* Posts by Cameron Colley

2190 posts • joined 13 Jun 2007

Ubuntu 13.04: No privacy controls as promised, but hey - photo search!

Cameron Colley

Re: Transfer rate.

I'd like some more information also. Otherwise I'd say it's just people doing it wrong:

http://www.google.com/search?q=windows+8+slow+transfer+speeds&btnG=Search&hl=en&gbv=1

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Black-eyed Pies reel from BeagleBoard's $45 Linux micro blow

Cameron Colley

Re: There is more to Linux than Ubuntu

I have to agree there are better choices for boards like this and the Pi than Ubuntu. For starters with something this low powered you'd expect to be using LXDE, [black|flux]box or even XFCE rather than Unity. Heck, can Unity even run on something with less than 2GB RAM?

I would guess that's why Raspbian seems to be the default choice for the Pi.

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Inside Secure snatches BBC iPlayer downloads from Adobe

Cameron Colley

Where does this leave get_iplayer?

I was given the impression that get_iplayer was downloading the (non DRM'd?) files meant for iDevices. Was I mistaken or may this break it?

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Dell axes IT channel middlemen, installs Windows in the factory

Cameron Colley

@dogged Re: The end of Project Sputnik?

That being my point. Sputnik was a lever to get something out of MS, was the deal on embedded licenses it?

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Cameron Colley

The end of Project Sputnik?

I'm probably being too cynical but could this be the deal Dell needed some leverage with MS for?

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Smart metering will disrupt weather forecasts, warns Met Office

Cameron Colley

Bare faced bullshit!

This "DECC's figures reckon that not deploying smart meters in every UK home (by 2019) will cost consumers £6.3bn over 18 years" is, by the admission of the power companies, total and utter bullshit. How these arseholes can keep a straight face peddling this shit is beyond me.

These lying, thieving, scum have already stated that domestic electricity bills *must* go up and must go up by *a lot* in order to pay for infrastructure and the coming energy shortfall in the UK. What this is about is paying twice as much for half as much electricity.

Think I'm making this up or exaggerating? Read a few El Reg articles from the past couple of years on Energy supply and demand, rolling brownouts and the need for infrastructure upgrade.

Edit: Can't find the El Reg articles but this gives the gist http://www.uswitch.com/gas-electricity/news/2012/08/20/power-cuts-in-the-uk-110bn-of-infrastructure-upgrades-needed/

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'You can keep it' - Brit's nicked laptop turns up on Iranians' sofa

Cameron Colley

Re: Clowns

They bought a laptop of a kind not available in their country which had no box or manual and possibly had someone else's data on it. Where did they think it came from, Father Christmas?

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... time machine. Iranian Dr Who claims he invented a ...

Cameron Colley

You' re just seeing future echos.

So we know that the time machine has "will have going to have happened" happened but it hasn't yet happened happened.

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Hard luck lads, todger size DOES matter: Official

Cameron Colley

"Girls don't like boys girls like cars and money."

Whilst a little glib this pop lyric sums up my experience and observation of human activity: women tend to like men who are well-paid, ambitious and, therefore, have enough resources to spend on a family (talking purely about long-term relationships, of course).

For one-night stands it's about pure pleasure so surely the tongue length is as, if not more, important as penis length?

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Samsung teams with Mozilla on next-gen browser engine

Cameron Colley

Re: Why the Browser?

Because most people spend most of their time in the browser, whether we like it or not. Personally, I hate webmail and prefer a separate client -- that puts me in a minority though. Similarly thing like Google Docs and other "cloud" stuff (again that I don't like/trust) is being used more and more. Heck, Chrome OS is just a browser and whilst it's not mainstream yet many are raving at how good it is.

Mind you, even I appreciate being able to play a multi-player FPS in my browser (See Banana Bread) even if it is mainly for the sheer "what, the, hell!?" of it.

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Bank card-slurp nasty 'infects tills, ATMs', corrupt staff fingered

Cameron Colley
Joke

When I said "Windows is a POS."

I didn't mean for you to attach a bloody credit card reader to it!

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That Firefox OS mobe: The sorta phone left behind after a mugging

Cameron Colley

Nice troll attempt.

Being aware of Windows mobile oferings before Apple got into phones and being aware of how Android managed to become more prevalent than Apple's mobile offering I can only think the author is a moron or a troll.

Markets change.

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US insurer punts 'bestiality' to wide-eyed kiddies, gasp 'mums'

Cameron Colley

Re: I was about to post pretty much the same thing.

The panda advert makes perfect sense. If pandas realised they were omnivores and just ate people they'd not be in the mess they are now, instead they're stuck eating biscuits and looking cute.

