* Posts by Martin Summers

116 posts • joined 13 Apr 2011

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Siri, please, please save my iPhone from the messages of death

Martin Summers

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

Martin Summers

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

Martin Summers

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

Martin Summers

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?

Martin Summers

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

Martin Summers

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

Martin Summers

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

Martin Summers

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

Martin Summers

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

Martin Summers

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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Martin Summers

Could be worse, try working at Cheers.

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Martin Summers

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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Martin Summers

Re: Xmas is your friend

Well you know what they say about not looking at the mantlepiece whilst stoking the fire, but you are perhaps much more fortunate!

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Redundancy?

Never mind quitting, you should enquire with yourself as to what redundancy package you would give yourself. You might find yourself to be quite generous. Of course if you decided to make yourself redundant then you'd be obliged to hold a consultation with yourself. Which would be somewhat awkward I'd imagine.

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Mondeo Man turns into mutant electrical beauty: Ford Mondeo Hybrid

Martin Summers

Re: Nothing was copied from the clever Japanese boy

Oh dear God I would hope not!

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

Martin Summers

Re: Old Footage

Apologies, auto correct decided your name was somewhat different to what it actually is and I can't edit it easily on my phone.

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Martin Summers

Re: Wrong Tablet

I use a cheap Windows 8 tablet. I was really surprised how good it is,not to mention the Office 365 and OneDrive sub it came for totalling about 50 quid including the tablet. I had only seriously used Android tablets before and what you can actually get done on the Windows tablet in comparison is amazing. Plus it's a completely familiar environment and normal windows programs work in it. There's also the chance to see where they were trying to go with the desktop abomination that is Windows 8. From thinking it would be shite I I was pleasantly surprised and think Win 8 tablets should be tried before being rubbished by anyone.

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Old Footage

Alastair I'd love to see a tech blog of you trying and failing to get on with modern tech as it really is. I only wonder if you are holding back from appearing on video and only writing articles due to something embarrassing like having a voice like a chipmunk on helium? I for one vote that you convert your old appearances on that show you mentioned in your footnote so that we can find out!

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'Tough' UK public sector blamed in BT sales hiccup

Martin Summers

AFAIK Virgin are not available everywhere through their independent network, they sometimes have to use Openreach too. OP was obviously very lucky in both instances.

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F*cking DLL! Avast false positive trashes Windows code libraries

Martin Summers

RTFA not just the headline!

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Samsung S6: You might get a Sony camera in it - or you might not

Martin Summers

Re: Samsung Target Market

Yes, yes they are.

I take it my downvoter took exception to my comment as they probably have a Samsung phone and completely missed my point. I don't want a phone that chavs parade around with and haven't got the faintest how to use them properly, but that seems to be who I see Samsungs phones with so often and who Samsung seem to want to market to. Of course, no one who reads The Reg is a chav.

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Samsung Target Market

These days it seems Samsungs target market is for those whose phones are smarter than they are.

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From Manchester to Microsoft – missing mum :-(

Martin Summers

Re: Gentrification

"I wouldn't want to start making assumptions and fall into the same trap as you, but I want to point out that your wailing could be interpreted as laziness on your part and wanting to have things served on a plate."

I've been very careful not to make assumptions but of course you've chosen not to quote me in an even handed way where I specifically state "if that is the case".

As for 'wailing' oh come on, do you treat everyone who has a different point of view to you like a child? Are you hiding behind AC because you are actually ashamed of your superiority complex? I certainly don't expect things to be handed to me on a plate. I might not be as ambitious as some people but that's *my* choice and you do not thankfully get to live mine or anyone else's life for me.

