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* Posts by Irongut

1073 posts • joined 9 Jan 2012

Reg man builds smart home rig, gains SUPREME CONTROL of DOMAIN – Pics

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Re: Do what with an unauthenticated protocol

My first thought was using his house to play Tetris.

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Zebra grazes Motorola Solutions' enterprise business for $US3.45bn

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Good news for Zebra and their partners. I used to be a Zebra Authorised Service Engineer, they build some of the toughest, most reliable kit you can buy. Pricey but well worth it.

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Tom Ridge: Private sector lagging in cybersecurity

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"Among the most glaring holes, says Ridge, remains the gap that exists between government agencies and the private sector in regards to sharing data."

Ah now I get it, the NSA were just slurping all our data in order to tell us how to better protect ourselves online. They're the good guys after all.

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Akamai scoffs humble pie: Heartbleed defence crumbles, new SSL keys for customers

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Could be worse

Better than GIS software maker ESRI. They have issued a statement saying:

"ArcGIS Online – No customer action is required as mitigations have been applied to all service endpoints and certificates are being re-issued across the platform as a precautionary measure."

So they claim to have patched their servers but by 16/04 they still haven't replaced certificates and they are telling customers they don't need to do anything when a password change will be required. The mind boggles at the incompetence of such a large company with so many government and military customers.

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Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS

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Re: Philip Lewis

My friends have been dropping dead since I was 18. What difference would being over 50 make?

This health monitoring crap is a fad unless you're a professional sports person. I don't need it on my phone and frankly don't want it if it increases the price.

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SpaceX Falcon tests HOVERCRAFT tech – despite ISS outage

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Re: Soft landing on the ocean

The legs add mass and if they are not fitted exactly symmetrically they may throw off the centre of mass. There may also be aerodynamic considerations. Having them fitted will make the test more useful.

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Google-funded boffins figure out age-busting facial prediction system

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I notice none of the sample images show a person with facial hair. How do they propose to tell from a photo of fresh faced 3 year old me that from age 19ish I would have a full beard?

Hair styles look roughly similar also, apart from predicting some receding of the hair line. How would they cope with a person who suddenly decides to shave their head or who grows their hair long?

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Amazon stuffs games into Fire TV box: Soz, rivals... WE don't need to make cash on hardware

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"predicting the content that a user is most likely to watch and pre-caching"

Such a bad idea. Amazon can't manage to recommend books I actually want to buy, what makes them think their recommendations will be any better for films / TV programmes? If it downloads things you haven't asked for then some people will hit their broadband caps and others may hit fair usage limits without knowing why. Personally I don't want anything that could use large amounts of bandwidth just downloading when it feels like it - what if I am trying to watch a stream on a different device or playing an online game at the time!

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Samsung's thumb-achingly ENORMO Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

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Re: But does it have to so ugly and chaotic?

I assume you are referring to the shots of the home screen, which will be only as ugly and chaotic as the user prefers.

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Rumour: Next Apple iThing to feature 65-inch screen. Four-limb multitouch, anyone?

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Most of what you describe sounds like a TV with a Chromecast dongle plugged into it.

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Technology is murdering customer service - legally

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If you pay peanuts...

you get monkeys.

I have no problems getting an engineer from my ISP on the phone in minutes, through to a person at my bank after entering my details and pressing one key, etc. My secret? I don't pick the cheapest possible option for everything.

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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This is a bad day for Mozilla and the web

Brendan Eich is a very clever guy and one of the people who has shaped the web since its early days. His personal opinions on non-related matters have nothing to do with his fitness as a programmer or CEO.

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Dimwit hackers use security camera DVRs as SUPER-SLOW Bitcoin-mining rig

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Re: Using someone else's hardware and electricity?

Except you won't make anything at all. Bitcoin mining is basically a race to find the next coin. If you use shit hardware then the guys using fast hardware (ASICs) will always find the next coin before you do so you will make nothing at all.

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BT befriends Google's lonely TV dongle – and saves YouView

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Clearly you haven't used Chromecast. Best 30 quid I've ever spent.

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Angry Birds developers downplay fresh data leak claims

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Ad networks use a unique id plus your age and gender to target ads to you.

Wow, who knew?

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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

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Re: Double-tap to wake

Why doesn't my Samsung have double tap to wake? Because it doesn't need it. Just press the home button on the front to wake the screen and check time, etc. Single press, no fiddling required. Aren't physical buttons great!

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Re: IR

The Galaxy S4 has an IR remote for most tellies too. If you have Chromecast it's very useful because you can change the Chromecast program and the main TV volume on the same device and not have to hunt for the remote.

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That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

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number of Gmail subscribers ranges between 289 million and 425 million

How many hundred million of those are people who bought an Android phone, need a Gmail account to use it and have never used it for email?

