* Posts by hardboiledphil

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Blackburn ain't big enough for the both of us: Mr Creamy and Mr Whippy at the centre of new ice-cream war

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Can't believe nobody has brought up Peter Kay's The Icecream Man Cometh - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0720300/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_29

It's even based in the same county.

Includes the best line ever - "Crunchies, Crunchies, how'm I supposed to make 99's with f**king Crunchies" (might need translation for non-UK readers)

Germany mulls giving end-to-end chat app encryption das boot: Law requiring decrypted plain-text is in the works

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Re: why not?

They don't even allow Google Street view in Germany

10 PRINT "ZX81 at 37" 20 GOTO 10

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My parents bought the kit for me and my uncle (who worked on library computer installations) built it up. Later I got the Memotech 16kb pack (no wobble) and then said uncle fitted like a large rs232 connector to the side of the machine and from then on I could plug in an external full size keyboard. Later I got the Memotech high res pack (192*256 ??) but wasn't much around to use it.

It did teach me BASIC though and the last 22 years I've been a developer in some form or other.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the failest mobe of all?

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Re: Its not the day to day failure with apple stuff ...

As per any device - just make sure you do a backup to a computer before you major updates. Any issue just restore it from the backup and try again a week later when they've fixed the issue

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

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Re: CONTEXT PLEASE!

How can a language not be context based? Doesn't sound possible but I'm only used to a few western languages.

Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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Re: Ditch iTunes

For me I prefer to add the music to iTunes and then it automatically syncs my playlists (latest added, top 1000, least played 1000 etc) to multiple devices without me having to even plug them in.

It's always good to have the option to drag files but it's a so slow process and I find it just wastes my time that I could be doing something else.

Apple drops dongle prices to make USB-C upgrade affordable

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Re: FFS

Precisely! I remember using dongles in the past and they had nothing to do with adaptors or convertors - they were an anti piracy measure.

I half expect the BBC to get technical stuff wrong but the Reg calling them dongles is a bit absurd.

I thought Apple were taking the pi** when they dropped the ethernet connector but it's getting silly now. Hey Apple listen to what people want NOT what you can make to advertise as fractionally better because this or fractionally better because that...

Should be a good few years in my MBPro yet but it's not looking like it will get replaced with the latest version at this rate when the time comes. I have a not-cheap HP Elitebook for work and it's terrible in comparison. I mean no back lit keyboard on a 2016 machine...really?????

Belgian court fines Skype for failing to intercept criminals' calls in 2012

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2012 was Pre-Microsoft presumably - before they took all the peer-to-peer goodness and ripped it all out and made it insecure again to the delight of governments everywhere.

Sports doping agency WADA says hackers lifted Olympic athletes' medical records

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TUE secrets?

Not sure I understand why if an exemption has approval from the official body and is therefore in effect legal that it should remain secret. Closed systems in this area seem to lead to a huge level of distrust which athletics as well as many other sports doesn't need in this day and age.

iOS 10 bricks iThings

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Re: Early adpoters beware

>> Who installs version x.0 of anything? The prudent wait for x.1 or even better x.1.2 or x.2 <<

Prudence makes sense (at least for the first couple of weeks of any release) but these days you have to actively stop it from updating so not like it's just the fanbois that get the x.0, everyone should get it.

That Public Health study? No, it didn't say 'don't do chemo'

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Time to stop the mainstream reporting on science? Let's face it they actually bring little of benefit to the population with the pathetic misrepresentations they make from any scientific reporting these days.

Hacked hookup site Ashley Madison's security was laughable

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Is anyone doing this kind of analysis/report on Dido's farcical security? Good to hear some actual facts rather than CEO media facing spoutings

Hacker shows Reg how one leaked home address can lead to ruin

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Re: ID-10-ts

So untag yourself and don't click "Allow on Timeline"...

Thunder struck: Apple kills off display line

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And presumably that was because encoding meant that file size was massively reduced. I remember editing minidv footage on my old Powerbook and the file size was huge as it recorded the whole of each and every frame in full detail.

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Re: Apple displays

2002 Cinema Display still in use daily here on the home linux box. Viewing angle is still way better than anything I've used since (mostly cheaper PC monitors admittedly)

Facebook, WhatsApp farewell BlackBerry

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The FB app on BB was ok, certainly faster on my Z10 than FB app on my iphone 4S which I gave up using a long time ago.

