* Posts by Irongut

1177 posts • joined 9 Jan 2012

Bad luck, n00bs: Mozilla to splurge ADS inside empty Firefox tiles

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Re: For fucks sake!

Are you a new user? Well you won't see the damn things then.

Yet another reading comprehension fail.

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You can delete sites from the new tab and pin them to it too. So delete your most visited non-work sites and pin some work sites to it. You might find its quite useful after all.

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Re: WTF is "tiles"?

You may find the most visited tiles useless but I find them very useful. You can also pin them in place on the new tab. When I open a new tab they provide links to six important sites I have pinned (El Reg and a bunch of sys admin stuff mostly) and three frequently visited sites. Very handy indeed.

Fortunately they will continue to do so since I am not a new user and any new install of Firefox is quickly synced with my others.

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Re: Tracking?

Sites "we think users will enjoy" is a very different thing from sites a specific user will enjoy based on their browsing history. Way to read too much into things duckie.

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Re: <scratches head>

Some people really need to learn to read.

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Japanese investment company looks to snap off Sony's PC arm

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Re: Who'd want it ?

Vaio laptops look great but the build quality is terrible. They fall apart in a few months and are very expensive to repair, only to fall apart again another few months later. Our previous IT manager had a Vaio only policy and now we are left with a pile of laptops with broken hinges, broken screens, etc.

One very high spec and expensive laptop that was bought for a director was even faulty straight from the factory. It had wires hanging out of the dvd drive!

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Jean Michel Jarre: Je voudrais un MUSIC TAX sur VOTRE MOBE

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Thanks for the great idea JMJ!

“If you get rid of music, images, videos, words and literature from the smartphone, you just have a simple phone that would be worth $50.”

If you get rid of the software from an electronic music instrument you have a plastic box that is worth nothing. Therefore all musicians (including those who only play guitar or drums) should pay £500 per instrument to a new software rights collection society, to be divided among all the programmers on the planet.

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fWHoaR! Trick-cyclists crack eternal mystery of WHAT WOMEN WANT in a man

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It's worse than that

Noooo... "The researchers studied over 150 men and women"

So they studied about 80 women and asked them how attractive they found 80 men. Such a fine representative sample, it can surely be scaled up to be valid on a planet of over 7 billion people.

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Apple RESURRECTS the iPhone 4: report

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Re: iPhone 4, 3 years later: FUBAR

I've dropped my Galaxy S3 on to tarmac, pavement and concrete several times. Yes, I'm clumsy. The only damage is some scratches and a slight dent in the case. The screen is still perfect and it runs the latest version of Android no problem. Who needs repairs?

I know lots of people who dropped iPhones and the screen and / or back shattered. One person I know managed to bend an iPhone 4S so it looks like a banana! (I have no idea what she did with it.)

You can't compare iPhone with landfill Android. Sure you're talking about an old iPhone but it was a premium model at the time so compare like with like.

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Microsoft's new CEO: The technology isn't his problem

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Re: Consumer Company?

They really need to ignore this consumer crap, it has caused all their problems in recent years. Let Apple be hip, trendy and bought by all the chavs. MS makes more than enough money from enterprise and professional customers and has no need to go chasing after the unwashed masses.

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Re: I think I can update this one for you so it works on both sides of the pond

Doesn't work, I have no idea who Vince Lombardi is.

A better equivalent to the quote from the article is imagine having a black man as president of the US.

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Put down that iPad! Snoopware RECORDS your EVERY gesture, TAP on iOS, Android

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Re: "unmodified Androids provided they were connected to a computer."

I do not connect my Android to a computer. And, even if I did I would connect it to my computer which has not been compromised since 1999.

Break the security on your device and it can be hacked really isn't a story.

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Asus unveils dirt-cheap Chromebox desktops with Haswell chips

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Re: OK for web browsing

Because Netflix uses Silverlight. Yes they say they support HTML5 but have you actually watched any content in HTML5? Its always Silverlight in my experience, on UK Netflix anyway.

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It's Satya! Microsoft VP Nadella named CEO as Bill Gates steps down

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Re: Dear Mr Satya,

They probably took one look at your use of apostrophes and speech marks and decided they'd had enough.

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Re: Mega Hard

Elop is that you?

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BT scratches its head over MYSTERY Home Hub disconnections

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Obvious problem, obvious solution

If you buy cheap internet with a free router you're going to get a pile of shit.

