* Posts by chriswakey

68 posts • joined 26 Feb 2010


Carphone Warehouse given a stern talking to for 'misleading' radio ad


Bugger the story, why does the Fiat 500 in the picture straddle two parking spaces?!?

Euro bloc blocks streaming vid geoblocks


Re: FTA / State PSBs etc

"Imagine the outcry if they treated USA states and cities the same way?"

If baseball fans in America subscribe to MLB.TV, they generally can't watch their local team, thanks to the big TV providers having deals in place.


It's shite for them, but luckily for me, I'm in the UK where the blackout restrictions don't apply.

BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans


Re: One more thing

" We used to have detector vans which could pick up what you were watching on CRT "


No they couldn't.

At all.


Help! Our Virgin Media TiVo boxes are stuck in a loop! Help! Our Virgin..


London time??

What the fuck is 'London time'??

GMT, surely

Ant-Man: Big ideas, small payoff


Re: Oh Dear!

Science Fiction is no different to almost any movie/TV/book genre insofar as it's purely escapism, so pull your head out of your arse.

Not so fast on FM switch-off: DAB not so hot say small broadcasters


TeamRock Radio ditching DAB

Annoyingly, TeamRock Radio are binning DAB to go online/mobile app only, despite pretty much every person commenting on their website & FB page saying it'll stop them from listening due to not having unlimited data to piss away.

TRR have already said it'll save them around £1m per year in fees...



Re: "This aircraft carrier-

"Anything that needs nuking TWICE is seriously badass"

So...Japan, then?

(too soon?)

Idiot thieves walk free after stolen iPad uploads pics of them with loot


Re: Strike 1 of three?


He showed he was incapable of behaving correctly in society, even when he knew the possible punishment, and continued to act like a criminal. The size of the item he stole is absolutely irrelevant, the fact is, he was a repeat offender.

Fuck him.

Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure


Re: Its miy butt not thine

"Try having 2 of them doing it next to you at a table in a restaurant. It happened to me recently - 2 guys slobbering all over each other and holding hands, etc. Made me feel physically sick. Needless to say I rapidly took my business elsewhere."

Jealous because they were getting some and you weren't, eh?

Open your mind to new things.

£280k Kickstarter camera trigger campaign crashes and burns


Bollocks to Kickstarter

I backed a Richard Cheese autobiography (I *was* a big fan at the time) and paid for a physical copy to be shipped once produced.


The 'project' has been funded for three years now, the publication date is over two and a half years late, and keeps getting put back for any number of reasons.

Mark Davies (aka Richard Cheese) has been very public about the medical bills he's racked up over the past couple of years, so has likely pissed the money away on that.

He now uses the list of backers as a glorified mailing list, shilling his concerts, CDs tshirts etc, but never letting people know when they can expect the book.

He refuses to answer queries on the comments of his kickstarter page, telling people to email him directly (therefore keeping any answer private), and then emails those who leaves comments telling them to delete their comments.

When, he threw his toys out the pram, cancelled my pledge, refunded my money and emailed me telling me to never contact him again.

Mark Davies cashed out over $21k for a book that will never see the light of day, but Kickstarter didn't give the first fuck about the possible fraud, and sent me a copy/paste reply which didn't answer any other the questions/concerns I put to them...basically, they got their cut, so fuck off.

'Boutique' ISPs: Snub the Big 4 AND get great service


Xilo is hard to beat

Xilo (https://www.xilo.net/adsl_broadband/) is fantastic.

Rock solid connection, static IP, and absolutely no download cap...I approached 700 gig one month* with no complaints from them.

*my old NAS went tits up with no backup, so I downloaded all the content again, as I couldn't be arsed re-ripping all my DVDs/Blu-Rays

Broadmoor: My Journey Into Hell, The Chimes and Cowboys and Indies


Fuck Bronson

I'm stunned at the amount of people who think Bronson has been hard done by, and want him released...there's even a pub here that named one of their bars the 'Free Charles Bronson Bar' in the psycho's honour.

UK's non-emergency police and NHS Vodafone systems go titsup NATIONWIDE



Possibly a coincidence, but 3 (both 3G & 4G) has been down in a load of areas for several hours now...apparently EE is also having problems....


