* Posts by joeW

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Reddit scrubs up: Child abuse? Gone. Drugs? Cool. RACISM? FINE

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A small clarification

"Under the new regime, spam, child-abuse imagery, and posts leaking other people's personal information are not allowed, and will be removed"

Spam, kiddy-porn and doxxing have always been against the rules over there - it's not a new announcement by Steve regarding that unholy trinity, just him re-stating the existing rules.

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Ireland loses entire airport amid new postcode chaos

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Re: Have we learned nothing????

Usually because PHB's have seen it on other websites and want it. For no other reason than to have data to put into a daily and weekly report that they send to their PHB (who will never actually open the attachment) in a bid to justify their spot on the Org Chart.

Being a corporate web developer is slowly killing me every single day.

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Re: Limiting searches

All that's stopping you from doing more than 15 searches is a cookie. Use a different browser, or use Private/Incognito mode, and you can search all day.

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What do you MEAN, 'Click on the thing which looks like a Mondrian?'

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Re: Call me a cab . . .

Three point turns used to be a bit more difficult before ubiquity of power steering. My upper arms were more toned then too.

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BlackBerry ponders putting Android on future mobes

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Re: I have been saying this since time inmemorial

They should have done it in time immemorial too - I fear the ship has well and truly sailed at this stage.

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High-flying LOHAN fan raises ale-filled tankard

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Re: Beer from a straight glass? Heresy!

Not necessarily, Laura. Any barman serving me my stout in a dimpled tankard rather than a tulip pint glass would be in for a talking-to.

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The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change

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Re: Consensus is not science

"They laughed at Galileo! They laughed at Copernicus!"

"Yes, but they also laughed at Bozo the Clown"

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Tim Worstall: Metals, mining and my heavyweight book

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Would it be childish of me to titter at "cum miner Tim Worstal"?

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Adult FriendFinder hack EXPOSES MEELLIONS of MEMBERS

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Re: Oh no!

Lions aren't all that well hung.

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School's in for Chromebooks, Google's the top swot in class

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Chromebooks RDP-ing to a Mac server, something like that?

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Get ready: 'Critical' Adobe Reader patches coming on Tuesday 12 May

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At this stage, would it not be easier for you to write an article when Adobe isn't going to release a patch for critical bugs?

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Samsung S6: You might get a Sony camera in it - or you might not

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Re: How to tell?

@1980s_coder

You're assuming way too much about me there mate. Shouldn't a 1980s Coder, of all people, understand wanting to know the little ins and outs of ones hardware?

To clarify - the serial number of the chip will not change how happy or otherwise I am with my phone. I asked because I'm a geek, and therefore like knowing things about the electronics I use. That alright with you?

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Re: How to tell?

"Does it matter?"

Not in the slightest. I just like knowing the specs of my tech is all, plus if my Note4-owning colleague at the next desk has a different sensor we can experiment with settings and stuff to pass a bit of time during our lunch break.

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How to tell?

"Tear-downs of the Galaxy Note 4 found similar image sensor differences"

I'm a happy Note 4 owner - if I wanted to check what image sensor I've got, is there a way to do it without cracking the thing open?

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Hey! Want a FREE TOASTER that makes BITCOIN? What? You DO?

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Re: Where does the electricity go?

Like some kind of micro-sized turbo-output storage heater?

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Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor

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Re: Nothing like a sample size of one...

I'm used to people not reading the article before they comment, but how the fuck did you manage to not even read the headline?

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There’s a whole mobile world out there – here’s how to manage it

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Re: Say what you like about Microsoft, but...

Yes, they're definitely Embracing us.

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Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

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Re: "soi-disant"?

"if the presenter was a guy and not a gal would they be getting so much sniping"

On the Register? Yes, absolutely and 100%. Equal Opportunity Slagging is one of my favourite things about this place.

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Android gets biometric voice unlocking

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My voice is my passport

Verify me.

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Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6

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Re: Quite sad..

Note 4 is pretty much a flagship model, that has a removable battery. Probably the last one that will unfortunately.

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So...

You're going to start driving a Volvo?

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I helped Amazon.com find an XSS hole and all I got was this lousy t-shirt

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Re: In a word: YES

"Quick show of hands. How many El Reggers have been invited to work for free after pointing out faults and flaws in company websites?"

I'll go you one better. After declining their offer to discuss a security issue I discovered with a site's dev guys, they threatened legal action. Basically "help us fix it for free or we'll have the cops nab you for hacking".

I politely declined that little offer too.

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Noobs can pwn world's most popular BIOSes in two minutes

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Re: This wouldn't be (much of) a problem...

And how would a mobo jumper or 'A "locked/unlocked" dip switch beside the sim socket' help, when the threat discussed in the article is one that requires physical access to the machine in question?

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You – yes, YOU – can now 3D print your very own Paul McCartney

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What's with the dislike?

Did Paul call to all of your houses and take a shit on your cat or something?

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Samsung puts eight-core processor IN A WATCH

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Re: Whisky in the jar

It's unlikely to alter the taste of a smartwatch either.

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W*nkers of the world unite to SAVE THE PLANET one jerk-off at a time

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Re: the French term for "wanker"

"Anglais"

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Don't touch me up there! Photoshop creator appeals for 'ethical' use

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Re: Bring out the GIMP!

It's also second rate compared to Photoshop. I use both on a daily basis - GIMP in work, because my employer is too cheap to buy Photoshop, and Photoshop at home (where lets just say price isn't such a huge consideration) - and honestly something that takes me 10 minutes in Photoshop can take upwards of an hour in GIMP.

