* Posts by Martin Summers

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Who was downloading smut in the office while eating ice cream?

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I think there's scope here for a Reg creative writing contest for someone to finish off (so to speak, cough...) the story in a SFW way.

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IT Porn

I thought I was on the wrong site for a moment reading some softcore IT Porn story. More of this kind of thing! :-)

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Facebook invents Caller ID ... say Hello to today's staggering technology

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Apple

Wow Facebook got there before Apple. Someone somewhere in Cupertino is head in hands awaiting a roasting.

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Google: We're not mad, our mobes-in-sky Project Loon is FINE

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Loony?

While I really think it is cool. I just can't see how it would work and why you would bother. I'm left with just more questions after watching that video, like how the heck do you keep a signal to a continuously moving balloon, do you have to wait for the next one to come along? But I can't be bothered to find out the answers (if there are) cos it just all seems a bit 'meh'. If they really wanted to they could chuck up a metal pole somewhere remote and put all the same kit in it and do away with the balloon surely. Yes data latency would go up a bit, but am I missing something really?

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Yay, we're all European (Irish) now on Twitter (except Americans)

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Re: You're damned either way

"I'd guess that by now any incriminating material in Hotmail/etc mailboxes will have been long deleted by anyone except the spectacularly ill-informed or those already in custody."

If the material is in your Hotmail etc webmail account then *you* deleting it isn't going to help you.

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Re: You're damned either way

"Sorry children, the family trip to Disney World is indefinitely postponed …"

Tough shit, when people stop visiting "The land of the free" and its tourist attractions because of potential bully boy tactics, they might just learn then. The world will continue to go round without them.

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Public exploit crashes Minecraft servers

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Utter Nob

I echo the sentiments above. Minecraft servers are hardly mission critical are they. He's just pissed he wasted his time finding the exploit and didn't get paid. Hint for you mate, go find exploits that matter.

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Welcome to the FUTURE: Maine cops pay Bitcoin ransom to end office hostage drama

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Disk Fodder

Put some folder starting with a '.' on the root of your share drives and shove loads of junk random size files in there. Gives the cryptoware something to munch on and buys you more time if you've not been alerted quickly enough.

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

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Re: @Martin Summers -- Really?

@keith_w

Thing is Keith, machines running Windows 7 are not likely to slow down are they. As we have seen the PC market has slowed down as they just don't need to get any faster than they already are. A new OS stopped being the reason to get a new machine with the release of Windows 7.

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Re: @Martin Summers -- Really?

@Someone Else

Wow, so you assume I was aiming that at people on here? No not at all. I stand by what I said. There are people who will not know there is an upgrade and that's just a fact. I don't like or use the win 8 app store as it's crap and I think their decision to release OS updates using it is pathetic. Using Windows Update on the other hand would be fine by me and I really cannot see the harm in letting people know there is an upgrade via that method so long as they can kill it when that job is done. Lots of hate for stating facts, geez, really?!

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Re: Really?

But windows 7 doesn't have an app store and there will be plenty of win 7 users who won't even know about the 10 update let alone go look for it to download it. Hence I can understand the purpose of this 'update' but more so only for win 7.

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iOS, OS X apps sent into infinite dizzy DoS by this one weird kernel bug

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Buzzfeed Headline

Please please don't lower yourself to keep using click bait headlines. I thought I was seeing one of those "get painfully thin using this one weird remedy" trashy articles. I thought the Reg had better standards.

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Google: Give us cash or we'll poke YouTube ads into your eyeballs

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Re: relevant ads...

The ads are not targeted presumably to annoy you enough so that you will upgrade to premium. Their own ads urging you to upgrade are even more bloody annoying.

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E-commerce enterprises gently told to update those protocols ... or else

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Someone can still compromise your server and man in the middle the third party gateway page, or just take the victim somewhere completely different.

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Keep snapping selfies, says Snapchat: Cops NEVER ask us for 'em

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Pointless

I would say that the majority of people who use this service couldn't care less whether they had a transparency report or not let alone what was in it. So they only really bothered to do it to make it look as if they are a responsible corporate so the money keeps flowing (down the drain). On that note, I bet they are well upset they haven't been bought yet.

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Ofcom's to-do list: Number porting, sell spectrum, buy milk

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Re: PAC Codes

I suspect the thumb down I got could be because I put PAC Code in the title when of course an additional redundant 'code' is not required. I apologise profusely, please forgive me down voter.

