* Posts by Fogcat

170 posts • joined 1 Oct 2007


Game Group shares halted, 'no value left' admits board


I didn't realise until all this kicked off that Game and GameStation were owned by the same company. I've always found GameStation better. Were they a takeover or something?

Finders of lost mobes can't resist staring at privates


Re: Password protect it and you don't get it back.

Or simply change your lock screen wallpaper to something that has "if lost please contact...." in the graphic and you can keep it locked ... simple.

Cash-strapped graduates sell their own faces


Re: Paying off your student loan is the worst idea possible


"£785 is plenty for someone to live off of for a year if they are careful and dont blow it on unnessesary purchases"

So you can feed, clothe and transport yourself for £15 per week? Do you have a time machine or something?

Apple: We never said Siri would actually work in the UK


Re: Cash grab

"Just some greedy fool trying to get some apple cash."

hardly - The ASA don't provide any compensation to consumers. The most they can do is tell advertisers that they've been naughty boys and girls and they mustn't do it again!

2020: A Press Odyssey – reporter licensing explained


Several issues given a very wide berth there, which might have been forgiven ... if it was funny.

Google gives £550k to Bletchley Park

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Great News

Great to hear there's some money going in at last. And as I've said before Bletchley is somewhere all geeks should want to visit.

Anonymous launches OpRobinHood against banks


"Suggests the top bracket (for the richest) is 50%, not 25%."

But you don't pay 50% income tax on all of it - only the part that's over the 50% threshold. And, of course, if you can afford a good tax accountant there are all sorts of creative ways of defining "income".

Smart TV shootout

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What is it Sony has against .MKV? Still not supported on the PS3 either.

Anonymous threatens Mexican drug cartel


My prediction is that this is going to end very very badly. My impression backed up to a large extent from my Mexican friends is that the cartels really don't care what anyone thinks, the identities of the leaders are pretty well known anyway and the low level, taxi drivers, security guards etc..really don't have any choice about aiding and abetting, not if they want their families to stay alive.

So I think the chances of Zeta taking the threat seriously are nil and it may just annoy them to the detriment of the Anon captive and any others who happen to be nearby.

Yes a stand.... but one that I think (although I hope not) will have very unpleasant consequences.

Halloween Hardware

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Norton blocks Facebook as 'phishing site'


The lastest versions 2011 & 2012 are a lot better than they used to be; I considered switching to Norton when my licenses had to be renewed this year, in the end I get a better deal to stay with Kaspersky.

'Satnavs are definitely not doomed', insists TomTom man



Still using an H140 here (upgraded to 60gb and rockbox-ed) and haven't found anything better yet for the car. Does anyone apart from Apple make high capacity *music* players any more?

Christ appears in phone advert, secular authorities act



Not used em since I went in and said "any network except Vodafone" and the first package they tried to sell me was Vodafone.

Twitter users charged with terrorism for false tweets


A Title

Let's just get clear that what is happening in Mexico isn't terrorism, it's criminal activity, there's no political agenda (well actually with the level of corruption that may be arguable).

I have friends who live in Mexico and in the time since I visited them in Monterey last year things have got so much worse they wouldn't advise a return visit now. the panic that the tweets generated is perfectly justified because that sort of thing DOES happen.

Tony Sale, 'Colossus' crypto machine rebuilder, dies at 80



I didn't know him, but I regret his passing.

And any one who is geeky enough to visit the reg comment section really should make an effort to visit Bletchley.

Bundled music newbie Boinc aims for year-end launch



See above - same error message, and why do they want to know facebook, twitter and website details? Do yo only get on the Beta if you have enough friends?

Firefox 6 silently released ahead of official unwrap date



I assume that using a major version number means that all the plugins will start reporting they're not compatible again?

Naughty JavaScript can be planted in IM status messages


Still around?

I used to use it years ago (I had a 6 digit ID number) but I wasn't aware it was still going.


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It's odd

I've had tests on nerve conduction speeds which involved an electrode round my upper arm and it was very very weird to sit there watching my fingers twitch on their own. That was weird enough, no wonder the volunteers described it as unpleasant!

(thumbs up for twitching digits)

Shuttle mission: SPAWNING of the SPACE KRAKEN


Just for completeness


I for one.... etc.. etc...


Say hi to Sheena 5

(yep I know it's an obscure reference)

Woman with 15 IDs gets 7 years for multiple VAT fraud


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I thought Barclays had a massive bailout from the middle east (Qatari and Abu Dhabi)


Victorian cops collar camera cooker



Inspector Lestrade perhaps?

