* Posts by .stu

72 posts • joined 24 Sep 2009


‘I broke The Pentagon’s secure messaging system – and won an award for it!’


Re: Work ethic (in NL)

Haha good one!

I worked in the Netherlands for a while and I know for sure that the Dutch don't care how effective they are, as long as there are some British guys around to get the work done while they have a nice chat.

B-Ark passengers to control most IT spend from 2019 onwards


Given the unstoppable rise of the mobile phone, telephone cleaners may be about to make a comeback.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a terrible leak of drone buyers' data


Re: Damn it!

Please tell me this is not an euphemism! :(

Magic Leap ships headsets at last, but you'll need a safe


Re: Actually, it seems they ARE onto something...

Where did the "very simple rules" come from?

Brit retailer Currys PC World says sorry for Know How scam


Re: Also offer free software that never appears

I think you have to go and download it yourself. I got mine no problems.

Maplin shutdown sale prices still HIGHER than rivals


Re: Paying over the odds for less protection than normal...

I too liked Maplin, and would regularly buy from them at bargain prices compared to Currys and Amazon. Things such as Philips Hue bulbs, SmartThings devices, wifi access points and the like. Amazon regularly price-matched them, which the will no longer need to do.

I know it's fashionable now to slag off Maplin, and yes some of their prices were ludicrous, but they were no more guilty of it than any other retailer, and there were plenty of bargains to be had if you did your homework. It saddens me that even el reg has nothing better to offer than write articles like this; it's just lazy journalism to be honest and wouldn't be out of place in the likes of the Daily Mail.

Just wait until Amazon have a stranglehold on online retailing, then you will see their real face I do not trust them one bit with their prime-only deals, and their policy of banning you and your family for life if you take advantage of your legal rights under the distance-selling regulations once too often.

Credit insurance tightens for geek shack Maplin Electronics


From my experience they sell quite a lot of items at better prices than Amazon or Currys, and they pay decent cashback rates and give out plenty of decent vouchers. I will miss them if they go, and so will everyone else here. Less choice = higher prices.

( ...and don't get me started on ebay tat... I remember laughing at my colleague who insisted £1 ebay hdmi cables were as good as any other because "they're all just digital connections". He ended up buying a mid-priced one like the rest of us )

Ex-SpaceX avionics tech loses safety certificate-forging wrongful dismissal lawsuit


Re: With friends like this ...

Perhaps he isn't as paranoid as they say?

Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died


If there were empty seats in coach H, why then did Virgin staff need to move another family to First Class in order to make room for him?

iPhone 'Error 53' plaintiffs say Apple not giving reimbursements


Re: With apologies to DA

“You know," said Arthur, "it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young."

"Why, what did she tell you?"

"I don't know, I didn't listen.”

Back on topic, I imagine it was just some poor software engineer who decided on an over-simplistic solution that if you couldn't communicate with the secure element then the phone was compromised and should not boot, not thinking that there might be legitimate reasons for the fault and a more complex solution was required. Why does it have to be anything more sinister than that?

Apple's iPad Pro: We're making a Surface Pro WITH A STYLUS over Steve Jobs' DEAD BODY


" Apple Pencil, a Lightning-powered stylus"

Can't wait to see the press report of some stupid-assed fanboi who got fried while trying to recharge their Apple Pencil by holding it aloft in a thunderstorm.

High-heeled hacker builds pen-test kit into her skyscraper shoes


Just looked at her imgur profile, and I sure am glad I did that at work and not at home with the missus sat beside me on the sofa!

Carphone Warehouse coughs to MONSTER data breach – 2.4 MEELLION Brits at risk


Re: Inadequate security measures = BREAKING THE LAW

The improved security consists of taking the customer login portal offline.



Re: As Lady Bracknell never quite said...

Or as George Dubya might say...

"Nuke me once, shame on you. Nuke me - you can't get nuked again".

'F*** you', exclaims Google Translate app, politely


It doesn't automatically detect the language tho does it? At least mine doesn't. You have to select which 2 languages are being spoken.