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PAC Codes

How about preventing networks using the PAC code as bloody sales tool and holding you to ransom for it as means of keeping you when you have already made your mind up. That would be useful. I've spent an hour on the phone with some networks retentions team to no end because whilst I'm interested in staying they really can't offer me anything better than they do new customers. GiffGaff just give you the PAC on their site, no messing about. That's how it should be.

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Utah faints: Google Fiber to lay cable in thrilling Salt Lake City

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Re: Just worked it out.

Indeed. There's a lot worse to be scared of in this world than personalised adverts!

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Storm gathers around CDN Cloudflare after doxxing allegations, Pirate Bay deal

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Doxing

I can't decide if I am with Cloudflare on this one but it does quite clearly say they will pass your details on. As they rightly state they are not a hosting provider and how on earth are they meant to pass on your complaint to the hosting provider for you without passing on your details for reply? It's a bit of a mess but presuming domain registrant details are BS Cloudflare are the only ones who really know who the site is hosted by. Is it up to them to devise an anonymous reporting mechanism whereby replies can go back and forth? I would say can only rely on not using very personal details or use a forwarding address if you are going to submit a complaint and don't want hassle.

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Web geeks grant immortality to Sir Terry Pratchett – using smuggled web code

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Re: El Reg has jumped on the bandwagon

"Sorry, we don't like replying to HEAD requests"

No, neither does the Mrs.

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Google adds evil-code scanning to Play Store

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They were not saying Apple uses a program on the Play Store. It was a typo presumably. They were trying to say that Apple have long boasted their app store is safer as a marketing strategy against Android/Play Store.

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UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

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I'd give 'em a kick for a starter...

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Proper punishment

String 'em up by the balls (or equivalent???).

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Give biometrics the FINGER: Horror tales from the ENCRYPT

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Re: Just not found the right 'biometric' to use yet

I'd probably rather that than sticking something *in* to a biometric glory hole.

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GSMA: Er, sorry about that MWC brothel ad with our logo

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Exploitation?

I go to work every day and get paid (no not for that). Am I being exploited? I choose to do it. So do they. It's only when they are not choosing it's a problem.

Stop being so bloody prudish.

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Out of time: Huawei, LG unveil watches nobody wants to buy

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Re: I almost forgot ro recharge my battery

One off the wrist for the one on your wrist. That's how they should market it.

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Re: Battery Life

What? You mean no one ever told you the benefits of using your left hand if you're right handed?

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Battery Life

I think the battery life thing is quite simple to solve. They should team up with the innovators at Porn hub. A proper wankers watch is what we need. Oh hang on that's coming out on the 9th of March isn't it... (Ducks.. Only joking honest).

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HTC One M9 hands on: Like a smart M8 in a sharp suit

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Spot the difference?

The top ones grey...

Coat etc.

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Europol shuts down darn RAMNIT botnet

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Re: The bill for all this...

May I now refer you to this:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/26/windows_beats_apple_linux_with_fewest_bugs_for_2014/

What say you now?

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Re: The bill for all this...

How many different ways are there that someone could get into your house that you don't know about and the house builder could not anticipate? Perhaps someone could be sneaky and tunnel underneath and you would never know. When you get broken into in this way are you going to send the bill to the house builder?

If Microsoft had a crystal ball no doubt they would have fixed every ingenious unanticipated flaw that someone managed to exploit. I'm sure they love having the reputation they have amongst people like you who I guarantee couldn't code a universally used 100% secure operating system yourself.

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In praise of China’s CROONING censors: Company songs NOW!

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Re: Let it go!

You're absolutely right, how embarassing. But that's how bad it is that even just seeing "Let it" suffixed with any rhyming word with snow triggers that particular reaction.

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Let it go!

Oh you swine! Just when I had that bloody Disney song out of my head you slip it in where I'm least expecting to find it (ahem).

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The finest weird people in the world live here, and we're proud of it

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Homeless

"Don't give the homeless money".

So many wealthy individuals and businesses in that area that I've just read about. You'd think with that and the positive can do attitude they'd have that particular issue sorted by now. It's rather sad to read.

Don't get me wrong I understand the statement on the level of not giving the individual money as it might well go on booze. But I'm sure something could be done further than shelters or soup kitchens with all that money floating around.

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G.Fast sand-slinger says it's slung bits at 500 Mbps over 200 metres

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Excuse

Pretty much an excuse for BT to yawn, roll over and not bother investing in fibre to the premises. We will never get the infrastructure we want and in some cases need at this pace.

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Not-spot-busting for the home: Eero thinks tiny mesh router's a winner

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Unknown Devices?

Will text you when unknown devices have joined your network? How about not letting unknown devices on my network in the first place thanks very much!