As for those you know that have put in a concerted effort to get themselves where they are. Tell me that nowhere along that line there wasn't some good luck or fortune come in to play. Even if not, still, not everyone gets the same opportunities they may have had. It just doesn't and cannot happen for everyone or they just might not choose to trailblaze which is their choice. To come back to the original argument, decent people not being able to live in an area they have an affinity with or had grown up in (they could have been renting and decided they'd like to buy for example, or just moved out of home) is not a great situation. It's bubbles that are only created where big companies choose to call home. In the UK this happens in popular tourist destinations where those that can buy holiday homes and only live in them during the summer. Leaving anyone actually from the area unable to buy and the local economy suffering. I'm just asking you AC to look at things from a different point of view, not just your own.

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Martin Summers

Re: Gentrification

"In the UK most people do have the same chances when it comes to the most important aspects of life."

Utter Bollocks. It very much helps to come from a privileged or at least well off background to get you where you want to be. Having the confidence even if you don't have the cash can come from the background and opportunities you were given as a kid.

You guys are speaking as if it's a given that everyone has the opportunities that you presumably had. You have absolutely no idea if that is the case and must think you live in a utopia where everyone gets a fair crack at everything. They don't.

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Martin Summers

Re: Gentrification

"Do you have a right to be able to afford to live in that familiar place?"

Says you from your anonymous ivory tower. What a snobbish disgusting attitude.

Not everyone falls out of education and straight into a job paying the kind of money that affords houses in these areas. Not everyone gets the same chances in life, that's just a fact.

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Re: Gentrification @Martin Summers

"Shows a distinct lack of ambition and closed mindedness to me. There's a whole world to explore out there!"

I would say expecting everyone to think the way you do shows closed mindedness. Regardless of whether you choose to live at home or not it doesn't stop you exploring the world does it?

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Martin Summers

Re: Gentrification

How would you feel if you could not afford to live in the familiar place you grew up in and loved?

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Apathy continues to overwhelm effort to create an internet ungoverned by America

Martin Summers

NSA

What on earth makes them believe that wrestling control of the net away from the US would stop the NSA doing what it does best? They must be completely deluded. For the sake of stability I'm quite happy for the US to run it rather than Brazil. Echoing comments above, Joe Public couldn't care less either.

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Apple in rinky-dink ink stink wristjob admission: Watch IS affected by TATTOOS

Martin Summers

Re: Dark skin?

"Why the joke alert?"

Careful now. Pitchforks hurt.

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Martin Summers

Re: Dark skin?

"They can't afford to buy it and any of them seen wearing one must obviously have stolen it and is therefore a fair target..."

Graham, it's very worrying but your down voters appear to think you are being overtly racist. I suggest you apologise profusely for daring to make unfortunately often accurate social commentary.

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Shields up! Shields up! ASTRONAUTS flying to MARS will arrive BRAIN DAMAGED, boffins claim

Martin Summers

Re: Brain damaged?

Fair enough, I must admit to not knowing a lot about the volunteers. I was under the impression that a lot of them were just a bunch of wannabe reality TV stars such as you'd find in Big Brother. I stand corrected if not.

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Martin Summers

I imagine if you told them they had to cover themselves with human feaces to survive they would do it. That'd be fun to watch.

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Major London rail station reveals system passwords during TV documentary

Martin Summers

Re: Calm down

What if that password shown on screen is indicative of the types of passwords used where usernames and passwords are used? That's the possible danger.

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David Cameron 'guarantees' action on mobe not-spots. Honest

Martin Summers

Re: "You may be driving along an A-road and suddenly you lose your signal"

I was going to try and defend him by saying he more than likely was referring to people using headsets. But you're absolutely right. Being deeply involved in a sales call or any call for that matter whilst driving is stupid, headset or not. The amount of utter wankers I see driving with their actual phone clasped to their head recently is unbelievable, unfortunately tends to be independent tradesmen in their transits. Business or a sale is not more important than someone's life.

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

Martin Summers

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

Martin Summers

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

Martin Summers

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)

Martin Summers

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

Martin Summers

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

Martin Summers

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

Martin Summers

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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Martin Summers

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

Martin Summers

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

Martin Summers

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

Martin Summers

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

Martin Summers

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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