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* Posts by Cian Duffy

33 posts • joined 4 Jun 2007

Supervalu supermarket stores stung by sneaky sales system scammers

Cian Duffy

Re: Two different organisations?

They're still entirely unrelated though - Supervalu in Ireland and Spain is one company and this Supervalu is an entirely different company. There are zero links between them at all.

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Life support's ABOUT to be switched off, but XP's suddenly COOL again

Cian Duffy

Re: Am I imagining things?

Much closer to 4 years ago rather than 5 - I bought an XP "ULCPC" Netbook in December 09. Pretty certain they hung around for a bit longer too.

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Just as we said it would: HP clamps down on server fixers

Cian Duffy

Re: Fit for purpose

Reasons for leaving Dell were times, perceived reliability issues by management (really down to Seagate disks and bad OS builds by other staff here) and that our main business software vendor refuses to support anything else. Easier life, or so it seemed.

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Cian Duffy

Re: Fit for purpose

If you can convince the courts here (Ireland) that you were a consumer and not a business, yes - either full or pro-rata depending on age up to 6 years old. A firmware fix would be very much admitting a manufacturing fault as defined in Irish law. Doesn't apply in the same way to B2B transactions, but Proliant servers do get sold to consumers from time to time.

We're in the middle of transitioning from white-box PCs, Acer laptops and Dell servers to HP across the board - may be worth hauling back before it's too late; was already a concern over similar priced servers having either 1 or generally 3 years warranty compared to 5 with Dell.

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UK smut filter may have sent game patch to sin-bin

Cian Duffy

Re: Somehow I don't think so.....

I stayed in a hotel which refused to let me read an article detailing Sussex CCC results due to "adult content" but did, however, let me on to pretty much any other website I tried.

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My name is Dabbsy and I am an EMAILOHOLIC

Cian Duffy

I'm now stuck with four email addresses in the one permanent workplace - surnameinitial@mainbusiness, firstname.surname@secondarybusiness, firstname@tertiarybusiness and first.surname@parentcompany

Add to that the monstrous number I collected when every ISP close to forced you to use theirs (blocking SMTP to other servers, old ISP restricting SMTP to their network) and I can probably beat 40.

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iPhone slips in Europe as Windows Phone claims OVER 10% market share

Cian Duffy

Re: Landfill Windows Phone

I'd say it could easily be 10% or more here (Ireland) from what I've seen out in public. Even high end Symbian devices held on here for a long time so there's some brand loyalty element to it.

In work, our network (O2) provides a 520 as the 'free' phone for any new contract or upgrade which means its probably 30-40% in the office though - only engineering staff and management get dearer phones funded.

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Dixons in talks to offload loss-making online mart PIXmania

Cian Duffy

Posted me a tiny, empty box and then tried to imply fraud when I reported no drive in it. When I eventually got it redelivered the box was significantly larger

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Identity cards: How Labour lost power in a case of mistaken ID

Cian Duffy

Re: I wonder how much of the opposition matches mine?

"The easiest way to get out of the UK without a passport would be to take the ferry to Northern Ireland and then walk across the border into Eire. When Scotland leaves the UK it'll be even easier ;-)"

Or just fly here. Or take the ferry here.

There is absolutely no requirement for a passport to go between Ireland and the UK on any mode of transport. The second largest airline serving routes between the two requires one, but the first and third downwards don't, just photo ID of any description. Work door passes are enough.

UKBA don't check on the way out, GNIB do really prefer photo ID but will take your boarding pass on the way in. When you're going back, assuming you fly to an airport with sufficient segregation (e.g. Birmingham) you won't show a thing on the way in; if its not segregated the boarding pass will do (Gatwick).

On the ferry there's no checks of any description at all for car drivers, not done foot in an extremely long time to confirm that.

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Linux kernel dumps 386 chip support

Cian Duffy

Re: Intel NetPortExpress

"Though, it's a bit annoying because Windows 7 x64 doesn't seem to support the drivers for the printer (32-bit version works fine). "

Have you tried a generic PCL driver (not from a manufacturer but from a similar era PC - e.g. drive it with a HP Laserjet 4 driver)? This is what we do in work to get the various archaic Samsung and Brother printers that customers have and that will not die to work on x64 Windows.

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Tim Cook: Apple to manufacture Macs in US in 2013

Cian Duffy

Re: Not like they didn't already build in a high-cost economy...

"Home of comparatively low taxes and abundant business friendly accounting loopholes?"

Now, perhaps. Not in the 1980s when they built there, though.

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Cian Duffy

Not like they didn't already build in a high-cost economy...

Apple's existing directly-operated manufacturing facility was in Ireland, albeit actually in a large council estate, but still not a particularly low-cost economy.

Believe all its churning out recently are Mac Pro's but it has previously made the larger iMacs and the server line, when they had one.

Going back further it manufactured practically everything, but that was when Wales churned out most of the TVs for this part of the world and Scotland had a thriving semiconductor industry!

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Google whips away card, leaves just clouds in your Wallet

Cian Duffy

Re: The best payment system I've seen so far

Dutch also have "Chipknip" that does the same thing. Problem is that there doesn't appear to be a standard for it so you can't use it with foreign cards.

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Google plants rainbow flag in anti-gay countries

Cian Duffy

"Gay at Facebook" (well, Facebook Europe realistically - I doubt the social group had the cash) was the title sponsor of Dublin Pride this year, it having been Google for a number of years beforehand. Microsoft also had involvement as per usual. There definitely seems to be a tech industry gay-off in the offing.

