* Posts by Andy Prough

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Woz moves to Oz

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I love photos like that

"Hey Woz, lets take a picture of me acting like I'm doing something that looks techie while you sit there and work".

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Don't panic, US Navy has only deployed a ROBOT SHARK (but where are the lasers?)

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Autonomous Military Robot sharks

What could possibly go wrong?

Has anyone checked to see if Sarah Connor is still alive recently? Could be important...

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Please make MORE changes

And much more drastic. Maybe a bright red, pulsing background? Do the whole site in 32-point comic-sans font?

I love seeing all the reg-tards crapping their pants over a font or the size of a jpg. This re-design is pretty much the best Vulture troll ever.

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Re: What's it supposed to look it?

@Known - Text looks perfect to me on Chrome 40.0.2214.28 beta-m. Browser issue?

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Re: Nicely done

I like it. The red banner is a bit too red right now, but otherwise you've added some nice features.

Also, looks like you pissed off all the reg-tards at once today, which is always fun. Nice bit of trolling there!

Oh - when do we get some new comment icons? Sometime before the singularity occurs in 2045 I hope? Aren't these the same ones we've been using for 6-8 years now?

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Batten down the patches: New vuln found in Docker container tech

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Re: To be expected

@tnovelli - "This troll is correct. Systemd is relevant here"

No. There is a lot of buzz around systemd integration with Docker, but Docker works just fine on Ubuntu under upstart and on other non-systemd systems (Slackware and Gentoo for example). Upstart seems to handle automatic starting and restarting of containers similar to systemd. I wouldn't move to a distro running systemd just to use Docker.

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Re: To be expected

Troll much? And not very subtle are you, squeezing a systemd blast into a comment on a Docker article.

Back to Trolling 101 class for you, Coward.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

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I thought I was in the Reg forums

Turned out it was just a another movie-snobbery website.

Sorry to hear that this movie pained the tender sensibilities of all the reg-tards. I'm sure it will have a big impact (not) on my decision to go see it.

Why do I get the feeling that the movie-snobbery reg-tard crowd is the same group as the fanbois-sheeple-Jobsian crowd? Hmmm.... Same "consumer-as-victim", "save-me-from-myself-and-my-unmet-expectations" vibe from this group of comments. Got to wonder how many of the comments were tap-tapped onto bent iPhone 6-pluses?

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Security holes in iOS? We've heard of them, says Apple (as it fixes vanishing ringtones)

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Apple could easily make your 4s stop running like a dead pig. But then you would have less reason to fork over $1,000 or so for your new 6 Plus.

It's a profit deal. Get it?

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BOFH: Santa, bloody Santa

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The one a couple of weeks ago seemed to have a nice murderous ending, with the copier sales rep and the blood-stained staircase.

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Taiwan: Top tech giants must stop playing fast and loose with privacy

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These phones should all be free

If Apple and Samsung and their little buddies are going to sell us all out anyway, we shouldn't be paying them for the privilege of letting them spy on us and monetize our private lives.

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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Re: The answer is still no.

@AC - "Some people you just can't help. A £170 Chromebook (or Chromebox) would have been just the ticket for what they use a PC for (web/email/basic office), and would have been secure too and would have just worked as soon as they signed in, no need to copy stuff across, or worry about backups."

Now that I agree with - many people would be better off with a Chromebook. They think they need full MS Office, but don't ever use its advanced functions and wouldn't know how to. What they really need is a cheap device with good internet connectivity that updates itself and is relatively secure.

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Re: The answer is still no.

@Chris Lively - "Maybe because it's a techie nightmare. Simple things like user management are incredibly hard. Features that used to exist are simply gone or so buried it's nearly impossible to find."

Control Panel. It's still right there. More features than ever in fact. And more administrator apps and options than I recall on Win 7. The only real hassle is with UEFI, but that's becoming universal, so what are you going to do?