And the instant camera translation thing requires you to snap a picture and then highlight the bit you want translated. From the description it sounded like augmented reality but it isn't.

OnePlus vs Micromax: Dream of Google-less Android now further away


OnePlus have already announced that they are developing their own rom and will ditch cyanogen once it is ready.

'Google catches us in an invisible web of our personal data without telling us'


Dunno about google, but facebook certainly do this. They pilfer your friends' contact lists from your their phones the moment they install the facebook app.

Also, make sure you log out of facebook when you finish with it, otherwise they track you as you browse the web whenever you go to a website that has a facebook like button.

Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then


Doesn't this also affect Microsoft/Bing, as well as Yahoo? They both have a search engine and commercial services don't they?

I'm sure there are others.

Edit: According to the Daily Fail, Apple are working on their own search engine. Not much point now is there?

Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer


Re: ? @squilookie

If you switch off your reality distortion field for a moment you would find that most top end android phones also keep their resale value.

Given that I probably spend half as much money for my similarly-speced phone than you, and can get a decent sim-only deal that gives me unlimited calls and data fro less than half what you pay, then I would say you are not saving as much money as you believe.

iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012


And I've been using the industry standard DLNA to play content off my phone (and other DLNA servers) on my tv (and other DLNA players) for as long as airplay has been around. So what's your point exactly?

Edit: And a quick google reveals that Google Wallet has allowed android users in the USA to pay for stuff by NFC for the last 2 years. So instead of Apple lending their support to the current payment scheme, they have decided to do their own thing again, and managed to hoodwink everyone into thinking it is somehow new and revolutionary.

Multiple user accounts coming to Android phones 'n' slabs


I've been using the Xposed Framework and Modaco Toolkit to do this for quite a while on my Nexus 4.

PANDA chomps through Spotify's DRM


Re: Use spotify myself

No when I was a kid I *bought* (and owned) records and tapes, not that bullshit you said.


Re: Use spotify myself

You almost seem proud of your conditioning. And yes things can last forever in the digital domain even when you don't want them to.

App maker defends selling S.F. parking spots as a free speech issue


It may not be illegal, but it's very sad that people are driven to try and profit from every possible situation, rather than just share and share alike. Do they have no soul?

Rogue Android: We show you how BlackBerry's pain can be your gain


Re: Native or Android

If you don't like the permissions an android app requests, don't install it. Works for me.


Re: £149 for a nearly android, or £99 for a good one?

Am I missing a trick here?

The article claims you can get a sim-free Z10 for £149 from carphonewarehouse, but when I look it's £189.95 sim-free. You can get pay as you go z10 for £150, but you also need to buy a top up and there is no guarantee it isn't locked to the network.

Then Ian say you can get a Moto G for £99, but again when I look it's £129 according to various price tracking sites it hasn't been lower than £125 in the last few months, so what gives?

THIS is the kind of clout a British Prime Minister has: Facebook pulls ONE beheading vid


Re: No defence for this

As a parent I think it is my own responsibility to prevent my children from seeing this sort of content, not facebook.

DEAD STEVE JOBS kills Apple bounce patent from BEYOND THE GRAVE


Re: Regardless of the merits of the Apple patent

No, all it means is that you keep schtum about it until you have filed your patent application.

Chaos Computer Club: iPhone 5S finger-sniffer COMPROMISED


Re: Perspective please

No, the dirty little thief will insist that you press your finger(s) onto the scanner to unlock the phone for him, or if you don't cooperate, grab your fingers and press them against the scanner by force.

'Beat the lie detectors' trainer sentenced to 8 months in jail


oh the irony

If only he had polygraphed his "clients" he would have found them out to be federal agents and avoided all of this.

I really don't understand how it can be just to punish someone for teaching others to lie, when the method used to catch him involved lying and deception.

Five SECRET products Apple won't show today


Re: Who the hell cares?

Actually I would say smartphones and tablets are pretty much EXACTLY what Java (or Oak) was originally designed for, along with set top boxes and smart fridges, etc. Certainly not enterprise stuff.

Rest your head against a train window, hear VOICES in your SKULL


Re: So can I send Rupert an invoice for my train ticket?