I did notice last week that there was an update waiting for FB on the Z10 and turns out it just replaces the app with a link to the website.

Whatsapp talking about not supporting because it doesn't do the new stuff they want to do.... It already does far more than I want it to do anyway, although whatsappweb was quite a nice surprise and saves me having to use crappy touch screens when I'm sat at home working on the laptop

Big data boffins crunch GPS traces, find altruistic route planning is good for everyone

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But eco...

The last few years most satnav's I've seen have been more interested in reducing CO2 than reducing driving times. I didn't know that they still cared that we got there the quickest possible, just that we killed less polar bears doing it

GDS gets it in the neck from MPs over Rural Payments Agency farce

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dial up speeds...

For filling out a few online forms you really only need dial-up speeds.

This does all sounds like a disaster from the start though.

Photographer hassled by Port of Tyne for filming a sign on a wall

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Re: Not all security is like that, I'm not

>> We are told to keep a eye out for people taking photographs of the site <<

Is there any actual evidence that bombers/terrorists are stood around taking pictures of buildings they are going to target. Anyone can view most of the outside of the world through google maps and if they were even half competent they would manage to get someone inside with subtle/secret camera.

Like the government's "we need this as it's proven to help us prevent terrorism"... does anyone have any actual proof that taking photos has ever led to an event or more pertinently preventing photos from being taken would stop an event from taking place.

Oh and if in Canary Wharf taking photos and you get stopped then you're not technically on public land. It's private land owned by a corporation so they have a bit more say in who they want to allow to take photos. I'm pretty sure it's possible to get advance permission though if you ask and tell them what it's for.

Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

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Re: Promises, promises

I got a free upgrade to 4G on 3 network and at home in the evening I've seen 40mbit speeds up and down - amazing speed!

2 miles away in one of the financial districts I struggle to get 1mbit and in the new office location I don't even get a signal at all, so it's pretty pointless most of the time.

You put 100,000 people/phones in a 2km square area and it just doesn't have the throughput it needs on the backend, doesn't matter if it's 3G, 4G or 5G, the higher number just makes you more annoyed it's not working as marketed. Holiday day trips to lightly populated Med' islands show how decent even 3G is when it's not over subscribed.

Oh and on the IoT... I love the quote I read on t'internet - "my boiler won't turn off because it can't see the internet". I would laugh hard at that except the landlord controls the heating for the flats from his phone....

Competition watchdog dismisses plans by TfL to uber-regulate Uber

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Re: Predatory pricing?

>> "He also questioned whether the low prices offered by some apps are kept artificially low to drive out competition — a form of predatory pricing." <<

But on the flip side if the drivers are able to move companies easily then the app charging the low prices is going to struggle to get drivers. Supply and demand works on the driver side as well as the customer side as long as drivers can leave with no/minimal penalty

How to solve a Rubik's Cube in five seconds

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You could always tell someone that cheated by swapping the stickers as they quickly became loose and fell off. Also if you know how to solve it then it's easy to work out near the end if pieces have been swapped around incorrectly.

I learned to complete it from an A4 set of instructions someone sold me back in the day and I still have them somewhere and practice a few times every year or two to keep the muscle memory working.

I can remember a conversation back when they first came out with a neighbour who in a bit of one-up-manship was convinced she'd completed 5 sides...

If MR ROBOT was realistic, he’d be in an Iron Maiden t-shirt and SMELL of WEE

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That was you yeh Dabbsy?

In the big Pikachu onesie I just passed by Royal Dock?

I live 5 mins away from the exhibition centre and just been out for a bike ride - it's like a fancy dress zombie apocalypse as all the cos-players walk from the cheap(er) local hotels to Excel. :D

Apple iPhone 6S: Same phone, another day, but TOTALLY DIFFERENT

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Re: Comment

>> It was nearly midnight and her battery dies despite being plugged into a USB adapter in the car. <<

What happens if it's a longer journey and the spare battery runs out?

Something's not right there. Why would it discharge when plugged in? Sort that problem out and the need for a spare battery goes away in this scenario...