But, whatever. I've spewed as much M$ hate as anyone over the years, and I'm relatively devoted to Linux. I just don't see the reason for the extreme hate for this particular version - it's closer to what we've wanted from Windows than any previous iteration, what with baked in security, significant performance enhancements, etc etc.

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@AC - "The reason for "the techie crowd doesn't like the fastest, most secure version of Windows ever" is simple: they prefer other faster and more secure OS instead. For legacy or windows-only stuff, there is 7 which works just fine."

I use Linux for servers and number crunching, but if I've got to use Windows apps, why not use it in the latest, most secure and fastest form? All this bullshit about interface is just stupid when you can install Classic Shell on a system in about 1 minute for free to get your start menu back.

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Re: The answer is still no.

Funny to me that the techie crowd doesn't like the fastest, most secure version of Windows ever. I've been onboard since day one - no regrets whatsoever. I've put both my parents on it, wife, kids, co-workers, never heard a single complaint or issue. Classic Shell handles the start menu issues for free.

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Wikipedia won't stop BEGGING for cash - despite sitting on $60m

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Re: Ads worse than begging banner?

In my experience, most Wikipedia sources no longer exist at all if they ever did. Broken links or links to non-existent material seem to comprise the majority of their sources, and appear to be written in as "support" for the editor's opinions. Another problem is that links that do work are often to a source that is completely contradictory to the opinion formed by the Wikipedia editor.

Wikipedia used to be somewhat useful when you could follow their links and form your own opinion of the source materials. But now? Worse than worthless as far as I can tell.

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Re: Ads worse than begging banner?

No, the worse thing about Wikipedia is not the banners. It's all the opinionated BS that is passed off as fact, and the millions of broken links.

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LA schools math quiz: $500 Chromebooks or $700 iPads for students?

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Why am I thinking the school budgeteers will pick door #3?

The $49 Android landfill tablet...

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That sub-$100 Android slab you got on Black Friday? RIDDLED with holes, say infosec bods

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Re: $$$???

@Ken - "We're not part of the USA, yet"

Only cause 'Merica doesn't want your drivers on the wrong side of our roads screwing up all our traffic.

Although Congress would love to get their hands on the Crown Jewels and the Royal Palaces - we could auction them off at half-price and pay for a couple of days worth of our national debt interest payments.

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

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Re: mousepads...

@Chika - "I'm also an opensuser but I don't mind having a peek. My biggest problem is the intense dislike of KDE4 and more recent GNOME, so Cinnamon is certainly a possible contender for a replacement."

Agreed, and I'm also an opensuser, but I won't be bothering with Mint 17.1. Stick me with a nearly year-old kernel? NO THANKS. I prefer my systems to have access to current drivers, graphics system updates and kernel optimizations.

Guess I'll remain an opensuser, struggling along with KDE.

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Lenovo: We'll say HELLO MOTO to profits in 18 months

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Re: Lenotorola?

Motorovo. Rolls off the tongue a bit better.

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Google's Chrome to pull plug on plugins next September

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Re: Wow, I'm way out of touch...

There's still a bunch of educational websites using Silverlight to deliver DRM-locked content. Universities, K-12 education, textbook makers and the like. Companies that want to deliver content at ridiculously high prices without giving you the ability to copy and paste it into a document.

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iPhone sales set to PLUMMET: Bleak times ahead for Apple

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Re: Even the regular 6 is too big

The larger sizes could be trouble for those who are addicted to texting/facebooking/emailing while driving. Around my community, if you pull up to nearly any stoplight you can see people in their cars one-hand stabbing on the glass of what appear to be iPhones.

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It's 2014 and people are willing to blow $6.8m on things like Z.com

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Re: All this really shows is...

Can't spare them right now. Trying to put together $7 billion to purchase "zz.com".

Can you IMAGINE how popular that will be? It's so amazingly 3D. And stuff.

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All this really shows is...

...how completely worthless $1 million dollars is now.

