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* Posts by Irongut

922 posts • joined 9 Jan 2012

Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine

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Re: @AC

"As a motorcyclist & cyclist I can assure you that it's not safe to ride while holding onto anything but the handlebars."

As a motorcyclist & cyclist I can assure you that I have carried cargo and been perfectly safe. There are these things called ruck sacks, tank bags, panniers and even top boxes (shudder).

"the rider has to get off to eat/drink what they bought, after all, so they might as well do it before buying their food"

What if they want to grab a burger on the way home after a night shift? McD's door is closed but the drive through is open, rider has a ruck sack or other vessel for safe carriage of cargo and they plan to eat at home. What then smart arse?

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Re: Does anyone know

"It's not safe to hand over a collection of burgers in bags and drinks to a cyclist or motorcyclist."

Says who? If I turn up on a motorbike and order a double cheese burger and chips, no drink, and put it in a ruck sack how is that any less safe than you ordering whatever in your car?

Sorry to sound grumpy but your I'm alright Jack, screw you comment is just the kind of lazy self-entitled attitude I expect from a MacD' customer, not a noble commentard.

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Moto X specs leaked ahead of expected August 1 launch

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Re: Oh, Joy! -Samsung, HTC, et al

Samsung won't bat an eyelid. The S3 has a better spec, let alone the S4.

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SkyDrive on par with C: Drive in Windows 8.1

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The newly-revealed features will be welcomed by Windows users

Most Windows users won't know wtf is going on. They'll just know that their files take a lot longer to open & save on this damn computer and ask some poor sap to fix it. And the savvy ones will turn it off asap.

The only Windows users that will welcome this are the two people with Surface RT who might actually need to save storage space.

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PHWOAR! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, Prime Minister

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"look over their shoulder the whole time (which limits their freedom in other ways, and becomes impractical as the number of children increases)"

How exactly does it become impractical as the number of children increases? As the number of children in the world increases so does the number of parents. If you mean the number of children in the family then I say if you can't properly care for 2 or 3 children at once you shouldn't have them!

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I have a personal phone on Vodafone. Have never asked them to opt me out of anything or make any specific content available. I can access porn on it no problem, even when abroad. This has always been the case.

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Iberian Lynxes doomed

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Did anyone else read that headline as "€400k-a-head Iberian Linux mainly threatened by Spanish politics"?

Maybe I need to get out more...

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Verity's summer songs for programmers: Sing your pals to sleep()

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I loved Thirty-six errors. Now I need to find a small child to teach it to. :)

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Top Mozillans dream of quarterly Firefox OS updates ... and users, too

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In the words of Mel Gibson...

FREEDOM!

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US town mulls bounty on spy drones, English-speaking gunman only

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The real question is...

What is little David Steel doing in Colorado and whose pocket is he living in these days?

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Legal eagles pit Apple v. Samsung in thievery test

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Whenever I hear the ridiculous stats for how many mobiles are stolen I always think most of them are "stolen" so the owner can get an upgrade.

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Smartwatch makers: You need apps to beat Apple

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Metawatch’s hardware is impressive and attractive.

No it bloody isn't. That watch in the picture looks like a cheap peice of Chinese crap, they all do. The Pebble is better than the others but not by much.

Come back when you have something that looks as good as a Tisot.

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Former CIA and NSA head says Huawei spies for China

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"But God did not make enough slides on Huawei to convince me that having them involved in our critical communications infrastructure was going to be OK. This was my considered view, based on a four-decade career as an intelligence officer.”

So the magic sky fairy told you Huawei spy for the Chinese? That is not a considered view anywhere in the world except the good ol' god fearin' US of A. Fuck Yeah!

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Hold on a mo: Brits blow £56m a year on the blower to gov minions

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FAIL

Except government departments have been using these numbers for years so actually it was Labour policy.

Not that I'm a Tory supporter but it annoys me when they get blamed for policies that were actually brought in by Blair, Brown and their cronies.

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BitTorrent's share 'n' sync tool comes to Android

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And presumable it doesn't open your data up to PRISM. That's not something Dropbox does officially.

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Google teases hush-hush Android event on July 24

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Re: Place your bets...

I'v had the same 5 or more tabs open in Chrome for the last couple of months on my S3. Even after a reboot. So what's the problem?

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Ad man: Mozilla 'radicals' and 'extremists' want to wreck internet economy

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I've blocked 3rd party cookies in every browser I've used for about 15 years. I think the first was Netscape Navigator 4. And that includes browsers from his friends at Microsoft.

