* Posts by Badvok

408 posts • joined 27 Oct 2010

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Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

Badvok

Calm down dear, it's just a commercial!

A commercial for Snowden that is.

Given how easily GSM, UMTS, and LTE call encryption can and has been broken using fairly little computing power I'm surprised they even bothered trying to get the keys.

Why bother trying to steal someone's house keys when you can just jiggle the lock anyway?

(Euro cylinders seem to be the physical equivalent of mobile communication encryption.)

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

Badvok

Re: The BBC science coverage is useless ...

"I'm 100% sure Jesus did not ride a dinosaur."

You wanna bet? Water into wine, raising the dead, walking on water, surely time-travel would not be beyond such a being's ability.

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Linux kernel dev has gone well and truly corporate – report

Badvok
Meh

Re: Snowballing

I doubt I'll ever understand why an OS architecture with hardware drivers built into the kernel has become so popular.

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SCREW YOU, BRITS: We're going through with UK independence ANYWAY – Scotland

Badvok

"If the promises aren't kept the SNP would be completely justified in asking for a new referendum and I think they would win under those circumstances."

Given the current oil price and that it is not expected to ever reach the levels Salmond anticipated when working out whether Scotland could be economically independent, I doubt very much that another referendum would yield a different result. If anything it is more likely to swing further away from what the SNP want. England has always supported Scotland financially and probably always will.

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Hey Apple - what's the $178bn for? Are you down with OTT?

Badvok

Re: BBC Death

@SuccessCase: Not sure how you can expect people to take your comments seriously when you keep using OTT (Over-The-Top) when you obviously mean VoD (Video-on-demand), or perhaps you don't know the difference? Maybe your references to BBC is another TLA you got wrong, it would at least explain your POV.

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Virgin Media to splurge BEELLIONS on UK network infrastructure expansion

Badvok

Re: Hopefully they'll fix it...

"So that the bandwidth that I'm supposedly paying for actually is available"

It is, you are getting EXACTLY what you are paying for. If you want more bandwidth (I hate that term) you simply need to pay for it.

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Russian revolution: YotaPhone 2 double-screen JANUS MOBE

Badvok

Re: Wht's the point really ?

Well since Apple have already patented having both displays overlaying each other they must see some mileage in it (it being extended battery life), just a pity that rules out anyone else doing it 'the nice way' rather than the Yota-way.

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Ofcom can prise my telly spectrum from my COLD, DEAD... er, aerial

Badvok

Re: "Broadcast is efficient"

Wow, what an amazing negative response from readers of an IT focused site.

A few additional points that might be worth mentioning:

It is almost impossible to buy large screen monitors for living room use, so many people have a TV even if they don't use it for broadcast TV much. What we really need is actual viewing figures, hmm, I wonder if there is someone who does that?

The number of people actually watching broadcast TV live is only ever going to decline, it is old, done, on its way out whether you like it or not. Live events could be streamed more efficiently over CDNs and/or DSat.

Just as regulations were changed to allow a TV antenna to avoid planning regulations the same can be done for satellite dishes (and already has to a certain extent). DSat can also be used to provide high-bandwidth digital delivery of content to places where broadband connections are more difficult or constrained.

DTT and its extensive, expensive network of transmitters needs to fade away to leave room for more modern content delivery methods.

I recently had to consider whether to replace my broken PVR, it was a tough choice and the only thing that swung it was SWMBO and the quality of ITV Player. ITV programs are the only things we record these days because they are the only ones that are not available on a high-quality stream.

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Badvok

"Broadcast is efficient"

Yep, broadcast is efficient given one important caveat: that there is a large number of people who want to receive the same thing at the same time.

Also, DSat is a lot more efficient and provides greater coverage than DTT for a similar cost if new equipment is going to be required anyway.

So why not let DTT die, those few die hards who want to continue to be fed broadcast TV at scheduled times can use DSat and the rest of us can get better mobile connectivity.

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G.Fast sand-slinger says it's slung bits at 500 Mbps over 200 metres

Badvok
Coat

Usain Bolt carrying a DVD?

Isn't a DVD a bit old fashioned, perhaps a 1TB SSD/USB stick would be more appropriate?

