* Posts by Irongut

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Space Commanders lock missiles on Elite's Frontier Devs

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Clearly you're not an '84. The docking comment at the end is about the original game where a docking computer was pretty much required rather than the remake where docking is much, much easier.

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Dr. Dobb's Journal sails into the sunset - yet again

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They were still going?

I could have sworn they stopped publishing new content about 3 years ago.

There is definitely a gap in the market for a decent site / mag for programmers. All the ones I read in the 90s and early 00s have died in the last 10 years. Ideally it should be language agnostic and cover older tech as well as the bleeding edge.

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EU VAT law could kill THOUSANDS of online businesses

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Re: Amazon Seller Account

OMG a VAT number and the ability to verify your identity? What will they ask for next, your inside leg measurement and the hair from your first born child?!?!?

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

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Re: Journalistic Truth

Try Drop The Dead Donkey instead. Much funnier and available on Netflix.

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GCHQ releases teen-friendly code-busting app

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It's for the freaking children!

And as an added benefit is also sends everything on your phone, all messages, et, etc direct to GCHQ. For your safety.

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BT Infinity ‘working to fix problem’ after three days of outages

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Re: Is this an Openreach problem ... or BT Retail?

BT retail. Openreach is working fine here.

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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Re: USS Ponce

Phrasing BOOM!

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Yuck

Ugh you've gone all Office 2013 / Win 8 with far too much unbroken WHITE and no shading / gradients / lines to separate the different sections of the page. My first thought was that the stylesheet had failed to download for some reason so I hit refresh before spotting the redesign story.

Could we please get an alternative theme with an off-white background or even an inverse theme with black background for those of us with a bit of Mogwai in our genes? The current one makes me want to put shades on.

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Microsoft: Hey, don’t forget Visual Basic! Open source and new features coming

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Case sensitivity is more a liability than an asset. It causes all kinds of typos you just can't get in a language like VB.

There are advantages to using VB.Net over C#. Some of the syntax makes more sense and there are a few things VB can do that C# can't.

At the end of the day use the right tool for the job. If that is C# great, if it is VB.Net that's good too.

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

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The sooner they kill BBC3 the better. If you've ever watched it you know why.

For every Gavin & Stacy there are a million Don't Tell the Bride, Sun Sex & Suspicious Parents and 'documantaries' presented by naive young female journalists who pretend its a shock to them that some people are poor before busrting into tears.

If we could axe ITV (all channels) too the quality of British television would increase by an order of magnitude.

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Mom and daughter SUE Comcast for 'smuggling' public Wi-Fi hotspot into their home

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Re: a "vast" burden on electricity bills

Clean burnin', fast downloadin' propane. Is there anything it can't do?

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Zombie POODLE wanders in, cocks leg on TLS

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A couple of cross platform scripts that could test all the major browsers and web servers for compliance would be a lot of help too.

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PlayStation Network blasted offline AGAIN. Just not Sony's decade

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Re: Pissing off the wrong people.

After the last PSN hack I wouldn't be stupid enough to buy a Playstation.

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Kaspersky: That 2 years we took to warn you about Regin ? We had GOOD REASON

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Hug resources

Because all virus programmers need a hug!

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Oi, UK.gov. WHERE'S THE DETAIL on your Google Tax?

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Re: Tax on profits...

Nah the principal behind it is there is an election coming up and they want to win.

Anything else is just gravy.

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Use Windows software on Android – Microsoft couldn't be app-ier

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overage charges?

Do they have under age charges as well?

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Euro spacemen clear Ariane 6 for liftoff

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Re: Great stuff.

Non-tech people heard of ESA and particularly Ariane plenty during the 80s. Every time they tried to launch it, it blew up. *

* This may not be entirely accurate but I recall seeing a lot of failed launches on Newsround.

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

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Re: S.M.A.R.T.

Hopefully these meters are smarter than you, you cant spell!

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Google kills CAPTCHAs: Are we human or are we spammer?

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Re: I'll be glad to see them gone

I usually find I have to ask for a different image at least 3 times because I can't make sense of the first few. Even when I get an image I think I can read I'm usually wrong. Generally a CAPATCHA will take me about 5 minutes to get an answer the site will accept, assuming I can be arsed to keep trying.

By now Google must be convinced I'm a robot.

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@Tiny Iota

They don't actually test to see if you input the correct value. They test to see if you input the same value as the majority of people. They then assume that the majority are correct when using it to improve Maps.

