* Posts by BrownishMonstr

222 posts • joined 22 May 2011

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Tick-tock, tick-tock. Oh, that's just the sound of compromised logins waiting to ruin your day

BrownishMonstr

Re: Changing your passwords often is STUPID

The pain a monthly password change causes isn't worth it. I now have a script to update my password every 28 days, along with my local IIS password, and Windows Credentials so I don't waste time wondering why I can't debug, or trying to access our local NuGet repo.

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Security procedures are good – follow them and you get to keep your job

BrownishMonstr

Re: Almost...

I prefer "motorists tend to believe speed limits are good but some aren't very sensible and most certainly are not equally effective throughout the day"

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Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag

BrownishMonstr

Re: Let's see...

Resetting the device might be policy. When we had to send our Samsung Tab A in for repair under warranty they did the same stating privacy reasons.

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It looks like tech-savvy drivers will have to lead connected car data purge

BrownishMonstr

Re: My solution.

Why all the emphasis on a connected car? It's the unnatural evolution of cars merging with modern tech.

To be able to use your phone via the car would be great. Instead of using whatever shite was bundled with the car you could use the entertainment and sat nav on your phone.

Intelligent transportation systems, would also bpea logical step forward. To determine when the traffic light in front of you will change so you can either slow down enough that you won't have to stop, or you know you'll have to wait a while.

Without a connected car this and so much more wouldn't be possible.

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Self-driving cars will be safe, we're testing them in a massive AI Sim

BrownishMonstr

AV will change history. People will no longer own cars but instead pods. AV cars will come to pick up the pod with the human sitting comfortably inside. The taxi will then take the pod and human occupants to the train railway station. There it will be part of an underground electromagnetic tunnel train which will potentially allow pods to travel faster and with little traffic jams, keeping overground roads free. The train will take the pod to its destination, such as an airport that will place the pod in the aeroplane. After a long and thoughtful whatchamacallit (~3s) the AV plane decides to fly into the sun, where trucks decide to kill humans and helicopters deciding to be their saviour. But at least we don't have to drive.

p.s. Sorry to the chap whose future patent is now ruined.

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BrownishMonstr

That's the great thing about inventions, you accomplish something for the mere joy, to prove a theory, or to solve some issue. Then someone out there realises it could be used in a totally/slightly different scenario with amazing benefits.

The feck up is statistically speaking the person the idea belongs to probably don't have the opportunity to make the idea come into fruition.

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Talk about left Field: Apple lures back Tesla engineering guru

BrownishMonstr

After owning several androids and seeing the response of several of their users I decided not to buy an android any time soon,due to their annoyances. Such as apps wanting to be remain (fully or partially) on main phone memory, and general sluggishness over time.

After also owning several Nokia/Microsoft Windows Phones I decided not to invest in any more since MS canned development on it, and lack of any meaningful apps.

Maybe I'm getting old but I think everything is just crap on the market. Currently enjoying my iPhone 8 plus over the past year, and hoping I won't hate it like my previous phones—but I'm not hopeful.

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You want to know which is the best smartphone this season? Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart

BrownishMonstr

Re: This should not go unnoticed:

I am confused, are you stating the cells which regenerate faster are more likely to cause cancer or less?

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Mamma Mia! UK film fans forced to Q as Vue's website craps itself

BrownishMonstr

Thanks for the correction.

In the north I've seen more vue cinemas than odeob, to me odeon are mostly in cities or the bigger towns.

The Odeon in Preston is just terribly cold but the Trafford centre one isn't too bad

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BrownishMonstr

Odeon only seem to run in cities. Vue has 228 sites in the UK with Odeon having 122, I'm not quite surprised by the news to be honest

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High Tech Concern: Struggling HTC to slash a quarter of workforce

BrownishMonstr

I think the news, at least for me, is that they still exist.

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Judge on Microsoft gender discrimination case finds 'flaw' in class grouping argument

BrownishMonstr

Re: Tigra 07

As to male teachers, for my kids there was not a single male teacher at their primary school the entire time they were there.

Well, duh, men just cannot be trusted around children. It's not like in the history of teaching a female teacher has ever, ever had relationships with male students or even with a female student, or like got pregnant with a student.

Obviously.

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Julian Assange said to have racked up $5m security bill for Ecuador

BrownishMonstr

The question is why are they still putting up with him.

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Trademark dispute by Dr Dre against Dr Drai the gynaecologist dismissed

BrownishMonstr

Re: If Dr Dre is worried about confusion

But that would just cause more confusion since his name is Andre. Oh I get it, autocorrection.