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Not-spot-busting for the home: Eero thinks tiny mesh router's a winner

Badvok
FAIL

@Bassey

There is this novel (last 20 years or so) concept called 'web search', there are a number of players in the game but pretty much any one you pick will allow you to search for 'wi-fi roaming settings' along with the model of your laptop and I bet you'll find out how to sort out your problem.

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Enough is ENOUGH: It's time to flush Flash back to where it came from – Hell

Badvok

Use an ad/content blocker, don't ever install flash. It is also worth blocking 'regmedia.co.uk' with whatever blocker you use to avoid the annoyingly large, spurious, and often NGFW (Not Good For Work) images the register has taken to using,

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Apple CEO: Fandroids are BINNING Android in favour of IPHONES

Badvok
WTF?

"Roider stats"

What on earth are "Roider stats"? Something about how much your steroids have grown your muscles? Are you sure you are on the right web site?

P.S. If you want to know smartphone market share figures I think there is a very famous search engine you can use to look them up yourself.

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Badvok

"Where's the evidence they're coming from Android?"

There isn't any, Apple's market share hasn't increased, it has fallen.

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Badvok

"Samsung’s fall from grace"

Fall from grace? By this do you mean that Samsung have gone from 32% market share in 2013 down to 25% market share in 2014? Meanwhile Apple's share has also fallen a bit. Apple are still a long way behind Samsung with only 15% share, they certainly haven't gained any share from Samsung, other Android makers have.

The truth is that MOST PEOPLE still prefer non-Apple smartphones.

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'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

Badvok

@VinceH: "Her own uploads will be blocked, and content ID will no longer be available - she will no longer receive any earnings from existing uploads by others that are recognised as containing her music, and she won't be able to use it to identify such uploads."

Re-read that transcript, Content ID would still be available and she would still be able to use the anti-piracy tracking for free.

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Badvok

@Anon Coward: "Do try to read what is writ, @Badvok."

I did, you obviously didn't. See the bit about "content owner attached to the agreement" which can be changed (as mentioned in the transcript) and if it was changed then nothing would be blocked.

She is still entitled to issue take downs for any Copyright infringements, Google will not automatically pay her when someone uses her stuff, they'll just tell her that someone is doing so instead.

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Badvok

Yeah, totally evil that is, wanting to continue to pay an artist for their music even when someone else uses it in their upload. The only thing they are actually saying is that unless the artist signs up to the new service terms then they'll stop paying the artist when someone else uses their content in an upload.

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Badvok

Re: Should be easy enough to clear up

@joeW - did you actually bother to read the transcript? Obviously not. Keating has taken a lot of things as mandatory when that was not what was said. She's published a transcript that does as much or more damage to her case as it does to Google's - the only thing saving her is that most people like you probably will not bother actually reading it.

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Badvok

"is google now saying it owns all the material you post on youtube "

Nope, Google is saying that if you want to continue to monetize your content when others use it in their videos (as you currently can) then you need to sign the new agreement. Otherwise they are not going to pay you when other people put your stuff on YouTube, however you can still track the use of your content and issue a take down request if you want.

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Landlines: The tech that just won't die

Badvok

"Once you add that back in, you're back to or exceeded the broadband only cost."

At the moment VM 152Mb broadband only is 50p cheaper than broadband + phone. Personally, I think having an emergency phone line is worth the extra 50p, I just wish they'd be a bit more honest in their pricing (silly me, this is the UK broadband market after all).

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2015: The year of MAD TV science, but who can keep up?

Badvok
Devil

Re: Honestly, what's the point?

@John Sager

"You would need to be pretty much touching the screen with your nose to resolve detail at the pixel level."

You missed the point, the whole point of higher definition is so you DON'T see the pixels! You only want to see the superbly smooth and distinct curves they make - nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

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Acer Chromebook 13: The best Googletop on the market?

Badvok
Pirate

Re: One for dad

"I think Chrome OS (or tablets) should be compulsory for parents."

I know where you are coming from but I'd like to stick to my gaming rig and various servers, thanks.

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Google UK doubles London Kings X mega-office sprawl

Badvok
WTF?

