* Posts by Irongut

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Wanted: beta testers for El Reg’s Android app

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you do need a G+ account

I would love to beta test the new Reg Android app and as a developer I can probably help more than most but I will not join Google+ (or FB, etc) for anyone. You have your own forums you can use for feedback so why ignore them and insist on being assimilated by Google?

Oh and while we're talking about apps, your Win8 / Metro / WinRT / whatever we're supposed to call them now app sucks bear balls.

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Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

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You can already watch the entirety of Blake's 7 and the rather good three part documentary about the series on YouTube for free. It isn't even hard to find.

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Biometric behavioural profiling: Fighting that password you simply can't change

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You can't change the way you type

Actually you can, there's even a whole industry that teaches people to change the way they type.

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Hold that upgrade: Critical bug in .NET 4.6 'breaks applications'

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Sensationalism

"What if it gives dosing information to a patient? What if it tells a plane what altitude to climb to?"

Not to downplay the severity of this bug but no one in the medical or aerospace industries will be using a version of .Net released last week in a production environment. And, in any industry this should show up in testing because you should be testing release builds, not just debug builds.

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Ballmer's billion-dollar blunders: When he gambled Microsoft's money and lost

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Re: There's also the Fligt Simulator franchise shutdown, and the utterly "Flight" failure...

Yeah but pissing off a few dozen flight sim nuts doesn't cost $ beeeeelions.

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NSPCC: Two nonces nailed by cops every day

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Lies, statistics and people who just can't count

"Two years on from the launch of David Cameron's smut filter... two offenders are being convicted every day... 100 criminal cases taken to court, which saw 101 offenders imprisoned"

101 in 2 years? That's less than 1 per week, or a 30th of what the NSPCC are claiming.

But hey why tell the truth when its FOR THE FREAKING CHILDREN!!!!

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Even Microsoft thinks Outlook is bloated and slow

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Re: Outlook for Phones

Lotus Notes... a perverse database application platform used to torture users and IT staff and occasionally to send email.

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TITSUP: Apple Music, App Stores, iCloud, iTunes, Radio, iBooks

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Total Inability To Provide Usual Purchases

TITPUP?

Should be 'Total Inability To Supply Usual Purchases'

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SpaceX's blast shock delays world's MOST POWERFUL ROCKET

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Re: Slanted much?

How many successful launches has the SLS had?

How many failures did the shuttle it is based on have?

I wouldn't be crowing about failures if I was ULA.

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Here's why Whittingdale kicked a subscription BBC into the future

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Re: "But if viewers wanted extras, they’d need to pay. "

You sir are an idiot.

"My telly died last year but I still pay for the license... because it isn't so great an amount to pay for what we currently get."

You have no TV so you get nothing. You are happy to pay a fee for nothing!?!?

While you're here I have this cubic foot of air I'd like to sell you...

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Re: But... how do you control the cards

Because in the almost 25 year history of Sky they haven't solved all those problems already. Oh no.

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Bill Hicks: 25 years on from the cult comedian's big break

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Re: Another goddamned appreciation of the late, lamented Bill Hicks

Stuart Lee is just bitter he's never been as funny as Hicks.

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Hey we finally found goat boy!

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Thunder-faced Mozilla lifts Flash Firefox block after 0-days plugged

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Uber slapped with $7.3m fine for keeping quiet about driver accidents

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Re: There are rules about taxi services for a reason

But you don't understand... internets and crowdsourcing and... stuff! It means they don't have to follow your outdated laws.

/sarcasm

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Mozilla's ‘Great or Dead’ philosophy may save bloated blimp Firefox

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Re: Firefox

Since the v3 days? Lol. I remember when it was called Pheonix and Firebird.

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Re: Chrome sleek and fast, Firefox bloated and slow

And how many tabs did you have open earlier? A lot of these complaints come from people who don't realise FF is remembering the 50 other tabs they closed earlier.

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Android Wear 5.1: A more enduring wristjob for your pleasure

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Bugs in the current implementation aside the WiFi feature sounds useful to me. When I'm at home my phone usually sits in the same place in the front room, if I'm in another room I don't always hear notifications or it ring. I would be well outside Bluetooth range so notifications coming to my watch via WiFi would be useful.

It sounds like smartwatches are getting better but they still aren't worth the price to me. Maybe in another year or two if they can improve the battery life.

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Have a beer AC. I'm still laughing, especially at the Zucky comment.

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Apple's chip'n'firmware security demands behind HomeKit delays

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"give a device a name - like, say, "kettle" for a smart-socket connected to an electric kettle. So saying "turn on, kettle" into your iPhone would result in your kettle turning on."

