* Posts by wolfetone

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Microsoft and Oracle are 'not your trusted friends', public sector bods

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Re: So, give them the boot - use open source.

I would love it, LOVE IT, if they did.

However, in my office I run Linux while the rest of the (large) office run Windows, and the experience I have with LibreOffice opening/saving Office 2007+ documents isn't brilliant, but would be fixed if everyone saved it in ODF!!!!!!

We can but dream and live in hope.

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NASA: We're gonna rip up an ASTEROID and make it ORBIT the MOON

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I would love to know what the Russian plan would be. You know it'd involve a Soyuz, a pencil, and it'd work for a lot less money.

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Document Foundation pledges Office 365 and Google Docs challenger

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Can they fix the compatibility with the Office 2007+ versions of .docx, .xlsx, etc first? I think the wider internet would appreciate that more first than a self hosted/paid for hosted version of LibreOffice.

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Make up your mind: Microsoft puts a bullet in Internet Explorer after all

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Re: Not going to be just the NHS.

"Working for a higher education institution that will remain nameless, we've been forced to keep IE pegged at 8 and java at 6 (for which we have to pay for extended support) because a shit-ton of our admin software won't work with anything newer.

That would be bad enough were this "legacy" software, but it was purchased in 2012, by which time both of these products were clearly already end of life. Bad choices have been made all round."

Give me an email and I will rebuild your stuff in HTML5 and Silverlight :)

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That isn't Microsoft's fault - is the fault of both Labour and Conservative governments who think it's a brilliant idea to throw billions at a company to solve all the IT problems the NHS has. The fault of the use of ActiveX controls and it's reliance on legacy systems is down to these IT contractors who know that, whether they deliver the product they said they would, they'll get the millions they said it'd cost, plus the blank cheques they'll have signed when the projects over run. Sadly that problem won't fix itself until someone who knows their Apples from their PC's is put in charge and is firm with these companies and they are held to account.

I'm with you though in your sentiment. It's a f**king joke the NHS's IT system is what it is. But on the brightside, the NHS won't have to upgrade to Windows 10 for many many years due to the current compatibility issues.

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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I can see the market in second hand cars that don't include all this crap to boom within the next few years. I, for one, won't buy a car that will stop me doing what I want to do.

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AT&T, Verizon and telco pals file lawsuit to KILL net neutrality FOREVER

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In the words of Chris Rock from Lethal Weapon 4

"If you hire Johnny Cochran, I'll kill you"

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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Re: IE Not So Bad, Safari? Chrome? Worse.

"WinME? Stable?

You are trolling, right?"

Must have been my computer but I found Windows ME to be alright. Was fairly reliable - until you went to eject a USB device and then BANG...... BSOD.

Windows 98 on the other hand, worst Windows I've ever used. It took me 3 1/2 hours to install once. That wasn't fun.

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IE Not So Bad, Safari? Chrome? Worse.

When I first got in to web development IE7 had just been released, and I used to shout blue murder when transparent PNG's, styling issues would occur in IE6. The only way to fix them was to have a separate stylesheet for IE6, and IE7 would render the page nicely enough without too much of a difference between that and Firefox.

Fast forward to today, we have IE10 and IE11. They have come on by such leaps and bounds that I can design and code something inside Firefox and know it will just work in those versions of IE, even IE9.

However, you can't say the same with Safari and Chrome. Chrome is the worst offender, a lot of the time styling needs to be amended to suit Chrome but is fine on everything else. Further to this, in an update to Chrome it broke part of a clients website that used a slideshow built with Javascript. Works perfectly on every other browser - just not Chrome. And Safari, well it's as slow as pig shite to be quite honest.

IE, as crap as it was, isn't as crap now as it was then. Chrome has overtaken it, and if you were to ask any normal thinking web developer about the browsers they have the most issue with, IE9 and up will not be at the top of the list. Chrome and Safari will be.

