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* Posts by Cameron Colley

2088 posts • joined 13 Jun 2007

Apple unleashes not-crap iPhone iPod earbuds

Cameron Colley

5Hz to 21KHz -- really?

If they've managed to produce that faithfully then you'll likely be seeing Apple earphones worn by all major artists whilst on stage -- the widest range I can find for in-ear monitors is about 10Hz to 21Hz and that's for triple-driver units that retail for around the $500 mark.

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London hospitals back online after PC virus infection

Cameron Colley
Flame

Forget Linux (well, for hte time being) what happened to basic security?

While I am of the opinion that they would be better off using Linux -- I still find it hard to believe that their IT department can't, or aren't allowed to, lock down their IT systems in any way. Group policy should simply not allow executing of Outlook attachments, never mind the fact that any executables should be blocked before they even hit the exchange servers. The other option, of course, is to have an up-to-date anti-malware system in place and keep it patched.

Who the hell is in charge of a system with that many holes? I take it the It security teams and the like are all in the NHS because they were fired from private sector companies for incompetence.

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UK.gov says extreme porn isn't illegal if you delete it...

Cameron Colley

How about when governments clusterfuck?

They seem to have done a great job of fucking our economy aand stabbing it to death -- does that mean news is now banned?

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Lapdancing 'not sexually stimulating', MPs hear

Cameron Colley

Consenting adults are having fun!?!?!?!

Ban this immediately! Ban it hard!

The government are just jealous because there's "sexual" behaviour going on outside their prison-style gang-rape of this country.

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Parallels 4 users want their money back

Cameron Colley

RE: Virtual Sunshine Box

Indeed -- the functionality most people are talking about makes it sound like VirtualBox is pretty comparable.

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BNP leaked list claims first victims

Cameron Colley

RE: They are not racist

Oh, really? So, when I get home and look at the list (I'm to cautious to do it here) I'll see plenty of Singhs, Goldsteins, Saars, Nowaks, Fernandezs...

Give me a fucking break -- they're racist wankers.

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Reg readers in Firefox 3 lovefest

Cameron Colley

Opera and me

I'd dearly love to use Operra, but they seem unable to make cookie-handling simple -- so I don't. There are a few interface things that always annoy me too -- but I could probably get used to them.

Until then -- Firefox all the way.

Perhaps most, if not all, of the people using IE5 and such are really using Opera and changing the user string? Would make more sense on a techy site than them being hold-outs.

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Microsoft nobbled ‘Vista-Capable’ for Intel

Cameron Colley
Linux

Glad I opted for AMD...

...for my Linux machine.

Mind you, I dislike those awful Intel "graphics chipsets" as they don't seem capable of displaying anything but 2D applications.

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Texas cop tasers himself

Cameron Colley

FAIL

Surely FAIL is for lusers?

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Microsoft marks Windows' anniversary with Windows 7

Cameron Colley
Linux

RE: For all those calling Windows a Shell...

It doesn't. But nobody who knows anything about software calls KDE, Gnome, Enlightenment or even plain X an operating system.

Am I the only one who thinks that Windows and Linux are, in some ways, converging? With Windows coming out in command-line only server versions and actually having a sudo type command and Linux getting OSs that are usable by most people and can be made funky looking too?

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Jezza Clarkson cops flak for 'truckers murder strumpets' gag

Cameron Colley

Where did all the freedom go?

Is it now "against guidelines" to have a sense of humour different ot that of a prudish moron?

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The iPhone App Store - a classic protection racket

Cameron Colley

@David H Dennis

I hope other developers have gone into this with open eyes too.

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Cameron Colley
Jobs Horns

Why did they become Apple developers?

I'm sorry but you'd have to be pretty naive not to see something like this coming from a company that thrive on vendor lock-in. Admittedly, they have nice platforms -- but when you make a deal with the devil you expect to get shafted in the end.

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Bryan Adams pulls a Prince on fan sites

Cameron Colley
Pirate

RE: Rust Sherriffs badge

Strangely Metallica were the first thing I though of too -- well, after "Bryan Adams has fans?!?!?!".

I know and know of a few fans of Metallica's music who won't buy it on general principal -- I, myself, have been looking for a stolen copy of the black album for years -- I followed James' and Lars' instructions and stole "And Justice For All.." from a friend a decade or so ago.

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Retailer roots out humping-hound USB drive

Cameron Colley

RE: Old News etc.

Did you actually read the article? The USB humping dog may be old news -- but the addition of 8GB storage to it to add some usefulness to the "fun" is new or, at least, news to myself and, I'm sure, others.

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Pr0n-surfing pastor downs church network

Cameron Colley

Well, if you're gullible enough to believe a religion...

... then you're gullible enought to believe "In order to view this content you need to download this 'CODEC' from www.hackyou.uz'".

