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* Posts by Irongut

1049 posts • joined 9 Jan 2012

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

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Re: Why?

Nah a better answer would be "Well we were thinking about something like that but then you suggested it so we scrapped the idea. Why? Because you're a dick."

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Chinese building orbital lab by 2023 to make 'space medicine'

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Re: Research? Better get the launch costs down first...

Virgin Galactic lol

A fairground ride is not a suitable way to get astronauts and supplies to a space station.

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Google tentacle slips over YouTube comments: Now YOUR MUM is at the top

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So if it uses Google+

only 5 people worldwide will ever see comments on YouTube again!

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Highways Agency tracks Brits' every move by their mobes: THE TRUTH

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At least we have some idea who the Highways Agency is. Ever hear of a company called ESRI?

They are an American supplier of mapping software and data with close ties to the US government. At a conference earlier this year they gave a presentation showing how they buy this same data from the mobile networks and then use it to help TfL work out how many people are using public transport, what kinds of transport they are using, their average wait times and even to spot traffic jams and accidents. They showed us a time map that showed the previous couple of hours in the area round the convention centre.

Everyone else in the room applauded while I sat there looking shocked.

They said all the usual “data is anonymous” crap but we all know if you can find a dot making the same trip in the morning 5 days a week and back in the evening then you know where that person lives and works. From there it’s simple to work out who they are.

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Space truck Cygnus left idling outside ISS after data format snafu borks docking

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10 days late

I hope they weren't sending anything perishable or urgent.

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Fandroids at pranksters' mercy: Android remote password reset now live

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Re: Did I understand this right?

(Thank goodness I have a Google ID just for my phone.)

Not to worry Colin Hunt will just use your corporate email instead and send everyone you work with an email that says you like small boys.

ALWAYS lock the screen. ALWAYS. If you do not it is your own fault if something nefarious happens.

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RADIATION SNATCHED from leaky microwave ovens to power gadgets

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Re: Question

A sneaky way to search for WiFi? WTF are you talking about?

Walk about with any WiFi enabled device (phone, laptop, whatever) and you can detect WiFi. With the right app you can even make a pretty good guess where it is coming from, know what the SSID is, tell what security is has, etc. And, no one knows unless you try to connect (and probably not even then). With this technique all you know is there is radiation in the 2.4GHz band. It could be WiFi, a Microwave, Bluetooth, DECT phones or dozens of other possible sources.

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Re: Very interesting

Not really. Pretty boring and mundane if you ask me. I could have told you this was possible decades ago, as could anyone that has studied radio or electronics even at a basic level.

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Great Britain rebuilt - in Minecraft: Intern reveals 22-BEEELLION block map

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Re: Why bother ?

Better than spending the summer getting more and more frustrated with ArcMap till you decide never to apply for a job at OS or have anything else to do with GIS too.

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Valve shows Linux love with SteamOS for gamers

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Re: In addition to Steam it's also Linux

"37 links to websites you don't want."

Ubuntu

"Crud installed by the OEM for pay."

Ubuntu

"Metro."

Ubuntu

" And much, much more."

Ubuntu.

Between Unity, their replacement for X, the send all your local searches to Canonical, Amazon and god knows who else, etc I'd argue that Ubuntu is much worse than Windows these days. Also some of the claims you made against Windows are blatantly false.

Personally I use Windows where appropriate and non-Ubuntu flavours of Linux where appropriate. No need for the raving extreme fanboism.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it ... Win Phone 8? No, it's APPLE'S iOS 7

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Re: Is it a bird, is it a plane? ( Darren Barratt)

Exclusive as in all the neds round here have got one?

I see more single mums with iPhones than anything else. Even our 17 year old office girl has one.

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Final preview of IE11 for Windows 7 uncanned

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Re: If is crashes like IE10 then I'll pass

Or it could be IE. Theres a well known bug that if you open a certain number of tabs in IE10 it crashes. IIRC it's 40 tabs and it crashes every time. Chrome and FF have no problem with that many though.

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MPs: This paperless health service plan isn't worth the paper it isn't written on

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Why?

Why should the NHS become paperless?

The paperless office has been touted since the 70s (maybe before) yet we all still buy printers and use paper every day. You can't tell patients that they will recieve appointments by email because some of them do not have, do not want or would be unable to use email even if you gave them it for free.

Some things like digital x-rays make sense but for other things it makes sense to use a hard copy.

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You thought slinging Photoshop into the cloud would fail? Look who's laughing NOW

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net profit for the period was $83m, down from $201.3m

Sounds like crashing and burning to me.

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Apple beckons fanbois back into its golden era... of, er, 2010

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Stupid idea

So you can install an old version of an app that might have a huge gaping security hole in it and is no longer supported by the developer? On a platform that the users believe is magically immune to malware? Wow that's a great idea. I can't see that going wrong ever.

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Phil Collins' daughter 'will give you A VIRUS' – security bods

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Re: Who cares?

If you have McAffee's products installed the only link you should click on is the one labelled UNINSTALL!

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It's Grand Theft Auto 5 day: Any of you kids remember GTA the First?

