* Posts by davidp231

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Huawei taps ex-Nokia devs for 'secret phone OS project'

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Re: maemo

See also: SailfishOS

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Ransomware scum build weapon from JavaScript

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Re: How exactly does this execute?

I'd be worried if we were still using Java in the 22nd century...

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Tor torpedoed! Tesco Bank app won't run with privacy tool installed

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Rooting

The Barclays banking app isn't too different - it too doesn't claim to like running on a rooted phone (which the Android layer on a Jolla phone appears to be). It can be worked around by renaming or removing 'su' as that is apparently the guilty party.

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When Capita job ads go BAD

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Re: Needs to be saved for posteriority...

Nope.. as of 14:29 it's still there for all to see.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Pint

Pint, for obvious reasons :(

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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

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Re: Eh?

And one you can't block people on either.. in fact they catagorically state it's not possible because it "goes against the nature of the site". Good if you want to harass someone you've blocked on Failbook, as I found out the hard way.

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'Massive great big' vulture goes AWOL in Somerset

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Maybe it's mission is complete and it's returning to it's base: Vulture Central.

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Mars One puts 100 Red Planet corpses colonists through fresh tests

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Who else read the Dr Strangelove lines in his voice? lol.

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Endemol...

...well the newest series of BB is due to start tonight, so they must still be in for madcap wastes of time?

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Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

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Re: "Perfect time to upgrade to one "

Windows installations could also bork the device in the same way.

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How Nokia is (and isn't) back in the phone business today

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Problem is, if you use another OS, you have the problem of getting a decent app store going, and employing an Android runtime to get the decent ones - which is what Blackberry tried in BB10 and Jolla did with Sailfish. Both didn't go well - why bother with a phone that has a compatibility layer when you can get one that runs everything native?

Would be much less hassle, and increase greatly uptake if they went with something that runs Android apps natively.

If you can create a new mobile OS, and combine it with an app store that can rival that of iOS and Android, *and* convince devs to port their apps to it, you'd be in business. Which is what MS tried with Windows Phone and that didn't go all too well either.

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Re: Optimistic?

They could potentially go with Cyanogenmod as well. I'd go for one if that were the case.

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Lloyds online banking goes TITSUP*

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TITSUP? More like SNAFUBAR

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Brexit campaign group fined £50k for sending half a million spam texts

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Sadly making the trade illegal will do nothing to stop it.

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Microsoft half-bricks Asus Windows 7 PCs with UEFI boot glitch

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Re: A deal with the devil

There was an issue a few weeks ago where AC posts were given the wrong icon I think. Maybe that's reared it's ugly head again.

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Windows 7 works fine with UEFI - so long Secure Boot is turned off. It also refuses to boot the installer if SB is turned on. Saying that, 8.1 and 10 work fine with SB off. My box dual boots Mint 17.3 and Win10 Education (it was free via Dreamspark). Both of which play nice with Secure Boot. However there are two reasons I don't use it - I can't be bothered derping about to get rEFInd signed so Secure Boot doesn't throw a wobbly, and it doesn't like my Radeon 6850 X2, even with the GOP ROM flashed onto it.

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Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July

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Re: This just in.....

It's happened on the weather report already so I don't see why not.

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Are state-sponsored attackers poisoning the statistical well?

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Don't some .govs just make the figures up anyway?

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China's Dalek-like robots fear only one terrifying nemesis: Stairs

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Re: Off?

And shouts of "experminate!"?

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The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

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Re: This is sort of meaningless.

They even managed to port Sim City to the Beeb (though from the C64 version).

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Re: Since we're comparing websites with antique game code size...

You should check out what some of the newer sourceports can do with the engine. My port of choice is Zandronum, paired with Brutal Doom.

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Accurate figure, if one assumes the install files of the shareware version, which came on 2 HD floppies. Fully installed it's around 5MB - and the retail version is pushing 11MB (going on the basis of DOOM v1.2).

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS arrives today complete with forbidden ZFS

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Re: @NB - Priorities?

I've never seen that happen... mind you I use rEFInd as my boot loader. The only thing it defaults to is that last OS it booted.

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One million patients have opted out of Care.data

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An arm and a leg

Payment taken in advance, of course...

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Canny Canadian PM schools snarky hack on quantum computing

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Re: Are we in the end times?

A spellcheck wouldn't pick that up. A grammar check, however.....

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The future of Firefox is … Chrome

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Re: Stick a Fork in it

Ice Weasel is just Debian's rebadged version of Firefox. Aside from the icons and name it's functionally identical, so that will go the same way eventually.

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Docs need to do remote consultations – report

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Re: Walk *before* you try to run ...

