* Posts by Martin Summers

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Biologists gasp at lemur's improbably colossal bollocks

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Hey no need to get teste!

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Wikipedia: YES! we’ve SAVED the INTERNET again!

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Not agreeing with Wikipedia's actions, however I guess there is a case for kicking up a stink about something even at the 'never going to happen' stage, just so that it doesn't escape those that would have some dodgy legislation pass that the population do not in fact want it. If you don't cause some noise it might make them think we are quite happy about it and they begin to get more serious ideas.

On the subject of Wikipedia, I say bring back the Encarta brand fully online with ads and have contributors wiki style but who are paid and held accountable for what they put in to it.

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Ford recalls 433,000 cars: Software bug breaks engine off-switch

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@Mark 85 Oh I see, bless 'em, I wasn't criticising Ford, rather the keyless system, so the bot or Ford devotee or whatever can sleep easy tonight.

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Lol, I get a thumb down for asking a question and stating a fact. I will cry myself to sleep tonight.

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What happens when there's no key? I believe most Ford's don't come with one any more. I'm not sure I'd like that personally!

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Humongous headsets and virtual insanity

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I hadn't seen your comment until just. What I was trying to say is that if a dev has given up on it and has sold it to CeX then what does that say about its future as in I think it has a dismal one. Unless I'm missing something.

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I saw an Oculus Rift development kit for £300 in my local CeX the other day. I think that says it all for its future doesn't it?

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It's all Uber! France ends its love affair with ride-sharing app

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Re: Worried about their safety !!!!!

Dear AC. What would you suggest instead then? Vetting is currently the best there is and better than nothing at all. Other than implanting someone with a chip there is no alternative unless you have the genius solution?

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Robo-car wars: Delphi's near crash, prang, wallop with Google DENIED!

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Well he got the publicity he wanted by spouting rubbish at the expense of Google. Job done for him and then his firm quietly correct it afterwards.

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BT hit by data centre fire: Some ISPs just love watching the net BURN

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Is there any equipment that isn't delicate and can resist ungraceful shutdowns? Isn't it about time there was if there isn't? I know you generally have UPS in place but surely kit should be able to recover better these days.

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Oi! 'Hands off America's Wi-Fi spectrum' yells, er, the cable lobby

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It might grab currently unused spectrum. But will it give it back when someone/something else wants to use it? If not, then it's just a land grab.

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Facebook and Twitter queen Taylor Swift: Facebook and Twitter are RUBBISH

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Business sense, common sense, a pop singer with some brains. I hope her fans take some notice of her message as well as others as it is utterly sensible.

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Ecobee3: If you're crazy enough to want a smart thermostat – but not too crazy – this is for you

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Tado

I see no mention of Tado here. It is simple, does the job and has severely reduced my gas bill and more than paid for itself. I put that entirely down to one feature, the geolocation. Quite simply it saves me money by switching off the heating if me and my partner are out. Something you can't do with a dumb thermostat with just a schedule. It is worth the money just for that feature alone.

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Assange™ celebrates third year in Ecuadorian embassy broom closet

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Re: Only in the movies...

@Mike Bell. Given the answers I've already had, how did the Libyan guy manage to do that if Assange apparently can't?

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Re: @ Martin Summers: Huh?

AC, I was asking a genuine question. Hardly babbling. You're such a nice guy aren't you. As for nothing to do with the US, it has everything to do with the US why he is holed up in there. So I could ask you what you're babbling about. The rest of your comment, you at least try to answer the question without malice so thanks for that.

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Ah, I see. Of course a diplomat being a wanted criminal isn't going to be accepted. I wasn't sure how these things worked, I thought they could just give it to him and he'd be home safe. Thank you for answering guys.

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Re: What prison sentence would he be looking at if found guilty?

It won't count as time served as he is in a self imposed prison. The plonker may as well have stayed at his bail address and avoided the second mess he's got himself into.

