* Posts by tin 2

243 posts • joined 3 Apr 2010

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Huawei missed memo that PC's dead – so here are three new notebooks

tin 2

It's fabulous to see manufacturers putting in the effort to prove apple wrong as possible when it comes to the 3.5mm jack :)

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UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

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Appears to just be a very good (at spreading) ransomware, not a particularly dedicated attack.

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IBM: Customer visit costing £75 in travel? Kill it with extreme prejudice

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I'm not sure I noticed the difference between this description and now.

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Fiscal '17 was a record year for us, says Workday CEO

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eff knows how. Workday is just a web 2.0 gui tacked onto the same old shite.

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Fitbit hit on Pebble kit cost just 20 million quid? Oh s**t!

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Re: What murder?

Yes Pebble attempted to commit suicide (my 2nd point) but fitbit can easily go to market with the same product - fitbit branded if their marketing department can't take it - but they are not. They murdered the product.

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DEATH to fitbit for such murder.

And frankly same to the morons running Pebble like it was some Apple competitor rather than just the plucky little bit-part smartwatch maker it was.

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Jimbo Welshes on pledge to stop fundraising

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Thanks el Reg...

...knowing they well hit their target makes me feel much less guilty about always clicking close.

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Re: uBlock

The banner is actually called "nag"????!!!!!

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Kentucky pried chicken: Fried grease chain's loyalty club hacked

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Re: KFC loyalty card

Oh I disagree profusely!

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Fitbit picks up Pebble, throws Pebble as far as it can into the sea

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Re: WTF

But the pebble steel *is* the only thing in the market that doesn't look like a geek-watch.

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tin 2

Re: WTF

And also consider the pebble management themselves. I'm pretty sure pebble has been very badly run.

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Shit

shit, and thrice shit.

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Local TV presenter shouted 'f*cking hell' to open news bulletin

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Re: Good for ratings!

How ultra-local TV has been since forever. Even the "good" ones (Channel M, Cambridge Red) couldn't make a go of it.

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Cyanogen parts ways with its founder

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Most definitely sinking. And not even because of this, because their "product" isn't very good any more.

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"improve the communication and performance of the team"

Not sure how getting rid of some of them improves that...

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LinkedIn competitor offers to drop Russians into same legal trap that caught LinkedIn

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sorta...

except nobody's actually got to the end of the article and thought: that sounds like a good idea.. have they?

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Microsoft's cmd.exe deposed by PowerShell in Windows 10 preview

tin 2

Illustrates my long held view that Microsoft creates the shittest version of everything. in 2016 they replaced their extraordinarily shitty shell with just a plain shitty one.

Massively impressive.

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Mozilla launches 'privacy edition' Firefox... that phones home

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Re: Quelle surprise

indeed. plus I'd trust Phone home to Mozilla a million times more than the stuff it will hopefully block (and Google/MS/Apple as well, frankly)

Maybe that will change, and yeah perhaps a big "BTW we do this" on 1st start would have been a good idea.

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Power cut interrupts UK.gov cloud service supplier

tin 2

I love how generator failure becomes "Issues transitioning on to generator power"

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Portable drive, 5TB capacity. Hmm, there's something fishy here

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only £292 effing bargain. I'll chuck my spinning rust in the bin right now*

*that's really what I meant. Already checked that you can actually get 512+ GB pens at mymemory, but they're still 3-4x the price of a hard drive.

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"The Hitachi Life Studio drive is in my waste bin now. Six years on it still works but 500GB is smaller than a decent USB stick's capacity now and the drive is useless."

Did you mix up MB and GB by any chance?

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Siri, clone yourself and dive into this Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone

tin 2

Funny. Replace Siri with any other flavour supposedly futuristic personal assistant. Watched far too many people say their chosen version works fine, then accidentally prank someone random from their phonebook.

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"Siri, send a text message"

"Calling local taxi company...."

"Cancel!"

*ignored*

Settings -> general -> siri -> off

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Apple drops dongle prices to make USB-C upgrade affordable

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Something to do with the intel chip used (and available, as yet). More RAM would = no battery. My understanding of it anyway.

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Why Apple's adaptive Touch Bar will flop

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Which I'm pretty sure was the point being made!

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BT will HATE us for this one weird 5G trick

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Re: Buzzword fail

I also came here to say that :)

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Our Windows windows will be resizable, soooon, vows Microsoft

tin 2

Unless said desktop was an Amiga. (or a Mac I'd guess but I dunno).

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"Windows is only for the young and naive"

The most bang on right thing I've read on here in a long time.

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Mozilla wants woeful WoSign certs off the list

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Re: How decides, whom I trust ?