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Mozilla remembers 2013. Y'know, back when it still gobbled at the Google money-trough

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Re: Lots of fat to cut from their budget

Maybe it's just me, but it seems like the mobile OS itself IS the biggest distraction they need to get rid of. Very expensive to develop and run a mobile OS, and so far the benefit looks extremely tiny - basically selling cheap handsets in countries that already have tons of cheap handsets.

But again - maybe it's just me.

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Re: Remember the old Firefox you used to love?

Very interesting - thanks!

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Google Contributor: Ad-block killer – or proof NO ONE will pay for news?

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Re: Or use AdBlockers, a Hosts file, & NoScript for no ads whatsoever.

Yup, what he said. When ads started carrying malware and attempting to track my every move, that's when I pretty much flushed then all. You can advertise to me again when you:

a. Secure your stuff so malware isn't being injected

b. Don't try to drop anything - cookies, trackers, whatever - on my system

c. Make your stuff non-annoying, by which I mean text based, no need for photos and autostart videos and do forth

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Re: huh?

There must be a huge number of people who don't use their online time like I do for online ads to be worth any money at all.

The last time I saw an online ad?

Can't remember - years. Probably more recently, but I didn't notice. AdBlock really works.

The last time I read an online ad I inadvertently saw?

Can't remember - years.

The last ad that I remember any information from?

Can't recall any in particular. Some of the old Microsoft ads were annoyingly funny in their attempts at tech-speak and their lack of truthfulness. Those old Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld online videos were almost humorous.

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Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

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Re: Windows 10

Oh, good lord that was funny. You owe me a new $200 keyboard, pal.

And I'll take a new mouse while you're at it. And a nice set of speakers. Don't get me anything that says "Beats" on it, please.

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Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop

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Re: Google finally finds out how it feels....

The Googlers are just trying to keep up with the Jobs's. They heard there were massive profits to be made putting out broken software and bendy phones...

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Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU

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Re: Jeez...

@Ted - don't be silly. We all know that Ebola was caused by systemd.

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Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads

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Re: Obviously...

Oh dear - I hope this doesn't mean that they'll start showing up for work in skinny jeans.

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SEX BEAST SEALS may be egging each other on to ATTACK PENGUINS

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Re: As a long-time Linux user...

More like SCO.

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As a long-time Linux user...

...I'm really feeling butt-hurt over this.

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You know where Apple Pay is getting used a LOT? Yes - McDonalds

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Re: So....

Not the recession. Here in good ol 'Merica, Walmart is now one of the biggest sellers of iPhones and iPads. Can't walk into a Walley-mart without being bombarded with signage for super-sales on Apple goodies.

And you know where Bubba and Cindylou are headed once they've picked up their new shiny-shiny from Walmart? Straight to Mickey-D's for a double-bacon double-cheese BigMac, super fries and an extra large DIET Coke (got to watch those calories, you know). Fortunately for Bubba and Cindylou and their aching knees, most Walmarts in 'Merica now have a McDonalds right inside the store.

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Now Uber can take EVERYONE for a ride

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Ass, gas or cash - no one rides for free. By K-Dee (produced by Ice Cube)

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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Re: eh???

Well, this Toshiba one is good, even with the 1GB ram and the Atom processor. "Encore 2" it's called. I'm running MS Office, Libre Office, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Chrome, MS Note, all kinds of video and audio programs - no problem at all. Haven't tried any games or video editing, but I'm not much of a gamer or movie maker, One thing I'm surprised to find is that it has GPS. It's certainly a lot more useful than my old Kindle or my wife's iPad. At least it has real programs and a desktop. Doesn't seem any slower than an iPad or Kindle for anything I've tried - really it's about as fast as my laptop when it comes to opening programs and web pages and so forth.

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Re: eh???

Yeah, I got a Toshiba Win8 tablet as a no-charge replacement from BestBuy when I turned in my borked Kindle a few weeks back. It's just got 1 GB ram and the Atom processor, but works real nice. Not slow at all, unless I try to open too much stuff at once. But when you consider most iOS and Android tablets don't really multi-process at all, it's a pretty sweet little deal probably for $99. I've been using it quite a bit.