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GTA was a great game but not as original as the autor of this piece seems to think. It may have been the first to put all the elements mentioned together in one game but I'd seen them all years before in Spectrum games, from the open world to the snarky sense of humour and even the Deathrace 2000 elements.

Personally I always got bored with the missions after I'd done a couple and spent all my time stealing the most ridiculous vehicles I could find and trying to kill as many cops as possible. One of my favourite tricks was to hole up at the end of a tight alleyway with a bazooka or other large gun and kill them all as they came at me.

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London Underground cleaners to refuse fingerprint clock-on

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Re: Its kind of pointless really

You assume those schools have no problems. A headmaster / headmistress is hardly likely to admit to spending large amounts of money on a controversial system that doesn't work are they?

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Re: Dignity

Idk about Jim there but no I don't wear an ID badge, with or without photo, and I have never worked anywhere where I was required to wear an ID badge.

I am not an ID badge, I am a free man!

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Re: 300 to strike but only 103 voted

Except no one is striking.

LEARN TO READ YOU MUPPET!

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Microsoft's swipe'n'swirl pic passwords LESS secure than PINs, warn researchers

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I had an HP laptop with built in fingerprint scanner some 10 years or so ago. Worked great for logging in to Windows, email, etc.

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It's official: The iPhone 5S bling-mobe IS chavvy. OR, Burberry isn't

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Crap clothes + crap cameras = crap photos

Interesting that they would rather have amateurs with a crappy phone camera snap their new range rather than a professional with a DSLR.

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Huawei CTO insists: 'We are not a threat to UK and US national security'

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Obviously

The US + UK government's real problems with Huawei kit is that it doesn't include the NSA backdoors that Cisco kit does. You're probably more secure with Huawei than any American brand.

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For PITY'S SAKE, DON'T BUY an iPHONE 5S, begs FSF

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Re: Blah blah blah -@AC 14:24

Storing a fingerprint inside the chip sounds like a Stephen Fry explanation to me so no I don't trust it.

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Boris Johnson floats idea of 'London visa' to attract tech talent

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"When did getting good grades in rote-memorising chunks of dead-language stuff provide good credentials for saying anything about technology?"

I'm guessing you've never heard of Stephen Fry?

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Penguins, prepare to get SPACED OUT: Ubuntu 13.10's Mir has docked

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Faster development? Actually no

"The same code means faster development, which is a huge win on its own,"

Except Ubuntu are the only ones using Mir so only their devs will be working on it. Most other distros are going with Wayland so there will be more devs working on it. So Mir actually means SLOWER development.

How many pints did Shuttleworth buy the author?

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Finns, roamers, Nokia: So long, and thanks for all the phones

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Good design?

I've never understood why people say Nokia designed great phones. My first and last Nokia was a 6110. The UI was awful and when I needed a new phone the replacement models were worse - they used the same UI with more and more options tacked on to the end. I preferred Ericsson, Motorola and more recently Samsung.

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Smartwatch craze is all just ONE OFF THE WRIST

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Re: I remember watches ( Charles 9)

"the big room might mean you lose your signal, so the phone won't help"

What piece of shit phone do you own that won't work at all unless it has a signal? Every phone I have ever owned since the late 90s has shown the time whether it could get a signal or not. Some of the earlier ones wouldn't do much without a SIM but these days you can do everything except make calls.

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Universal Credit CRUNCHED: Dole handouts IT system to be rebuilt

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Re: Jess--

Acording to DWP rules now and DSS rules 20 years ago that dole office person should have reported you as working while claiming. You should have had your benefits stopped and been forced to repay the benefits you had claimed since you started the business. Leaving you with no money to live on or run your business. By not doing so they broke the law and became an acomplice to your benefit fraud.

In my experience with dole offices most of their staff would have followed the letter of the law and reported you even though you were trying to get yourself off benefits.

Saying "just defraud the system because I got away with it" is not the right attitude either.

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Verizon, Experian and pals bag £25m to inspect Brits' identities for UK gov

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So what are they going to do when I refuse to identify myself to Experian? I have no desire to sell my soul to them or any of their pals.

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

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Re: Oh, great! (AC 06:22)

You seem to be poorly informed. Samsung and HTC already pay MS patent royalties for Android.

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Punter strikes back at cold callers - by charging THEM to call HIM

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Why bother?

If a call comes up as a blocked number, out of area or international I don't answer it. Since the landline is cordless I don't even need to get up to check it. I'm happy for cold callers to speak to my answerphone and delete the message the next time I walk past to make a cuppa.

I have never had a cold call or SMS spam on my mobile ever. But then I only give that number to family & friends.

I don't remember the last time I spoke to someone in a call centre that I hadn't called myself.

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ISPs scramble to explain mouse-sniffing tool

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Lets all go to the Sky website and move our mices to make the shape of a large penis. :p

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Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

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Re: How's this for analogue...

You do know that Jabba was in the original version of what at the time was called Star Wars? If you had seen it at the cinema in '77 that scene was there, but with a fat bloke rather than the slug we learned Jabba to be in ROTJ. In '78 they added the subtitle Episode 4 A New Hope and iirc Jabba was still there (I was only 5 at the time but I swear I saw that scene) but he was removed later because Lucas had decided on a new look for him.