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UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals

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@Ledswinger

Changing rules for VAT will make no difference whatsoever to the tax paid by Google, etc. VAT is paid by the purchaser, not the seller, and anyway it is claimed back by almost every company.

The only people who pay VAT are mugs voters like you and me.

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Get your staff working on the move: Develop that app for mobile

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I stopped reading at the point where the author thought that Visual Studio, Eclipse and Xcode are graphical SDKs! At least learn the difference between an SDK and an IDE if you're going to write an article about programming.

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E-cigarettes fingered as source of NASTY VIRUS

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What a load of old virginia

Oooh his anti virus was up to date so it must have been the fags. Yeah right.

Why would an e-fag have anything other than power pins in the usb connection? I detect a lot of smoke, and probably a few mirrors. All designed to get the IT dept off the hook for whatever damage this breach has caused.

More likely the guy caught a virus that was not detected by their corporate av, etc. These things aren't a magic bullet.

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ESA and Airbus test LASER data networks IN SPAAACE

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Re: Haven't they been doing this sort of thing for years

Maybe that version was like dial up but this version is broadband?

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

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Not just on Windows

Recent Android builds have been pretty bad too.

They've got nothing on the new version of the Android GMail app. The new Lolipop like interface is awful, its a memory hog and performance is so bad it hangs for several minutes trying to display a short email. It's just an email how effin hard can it be!

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Pity the poor Windows developer: The tools for desktop development are in disarray

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Since 1998? Pfft I was using RAD in 1995 with Delphi 1! ;)

I've tried WPF and I'd love to say it works and I use it but It doesn't and neither do I. I've stuck with WinForms except where there is a requirement for WPF in the project. As you say WPF is clunky and feels like using a form designer from the 90s. But then a lot of .Net and Visual Studio feels like its still trying to catch up with Delphi 7.

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Twitter App Graph exposes smartphone spyware feature

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Re: The real question is

How about an app that lists running processes and lets you kill them? There are lots of those for Andorid and none of them would work without this feature so of course you can enumerate running apps.

So much FUD in the article and no useful detail, very bad. Listing running/installed apps is a legitimate function. What makes this spyware is reporting it back to the developers. So do you need to run and log in to the Twitter app for them to know what apps you have installed or does it report back even if you aren't a user?

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HTML5 vs native: Harry Coder and the mudblood mobile app princes

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Re: An odd change of focus in the article...

"embedding IE into an app to cheekily render content has been going on for at least a decade"

Try since IE4. That was about 1998 IIRC.

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What a load of toss.

An app on iOS that happens to use HTML is not the mobile web. It requires the purchase of specific hardware to run and must be obtained from iTunes. Even if there are versions for other platforms it is still not the mobile web beacuse all those versions also require specific hardware and installation from a specific app store. They will also be different apps because even though they share the HTML/JS code the rest of the app and the binary format are different.

Websites that work well on all mobile devices from the same URL are the mobile web.

As usual, an article by Matt Asay is more about the buzzword bingo than the given topic.

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Glasgow boffins: We can now do it, Captain. We DO have the molecular storage power

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So they finally did it?

Glasgow Uni have been working on molecular memory since I did my electronics degree there in the early 90s. Twenty years later they finally managed to make it work? I doubt many of the professors I knew are still there. Why did it take so long?

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Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop

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No surprise

The latest version of the Gmail app is a total dog and the UI has regressed to something less usable. I gather this is the new Lolipop style so its no great surprise that the OS is a total dog too.

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Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION

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> 4. The cupboard under the stairs.

Daddy is that you?

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HUMAN DNA 'will be FOUND ON MOON' – rockin' boffin Brian Cox

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"Listen to what Brian Cox says at about 3:50 into the video..."

I'd rather gouge my ear drums out with a rusty spoon thanks.

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Re: Probot?

I first heard the word Probot in 2003. (NSFW)

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Mozilla, EFF, Cisco back free-as-in-FREE-BEER SSL cert authority

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Re: Do I understand this?

The little green padlock only appears on sites with extended validation certificates. These involve actual checks to ensure the purchaser is who they say they are so cost more than a basic certificate. The article only mentions basic certificates and since they are going to be free I would doubt they will supply ev certs.

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Cries of spies as audit group finds possible 'backdoor' in Bittorrent Sync

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Bak To Skool

Darren Pauli needs to go back to school, barely scaping a pass at GCSE English just doesn't cut it. This sentence is particualrly nonsensical:

"One BitTorrent Sync staffer 'kos13' moved to quash the security hole was a deliberate backdoor."

