* Posts by MrWibble

165 posts • joined 23 Feb 2011

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

MrWibble

"For too long we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone,”

"for too long"? What the fuck? I hope I/El Reg have taken this quote out of context.

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Foxconn joins the Cyanogen investment party

MrWibble

Re: Is this new open system...

Given that the google-replacing defaults they're putting onto CyanogenOS are all closed source (dialler and Email client thus far), I'm voting for the latter.

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Zuck'ed up: Facebook opens up free internet in India – but bans HTTPS

MrWibble

You missed this lovely nugget from the BBC's report on this:

"Facebook has confirmed that it will be able to track users' online activity.

"Yes, we do know what users are accessing. We do have some of that information. But all of it is governed by Facebook's standard data policies""

So, not only is it using insecure connections, but Facebook get to see everything you do, regardless if you're on "their" site or not.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-32580586

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Debian ships new 'Jessie' release with systemd AND sysvinit

MrWibble
Trollface

I get no results for "f*ck", I presume you mean "fuck"?

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Windows Phone 10: Less stuff that does more – plus IE-killer Project Spartan

MrWibble

"A top left menu is in the worst possible place, unless you are left handed, since you have to stretch all the way across the screen to reach it."

Does a swipe in from the left edge work to get the menu, as it does in Android?

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Microsoft set to penetrate Cyanogen, promises app-y ending

MrWibble

Re: WTF?

CyanogenMod won't be infected with this - only the "official" Cyanogen OS which is pre-installed on OnePlus and a couple of other phones.

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MrWibble

Re: Cyanogen better be careful

Cyanogen's goodwill went out the window many months ago - when Kirk McMaster became CEO.

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

MrWibble

Anyone would think there's an election coming up, so they'll promise anything, then quietly sweep it away afterwards...

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Gartner Ad

MrWibble

Gartner Ad

Do you really need 4 lots of the same image on the home page? That guy's mug (x4) staring at me first thing in the morning is a hell of a wake up call!

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Cyanogen finds $80m in collecting tin after busking session

MrWibble
FAIL

"Bloatware-free Android version Cyanogen"

Not been bloatware free for a while now - I've had to do an addon.d script to delete a lot of the cruft they include as standard (I presume as part of their "moving from google" strategy. Apollo, File manager, gallery, camera - I get better ones from the Play Store, so don't need them installed in the system partition.

And if the rumours are to be believed, more is on the way...

Oh, and don't forget that they still haven't released CM12s (Lollipop) for the OnePlus - their bloatware-free software seems to be taking a lot longer to roll out than the bloatware heavy Motorola, or Samsung Lollipop releases...

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Tastier Lollipops for chosen few as Google releases Android 5.1

MrWibble

Re: Please Mr Google...

Lightflow should work fine without root.

But, I agree it's very odd that they build in a multi-colour LED into a device (I've got a N4), and then don't use it!

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Flash flushed: Google's AdWords to convert ads to HTML5 automatically

MrWibble

Bugger. Having click to play in Firefox stopped the most obnoxious ads, whilst still allowing static ones through. Guess I'll have to reconfigure adblock again to block more...

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Got an Android Wear gizmo? Yeah, you and '719,999 other people'

MrWibble

"Apple made the right decisions with its WatchKit software development kit to maximize battery life for the platform, and the Apple Watch will offer leading energy efficiency"

Yet, even an Apple fan site says:

"Our sources say that Apple is targeting 2.5 hours of “heavy” application use, such as processor-intensive gameplay, or 3.5 hours of standard app use. Interestingly, Apple expects to see better battery life when using the Watch’s fitness tracking software, which is targeted for nearly 4 hours of straight exercise tracking on a single charge."

http://9to5mac.com/2015/01/22/apple-targets-for-apple-watch-battery-life-revealed-a5-caliber-cpu-inside/

Which sucks just as much as Android Wear does!

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Ubuntu smartphone to go on sale: It'll be harder to get than a new iPhone

MrWibble

"if we'll be able to connect the phone to a bigger screen and use it as a desktop, it will be very appealing!"

The beeb report (not the most reliable tech source, admittedly!) says "Unlike the original proposal, the handset does not become a desktop PC when plugged into a monitor." Shame, that would definitely had me getting one.

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MrWibble

Re: Ubuntu is using flash sales, announced via Twitter, as a marketing tool to create buzz

Ah, but they can brag that they "sold out within minutes"!!

