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* Posts by Irongut

1090 posts • joined 9 Jan 2012

UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

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Re: The future's bright then...

I was thinking it sounded more like the 3 day week than WW2.

Mine's the one with the Slade 8 track in the pocket.

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Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'

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I'm very surprised there are no comments on his blog post yet. I felt sure there would be an attack of scathing sarcasm from the great unwashed Reg readership. You're slipping people!

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New Apple iOS to help fanbois thwart Wi-Fi network spies

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Re: So if your router is filtering by mac address

That was my question too. Unfortunately not enough detail in the article and I wouldn't be surprised if Apple had forgotten about that standard security feature found on all routers.

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UK govt 'tearing up road laws' for Google's self-driving cars: THE TRUTH

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Why make it legal to test prototypes on the road with unsuspecting crash test dummies? Surely most of this work can be done on a test track. Perhaps the Nordschleife at Nürburgring?

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

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Re: Before the knee-jerk "PC gone mad" comments start in earnest...

"IT has a problem with fair treatment of women, we know this."

I've had more female managers than male. So nope!

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Has Google gone too far? Indie labels say it's crunch time for The New Economy

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Simple solution. Tell Google to get lost and then sue the hell out of them for every track of yours you find on YouTube. Meanwhile post legitimate music videos to a dedicated service like Vevo.

Maybe Netflix would be interested in creating a music channel if a few labels approached them.

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How I poured a client's emails straight into the spam bin – with one Friday evening change

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Re: Quote to long to put int title

Should have carried on AC, laughing at an idiot explaining the depth of his idiocy is always fun.

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Re: What is this "Email Spam" of which you write?

What do you call all those emails from Google telling you what's new on YouTube, Play Store, Play Music, Play Video, etc, etc, etc. There is plenty of spam on GMail and most of it comes from Google.

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Queen's Speech: Computer Misuse Act to be amended, tougher sentences planned

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Re: Shark Jumped!

"WTF are 'paedophilic manuals'?"

Books or magazines that tell you how to get better photos of children?

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Kickstarter cup-rattling, light-dimming Internet of Stuff upstart takes on Sonos, Bose

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Nice tech, shame about the audio

Tiny speakers at too low power.

I'm supposed to replace my nice 100W RMS speakers with this tinny little thing? Wake me up when someone produces something similar that doesn't include crap built in speakers and lets me use my own.

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SpaceX 'Dragon V2' ROCKET PODULE can hover-land on Earth - or MARS

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That's a seriously sexy command pod. Jeb will be jealous.

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Entering the Dragon: A little data from Big China

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We're British, invasion is always a polite request.

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

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Re: Platoooooo0n - HALT!

Do you really believe that? What do you think blind and disabled people do now if they want to go anywhere, sit at home depressed because they can't? No, they call something called a Taxi that drives them to their destination. Calling a Google car is no different, except they won't have a chat with the Taxi driver (or put up with his inane drivel depending on how you see it).

As usual the bods at Google are making assumptions and being condescending rather than actually engaging with people and finding out how they really live their lives.

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How to strip pesky copyright watermarks from photos ... says a FACEBOOK photo bod

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No what he has shown is that there is a need for employees of companies like Facebook, Google, the BBC, newspapers, magazines, etc to take classes on copyright, how to use copyright correctly and why they shouldn't be screwing over small businesses by stealing their copyright material just because they can.

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You've got Mail! But someone else is reading it in Outlook for Android

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Email is unencrypted

Shock-a-rooney!

The rooney is shocked.

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DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR? New leccy BMWs have flimsy password security – researcher

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Re: Selling the Car

You're not supposed to sell the car. You're supposed to scrap it and buy a new one.

BMW don't make any money from second hand sales so why should they make it secure for a new owner? (their probable opinion, not mine)

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Re: it takes brains to make that class of money that buys this class of vehicle.

"it takes stupidity to make that class of gullible fool that buys this class of vehicle."

Fixed that for you. The number of big BMWs I see in less affluent areas proves that earning big money is not required for BMW ownership. (or any other brand of overly expensive car)

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Carry On YouView Regardless, BBC Trust tells the BBC

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With iPlayer available on web, mobile apps, smart TVs, Chromecast, etc what is the point of the BBC investing in a service that is only available to subscribers the two worst ISPs in the country?