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Meet OneRNG: a fully-open entropy generator for a paranoid age

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Re: How it will work in absence of a radio signal?

"a radio receiver, which Campbell explained to Vulture South picks up noise"

He doesn't mean Nicky Minaj, he means RF noise which will exist in your basement whether you can pick up Radio One or not.

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SAVE ME, NASA system builder, from my DEAD WORKSTATION

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Re: I did this last year with Scan / 3XS

I can wholeheartedly say don't use Scan. I have used them in the past but never again. We bought several systems from them in January and I was very displeased. Many of the parts I had selected for a personal development machine were not available (nothing unusual they just didn't have the stock), the person who phoned me was not able to recommend a suitable replacement and the order took weeks to be built and shipped. Despite telling them I wanted to RAID the drives they supplied a non-RAID capable motherboard. Then after less than 6 months one of the hard drives died. Thank god for backups.

My own self builds with components sourced from the best deals I can find are cheaper and more reliable.

Speaking of which I just priced up what AVA would charge for the gaming system I've just built myself. They have a pretty good selection but not many GTX970 cards so I had to substitute a different brand. At the end the cost was twice what it cost me to build myself and no doubt they would want p&p on top of that! So nice try but still way too expensive.

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Shoot to THRILL: Assassin's Creed: Unity and Halo: Master Chief Collection

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Re: I cannot read anything about HALO,

That would explain why he's cumbersome and gets snagged on scenery.

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

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Advertorial

"new iPhone is the second most powerful computer I own... far more powerful than my first MacBook Air, purchased in the long-ago days of 2011."

Bullshit. If it's more powerful than a three year old MacBook then why does it run a cut down phone OS instead of OSX?

No more clueless advertorials please El Reg, you're better than that.

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Microsoft's Lync becomes 'Skype for Business'

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Re: Confusion reigns again

Nah it will tarnish Lync. It isn't possible to tarnish a turd like Skype.

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Printing Bad: Meth found in laser printer cartridges

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Re: This doesn't make sense..

"The Russians... artificial cannabinoids... new legal high... as addictive as heroin..."

The Daily Wail is that way. >>>

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Elon Musk and ex-Google man mull flinging 700 internet satellites into orbit

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Re: isn't there enough shrapnel orbiting this ball?

Gravity is a huge pile of made up, unrealistic shite, don't worry about it actually happening.

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Brit cops nab six in Silk Road 2.0 drugs sting

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They were selling phones from Taiwan? The rotters!

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Boxing clever? Amazon Fire TV is SO CLOSE to being excellent

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Meh

Since I'm not already locked into Amazon's walled back yard it sounds like my Chromecast is the better device. About the only thngs FireTV does that it doesn't are play crappy games and stream from Amazon Prime. I don't need the former and the later seem to charge a fortune for anything good so even though I am a Prime member I've never watched anything on it, Netflix is a much better deal.

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Pop starlet Taylor Swift DUMPS Spotify: It’s not me, it’s you

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Re: Hmm

Zep have been on Spotify for some time now.

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Would you recognise the Vans shoes logo? Neither would Euro trademark bods

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Re: Undedicated follower of fashion

" I'm the least fashion-concious person around, and I can even picture the Vans logo"

Actually you are a dedicated follower of fashion. I have no idea what the vans logo or their footwear looks like. Having looked at the logo somone posted in reply to you my first though is cheap van hire.

Do they make some kind of asinine overpriced trainers that the neds like?

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Remote code execution flaws fixed in tnftp and wget

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Re: wtf is a boilerplate response?

It probably says something like "Thank-you for your interest in in the security of Apple products. Apple products are made from powdered unicorn horn mixed with pureed fairy and have no security flaws."

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Ex-Soviet engines fingered after Antares ROCKET launch BLAST

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Re: Depressing

"The engines, albeit 50+ years old, are solid. They have good engineering, a reasonable pedigree and just as important, there is an available supply."

The engines don't exactly have a great track record. It seems they blew up in testing every time the Russians used them and have never actually lifted a rocket into space. And that available supply is finite, once the old engines in storage are used up then they're done.

It really would have made more sense for OS to develop their own engines or partner with someone who builds new engines, not refurbishes old ones.

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Amazon hopes FIRE STICK will light up its video service

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I guess this means Prime Video won't be coming to Chromecast any time soon. Oh well they charge by the episode for most of the good stuff anyway.

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