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* Posts by Irongut

1054 posts • joined 9 Jan 2012

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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Shack in flat-pack bric-a-brac lack flap? Whack on this 3D flat-pack app

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overlaying jobs onto the landscape

There's an AR app that shows you what a scene would look like if Steve Jobs were there? The fanboys must love it!

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Bloke in shed starts own DAB radio station - with Ofcom's blessing

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Re: Pedant alert!

I was thinking that myself. I couldn't see anything with three segments in the pic but I did see a nice three element Yagi.

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Limbaugh: If you hate Apple then you're a lefty blog-o-twat hipster

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Re: Disproportionate BMWs

Audi drivers aren't plonkers, they're cocks. The title was officially passed from BMW drivers to Audi drivers a few years ago. Also their cars have sparkly eye liner.

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Mobe networks hacked phones to fix SIM hijack flaw, says bug-finder

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Or everyone in the rest of the world where we don't use decades old tech to secure things like our mobile account or NFC.

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Re: javacard?

No it's a Sun product from around the time when EVERYTHING was going to run Java, even your toaster.

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They don't recognise us as HUMAN: Disability groups want CAPTCHAs killed

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Proud to be non-human!

CAPTCHAs don't recognise me as a human either but I don't have much problem with that when I look at the dregs of humanity that surround me. A better solution is required but email verification links are not the answer, writing a bot to monitor the email address and follow any links is trivial.

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Carmack blows 'crazy money' on hibernating Armadillo

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Re: How 'bout...

I really liked Rage. The engine does have a few issues, but it was new and v1.0 always has bugs. With decent hardware to run it on it looked great. The game itself was a bit linear but it was fun and I liked their take on post apocalyptic.

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Roses are #f00, violets are #00f. This witty code is a boffinry breakthrough

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Re: No wonder they are not funny

Well they are from Edinburgh, you can't really expect them to be funny.

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Hackers induce 'CATASTROPHIC FAILURE' in mock oil well

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Re: Which

And that is exactly how it works in a real oil well.

You can create a mock anything and prove how easy it is to attack, the question is how easy is it to attack the real deal. Having attended a number of energy industry security conferences in the UK I can tell you that they use separate networks for the industrial control systems and corporate networks. Firms that design rigs even have multiple computers on an engineers's desk - one for email, web, etc and another for doing the actual design work where everything is encrypted and there is no transfer of data between the two.

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Gmail, Outlook.com and e-voting 'pwned' on stage in crypto-dodge hack

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Don't connect to wifi networks you don't know. Don't use a shared computer. Lock your work computer when leaving your desk. All of these should be standard procedure anyway.

These attacks seem pretty minor to me (apart from the e-voting case), the attacker needs physical access to the network and computer. If a hacker has physical access to your computer you're screwed anyway.

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Apple FINGERED our personal packages every day, claim shop staff

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Re: Don't drag the bag

When I worked at HP searches were random. So yeah some days it might take 10 minutes to get out of the building but 90% of the time it took longer to walk across the car park.

All the nicked stuff was going out on a van anyway.

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Microsoft Surface sales numbers revealed as SHOCKINGLY HIDEOUS

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Re: The purpose of Surface

Crazy anonymous fanboy. You don't seem to realise that RT is a cut down Windows 8. Try running ANY Windows software on it - you can't. Whereas Android tablets can run most if not all Android software and iPad can run most if not all IOS software.

So which one is the cut down version?

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UK the 'number 1 target' of online gangsters in 25 countries - e-crime report

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Keith Vaz

I'm increasingly radicalised every time he opens his mouth. Mr Fawkes had the right idea.

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Typical! Google's wonder-dongle is a solution looking for a problem

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Personally I have a media centre next to the TV and consume quite a lot of video content online. But, I still intend to get a Chromecast dongle when they are available in the UK.

Why? Well sometimes I might not want to turn on the media centre and find the mouse and remote, I'd like to see what Chromecast is like and as a developer I'm interested in checking out the SDK. My reasons are not those of a typical consumer but then the typical consumer does not have a media centre, Raspberry PI and three other computers in their living room so Chromecast could be a cheap alternative for them.

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Re: Selective pricing quotes?

The Sky dongle also requires contributing to Murdoch which for many would be too high a cost even if the dongle was free.

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Microsoft introduces warning on child abuse image searches

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Re: Pointless....

If you follow that idea to its logical conclusion you realise we shouldn't allow politicians to draft any laws about anything ever.

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Banknote campaigner's Twitter rape threats ordeal: Bloke, 21, cuffed

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Re: Re Anonymous Coward While I don't by any means endorse the rape stuff...

"When the feminists have won everything they (we) need to win we'll all be better off."

And there is the problem. They aren't trying to win everything they need to win. They are trying to win everything.

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Re: Get rid of images of people (jonathanb)

A world without Jane Austin? Oh what a utopia!

We wouldn't have all those hours of identical TV dramatisations of her terrible books. Maybe the TV people could do someone else's books, anyone else's books! (just not Dickens or Shakespeare, they do them too much already)

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Kids LIE about age on Facebook, gasps Brit ad watchdog

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Call Big Dave!

Social media is corrupting our children and must be blocked, by default, at a network level. Anyone wanting access to social media must contact their ISP, MP, local Police chief and Bishop by post and have their name added to the Facebook pervert's register!

IT'S FOR THE FREAKING CHILDREN!!!

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Australia threatens Adobe, Apple, with geo-blocking ban

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Re: Grey importing??

The BBC is different because we pay for it and you don't you upside down freetard! Pay the UK license fee and I'm happy for you to stream all the Eastenders you like.

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Fed up with poor Brit telly and radio output? Ofcom wants a word with YOU

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Re: The licence fee funds the BBC

Explain Channel 4. They definitely get some of the licence fee.

I'm not sure about ITV but once you know about 4 you realise it isn't as cut and dried as BBC get the licence fee, everyone else has adverts.

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Google menaces Apple's 3-year-old toddler with its cheap stream tech

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I stopped reading at

"For years in PCs, Apple was the R&D lab for the entire industry"

Should say for years Apple copied other companies in the IT industry and passed their innovations off as its own.

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Work with Microsoft's stuff for a living? Its reorg will mean NOTHING to you

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McAfee have customers?

And they might consider buying something else because McAfee was bought by Intel?

Who are these people? I have a bridge and an iceberg I'd like to sell them.

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UK gov: Brit biz barons, get your privates in check before the spooks arrive

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"Company chairmen and chairs of audit committees will be asked to complete a questionnaire"

So the group of people that know the least about IT. Useful.

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Chromecast: You'll pop me in for HOT STREAMS of JOY, hopes Google

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Interesting

I already have a media centre but at such a low price I'll pick one of these up to play with. It could be useful on the main TV if I don't want to fire up the media centre or on a bedroom TV.

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Texas man charged in multimillion-dollar Bitcoin Ponzi scheme

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ISK does not make any pretentions towards being a real currency. It is an in game currency only and not subject to the SEC.

Don't give government any ideas, the last thing we need is them taxing our in game currencies!

Oh and you got scammed in EVE - HaHa!

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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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