* Posts by ZootCadillac

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Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...

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I feel I have to take umbrage with the opening phrase "Legendary games company Atari" as i feel what follows is a terrible disservice to the once great name. Because this really isn't Atari is it? It's a small French games company named Infogrames Interactive ( eventually, they had a few renames as assets came their way) who had early success in that boom and went on a splurge buying up other struggling games companies including, Ocean International, Gremlin Interactive, GT Interactive and Hasbro Interactive which the latter, fortunately for them came with the Microprose assets plus the Atari brand name and it's intellectual property. Subsequently the company was renamed Atari Inc. and that's where we are today.

A look into their history shows some colossal losses in the hundreds of millions of dollars almost on a yearly basis and the holding company and subsidiaries spent a couple of years in chapter 11 bankruptcy.

I had the misfortune to have some dealings with them some years back. They don't take criticism at all well and they certainly do not like any scrutiny about their dealings or being reminded of the facts.

Reg man wraps head in 49-inch curved monitor

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I only became aware of this screen yesterday and it took me about three minutes to decide to pre-order one from Scan. £1160 though. I've stayed drunk since. not sure i want to face what I have done. I currently have 3 37" monitors on my rather large desk. This will free up some real estate at least. I don't care about the 1080 as it will be gaming only, well mostly.

Use ad blockers? Mine some Monero to get access to news, says US site

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I went to the Salon by mistake once. Once.

Q: How many drones are we bombing ISIS with? A: That's secret, mmkay

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Big Brother

Actually if anyone cares the UK has 10 MQ-9 reaper drones. These are the only drones available to the RAF capable of carrying out such a mission in Syria. They are all in operation in the Middle East since 2014.

They are being phased out and replaced with 20 Predator B drones, which have a greater reach and larger payload. These are apart from and in addition to a greater number of differing types of high-altitude reconnaissance drones.

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Mushroom

Whatever the number is, it's not enough.

Virgin Media router security flap follows weak password expose

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Hans, I'm not sure who the "flawed loonies" are that you refer to. VirginMedia don't employ anyone to design routers. They pay Netgear to rebrand their models and use those. Are you suggesting that VirginMedia fire Netgear?

There is no problem with these routers that does not already exist in most of them in that keeping the default password on any supplied equipment is a ridiculous idea. It's not all that long ago that the default password on all NTL ( who are now VirginMedia) came with a router/modem password which was "changeme".

I changed my passwords and those of my family the day they were installed.

As I read above. The Router is not at fault here and I'd go further and say the company are not at fault either. This is most definitely a user issue.

As ad boycott picks up pace, Google knows it doesn't have to worry

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That facility already exists. Don't want your product on adult material? Just say so. I have no idea how well it works but to suggest that it is not already in place is incorrect.

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Re: They've taken the 'no' out of 'do no evil'

But surely the audience of terrorists need toilet paper too? How are they not a valid target for the shekelmeisters?

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Re: Excellent

The anonymous coward above has it exactly right.

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these parasites

will get more value from their fifteen minutes of fame telling the press that they have withdrawn from Google than they ever did over a standard campaign. They probably wish this opportunity would crop up every month.

Advertising: Lowest form of life-form.

We found a hidden backdoor in Chinese Internet of Things devices – researchers

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Re: Dumb reporter or click bait master

master click baiter?

Amazon S3-izure cause: Half the web vanished because an AWS bod fat-fingered a command

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Re: To err is human...

Herby, don't misplace the punch tape!

Windows 10 Anniversary Update crushed exploits without need of patches

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Coat

Wait...

Did El Reg just publish something positive about Windows 10? What next, A country that gets behind brexit and admits that Apple products are overpriced shiny shit?

I'll get my coat.

Internet handover is go-go-go! ICANN to take IANA from US govt

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@Kurt Meyer Re: Doom I tell you

I picked that to make precisely the point that no single country should be controlling the internet. You are reading too much into what I said. It's not that the biggest country should be in control but that no government should be in control.