Except it won't. The socket the kettle is connected to will turn on but someone will still need to walk into the kitchen to turn the actual kettle on.

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Google says its AI will jetwash all traces of malodorous spam from your box

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Re: hmmm

Utter bollocks. The 75% of all internet traffic is email is wrong for a start, there is no way the hundreds of bytes each email takes is causing more traffic than Netflix, iPlayer, the various flavours of internet audio and BitTorrent combined. Especially when "experts" also tell us that young people don't use email they use Facebook, WhatsApp, SnapChat, Instagram, etc.

Your 'a few years back' would have to be quite a few for that stat to stand a chance of being accurate.

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Privacy campaigners question credibility of NHS ‘endorsed’ apps

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Re: More Importantly

The NHS are not running an app store. If they were, how would iPhone users install them? The NHS Health Apps Library is a catalog of health related apps with links to the relevant app stores for your hardware.

That said all apps should be properly vetted for correct medical advice and privacy concerns before the NHS recommends them to the general public.

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Ditch crappy landlines and start reading Twitter, 999 call centres told

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Re: For the nay sayers... @Peter 26

If I was at the scene of an accident, called 999 and they told me to install an app I'd tell them I've done my part, now its their job and hang up. They already do their best to spy on my every move, why would I make that easier for them?

Not to mention your scenario is wrong...

Imagine the future:

You're at the scene of an accident and phone the emergency services. They take the basic details and send you a text message with a link to the apple/play store to install an app. You can't get a reliable data connection due to poor reception and have to try downloading 5 times before the app installs. The app hangs when you open it because it isn't compatible with the current version of iOS / Android. You have to reboot your phone. While all this happens the person on the other side of the line is having to do basic tech support despite having no IT training. The people involved in the accident have now died.

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Samsung to launch a Snapdragon 808-based clamshell smartphone

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I've always preferred clamshell phones to candy bar, as a form factor it makes much more sense; no danger of pocket dialing, close the phone to end a call, protects the (inner) screen, etc. If someone came out with the smartphone equivalent of my old Razr I would buy it immediately.

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Wristjobs, whopping big 4Kers and fondleslabs: Currys' Xmas tech

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Yawn. Wake me up when they have something interesting to sell.

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Security gurus deliver coup de grace to US govt's encryption backdoor demands

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Re: O be still my frightened heart

"moral authority" gave me a damn good laugh too.

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150,000 angry Redditors demand Chairman Pao's head on a spike

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The peasants are revolting

Reddit is a crappy forum at best and like all such things success is fleeting. Seems it has had its time and the users will move on to another site soon.

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Self/Less: Crap science, eyebrow acting, and immortality for the 1%

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Professor Albright

Are Dick, Harry, Sally and Tommy in the film too?

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UK TV is getting worse as younglings shun the BBC et al, says Ofcom

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Re: Ever since I was little,

Kids cartoons are crap these days, give me Danger Mouse or Chorlton and the Wheelies any day.

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Re: "more adverts"

What's an advert? I don't see them on Netflix.

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Re: Apart from sport and a massive news story, nothing needs to be watched live

In 10 - 15 minutes scanning the programme guide you can manage to find anything worth recording? Even enough material that there are clashes? The only TV (live or recorded) I have wached this year was the IoM TT coverage on ITV4. The only BBC programme I've watched this year was a spy drama I watched on iPlayer.

I'd rather watch Netflix.

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Silly Google's Photos app labelled BLACK PEOPLE as GORILLAS

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"However, the question has to be asked: why did Google release such a half-baked app for showtime in the first place?"

Come on Kelly you've been in IT journalism for long enough to know the answer to that question. Everything Google does is a half baked "beta" that may be cancelled at any time and with minimum notice, even services that no longer have the beta tag like GMail.

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Script-blocker NoScript lets in ANYTHING from googleapis.com

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Why would a tool for security-and-privacy-conscious folk whitelist Google APIs? Google are the third biggest threat to security and privacy on the internet after the NSA and Facebook.

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Revive the Nathan Barley Quango – former Downing Street wonk

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Scandal-mag-cum-style-sheet

Is it just me or does the word "cum" usually only appear in porn. And why would you cross a scandal mag with CSS?

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VPNs are so insecure you might as well wear a KICK ME sign

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Re: Do the users of these services care?

Using several VPNs is an easy way to get round Google's search bubble? Lol. Much easier to use Duck Duck Go.

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BOFH: Don't go changing on Friday evenings, I don't wanna work that hard

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You actually followed the procedures?

