* Posts by caffeine addict

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Celebrating 20 years of juicy Java. Just don’t mention Android

caffeine addict

Install screen

You know the install screen for Java on windows that tells you that it's used in everything from ICBMs to pet rocks?

Does anyone else remember when it used to state that Java was used in kettles and toasters? I *know* I saw it there, but no-one else seems to have any idea what the hell I'm talking about...

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It’s Adobe’s Creative Cloud TITSUP birthday. Ease the pain with its RGB-wrangling rivals

caffeine addict

To my eyes, PSP still looks like the best of the alsorans.

But what would people recommend as a RAW editor to make up for the obvious gap?

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18-wheeler ROBOT JUGGERNAUT hits Nevada's highways. Cower, fleshies!

caffeine addict

Re: Won't work in England.

But think of the fun you could have with a tin of white gloss.

"There was chaos today when unidentified miscreants rerouted the M25 into an endless loop"

Oh, wait... nevermind...

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Ransomware crims drop Bitcoin faster than Google axes services

caffeine addict

Re: Online works fine, if you've got a brain.

So, you never watch fullscreen video or play full screen games? Never leave your computer to go get a drink? Leave it locked to do admin tasks or virus scans overnight?

If I were writing any kind of software like that, it would only work while the keyboard and mouse were inactive, or the screen was blank. But that's just me thinking off the top of my head in a forum. I'm sure the bad guys haven't thought about such things...

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Motorola's 5-incher finds the G-spot: Moto G 4G budget Android smartie

caffeine addict

Re: Why do they have to keep embiggening the screen?

But not everyone DOES want a bigger screen. I bought the 1st gen MotoG because it was pretty much the only phone that would fit sideways in the back pocket of my jeans. The fact it was dirt cheap and free from operator crud was the perfect sweetener.

If they're making the new one bigger, I guess I'll be keeping to the 1st gen instead of upgrading. If I wanted a bigger phone, I'd have bought a bigger bloody phone.

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

caffeine addict

Re: Naughty, naughty

When did Google push Chrome through dubious methods? I'm not saying they haven't, BTW, just that I'm unaware of ever seeing it. Not like the myriad toolbars, extensions, and taskbar helpers that seem to be attached to every bit of software these days.

BTW, Safari hasn't existed on windows for a few years now...

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A MILLION Chrome users' data was sent to ONE dodgy IP address

caffeine addict

Re: Popular?

Because a PDF is the perfect way to embed an image into a Word document or turn into a psd...

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David Cameron's Passport number emailed to footy-head

caffeine addict

Re: defaults

More importantly, why is the IT department allowing unprotected excel files to be flung around the place? Shouldn't they either be blocking these sorts of files from leaving government networks, or insisting all excel sheets are password protected before being sent?

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I see you have the gTLD that goes .ping!

caffeine addict

So, they're allowing companies to register their own name, even if that's an unmodified English word AND it has a specific meaning inside their own branch of IT?

ICANN really are buggering the whole thing up in exchange for gold lined pockets, aren't they? And this is why a company should never have been allowed control of the system.

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Massive DDoS racks up $30,000-a-day Amazon bill for China activists

caffeine addict

If people use GreatFire because the government is blocking access to Google and Facebook, why can't the government block access to GreatFire? Surely Amazon doesn't have any more diverse a range of IP addresses than Google does, and I'm sure the Chinese government doesn't overly worry if other websites get blocked as a result. Blocking Amazon's entire IP range sounds easier than DDosing one site. And if they can DDos it, they can block it, surely?

What am I misunderstanding...?

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I BEG YOU, mighty Jobs, TAKE MY LIVER, Cook told Apple's dying co-founder

caffeine addict

You mean, apart from the bit where it mentions the fava beans and chianti...?

"Encouraged by a rare blood-type match, rather than a liking for fava beans and a nice Chianti, Cook reportedly popped round to see a very ill Jobs, who was bedridden with cancer and its side-effects, to offer him a piece of his organ for a life-saving transplant."

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Tastier Lollipops for chosen few as Google releases Android 5.1

caffeine addict

If you have a choice of an update or no updates ever when there are lots of web security holes, then its kind of forced on you.

If you're a low level user who assumes the device manufacturer knows what is best for you, it was forced on you.

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caffeine addict

But will it stop my 2012 Nexus7 from sucking so badly?

How they can force their own update on their own hardware and have it knacker it this badly is beyond me. I'm surprised we haven't seen an American class action story yet.