It should be under the control of an independent body who represents the interests of the global user base.

The US Government is not representative of anybody but its citizens. They do not speak for or have responsibility for 95% of the world. So that's why i chose that for my statement. I hope that sates your curiosity.

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god willing?

Hey, in god YOU trust. Leave the rest of us to take responsibility for ourselves.

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Re: Doom I tell you

Who is we? I'm curious why you think that the internet should remain in the control of a government that represents 4.4% of the total world population?

Lindsay Lohan's Grand Theft Auto V cartoon case kicked out of court

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Down with this sort of thing.

The skank Lohan wishes she ever looked this good.

Man killed in gruesome Tesla autopilot crash was saved by his car's software weeks earlier

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It does not matter how many million miles it has tested previously. The moment it fails when a person is relying upon it then it is not fit for purpose in the current state.

However, Jesus, be alert enough not to end up under a truck. If you can't do that, get a taxi.

'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

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Re: Peak Microsoft

I was unaware that the rollback would not happen twice but having done it myself I know it is simple to do and that's what I commented on. Think I'm just getting downvoted these days for a comment last week that everyone hated ( joke, I don't give a shit :))

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Re: Peak Microsoft

So why did they not roll back the software if it affected them so badly? If I recall it explains quite clearly during the upgrade that you can do this and is quite simple to do.

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I don't see any of this nonsense.

I'm running windows 7 on a desktop which is also my media server, happily. There is the 'get windows 10' icon that sits unobtrusively on my toolbar and every few days I get the little blue box nagware show up which I take no notice of but do recall it recently said something about concrete.

I click the X ( which is blue, or grey and in a white box) and it goes away for a few days. Has ever been thus.

I did install W10 on this machine some time back but the then video drivers were useless for my multi screen setup and I just could not be bothered fixing so immediately rolled back. Interestingly it then told me that my software was counterfeit ( it isn't ) and required some restarting and using the genuine software thing to resolve.

I will upgrade to W10, there is no reason not to in my eyes. I just won't do it yet.

I will not be changing operating systems because I can't afford to replace my considerable software library or have to go through learning new software for some tasks that are now second nature to me with Windows OS versions.

I know people's mileage is varying with the W10 nagware but for me personally it's not even been an annoyance. I did the upgrade on the Acer and Asus laptops and apart from the unfamiliarity of it from W7 it's been no problem to use.

Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

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Re: Sleep is used by many!

Fair enough. i don't have to travel as much as I did for work and I have other devices that can do what a laptop used to. But I always turned it off when travelling. But I've been using Windows since version 3. I've had the shutdown mentality drilled into me.

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Re: Sleep is used by many!

I didn't mean to be flippant. I have a large desktop beast that cost a bit more than this laptop. It might get restarted once a month, if that. And this is in my home. It runs 24/7. I'd never trust it to sleep, especially as it's often doing things when I sleep.

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Have you tried turning it o.....

Seriously. Just shut it down properly. What's the problem? Do people really use a sleep mode? Have a little patience.

Virgin has FTT for farmers' P

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Re: Hmmm...

I was unsure also, so got these snippets from the FT:

"Ultimately, Virgin Media is seeking to connect 17m premises to the network by 2019, in what would be the largest investment in UK broadband infrastructure in more than a decade......

.....Virgin Media has already started to roll out fibre to premises in Cambridgeshire and Leicestershire, with work soon starting in West Yorkshire, Devon and East Sussex. In the past year, Virgin says it has laid enough new cable to stretch from Land’s End to John O’Groats".

and this from Recombu:

The ultrafast fibre connections will deliver top download speeds of 200Mbps and 300Mbps to an unspecified number of homes and businesses in West Lothian, Renfrewshire, Leicestershire, West Yorkshire, Inverclyde, Buckinghamshire, Surrey, Hampshire and Dorset.....

