* Posts by Irongut

1218 posts • joined 9 Jan 2012

Fuel for jets DOES grow on trees

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Nice to see you bothered to read the article before commenting Axe.

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TV body seeks attractive mobile operators for mutual action replays

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Agreed. I live very close to a football stadium and when a match is on mobile reception goes to pot. Clearly there isn't enough capacity in the network to handle 40k fans on top of the usual traffic.

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More chance you came a cropper on a UK road than bought a Chromebook this year

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Re: Or the alternative opinion

"No more updates, boots quickly."

Boots quickly fair enough but I think you got the update situation backwards there. ChromeOS has constant updates, it just doesn't ask your permission to download and install them or tell you that it has. If you really like that you could set Windows to do the same. Personally I like control over what my computer is doing.

I also like it to be an actual computer and not a paperweight if I don't have internet connectivity.

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Weather forecast: WiFi storms make meteorologists look mad

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Re: It will only get worse

My work is in a serviced office with several other companies including at least two IT companies. We are the only ones using 5GHz. At home my router is the only one in the street using 5GHz.

So yeah it hasn't been a problem before because no one was using it. Compatible routers are now down in price to consumer levels so expect an explosion in uptake over the next couple of years.

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Chip and SKIM: How dodgy crypto can leave shoppers open to fraud

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Got to be careful when you're generating a nonce! (see definition #3)

Who decided to use that word as the name for a transaction id?

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iPhone-stroker-turned-fandroid sues Apple over iMessage text-slurpery

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Re: Oh FFS

And if your iShiny dies on you, prompting its replacement with SShiny, how are you supposed to de-register it?

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Motorola Moto E: Brill budget blower with one bothersome blunder

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Re: I don't see this as a problem.

Same here. I've owned every previous version of the Galaxy S (not got the S5 yet) but never taken a selfie or made a video call. The front camera is of no interest to me and for the majority of the customers this device is aimed at I bet most won't miss it.

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Bitcoin blockchain allegedly infected by ancient 'Stoned' virus

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So AV false positives are news now?

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Multiplayer Elite to debut on May 30th

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Re: £100!

The hundred quid also gets you future digital expansions for free.

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Re: Also available...

"Unlike Eve Online or Elite, you are not the ship, you are the pilot and can get up & walk around your ship.You can land on a planet, get out of your ship and go to the trading outpost, weapons boutique, ship dealership, police station or pub."

Technically in EVE you are actually a person and have been able to get out of your ship for several years now. You can't go any further than your quarters though because they canned development of that part of the game due to lack of interest from the players. And, all the things you mention are planned for Elite: Dangerous.

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WORLD LOSES MIND: Uber valued at TEN BEEELLION DOLLARS, Pinterest pegged at $5bn

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Worth $10 billion

Until someone gets raped and murdered by one of their unlicensed, uninsured, illegal drivers.

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Internet rejoices over Star Wars, um, clapboard pic

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Hopefully Abrams will have some kind of seizure and they'll put a film director in charge instead.

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Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

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Re: Points of Failure

A cloud service is down until someone somewhere that you have no control over manages to fix it.

A local issue is completely under my control and as a professional will not take me long to fix. Many companies even have a whole dept. called IT - a team of professionals who know how to fix problems.

So a coffee spill would knock me out until I can find something to dry it with but a cloud service will be down for an undetermined number of hours/days/weeks with no end in sight unless you hit refresh on Twitter every 5 minutes. And you pay extra for that privilege.

I'm not saying all cloud is shite but Adobe's idea of using it to authenticate locally installed software is most definitely a big bag of shite.

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Hunt's paperless future: NHS watches £60m vanish down plughole

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Paper also has the feature that you can check it, tell the receptionist that the doctor wrote the wrong items again and get it fixed.

My partner has several serious long term medical conditions and uses a number of different tablets, patches and other medical equipment daily. On a regular basis her doctor will get a repeat prescription wrong, often prescribing a medication they have on file that she hasn't taken for a few years or an old dose of the correct medication. At least with the current system you can get it corrected before you leave the surgery. If you don't know till you get to the pharmacy and they scan your barcode then a trip back to the doctor would be needed - usually something she would not be able to manage.

Also how will they cope with me picking up a prescription for her because she's lying in bed doubled over in agony again?

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Russia to suspend US GPS stations in tit-for-tat spat

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Re: GPS Stations?

"GPS has 16 monitor stations throughout the world that transmit data back to satellites to improve location accuracy, but none are located in Russia.

However, Russia has hosted nine GPS-based ground stations since 1995 that transmit geodesic data back to global data centers, theoretically making it possible to improve positioning data.

But the stations do not provide real-time data and are only used to measure annual continental drift, a spokesman for the Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences, which runs the stations, said Thursday."

From here.

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Re: @Anonymous Coward

Too long didn't read but resorting to name calling in the first sentence is poor form for someone who is supposed to be a journalist on the very site they write for. Trevor did no one ever tell you its a bad idea to piss off your customers?

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Space Station in CRISIS: Furious Russia threatens to BAN US from ISS

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Re: "the irreplaceable orbital station"

Not to worry, still to come are ISS 2, ISS 3, ISS 4 and ISS 5 - our last best hope for peace.

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Tick-tock, Jock: Dock schlock for mock-stock in ad-hoc shop squawk

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CeX will

Make no money for 3 days because no one in Glasgow is stupid enough to own Bitcoins.

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Where are your rich friends? Facebook's Zuck sued for NOT BEING SOCIAL ENOUGH

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secure his privacy

So Zuck wants privacy but all his little Facebook bitches can't have any.

What a surprise.

