* Posts by Irongut

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Metro app meets Windows 10. A Microsoft win? Maybe after a little improvement

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Why El Reg? Why?

Why do articles by Tim Anderson always include images with small text in them that can't be clicked on to get a readable version?

Take the first image in this article 'The Windows Core platform' - this is clearly an MS slide from some presentation and the text is tiny. I could strain my eyes trying to read it. I could go buy a magnifying glass and use that to make the text bigger. Or you could learn how to hyperlink an image to a larger version. Other articles on El Reg can manage it so why not ones written by Tim Anderson?

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Facebook's call-center KILLER: Messenger will replace TALKING, says Zuck

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Any company that requires FB to do business with them is a company I will not do business with.

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BT Home Hub SIP backdoor blunder blamed for VoIP fraud

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Re: HH3

ANY router would be a good replacement for a home hub.

Draytek and Edimax make good models for SOHO users.

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Israeli boffins hack air gap, fire missiles on compromised kit

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Re: Why not use audio

What mic? No tower computer I have ever seen had a built in mic. If you had a pair of laptops then fair enough but I doubt anyone uses a laptop for a secure air-gapped computer. It would defeat the point.

As for headsets plugged into the computers how would you know which hdd or fan to listen to in a busy office?

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By learning to read the article before commenting.

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Millions of voters are missing: It’s another #GovtDigiShambles

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"This is the first General Election to use “Individual Voter Registration” (IVR), which requires each voter to register to vote individually... Previously, the “head of the household” was responsible for ensuring voters were registered to vote."

How does this tally with the letter I received last week asking me, as the head of the household, to tell my local authority if the electoral registrations had changed? This was exactly the same kind of letter I've received in the past.

I live in Scotland, maybe the Tories couldn't be bothered trying to fix the election here since they know they'd still lose?

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PoSeidon, brother of Zeus, forks up point of sale terminals

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That's a nice picture of a vulture's head in the middle of the article. What was it supposed to be?

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Australian online voting system may have FREAK bug

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Re: Ah, political speak...

It means they decided the outcome of this election months ago and the party chosen will be elected in due course whether hackers have changed the pre-programmed counts or not.

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Mature mainframe madness prints Mandlebrot fractal in TWELVE MINUTES

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Re: Did this....

Your code can't have been very good, my Spectrum version took 16 hours.

I used to rewrite my old Spectrum Mandelbrot program for every new system / language I worked on. It was impressivley fast on one of those Casio graph calculators and incredibly slow in Visual Basic v1 on a 386.

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Blighty's 12-sided quid to feature schoolboy's posterior

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ISIS Security Feature

So does it have a hidden garrotte covered with Poisocaine?

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Banks defend integrity of passcode-less TouchID login

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Re: Your phone and your thumb!

Or a raft of sweet shop thefts linked to muggings where the perps steal your iPhone and a bag of Gummie Bears.

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Microsoft shows off South Korean PC-on-a-stick

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Re: Poke My,A$$?

It won't be a stupid TV a few years down the line when the manufacturer can't be bothered to support the software any more.

It won't be listening to your every word and sending it to South Korea / Japan.

It won't have useless apps for things like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.

It will access video from sites that smart TVs don't have apps for.

It will be much easier to put in your pocket.

What value does a smart TV add that a normal TV and a compute stick / Chromecast / Apple TV / media centre won't?

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MARIO MOBES: Nintendo hooks up with DeNA, births NX gaming system

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Partnering with a company known for their rip-off fremium model and whose list of games includes only one I've heard about and that for all the wrong reasons. What could possibly go wrong?

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Timeout, Time Lords: ICANN says there is only one kind of doctor

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Does anyone actually use these TLDs? I read lots of stories about ICANN creating them, other people complaining about the rules and price, etc but I've never actually seen one in the wild. Every website I visit is from the classic TLDs .com, .net, .org or a country domain like .co.uk.

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'Just a kid' Zuck's word is his bond ... but NOT in his backyard, lawsuit claims

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Re: Markie Sugar town Cannot be Trusted

Maybe when your kids are finished writing Python they could teach you some English?

