* Posts by Khaptain

3254 posts • joined 4 May 2008

A pretty and helpful user interface? Nahhh. Is that really you, Samsung?

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Form over function

Personally, I find the stock Android interfaces pretty well done, outside of aesthetics I don't see the need for another layer..

On top of that it usually slows down the firmware update refresh because the Samsung UX has to be re-done/re-validated by Samsung...

I gave up on Samsung because of bloat, looks like they are continuing down the same path....

Google-free Android kit tipped to sell buckets

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Re: What do people want in a smartwatch?

If you can find a watch that "Changes time", now that would be wonderfull.

UK footie fans furious as Sky Broadband goes TITSUP: Total inability to stream unfair penalties

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"By 2035, engineers were waiting for the appropriate part to arrive

Now that's what I call slow delivery : 17 years.

"and by 2252 they were trying to fit it."

And somehow you can see way into the future and know that it be fixed in around 234 years

Former FBI boss Comey used private email for official business – DoJ

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Do as I say not as I do

Typical of many people in a position of responsability. They neither respect nor adhere to the practices or procedures that they expect from others.

It's sad to imagine how much these kind of investigations cost the law abiding tax payer. Why does there also appear to be a severe lack of honest people in these roles....

It's Friday, it's warm outside and the lake front is where I am going for my beer/wine/appero...

Cheers to all the honest people....

Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

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Re: French!!!!!!

I'm English, we have a love-hate relationship with the French "Entire World"

There all fixed .....

Microsoft tries cutting the Ribbon in Office UI upgrade

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Re: Why do I smell...

"I actually enjoy the Ribbon Interface"

I'm with you here, the most common commands are always available muscle memory makes it very easy...

I never understood why people dont like it.. I undrstand that it might not be the best choice for all applications but for Office it is great.

Horses for courses.

Computer Misuse Act charge against British judge thrown out

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Shouldn't it have been the responsability of the Guildford Crown Court to ensure that the preciding judge did not know the girls mother and why did she have to read the documents beforehand as obviously she already knew that her daughter was a witness ?

It all seems a bit back to front...

Which? calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

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Re: MS abandoning Windows??

"especially the work ones with confidential data in them"

Third party encryption is your friend..

John McAfee plans 2020 presidential tilt

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Lawyers, guns and money, drugs, hookers, and booze...

That kinda sums up the Good Old USA for the last 100 years ( starting at prohibition). Just missing the Fake News Media, a la Fox News, some war mongering Presidents and were almost there.

From Russia with(out) Zuck: Popular Facebook boss gets another invite to turn down

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Very (un)Popular at the moment

I wonder how El Zuck feels about receiving so much attention lately ? A little under pressure maybe..

Shirley he has nothing to hide....

Russia to Apple: Kill Telegram crypto-chat – or the App Store gets it

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Re: No App Store... no RU?

It's actually a game to see who can build the best walled garden. It seems as though Russia is hellbent on wanting one with a very high wall, similar to that of their Chinese counterparts.

I wouldnt bet on Apple winning this one, Putin is a stubborn bugger...

Facebook stuck with IRS bill after court tosses $7 BEEELLION appeal

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Re: Only three things are certain...

Death and taxes and human stupidity ( which never ceases to amaze me)

Airbus windscreen fell out at 32,000 feet

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Hero ?

Are pilots actually trained, and forced to constantly keep their training up to date, for exactly these kinds of situations.... One of the reasons that Pilots are well paid is to ensure that they are capable of keeping the head cool and retaining their capacity to handle these situations.

I do like when the media use the word "hero" for someone that is performing his job....

I do not want to discredit pilots or their jobs, I have great admiration for what they do, they should be congratulated for handling these kinds of situations, but to go to the point of calling them heros is just plain wrong and does injustice to those who truly merit that denomination.

In my book a hero is someone that goes was over and above his call of duty often performing tasks that they were not prepared for..

Heir to SMS finally excites carriers, by making Google grovel

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Just what the world needs

Yet another messaging system.. Haven't we got enough of them already ?

We can't resolve the SPAM problem so why add yet another means of inbox ( albeit SMS inbox) pollution.

Password re-use is dangerous, right? So what about stopping it with password-sharing?

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Open doors for madness

This would undoubtedly save the hackers some much time. So would no longer need to try to hack different sites, as they would now have a single site against which they could throw endless rainbow attacks from one of their botnets.

