* Posts by tin 2

320 posts • joined 3 Apr 2010


Look on the bright side, Pebble fans. At least your gizmo will work long enough for you to get beach body ready

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"Yup, cutting off support for one of your products is a real encouragement to trust them with your money for another."

I upvoted this but it's so on point, it's worth repeating. This. 1000x this. Wake up Fitbit.

I have beef with the people that ran Pebble for the way they ran success into the floor and abandoned ship with smiles all over their faces, but I have more beef with Fitbit for dressing up a shutdown as some kind of service we should be glad of.

5 reasons why America's Ctrl-Z on net neutrality rules is a GOOD thing

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You know of course that having socket protectors is more dangerous than not? You bloody great pansy.

Hey girl, what's that behind your Windows task bar? Looks like a hidden crypto-miner...

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Re: Finally, an argument for...

Yeahhhs! Let us rejoice in our refusenik-ness!

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Finally, an argument for...

Setting my taskbar to windows 95 style icon+text and one for each window. Never got on with this stacking lark in win 7 so I restore it to old-school every time. New mysterious windows are VERY visible then.

Wondering why your internal .dev web app has stopped working?

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Embrace and extend.

Logitech: We're gonna brick your Harmony Link gizmos next year

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Re: Official info?

definitely put them on eBay, they still go for really good money - radios for example pretty much the same I paid for mine new!

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Re: SOP for Logitech, I am afraid

The only thing that makes logitech's behaviour regard the harmony even weirder is that mysqueezebox.com is still live, although clearly on life-support.

Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

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Love perl, although my perl reads as if it's written in C64 BASIC so I can understand it later, so maybe I don't qualify to talk.

Rejecting Sonos' private data slurp basically bricks bloke's boombox

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Re: Squeezebox

Indeed :) The synchronised sound is AWESOME!

That's a lie, I've never tried it on all 11.

I might have a problem.

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Re: Squeezebox

Agree, still have 11 squeezeboxes dotted around the house and garden and some of them are in use daily, although recently the Touch died and a Boom killed it's PSU. They're getting old :(

The software's still cranky and refuses to co-operate from time to time, but that's not bad for something that's been discontinued for 5+ years. Also means that nobody thought to put in a billion lines of every-movement code by then so we're good :)

Congrats to the strategy morons out there in Logitech, you could be owning this market segment now & not pissed off a legion of fiercely loyal customers.

They still command ridiculous prices on ebay so there's love out there for them.

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Re: Crap like this...

"simple Bluetooth speaker with half decent sound quality was probably the right decision in the long run"

probably the app you're using to drive the bluetooth speaker is leaking the same information though.

Commodore 64 makes a half-sized comeback

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the games it came with did NOT need a keyboard to operate! You're misremembering.

Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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There were already much better interfaces on "PCs". Windows - and therefore the IBM flavour of PC - was "popularised" by outright market distortion that pervades to this day.

Frankly that's why pretty much everyone in the world sits down to work at a buggy slow POS that people perceive to be great purely because it's way better than it was. But apparently the Apple users are the sheep (no I'm not a fan of MacOS either).

123-Reg customers outraged at automatic .UK domain registration

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Interesting point here. 123-reg support have been genuinely utterly fabulous throughout my many years with them (latterly with far fewer domains). Including patiently explaining when I -or a customer I'm assisting - has royally ballsed up.

It's a real shame the company is run by idiots.

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I was in the middle of moving them when the parent company borged the place I was moving them to (and have subsequently issued the same "offer" as 123-reg. I will be moving them again, 123-reg ones first.

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"So if I really want to move it from 123 where is cheap and competent"

This is a tough one, because after much research on who to move to, I hadn't even finished a lengthy and painful migration from 123-reg to TSOhost, and they go and borg TSOhost too. Chances of that happening again are high.

Also 123-reg are competent (brilliant IMHO) at a tech support level, it's just their policies that suck arse.

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Putting every other point aside, I've turned off the automatic renewal on all my 123-reg domains 3 times over the years. I have the screenshots. They automagically get turned back on.

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Re: TSOHOST just did the same thing

All owned by Paragon which is owned by Hosteurope which is owned by GoDaddy. So that's why they're all doing it IMHO.

El Reg is hiring an intern. Apply now before it closes

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Re: I've made a few tweaks to the copy so the intended audience will understand


Sorry, but those huge walls of terms and conditions you never read are legally binding

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Will not work, because the firms have figured that if you don't agree, you can do without the service. They're not interested in spending the time/effort to appease your issues, just sign it and get on, or go elsewhere.

What this needs is legislation, but I can't for the life of me work out quite what that would look like.

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I wonder if you post them a 40 page letter saying actually you don't agree and/or they therefore agree to a load of stuff too, and presumably they don't read it, it's binding too then?

Guess who's hiking their prices again? Come on, it's as easy as 123 Reg

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You forgot to bring up when they very quietly scrapped their no charge to transfer out promise. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/04/03/123reg_shrugs_at_complaints_over_sudden_domain_transfer_fees/ - pertinent I think.

I'll be testing getting them to comply with their original promise shortly!

My only arse with this is I've been slowly transferring my domains out to TSOhost, who were brilliant, but got borged by 123-reg's parent company Host Europe early last year :(

New Amiga to go on sale in late 2017

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Re: Just remember...

Not quite, Amiga were on their own, got into financial trouble, and only got a deal with Atari to stay afloat long enough to keep developing the chipset into something workable.

The Atari deal of course was heavily wieghted in Atari's favour, and one of the Amiga team manged to find a way to wriggle out of it with the deal from Commodore.

On balance a pretty fair outcome given Atari's dodgy tactics.

Development was actually mostly funded by a bunch of dentists AFAIR!

Nationwide banking suffers its own Black Wednesday

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I've been a Nationwide member for a very long time and would indeed describe them as "Brilliant, simply brilliant" (without sarcasm of course just in case that's not clear).

And that's including with the inconvenience of OB being on it's arse for a good chunk of yesterday.

ICO fines Morrisons for emailing customers who didn't want to be emailed

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Sky do this all the time. Where's their fine?

Ever wonder why those Apple iPhone updates take so damn long?

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no no no no no no no, Apple

"consistency checking it, reporting back to us whether the upgrade was 100 per cent clean and then rolling it back"

You need to be 100% sure it will be clean BEFORE testing it on my shit, Mr Apple. And if you were 100% you would have no need to test it on me would you?

This is NOT the Apple way.

Whoops! Microsoft accidentally lets out a mobile-'bricking' OS update

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Re: iPhone funeral

C'mon, MS products have never reached the dizzying heights of average.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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"????!!!!!

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

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Re: KFC loyalty card

Oh I disagree profusely!

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

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

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

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shit, and thrice shit.

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.

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...

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

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

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

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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.

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.

Power cut interrupts UK.gov cloud service supplier

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

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?

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

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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...."



Settings -> general -> siri -> off


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