* Posts by Pookietoo

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Sysadmins, patch now: HTTP 'pings of death' are spewing across web to kill Windows servers

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Re: Writing Secure Code: this one?

The one I found claims to be that one, but only has 451 pages - maybe someone wrote "Don't panic!" on the back cover?

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Re: no joke icon!

Maybe use of the joke icon should be accompanied by [joke] in the title line just to make sure we can all appreciate the witticism ... and possibly an apology at the bottom, or just [coat].

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One small shot for Man, one espresso maker IN SPAAACE: Dragon snatched by ISS

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Re: It is inevitable...

. First you have to build some mom & pop stores for them to put out of business.

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'Hackers racked up $$$$s via the Android Play Store, and Google won't pay me back'

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Re: Bank of America debet card

I think we're aware of the concept of a debit card - I've lived a largely cash-free life for years with mine (and the PayPal account it feeds) as I am sure have many Brits. Maybe it's a strange idea across the pond?

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Google's new scribble-tab-ulous handwriting interface for Android

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writing this in fairly scruffy cursive with no problem, except I haven't figured out how to do Spaces yet! . Not bad for a first try, I think.

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Re: Can I draw a GIANT cock and balls on it?

"This is my basic criterion" or "These are my basic criteria"

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Re: stylus ... very few phones and tablets come with one

They're 99p on eBay, or two for a pound in Poundland. I got one the other day because my large hands just weren't meant for small touchscreens, and it really helps speed and accuracy both typing and writing. The feel is good on the screen, I have yet to fit a screen protector.

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Re: Oh I hope so...

I don't see why lefties and those whose brain is wired that way shouldn't use mirror writing - to me it seems quite readable without a mirror.

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DTS announces DTS:X – sparks object-based audio war with Dolby

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Re: 2

I'll occasionally plug in a 2.1 system if I'm watching a movie that might benefit from good crashes and rumbles, but for the most part the speakers in the telly are good enough. Philistine, me?

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Are you sure there are servers in this cold, dark basement?

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Re: Wanted: IT Manager, must have own servers and cat 5 crimp tool.

RJ45 crimp tool.

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Eyes on the prize: Ten 23-24-inch monitors for under £150

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Re: 1024 was pretty much standard screen height

I suspect you're thinking of 1024 screen width, which was 768 pixels high. 25 years ago basic PCs came with a 14 inch 800 x 600 monitor.

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Cisco loses logo lawsuit against WiFi inventor boffinhaus

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Re: some foreign company who make stuff

ITYM some foreign company who have stuff made for them in China.

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Apple Watch: We ROUNDUP the ROUNDUPS. Yes, Roundup-squared

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Re: tell the mp3 player to skip a track

Do your headphones not have a few buttons on them for that sort of thing?

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Sony nabs cloud gamers OnLive, administers swift headshot

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Re: the service should be open sourced

But while it may not be profitable to continue the service, there might be value in the software used to provide it, and it's not reasonable to deprive the owner of his ownership simply because he can't justify running the service.

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Re: queue the dude

That would be "cue the dude".

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Virgin Media goes TITSUP, RUINS Tuesday evening

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Re: .......the outage hit around about dinner time..........

That's lunch - dinner is at eight.

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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Re: The US is big enough that there are regional usages

The UK is big enough that there are substantial regional differences, as well as three or four non-English native UK languages.

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Re: "rubbish lorry"

"bin lorry"

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Mono Magic: Photography, Breaking Bad style

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Re: specialist electronic doodad

I taped a Schottky diode to the battery, which produces a suitable voltage drop, at a cost of pennies each on eBay. But no old camera collection is complete without a few vintage light meters, and some of them still work well.

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BBC gives naked computers to kids (hmm, code for something?)

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Re: Kano is absolutely awesome

But it's just a Raspberry Pi with the bits you need to hook it up, for people who don't already have those bits lying around.

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Re: tools for tablets

It's browser based, so no need to port a toolset.

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Security vendor's blog post pinched to make HMRC phish look legit

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Re: Not unduly convincing

It's clearly not something that HMRC should issue, but on a Friday afternoon perhaps ...

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Forget viruses: Evil USB drive 'fries laptops with a power surge'

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Re: the last thing you'd want to do.

Grounding the screwdriver, OTOH, would seem advisable.

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MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

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Re: Smart TVs Suck

But what about the stir fry?

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Re: OI! Moderator

It's a link to a page where someone tells how he figured out what sort of "phone home" his TV was doing. What's to explain, and why ask a forum moderator?

