* Posts by Allonymous Coward

117 posts • joined 17 Feb 2012

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

Allonymous Coward
Coat

Which reminds me

I really must sign that Investigatory Powers Act petition.

I'll get my coat and leave the outraged veggie masses to it.

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Amazon's Netflix-gnasher to hit top gear In December

Allonymous Coward
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Re: Once again, I was ahead of the curve ...

Thumbs up for (rightly) putting the boot into Tesco's terrible online experience.

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Mac book, whoa! Apple unveils $300 design tome

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Corollary: if you can afford iStuff, you can probably afford this.

And if you're a true fanboi you'll probably think it's a great idea too.

I expect to see copies adorning coffee tables in the reception areas of design agencies, Silicon Roundabout startups, etc etc.

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WileyFox Swift 2: A new champ of the 'for around £150' market

Allonymous Coward
Thumb Up

This comments section has pretty much made me decide to replace my 2013-era Moto G with a G4 rather than a Swift or Swift 2.

So not an entirely wasted read even if the article itself is a bit hagiographic.

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Apple drops dongle prices to make USB-C upgrade affordable

Allonymous Coward

Re: How on earth

[T]his whole notion of being so proprietary in every facet of what we do has really hurt us. And again, the management and vision we had encouraged that. Encouraged people to go reinvent the wheel out there our own way. And yeah, it might be 10% better but usually it ended up being about 50% worse because there are a lot of smart people that don’t work at Apple, too.

-- Steve Jobs, WWDC 1997

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Is password security at just $1/month too expensive for most?

Allonymous Coward

Re: So they want me to trust an online service with all my passwords?

Ditto KeePass(X). Offline but syncable, and cross-platform without having to use WINE or whatever.

It supports a "key file" as well as/instead of a password. This can be used to get a sort of poor man's two-factor auth. I have it set up to use Dropbox, with a strong password on the database file and an additional key file that never touches the cloud.

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Brit ISP TalkTalk scraps line rental charges

Allonymous Coward
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TalkTalk are unethical slimeballs

As this snippet of jQuery in their account login page demonstrates:

$(document).ready(function(){

var timer = 5000;

if (isiframe == false) {

$('#outer-box').html('Checking your details...');

$('#inner').animate({width: '100'}, (timer/3), function() {

setTimeout(function() {

$('#outer-box').html('Loading your account settings...');

window.setInterval(function(){

$('#outer-box').html('Fetching your bills and usage details...');

window.setInterval(function(){

$('#outer-box').html('Loading your special offers...');

window.setInterval(function(){

$('#outer-box').html('Preparing your dashboard...');

<snipped for brevity>

While all this "retrieving your information" is going on, they show you ads for their latest whatever-it-is-they're-pushing.

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Death of 747 now 'reasonably possible' says Boeing

Allonymous Coward
Paris Hilton

Re: Last Chance To See

Would the Air France employs lurking on the El Reg comments section please stand up?

Oui! It is I, LeClerc!

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Smartphone lost on QANTAS 'began hissing, emitting smoke and making orange glow'

Allonymous Coward
Coat

Re: just immobilise the seat

> the new 50,000 mA-hour cells

On the bright side, with that battery you'll be able to get *at least* two hours of talk time. And the operating system manufacturer will get a least a day's worth of tracking-you-around-the-place time.

Mine's the one with the Nokia 5110 and tinfoil hat in the pocket.

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Big Software is the next, er, big thing

Allonymous Coward
Coat

Read it, reread it

Nope, still don't understand what it's saying. It's just random words all strung together.

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Two Sundays wrecked by boss who couldn't use a calendar

Allonymous Coward
Joke

Re: 80% the work I do is pointless!

> honesty, it's depressing

Sure is. Give me dishonesty every time ;)

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Kneel before Zod! OpenText claims mighty Documentum from Dell

Allonymous Coward

Loyal^H^H^H Locked in

FTFY

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'Oi! El Reg! Stop pretending Microsoft has a BSOD monopoly!'

Allonymous Coward
Big Brother

Re: recent

I recently did a couple of flights to/from Singapore. The outward leg on a slightly older 777 was definitely Linux - got to watch the boot process on a layover. The return flight was on what looked to be an almost-new (or at least recently refurbished) 777. Didn't see a boot screen, but some of the iconography on the touch UI looked very Android-ish.

So I guess it's not just 787s. Also I guess Google now know what movies I watched, what my in-flight meal was etc.

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Edward Snowden's 40 days in a Russian airport – by the woman who helped him escape

Allonymous Coward

Re: Elections

> I think it'll be a direct metric as to how pissed off this country is

We had an adventure a few months ago when the British population got the chance to quantify at the ballot box just how pissed off they were.

It's been... an interesting ride so far. Good luck.

