* Posts by badger31

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Rooting your Android phone? Google’s rumbled you again

badger31

Whew!

I thought for a moment this would be something to care about.

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Learn you Func Prog on five minute quick!

badger31

Late to the party, but ...

I've recently discovered Groovy. OO and Functional. Oh, and scripting. I learned a lot of Haskell at Uni and the beauty of it was staggering. Its type system sublime. Groovy is a great way to add functional (and tonnes of other great) stuff to Java code. I won't harp on about it here, but it's well worth a look.

Great article, BTW.

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Microsoft rolls out first 'major update' to Windows 10

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Re: These Days...

@HamsterNet

That's a bit like saying 'try driving your manual-shift car without using the gear stick' when someone says manuals are better to drive than automatics.

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Exam board in 'send all' fail: Hands up who knows what the BCC button is for?

badger31

I can one-up this.

I used to do freelance IT work for an SMB. A manager decided it would be a good idea to to send a charity fund raiser email to their customers (without consulting the boss). The manager did this using the company customer management system. The CMS integrated with Outlook to send the bulk email (1000s of recipients) by putting all the email addresses into the 'to' field. This caused all kinds of trouble.

First of all, the 'to' field was overloaded, so the email was malformed and should have been rejected by 1: The CMS, 2: Outlook, 3: Exchange server, 4: inbound mail servers. The exchange server got stuck in a loop constantly trying to resend a malformed email, with many of the recipients receiving the email multiple times, along with a list of everyone else's email address. Many of the email addresses were out of use or had some kind of automated response, causing a deluge of incoming mail (along side all the customer complaints and malformed email responses). That message was ridiculously hard to exorcise from the Exchange sever - it just would give up.

When the dust settled, there was much groveling to do. This was a data security company, so they lost quite a lot of custom because of this. Needless to say, said manager was out the door shortly after.

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Sennheiser announces €50,000 headphones (we checked, no typos)

badger31

Unless the power indictor is a blindingly bright blue LED

I ain't interested.

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Music lovers move to block Phil Collins' rebirth

badger31

there's just an empty space

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Linus Torvalds fires off angry 'compiler-masturbation' rant

badger31

When you're right, you're right.

But you don't need to be such a dick about it.

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Chaos at TalkTalk: Data was 'secure', not all encrypted, we took site down, were DDoSed

badger31

Woop! There it is.

The ransom demand has just been issued. Your move TalkTalk, although I don't see what good paying up will do.

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Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

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What study?

@anon

There was no study mentioned in the article. Just putting processed meat on a list of probable carcinogens is fairly meaningless. Oxygen should be on that list, and that's only marginally more important than bacon. To suggest that bacon is equally as bad for you as tobacco smoke or asbestos is disingenuous, to say the least. I'm actually surprised they didn't spout some percentage of a percentage to boost the bullshit. E.g. "Bacon makes you 10x more likely to get bowel cancer (0.0001% to 0.001%)*

* All these figures are made up. I've no idea what the real statistics are, and I'm guessing neither do the Daily Mail.

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Support scammers target Mac fanbois

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Not had a Mac call yet

but the Windows ones are fun.

Them - Hi, I'm from Microsoft, and we have detected a problem with your Windows computer ...

Me - I don't have a Windows computer (lie)

Then - Oh. But we have detected an infection on your computer. If you click on the start menu ...

Me. I don't have a start menu. I don't have a Windows computer.

Them - Oh. But we have received reports of your IP address being used ...

Me - Really? What IP address is that, then?

Them - Erm.

Me - Goodbye.

The Mac ones would be even more fun. What's my name? What's my Apple ID? Which version of OSX am I running? Etc. I guess I'm not their target.

I could just sit here feeling smug, but I know people who have fallen for these scare tactics and it makes me mad.

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No VAT on Bitcoin, rules ECJ, but capital gains still apply

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Spork

This seems to accept bitcoin as a commodity/currency rather than an product/service.

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Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back

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Re: Stupid move

I don't usually go in for thew whole FTFY, but, this being the thread of 'fuck', fuck it.