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East Timor was officially removed from the internet yesterday

caffeine addict

Is it still true that there's just one .GB website out there for some random army/defense website?

Would be nice if the registrations were opened back up again...

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caffeine addict

Re: UK/GB

Based on country codes, we are indeed GB (look on the back of cars in any southern port town). Presumably Northern Ireland should always have had a NI country code.

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Screwball ruble closes Apple's Russia store, whole kit and caboodle

caffeine addict

So, if gas & oil are at a low, doesn't that make it the perfect time for European countries to block all Russian gas imports for a while until they piss off out of the Urkraine?

A bit more lost gas revenue sounds like the perfect way to focus their attention.

Or start WWIII, I guess...

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HUMAN DNA 'will be FOUND ON MOON' – rockin' boffin Brian Cox

caffeine addict

Isn't there a treaty in place to keep the moon free from biological contamination?

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Would you blow $5.6m to own a dot-word? Meet a bloke who did just that

caffeine addict

Shame they haven't released .gb - it would have been nice to get our "proper" tld back up and running.

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Whisper tracks its users. So we tracked down its LA office. This is what happened next

caffeine addict

Re: It'll be interesting...

From their current love affair, I'd assumed they were owned by Buzzfeed...

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Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars

caffeine addict

For a few minutes I thought they'd gone and made a shootingbrake version of the f-type.

Only Jaguar would wait seven bloody years before launching an estate version. You're supposed to be pensioning this one off, not adding a new variant to the line.

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Cut-off North Sea island: Oh crap, ferry's been and gone. Need milk. SUMMON THE DRONE

caffeine addict

Re: They seem to have alot of grass

If it can jump over the moon, it can jump over that little stretch of water...

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The Pirate Bay opens mobile site

caffeine addict

Re: hmmm

Firefox on android is by far the least stable app on my phone or my Nexus7. The thing crashes if you open too many tabs (which, depending on its mood, can be 3), and seems to have decided that animated gifs are the work of the devil. Which they probably are, but entirely beside the point.

I only kept it because I hate the tabbing in Chrome, but it's annoyed me one too many times.

But, what am I missing? Why are we discussing Android web browsers in a thread about Pirate Bay?

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Google went behind our backs and really HURT US, squeal upset porn kingpins

caffeine addict
Joke

Re: Willy W*ankers Chocolate Factory

So, you're expecting Google to tap that? Got you.

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UK Xmas 2014: Go to shops a normal human, walk out a glasshole

caffeine addict

A few years ago (actually... more than just a few, thinking about it) I did work for the GSMA/3GSM mobile phone conference. Lots of lovely mobile friendly web pages to help people get around the venue.

The venue with no 2G/3G signal.

*sigh*

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IT'S ALIVE! ISEE-3 responding to commands

caffeine addict
Alien

Hang on... isn't it Voyager 6 that's supposed to come back...?

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Spotify boasts 10 million paying subscribers ... Um, is that all?

caffeine addict

Re: Happy to pay

Worse than the freetard is the insultingly-low-offer-tard...

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

caffeine addict

Re: WTF?

They never shit /and/ poo in the same water. They have standards you know. One lake for shit and another entirely separate one for poo...

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Australia targets software maintenance costs with Drupal plan

caffeine addict

Drupal? Really?

I've never seen a company move to Drupal and not regret it. Maybe it provides what you need if you're coming from a non-CMS environment, but whenever I've seen someone go from another CMS to Drupal, it's triggered more moaning than a switch to Lotus Notes would have done.

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Dorian Nakamoto gets $23,000 payout over Bitcoin invention saga

caffeine addict

Re: This is America Man...

You know, there's this thing called the Internet, where it's common for people to use names that aren't really their own.

If Bitcoin's creator had used the name "Barack Obama" would you have made the same assumptions?

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

caffeine addict

Re: If food is not "organic", it logically must be "inorganic"

And, of course, crude oil is organic...

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Puking! protester! forces! Yahoo! 'techie! scum!' to! ride! vile! bile! barf! bus! to! work!

caffeine addict

It's stuff like this that makes me wonder why Google hasn't bought up a huge chunk of land and created its own model town, like Foxxcon or the old Sunlight and Cadbury company towns.

Space to do what they want, and to play with their new toys in public without anyone complaining. It would be like Eureka but with less time travel. Hopefully.

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

caffeine addict

Re: Brings back memories

"I've got several thruppeny bits hanging around"

I'm fairly certain they traditionally come in pairs...

