* Posts by Silverburn

1604 posts • joined 24 May 2011

Tell Facebook who's the greatest: YOU are!

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Shopping malls

Agree with this.

There is the fact that most retailers are trying to ship commodity items to attract as many punters as possible, often selling the same bland things as each other with next to no difference.

Extend this approach, and you see why in the UK there are massive malls, filled with all the same bland names, selling all the same bland stuff. Zero choice, zero differentiation, designed to conform to some marketing statistic, and the USP comes down to the "retail add ons" (ie who's coffee shop is better). All of them are struggling, because when you can get the same commodity x online.

Witness if you will, shopping for a suit in Next. A tale of utter anonymous woeful tat it is. Pop next door to River Island, and it's the same tat, with a difference sense of woe. Down Saville Row, and things start to look up. Or indeed...different. And better. 1 Saville row for the price of 3 bland bits of cloth from Next? Bloody bargain.

To actually attract people in, you actually need to take the risk and go for different stuff and go for more vertical markets, and actually products are genuinely unique. The "boutiques" are all doing better than the chains, ta v much.

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Former CEO John Sculley: Apple must adapt or die

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I could be a CEO

...if his comments are anything to go by:

- Developed world approaching saturation. No shit!

- Emerging markets are where it's at. No shit!

- Emerging markets can't afford Developed World prices. No shit!

- To sell in the emerging markets, you need to sell at prices they can afford. No shit!

Just stunning. And he got paid how much?

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Privacy winds blow through Clouds towards Switzerland

Silverburn

In addition to PH comments, there is the law of unintended consequences...

The swiss know they got shafted by US gov, so now, you'll be hard pressed to find any CH bank that will accept *new* US customers - there are only a few now that will, and there are restrictions and agreements you have to sign. Some have even got rid of *existing* US customers.

They don't want to comply with the US playground bully in the future, so this is merely the Swiss way of politely exiting the playground altogether and saying "We have no US customers to disclose on, so f* off".

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Black Helicopters

Point of order: Privacy is not secrecy, before anyone asks. But yes, privacy ftw here - just don't ask about the communal naked sauna's. Some exceptions are allowed.

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Hyperspeed travel looks wrong: Leicester students

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Re: Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs....

"If it's a fast ship?"

"You've never heard of the Millenium Falcon? It's the only ship that can x-ray your whole body into radioactive sludge in the time it takes to do the Kessel run"

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Unbelievably vast quasar cluster forces universe-sized rethink

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FAIL

Re: The Microsoft Security Hole Cluster

Errr...Isn't the first MCP exam entitled "Windows XP/7"?

The "Active Directory design" one maybe...a few fail that...but the "XP/7" one...?

<-- in more ways than one.

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Happy

Re: How about ....

Yo mamma so fat even Einstein said "daaayyyym"

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Re: Buses, huh?

Just be thankful it's not bendy buses. You'd need a bit less of them, but half of them would be on fire.

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IBM brains ponder universe, say kids will go nuts for STEAMPUNK

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Re: Vampires are now soooo 1830s, dear!

Gangnampunk FTW!

Steam-powered brass robots doing "that dance".

Nooooooooooooo.....

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Now Microsoft 'actively investigates' Surface slab jailbreak tool

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Re: It's not a security hole

@ Oh4FS

"twixt" - Illecebrous indeed.

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Re: It's not a security hole

1. In order to run this jailbreak, you need to have a second machine with Visual Studio running a remote debugger session to the Windows RT device.

For now. But there's blood in the water, and progress will be made. Put the kettle on - won't be long.

2. There is no pre-compiled ARM software out there for WinRT. You'd have to write your own.

The first ones will be permanent rootkits (malicous or intentional), and they'll be on the blackmarket in 3...2...1...

3. Even if you did, the jailbreak does not - and cannot! - survive a boot. So one boot later, your imaginary software won't run unless you jailbreak the device again, using the VS remote debugger.

Won't really matter if you've loaded your rootkit from step 2

4. The stuff Microsoft charges for is Windows Store apps, and you can already sideload those - in fact, MSDN specifies exactly how to do it. Not exactly a big money-saving secret.

Once I've got my rootkit running, I'll sideload, download, diagonalload, throughload and circleload to my hearts content. You might want to clarify that you need an enterprise licences to officially sideload.

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Apple 'slashes iPhone 5 screen orders', tight-fisted fanbois blamed

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Re: "Even the fanboi's aren't that gullible."

If it's an overpriced incremental upgrade than anyone with common sense would avoid buying or using, then yes. Yes it is.

<-- for me.

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Re: Sell Apple Stock

I'd agree - top of the curve I recon, and nothing fantastic in the 2013 pipeline given all the "tick" incremental upgrades last year. No "tock" products or upgrades I recon.

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Gimp

tight-fisted fanbois blamed

Or maybe...just maybe...the Iphone 5 wasn't good enough to fork out for?

