* Posts by Snowy

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Sorry, but those huge walls of terms and conditions you never read are legally binding

Snowy
Mushroom

Maybe we should all add STMT&CAOR every time we sign something.

(Subject To My Terms And Conditions Available On Request)

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Atari shoots sueball at KitKat maker over use of 'Breakout' in ad

Snowy
Holmes

A bit late

The advert has been on the TV for if my memory is correct for over a year?

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I say, BING DONG! Microsoft's search engine literally cocks up on front page for hours

Snowy
Joke

Looks....

more like clippy to me :)

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Taken a while but finally here's the first proper smart-home gizmo

Snowy
Facepalm

Smart things need smart solutions!

Smart light bulb is anything but smart. If you rarely want a smart light then the better solution would be to make the light fitting. The bulb would then be simpler to make and should be cheaper.

You could also connect the all you lights together using the wiring you already have to do smart things.

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OpenAI bot bursts into the ring, humiliates top Dota 2 pro gamer in 'scary' one-on-one bout

Snowy
FAIL

If your are going to put in an acronym Dota you could state what it stands for in the article. It stands for Defense of the Ancients (DotA).

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Apple signals it's willing to let next-gen web apps compete with iOS apps

Snowy
Flame

Flash is dying long live the new flash

It needs to die now before it gets out in the wild

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Hortonworks still burning cash, still aiming to become billion-dollar biz

Snowy
Joke

Working with IBM

So basically just waiting around to be forked over?

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UK IBMers lose crucial battle in pension row

Snowy
Flame

Only 25% got booted off

[quote]The case is related to Project Waltz, implemented in 2009 to help Big Blue achieve its 2010 targets for earnings per share and slash costs, resulting in 25 per cent of UK staff booted off the final salary pension scheme.[/quote]

Seem rather unfair to that 25% that got booted out, it should have been all or none to be 100% fair.

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Clear August 21 in your diary: It's a total solar eclipse for the smart

Snowy
Go

You nearly got it

The headline would have been better if you had gone for:

Clear August 21 in your diary: It's a total solar eclipse of the smart

With apologies to Bonnie Tyler

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Boffins throw Amazon Alexa on the rack to extract hidden clues

Snowy
Holmes

Re: Sales of these are going to crash at some point

The adverts for it show it is always listening, just need to say the correct word for it to respond.

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Wallet-snatch hack: ApplePay 'vulnerable to attack', claim researchers

Snowy
Coffee/keyboard

While not good practice sending the cryptogram in cleartext would not be a problem if it only used once.

I am surprised you can reuse the cryptogram I assume it gets verified by the Applepay server each time it is used, so surely a second use would be rejected. Which brings to mind how long is the cryptogram valid for?

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Expect the Note 8 to break the bank (and your wallet)

Snowy

£767 becomes £920 once you add in 20% vat.

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Dump X of your crew, DXC Technologies UK told. Hundreds face axe AGAIN

Snowy

Sure a merger...

Reminds me when the company I worked for merged with another. Over the course of a couple of years all the sites belonging to my company closed, none of the site of the other company did.

I wonder who owned the sites that are being closed this round belonged to before the "merger".

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Judge uses 1st Amendment on Pokemon Go park ban. It's super effective!

Snowy

Re: Pokemon not gone yet?

Just thinking that Teiwaz

It also raises the idea that we keep on being told that exercise is good for us. Do TV programs also have to get a permit to tell people to go outside and exercise?

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

Snowy
Trollface

In a fight over...

Star Trek v Star Wars you post a picture of Babylon 5 (better than the other two?) but do have it as an option to question one. Are you trolling us?

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Web inventor Sir Tim sizes up handcuffs for his creation – and world has 2 weeks to appeal

Snowy

Re: A Plea ..

But if they do that then they can make the content only be visible if the advertising is?

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Boffins start work on data centre to analyse UK infrastructure

Snowy
Coat

Yes but if it is still a lot cheaper than setting up a royal commission, guess they wanted an answer.

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Hot news! Combustible Galaxy Note 7 to return as 'Galaxy Note FE'

Snowy

Flamingly Expensive?

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Amazon squares up to Walmart over boycott calls: Talk sh!t, get hit

Snowy
Pint

Was just about to post the same thing, surely if they were not analyze competitors AWS data then the best thing they could have done is come out and say they are not. Seeing they did not then as you said "you can bet they're doing it"

Have an up vote and a pint :)

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Queen's speech announces laws to protect personal data

Snowy
Pint

Re: "Smart Meter Bill"

Hardly a surprise it was in the manifesto,

The key word is offered as it is voluntary to take on when offered.

https://www.lovemoney.com/news/64770/smart-meter-voluntary-conservative-tory-manifesto

http://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/advice/do-i-have-to-accept-a-smart-meter#can-i-decide-what-data-is-shared

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Tesla death smash probe: Neither driver nor autopilot saw the truck

Snowy
Facepalm

They still call it Autopilot?