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MPs urge UK.gov to use 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies

caffeine addict

Re: In other news,

"What would you prefer, a big ON/OFF switch?"

Oo, Oo, Oo, I think I know this one!

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Malaysia Airlines mystery: Click here for the TRUTH

caffeine addict

Every day, this feels a little more like the beginning of an 80s Bond movie.

I'll give it a week before someone suggests a supervillain with an Airbus Beluga super transporter is plucking planes from the sky.

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NHS England DIDN'T tell households about GP medical data grab plan

caffeine addict

Since this opt-out is on a person by person basis, and the head of the household / first to the post doesn't have the right or ability to opt is or out for you, why wasn't this sent out as individually addressed letters to everyone with an NHS number?

Yeah, I know the answer. Still need to ask though...

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Battle of Bletchley Park: TNMOC chief calls for review of museums' Mexican standoff

caffeine addict

So, what unreasonable demands did TNMOC make regarding ticketing? Its the first time I've heard this accusation, and it seems really odd when everything else has implied it's BPT being hits.

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Unmanned, autonomous ROBOT TRUCK CONVOY 'drives though town'

caffeine addict

New terrorist plan...

* Stop trucks with innocent pedestrians

* Get someone to fit a quantity of explosive to the trucks

* Get your innocent pedestrians to move

* Let the trucks drive into the base

* ???

* Profit

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

caffeine addict

Re: Why?

Come to think of it, my old 1974 Austin Allegro had a 6 day battery life too...

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MYSTERY of Guardian mobos and graphics cards which 'held Snowden files'

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Trollface

But you can't be to blame if someone mails it to you...

So, it would be terrible if someone /outside the UK/ was to email a copy of the encrypted files to them. And cc-ed some random email addresses at the same time...

"Hi, GCHQ? Yes, we've got some copies of that file again. Oh, and would you like to go trash the mail servers at bbc.co.uk. thetimes.co.uk and bobsgerbilemporium.co.uk? I'm sure that will fix the problems..."

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They don't recognise us as HUMAN: Disability groups want CAPTCHAs killed

caffeine addict

Why listen to a group this clueless...?

Take a look at the ACCAN website - they've managed to hide their "Contact Us" in plain sight.

http://accan.org.au/index.php/about/contact

When you find it, they've obscured the email addresses for human visitors (badly, using the cunning trick of replacing @ signs with (at) ) but left the addresses machine readable in the source - so it's deliberately harder for humans than computers.

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O2 looses legal torpedo at Everything Everywhere 4G monopoly

caffeine addict

Re: Oh look...

Sod 3G. I'd be happy to have ANY signal from Orange.

I live in a decent sized village in Cambridgeshire (with it's own world famous hospital - you know the one) and none of the networks can provide reliable signal.

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Scrunched Street View spymobile spied in India

caffeine addict
Stop

The car does look a little small compared to the driver, but humans have an annoying habit of not being a standard size.

More importantly - where is the car supposed to have come from? The camera man is stood on a narrow ridge. Is the car supposed to have fallen off the ridge, or driven up the other side at high speed?

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Crime Map

caffeine addict

But does it count...

thefts of smart phones from people waving them around like idiots because they're looking at the world through their camera?

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Everything Everywhere rolls out the 4G astroturf

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WTF?

Here's an idea, "EE"...

...instead of using the 1800 spectrum for more pointless bollocks, how about using it to plug the holes in your coverage? Like the village I live in (near Cambridge) where there's a mast on either side of the village but magically sod all signal in the village itself.

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WIN an HTC One X with Reg Hardware

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"whinging its way"

It has Register commenting software preinstalled then, yes?

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Toyota teases next-gen Prius styling

caffeine addict

Well, they look a lot better than the old Prius (although it would be hard not to) but what's with the huge gaping grills? Surely a 'leccie car should have a smooth rounded front for good aerodynamics?

Doesn't the new Ford Focus petrol even mechanically close it's grill when it doesn't need the extra air under the bonnet...?

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Reg man the most-flamed recruiter in the UK?

caffeine addict

Oh, come on... if you're going to "IIRC" at least check your recollection. The first google result for "brown M&Ms" is a snopes pages confirming the Van Halen story.

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Prang finder site reveals accident blackspots

caffeine addict

I'll distract him, someone go find a shotgun...

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Meter Readings

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Designer styles bendy Samsung smartphone

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Happy

heh

Good job patents only last 20 years then... :)

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