* Posts by Irongut

1335 posts • joined 9 Jan 2012

DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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Unprecedented demand?

Tax discs are renewed annually so surely DVLA know exactly what demand there is for renewals in specific day by day detail. Factor in some probably very accurate data about how many cars are sold in the UK each month, which DVLA should also have, and they should have a very, very accurate extimate of the demand on a day by day basis.

Or did they not think to call on the decades of experience and data the organisation already holds? Oh right its a UK gov IT project so experience, knowledge and data have to take a back seat (if you're lucky) to expensive lunches, sexting random constituents and colourful icons.

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Nicked iCloud snaps: Celebrities were 'dumb' – new EU digi boss

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"might not even have been aware of the backups’ existence, since they are created automatically in the background on many phones"

Sounds like stupidity to me whether they were male or female. See I'm not sexist, unlike most of the so called feminists I've ever met. I am however anti-stupid.

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Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’

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All I see is lots of wasted space and uncomfortable seats. One of the worst working environments I've seen since Google's beanbags.

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EU probes Google’s Android omerta again: Talk now, or else

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home-grown apps phone makers... were pressured by Google not to include

I wish Google would pressure Samsung to stop bundling their home grown apps. For every Google app or service there is a matching Samsung app or service. Only the Samsung version is a bigger pile of crap than the Google version. Even Amazon's app store is better than Samsung's and its pretty crap too.

Hey EU how about an investigation into why I can't remove any Google apps, Samsung apps, Twitter or Facebook from my phone? You can uninstall updates (really useful that) but you can't remove privacy and seurity violating apps that you don't want or need.

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Apple sues Steven Lamar over Beats co-founder claims

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Money for old ROPE

So do ROPE headphones sound as bad as BEATS?

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Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims

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Re: A Difference

Google don't need to hack your phone, they already own it. (if it's Android)

What they do regularly do is install malware. New Google apps get installed by default whether you want them or not and they want permission to access everything. It is starting to really piss me off. I don't want any of the apps Google has installed without my permission but because they are Google apps you can't remove them, only remove the patches leaving you with a worse security nightmare than the one you are trying to avoid. At this pont I think there's more Google apps I don't use on my phone than ones I do use.

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Apple is too shallow, must go deeper to beat TouchID fingerprint hack, say securo-bods

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if anyone can take tech and make it usable and affordable

It certainly isn't Apple.

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SpaceX Dragon cargo truck flies 3D printer to ISS: Clawdown in 3, 2...

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Re: I wonder if they are going to do autonomous docking some day...

IIRC SpaceX have the capability. NASA just don't trust their software yet hence the big baseball mit on the end of a broom.

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Game pirates 'donate' compute power to Bitcoin miners

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Not that difficult if you know how.

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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Sony, which makes beautiful gadgets

Thanks for the Friday comedy article. That one will keep me laughing all day.

Sony, like Apple, makes overpriced garbage. At least Apple's products tend to be reliable though.

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Google Apple grapple brings crypto cop block to Android

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RIPA

Cop: "Give me the PIN to your iPhone."

Job done.

Another smoke and mirrors PR announcement from Apple.

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Damien Hirst, eat your heart out - these guys chop up TAXIS

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A place in Glasgow used to do half cars decades ago. London catching up as usual. ;)

I love the Hopper seat. I'd buy that (well probably can't afford it but I'd like to). I was there when he proposed to his wife.

I used to use old bike pistons as ashtrays in the early 90s. Seems I was ahead of my time.

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

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Its Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters. So good you watch it four times.

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Re: 4K in 1993

Those were high end office machines but they were not the best you could get. Apple and Wintel have never been the forefront of computing technology. Try looking up the specs for VAX or SGI boxes.

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Re: This is the thing

I'm still trying to work out if the author wants four copies of Ghostbusters or if he considers some of the other dross worth watching. It must be the former surely.

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Re: Chicken and Egg @Rampant Spaniel

"sick of the crap from people who can't see it from any other perspective than their own"

Seems to me the pot is casting aspersions on the discolouration of the kettle.

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Re: As always

I was thinking about those articles when it was mentioned that after watching 4k people noticed the pixel grid on an HD telly. If you can see the pixel grid you're sitting too close / your TV is too big for your room!

