* Posts by Irongut

1362 posts • joined 9 Jan 2012

Never mind those touch apps, full Office 2016 is coming this year

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Anyone who writes a database application with an Excel front end should be tortured and buried alive. Hanging is too good for 'em.

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Lies, damn lies and Wikipedia: Murder suspect NOT a Plaxo founder – ex-staffer

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Re: The trouble with journalists and foreign names

The trouble with commentards is they just don't read the article before posting.

This has nothing to do with getting foriegn names wrong or mistaken identity and everything to do with the fact that anyone can edit Wikipedia to say they were part of anything. If I were so inclined I could be part of the Apollo 11 crew according to Wikipedia. (hopefully that would be corrected pretty quick)

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Windows 10, day ZERO ... Will Nadella be the HERO?

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Re: Pffftt...

Happy birthday. I don't have any jelly and ice cream so have a pint instead.

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Will fondleslab's fickle finger of fate help Windows 10?

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Re: No need to anything Microsoft in the home anymore.

...riddled with malware... Farmvile game...

Sounds like a lot of android tablets and phones to me.

So how did you enjoy playing the latest PS4 games at Xmas? Oh you couldn't? Maybe you shouldn't give your money to a company that thinks it ok to infect their customers with malware, removes features from devices you have owned for years and has IT systems that make a wet paper bag look secure.

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Re: The only reason...

For all Balmer's faults Win8 was not one of them. Win8 and the refusal to listen to criticism of the one true way was entirely down to Sinofsky.

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NASA probe snaps increasingly detailed shots of MOIST DWARF goddess

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The real question after travelling from Vesta to Ceres... Is their curry still warm?

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'Success'? Verify FAILED for 40% in self-assess tax trial

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Re: "Good luck with that March 2016 deadline"

Could we not just scrap the scheme, sack the civil service and stick them and all the current generation of politicians on the B ark? It would be much simpler in the long run.

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2014 in infosec: Spammers sneak small botnets under the wire, Java is dull

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Re: So Java no longer the main attack vector?

A reduction in Java attacks has nothing to do with Oracle making it more secure and everythign to do with no one installing it. These days you only install Java if a user actually needs it and unless you've been writing LOB apps in Java those users are few and far between.

If MS would stop Windows Update foisting Silverlight on people who don't need it (almost everyone) then it would be less of a problem too.

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It's 2015 and default creds can brick SOHO routers

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In other words bears are catholic

So how much research did it take this "hacker" to figure out that if you know the admin login for a router you can change the settings?

I'd like to publish some papers of my own:

* If you know the admin credentials you can brick Windows

* If you know the admin credentials you can brick MacOS

* If you know the admin credentials you can brick Linux

* If you know the admin credentials you can brick a nuclear submarine

* If you know the admin credentials you can brick name a thing

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Dongle bingle makes two MEELLION cars open to exploit

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And this is why I always tell people not to take those policies.

They can monitor my every fucking move when I'm dead.

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Apache retains perch atop global web server market

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" .click, .restaurant, .help, .property, .top, .gifts, .quebec, .market and .ooo global top-level domains. It's also noted that growth of the new .ovh"

I understand why you might be conned* into buying one of the others but wtf are .ooo and .ovh for?

* I'd put money on a restaurant with only a .restaurant domain getting less business via the internet than one with .com, .co.uk or their local variant.

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Google 'in talks' to buy THAT group, y'know, the one formerly known as ISIS

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Is Malory skint again?

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Grand Theft Auto 1997: 'Sick, deluded and beneath contempt'

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Did anyone actually do the missions? I could never be bothered and usually just drove around till I found some Krishnas or a flame thrower and then went on a rampage.

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@AC Re: I loved the top down GTA Games

And if everyone jumped in the fire would you do it too? (to quote my mother)

Just because a majority of people are doing something doesn't make it right.

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Insert 'Skeleton Key', unlock Microsoft Active Directory. Simples – hackers

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"The Skeleton Key Malware requires domain administrator credentials for initial deployment."

If you already have the domain admin credentials why would you need this piece of temporary, only works until the next reboot malware? You already have full access to the whole domain.

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SURPRISE: Norks' Linux distro has security vulns

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first seen in February

Been looking into the crystal ball again guys? You really should have put a year on that one.

