* Posts by Irongut

1375 posts • joined 9 Jan 2012

Twitter direct message INVASION: How to stop EVERYONE spaffing into your DMs

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Re: Squawk

Personally I find telling the staff how much you like it while buying the ice cream much more effective. You might even get an extra scoop!

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Huawei P8: Chinese mobes have arrived and the West should tremble

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2680mAh battery

But is it removable?

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Windows Phone 10: Less stuff that does more – plus IE-killer Project Spartan

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So easy to use...

you had to set it up for them.

My 82 year old father bought an Android phone last year and I haven't had to touch it.

That said, Google and Android are annoying me these days. I use my Win8.1 tablet more than my Android tablet, I'm overdue a phone upgrade and I'm seriously considering a different OS because the S6 doesn't have a removable battery.

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'Hackers racked up $$$$s via the Android Play Store, and Google won't pay me back'

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"could not have been obtained in any way other than a compromise on Google's end"

Yeah right. It couldn't possibly be that she uses the same password for everything because its her dog/cat/child/partner's name/birthday and there is a keylogger on her computer from that time she opened that funny looking email attachment. That's just crazy talk.

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Google's new scribble-tab-ulous handwriting interface for Android

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The app works in 82 languages

Is that "works" in the same way that Google Translate "works" provided you're capable of translating from the wrong tense, wrong word order, swapped subject and object and often opposite meaning to the original language on the fly?

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Google’s plan for WORLD DOMINATION takes shape. And it begins with a patent

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Re: So "Don't be evil"...

Lol it was and remains an advertising slogan to confound the unwary.

If I say I do something no one will suspect I've been doing the opposite all along...

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hardworking, talented, and attractive journalists

So they aren't looking to take any jobs at The Register then?

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Android lands on Microsoft's money-machine island fortress

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What a lovely piece of FUD you've written Gavin

You realise ATMs run XP Embedded which is not XP and is still in support? Well now you do.

What happened to the days when journalists would research their stories?

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Chrome version 42 will pour your Java coffee down the drain: Plugin blocked by default

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Re: grrr

What MS webmail would this be where Firefox doesn't work? You are presumably talking about Office 365 which has had Firefox support since launch. Everything on the employee and admin sides works perfectly.

Pull the other one.

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Re: isnt that a good thing?

Potato... Podildo

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

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Re: Turn Off Windows Automatic Updates

I had a similar problem with a new tablet and a new netbook, both running Win8.1. I think the issue was too many updates for the devices to process. My solution was to turn off auto updates and manually install them in batches with a reboot in between. IIRC I did all the Windows updates, then the .Net updates and finally the Office updates.

Since then auto updates has worked fine.

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Re: Naughty, naughty @caffeine addict

I had to untick installing Chrome while updating Avast last night. CCleaner also pushes it. That's just two current ones from my poor old memory.

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Apple Watch: We ROUNDUP the ROUNDUPS. Yes, Roundup-squared

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Or just get a stupid looking photo of him with an Apple Wristjob (shouldn't be difficult) and let us come up with captions. That would be funnier.

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ISIS: You bomb us, we’ll interrupt your TV transmissions

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Were their turtle necks black or slightly darker black?

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Everything's code, 'zero tolerance for assholes': Yup, it's ChefConf

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Yup and I wouldn't have let him back in the door.

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DARPA-funded team says it can SMELL Android malware

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Re: Follow the MONEY. How does the MONEY smell?

That would flag up almost all open source projects, homebrew projects and quite a lot of other perfectly benign software while ignoring the spyware created by multinational corporations.

Bad idea.

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Using Office 365 at work? It's dangerous to go alone! Take this...

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We've been using O365 since 6 motnhs after it launched and have had no issues. Best decision I ever made was persuading my bosses to switch.

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LG monitor software quietly kills UAC, dev says

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@Stuart Longland

Win2k allowed you to right-click on any shortcut or .exe file and select "Run as" as well. That feature was not added in XP. My NT4 experience was severely limited, I worked on Netware in those days, so I've no idea if the feature was present there.

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The Internet of Stuff is a gigantic ultra-perv robbery network – study

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Re: Considering the problems securing the IT devices and infrastructure we already have...

Why? Because most of society doesn't realise the problems we have securing our IT infrastructure.

Most people have never heard of Snowdon, don't know what Heartbleed is and have no idea how to get rid of that annoying message that Norton / McAffee (delete as appropriate) is three years out of date every time they boot their computer. It's ok though because they don't use the computer as much since they bought a tablet from Tesco for 50 quid that has no AV at all.

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Barry Obama declares national emergency over foreign hackers

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War on Cyber!

Because the War on Drugs and War on Terror worked so well.

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

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Why do people buy from Sony? They have proved time and again that they can not be trusted.

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Tidal music launch: Pop plutocrats pour FLAC on rival Spotify

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So who are the musicians that are involved? I don't see any musicians listed in the article.

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Vodafone wants to bonk you… wait, wants you to bonk

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"new tokenisation technology recently announced by Visa... creates a token on the SIM using Verified by Visa authentication."

So Visa only then? Ignoring the billions of Mastercard, Amex, etc users.

Not that I have any interest in using it. I still prefer cash to using a card for most transactions, let alone bonking.

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David Cameron's Passport number emailed to footy-head

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Microsoft Outlook was the culprit:

No it wasn't. Poor Outlook only does what you tell it. The culprit was the brain dead mouth breather who told it to send the email to the wrong person.

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700,000 beautiful women do the bidding of one Twitter-scamming man

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Re: Sadly the internet is filled with this crap

I've never heard of any of them. Perhaps you're frequenting the wrong sites?

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"Because by exercising, your body in getting toned works more efficiently and burns more calories at rest, too."

A machine that is working more efficiently uses less power so I wouldn't call using more calories more efficient. If anything its less efficient. Perhaps its burning more calories trying to keep your body temperature regulated becuase you excercised away the layer of fat that was keeping you warm?

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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 phone 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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