"In the recent Windows update, this option was checked as default; this DID NOT GO UNNOTICED and we are removing the check."

<dream>As a penance, they should be forced to open-source DirectX</dream>

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Top boffin Freeman Dyson on climate change, interstellar travel, fusion, and more

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Joke

Re: Bob Forward? Try Larry Niven

@ Mystic Megabyte

Let's worry about that when we get there.

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Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her

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Re: Sad...

@ Lush At The Bar

Spot on. That's the true bullshit right there. Anyone with my (or any) phone number, or one just randomly picked, can post shit and there's fuck all that can be done about it. Can she really not see the possibility for abuse here? The lawyers must be creaming themselves right now. The company and its peeple [geddit?] will hide behind the "we're just the medium" and "we have no control" lines.

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Smuggle mischievous JavaScript into WinRAR archives? Sure, why not

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+1 for 7-zip

It's on my list of windows essential programs (Chrome, Firefox, VLC, Programmers Notepad, etc.).

Plus, on the rare occasions when I have downloaded an executable file, I always ask 7-zip to take a look inside, even if I trust the source, even if I don't think it's an SXF, because just in case, you know.

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iOS 9 security blooper lets you BYPASS PINs, eye up photos, contacts

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Re: Shameful

I have to admit that this is where Apple's model comes in to its own. How many devices can run iOS 9, and therefor need testing, compared to Android? Google can't test them all, so it's down to the manufacturers - they get android for free, after all. The flip side of that is that there's no dodging the blame here by Apple.

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iOS 9 update set to bork 'hundreds of thousands of EU businesses'

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Re: On the cheap or do I mean expensive?

Most definitely cheap. The non-bluetooth device is free, most people will already have a smartphone it can use (not just iphone), and there is no contract, monthly fee or minimum payment. If you don't use it, it costs nothing. They just take at most 2.7% of whatever you put through it (the % goes down for large amounts. I forget the limits as they are irrelevant to me. My wife uses one at craft fairs and the like. It's perfect for that sort of thing. If I was WorldPay, I'd be shitting a brick.

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Three VoLTEs to victory as it jumps into UK 4G voice offering

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Re: Pain point

Be careful with the grandfather plans. Both my wife and I were on 'The One' plans. I got booted off when I didn't continue paying extra for the phone. My wife was on a pay monthly sim-only One plan (paying ~£15pm IIRC) when she received a letter informing her the One plan was no more and she was automatically being moved onto an equivalent plan costing ~£35pm. We weren't happy with that, so now she's paying the same, but getting only 1GB of data per month, which we are obviously not happy about, either. We wanted to quit on principal, but the bastards arestill the best value for our needs.

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badger31

Pain point

“Not being able to use your phone as and when you want, no matter where you are, is one of the biggest pain points for customers,"

As a Three customer I would say that paying more and losing unlimited tethering in return for the 'free' upgrade to 4G has been the biggest pain point for me.

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Promise of ‘higher profits’ sees US targeted by Android PIN-locking ransomware

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Someone who really REALLY wishes they backed up whatever data is worth >$500 to them.

Targets:

1: Keeps valuable data on phone

2: ... not backed up

3: Installs software from dodgy stores

Talk about limiting your market.

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Sign of the telly times: HDR shines, UHD Blu-ray slides at IFA

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Re: UHD Blu-ray is already sunk

It's all about manufacturing. I'm guessing Blu-Ray discs are still pressed, like CDs. Unless SD compatible chips can be manufactured with the video data on them, with DRM, they'd have to load each card up, either individually or in batches, and I just can't see that being viable.

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Wileyfox Swift: Brit startup budget 'droid is the mutt's nuts

badger31

Re: Absolutely brilliant, except the screen size

+1

The Z3 Compact is a great wee phone. It's entirely possible to build a top-spec phone in a pocket-sized form factor.

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Mad Max: High-octane dystopian desert demolition derby

badger31

n00bs?

"never mind those console n00bs, my Overclockers Infinity Vesuvius 4K rig ..."

