* Posts by PaulR79

646 posts • joined 21 Aug 2009

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Microsoft fixing Windows 10 'stuttering' bugs in Creators Update

PaulR79

Disabled update service before "Creator's Update"

Knowing that MS decided their product could do no wrong I disabled the update service after I installed 10. I'd enable it monthly to update before switching it off again. I managed to avoid the massive cock-up that was the endless boot loop doing this and felt it justified my choice. When I heard about the junk being pushed and privacy being torn out in the Anniversary Update I disabled it before it was pushed out.

As of today I still haven't enabled it again and while I worry about bugs and unpatched exploits I feel less worried about those than MS and their updates. Congratulations MS! You've made it so even people with legitimate versions of your software don't want to update it.

I yearn for the day that a viable alternative to play games on becomes available. Linux is not viable, I don't want to spend as much time configuring the game as I do playing it. I have nothing against Linux but it is not a substitute for Windows when it comes games. It's come a long way but it still isn't going to cut it for me.

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Ad blocking basically doesn't exist on mobile

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Facepalm

Stupid ad hurlers haven't learned - repeating history

I'm going to start blocking ads on mobile and the sites only have themselves to blame just as it started with desktop browser ads.

Sites that have advertising need to have a basic understanding that if I go to their site for any reason it's probably not the best idea to obscure 95% of my view with a random "STAY INFORMED" or other junk pop-up when I land. If I'm at the site for an article I don't mind scrolling past some ads and I don't generally mind video ads either UNTIL they start automatically playing, unmuted and / or follow me when I scroll. Two things will happen the instant any of these things happen.

1. I close the page and find what I wanted elsewhere, or do without.

2. I block *ALL* ads everywhere because I've had enough of this crap just as I did with desktop ads years ago.

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Virgin Media broadband latency headaches still not fixed six months on

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Re: Bye bye Virgin

Give them a call and see if you can get your bill down. They do keep raising them and it's a point that made me finally call them to discuss why new customers could get better deals. By the end of that call the bill was almost half what it was prior and by almost I mean around 48%. It doesn't solve the latency issues but you might get extra off until this is fixed. It's worth a shot if you're still thinking of staying.

I guess I'm lucky in that I still have an old SuperHub 2.

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G20 calls for 'lawful and non-arbitrary access to available information' to fight terror

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Big Brother

Re: Top Failure is MS Windows 10.

“You must ensure that these dark places can be illuminated by the law so that the freedoms you hold dear will not be stripped away by criminals your technologies have made undetectable.”

When I fear governments stripping away my freedoms far more than any potential criminals and they don't realise this / don't care about this (delete as applicable) it's time to seriously look into as much encryption as possible without adding too much burden to myself. Nothing to fear, nothing to hide bullshit in the extreme.

"Trust us, we have your best interests in mind." If that were true the world would be a far better place. Greed rules, greed and power.

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Russian RATs bite Handbrake OSX download mirror

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Re: *smug grin*

@Martin an gof I think the connection itself is broken on the motherboard as no amount of holding that ribbon against it will le it see the drive any longer. I have since tried a replacement cable and that too proved fruitless. I appreciate the idea though.

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Trollface

*smug grin*

"the note states. Windows users aren't affected."

I'm just glad this is actually a thing. How many other WIndows users are happy? HANDS UP!

Seriously though it made me do one of those short "hah" noises through my nose. I'm stuck in Linux running on a USB key after I broke my laptop's HDD cable retention clip. Feel free to laugh at me.

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We're not saying we're living in a simulation but someone's simulated the universe in a computer

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"To create a simulated world this big requires a beefy supercomputer. Piz Daint, at Centro Svizzero di Calcolo Scientifico, Switzerland's national supercomputing center, used over 4,000 Nvidia Tesla P100 16GB GPUs running for about 80 hours."

But can it run Crysis at maximum settings at 60fps in 4k?

An old one, yes, but I tried to keep it relevant with the 60 fups and the forekay!

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Going to Mars may give you cancer, warns doc

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BodyOS needs updating

“We learned the damaged cells send signals to the surrounding, unaffected cells and likely modify the tissues’ microenvironments. Those signals seem to inspire the healthy cells to mutate, thereby causing additional tumors or cancers,” Cacao said.

That's just terrible design right there. We need to update BodyOS so that cells just do their fricken job and stop trying to be more than they are. Limit their ability to talk to others by enclosing them in 'protective' cubes and keep them there for a minimum period of time while observed by a sort of manager cell. When they show signs of illness and ageing or wanting to leave they are eliminated and replaced with new, younger and corruption-free cells.

