* Posts by Irongut

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Shuttleworth delivers death blow in Umbongoland dispute

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Canonical licensing opaque, confusing and causing rifts in the community? No surprise. I know a number of excellent devs who will not work on Canonical backed projects because of the ridiculous developer agreement they make you sign.

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Wi-Fi was MEANT to be this way: Antennas and standards, 802.11 style

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No it really wouldn't.

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Boffins silently track train commuters without tripping Android checks

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Re: Research purposes

Much easier just to get subscriber's movements from their phone companies. I saw a demo by TfL a few years ago, using live data from Vodafone, that showed commuter movements during rush hour ouside the hotel the conference was happening in. They use it for the purpose you suggest.

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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Re: Choose a question (and answer) on car numbers

Nope. I couldn't tell you the reg of my current car.

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Re: Even worse

The first line of my address has a slash in it. This could be replaced by a dash and the postie will still understand. What really annoys me is the number of sites that won't allow punctuation of any kind in an address. Especially since you pick what you want to buy, they make you create an account with a bunch of stupid security questions and only as you're completing the order do they tell you that / isn't allowed in an address.

YES IT BLOODY WELL IS!

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Re: What is the name of your pet rabbit?

At least you had a family cat. I've never owned a pet, don't have a favourite food or colour and my father has no middle name. A lot of the truthful answers to my security questions are 'None'.

Fortunately I don't have to worry about a hacker looking me up on Facebook to find out the other answers. I've never had an account and my name is common enough they would probably find someone else.

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Spotify smashing new media paradigms with something called ‘video’

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Re: Moan, Moan Moan......

Agreed. I still see the search box and my playlists in the desktop and mobile apps so this Paul Sanders chap is clearly an arse.

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Spy-tech firms Gamma and Trovicor target Shell Oil in Oman

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British oil company Shell

Do you mean Royal Dutch Shell whose headquarters are in The Hague?

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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Re: Another reason for a physical key..

"It has already been proven to be perfectly possible to lock up brakes and gears (via hacking from a distance as well as controller failures) so you need an emergency cut-out or you're history."

You realise that as soon as you turn the key you will also turn off the powered steering? Using the key as an emergency cut out while driving could be very dangerous indeed.

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Hacker data dumps scrape to make huge grey marketing database

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Re: Company makes new search engine.

People may but I don't. This guy is hoovering up pilfered data and providing it to marketing people without my or the data owner's consent. That should violate at least a few EU data protection laws.

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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Re: Daisy

Wow you ran a D&D campaign once, you must be an expert in cows then.

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ALIBABA Vs AMAZON: Let the Global Tat Bazaar war begin

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Re: re. 1688.com

Maybe they're trying to join the orange lodge to get some shady deals?

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Microsoft's Surface 3 is sweet – but I wouldn't tickle my nads with it

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I bought a Linx 8 in January and haven't used my Android tablets since. Its lighter, faster and I can actually get some work done on it. All for a fraction of the price.

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VENOM virtual vuln proves less poisonous than first feared

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Goths drink snakebite & black which is a red drink. You know, the colour of blood. Making it entirely explicable why Goths drink it. That and after a few even the fat Goth chicks look attractive.

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Gaze upon the desirable Son of Alpha: Samsung Galaxy A5

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What is this case you speak of? Is it that tatty thing I see on iPhones?

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The next Nest? We talk to Ring, the doorbell-come-security system

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Do you want visitors to press your Ring?

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

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The last thing I want to see

is a video of some spotty oik fondling a gadget while repeating the tech specs out loud. Wtf is wrong with people, why can't they just read the fucking specs? Why does everything need to be a video guide these days? I'd much rather read a well written guide to whatever than watch a crappy YouTube video.

But then I am in my 40s and I can read.

I'd much rather watch a video of Dabsy screwing up and showing how the gadget doesn't really work. It would be funnier and probably more useful for product comparisons than "and its got a Qualcom Snapdragon blah blah blah with 802.11 a/b/c/n/ac/dfsjdwjkdsadw networking..."