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Look, pal, it’s YOUR password so it’s YOUR fault that it's gone AWOL

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Re: Website policy stupidity

My bank insist on knowing the answers to 5 security questions, a random one of which is asked alongside the Verified by VISA password. The problem is I can't actually answer a couple of them - e.g. Q. What was the name of your first pet? A. I've never had a pet so wtf am I supposed to say?

The last time I phoned them the computer asked me for the position of two letters in my password - only the two letters it asked for aren't in my password! Or the password I used before the current one, or any password I remember. Fortunately it eventually let me though to a human who confirmed it was wrong.

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Amazon Prime hot air drone service goes a-recruiting

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Re: Vague job descriptions...

A three word brief? I'd love a three word brief, my current project doesn't even have that and its driving me up the wall.

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Forget phones, BlackBerry's new Project Ion is all about THINGS

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Re: The trick, Saunders said, is that these days,

iOS is to QNX as the flint axe is to a precision laser cutter.

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Re: Project I On ........ I Kid U Not

He's a man from Mars so clearly his native language is Martian. That heshe can manage to speak any Earthly language is an achievement in itself.

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Fuel for jets DOES grow on trees

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Nice to see you bothered to read the article before commenting Axe.

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TV body seeks attractive mobile operators for mutual action replays

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Agreed. I live very close to a football stadium and when a match is on mobile reception goes to pot. Clearly there isn't enough capacity in the network to handle 40k fans on top of the usual traffic.

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More chance you came a cropper on a UK road than bought a Chromebook this year

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Re: Or the alternative opinion

"No more updates, boots quickly."

Boots quickly fair enough but I think you got the update situation backwards there. ChromeOS has constant updates, it just doesn't ask your permission to download and install them or tell you that it has. If you really like that you could set Windows to do the same. Personally I like control over what my computer is doing.

I also like it to be an actual computer and not a paperweight if I don't have internet connectivity.

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Weather forecast: WiFi storms make meteorologists look mad

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Re: It will only get worse

My work is in a serviced office with several other companies including at least two IT companies. We are the only ones using 5GHz. At home my router is the only one in the street using 5GHz.

So yeah it hasn't been a problem before because no one was using it. Compatible routers are now down in price to consumer levels so expect an explosion in uptake over the next couple of years.

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Chip and SKIM: How dodgy crypto can leave shoppers open to fraud

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Got to be careful when you're generating a nonce! (see definition #3)

Who decided to use that word as the name for a transaction id?

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iPhone-stroker-turned-fandroid sues Apple over iMessage text-slurpery

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Re: Oh FFS

And if your iShiny dies on you, prompting its replacement with SShiny, how are you supposed to de-register it?

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Motorola Moto E: Brill budget blower with one bothersome blunder

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Re: I don't see this as a problem.

Same here. I've owned every previous version of the Galaxy S (not got the S5 yet) but never taken a selfie or made a video call. The front camera is of no interest to me and for the majority of the customers this device is aimed at I bet most won't miss it.

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Bitcoin blockchain allegedly infected by ancient 'Stoned' virus

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So AV false positives are news now?

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Multiplayer Elite to debut on May 30th

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Re: £100!

The hundred quid also gets you future digital expansions for free.

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Re: Also available...

"Unlike Eve Online or Elite, you are not the ship, you are the pilot and can get up & walk around your ship.You can land on a planet, get out of your ship and go to the trading outpost, weapons boutique, ship dealership, police station or pub."

Technically in EVE you are actually a person and have been able to get out of your ship for several years now. You can't go any further than your quarters though because they canned development of that part of the game due to lack of interest from the players. And, all the things you mention are planned for Elite: Dangerous.

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WORLD LOSES MIND: Uber valued at TEN BEEELLION DOLLARS, Pinterest pegged at $5bn

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Worth $10 billion

Until someone gets raped and murdered by one of their unlicensed, uninsured, illegal drivers.

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Internet rejoices over Star Wars, um, clapboard pic

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Hopefully Abrams will have some kind of seizure and they'll put a film director in charge instead.

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Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

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Re: Points of Failure

A cloud service is down until someone somewhere that you have no control over manages to fix it.

A local issue is completely under my control and as a professional will not take me long to fix. Many companies even have a whole dept. called IT - a team of professionals who know how to fix problems.

So a coffee spill would knock me out until I can find something to dry it with but a cloud service will be down for an undetermined number of hours/days/weeks with no end in sight unless you hit refresh on Twitter every 5 minutes. And you pay extra for that privilege.