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No I don't because I've never been on the wrong end of them. At the end of the day he did something to piss them off and in some people's views put many lives at risk by what he helped to do. Of course they want to try him and punish him for it, whether they are right to or not is not what I was getting into with my comment. What I do know is sometimes what people fear is nowhere near the reality.

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Probably been asked before, but what's stopping them making him a diplomat to give him immunity? I have no care what he does really, but I think he should just walk out of there and get it over with. I'm sure much of the fear he has of being shipped off to the US from Sweden is in his head.

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AT&T fined about 3 days of profit ($100m) for limiting 'unlimited' plans

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Some sense from a regulator for once. Are you listening Ofcom?

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Microsoft finally finishes its PowerPC emulator

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Might finally push me to buy an X-Box one then. That and when it is under the £200 mark.

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ISP Level 3 goes TITSUP after giganto traffic routing blunder

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"NSA accidentally screwed up their tap in Malaysia Telecom and called out the whole world rather than just SEA into their tap."

Yawn

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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Re: Some Dutch shops..

Oi Mr Dabbs, if you've got time to post comments you've got time for a column :-) Go and enjoy your holiday!

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In the spirit of repeats, shouldn't those that commented on the original article repeat their comments too? :-)

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HTC execs: Oh dear, did we say we'd sell lots of smartphones? Our bad

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Innovation is going to be difficult though as what more can they really do. I think one thing they could at least make an attempt on which would win me back as a customer is making their phones more robust, perhaps water and dust proofing wouldn't go amiss. Let's face it, battery life is probably the only final useful frontier.

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If it wasn't for their slightly dodgy build quality i.e. the paint so readily coming off only a few months into owning it (my Sensation and M7), or dodgy camera components causing purple images which happened to me with my M7, then I might well have had a HTC again. Their software is excellent, I am missing HTC sense a lot now I'm having the pure Android experience with my Nexus 6. I considered everything but though when it came to choosing a phone as I didn't want it to look like I'd had it for a few years bashing it about rather than a few months.

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Science teacher jammed his school kids' phones, gets week suspension

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@ Tom Re: Why is it not school policy

I did read the article. The confiscation as far as I interpreted it is carried out when a disruption involving a phone happens, for which he has to fill out a form each time a student refuses to give him their phone. It doesn't say it is school policy to take everyone's phone and put it in a box at the beginning of lesson at all.

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Why is it not school policy that they put them in a metal Faraday box (or as best they can get) as soon as they arrive in the classroom and collect them afterwards? Seems his school are hardly supporting the guy in his objectives, no wonder he took extreme action.

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Mad John McAfee: 'Can you live in a society that is more paranoid than I'm supposed to be?'

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Re: In these Practical Days and Virtual Age of 0days .....

Wow amanfromMars a silver badge! You are going up in the world. The comments earlier were almost human too,definitely getting there.

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Latest Snowden leak: NSA can snoop internet to catch 'hackers' – no warrants needed

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Really? No way!

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Apple recalls Beats speakers: Rap chap's crap batt rapped in zap mishap flap

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Even when it's fixed, people are still going to get burned by the price...

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Secure web? That'll cost you, thanks to Mozilla's HTTPS plan

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Re: "Abandoning the Internet"

"What will we tell our grandchildren?"

Tell them we had nothing to fear because we did no wrong, but still they came...

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Nice one Firefox, take the web away from normal people and make it business or techies only. Utterly disgusting and heavy handed attitude, I hope your browser dies a thousand deaths. Luckily people are quite capable and happy to vote with their feet (or mice in this case) so your fate will be sealed by this decision.

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Apple: Relax, fanbois! We never meant to read your heart rate during wild wrist action

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Re: So .....

I agree, they can't hand Jobs the credit for it either.

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Re: So .....

Won't make any difference, it's a bit wank anyway.

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The oracle knows all. Not THAT Oracle, of course

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Re: Quick Questions are better than

Or any way to escape them on a help desk at 5 minutes to 5pm on a Friday when they unload their collection of 'problems' on you from the week hence.

