* Posts by WonkoTheSane

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European Patent Office staff rep blames prez for 'slipping quality'

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Re: A Mystery?

As the old saying goes:-

"Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely".

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Video games used to be an escape. Now not even they are safe from ads

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" Other times, you could choose to watch an ad and get in game rewards. What I'd do is hit the watch ad button, turn the phone face down and then a minute later I'd rinse and repeat. Got a lot of rewards and watched not a single ad."

The current Futurama game does this, I use the same method as you

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Commodore 64 makes a half-sized comeback

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Re: Look in the loft

Agreed. I even saw NEW games for C64 at Gamescom this year!

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Playboy founder and dressing-gown wearer Hugh Hefner dead at 91

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Sadly, not mine. I saw it on Twitter this morning.

In other news, who is Stan Lee going to be mistaken for in the next Avengers movie, now that Hef is gone?

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I guess he's going to Miss October...

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UK third worst in Europe for fibre-to-the-premises – report

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This was the solution for my line too. (Part of the "Superfast Cymru" initiative).

Apparently, the regulations actually prohibit installing fibre equipment inside the exchange!

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Lloyds Bank payments glitch frustrates merchants

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Hanlon's Razor

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanlon's_razor

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BOFH: We're only here because they said there would be biscuits

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Re: Cost saving

You're thinking of the next consultant hired to complete the project after this one was carted off.

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123-Reg customers outraged at automatic .UK domain registration

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Thanks for the reminder. I've just done the same.

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Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

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There's an even simpler answer when using a phone as satnav.

These days, many car stereos have bluetooth to play music from your phone, act as a speakerphone when you get a call, etc.

Android lets you add the stereo's bluetooth net as a "trusted zone", where it will auto-unlock & stay awake while connected. Especially with a specific car-friendly mode like Android Auto.

Apple likely has similar functions.

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Apple's adoption of Qi signals the end of the wireless charging wars

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WTF?

Apple adopts "industry standard"?

Surely, that's the 2,345,590,234,575,985,845,792,349,572nd sign of the Apocalypse!

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Google to kill Symantec certs in Chrome 66, due in early 2018

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Re: I haven't trusted Symantec since 2007

They used to be "Norton Antivirus"

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What's your flava? Ooo, tell me what's your flava... of Ubuntu

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16.04 is supported for 5yrs. You can use it until 2021 if you want.

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Google's Android 8.0 Oreo has been served

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Re: Already here

I notice we both got downvotes. Looks like there's an Apple Fanboi in the room...

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Already here

My Nexus 6P got the update last night.

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Oh no, EE! More UK mobile customers face sluggish roaming abroad

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Going to Cologne next week

I'm glad they have city-wide free wifi (in 1hr chunks).

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Old Firefox add-ons get 'dead man walking' call

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Re: I'd like to know how to revert "coloured bookmark folders" in FF 55.0.1...

It turns out a simple browser restart fixed it.

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I'd like to know how to revert "coloured bookmark folders" in FF 55.0.1...

Black text on a black bar is NOT good UI design!

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Hell desk to user: 'I know you're wrong. I wrote the software. And the protocol it runs on'

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Re: OTOH there is the case

Or using a 2B pencil to "colour in" a laser-severed link on an Athlon or Duron CPU to unlock the multiplier.

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Microsoft's Surface Pro 2017, unhinged: Luxury fondleslab that's good...

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Meh

I'll stick with my Pixel C for tablet-y stuffs.

10.2" screen at 2560x1800, a USB-C socket for both power & connectivity. It'll do.

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Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

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Re: You've got to question the quality

Haku - "I'd put money on it being a loss leader to get free advertising whilst the footie season is on."

Correct. The Independant is reporting it's a "Limited-time offer", and the price will rise to £1.43 from the 14th of August.

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Openreach pegs full fibre overhaul anywhere between £3bn and £6bn

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Re: "Areas Identified"???

I suspect there will be a high level of coincidence with areas currently covered by Virgin, Cityfibre, Gigaclear & Hyperoptic

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Re: £3-6bn vs HS2 at £56bn

I wonder how much of this is offset by Openreach "weighing in" all the removed copper?

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Google drops poker face, allows gambling apps on Play Store

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Re: How will that work?

Funnily enough, the National Lottery app got an update this morning, but I had to download from their website as previous.

