* Posts by Irongut

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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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Compromised SSH keys used to access Spotify, UK Govt GitHub repos

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Irony? That's what nanny does to my shirts to make them all spick and span for meeting my chums.

Dave

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Siri, dim the lights and warm us up: First gizmos for Apple HomeKit love-in emerge

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Still no answer to the 64,000 dollar question...

WHY?

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Secure web? That'll cost you, thanks to Mozilla's HTTPS plan

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SSL is not expensive or difficult and if your developer can't set up a simple redirect from http to https then you should fire them.

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My life under Estonia's digital government

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"digitising the police now enables a police officer in a patrol car to verify a car’s legality and insurance by querying the car registration system."

How is that any different to UK police querying the PNC? It sounds exactly the same to me but without the magic fairy dust of "digital".

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So, EE. Who IS this app on your HTC M9s sneakily texting, hmm?

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If this app is an anti-fraud measure designed to help when phones are stolen then how can it anonymise the IMEI and other data? Surely they need that data to identify the phone and subscriber.

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'The Internet of Things is like the Cloud 8 years ago' ... Boss of Dell's new IoT biz spills beans

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Re: More getting ready for unknown things

Even worse: "Your phone could be your keycard of the future..."

Very useful when you get back to the hotel late at night after a long day and can't get into your room because your phone died.

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Mozilla signing vetted add-ons as thoughts turn to security

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Re: Firefox in the footsteps of Chrome

RTFA

How hard is it to read the full article before posting moronic crap?

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The time on Microsoft Azure will be: Different by a second, everywhere

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Time and dates are tricky things to code. Everyone assumes they will be easy because as humans we regularly handle calculations involving time and dates without thinking about them but once you have to think about them they are hard. Which doesn't excuse not properly testing edge cases like leap seconds, 29th Feb, etc but does explain why there are so many bugs.

I like your idea of a fluid time Wednesday. It would separate the programmers from the brogrammers and blow stoner's minds everywhere. :)

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Google's Cardboard 2.0 virtual reality device is a triumph for humanity, said no one sane, ever

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How does anyone present this crap with a straight face? And, why don't they get laughed off stage? Americans will lap up any old tat with the words Google or Apple on the side.

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Zuck-Up as Facebook Messenger app tracks you everywhere forever

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So if an app's settings say it will share your location then it shares your location? What a revelation! He's clearly one of Harvard's ones to watch.

It required a browser extension to explain this? Next from the Dept of the Blooming Obvious:

* The Sky Is Blue Chrome Extension

* Grass is Green Chrome Extension

* Chocolate is Tasty Chrome Extension (excludes USA chocolate substitiute)

* etc

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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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