* Posts by RyokuMas

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UK government's war on e-cigs is over

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Re: Jesus, NO!

"Or perhaps you have an unusual smoke detector that goes off from the steam when you boil a kettle?"

Kettle? No. Bucket full of steaming-hot water poured down the sink under the detector by the cleaners (as well as a number of the aforementioned incidents where vapers tried to be sneaker and use the cleaners cupboard)? Yes.

Not saying that your detector may not be different to that in my old offices, but I'd double check that it is actually a smoke detector as opposed to a heat detector (a good fire detection system should use both)...

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Re: Jesus, NO!

"Are you next going to try and ban the simple, natural pleasure of shared flatulence?"

No, because that's an entirely natural process. Whereas deliberately burning (or superheating) a chemical that has been proved to be addictive for the purpose of breathing it in - and as a byproduct, forcing anyone in your immediate vicinity to do so as well...

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Jesus, NO!

"Routine bans of vaping products at the workplace or in public spaces should cease"

Nothing worse that walking in a crowded area and suddenly being engulfed in a cloud of artificial-smelling nastiness because some bugger who lacks the self-discipline to quit properly has take a huge lug on a vape then blown the whole lot out... almost more disgusting that getting a whiff of the real deal.

That plus I have witnessed several incidents where vapers who thought they were being sneaky and sly have set off fire alarms.

A full ban on all forms of smoking and vaping in all public places is long overdue... but of course it won't happen, not while it's a tax cash cow.

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Google G-Suite spotted erecting stiff member vetting tool

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Re: Google has also launched a recruitment tool called Hire

... and promptly got into another legal spat with Amazon...

Sorry, couldn't resist.

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Now your boss can tear you a new Glasshole: Google's techno-specs reborn as biz gear

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Re: It's OK, I'm a doctor...

because we all trust Google to do what's right with medical data, right?

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Google Cloud plays GTA in Snowball fight with AWS

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Re: What about security?

Forget data being hijacked by hacktivists, what's the betting that Google scan every single byte as they upload it? After all, it's not like Google don't a history for illicit data gathering and a healthy disregard for the law when it comes to adding to their vast reservoirs of information...

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Android-ocalypse postponed: Jide withdraws Remix OS from consumer frontline

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Re: It already happened...

I don't think a bunch of GNU command-line tools in a cmd.exe window really counts as "Linux on the desktop"

Only as much as Google's proprietary OS might count...

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It already happened...

See title.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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"and we had a female prime minister in 1979"

And on the subject of John Simm, gender and (potential) time travel - there's a Gene Hunt quote for that!

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User left unable to type passwords after 'tropical island stress therapy'

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Grooming habits... or lack thereof...

I worked with one chap who will remain nameless... he was a heavy smoker and while I can't recall ever seeing him eat anything, he consumed coffee at such levels that it was debatable whether or not he needed it more than oxygen in order to stay alive.

He would also let his hair grow for several months at a time, then abruptly and without warning appear with a grade 1 all over...

When he left, we had to throw away his mouse, his keyboard and the arms off his wheely chair; each was thickly coated with a crust of nicotine, tar and god knows what else... I wish I'd taken some photos to scare my kids with when the get old enough to be tempted by smoking, it was that disgusting.

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Sleuths unearth 'Panic Mode' in Android, set off by mashing back button

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Re: No such thing on a MS Windows phone

Just out of interest... at what point does the article mention Microsoft, Windows Phone or Windows 10 Mobile? Does it mention iOS or Apple as well? Does it, in fact, focus on anything apart from what is quite an interesting quirk of the Android?

No?

So why bring up Windows Phone at all?

Back under your bridge...

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Guess who doesn't have to pay $1.3bn in back taxes? Of course it's fscking Google

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Re: Basic accountancy problem

"NO one is forced to use Googles products..."

As I've said before to the sheeple-bleating of the Google faithful - find me reliable sites which fulfil my needs and do not use analytics, maps, search or any other API that Google offers, and I will use them.

Also, maybe you haven't been paying attention recently, but Google just got hit with a record fine for anticompetitive behaviour. If you think for a minute that Google will not use every trick in their book to strangle such a competitor at birth, I'm afraid you are deluded.

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Got a Windows Phone 8 mobe? It's now officially obsolete. Here's why...

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Re: Microsoft's big mistake was in not filling their app store.

"the market has spoken"

This phrase always makes me laugh - especially when it's extolled by the more vocal advocates of Linux...

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Fun while it lasted...

Having been in almost from the very start (my first game release was about 8 months after WP7launched), WinPhone was a fun little platform to develop for. Yes, in the beginning there was no IAP mechanism, ad fill rates were virtually zero and the support site was up and down more regularly than a manic-depressive kangaroo, but XNA (and later Monogame) were great and ultimately what got me interested in mobile development as a whole.