In the Photoshop 6 era I would have said they were comparable products - not anymore though which is a shame.

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Microsoft leaves the Rooms. How will Windows Phone OS users make to do lists?

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Re: "a feature which would be a very successful product for a start-up"

Would there be any real barrier to MS spinning off the functionality to a stand-alone app, maybe handing it over to the community as open source? Seems like that would be a win/win for all concerned.

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KUSHINIKIZA! Google Translate SAVES BABY in Irish roadside birth

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They got lucky

I can tell you, mobile reception on Cork roadsides is usually pretty dire.

Good thinking on their part though, h'on the lads!

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El Reg's plucky Playmonaut eyes suborbital rocket shot

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Re: You mean I can build an open source rocket to hit targets several miles away? Cool!

Several miles? If you get a good arc on it, I'd say further than that. How would the Iron Dome missile defense system deal with projectiles coming in from low orbit I wonder?

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CAR? Check. DRIVER? Nope. OK, let's go, says British govt

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Re: Would you actually, really get in one?

The car that you sit in and drive every day is also designed and built by humans, f'crissake -- y'know, error-prone, fallible HUMANS. The other drivers you share the roads with every day, drivers who hold your life in their hands every time your car is within 20 meters of theirs.... humans, f'crissake -- y'know, error-prone, fallible HUMANS.

The only way to be safe is to stay at home in bed. And even then your house might get hit by an airplane which drops out of the sky due to an autopilot software glitch. After all, you know who programs autopilot software....

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The Red Dwarf chilli chutney egg sarnie

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Re: Encona?

Raw Carolina Reapers have absolutely nothing on a decent extract sauce. Try some "20 Minute Burn" if you feel like putting that to the test!

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'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

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Should be easy enough to clear up

"Keating appears to have kept verbatim notes – strongly indicating that a tape was running – and she's now published the transcript of the conversation"

If she has a recording, lets hear it. If it's the same as her transcript, Youtube is over a barrel.

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Apple's Beats, Google, and Sony hammered with unpaid royalty claim

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Re: Sony

Yes she does - a song called "Ironic" that doesn't contain a single example of irony? That's pretty damned ironic.

Don't ya think?

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Please use TWO HANDS to access AdultFriendFinder

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I had noticed this

NoScript saved my arse a few times when I mistyped the URL in question. What happened to my arse when I typed the URL correctly however is between me and the gods...

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Hollywood vs hackers: Vulture cracks Tinseltown keyboard cornballs

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Re: SNEAKERS

I especially enjoyed the realistic method Robert Redford's character employed to defeat a supposedly unhackable electronic door lock.

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SNEAKERS

I'm surprised Sneakers wasn't on this list - one of the more realistic Hollywood depictions of hacking. That probably says more about how cruddy the rest are than it does about the particular accuracy of Sneakers, but still.

"No more secrets, Marty"

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: 1.5 MILLION SCOVILLE masala omelette

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Re: Only half the story

The best exit strategy in these situations is to put a pack of baby wipes in the fridge the night before, and bring them with you for your morning crap.

Source - ate a naga jolokia on a dare last week.

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'80s hacker turned journo, IT crime ace Steve Gold logs off

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Re: Hackers Handbook

I read that book when I was around 12 years old (early 90s) - a lot of the information was outdated by then... but an awful lot of it wasn't.

RIP Mr Gold.

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BAN email footers – they WASTE my INK, wails Ctrl+P MP

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Re: can we ban printers instead?

Star LC-10 or GTFO.

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You have a 'SIMPLE QUESTION'? Well, the answer is NO

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Re: says:

No, the ones you really have to watch out for are the beancounters who know how to use Excel and absolutely fuck-all else . They'll use Excel as a spreadsheet, as a database, as a reporting server, as a word processor, as a design tool, as every fucking thing you can imagine through the use of ancient and hideous VB Macros and obscure eldritch data connectors.

Then one day, when the crude OS they've Frankenstein-created from their spreadsheet goes tits-up, who do they call? And more to the point, whose fault do they reckon it is?

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LOHAN's Plucky Playmonaut touches down at Spaceport America

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Re: so does this mean

Project headed up by Dr. Lest-N-Furter?

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E-cigarettes fingered as source of NASTY VIRUS

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Re: Use a "USB Condom".

Even that is often unnecessary; I'm looking at an e-cig USB charger right now, and it only has connectors for the power pins present on the connector, no data pins.

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BOFH: Everyone deserves a little DOWNTIME

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Back to Friday BOFH?

Much better, thank you.

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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Re: Duplicati and VLC

Something I only discovered recently is that VLC can even play a video that's been split into multiple smaller RAR files (you know the type, *.r01, *.r02,...*.r15, *.rar). Just drop the .rar into VLC and boom - saves so much fucking time.

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Apple bitchslaps iPhone rival Xiaomi: World No 1? That's BIG TALK

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Re: Forget Shipments..

Exactly! If one company is shipping more, but another company is making more cash, it's a perfect metric to spot which of the two is flogging overpriced products!

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HUMAN DNA 'will be FOUND ON MOON' – rockin' boffin Brian Cox

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Ah, good old El Reg

Whatever about the headlines, it's the URLs that are the real stars of the show.

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Call the Commish! Ireland dragged into Microsoft dispute over alleged drug traffic data

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The reality is that they do...and that they are.

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