* Posts by RockBurner

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Samsung to let proper Linux distros run on Galaxy smartmobes

RockBurner

Hmm - be interesting to see just how much the hardware can take... Nested VM's on a nested VM anyone?

Is there going to be any way that the phone can stop you? (apart from simply not being able to do it).

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Watch out for Microsoft Word DDE nasties: Now Freddie Mac menaced

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Re: Bye

I can think of several roles within an office that would legitimately be opening emails advertising special offers for trips to entertainment venues: anyone who does 'team moral' for starters. The vast majority of them (ime) are utterly clueless technologically speaking, so I'd expect this attack vector to be pretty successful.

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Argh, my loafer just fell down the rope ladder! Yes, I'm in the Microsoft treehouse

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TMTLAs

AV in this context being?

Anti-Virus? Aviva? Audio Visual? (presumably), see wiki for more choices (some slightly worrying in context): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AV

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Xperia XZ1: Sony spies with its MotionEye something beginning...

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Re: Real world usage @Brangdon

I currently have a Xperia Z5 Compact and it's an extremely good phone.

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Real world usage

Are they still IP67/8 ? the environmental protection on Sonys is always one of the bigger selling points for me.

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Super Cali's futuristic robo-cars in focus – even though watchdogs say they're something quite atrocious

RockBurner

Re: Who wants this?

I think you'll find that we're* in the minority.

Most people couldn't give a shit as long as they get where they want to go, in as short a time as possible, with minimal amounts of other cars getting in the way. Just look at the way most people drive now, it's a hassle. If they could be using the time for other things (FB, emails, calls, eating etc) they would.

As long as the autonomous cars can look like status symbols as well as doing the job of getting from A-B most people will be happy.

* petrolheads

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Microsoft shows off Windows 10 Second Li, er, Mixed Reality

RockBurner

Re: Nah

I'm still waiting for my AR-enabled contact lenses.

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Physicists win Nobel Prize for spotting ripples in fabric of space-time

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@WibbleMe - you a Paycheck fan?

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

RockBurner

If I'm reading this right.....

"acts of terrorism" means acts of persons acting on behalf of, or in connection with, any organisation which carries out activities directed towards the overthrowing or influencing, by force or violence, of Her Majesty's government in the United Kingdom or any other government de jure or de facto.

Terrorism Act 2000 - Wikipedia

Then driving your car into a herd of people isn't terrorism. Shooting a copper isn't terrorism, etc etc, UNTIL some muppet claims that it was supposedly contrary to the UK Government's influence.

Doesn't this actually mean that invoking the Terrorism Act is illegal, until that communique comes through, because no act is terrorism until it's proven to be "... directed towards the overthrowing or influencing, by force or violence, of Her Majesty's government...".

Maybe I'm just being picky...

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RockBurner

I daresay she can't operate a ratchet spanner either. May as well ban them too, it's the same concept.

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Hubble spies most distant comet zipping through Solar System

RockBurner

First thought was that the Sleeper Service was starting it's run...

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¡Dios mío! Spain blocks DNS to hush Catalonian independence vote sites

RockBurner

Point of order

But since when have the Basque Country and Catalonia been neighbours?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nationalities_and_regions_of_Spain#/media/File:Ccaa-spain.png

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Microsoft reveals details of flagship London store within spitting distance from Apple's

RockBurner

Is this where you go to get support for o365 outages?

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Falling apart at the seamless: Inside Apple's LTE Watch fiasco

RockBurner

no surprises here

"It's a known issue with unauthenticated networks. If you've previously logged onto a Wi-Fi network that needs a browser login (common with public networks like those found in hotels) via your iPhone, then this is sought out by the Watch. But the Watch has no browser, so you can't get in. "

Not a surprise at all. It's a typical mistake by Silicon Valley developers who are all automatically fully networked on a permanent basis, they automatically seem to assume that all other users of their gear are also automatically fully networked to the gills 24/7/366.

Very similar to Google's assumptions with Pixel and Chromebooks that ALL data can be cloud-stored and by 100% accessible by the device at all times.

I wonder when any hi-tech dev in California last had to open their wi-fi settings to login to a new network? The rest of us are having to deal with network black spots or shifting from 3G to 4G to wifi or nothing all the time.

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

RockBurner

I disagree with those who aren't recommending the first 2 "Colour of Magic" & "Light Fantastic". As 'world-setters' they create the whole stage for the Discworld brilliantly, and quite frankly, as a fan of Robert E Howard, Cohen is my favourite character.

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Here's how the missile-free Royal Navy can sink enemy ships after 2018

RockBurner

Re: lack of stealth ?!

RE the Prop - I'm not radar expert, but the prop on a Stringbag is wood.... does that make a difference?

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Up close with the 'New Psion' Gemini: Specs, pics, and genesis of this QWERTY pocketbook

RockBurner

Mini PC

I'm no sys admin, but I'd love to have something like this as a true 'Pocket PC'.