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: it's not like we can prove that

We don't have to prove it doesn't - they have to prove it does.

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Re: zero packet loss.

But ... but ... jitter ...

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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Can you not install two keyboards?

A French one for the Windows instance, and the iMac one for OSX?

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HOLY SEA SNAILS! Their TEETH are strong enough to build a plane

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Re: Back to nature

Jim Al-Khalili - Quantum Life: How Physics Can Revolutionise Biology - an hour-long Royal Institution lecture on YouTube.

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

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Re: I am now really struggling

Why? Weren't you intending to wipe the hard drive and re-install to your own specification? Or do you think the firmware might be similarly compromised?

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Brit Linux distro CrunchBang calls it quits

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Re: What actually killed true netbooks was ...

Microsoft and Intel. But a few years on they weren't secure enough in a changing market to shut out Android. Having said that, I needed a tablet in a hurry the other day, and the best deal I could find had Intel inside.

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Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

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Re: Textual searching is fundamentally broken

Except those nice Ubuntu people add generic descriptions to the search, so I can type "text" to launch gedit or "spread" to launch LibreOffice Calc without ever knowing what they're called.

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Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

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Re: Ive been into PC's since the first ones hit desks early 80's

You don't like Linux because it's not like DOS, and you can't find the apostrophe key.

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Re: strongly dislike anything that could confuse or inconvenience users

That explains why Windows 8 was so intuitive and user-friendly then.

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Living with a Renault Twizy: Pah! Bring out the HOVERCRAFT

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Re: Only 40 years from prototype to production

Eh? Bubble cars were big in the fifties and sixties, mostly from German manufacturers.

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UK official LOSES Mark Duggan shooting discs IN THE POST

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Re: A while later the missing files were mysteriously discovered.

And found not to contain evidence that would likely have led to a successful prosecution.

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Re: he said he'd delivered them

Did your chap check his wheelie bins, shed and back garden? Those seem to be favourite places when the postie can't be arsed to take something back to base or try again later.

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'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment

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Re: So German newspapers contain almost no pictures of people then?

Pictures taken in a public place or at a public event are fair game. Pictures taken in a private setting are protected by privacy law.

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Let's be clear, everyone: DON'T BLOCK Wi-Fi, DUH – FCC official ruling

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Re: inside their own private property

They don't own the electromagnetic spectrum. The various national regulatory authorities have declared that the WiFi frequencies are free for unlicensed use, and nobody else is allowed to remove that right. They don't need to promote that use, but it's clearly illegal to actively disrupt it. Consider that the FCC requires all electronic equipment to be certified free from emissions that could interfere with the legitimate use of radio frequencies.

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Re: where it can be justified

Thin end of the wedge.

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Windows tablet price war FINALLY has 'em prying open wallets

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Re: how much Windows was adding to the price

I don't think that's the whole story - when you pay for the OS you'll be inclined to put it on your higher spec product, when it's free you might as well stick it on bargain basement hardware and see if it sells.

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

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Re: silly question from someone who knows zip....

Not really possible because it lacks a SATA interface so you're using the USB 2.0 bus for storage and also to run the network (R-Pi Ethernet is USB).

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Re: Video playback

Windows XP is only available for the X86 and X64 (IBM PC) architecture - NT 4.0 was the last old MSFT OS compiled for a non-PC platform (DEC Alpha). WinPhone and Windows 8 RT run on ARM but they're pretty thoroughly locked down to Windows-specific hardware. The new R-Pi will probably run Android rather well, but with less functionality/support than Raspbian or XBMC.

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Outage STILL hitting Virgin Media Business broadband customers

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Re: Small Bus

Yeah, you have a 56k modem too. :-)

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THREEE!!!

(no body)

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Re: 1 is 1 to many

Or one (of the relationships) is a one-to-many relationship?

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Crack open more champagne, Satya, XP's snowballing to HELL

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Where did the XP users go?

I expect a significant number are now running some sort of Linux.

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

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Re: There's no reason to leave a desktop on eating electricity

Absolutely, that's why I hibernate my desktop in the evening and resume in the morning, with all my apps and documents open where I left off.

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Re: systemd came about to try to improve boot speed

But I reboot so infrequently that boot times are of vanishingly small importance.

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Mysterious BEAM outside London Googleplex ZAPPED

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Re: why is the commentator

All we need now is Alex Zane to comment on the commentator whose video about a video is just a sad attempt to get views/clicks and thence fame on the interwebs.

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