"Advertising on TV means I can watch the TV for free."

You would think that wouldn't you, but on Sky you pay a subscription to watch the adverts.

The future of cinema and TV: It’s game over for the hi-res hype

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Re: interlacing

I downvoted you because you are making too much of a fuss about it.

BadNews, fandroids: MILLIONS of Google Play downloads riddled with malware


Re: Android permissions design

This post on mse forum says different...


Apple files patent for iPhone with wraparound display


Re: Is it just me?

"I guess the ultimate goal might be to have a device that has no conceptual front and back, or top and bottom. However you pick it up, it orientates itself to always be the right way up."

Maybe Apple got sick of being the butt of all the "You're holding it wrong" jokes and decided to fix it once and for all.

Google to open flagship retail stores by end of 2013


Re: Not who they are, who they want to be

"Revolutionary and transformative" is stiff like self driving cars and augmented reality glasses. Not really Apple's thing.

The official iPhone actually runs Android - in Brazil


Re: Android fans will ge their teeth kicked in and by Samsung

It's gonna be called sOS.


Re: So much hate...

"It was an corrupt decision that was the result of people being paid off." Yes it was, but the article isn't about the billion dollar judgement in the Apple vs Samsung patent infringement case. Please stay on-topic.

Speaking of which, I would have found it highly suspicious if the trademark had been given to the rich American company when the other party put their application in 7 years earlier, years before anyone had even heard of the Apple iPhone.

Apple loses bid to 'cut in line' in Samsung patent dust-up


I'd never had any problem with customer support until I had to deal with samsung - most of their agents are ok but they have a few bad apples who are not above lying to their customers.


6 thumbs down for posting about my own recent experience of Samsung's customer support? Don't people like reality around here?

Brand loyalty is for suckers - as soon as their bottom line is under threat every one of these multi nationals will sell you down the river. You have been warned.


They've both as bad as each other as far as I'm concerned. If you've ever had to deal with samsung customer support you would not have any sympathy for them.

Windows Media Center EPG has SWITCHED OFF, wail Euro users


Re: So glad I'd already given up on MS and Media Centre

I use it for quad tuner DVB-S2 HD + quad tuner DVB-T reception without any problems. I also use DVBLink to share it around the house, and EPGCollector to get the FreeSat epg. The only time I ever have to fiddle with it is when the transponders change (thanks Olympics!!). My friends are amazed whenever the come over for parties, what with the big screen music/video playback with photo slideshows and visualisations. Ripping cds to my network is as simple as putting them into dvd drive and clicking ok, then they are automatically synced to my families phones via google music. I am currently putting all my dvds on the network. But the most amazing thing is that even my wife can use it!

Apple shares take biggest one-day hammering in 4 years


Re: The venomous Leach at it again

John Lewis is at the posher end of the retail spectrum, and despite their "never knowingly undersold" slogan, I've never found their prices to be the cheapest and can always find anything they sell cheaper elsewhere.

However, my experience in PCWorld just yesterday was that there is huge interest in low to mid-priced android tablets, and no interest in iPads. The budget-conscious general public, who have been getting into smartphones via cheap android offerings and now getting into tablets the same way. By this time next year, I expect the wind will have gone from Apple's sails and they will have only a small share of the tablet market, as they now do in smartphones.


Re: Simples

"... even if their market share is slipping (if it really is) ..."

I can tell you that it *really* is. I popped into PCWorld yesterday to pick up a cheap 3d bluray player and noticed that the usually bustling apple section was a ghost town, whereas the usually empty android tablet section was a hive of activity.

Google GRINCHES have change of heart, bring back Christmas


I've had problems with the new lock screen widgets, specifically the Music player one. Sometimes it flickers constantly, and when I click on it my nexus 7 reboots.

Comet train set for SMASH, staff can only hope to be in right carriage


Currys rubbing their hands with glee

I noticed the price of the Asus S200e -C157 has shot up from £399 to £499 now comet are no longer selling the superior C158 for £449. Along with the staff, the customers are the big losers here.


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