* Posts by andy 28

24 posts • joined 8 Oct 2010

It's been a breach-tastic year. And Sophos sales were good, apparently

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Sophia - who she?

"Sophia is upbeat" ?

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Experian Audience Engine knows almost as much about you as Google

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Re: Former Experian developer here

"does not buy anything that has been advertised to me"

I used to think that. But then realised that pretty much everything is advertised (or marketed) one way or another. It would be nice to boycott those manufacturers who have so much money they can sponsor premier league but I doubt that would leave many options for new telly.

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Google, Honeywell put away Nest patent knives

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opentrv

shame that opentrv seems dead. No updates to website for ages now. I'd quite like something where I can do the zones in software or have the radiator in the office come on in the morning but not the evening. But not nest. I'd rather heat an empty room all evening than use nest of vipers.

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Reduced roaming charges, net neutrality come into force in EU

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crown dependencies

Wonder if this will cover crown dependencies like Isle of Man and Channel Islands. About to go to IoM and get fleeced by Manx Telecom or Sure for using UK sim.

It's not roaming very far when you can see the country your sim is from (on a good day obviously. Not when Manannan's Cloak has descended)

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Google can't hold back this malware running riot in its Play store

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Re: F-Droid only, way to go if you can

Yep, fdroid with no accounts on the phone works good enough for me too. Plus removed/disabled as much of the google stuff I could without rooting and get a week of battery instead of a day. Result.

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Tokyo rebrands 2020 Olympics

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At least the Lisa Simpson one was memorable, even if for different reasons than the designers might have thought :)

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Go nuts, brother: Ubuntu 16.04 beta – no more auto data-spaffing

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Re: Too little, too late in this house...

I run Fedora at home and upgrade about every 2 years.

6 months between releases and support for another year after that makes minimum 18 months. Add some slip between releases and some laziness from me and 2 years and a few versions go by.

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Firefox features will land out of cycle and Mozilla's cool with that

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Hello

Goodbye. Will Firefox please stop adding stuff that no-one seems to want

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Nest: It's no longer all about you. Now it can recognize your kids, too

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conflict resolution

so in the utopia of everything magically 'just working' how does it deal with having more than 1 person in a room if their preferences are for, say, different temperatures? Do you have to tell it who's boss? A whole hierarchy of your family?

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

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TV licensing = protection racket

They keep very quiet about how much of the fee they keep for 'administration'.

If everyone (~99.9x%) is going to have to pay the license then someone should look at cheaper ways of collecting it. Council tax is paid per household and has systems for rebates and discounts that could be applied for those who just listen to the radio. I believe that in AUS it's added to the income tax. Neither of which are perfect but do get rid of the scum at TV Licensing

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How one of the poorest districts in the US pipes Wi-Fi to families – using school buses

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How does the driver get home?

Are the buses only parked outside the drivers' homes? Hence the 10 deployed. Or is there a bus following to collect the driver and bring him/her out the next morning? We should be told. It's not just technology that makes a solution :)

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The Register's entirely serious New Year's resolutions for 2016

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print icon?

Do we get the print icon back?

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EE recalls all 'Power Bar' USB batteries due to 'fire safety risk'

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balls of fire

crumbs, hope my pot noodle branded energy bar doesn't melt down and turn into Bombay Bad Boy

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Mozilla backs away from mobile OS as Android looks invincible

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Re: passing era of native apps, downloads and a ‘fat device’

Android 4.something through to 5.1 (don't know about 6) you can disable all the google apps without needing root or the like. When I got my Z1C I was going to put CM on it but didn't once I'd stopped all the google stuff. Fdroid for apps. And battery lasts a week now.

I'd have given ff os a run if it was available like CM without having to buy specific hardware.

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Refined player: Fedora 23's workin' it like Monday morning

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XFCE not very stable

but at least there's feedback copying files. I'll put it aside and come back to it in a few weeks. Not BSOD type of fails but lots of oops something went wrong and settings getting lost/ignored. ymmv etc

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Turn-by-turn directions coming to Ordnance Survey Maps

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too little too late

once again OS shows how out of touch it is with the world. Every freetard will use google maps and not know or care that there's anything different. If OS had opened up their chest of maps years ago, before google gave it away, they might have some market share.

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Ecobee3: If you're crazy enough to want a smart thermostat – but not too crazy – this is for you

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openTRV?

OpenTRV was meant to give you control of each radiator TRV without tying you to some 3rd party cloud. Been waiting for a year or two for something to happen but no recent updates on the website. Oh well, I'll keep on with the Scrooge 3 jumpers, coat and hat in my study in winter to save heating the rest of the house

I'm sure it's possible to cobble something together with Pis and the like but I can't be bothered.

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Three's 'Home Signal' femtocells fail, restore mobile black spots

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more Three in Touch versus Home Signal

Three in touch is an app so I'd need a google account to download it.

Home signal is a bit of hardware that I don't need a google account for.

Been mentioned on here before that the app is shonky whereas the box just has to relay packets.

I know which I'd use.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: Print article

'we still support print article'. You're suggesting that being able to print loads of pages of crap layout and adverts is comparable to a proper readable and printable view?

It was bad enough in the last redesign when the 'print' button at the top of the article got replaced by a twee icon somewhere down the left of the page. And now there's nothing. The only progress I can see is for advertisers, not readers. And without readers....

Some of us have a shit work network. Articles were readable by lining them up in printable view. The first might have finished loading by the time the last was queued up. But no more. It seems that I can spend ages scrolling around clicking next, next, next. Or move on. Not as if there's Lester to make us laugh, except for a few recipes.

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Setanta, ESPN couldn't make UK footie TV work. How will BT Sport?

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and motogp

Couldn't care less about football (except to hope BT lose lots of money on it). But now the B**T**** have got MotoGP too. Guess that leaves BBC with nothing. I don't care for crappy streams, I want to timeshift and fast forward and rewind just like I've been doing for years. Backward step to lose, lose all round. Yes, I'm a Luddite

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TomTom brandishes new strap-on in Amsterdam: The wristnav

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Where's the ANT+ ? All the bike HRM, speed, cadence sensors use it.

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What happened to the link to the Hardware site?

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Re: and the print option?

"It's still there! Under the comments button and above the Twitter/Facebook likes"

Blimey, so there is. Thanks! Wouldn't have found it in a million years.

So long as there's a print button there can be as many (or few!) pages as you like!

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Unhappy

and the print option?

There used to be a 'print' button to make it more 'work friendly' and save having to do the next page, next page thing every few paragraphs.

Not worth fighting through all the non article bits to read anything in hardware now and looks like the other sections are going the same way.

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Humax HDR-Fox T2 Freeview HD DVR

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FAIL

never again

Having the misfortune to have a Humax 9300 thingy, I'll never own any more of their kit. Ever. Unreliable pos - whole programs it doesn't bother to record, starts or ends missed (yeah, could be broadcasters fault but I don't care anymore), freezes (and yes firmware is up to date). Oh yes, the nice way it wipes your entire recording schedule without even a warning if you rescan the channels. And more.

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