Even the fanboi's aren't that gullible.

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Disney World slaps pay-by-bonk stalker cuffs on grown-ups

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Money

The point here is money, because as the author correctly notes - you don't know what you're actually spending. So invariably you spend more than expected. Which I'm sure was Disney's plan from the start.

Behaviour tracking is just a bonus.

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Review: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Windows 8 convertible Ultrabook

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Black Helicopters

Re: Again - no Ethernet socket? Socket to me, baby!

@ aqk

Some application using on the corporate level cannot be accessed over a unsecure LAN. This means cert-based authentication via SSL channel to a virtual App session over closed wire connection.

Lenovo = corporate, so this is indeed an omission. 30 bucks per adapter x the total users in the department in question = lots of money.

Helicopter...because some app need to be really REALLY secured from prying eyes.

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India's tough hacker crackdown: IT security leaflets with every device

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Pint

Glass half full

I prefer to think of this as a good idea. Most security issues are PEBCAK's, so raising awareness there is a good thing.

Better than doing jack shit at least.

Actually the glass is empty. Another please barman!

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White House rejects Death Star petition: '$850qn too pricey'

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Alien

X prize ver 2.0

NASA is not yet able to "do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs,"

Yep, but I bet the boys at Ansari are wording the scope of the next prize right as we speak...

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Reuters rubbishes report rubbishing cheap iPhone rumor

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Rubbish

Reuters rubbishes report rubbishing cheap iPhone rumor .

For the sake of consistency, I think I'll rubbish this article about Reuters rubbishing a report which rubbishes cheap iPhone rumors.

Cue downvotes to rubbish my post about rubbishing this article about Reuters rubbishing a report which rubbishes cheap iPhone rumors.

Load of rubbish if you ask me.

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British armed forces get first new pistol since World War II

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Facepalm

Depressing Irony

Did anyone else spot the depressing irony that we had to ship our SA80's to the GERMANS for them to work correctly?

BAE systems...if their weapons were as efficient as their ability to suck tax pounds out of every wallet, we'd still be an empire.

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New tool jailbreaks Microsoft Surface slabs in 20 SECONDS

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@ dogged.

Way to completely miss the point.

Do you *really* think jailbreaking - in whatever form - should be this easy on an MS operating system / hardware device in 2013?

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Facepalm

Netham45 reckons you can jailbreak a slab in about 20 seconds just by running the runExploit.bat file on the tablet and pressing a button

Even more damning will be that improving/fixing this particular security issue will probably be harder for the end user than running the hack in the first place...

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New tool jailbreaks Microsoft Surface slabs in 20 SECONDS

Good to see MS's security initiative delivering results...

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Manning was 'illegally punished', will get 112 days lopped off any sentence

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Re: Measure Twice, Cut Once

My query in - 112 days? Why not..say...100?

112 seems very specific, and reaks of an arbitrary calculation done somewhere.

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Wow...just....wow.

And need i ask what punishment youd meter out to the actual mastermind of the whole thing - Assange?

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Anonymous wants DDoS attacks recognized as speech

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Re: DDOS attacks....

Easy...yes.

Cheap...no. If it's done right.

You need to pay for the upstream filtering at the ISP, configure the rule scenarios and then there's the DNS re-direction and hosting to consider. The things you can do locally (rule-based request filtering, window resizing, run site in no graphics/maintenance mode, etc) only take you so far. They won't protect you from 50gbits of layer 2/3 traffic - 100,000 SYN-ACK/ACK's (or RST's) per second still adds up, and chances are the CLOSE_WAITS alone will kill your server.

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Windows

F5 parties

..should I bring wine?

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Review: HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 handset

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Unhappy

Photo's query for El Reg

I'd love to know...how do you get the photo's so sharp and clear?

Mine usually start like thins, but after 3-4 months, my camera pics end up "cloudy", regardless of how much oil-removal cleaning I do.

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Astronaut yells FIRE ... from SPAAAACE

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Flame

Re: scale of photo

It's about 2,000 London buses wide, and 3,000 Brontasaurases long. xx number of Olympic swimming pools of water have been poured on, and...ok, you get the picture.

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'Doomsday' asteroid Apophis more massive than first thought

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Boffin

New glasses required

Watch its Earth flyby live tonight

Watching a semi-reflective 325m object travelling at high speed 36,000km away...looks like I'll be needing new glasses then. And that's even assuming there clouds will let you see any of the night sky at all.

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Faster-than-disk 1TB USB on sale soon... but if you lose it, you've lost £2k+

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Good to see...

...some vendors having fun with the tech.

"Do you think we build a 1tb USB stick? It's completely stupid, but I've got all the bits lying about right here..."

"Yeah, why the f* not. I'll get my soldering iron."