Digital doping might make you a Tour de Virtual cycling champion

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Working out when you're stationary is easily solved by using a speed sensor - £20-30 Garmin accessory. It calibrates the speed using GPS not wheel size and then when you're at a standstill it reads 0. Clever how it uses old tech (magnet/sensor) to solve the issue!

Court KOs irate Apple iMessenger woman's bid for class-action face off

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>> Its a great feature to save network costs but you need to be able to opt out of it to.<<

You can. Just turn it off.

I prefer to use it where possible because you get delivery/read receipts as standard so I know when the recipient has read it. Like SMS used to do in the good old days...

Ballmer's billion-dollar blunders: When he gambled Microsoft's money and lost

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Re: Hmmm

Does anybody/anyentity really need 20,000 engineers??? Sounds like too many cooks....

Drop-stitch: Microsoft's 3D Photosynth app sinks into oblivion

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It's one of two MS apps I still use

I've had it installed for the life of this 4S and can't remember the last time it required an update - if ever...

And panoramic in OS8 is NOT the same as Photosynth. If you want to shoot a long horizon then both might provide something similar but you can get pretty creative with Photosynth. I used it several times last week in Rome including getting a full 360 view of the Pantheon. No chance of doing that with built in app.

Anyone else providing similar tech for app/phone?

Surviving Hurricane Katrina: A sysadmin's epic DR (as in Didn't Realise) odyssey

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rewards?

I hope he was suitably recompensed for actions that seem to be more along the lines of a company owner than a sys-admin.

NASA's New Horizon probe rudely fires its thruster at gnome planet

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Slllllooowww

And I thought my upload speed to Dropbox was slow...

Scientists love MacBooks (true) – but what about you?

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Try updating a 4 year old PC. Memory types change, disk controllers change, very little is re-usable apart from the box and power supply which don't cost that much anyway. You pretty much end up buying whole new insides and reusing the case, which isn't really upgrading more replacing.

Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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Shirley...

20 police could have managed to stop traffic on a busy road should the cow have gone anywhere near. I suspect they already did slow the traffic down with all the cars/vans parked up with lights on only adding to the rubber necking.

Google cracks down on browser ad injectors after shocking study

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More of an annoyance

So we probably don't really care who's getting the money for the click through but these things are annoying. Recently had the misfortune of using a friends machine which had exactly one of these extensions. Type your search in google and the list pops up as expected and then just as you're about to click on the link the whole page scrolls down while a new list of mostly the same links is shoved in at the top.

Would be interesting to see what happened with 3 or 4 of these installed - browser injector wars! Only the strongest will survive!!

Euro broadcast industry still in a fug over that 4K-ing UHD telly

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Re: Ultra HD?

>> The shows here in Germany are often American programs that have been dubbed in German. I'd like to be able to switch them back to the original audio - but they either broadcast just in German, or in multiple German editions. Just gimme the original language ffs. <<

I did a student exchange UK to Germany in 1986 and I was amazed that the cable tv they had could do exactly that - they had English and German sound tracks switch-able at the press of a remote control button. Good to see after all this time and massive advancements in tech that they've forgotten how to do this....

Assange's cop chaperones have cost £10 MEEELLION to date

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Re: Looking on the bright side.......

Weekend at Bernie's style - wheeling him up to the window once in a while to make it look like he's still there??

If it's just watching then surely "SecurityRus" are cable of placing some cheap labour outside the door for a lot less. Give them a paygo mobile and tell them to ring 999 if he pops his head out of the door.

Grand Theft Auto 1997: 'Sick, deluded and beneath contempt'

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Re: Memories

It was rated 18 in the UK - I got ID checked buying it at HMV so your local independent was clearly more interested in your ££ than protecting your youthful innocence.

1,000mph ROCKET CAR project dogged by beancounters

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Cosworth still make engines for other race series: http://www.cosworth.com/products/racing-engines/gp-series/

It could also be an old F1 Cosworth engine - don't recall anything saying it had to be a current F1 engine.

Alibaba reports China's Singles Day is the world's biggest orgy of shopping

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3,200+ trades a second average for a whole day?

Hopefully they're not depending on Yodel to deliver them

Sporty in all but name: Peugeot 308 e-THP 110

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Re: Looks?

