always making ridiculous excuses for your thefts!

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Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know

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I suspect Google might think about having a system like the Android model, where car manufacturers could sign up to use Google's software.

That said they've built their own buggy-cars so they might not be against building their own.

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Unlike Google, Ford has the power to make driverless cars actually happen should the technology pan out

Why would Google be any less likely to be able to do this than Ford? They seem to be doing okay so far after all.

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Sophos to offshore American support operations

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"saying that there will be no overall reduction in headcount (ie no job losses)"

Surely it's irrelevant to laid-off workers that their job will still exist but will just be abroad where they can't have it?

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Mobile carriers keep the promised land on an ever-receding horizon

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Create a 4G WiFi hotspot so I can work anywhere? Please!

Unfortunately tethering is not included in your data usage allowance, as per the terms of your contract. You will be charged £21/MByte for tethering data usage. Thank you for your custom.

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Watersports-friendly e-reader: Kobo's Aura H2O is literary when wet

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e-ink

It's a shame e-ink readers are not doing as well as the manufacturers had initially hoped, but really they've been a victim of their own success.

Everyone I know with an e-reader (no matter what brand) loves it, and only seem to replace them when they break as the new ones only really seem to provide incremental upgrades to an already excellent product. Everyone I know without an e-reader can't see the point of them for whatever reason and a new e-reader probably won't change their minds.

I just hope that there will continue to be enough of them being replaced that there'll always be someone willing to make a decent e-reader, because I for one won't be reading my novels on a tablet any time soon.

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Footie fracas: MYSTERY DRONE waves flag, incites Balkan brawl

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Re: So what's next?

Maybe we could have some kind of aerial robot wars before every match?

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during a Euro 2016 qualifying match between Serbian and Albania

Who was the unlucky Serbian?

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Virgin Media DOUBLE-PUNCHED by BSkyB AND BT over ad fibs

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I made the mistake of reading one of the many junk mails they drop through my letterbox when they first announced this new package, and remember thinking "woah, that's quite a good deal".

Then I read the small print and realised they were comparing packages without line rental, making it pretty much what their old deal was just with a new name and associated 12 month contract lock-in. No thanks.

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DOUBLE-PUNCHED?!

More like double-gently-prodded.

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Coughing for 4G, getting 2G... Networks' penny-pinching SECRETS REVEALED

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Re: Survey rated O2 highly?

Survey of O2 management? :-P

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Re: Population density

Indeed. As someone that uses Kings Cross (probably the same cell towers as St Pancras) regularly at rush hour it is very flakey using data sometimes, which is a pain when you're wanting to look up train-related data (the apps often display departure platform way before the departure boards do). At off-peak times it's much better.

I wonder if the testing of stations was done at the same time of day at all stations? Else I would expect the results to be a little flawed.

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Android's Cyanogenmod open to MitM attacks

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As I appear to have the first comment post, and The Register haven't updated the article, here is a link to Cyanogen Inc's response.

Of particular note to me is that it doesn't actually effect CM11 (the latest version) as the code isn't in Android KitKat, and is upstream in Google's earlier code anyway. Storm in a teacup.

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"The researcher responsibly disclosed the flaw to affected providers but had no luck with Cyanogenmod maintainers"

Let me guess, he approached some key developers directly and got no response? I suspect they get a lot of time-wasting contact from people who claim to have found vulnerabilities, and being a small firm probably don't really have the resources to deal with every out-of-channel bug report, so probably ignore them all unless they're from people they recognise.

Perhaps there should be a way of submitting bugs to their public bug tracker (which I think is Jira) in such a way that only the development team get to initially see the bug, to aid in responsible disclosure of security issues. Or is there such a way already?

As for the vulnerability itself, at least we'll get a flashable patch in a couple of days. That proves the benefits of CM over manufacturer firmware if anything does.

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NASTY SSL 3.0 vuln to be revealed soon – sources (Update: It's POODLE)

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Re: Thank $deity for proprietary software

Presumably you missed the penultimate paragraph of the article

A dangerous worm has been discovered exploiting a zero-day flaw (CVE 2014-4114) in all versions of Microsoft Windows and Server 2008 and 2012.

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Get NAS-ty: Reg puts claws to eight four-bay data dumpsters

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Re: The new Reg Review style

4. Profit?

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Happy user of an N54L microserver here. Modded BIOS to allow me to use the CD bay for a disk, and I can have 5 drives in there now. Installed Ubuntu Server and set up my disks in a RAID1 array (maybe if I had more than 2 drives I might consider another), runs Plex, Apache and a couple of web apps like TT-RSS and works flawlessly. Sure there was some tweaking needed so maybe not for everyone but most techies reading the Reg won't have any problems following the tutorials.

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EE TV: Network snubs 'Auntie's antique' for mobe-happy set-top box

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Re: How easy would it be...

I think the tenner is the monthly subscription. Those sort of specs, I wouldn't be surprised if there's a considerable up-front cost (or long contract term).

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Re: So wait...

"We didn't want to be constrained by TV thinking, we are mobile people."

And yet they do the latter so well!

Wait...

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NAKED CELEBRITY PICS LAW BOMB dropped on ad giant Google

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I must admit I do keep reading "J-Law" as Jude Law.

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For god's sake - these are people

Not all of them, surely?! Bieber too?!

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