* Posts by davemcwish

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davemcwish

Death Threats

"Let’s acknowledge straight away that our makeover has not received universal acclaim - although we have yet to receive a death threat."

That's a relatively one to fix, just make a Playmanaut video satirizing the IT capabilities of an Asian country and its Supreme Leader.

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davemcwish

-1 Version please

Way too much whitespace at either side. Why ? Please don't telly me you'll be using that for ads that'll scroll. (Yes I know that you all need feeding but those type of ads are very annoying).

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American bacon cured with AR-15 assault rifle

davemcwish

Re: American Bacon is Delicious!

While we're at it you can keep your ghastly Hershey's to yourself

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Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

davemcwish

Re: Too early to judge

You'd think that they have the money to do all this given Hollywood Accounting and the risk of reputational damage

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Sony hackers dump more hunks of stolen data, promise another 'Christmas gift'

davemcwish

Randian douchbaggery

Nice! *addstolistofputdowns*

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FLASH! Aaa-aaah. 3D NAND will save every one of us

davemcwish

Re: 19TB is a lot of porn

Nope not nearly enough. Only get 500GB on my MacBook and as it's glued together I'm going to have to resort to a second external disk; first 2TB one is full. 640Gb would be ok if you don't do a lot, have a small media collection and don't want to keep any photos you've taken. And no, none is p0rn; being married with a child took care of that.

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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

davemcwish

Everything You Need to Know About the L.A.R.E.

Yours for $20 Million ($208k per page)

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

davemcwish

Creative Community

Are they the same people from the Marketing Department of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation that tried to flog us 3D TV as the future and is trying again with 'Smart', '4k' and 'Curves' ?

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Ford dumps Windows for QNX in new in-car entertainment unit

davemcwish

Good Move

It's OK but as a Sync Gen 1 user and from reports from Gen 2 users, the execution wasn't the best and it looks like M$ and Ford and unable to get it working. I don't think execution would be an issue with Apple but I suspect that Ford need to go with a proven vendor.

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Google bags OBSCENELY LARGE Times Square ad space for New Year's

davemcwish

Why didn't you Google it ?

@Zangetsu

http://wikibin.org/articles/mountain-view-chocolate-factory.html

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davemcwish

ElReg Units ?

For the confused, here's the conversion to ElReg units we all love.-

Height - 169.1487 Linguine (2.5687 Double Decker Bus, 0.1712 Brontosaurus)

Length - 717.7226 Linguine (10.8944 Double Decker Bus, 0.7266 Brontosaurus)

Area - 114.5098 nanoWales (0.1145 microWales, 0.5873 Football Pitch)

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EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really

davemcwish

Re: Err... it is useless for a different reason

No really idiotic just based on practicalities and privacy.

Your solution doesn't address

a) The driver doesn't want a personal smartphone or have their medical records stored on a company issued one

b) Multiple occupants. What about a coach crash ?

If you're going down the route that the paramedics need access to the victim(s) full medical history then the only practicable solution is microchip implants.

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davemcwish

Re: Lies, Lies and Politicians

Yes as GPS data includes altitude they could infer which road provided altitude info is added to the roads in question

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

davemcwish

Re: Hilarious maybe

If you're going down that route a pie should be 2π or Τ

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davemcwish

Re: A pie does not need to have pastry!

But there's others not listed e.g. Key Lime, Lemon Meringue, Banoffee, Custard and the IT favourite Raspberry.

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Eat FATTY FOODS to stay THIN. They might even help your heart

davemcwish

Cheese on the bacon roll

Really? I thought the El Reg standard was brown sauce ...IMHO it also should use middle bacon

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It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

davemcwish

Re: America...

Apparently we already are.

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El Reg reanimates Cash'n'Carrion merchandising tentacle

davemcwish

Re: House colours

and I thought that [insert your favourite caffeine based beverage] was fuel for late night programmers no ?

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Amazon’s CHRISTMAS QUEUEING bonanza!

davemcwish

Amazon Locker

This is a good idea in practice as my local one it's in a Co-op that has longer hours that Royal Mail. Downside is their algorithm that determine if it's suitable doesn't always work as I had to get one delivered elsewhere. When I compared the size of the box against the storage lockers that 'weren't suitable' it could clearly fit in some.

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iPad Air 2: Vulture chews on new Apple tablet

davemcwish

Re: Fillip glass

There's also the branded meal replacement product

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Adobe spies on readers: 'EVERY page you turn, EVERY book you own' leaked back to base

davemcwish

Re: Default deny!

Yup that's why you need a firewall tool. Mines called Little Snitch.

