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* Posts by Irongut

1056 posts • joined 9 Jan 2012

Woman claims she was assaulted in Google Glass 'HATE CRIME'

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Looking for trouble?

Dive bar... gritty neighbourhood... city that is known to dislike Google at the moment. Whilst I don't condone the reaction it does sound like she was looking for trouble.

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Fukushima radioactivity a complete non-issue on West Coast: Also for Fukushima locals, in fact

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Re: No wonder Americans are scared

The BED is a nice unit but I prefer the CCED - Coffee Cup Equivalent Dose. There's a hell of a lot of background radiation in a cup of coffee.

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Software needs meaty cores, not thin, stringy ARMs, says Intel

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Maybe if you had modern RAM that ran at modern speeds instead of 6 year old RAM then it wouldn't be so much of a bottle neck. Hmmm.

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MtGox has VANISHED. So where have all the Bitcoins gone?

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electricity wasting global ponzi scheme

Now there's a thought, maybe BitCoin was secretly started by the electricity companies to sell more electricity?

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Samsung brandishes quad-core Galaxy S5, hopes nobody wants high specs

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Re: Cue the selective amnesia

Spurious stats are spurious.

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Microsoft courts mobe-makers, tweaks Windows 8 for WIMPs

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Re: Chumps

Windows Smartphone 2003 was more advanced than iOS 1.0. Hell, PalmOS 4 was move advanced than iOS 1.0. Did you learn your tech history from Stephen Fry?

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Microsoft tries to re-invent GPS with cloudy offloads

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Re: WiFi modem geolocation

Yup, that's why Maps works on my S3 even with GPS turned off. Consumes a lot less battery that way too.

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Nokia launches Android range: X marks the growing low-cost spot

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How can MS make something hated more than Win8? Welcome to Wandrows8.

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You’re a LIAR and a CHEAT... la-la-la, I can't hear your lawyers

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Re: terrible

The first paragraph has nothing to do with the rest of the article. Its a friendly intro.

As usual when reading a Reg article, and most things, it helps if you get to the end and actually understand the English language past the level of a 4 year old. Reading comprehension 4 teh win.

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Facebook pays $19bn for WhatsApp. Yep. $45 for YOUR phone book

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they're not the biggest mugs. We are

What do you mean we Tonto?

FB may have paid $45 for your phone book but I am not on What'sApp, Facebook, Twitter or any other social network (apart from Steam if you count that) so they aren't getting anything on me.

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Big Beardie's watching: Gaze into the screen... it shall gaze also into you

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"It looks at hair length, cheek structure, eye distance and dark shadows to categorise you as male or female"

I haven't seen one yet but I look forward to confusing it when I do. My hair is longer than most women's.

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Another U.S. state set to repeal rubber duck ban

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Re: There is a chance of a major win ......

You're on. My money is on an advert for women who want to feel fresher... down there.

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El Reg gives it a wrist at MWC: From not-so-smartwatch to the selfie-taker

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Re: I still think

I have no need for a cycling speedometer or running monitor and if my alarms only woke me up at the "right" point in my sleep cycle I'd always be late for work.

What was the other use again? Oh yeah, a fancy notification area for emails on my wrist instead of the two screens in front of me and the phone to the side. Not really a killer feature.

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BBC: Hey, Atos, old buddy. Here's a cheque for £285m, fill your boots

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Re: The crazy thing...

Ah Neil you're missing the fact that it won't be the same people sat at the same desks, it will be half of those people working for half the wage they were on before sat at the same desks and doing twice as much work. And yet it will still cost the BBC more than having them in house did.

How could that not make sense?

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Robots demanding equal API rights? It's just a matter of time

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no, just no

"robotic drones, industrial turbines, automobiles and toasters... should be able to plug downward into consumer level social media streams and upward into enterprise level performance monitoring solutions to fully inter-function."

Why the fuck would they need to do any of that? I can understand drones and turbines requiring constant performance monitoring, maybe even cars, but in what way will a turbine function better if it can read the inane tweets of the great unwashed?

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Tired of arguing with suits? Get ready to argue with engineers!

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IT vs Engineers?

That is a no argument situation. Unlike the suits, engineers know how to express requirements and can talk technical without sounding like moronic 3 year olds who think Star Trek is real. I used to work writing production line control systems and engineers are a dream to work with. I'd take engineers as customers over a board room of suits any day.

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First Data hoiks out custom Android point-of-sale fondleslab

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apps that pull weather forecasts to predict sales and set order quantities

Given how inaccurate any kind of long term weather forecasting is that sounds dangerous.