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Genuinely out of interest and because it's a bit too much of a general question for Google, what corporate AV software would Mr Dabbs be referring to that can only be purchased in the thousands of licences? Assuming that wasn't an exaggeration of course! (or at least he was near). I've seen how ESET performed with the Cryptolocker virus, just sat there shitting itself while the virus happily sat there munching shared files. The question of the very best AV seems to fox everyone including me and there is never a very objective conclusive answer from any discussion. Does it really exist? Or is it just as bad as asking "Why?".

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Siri, please save my iPhone from the messages of death

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Re: Bring back the good 'ole days

Don't you remember the full stops of death? Not sure if that affected 3310's. But it was a lot cooler to make your text messages flash on Nokia phones!

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Google's Cardboard 2.0 virtual reality device is a triumph for humanity, said no one sane, ever

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All the snobbery just because it is cardboard. So what? It's a great idea, very simple practical and cheap. If you'd rather go out and get yourself an expensive piece of plastic to experience VR then do so, but I'm sure there will be plenty of people with more sense than money who will appreciate this DIY cost effective approach.

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Windows and OS X are malware, claims Richard Stallman

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Dan, I suppose they could knock up some Javascript and replace words you Australians prefer to use in their articles. But where would it stop? Englishman/Brit = Pommy Bastard, Woman/She = Sheila? Then again the Reg Aussie tentacle are presumably only sitting there sinking tinnies and have plenty of time. [Only playfully rattling your cage Dan in the absence of a mobile joke icon]

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Explains a lot

So that's why Avast threw a wobbler and nuked Windows system files the other week, plus the others before it. They've been trying to tell us for years! It's so clear now.

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Putting your schlong into the reel-to-reel tape machine is a bad idea

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What did they think they were trying to achieve putting a bloke like him on TV talking about computers. Not you Mr Dabbs, the permed one. Consumer programs about technology make me cringe and that video made me feel like I was watching a modern day shopping channel minus the three easy payments and call now banners on the screen.

Now there's an idea, you could get yourself on to the QVC technology segment and we could watch you subtly take the piss out of the presenters lack of clue about what they are selling.

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Google, Twitter search deal: Did micro-blabbing site gag racy tweets to satisfy ad giant?

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Re: Pick one?

They haven't contradicted themselves. If you read the article Twitter have had to make a number of concessions to Google to get back in their results. Paying a standard licence fee is what you would expect, even Google aren't going to expect to pay nothing,but they certainly aren't going to pay a premium either.

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Uncle Sam spanks PayPal for credit scheme cockup

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Underhanded

I wondered what this was a few weeks ago when I paid for something using PayPal (UK) and they practically shoved the pay later scheme down my throat. I declined but it asked me again during the same transaction and even tried to automatically opt me back in by handily forgetting I'd said no and defaulted to using pay later as the payment option on the very last confirmation screen which I nearly didn't notice. It was extremely underhanded and nowhere did it clearly state fees or what exactly it was.

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Microsoft celebrates 25 years' SOLITARY SELF-PLEASURE with GROUP SESSION

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Going by just the headline I initially thought this was some sadistic redundancy scheme.

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ALIBABA Vs AMAZON: Let the Global Tat Bazaar war begin

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Too lazy to use it

Alibaba? Nah, it's easier to type in Amazon or eBay than that.

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Welsh police force fined £160,000 after losing sensitive video interview

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Re: Silly

Exactly. They might start to care if the money comes out of their wages. But as usual the public pay the fine for incompetence. How utterly disgusting that they made a victim go through a second interview.

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Right Dabbsy my old son, you can cram this job right up your BLEEEARRGH

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Re: Xmas is your friend

"So, how was it for you, Grandma?"

I'm so glad it's been a while since I last ate.

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Could be worse, try working at Cheers.

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Someone I know employed by a small Web design firm has just had to start wearing a post it saying "Paid for by European funding". Government rules eh...

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