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Cameron Colley

I was about to post pretty much the same thing.

I don't see a problem broadcasting the advert but it doesn't actually make sense to me unless you assume that a girl wants to "make out with" a pig, which is a little odd surely?

Mind you we have adverts where cups want things dunking in them, firemen squirt their hoses in a woman's throat and all manner of other illogical crud so I suppose it's normal for advertising.

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Council IT bod in the dock for flogging scrap work PC parts

Cameron Colley

Re: Selling in the course of a business

"You sell the equipment AS-IS, with minimal guarantees etc..."

Do you have legal advice to back this up? The last legal advice I heard on the subject was that selling kit dirrectly is a no-no because of the warranties and other red tape required. Last I heard selling B2B is find but there are things they will not buy, as seems to be the case here.

That means the kit was worthless -- the fact that a private individual could sell it on eBay warranty-free is absolutely immaterial. To the council the kit was actually a debt they needed to clear.

I asked what I did because I think, frankly, that some people posting here have no idea what they're talking about and was hoping that somebody could elucidate rather than keep repeating that they ought to sell the kit.

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Cameron Colley

Re: it would only throw away kit that couldn't be reused or sold without cost

I've news for you. Private companies can, and do, simply throw away kit that nobody will buy from them for "re-purposing". As I asked in a previous post, please could someone with experience of selling kit "as is" and without warranty on behalf of a large organisation please explain how it is done so that others may learn.

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Cameron Colley

@El Presidente

What's the procedure one goes through to ensure that selling IT kit on "as seen" and without warranty is legal? How do you word the disclaimers that people sign when they buy it? Does the ICO accept "we ran dban on the disks" as proof of the destruction of the data they contain?

I'm seeing a lot of criticism of the council but not much constructive advice as to how these problems can be got around. If you can provide the answers then please do as I know many organisations will be looking for them and, who knows, you may be able to persuade your local council to give it a go.

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Cameron Colley

Re: This lack of imagination

It likely would cost the council more than £10k to have the drives certified as wiped, have the kit PAT and whatever else tested, install an operating system and make provision for warranties. Blame the idiotic laws not allowing IT kit to be sold off "as is" and not the council for taking the least expensive route.

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Iceland thinks long and hard over extreme smut web ban law

Cameron Colley

Re: Tell me how to stop them surfing for whatever they want on their (or their mate's) smartphone?

On their own surely you just tell the network not to allow porn? I know I and to sign up to a "dirty old man list" when I started using my phone to browse the internet.

Their mates' phones are different, of course, but a conversation with their mates' parents might let them know of the restrictions also. That's "society" and "community" right there...

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Singaporean men in naked web cam extortion scam

Cameron Colley
Headmaster

Re: You may not care, but others might.

I will not type "whose" instead of "who's" again.

I will not type "whose" instead of "who's" again.

I will not type "whose" instead of "who's" again.

I will not type "whose" instead of "who's" again.

I will not type "whose" instead of "who's" again.

I will not type "whose" instead of "who's" again.

...

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Cameron Colley

You may not care, but others might.

Might not go down well at your grandmother's bible study group, for example. How about that prospective employer whose a stickler for respectability? Perhaps a prospective wife may not be able to trust somebody who would do such a thing? How about if one of the kids in the class or soccer team you teach got hold of it - do you think the parents would like that?

Just because in your particular position in your particular culture it wouldn't be a problem doesn't mean somebody else is a prude because they see it as a problem.

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BBC Vision and Audio tossed on bonfire, replaced by 'TV', 'Radio'

Cameron Colley

Re: What's a radio?

Why would anyone watch video on a laptop in my living room? Have you never heard of monitors and projectors? I mentioned the laptop because it, and my phone, are the only radio devices I tend to use regularly so I took it that when watching a video in bed I'm using this "radio" they talk about.

I do think that Video and Audio (possibly Video Programming and Audio Programming) are much better than the silly Vision though.

As to the strict definition of television since it's essentially a brand name it can mean what you want it to. I've no problem with extending it to include YouTube but what about downloaded films? I wasn't in the studio then either. I also saw the moon on television once through a telescope?

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Cameron Colley
IT Angle

What's a radio?

Do you mean the programming I sometimes watch or listen to on my laptop?

I take it TV is the new name for YouTube, iPlayer, Netflix and other video services?

Yes, I know most people probably do still have a traditional television and, possibly, still listen to traditional radios (well DAB ones soon, perhaps) but surely I'm not the only person for whom a "TV" and "radio" don't exist any more?

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Pope resigns months after launching social networking effort

Cameron Colley

He was just upset about his team missing a star player.