Wait... I lost track of what I was thinking. I'm going to lie down.

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US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

PaulR79

Re: Where will this end?

Ohhhh Viennaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

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Vodafone loses €6bn mainly due to Indian biz writeoff

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Well deserved performance

I have only bad memories of Vodafone. The high prices and the condescending store staff who wouldn't even look up from what they were doing when talking to me are just two of my own experiences with them.

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Android O-mg. Google won't kill screen hijack nasties on Android 6, 7 until the summer

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FAIL

Taking permissions away is bad

"However, this soon caused problems, as this permission is also used by legitimate apps, such as Facebook, which requires it for its Messenger chat heads feature. Since most users won’t be able to approve the permission manually, such apps could be hurt by it."

I'm sorry but I fail to see the loss here. Here's a thought. If it was impacted they could update their app so it can see if the permission is granted and if it isn't then it points the user to a page where they can read how to give it permission. Instead we've got one door wide open for a few apps that were abusing the feature to begin with.

As someone that uses Google stuff a lot I'm amazed at how short-sighted this 'solution' is to the problem. I'm annoyed that they are seemingly fine with this being left alone until the next version. I couldn't care less if this wiped Facebore off the face of the planet but clearly a bunch of people having to pull down a notification shade to chat is more problematic than a gaping hole in your OS.

I have a solution. Tell Facebore et al to go die in a hole, release patches where possible and promptly give access to documentation on permissions and what they mean. I've thought for a long time now that every app should clearly explain why it needs each permission before you grant it access at install time. Those who get caught by bad malware and scams will ignore it and click accept as they always do (and suffer for it) but everyone else gets to see what they are allowing apps to do. I'd also make it clear that any app update must come with a changelog and not just "Bug fixes and performance improvements".

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Microsoft sparks new war with Google with, er, $999+ lappies for kids

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Facepalm

Windows 10 S RT

Let's just call it what it is in all but name. If it's locked to using the Windows Store that is a stupid restriction but could possibly be argued that it's to ensure security. That would be a lot more believable if the thing didn't cost the same as a good gaming laptop with the specs of an average £300 laptop.

It's crazy just how badly a company can mess things up so consistently and still be in business. Any other company would have died after one or two of Microsoft's multibillion dollar failures.

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iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

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Mushroom

Thanks, Apple!

I got back from the shops earlier with a bag of apples and was about to eat one while checking The Register. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be pears! I marched straight back to the shop and demanded satisfaction. It turns out that they didn't know either. I sense there is a greater scam at large and without the fastidious lawyers of Apple we'd never know.

Dear lawyers,

I know you get paid a ridiculous amount of money and know all sorts of obscure verbage in the hopes of confusing those less knowledgeable but it just makes me want to shout at you to speak plain English. I hate you. In the article there is a migraine inducing quote that seems to be saying, "If a person sees this pear shaped logo it'll make them think of Apple". That's perhaps true but it doesn't make any normal person's mind also deduct that they are the same. That's even ignoring that THEY ARE A MAPPING COMPANY.

Can it be Friday already? Please?!

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Another ZX Spectrum modern reboot crowdfunder pops up

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Re: Not doubt..

Yes! How dare they expect something they paid for with a clear indication of an expected shipping date. Outrageous.

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

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Stop

Re: Top Failure is MS Windows 10.

No no no no no. That simply will not do. The number 3 spot belongs solely to Windows ME.

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Nintendo Switch orders delayed: Dun dun dun... dundundun dundundun dadada!

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Coat

Re: The Register has asked Nintendo for a comment.

Why would Apple be able to comment on Nintendo's products?

I'm going, I'm going!

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Samsung, the Angel of Death: Exploding Note 7 phones will be bricked

PaulR79

Re: Bring back the customer replaceable battery.

As someone else pointed out the battery is not the issue. They were replaced with other manufacturer's batteries and still had issues because the space around the battery is too small. The battery is not the issue, the size of the battery compartment is the problem. The only feasible fix I could see would be a physically smaller battery but I imagine after two failures Samsung just decided to kill the whole line as trust in their product was gone.

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PaulR79
Stop

Those keeping devices are fools at best

From what I've read and seen it is a case of "when", not "if" a Note 7 will combust. The space left around the battery for thermal expansion (correct term to use here?) is so tiny that eventually the battery will fail. Some have gone sooner than others, some may take a day whereas others may last a day or less.