When I worked for a number of ISO9001 certified companies in the 90s we told the auditor we followed the procedures and then did whatever was required to get the job done.

In one job I inherited the procedure manual from a previous employee and it was all complete bull. Nothing I did was actually in the manual and nothing in the manual was actually part of my job. The manager was non-technical and didn't have a clue. About 2 weeks after I started we had an auditor visit so I told my manager the manual was up to date and arranged to be off-site visiting clients all day.

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Anakin Skywalker chased by cops, crashes podracer into tree

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"other children were really mean... They would make the sound of the light saber every time they saw me."

How is that being mean? Reminding you that you were in Star Wars is not being mean. As a kid I would have loved that.

Laughing that you will grow up to become Hayden Christensen, now that is mean.

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Ecobee3: If you're crazy enough to want a smart thermostat – but not too crazy – this is for you

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I just don't see the point in these things. If it's cold I turn the heating on, if it gets too warm I turn it off. If I'm not home it stays off because I'm not there to turn it on. Where is the saving going to come from?

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MILLIONS of broadband punters aren't getting it fast enough – Which?

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Also who are these 2,000 people? Assuming they are a representative sample of the population very few of them will be IT people so how would they even know if they were getting the advertised speeds?

Personally I get faster than the advertised speed. But then I pay more than the cheapest price I can find and don't deal with idiots like TalkTalk, Sky, Virgin, BT, PlusNet, etc.

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Google-owned smart-gumble-maker Nest snubs Google's smart-gumble OS Brillo

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"it can tell the Nest thermostat to shut off the furnace... shut off the fan"

What kind of home has a furnace and a fan for heating? That sounds more like a factory or office building to me. Do they do anything that works with a boiler and radiators, maybe for about a tenth of the ridiculous price they currently charge?

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Philae warms up nicely, sends home second burst of data

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Re: ...lander is getting three hours of sunlight a day.

I was going to suggest Aberdeen. Three hours of sunlight sounds like a Scottish summer to me.

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Apple CORED: Boffins reveal password-killer 0-days for iOS and OS X

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Re: Worrying @boltar

On your computers maybe. But on mine, and presumably the op's, my browsers do not store any passwords encrypted or not.

Some of us care about security rather than using potentially insecure features that save you a few seconds.

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FBI to 'aggressively' probe St Louis Cardinals in baseball 'hack' storm

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They take rounders strangely seriously on that side of the pond.

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The Hound of Hounslow: No $40m Wall Street wobbler

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"In our living room we have nice a (cheap) pair of line, M&S curtains..."

Do you also have a book on English sentence structure? If so then you could benefit from reading it again.

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Google – you DO control your search results, thunders Canadian court

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Re: De-indexing is not the same as removing

Taking Google to court is cheaper than taking 345 individual websites to court in 345 separate cases. Manufacturing is a very low margin business so the cheaper option is the better one even if it is not pefect. Sure it's still possible to visit the sites but they will be a lot harder to find if they don't show on Google.

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Brace yourselves: Facebook plans MORE PHP jiggery pokery

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Re: Statistically typed

I was just about to post something similar.

Even the teaboy at my work would know that was wrong. Well ok he wouldn't but someone has to employ the village idiot.

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The Martian: Matt Damon sciences the sh*t out of the red planet

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Re: Dances with Smurfs

Yes, it was a bad thing.

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Condoleezza to China: 'The rules' mean cyber-spying isn't allowed

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Her speech doesn't even make sense.

"The Chinese are finding now that there's a trade-off between wanting to be a global economic player"

A trade off with what? Between wanting to be a global player and WHAT? Finish your god damn sentence woman.

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Remake, remodel: Toshiba Chromebook 2

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Re: Your wish is granted. @Neil Barnes

So if a Chromebook is such a bad fit for your use case why are you so desparate to use a Chromebook? You'd be better off buying a decent laptop and loading your preferred flavour of Linux on that.

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UK's richest man backs music minnow merger to annoy Ticketzilla

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"Concert attendance rates are stagnant, with the same 40-50 per cent of tickets left unsold"

Every concert I've been to in the last 5 years was sold out. Even relatively unknown bands in nightclub sized venues pack the house.

"LiveNation hosts over half a dozen of the UK's biggest festivals, and shares the cream of London's most lucrative music venues with AEG... When you reach a certain scale (larger than a pub) and want to play live, you're going to bump into AEG or LiveNation fairly quickly."

There are music venues outside London. These 'facts' do not match what I know of the Glasgow scene.

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