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* Posts by Irongut

1049 posts • joined 9 Jan 2012

Valve pal iBuyPower touts cut-price Steam box as powerful as PS4 or Xbox

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"It is, of course, a high-end PC in a console-style box - which is, after all, what today’s next-generation games consoles are."

No. No they are not. My four year old gaming PC that I'm thinking about replacing is higher end than any of these consoles. Hell the work PC under my desk that I've just bought a replacement for has more RAM, HDD and a better GPU.

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Supermodel Lily Cole in Impossible partnership with Jimbo Wales, YOU

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Re: Supermodel ?

"In the UK, where Cole has a very high profile"

She does? I was going to entitle my post "Who?" because I have absolutely no idea who she is.

None whatsoever.

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To the MONEY RING: Musk's SpaceX to attempt boldest mission yet

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Good luck SpaceX!

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Ignore the GIGANTIC assets write-off, Universal Credit IT 'is working' – UK.gov

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"How about actually doing something to help people rather than endless meaningless headline grabbing nonsense that does nothing about the problem?"

You aren't familiar with politicians are you? The only thing politicians do is spout meaningless, headline grabbing nonsense that does nothing about any problem. And, every four / five years we get the chance to change them for another bunch that will do exactly the same thing.

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Most of Dread Pirate Roberts' treasure still buried, say researchers

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Re: The guy is loaded, load-ed!!

Because a value in Bitcoins means nothing to most of us. At least quoting the value in US Dollars allows me to roughly translate to Pounds Sterling.

You would say "the FBI found a wallet with $122 million (worth around £75 million)" so what is your problem?

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Ultimate Doctor Tom Baker REGENERATES, RETURNS to WHO

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So does this mean you'll stop the god awful constant crap about Dr Who and get back to writing some proper articles next week?

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FAT PIPE for ALL: Britain’s new tech firms take it from the telcos

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I wonder if you were in my part of Glasgow, certainly sounds like it. I've got two orders (business & home) in with OpenReach via my ISP for fibre and all I ever get is within the next 3 months which then gets extended when the deadline nears. I know the fibre has been run down the street and I walk past the new cabinet every day but they must have already claimed the EU pork for the area and moved on :(

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Macy's: Now with Apple's Minority Report ads system that TRACKS your iPHONE

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Re: Two things....

Retail staff have always been incapable of helping me. As someone who can read I don't need them to read the spec off the card next to the item or the price tag for me. Maybe some people find that useful though.

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MPAA, RIAA: Kids need to learn 3 Rs – reading, writing and NO RIPPING

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be creators and innovators just like their favorite musicians

Except the musicians targeted at children are anything but creative or innovative. They usually sing bland, derivative songs that are written by someone else and sound just like the tripe aimed at the same age group some 10 years before.

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Internet Explorer 11 for Win7 bods: Soz, no HTML5 fun for you

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RE Electric Panda

Flash does work in TIFKAM-IE but only for MS whitelisted sites, which does not include a lot of legitimate sites as well as freetard ones. At launch there was a way to add sites to the whitelist but MS soon closed that loophole. Last time I looked (Xmas 2012) it was possible to put TIFKAM-IE into dev mode and then you could use Flash on one "dev" site you add to the registry but they may have closed that loophole now too.

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Wanted: IT world domination. Can Spiceworks succeed?

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SpiceWorks is like a guild

Not sure if you meant a guild like the guild of shoemakers or in the MMO sense. I would say SpiceWorks is definitely like an MMO guild though, full of noisy noobs who don't know shit but won't shut the hell up. I suspect that also makes it very like Facebook but I wouldn't know.

I tried SpiceWorks for a while but now I only use it if I'm really, really bored.

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Right royal rumpus over remote-control 'RoboRoach'

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“If it was discovered that a teacher was having students use magnifying glasses to burn ants and then look at their tissue, how would people react?"

I for one would laugh.

Though given my poor human rights record I'm probably not a good example.

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No, it's NOT Half-Life 3 – it's Valve's lean, mean STEAM MACHINE

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"replaces the traditional mini-joysticks of most console controllers with force-feedback trackpads and an LCD screen, for greater flexibility"

And from the looks of it has no real buttons that you can find by touch without looking so useability will be total crap.

Oh who am I kidding it's a gamepad of course useability will be total crap.

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Have you reinstalled Windows yet? No, I just want to PRINT THIS DAMN PAGE

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Yup Inkjet printers are disposable, that is why they are so cheap.