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Google adds evil-code scanning to Play Store

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Re: Apple's process isn't fully automated

@ SuccessCase

The whole circumstance wasn't fantastic, and had to be done that way. The Android version was tested within an inch of it's life, so it was reasonable (for me anyway) to assume it would be fine on iOS as the same framework was used.

And the email thing had to happen as theres a specific condition in the app that would generate the email, it's actually the core function of the app.

But it's easy enough to insinuate that I'm relying on Apple to test my code before it's public - which isn't true. What I stated was that they don't test the apps at all. In my case the app was primarily a web app, so most of the heavy work was done by the server. But from my experience with this, I doubt Apple have any way to make sure the app is what I say it is and not some elaborate ruse to steal user information. And that is why it's concerning.

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Re: Apple's process isn't fully automated

I don't know what Apple do, but they do not test the apps that are submitted to the App Store.

I built an app for a client that ran on Android and iOS, and I used Appcelerator to achieve this. It worked perfectly on Android, and it was alright on the simulator for iOS (I don't have an iPhone). It wasn't until I submitted the app, and it was accepted and published on the App Store, that my girlfriend tried it out and she found an app breaking bug. The whole thing crashed.

Further to this, in the submission, I gave them details on how to test the app and what they could expect. Using the app generates an email which is sent to both the user and the client - no emails were generated. Not because it didn't work, but because the app simply wasn't used.

So it's fine to try and pass off Apple's App Store as the standard bearer, but to me it's absolutely no better than Android in the way they review apps.

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.Free domains at Amazon while Google says bye to .family

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Re: Hmm anyone wanna start a kickstarter for .wtf and .getmeofftheplanetnow?

Which could link to an advert campaign:

I'll take you to the horse.dentist

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Re: Hmm anyone wanna start a kickstarter for .wtf and .getmeofftheplanetnow?

I have to agree. Some TLD's you can see a sense in, things like .scot, .london even. But a lot of the TLD's we have now is just utterly stupid. Who, unless you're either Findus or Tesco, would want .horse?

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Zuck: Get your FULLY EXPOSED BUTTOCKS off my Facebook

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How dare Facebook take away my right to bare arse, down with this sort of thing!

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BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

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Everything up to the giving away of the "Microbit" is brilliant. The idea of giving away that bit of hardware out for free is bloody stupid.

They are giving away a stripped down "Raspberry Pi-like" device. Stripped down, Raspberry Pi-like, why??? The Raspberry Pi is well documented, well supported, already in schools, and cheap. It's also not stripped down, the possibilities are practically endless.

The BBC should have bought a stockpile of Pi's and gave them out, and tailored their documentation for the device. That's all they needed to do. But no, someone at the BBC decided "We're not spending enough money on this, lets release our own hardware too!". But you know why would it be any different? They haven't had to work for their money, they just use the threat of court to get money from people who want to watch a bit of TV in the evenings.

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Can't pay $349 for an Apple Watch? Get a Chinese knockoff for less than $50

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Re: Not really a knockoff....

Well Apple will have a job to claim they invented the smart watch:

http://archive.linuxgizmos.com/ibm-citizen-watch-develop-linux-based-watchpad/

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Bet you the battery's are removable on these...

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Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!

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Re: Bye bye upgradable laptops

"Weren't Apple the ones who soldered in an SSD?"

Yep. I had to buy a Mac about two weeks ago so I could continue developing iOS apps. Up until then I had a 2006 MacBook which I had upgraded the RAM and HD of to be able to run Mountain Lion (10.8). I couldn't get Mavericks to run on it, so I had to bite the bullet and purchase a new system.

I ended up with a MacMini, the mid range one, and I feel absolutely used. I have, willingly, bought a machine that I can upgrade the HD on. That's it. I can't upgrade the RAM, it's soldered on. I can't upgrade the CPU, it's soldered on. And, although I don't believe it, I am stuck with this configuration for the rest of time. I can't give it back to Apple and ask for more RAM. This is what the bloke in the shop told me, but again I doubt this.

