* Posts by Gio Ciampa

453 posts • joined 26 Jul 2008


OpenDNS puts crypto in beta

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DNS vs Telephones

I'd guess, given the chance, the telcos would love to (charge for) a phone equivalent to DNS

2011's Best... Premium Tablets

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Style vs Substance

Any chance of a slight rewrite? One where the first two-thirds of each "review" isn't about how it looks... but how it functions instead?


Ofcom boss threatens nuclear option on 4G squabble

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Why have an auction?

Why not get Ofcom to rent out the available bandwidth to the mobile operators?

That way, there'll be a long-term income from this - rather than a one-off bundle of cash that will obviously get used/wasted (delete as appropriate) for tax bribes come election time.

Ice Cream Sandwich

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I did!

That isn't the point though... it's the obsession with style over substance that irks me.

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"the UI is now replete with visually pleasing animations...

...that give the impression that the UI is alive to your touch"

Which to me is pointless (regardless of platform, before anyone accuses me of anything). If I want to start an app, I want it to start immediately - and not have to wait for the CPU to catch up with the pretty animations beforehand...

HTC faces Xmas sales ban misery in Germany

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A thought...

If "it's impossible to make a phone comply with the 3G (GSM) standard without infringing its patents"...

...then surely the patent should be covered by the FRAND agreement and thus the case shouldn't be about infringment, but the licensing arrangement?

NHS minister's bombshell: I get emails from dead people

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Pot, Kettle, Black

Just checked his voting record

Since 1997, 2803 votes cast - just 10 against the party

Who's the zombie, Simon?

Facebook 'shrinks' six degrees of separation theory

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It's the average separation

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Mangling the numbers???

As I understood it - the number of hops was the same as the degree of separation.

Yet the article includes the statements "five degrees (six hops)" and "four degrees (five hops)"

Which would mean that Kevin Bacon has a Bacon number of -1, given he has to make zero hops to get to himself...

Breaking news: Man lands on Moon!

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That would explain...

...the "Budweiser Frog screensaver is a virus" outbreak the other day

Security researchers break out of Apple's sandbox

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It's not a vulnerability...

...they've written their code wrong...

Sony Walkman NWZ-A866

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Going from: "Not to mention the higher resolution screen"

to: "a device this big only used for playing music is a terrible fail in my opinion."

which one is it... bigger, better screen... or smaller (possibly lack of) screen...?

BT Tower falls over, crushes X Factor hopefuls

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The real reason for the outage?

Some twonk let slip the result of the "get Amelia Lily back in" phone "vote" too early, so they pulled the plug to stop people seeing it.

They failed (of course)...

The Register comment guidelines 2010

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I had a comment rejected by the moderator... (relating to the use of bandwidth terminology in the article "Huawei Stuffs LTE Into Tv Bands" - hardly the stuff of controversy)

...yet still got an email from the author of the article answering the question I'd asked.

How does that work then?

Minnow Android slab maker BEATS Apple in court

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"Droid hardware felt flimsy"

That's the manufacturer's fault... not the OS.

Did you try another manufacturer? Somehow I doubt it.

Colossal dead black neo-sphere approaching Earth

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Yes we do...

We are one, aren't we?

Apple gets patent for ‘unlock gesture’

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Question is...

...who will be the first to get sued for breaching this?

I'll wager it won't be Google...

Jobs was 'working on future product day before he died'

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I doubt it - there's a "stories on Apple" quota that need's to be maintained, don'tcha know...? ;^D

Hands on with the Motorola Razr

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Non-removable batteries...

...I smell another "you're copying us" suit on the way... ;^D

Blow for McKinnon as extradition treaty ruled 'not biased'

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The irony is...

If the Americans had agreed to have had him tried over here - as his supporters have requested time and again - he'd have been tried, convicted, done his time and disappeared into obscurity by now...

Samsung, Google to out Ice Cream Sarnie next week

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How long before...

...Apple sues Samsung (but not Google) for using a vaguely food-related name?

Ten... Androids to outshine the iPhone 4S

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Just as long as it isn't done by the (i)Gadget Show - I still haven't forgiven them for the iPhone "winning" a challenge because Pollyanna took too long to decide what dress she was going to change into...

Samsung offers Apple TOP-SECRET peace deal in Australia

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Pot, kettle, black

"You sir, are the classic "entitlement kiddie" who thinks they have the right to decide how others operate"

And Apple aren't?

Reebok used 'very fit woman' in buttock-related deception

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Wonderfull what you can add in post-production these days...

Apple loses bid to trademark 'multi-touch'

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Words fail...

"App" != "Apple" (unless Orange want to become Ora - and madness that way lies)

"App store" is so obviously generic - especially as they existed before Apple "invented" them (Nokia made a complete hash of theirs way back when, though I don't recall if apps were ever for sale there)

"AppStore" (in that exact form) I'll grant you is a term that would work as trademark

Aussie fans of old BBC fodder get paid iPlayer offering

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iPad only? *groans*

I'll wager Auntie will still be claiming it's too expensive to develop for other platforms yet - or that it's still a beta so will be coming "when it's working properly"

Whitehall: 'Don't bin whole NHS IT programme... yet'

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A slightly more IT-centric version of Colin's list

1. Establish a standard protocol for transmitting patient details from system to system

2. Only purchase systems that support it

(HL7 covers the first as I recall)

Facebook: 'We don't track logged-out users'

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Fair point - merely viewing a button icon shouldn't need cookies to be accessed.