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Steve Bannon wants Facebook, Google 'regulated like utilities'

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Re: "Clash of civilisations"

Then why has Twitler FIRED Mooch?

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US spies hacked our phones over the air, claim pipeline protesters

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Re: In other news

You failed to mention that the UFO was piloted by a dinosaur.

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Feature snatcher Microsoft tweaks OneDrive

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Re: "Fall Creators Update"

Apparently not.

https://arstechnica.co.uk/information-technology/2017/07/microsoft-fall-autumn-creators-update-real-name/

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US laptops-on-planes ban now applies to just one airport, ends soon

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Re: Guns

Article states these were guns found in carry-on bags, not checked luggage.

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Openreach kicks off 'rebrand' by painting over BT logo on vans

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No. It's just changing the shade.

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Viking storms storage monastery wielding 50TB SAS SSD

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Re: Yay!

The first one: Completely rewrite the drive every day for five years.

See http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/DWPD-device-drive-writes-per-day

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Good luck building a VR PC: Ethereum miners are buying all the GPUs

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Mining-specific GPUs

I read elsewhere the other week that AMD are producing a range of mining-specific GPUs, which have zero monitor connectors.

Details:- https://videocardz.com/70764/amd-to-launch-radeon-rx-560d-with-896-stream-processors

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CityFibre snaps up Entanet for £29m and plans to raise £185m

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A long way off.

I expect they'll have to dig ME up to run cable, by the time they reach the small town where I live

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Boffins' five eyes surprise: Bees correct colour for ambient light

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Re: Please

As a colleague once said, you just made me LOL my coffee all over my keyboard!

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UK.gov tips £400m into digital investment pot

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80% coverage doesn't help

When you live somewhere that is in the remaining 20%

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NASA: Bring on the asteroid, so we can chuck a fridge at it

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Re: Time to go PaddyPower

4. The fridge hits, but at the wrong angle, turning the asteroid TOWARDS Earth.

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Astroboffins dig into the weird backwards orbit of the Bee-Zed asteroid

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Weird

I read that the Gateway asteroid orbited perpendicular to the ecliptic?

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Australian govt promises to push Five Eyes nations to break encryption

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Obligatory Australian Government statement (Audio is NSFW):-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmLAj9iIfQk

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UK Parliament hack: Really, a brute-force attack? Really?

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Dear Teresa,

THIS is why you shouldn't have backdoors in encryption!

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Queen's speech announces laws to protect personal data

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Re: The good news is that she didn't mention Trump is visiting...

Allegedly, it wasn't mentioned because no date has been set so far.

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Re: to protect personal data...

That's buried deep in the "protect personal data" part - They can't protect what they can't see.

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned, says report

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I wonder...

Could this be related to the app now allowing users to tip the driver?

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Fancy buying our aircraft carrier satnav, Raytheon asks UK

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Re: Does this mean

Is that before or after it gets stuck under the railway bridge?

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Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet

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Re: Fuel on Mars

"What? I don't think he's BArking mad. A visionary maybe, eccentric absolutely."

0/10 - Turn in your copy of "The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy" immediately!

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Re: So Musk wants to invent the ICBM, eh?

I believe the current euphemism is "physics package".

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Samsung releases 49-inch desktop monitor with 32:9 aspect ratio

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49" 32:9?

*Does some sums...*

*Waits expectantly for a 53.5" 16:9 4K screen.*

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After reusing a rocket, SpaceX tries reusing Dragon capsule for ISS resupply

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Re: I can see where this is going

"...and the Go-Faster stripes."

That's duct tape.

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EU ministers approve anti-hate speech video rules

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Re: You can con the regulators, but you can't con cancon.

"We've had Canadian content ("cancon") laws on the books for decades"

Does this explain why so many 'Murican shows have been made in Vancouver for a similar amount of time?

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Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers

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(Reposted from a BOFH 3 months ago)

My usual response to cold callers goes as follows:-

Caller: "Scam scam scammity scam?"

Me (Best 1930's BBC accent): "I'm terribly sorry old chap, but I'm afraid I don't speak a word of English. Good day to you!" *hang up*

If they call back, I say (crossly) "I said GOOD DAY SIR!" *hang up*

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Trump signs executive order on cybersecurity, White House now runs the show

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You forgot flogging visas to the Chinese.

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