"It looks as though Borgle ..." - Who's Borgle? You must have some really weird keyboard layout to get that as a typo.

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Got a 4King big TV? Ready to stream lots of awesome video? Yeah, about that…

Badvok

Re: @Loyal Commenter

"The full field of vision subtends about 130 degrees horizontally"

Nope, that's more like the vertical field of vision, horizontally (unless you have tunnel vision) it is > 180 degrees.

"This fills my functional field of vision"

Well maybe that's what you should have said before, but I don't generally keep my eyes static (who does?) so my functional field of vision = my full field of vision.

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Badvok
Unhappy

Re: @Loyal Commenter

Oooh, looks like you've got a friend who also didn't pick up on the 'field of vision' bit. Good job I didn't just consider horizontal field of vision, that would make the screen infinitely large and hence each pixel would be infinitely large and even harder not to notice.

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Badvok

@Loyal Commenter

"I work with a monitor that has 1080p resolution and fills most of my field of vision when looking at it."

You WHAAAAT? That screen must be either massive or your nose must be touching it, either way you must have really poor vision to only be able to make out a pixel if you squint. I think a trip to the opticians is in order for you (and get them to check you for tunnel vision first).

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Badvok
FAIL

Re: So broadcast is the way to go for 4k media?

"I won't be buying a 4K set until it's under 500 quid and I can watch BBC/ITV/C4 on it for free. I'm prepared to wait......."

Wait for what? They're in the shops now.

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Meru Networks ready to DECIMATE its workforce

Badvok

Re: Decimate

FYI On Decimate: http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2012/09/does-decimate-mean-destroy-one-tenth/

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It's 2015 and ATMs don't know when a daughterboard is breaking them

Badvok

Re: It's hard to feel sorry for the victims

You should care, like in 99% of business, it is you the consumer who actually pays the price, not the bank.

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FREE EBOOKS: Apple falls into line with EU refund laws

Badvok
Unhappy

"a lot of people can finish an ebook in two weeks"

Wow, what a sad indictment on modern society when it is seen as remarkable that someone is able to read a book in less than two weeks.

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The weirdly-synched life of the Google Nest household

Badvok

Re: Sigh....

"No if I've set it to spin at 14000 rpm, I want it to spin at 14000 rpm"

Well, here's a tip, if you really want to hack your machine to make it sound like a harrier jump jet taking off and then blow itself to bits don't buy/use the controller.

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Firms will have to report OWN diverted profits under 'Google Tax' law

Badvok

Re: Oh boo-hoo, Chas Roy-Chowdhury

@jonathanb: I think the Federal Reserve would have a teeny bit of an issue with Apple stashing away that amount of hard cash and keeping it out of circulation. Weird that your reference actually points to the amount of money they have stored in banks and other 'cash' investments rather than the hard cash you allude to.

You do know that when the bank says you have $100 in your account that doesn't actually mean there is a $100 bill stored away somewhere safely just for you, don't you? I guess not, so it may come as a shock when you find out that the bank doesn't even have that $100, it has lent it out to someone else!!!OMG!!!

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Badvok
FAIL

Re: Oh boo-hoo, Chas Roy-Chowdhury

"Except some of those companies (Apple I'm looking at you) are very well known for not paying dividends to their shareholders entirely to avoid paying the taxes involved."

And in your wonderful naive view of the world Apple has all that cash tucked away under a shed load of mattresses doing nothing, certainly not oiling the machinery that keeps our largely capitalist world a spinning.

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Badvok
FAIL

Re: Oh boo-hoo, Chas Roy-Chowdhury

"I have to pay tax on my income, why shouldn't they."

Because they don't get any income, they make a profit that is then distributed to share holders as income which IS taxed, just not in the same country that the profit was made in.

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Your data: Stolen through PIXELS

Badvok

Re: @badvok (without attaching [...] anything else)

@D@v3: Do you work for the Daily Fail? That sort of deliberate misquote is typical of their reporters, i.e. leaving out the "that may leave a footprint" bit.

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Badvok

@poopypants: You've missed the point, this isn't about snooping or hacking, this is about getting data out of a secure environment in an undetectable way, i.e. without attaching a USB stick or anything else that may leave a footprint.