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T-Mobile prods at corpse of BlackBerry, says 'me too!'

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Re: Once the leading brand in the smartphone space

Because who needs choice? After all we're all happy to be force fed crap software by Apple, Google and Microsoft and crap hardware by Apple, Samsung, ex-Nokia and their other OEM partners. As long as we can get cat pics on Facebook to make us forget the NSA are watching everything we do who cares?

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F*cking DLL! Avast false positive trashes Windows code libraries

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Re: How do they test?

Read the article. No systems went tits up or became unbootable. Some people who had not bothered to update their free AV this year were unable to use TeamViewer or Corel. Hardly the end of the world is it?

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How Project Centennial brings potentially millions of desktop apps to the Windows 10 Store

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If an app bloats your registry and screws qith other apps when uninstalled it should be black listed. There is no reason to do any of these things except bad developers who don't understand the system. I'm looking at you ArcMap.

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SpaceX Dragon crew capsule in 'CHUTE ABORT drama – don't panic, no one died

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Re: Lets hope this is never needed

Bill would be going mental but Jeb would love it.

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Nothing BEATS a good anti-trust investigation, eh, Apple?

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Re: And Mail?

Go back to FUD School DougS you failed. MS have always allowed you to change the default browser in Windows. They were never forced to do so, only to annoyingly advertise alternatives and that on in Europe.

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Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

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I guess that's one PC in my house that won't be getting upgraded to Win10 then. :(

I've never really bothered with recording TV but we use our media pc and WMC on a daily basis. I have tried XBMC but didn't like it and I have a thing about not installing software that can't decide what it's name is today. I require something that will play DVD, BluRay, files downloaded from the internet in random formats and HD Flash streams so Chromecast, Fire, Apple bollocks, etc do not completely meet my requirements.

Why does every company seem to go out of their way to piss me off these days? Don't even get me started on Google's crap code screwing up my phone or Samsung and removable batteries...

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Unfriended: Odious screen-teens get theirs in this flat horror

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"Just because something is new and clever doesn’t actually mean it will make a better film."

"It’s certainly interesting, but it ain’t the new Blair Witch."

Found footage films are generally terrible, there are a few exceptions but Blair Witch definitely ain't one of them. Also doesn't help that the name always makes me think of Cherie Blair.

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Chat app WhatsApp gift-wraps free yaps for Apple iPhone saps

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So use up expensive mobile data rather than the free minutes that come with my monthly plan? No thanks. That's before even considering that they are owned by FB so I wouldn't touch them with a 10' barge pole.

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Android mobe biz OnePlus goes to the dogs - or maybe cats

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As much as I love annoying vagueness, care to elaborate which networks?

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Nork hackers no pantomime villains, but a hugely unpredictable menace

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I'm no more inclinded to believe a former US Marine or a security company who are selling protection than I was the FBI. Even if it was NK, and I'm yet to see compelling evidence, companies do not have to worry about a similar attack if they don't go around publicly slagging the NK regime.

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Twitter direct message INVASION: How to stop EVERYONE spaffing into your DMs

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Re: Squawk

Personally I find telling the staff how much you like it while buying the ice cream much more effective. You might even get an extra scoop!

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Huawei P8: Chinese mobes have arrived and the West should tremble

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2680mAh battery

But is it removable?

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Windows Phone 10: Less stuff that does more – plus IE-killer Project Spartan

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So easy to use...

you had to set it up for them.

My 82 year old father bought an Android phone last year and I haven't had to touch it.

That said, Google and Android are annoying me these days. I use my Win8.1 tablet more than my Android tablet, I'm overdue a phone upgrade and I'm seriously considering a different OS because the S6 doesn't have a removable battery.

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'Hackers racked up $$$$s via the Android Play Store, and Google won't pay me back'

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"could not have been obtained in any way other than a compromise on Google's end"

Yeah right. It couldn't possibly be that she uses the same password for everything because its her dog/cat/child/partner's name/birthday and there is a keylogger on her computer from that time she opened that funny looking email attachment. That's just crazy talk.

