* Posts by Trainee grumpy old ****

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Assange™'s emotional plea for asylum in France rejected

Trainee grumpy old ****

Re: Ironic..

That's ironic as ** the lack of ** a French Letter was what got him into this mess - allegedly...

FTFY

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Facebook fiddles with News Feed algo. Brace yourself for CONTENTGEDDON

Trainee grumpy old ****
Flame

she / he did/said <insert random> and then his/her response will <insert more crap>

If there is one software patent I would welcome it will be a way of getting rid of all clickbait (not just from the free content ad network)

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Microsoft points at Skype, Lync: You two, in my office – right now

Trainee grumpy old ****

> My main gripe with Lync is it lets useless bastards across the globe know I'm at my desk

1. Assign those of your contacts that you trust to "Workgroup" and check the settings for the permissions on notifications from members of Workgroup.

2 Status = Do not disturb.

3. Get stuff done.

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Just LOOK at this filthy Imation linen, screeches furious Clinton Group

Trainee grumpy old ****

Clinton?

Past POTUS or greeting card company?

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Silence is golden: Charlie Chaplin's The Tramp is 100 today

Trainee grumpy old ****

Re: The greatest speech ever made.

"This video is unavailable" - but if you meant the one from The Great Dictator (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dX25PDBb708) I couldn't agree more. Should be mandatory viewing for all who would rule.

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Do androids dream of herding electric sheep?

Trainee grumpy old ****
Facepalm

Re: I have to say a big thumbs up for............

Of course! Have a rec.

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Trainee grumpy old ****
Boffin

Re: I have to say a big thumbs up for............

> ...........the Phillip K Dick reference.

um isn't "gripping hand" => Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle?

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UK.gov: We want Britannia's mobe-enabled cars to rule the roads

Trainee grumpy old ****

"Their numbers allowed for the fact that jobs such as delivery drivers would disappear."

Thinking of your about town courier/delivery: OK self driving delivery vehicles = no driver. But you will still need someone to get (usually) the right boxes out of the back and hand them over at the appropriate addresses.

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Met Police in egg/face blunder as shop-a-crim site's SSL cert expires

Trainee grumpy old ****
Big Brother

The Register contacted the Metropolitan Police for comment but none was forthcoming.

Don't worry, they'll probably break down your door at 5 a.m. and arrest you for "hacking".

Some years ago this comment wouldn't have come to mind or, if it did, I would have used the joke icon; but now this one will have to do until we get a Kafka one.

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

Trainee grumpy old ****
WTF?

So WWJD?

Given the examples provided in the Bible, do you truly believe that Jesus would refuse to have anything to do with a person who was <insert orientation here>? If He wouldn't, what gives you an opt out based on your belief in him?

(not a follower of any "major faith")

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Belgium to the rescue as UK consumers freeze after BST blunder

Trainee grumpy old ****

>> What's the difficulty? Printed timetables could just include a note to the effect that, "services will run an hour before the printed time between April and October, whilst on-line and electronic timetables could adjust automatically.

So if I want to get the 14:22, to <wherever> which train do I catch?

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Assange™ lawyers demand Swedish prosecution files or no London interview

Trainee grumpy old ****

>The issue is that even if they come, Assange could refuse to answer and could refuse to meet with them. So while the investigators are there. Its pretty much a wasted trip.

If he refused to meet them, then hopefully the prosecution could use that to make a case for waiving the statute of limitations? The fact that he makes a new demand everytime he gets a concession should be going into the building of a case....

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That's a big 4Ker of a cosmos: 3D planetarium to open in Bristol

Trainee grumpy old ****
Black Helicopters

RE: “Software Defined Programmable City”

>> see what happens to it when it makes contact with St Paul's. And Southmead. And Hartcliffe

Whoever came up with the name may subconciously wish to configure certain areas out of the city?

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SCARESTEROID of the week to miss Earth on Friday

Trainee grumpy old ****
Trollface

The Express?

If they haven't made any connection between this asteroid and Diana then it can't be an important story.

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Layla enjoys a Sanskrit makeover: Clapton set to become one of several Gods

Trainee grumpy old ****

Some of his other tracks on Sound Cloud are worth a listen too

I quite like his version of Don't Fear the Reaper - https://soundcloud.com/krishashok/mrityum-ma

No idea if the lyrics are true to the original.

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BBC websites GO TITSUP – Auntie blames 'internal system failure'

Trainee grumpy old ****
Trollface

Wonder if anyone will come up with

"This just goes to show why we need more Digital!"

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Boffins probe mystery of ANTARCTIC BLOOD GLACIER

Trainee grumpy old ****
Joke

Boffins

Boffins in the title but Scientists in the article? Is this pandering to new readers' complaints? Nothing but the finest boffins for us regular readers please!

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Reckon YOU can write better headlines than us? Great – apply within

Trainee grumpy old ****
WTF?