Now, if only I could find a firm that pays a premium for staff who'll never want paternity leave...

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Google nixes extra wireless attachments to its new Kansas fibres

Cian Duffy

Re: Kansas!?

Most of the city isn't even in Kansas...

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Why embossed credit cards are here to stay

Cian Duffy

I had an emboss taken at a (small regional branch, admittedly) global car hire firm as recently as January; in a location that definitely had internet and phones available - an airport.

Have a feeling they may have taken the emboss away and run it through a terminal as the payment came through very quickly, not the days to weeks it took when they were common place.

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Hackers can spring Death Row crims from cells

Cian Duffy

Why is it not locked down? Because then the vendor couldn't use LogMeIn and a very simple shared password to connect in when there's a problem. Couldn't expect the poor dears to have to send a field tech out now could you?

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iPhone users get more sex than Android fans

Cian Duffy

inherent user-related reasons here methinks...

The user profile of these devices in the (IT) firm I work in would probably corroborate this - the more technical people who'd be stereotypically getting less anyway would be the main Android users, and the blondes in accounts and "morkeshing" all use iPhones...

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Tiny TV could make billions for FCC

Cian Duffy

SFN..

All they're proposing here is an SFN, something the DVB-T standards we use in the UK and Ireland support and something which DAB relies on for nationwide coverage.

Nothing to see here, other than the US realising something Europe realised in 1996...

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Postman Pat goes postal

Cian Duffy

Special Delivery Service?

Is he going to end up unemployed after the parent company loses large amounts of cash like at the identically named Special Delivery Service that Ireland had?

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El Reg obtains snap of OGC logo reveal

Cian Duffy

DCSF logo

...I assumed they were just celebrating the removal of Section 28 with that logo...

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Dublin's free Wi-Fi falls foul of competition law

Cian Duffy

Clearwire

Clearwire is pricey - 50 euros a month for 2Mbits with an effectively unenforced cap (no specification of what they do if you go over it at that), but it does work virtually anywhere in the city and a fair few of the suburbs. Pity the AP (an ethernet bridge) is a wee bit massive, there's a PCMCIA version from the makers though

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Irish man rescued after falling for 419 scam

Cian Duffy

This is what happens when you give the stupid computers...

Ennis won a competition to be Telecom Eireann's "Information Age Town" some time in the 90s. Basically, there was IE£15M of cheap/free computers and ISDN access given out like sweets at a parade there in 1997/8, and as a result, there's people who think they "know computers" and know how not to make an idiot of themselves on the net who, by rights, probably shouldn't even have a computer. I'd lay money on him still using the Telecom Eireann computer, actually.

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Google jumps ahead of ITV1 on Q3 ad revenue

Cian Duffy

ITV1 or all ITV regions

When they say ITV1, are they neglecting the non-ITV1 covered ITV regions? Theres Scotland, Northern Ireland (which is carried in all of Ireland pretty much, so about 6M audience) and the Channel Islands (where I doubt the ad revenue amounts to much...) owned by independent contractors still.

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UK gov advisor proposes 'licence to smoke'

Cian Duffy

£200? Taxation increase...

So, assuming an "addict" smokes 40 a day, its the same as adding 25p to the price of a pack of cigarettes... wouldn't it be far, far easier to do this rather than enforce licencing; or are cigarettes in the 'basket' for working out inflation figures still?

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Eircom wireless security flaw revealed

Cian Duffy

..and another

Clearwire Ireland's receiver/antenna units provide you with a public IP also, and its effectively static (claimed not to be, mines the same since February). It suits my purposes grand but is not the best for Joe Soap, thats for sure.

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Google Maps rolls out the Mesopotamian nil-cubit

Cian Duffy

@Sam

That would require extensive research in to the amount of heat energy released by a fuck, which would be extremely tedious if not rather fun.

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Compact Disc: 25 years old today

Cian Duffy

re: MP3 sound quality

I'm listening to an mp3 encoded with the current LAME VBR defaults (not even the paranoid, slow-down-encode-to-hell ones) on a 300 quid sound card attached to 100 quid Sennheisers, and I can't notice the difference either. Its averaging about 160kbps - rather a lot less than FLAC would take.

Probably because there isn't actually any that anyone can actually notice - unless you're the kind of person who can be convinced that a 400 quid HDMI lead is better than a 20 quid one....

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German bus driver objects to passenger's breasts

Cian Duffy

German sense of humour - possible failing

Based on how terrible we know the German sense of humour is, is it possible the driver was trying a "witty" chat up line? I'm sure we'll here the same here soon if he was, "here luv, yer knockers are blocking me view, I'll have to stop the bus..."

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Sprint boots 1,000 phone customers for talking too much

Cian Duffy

what another ISP do

Another large British ISP match the caller ID of flagged callers and divert them to people who can just brush off the flack and completely ignore them....

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TVonics DVR-250 Freeview Playback DVR

Cian Duffy

"build quality is totally Sony"

so we can expect it to fail from dry joints a month after its warranty expires then?

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Manhunt 2 banned

Cian Duffy

setting a precedent

This game has also been banned in Ireland, the very first time one has been (unlike the UKs attempt at it in the past). Would presume we're going to get more in the future now - the first banning of a movie in 5 years here has lead to a few being banned every year since - the film censors appear to not be able to give up.

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Sirius and XM's star-crossed merger

Cian Duffy

well... it worked for Sky

We've had this before with the satellite TV companies here - BSB were going to the wall, and Sky Television were going to the wall. They merged, and we've got a 800-tonne gorilla of the TV world as a result. Might happen again?

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