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Capita and Updata ink £325m Scottish PSN deal

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Sigh

How do these muppets keep getting such lucrative contracts? Ok rhetorical question I know they bribed some civil servant or politician as usual, it is just depressing that they keep getting away with it.

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From 0 to ERUPTION in 60 days: You thought that volcano was COLD?

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Re: Basic physics

Basic counting. That's paragraph four.

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

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the créme de la créme of gaming aristocracy

"Mario, Luigi, Link, Samus Aran, Donkey Kong, Fox McCloud, Kirby, et al"

OK so I know who the first two are, and Donkey Kong obviously, but Fox McCloud of the clan McCloud? Does he have a Spanish friend and mentor who sounds suspiciously like an Edinburgh milk man? And, who the hell are Link and Samus Aran? I've been plying computer games since Pong and I've never heard of them.

When I think of Nintendo, I think of that annoying plumber and his crappy platform games, stupid cart racing games with children's characters and crappy under powered hardware like the NES, SNES, N64, Wii or Wii U.

I will not shed a tear for Nintendo, the sooner they die the better.

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Spam, a lot of it: Bubble tea is the Seoul of wit

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Re: Those Sun Pillows look brilliant!

Indeed porn mags literally grow on trees. All Paul Raymond does is harvest them.

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Next week, I’m going to the office in a pink-and-blue jumpsuit.

Pics! I like a good laugh on a Friday.

That Korean spam is very odd. My favourite spam I received a few years ago had the subject line "Get thicker, longer hair!" - I have hair down to my arse and a full beard. The last thing I need is thicker, longer hair. :)

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My smelly Valentine: Europe's perfumers wake to V-Day nightmare

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100 reported cases of contact sensitisation

Out of how many people using products containing these extracts?

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THOUSANDS of Tesco.com logins and passwords leaked online

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Re: Is this Tesco's fault?

> If your customer base is in the UK and the IP address come from somewhere else, then this is not likely to be your customer.

Except I used to work at a customer site in the UK that due to the nationality of their ISP all websites thought was in France. Sites that blocked non-UK IP addresses seriously pissed me off.

> Not only that, but you can easily keep a log of where your genuine customer has logged in from the last few times.

> A change in pattern for that customer (perhaps combined with an overall view of the change in pattern across your customer database) could give you a clue as to whether something's going on.

Oh yes very nice except it will inconvenience customers. Steam use a system like this and last week I had to confirm I was at a new location 3 or 4 times just to use my Steam account. Annoying for me, for your average luddite member of the public this would drive them to another supermarket.

You could have the most secure site in the world but no customers because it will be a pain in the arse to use. You have to work out a realistic threat model and apply reasonable security rules to mitigate the actual risks whilst not over inconveniencing the customer. This isn't corporate IT where you can force the users to jump through your security hoops because you say so.

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Silk Road reboot claims: Hacker STOLE all our Bitcoin funds

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So the balance went over his honesty threshold and he decided it is safer to pocket the cash than sell the hash.

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The perfect fantasy flick for the online Valentine you've never met: Her

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Agreed. I thought Electric Dreams early on in the review and the thought never went away.

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Google's SECRET contracts: Android lock-in REVEALED!

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But Android phones and tablets are available without Google's apps. Probably the best selling Android tablets are Amazon's Kindle Fire models which have no Googleyness. So his point is?

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Credit card of PayPal PRESIDENT cloned by UK crooks

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Pics or it didn't happen.

Sounds like a marketing ply to me.

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So cool it 2.4 gigahertz: BATTERY-FREE comms for international band

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Re: Passive sensors?

Expecting a visit from James Bond and a squad of marines?

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Bad luck, n00bs: Mozilla to splurge ADS inside empty Firefox tiles

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Re: For fucks sake!

Are you a new user? Well you won't see the damn things then.

Yet another reading comprehension fail.

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You can delete sites from the new tab and pin them to it too. So delete your most visited non-work sites and pin some work sites to it. You might find its quite useful after all.

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Re: WTF is "tiles"?

You may find the most visited tiles useless but I find them very useful. You can also pin them in place on the new tab. When I open a new tab they provide links to six important sites I have pinned (El Reg and a bunch of sys admin stuff mostly) and three frequently visited sites. Very handy indeed.

Fortunately they will continue to do so since I am not a new user and any new install of Firefox is quickly synced with my others.

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Re: Tracking?

Sites "we think users will enjoy" is a very different thing from sites a specific user will enjoy based on their browsing history. Way to read too much into things duckie.