>> Millions follow our world-beating coverage of ray guns, atom smashers, killer robots, selected celebrities, zeppelins, space oddities, and garden-shed engineering breakthroughs, besides our daily reports on the professional IT world.

How could you forget the post-pub nosh?!

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Watch: China has made an internet censorship THEME SONG

Trainee grumpy old ****
Big Brother

Screen behind the chorus

Are those the lyrics that are being projected onto the screen at the back of the stage?

Is the audience expected to sing along or is it just to reinforce the message?

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Anthem, America's second biggest health insurer, HACKED: Millions hit by breach

Trainee grumpy old ****
Meh

Re: Love it...

>> What happens to the poor schmucks after 12 months...

Well, by then some other mega-corp will have been "hacked" and will be paying for 12 months of identity theft monitoring. Rinse and repeat.

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Hey kids! If you vote Facebook will give you EXTRA LIKES*

Trainee grumpy old ****
Boffin

> It's a pity single transferable vote didn't get through.

The reason STV didn't get through was both Labour and the Conservatives pitched it as something the Lib Dems wanted and therefore it must be opposed. The referendum happened at about the height of the "bash the Yellows" phase of this parliament. If the next parliament is even more hung than the current one, then I suspect both parties may soon regret not having STV.

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Lost SPACECRAFT believed FOUND ON COMET

Trainee grumpy old ****
Joke

>> Yeah, but how do you pronounce it?

Papua New Guinea?

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Thailand: 'The nail that sticks up gets hammered down'

Trainee grumpy old ****
Thumb Down

Re: It is

>> PS. Icon - the only thing that kill a vindaloo...

Only because you've never encountered a real vindaloo.

The vindaloo comes from the Portuguese colonies in India, primarily Goa, and is a fusion of Portuguese and Indian cuisines. It is more sour, due to the vinegar used, than hot, due to any chillies. Additionally a "proper" vindaloo is made with pork - something you are quite unlikely to find in most "Indian" restaurants in Britain.

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SPACE the FINAL FRONTIER: These are the images of COMET PROBE ROSETTA

Trainee grumpy old ****
Mushroom

Re: Ok, so I'm sold on location

You can build a snowman but, seeing as everything is "Egyptian", don't be too surprised if some killjoy issues a fatwa against it.

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#CASHTAGS are a thing: you can now bank on Twitter

Trainee grumpy old ****
Unhappy

Re: publicly visible?

"banking on Facebook" => For extra shivers - imaging it posting to your timeline.

"<your name> paid ¤nnn to <payee>"

"<your name> received ¤nnn from <payer>"

"<your name> is overdrawn"

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Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all

Trainee grumpy old ****

Agile as practised in certain large corporates:

http://www.halfarsedagilemanifesto.org

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It's nearly 2015 – and your Windows PC can still be owned by a Visual Basic script

Trainee grumpy old ****

Re: gra'ma

Authenticity fail - insufficient use of "like".

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Go festive this year with Christmas carols, baby Jesus and CLITORAL STIMULATORS

Trainee grumpy old ****

My present budget for this year will go to the company who avoids playing moronic xmas music over their tannoy.

A very good filter - probably excludes 99.999% of all tat (and even non-tat) purveyors.

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All aboard the Poo Bus! Ding ding, route Number Two departing

Trainee grumpy old ****
Boffin

Calculations seem a bit off.

If 80 people are carried every day then over 365 days that is 80*365 = 29,200 passengers per year.

Over this time the bus is fuelled by 500 people that means each person shitting propels 29,200/500 = 58.4 passengers.

Even if the bus only carries a quarter of its capacity (20*365 = 7,300) that's still 7,300 / 500 = 14.6 passengers per shitter.

A bit more efficient than 4 shitters per passenger!

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

Trainee grumpy old ****
WTF?

Re: Tripadvisor.

>> Tripadvisor should flag up hotels with policies like this really clearly,

And how are Tripadvisor going to know that they have such a policy?

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NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!

Trainee grumpy old ****

I would love to see

an Android phone with a camera like the one on the 1020. I'll just keep hoping that it happens sometime.

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Mastercard and Visa to ERADICATE password authentication

Trainee grumpy old ****
Trollface

Re: So how secure are 'biometrics'?

>> particularly unusable since it prevents me from using a password manager by asking for random characters from my password.

Get a better password manager? One that lets you select specific characters / substrings from your password.

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'Scope boffins get INSIDE URANUS after snapping mystery spots

Trainee grumpy old ****
Trollface

You missed one!

Am I the only one who, on reading the title, expected the word "Goatse" to appear in the article?

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Virgin Media CUTS OFF weekend 'net surfers after embarrassing smut-filtering snafu

Trainee grumpy old ****
Childcatcher

Re: So, (from down here in the antipodes)

It means the major ISPs have agreed(*) to provide an option to filter "unsuitable" content (because - see icon). Some weeks I ago I had checked my own account settings I was very surprised to see that the default setting there was opt-out.