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davemcwish

Legal Blackhole

I'm not a lawyer but the terms and conditions paragraph provides plenty of wriggle room.

"We will not access, view, or listen to any of your content, except as reasonably necessary to perform the Services."

Crucial word here is 'except'; until it's challenged in a court, this gives them free reign to do what they will. It's the same rationale unregulated 3 letter state security agencies and the UK police using RIPA use to do things that others feel invades on their privacy i.e. if we didn't do this then blah blah....terrorists...blah blah...paedophiles....blah blah you'll all be murdered in your beds....blah blah blah...

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US Attorney Gen latest to roast Apple, Google mobe encryption

davemcwish

Re: Theresa May was playing the same card during yesterday's conference speach.

Yup they're all at it and incompetence from the plod and other agencies responsible in e.g. Rotherham and Doncaster is used to scare the public and unfortunately it works. I'm not suggesting that they are deliberately being incompetent but it's certainly helping the authoritarian case

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

davemcwish

Re: Death support systems

Surely Clippy would say

"How about a nice game of minesweeper?

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Fraud shop OVERSTOCKED with stolen credit cards

davemcwish

Re: This will be interesting to watch

It's realpolitik in this case my enemy's (Russia) enemy (Ukraine) is my friend.

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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

davemcwish

Re: So clearly square phone

Yup, I've got a vernier caliper if the El reg subs want to check.

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Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died

davemcwish

Re: 2 year phone cycle

If I was to identify a strategy it would be 'SIM only Handset -1" i.e. wait till the fanbois and girls upgrade then buy up their 1 year old rejects off fleabay. Currently I can get an unlocked 64gb for £400 which I can couple with a £15/month 3g sim only deal from Virgin (250 mins/unlimited texts+data) used on my 4s.

I really can't see a compelling case, other than 'I've got a new shiny shiny', in upgrading every year either just to fill Apple's and the network providers coffers. OK I don't get tethering or 4g with Virgin but the comparative 1 year costs for a the same handset and 4gb data are not far off a grand for the first year (VF is £971 for 3g). If I really felt I needed 4g or another provider I can easily get 4g 4Gb sim only for <£25/month.

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Don't buy that phone! It ATTRACTS CRIMINALS, UK.gov will tell people

davemcwish

Lamb to the slaughter

It's been done in fiction

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NUDE SELFIE CLOUD PERV menace: Apple 2FA? Sweet FA, more like

davemcwish

Re: Security questions?

@TheCostElc

Octarine.

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Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords

davemcwish

Cockwomble

Is also not allowed due to it not being the requsite 9 characters long - as is the XKCD example.

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Phab-u-less: Huge MONSTER iPhone 6 not due until 2015 – claim

davemcwish

my girlfriend flushed her 5S down the toilet

I've heard of this failure mode and always wondered how to perform it. Any insight ?

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Sony CEO forced to shush shareholder heckling at fiery AGM

davemcwish

VIAO Quality

Not surprised. Bought the SWMBO a laptop, lasted < 2 years before it died due to a system board issue. Local shop was unable to source the spare part.

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Top 10 tech essentials for the festival season

davemcwish

Solar

Backpack looks good. I've got the combination of Powermonkey Extreme and Spidermonkey that works well. Even when not camping, or if I've got a leccy hookup, the Spidermonkey obviates the need for multiple power adapters.

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

davemcwish

Re: And now they're encouraging flyposting.

and in airplane toilets apparently.

Looking this morning there seems to be some trolling going on

"I wish someone would pull the plug on this site, shut it down so it stops wasting taxpayers money. #somethingelse"

and the greedy

"I wish a #Canon EOS 5D Mark III, a Canon 17-40mm and a MacBook Pro 13" 2,4 GHz. #secondhand #thank_you"

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GAME ON: Top 10 tellies for a World Cup kicking

davemcwish

Being an impoverished new dad

supporting a team that didn't get anywhere close to qualifying I'll give these a miss unless anyone wants to swap their fancy thin one for my 36" CRT. You come and collect though as at 72kg I ain't dhifying it as it's heavier than me.

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NSA: Inside the FIVE-EYED VAMPIRE SQUID of the INTERNET

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Americans

I suspect the view that the NSA is in the wrong here is from a distinct but vocal minority, the rest don't care or actively support.

I spoke to my former US boss last year around the time the Snowden leaks came out. His view was fully supportive of the NSA as the ROW is full of "bad guys" and he expected the US "good guys" to do whatever it takes.

