* Posts by Valeyard

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Valeyard
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640*480 resolution

looks fine on my windows 95 640*480 PC

I don't know what everyone's moaning about

Also i LOVE font size 70 anyway

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Apple knob refusenik Sir Jony Ive handed award - for talking BOLLOCKS

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Re: amanfrommars

Oh God I think you're on to something there.

I've never seen them in the same place at the same time..

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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Re: Who wants this?

agreed. I have the CRTs etc, but that's because i also have the original consoles. Otherwise i'd happily use an emulator on the PC.

Isn't this like that last speccy clone box which failed for precisely the same reasons, RE getting original coders' permission?

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Universal Credit CRISIS: Up to £200m in IT spend WASTED – NAO

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Re: @Valeyard

I'm not saying it's not complex, I'm sure it's ridiculously complex, but the complexities aren't secret.

they are when some of the code is >20 years old, there are hacks older than some of the junior programmers..

When i worked for the HMRC a good trick was to retire, give them a few weeks to realise that no one has a clue about your area of the system and be hired back as a consultant, with a consultant's rate, for YEARS. saw it happen loads.

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Re: I expect there are a huge amount of unknowns

legacy code and systems, away from the tech side it's rules that have evolved over many many years with bits and clauses added on, then new big-bang systems (such as RTI) introduced, then the old ones (that's AS WELL as the even older systems that are squashed about to fit in with these so the system can interpret both) squashed about to fit in so existing transactions are still accepted and processed correctly, leading to 2 seperate systems full of workarounds and process flow changes so they still do the same thing, and code that has to accept and interpret all of this millions of times per week.

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New Snapchat Snapcash service inspires amateur PORN STARS

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um...

you negotiate a fee for one or more pictures, the money is exchanged between client and model and the pictures are sent. After ten seconds, they largely disappear forever and both parties remain satisfied.

10 seconds?

that's not a lot of satisfaction per second compared to free, how could that ever sound like a good idea?

i can just imagine a new sport in racing against the timer!

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Pitchfork-wielding villagers hunt hairy shapeshifters in One Night Ultimate Werewolf

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Re: A board game series?

yeah that's pretty sweet. i always make sure i own a few easy to explain games for casual mates who want to turn up anytime, most of my wife's friend's never even considered themselves board gamers before and would've flaked out at difficult things

so games like love letter, king of tokyo, carcassonne and robo rally are always good intro games

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Re: BSG boardgame

been recommended to me too, especially as the people find out if they're traitors fairly late on in the game which sounds good

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A board game series?

Sweet!

Me, the missus and some of her friends regularly get together for the likes of suburbia, flash point (if we're in a more co-op mood) or puzzle strike, I can't wait to see more of these

Less on the "party games" like cards against humanity though i think, there are 3 or 4 girls that usually play the games with us and if someone tried to bring out some laddish game it'd just be cringeworthy, every time people hear i play board games they always ask if it's either monopoly or card against humanity, it's like there's nothing at all in between

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Bang! You're dead. Who gets your email, iTunes and Facebook?

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reminds me

of the bruce willis itunes court case where he wanted to leave his itunes account to his kids when he dies, and they said he only had a "license" on the files and didn't own them or something so the account would be deleted

so there in precedent-following USA that's their policy apparently

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Stephen King, William Gibson and The Quantum Moment

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I saw "books", "quantum"

and initially thought we'd be treated to a take on hannu rajaniemi's quantum thief series

now that's some quality reading

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Attack reveals 81 percent of Tor users but admins call for calm

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switching Tor Identity

hasn't it been known for a while anyway that using the exact same route through the Tor network for a long time (in the scale of months iirc) will make you trackable, so the general consensus is to just switch your route through the network at random intervals

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No nudity, please, we're GAMING: Twitch asks players to cover up

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Emulators

or if they are playing an obviously hacked or stolen game.

well considering most of their publicity comes from stuff like the pokemon stunts which are obviously on an emulator, which Nintendo has always* been aggressive against, this could seem a little self-destructive in the free press coverage stakes

*got my c64 copy of the great gianna sisters :D

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Painfully trendy: Someone just spent $200k on ebola.com

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wow

Chaired by former New Mexico Gary Johnson

he used to be New Mexico? impressive!

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Tor exit node mashes malware into downloads

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and yet..

..I still feel that it's safer to let criminals attach nasties in and my own ability to deal with such than go about my daily business where my own government can see it 'for my own good'

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OpenSUSE tidies up disto model ahead of 13.4

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Re: Erm...

