550 posts • joined 12 Sep 2011
Re: After watching the start ....
The only way you could improve Howard the Duck would be to include Jar Jar Binks.
My wife has a spoon holder. A nasty cheap plastic affair. I know this as I melted one side of it by leaving the thing too near the hob. The smell of burning plastic ruined the glorious smell of fried bacon.....
"Historically, the police have always been a force that acts after a crime"
An accurate statement, noting the "historical" point. Modern policing seems to seldom act, even after a crime has taken place. In most cases where they do act, what happens is half-hearted lip-service or lacking competence.
Some of it is understandable - why bother taking a scumbag through the legal system of sharp lawyers (and the perps themselves) playing the system, only to be faced by soft-hearted liberal judges who (sometimes)hand out soft sentences in soft prisons, or nonsense 'suspended' sentences?
Catching international criminals? Don't make me laugh.
Catching international cyber-criminals? Not a chance.
Re: El Reg security credibility?
.... Now reduced to mobile phone accessory.
Re: If it's easy *anyone* can do it.
Oh dear. Droid conformist fanboy time.....
Innovation only happens when different things are tried. At the moment, as flawed as it might be, WinPho is a heck of a lot fresher than iOS or 'Droid and gives Nokia another differentiator against the Apple & Samsung corporate juggernauts.
Re: Clippy for CEO!
If Clippy bought back a proper Windows 8 Start Menu, I'm sure he'd win a few friends...
Personally, I don't care.
Re: Same old, same old...
I smell fandroid.
Running Android didn't make the HTC One a super success against the S3 or iPhone.
Most people don't buy operating systems, they buy phones by brand or features. A monster camera might do well, Nokia's brand isn't too shabby.
Questioning the lack of memory slot though.
Re: The forcing down of the Bolivian ministers jet is especially concerning.
'That's probably not the best analogy'
Agreed. Not to mention (and no disrespect to El Presidente) Evo Morales isn't as attractive as Leia was...
Re: The forcing down of the Bolivian ministers jet is especially concerning.
I keep getting this image in my mind from proper Star Wars - Leia's ship has been boarded by Darth Vader and Leia lays into the Dark Lord....
"This is a consular ship on a diplomatic mission...."
Austrian Storm troopers...?
Re: So who paid Juniper for this "research"?
Ok, let's look at it this way - why would there be as much effort as there is putting up other (less than reputable) stores and so much malware. People want apps as cheap as possible and will Google around (oh the irony) to find them. Being the most prevalent platform, with high levels of fragmentation and a broadly open architecture does make you a target - it's not just old vulnerabilities that made Windows a target you know.
It's good old supply and demand - not a tricky concept, dear boy....
Re: Talk about non stick ..
Does this mean Spock or Scotty could build a warp drive from a frying pan?
While that would be efficient, they're probably outsourced to a prison in North Korea where the 'production staff' are plugged into continuous audio propaganda for re-education purposes - the headsets being an airline model acquired from some prison in China....
Re: Maybe, maybe not.
Eadon is too narrow minded to be anything like an 'alpha geek'. Not to mention a bit of an arrogant egotist thinking of himself in those terms.
Before long, he'll be talking in the third person and demanding folk worship him.
His comments were amusing, if innacurate, once. Now they're just tired and irrelevant.
Re: Die Julian... - SAYS NSA
Surely, Eadon, being a Google shill and an Assange apologist are now somewhat contradictory position? How will you sponsor react...?
Depends on the context....
...an aged, weary King Conan could be the best (or at least most plausible) role mentioned.
Re: MS porting Office to iPhone - how HUMILIATING. Don't mention the NSA!!!
Eadon's Anti-MS Jihad continues. This week he's a revisionist historian Apple fanboy.
The first iPhone lacked 3G and an App Store. All it had was a nice interface - well designed, but not the revolution Apple would have you believe.
Android was a wannabe iPhone clone on-the-cheap in the early days.
Eadon fail (again). Yawn.
There are No Strings Attached.
Re: Another Month
Android life raft? Really? Keep dreaming. If Nokia became yet another generic Android handset to get trounced by Samsung, it would be the kiss of death.
They need a differentiator, not humdrum conformity, and WinPho gives them that.
"I'll be back" sounds fitting for a Time Lord.
Re: A black Doctor
Black female Doctor. Why don't we go with a disability and non-heterosexual too and get all the minorities covered off in one go?
Trying to do too many changes in one go might appease the Politically Correct brigade (so fits Auntie Beeb well, I suppose) but from a storyline perspective, sounds a bit contrived - change for changes sake is not always a good thing.
