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* Posts by Andy Towler

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Zuck off, Zuck: Brit duo's JustDelete.Me nukes clingy web accounts

Andy Towler

AccountKiller.com has been offering the same service for quite a while I believe.

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ISPs scramble to explain mouse-sniffing tool

Andy Towler
WTF?

"the ability to track one's eyes (to see which advert is being viewed) is already available and slipping into mainstream products"

Would someone in the know explain how this works, seeing as I only ever enable my webcam when using Skype to call family? What mainstream products? How do they track my eye movements without access to my webcam? This sounds very much like a non-researched sweeping statement...

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Dear Linus, STOP SHOUTING and play nice - says Linux kernel dev

Andy Towler
Facepalm

Torvalds

is a cunt. Simples. Why is this news?

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Ad man: Mozilla 'radicals' and 'extremists' want to wreck internet economy

Andy Towler
Mushroom

Thankyou

This article has inspired me to wipe my cookies, disable third party cookies and install Ghostery.

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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch 2013: All’s well that Haswell

Andy Towler
Boffin

Resolution

"a 13in laptop should really be 1920 x 1080 in this day and age"

Man, you've got good eyes...

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FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

Andy Towler
FAIL

Re: Since when does anybody

Utter bollocks.

In proper English (i.e. British English), if you say "rowter" you're talking about a power tool that carves shapes out of wood. The pronunciation for a network routing device is "rooter".

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Research explodes myth that older programmers are obsolete

Andy Towler
Trollface

Re: HR only sees stereotypes

*bearded* - I think I see the problem.

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RIM ends Reg headline pun filth (and launches two new phones)

Andy Towler
Stop

Skype?

Unless it will run Skype (without being tied to one particular US ISP), it's not coming anywhere near my shortlist. Lack of Skype was what made me jump ship from BB to HTC.

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New WordPress vuln emerges

Andy Towler
Happy

No problem...

...WP Super Cache is better anyway.

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UK is first class for train Wi-Fi in Europe

Andy Towler
FAIL

Enhanced 3G my arse

Travelled Birmingham to Euston twice last week on Virgin Trains. Both times the label by my seat said "enhanced mobile reception on this train". Both times I lost my connection (Three network USB dongle) in every tunnel.

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Belkin YourType Folio

Andy Towler
Coat

Call a spade a spade

So this is basically a rescue deal for Apple-obsessed fashion victims...

"Bought one of those crappy laptops without a keyboard? Feel inferior no more!"

It's like buying a roof and doors for a quad bike.

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Wolfenstein 3D shoots onto web

Andy Towler
FAIL

Not ready for primetime...

Crashes SR-Ware Iron v18 when you close the tab after playing. Also bad lag (on a fast Ultrabook).

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Sony stock slides to 30-year low after record loss

Andy Towler
Happy

Re: The curse of the rootkit

For the rootkits alone, they deserve to go under.

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RIM shares take a bath after uninspiring BlackBerry 10 unwrap

Andy Towler
FAIL

Re: Last best hope

Yeah I know - my 2 year BB contract is up in October. I won't buy a locked-down device (Apple), wary of a really small user base (Windows Phone), so I figure I'll just have to get used to Android. At least it'll run Skype chat which is more than my BB will do. I'm not even considering another BB as a serious option - terrible software, terrible support, crappy battery life, frequent reboots needed.

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Virus-slingers abuse WordPress vulns, dose punters with exploit

Andy Towler
Mushroom

Darwinian

If WordPress site owners were smart enough to keep their installations up to date, this wouldn't be newsworthy. It's like the Darwin awards but for websites...

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Google+ lets in nicknames, slams door on plebs' pseudonyms

Andy Towler
Trollface

It shouldn't be too hard to find all 7 Google+ users on the planet and ask for their views...

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Ultrabooks to account for 35% of Acer laptop shipments

Andy Towler
Flame

I wouldn't trust Acer to make a stable ultrabook when even their netbooks turn into bricks from overheating...

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Skype is coming to Windows Phone - really

Andy Towler
Unhappy

Isn't it about time they put Skype onto non-Verizon BlackBerries?