And when you do have to go up to the surgery chemist to collect emergency medication after being told half an hour earlier they're booked solid for the next three weeks - you find the place bereft of patients.

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Commentard April Fool decries Blighty's dodecaquid

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Facepalm

Add to the fact there have been various news articles in the past few months alluding to the new £1 design.

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How do you build a cheap iPhone? Use a lot of old parts

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Will the improved version be known as the iPhone SE/30?

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Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

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So what they've basically done is resurrect Services for Unix and change it to Linux?

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BT: We're killing the dabs brand. Oh and can customers re-register to buy on our site?

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Overclockers is pretty good too... the last few items I've bought from them came with a free mini pack of Haribos...

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Hands on with the BBC's Micro:Bit computer. You know, for kids

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Re: The same memory as the BBC Micro Model A of 15 years ago...

The Model B also had the 6522 VIA, which was needed for timings, such as Elite's mode trick.

The Modal A had a cassette interface, BNC composite video out, and TV out - that was it. A base Model B is identical to a Model A except for the extra 16K of memory and the VIA chip. Everything else (Econet, Disc, Tube, et al) were optional extras that required soldering.

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How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

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Re: Netflix.

Nor Chromium, unless you build it from source with the relevant stuff in.

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Re: Finally confirmed my belief...

Wrong - a virus is small and efficient in what it does... Windows doesn't fit either of those criteria.

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More and more Brits are using ad-blockers, says survey

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Re: Take note of this yourself El Reg

The Android app isn't much better... open opening an article, the ad loads first, and half the time it doesn't bother trying to load the actual article afterwards. Ads load first time, every time though...

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ICO fined cold-call firm £350k – so directors put it into liquidation

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And back it will come, with a slightly different name - ad infinitum.

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Gopher server revived after 15 years of downtime

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It was munching on 2-3 megabits of RAM?

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Brit brewer opensources entire recipe archive

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Re: Wonderful!

Tactical Nuclear Penguin. . That is all.

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Ex-TalkTalker TalkTalks: Records portal had shared password. It was 4 years old

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Re: Memo

"Amazing! That's the same combination on my luggage! Remind me to get it changed."

- President Skroob.

*I know the actual quote refers to 12345 but hey ho.

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Motorola-powered Mac from 1989 used to write smartphone apps

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Re: Nine inches? Not very big is it?

True, but the Classic style cases make for good iPad mini docking stations. Now if only one could add a bluetooth module to an Apple Extended Keyboard...

http://techcrunch.com/2010/06/09/excellent-mac-classic-converted-to-ipad-stand/

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Re: Keyboards

It's the "IBM Model M Keyboard" of the Mac world, in regards to its longevity, sound and feel.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Model_M_keyboard

http://lowendmac.com/2006/the-legendary-apple-extended-keyboard/

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Made even better when you drop in the ROM from a IIcx (or was it the IIci?)

"Although advertised as a 32-bit computer, the SE/30 ROMs were “dirty,” containing some 24-bit code, meaning it could not run 32-bit applications without new ROMs (which Apple never produced) or a software patch. To use the SE/30 in 32-bit mode, you need a free copy of Mode32 from Apple (search the page for “mode32”). (You only need 32-bit addressing if you have more than 8 MB of memory.)"

Source: Lowendmac.com

Originally it was going to be known as the SEx (SE, because that's what it was, and the 'x', denoted that it had an '030 processor. It can also munch 128MB of memory, you can find a sufficient number of matching 30pin SIMs.

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That's cute, Germany – China shows the world how fusion is done

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Re: I Wonder....

Would that be a MtM* reactor?

*Marvin the Martian

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Re: That's crazy

Or dried on Weetabix.

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Shirley you mean "Tlump"?

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Google to deep six dodgy download buttons

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Re: What does to deep mean?

The only military link to the clock method I can think of is that 6 is whatever is behind you (ie. "watch your six").

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Re: What does to deep mean?

It's when the gangsters start to talk like politicians you want to worry.

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Virgin gives blessing to O2/Three merger

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I'm thinking one reason Virgin approve of the merger is because BT may decide to terminate their access to EE's mobile network. I mean would you supply bandwidth/spectrum to a direct competitor to one of your products?

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Windows 10 overtakes Windows 8.1's market share

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Re: Ah. Windows 8 users

Classic Shell works just as well in Windows 10.

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Little warning: Deleting the wrong files may brick your Linux PC

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With great power...

I recall that if you logged into KDE as root on an old Mandrake distro, it warned you that you were logged in as root and you could do anything you liked, and the system "would do absolutely nothing to stop you".

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