Knowing the church never recruited Mr Saville must be a constant source of embarassment. My guess is he now wants to work for the BBC.

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Paper computers: Not mere pulp fiction

Cameron Colley

Rock, paper, scissors.

Which one is it? It's your decision

And no matter what you chose

You gonna live it

I've a few kilos of dead tree which I have read, and also a new collection of a few hundred MB. I love real books butt, like a lot of people, I cannot afford the huge storage space. Also when travelling it is much easier to carry one thing, or even log into one account, than try to move a lot of dead paper.

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BlackBerry Q10: This quirky QWERTY will keep loyalists perky

Cameron Colley

A few questions:

Is there a way to turn the touchscreen off or do you just lock the whole thing? Do you have to use the touchscreen to lock it or is there a button or a key shortcut?

Does it take a normal-sized SIM?

This is looking like almost my perfect phone and will hopefully be the replacement for my now ancient E71.

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BIS, bash, bosh: El Reg solves BlackBerry 10 email bafflement

Cameron Colley

Now I want one.

Been wanting a Blackberry for the last few years but refused to pay a fiver a month more for something that isn't that much better than the IMAP I already use.

Glad that my next phone doesn't have to mean giving all my data to Google or paying Apple's lawyeers to talk shit.

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Victims of 'revenge pr0n' sue GoDaddy, smut site

Cameron Colley

This is why I hate the photo obsessed.

Why is it that nowadays everyone seems to want to photograph everything? Is it because they can? Is it because they're morons?

Anyone pulling a camera on me in a "compromising position" or dressed in a way I'd not go out in public is asked politely not to take a photo, then more direct action is taken. Once a digital photograph exists there exists the possibility that some piece of shit will publish it.

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Fatty French Kilogram needs a new-year diet, say Brit boffins

Cameron Colley

Re: Post vanished into the ether.

And how do you propose to keep exactly one litre of water, free of containments, at precisely STP?

Or is this a joke I don't understand?

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German ebook firm pushes cheapo ereaders into US drug stores

Cameron Colley

Re: "do it properly with an iPad Mini / Nexus 7"

Paperwhite may technically be "backlit" ((I've not taken it apart) but when it comes to reading it is a world away from a traditional backlit display. Personally I don't even notice that it's lit unless it's pitch dark but, then, I do have the brightness turned to minimum (though I'll admit I wish I could turn it off completely to save battery).

I used to read from my iPad on my commute and my eyes certainly prefer the paperwhite.

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Review: Dell XPS 12 Windows 8 tablet-cum-Ultrabook

Cameron Colley

Re: There are other Linux distros besides Ubuntu...

I suspect the inability to boot Ubuntu is due to UEFI and/or Secure Boot (more likely the latter) as mandated by Microsoft for Windows 8.

AFAIK it's not yet possible to boot Linux without disabling Secure Boot, which then prevents Windows 8 from installing.

I dare say someone has done it, but until Canonical, RedHat, the Linux foundation et. al. get around to adding it to the installers "normal" users are out of luck.

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John McAfee the Belize spymaster uncovers 'ricin, terrorist plots'

Cameron Colley

Perhaps he went to a special company.

They may have remembered it for him wholesale?

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Ofcom looks at contract opt-outs as users rage over price hikes

Cameron Colley

Re: How about...

If loans weren't so expensive nowadays (I swear the APRs have doubled in the last couple of years) then it would probably pay to do this yourself. It may still do if you shop around for a decent loan deal. (I've not looked seriously so they might be out there) .

If you can pass the credit rating to get a 24 month phone contract I doubt you'd have much trouble securing ~£500 over, say, 12 months. Certainly what I would [will] do if I couldn't [can't] afford a to buy a new phone outright and need one for some reason.

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Hm, nice idea that. But somebody's already doing it less well

Cameron Colley

Re: "I call Godwin's!"

The you perhaps missed the point of my post -- somewhat making my point even stronger.

Please stop with this left/right bollocks as it has no meaning outside of a specifically defined context which takes longer to explain than the point you're trying to make saying "Left" or "Right".

If you mean "Socialist" then say it, or if you mean "Capitalist" or "Liberal" then say them. Enough with the meaningless "Left" or "Right".

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Cameron Colley

The Right?

I'm afraid I, for one, have no idea what you mean by that in this context. Are you suggesting that "The Right" wants decentralisation because they're Capitalist Pigdogs and believe in the small-state or that The Right are against decentralisations because they're Fascist Pigdogs and believe in a united Riech?

Perhaps you mean The Right like Stalin, or The Right like his friend Hitler? Or do you mean The Right like Bush with his fascistic anti-terror measures, or The Right like Obama with his fascistic policies forcing everyone to pay their money to health care or he'll send his jackbooted thugs to them?