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Yay! Wearables! It's the future! Uh-oh! I'm going to be sick

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What do you do when your brain is missing?

Buy Apple obviously.

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Forget viruses: Evil USB drive 'fries laptops with a power surge'

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Yup even the picture was enough to make me say "oh he's put a load of capacitors in it... I know how this works" and I was right. 15 year old me would have had a field day with this, no school computer would have been safe!

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Crap employers banned from enforcing backdoor crim records checks

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Re: And what about?

There is a simpler solution... Don't be a Facebook twat.

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PATCH FREAK NOW: Cloud providers faulted for slow response

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'Domain shadowing' hijacks registrar accounts to spawn attack sites

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Re: Sorry to be so thick ...

At least it mostly makes sense. I made the mistake of reading a supposedly technical article on Ars yesterday about hacking BlueRay disks. It was a confused and contradictory mess of ignorance and FUD that made no sense whatsoever. They actually claim that viruses spread by USB before they did by CD/DVD!

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: A side swipe at smartphone design

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Re: Putting it in a case?

You're the one person in the world without a cracked smartphone screen?

I must be looking at my phones wrong coz I've never seen any cracks in any of them and I've never used a case. Why would I pay for an expensive smartphone designed by some clever chap and then stick it in a cheap and nasty case?

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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"Giving you the health news that you need, based on data you choose to share with us."

So he wants the BBC to become another Google / Facebook / NSA / GCHQ / Tesco. No fucking way.

I didn't pay the poll tax then and I won't pay a compulsory BBC tax, especially if it pays for big brother invasion of privacy crap.

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Google dips toe into U.S. mobile market with 'small scale' offering

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Re: We don't intend to be a carrier at scale

"until we get really bored and sell the lot to China"

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GAMIFY your FRIDAY with our Public Sector Innovation Bingo!

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How do people manage to write press releases like that without their head exploding?

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This one weird script continually crashes Android email

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Re: What's best in life?

Invalid car analogy, as always. Did no one learn from the terrible gaffs of Scott McNealy?

The Highways Agency don't sell you the car. Nor do they install bloatware on it that would need to be tested and possibly updated to run on the new OS version. Mobile networks have little interest in providing OTA updates that would cost them money to build/test and may prevent you buying a new phone from them.

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KUSHINIKIZA! Google Translate SAVES BABY in Irish roadside birth

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Swahili support must be a lot better than their Italian or German then or she'd have given birth through her ass! I often find Google's translation is the opposite of what the original language meant. And, their German translation is so bad most of the time the words are still in German sentence structure so you have to rearrange them yourself.

Any time I see Google promoting Translate I wonder how they have the balls to advertise that crap.

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Gleeful Apple and Microsoft bathe in bathfuls of debt

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Isn't that one of the things the banks did that lead to the 2008 collapse?

This can't end well...

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Never mind, Samsung, GOOGLE will EAVESDROP as you browse on Chrome

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Re: Hotword

Except that is not what it does. Google themselves admit it sends them a 'few' seconds before the hot word as well. How long is that?

What if you happen to say "Ok Google" as part of a conversation without intending to trigger Chrome?

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Kanye West: Yo, DNS... Imma let you finish, but this gTLD is one of the best of all time

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Re: Yeezy Squeezey Peaze!

Now in Streezberry flavour!

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Netflix to Cuba: Care to spend half your wages to see Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights?

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Re: All over the world?

So you didn't spot all the Japanese and Indian stuff then?

Should have gone to specsavers.

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First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app

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So have they written the whole thing themselves or are they using ESRI technology?

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A docket, tweet and selfie can reveal your identity, boffins find

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So if you are not and have never been on FB, Twitter, ertc you're still anonymous?

* smug face *

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EMC reports mixed results, fingers axe: 'Reduction in force' planned

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Came expecting the picture of the axe and was dissapointed. :p

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BITE that APPLE if you want to escape the Android garden, Microsoft

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Re: Why back only one horse?

The bit of the article you missed that explains it all is at the top where it says "Gavin Clarke."

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Re: Subscription?