I'm not interested in having it act as a phone - I generally find I that if I'm making a call I need to do 'stuff' on the screen that I can't do when I'm holding the thing to my head. Phone and PC as separate items makes more sense (BT headsets suck).

But as a tiny laptop.... now you're talking. FAR easier to carry around than any tablet with keyboard combo, or iMacAir/Netbook - if they stick a 'TouchPoint' (other names are far better known... ) cursor control onboard as well then I think I'd be throwing cash at them now.

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When Pornhub meets the Internet of Fridges

RockBurner

"Home Depot white goods audition for part in 9 and a Half Weeks remake"

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Star Trek film theory: 50 years, 13 films, odds good, evens bad? Horta puckey!

RockBurner

Flash Gordon?

Quote: Star Wars is basically Flash Gordon - captiv

Quote: Star Trek is basically Flash Gordon – except a bit more "intellectual"

Your cake, sir?

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Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

RockBurner

go from stand-by to 1.32 gigawatts in 12 seconds eh...

so - all we need to do now is get it up to 88 miles per hour?

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HERE: We're still, er... HERE

RockBurner

Re: No re-routing?

You've obviously never tried to memorise 400 miles of French backroads that you've never been on and only looked at on a map....

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No re-routing?

I need this app. I am fed up beyond description with every sodding navigation system having re-routing functionality that can NOT be turned off.

Fine if you don't know where you're going nor how to get there, but when I DO know where I'm going, and I HAVE planned an 'interesting' journey, I don't want to be guided back to busy motorways every sodding junction!

Mine's the one hanging under the motorcycle helmet.....

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Sena's multi-action camera monster, or Cardo's PackTalk club rider juggernaut?

RockBurner

Re: Speakers or earplugs?

Speakers or earplugs?

So I've not had a helmet since '88 that didn't have bad wind noise, even including the expensive Schuberth Helme ones, so I wear Etymotic ER 20 earplugs on every ride. It would seem speakers are useless on a naked bike. Are these reviewed units speaker only or are they earphone compatible?

I don't care about music, but talking to a passenger or other rider is valuable.

I've used a Scala system with in-helmet speakers and earplugs in the lugholes; and could hear the voice traffic clearly, whilst having the wind-noise cut out very nicely. Earplugs only block certain frequencies - mainly the damaging high ones.

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RockBurner

Re: If you stream music

If you stream music

while you are riding a bike then you deserve all you get.

Anything that distracts you from the road and the numpties in their tin-cans can be fatal to you.

Biers are referred to as 'organ donors' in many hospitals. Listening to Music while sitting on the front seat of a bike is plain loony IMHO.

Why is that different to a car driver using a radio?

Or are you one of the paranoid IAMers who thinks that 'everyone is out to get them' ?

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A font farewell to Fontdeck as website service closes

RockBurner

Re: The real reason..

It wasn't a one-time payment, it was an annual fee.

I can see their arguement - the matrix of font 'behaviours' is only going to grow when you consider that each operating system / browser combination seems to render fonts differently, not to mention that each font and even each face within a font seems to be built with different configurations of baselines /character spacing, etc etc.

I've always found their tech-support service to be excellent too.

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Pluto flashes its unusual pits

RockBurner

Looks more like meteorite debris on a snowfield to me.....

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

RockBurner

Oculus

takes Virtual Larping to an 'ole new level

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Don't want to upgrade to Windows 10? You'll download it WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT

RockBurner

it's a pernicious practise

A friend of mine (very non computer literate) uses an old laptop via a 3G dongol (lives on a houseboat IIRC, no phone line, no broadband, no wifi).

Her 3G account has been effectively terminated and massive over-use charges applied to her account because of these huge downloads.

Of course she doesn't understand why.

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Return of the Pocket PC: Acer shows off Jade Primo PC Phone

RockBurner

sooo it's another stab at the Asus PadPhoneTransformer?

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Roll up, roll up, as LG launches stealthy Bluetooth keyboard

RockBurner

Missed opportunity!!

They need to add a c***-mouse.

https://xkcd.com/243/

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

RockBurner

"awww, iflscience has a downer on humans, poor humans"

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Brits send Star Wars X-wing fighter to the stratosphere

RockBurner

Lift

under the question of lift - there may be some lift of the bodyshape of an X-wing (also - there may not be - anyone stuck one in an wind-tunnel yet?)

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New antenna supports all three wireless charging standards

RockBurner

Re: Next up...

Methinks Hanna Barbera might have something to say about that?

http://www.hotink.com/wacky/03_ani.gif

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My self-driving cars may lead to human driver ban, says Tesla's Musk

RockBurner

All or nothing

The only way I see this working (in all honesty) is for it to be universal, and immediate. IE: December 31st 20XX - any driver worth his salt heads out on their last chance power drive on the road to nowhere.