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Yes, hundreds upon hundreds of websites CAN all be wrong

Cameron Colley

Re: "Kiss this guy... "

There's a live recording (the Isle of Mann?) where he sung "'scuse me while I kiss this police man..."?

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The LINUX TABLET IS THE FUTURE - and it always will be

Cameron Colley

I want a modernised HTC Universal running Maemo.

Though I'd take Android. Worked as both a touch-screen and keyboard-based device. E eryone who saw me use it asked what it was and they were all impressed -- until I mentioed the price and that it ran Windows Phone.

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Canadian man: I solved WWII WAR HERO pigeon code!

Cameron Colley

F U N E X?

F U E 10 D M?

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John McAfee rushed to hospital over heart attack fears

Cameron Colley

Wow, that is good coffee!

Though he is, perhaps, overdoing it a little.

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E-reader demand slumps, slapped down by slates

Cameron Colley

It's always the same.

Dedicated devices are generally better at the thing they are bought for for but only those who spend a lot of time doing that truly appreciate them. The rest want a device which will do lots of things passably. See cameras, media players and phones -- a modern smart phone does all three in a compromised manner but most people put up with it for convenience.

Personally I have an netbook, and iPad and a Kindle and I know that the netbook and Kindle will be going on holiday with me -- despite the iPad supposedly being able to do the job of both. I'm sure as many people will understand why as don't.

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BOFH: Cannot terminate PFY instance... ACCESS DENIED

Cameron Colley

RE: Re: @Amonynous

Not so sure the staff would be "somewhere cheap" in my experience the back office staff are situated in the same office buildings, or ones nearby, the fee earners. Staff who do that kind of work are generally secretaries or skilled document production personnel rather than someone hired on the cheap.

Your basic premise is correct though -- the work is automated and isn't classed as lawyers' time.

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Assault on battery

Cameron Colley

Wireless in the office is jsut a waste of resources.

You either need a lot of rechargeable batteries (since they can't be used whilst charging) or a stock of ordinary "let's ruin the environment pointlessly" batteries.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not an eco-nut or anything and I do use a wireless keyboard on a PC used as an entertainment centre but using batteries in an office is just a waste of energy for no real gain.

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Asus VivoBook S200 11.6in touchscreen notebook review

Cameron Colley

@b166er

The "wall of desktop icons" can be arranged in the corner so they can be accessed without covering an application's window.

That said, it's the Start Menu that the stupid tile screen replaces, and that only covered a small amount of space in the corner so one could still see an open application (or applications on a bigger screen) when using it.

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Microsoft and Skype to axe world's most popular IM client early 2013

Cameron Colley

Apple Talk now works on Windows, Android, and Linux does it?

I missed the announcement somehow. I also missed how it can work over WiFi or 3G.

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Debenhams cafes ban outré terms like 'espresso' and 'cappuccino'

Cameron Colley

@James Micallef

But if you ask for "a black coffee" they flog you an "americano" which isn't a "normal black coffee" it's an espresso with water added. If you want a "normal" cup of coffee as I grew up with you have to ask for a filter coffee.

I'll admit if you ask for "a beer", in the UK at least, you may be asked to be more specific but if you ask for a lager or a bitter or a white or red wine there's usually a "house" one. They don't then ask you how many shots you want in it or whether you want sprinkles (OK, so i made up the sprinkles).

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Cameron Colley

Sounds fair enough to me.

I hate Starosta coffee places where you have to piss around translating faux-italian names just to order a simple coffee. What's wrong with "small, medium, large" or, if they must, "regular, large, extra"?

I've not problem ordering foodstuffs and drinks in other languages when in that country or ordering a dish from there but the made-up bollocks associated with coffee is a language I can't be arsed to learn.

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California begins crackdown on mobile app developers

Cameron Colley

Re: An idea

It's Arizona Bay I want to see...

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Young Frenchwoman desperate for fat pipe tumbles out of window

Cameron Colley

Re: The other first

I'm not convinced ALL USians start at one. I had a discussion with a colleague from the US about this and he told me some buildings there (Baltimore) had a ground or zero floor.

Can any other USians confirm this?

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Microsoft sues Google directly in German Maps-on-Moto lawsuit

Cameron Colley

Another day another reason to despise Microsoft.

Anyone who bought a Microsoft product should hang their head in shame for helping the lawyers' club remove yet another choice from the consumer.

Keep buying Microsoft, or Apple for that matter, and you're a selfish fool helping ruin software and consumer electronics.

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Sites can slurp browser history right out of Firefox 16

Cameron Colley

Re: 16 now?

19.0a1 here...

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