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5 Times An 'Unhappy Person' Dared To Use The Word 'Boring' At CES 2015

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Re: It may seem like a basic question

Do you live in a cave?

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French Google fund to pay for 1 million print run of Charlie Hebdo next week

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Re: +1 for publishing the covers

I noticed the Guardian printed a lot of them yesterday.

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No, the Linux leap second bug WON'T crash the web

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Re: Won't somebody please think of the Kerbals?!

Jeb will be fine but I think Bill will be hiding under his bed for the day. :)

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One Sync to rule them all: How Microsoft plans to fix OneDrive

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FAIL

You liked the crappy picture so much you posted it TWICE!?!?!

I'm really getting fed up of the huge, pointless and unrelated pictures at the start of every article. Its getting to the stage I'm going block regmedia.co.uk soon.

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Tesco tosses loss-making Blinkbox into TalkTalk's basket

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Re: And there goes the market for VoD to Amazon...

This little comapny called Netflix would like a word with you. Not to mention BBC, ITV and Channel 4 who all have VOD services. I would include 5 but if you've ever used their Flip-book On Demand service you know there's no point.

Amazon will never take over the VOD market while they have the strange policy of cripling themselves by only offering video on Kindle devices. Among other issues this means no Chromecast.

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TCL confirms plans to 'bring back' Palm – provided you tell it how

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@RAMChYLD

WebOS? Lol he doesn't mean that new fangled crap he means proper Palm OS. The clue was in the line about old Win98 backups.

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No one trusts Oracle, shrieks CCL as cloudy ball misses its goals

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“deep-rooted mistrust” of its core customer base?

So Oracle don't trust their customers?

I think you meant mistrust from their customer base.

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Samsung revs flashy 1TB road warrior (then crawls away)

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Smaller than a business card?

My business cards are about 3 microns thick, how thick is this external SSD?

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Google casts about for wireless audio

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Re: Concept OK, Execution Weak

My ChromeCast has been in continual use since they were released. Technically it is brilliant and easy enough for non-techies to use. I haven't had any issues apart from the usual stupid devs dumbing down their apps but that's the fault of the BBC, etc not Google.

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Elite:Dangerous goes TITSUP

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Re: Another One...

Yeah Frontier really need to improve if they are going to beat deleting boot.ini and bricking customer's PCs. (EVE actually did this.)

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If BT gets EE, it will trigger EU treasure hunt for fixed lines

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Re: Jargon!

If you don't know what capex and opex are you shouldn't be reading the article. They are standard accounting terms used in all industries.

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German minister fingered as hacker 'steals' her thumbprint from a PHOTO

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Re: "but you'll need to speak German to appreciate it."

Automatic translation does exist but it is generally crap at dealing with even the basics of a technical subject, let alone this kind of text. I read a German motorsports site regularly and Google translate gets the order of words in the English translation wrong more often than not. Often it says the opposite of what the author meant. Fortunately I can usually tell by context when that happens and retranslate in my head.

Then there are those long German compound nouns that Google just refuses to translate.

Yup automatic translation does exist, but its crap.

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Toffee, Apple? U.S. fanbois get their sticky fingers on Nork-teasing flick The Interview

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$14.99?

That is the real crime here.

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Freedom of Info at 10: Tony Blair's WORST NIGHTMARE

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Re: Burden

Boohoo doing your job properly is hard.

Suck it up and remember you work for us, not the other way around.

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When algorithms ATTACK: Facebook sez soz for tacky 'Year in Review' FAIL

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Presumably FB didn't actually show pictures of deceased relatives but pictures from when they were still alive. (Apart from the ashes case but you only have yourself to blame for uploading that one.) That could be taken as a reason to smile and celebrate the time you had with them.

Oh wait, that doesn't fit with the narcissistic look-at-me FB culture.

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Proxima and Ultima: AI, hard sci-fi and multiverse – ALL GOOD. Romans – not so much

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Sounded interesting till the bits about Romans and Incas, then it loses the plot.

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BT takes broadband to NEW PLACES. That's right: CITIES

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If digging the road up to lay cable to a cabinet is too hard how do they propose to lay that cable to a building on the same road?