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Will Apple give Chinese iPhone workers cancer? THE TRUTH

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The death of anyone is not a tragedy, it is a fact of life. We all die.

That some people die before their time is a tragedy but that does not make all death tragic.

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Payment security bods: Nice pay-by-bonk (hint: NO ONE uses it) on iPhone 6, Apple

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"a whole swathe of consumers one step closer to ditching their wallets"

Because they have no need to carry cash, ID, drivers licence, loyalty cards, receipts for expense claims, etc, etc.

"a 248 per cent increase in contactless payments since 2012"

2.48 x nothing is still nothing.

"Through the use of this data-centric security strategy, Apple Pay reduces risk of data breaches and credit card theft"

Really? Sounds like it's a greater risk to me. Data on a phone can be copied, stolen, etc by hackers or a malicious app much more easily, and without the user's knowledge, than the credit card in their pocket.

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Keep that consumer browser tat away from our software says Oracle

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Re: Choice, itis a FOSS thing...

Sounds like a fucking nightmare trying to work out which browser you're supposed to use for a given site.

Oh and Opera = Chrome now so you may as well get rid of it.

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Before I Go To Sleep turns out tense enough to keep you awake ...

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Isn't that the plot of the Adam Sandler + Drew Barrymore comedy "50 first dates?"

Not an ideal plot to copy for a thriller.

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Hey hipsters: Tabs are so last year, fat phones are where it's at

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Re: Just change the UI

Yawn. Trevor your rants are about as interesting and coherent as Eadon's were. Just stop.

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Jimbo tells Wikipedians: You CAN'T vote to disable 'key software features'

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@lurker

Done more for advancing access to information than anyone else in history since Gutenberg? Now that is a perfect example of the pure unmitigated bullshit surrounding the likes of Jimbo and Wikipedia (also Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc).

How much would Jimbo have contributed to the access of information without Tim Berners-Lee and Vint Cerf? No web, no wiki. No internet, no wiki.

And, that's without thinking about all the people involved in the invention of better printing techniques, book binding, magazines, newspapers, radio, film, TV, etc that did more for access to information than Wikipedia ever could.

Oh and Gutenberg didn't actually invent printing, it already existed. He invented movable type which made things easier and cheaper. Someone else would have come up with the same idea sooner or later.

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Uber alles... nein! Deutschland imposes NATIONWIDE BAN on taxi app

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Re: Luddites 1

Sensible People 1

Idiots who want to ride in an unlicensed, uninsured, illegal car 0

FTFY

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Chumps stump up $1 MEELLLION for watch that doesn't exist

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Re: Isn't this Kickstarter all over.

I've pledged to five Kickstarter projects and every one of them has delivered. This may be something to do with my choice of projects (RPi add-ons and Elite:Dangerous*) or the fact that I won't part with my money for a pitch consisting of a few joss sticks and some whale song.

* Technically E:D has not been released yet and is behind their original schedule but since I'm in the beta and it does exist / work I'm giving them a pass.

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Re: And there we were thinking...

I clicked the headline expecting an iWatch story tbh.

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Woe, Daddy! GoDaddy customers wail as hosting service GOES TITSUP

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loldaddy

Why does anyone use these muppets?

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Rubbish WPS config sees WiFi router keys popped in seconds

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Re: WPS

"I'm not sure it's "well known"."

It's obvious common sense. My router password is a 30+ combination of characters that is very secure. WPS reduces it to a short PIN number that is obviously much less secure, especially since it is auto generated.

Turning off WPS is the first thing you should do after changing the default password. It's a total no brainer.

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Ninja Pirate Zombie Vampires versus Chuck Norris and the Space Marines

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Re: Have we missed clowns?

"Everybody Happy!" - Stitches

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'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

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modern methods of computing like coding

Because 30 years ago no one had even heard of code. Especially not 11 year old me. Oh no.

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Major cyber attack hits Norwegian oil industry

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Re: Better together

Actually the Norwegian Oil & Gas industry is a very good reason to vote for independance. Unlike Westminster they have not mismanaged the industry for the last 10 years and currently have record growth despite much higher taxes. In contrast the UKCS has been mismanaged by successive governments changing the tax regime every five minutes making long term planning impossible. A record low of wells were drilled in the last two years and oil companies are exiting the UK as fast as possible, mostly to concentrate on their Norwegian assets.