Calling the driver assist an Autopilot sure does not help. Maybe instead of issuing six audible warning alerts that he'd spent too long with his hands off the wheel it should have pulled over after 3.

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You'll soon be buying bulgur wheat salad* from Amazon, after it swallowed Whole Foods

Snowy
Stop

Just say no

Iceberg lettuce is awful lettuce what you need is some nice tasty Romaine lettuce, which is on offer this week at Aldi!

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Snowy
Thumb Up

Re: Have you ever or would you eat bulgur wheat?

@Haku the reviews were very worth reading :)

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Brexploitation! PC price wars? Yep. Vendors see who can go higher

Snowy
Facepalm

Re: More lies through stats

Indeed the price rise as stated is not a like for like products, like the analyst said:

"PC ASPs have been on the rise since Q3 2016," said Marie-Christine Pigott, senior analyst at Context. "The increase has been driven by currency fluctuations, price increases by vendors to offset the effects of higher component costs, and also by a shift to higher-value products such as gaming systems in the consumer segment and powerful, high-end notebooks in the commercial sector."

So not so much as ripoff but selling better stuff at a higher price as in the words of El Reg:

"El Reg hasn't noticed prices of finished products available on the High Street or online rising by that amount, but hey, that's what the numbers stated."

Except that is not what the numbers stated!

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Look who's joined the anti-encryption posse: Germany, come on down

Snowy
Black Helicopters

Hahahahah

[quote]Force the companies providing the encryption to introduce backdoors.[/quote]

A backdoor in encryption is an open door making encryption less than worthless. Look at how NSA failed to keep their tools locked up.

Mandating encryption backdoors is like making all knives sold (including cutlery and letter openers) to be sold blunt with a large ball welded on the end, with a large fine or jail time for anyone who sharpens or removes the ball.

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BT's Ryan Reynolds helicopter Wi-Fi ads 'misleading', thunders ad watchdog

Snowy
Flame

Nice range but...

most people live in houses with walls not outside without walls where the "test" was done

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British Airways poised to shed 1,000 jobs to Capita

Snowy
Flame

Re: I'm old enough ...

[quote]Fuck em, I hope they get bought out or go bankrupt sooner rather than later.[quote]

International Consolidated Airlines Group, S.A., often shortened to IAG, is an Anglo-Spanish multinational airline holding company with its operational headquarters in London, England and officially registered in Madrid, Spain for taxation and currency purposes. To me that makes them Spainish not British.

As for being taken over Qatar Airways has been steadily increasing it holding in IAG (From 9.99% to close to 12% In April 2016, currently it ownes 20.01%) (http://www.es.iairgroup.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=240949&p=irol-holdingsshares) so only a matter of time?

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DXC Technology puts reluctant office movers on naughty step

Snowy

Re: This isn't a relocation issue

In which case when they say "In addition, from week commencing the 19th of June you will see your permanent badge disabled from Walbrook as the period of transition ends." it is going to do nothing to those who work from home?

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Virgin Media resolves flaw in config backup for Super Hub routers

Snowy

Super hub 1, 2, 2ac and Hub 3.0 firmware [ Edited ]

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on ‎07-11-2016 13:36 - last edited an hour ago by Community Lead James_W

Super hub 1, 2, 2ac and Hub 3.0 firmware

Updated 7/4/17

Super Hub 1 V2.39.02

Super Hub 2 V1.01.33

Super Hub 2ac V1.01.11

Hub 3.0 V9.1.116V

(We are currently rolling out this firmware to all Hub 3.0 devices over the next month)

Which is 2 months ago but the page itself was updated 1 hour ago.

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Sneaky 'fileless' malware flung at Israeli targets via booby-trapped Word docs

Snowy

fileless' malware, not

Considering the fileless' malware is in a Microsoft Word document which is a file, how this can be consider fileless malware is beyond me!

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Don't listen to the doomsayers – DRM is headed for the historical dustbin, says Doctorow

Snowy

Re: DRM vs Property Rights

DRM sadly is more about managing the right of the rights holder rather than the purchaser.

Under DRM you do not own the "Digital" bit at all it is just licensed to you. I should be able to do anything I want with it short of making a copy and selling i

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Back to the future: Honda's new electric car can go an incredible 80 miles!

Snowy
Boffin

Hydrogen fuel cells

Hydrogen as a fuel is very poor when you consider the energy it takes to make it.