There is a huge and very real risk and anyone that wants to keep their phone is being very foolish. I realise all phones are potentially explosive if the battery is pierced or damaged significantly but that is not the same as risk as merely using or charging. If I was Samsung I would push the update onto all devices with no user opt-out. There are consumer rights and there are safety concerns. I would hope that any drama lovers bringing consumer rights into it would be ignored in favour of the safety concerns.

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Five-a-day energy drink habit turned chap's eyes yellow, urine dark, caused anorexia

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Shocked, I am!

"even five a day can hammer the liver."

Damn.. I guess it's back to only four a day for me.

Seriously, who would ever say "only five" or "just five" a day is healthy? I used to drink 2x 330ml cans of Coke or Pepsi a day for a long, long time but I always understood that the sugar and acids in the drinks was bad for me. I have perhaps 1 - 2x 500ml bottles a week now and mostly drink a lot more water or diluted juice. I don't drink tea or coffee*.

*I know how weird that must be for so many to see.

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Virgin Media boss warns Brexit could hamstring broadband investment

PaulR79

Price rises again then?

As they've increased prices a few times already this year with another due in November I can safely assume that this means yet another soon after in the new year. The 'value' in the offering is starting to get very thin on the ground for me. They can increase my broadband as much as they want. I somehow doubt that if they freeze speed increases they will also freeze price increases.

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Third of Donald Trump's debate deplorables are mindless automatons

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Coat

Typo in title

If it's about bots surely they're not deplorables but deployables?

I'm going already, let me code myself out using my well honed programming skills.

10 PRINT exit

20 GOTO 10

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Cyanogen mods self away from full Android alternative

PaulR79
Mushroom

Long may their downfall continue

I was a user of CyanogenMod from the G1 but it increasingly took on a "we know best" mentality up to the millions of <currency> they received when they launched as a company. It always felt like taking advantage of a massive amount of contributions and trying to profit off them and the whole OnePlus mess left a sour taste that will never go away for me. It's a shame because at one point it was the only way I would consider rooting and installing a custom ROM.

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Hubble telescope spies massive 'cannonballs' of fire from dying star

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Boffin

Some massively advanced technology at work turning two stars into a limited use plasma gun capable of destroying entire planets in one shot. That or they're playing a stellar game with plasma balls we couldn't possibly comprehend.

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Apple guilty in iPhone ringtone patent rip-off battle with Sony, Nokia

PaulR79

"That led to another trial in which Apple argued [PDF] that the telephone ring patent was invalid because it was too vague."

Good one, Apple! There I was thinking you lot had no sense of humour and you prove me wrong.

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Google GPS grab felt like a feature, was actually a bug

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@bazza "Just as acquisitive? Maybe, but then TomToms don't show ads to you whilst your driving or once you've got there."

I would really like to see proof of this. I have never seen an ad when using Google Maps for navigation or at the end of the route. If you're just making stuff up then I'd ask, why? You only make your other points less valid.

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Forget Khan and Klingons, Star Trek's greatest trick was simply surviving

PaulR79

New series

From what little I've read it seems that the new series is set between the events of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Given what that means I am very much looking forward to it. The potential is there for a lot of touchy engagements with the Klingons as well as other threats of the time. The 50th anniversary has really given me an appetite for more Star Trek after not caring about it much because of the alternate timeline films.

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Florida Man's prized jeep cremated by exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7

PaulR79
Mushroom

Re: In the UK it isn't on sale yet.

@DougS and others regarding the battery source.

I'm surprised that you and others are unaware of the source but it is indeed as you thought. Samsung made the majority of the batteries (around 70% I've read) and they are indeed the self-immolating ones whereas the Chinese non-Samsung manufactured batteries are fine. I had a quiet chuckle to myself about the usual "cheap Chinese import crap" and fire safety when I discovered it was Samsung at fault.

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Retired Philae lander slouches on Comet 67P

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Re: Wher Matt 21e's the Trickle Down?

@Matt 21 I can confirm this theory from my extensive testing (1 experience). I lost my disc for a PlayStation 2 game, I can't remember what it was but I looked in all the places I thought it should be with no success. I gave in and bought a used copy for not much money and found the misplaced disc within a day after having looked on and off for a month.

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Google scraps its Project Ara modular smartphone wheeze

PaulR79

Re: Let's face it: most Google products are crap (but the search engine)

Swing and a miss. I have no personal or financial incentive to advocate Google but your comment was, and still is, your opinion. It isn't born out by facts and you offer nothing to back up your opinion. You are free to voice your opinion but don't be surprised when others disagree and voice their opinion in a way they choose. As I did.

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PaulR79

Re: Let's face it: most Google products are crap (but the search engine)

That's some quality manure you're spreading around but at the end of the day it's still just a load of shit. Much like your comment.

