* Posts by Irongut

1375 posts • joined 9 Jan 2012

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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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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