* Posts by Paratrooping Parrot

145 posts • joined 26 Jan 2011

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Google DeepMind cyber-brain cracks tough AI challenge: Beating a top Go board-game player

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Re: Confused

Thank you. So it seems that the media decided to talk about Facebook which just updated an old paper today. So the whole media circus were gathering around Facebook, while Google had their paper published today that is so much superior. However, the media were talking about Facebook.

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Paris Hilton

Confused

I am a bit confused. The Internet news websites insist that it was Facebook who was doing the work, yet you have mentioned it was Google. So, who did the work?

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MariaDB hires new CEO with code daddy Monty in as CTO

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Coffee/keyboard

You got me worried for a moment! I thought you were talking about the Tory MP.

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Got a pricey gaming desktop from PC World for Xmas? Check the graphics specs

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Thumb Down

Re: Quality Vs quantity. PC Chimps.

This brings back memories... I had a PC Chips motherboard. Was livid to find out that it had fake cache. The next upgrade I did was to an Asus P5a. :)

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Watch out, er, 'oven cleaners': ICO plans nuisance call crackdown in 2016

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Mushroom

Made up Caller ID numbers

Will they be able to prosecute those who make up caller ID numbers? We had many calls from those who use incomplete phone numbers in the Caller ID. They all seem to be selling PPI or are ambulance chasers.

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Here – here is that 'hoverboard' you've wanted so much. Look at it. Look. at. it.

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Headmaster

For those who disabled Adobe Flash

Is it possible to give a link to the Youtube video so then we don't have to use Flash? Thanks

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British woman loses £1.6 million to romance scam love rats

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Mushroom

I know that some people will say "But she should have known that this was a scam!"

When someone who has not had love for a long time suddenly finds someone who claims to love them, then I guess they want it to be true. They are vulnerable and are not in the right state of mind to think properly.

Although what gets me is that she had two people who claimed to love her? They are nasty vile thugs who are preying on the vulnerable. They are in the same league as those who fleece the elderly for so called jobs needed in or around the house.

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Meet ARM1, grandfather of today's mobe, tablet CPUs – watch it crunch code live in a browser

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Re: If you wanted to learn about computing from the ground up

awww It would have been great to see the Z80 as I was using Z80 machines.

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Kids charity hit by server theft

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Coat

"The Register contacted Plus UK to enquire about its security practices. We have not received a response as of publication."

Maybe if you contacted Plan UK, you would have a better chance. ;-)

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Mobe-maker OnePlus 'fesses up to flouting USB-C spec

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Boffin

I have done experiments and have noticed that some cables barely draw in enough power to charge my mobile, while other cables have no problems in charging the mobile. These are all from the same Samsung charger that I got with my Galaxy S4.

It seems that cables are different.

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Yahoo! Mail! is! still! a! thing!, tries! blocking! Adblock! users!

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Unhappy

Re: Do people still use Yahoo?

I did somehow or other manage to get my address book hacked. They stole my address book and spammed everyone from a different account. I mentioned it to Yahoo via Twitter, and they just gave out the usual thing about changing passwords. I only log into Yahoo Mail through two devices. My laptop which is rather secure, and Android Yahoo App.

I have been using Yahoo Mail since about 1998. I don't want to leave now.

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TalkTalk offers customer £30.20 'final settlement' after crims nick £3,500

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If you listened to the News Quiz last week (or the week before), there was an interesting thing mentioned about the connection between Dido, her husband and David Cameron. It's on BBC iPlayer, Radio 4.

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Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive

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The spider spied her and she shrieked!

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Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

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I remember the first time I used Windows 3.1 after coming from a DOS background. I hated it! I couldn't use Program Manager properly. I abandoned it until I got a PC of my own which came with MSDOS 6.1 and Windows 3.11 for Workgroups.

Windows 95 which came out while I was at university was a much better system. All your programs were visible in one place unlike Program Manager where you had to double click each icon to check if the program was in there.

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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Is this how a gorilla takes a data dump in the woods?

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Adulterers antsy as 'entire' Ashley Madison databases leak online

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Re: True - but unlikely

I had the same problem with my yahoo email address book. They somehow managed to hack it. Luckily the "iphone user" sent me an email as well. So, I replied without that address to the recipients to warn them not to click.