I was thinking the same, I've been reading up on what I could about 13.2 for the past couple of weeks so when 13.4 was mentioned I was thinking "maybe they're just planning very far ahead?"

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Dropbox-but-with-an-actual-box firm touts new biz appliances

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personal use

For personal use, as a backup repo I just use owncloud, and all my stuff is synched dropbox-style onto raspberry pi at home

The NSA would have a job getting through the backdoor because it kinda sticks

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Marissa! Mayer! ends! 21! month! dry! spell! as! Yahoo! sales! grow!

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they almost had the right idea

When they started moving to dublin etc to secure their data after the webcam/instant messenger debacle

If they made that their primary focus, with their resources, they might get people who are looking at 4 or 5 similar free email providers on the verge of doing eenie-meenie-minie-mo to go for the one that also has a big slant towards privacy and security

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Bono apologises for iTunes album dump

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Re: Have to laugh

yeah seriously. if the cartoons hadn't associated them with ireland, i wouldn't otherwise be aware ireland apparently had some kinda leprechaun "thing". If there's an actual legend it's based on i haven't heard of it :/

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Re: Have to laugh

But if you're that thin skinned then there's a good fight still going on in Northern Ireland

no there isn't, it's boring as hell now but nice trolling, 2/10 would write a line in response again

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Re: Have to laugh

could we maybe not resort to a bit of casual racism?

Us Irish people don't much like being called Leprichauns, or even "lepricorns" really.

It's just ironic, considering I've never even heard of a leprechaun outside of:

1-US cartoons

2-English people on St. Patrick's Day

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'Dropbox passwords' for sale are all EXPIRED: Bitcoin buyers beware

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Doesn't really make any difference if a) the attacker can walk in through the front door with the correct credentials, or b) three letter agencies can just stroll in through the back door with the decryption key

may as well not try then. oh what's the point, i dunno why i bother here just take it all, you will anyway etc

/marvintheparanoidandroid

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Be Your Own Big Brother: Peeking at pussy

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I'd like a cam collar

But my cat brings back rabbits, lots of rabbits, so we fit her collar with a big loud bell

this means she tries her hardest now to get rid of collars, and she's very good at doing so

i'd like a live GPS one just to track where all the collars are going rather than the cat, there's probably a tree somewhere with 30 cat collars hanging off it like christmas baubles and some innocent jogger is going to see it and just crap himself.

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HOT BABES! Worried you won't get that JOB in IT? MENTION how hot you are

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*flashbacks of my years in the games industry*

oh god

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Facebook: Ha! Like we'd STOP trickcyclists messing with your MIND

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additionally..

to show how nice we are give us 10000 likes and shares and we'll cure a kid of cancer

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So long Lotus 1-2-3: IBM ceases support after over 30 years of code

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i better check...

I'll write to the address given on my TASCALC box just to double check there's still support there

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Tripadvisor site coughs to card data breach for a potential 800k users

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aw man

i dunno how. I specifically changed the code to append these details away from our usual /carddeets.txt to /images/cleaningschedule.xls

you just can't fight people who have the time to look in a file like that. apologies everyone, new filename ideas welcome :)

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BONEHEAD FANBOIS encamp outside Apple Stores

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Re: Good for them say I

haha such a gobshite

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Re: Good for them say I

a female? GOOD LORD MY PENIS WOULD FIT IN THAT!

you're not on youtube now, settle down

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Even better than the iThing: Apple's Cook is strictly pro Bono

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yep

it would appear more than likely that Cupertino is planning some sort of attack on the music world

Hence Bono, a warning shot to hurt music

if that doesn't work music will be utterly destroyed by morrissey and bieber

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Go on, corporate drone, log in... We'd recognise your VEINS anywhere – Barclays

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app

it'd be nice if they just allowed rooted phones to run the banking app really

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Uber alles... nein! Deutschland imposes NATIONWIDE BAN on taxi app

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Re: You mean the government bodies are feeling the heat??

You'd be annoyed if someone came along with a better booking system and cheaper fares because they side-stepped all the costs involved with dealing with the government.

UK farmers felt thus, until the inevitable horsemeat happens to turn people back to the expensive but regulated option

which in uber's case is just going to be the inevitable sexual assault

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Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

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Re: Lesbianism vs. beastiality

kinda, except they evolved on earth (they were here before us) and therefore would probably share at least common ancestors with lizards including their weird internal plumbing

but no, not an alien

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Re: so annoying

and yet no complaints of racism when strax can't tell humans apart from each other or when he was driving the carriage shouts "OUT OF THE WAY, HUMAN SCUM!"

i'm really offended by the casual portrayal of racism toward my planet :(

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so annoying

i hate those characters.