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'I'm sorry, your lift has had a problem and had to shut down'

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Windows Phone 8 BSOD

I have the HTC 8X in California Blue (so saddened I can't get much use from it for it is a beautiful looking handset) and when it still ran WinPho 8 I had a few incidents of it giving me a very familiar BSOD telling me "your computer has encountered a problem and cannot continue" or whatever it says.

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Universal Credit: 'One dole to rule 'em all' on verge of recovery – report

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Thumb Down

Still a bad thing

I may finally be close to something resembling 'working' but it's still an incredibly bad thing. How they can make it so you have essentially wait 5 weeks (or is it 6?) before you receive any payment, if you qualify, is beyond me. If you are forced to do one of the many / only available jobs that are for a month or two then you are completely fucked unless you are a master at governing your own finances. Even the JSA 2 weeks is a stretch when companies are quick to smash you in the face for missing payments by a day.

The idea of UC may be sound but the implementation, planning and reasoning for it are all deplorable.

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Latest Intel, AMD chips will only run Windows 10 ... and Linux, BSD, OS X

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A question

Is this the same as "not supported but will work" or "not supported and you will probably have issues trying to get it to run"?

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'Power equipment failure' borks EE's data services across England

PaulR79

A simple power failure

"Lessons will be learned from this, new procedures will be introduced to make sure that it doesn't happen again in the fu...."

"This happens at least once a year!"

"Indeed. The lessons we learned are that when it happens so little it doesn't cost us a lot in lost revenue and that those ranting about it will shut up after a week or so."

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Cooky crumbles: Apple mulls yanking profits out of Europe and into US

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Re: He can huff, he can puff, but he will pay

"Really? In that case, he should refund his earnings from that comment."

Oh ok. I misunderstood. I thought this was a place for comments, not copying and pasting articles. I've been doing it wrong all this time.

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PaulR79

Re: He can huff, he can puff, but he will pay

Downvoted for stealing this, word for word, from an online article as your 'comment'. No menion of the article either so you are clearly trying to play this off as your own words.

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Ice to see you! Windows 10 fix for freezing PCs finally flung at folks

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"A small fraction"

Oh how I loathe this and similar terms. A small fraction of millions is still a lot of upset people and making them seem insignificant in any way by referring to them as "a small fraction" will not do you any favours when you've royally fucked their systems. I know it won't change anything to rant.

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Dropbox: Leaked DB of 68 million account passwords is real

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I wondered when this would happen

Like others I received an email telling me that my password hadn't changed in a while and that I should change it. The first thought I had was to look for news of a leak since that seems to be the only time I ever get prompts to 'update' my password. I did change my password but this just confirms what I thought.

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WhatsApp is to hand your phone number to Facebook

PaulR79
Unhappy

I'm safe

I have no friends and no life, personal or otherwise.

I'm off to cry in a corner now.

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League of lawsuits: Game developer sues cheat-toting website

PaulR79

Re: Devops

Breaking even would take a long period of negative income. I don't recall the figures but they are happily pulling in millions PER WEEK and this is for a free to play game where you can now earn everything by playing. Granted, skins are not guaranteed but you can at least now obtain them without money even if it would take a huge amount of time to do so.

For those saying ban users, bots etc it isn't that easy. Why? Free to play. They can ban the accounts but the bot makers just turn around and create more accounts. Since bans are done in waves there are bound to be some that escape the ban. Scripts may not be anything new but without them being made available to every player they end up giving some an advantage over those that don't pay for scripts / don't have the knowledge to create their own scripts.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

PaulR79

Re: It aint just this upgrade

@AlBailey

"What's the collective name for a bunch of clowns?

A circus of clowns?"

Isn't it obvious? Microsoft.

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

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FAIL

Worthless and idiotic

First I would like to know how they are going to know which WiFi network in an area belongs to which property. A quick glance at my WiFi connection options shows at least 3 others in the area and if I was to go outside (not likely!) more would appear. Unless the name says "56 Obvious Street" you have no idea. Am I supposed to believe they would send a 'van' to check packets on multiple WiFi access points hoping to pick up something resembling iPlayer traffic? More scaremongering intended to make sure the less knowledgeable pay up.

On a note of the license people and their stupidity I once ordered a VHS player for my brother. I purchased it from Amazon and when it got here he happily took it home and that was that or so I thought. About a week later I got a letter through the door saying that I didn't have a license for the recording equipment I had bought and demanding I pay up. Not only had they been wrong in assuming it was for me but they also didn't bother to check the premises on their database as my parents held a license at the time.

