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Bladerunner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

Steve Gill

There is that occasional anomaly of doing the sequel right, but oh so rare :(

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Coming clean: Ten cordless vacuum cleaners

Steve Gill

Re: I Thought the Reg was an IT mag.

Have you seen the programmable embroidery sewing machines, very high tech ;)

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Dragon Age Inquisition: Our chief weapons are...

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

Steve Gill

Ah well, that's a wee bit of cash saved.

My only interest in E:D was for those reasonably common times when I'm stuck without internet access (some of you may be surprised at how often that happens when you don't get to go home every day) so can't get on to EVE.

It's a pity really, it was starting to look nice.

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Pssst. Want to buy a timeshare in the clouds?

Steve Gill

More like Resistance Was Futile :(

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Hide your Macs, iPhones and iPads: WireLurker nasty 'heralds new era'

Steve Gill

It had to happen one day - let's hope the infection can be stopped early

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iPAD-FONDLING fanboi sparks SECURITY ALERT at Sydney airport

Steve Gill

Re: Very poor system design!

So what you're saying is that the security at the airport near you is a joke and only 'works' because the locals agree to let it. Anyone who doesn't know the system and gets it wrong should be treated just the same as someone intentionally avoiding the joke security which you happily admit wouldn't stop the average six year old?

People get paid to implement this?!?

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Oracle plans German DCs to soothe NSA-ruffled nerves

Steve Gill

If your UK company puts customer data on a server in Germany hosted by a US company it's your problem if the US gov hoovers it up as the risk is public knowledge.

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New voting rules leave innocent Brits at risk of SPAM TSUNAMI

Steve Gill

Re: Not all can opt out

Good luck with that David,

I contacted 192.com and they confirmed they use electoral roll data from 2002 on. There was no option to remove yourself from the open roll until 2003 so it is exceptionally likely that their decision to use data from 2002 on was cynically intentional.

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Old data on 192.com

Even if you have carefully ticked the opt-out option since it went on the forms 192.com is still happily showing the entries for the address prior to the opt-out being an option. Instead of following the request on the latest extract they are using the newest data they can find that doesn't specifically tell them to keep their mitts off it :(

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What happens in Europe, doesn't stay in Europe: US giants accused of breaking EU privacy pact

Steve Gill

If it can be proven they've broken the rules the EU should ban them from trading with any European entities for at least as many years as they've been breaking the rules,

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Sony reads the future, quits e-reader market says German report

Steve Gill

Sad Times

Darn, may have to go hunt Sony eReaders to stockpile - haven't found another device anywhere near as good for reading digital media as the Sony :(

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

Steve Gill

Re: Perhaps the BBC might want to come clean about the full extent of the problems?

It was down when I tried to use it Saturday lunchtime - just the clown instead

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

Steve Gill

Every version of D&D since the wee white box has just been adding unnecessary complexity and whizzy graphics :)

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Wannabe Startup CEOs Hate This Guy: Potato Salad man and the $60k

Steve Gill

Re: It looks to be fake or a joke

It's definitely a joke, quite an amusing one too.

I just hope he gets enough out of it to complete the set by making a silly potato salad video.

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You are ALL Americans now: Europeans offered same rights as US folks in data slurp leaks

Steve Gill

Re: I'm beginning to like global warming

And it can take Brussels with it

Oooh, I like your thinking - 90% of the world's politicians live close to the sea.

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Microsoft: NSA security fallout 'getting worse' ... 'not blowing over'

Steve Gill

Re: Cloud security

This would work nicely for simple storage, but what about SaaS where the service has to have full access to the data to work?

The SaaS suppliers are the ones most likely to be hit the hardest by this as the US gov is effectively making them illegal for European companies, at least, to use.

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Virgin Media boss AND ex-Murdoch man: BSkyB broadband is 'lousy'

Steve Gill

Re: Lousy VM Broadband

Whereas I'm much happier with my 100 Mb plus average connection from VM (with roughly one hour outage per year) than my next door neighbour is with his 4 Mb on a good day connection from Sky (with roughly 2 hours outage per week).

It all so very depends on what's available at your location.

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100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh

Steve Gill

Re: Oh noes!

"seatbelts, airbags and crumple zones"

All proof that humans can't be trusted to control cars safely

"And yet advanced driving instructors say the best thing to protect people would be to remove all of those and fit a bloody big spike sticking out form the centre of the steering wheel."

Removing the roof and the seatbelt ought to be enough to give most drivers enough sensory feedback on when they're being dicks. The more car handling and in-car safety is improved the more stupid the drivers become as they feel they can survive more and more ridiculous behaviour.

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Nokia: ALL our Windows Phone 8 Lumias will get a cool 8.1 boost

Steve Gill

Purely anecdotal, but my local phone shops are struggling to stock enough of the top end Lumias to meet demand as they have recently become way more popular than expected

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It's EE vs Vodafone: 'How good is my signal' study descends into network bunfight

Steve Gill

I'm sticking to O2 because of their out-of-city coverage. I spend a lot of time in rural areas where you very rarely get any EE or Voda coverage at all but there is usually at least a smidge of a signal from O2.

Outside the urban environment it really helps if you use phones made by companies with a decently long track record on making mobile phones with good aerials - I would suggest Motorola, Nokia or Ericsson if you want to get a decent signal where Apple, Samsung & HTC fail.