Dutch astronaut unleashes 155 mph 'Superbus'



Where does the luggage go?

Government defends need for census



In a previous job I had a significant amount of contact with the ONS, both as a user of census data and working on committees with ONS staff and they were SO paranoid about data security and leakage. Not just physical and procedural security but using differencing methods on different geographies to deduce data for small numbers of people.

The staff in the ONS are a pretty damn bright bunch and don't just live in an ivory tower, I for one am perfectly happy to fill in my census form and I trust the ONS to process it responsibly.

Anyway if there's no census data what will all the family tree researches use in 100 years time?

Google swaps old CEO Schmidt for older CEO Page



Is it just me or is amanfromMars getting more intelligible?

Cable vendor slapped for unproven claims


That's nothing


but I especially like these


T-Mobile imposes swingeing cuts on fair use data limits



So as my Android contract with T-mobile expires in about 4 weeks who would the commentards recommend as a carrier? It seems that they are all as bad as each other?

Sony PlayStation Network vs MS Xbox Live


Some letters, no digits

First of all, for the record I own both a PS3 and a 360 (PS3 was bought first), and my first choice when buying games is the PS3, the 360 is for exclusives. (I have more "friends" on PSN. However the review is pretty fair, overall XBL is a slicker experience although it is sometimes easy to get lost in the menus or remember where a particular square is. The game related "shows" are a nice bit of content and add to the community feel.

One huge plus that XBL had was last years experiment with massive live games... i.e the 1 vs 100 experiment. That had flaws but was great fun and I was disappointed not to see it return with a sew "season"; I guess it didn't attract enough advertisers.

I'd agree with one of the commenters above that the PSN store is not good at describing it's wares, a name and an icon doesn't tell you much and sadly Home is a disappointment; I thought it was turning a corner when they ran Xi ARG in Home last year but the disconnect between the areas and the loading times moving between them are still an issue.

Speaking of loading times why does a system or game update on XBL take about a minute to download and 30 seconds to install whereas on PSN something similar can take 10 minutes, which is a right pain when you want to get started on the game.

So in summary XBL is better but I use my PS3 more due to the games I play.

MS drops drive pooling from Windows Home Server

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Earlier this year I abandoned my ageing Buffalo Terastation as I was reaching it's 0.75TB (RAID5) capacity. After much musing on the replacement I went with an HP MediaSmart server with WHS.

One of the reasons was that I couldn't afford to populate all the drive bays in one go and WHS allowed me to simply add drives as I went along. It now has 1TB and 2 x 2TB drives. Going for a "real NAS" and fitting 4 x 2TB discs in one to set up RAID5 go was too pricey and rebuilding the file system when adding a new disc seemed to be regarded as an "at your own risk" activity when researching, although I'm sure I'm about to be told I'm wrong by someone more knowledgeable.

The only real complaint I have with my WHS box is that HP is waaaaay way behind in keeping it's included TwonkyMedia server up to date (yes I know there are ways to run a later version, but for the moment the extra effort isn't worth it).

However with this decision by MS I feel the platform I bought into has been abandoned, I can't recommend it to anyone else anymore and I will now start thinking ahead to my next NAS box.

Motorola lands 16-patent countersuit on Microsoft


a month out of date


Trek fans served Enterprise-grade pastry slicer


$25 and then some

Don't forget that if you order from Thinkgeek you'll have to pay the extortionate ransom their shipper applies for helpfully paying the import VAT for you. The likely cost will be double that listed.

Microsoft secretly yanks TechNet product keys


MSDN != TechNet?

Is TechNet different from MSDN? On MSDN yesterday it was still telling me I had used 2 out of 10 keys for windows 7

Judge Dredd returns to the silver screen


Never gonna happen

Mr Moore is too far up his own arse these days to do something like Halo (which is just brilliant) and I'm kinda OK with it stopping where it did, she's still out there somewhere.

Group Test: smartphone satnav apps


Google Maps Navigation needs work

For me it makes so very odd choices on the home to work route, wanting to direct me towards the town centre, round the ring road and then back to the motorway junction. It seems to have a thing for "major roads" that doesn't lead to the most efficient route.

Schmidt: Erase your identity to escape Google shame


The life GPS is on the way?


(Off to wipe the fridge door)

Mozilla Thunderturkey and its malcontents


Another one for consideration

I am a TB user started with v2 and moved to 3 comparatively recently, and 3 is a bit slower but not enough to cause me any problems. But then I'm not an IMAP user. I have big disks and don't really want old emails eating up my ISP space.