You totally can. I wish you luck with researching the backgrounds, ethics and business practices of all those companies on your own. Me I'll probably gratefully let Mozilla carry on doing it.

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Smelly toilets, smokers and the Kardashians. Virgin Media staff grill top brass

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SFDC

LOL @ we are investing in SFDC. That's you completely fucked then!

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BT Openreach boss wants you to know that deep down, they care

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careful what you wish for....

As the saying goes: BT are utter shite but everyone else is even worse.

Don't believe for a sec any of these other wretched fuckers calling for the breakup of whatever's left of BT actually want to provide you with a better service! they just want to keep more of your £30 odd quid a month for their shareholders and directors.

It needs fixing but this is not the way.

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Excel abuse hits new heights as dev uses VBA to code spreadsheet messaging app

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Re: "Messages are delivered within 40 seconds"

My current favourite is where s4b insists the message has not been delivered* and an hour later the recipient responds to said undelivered message.

* due to some severe, insurmountable problem like a bit of packet loss or something.

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Unis don't pay ransom

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FOI study? is that what we call burning-time-that-your-potential-customers-don't-have-in-the-first-place now?

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WhatsApp chats not deleted

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Why the absolute shite are chats being stored in an SQL database anyway!? has the programming world lost the plot?

(not sure why I'm even typing this, I already know the answer)

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No, the VCR is not about to die. It died years ago. Now it's VHS/DVD combo boxes' turn

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Re: Ah...

e) you put in all the details correctly but forgot to press timer.

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Re: Many moons ago

this? http://www.hugolyppens.com/VBS.html

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Linus Torvalds in sweary rant about punctuation in kernel comments

tin 2

You're obviously assembling on something with a lot more memory than I :)

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A comment in assembler? There ain't no memory for comments in assembler!

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I am sorry, everyone here is wrong, including Linus. The correct format is.

10 REM this is a comment.

We forget so easily.

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UK.gov flings £30m at driverless car R'n'D, wants plebs to speek their branes

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Re: Still waiting...

You missed the bit where the fella ALSO failed to spot the trailer. He was supposed to be paying attention with his (ridiculously named autopilot) computer assistance, not letting it drive itself while making a brew or somesuch.

IMHO this is one of the worst things about the current autonomous cars, I don't think it's any kind of good thing insisting that the driver continues to pay full attention as if driving while enabling them to pay far less or no attention (because humans).

We need cars that need driving, or cars that drive themselves. Not this halfway house that may well lead to accidents which will lead to some ban/restriction/loss of support.

Personally I can't wait until driverless cars enable an automated on-demand door-to-door taxi service, but I think that's a few years off, and that assumes we sort the problem that pedestrians/other road users/crims realise they can behave however they like around them.

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Microsoft joins battery-saving browser bandwagon with Edge claims

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Re: Great

Embrace and extend. Now the web browser == Google. We're sleepwalking into being IE'd again.

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Facebook: 'We don't listen'

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OT I know but...

...sorta along the line of app permissions?

When are Apple and Google going to ban their app for sending notifications which require a different app to read? WHEN!? That should make them behave a bit better? Too big to be told off I think.

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Outsourcery: We've had offers for our assets (and, er, shareholders might get nothing)

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Piers Linney's (current) Wikipedia entry appears to have been edited by el Reg.

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King Tut's iron dagger of extraterrestrial origin

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First thought

Deluxe Paint.

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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

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Let's start going painting random MS exec cars green. Because they didn't opt out.

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Oculus backtracks on open software promise

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Re: Inevitable

Nope, it's corporate nature. There is too much money at stake to do anything else. The pension funds demand it.

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Kill Flash now? Chrome may be about to do just that

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I wonder what they're doing about...

...ad blocking. Seeing as it's fighting for top spot in the how-to-get-malware-on-peoples-PCs charts.

I wonder if for *some* reason they'll be slightly less active in that area.

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EU vetoes O2 and Three merger: Hutchison mulls legal challenge

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Re: Hypocrites

Maybe they have seen that it was shit and therefore have steered away from making the same mistake again. Possible isn't it?

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Re: Fud!!!

Well you're the lucky one then, mine was put up more than 100%, as were many others. Just because it didn't happen to you doesn't mean they aren't doing it.

TBH the only thing keeping prices where they are is the competition. BT weren't a mobile provider so on one level that's OK. They're also keeping Sky on their toes so that's useful for the consumer too.

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Server-jacking exploits for ImageMagick are so trivial, you'll scream

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Lest we forget

Hmmm. trust the file extension followed by mistrust the file extension. File extensions still going in 2016, who'd have thought it?

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