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

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"Logitech products last forever... I want to be sure I’m not going to have to replace my mouse for the next five years, I find Logitech is a safe bet."

Unfortunately I find the opposite. If I want the right mouse button to die within 2 years then Logitech is the brand of choice. Not that I can find a decent alternative who make mice that don't look like the demented offspring of a Geiger Alien and a T-1000 so I'm usually stuck with them.

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6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)

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Re: Facebook

Is it some kind of book of faces that plastic surgeons give to patients so they can decide which cyborg they want to look like?

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No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate

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Re: What a load of self-indulgent twaddle @Jeff Lewis

Please go to the doctor and ask for a three way transplant of irony, sarcasm and humour.

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Re: > Isis please.

Nope I always think they seem to live in places where there is a lot of risk, almost as if they enjoyed life in a... Danger Zone!

And then "Damn Dog, Tots Inapprops"

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

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Re: Also there is apparently no law against

You forgot inviting the BBC to tag along during a questionably legal raid on a property while the owner was out of the country.

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Giving your old Tesco Hudl to Auntie June? READ THIS FIRST

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Its for the freaking children!

This guy lost any credibility he had when he played the paedo card.

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You'll find Yoda at the back of every IT conference

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HA!

I am indeed the Yoda at the back that tells the presenter he's wrong, his product is shit, it's overpriced or all three. I look more like an extra from Game of Thrones though so presenters usually look a bit nervous when I get going.

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Hackers' Paradise: The rise of soft options and the demise of hard choices

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What a load of bull

According to this article malware is all the fault of IBM and MS. If we were all using minicomputers running Unix it would not exist.

The Morris Worm disagrees.

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Time to move away from Windows 7 ... whoa, whoa, who said anything about Windows 8?

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Re: But this has four!!

A pen is a single function tool, you use it to write things.

A computer is a multi function tool, you can use it to write things, play music, games, films, watch TV, run a factory, run a power station, run a ship, fly a plane, keep in touch with friends, spy on your neighbours, etc, etc, etc. So obviously a computer needs a general purpose operating system to make it work, not a single program with a single function.

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FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'

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Re: ORLY? @Steve Davies 3

Mobile device charing points?

Some kind of barbecue or is it more high tech?

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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You pay peanuts, you get shite.

I have no problems at home or work but my method of choosing ISP doesn't start and end with "who is the cheapest?"

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Uber and Lyft sitting in a tree, 'c-a-n-c-e-l-l-i-n-g each other's rides'

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approaching IPO-level revenue

So they're losing hundreds of millions, a figure which increases monthly, and there is no sign of them ever making a profit then?

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Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage

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Ya pay peanuts, ya get crap.

Works for me on a decent ISP.

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Gartner's Special Report: Should you believe the hype?

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Re: Hype-cycles.

You could really, just think of all the IT businesses that ride these hype trains until they run out of steam then jump ship to the next big hype train. Let me give you one for free... IBM.

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Ancient pager tech SMS: It works, it's fab, but wow, get a load of that incoming SPAM

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SPAM?

What SPAM?

The only SMS SPAM I get comes from my bank asking me if I want a loan of up to £1.2k once a week. Other than that I've never seen any text message SPAM.

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BT offers vanilla mobile deal to biz bods

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a captive audience

Only if they kidnap them. How else do BT get any customers for their substandard services?

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Google pulls Gaza games from Play store

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Re: There are still some games out there...

There is a moral difference but I think you've got it the wrong way round. Realistic FPS games about a war glorify it far more than some stupid Mario rip off. They show what looks like real people being shot, dismembered, tortured and dying and then ask the player to join in. Can you think of a better strategy to kill as many Palestinians as possible than the Israeli army? Give it a go...

Personally I prefer my FPS in the Doom mould rather than the CoD mould. I'm much happier blasting demons, zombies, robots, etc than people.

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I think the issue here is that this war is current whereas the Afghanistan and Iraq wars are (officially) over. So it's ok to glorify a historical war but not a current one.

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Sony reads the future, quits e-reader market says German report

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Re: <shakes head>

"it won't be long before people are commonly making more use of the otherwise unproductive time "wasted" when walking around"

That time is not wasted. I come up with some of my best ideas while walking to work in the morning. Time spent away from a problem doing 'nothing' is often the most productive.

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