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Facebook turns 10: Big Brother isn't Mark Zuckerberg. It's YOU

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Welcome to your age of conformity Facebookers.

I'm the one with the unimaginable life laughing at you from the sidelines.

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Re: Stop it, Now!

I see you have no need for reading comprehension either.

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Duracell powers into cloud storage market

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Re: Perhaps ..

I want FairySQL and Persil RegClean liquitabs now!

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Bangable poster firm Novalia makes printed 'leccy keyboard

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It has been done before

My father invented a technique for printing circuits like this using standard printing presses that normally print magazines, books or newspapers over 25 years ago. That is much more standard than presses that print on bottles and would have run at much higher speeds. We had test circuits on normal self adhesive paper labels. Unfortunately no tech company in the UK was interested, he tried Ferranti, Marconi and all the rest, and eventually we had to let the patents drop. :(

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Elite Systems pulls ZX Spectrum games after deluge of 'unpaid royalties' complaints

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Re: Just been reminded of an old story from the 80s

Sounds like an urban legend to me. No doubt that's why you posted anon.

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

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I see Nokia feature phones still use the same crappy old UI from the 1990s.

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NHS website hit by MASSIVE malware security COCKUP

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There's a reason they're called Crapita.

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El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

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mmmmmmm BNC

That NEMA 5 Socket looks like Mr Stay Puft from Ghostbusters to me. Wtf is it for anyway?

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Don't go away, IBM and SAP – Larry's not finished with you yet

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Cloud based ERP? Maybe for HR but for manufacturing no way. I've built systems for production line use and you're lucky if you can get a network connection, internet no way. And, who wants to explain to Mr BMW that they can't produce cars and are losing millions per hour because the internet connection is down?

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Amazon reports rare profit and is punished by Wall Street

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Please fuck off to the Daily Wail with your BBC propaganda.

Panorama ceased to be a documentary some time in the 1980s.

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HELLO LENOVO. Do you really, really want to make smartphones?

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Re: Stock Android

Having used both I actually prefer the Samsung UI to stock Android. (I know, I'm some kind of strange pervert.)

I just wish I could get rid of the bundled Samsung copies of Google apps that I never use and the 3rd party crap like Dropbox. I appreciate that a lot of other people don't mind giving Dropbox permission to access everything on their phone and send it to the NSA but I'd rather only Google was doing that for me thanks.

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Boffins build electronic tongue that can distinguish between BEERS

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Schwarzbier, lager, double malt, Pilsen, Alsatian and low-alcohol?

Unless it can tell the difference between Hobgoblin, Fusty Ferret and Black Gold what use is it?

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Sync'n'steal: Hackers brew Android-targeting Windows malware

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Who syncs an Android to a PC these days?

Google back up all your contacts, calendar, etc and updates are OTA now so what is the point? I haven't had the misfortune of trying to sync an Android and PC since the early days of my original Galaxy S.

I know several Android users who don't even own a computer.

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Globe grabbin,’ sphere slammin’, orb-tossin’, pill poppin’... Speedball

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Speedball 2 was a superb game, possibly the best 2 player I've ever played. As well as the Amiga & ST there were also versions for the previous generation of home micros. I used to practice solo on my Speccy for multiplayer matches on my mate's Amiga. Good times.

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Valve showers Debian Linux devs with FREE Steam games

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Re: GabeN can afford to give away....

Nothing has changed much in the last 30 years? Really?

So my Android tablet, Win7 gaming PC and smartphone are just the same as my Atari 2600? I think not. The rest of your post was a confused diatribe that made little sense. I can't decide if you need to lay off the pills or take more because your current dosage isn't working.

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'Netflix bitch': CEO of vid-streaming site taunts HBO chief over results

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So how much content do they have in the States? I signed up for a free trial month in the UK recently and think I could watch it all in 2 - 3 months.

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When ZOMBIES go shopping: 40m Target customer breach? That's NOTHING!

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Re: Have I got this right?

You're missing two important points - the Point Of Sale terminals were hacked so the attackers could get card details whether Target stored them or not and this is the USA, they don't have chip & PIN.

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Re: Security through oblivion?

Hell even in a technical business and as an IT person I know that my bosses think I'm some kind of paranoid survivalist whackjob because I point out our many security failures. No one listens because they think it will never happen to them. I look forward to the day it does.

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Chrome lets websites secretly record you?! Google says no, but...