As one would expect the definition of "unsuitable" is suitably vague (at least whatever definitions I've seen have left me with more questions than answers).

I must admit that Virgin is my ISP. In my defence may I point out that my router's DNS settings point elsewhere and I appear to have been completely missed by this outage, reading about it on El Reg is the first I've known about it.

(*) for "agreed" read - "bullied by the, pure as driven snow, tabloid press".

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#VultureTRENDING: It's Pimpr, the latest sharing economy super app

Trainee grumpy old ****
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Warming up for April?

Roll on 01/04 (or 04/01 for the left-pondians)

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Ex-NSA lawyer warns Google, Apple: IMPENETRABLE RIM ruined BlackBerry

Trainee grumpy old ****

Re: Toe the line...

One I've seen a bit too often recently - "full proof" (as in "I want this UI to be full proof").

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COMET 67P is basically TRAILING a HORRIFIC STENCH through space

Trainee grumpy old ****
Joke

Lapse in El-Reg editing standards?

But scientists are intrigued by the mix of stuff coming off the comet.

Wot no boffins?

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Apple 'Genius': iPhone 6? We've had NO COMPLAINTS about our BENDY iThing

Trainee grumpy old ****

Re: So what's the actual problem?

I'll put my hand up to carrying my Galaxy Note(*) in the back pocket of my jeans(**) and occasionally sitting on it. No ill effect.

*: the original one, still going strong on Cyanogen Mod

**: Not particular skinny.

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Man's future in space ... Barack Obama: Mars. Narendra Modi: Mars. Vladimir Putin: Er, Moon

Trainee grumpy old ****
Boffin

Re: How do you say, "awesome fucking moonbase" in Russian?

"удивительным чертовски луна-база", по-видимому. (Google является вашим другом)

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MOM: CHEAP Mars ship got it right first time. Nice one, India

Trainee grumpy old ****
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Priorities

Priorities 1: India spends roughly 45 million (in Sterling) sending a satellite to Mars and hopefully inspiring a future generation of scientists. In the mean time we will be spending upwards of 30-40 BILLION to get from London to Brum a few minutes quicker. How many kids will HS2 inspire?

Priorities 2: It costs more to get some footballers to pledge temporary allegiance to a team!

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Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights

Trainee grumpy old ****
Unhappy

Re: Targeted

>> But be proud that throughout it all the British response was to ignore the cowards for what they are/were > spineless gits.

And now, possibly to return the balance to the mean, we have gone in the absolutely opposite direction. Peaceful, normal day to day activities get the "OMFG T3rr0ist!!!!!!!" treatment.

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

Trainee grumpy old ****

Re: SanFrancisco

>> and the ROMs didn't affect the warrany?

Response 1: Warranty? After 4 years? Good luck trying to get any phone manufacturer to fix anything under warranty after so long - even if the phone had been kept in pristine condition.

Response 2: The San Francisco was both relatively cheap and about as close to un-brickable as is possible that there were plenty who were able to take the risk of flashing it over and over again.

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Reg bloke zips through an iPHONE 6 queue from ZERO to 60 SECONDS

Trainee grumpy old ****
Trollface

Re: very insightful observation, Ali.

>> He must be married.

If he was married (or in a relationship) he would have known the correct answer: They got their husbands / partners to queue and get it for them.

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The Apple Watch and CROTCH RUBBING. How are they related?

Trainee grumpy old ****
Meh

At least on the bright side

Apple giving away an album is probably the first world problem to end all first world problems. You wouldn't know it for all wailing and gnashing though.

(Neither a U2 fan nor a fanboi)

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Google swallows SMARTSPOON manufacturer Lift Labs

Trainee grumpy old ****

Spoons?

Can we expect to see Google in Private Eye's "Me & My Spoons" column soon?

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Oi, you don't work here, MR ANYTHING BUT incisive – get your grubby mitts off our commentards

Trainee grumpy old ****
Pint

"Friday afternoon desk beer"

Work-life balance etc: don't take your work to the pub!

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NATO nations 'will respond to a Cyber attack on one as though it were on all'

Trainee grumpy old ****
Mushroom

Cardiff?

>> a NATO summit in and around Cardiff, Wales later this week

It is in Newport. Many South Walians get a little touchy about their neck of the woods being identified as the 'diff.

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

Trainee grumpy old ****

Re: Passpattern

Works so long as you don't need to use a foreign keyboard, say, when on holiday.

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Experimental hypersonic SUPERMISSILE destroyed 4 SECONDS after US launched it

Trainee grumpy old ****
Mushroom

Re: Why?

Roger Waters says it best:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rekuWIKr55A

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Not really very live at all from London - It's the Vulture News videocast

Trainee grumpy old ****
Trollface

Re: boss wasn't watching, with a potato

Does the presence of a potato make a difference to the boss watching or not watching?

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