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* Posts by Irongut

1067 posts • joined 9 Jan 2012

Microsoft now using next-gen Roslyn C#, Visual Basic compilers in house

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So amazing that Delphi has been writen in Delphi since v1 back in 1995. Nice to see MS catching up some 18 years later. One day Visual Studio may actually be feature comparable with the Delphi IDE.

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No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

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Re: Pretty nifty way to take out any site that you fancy huh?

I'd put the Tory party and gov websites top of the list but mumsnet would be straight after.

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Old Apple Safaris leave IDs and passwords for scavengers to peck

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Re: Fortunately....

Because full disk encrpytion will stop this.

Oh wait, no it won't. Idiot.

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NSA alleges 'BIOS plot to destroy PCs'

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Re: Stable Door, boys and girls

You could choose not to use Google, Amazon or eBay. You could realise that Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin are of dubious value at best and stop using them. You could get a Pay As You Go mobile and not register it.

Being spied on by the NSA, GCHQ and their buddies is not a choice.

It is not the same.

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BT network-level STOCKINGs-n-suspenders KILLER arrives in time for Xmas

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How Britain could have invented the iPhone: And how the Quangocracy cocked it up

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A very good article that highlights issues I have seen with innovations my father tried to commercialise with government help from the 80s to the present day. He never managed to make a penny from things he invented in the 80s that I now see being re-invented today.

"no one at Nesta has a science or engineering background" - this, no idea how business functions in the real world and a complete lack of accountability among the civil service are the biggest problems this country faces. If we are to avoid sliding furhter into mediocracy and irrelevance we need to replace the old boys educated in the classics at Eton with some real people who know more than a couple of dead languages and have actually worked in their life. Unfortunately I doubt it will ever happen.

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You gotta fight for your copyright ... Beastie Boys sue toymaker over TV ad

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Dead man's wishes

The important point that is being missed here is the cynical trampling over the wished of a dead man. The will of the dead Beastie specifically states he did not want his work to be used in an advert.

Whether the advert has any merit or is a parody makes no difference, you don't do things like that unless you want to be considered immoral scum.

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Snowden latest: NSA stalks the human race using Google, ad cookies

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No website I visit uses Google Analytics. At least they don't when I visit them, thanks Ghostery! :)

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

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Re: Out that whole lot..

I still have my Atari 2600 and it still works. :) I bring it out of the cupboard once a year or so for a few games of Space Invaders, Asteroids, etc.

I also had an FX-570 calculators which was well used until I got one of the ones that could draw graphs while I was doing my A-Levels.

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Fisher-Price in hot seat: iPad bouncy chair lets APPLE BABYSIT tots – parents

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I had exactly the same scary thought.

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UK.gov declares digital success as PR, food shops redefined as 'tech' businesses

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Facepalm

The Bongster must have been busy at FTSE lately.

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'Copyrighted' Java APIs deserve same protection as HARRY POTTER, Oracle tells court

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Re: Oi, Larry

Not that Harry Potter is original in the first place. It is a shameless copy of a number of other works, most notable the Books of Magic whose protagonist looks almost identical to Harry.

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World's OLDEST human DNA found in leg bone – but that's not the only boning going on...

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RAMEN!

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Hear that? It's the sound of BadBIOS wannabe chatting over air gaps

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Dubbed SuperVirus,

the mythical rootkit can supposedly leap tall buildings in a single bound, screw your wife, and even survive nukeing from orbit.

Back here in the real world I say show me the proof. A virus with seemingly super hero powers that only one so called security researcher has ever seen? Pull the other one, it has bells on.

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Two million TERRIBLE PASSWORDS stolen by malware attackers

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Re: Crack this...

Ah the old FB is not a bank and I don't care if someone hacks my Yahoo account line.

Do you realise your FB account contains lots of personal details that would be useful in impersonating you to your bank?

Would you care if I hack your Yahoo email and send a message to your boss telling him you think he's a dick? Maybe send everyone at work an email containing goatse? Or how about sending your wife/husband an email that appears to be one you meant to send to the lover you are having an affair with?

Suddenly that unimportant Yahoo account might need a better password.

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UK.gov's web filtering mission creep: Now it plans to block 'extremist' websites

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Re: Friday feeling

USB sticks, now there's a thought... I wonder if teenagers of the future will find USB sticks of porn in the woods like we found copies of Men Only in my day.

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Britain’s forgotten first home computer pioneer: John Miller-Kirkpatrick

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I thought I had never heard of the man or his work till I saw the advert for the Scrumpi 1 and Scrumpi 2 and I remember seeing it in electronics mags as a child. I may even still have a late 70s magazine with that advert in it. Not something I would have remembered without the distinctive style.

Thanks for the great article.

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Assange flick The Fifth Estate branded 'WORST FILM OF THE YEAR'

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Re: Worst film of the year?!

I've seen most of Pacific Rim, it was good enough that I'd watch it again on a Friday night to see the ending. Admitedly my Friday night film sessions tend to be rather drunken and often include films that are so bad they're almost good. Almost.

Of course its no Mona Lisa.

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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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