....The first rural communities that will benefit from Virgin Media’s FTTP rollout are:

Kirknewton (West Lothian)

Houston, Crosslee, Craigends and Brookfield (Renfrewshire)

Bridge of Weir (Renfrewshire)

Ratby (Leicestershire)

Wilsden (West Yorkshire)

Kilmacolm (Inverclyde)

Stoke Poges (Buckinghamshire)

Lightwater (Surrey)

Hartley Wintney and Phoenix Green (Hampshire)

Oakley (Dorset)"

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Re: This is good news

BT only rolloed out Openreach in areas where it was commercially viable. For rural areas and villages where they deemed it too expensive the communities were offered the opportunity to pay for it themselves with a 'community fibre partnership. Think about that. Some communities got fibre paid for by taxpayers because it would make BT money. And then some taxpayers got fibre because they paid for it themselves. Again. It's ludicrous.

Even before the BDUK programme was announced BT were tasked with getting broadband to hard to reach areas yet because copper is useless over distance for ADSL they just didn't bother.

They took, or will have taken, £1.2Bn from the public purse to do a roll-out job that nobody else would bid for because they knew it was not viable. But BT took the money. They didn't do the job.

Now Virginmedia have access to the telegraph pole network and ducting of BT they are back in the rural business. They didn't bid for the broadband roll-out contracts because they had no access to BT infrastructure at the time. Now they have they are running cable by pole to rural areas and serving high speed broadband.

They are doing this with their, or their investor's money. If they can do this ask yourself why BT could not do it with the public's money?

BT are supplying 39% of the investment for this programme and are getting 100% of the profits. That they get to pick and choose only profitable areas sickens me, as it should any taxpayer.

If my accusation is false let BT sue me. MP's stood up in the house and claimed the taxpayer was being ripped off as far back as 2013.

*same disclosure by me. I'm nobody but a taxpayer and virginmedia customer.

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This is good news

and likely only made possible after BT were ordered to allow access to their infrastructure to the competition. This of course includes ducting but more importantly in this case also includes the telegraph pole network, making cabling rural areas much simpler.

As for it being rural areas then good luck to them. It's what people have been clamouring for. I live on the outskirts of Greater Manchester in between the city and a vast rural farm area. I am a VirginMedia customer. Does not bother me in the slightest that someone has the option of faster speeds than me. The 200Mb/s service I get now is more than adequate for my needs.

It's been too long coming and is appalling that private enterprise is managing this when BT are failing to do what they have been tasked with whilst given a huge chunk of the public purse for it.

A UK-wide fibre broadband investment plan? Don't ask awkward questions

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WTF?

I suggest you read up on your history also Oddlegs

You are wrong. You are very wrong and when someone is wrong on the internet? Well, you know the drill.

Most of the UK fibre network was installed by US company Nynex. I say most because there were some smaller, local players over the years but it was pretty much all handled by Nynex. They ran some cable TV plus dial up internet services and had a backbone to the US.

In 1997, the UK assets of NYNEX were merged with the Cable & Wireless subsidiary Mercury Communications, cable operators Vidéotron and Bell Cablemedia, then renamed as the new company Cable & Wireless Communications. This company offered the UK its first alternative to BT for telephone services and continued to operate cable TV Services.

C&W changed their business focus worldwide in 2000 and decided to pull out of the UK domestic market ( as well as the US corporate market) and sold their UK assets to NTL. They did little to no infrastructure expansion during their ownership.

NTL ran in parts of the UK with Telewest being their only real competition. Some time around 2005 NTL had been running an ISP for Virgin ( Virgin.net) and bought that company out to begin their own ISP service. They also struck up talks for a merger with Telewest. That merger eventually went through in 2006 (top of my head here) but to prevent triggering a change of ownership clause with the BBC for services the smaller Telewest acquired NTL to become NTL:Telewest.