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Tesla driver dies after Model S hits tree

Allonymous Coward
Flame

Re: standard operating procedures

Maybe time's less of a problem for milk floats and mobility scooters, and the fire service can afford to wait for it to burn out or the manufacturer to show up.

After all, it's not like a milk float really goes fast enough to "plough into a tree". So you're less likely to have a trapped/dead person inside.

I've no idea really; this is speculation. But as a potential EV buyer myself, how the emergency services deal with them is something I've wondered about.

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Watch SpaceX's rocket dramatically detonate, destroying a $200m Facebook satellite

Allonymous Coward
Mushroom

"Move fast and break things...

... unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough". Allegedly a quote from The Zuck himself.

Oh, and obligatory XKCD reference: https://xkcd.com/1428 (perhaps "rocket scientist" ought to be added to the list).

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An end to rude emails?

Allonymous Coward
Alert

It looks like you're writing an email

Would you like help?

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No 10's online EU vote signup crash 'inevitable' – GDS overseer

Allonymous Coward

Re: Unsung triumph?? Yeah, right.

Why the downvote? This actually does happen; I've seen it.

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Allonymous Coward

Re: Unsung triumph?? Yeah, right.

AFAIK, many GOV.UK services stick in "beta" (not sure about alpha) because it saves the developers having to do an extra round of GDS service assessment.

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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

Allonymous Coward
Joke

Re: Cant see where he lied

Kapital idea.

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Softbank promises stronger ARM: Greater overseas reach and double the UK jobs

Allonymous Coward

> The politicians don't even grasp how current technology operates

Sure they do. It's "Digital", right?

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Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

Allonymous Coward

Re: Love the A380

> 777 seating is WORSE than what you have in B737 or A320 for puddle jumper flights

Having recently flown a 737 across the Tasman to connect with two 777 legs to Manchester via Singapore, I have to say I found the 737 seating to be far worse.

Perhaps this was down to the difference between Virgin Australia (who I will never fly with again) and Singapore Airlines though.

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HTTPS DROWN flaw: Security bods' hearts sink as tatty protocols wash away web crypto

Allonymous Coward

The important thing is

They came up with a catchy name (plus associated domain, plus associated logo) for the exploit. That's apparently important these days.

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NASA funds new supersonic airliner research

Allonymous Coward

How large?

If it needs to be very large, perhaps we could call the vehicle "Gigantic" or something.

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Oh TechNation. Britain's got tech talent. Just not like this

Allonymous Coward

Re: I googled it,

Innovate UK

I had some dealings with these twerps a while back. A more oxymoronic organisation name would be hard to imagine.

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Top new IoT foundation (yeah, another one) to develop open standards

Allonymous Coward

You forgot the HyperCat consortium

Which aims to create an inclusive one-stop shop of best practice IoT implementation through the sharing of knowledge of processes and applications.

Apparently.

FFS.

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Good thing this dev quit. I'd have fired him. Out of a cannon. Into the sun

Allonymous Coward

Re: #define spel spell

I see your 'ELAMENT' and raise you an 'HTTP referer'

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Leak – UN says Assange detention 'unlawful'

Allonymous Coward
IT Angle

Re: Things More Interesting than Julian Assange

Discussing Unicode support in PHP

Icon because, there is one.

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Allonymous Coward

Re: @Desidero No legal force

Had he stayed and not used his lawyer to help him leave Sweden, this would all be a footnote on Manning's wikipedia entry

And Julian would hate just being a footnote in someone else's Wikipedia entry.

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Research: Microsoft the fastest growing maker of tablet OSs ... by 2019

Allonymous Coward
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When I see a company name like "Strategy Analytics" I want to go hit something

That's it. That's my sole contribution to this discussion.

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What the world needs now is Pi, sweet $5 Raspberry Pi Zero

Allonymous Coward
Pint

Re: Overpriced

@Raithmir dammit, you owe me a new keyboard.

That will be something like £40, apparently.

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TalkTalk incident management: A timeline

Allonymous Coward

Re: False offer for "free credit reporting"

Noddle isn't free. Well, the very basic core service is but as soon as you want to do anything useful you end up in "in-app purchase" land. I know this because I've had an account with them for a few months.

In fact, the TalkTalk code gets you access to "alerting", which is (only) one of Noddle's paid-for services. I signed up for it because why the heck not, I already had the Noddle account. And I'm a TalkTalk customer, at least until my contract expires.

They don't make this information easy to find on their website because they're [incompetent|malicious] (delete one). Here's a link to it: http://help2.talktalk.co.uk/noddlealerts

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Ubuntu 15.10: More kitten than beast – but beware the claws

Allonymous Coward

Re: still self destructing?

From the Lubuntu help site:

"In the bikeshed ubuntu package, there's a script called purge-old-kernels, that allows you to retain a certain number of older kernels as well as the latest, rather than purging them all."

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Terror in the Chernobyl dead zone: Life - of a wild kind - burgeons

Allonymous Coward
Mushroom

I for one...