Tom Cruise - discards his sonic screwdriver in favour of his laser-bright cheesy grin. Blasting around space/time crowing "I feel the need - the need for speed". Scary.
(Troll icon as it too has a cheesy grin....)
Re: But ...
I'd go with "Teatime for Hitler and Germany..." (Hangs head in shame at poor joke mis-treating The Producers...)
I note on them fancy Daguerreotypes that the power button is on top of the device (referring to Brix in the singular sounds somehow wrong...). So if you wanted to stack this, perhaps with several Brix (plural - that's better), the button on top is not such a hot idea.
A couple of the i7 Brix (if priced well and good device driver support) pointed at an iSCSI target or NAS might make a nice test bed for clustering, virtualisation (with the Hypervisor of your choice...)...
Re: Wife enhancer app v0.1
I'd buy that for a dollar!
Re: New Youtube app is optional at the moment.
Android? Meh, can take it or leave it (a taste thing, plus I find Google even less ethical than MS). But my downvote is linking to Phones4u. Dear oh dear....
Re: Redirecting V1s
There are a few around the UK. The RAF museum at Cosford, the Imperial War Museum at Duxford and Eden Camp in Yorkshire spring to mind.
Re: Windows 3.1/3.11 - you could zip into a file
Who needs fancy new fangled System Restore or Time Machine?
"would have been better (for all) if it hadn't been born"
Not really. How many IT folk started on DOS/Windows and went on to bigger things? In its day, Windows 3.x was a neat little product that did what was needed - providing a user friendly, (almost) multitasking point-and-click layer on top of MS-DOS.
And in such a small footprint too (what went wrong here, Microsoft?).
They won't be too concerned so long as they can have Keanu Reeves in the lead role of the biopic (after his convincing job in Chain Reaction).
Re: No Brainer
"Isolate the prototype Mk1 E-Cat, give it a measured input feed, and measure the output. How long can it keep it up? If it can continue to produce 2KW of output for an input of 306W then he's proved his case."
I'd agree he's proved his case (if it works), though were I a state regulator I'd be a little concerned about the 'industrial secret' catalyst he's using. Just what unobtainium is he using? Is it rare/expensive/dangerous? If so, he may have proved cold fusion, but at what cost/risk.
It sounds nice, but is that the smell of Snake Oil in the air?
Re: But it must be served at the table in tamper-proof containers...
Just bring the horse (or other meat-sack) to the table. If it's been tampered with (or molested in any way...I feel queasy...), it'll either be dead or not looking too healthy/amused.
Re: XBox One == Creepy Snooping Apparatus
Everyone's favourite Google fanboy comes out to play. Dear oh dear.
Now I love a conspiracy theory as much as the next man, but this is stretching it. Let's look with slightly more impartial eyes.
Well, Eadon is forever calling MS idiots, releasing stuff no-one wants, and now he insists that they're clever enough to pull a James Bond style conspiracy piece together. Really, he can't have it both ways. For a successful conspiracy, you need a small group of folk with a smattering of intelligence. Microsoft are not exactly small and the bigger the bureaucracy, the more unlikely a conspiracy is to succeed. Assuming that you're right that MS are releasing stuff that's rubbish/no-one wants, then how can they be smart enough to even think of such a clever ploy?
Google on the other hand fit the bill far better:
- Gather information and sell to the highest bidder = Check
- Proclaim 'do no evil' while sniffing data from a vast array of sources and using it for their own gain = Check
- Release devices (or at least an OS for the purpose - even smarter - let others build the devices!) that are designed to be always on and disseminate information = check
- Do all this while having a massively successful PR/Marketing approach that makes them look happy-clappy and fashionable (only Apple are better at this) = check
Google are a smart company that can get away with an awful lot. A better conspiracy candidate than tired old Balmer's boys.
And as for Trojan horse in your home - well, Google Glass goes far better than that. A spy device that goes everywhere and sees everything. Eadon, you're looking THE WRONG WAY!
But do I believe Google are really like that? No, not in a 'do evil' kind of way, and I don't believe Microsoft are either. Only a paranoid mind with a fanatical dislike of anything (whether good or bad) with a particular label on it would have such delusions.
Re: On the subject of ATMs
They also need them at pavement level in city centres - for those crawling (under the influence of copious quantities of alcoholic beverages) for a taxi and are in need of funds....
"But I thought Klingon WAS Welsh?"
Nah, Welsh has less vowels.
Re: WTF is Bing?