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Panasonic pitches Ultra HD 4K x 2K monster tablet

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Wacom

The ultimate Wacom tablet this will be. Much money it will cost. Strong with the windo....errrr....dark side it is.

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Review: Vodafone Smart Tab II 7 budget 3G tablet

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Slightly off topic query

I see it's equiped with voice command...

...does anyone actually use voice command on these things? (I include Siri in this too btw). I've yet to see anyone actually use it, or even talk about instances when they did use it.

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'Leccy-starved Reg hack: 'How I survive on 1.5kW'

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Mushroom

Spin?

Do I detect some New Labour style spin here? "luxury mountaintop gaffe"? I think the word your looking for are:

"Evil Lair of doom"

Is the "complete rebuild" anything to do with the contstruction of the submarine base/rocket base/death ray underneath? If so, you'll definitely need more than 1.5kw. And a self destruction button.

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India asks Nokia for £340 million in tax

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Re: Hey you, corporations, pay yer bloody fair share of tax!

Turns out they all usually pay the correct amount of tax. Whether you think its fair or not is another issue.

As usual: avoidance != evasion.

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Happy

Indian process

1. Place bill for 340m

2. Barter loudly for 20 minutes, with much hand waving and posturing

3. Settle on bill for £24.50 plus £1,000 in cash to each inspector for their "expenses"

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'Not even Santa could save Microsoft's Windows 8'

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Re: I quite like . . .

Obfuscating the start menu seems a strange thing to do...

Possible replacements for "strange":

- Ludicrous

- Suicidal

- Insane

- stupid

- idiotic

- brainless

- arrogant

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Re: Too much touch stuff.

Exactly.

Sell OS upgrade on touch capability to a market where 99% of customers have no touch hardware. Even if they wanted to, there's almost no touch hardware updates other than complete machine replacement.

Ergo: Upgrade sales in the toilet, causing a full depedency on the natural machine replacement cycle for licence sales. Which is also in the toilet.

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Do Not Call Register operator breaches Register

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Pirate

Which begs the question, what is the current penalty for calling The Register ?

It's the death penalty, of course. Surprised you needed to ask.

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2012 was warmest year ever recorded in USA

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Re: Who swallowed a dictionary?

adumbrates - word of the year already, and it's only January!

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Apple may debut low-cost iPhone for emerging markets in 2013

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New iphone factor?

Bollox to that.

Just break out the old tooling for the 3G(S), and bingo, job done. Saves on R&D and new product costs, can be fired up in a few months, can be provided cheapy and would not detract from sales of existing 4S/5 sales in the developed world (who are unlikely to want the old model).

Only thing Apple need to actually think about would be "allowing" iOS6 to run on the older hardware.

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Making apps for touchscreen mobes? YAWN. Try a car instead

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This is not a solution

Frankly, given the standard of some drivers, some modern gadgets need *removed* from the car, not added - all the better for them to concentrate on what they supposed to be doing in the first place.

The only gadget I can imagine needs added to a car is a faraday cage to make handheld mobile use effectively useless.

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Ten affordable mid-sized Full HD monitors

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Re: Suggestions for next monitor article

Answering my own question...

Apparently the all-in-one Lenovo ideacentre A720 has a 27" touch screen (I can't find the resolution specs tho') with Win8.

http://shop.lenovo.com/gbweb/gb/en/learn/products/desktops/ideacentre/a-series/

All fine and dandy, but I'm looking for the panel on it's own.

*Edit: Turns out it's only 1920x1080. Boo. Turns out I want the XPS One 27 for 2500x1440 with touch.

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Holmes

Suggestions for next monitor article

...a review of 27" 2600x1440 models please.

Ones with win8 touch certification would be a bonus (no, please don't ask...it's not my idea...).

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Scientists snap first film of giant squid in action

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Headmaster

Point of order: Calamari, surely?

And I had exactly the same thoughts re: Japanese research btw.

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NASA: There are 17 BEEELLION Earth-sized worlds in Milky Way

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Alien

Meanwhile...on 55 Cancri e

Alien 1: "Well, we've found tons of uninhabitable planets with liquid H20 that are way too cold and have feeble gravity, but no diamond cored planets. We might have to face the prospect of being alone in the Universe."

Alien 2: "Bugger."

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Curiosity gives Martian rock its first scrub down

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Re: Prediction...

At 3.6 cm in, the drill bit jams and snaps off, leaving a broken piece 1.2 cm long in the hole.

Aaah, good to see NASA shop at B&Q too.

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Chinese man pleads guilty to $100m piracy scam

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Joke

100m?

...so only 1 Oracle enterprise licence pirated then?

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Facebook snubs storage barons for cheapo Far East kit - insiders

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Stop

....the dominant social network is going to buy bargain storage...

Big org buys near-commodity kit at cheaper price non-shock.

Over-priced vendors of same commodity kit in sour grapes outburst non-shock.

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