"ooh i'm a lesbian. did i ever mention i'm a lesbian? OOOOOH! YOU MADE AN INNUENDO! CHEEKY! i'm married! to a woman!" it's like really bad panto

oh stfu with your mockney accent, you're only there as the serious ones for strax to bounce funny lines off

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

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heard similar please before

at a Wildhearts gig, Ginger addressed the audience between songs to ask that anyone filming stand to the side away from people, and from now on if anyone's view is blocked to just grab the phone and throw it away. seemed reasonable to me and my short-arsed wife not having to look past outstretched arms and blinding screens

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Oculus sucked by Zuck? 'I'm over it' – Minecraft supremo Notch

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Re: Word of warning, Notch

you seem to be really angry about the mere possibility of something happening in minecraft..

..minecraft!!

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Google to offer special accounts for kids: report

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well we know why

"Mr Schmidt said he believed that every young person will one day be allowed to change their name to distance themselves from embarrasssing photographs and material stored on their friends' social media sites."

i'll just leave this here...

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Top money men face up to 2 YEARS in slammer for neglecting to spot crim-cash activity

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Re: Not news to anyone in the financial industry

it's also illegal to do anything that would let them know they're being investigated for money laundering ('tipping off')

therefore in the bank where i worked this guy would smile and do his transactions. i'd smile back and help. we both knew that he hwas money laundering and i knew and he knew i knew, but we acted best of friends. it was bizarre. everytime we shut an account down he'd open another one and we'd not be able to reject it because he was the current subject or money laundering investigations, so we'd be making nice while he paid in or took out his criminal gains and i was taking notes for the form i'd fill in for the cops when he left

and we did get on really well, our pretend backstabby friendship was the best ever. so bizarre.

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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Re: Resets?

When i worked for a horribly by the book corporation that changed passwords every 30 days all that happened after a while was the numbers and symbols at the end of the password got shifted to the right of the keyboard by 1 key...

At the other end of the scale if i see a website signup page berate me for daring to include a symbol in my password or for exceeding 8 characters I go elsewhere

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What's in your toolbox? Why the browser wars are so last decade

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Re: IE

Yeah I'm sure that the Tax Breaks those Corporations receive for being in Ireland, have absolutely to do with 'em all wanting to be there...

i've never been accused of subtle jokes before, but i think written communication robs something :(

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Re: IE

apparently 1 thumb downer doesn't get the subtle hint that i'm irish.

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Valeyard
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Re: IE

hey all the best companies come from here, we're the silicon island, a hotbed of tech knowhow!!

Apple, Yahoo, Google, facebook

;)

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Valeyard
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IE

One good feature of the newer IE dev tools i like is that I can make the browser emulate lower versions of IE, so I just need the one VM to test back to where we start supporting (Ideally I'd not open IE at all but at least this little detail makes it somewhat less cumbersome to test for)

modern.ie supplies VMs to test on which is pretty cool, so it looks like they're trying to help testing, just not with anything particularly powerful or exciting (or with a decent browser)

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Anonymous threatens to name cop who shot dead unarmed Michael Brown

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ha

they don't half talk like they're super spy commandos or something

TARGET DOWN!!

oh no, black ops neutralised our FAQ website. shit. gonna have to stop the conspiracy guys, we're in deep trouble now.

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Robot snaps on yellow RUBBER GLOVES, preps to invade Canada

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Coat

heh..

"I become excited because I realize how large Canada is"

that's what SHE said!

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Plane grounded so cops can cuff semi-legless passenger

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Re: This is...

this, that AND the other

that's when the police get involved, a bit of this and that on its own is ok but legislation sets the line very clearly at the other

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'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece

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tech support

"hi, i requested an openreach engineer last week and he still hasn't shown up. my fridge has been empty and the heating off for 2 weeks"

"ok sir i'll just guide you through the manual steps to cook some spag bol. is there a building with big windows and teenagers hanging around outside anywhere near you? good. now start by grabbing your wallet.."

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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you won't BELIEVE what happened next!!

I totally knew most of these anyway

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Asteroid's DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck – boffins

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Re: Bad luck...

if you talked to her i think i see what went wrong

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