During this time I looked at the MacBook Air's, and he told me they were the same. No user serviceable parts, everything soldered.

F**k you Apple.

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Scotland to get National ID system 'by the backdoor', campaigners mull challenge

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Think of the children

"But we MUST have a national ID system because we need to protect ourselves from terrorists!!!!"

Said nearly every expert on the BBC ever.

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Boffins probe mystery of ANTARCTIC BLOOD GLACIER

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Taylor Glacier

Is this Taylor Swift's colder cousin?

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Chappie: The AI tale that’s about heart, not intelligence

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Re: Short Circuit 2 - balling your eyes out

Shania Twain made sure my sexual development past the age of 11 was handled extremely well :)

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Short Circuit 2

I was 6 years old, watching Johnny 5 in the middle of my floor, and when he was beaten to a pulp I was balling my eyes out. Fast forward to Christmas just gone when the same film was on, 21 years later, I couldn't stop the tears welling up at the same scene in front of my girlfriend. She was totally bemused as to why I could shed a tear at this film but not even bat an eyelid at other films like "Stepmom".

When I saw Chappie advertised, and in a few trailers, I can't help but compare it to Johnny 5's antics. Hopefully I will get to see this film while at the cinema and I hope it's good. I know it's only like Short Circuit 2, but to my 6 year old self, it's probably going to be my Short Circuit 3.

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

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Re: Cillit Bang...

Surprised there's all this talk of Ronseal and Cillit Bang when the biggest liar here is Lynx.

I bought that stuff hoping, praying, I would get a girlfriend when I was a teenager using the stuff.

I've been diddled again.

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Elementary, my dear penguin: It's the second beta of Freya

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Re: Pompous Twats

Hang the frig on, don't tar us "Gen Y's" with them lot.

I can see why they want the money. They'd like to go full time doing something they love. They'd like to give it more of their time before they even get more people involved. I'm in a similar position, I'm working full time for a job I used to love and working on a project that will get me out of that job. But it takes time, and the only available time I get is for seeing the girlfriend and sleeping. I can tell you burning the candle at every end possible may be physically possible, but your love life and mental health suffer.

That said, as far as I can see from using Elementary (I used Luna for 12 months), there isn't actually enough for me to warrant payment. It's a theme for Ubuntu. Elementary uses Ubuntu's software centre, Geary and Midori are separate projects. From the blog post I read, if I gave them $10 would it filter down to the projects that they use? I highly doubt it.

While Elementary is a lovely OS to use, it's a theme dressed as a distro. I forsee the project folding soon, and Pantheon (the window manager Elementary has) will be made available just like Gnome and KDE.

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Marconi: The West of England's very own Italian wireless pioneer

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Marconi was Irish/Italian.

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May the fourth be with you: Torvalds names next Linux v 4.0

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Finally

I'll be able to get Linux 4.0 NT.

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Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

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Re: I Wonder

Having owned a Lenovo ThinkPad T500 for the last 3 years, and having used a ThinkPad Edge E531, I can tell you the quality has nose dived. Flexing chassis when typing on the ThinkPad Edge, the older T500 is perfect really.

And yes, install any OS of your choice - which means either Windows or Linux.

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Raspberry Pi, meet face: You're probably NOT Blighty's biggest PC maker!

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Re: Amstrad

We bought an Amstrad PCW-16 circa 2002.

It was complete garbage and was thrown out.

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Torvalds turns to Sir Mix-A-Lot for Linux versioning debate

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And ner a drummer blown up in the process

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Re: I hate to be a whining prude...

+1 from me.

Although I looked at the photo for a good 2 minutes thinking they were boobs.

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As we had Linux 3.11 for Workgroups, I'm looking forward to Linux 4.0 NT.

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IBM says dating apps can give you a nasty infection DOWN THERE!

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Re: "... man-in-the-middle attacks, ..."