Example First off a slew of passwords for Facebook. Even though the password was wrong for facebook, the Password Similitude engine (sic) would allow them to know that it was the good password for another site because it would also be interesting X other sites..

It a theory looking for a buyout..

The steaks have never been higher: Swiss Lidl is selling local cannabis

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Re: Not just Lidl

"Did you really say that as an argument? If you only want a light high, only smoke a little. Every stoner I know figured that out without much trouble."

I've been about and I am no stranger to much worse than a little bit of weed...I know how to take a hit, lol.

I've smoked quite a bit of pot/hash/weed for test purposes obviously ;-) and I can confirm without a doubt that high THC content knocks me on the floor.

The Swiss stuff, high CBD content definitely does not knock me over.. and yet the high content THC that I tested on my last trip to Amsterdam absolutely blew me away.

"Only smoke a little " : That's like saying it's not worth buying alcohol at any less than 80% ( Stroe Rum comes to mind) and only taking little sips. No thanks...

It's all horses for courses but I like the option of having choice.

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Not just Lidl

Selling cannabis is now legal in Switzerland, the only constraint is that it must have a THC content of lower than 1%..

Even In Geneva's main train station their is a shop "Marry Janes" in the sub gallery ( The double R is intentional).. The products are well presented and things are done professionally, on top of that it is relatively cheap...

The low THC content means you can have a smoke without having to get utterly stoned.

High THC content does nothing more than get one seriously wasted and can remove the pleasure from desiring no more than a light high.. It also means that there is need need to hank out with shady people....

I think the Swiss are doing this correctly, in an adult manner.

Time to ditch the Facebook login: If customers' data should be protected, why hand it over to Zuckerberg?

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Re: @Wiltshire

Why does El Reg need a Facebook page ?

Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?

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Think yourselvess lucky

I would not be surprised to learn that El Reg hacks receive soiled underwear from cheesed off venders 'after' some articles have been published.

Cisco snuffs Spark, renames it 'WebEx Teams'

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Was it a conferencing tool just for Electricians ?

How life started on Earth: Sulfur dioxide builds up, volcanoes blow, job done – boffins

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Re: Ashes to ashes

Pedantically; Mother relates to being a parent which in and of itself relates to one or more children. Therefore, the plural would not be incorrect.

More importantly , why suggest Mother Nature rather than just Pure Chance and/or simply Chemistry/Physics and Biology, commonly known as Science... or the laws of Science.

Not to be confused with Scientology which has its own doctrine concerning the creative process.... ;-)

Britain's 4G is slower than Armenia's

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Re: So...

And if you remain behind the wall everyone in Europe will be quite happy.... Win Win

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"Germany/France rollout is concentrated around the cities, and far less out into the country. And both Germany and France have oodles of Middle-of-Nowhere."

Agreed, in France it's definitely the larger cities that have the best coverage. On saying that FTTH will be available for me round about July... Oh happy days....

Fibre is obviously introduced on a "concentration basis".... Although most homes receive 20 Mbs without problem and where xDSL is not available, Orange and SFR can provide 4G boxes that at least allow for a reasonable link... ( obviously you have to be in a 4G zone but France has pretty good coverage)...

Microsoft's Windows 7 Meltdown fixes from January, February made PCs MORE INSECURE

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Re: Ooops!

If your car has a GPS which has fault and the car manufacturer has to rewire your car I think it is safe to safe to mention that the problems are due to the faulty GPS the manufacturer.

This doesn't completely excuse the car maker from having dodgy wiring but it is understandable.

Personally I wouldn't like to be in Microsofts shoes at the moment having Meltdown looming over my head.

Intel have a lot to answer for...

YouTube banned many gun vids, so some moved to smut site

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Re: But

Yes you are correct, it should have been Demolition Ranch,

"I am a doctor, sort off"

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They don't really care about thew following though , probably because they pull in millions of views per day

* Hickok45 ( Has probably done more for the gun community than any other channel)

* The Yankee Marshall ( Ok it's more of a ladies talk show than a gun channel but he can be funny when he goes of on one of his rants)

* Taofladermous ( A lot of homemade projectiles - interesting vids)

* IraqVeteran8888 ( Like it or hate it, it is very popular)

* The Gun Collective

* VetRanch

* etc et etc

Most of whom spend their time meriting the virtues or not of a multitude of guns/cannons..

Stephen Hawking dies, aged 76

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Don't let the bastards get you down.