I'm guessing the code associated with the button will need user details to be able to send them to Facebook when the button is pressed - hence the cookie request. That it should be an on-click retrieval rather than on-load is the issue here I'd say.

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The El Reg Like button

Just had a look at the source - as I suppose it'll be much the same:

(Hope this pastes properly...)

<iframe src="http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=http://reg.cx/1QZ1&amp;layout=button_count&amp;show_faces=false&amp;width=90&amp;action=like&amp;colorscheme=light&amp;height=20" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="border:none; overflow:hidden; width:90px; height:20px;"></iframe>

I'll wager the php generates the image, as well as handling the cookies.

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Er... isn't this how cookies are supposed to work?

Site creates cookie; browser stores cookie; site asks for cookie on next visit to determine login details (or whatever)

What this guy is on about is that he's not logged into Facebook at the time...

...except he's accessing a "Like" button... coming from facebook.com I presume, so is it at all surprising that the Facebook server is asking for the cookie to determine who has pressed "Like"?

Samsung preps anti-iPhone 5 lawsuit before it's even out

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Invetnt? What exactly did they invent?

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As long as Motorola can say: "It's a phone... cough up!"

NASA unveils its chosen Shuttle successor

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$10bn (or is it $18bn?)

Should keep the US military going for a couple of weeks...

iCloud Communications ditches Apple lawsuit

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"They could have played this one out nicely, but instead they threw a big hissy-fit tantrum"

Sounds like Apple dealing with Samsung to me...

Battered Sony hires cyber-security chief

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Does this guy actually know what he's doing?

Given that NASA, the Pentagon, et al are still as full of holes as they were 10 years ago when Gary McKinnon waltzed in...

Nokia offers $10,000 for new ring tone

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"Must evoke chaos, despair, impending doom"

I'd have thought a funeral march would be appropriate

Acer to announce ultrabook at IFA

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"That would seem to suggest a MacBook Air clone"...

...so I assume that Apple will sue roughly 37 seconds after the announcement?

Ultra-cheap HP TouchPads to hit UK at 6pm

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Who'd want one?

Well... there's there guys...


Here lies /^v.+b$/i

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I'll stick with (though it sounds a tad aggressive)


(Ideal if you've perished as a result of MUMPS)

iPhone 5 to include Japanese earthquake warning system

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Useful feature...?

...or cynical marketing ploy?

Google's Moto move spells iPhone doom

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The nuclear option...?

Motorola hold the patent on the mobile phone, or so I believe.

Game over!

ForeverMap 2.1

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RE: Still don't quite understand how...

I think you'll find Dan is referring to the ability to download maps and use it offline - the one thing that kept me on Symbian-based phones up until very recently

No, iPhone location tracking isn't harmless and here's why

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My favourite line of the article

"suggesting the iOS code that logs locations may be buggy."

Obviously written by the alarm clock team...

Death by 30% cut: Apple app tax must change

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Just where do iPhone/Pod/Pad users get apps from, if not via the App(le) Store? And without jailbreaking their devices?

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Jobs Horns

"Virtually" is right...

...and Nintendo wasn't first either by the way

We have to go back to our old friends at Nokia - their Download service predates the App Store by a couple of years at least (ok - it failed miserably - and the current Ovi store isn't exactly cutting edge), but what Apple did was to get the user experience right, and with that came the illusion of ubiquity

Grief and disbelief greet Elop's Nokia revolution

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Well that's my next phone choice sorted out...

...it'll be Android-based.

Pretty much the only thing keeping me on Nokia phones was Maps, as you could download the map data using PC (later Ovi) suite and run the whole thing offline - I just hope that there will still be adequate data allowances available when my contract runs out so the Google equivalent is actually usable...

Block McKinnon extradition, MPs tell UK Home Secretary

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NASA hasn't even learned from this

From a 53 page report by the Government Accountability Office - http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d104.pdf

"Despite actions to address prior security incidents, NASA remains vulnerable to similar incidents. NASA networks and systems have been successfully targeted by cyber attacks. During fiscal years 2007 and 2008, NASA reported 1,120 security incidents that have resulted in the installation of malicious software on its systems and unauthorized access to sensitive information"

Twitter-based mafia game irritates world+dog

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Facebook Lite

All the keeping in touch stuff... none of the games, etc


'Sexy View' SMS malware targets Symbian devices

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There are apps for S60 phones that will allow self-signing (Freesigner) and sites that will sign apps for you (Symbian Signed) - so maybe it wasn't Nokia that signed this at all?

That said - it's still a case of people OK'ing stuff they don't know properly

MS puts up $250K bounty for Conficker author

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Gates Horns

Automatic patching - MS misinformation

I heard a radio interview with some Microsoft spokesman or other (I was driving down the M4 at the time so missed the name) - and he said two things:

1. That the flaw had been patched, and those affected hadn't updated.

All fair enough.

2. Microsoft is the only company that automatically sends updates to its users - every second Tuesday.

Now this is at best misinformation - at worst an outright lie.

How many anti-virus (and other) vendors out there auto-update daily (if not more often)?

How many Linux distributions do exactly as Windows does and tell you there are updates available?

The simple answer - not just Microsoft. So was this a poorly briefed spokesman, or pure and simple untruth?

(Aside: when did "Patch Tuesday" become "Patch every other Tuesday"? I must have missed that announcement - I'm surprised it wasn't trumpeted all over the media as a great leap forward in security)


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