A couple of papers about it, a little old but physics has not changed in 10 years

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/energy/a926/4199381/

https://phys.org/news/2006-12-hydrogen-economy-doesnt.html

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72-layer flash die from SK Hynix towers over all, capacity a bit meh

Snowy
Go

Re: What's the TBW?

Just what I was thinking, have an upvote/

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Adblock Plus owners commandeer Pirate Bay man's tip jar Flattr

Snowy

Shame adblock seems to block less ads with no easy way to report ones getting past the blocker.

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Do not insert coin: Uni of Utah to dish out scholarships to ace video game players

Snowy
Flame

All fun and games until

I do wonder if these Esports scholarships will be as poor for the students as sports scholarships are now. The Uni's make lots and the students get a second rate education. No time to study but loads of pressure to train and perform or you are out.

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Huawei faces UK sales ban if it doesn't cough up 4G patent tithes

Snowy
WTF?

Something fishy

I wonder what they were paying before Ericsson sold the patents. Seems wrong to have possibly massively raised the license fee after someone built stuff with the properly licensed patents.

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British biz Imagination Technologies admits Apple may dump its IP

Snowy
WTF?

Call the IP lawyer.

If designing a GPU from scratch is so easy why it intel's so poor.

Even if you do design your own GPU you're going to still need to use a lot of other companies patents.

Looks more like they saw how badly the company depended on them. Then decided to drive the price down and pick it up for a song.

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Uber wasn't to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to 'beat the lights'

Snowy
Facepalm

Maybe just a bad teacher

If they train experts system (AI) using reading taken from people driving in the beat the lights manner then it will try to beat the light because that is how it has been teached it should drive. Using expert systems (AI) is all well and good but you have to remember to teach it using good driving habits rather than bad driving habits.

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Alabama joins anti-web-smut crusade with mandatory opt-out filters

Snowy
Joke

Simple

Just have all devices not connect to anything until the "filter" is removed. Smut being everywhere and if you can not connect to anything your safe all the time!

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'Sorry, I've forgotten my decryption password' is contempt of court, pal – US appeal judges

Snowy

Try not entering the password for a few week then remember it?

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Motorola's modular Moto Z: A fine phone for a weekend away

Snowy

The device runs Android 6.01 Marshmallow, out of date already.

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'First ever' SHA-1 hash collision calculated. All it took were five clever brains... and 6,610 years of processor time

Snowy
FAIL

What would have been truly clever if the documents had differed by more than 0.0147%, all that work and to make it work they change next to nothing.

Edit beaten to it by Preston Munchensonton, better said than me have an upvote.

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Android's February fix-fest flings 58 patches

Snowy

Re: "Nexus owners are sweet."

Aye should be "Newer Nexus owners are Sweet", two years then you're on the scrap heap as software updates is concerned.

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Saved from ransomware thugs... by rival ransomware thug

Snowy

Re: Ah, the ultimate irony

I think the image you're referring to is from First Edition of Dungeon Master Guild.

http://www.paperspencils.com/2012/05/07/page-by-page-gary-gygaxs-dmg-part-1/dmg_there_is_no_honor_among_thieves/

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Samsung is on fire, overtakes Apple as world's #1 chip-shifter

Snowy

Re: Million$?

Or it is the number of chips sold rather than the value of them and the $ sign is the mistake?

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Corn-based diet turns French hamsters into baby eating cannibals

Snowy
Coat

Is that why the murder rate in America is so high, too much corn syrup in the diet?

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Happy Friday: Busted Barracuda update borks corporate firewalls

Snowy

A time when

Turning it off and on again was a bad idea, quick fixes sometimes are not quick and do not fix it!

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Oh, for F...acebook: WhatsApp, critics spar over alleged 'backdoor'

Snowy
WTF?

Re: This doesn't seem to be as damning as it might appear

Went to do this, dislike how they do not label the on/off switch. Is the button to the left or right off?

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How Google.org stole the Christmas Spirit

Snowy
Mushroom

Just a google bash?

From the Blog post:

<quote>In the U.S., Google.org is supporting classrooms in need by funding projects that have requested Chromebooks and other technology via the educational giving platform DonorsChoose.org.</quote>

No misleading they are straight out saying what they are doing, no where do they say any different.

The real issue here is DonorsChoose taking such a so much of a cut and Schools needing to beg for essentials like paper, colored pencils, etc.

Now a way to "game" it ask for lots of high price tech, sell some and buy the essentials.

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Chinese boffins: We're testing an 'impossible' EM Drive IN SPAAAACE

Snowy

No one had British inventor Roger Shawyer did not make a secret of the design?

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