January 1st 20XX+1 - all cars are controlled by computer: NO humans involved whatsoever. All liability is now in the hands (brains?) of the corporations who are legally held responsible for every life on the roads .

It's the only way that it could work - human drivers are too unpredictable for software to keep up with - especially if it has to 'phone home' whenever it comes across a previously un-anticipated situation.

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You gotta keep a smart watch on the Swiss, Apple: Enter SWATCH

RockBurner

Swatch are in for a good shout

They've got plenty of experience with making 'near-field' watches reliable for years. They've had a 'programmable pass' watch for at least 20 years that's compatible with things like Ski-lift system in resorts.

Shoving in an NFC chip instead of a proprietary one, and programming an associated bit of memory with bank account information would be a p-o-p (essentially taking the chip out of the credit card and making it editable). It's an ideal use case scenario for something like Oyster readers too - no need for a tinfoil wallet - with only 1 NFC 'device' near the reader there's no chance of duplicate-payments. Security is no doubt doable.

Come to think of it.... why ISN'T there an Oyster (S)watch??

(or is there? - swift google : http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/Swatch-In-Talks-To-Make-TFL-Oyster-Watch : I bet the 'talks broke down')

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EE squashes Orange UK: France Telecom's been 'destroying it for years'

RockBurner

time to jump ship

So, one bunch of consumer ignoring cretins is being taken over by another bunch of consumer ignoring cretins? Life goes on in the corporate dogpits.

Still - as good a reason as any to drop the bloody annoying 2 year contracts, the impossible to cancel marketing text messages; and jump into the giant peach of buying the phone I actually want to have and getting something like a giff-gaff or similar rolling deal.

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Post-Microsoft, post-PC programming: The portable REVOLUTION

RockBurner

Asus Transformer (mine's a TF300T), VXConnectBot and DroidEdit make for a reasonable thin client (if I understand the term correctly), I just wish it had more RAM and that upload speeds on domestic broadband (I'm looking at you here Virgin) were better.

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Amazon hopes FIRE STICK will light up its video service

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Reg bloke zips through an iPHONE 6 queue from ZERO to 60 SECONDS

RockBurner

DM links??

Has the Reg sunk so low??

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TROUT and EELS in SINISTER PACT to RULE the oceans

RockBurner

Re: Hope

Hardly - most politicos will just see them as another (albeit tasty) threat to their power base

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Cave scrawls prove Neanderthals were AT LEAST as talented as modern artists

RockBurner

Who's more (or less) intelligent....

... the artist, or the one who actually forks over huge amounts of money for a few scribbles?

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Plucky Rockall adventurer prepares to leave islet

RockBurner

"although I think the pod will survive the fall, the shock of hitting the water may crack the hatches, and if the pod were then to roll, it would fill with water and be lost".

Oddly - I'd assumed the survival pod was a life-raft as well (in case it got swept off into the ocean by heavy seas.... something that nearly happened). Obviously not.

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Google updates Maps app for iOS, Android, adds Uber support

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Gimp

Re: Offline functionality...

Only going to happen when all of Google's employees have their 24hr wi-fi and 4G service taken away from them for a week and realise that being online is not a permanent state of being.

Google = Borg?

(closest icon I could see)

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Reg readers wot won it: Five flee reality armed with smart strap-ons

RockBurner

Grant Mitchell?

Really?

(can't see an 'Enders related icon..)

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Little pink handjob: Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact

RockBurner

units again...

Anyone else getting a little miffed at having to use 2,300 mAh and 3,000mAh instead of 2.3Ah and 3Ah? Shirley it'd be easier to use the shorter form? Or is marketing speak leading this trend for ignoring normal unit usage?

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Flying Toaster screen savers return on GitHub

RockBurner

Ah yes....

'Burn-in turned out to be very difficult to achieve'...

Obviously the author never stood on the concourse at Paddington attempting to decipher the times on the overhead CRT screens at the end of each platform.

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Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

RockBurner

pile of steaming....

Just loving the background image of 'obsolete' equipment.... including a Dell running Win8.1!

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Hot, fit, SWEATY users stroke Backbeats model, beg: DON'T CALL US

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In support of balanced views...

I've been using a Plantronics BackBeat GO bluetooth headphone set for a couple of months now (since Xmas) and they've been really rather good. I use them daily for the walk to work, and have used them in the gym once where they were fine - didn't fall out and didn't get in the way. Music is good quality (although admittedly I most use them for listening to streaming radio), and phone calls are crystal clear.

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NASA probe orbiting Moon sights ANOTHER SPACECRAFT

RockBurner

Nasa taking selfies again?

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Spare external hard drives gathering dust? Share your stuff with fellow cloud fear types

RockBurner

Daisy Chaining?

So - how many usb sticks/drives can you daisy chain into it? (I assume there's a limit), and would it list them individually or as one big drive?

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