* Posts by The obvious

36 posts • joined 28 Sep 2011

Sony to media: stop publishing our stolen stuff or we'll get nasty

The obvious

Re: Journalistic Truth

Only if you work for the Daily Mail

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Google, Microsoft to add remote KILL switch to phones

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Re: Cell Phones

Yes, Europe does have the same rule.

You pick up a phone anywhere in Europe dial 112 or also you can use the local emergency number if one exists (999 in the UK.)

It's nice to know that folks from the colonies are still trying to keep up with the developed world.

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Microsoft advertises Surface, Excel with maths mistake

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Re: Recalculate ?

Or even more likely a formula fail where they forgot to include the last two entries when they made the sum... That would account for the $500.

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Internet Explorer 11 for Win7 bods: Soz, no HTML5 fun for you

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Never mind that...

Where's the option to disable those annoying browser tabs gone? It was a killer feature (sure you can get plugins for ff/chrome etc but they don't really work.)

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SUPERSIZE ME: Nokia unveils Surface rival and 2 plumped-up phablets

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cottoned on?

"Why toy manufacturers haven't cottoned on to this, I don't know."

They have. That's why they continue to make what they do (cheaply with a tidy profit) because parents buy them and then get them something else next year instead of losing the market to apps at a couple of bucks a throw.

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Chaos Computer Club: iPhone 5S finger-sniffer COMPROMISED

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2002 called...

It would like to know if you fancy some Gummy Bears...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2002/05/16/gummi_bears_defeat_fingerprint_sensors/

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Google's new Chromecast spills its simplistic guts

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Holmes

re: proprietary protocols

We expected something different from the makers of the next IE4?

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FTC to cast an eye over Google's Waze buy

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Black Helicopters

Business model

I was lucky enough to meet Di-Ann Eisnor (one of the VP's) at a TechHub event when they officially launched here. She certainly outlined a decent long-term strategy which included providing traffic data to tv & radio stations. Also more importantly she outlined ways that the Waze data could be used in "smart city" projects but with a very low cost compared to installing hardwired traffic monitoring kit - something that got plenty of attention from Arup and Skanska (I spoke to reps from both and there were probably other similar companies there).

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Leaked docs: GCHQ spooks secretly haul in more data than NSA

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Black Helicopters

If you've nothing to hide and nothing to fear, you've got nothing - so why are they still listening?

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Murdoch hate sparks mass bitchin', rapid evacuation from O2, BE

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Re: I'm going

I'd go find an infinity reseller. Back in the earlier days of DSL, BT support staff had (and perhaps still have) access to your login password in plain text (I managed to get it out of one of them once), I quit them there & then and have no plans to return.

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UK.gov blows a fuse at smart meter stall, sets new 2020 deadline

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Holmes

Re: Luddites

"There are of course also potential misuse of data and other security issues that need to be considered carefully."

Those are the bits we're worried about because we know exactly how well they're done... lowest bidder with the highest kickback with quality and security to match (as usual) I'd wager.

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Opera joins Google/Apple in-crowd with shift to WebKit and Chromium

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Facepalm

Re: Another one down

Your lack of comprehension is not something us commentards can help you with Lars. Try the helpdesk. :)

Opera's rendering engine being killed off in favour of Google's - that's most definitely a bad day. It doesn't really matter if Opera's renderer was good or not, it matters that a genuine alternative is going (or gone) leaving chrome (the new IE4) to dominate with it's own nonstandards and sites that work with nothing else.

* And no, Nets^h^h^h^h Firefox is not worth mentioning, too many people have been burned there.

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Pint

Another one down

Chalk another death up to Google doing no evil...

Bye bye Opera, it was fun.

/Beer - I'll have one for you.

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Psst, wanna block nuisance calls? BT'll do it... for a price

The obvious

The short answer is that if you have two telco's or operate from more than one office or a block of lines, as pretty much every legitimate company with more people than fingers does, it's not possible to do what you propose via caller-ID. There are other signalling mechanisms which can be used to identify the callers entry point into the network but few companies (particularly BT) want to hand over the data to let us go direct to their call provider.

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It pays to study the habits of your email users

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Thumb Up

Re: MS Outlook

Dale hasn't used outlook in a while has he.. - the 2gig limit that hasn't been there in nigh-on a decade when the file format was changed in Outlook 2003. New files from 2003 onwards are limited to 50gig (20gig defaults for 2003/7 but fixable by a registry tweak).

Piler AND Filer, me? Of course!

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'UK DNA database by stealth' proposed in £100m NHS project

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Coffee/keyboard

Friend, You owe me a new keyboard. This one has coffee (mixed with DNA) all over it.