Eadon - Watch the remake of Hawaii Five-0. I don't know how much they're paying, but M$ are getting an awful lot of product placement for their money....
Agreed. Samsung should be careful - they might be accused of becoming the phone of choice for "Loose Women" and "I'm a celebrity..." viewers. Not good....
"Exotic matter. Lets build a stargate!"
But would it be pear shape....?
Let's play a game....
Guess the new 'revolutionary' Apple device. I'll start...
iSoap - has rounded corners, and cleans in a revolutionary way...
iToothpaste - has a minty taste, remove Starbucks coffee stains and leaves a shiny finish...
Re: Sorry, Master Yoda.
"EA Games - You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious."
Re: The largely unsuccessful - but rather good - Star Trek: The Motion Picture
I seem to remember it being referred to as "Star Trek: The (Slow) Motion Picture".
Essentially a well-written pilot for a TV series stretched to epic length. It's redeeming feature was the pretty good effects for the time.
Re: James Bond not a fair representation of intelligence?
For an accurate representation of the gritty realism of police work, you need Keystone Cops or Police Academy.
Re: I know who I believe,
While I agree about BB10 (the only handsets I've seen were on a rather desperate display stand in a shopping centre, plus a few gathering dust in shops), I've seen a fair few new Windows Mobile devices. Probably not to the same level as Android or Apple, I'll grant you, but still sufficient to justify it's place as an also-ran.
I'd sooner take a Windows mobile over either Android or Apple at the moment (And I use an iPhone and have a Galaxy Tab and a Nokia Lumia in the household).
The latter has become somewhat tired, with the cost no longer justifying it's benefits. When was the last time iOS actually gained anything innovative? Even Siri was an acquisition of an existing app. Of course, most of the iFashionistas replacing their iPhones yearly don't care, drinking skinny latte and smugly looking down on the Chavs with old BB or new 'Droid handsets..
The former is a mixed bag of random handsets (some good, some not so much, some waaaay too big...) with an underlying OS by a company who makes money by peddling personal data and advertising - 'do no evil'? Yeah, OK.... Besides, being associated with such an unnecessarily defensive, virulent, obsessive fanboy community sends shudders down my spine.
To be honest, all of them leave me cold at the moment. I'll stick to my iPhone 4 - yes, it's three years old, but it isn't the size of a small continent and runs everything I need and then some without any problems. At the end of the day, it isn't about the badge, it's about whether it does what you want it to do.
Always making it more difficult than it is.
If it's stuck in standby and your remote won't switch it on, then it's obvious:
Just needs a fresh set of AA batteries in the remote and we're good to go.
Re: "abusing current tax legislation"
The problem is an intentionally over-complicated tax system.
Keeping it complex means 'jobs for the boys' all round. The right get to keep tax accountants in jobs to find loopholes in the system for their millionaire customers, while the left keep masses of union membership fee paying Tax inspectors (plus lots of hangers-on) in cushy public sector jobs, rather than on the dole.
Keeping it complex means lots of ways for politicians to bribe the electorate with tax breaks/exemptions, while pretending that the tax system is somehow 'fair' (though the definition of 'fair' depends on who you talk to in what context).
Everyone's a winner.... unless, of course, you actually ARE a tax payer (who isn't a tax inspector/accountant/on benefits/a billionaire)...
Re: Windows 8 TO INFINITE FAIL AND BEYOND
Surely, this is the Windows Phone you've been waiting for? One that's cheap enough to warrant buying one on a regular basis to offer up as a blood-sacrifice to the great god of Ad Peddling Data Grabbers, the Google Monster.
Oh, and you don't need to shout - it makes you sound like the shouty bloke in the Cillit Bang! ads...
Re: all you need to know
Ah. Blinkered and narrow-minded doesn't even begin to describe your comment.
Would that be the one which came with Business Oriented Object Browsing Solution and the deep, round port on the back - you know, the Advanced RAM Socket (External)?
Re: the sky is falling
...all through the legitimate Google market place. Very good. Sounds like the policing of what is peddled in the store is a bit lax, bordering on negligent.
I could accept this on some back-street site, but Google? Really? A tad disappointing. 'Do no evil' may be their mantra, but 'ignore evil' appears to be reality.
I have Apple and Android devices. I have more faith in the former, which is a pity, because the better hardware is often the latter.
I'm indifferent about Apple kit. If it works, that's fine.
Reducing a car to a glorified mobile phone trinket? I don't care which vendor it is, this is bad in so many ways.
Excuse me, mine's the one with a full sickbag in the left pocket.
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