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

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"and run all the important apps"

This is why laptops (and yes, even desktops) will remain relevant far longer than another "replacement cycle" - content creation apps on smartphones and tablets are complete and utter garbage.

Ever try scanning 10,000 pages into a tablet, OCR'ing them, keyword searching, cropping relevant portions, and inserting those portions into a slide show or video presentation? I just listed 6 things you aren't going to do effectively on a smartphone or tablet anytime in the next couple of replacement cycles, because the apps simply don't exist at all or don't have anywhere near the necessary functionality. And yet, those functions are necessary for most law offices - so you've just taken the entire legal profession off the map.

What about design engineering? Architecture? Accounting? Etc, etc, etc. The apps don't exist, or the ones that do are such complete and utter crap as to make working on one for professional content creation completely impossible.

Yes, a sysadmin could do a little coding, and remote into some systems on a smartphone, and throw an image onto a larger screen, and connect a keyboard - we've all experienced it. Yay! That functionality has existed in some fashion since the Palm Pilot was hip though, keep in mind. I did nearly all those things with my first Blackberry just for kicks. Telling me that a sysadmin can keep some servers running from a handheld is absolutely nothing new, and has absolutely nothing to do with "the death of the PC".

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SO LONELY: Woman DARED to get rid of her iPHONE - Apple DUMPED all her TXTS

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Tim Cook...

...morphing into Bill Gates right before our eyes...

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Patch Windows boxes NOW – unless you want to be owned by a web page or network packet

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Re: "Someone, come up with a catchy logo for this SSL hole"

ASSLSHOLE?

I'm a little confused...

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Re: Update FAIL (?)

@Swiss Anton - "thankfully other browsers seem to be OK so I can still access El Reg"

Proof - There IS a God in Heaven! What would you do without your daily Reg?

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Got an iPhone or iPad? LOOK OUT for MASQUE-D INTRUDERS

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Malware on my wife's iPhone

Dear Reg,

My wife was having all kinds of trouble with her iPhone last week, and she asked me to look at it. I found that it has a massive chunk of malware/spyware on it called "iOS8". It seems to apparently be vacuuming all her personal data, emails, credit cards, thumbprints, etc, into a hideously slow, second-rate music-sharing app called "iTunes".

Anyone know how to get rid of it? Can I just replace it with CyanogenMod and get her back to using a functional phone? Or do I have to buy her a proper Windows 8 phone?

Sincerely,

Anxious in America

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OFFICIAL: Fondling of Apple's slab declines – iPad sales DOWN in Q3

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People who say "umm" on the internet...

...are too afraid to simply say "you are a lying f'ing liar". Don't live in fear any longer. Leave your "ummm" addiction behind.

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Fanboi-and-fanfare-free fondleslabs fail to fire imagination

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Re: Whats next?

Since the apps are almost all on the level of children's games (same goes for Android), and you can't get much real work done, what's next will obviously be Windows and Linux (Ubuntu or distros with KDE Plasma) fighting for control of the tablet market. As anyone could have predicted 5 years ago.

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Apple's OS X Yosemite slurps UNSAVED docs into iCloud

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Re: So....

What could possibly go wrong?

Man sits at shiny new Mac, starts Word document promoting his company's new skin creams:

"Your wrinkles will melt away with AceCo's nuclear bomb treatment".

Damned auto-correct!! Corrects text to read:

"Your wrinkles will melt away with AceCo's New Clear Balm treatment".

Hears wife from the foyer - "Dear, there are men dressed in black with guns drawn at the door!!"

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Let's make an app that POSTS your POO to APPLE HQ

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Re: My first Wooden Twig of Fail

Amazingly it does have a weird glow - like a twig that fell out of a Unicorn's magical ass. Remarkable really. And it dances quite nicely to Blondie's "Atomic".

I'm going to reproduce it, call it the "iTwig", and sell it for $1,399 each. The 32GB version will cost $1,799, and will have a thumb-sensor and NFC for easy pay-bonk.

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