I use my Android required Gmail account for contacting one person and only read it on my phone so I never see the adverts. All my other email goes through my other work or personal accounts. I refuse to put anything else through a system that scans everything I read/write.

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OkCupid falls out of love with 'anti-gay' Firefox, tells people to see other browsers

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Land of the free?

So much for that. Don't they have a constitution that is supposed to protect his free speech? Or is it just free speech that agrees with a certain part of the population that is protected?

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Raised £350bn in crowdsourced funding? Tell me about it (not)

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Re: FruitExpert Launches Free* Online course in lemon see-sawing!

Dear FruitExpert please sign me up for your course in Full Metal Jacketing. I have no major malfunction!

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Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month

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So where is the age verification on Freeview channels like Babestation? UK children can see women and gay men wobbling their arses and taking their tops off free on national television. How is that right but internet porn is wrong?

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First pics: Comet-chaser Rosetta hurtles towards icy prey, camera in hand

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The point is to see what happens to the comet as it approaches the Sun and then moves away again. Parking it in Earth orbit would not achieve that.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 in El Reg's claws: This time the 'S' is for 'sensible'

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Re: Huh?

And will your Note 3 fit comfortably into my trouser pocket? With that 5.7" screen I doubt it. Since I don't carry a man bag that makes it completely useless to me. The S5 however will be a nice upgrade to my S3 in 6 months or so when my contract runs out.

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Molyneux: Working at Microsoft is 'like taking antidepressants'

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So he left MS to become more creative and is writing a game called Godus that is a copy of Populous? I think he and I understand the meaning of the word creative differently.

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Terminator-maker 'Cyberdyne Inc' lists on Tokyo stock exchange

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FAIL

"should judgement day finally arrive, would like to note right now that it is a strong supporter of the firm’s."

A supporter of the firm's what?

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Apple vows to add racially diverse EMOJIS after MILEY CYRUS TWITTER outrage

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So yellow smiley type characters are racist? Someone needs to tell these people to get a life.

I would sign a petition to make emojis illegal in the UK.

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Forget sledgehammers – crooks can CRACK ATMs with a TEXT

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You'd hope that the bank employee whose job it is to fill the ATM would also check for unexpected changes to the ATM such as a USB cable leading to a mobile phone. Pretty fucking obvious I would have thought.

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CHILLING STUDY: Rise of the data-slurping SNITCH GADGETS

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Re: How I'm driving, or where I'm driving?

"All allegedly"

If you mean allegedly the mobile telcos sell our movement data then I can tell you yes they do, and not just to governments. I saw a live, real time demo of this data by a GIS software provider and TfL at a conference 18 months ago. Scary stuff.

If you mean allegedly the government use that data to plan road resurfacing then no because that would require them to actually resurface some roads.

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Facebook swallows Oculus VR goggle-geeks. Did that really happen?

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Oh well

No chance of me ever buying an Oculus Rift now. Hopefuly John Cormack will go back to id and write some more games.

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Big Yellow loses its head... again: Symantec, we need to talk

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Changing the name of their company and products would actually be the biggest thing they could do to improve revenue. No IT person who knows what they are doing will buy Symantec or Norton AV even if their current products have improved.

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

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"Lingering by the nappies? How about a special offer on formula milk?"

I often linger near the nappies but would never need formula milk because I have no kids. I would be in that isle to buy baby wipes for the gf. She uses them for various non-baby related purposes including makeup removal. This is the same logic that causes Google to show me adverts for hotels in the place where I have booked my summer holiday, but since it's already booked I have no reason to click on those adverts.

How accurate is this wifi tracking? Isles in supermarkets are pretty close together, are they sure I'm in the nappies isle in my local Asda and not the unrelated isle next to it? How about at the end of the isle next to the magazines & newspapers?

As usual this is tech we as consumers have never asked for, have no need for and don't want. It probably won't even do the thing it is supposed to do very well most of the time.

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Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

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Discovered ChromeCast was out here yesterday. Hopefully mine should have arrived from Amazon today. :)

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ISPs failing 13m Brits on broadband speed, claims consumer group

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You get what you pay for. If you pay the likes of TalkTalk less than £20 a month for fibre you will get shit service. Try looking for a decent ISP (no not PlusNet) and pay them the going rate instead of some ludicrously priced deal and you might actually get engineers in this country on support rather than call centre workers in some typhoid hell hole.

"We also found three in 10 (31 per cent) who contacted their provider with a problem said they did not get a resolution at all"

This figure will also include people like my father who will insist on calling his ISP for problems using MS Office and suchlike. It delays him calling me though so not all bad I guess.