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Seattle pops a cap in Uber and Lyft: Rideshare bizs get 150-driver limit

Steve Gill

I'm shocked

Shocked that any city would think that permitting what are effectively unregistered taxi drivers to operate in their jurisdiction would be a good idea.

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Google gives Maps a lick of paint, smears it over screens worldwide

Steve Gill

I'm seriously unimpressed with the new Google maps update - apparently streetview (when you can get to it) is just a sequence of black images.

Tested on both Google and ie

I'm guessing something is getting filtered or it's relying on an app we don't have on the PCs here.

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Apple marks '1984' anniversary with iPhone-produced un-commercial

Steve Gill

Successful?

I remember the 1984 ad clearly but still haven't seen this new 'uncommercial', can't really call that a success

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Bing Maps COCKUP: Oracle UK HQ is 'Elvis Impersonators' joint

Steve Gill

Sounds like inside jokes to me, especially given the love between Microsoft and Oracle in the Reading-Bracknell area

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BUSTED! Secret app on millions of phones logs key taps

Steve Gill

no

The quote doesn't confirm it sends back all the data it has gathered. We need precise info, not media bytes.

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Bethesda promises fix for Skyrim Xbox graphics glitch

Steve Gill

10 Minutes?

That's an impressive fail on your PC setup at the time - the best we did with Daggerfall was 72 hours solid, five of us taking turns with the controls.

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Apple applies to patent a SIM you can't remove

Steve Gill

@Matthew3

This might work for city central types, but not for the rest of us.

Would you care which telco hosts your number if there was only one that could provide a connection where you live or work? Would you be happy to be moved to Orange if only Vodafone or O2 provided a service in your area?

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Massive study concludes: 'Global warming is real'

Steve Gill

Thanks for that Lee

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BOFH: Where's my free fondleslab?

Steve Gill

Yeah, the footnote was the core - the rest was the setup for it, nice one

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Win 8 haters are just scared of change, say MS bosses

Steve Gill

That's odd - I see all-in-one touchscreen PCs in the shops often and I've seen quite a few business touch screen models recently.

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What's not in the iPhone 4S ... and why

Steve Gill

but only if you have a network connection - so not much use on the tube, most trains, in the wilds, etc.

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Acer Iconia A100 7in Android tablet

Steve Gill

Ah, you misunderstand - the 10" models need a man bag, the 7" only needs a decent sized pocket.

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Defendant presents Playmobil rendering of court in court

Steve Gill

but you could always use LEGO for the miniature model

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Facebook security profiling doesn't like African log-ins

Steve Gill

It's not discrimination if it's based on a known higher risk of fraudulent transactions from that location, it's simply an essential level of security.

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Waterstone's to take on Kindle and Nook with own reader

Steve Gill

Or possibly let's hope it is a Sony clone but with better PC software?

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HTC outs 'Mango' WinPho 7 smartphones

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really

Pretty much the same size as the old WM HD2 or the newer WP7 HD7, both do a nice job of being a large phone or small tablet.

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19,000 papers leaked to protest 'war against knowledge'

Steve Gill

or

http://scholar.google.com/

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UK gov 'Spads' hefty salaries released/buried

Steve Gill

hope

One would hope and expect that knowing they had served their country well would be enough reward but the odds are, unfortunately, stacked against such hope.

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Rebekah Brooks quits - Murdoch accepts this time

Steve Gill

collaborators

has this quote been verified?

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Parmo v poutine: The ultimate post-pub nosh deathmatch

Steve Gill

Shawarma

Anyone know where you can get a decent Shawarma in the UK? Similar to a kebab but uses spiced lumps of real lamb instead of mystery meat.

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Moderatrix kisses the Reg goodbye

Steve Gill

Sad now

^ see above ^

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Sony shuts down site to investigate possible hack

Steve Gill

Though it may be good news in the long term

Maybe corporations (other than just sony) will realise they need to either pay a lot more attention to their security (and that of their affiliates) or reduce their net presence big time.

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Total Recall rehash – exit Martians, enter Jessica Biel

Steve Gill

it is what it is

Re-imagining is a perfectly accurate description of Hollywood's current attempts to cover up the fact that they no longer do original work.

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Asus teases with MacBook Air-esque Eee PC

Steve Gill

well yeah, but no

not really.

A simple peek at the image of this new Asus and then a look at a photo of the MacBook air was more than enough to convince me the two don't look even remotely similar.

Well other than being thin and having a clamshell format with the keyboard on the horizontal bit and the screen on the sticky-up bit obviously.

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Remastered 4K, 3D Titanic steams towards cinemas

Steve Gill

nice troll there

purple hair and everything

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Facebook absolved for exposing user info to advertisers

Steve Gill

Maybe not

If the clients get warned before any damages can occur isn't that a good thing?

It sounds like you would prefer damages occurred just so companies can be sued.

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NASA's asteroid hunter creeps up on Vesta

Steve Gill

Moving Ceres

Of course moving Ceres will be a 'no risk' option - there'd be no chance of disturbing the orbits of the other asteroids would there?

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Plague of US preachers falsely claim to be Navy SEALs

Steve Gill

chute

optional?

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