All of the brouhaha is really unnecessary:-

1. Governments need to protect their interests

2. To achieve this they spy on each other and as they don't trust the public they spy on them.

3. They will use their authority to oblige the tech companies to make it easier to do #2.

4. Voting only changes who sits in the posh seats in national Parliaments; #1 stays the same.

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Still using e-mail? Marketers say you're part of DARK SOCIAL

davemcwish

Re: I thought DARK SOCIAL...

Yes I have and it's one key

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Brits to vote: Which pressing scientific challenge should get £10m thrown at it?

davemcwish

Re: They missed a trick...

"I'll start the ball rolling. What am I bid for my 2/3?"

A second-hand iPhone

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Cisco's Chambers to Obama: Stop fiddling with our routers

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Re: The grooming period is over

Apart from those it's also the fact that they think there are a lot of 'bad guys' and they need 'our good guys' (NSA etc) to keep them safe.

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A premium smartie lump: Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition

davemcwish

On the plus side

the swivel camera is a clear differentiator from the rest of the current crop, not withstanding other commentards historical examples; it would be interesting to see how it lines up against the competitors particularly in low light.The software looks ok without the useless bloatware other droid handset have.

Having said that the rest of the hardware spec particularly absence of SD card is a major failing so thanks Oppo but no thanks. I'm a bit surprised really as their Blu-Ray offering is fairly highly regarded in comparison to the competition; they do have a higher level handset 'Find 7' though so maybe El Reg can get a review sample..

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OpenBSD founder wants to bin buggy OpenSSL library, launches fork

davemcwish

Re: Never mind Comic Sans

There should be a 2nd donate button to keep annoying the hipsters.

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

davemcwish

Re: A good whine

Don't forget your £1600 1m ethernet cable

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My work-from-home setup's better than the office. It's GLORIOUS

davemcwish

Chicken Choking

Is this a dig by a sub-editor who knows Storagebod's behaviours when 'working from home' ?

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Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one

davemcwish

Too much selection...

Looking at the current offerings, albeit from an end/personal user I can understand Trevor's position. Being a 4s user I've got locked into the iTunes/iOS app ecosystem so changing would be difficult but not impossible. I've been very happy and to be honest, apart from the lack of storage (yes I'd like more than 64Gb) and my use case changing towards needing a bigger screen (I mainly use it as a small portable tablet with a phone attached) a slightly larger screen would help. Given that it would be a single device a large phablet (e..g Sony Xperia Z Ultra) would be too large; 5" would probably be sufficient.Other than that there's nothing currently out their that has a compelling case for me to change; even if it breaks, a 4s from fleabay, where I got my corrent one from, would be the obvious choice dependent on 5s availability/cost. I don't really see a compelling vision to move to the Android ecosystem.

As others have said, the win pc/laptop market lost traction as it got to maturity with functionality broadly similar with very little differentiation other than the case, badge and screen size. I suspect that the handset is getting to a similar position much quicker and I can't really see what the next big jump will be.

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Sandisk breaks 128GB barrier with new $199 MICROSD card

davemcwish

Re: "The Cloud"

The utility/service model, with costs for 100Gb are ~$10/month, is the one the industry wants you to have with its ongoing payments, uncertain terms and conditions and dubious privacy policy. Had I a non fruity device that could make use of external cards I would use them, not just because I don't trust the cloud providers. The other factor is connectivity with UK providers seeming to prefer well-populated areas so they can flog their premium priced 4G product at them and leaving those out in the 'arse-end of nowhere' (everywhere they can't make a big fat profit) to cope with a barely functional 3G if they're lucky.

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Retiring greybeards force firms to retrain Java, .NET bods as mainframe sysadmins

davemcwish

Re: COBOL

And TELON....

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Better late than never: Monster 15-core Xeon chips let loose by Intel

davemcwish
Paris Hilton

Wither 'Lockstep'

For Paris and us uneducated plebs, why is 'Lockstep' (or equivalent marketing buzzword) important and why specifically for Financial transactions ?

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It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub

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We've had to save up our pennies

Don't you have enough clout to blag a review sample ?

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

davemcwish

Re: Time for The Register to weigh in methinks.

Another reason is that he's done an introduction to the 'multimedia visitors guide'.

http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/news/v.rhtm/New_for_Summer_2013_Multimedia_Guide-697252.html

I suspect that the ultimate aim is to dispense with the warm bodies and use gadgets instead.

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davemcwish

Re: Whilst I want Bletchley to keep going

@fixit_f There's also a sequel to that book called "Far From the Sodding Crowd", have got both. Agree with all the comments. The success, or otherwise, of these places is that it's the knowledge of the guides that crucial not some standard script designed to maximize the throughput of guests by minimizing questions for which a detailed answer is required.

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