These days I use Ghostery as well and not only stop their insidious tracking and profiling attempts to reduce the human race to a book of numbers but rarely even see their adverts. If they hadn't stooped to such depths I wouldn't have been forced to respond in kind and they would have made more money.

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How the clammy claws of Novell NetWare were torn from today's networks

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Ah Netware. How I enjoyed the many hours I spent learinging your obscure commands and admin apps.

I used Netware 3.x in several jobs at large and small companies. I never really had the chance to try Netware 4 or 5 because everyone upgraded from 3.12 to Windows NT 4.

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PM writes ISPs' web filter ads for them - and it must say 'default on'

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Re: DNS look up

Or set DNS at PC level. Probably a better idea for teens anyway since parents' PCs will still apparently show that there is no porn available on their line.

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JPL wants to fire a laser at MARS!

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"The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one," he said.

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Botch Tuesday: Redmond frags video codec

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This bug is not related to Media Player so using VLC will not prevent it affecting you. It happens in a lot of games as well as video editing software. I'm going to be uninstalling that patch from a lot of systems today. :(

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Human error blamed for toxic Russian rocket explosion

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As my Kerbals will tell you this rocket surgery thing is real tricky, especially the flying part. Up, down, left, right... they're all relative and when you get into a spin you could end up going in any direction.

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US gov SMASHES UP TVs and MICE to nuke tiny malware outbreak

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“hired an outside security contractor, at an eventual cost of $823,000” - How do I get a job as a security consultant to the US gov?

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France's 'three strikes' anti-piracy law shot down

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Re: @ Daniel B. - Nice.

Whenever I see that advert/notice I always think of a Dara O'Brien sketch and agree with him that I might, depending on the circumstances and especially after seeing it!

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Apple surrenders in 'app store' trademark suit against Amazon

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customers know where they can purchase their favorite apps

Yup, Amazon Appstore or Google Play!

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HTTP 2.0 interop tests slated for August

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Re: Hmm.

If your web developer does not know what HTTP is fire them! That's like an application developer not knowing what a floating point number is.

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The Three Amigos offer sanctuary to cornered NSA leaker Snowden

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Re: Three Amigos

"courts with some semblance of independence"

Do you really believe that? If you do I've got this bridge for sale, only one cafeul owner...

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15 MILLION dodgy login attempts spaffed all over Nintendo loyalists

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15M failed logins and it took them a month to detect it? Muppets.

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The irresistible rise of the corporate app

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How is this any different to the apps that I used to write for Windows Mobile based PDTs and before that DOS based models? Other than the employee being told to pay for the tools required to do their job.

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Re: It's a fashion statement

Ah HTML5, the ultimate in vapourware.

I hear it will make you more attractive to women, wash your clothes whiter than white and taste like chocolate!

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Health minister asks elderly patients what they think of data-sharing

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Brits to respond to those proposals?

Does the government want Brits to respond or just the Eglish and Welsh? Like many things, we have our own health system in Scotland but your article does not make it clear whether these propsals affect us or not. As usual.

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Microsoft's cloud leaves manual transmission behind

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Admins as cattle ranchers eh? So what happens when all they are capable of is kill it & spin up a new one but the new machine has exactly the same problems as the old one and no one actually remembers how to troubleshoot and fix things?

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Win 8 man Sinofsky's 'retirement' deal: $14m shares, oath of silence

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Re: No more Windows - /rant

Sounds like you should have joined Sinovsky in retirement. It took you months to replace a failed motherboard & cpu? The rest of your post sounds like crap as well. I've never had any problems with Win7 activation, and if I can recover files from a hard drive that has been formatted you should be able to recover them from one that hasn't.

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EE turns up speed knob EVEN FASTER on 4G spectrum

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LOL EE subscribers in Glasgow are lucky to get a 2G signal let alone 3G or 4G.

Does doubling the speed count when no one can get reception?

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Fitbit Flex wristband: What to wear out when wearing yourself out

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Why?

I just don't see the point and don't like bands of rubber round my wrist.

Admitedly I'm not the sort of person who goes to the gym or needs to diet.

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El Reg encounters mObi: R2-D2 for retailers

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in an out-of-hours shop there shouldn’t be any folk around

At what point is a supermarket out of hours? They're all 24 hours round here.

Even if a supermarket does close, the POS system should say when something is out of stock long before closing time.

This robot is useless for its stated purpose.