The client I used to use (and paid for) was Becky (rimarts.co.uk) which always seemed to get a bit overshadowed by the Bat! It may be worth a look for some of you.

I eventually abandoned it because it's "purist" approach became a bit annoying and support for HTML emails was a bit "oh well if you really must" and support for PGP is a bit of a hack and for SMIME a bit flaky. I haven't used it for a couple of years so I don't know what's changed.

Telco sets honey pot for nuisance marketers


Fun for all

I best success so far culminated with a very cross telemarketer screaming obscenities down the phone at me for at least 3 minutes, with me chuckling and asking if that was the best he could do.

Made my day!

Cowon iAudio J3 personal media player


Hear Hear

I have an onld iRiver upgraded to 60Gb and the only new players with that sort of capacity are fruit based.

Cowon iAudio V5 HD media player


Video fixation

I'm STILL waiting for a non iPod high storage capacity (60gb+) Audio player. I

have no need for on the move video and the video player requirement for a large screen makes the device less portable as a music player; I just want album art - no more.

So I'm sticking with my old iRiver at the moment.

Ten Essential... Android Apps



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Very useful, I use it to automatically turn my phone to silent at work - or cinemas; to turn off the screen lock when I'm at home; to disable GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth when the battery is getting low and to disable the screen time out when I'm listening to music in the car.

With all the available plug ins you can do a huge variety of things based on location or phone state including sending SMSs and posting to web forms.

Acer Easystore H340 2TB Nas box



The "no raid" comments on Windows Home Server reviews get a little tedious there is no RAID because it's designed that way - Home Server has it's own duplication system, described in plenty of places on line. Admittedly I had to do some research on it before I understood; but a little reading and now I do.

I DO currently have a RAIDed NAS (an old Buffalo TeraStation) but I'm planning on going WHS for it's replacement for simplicity and ease of expansion and to have a little more oompf to run a media server.


Re: 4TB

Rather confusingly Acer's own web site says

Up to 2TB* SATA hard drive

Up to four 3.5" hot-swappable** SATA hard drives supported, 4.0TB* maximum

* When referring to storage capacity, TB stands for a thousand gigabytes. Some utilities may indicate varying storage capacities. Total user-accessible capacity may vary depending on operating environments.

If individual discs can be 2Tb whey is the maximum storage limited?



Max 4Tb?

Why is the maximum disc storage 4Tb? Why can't you install 2Tb discs?

I'm on the lookout for a WHS box at the moment and current favourite is the HP MediaSmart Server EX490 but that only comes with a single 1Tb disc for £400, hovere you can add 2Tb disc to it yourself.

Stats boss slams Tory use of crime figures


Facts 'n' Figures

During my past working life I have had cause to have contact with staff from the ONS and certainly the ones I've worked with are bright and well aware of the implications and limitations of data and were (at least with cenus dats) cautious to the point of paranoia about allowing any individual data being deducable, even from combinations of other data.

So Ash I have a lot of faith in the actual numbers of official statistics, I don't have trust in the way the media or politicians interpret that data.

And as for "change in the way figures are recorded" being a way to hide increases.... the change is actually really easy to find....

"Instead of police deciding whether an incident should be recorded as violence, the new system required them to do so whenever an alleged victim asked them to. As a result, the level of recorded violent crimes soared by an estimated 35 per cent in the first year."

So that does tell us the public regard more crimes as violent than the police do - but tells us notrhing about the actual change in occurences.

T-Mobile to revamp tariffs

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And what about the other numbers?

And will they be changing their exorbitant (even compared to othe mobile companies) charges for calls to 0870 numbers and including "local" 0845 numbers in the inclusive minutes?

Top cop's 'stop stopping snappers' memo: Too little too late?


Cut and Paste Journalism?

Has anyone else noticed the similarity between the "bust Card" here


And the Mail's very "own" one?


They do mention the "'I'm a photographer not a terrorist" group but they don't credit the information.

3 billion have suffered Slade's 'Merry Xmas Everybody'



Raising a glass to Kirsty's memory.

I'm not much of a fan boy and I've only been emotionally affected by the death of two musicians, mainly because I suspect they would have been great people to have a drink with; one was Ian Dury and the Kirsty.

Thanks girl!



I thought it was just be 3 billion times.

Google contradicts self, confirms own Googlephone


That's a new one...

If you've bought it I would have thought that a simple glance at the packaging would have told you that the Droid is manufactured by Mororola NOT HTC.

But maybe the light isn't too good under bridges.


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