I use the Android Yahoo Mail client. I changed the password.

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Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software

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Happy

2020 you say?

I think I will stay with Windows 7 on my laptop. I don't think it will last another 5 years. I had it for 3 years already. :) As long as it gets the updates for the next 5 years, I should be fine with this laptop.

By the way, there are so many spelling mistakes in the article that needs correcting.

"Windows 10 is coming in just over a week's time" I think it has come out already.

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Thinking of adding an SSD for SUPREME speed? Read this

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Reliability

How reliable are SSDs? Are they prone to failure fairly quickly? I have external Western Digital hard drives from about 6 years ago, and they are working fine.

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KILLER! Adobe Flash, Windows zero-day vulns leak from Hacking Team raid

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Black Helicopters

This has definitely opened up a huge can of worms. Now we see that private hacking companies are out there searching for vulnerabilities that they exploit without letting the software companies know. This is basically black hat stuff.

I am sure that if an individual made use of that kind of information for his own benefit, then the US authorities will extradite him and send him off to Guantanamo. If this is one company's information stash, imagine what kind of stuff the NSA and Mossad have with the amount of funding they receive. Imagine how many exploits they have access to. We have seen what has been leaked by Snowden.

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UK TV is getting worse as younglings shun the BBC et al, says Ofcom

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Clangers

I have been watching every episode. :-) ITV has been producing dross for ages! They used to have some decent stuff ages ago. Although they have gone downhill.

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Pisspoor EE customer service earns it a cool £1 MILLION Ofcom fine

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Boffin

A new idea for fines

Instead of fining the company for say £1 million, how about saying that board of directors' pay must be cut by 25%. Plus, the board of directors cannot quit the company until they have sorted out the problems. Then once the issues have been fixed and there are no problems for a year, then it can be reinstated. This way, the company will really try to sort out issues, and hopefully the customers don't lose out.

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Google DOG WHISTLING fails to send URLs across the room

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Boffin

How about Morse code?

I remember years ago, there was a program in Windows that would listen to Morse code and write it on the screen. I then set up an Amstrad CPC 6128 to transmit Morse Code. We could send messages from the Amstrad to the PC using Morse code. :) It was brilliant!

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Facebook does fling COOKIES around, but privacy is assured

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Paris Hilton

Would Ghostery help protect one from this?

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Firefox hits prime time as version 37 manifests

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Happy

Re: Bookmarks.

For drop down menu, just press the ALT key on the keyboard. This is on Windows. I don't know about other versions.

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Audi TT: It's NOT a hairdresser-mobile, the dash is too flash

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Stop

MMX? Surely that's an Intel trademark isn't it? Also, I really wonder with all this computer technology on the dash, what are the odds that it will crash, or there will be a lag and so the speedometer doesn't tell you the correct speed.

Also, I have a feeling that people will be concentrating on the dashboard rather than on the road ahead. The whole idea of a dashboard is that it is there for information only. It should be there for the driver to glance at, not gawk at.

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Spotty Ceres baffles boffins with bright patches

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Joke

You do know that this is actually a Death Star? What they have found is the entrance to it. Go in, and you will see all sorts of activity happening in there.

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Panicked teen hanged himself after receiving ransomware scam email

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WTF?

This is what really infuriates me about the police and other law enforcement people. Unless someone is famous or rich, they will not bother checking to see who is causing all these scams. Many people who are uneducated about computers are being scammed and embarrassed and the only reply from the police is: "Sorry folks, no can do." Whereas if it was a high ranking politician who had been scammed, the FBI is used in the United States.

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Thunderstrike shocks OS X with firmware bootkit

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Scary

What are the odds that the NSA and others like it have been doing something similar? How many more exploits that haven't been exposed are being used against us?

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Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

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Terminator

Re: Marvin - Remember it's film version, not the book, radio or TV version

I was going to vote for Marvin thinking of the TV series, then I realised that it was the film version being talked about. I hated the film. So, I voted for Johnny 5.

What about DARYL? Data Analysing Robot Youth Lifeform.