If you want a decent printer that will last buy a laser.

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IT'S patent WAR: Apple, Microsoft vs Google, Samsung, Huawei

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Sony

Nice Android phone business you got there. Would be a shame if someone decided to pull your licence to the Google apps.

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Crypto protocols mostly crocked says euro infosec think-tank ENISA

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Re: And the number of people affected is..?

Companies that build oil rigs encrypt everything at all times.

They even provide engineers with two computers, one to work on and one to do email, etc.

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Want to go to billionaire Sun kingpin's beach? Hope you're a strong swimmer

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Stop being a dick!

see title

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Payday loan firms are the WORST. Ugh, my mobe's FILLED with filthy SPAM

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People get mobile phone spam?

I don't. In the 15 or so years I've had a mobile I've had about 3 spam texts and they were all years ago. I'm sure it helps that I don't give out my number to anyone I don't know and that I'm on Vodafone's no spam list.

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Re: Payday loan and betting, eh ?

Accrington Stanley? Who are they?

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Why Bletchley Park could never happen today

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freedom’s last, best hope

I could be freedon's last, best hope if it wasn't for my terrible human rights record.

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Phantom Flan flinger: The story of the Elan Enterprise 128

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Great article. I vaguely remember some of the print ads but never saw one in the flesh.

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Rackspace hurries out 'Solum', a half-formed platform cloud project

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core components of the service, such as networking, remain critically unstable

Citation needed.

I have no problems with networking or any other core components of Open Stack that I use.

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Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson battles bullfighting

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Re: I know you're in Spain for Lohan

It's Lester, he lives in Spain.

And the IT angle... didn't you notice the online poll mentioned in the last paragraph?

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Lone sysadmin fingered for $462 MEEELLION Wall Street CRASH

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Blame apportioned wrong

The sysadmin was not to blame, reusing the PowerPeg flag was wrong. So it is the programmers' fault.

And I say that as a programmer myself.

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Swedish teen's sex video fine slashed: Unwilling co-star girlfriend furious

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Re: Mixed signals regarding privacy (xyz)

> We've all done it.

Actually no, we haven't. If you don't want naked pictures or videos of yourself to become public then don't take them. You can have a perfectly happy relationship and sex life without them.

I have never taken a selfie (naked or otherwise) or shot an amateur porn film and have no desire to do so. You might think that makes me a prude or sexually unadventurous but I disagree.

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Google pulls all Android apps linked to adware badness THAT MUST NOT BE NAMED

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Re: Hmmm

Maybe that's why FireEye are not naming the library or the developer, it is the NSA.

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Meet the 'KARDASHIAN Phone' – what Apple bods nicknamed the iPhone 5s

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Re: I'm confused.

Haha I have that problem every time I hear this person or her family mentioned. The missus will be watching some vacuous TV that I'm ignoring till I turn round wondering why they are talking about Star Trek.

Happens every time. lol

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Wait for it, waaiiit for it: We update an Atom tablet to Windows 8.1 Pro

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Re: 2hrs 45minutes and still not done !

Last time I installed Fedora it needed 405 updates post install. I don't know exactly how long it took but it was basically all night for the install and updates, say maybe 4 hours.

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NHS preps spammy mailshots advertising 'BIGGEST medical data grab in HISTORY'

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Re: "No nurse, he said he had huge spectacles"

This database is not designed for clinical necessity or serving you.

It is for selling the genetic and health records of the population to drug companies. (and probably insurers, employers, etc)

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Microsoft: Everyone stop running so the fat kid Win RT can catch up

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Re: Glacial?

I've got news for you JIm, that driving mode killer feature has been part of Android for years. My S3 has it.

The latest update to WinPho just adds features that have been part of Android and iOS for years. When I looked over the list of additions recently I was astounded WinPho didn't have most of them already.

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Loathed wiggly-word CAPTCHAs morph into 'fun' click-'n'-drag games

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one in four attempts at completing a CAPTCHA fail

Yeah right. I'm lucky if 1 in 4 succeed.

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Hong Kong underground gets pay-by-bonk

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TfL want to scrap Oyster for credit cards? Please no.

Oyster is one of the few good things about my business trips to London. I'm quite happy topping up every so often and providing reciepts with my expenses. I do not want to be required to provide my employer with copies of my credit card or bank statements in order to claim back tube fares.