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AVG tags ZoneAlarm as Trojan

Cameron Colley

RE: Sounds like it's workng

I would say anything that stops the ignorant from making mistakes is a good thing -- why is it that computers have to be useable by all? When did someone invent an OS that requires no training to use?

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Saw torturecoaster rolls into UK theme park

Cameron Colley

$3\/3N?

I'm struggling to think of any area where zubun was a better film than any of the Saw films. The only thing that would have made $3qt a decent film would be for brad Pit's character to take some kind of responsibility ever, Otherwise -- I prefer the honesty of a Hostel.

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Robot vacuum cleaners - now with grenade launchers

Cameron Colley

SI units...

While I have no idea why somebody would prefer to do base 12 or 14 arithmetic in their head -- ny point was that everyone invlved in science ought tlo be familiar with the basic units as it should be part of learning science -- pounds and the like are, however, units some of us would have to learn only to communicate with those who haven't studied science.

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Cameron Colley

Any chance of SI units?

I know that this site is becoming increasingly Americanized -- but please could you at least convert arcane units such as "pounds" into SI units for those of us younger than 40 who gained our education (and experience of how much things weigh) outside the USA.

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UK.gov £12bn comms überdatabase 'wouldn't spot terrorists'

Cameron Colley

pwn3d by morons.

This is just another embarrassing step on the road to being totally pwn3d by the fuckwits in uk.gov.

It seems that neither the weak nor the geek will inherit the earth -- the mass-murdering fucktards have won the game.

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Wireless-data LED lamps to replace lightbulbs - US profs

Cameron Colley

More secure, are you sure?

This may be more secure if you're sitting in a windowless room -- but if the light can be seen from a window then a decent telescope could pick it out from miles away.

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Stick health warnings on gays, says Stock Exchange chaplain

Cameron Colley

Why is he being condemned?

Surely he is just preaching true, strict, christianity -- it's not his fault it's bollocks.

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Artist to smoke Cobain's ashes

Cameron Colley

Choking on the ashes of...

...celebrities.

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Web designer sues Brat City for assaulting hyperlink

Cameron Colley

RE: Hang on,

My thoughts exactly. How is it _ever_ wrong to link to a website? It's content published in the open that the whole frigging world can see!

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'Water bears' survive in outer space

Cameron Colley

@Kanhef

I think tardigrades are the default multicellular organism for this kind of experiment.

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Open source release takes Linux rootkits mainstream

Cameron Colley

@ChrisInBelgium, AC...

In XP and previous versions runas is a pain in the backside to use -- and the tools under Windows are generally built in such a way that you seem to have to jump through hoops to get them to work with runas and even then they do annoying things like failing to save preferences. There's also the fact that anyone who needs to run as Administrator (or any other built-in account) needs the password for that account to do so.

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'World's largest TV' sports super HD resolution

Cameron Colley

RE: For infinite definition...

Infinite definition? You've been going to some new kind of cinema then -- film is equivalent to double-figures in megapixels (can't be bothered googling the figure).

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Apple slapped for dodgy ads

Cameron Colley

RE: all parts? el al.

Indeed, it really winds me up when people talk about "The internet" and mean "The Web", or whatever. I can forgive the APs, but anyone associated with technology should know that "The Internet" is far more than a few websites.

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DARPA in Tom'n'Jerry robo-brain quest

Cameron Colley

Rat things?

They ought to use real dog brains inside nuclear-powered armoured pit-bulls...

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Google Android just five weeks away?

Cameron Colley

RE: Required Gmail account? Et Al.

I think the problem people have with GMail is that any email sent or received is the property of Google and is keyword-searched to "give you a better experience" or something...

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US customs: Yes, we can seize your laptop, iPod

Cameron Colley

RE: just take the damn kids to disneyWORLD

Not sure if I speak for the guy you were replying to -- but this has made me decide to put the US on my "never going there" list (though I have been in the past). The reason? Do I carry lots of terrorist plans and company secrets around with me? No, at least not outside of my head, the reason is simple: I refuse to visit countries ruled by oppressive, unelected, governments. Just a shame I have to live in the People's Democratic, Free Republic of Great Britain.

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Tech woes threaten NASA's Moon plan

Cameron Colley

Wheelchair access.

It's all well and good complaining that they could copy door designs -- but the old designs didn't have to provide for wheelchair access and baby changing facilities.

Joking aside -- I suspect that the reason it is so much more difficult to plan a moon landing now is that the old technology doesn't meet modern safety standards. Take Concorde as an obvious example or how safety regulations move on.

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Unpatched Windows PCs own3d in less than four minutes

Cameron Colley

Learn how to use it or fuck off.

MS's biggest crime is letting people who have no idea how to use a computer think that they're superusers.

If you can't use Linux then you can't actujally operate a computer -- you can only play games produced by Microsoft and Apple.