If you bought your gaming rig, then you are just a more affluent n00b. Building it yourself is the best bit about owning a gaming PC.

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Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

badger31

Re: Why should they ban them?

@AC - What a bell-end of a comment. Vaporising is one of the most effective ways of getting smokers off cigarettes there has ever been. They remove ~99% of the harmful stuff, leaving only the practically harmless nicotine (less harmful than the related chemical caffeine). I have many friends who were unhealthy smokers who are now much healthier vapers. I've been in confined spaces with them and smelt nothing at all because there's nothing to smell. In a modern free society we should be able to as we choose, so long we aren't harming anyone. People inhaling nicotine vapours are not harming anyone, not even themselves compared to smoking cigarettes. If you are personally offended by then, you can personally piss off.

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Conference Wi-Fi biz fined $750k for jamming personal hotspots

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We have always acted in good faith

What utter bollocks. Just because something is available "out-of-the-box" doesn't automatically make it right to use it.

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Global drug-dealing cyber crime web was centred on ... Aberdovey

badger31

I feel much safer with this crime king pin behind bars.

All these years, and still no sarcasm icon. Seriously?

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White House forced to wade into Oracle vs Google Java bickerfest

badger31

This IS about copyright, not patents. I boils down to the fact that software is covered by copyright, so the question is are APIs software? I've always believed that ideas are not copyrightable, but implementations are. APIs are slap-bang in the middle, straddling both sides. I guess you could say that they define the idea and are the first step towards implementation. We all know that enforcing copyright on APIs is a bad idea, but as someone who has written APIs I understand why they are covered by current copyright laws. It's the law that needs to be brought up to date.

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Hey! Want a FREE TOASTER that makes BITCOIN? What? You DO?

badger31
Joke

If the asics have no heat sink ...

Just run 'em for making the toast. It's a win-win!

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Apple MacBook 2015: Twelve inches of slim and shiny fanboi joy

badger31

I agree. MagSafe is a work of genius - why get rid of it? Seems like a backward step to me. I love my 5yo MBP but it's definitely showing it's age, despite the upgraded RAM (8GB) and SSD (512GB). But at least I could upgrade it. I'd love a new MacBook, but every year Apple give me less incentive to buy one. More expensive, less power, non-upgradable and now no MagSafe! Fuck Apple. Now I'll have to find a nice ultra book and stick linux mint on it. Bollocks.

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BT inks deal with Williams F1 for go-faster cloudy goodness

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Broadband Speed

BT should get Valtteri Bottas helping them with their rural broadband scheme.

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Keyless vehicle theft suspects cuffed after key Met Police, er, 'lockdown'

badger31

Re: Keyless Vehicle Theft...

So, read "keyless" as "jamming a screwdriver into the ignition lock"

You don't even need to drive the car to steal it, just drag it on to the back of a lorry. If they are getting broken up for parts, they don't need to run.

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Bloke in Belgium tries to trademark Je Suis Charlie slogan

badger31

Unclear motives

I've heard arguments for similar situations whereby someone has tried to trademark/patent something in order to STOP people cashing in on it - by giving it away for free afterwards. I doubt this applies here, though. I also wonder if the t-shirts were being sold at a profit or not.

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What an ACE-HOLE! This super-software will whip you at poker, hands down

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Re: Yawn

@Killing time

No, my mates moves was a stupid one - he just got a little over excited. He had decided on his approach before the hand was dealt and we all laughed and pointed at him for getting caught out. That part of my comment was just an amusing aside, but it highlighted the fact that a lot of the time, in NL-TH, the actual cards in your hand are irrelevant as nobody gets to see them.

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badger31

Re: Yawn

Agreed. I have worked on poker AI quite a bit over the past seven years, so while I applaud the work that these people have done, I won't be impressed until it can play no-limit against a full table (>6 opponents). I imagine that what they have actually achieved isn't much more than the pure statistical models we already have, especially if it has only trained against itself. Every good (human) poker player knows that what cards you hold is irrelevant unless there is a show down. What is far more important is what your opponents think you have, and what you think your opponents have*. The latter is achieved by player modelling, the former by how you represent your hand (bluffing). I'd be astonished if this new AI could learn all this by playing itself, leave alone all the psychology involved in the game.