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RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Qwerty smartphone

Andy Towler
Big Brother

Skype?

Do Blackberries run Skype yet or should we ignore it?

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Huawei gets charged with juicy Android handset

Andy Towler
Megaphone

Pinch of salt required

When I bought my BlackBerry, its battery life was 3 days. One year on, it's more like 12 hours.

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99% of UK gov websites are breaking the law

Andy Towler
Flame

99% of UK gov websites are breaking the law...

...and so, I imagine, are 99% of all other websites.

Is any self-respecting website developer going to make any effort to spoil the user experience with various popups asking the user something they probably don't understand anyway?

Some EU initiatives are worthwhile. This is not one of them.

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Nikon Coolpix P300 compact camera

Andy Towler
FAIL

Why oh why

do so few compacts have optical viewfinders? It seems the only manufacturer that still cares is Canon.

Like some earlier commenters, a "proper" viewfinder is number 1 on my "must have" list, so this camera, nice though it might be, will never make it onto my shortlist.

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How to... change sleep-screen pics on your Kindle

Andy Towler
Thumb Up

Thank you.

Works a treat. That is all.

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Almost entire EU now violating Brussels cookie privacy law

Andy Towler
Grenade

Bring it on

In the staggeringly unlikely event of someone coming after one of the European sites I run, I'll simply move the hosting to Switzerland.

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No, iPhone location tracking isn't harmless and here's why

Andy Towler
Troll

"you shouldn't be worried unless you have something to hide..."

Obvious troll is obvious.

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Pope says gravity proves technology can't supplant God

Andy Towler
IT Angle

Business as usual...

"Man should abandon hopes of being like God, if he wants to have a relationship with God."

And for those of us who have absolutely no interest in a relationship with a character from fiction, we'll just stick to plan A - keep trying to understand the universe a little better, and have some fun along the way.

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Nissan Leaf electric car

Andy Towler
FAIL

And the award goes to:

The Nissan Leaf, for.....

Ugliest back end

Most dirt-prone interior

Most counter-intuitive instrument panel

Being far too heavy to be genuinely tree-loving (the power has to be generated *somewhere*)

Next?

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Opera uncloaks Gmail challenger from Down Under

Andy Towler
WTF?

Why?

That is all.

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Britain takes delivery of first Nissan e-cars

Andy Towler
FAIL

Jesus...

...it's ugly.

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Google's Chrome browser market share hits 10% mark

Andy Towler
Big Brother

Iron...

I wonder if the Chrome results include Iron (the white-label version of Chrome that doesn't talk to Google).

I've been using Iron for ages - I find it consistently faster than Firefox (both starting up and loading pages), and I love the built-in DOM tools that mean I don't have to install Firebug.

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Mozilla plans 'Do Not Track' bottle-stopper for private surfers

Andy Towler

Just get a *really* good hosts file

I use the one that is published and updated regularly at http://someonewhocares.org/hosts/ - it speeds up my browsing, saves monthly download allowance and I've hardly seen an ad or tracking cookie since I started using it.

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Asus NX90Jq 18.4in Core i7 laptop

Andy Towler
FAIL

Triumph of style over substance

But that's what you'd expect with B&O being involved.

I've used various different B&O hifi products in the past, and have to say that if you close your eyes they're no better than middle of the road kit from any big name like Pioneer or Kenwood.

And it's too small (screenwise) to be a desktop, but too big to be a laptop. What's it good for?

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Opera 11 goes beta with extensions, stacked tabs

Andy Towler
Troll

Yeah but it's Opera...

...so who cares?

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Facebook serves '23% of all US display ads'

Andy Towler
FAIL

Facebook serves '23% of all US display ads'...

Not on my browser it doesn't.

Adblock FTW!

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Bruce Willis relaxes as asteroid skims Singapore

Andy Towler
Troll

Skimming?

This is obviously some new definition of the word "skimming" that I wasn't previously aware of.

I clicked the article link fully expecting to see photos of it zooming between two skyscrapers...