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Duff UK nukes risk 'popcorn' multi-blast accident apocalypse

Cameron Colley

RE: Implausible = flying an airliner into a New York building

How was that implausible? Granted, not something most people would think about when talking terrorism -- but once the idea has been proposed it doesn't seem implausible (yes, I know there's hindsight involved here, but hijacking and suicide bombing in vehicles have been used for decades).

I used to read Pravda ^H^H^H^H^H^H New Scientist back when it was about science, such a shame it's turned into Political Hype weekly.

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Think tank slams paedophile paranoia culture

Cameron Colley

@Eponymous Cowherd

I don't think the guy did anything wrong -- giving your life (or thereabouts) on the off-chance that you might save another is a pretty big ask. I know I'd not help a distressed child if I saw one -- I don't want to live in a hostel, unemployable and in fear, because someone else can't look after their child.

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MPs urge action as spooky caller ID-faking services hit UK

Cameron Colley

The real headline is that Telco's lied.

Apparently they haven't actually implemented called ID, just a few features that look like it.

Am I the only person on here that doesn't have caller ID to rely on to tell me if it's my bank or not?

On similar lines, does anyone use a bank that give you personal details and a password so you can check they are who the say they are?

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Verizon sends text messages to the big screen

Cameron Colley

Why respond?

Why tell the marketroids anything? If I pay to go to the cinema I pay them to entertain me, I don't pay to advise them on their fucking marketing strategy.

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Most 'malfunctioning' gadgets work just fine, report claims

Cameron Colley

Mis-sold gadgets and tedious setup?

I wonder how many people get home with a cool new MP3 player that won't work because they're still running ME and it's not compatible, or buy a nifty new wireless router only to find their home is made from solid lead so it can only be used line-of-sight?

Granted, products do tend to be labelled better nowadays (I find, at least) but to those not in the know the limitations of some gadgets may not always be apparent.

Then there are the products sold by implication -- like the (not particularly technical) friend of mine who bought an iPod touch, and was mislead by the adverts and such into thinking she could use the internet and email on the move (as it happens, she likes it anyhow). I'd have wound her up about it, but I've heard that kind of thing happen before.

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US bank loses unencrypted data on 4.5m people

Cameron Colley

Two fucking years?!?

If you loose someone's data you owe them insurance for life -- after all, that's how long their personal details will be valid.

It seems only honest people need worry in this world.

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HP biased against BIOS password security

Cameron Colley

Front door?

Front gate, surely? The das are over when anyone should rely on anything but encryption.

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Paypal glitch hits merchants with 12-day headache

Cameron Colley
Coat

Can't even leave them...

I just hope wiping out my credit card details did the trick, at least that seems to have stuck, even if I can't cancel the account to stop the container loads of spam "confirmations" that are currently capsizing my ISP mail.

This rat, for one, is getting of the good ship PayPal for good -- thank fuck it's just email confirmations and not 2000 £10 transactions, I suppose.

Mine's the survival suit with the pockets stuffed with shark repellent.

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Sikorsky X2 superwhirlybird enters ground spin-up phase

Cameron Colley

No-tar?

Couldn't they make do with one set of rotors and a clever tail design?

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Teen battles City of London cops over anti-Scientology placard

Cameron Colley

So, how much did L Ron Hobbalb pay?

How much to buy the police's co-operation nowadays?

Protesting tossers aside -- either the police officer was a moron or she had instructions.

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Israeli jailers listen to guard dogs with interpreter ware

Cameron Colley

Where's Amber?

I hope she's been dispatched to Israel to investigate.

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PayPal meltdown wreaks havoc on some ecommerce websites

Cameron Colley

RE: 2253 new paypal emails!!!!!!

I've slightly fewer than that (about 200, I think) but, yes, I've been receiving confirmation of a payment every few minutes since some time on Sunday and I know of others in the same position.

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SOCA says: We are hitting serious criminals

Cameron Colley

Drugs?

More dangerous drugs are sold by your local pharmacy that your local drug dealer.

Funny how the organised crime squad spend so much time on something they turned into crime in the first place -- there wouldn't be Afghani opium trafficers if people could grow poppys freely, for example.

Still, glad I'm being protected from the criminals they've created...

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How to destroy 60 hard drives an hour

Cameron Colley

Another vote for Thermit here.

I was under the impression thatThermit was the canonical method for the destruction of magnetic media.

Saying that though, I think the microwave idea is inspired and, since you could fit a fair few drives in an industrial microwave it ought to work.

My own idea (that just popped into my head) is to use induction-loop heating to melt them -- this should produce a similar result to Thermit, but without the need for combustion, I think the magnetic field might have some effect too.

For the money they charge the method is simply not good enough.

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LG GGW-H20L Blu-ray HD DVD combo drive

Cameron Colley

Linux?

Or is this just for the paytards?

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Police likely to ignore Brown's cannabis changes

Cameron Colley

Aren't we good sheep...

Broke my own ban, oops.

I fail to see why law/government stories are reported -- just tow the party line, nobody cares enough to string our dictators up.

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