In 2007 this company, now running Phone, cable TV and Internet purchased Virgin Mobile to become the first quadplay media business in the UK. At the same time NTL acquired a licence to use the Virgin brand name from Richard Branson in exchange for shareholdings. So NTL:Telewest was re-branded as Virginmedia but were exactly the same company as previously but now had a mobile phone network in their asset locker.

NTL and later as virgin invested very heavily in infrastructure over the years regularly increasing their reach and are currently undergoing a £3Bn improvement to reach a further 4-5 million homes in the UK and improve speeds and services. Virgin's current lowest package available is 50mb/s with the highest being 200Mb/s. The 100 Mb/s package has been upgraded to 152Mb/s and unlike non-cable competitors those speeds are pretty accurate most of the time. All of this is with fibre to the cabinet and copper to the premises.

So you see my incorrect friend nobody went bankrupt. Nobody paid for infrastructure that a later company benefited from because it was all bought and paid for. If companies have disappeared it is only through the normal business processes of acquisition and merger and in fact both NTL and Telewest exist today as Virginmedia because all they did was change their name.

I hope that helps you brush up on your 'history'.

Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods

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Re: Click here to view this title.

I was gonna say Alex. I'd buy you several pints but you buggered off to Poland. Let me know if you need to come back to Wilmslow for the ICO any time this year. We'll sort something out :)

And you can drive the cars, I promise ;)

Ad slinger Phorm ceases trading

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Could not happen to a nicer bunch of people ;)

Very proud to have been a small part of the original NoDPI members who fought hard to fire this monstrosity out of the UK.

Anonymised search engine page found on 'kid-friendly' search site

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Re: Is it just me

It's not just you. The very first thing I thought of when I saw it was what numpty believed Kiddle was an appropriate name for this? Kiddle fiddle was the first thing I saw and I'm an upstanding gentleman with no devious tastes. (that have yet to surface at least)

Illegal drugs and dodgy pics? Nah. Half the dark web is perfectly legal

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It's all pre-paid credit cards for cheap prices. Which would sound great to someone wanting to take the risk. Have fun complaining when nothing arrives.

The BBC flashes £560m ICT deal at hungry tech suppliers

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Re: Management of big projects vs. Interesting R&D.

Just where in is it in the BBC's remit that they are to undertake research and development projects? Where in the Royal Charter does it say that as well as its "mission to inform, educate and entertain" it also says I have to pay for vague R&D projects?

This archaic leech needs to be cut from the public teat and allowed to sink or swim on its own merits. it has no more value to the UK taxpayer now it is shown that private enterprise can do the same job as well if not better.

Judge roasts Chipotle for firing guy who grilled bean counters on Twitter

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The only thing

that I think I reliably know about Chipotle is that it gives you a very bad arse. Thanks South Park.

I hope I'm not sued.

Hey Windows 10, weren't you supposed to help PC sales?

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Well done. Almost thought El Reg had fallen off the vitriolic hatred windows 10 bashing bandwagon there for a moment. Almost.

Only a CNUT would hold back the waves of the sharing economy

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The correct term is twunt

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WTF?

reads, reads, loses focus, reads...

So, something about suburban deforestation then?

11 MILLION VW cars used Dieselgate cheatware – what the clutch, Volkswagen?

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Re: Confused....

It does not matter in the rest of the world because we thankfully are not under the yoke of the California led eco-warriors in the EPA.

America is a huge market for the motoring industry outside of the US but I'm pretty sure that VAG, the ninth largest company in the world, could live without it. Which would probably suit the insular US and their agricultural V8s ( which I'd like to know how they pass any kind of eco test on the planet, let alone the draconian ones in California )

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Re: So beating dead ones is still OK?

I'm sorry. I simply do not know the rules any more :)

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Re: I'm 50 years old. Today actually.

Most kind Fred. Not that I was digging for compliments. It's been a bit of a bastard acknowledging all the good wishes on Twitter all day ;) But I thank you all the same :)

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Re: DMCA

People write software for the ECU in most vehicles all the time. Once done, usually for the purpose of better real world performance, you can be sure it will never beat an emissions test ever again. That is why before it's time to go in for the test we map vehicles back to factory default.