This whole thing sounds like a racket to me. Cabinet in the building so landlord pays for installation of the cabinet instead of BT and it can be a cheaper design because it doesn't need to be weather proof, etc. Then they can charge all the businesses in that building the normal install fee. WIN - WIN!

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The electronics island where COPS shoot ARMY and workers are rioting

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"industrial parks, all of which are ringed by razor wire and boast a guard post."

Exactly like industrial parks in the UK and Europe. I've visited factories belonging to everyone from IBM to HP to Motorola to Ford to BAE to Raytheon. All of them had high fences, barbed wire, guard posts and would take your phone off you at the door in case it had a camera in it.

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Space Commanders lock missiles on Elite's Frontier Devs

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Clearly you're not an '84. The docking comment at the end is about the original game where a docking computer was pretty much required rather than the remake where docking is much, much easier.

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Dr. Dobb's Journal sails into the sunset - yet again

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They were still going?

I could have sworn they stopped publishing new content about 3 years ago.

There is definitely a gap in the market for a decent site / mag for programmers. All the ones I read in the 90s and early 00s have died in the last 10 years. Ideally it should be language agnostic and cover older tech as well as the bleeding edge.

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EU VAT law could kill THOUSANDS of online businesses

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Re: Amazon Seller Account

OMG a VAT number and the ability to verify your identity? What will they ask for next, your inside leg measurement and the hair from your first born child?!?!?

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Sony to media: stop publishing our stolen stuff or we'll get nasty

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Re: Journalistic Truth

Try Drop The Dead Donkey instead. Much funnier and available on Netflix.

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GCHQ releases teen-friendly code-busting app

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It's for the freaking children!

And as an added benefit is also sends everything on your phone, all messages, et, etc direct to GCHQ. For your safety.

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BT Infinity ‘working to fix problem’ after three days of outages

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Re: Is this an Openreach problem ... or BT Retail?

BT retail. Openreach is working fine here.

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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Re: USS Ponce

Phrasing BOOM!

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Yuck

Ugh you've gone all Office 2013 / Win 8 with far too much unbroken WHITE and no shading / gradients / lines to separate the different sections of the page. My first thought was that the stylesheet had failed to download for some reason so I hit refresh before spotting the redesign story.

Could we please get an alternative theme with an off-white background or even an inverse theme with black background for those of us with a bit of Mogwai in our genes? The current one makes me want to put shades on.

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Microsoft: Hey, don’t forget Visual Basic! Open source and new features coming

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Case sensitivity is more a liability than an asset. It causes all kinds of typos you just can't get in a language like VB.

There are advantages to using VB.Net over C#. Some of the syntax makes more sense and there are a few things VB can do that C# can't.

At the end of the day use the right tool for the job. If that is C# great, if it is VB.Net that's good too.

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

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The sooner they kill BBC3 the better. If you've ever watched it you know why.

For every Gavin & Stacy there are a million Don't Tell the Bride, Sun Sex & Suspicious Parents and 'documantaries' presented by naive young female journalists who pretend its a shock to them that some people are poor before busrting into tears.

If we could axe ITV (all channels) too the quality of British television would increase by an order of magnitude.

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Mom and daughter SUE Comcast for 'smuggling' public Wi-Fi hotspot into their home

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Re: a "vast" burden on electricity bills

Clean burnin', fast downloadin' propane. Is there anything it can't do?

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Zombie POODLE wanders in, cocks leg on TLS

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A couple of cross platform scripts that could test all the major browsers and web servers for compliance would be a lot of help too.

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PlayStation Network blasted offline AGAIN. Just not Sony's decade

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Re: Pissing off the wrong people.

After the last PSN hack I wouldn't be stupid enough to buy a Playstation.

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Kaspersky: That 2 years we took to warn you about Regin ? We had GOOD REASON

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Hug resources

Because all virus programmers need a hug!

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Oi, UK.gov. WHERE'S THE DETAIL on your Google Tax?

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Re: Tax on profits...

Nah the principal behind it is there is an election coming up and they want to win.

Anything else is just gravy.

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Use Windows software on Android – Microsoft couldn't be app-ier

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overage charges?

Do they have under age charges as well?

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