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BT coughs £12.5 billion for EE as fourplay frolics pay off

MrWibble

Re: Positive Spin

Look on the bright side - surely the junk mail will be combined into one mailing offering all four, rather than one each.

Please?

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Red-spattered Android figures sinkhole Sony's healthy financials

MrWibble

Sony are making some damn good phones, and keeping them updated with the latest software. The only issue recently has been that they've either launched 6 months later in America than the rest of the world, or not at all.

Near the end of last year that improved (z3 launched almost at the same time worldwide), so maybe more Americans will buy their stuff?

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

MrWibble

Yes, the cause of young people not voting is because their friend on facebook aren't doing it. Or maybe there are no party / politicians that they can associate with (the vast majority being upper class twats)?

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Samsung gets KINKY with new Galaxy in 50 SHADES OF GREY

MrWibble

Over on Android Police, in the comments someone's posted this image:

Looks like a new Galaxy Edge is coming

http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/1691/7102/original.jpg?w=600&h

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

MrWibble

Re: This type of mentality is irrational, bordering stupidity.

"Netflix uses Silverlight which is Flash's direct competitor by Microsoft."

Odd, it works fine on my linux machine which has never seen Silverlight (or Mono)...

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LEAKED: Samsung's iPHONE 6 KILLER... the Samsung Galaxy S6

MrWibble

Are you seriously using BGR as a source? Journalistic standards have dropped round here!

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Will fondleslab's fickle finger of fate help Windows 10?

MrWibble

Re: Is it noscript...

Just ElReg screwing up the picture format.

http://regmedia.co.uk/2014/12/11/onewindows.png for proper widescreen version.

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Microsoft cracks personalisation without prying

MrWibble

Re: Before the usual MS bashing....

I thought the fact that Microsoft turned it on by default, is why everyone started to ignore it? It wasn't a decision made by the user (was their argument, not that I agree)

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Stop viewing Facebook at work says Facebook at work on Facebook at Work

MrWibble

Sounds a bit like Yammer which a dopey (ex) MD foisted on us a few years ago. And we got rid of it, as soon as he was got rid of.

Complete waste of time.

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Grab a SLIM MODEL for Xmas cheer: Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

MrWibble

I'm really liking Sony at the moment - pretty much all their 2014 phones and tablets have been great. And not too much crap pre-installed. May even turn me away from a Nexus if they continue into 2015 at this rate (I'm not a fan of the Nexus 6).

And their commitment to "tinkering" via AOSP is great (even with the disclaimer on their site: "As usual, you should be aware of that this software is not intended for daily use as there are important limitations. For example, the camera is not working and the modem is not enabled, which means you cannot take photos or make phone calls."

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If at first you don't succeed ... Fire, FIRE again: Amazon mulls smartphone sequel

MrWibble

Put the Google play store on there, and I'm sure it'll sell lots. You can even keep the amazon stuff on there, if you really want...

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Love the cloud? Be a ‘Cloud Hero’ with Microsoft

MrWibble
Pint

This headline is made much better with the Cloud to Butt extension active.

Hey, it's Friday!

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Forget Google's robot cars, now it's on to ANDROID cars

MrWibble

Re: That's nice.

Because you're poor?

(Although, as an owner of a '69 VW, I'm poor because I own it, rather than the other way round!)

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

MrWibble
Pint

Top trolling!

Love the huge pointless reg vulture pictures at the top of "update 2" page. Almost as if you've done it on purpose...

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MrWibble

one other annoyance - the pop up on the author's name on articles, which the hides the article! can you put a delay on this as well please?

Some of us still use mice, and when navigating the page, this type of pop up is extremely annoying.

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MrWibble

Re: Adblock filters to make the site work better

Add in

theregister.co.uk##.article_img

to get rid of the stupidly big image at the top of each article.

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MrWibble

The fecking pop up menu hover thing is really annoying when moving your mouse around the screen. Change it to show on click, please!

Liberal use of adblock / gresemonkey has made things a bit better (Don't worry, I allow the ads, but use it to block the carousel, pictures, etc.)

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Four tuner frenzy: The all-you-can-EEat TV Freeview PVR

MrWibble

Interface

I hate the big boxes of images... Can recordings /replay stuff be put into a text list instead?

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Deprivation Britain: 1930s all over again? Codswallop!

MrWibble

Yes.

And your point is?