And all this talk of eleventy trillion billion training games is also bunk. Unless it comes across a new strategy, all that will be happening is that the learned model will focus in on the local optimal with greater accuracy. I'll wager that the learning curve flat-lined pretty quickly.

* I remember once in a friendly game of NL-TH, one of my friends, who was under the gun, came right in with a big pre-flop raise. This was a bold move, considering we had only had one card dealt.

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Big Blue stuffs data into backup at GIGABYTES/sec

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"A previous PoC used 56Gbit/s InfiniBand to link TSM and GPFS servers and also produced outstanding results:

Peak backup performance using multiple sessions for a single TSM server is 5.4GB/sec.

Peak backup performance using multiple sessions for two TSM servers is 9 GB/sec in total.

Peak restore performance using multiple sessions for a single TSM server is 6.5 GB/sec.

Peak backup performance using a single session for a single TSM server is 2.5 GB/sec."

9 GB/s over a 56Gbit/s (7GB/s) link is very impressive, some might say impossible. Looking at the linked blog post shows that the TSM servers connect to the switch each with a single 56Gbit/s link, but that the GPFS Storage Server is hooked up to the switch with 2 x 56Gbit/s connections per server. So unless I am mistaken, they are sending the data to and from the same storage, albeit through the switch. This sounds more like marketing than a genuine PoC to me.

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BEHOLD Apple's BENEVOLENCE! iMessage txt BLACK HOLE finally fixed

badger31

F#ck me!

They've only just fixed this? They took their sweet time over that one.

A couple of years ago I ditched (well, gave to the missus) my iphone 4 for an android phone. Thankfully I had long ago turned iMessage off, on the grounds that it was shit. Back then, at least, it would spend about an hour trying to send a message as an iMessage before giving up and sending it as a text message. SMS is and should be basically instant. Maybe if you have limited SMSs on your contract/PAYG iMessage would be tempting, but considering how much a contract on an iphone is already, a huge bundle of SMSs is practically nothing on top. I bet it wouldn't be hard, if not already done, to forward any SMSs to your other apple devices as an iMessage, if that's what you want.

And yet despite all this, every now and then, I'm actually tempted by the iPhone 6. I went to look at one in an Apple store and it was very nice. They have finally made it rounded again, so it would no longer cut holes in all my trouser pockets. I can't see Steve Jobs letting them get away with a sticky out camera, though, that's far from perfect. Maybe the iPhone 6s ...

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Microsoft's TV product placement horror: CNN mistakes Surface tabs for iPAD STANDS

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Re: Prius?

<rant>

Because so many people get all wet in the pants about the prius, as if they are saving the fucking planet. They are far worse for the environment to produce than most cars, due to their complexity; they are not well built, causing multiple deaths [http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/01/18/toyota-settles-first-hundreds-wrongful-death-suits-involving-unintended/] and at least one massive recall [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26148711]; and they are not even fuel economical when you get out of a thirty zone.

OK, so battery powered cars are not yet ready for mainstream use, by quite a long way, but if you have an electrically driven car with a relatively small battery (mostly for accelerating and kinetic energy recovery) kept topped up by an efficient internal combustion engine (running at an RPM that is not directly tied to the speed of the car) you have the best of both worlds: maximum torque at 0 RMP, no clutch, regenerative breaking and the power density of petrol/diesel.

The Prius marketing is all about its green credentials, and they are mostly bullshit. Every time I see a Prius, I assume the driver is more concerned about looking like they care about the environment than actually caring about the environment. Or they are an idiot. Or both.