It goes on all over the industry. Seems VW just found an efficient way to automate the process. How very German.

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Joke

Re: Sorry but how is this at all funny or appropriate?

As a newly inducted SJW I am deeply offended that you imply by omission that it is in some way acceptable to beat a live horse.

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Re: Sorry but how is this at all funny or appropriate?

I'm 50 years old. Today actually. I've been ginger for the majority of that time. Although now I sport a nice little bald area and the rest of my hair is turning a quite odd ruddy blonde.

Was I bullied about it? You bet. And growing up in one of the poorest areas of the UK in the 60's and 70's was no picnic I can tell you. but I guess it helped make me who I am today.

And who I am is someone who gets deeply annoyed when strangers get offended on my behalf when not asked to.

I find nothing at all offensive about the term 'ginger stepchild' and its various uses because it's a metaphor and neatly sums up what a writer means when the term is used.

So please, come down. It must be cold always up there on the moral high ground.

Volkswagen used software to CHEAT on AIR POLLUTION tests, alleges US gov

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Re: Vic,

The 'nonsense' as you like to call it, came after the fact and during later conversation. The original comment stands.

regarding the 'nonsense' all of those statements above regarding CO2 and atmospheric concentrations are hard fact.

And your breath still will not contain anywhere near that level of CO2 unless you capture it for measurement in the same way as you will never find toxic levels of CO2 occurring outside of experiment or accidents in enclosed spaces.

I'll be alerting the WHO now that they must tell people they can no longer use mouth to mouth because Vic asserts it's toxic. Use a mint.

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When the eobd or equivalent is plugged in the on board computer lies about emissions.

No it doesn't. It simply uses an alternative ECU map so that it passes the emissions test. The vehicle does not fool or pretend anything. It passes the test. What's wrong is that it then reverts to a different map which gives better performance at the expense of emissions. It's understood that in this everyday mapping the vehicle would fail the test.

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Vic,

That is still not the toxic levels discussed and although i can't speak for the sweetness of your breath i doubt it has the ability to kill. Unless you are capturing your breath for measurement then exhalation to atmosphere won't be anywhere near such a concentration.

And no, I did not confuse CO2 for 02. I'm well aware of how things work otherwise it was a wasted education. The fact remains that without CO2 or even at dangerously low levels of CO2 below 200ppm plants, and more importantly the phytoplankton which provide up to 75% of the O2 we require to live from find it increasingly difficult to survive given that they draw upon CO2 for photosynthesis.

So my original assertion that started off this merry-go-round of conversation stands. CO2 is essential to all life on earth. Be that directly or as a result of the food chain.

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Re: "Volkswagen Group ( formerly VAG)"

When I worked there at the UK headquarters VAG is what appeared above the door and on my cheques.

I'm not referring to the acronym V.A.G. ( which was used in house ) I am referring to the shortened version of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft.

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Happy

Re: "..you don't fit the data to your preconceived notions." @ ZootCadillac

You may claim your prize because I am indeed not Phil Jones :)

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Re: Can of worms out of stock in aisle 3

Why would you? Your handle suggests that you are not American so your vehicle would not be subject to the EPA regulations and so VW would not be doing anything to your vehicle in order to pass them with ease.

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IvoryT abd daDoc.

Thank you for the education. My understanding, which could be entirely wrong as it is poorly remembered from my days working in submarines and ships in the 80's and the enclosed space work I had to do often in CO2 rich environments, was that yes CO2 will at some point render you unconscious but death almost always occurs from asphyxiation because the person usually falls down into the denser CO2 layer so that exacerbates the lack of oxygen but that also at a certain level of CO2 in the lungs it prevents them from being able to absorb O2 which leads to death, again by asphyxiation, technically.

Happy to be told I am wrong.

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