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Snowden: NSA whacks US in the WALLET, slurps millions of contacts books

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Re: Aaaaaannnnnnnddddd.....

The Washington Post - sounds like mainstream media to me

I recently saw articles in the Guardian and Herald on this side of the pond and that's just the two newspapers they have in the shop where I go for lunch.

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Windows Phone 8 INFLATED by Microsoft ... to satisfy lonely phablets

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Re: few in their right mind want a high end Windows Phone

What piece of shit landfill Android did she replace? You can't compare an expensive Nokia with a cheap HTC. Try buying a Galaxy or other decent Android and you won't have these problems.

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CEO of Brit fashion bods Burberry lands Apple job for retail, online sales

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She'll go from selling overpriced tat to neds to selling overpriced tat to neds. Should be perfect for the job.

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On the road with an IT ball-gazer: Forget big data, the future of tech is the 'social enterprise'

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Re: Is it just me

Definitely not just you. The whole peice makes little sense but especially this sentence:

"By Social Enterprise, I mean the sweet spot between "social computing" – where we have infinite touch points, dissolving and increasingly irrelevant boundaries, decentralised and at best loose controls, all in an unregulated state where the activity is the outcome. "

The sweet spot between social computing and what? The other thing is not in the sentence. And, what are we dissolving? It is also missing from the sentence.

If I'd written an essay like this when I was at school my english teachers would have failed it.

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Problems at Home: Facebook opens alpha testing to world+dog

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I find it amusing that a G+ account is needed to test a Facebook app. Not that I have either.

A pox on both their houses!

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Leaping SpaceX GRASSHOPPER ROCKET jumps 2,500ft, lands safely

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Re: Well it works in Kerbal Space Program.

It looked a lot like they used KSP to create that footage.

jk Great job again Space-X!

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Facebook throws servers on their back in HOT TUBS of OIL

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Frank Frankovsky

Clearly a fake name, who is he working for really?!?

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Control panel backdoor found in D-Link home routers

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“At this point, there's no defence against the backdoor, so users are advised to disable WAN-port access to the administrative interfaces of affected products.”

WAN access to the admin interface should always be disabled in all routers everywhere.

There is no valid reason for having it enabled.

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Shadowy drug fans threaten FBI agents, vow to 'avenge' Silk Road shutdown

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"Exposing personal information... has been an effective tactic for groups like Anonymous..."

Yeah that worked really well for Anon. None have them have ever been arrested or tried because the rozzers are all scared.

Oh wait.

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Stallman's GNU at 30: The hippie OS that foresaw the rise of Apple - and is now trying to take it on

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Re: No problem at all putting your own code on iPhone

Was the facepalm for yourself?

Your comment proved why Stallman and many others including myself have problems with the iPhone.

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30 years on...

How's that GNU OS coming along then?

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Valve uncloaks prototype Steam Machine console specs

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So less like a console, more like a line of high end gaming PCs.

There's a reason consoles all use the same hardware. Valve are going to run into all the same problems that PC gaming already has with random hardware targets.

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

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Don't get me started on endianness. I regularly work with a file format that incudes both big and little endian numbers in the same data structure! What a fecking nightmare that is. I have to drag the spec out to check my code every time, there is no way to know which number should be in which format otherwise.

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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Re: Automated till hell ...

"trained operative"

Don't make me laugh. Most checkout staff couldn't scan a barcode properly if you tattooed it on their forehead. I used to design automated barcode systems on assembly lines and regularly want to grab the checkout person and shout "waving the item randomly in front of the scanner won't scan the barcode because you've got your finger over half of it!" or similar. Where do they find these neanderthals?

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A14 to become UK's first internet-connected ROAD

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Glasgow Trials

Is there anywhere where they actually list the dates of these trials as anything other than "in the next 6 months"? How will they know if the trial is successful if they don't tell us when it is happening? How will I know if my crap TV reception is caused by this trial, the usual problems or something else?

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Amazon's EYE-OF-SAURON KindlePhone will watch you with FOUR cameras - report

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Surely the creepy spying on you phone should be the cheaper version?

I hate to think how much data on user's one handed phone using habits they wil amass.

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Former Microsoftie in AUTOMATIC BEER MAKER funding plea

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Trust Americans to take the fun out of homebrew.

Well one of the fun parts anyway.

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Icahn to Cook: 'Buy back $150bn of Apple's stock, or tell me why you won't'

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Re: Corporate finance

That would be the third coming. A bit harder to pull off than the second coming.

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