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At last! Now you can STIFLE dull chums you can't really unfriend on Facebook

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Paris Hilton

They had unfollow for years. Basically use that and you don't see anything they post. Very useful for some people I know.

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UPGRADE your CHILDREN with KANO: All you need in one box

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Re: Tablets

Have you tried typing on a tablet?

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Sapphire glass maker's woes caused by Apple relationship 'breakdown'

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The facilities

I have a feeling that Apple may buy it on the cheap.

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Windows 10's 'built-in keylogger'? Ha ha, says Microsoft – no, it just monitors your typing

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Playing Devil's advocate

I have a feeling that they will probably turn round and say "Well, it is a free technical preview and we want to check everything". I have a feeling that most people would have downloaded it because they saw it as a Free version of Windows.

Still, as Khaptain said, maybe log details of the ALT, ALTGR keys and similar. This is asking for trouble. We need to let everyone know about it.

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You dirty RAT! Hong Kong protesters infected by iOS, Android spyware

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I suppose that for Android, you should only accept apps from certain places and not anywhere. Although what really annoys me is the number of applications that need a whole load of permissions where there is absolutely no need.

I mean, the permission list on Facebook's Messenger makes it too dangerous to trust. :(

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Coat

Maybe there's a new market in there

The new iTrousers. Special trousers to put your iPhone6 Plus in.

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Bargain basement iPhone shoppers BEWARE! eBay exposes users to phishing vuln

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No incentive to close phishing

With eBay, it's all about profit. They will just blame the consumer for falling for phishing attacks.

I remember once telling Lloyds that I have received a text message that was claiming to be from Lloyds. I don't bank with them. They just said "ignore it". There seems to be no incentive for big companies to do anything about them. The "crime fighting" authorities don't want to investigate because there is no incentive for them to, unlike the way they do everything to fight piracy.

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Joan Rivers promotes iPhone 6 from BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Does that mean that Apple have access to Joan River's Facebook account?

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

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Facepalm

It could have been worse

Imagine queueing for so long and then as soon as you are about to pay for the iPhone, you realise that you left your card/money at home. :p

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We told you jailbreaking your iThing was dangerous

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Re: Hilarious

As an Android user, I have accidentally tapped on ads with my finger. However, what I have done is to make the phone ask me which browser it should use to activate the ad. So, I can get a second chance and click cancel. :)

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DAYS from end of life as we know it: Boffins tell of solar storm near-miss

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Paris Hilton

Probably a stupid question

Would a CME affect electrical systems if they were switched off during the event?

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Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?

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Happy

Re: Yup, that's why I won't use apps.

Thank you for that. I was getting really annoyed at the Play Store applications. I never heard of F-Droid before.

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Paratrooping Parrot

For Facebook, I just use the mobile website. So much safer than giving all sorts of permissions.

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Five arrested over money-grubbing fake UK.gov shocker

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I have seen how most people use the Internet. They just go to Google and type in what they want. They then click on the first link. Most of the ordinary folk don't seem to understand website addresses. People have bought computers, but they were not taught how to use it properly. That's the cause of most of the problems.

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Google spaffs $50 MILLION on 'get girls coding' campaign

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I have worked in the Middle East where there is none of the Western stereotype that programming is for men. I have seen women who can repair computers and write programs in Java, C# and C++. They have written decent applications as well. So, the idea that women cannot program computers is just a "Western" fallacy.

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Space station 'nauts will use URINE-FUELLED ESPRESSO MACHINE

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Re: Infinite Improbability Drive?

You do realise that you will render the ship useless as it's processing tea!

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Yes. Facebook will KNOW you've been browsing for smut

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Happy

I wonder what's UKIP stance on this

So, UKIP wants the UK to be out of the European Union who have been trying to do a lot to protect human rights from abuse by governments and companies. I wonder what is their position on this.

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DOCX disaster recovery: How I rescued my wife from XM-HELL

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Paris Hilton

I am still on Word 2003, because I hate the ribbon thingy. Does that have the same problem when using Doc format?

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Pirate Party runs aground in European Parliamentary elections

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It's also because of the airtime given to the xenophobic right wing parties in the press. Look at how much free publicity You kip got from the BBC.

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