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The real surefire way for Chrome users to be sure they're not being listened in on is to use Firefox. :p

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Vultures circle to feast on carcass of free remote desktop service LogMeIn

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Re: A security nightmare

I prefer OpenMYPCToTheEntireInternet.

Tbh I've never used their product but I distrust any software advertised on TV with adverts that cheesy.

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Amazon's 'schizophrenic' open source selfishness scares off potential talent, say insiders

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your Github profile is your resume

Hey brogrammer go back to coding in Starbucks, we have no need for you here.

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WHEW! OpenBSD won't CloseBSD (for now) after $100,000 cash windfall

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Re: re: It is also considered incredibly non-GPL

Obviously being non-GPL does not make it any less secure. What he's getting at is it means you don't have to comply with the annoying GPL rules that most businesses do not like.

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At least he got it the right way round and didn't say SQLite, etc includes Open BSD for the third time!

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UK smut filter may have sent game patch to sin-bin

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Re: Workaround

There has never been filtering on my BT Openreach provided line and there will never be unless my ISP introduces it as a product. You are confusing the fascist retail arm of BT with the good blokes who provide the tubes.

It is very easy to avoid these filters, just don't sign up with the cheapest ISP you see on the telly.

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Australia floats plan for national social media regulator

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"the Commissioner issuing public advice that a particular site is not safe for children to use"

I'm sure TB, etc will love the free advertising in Australia.

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LogMeIn: We're stopping our free offering from, errrm, NOW

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Should have upgraded to Central

Should have upgraded to Central back when they put restrictions on the free product last year. It costs next to nothing and there is no change in service for users of LMI Central. The writing was on the wall.

I'm disappointed in the intelligence of the Reg reader who wrote in to complain. I expected all Reg readers would be capable of telling the difference between 7 days and less than 24 hours.

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Hadron Collider urinal cake tale wins El Reg's LHC book giveaway

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It would seem sensible to include a copy of the winning entry in the article rather than some vacuous comments from people other than the winner. Or a link to the original article since this is the www.

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Romanian Bitcoin baron 'stumps up $20k to keep OpenBSD's lights on'

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Yeah they did that in the related article last week as well. Seems someone decided to let the tea boy write articles.

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EE BrightBox routers can be hacked 'by simple copy/paste operation'

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EE basically say security is the customer's problem.

I can help all EE customers improve their security with my simple 4 step plan:

1. Cancel contract with EE

2. Sign up with a decent ISP instead of the cheapest you could find

3. ????

4. Profit!

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Haribo gummy bears implicated in 'gastric exorcism'

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Re: amazon.com

I guess your disappointment at opening a bag of sweets to find it is mostly air explains your lack of a sense of humour and sarcasm failure? Try reading the reviews for 3 Wolf and Moon shirt then think about the sugar free Gummi Bears reviews again.

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My name is Dabbsy and I am an EMAILOHOLIC

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Hmm let me see... main work address, work support address, generic IT dept address, main home address, GMail address, Hotmail address, address for Reg comments, spam address, address for dodgy websites, gf address for when I'm buying things on her card, address for one of my mates who doesn't have a computer, unused address from mobile phone company.

I can think of 12 atm but there might be more. :o

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Google's Nest gobble: Soon ALL your HOME are BELONG to US

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"That server technology can undoubtedly scale far beyond the traffic Nest currently handles"

And you undoubtedly know this because? Just because a company / service has low traffic atm does not mean they are capable of handling more. A poor architecture and bad programming may not show at low traffic levels but they undoubtedly will with more traffic.

Maybe report facts rather than your bad assumptions?

"forcing anyone using a product based on Nest technology to adopt Google as a service provider (again as Android users must)."

I'd like to introduce you to this little thing called the Kindle Fire. You've probably never heard of it because they aren't very popular and are only sold by a very small niche company but it runs Android and does not require or even have Google as a service provider.

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Valve gives Oculus Rift a whirl with SteamVR mode

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Re: Can you ask VALVe about the State of SFS

Learn to capitalise words and sentences properly and re-write your post, then I might decide to read it.

Meanwhile have a downvote for your illiterate rant.

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Rap for KitKat in crap app wrap trap flap: Android 4.4 is 'meant to work like that'

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Re: OTAkill

I guess you are resolutely sticking to your guns with Windows ME, there is no need to upgrade to XP or later because they add only minor and annoying user visible changes.

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