Blame NCAP and EU safety rules... Cars have to pass the same safety tests and the design to get them to pass those tests invariably forces the designers to come up with the same solutions. More here:

http://www.wired.com/2007/11/will-pedestrian/

SHOW ME THE MONEY! Ballmer on Amazon: 'They're not a real biz, they make NO cash'

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In my mind there's a huge difference between 'not making a profit/not paying tax' and losing $437m in one quarter. Half a billion loss is a weird strategy to avoid giving the government some cash

Mac security packages range from peachy to rancid – antivirus tests

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Re: Macs only need a HIPS..

I've seen Rapport cause the fans to kick in on a windows laptop doing absolutely nothing. It's a horrible piece of software recommended to me by my bank. Needless to say it was soon removed.

I run no AV on my macs but I do use ad-block, flash-block etc as well as Little Snitch which should I happen to catch anything will generally highlight that something new is trying to access the network. I've seen evidence before where malware looked to see if this product existed and didn't install itself it it did.

Oh and stay off bit-torrent. That's the easiest way to get someone to type their password in to install something they think they want when it's actually compromised.

Why hackers won't be able to hijack your next flight - the facts

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Re: We don't need no stinkin' backups

You should test your ABS on the road partly so you know it works but more importantly that YOU know how it feels on the bike when it does work. On cars most drivers will lift off the pedal once they feel it pulsing (ABS working) when really they should just keep their foot pressed down hard and just worry about steering. Having not ridden a bike with it the first thing I'd want to know is what it felt like when it was doing its job.

Surprise! Government mega-infrastructure project cocked up

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I would agree that it's better to have a CBA than not have one but as HS2 showed if someone wants it enough then they will happily skew the stats/figures to make it look viable.

Pentagon hacker McKinnon can't visit sick dad for fear of extradition

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Facepalm

How about not telling the newspapers and just getting the train up there. Unless they have black ops watching his father in hospital how will they know he's there. There was no passport control last time I crossed the Borders. Maybe best not to use the credit card to buy the ticket mind.

Apple 'sapphire glass' fronts for iPhone 6? It's NEWS to SUPPLIERS

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Re: Call me cynical

<< which followed people queuing for the last iphone, one punter in the queue who queued for a long time, but cited colour for the reason to be buying a new iphone. Not security, not faster processor, not larger screen ... colour. >>

I think the programme was valid but perhaps this tells us that in the main phones are good enough now to do what we want them to do so differentiation by colour is more important to the average punter. That certainly used to be the case 15 years ago where most phones managed to do the same thing (calls and texts) and so people were more interested in colours than marginal new tech.

French Senate passes anti-Amazon amendment

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Re: ok.. who sets the base reference for prices?

I can recall back in 2000 having Indian colleagues who would fly home with empty suitcases and bring back loads of IT related books as even at RRP over there they were a fraction of the cost of UK RRP and still significantly less than UK discounted price. Publishers are very fussy about regions and licences - hence why we have strange things like we can buy versions of books in airports that we can't buy on the high street.

Face up to a double life with hybrid Office 365

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Re: Time to call "Time ladies and gentlemen" on the cloud...

I'd expect a good percentage of decisions for things like this will be done to meet a strategy not because it's necessarily the best thing to go. Like offshoring, once the board has it in their head that it's the thing to do, it will happen whether it makes sense in that case or not.

Gid E-Up? Vulture's claw presses pedal to metal on VW's 'leccy motor

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Re: Car gets 2 year warranty?

Manufacturers such as Kia might be giving out long warranties but it's probably more as a marketing technique to get people to trust the longevity of their products (which are generally very good). VW doesn't need to do this marketing so probably chooses to save money in the future by not offering long warranties. Do what you need to sell the product rather than do everything you can to keep the customer happy.

GAME ON: Top 10 tellies for a World Cup kicking

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Re: The names...

Don't know about the other brands but when looking at Samsung last year and filtering by 1080p, 3D, net connected, LED, 40" on the website there were still something like 16 variants to choose from..... That much choice you can't just call them 40" premium/normal/el cheapo but need to start using combinations you'll never remember, just like the password you keep forgetting as the sysadmin has set a crazy strict password policy at work...

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