Re: RAC too.

My car only has a 'Slime Kit' repair kit, and no spare. Anything more than a minor puncture requires a call out.

Why Comrade Cameron went all Russell Brand on the UK’s mobile networks


'Normal Collier'?

Norman, surely?

OnePlus One cut-price Android phone on sale to all... for 1 HOUR


Does it receive the full 4G spectrum yet?

If not, I'll pass...shame really, as I'd like one, but it won't have 4G on 3.

Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)


£16.95 a month for four bars?

I can get four Double Deckers for a quid in most supermarkets, and at least I know I'll like them.

Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express


Two tips of the hat to the mighty Tom

Obviously the jelly babies, but the very brief impersonation by Capaldi when mentioning the mummy.

Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp


Am I the only one...

...who likes G+?

I've met many interesting people (both online, and in real life through it), had a lot of decent conversations in various tech circles, and find it cleaner and better to use than Facebook.

Reddit wipes clean leaked celeb nudie pics, tells users to zip it


There are any number of other subs that have exactly the same type of stolen material in them, but because they're not celebs, they get to stay.

Let's not then go on to the subs dedicated to watching people die, including one specifically for pictures of dead kids...the Reddit admin have no problem keeping them going.

Bunch of fucking hypocrites.

Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series


If they both had full lungs, how could one breath into the other without her breathing out first to clear some room?

Fandroids blow $200,000 on secret PANIC BUTTON for their smartmobes


Re: unambiguously located

The switch on the top of the Pre was great.

No mess, no fuss, just a simple click and everything was silent.

Shame the rest of the hardware was pretty dodgy.

Legal bible Groklaw pulls plug in wake of Lavabit shutdown, NSA firestorm


Re: There are some brilliant technical minds out there

"Hopefully some of them will be putting some serious thought into developing a truly secure e-mail replacement (for hosting outside US and UK jurisdiction)"

Wouldn't matter, as soon as the email hit a UK/US ISP, the respective governments could/would require you to hand over the decryption key.

All your private communications belong to the Gov. You just are allowed to think it's actually private.

Peter Capaldi named as 12th Doctor Who


Re: Thnaks a bundle, Register


You honestly expected to have *not* found out by the time the episode aired in a few months time?

Not sure if you're trolling, or just stupid...

Review: Renault Zoe electric car


Range vs Temperature?

75 miles on a charge, but what was the ambient temperature during the test drive?

Driving one today, when it's currently -1 would surely impact on the range the battery can put out...

Dear Facebook: I heard the news today, oh boy


Different networks for different purposes.

It all depends on what you want from each network...


Chatting to a friend in Poland (she uses FB Messenger almost exclusively to talk to everyone, so I have no choice).

Trading banter with colleagues and casting doubt on their sexual preferences (human, animal, vegetable etc).

Using my profile to log into sites that require it, such as Spotify used to.


Decent, intellectual, conversation with like-minded people and groups.

A much, *much* better cleaner interface.

Massively better mobile app.

As G+ are now rolling out site/app authentication using your G+ account, that's one less thing to use FB for - pretty soon it'll just be for chatting to my Polish mate and nothing else, and at that point, I'll probably consider just closing my account or stripping it bare of all personal info and using it as nothing more than a glorified MSN Messenger.

Wii-U boat torpedoes Nintendo's '¥20bn profit' into ¥20bn loss


DLC rip off

I'll not buy any more Nintendo stuff after how they responded when my first Wii went tits-up due to a knackered graphics chip (a known issue on the tech forums, caused by leaving it on standby rather than switching it off - it caused it to overheat and damage the chip...Nintendo denied this...)

As it was well out of warranty, I bought a new one and then contacted them to transfer all my DLC over to the new one.

They flat out refused, saying I should have sent my old one to them, paid for their repair, and they would have transferred everything over to a refurb unit so basically I was screwed.

Oh, apparently everyone on any tech forums was wrong, and there's "no issue with the Wii, and if they've had problems, then they're obviously pirates who have broken their system." (direct quote)

Fuck 'em.

This week's BBC MELTDOWN: Savile puppet haunts kids' TV

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To be honest, I've never ever seen a swimming pool in an episode of Coronation Street since 1983...