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Google's new scribble-tab-ulous handwriting interface for Android

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The app works in 82 languages

Is that "works" in the same way that Google Translate "works" provided you're capable of translating from the wrong tense, wrong word order, swapped subject and object and often opposite meaning to the original language on the fly?

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Google’s plan for WORLD DOMINATION takes shape. And it begins with a patent

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Re: So "Don't be evil"...

Lol it was and remains an advertising slogan to confound the unwary.

If I say I do something no one will suspect I've been doing the opposite all along...

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hardworking, talented, and attractive journalists

So they aren't looking to take any jobs at The Register then?

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Android lands on Microsoft's money-machine island fortress

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What a lovely piece of FUD you've written Gavin

You realise ATMs run XP Embedded which is not XP and is still in support? Well now you do.

What happened to the days when journalists would research their stories?

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Chrome version 42 will pour your Java coffee down the drain: Plugin blocked by default

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Re: grrr

What MS webmail would this be where Firefox doesn't work? You are presumably talking about Office 365 which has had Firefox support since launch. Everything on the employee and admin sides works perfectly.

Pull the other one.

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Re: isnt that a good thing?

Potato... Podildo

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

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Re: Turn Off Windows Automatic Updates

I had a similar problem with a new tablet and a new netbook, both running Win8.1. I think the issue was too many updates for the devices to process. My solution was to turn off auto updates and manually install them in batches with a reboot in between. IIRC I did all the Windows updates, then the .Net updates and finally the Office updates.

Since then auto updates has worked fine.

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Re: Naughty, naughty @caffeine addict

I had to untick installing Chrome while updating Avast last night. CCleaner also pushes it. That's just two current ones from my poor old memory.

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Apple Watch: We ROUNDUP the ROUNDUPS. Yes, Roundup-squared

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Or just get a stupid looking photo of him with an Apple Wristjob (shouldn't be difficult) and let us come up with captions. That would be funnier.

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ISIS: You bomb us, we’ll interrupt your TV transmissions

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Were their turtle necks black or slightly darker black?

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Everything's code, 'zero tolerance for assholes': Yup, it's ChefConf

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Yup and I wouldn't have let him back in the door.

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DARPA-funded team says it can SMELL Android malware

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Re: Follow the MONEY. How does the MONEY smell?

That would flag up almost all open source projects, homebrew projects and quite a lot of other perfectly benign software while ignoring the spyware created by multinational corporations.

Bad idea.

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Using Office 365 at work? It's dangerous to go alone! Take this...

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We've been using O365 since 6 motnhs after it launched and have had no issues. Best decision I ever made was persuading my bosses to switch.

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LG monitor software quietly kills UAC, dev says

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@Stuart Longland

Win2k allowed you to right-click on any shortcut or .exe file and select "Run as" as well. That feature was not added in XP. My NT4 experience was severely limited, I worked on Netware in those days, so I've no idea if the feature was present there.

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The Internet of Stuff is a gigantic ultra-perv robbery network – study

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Re: Considering the problems securing the IT devices and infrastructure we already have...

Why? Because most of society doesn't realise the problems we have securing our IT infrastructure.

Most people have never heard of Snowdon, don't know what Heartbleed is and have no idea how to get rid of that annoying message that Norton / McAffee (delete as appropriate) is three years out of date every time they boot their computer. It's ok though because they don't use the computer as much since they bought a tablet from Tesco for 50 quid that has no AV at all.

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Barry Obama declares national emergency over foreign hackers

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War on Cyber!

Because the War on Drugs and War on Terror worked so well.

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

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Why do people buy from Sony? They have proved time and again that they can not be trusted.

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Tidal music launch: Pop plutocrats pour FLAC on rival Spotify

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So who are the musicians that are involved? I don't see any musicians listed in the article.

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Vodafone wants to bonk you… wait, wants you to bonk

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"new tokenisation technology recently announced by Visa... creates a token on the SIM using Verified by Visa authentication."

So Visa only then? Ignoring the billions of Mastercard, Amex, etc users.

Not that I have any interest in using it. I still prefer cash to using a card for most transactions, let alone bonking.

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