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

MrWibble

Re: Pointless and dangerous fads

"I just cannot fathom how fitting a smart meter will magically reduce bills by 2% (unless they fit external insulation for free as part of the service)."

Because "they" think that if we're getting told that putting the heating on every night is going to cost us 50p, we're more likely to put a jumper on.

The reality I faced, when I had one of those cheap plugin things supplied by Eon, was surprise how little the heating was costing compared to what I thought it was. So I put it on more often.

And the meter plugin thing was "recycled" (WEEE) a long time ago.

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Amazon DROPS next day delivery amid Cyber Monday MADNESS

MrWibble

Probably because everyone who's ever shopped with them has been offered a one month trial of prime, over christmas. So it seems that they can't cope with all of us who have no intention of continuing after christmas, but find it useful for those last minute presents.

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Mmmmffll-CHOMP: I won? Reg reader to have CHOC-TASTIC YEAR

MrWibble

Thanks to this headline, I'm just nipping out to get a Chomp - anyone want anything?

In fact, I think I'd rather have a box of Chomps every month that this "artisan" bollocks. I'm all class, me!

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You'll go APE for our new Gorilla Glass 4, Corning reckons

MrWibble

That video was surprisingly informative - not the usual "its shiny and new, therefore it's better" advert.

The Mythbusters didn't get long to study the script though - it seemed far from comfortable delivery.

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Google bags OBSCENELY LARGE Times Square ad space for New Year's

MrWibble

Re: Thank you, El Reg

But, the football field is a recognised standard! http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/page/reg-standards-converter.html

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MrWibble
Pint

Re: Display pwned in 3.. 2.. 1..

Kudos for the obscure reference!

"Robert DeNiro's mole has got to be ten feet wide"

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'Yes, yes... YES!' Philae lands on COMET 67P

MrWibble

Good work ESA! - I've barely got any work done myself due to tracking this thing (mainly through today's XKCD [ http://xkcd.com/1446/ ], but the beeb are also showing a live feed from mission control)

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Firefox decade: Microsoft's IE humbled by a dogged upstart. Native next?

MrWibble

“The browser is the main reason you turn on your computer,” he claimed. “Look at the desktop – native is dead. I turn on my machine and I go into my browser. The era of loading native apps on the desktop passed a while ago."

Bollocks. Yes, Web apps (office, picture editing, etc) are getting better, but they're still not good enough for day to day use, In my opinion.

In another 5 years or so, maybe.

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BBC clamps down on ILLICIT iPlayer watchers

MrWibble

I was wondering why I couldn't search this morning. Oh well, the solution is to use the Pid (obtainable from the URL)

get_iplayer --pid p0295tgm (for example)

Or use the full URL as someone's mentioned above.

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

MrWibble

Re: Never understood this

Probably along the lines that computers are for real work, where sensitive information may be stored / used...

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

MrWibble
Joke

Depends - did he use Google or Apple Maps to navigate there?

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Watersports-friendly e-reader: Kobo's Aura H2O is literary when wet

MrWibble

"Now that even the cheapest tablets are notching up increased battery life these days, it seems that the ever-ready e-reader could run the risk of becoming extinct."

Not by people that like reading - those who casually glance at a book may be served by a tablet, but those who read more than a couple of pages at a time will always prefer an ereader - eink is much better on the eyes, better is direct sunlight, and no distractions that you'd get from a tablet notifications.

But what do I know - I still think Netbooks are great...

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Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

MrWibble

Re: continuing the trend

I suspect the downvotes are due to "Microsucks" - it makes you appear as a teenage dickhead.

Hope that helps.

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Kill off SSL 3.0 NOW: HTTPS savaged by vicious POODLE

MrWibble

Re: smug

Mine (on Ubuntu) updated this morning - to v38. poodletest.com shows it as still vulnerable, whereas firefox isn't.

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OMG, we're gonna be invaded by NEXUS 6 replicants – no, wait. It's just a rumored phablet

MrWibble

If they can get a mobile from nothing to market within a month or two, then I'd be very surprised. Methinks they've been planning / working on this way before the Iphone 6 was leaked/announced,

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EE TV: Network snubs 'Auntie's antique' for mobe-happy set-top box

MrWibble

It'll be £10 a month, plus £7.99 for Netflix, and another £7 or whatever for amazon each month.

Can't see the point myself, prefer to hook up xbmc or something similar for free (plus Netflix charges obviously)

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