Would it be in bad taste for me to give that post a 'thumbs up'?

Wikipedia doesn't need your money - so why does it keep pestering you?


Re: Wikipedia has a lot of problems

This is exactly what happened to me.

I had edited a page of a local radio DJ (at the invite of his co-host who had also edited it) to include the fact that he had previously had a hair transplant (which was true).

His co-host added a line saying the DJ had won a Sony Radio Award (which was also true)

Within minutes, both edits had been reverted, and when I asked why, the pompous prick moderator told me something along the lines of "you don't make the edits, we do" and banned my account.

Fuck Wiki.

Another not very long period of time, another GiffGaff collapse


Mine was down for a while, but as it coincided with my number porting over, I'm not too bothered..

It's back up and running now anyway.

Certain people rejoice! AC/DC finally available on iTunes


$99.99 - $149.99 to rent music and never own it?

Bugger that.

Saudi royals seek ban on .virgin, .sex, .catholic, .wtf and 159 MORE


Re: "Many societies ... consider homosexuality to be contrary to their culture [or] morality"

"Camels, mostly."

But only the female ones.....

Nationwide DOUBLES card payments in fresh banking gaffe


£677 taken out of my account twice....thanks a bunch, tossers.

'Unbreakable' Samsung Galaxy Note II to take on iPhone 5


Re: A word of caution

"I never leave apps running"

There's your problem.

Repeatedly opening and closing apps uses more juice than if you'd let Android decide for itself whether to leave them running in RAM or not...

Speedball 2 Brutal Deluxe

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An utter classic.

I lost count of the joysticks I knackered playing that.

BBC deletes Blue Peter from BBC One


Re: Relaunch Blockbusters!

They have.

Simon Mayo hosts it.

US Judge says IP addresses don't identify pirates


“Upon receipt of the Complaint, I reached out to Plaintiff and spoke to a self-described “Negotiator” in an effort to see if I could prove to them … that I had nothing to do with the alleged copyright infringements,” one defendant said. “The Negotiator was offered unfettered access to my computer, my employment records, and any other discovery they may need to show that I was not the culpable party. Instead, the Negotiator refused and was only willing to settle the Complaint for thousands of dollars.” The Negotiator later failed to return voice mails.

Doesn't that just say exactly what they're after?

Not justice, just money.

Ten... smartphone survival accessories


"OneCable Sync and Charge" ... "And it's only a tenner."

Price listed underneath = £35

Dr Who scores new companion from Emmerdale


Re: Height of Karen Gillan vs Daleks

"They brought out new Daleks so that Karen and Matt would be eye-to-eye-stalk with the new Daleks."

No, they brought out the new Daleks just in time for Christmas, and all that delicious merch money.

BBC iPlayer added to Xbox


Re: Very good & about time too ?

People watch ITV?

UK Home Secretary approves TVShack's O'Dwyer extradition


Re: I don't understand

"Google and other search engines etc have a "takedown mechanism" in place by which content owners can send them a request to have something removed from the site or de-listed from search engine results."

So did Megaupload.

Two UK airports scrap IRIS eye-scanners


Re: Yup

They've never been on any time I've gone through Manchester.

Google 'chooses' not to censor Mosley content, MP says


Let's hope he gets the spanking he deserves...


The Pirate Bay torrents printable 3D objects


Vibrators take batteries, dildos don't.

Google gives £550k to Bletchley Park



They'll just wait till it's complete, claim they thought of it first and sue for infringment.

China pad peddler wins iPad name from Apple


"What IP is there in a name?"

Start a company called Microsoft, and see how far you get with "but it's only a name..."

Apple preps TV enabled iMac ahead of own-brand telly


"Will the Mac support Freesat? Freeview HD? PVR Recording?"

At a price, probably.

Asda knocks 20 quid off Kobo WiFi


I've got the latest already, but when I put more than, say, 30 books on in one go, it usually locks up when indexing them, requiring a full reboot.

Still worth it though.

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Excellent bit of kit.

I paid this for mine from Borders before they went belly up (decent exchange rate at the time)

The battery life is a little dodgy on it, and occasionally it'll freeze if indexing a load of new content, but apart from that, worth every penny.


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