It isn't you that's incompetant Z Sn it is Gavin Clarke. He has no idea how Android Office works or what the system reqs are. Nor does he know of MS long history of writing applications for other OS, often from Apple.

How this obvious fanboy got a job as a journalist in the first place is beyond me.

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The new Falcon Heavy: MOST POWERFUL ROCKET since the Apollo moonshots

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Strap Jeb to the top and let's get going!

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Opera Jon weaves a brand new browser

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The Reg looks rubbish on all browsers these days. Its the modern trying to look like Arse Technica crossed with Buzzfeed way apparently.

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Never mind those touch apps, full Office 2016 is coming this year

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Anyone who writes a database application with an Excel front end should be tortured and buried alive. Hanging is too good for 'em.

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Lies, damn lies and Wikipedia: Murder suspect NOT a Plaxo founder – ex-staffer

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Re: The trouble with journalists and foreign names

The trouble with commentards is they just don't read the article before posting.

This has nothing to do with getting foriegn names wrong or mistaken identity and everything to do with the fact that anyone can edit Wikipedia to say they were part of anything. If I were so inclined I could be part of the Apollo 11 crew according to Wikipedia. (hopefully that would be corrected pretty quick)

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Windows 10, day ZERO ... Will Nadella be the HERO?

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Re: Pffftt...

Happy birthday. I don't have any jelly and ice cream so have a pint instead.

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Will fondleslab's fickle finger of fate help Windows 10?

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Re: No need to anything Microsoft in the home anymore.

...riddled with malware... Farmvile game...

Sounds like a lot of android tablets and phones to me.

So how did you enjoy playing the latest PS4 games at Xmas? Oh you couldn't? Maybe you shouldn't give your money to a company that thinks it ok to infect their customers with malware, removes features from devices you have owned for years and has IT systems that make a wet paper bag look secure.

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Re: The only reason...

For all Balmer's faults Win8 was not one of them. Win8 and the refusal to listen to criticism of the one true way was entirely down to Sinofsky.

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NASA probe snaps increasingly detailed shots of MOIST DWARF goddess

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The real question after travelling from Vesta to Ceres... Is their curry still warm?

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'Success'? Verify FAILED for 40% in self-assess tax trial

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Re: "Good luck with that March 2016 deadline"

Could we not just scrap the scheme, sack the civil service and stick them and all the current generation of politicians on the B ark? It would be much simpler in the long run.

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2014 in infosec: Spammers sneak small botnets under the wire, Java is dull

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Re: So Java no longer the main attack vector?

A reduction in Java attacks has nothing to do with Oracle making it more secure and everythign to do with no one installing it. These days you only install Java if a user actually needs it and unless you've been writing LOB apps in Java those users are few and far between.

If MS would stop Windows Update foisting Silverlight on people who don't need it (almost everyone) then it would be less of a problem too.

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It's 2015 and default creds can brick SOHO routers

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In other words bears are catholic

So how much research did it take this "hacker" to figure out that if you know the admin login for a router you can change the settings?

I'd like to publish some papers of my own:

* If you know the admin credentials you can brick Windows

* If you know the admin credentials you can brick MacOS

* If you know the admin credentials you can brick Linux

* If you know the admin credentials you can brick a nuclear submarine

* If you know the admin credentials you can brick name a thing

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Dongle bingle makes two MEELLION cars open to exploit

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And this is why I always tell people not to take those policies.

They can monitor my every fucking move when I'm dead.

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Apache retains perch atop global web server market

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" .click, .restaurant, .help, .property, .top, .gifts, .quebec, .market and .ooo global top-level domains. It's also noted that growth of the new .ovh"

I understand why you might be conned* into buying one of the others but wtf are .ooo and .ovh for?

* I'd put money on a restaurant with only a .restaurant domain getting less business via the internet than one with .com, .co.uk or their local variant.

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Google 'in talks' to buy THAT group, y'know, the one formerly known as ISIS

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Is Malory skint again?

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Grand Theft Auto 1997: 'Sick, deluded and beneath contempt'

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Did anyone actually do the missions? I could never be bothered and usually just drove around till I found some Krishnas or a flame thrower and then went on a rampage.

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