Maybe because any self respecting person who isn't a pervert would have thought "threesome"....

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Advice

The best advice I can give anyone using these apps is this:

Always wear a Condom. Because if they'll sleep with you, they'll sleep with anybody.

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You'll NEVER guess who has bought I Taught Taylor Swift How To Give Head dot-com

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Paris Hilton

Re: So she's self-taught

In guitar playing or fellatio?

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Suggestions

TheManyBoyfriendsOfTaylorSwift.com

IAmOldEnoughToRememberWhenTaylorSwiftSangCountryMusic.net

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CAR? Check. DRIVER? Nope. OK, let's go, says British govt

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Re: Welcome back to el reg, Claire Perry!

The thing is with Claire Perry is that people voted for her. She was the best candidate in her area.

What does that tell you about the electorate and the politicians in her constituency?

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Dragons Den Moment

I'm going to do the exact same thing and undercut them by 50%.

I like idiots, they give me money.

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This optical disc will keep your gumble safe for 2,000 YEARS

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How do they work this out? Or have they got a DeLorean time machine that they haven't told us about?

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Plane crash blamed on in-flight SELFIES

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Re: And for non-aviators

If I recall correctly, Sopwith Camel's also helped sink the Bismark as they flew too slow for the Bismark's guns to hit.

True story (if it's correct).

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BT coughs £12.5 billion for EE as fourplay frolics pay off

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For those about to leave...

I salute you.

Having got 4/5 months left on my EE contract, and having not giving one moments thought to staying with them or any BT operated shambles, it leaves me with the choice of Vodafone, O2, or 3.

Vodafone - been with them before. Overpriced for Indian call centers

O2 - been with them before. Were OK but where are they heading?

3 - been with them last time. Hated the Indian call center.

This leaves me with the option to move down the chain to one of the virtual operators.

Virgin Mobile - overpriced useless POS

Tesco Mobile - I have internet with Tesco, it's shit.

LycaMobile - Never heard of them but I know I can ring foreign countries for 1p a minute

Then I stumbled on "The Peoples Network". They're not too badly priced, and plus a percentage of their profit can be given to a "good cause" that I can choose from. What the service is like though I'm not too sure, but I have 4/5 months to find out.

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RIP Windows RT: Microsoft murders ARM Surface, Nokia tablets

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Re: The BOSS has a Surface

"She hates Android and iOS"

The perfect woman. I'm glad you married her.

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Bill Gates – I WISH I was like Zuck and spoke Chinese. Yep, I drink poo

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Re: A Windows Terminator

Would just be Ctrl + Alt + Del wouldn't it?

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Welcome to Spartan, Microsoft's persuasive argument for... Chrome

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Recently I've seen more issues arising out of Safari and Chrome compared to Firefox and IE. IE, since IE6, has been behaving much better with HTML/CSS.

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Snowden SLAMS iPhone, claims 'special software' tracks users

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Wow. I didn't know The Register did bias.

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SO. Which IS more important to humanity: Facebook, or Portugal?

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If I were Zuckerberg

I'd buy Portgual, then open source it.

Imagine it, free wine.

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LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

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Pint

I always liked Mr.Pillinger, always thought he was an honest type of guy. I always felt for him after this, some people weren't too kind about Beagle 2 - often citing the fact he was northern as somehow the cause for the failed mission.

But he has had the last laugh, it's just a shame that he isn't around to witness it.

Have one on me Mr.Pillinger, wherever you are.

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TERROR in SPACE: ISS 'NAUTS FLEE 'gas leak' to Russian module

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It's always the way...

The Russians are useless potato farmers, until something built in America breaks.

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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We already have the wrong people at the top.

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SURPRISE: Norks' Linux distro has security vulns

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Does it support Flash?

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Boybanders ONE DIRECTION launch DoS attack on open-source bods

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Re: You know who i feel sorry for

I don't. I have tickets to see Ireland v Wales in Cardiff, you should see what the hotels are charging for one night then!

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