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Re: Now all we need

You're behind the times. I beta tested the new Mechwarrior months ago: http://mwomercs.com

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Nominet resurrects second-level namespace plan: 'Before you say no...'

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Sigh

They are ignoring the elephant in the room, no one want to have to pay double for their domains. I currently own 15 .co.uk domain names, I am very happy with them and do not want to have to buy 15 identical .uk domain names just because Nominet want to make more money.

What is all this supposed to achieve? (other than more money for Nominet) At what point are people confused by the current system? Users know that a UK company will probably have a .co.uk domain name and may have a .com as well. Adding a .uk domain to the mix will confuse users and open up more chances for phishing, etc.

Once more I will tell Nominet "No! No! No!"

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Firefox OS starting small but thinking big says Mozilla CTO

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Re: An opportunity, but not a slam dunk

What do you think the carriers are paying Google for?

Google charges the manufacturers to include the Google suite of apps but afaik it doesn't charge the carriers anything and I fail to see how / why it would do so.

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Firefox OS starts third-place race against Windows Phone

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open handset initiatives which have come to nothing - SavaJe and LiMo

Perhaps if they had sensible names that people could pronounce they would have been more successful.

How do you pronounce SavaJe? Savage? Sava Jay? Sava Gee?

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Judge nixes Microsoft SkyDrive name in BSkyB court ruling

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Re: Poor choice of name

Makes note to throw any CVs from people called Phil W in the bin.

IT literate my arse.

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Tethered and vulnerable: Hotspot password FAIL not just in iPhones

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Nothing wrong with the WiFi security it's the stupid, predictable default passwords that are the issue.

You can have the best security in the world but, as the NSA can attest, if the password is 1234 then someone is going to walk with all your secrets!

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Re: I'm not sure it counts as brute force

It's only for a few hours so you don't think there's a risk? Who is going to follow smartphone owners around with a powerful workstation?

You can get laptops with quite powerful GPUs on board and I'm sure it would be possible to pass some of the processing off to AWS or Azure negating the need for any local GPU resources. I'm betting a lot of the time people use personal hotspots is in airports and train stations. Sitting there using a laptop for hours is not going to arouse suspicion and would enable the hacker to connect to a lot of hotspots.

It takes less than a minute to crack the password. Then all it takes is for you to check your email and they can get that password or steal a session cookie. From there it's all over. While you are on your flight or train they can be resetting your online banking password, opening credit cards in your name and whatever else they want to do.

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Facebook restricts ads running next to dodgy posts

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Re: Facebook is providing a meeting place for paedophiles

If she does have any evidence then she should be informing the IWF and relevant police organisations. Since she told Parliament (and presumably the Daily Wail) then clearly she has no evidence but didn't want to let that get in the way of her outrage.

And now I need to go clean myself after defending Facebook. Ugh.

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Facebook slurped phone numbers says Norton

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Re: And my friends wonder...

The biggest problem here is that the FB app is preinstalled on a lot of mobiles and as the article states all you have to do was run the app and it sends your mobile number to FB. You don't even need an account. So they may have the number of people like myself and Roger who don't trust FB and would never have anything to do with it.

I really don't care if the unwashed masses want to sell themselves to Satan, Zuck or Larry Page. I'm seriously pissed off when I'm forced to do the same.

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Sean Parker: 'My fairy-tale wedding harmed no trees'

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Re: Pop culture

"The sets would have been professionally built, you could have gotten the illusion (afterwards) of having actually climbed up those trees"

Clearly you've never been on a film set. More accurate would be to say that the set would have been bodged together from plywood, would probably last until 5 minutes after you've finished using it and you'd have felt like you were in a tree house built by a couple of teenagers. Because you were.

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US cops make 'first ever' Bitcoin seizure following house raid

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Re: This is "Amerika" not Amsterdam!

You do have plenty of Oxycontin, also known as Hillbilly Heroin.

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MSX: The Japanese are coming! The Japanese are coming!

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I remember seeing adverts for MSX and my father may have printed those Haymarket magazines, we printed a lot of their titles at the time. I think they marketed themselves poorly in the UK because I thought they were business machines and had no idea there were games available for them. In the UK home computer market of the time you needed to be able to compete with Sinclair & Commodore for number of games available or you were dead in the water.

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Privacy activists sue FBI for access to facial recognition records

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Re: It's the great leveler

Read it like Shatner though and it totally works. Maybe it IS Shatner!

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How City IT is under attack from politicians, diesel bugs, HR

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Re: Good

I'm pretty sure "stuff" and "its fucked" are official technical terms.

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