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WOW! Google invents the DIGITAL WATCH: What a time to be alive

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Moto 360

If that is an actual working prototype rather than a concept model it looks surprisingly good. If it comes with a proper metal or leather strap I might be interested. Those cheap plastic/rubber straps give me a rash.

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Osbo's booze, bingo, biz and big data Budget

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"spending £200m to fix potholes around the country"

You could spend £200m trying to fix the potholes in Glasgow and still not get all of them. Our roads look like a Swiss cheese.

While he's at it he should tell local councils in the North West of England to stop trying to save money by turning off street lights and lights on road signs (or whoever pays for these things). I'm talking about you Lancashire, Merseyside and Liverpool!

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Eight hour cleansing to get all the 'faggots' and 'bitches' OUT of Github

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Re: “faggot” and “bitch”

Really? That's just mental.

I used to have a boss who liked to call any messed up situation or really bad code a whore's abortion. After working with him for 8 years I had to make a concerted effort to stop using the term myself because some people find it offensive.

As for this whiney little bitch and his code cleanup campaign, I'm tempted to spend the weekend peppering code with profanities on GitHub just to annoy him. Well I would be but I have a life.

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Hidden 'Windigo' UNIX ZOMBIES are EVERYWHERE

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Typical Windows insecurity. This would never have happened on *nix!

oh wait

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

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Do you run with 3 wolves in the light of the moon? Coz that would be awesome!

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Crap turnover, sucky margins: TV is a 'terrible business' – Steve Jobs

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Re: Jobs was a genius

My last TV was a CRT and I got it second hand when a friend was upgrading. My previous TV before that was some ancient thing that was probably bought in the 70s. My current TV is about 4 years old now and if I don't get at least another 4 years out of it I will be disappointed.

I bought a new monitor last year, it replaced a still functional non-widescreen LCD monitor that I'd had for about 8 - 10 years. It had died at one point but I just opened it up, replaced all the electrolytic capacitors and gave it a whole new lease of life. :)

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Google slams Play Store password window shut after sueball hits

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Dear Mrs San Fran

Learn to parent your child properly.

Explain to them that in app purchases cost real money and they won't get any pocket money, sweets, comics or whatever is dear to them if they spend money on them. You could threaten to sell their favourite toys / computer / phone to pay for excessive purchases. Don't let them play games unsupervised if they are too young / stupid to understand this.

Don't treat a mobile phone / TV / computer / games console as a babysitter or surrogate parent.

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Flying Toaster screen savers return on GitHub

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Re: Burn in was easy to achieve

Yup in my first proper IT job we had several monitors in the server room that had a bad case of burn in. In particular the old green screen monitor connected to our MS Mail server was completely useless unless you wanted to look at the main menu. The monitors connected to our Netware servers weren't much better.

I could never understand why they were on in the first place though, why not leave them off to save power & prevent burn in and only turn them on when needed?

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Takeaway order spewer Just Eat plans to raise £100 MEEELLION in IPO

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Holy Takeaway Batman, that's a lot of cash!

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Wackadoo DIYers scissor-kick beatboxer

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Awww they haven't included cunto yet.

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They ACCUSED him of inventing Bitcoin. Now, Nakamoto hires lawyer to CLEAR his name

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Agreed. If I was a judge I'd throw the case out of court based on that alone.

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Tony Benn, daddy of Brit IT biz ICL and pro-tech politician, dies at 88

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RIP

One of the few politicians I had any respect for. Even though I didn't necessarily agree with what he said at least he actually had opinions and beliefs and stuck by them unlike the pandering to everyone, willing to believe in anything zombies who currently fill our parliament.

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O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Friday is Pi Day

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Re: "Of all the many and varied stupid things in the world"

"On the other hand, when sorting objects by date it's much easier to use MMM-DD than DD-MMM. Take a look at the Register's own URLs - all today's articles are filed in subdirectory /2014/03/14/. So for IT purposes the American system of expressing dates is superior ... at least, when you don't do it half-assed."

That is YYYY-MM-DD and yes it is superior for IT use but it is still not the stupid, brain dead, fucked up way of writing dates that yanks use.

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Target IGNORED hacker alarms as crooks took 40m credit cards – claim

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I was just about to post that myself.

I wonder if it would have made any difference if their security team had paid attention to the alerts because it sounds like senior management have a head in sand policy. I hope some government regulator gives them such a good reaming over this that the CEO can't sit down for a month.

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WhatsApp chats not as secret as you think

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Re: Strange (Jess)

Actually since Android has the largest market share and it does not have iOS's stupid no access to the file system policy this is not the case. On most mobile devices the user has full access to the file system, they just need to install a file manager app. And, it should stay that way, if it's my phone I should have access to it.

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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So that small black box with the red light on it is 25 years old? Wow.

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