Stephen Hawking : an incredible character that spent his life working within the world of abstract ideas and concepts. His handicap never stopped his brain from evolving, his ideas and those with whom who worked helped changed/improve the contemporary world..

Well done Stephen and thanks for everything.

OK, who is shooting at Apple staff buses in California? Knock it off

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Re: @Khaptain ... Use the Trump solution

You need to do a bit more homework. - Oh really.

"There are high pressured .35 thru .50 caliber air rifles that can send a pellet with enough force to kill

someone up to 200 yrds away. You don't have to 'blow a hole' through someone to kill them."

If you are willing to pay for one of those High Power Pellet Guns , it would make far more sense to buy a cheap Remington and some cheap munition.. Much cheaper, far more accurate and longer distance.. I own several hunting rifles, I know what a 308 can do...

Do some homework before you post such garbage.


I don't believe for a moment that the Pellet Kiddy had any intention of causing real damage.

What would happen if they hit the window and cause the driver to swerve .

I could also do that with a brick or a rock dropped from a bridge...

Avec des si on mettrait Paris en bouteille

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Re: Nuts *and* no imagination

PS The granny in the photo is going to get a wicked black eye from that 1911 if she pulls the trigger.

And probably lose the remainder of her hearing as well.

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Re: Use the Trump solution

That's not a little bit misleading, it's grossly misleading.

And using the word Sniper instead of schoolkid or Old Fart also changes the game. Snipers shoot to kill, whereas this is somebody who is just leaves of.

A pellet gun might sting but it certainly won't blow a hole through your average meatbag.

Dell EMC in bid to clap trade secrets injunction on staff now at Rubrik

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Sales staff accessing sensitive data

I can't imagine any other department that is more constantly accessing and requesting sensitive data than the sales teams.

After a few years, usually 3 - 5, they jump ship with up to date or almost up to date figures, stats, client details etc ...

It always amazes me how they consider themselves over and above other employees in relation to the fact that they consider it normal to constantly hold on to so much data..

Those higher up on the tree should also have a second look as to why so much information is available to second or third tier staff...

Bitcoin heist with a twist: This time it's servers that were stolen

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600 Servers = 1 truck and lots of muscle

How the hell does someone manage to physically move 600 servers from a "Datacentre" without being noticed or alarm bells ringing. Or was this 600 VMs on one very large server.....

Just the sheer volume of 600 servers seems impossible without having 600 thieves or a very special, very fast, very clever robot.

So they had redundant backups/powerlines/data connections but no physical security cameras/padlocks/patrol agent.. etc

Smells very fishy ( Icelandic fish of course)...

IBM gives Services staff until 2019 to get agile

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What !!!

"IBM has spent years telling the world that its Notes suite is as fine a collaboration environment as there is to be found anywhere"

I had to "suffer" Notes for several years and it would be nigh on impossible to force me to return. Outlook/Exchange have their faults but at least they are extremely usable.

Notes/Domino feels like a 1980s rebuff , it lack ergonomics, the interface is prehistoric, those tiles, how I hate those damned tiles..... It feels clunky, as if is was thrown together at the last moment...

It should be killed of before it continues to provide further embarrassment for IBM.

I would rather they reworked OS4 and put a serious contender to Windows on the market.

IT peeps, be warned: You'll soon be a museum exhibit

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Dont worry

There is one job that will exist as long as people are allowed to users conmputers, The Hell Desk.

The BOFH and the PFY will always be in demand due to the fact the (l)users will never arrive at a level of intelligence/rational thought that they should have possessed before being allowed to interact with a keyboard.

He's cheesed it! French flick pirate on the lam to swerve €80m fine, two-year stretch in the clink

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Re: This:

30K in socks and we can presume that that was just spare cash. It's the offshore accounts that are interesting. Would love to know just how much he actually did make..

Is there any real reason too spend millions chasing this guy, no not really.

Personally I don't go much to the cinema anymore because it has become a damned expensive night out.

If you don't like what IBM is pitching, blame Watson: It's generating sales 'solutions' now

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Sales Pitch

Ce always understood that business was about selling more than it is about finding the correct solution

. I wonder if IBM have "cognitively solved" the standard sales pitch + diatribe + multitude of follow up calls that usually comes attached to attempting to buy anything from various service oriented companies.

Aching bad: 'Kingpin Granny' nicked in huge prescription drugs bust

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12000 Dollars

Not exactly on the same level as a certain Mr Escobar.

Wheelchair Gangsta Grannies coming at you......