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Ex-Sony, Pearson chiefs tipped to oversee BBC. So that's all good, then

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And now for something radical

Here's a thought... If you want some reform why not get someone who isn't a Lord, Sir, Dame or Baroness to do the job? Then they might actually understand things like independence, accountability and not giving all the jobs to their cronies.

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Google: Mmm. Tab-free Gmail desktop client? We won't DENY it

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Desktop version?

Wtf is the desktop version of Gmail? They have a webmail version and several mobile clients as well but no desktop app afaik.

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Mozilla axes HATED Firefox-ad-tab plan ... but will try again

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Re: Obviously, it's time...

The new tab page doesn't show the last 10 pages you visited. It shows 9 pages for a start. These are made up of the pages you visit most frequently, pages you've pinned to the new tab page and doesn't include any you have told it to remove from the page. And if you have to squint to see what they are you need to see an optician, one who specialises in coke bottle lenses, coz you have serious sight problems.

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Re: How about fixing the UI to one that works?

A Firefox update has never broken a plugin, that interface was set back in the early Netscape Navigator days and has barely changed since. They used to break extensions on a regular basis but I can't remember the last time one of my dozen or so extensions didn't already work with the latest version.

I can't comment on screen reader issues and agree they should leave the UI alone but with the theme I use I haven't seen any of the UI changes in recent versions. I don't like the Chrome UI so my Firefox still looks like Firefox, main menu and everything.

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Winklevoss twins eye up NASDAQ: Publicly traded Bitcoin fund... what could go wrong?

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Re: Oh, dear me...

Isn't that something you use to clean windows? (the glass kind not the MS kind)

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Winkelvoss

Sounds like something you use to polish your private parts!

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Britain'll look like rural Albania without fracking – House of Lords report

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We really don't need shale gas, or to import as much gas as we do. There is still billions of boe in the North Sea and most of it even has the required infrastructure nearby.

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Brit chap weaves silver bullet for wireless health scare bollocks

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Does it help with

maggots in your scrotum?

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Ancient Fear of, er, a CHEESE-TASTIC title?

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ARM targets enterprise with 32-core, 1.6TB/sec bandwidth beastie

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You name it, we generally build it

Except you don't. You license the designs to other companies who customise them and then build it.

Nice to see a company fellow understands the business he works for.

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Tesco to tout its own smartphone – now THAT'S an unexpected item in the bagging area

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Far too creepy Tesco

This is the reason I refuse to use supermarket club cards. If you use them they know everything you buy from Tesco, use their bank and they know what else you spend your money on, use their mobile network and they know who you call, and now they'll know everything about you thanks to the spyware in their phone.

Are we sure they aren't a subsidiary of NSAGCHQ Inc?

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Please work for nothing, Mr Dabbs. What can you lose?

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Re: I could not agree more .....

Only £300 a half day? I have a £150 call out charge and then its £300 per hour!

(unless it's someone who I'm happy to help for free, not many of those)

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Re: What excites me? ( Larhten)

+1 mate, payday it is.

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Larry Ellison looks out from his island paradise and thinks: I wanna buy the LA Clippers

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Re: Cos its not a real sport...

Ya got it right there Mr AC.

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Titsup UK Border IT causes CHAOS at air and seaports in Blighty

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There may have been chaos at the borders

But, it was nothing compared to the failure of grammar in this article.

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Go ahead and un-install .Net, but you'll CRIPPLE Windows Server 2012

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In other news water is wet, the sky is blue and if you remove enough system libraries from Linux / OSX / Unix / BeOS / other OS of choice it will become unstable too.

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

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Sigh

If I wanted Chrome I would use Chrome, I have it installed alongside FF for Chromecasting sites that don't have apps and testing web sites. But I really don't like the Chrome interface. Give me a main menu, tabs, location/search boxes and a navigation toolbar so I can actually get some work done without having to spend time figuring out how.

While I'm complaining about browser UI make the refresh button bigger, it is far too small to use.

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And! For! Yahoo!'s next! trick! ... Making! two! new! TV! comedies!

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Re: I should stay in more.

You should have heard of Curb Your Enthusiasm starring Larry David, definitely not a youth thing and it was shown on both sides of the pond. I'm not saying it was actually funny but you should have heard of it.

The rest? Who knows...

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Why two-player games > online gaming: See your pal's shock as you bag a last-second victory

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An article about the best 2 player games without a mention of Speedball 2 is no article at all.

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Awkward? Elop now answers to ex-junior Nadella as Microsoft closes Nokia buyout

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Re: If I was an engineer at Nokia

You're over 3 years too late with your suggestion; see Jolla.

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LulzSec's Sabu hacked foreign gov sites while under FBI control – NYT

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Re: So what?

The inference is that the FBI wanted to hack Iran, etc but didn't want to get caught so they enticed some civilians to do it for them. If Sabu hadn't suggested a list of targets that are all on Uncle Sam's naughty list then it wouldn't look so bad.

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UK.gov chucks £28m at F1 tech for buses and diggers plan

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Re: Cue the bus fans complaining... (Psyx)

So you're saying Bernie Ecclestone isn't a real F1 fan?

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Och aye! It's the Loch Ness Monster – but only Apple fanbois can see it

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Next ye'll be tellin' us ye don't believe that haggis have one leg shorter than the other.

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Whaddaya mean, NO REFUND? But I paid in Bitcoins! Oh I see...

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Sounds like the kind of presentation where the organisers glare at me a lot for laughing very loudly at the presenters.

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Sleuths find nosy NORKS drones on the Chinternet

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Re: The 1950s want their values back

Dude there is this thing called humour, if you don't know what it is might I suggest you read some other website.

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

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Re: ..and soon will do heating control too!

What a great idea - a completely insecure protocol controlling my gas boiler. I don't think.

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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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