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TalkTalk boasts of fourplay-loving customers, extreme growth

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Hmm

Still crap...

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Three to pleasure bumpkins with 800MHz

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Re: The FT this week called the O2/Three merger a solution looking for a problem"

Thing is, if they do merge they leave a gap for a new player to come along. Who knows, Google could come along and build out a massive network in no time at all with their resources. So I don't think it's a bad thing if they merge. I personally moved to o2 as I knew their coverage requirement in their licence and low frequency band use would make them the best bet.

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Smartphones merge into homogeneous mass as 'flagship fatigue' bites

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Network Quality?

“Handset brands have become less important, and the quality of the network more important,” said Three’s CEO David Dyson.

Nope. You're all much the same. Fact is there's just nothing exciting to be had anymore.

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Google reveals where AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable will next offer Gbps broadband

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UK

Has Google even considered offering this in the UK? I want it!

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Facebook: Yo 'people'! Zap fake news on our giant ad farm, would'ja?

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Racial Hatred

If only they could do something about the dredging up of old inflammatory news stories regarding minority ethnic/religious groups that some low life found and reposted as if it were new. Normally round a time when said group is making an appearance on the news such as recent European events. Although the comments below them do have the added benefit of showing up some of the pond life that infest Facebook.

If I had a quid for every time I've been asked if something was true or not that could be easily found as bull by going to snopes I'd be very rich.

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Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

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Re: Linux?

Yes I do use Linux, occasionally, I don't contribute to it, I don't code. But surely you want people to use Linux, otherwise what's the point?

As for bricking things, it's not really just that is it. Linux people love to demonstrate how powerful Linux is on small less powerful devices. Which is fantastic.

Also, what's wrong with Linux being used by people who can't afford an OS? Or the powerful device? Again, surely a good thing and the kind of thing that makes Linux Devs feel warm and fuzzy inside? The fact it is free has opened computing to many who can't afford it or the devices.

I don't see why you feel you have to prove how wealthy you are or why you are trying to disassociate Linux from those less less fortunate than you. But good on you for contributing anyway.

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Re: Linux?

"Why Linux people are always in search of something cheap?"

Are you telling me you'd rather risk bricking something expensive?

Could you lend me some of the folding currency you wipe your bum on please? I obviously have a much greater need for it than you do!

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Re: Linux?

Yes, I'm 33 and I use upvote downvote buttons, especially downvote when you just really cannot be bothered to engage in someone's utterly mindless garbage post. And upvote, well that's just a quick expression of solidarity and agreement with your comment. Simple. And don't pretend you don't like the upvotes either cos thousands wouldn't believe you.

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DVRs at the ready tonight: El Reg's motor Vulture is on the tellybox

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Freesat

If you're on Freesat, go look in the 900 channel area for the BBC regions. If you can drag yourself away from babe station of course.

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An e-reader you HAVEN'T heard of: Cybook Ocean 8"

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Re: Missing a trick?

You don't have to turn the page after every single page read with a normal book and that's the point. Trying to make the electronic device better replicate the experience of what it is replacing. I take your point on being more expensive but anything new and outside the norm is until everyone buys it. That's just how things are so it's a moot point. We also have hinges on items like laptops and they don't fail frequently so I would say that's moot too.

If some product designer got to work on it I'm sure they could overcome the things you mention. After all we have yet to see the foldable e-paper stuff being used in a product. I can imagine that would help.

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Missing a trick?

Are these manufacturers of ebooks missing a trick? My partner and no doubt many others doesn't like using a device like this preferring to hold a real book. Why don't they make an ebook reader with 2 screens that you hold and can close up like a book. That way you can read on to the second 'page' without faffing around pressing buttons. Surely that might win people over who prefer books a bit more. Naturally they'd have to be fairly thin and light for this to work even if real books can be heavier!

Disclaimer: I must admit I've posted this assuming no one has had a stab at making something like this.

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Kindle sparks Fire, Clouds emerge from Amazon data center

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Embarrassing?

How is it an embarrassing setback? Fire happens and it's not pleasant for anyone, least of all the builders. Why the snidey comments that I am seeing more and more in articles knocking companies and mocking them for things outside of their control?

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Universal Pictures told off for scaring kids with nasty vid

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Still Happening

My kids watching Stampylongnose videos today have been presented with a trailer for "Woman in black angel of death" which is just great. That's with family safe settings switched on on the Xbox YouTube app.

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Branson on Virgin Galactic fatal crash: 'Space is hard – but worth it'

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Re: on the up side

Jealous much?

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