BBC can fuck off for all I care. Biased news, programming that I have zero interest in and a website that insists on pushing the latest "new bit we added" in my face. The documentary bunch may be decent but I can live without that easily. I can't remember the last time I watched *any* TV let alone the BBC.

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UK.gov's hated Care.data project binned

PaulR79

"However, the government and the health and care system remain absolutely committed to realising the benefits of sharing information, as an essential part of improving outcomes for patients."

I assume I'm not the only one that read "remain absolutely committed to realising the benefits" as "finding a way to get money out of this" on here.

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Forget YouTube – meet ChewTube: Strangers watching millennials eat

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Naturally

Oh Twitch, you are so wise to unveil a 'social eating' section. It is the only natural decision to reach after not allowing the 'creative' section to eat their food. I suppose you could have just tweaked the rules to allow them eat but no, let's just create another fad to go along with 'bits' and 'cheers'.

Really, I don't know how much more of this I can take. It's big in Korea? Then go watch it there. Twitch was meant to be a gaming site but now it's almost everything else. If only there was some site that did this..... like JTV. Oh wait..

Yes, I'm aware a lot of JTV content was movies and series streamed but they could easily offer an alternative to stuffing Twitch full of crap like this.

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T-Mobile Czech ad man steals, sells, 1.5 million customer records

PaulR79

Sometimes a half-truth is worse than a lie

"T-Mobile Czech Republic managing director Milan Vašina says there was "no actual data leak" adding that "data are (sic) safe”. It is unclear if the company is claiming the records were for sale but remained not purchased."

I believe what the MD is saying here is that it wasn't a leak / hack and that their system is safe. Technically true, there was no leak and their system may be safe but they lost data because someone walked out the building with it.

To the (sic) comments above I would hazard a guess that use of "data" is in the context of "the data of our customers is safe" with an erroneous use of "are". Still, their English is likely to be better than a large portion of those who live in England and I'm referring to the native speaking lot before anyone accuses me of xenophobia.

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Apple quietly launches next-gen encrypted file system

PaulR79

"The file system is also case-sensitive and that apparently cannot be disabled"

I know next to nothing about coding and even less about making file systems but if this is something new they are designing surely they can turn it off or alter the code to avoid the numerous issues I'm seeing people mention. I'm assuming that by "cannot be disabled" they really mean "this is our way of forcing you to buy new stuff".

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Letters prove GCHQ bends laws to spy at will. So what's the point of privacy safeguards?

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Keeping up with rules is his job

If you are overseeing something as huge as this then it is part of your JOB to keep up with the rules. If you can't / won't / don't then you are not doing your job and should be fired on the spot. I would really like to be surprised at these sorts of things but are any of us really surprised?

Government in "laws don't apply to us" shocker - not really a shocker. The shocker is that when such revelations are made the story is nowhere to be seen on the large news outlets. Has the whole country adopted an attitude of "if it doesn't affect me right now I don't care"?

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Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest password was 'dadada'

PaulR79

Alleged "hack"

"A previously unknown prankster hacking group called Ourmine boasted about the alleged hacks, The hackers claimed that they found his password – dadada – in the LinkedIn dump."

Surely finding a password using CTRL + F and then using it does not equate to hacking.

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Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

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FAIL

Lots of promise but that's all it ever had

The biggest issue Microsoft have (had?) is that they were treating the phone OS as they would a desktop OS. I don't mean the app compatibility thing I am referring to the glacial pace of "one update a year". When Android and Apple have obvious (to smartphone users) features like copy and paste, multitasking and others it took Microsoft way too long to implement those features. Add to that their incredibly bad and slow app approval process and you have an OS that is so far behind the curse that it was hoping to rely on apps but their approval time stopped that happening.

I said at the start with Windows Phone 7, and again with 8, that it had a lot of potential but Microsoft did not seem to be very interested in putting the resources behind it to give it the massive shove it needed. The whole "smoked by Windows Phone" fiasco was pathetic. It might boot up and do something faster than my Android phone but how often do you turn off your phone? That was also using the horrible Windows Phone 7 which couldn't be upgraded to 8. Good plan! Brand new phone OS, brand new ecosystem, trying to push it as an alternative to Android and Apple - abandoned / no upgrade path to 8 a year later.

It's got to go down as a huge fail for how often they just did not get what people wanted and kept trying to tell them what they wanted - just like Windows 8.

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Oculus backtracks on open software promise

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You got it free? Well you know.... if you really don't want it I would be more than happy to take it off your hands. What say you?

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