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1151 posts • joined 9 Jan 2012

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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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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