I'm not saying all cloud is shite but Adobe's idea of using it to authenticate locally installed software is most definitely a big bag of shite.

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Hunt's paperless future: NHS watches £60m vanish down plughole

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Paper also has the feature that you can check it, tell the receptionist that the doctor wrote the wrong items again and get it fixed.

My partner has several serious long term medical conditions and uses a number of different tablets, patches and other medical equipment daily. On a regular basis her doctor will get a repeat prescription wrong, often prescribing a medication they have on file that she hasn't taken for a few years or an old dose of the correct medication. At least with the current system you can get it corrected before you leave the surgery. If you don't know till you get to the pharmacy and they scan your barcode then a trip back to the doctor would be needed - usually something she would not be able to manage.

Also how will they cope with me picking up a prescription for her because she's lying in bed doubled over in agony again?

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Russia to suspend US GPS stations in tit-for-tat spat

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Re: GPS Stations?

"GPS has 16 monitor stations throughout the world that transmit data back to satellites to improve location accuracy, but none are located in Russia.

However, Russia has hosted nine GPS-based ground stations since 1995 that transmit geodesic data back to global data centers, theoretically making it possible to improve positioning data.

But the stations do not provide real-time data and are only used to measure annual continental drift, a spokesman for the Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences, which runs the stations, said Thursday."

From here.

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Re: @Anonymous Coward

Too long didn't read but resorting to name calling in the first sentence is poor form for someone who is supposed to be a journalist on the very site they write for. Trevor did no one ever tell you its a bad idea to piss off your customers?

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Space Station in CRISIS: Furious Russia threatens to BAN US from ISS

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Re: "the irreplaceable orbital station"

Not to worry, still to come are ISS 2, ISS 3, ISS 4 and ISS 5 - our last best hope for peace.

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Tick-tock, Jock: Dock schlock for mock-stock in ad-hoc shop squawk

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CeX will

Make no money for 3 days because no one in Glasgow is stupid enough to own Bitcoins.

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Where are your rich friends? Facebook's Zuck sued for NOT BEING SOCIAL ENOUGH

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secure his privacy

So Zuck wants privacy but all his little Facebook bitches can't have any.

What a surprise.

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Ex-Sony, Pearson chiefs tipped to oversee BBC. So that's all good, then

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And now for something radical

Here's a thought... If you want some reform why not get someone who isn't a Lord, Sir, Dame or Baroness to do the job? Then they might actually understand things like independence, accountability and not giving all the jobs to their cronies.

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Google: Mmm. Tab-free Gmail desktop client? We won't DENY it

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Desktop version?

Wtf is the desktop version of Gmail? They have a webmail version and several mobile clients as well but no desktop app afaik.

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Mozilla axes HATED Firefox-ad-tab plan ... but will try again

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Re: Obviously, it's time...

The new tab page doesn't show the last 10 pages you visited. It shows 9 pages for a start. These are made up of the pages you visit most frequently, pages you've pinned to the new tab page and doesn't include any you have told it to remove from the page. And if you have to squint to see what they are you need to see an optician, one who specialises in coke bottle lenses, coz you have serious sight problems.

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Re: How about fixing the UI to one that works?

A Firefox update has never broken a plugin, that interface was set back in the early Netscape Navigator days and has barely changed since. They used to break extensions on a regular basis but I can't remember the last time one of my dozen or so extensions didn't already work with the latest version.

I can't comment on screen reader issues and agree they should leave the UI alone but with the theme I use I haven't seen any of the UI changes in recent versions. I don't like the Chrome UI so my Firefox still looks like Firefox, main menu and everything.

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Winklevoss twins eye up NASDAQ: Publicly traded Bitcoin fund... what could go wrong?

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Re: Oh, dear me...

Isn't that something you use to clean windows? (the glass kind not the MS kind)

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Winkelvoss

Sounds like something you use to polish your private parts!

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Britain'll look like rural Albania without fracking – House of Lords report

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We really don't need shale gas, or to import as much gas as we do. There is still billions of boe in the North Sea and most of it even has the required infrastructure nearby.

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Brit chap weaves silver bullet for wireless health scare bollocks

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Does it help with

maggots in your scrotum?

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Ancient Fear of, er, a CHEESE-TASTIC title?

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