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

Badvok

Re: Under the banner of digital, the middle class marches on.®

"getting over the absurd situation where Cbeebies is on till later at night"

So speaketh a non-parent!

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

Badvok

Re: Buying For The Sake Of It.

Or perhaps, Buying it cheap for the Sake of flogging it for a profit on ebay.

Note: other tat bazaars are available.

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Badvok

Re: America...

Goodbye EU, welcome to the good old U.S of A. They don't call us the 51st state for nothing.

Next we'll be joining the Independence day celebrations to celebrate the French kicking our British butts.

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

Badvok

Re: 64 bit browser

There are other advantages to 64-bit but the key point here is that 64-bit Chrome is still Beta level software so far as I'm aware. I wonder how many of the complainers are the same as the one sampled in the article, i.e. they are just too dumb to realise that the beta 64-bit software is not going to be as reliable as the old 32-bit version they are used to.

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You know where Apple Pay is getting used a LOT? Yes - McDonalds

Badvok

"Ownership of Apple products once indicated a top 5% IQ."

Nope, ownership of Apple products has never been any sort of indicator of IQ, it did indicate a number of other things though, and still does.

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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

Badvok

Re: Osgood and Missy are not entirely "dead"

"The death can always be fixed in a hamfitted [sic] manner, as per usual."

Or you know, they could use something totally off-the-wall for Dr. Who, like, I dunno, perhaps time-travel?

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

Badvok
Boffin

Plastic + Adhesive + Ceramic = Composite = Strength of Steel

When they start increasing the resolution of the printers and allowing the mixing of ceramics with adhesives and plastics then we can start worrying: see http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071004143114.htm

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The Great Smartphone Massacre: Android bloodbath gathers pace

Badvok

Re: Dear Sony.

Can't find a Nexus 5 to buy anywhere? Well you need to actually look and then you'll find it.

However, Google itself is apparently running down the stock since they've recently started selling their new handset - the Nexus 6 in case you haven't heard - just like the 5 replaced the 4.

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

Badvok

"In case you're unaware, the Nokia 5030 XpressRadio works fine without headphones or anything 'extended'..."

You must have done a lot of searching to find that one, it wasn't widely available even back when it was released. The manual also states: "You may need a compatible headset for better reception of radio signals."

You just can't fit a proper FM antenna inside something as small as a phone, here is a handy guide: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-an-FM-Antenna

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Badvok

"I'd be a lot happier with a builtin FM radio that worked without demanding I use wired headphones so it can use the cable as an aerial."

What do you suggest they use for an antenna instead then? Or do you want a phone with a fancy chrome extending antenna? Maybe one that automatically extends when you turn the radio on, like on cars from the 80s?

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

Badvok

Re: Only unlicked devices should ever be allowed....

"Devices should be free and unllocked [sic]"

Yep, if they were all free then there'd be no point locking them, it is only while the device is subsidised by or is still partly owned by the network that locking makes business and common sense.

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Badvok
WTF?

I'm a little confused, since when did Google mention a push towards the Soft SIM? I thought this was always just an Apple thing. Maybe internally Google might be interested in doing it but I don't think I've ever seen them openly advocate it as an option.

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

Badvok

Re: God this episode was crap

" If the creature stayed within the bounds of the moon then the centre of gravity would also stay within the moon."

So in your view, if you were to glue a metal ball bearing inside the surface of a beach ball then that beach ball wouldn't be unbalanced? You are right in that the centre of gravity is important, you just don't understand that if one part of an object is more dense than another it does move the centre of gravity and hence alter the gravitational effect. This is apparent on the earth where some parts of the crust are thicker or more dense and hence the acceleration due to gravity is different depending on where you are.

"Except the moon hadn't been putting on mass over time it had suddenly put on mass since the gravitational effect on earth was a rapid change rather than something people had had time to adapt to over millenia."

It was only a suggestion for one possibility, perhaps the moon had been accumulating the energy over its lifetime (4.5 billion years) and only started converting it to matter recently, or maybe the rate of matter generation had increased, or maybe it got the energy/matter from another dimension? My point is that only stupid people dismiss things as impossible without even considering any of the infinite number of possibilities.

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