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NASA: Full details on our manned ASTEROID SNATCH mission

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Happy

Looks like NASA play Kerbal Space Program. their version has beetter graphics than mine tho.

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Ten top new games for phones ’n’ slabs

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@The Indomitable Gall

IT professionals have been known to use proper grammar and would never leave an important word like "is" out of a sentence.

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Ubuntu Edge Linux mobe: 'Made you look,' crows Shuttleworth

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Slight problem

"Garnered media attention across CNBC, Engadget, The Independent, TechCrunch, the BBC, T3, Stuff, The Verge, The Guardian, Wired, Pandodaily, Fast Company, Forbes, The Telegraph and more."

Who will all slate the Ubuntu phone if it arrives next year because it doesn't do this hybrid thing that they are all now expecting.

Shuttleworth and Canonical jumped the shark a few years ago. Ubuntu is in a steady decline and I don't think they have the ability to stop it.

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UK micro pioneer Chris Shelton: The mind behind the Nascom 1

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Back in the 70s and early 80s Intel was not the powerhouse you know today. Zilog and Motorola processors were more popular and common than Intel. Like MS, Intel owes a lot of it's current position to IBM.

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Fiendish fake Flash plugin squirts grumble-flick ads into kiddies' websites

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A Safari extension that is also compatible with Firefox and Chrome but not Internet Explorer? So that would be a Netscape Plugin then, just like Flash itself.

It would be nice if the writers at least knew something about the internet, browsers and how they work.

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'But we like 1 Direction!' Rock gods The Who fend off teen Twitter hate mob

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15M+ PISSED GIRLS AT YOUR DOOR

Pete Townshend would probably like that.

Where's the book Pete?

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Starwing: Nintendo, Argonaut's Brit boffinry and the Super FX chip

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Re: "First real 3D?"

Yup by 1993 this kind of 3D was old hat to us Speccy & Commodore gamers.

Driller was released in 1987. It was pre-dated by Starstrike 2, released in 1986 and directly copied by StarFox 7 years later.

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Does Gmail's tarted-up tab makeover bust anti-spam laws?

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Re: Optional... for now

What planet are you on? I have Jelly Bean and do not have a search box on any of my home screens. Maps does have a search box but I don't find it intrusive and they have to put it somewhere.

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Re: This is the second time I've read about these ad/e-mails

Not only have I not seen these ads but I don't even have the tab.

Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates and Forums? Nah all I see is Primary and Updates. Why would I want the others? I'm even considering getting rid of the Updates tab but occasionally I find an interesting app from the the Play emails.

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PEAK Apple: Cupertino's hopes died with Steve Jobs, says Larry Ellison

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Re: Maybe not

Nobody saw it before he did? LOL

Ever seen PalmOS? Big icons, arranged in a grid and only one application open at a time. That grand vision you trumpeted was thought of years before.

Jobs was nothing but a copy cat and a great salesman.

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Shadowrun Returns and Killzone: Mercenary ... old titles, new takes

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"Don’t expect the variety and freedom... SR sets out with a story to tell and never really allows for significant divergence. In fact, in that way, it feels much more like a typical dungeon master-led tabletop game"

If your DM led you down a restrictive path and didn't allow you any freedom or divergence they were a poor DM. I used to run games where the players were free to explore an area in any way or order they saw fit, the events of the story would happen wherever and whenever necessary. And, they were free to find their own solutions to the problems I put in front of them. In one game that included starting a forest fire that consumed most of a continent just to kill a nest of beasties. An event which seemed humorous overkill at the time but which led to huge political repercussions in future stories.

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PayPal's fizzog-based payments app rubbished over reliability worries

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Re: Credit cards?

I have been known to use my partner's debit card occasionally. Usually just to get cash out of the hole in the wall but I have used it in shops as well. Despite my beard and the obviously female name on the card no shop assistant has challenged me yet.

If they can't even be bothered to check that sex of the name on the card and the person in front of them are the same there is no way they can be relied on for any other kind of check.

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REVEALED: Simple 'open sesame' to unlock your HOME by radiowave

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Re: It's all academic anyhow.

A burglar would have trouble getting into my home with a brick. I think they would struggle to throw it through the second storey windows and even if one did break it would require a very long set of ladders and draw a lot of attention from my neighbours.

Even more difficult would have been when I lived on the 20th floor.

So a burglar can't always get in using a brick, no matter how determined they are.

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Waiting for a Windows Phone update? Let's talk again next year

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Re: Nokia Lumia 620 ...

I'm sure any smartphone released in 2013 will compare favourably to one released in 2010.

Try comparing that Nokia to a Galaxy S4.

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Think your smutty Snapchats can't be saved by dorks? THINK AGAIN

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Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch: Cloak lifted on secret details

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You've never heard of Windows Smartphone 2003 then? There were smartphones long before Apple invented the dumb smartphone and convinced everyone it was the second coming.

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