...welcome our new mutant werewolf vampire bat six-legged chicken overlords.

(Icon because, it's obvious really)

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Brimming with VM goodness: Qnap TS-453mini 4-bay NAS

Allonymous Coward

I used to have a QNAP NAS

Think it was a TS-219 or something. Nice little device, but I soon realised it was basically an ARM box running a bespoke Linux distro, and I was hitting limits fairly regularly when trying to use it as a music server, cloud backup client or whatever. Sure you could *do* most of that stuff but it was harder than I liked, and sometimes felt a bit hacky and non-standard if you stepped outside the packaged features.

Decommissioned it in favour of an HP Microserver with big cashback offer, running OpenMediaVault off a spare laptop HDD plugged into the internal USB port (yes it does work). I like OMV better; very polished preconfigured NAS experience but full fat Debian under the hood if you need to get down with some detailed configuration.

I like things that Just Work, but unfortunately I found a dedicated NAS device Just Worked for about 90% of what I needed. Other people's mileage will undoubtedly vary. Cost, while nice, wasn't a major factor.

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UK.gov creates £500K fund to help universities teach cyber skills

Allonymous Coward
Meh

I didn't know UK.gov still used "cyber"

I thought everything was Digital these days.

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Cambridge University Hospitals rated 'inadequate' due to £200m IT fail

Allonymous Coward

Re: how many times...

I can't decide if you're being sarcastic.

If you're not, Google "NPfIT" then spend a bit of time reading how Big Centralised IT projects in the NHS don't always work all that well.

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Hype Circle 2015: Gartner stares groggily into crystal ball

Allonymous Coward
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My manager makes decisions based on Gartner analysis

He's an idiot. Fortunately I'm changing jobs soon.

Icon, because that's what Gartner reports need to die in.

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Hacktivists congratulate Daily Show's Jon Stewart via Donald Trump's website

Allonymous Coward

Re: still up

To be fair I just visited his website to see what all the fuss was about, and I probably wouldn't have bothered otherwise.

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Cinnamon 2.6 – a Linux desktop for Windows XP refugees

Allonymous Coward

Re: I'll stick with my MATE

Considering that Ubuntu have just made their MATE flavour an "official derivative" I hope it's not going anywhere too soon...

I'm an Xfce user myself, but this looks like it might do a few things out of the box that are a little bit of a faff with my current (Mint 13) desktop. Maybe I'll give it a go when I upgrade.

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Force Touch tweak: Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Allonymous Coward

Windows on a Mac

I've heard of one organisation where they use Macs specifically for the good international AppleCare support (their people travel a lot). But they boot into, and use, Windows almost exclusively.

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Sysadmins rebel over GUI-free install for Windows Server 2016

Allonymous Coward

Re: Long-time Linux and Windows Admin here

I see your diff httpd.conf.20150604 httpd.conf and raise you an svn* diff httpd.conf

* other tools are available

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Mega fatcat Kim Dotcom in deportation drama over SPEEDING ticket

Allonymous Coward
Stop

Perfectly safe != speed

In 2012, NZ had 7.1 road deaths per 100,000 of population. In the same period the UK average was 2.8 road deaths per 100,000 of population.

Many Kiwis think of ourselves as behind-the-wheel heroes when we're anything but. And on the whole the roads are worse than in Europe or North America. Less traffic is about the only thing in our favour.

So yeah, it's not perfectly safe to speed. I, for one, hope the door doesn't hit Kim Dotcom in the backside on his way out.

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So where's all these digital services GDS promised us?

Allonymous Coward

To be fair

Rory Cellan-Jones is easily confused

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Forget 1,000 lashes for Facebook posts, Saudis now want to behead blogger Raif Badawi

Allonymous Coward

Saudi Arabia

Is a great argument in favour of the oil running out.

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

Allonymous Coward
WTF?

I'm stunned

I just agreed with something MLF said.

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Microsoft's SELFIE-TASTIC Nokia 830, 730: Complete with DOG SMILE WHITENER

Allonymous Coward

Re: Losing the shutter button is a bad idea

Does it? That'd be OK. Perhaps El Reg will give us a rundown when they get their mitts on a review unit.

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Allonymous Coward

I was going to get a 720 to replace my long-in-the-tooth iPhone 4. But decided I'd wait to see what the 730 was like.

I want reasonably low cost (check) and a good camera (check). Main uses are web, email, a bit of phoning, the odd mainstream app, and taking snaps of the kids.

However Nokia got rid of the shutter button, which was one of the things I liked about the 720. Though I'd heard the camera itself was a bit laggy. So, dammit, still not sure. At this rate I'll have to decide between one of the 10,000 Android handsets out there.

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KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer

Allonymous Coward
Coat

Re: Incoming Rant

Quite.

/me goes back to my Xfce desktop.

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