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Asus unwraps dual-core Atom netbook

Andy Towler
FAIL

Screen Size

You didn't mention it, but the display is only 1024x600 - which isn't much use for anything these days.

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Australian Senate censors print link to cartoon

Andy Towler
Big Brother

It's not all bad...

At least in Australia they can insult the church (or at least I assume they can).

Here in Malta we can't even do that...

Doubleplusgood icon for obvious reasons.

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Korg NanoKey MIDI controller

Andy Towler
Happy

Excuse me...

But I hadn't come across it. But then, I live in the technology hell that is Malta. Old kit, high prices. Amazon is my best friend.

Think I might get one of these. Currently £39.99 at Amazon UK it seems.

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Mozilla man blasts Apple and Google for HTML5 abuse

Andy Towler
Stop

Nothing to see here...

All this rowing is one reason why, as a web developer, I'm ignoring HTML5 completely until it's released as a stable standard and is adopted properly by all the mainstream browsers.

Until then, it's just a way of using up my valuable time without any discernable benefit.

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Pacific islands growing not shrinking, says old study

Andy Towler
FAIL

Maldives

Please explain the multiple references to the Maldives, which, when I visited them a few years ago, were in the Indian Ocean, not the Pacific. And a very nice holiday it was too.

Either that, or explain the reason for the word "Pacific" in the title.

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Facebook simplifies controls but continues exposing users

Andy Towler
FAIL

They may have busy lives or they may be just lazy.

So... that would be their own fault, then?

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Norks 'have answer to humanity's greatest problem'

Andy Towler
Coat

Intriguing title...

Content sadly a let-down...

Come on, was I the only one?

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Acer Easystore H340 2TB Nas box

Andy Towler
Coat

Apologies for brain fart

Sorry for appearing to be intellectually challenged above. I must have missed the fact that it's just a NAS storage box, not a proper server. I think the words "Windows" and "Home Server" must have confused me :S

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Andy Towler
Thumb Up

Graphics spec?

No word (that I could see) about the internal graphics specs...

It seems to me that this would be a really nice home theatre machine to use with a big TV/Monitor, coupled with a wireless keyboard/trackpad on the coffee table. More storage than a Revo, saves having a separate server.

But nothing in the review about whether its graphics are up to it - or indeed which graphic ports it has.

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Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx stalks PC and Mac converts

Andy Towler
Grenade

Will it run (insert app here)?

I've tried Ubuntu more than once, and been impressed with both the install process and the driver support. However, it just showed me that the free alternatives to mainstream Windows apps are simply not good enough.

OpenOffice does not (sadly) come close to MS Office, and totally borks DOCX and PPTX formatting.

And comparing Gimp+Inkscape to CS3 or CS4 is (again, sadly) like comparing a meccano set to the Eiffel Tower.

Linux - brilliant for servers (especially web servers) - not ready for desktops.

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Ten free apps to install on every new PC

Andy Towler

Pidgin?

Not a bad list, including a couple I wasn't aware of.

However, I'd definitely replace Pidgin with Digsby. Pidgin is still buggy and unstable, Digsby seems less so, has better features, and the UI is far more intuitive.

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McAfee false positive bricks enterprise PCs worldwide

Andy Towler
Grenade

McAfee IS a virus

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck...

Home users: try Avast free version

Business users: try NOD32.

McAfee has been causing unnecessary stress in IT departments for well over 10 years. Why do people still buy this crap?

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Asus Home Server TS Mini

Andy Towler
FAIL

Dust!

A ventilation grille on the top? How dusty is this little beast going to get inside?

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El Reg insults 'millions of Irish Catholics'

Andy Towler
WTF?

His imaginary friend...

...is clearly not orange.

The dickage quotient is awesome.

But why is El Reg taking any notice of such dickage? Why would anyone?

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It's official: Adobe Reader is world's most-exploited app

Andy Towler
WTF?

Another vote for Foxit

Sure, Foxit Reader asks if it may install various other things during the install process, all you have to do is say no to them. Basic reading skills should see you through.

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