Uber: Ah yeah, we pay women drivers less than men. We can explain!

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2.2% slower is not exactly a huge difference.

30 Mph for men versus 29.4 Mph for women... Probably equates to one extra traffic light. In most large cities the amount of traffic , lack of experience is far more likely to be a hinderance.

Apple: iPhone sales are down (but they've never been more lucrative)

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"it won't be adding many new features to iOS 12, apparently: that next major release will be mainly stability fixes and bug squashing"

Same Ole, same ole Apple.

It will be interesting to see their next few quarters. I get the feeling that things will see a slip in performance.

Crooks make US ATMs spew million-plus bucks in 'jackpotting' hacks

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Physical Access

Physical access that requires switching of the machine, replacing the hard drive which requires "internal" physical access, then rebooting the machine all the while being unnoticed by anyone.

Something is weird here, either their are bank employees, Siemens Nixdorf employees or security guards who have the keys involved here, How the hell does the average Joe get access to the internals of the ATMs, nost of which are behind brick walls....?

Half a terabyte in your smartmobe? Yup. That's possible now

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Re: Easily.

Have to agree with V.Jeltz, that seems like a risky business, unless of course you have decent backups and lots of patience whilst doing the transfers.

Each to his own but 500Gb does seem like a lot of data on a support that is just waiting to be lost or corrupted..

Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?

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Re: Bags full of the stuff

"So not really having projects underway"

Exactly, no projects at the moment because of all the moving.. It's also why I mentioned that I am worried that it will turn around and bite my arse..

And no unfortunately I will no longer have a garage for my "stuff" ( weeps quietly in the corner of the room)

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Re: Misty-eyed

Just had a quick look in my desk drawer, I counted 12 "spare" modules.... The smallest one is 512mb , they have been there for at least 2 years, just sitting there waiting patiently for a donor box..

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Bags full of the stuff

Having recently sold my home, and whilst waiting on my new one to become available I have had to move 3 times in the last few months.

With each change of location I have been confronted with the deluge of items that "I will probably need one day".. Bags full of cables, chargers, adapters, welding tools, Raspberry PIs, SD Cards, an oscilloscope, electrical testers, hard disks, USB cables by the bagful, IPhones, Androids, SIM Cards,3G + Wifi Routers, Hubs, and lets not talk about power leads, it just goes on and on.......

I could feel the tears welling up but I finally resolved to removing most of the "stuff" to the bin ( not very ecological I know).... It's amazing, I removed so much stuff but I had that horrible feeling that I would miss something.. Wrong, its been a few weeks now and not once have I had any remorse... I don't miss any of it....

I am now clean, I've managed to kick the habit, my wife loves me more than ever, there's space on the shelves... but I just can't get rid of the feeling that it's all going to come back and bite me in the arse.

Have three WINEs this weekend, because WINE 3.0 has landed

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Re: Windows programs on Windows.

Will it also run "ActiveX components" which is the main reason for requiring IE8...

France may protect citizens' liberté with ban on foreigners buying local big data firms

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Nothing new here though, business has always been closely tied to the governments, hence the reason that ministers can manage to buy second homes in warm countries ( without the taxman being aware)

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The fact that the French want to protect their data, knowledge, technology actually seems like a bloody good idea.

Airbus warns it could quit A380 production

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Re: 380b?

The Datsun 180b didn't requite you to remodel your garage, it therefore has an advantage over the A380... The A380 is far better looking than the Datsun though,

'Mummy, what's felching?' Tot gets smut served by Android app

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"I expect that most of your parents know that word."

I would hazard a guess that outside of a certain community not many people would have reason to know what felching means...

It's not really for the faint of heart. Although it could be for the heart of the fion. (You would have to look up a French slang dictionary to understand the last phrase..

Swiss cheesed off after Apple store iPhone does Samsung Galaxy Note 7 impersonation

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Slightly sarcastic response coming up...

"Lithium-ion batteries are notorious for occasional self-immolation."

They are so notorious in fact that the last 29 mobiles devices that I possessed all self-immolated with 2 hours of purchasing and that was only the devices that I use to read ElReg.

Cmon, "notorious" is a little bit OTT...

There are currently over 1 Billion devices in use and we only very,very occasionally hear about self combusting batteries and we have little or no knowledge of the treatment that they might have suffered before hand.

There are probably far more nefarious, notorius, extraneous household fires per day than mobiles burning gonads through self inflammation ....

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