True, it never got the market share I had hoped might happen in those early days (Microsoft doing their usual thing), and the marketplace has collapsed into a similar cess-pit as Play and the App store (a few titles dominant due to big marketing budgets plus a flood of shiteware), but it still remains the mobile platform I got the most downloads and best return from - and had the most fun developing for.

I got out of making mobile games a few years back - largely due to the aforementioned state of the markets on all platforms - but it was fun while it lasted, and the first platform I've developed for seriously since my Atari ST days. Guess I've always had a soft spot for the underdog... guess that means I should start looking at the Switch for my next development platform...

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OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?

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Re: re: pay for the good/services

"Most freetards would like to pay too. But not the artificially inflated price set by corporate greed."

In which case, how do you explain Android's insane piracy rate and the rise of free-to-play while games priced at a dollar or less are left to flounder?

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Google ships WannaCrypt for Android, disguised as Samba app

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Call me a conspiracy theorist, but...

What's the betting that, instead of fixing the app, Google release an Android patch that closes the vulnerability?

Why? An app update could be applied at any time on any phone by the end user. But an OS update can be delayed - or even not delivered - by the handset providers...

... which would basically mean that Pixel phones would be protected almost immediately, allowing Google to claim that only their handsets have this level of security and make other providers look like the bad guys into the bargain.

Wouldn't put it past Google to use this sort of marketing tactic...

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Google DeepMind trial failed to comply with data protection – ICO

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Re: Quel Surprise

Strikes me that Google is becoming some kind of data-driven Uber, doing whatever they please and occasionally getting caught. Except they have the money to laugh off the small fines and buy off pretty much anyone they want.

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Android 'forensic' app pulled from Google Play after vulnerability report

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Re: app stores ungovernable

Because it costs $25 to open an account, and then you can just upload any crud you want with (from my experience) no submission moderation.

And because "walled gardens are bad", and the vast majority of sheeple out there cannot resist free stuff, Android rapidly becoming the equivalent of what Windows was about 10-15 years ago. The difference here is that Google have failed (or chosen not) to learn from Microsoft's mistakes.

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Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

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Swings and roundabouts

Trouble is, in the NHS, you'll have a lot of "stick-in-the-mud" users who get in a big flap every time something changes.

What you save in Windows licences, you'll have to pay in retraining staff.

Note: this is based off experience from when I had several hospitals as clients... getting calls to attend on-site and "look into an error" that turned out to be a warning stating that the report that was about to run was quite big and take a bit of time... panic that data had been lost because they had switched to a different view mode... that sort of thing

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Not Apr 1: Google stops scanning your Gmail to sling targeted ads at you

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Back to the 90s...

"Google has said it will no longer scan the content of Gmail messages to sell targeted adverts to users of the free service"

Wow. Read that and had a flashback to Tony Blair's premiership...

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Microsoft recommends you ignore Microsoft-recommended update

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Music, maestro!

'Nuff said

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Google to remove private medical data from search results

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Re: And the mustachioed contenance of Big Brother opened into a smile

It would be nice, wouldn't it?

However, in reality, it's the people with the money that get to push what the law should be.

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Two Brits nabbed amid probe into global plot to hack Microsoft network

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Now we know where Eadon has been all this time!

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Avere: You're going to see tighter integration between us and Google

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History repeating...

"... suppose Google OEMs/resells Avere's product..."

Embrace...

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Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

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Re: That's Surface crossed off my Christmas list, then!

"Who'd have thought it?"

About as many people as would have expected such a post from you, I'd wager!

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Internet hygiene still stinks despite botnet and ransomware flood

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It's all MicroSlurp's fault, withdrawing support for their 15-year-old operating system! They should be able to miracle it secure immediately, test it fully overnight and roll out the changes without any kind of forced update installation! Damn them!

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It's 2017 and Microsoft is still patching Windows XP+ – to plug holes exploited by trio of leaked NSA weapons

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"You cannot blame your IT Department because at the end of the day they are not in charge of the purse strings."

... but since when has bureaucratic restriction prevented the usual suspects from taking the opportunity to take a swipe at Microsoft?

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Pizza proffer punctures privacy protection, prompts pals' perfidy

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"... people say they want privacy but make choices suggesting the opposite, and can be easily manipulated through interface design..."

...like offering "a faster way to browse the web" all over your site's main page?

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Science megablast: Comets may have brought xenon to Earth

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Re: Oh thanks, now I'll have bloody Bomb the Bass stuck in my head all day!

"Perseverance, that's all I needed."

... and an auto-fire joystick?