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New laws to shackle and fine the Press? We've got PLENTY already

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Right response, wrong reasons

On one hand, he's got the right answer - more regulation is moot when the old regulations were ignored.

But DC's position is more one of not wanting to annoy on the people / organisations who put him in office because he's going to need them to prop him up again soon enough.

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BBC iPlayer downloads BORKED by Adobe Air update

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Mushroom

Re: get_iplayer

Actually I've noticed in the 2 weeks that my get_iplayer has been having problems with certain programmes and rtmpdump either locks up or the download gets corrupted (including "World's Craziest Fools" featuring Mr T which is a current favourite of my 5 year old). I wonder if that's related?

/Bomb as the A-Team love blowing stuff up

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Apple must apologise for its surly apology on its website on Saturday

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Facepalm

Re: Freedom of speech

KZZZZZZZZZRT!!!

Freedom of speech is not an excuse to be in contempt of court.

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Boffins baffled: HUGE EYEBALL washes up on Florida beach

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Terminator

An old friend...

It's been a long time... How have you been? I've been really busy being dead. You know, after you murdered me.

Love GLaDOS.

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Firefox's birthday present to us: Teaching tech titans about DIY upstarts

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Mushroom

Re: "Firefox 1.0 is arguably the most awful technology developed in the last 50 years"

You made a typo, but it's ok, I fixed it for you...

Ah yes, Firefox, the browser that took the dog's egg known as 'tabbed browsing' from netscape. From the standpoint of fitt's law it's quite possibly one of the least useful UI design ideas ever to become popular. That said, with Google rapidly turning Chrome into the next IE4 we may still need it yet...

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Google spikes old MS file formats

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Devil

Re: Google doing what m$ wont

They're trying to prevent another IE6 by turning Chrome into the next IE4. :)

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Google promises autonomous cars for all within five years

The obvious

Plus the small matter of having a 360 degree field of view which meatbags just don't have even with mirrors.

Obvious? it's in the name.

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Open source author pulls code after GPL abuse

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Open source developer cries...

Waaaa! They took my toys and I don't like how they're playing... So I'm not playing any more! *stamps feet* Waaaa!

Open source developers - they'll want to get paid next...

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Japanese govt sucked dry for TWO YEARS by Trojan

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Mushroom

Re: Just wow.

Replacing all the disks with preformatted and preinstalled new ones gives them all the old HD's for forensics thich in the case of what appears to be a targeted attack on a government would not be overkill at all.

Bleedin' Obvious, surely?

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Windows 8 'bad' for desktop users - Gartner's one-word review

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Facepalm

Re: ok

Not to mention that if you remote desktop to a Win8 box (from Win7 at least) and press the start key then the start menu actually does come up. But that much is, as ever, The Bleedin Obvious.

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Chrome hits iPhone and iPad, storms to top of download chart

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Devil

Grrreat

Google's answer to IE4 hits another platform...

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Boffins demo 2.5 Tbps OAM-modulated light signal

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Facepalm

Re: I have to ask

What they've demonstrated isn't multiplexing as we used to it as that's about sharing multiple data lines or signals over a single carrier. What they've done with OAM is to use the same carrier multiple times concurrently.

They've demontrated that they can fill a single carrier (radio or optical) with 8 times the capacity we know today by putting 8 signals over it at the same time using the 'spins' without changing the carrier frequency and without those signals interfering with each other as they would normally.

As for infinite - RTFA. "...OAM is hailed as offering “infinite” bandwidth, it’s limited by how finely “spin” can be manipulated and detected."

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Will UK.gov crack down on itself for missing Cookie Law deadline?

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Holmes

I can't see them enforcing this...

...right after they start enforcing the disability discrimination act for websites.

Which so far as I'm aware they have yet to do.

Oh and that reminds me... must get round to blocking GA.

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Inside the Skynet ghost town built by bunker-based boffins

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Coat

Yes, But will there be cake?

Or is that a lie?

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Boy wrecks £22k worth of MacBooks by weeing on them

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Flame

Were they on fire?

Not that most of us would piss on them if they were...

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Jimbo Wales ponders Wikipedia blackout

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Facepalm

Just one day?

Can't we have a permanent blackout instead?

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Why grill Google over web dominance? It has none

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Holmes

Dominate this...

Drop all your routes to google sites or kill all dns which points to the chocolate factory and see what happens to your web experience... Now how's that tiny market share looking?

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Check your machines for malware, Linux developers told

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Terminator

The real security problem remains the meaty bit.

KILL ALL HUMANS!!!

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LibDems call for gov 'IT skills' office

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Paris Hilton

Cut the budget by a third...

We'll know when they really have a handle on it - they'll take out the C when they refer to anything IT related!

/Paris - C's probably about the best grade she ever got!

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