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* Posts by Irongut

1089 posts • joined 9 Jan 2012

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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Mastercard, Syniverse target holiday payment security with mobile verification system

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These sound like reasonable ideas but what are you going to do when you run out of petrol hundreds of miles from home with no cash on you and out of banking hours? With a £20 limit on cash machine withdrawals you would be stuck unless you use your credit card and depending on your car even that might not be enough if you have a £50 limit on it.

Personally I'd rather my bank increase the amount I can take out of the hole in the wall because it is regularly too small for me. But I do like to deal in cash, even for large purchases like a TV or furniture.

The best idea is what my bank does already, and my previous bank also did. If my card is used outside the UK it is declined unless I have phoned them to say I will be away and even then it can only be used in that country. Takes 5 minutes and can even be done from abroad if you forget before you go.

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Boffins demo FIVE MICRON internal combustion engine

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The smallest engine...

in the world.

</Clarkson>

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My work-from-home setup's better than the office. It's GLORIOUS

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Re: Company Car vs Company PC

Haha that's a good one. I've had similar problems, the rest of the IT dept never seem to know how to treat the devs. We aren't one of them so they don't want to give us admin rights but if they don't then I'll have them at my machine every day installing something for me.

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And you think this is the fault of the IT dept? I think you'll find your IT colleagues would love to supply everyone with the latest shiny laptop or desktop beast. After all then they can brag to their mates what great machines they get for work. The fault for using old, probably used equipment falls squarely at the beancounters' door whether that equipment is IT equipment or anything else your company uses.

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Plusnet shunts blame for dodgy DNS traffic onto customers' routers

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Re: For me there is a basic question

Most likely because ISP supplied routers are all a pile of shite. I never use an ISP supplied router for anything except confirming to them that I have tried another router and the line fault I am reporting is still there.

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Beware Abe Lincoln-looking code pros trying to sell you on LOBDOPs

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"code review is extending its scope... welcoming in business, legal, compliance and risk specialists."

Yeah right. I have enough trouble getting the involved stakeholders to actually read a spec and offer useful criticism. The idea of them getting involved in code review is laughable, not that I would want them so involved anyway. This is just more vendor bullshit to sell crappy tools.

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No sex please, we're Twit-ish. Vine bans non-educational nudity

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Who?

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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Re: Great headline!

Pffft the noughties? I've been buying from Maplin since the 80s when they had no shops, just the catalogue, and their prices have always been expensive. Try comparing with the RS or Farnell websites and weep at how much Maplin have ripped you off over the years.

This is nothing to do with having to pay staff, etc as another commentard mentions. They were expensive when they had no shops, and RS and Farnell have some shops too.

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'Mommy got me an UltraVibe Pleasure 2000 for Xmas!' South Park: Stick of Truth

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Yes, yes you are. Douchebag.

(You seem to be missing the biting social commentary and satire in South Park. Try looking a little deeper than the knob gags. It isn't Family Guy, CIA Family Guy or Black Family Guy.)

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I started playing last night having bought it on Steam last week. So far I'm a level 3 Thief / Assassin and loving it. The controls seem a little odd to me but tbh they may be standard for an RPG these days, I haven't played anything except MMOs, FPS & RTS in years. The humour is pure Parker / Stone and I can see my weekend being full of sniggers and crude 2D art. :)

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Re: For me The Book of Mormon set the bar for anything related to Trey Parker and Matt Stone

Africa's not like The Lion King!

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Bitcoin bank Flexcoin pulls plug after cyber-robbers nick $610,000

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ROFL

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Japanese boffins build 'earring PC' for hands-free computing

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Re: Future tech for tech's sake...

Headcrash by... oh I don't remember ask your shoes to look it up on Amazon. Very funny cyberpunk book although the VR interface sounds a bit painful.

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IBM to shutter Greenock x86 line after sale to Lenovo - reports

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Re: I'm sure it will be ok even if the plant is shut...

Yes all 5 of them are very important to the council.

I could have sworn IBM Greenock closed down about 10 years ago. It's news to me that anyone still works there.

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Re: Bullying and Bluster

What would Kenneth MacAlpin have to do with it? He died in 858 AD.

I presume you refer to Wee Eck who will never be the first King of Scotland no matter what he wants.

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New radio tech could HALVE mobe operators' bandwidth needs

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Re: Hmmm

Only if you're on a shit network. You need to cancel that EE contract.

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MtGox accepted new customers JUST DAYS before collapse

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Bitcoin has sounded like an EVE scam to me from the very start. When I read articles about it I almost check to see if I'm in Jita local. :p

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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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