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Re: <scratches head>

Some people really need to learn to read.

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Japanese investment company looks to snap off Sony's PC arm

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Re: Who'd want it ?

Vaio laptops look great but the build quality is terrible. They fall apart in a few months and are very expensive to repair, only to fall apart again another few months later. Our previous IT manager had a Vaio only policy and now we are left with a pile of laptops with broken hinges, broken screens, etc.

One very high spec and expensive laptop that was bought for a director was even faulty straight from the factory. It had wires hanging out of the dvd drive!

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Jean Michel Jarre: Je voudrais un MUSIC TAX sur VOTRE MOBE

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Thanks for the great idea JMJ!

“If you get rid of music, images, videos, words and literature from the smartphone, you just have a simple phone that would be worth $50.”

If you get rid of the software from an electronic music instrument you have a plastic box that is worth nothing. Therefore all musicians (including those who only play guitar or drums) should pay £500 per instrument to a new software rights collection society, to be divided among all the programmers on the planet.

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fWHoaR! Trick-cyclists crack eternal mystery of WHAT WOMEN WANT in a man

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It's worse than that

Noooo... "The researchers studied over 150 men and women"

So they studied about 80 women and asked them how attractive they found 80 men. Such a fine representative sample, it can surely be scaled up to be valid on a planet of over 7 billion people.

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Apple RESURRECTS the iPhone 4: report

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Re: iPhone 4, 3 years later: FUBAR

I've dropped my Galaxy S3 on to tarmac, pavement and concrete several times. Yes, I'm clumsy. The only damage is some scratches and a slight dent in the case. The screen is still perfect and it runs the latest version of Android no problem. Who needs repairs?

I know lots of people who dropped iPhones and the screen and / or back shattered. One person I know managed to bend an iPhone 4S so it looks like a banana! (I have no idea what she did with it.)

You can't compare iPhone with landfill Android. Sure you're talking about an old iPhone but it was a premium model at the time so compare like with like.

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Microsoft's new CEO: The technology isn't his problem

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Re: Consumer Company?

They really need to ignore this consumer crap, it has caused all their problems in recent years. Let Apple be hip, trendy and bought by all the chavs. MS makes more than enough money from enterprise and professional customers and has no need to go chasing after the unwashed masses.

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Re: I think I can update this one for you so it works on both sides of the pond

Doesn't work, I have no idea who Vince Lombardi is.

A better equivalent to the quote from the article is imagine having a black man as president of the US.

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Put down that iPad! Snoopware RECORDS your EVERY gesture, TAP on iOS, Android

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Re: "unmodified Androids provided they were connected to a computer."

I do not connect my Android to a computer. And, even if I did I would connect it to my computer which has not been compromised since 1999.

Break the security on your device and it can be hacked really isn't a story.

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Asus unveils dirt-cheap Chromebox desktops with Haswell chips

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Re: OK for web browsing

Because Netflix uses Silverlight. Yes they say they support HTML5 but have you actually watched any content in HTML5? Its always Silverlight in my experience, on UK Netflix anyway.

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It's Satya! Microsoft VP Nadella named CEO as Bill Gates steps down

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Re: Dear Mr Satya,

They probably took one look at your use of apostrophes and speech marks and decided they'd had enough.

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Re: Mega Hard

Elop is that you?

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BT scratches its head over MYSTERY Home Hub disconnections

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Obvious problem, obvious solution

If you buy cheap internet with a free router you're going to get a pile of shit.

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Facebook turns 10: Big Brother isn't Mark Zuckerberg. It's YOU

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Welcome to your age of conformity Facebookers.

I'm the one with the unimaginable life laughing at you from the sidelines.

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Re: Stop it, Now!

I see you have no need for reading comprehension either.

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Duracell powers into cloud storage market

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Re: Perhaps ..

I want FairySQL and Persil RegClean liquitabs now!

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Bangable poster firm Novalia makes printed 'leccy keyboard

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It has been done before

My father invented a technique for printing circuits like this using standard printing presses that normally print magazines, books or newspapers over 25 years ago. That is much more standard than presses that print on bottles and would have run at much higher speeds. We had test circuits on normal self adhesive paper labels. Unfortunately no tech company in the UK was interested, he tried Ferranti, Marconi and all the rest, and eventually we had to let the patents drop. :(

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Elite Systems pulls ZX Spectrum games after deluge of 'unpaid royalties' complaints

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Re: Just been reminded of an old story from the 80s

Sounds like an urban legend to me. No doubt that's why you posted anon.

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