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Nuns chastise Google and Eric names Larry greatest human alive

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Re: Doing more and more evil

Somehow "I told you so" really doesn't quite say it...

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Seminal game 'Colossal Cave Adventure' released onto GitLab

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Wow, flashback

Oh man, this takes me back... text adventures were where I cut my programming and game development teeth; looking back, it was such a blissful time when if you needed a new "scene" added, you just needed a few lines of description and not a honk-load of time and effort to model/texture/animate it.

Simpler times... kids these days don't know what they are missing!

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T-Mobile goes Apple/Google route by separating phone numbers and devices

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Re: Nice!

... or they might manipulate their search results to bury information about it...

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Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

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Re: Oh for Pity's Sake

"I can't see how on earth Google getting round that could ever be considered legal."

Since when have Google been bothered about the law?

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Google leak-hunting team put under unwelcome spotlight

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Don't be evil...

Nice to see them eating their own dogfood...

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NASA duo plan Tuesday ISS spacewalk to replace the mux that sux

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Letters, not numbers

Wonder if they originally intended to call it "MDM-A", then someone wait "waaaaaiiit a minute!"

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Windows 10: Triumphs and tragedies from Microsoft Build

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Re: A "Windows skin" for an underlying Linux codebase

Sorry, but the AGGRESSIVE, LASH-OUT attitude displayed here only serves to put me off giving Linux development another try... this is fast approaching Eadon territory.

As as for worrying about control and spying, what search engine, browser and phone OS do you use?

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Kill Google AMP before it KILLS the web

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Re: Don't be evil

They forsook it a long time ago, ever since someone realised "Hey, if we put a link to this browser we made on our search page with a strapline of 'upgrade your web browsing experience', we could take over the browser market!"

And the big problem we now face is that too many in IT were too stuck on their grudge with Microsoft to realise that the same thing was happening all over again, albeit on a far greater and more insidious scale, right down to the astroturfers and cheerleaders. Don't believe me? Just check out the past comments of some of those so prevalent in their pro-Google remarks... alas, I cannot provide links lest I be accused of calling someone a shill, and thus violate the Reg rules...

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Re: Oh, meant to say - the Reg site is really slow on mobile

Like a non-W3C-approved subset of HTML that will allow it's creators to recognise it and thus further abuse their monopoly of search to extend further control over the web.

RIP, open web.

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Let's sum up Google's VR strategy so far: Making life less crap for a lonely 20-something

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"Let's sum up Google's VR strategy so far: Making life less crap for a lonely 20-something"

Find ways of gathering yet more information about you so that we can stalk you even more effectively.

TFTFY

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US judges say you can Google Google, but you can't google Google

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They can keep their trademark...

I'll stick to "search the web" in common parlance - any cretin that doesn't understand this but does understand "Google it" a) deserves to have all their private data slurped and b) probably should not be using a computer.

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While Microsoft griped about NSA exploit stockpiles, it stockpiled patches: Friday's WinXP fix was built in February

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Re: Plenty of blame to go around

"Is that the same Google Docs that got totally owned the other week?"

... or the same Google that has been illegally"inappropriately" using patient data?

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DocuSign forged – crooks crack email system and send nasties

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Re: world+dog

@Hopalong - same here: four mails so far and no warning.

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All that free music on YouTube is good for you, Google tells music biz

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Unexpected footnote

"Google gives this away for free*"

Fully expected to find "* unless you count your privacy as currency" as the footnote when I scrolled down...

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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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"Google has told Check Point that the issue will be fixed in Android O, which will most likely be out this summer or autumn."

Probably busy working on their new OS that doesn't rely on a non-google-controlled kernel...

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Call the fuzz, says Google, get the reward

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Beware of Geeks bearing gifts...

"Chocolate Factory bearing gifts to improve open source projects"

Like they did with AOSP, perchance?

Embrace, extend...

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Agile consultant behind UK's disastrous Common Platform Programme steps down

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Re: Agile and government do not mix

House!

/buzzwordBingo

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London app dev wants to 'reinvent the bus'

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Bah

"USB ports for charging your phone."

My local "service" by Arriva has USB for charging phones, sockets for laptops and on-board wifi...

... pity they can't run on time for shit.

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'Crazy bad' bug in Microsoft's Windows malware scanner can be used to install malware

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Re: Too true

"<Cough> 5 years Google docs flaw</cough>"

Won't stop the usual knee-jerk though.

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Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it

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Re: Huh?

I don't see any "Share on Uber" or "Login using your Uber account" on any of the websites I visit...

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Today's bonkers bug report: Microsoft Edge can't print numbers

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Why, Microsoft? Why?

This is just stupid... there are enough people out there whose knee-jerk reaction to anything Microsoft is spew and rant without you doing things like this to help them...

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