* Posts by Andy 68

33 posts • joined 7 Apr 2010

iPhone price cuts are coming, teases Apple CEO. *Bring-bring* Hello, Apple UK? It's El Reg. You free to chat?

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Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit

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Re: Static

You're right, maybe it would have been better if they were stationery carts.

Sysadmin’s worst client was … his mother! Until his sister called for help

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> Forward / Back navigation buttons

If they're the ones I'm thinking of (just at the right place for your thumb to hit) they have caused me, many a time, to toggle Silent Running on - usually when in the middle of a pitched battle that I'm losing, with no shields and 40% hull.

I really should change those key bindings one day..

Maplin shutdown sale prices still HIGHER than rivals

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people are savvy enough now to realise....

I think the Maplin bosses needed to have a talk with the Screwfix management.

They manage just fine. Presumably at least partly because their rates must be significantly lower, being mostly on light industrial estates rather than in retail parks.

Big shock: $700 Internet-of-Things door lock not a success

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Re: I'm disappointed

> The idea of a biometric door lock is very sound

No, no it's not.

In your examples, you are storing the dog-walker et.al's biometric information.

Why should they give you access to their phone, their own house (if they too have one of these locks)?

How are you storing that information? What if you get hacked?

It's not a good idea. I suspect it will be repeated on here many many times : Biometric data is not authentication, it's identification.

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> An Otto-cycle 2hp engine


hp = Hurley Pugh


Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the data centre temp's delightful

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Re: Thankfully some more sensible countries (4 Alan Brown)

<altogether now...>

If there's one thing that I like,

It's a burn-up on my bike...

Boffins on alert: Brace yourselves for huge gravitational wave coming within a decade

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So all we have to do is to work out *exactly* how improbable it is....

User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

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Pah - all I ask for is a complete sentence....

Lenovo UK boss pulls the chain, flushes himself out of there

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Not as bad as ROW

2017 is already fail: Let’s try a Chinese reboot

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Re: dozidoze?


Mystery black hole hides by curbing its appetite

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The only way to really check....

Get the Asp Explorer out of storage and go and look for yourself

Farmer mooved after reunion with two-year fugitive cow

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Re: Spotted

Bit of a low blow that one.

But it's the same with felines...

My cattle be gone for days at a time.

Slough isn't fit for humans now, says Amazon. We're going to Shoreditch

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Re: SLOUGH - if despond - easily the worst place in Buckinghamshire ... or anywhere?

Oh come on...

It's not as bad as Bracknell - just bigger.

Love in the time of the internet: A personal memoir

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Ahhh... CiX

I met a few g/fs and my ex either on cix, or at cix parties, and know of quite a few marriages of cixen (some of whom haven't split up).

Hopefully, with its new lease of life there'll be plenty more of that going on in the future...

Top Brit Penguins spurn London Stock Exchange for NYSE

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You could at least....

You could at least have got his name right.

It's Doug Dennerline.

WHITE WHALE spent 4 years trying to tell us something, then stopped

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Must be just me....

I saw the headline and thought I'd missed news of a long-running Ubuntu beta that had just been canned.

Security fail for Apple as hacker cracks iOS in-app purchasing

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Re: all I can think of

Whenever *I* hear of a Russian Butcher, all I can think of is that I'm just about to find the star that fell on the cathedral....

Oatmealer rubs Operation Bear Love cash in troll's face

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That's what he said he was going to do *last week*...

Look at the first words on the article linked to "As promised, here's the photo of $211,223.04 ..."

The photos also have a small handful of coins - hard to make a round 20k with those

Menaced cartoonist raises $60,000 for copywrong

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You missed these bits

1) It's now at least $120k

2) The link to the site/page concerned must have been accidently deleted... these things happen. http://theoatmeal.com/blog/funnyjunk_letter

3) Whilst deriding him for a host of failings, you also said "sending out the takedowns becomes a full-time job." This is exactly why he has taken the path he has. Read the original.

Happy to help.

LinkedIn users buried in spam after database leak

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This is A Good Thing

at least for me.

LinkedIn was one of my 'standard low-security' passwords, it seems not to have been one of the leaked ones, but The Password Gorilla now protects all my work and home logins (across fedora and win7 - just need a gorilla client for small fondleslab now) and every single one is different.....

About bl**dy time I did it, too.... and hopefully it will encourage everyone else to do the same.

Pay Jobs due respect - by crushing the empire he created

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Seriously..?? "Based on sales"???

Are you being deliberately obtuse? In two sentences you've managed to say exactly the opposite of what you're trying to say : that Linux is both more used and is significantly cheaper.

(and no, I haven't even looked at your 'evidence')

CIX conferencing system is bought out – again

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The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

and a loosely associated UT clan - Olde Phartes ...


El Reg iPhone app rated a flaccid 12+

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+1 for my favourite limerick

Official: Microsoft buys Skype for $8.5bn

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C'mon, really

It's not as though they can make Skype for Linux any *worse*, is it now?

It's the oldest working Seagate drive in the UK

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what about....

what about pulling the sticker off and dropping tiny amounts of sunflower oil from a cocktail stick into the hole to free up the sticking drive just long enough for you to copy everything off?

Dixons offers Angry Birds on the house

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Worked for me

The article did say "tomorrow" which is now today, so that might be a clue..?

Cryptographers crack system for verifying digital images

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Oh come on.....

A cracking/hacking/security outfit with a sense of humour?

That's got to be a first, and loudly applauded!

How to make boots on Mars affordable - One way trips

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Batwings flying off the escarpments·......

That is all.

Fedora 14: haven for Ubuntu's homeless GNOMEs

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Thank you


I'd just like to say that I love F13 and 12, and I'm looking forward to loving F14.

I haven't found a way that I can contribute back to it yet (apart from encouraging my favourite paid-for app to support it), but when I can be arsed, my work machine will be upgrading from 13 to 14.

Ubuntu to play music and vids at home (although even that's looking less appealing these days) and Fedora for my "I have to get shit done" laptop.


(this messgae brought to you by F14 Live)

Facebook on the blink for second time in two days

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I take it

you've not seen the 4chan threat earlier, then?



Reverse engineer extracts Skype crypto secret recipe

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"a restriction Skype had plans to ease with the upcoming publication of an API."


The API is a pile of horse-w*nk . They've been promising for years to update it. It sucks.


AOL to sell or shutter Bebo

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+1 to this


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