</rant>

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UK.gov mulls what to do about digital currencies

badger31

FFS

You can't regulate all crypto-currencies. If you crippled Bitcoin, Litecoin would take over, then dogecoin ... etc. And as with a lot of new regulation, you're only going to end up criminalising otherwise honest people; said drug dealers and terrorists are already breaking existing laws, so adding 'using unregistered crypto-currency' to the rap sheet isn't going to worry them too much.

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

badger31

The squeaky wheel wants to be greased.

And that's where the real fear in homophobe comes from.

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You! AT&T! The only thing 'unlimited' about you is your CHEEK, growl feds

badger31
WTF?

What I still don't understand

is why any telco can call their data plan 'unlimited' when it has limitations. I ditched O2 because their 'unlimited' data plan didn't allow tethering (that's a limitation, by the way) and they re-compressed images to the point of being unable to tell what the picture used to be. I'm pretty sure they had an (un)fair use policy, as well. All this bullshit can be called 'unlimited', but redbull get sued for jokingly suggesting that their fizzy drink gives you wings.

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You get what you pay for: Kingston's SSDNow V310 960GB whopper

badger31

Re: Where are the 2TB SSD's?

Buy two 1TB SSDs.

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FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for

badger31

Relevant results?

IE11 for Windows 8.1 is the most relevant result for 'weather' on a Mac? Apple must really hate Google.

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ISPs handbagged: BLOCK knock-off sites, rules beak

badger31

Blocks are ineffective against VPN users.

They're next.

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WAITER! There's a Flappy Bird in my Lollipop!

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I can't let this one go. Java is just fine - and I program in several languages of various paradigms. Don't blame the language for shitty programming.

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Want a customer's call records Mr Plod? No probs

badger31

Re: Backslash, Backlash!

Bollocks! The problem is the law, not the telcos. How are the telcos supposed to 'validate' the requests, if not automatically? Who's going to pay for it? The telcos have no power to refuse these requests, so why bother? If I were a telco, I know I'd be doing this automatically. I would also log each and every request, looking for evidence of abuse of power.

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee defends decision not to bake security into www

badger31

I agree. Always on security just means people (Internet users, that is) will just get used to the idea of accepting self-signed certificates. Very dangerous, indeed. At least HTTP isn't pretending to be secure.

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badger31

Re: HTTP or HTML?

It was HTTP - effectively he invented the World Wide Web, which runs on the Internet. As for email, it did what it was designed to do AT THE TIME. How could anyone involved in creating the protocols know what the situation would be in 2014? Hindsight is much clearer that foresight.

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Hot DRAM! Samsung splurges $15 BILLION on Korean chip fab

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$15bn

Now THAT'S walking around money!

(We need a 'Mom' icon)

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Dear Reg readers. I want Metro tiles to replace ALL ICONS in Windows. Is this a good idea?

badger31

Re: There are lies ...

Speaking of fruit based statistics, here's my favourite:

93% of people would put someone's genitals in their mouth, but only 6% would eat a brown banana.

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Netflix bullish after six-country European INVASION

badger31

Dr_N is right about the VPN

Netflix is at its best when connected through a VPN. This now means that (English speaking) people living in these new countries can sign up, connect through a VPN to USA (for the biggest selection). My wife an I ditched Sky TV (£21 - £71 pcm + adverts + contract) in favour of Netflix (watch what you want, when you want with no adverts - just so long as they have it - for £6 pcm with no adverts or contract). For the difference in price, you could go ahead and get Amazon Prime as well (also £6 pcm) and still come out way ahead. With Sky, you are paying to watch adverts. Screw that!

Oh, and if you are worried about watching it on your big screen telly, get a chromecast or better still something like a Sony BDP-S1200 (although a doubt the sony has an option to connect to a VPN).

And on the subject of VPNs, if you are not scared of a Linux terminal shell you can (like me) get a VPS in the USA for $13.50 per YEAR (http://lowendbox.com/tag/fliphost-net/). For that you get 500GB of data pcm - plenty. Just install Ubuntu Server, ask nicely to have ppp enabled and install pptpd (plenty of online guides for this). I haven't tried watching Amazon Prime through the VPN, so I can't comment on that, but Netflix works a charm.

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