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My Tibetan digital detox lasted one morning, how about yours?

BrownishMonstr

Re: Fifty shades of tea

I find redbush has a hint of honey taste and naturally sweet. But can get quite nauseously sweet a bit too quick.

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RIP, Swype: Thanks for all the sor--speec--speedy texting

BrownishMonstr

I honestly liked the keyboard on Windows phone, moving to iOS for obvious reasons meant having to find an alternative since Microsoft scrapped their own keyboard on non Windows platforms. SwiftKey despite being owned by Microsoft isn't a like for like alternative.

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Iran: We have defeated evil nuclear-sensing Western lizards!

BrownishMonstr

Re: Played right into their hands

Yes they are supposed to be open with their nuclear activities. But I'm guessing there are many factions within the country, each with their own ideology and place on the political spectrum, there is—like many countries—a lot of bollockticking going on.

We may be laughing at them but few in the country would know.

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BrownishMonstr

Played right into their hands

They'll be quoting your article as evidence this and much more is being done to them.

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HomePod, you say? Sex sex sex, that's all you think about

BrownishMonstr

Re: Medication warnings

They are likely putting your ailment in perspective. If you would rather die than be ill then fine, take the damn pills. Otherwise stop being such a <insert choice of words>.

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Why aren't you being arbiters of truth? MPs scream at Facebook, YouTube, Twitter

BrownishMonstr

I have a feeling the left wing aren't much better but as I lean to the left I'm more biased abd less likely to view them as biased.

We humans are not as evolved as we need to be...

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BrownishMonstr

Re: You mean children don't have to have Twitter accounts?

Me thinks the children will get their information from their parents, who may well be users of the social media. So children may just end up being exposed to lies, but as the lies fall into the parents' viewpoint they might not even realise whether it's the truth or not.

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No sh*t, Sherlock! Bloke suspected of swallowing drug stash keeps colon schtum for 22 DAYS

BrownishMonstr

...Upon finding the defendent guilty the judge further decides the defendent must clean up his own shit.

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Dori-no! PepsiCo boss says biz is planning to sell lady crisps

BrownishMonstr

Re: <insert word>'tard

The problem with branding them as gender specific, or even specific to any group, is people outside of that group or do not want to associate with may not want to buy it causing loss of sales. If you're marketing something for old people, you've lost potential customers outside of your target market (even if they would find it easier) and people within it who wouldn't like to think themselves as old.

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FYI: That Hawaii missile alert was no UI blunder. Someone really thought the islands were toast

BrownishMonstr

Conflicting information

So the drill message said both "exercise, exercise, exercise" and "this is not a drill"?

Just in case of someone fucking up in a whole different way, I'm not surprised the ysent it out. What if the same message was played out in a real scenario and no one got the alert, then there really would be trouble.

The drill message shouldn't have stated it isn't a drill, doing so may have panicked the operator who took least damaging option.

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UK taxman has domain typo-squatter stripped of HMRC web addresses

BrownishMonstr

Re: Trademark letters?

I think the URL registered with the word "Return" in it kind of gave their intentions away. You aren't interested in typo-squatting and getting away with it are you?

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UK.gov pushes ahead with legal right to 10Mbps

BrownishMonstr

Infrastructure should be owned by the state, including railway lines, telephone lines, gas pipes, water pipes, etc.

To give that responsibility to companies means they'll do the minimum required by law and maximise ROI. Governments will have to do the minimum for votes, which may be better for consumers.

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How about that time Russian military used a video game pic as proof of US aiding ISIS?

BrownishMonstr

Re: The worrying thing...

The problem with arming the rebels could be They'll use them against us in the near future. They'll be the next Al Qaeda, or whatever.

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Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

BrownishMonstr

Wait,even more tax on fuel? Supposedly we pay 61%of fuel duty, plus VAT on top of the duty and fuel. It might not be called tax but it's practically the same.

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Snap: We've blown $3bn this year and Tencent wants to give us more

BrownishMonstr

I am sure they get enough through advertisements, although with Facebook eating into their share of the market they probably cannot charge as much for custom made filters that can potentially reach thousands.

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Google, Volkswagen spin up quantum computing partnership

BrownishMonstr

I'm quite surprised they're working together. I used to work in Bentley, owned by VW group, and a colleague told me of a story where some VW executives/people had a meeting with a Google executive (supposedly one of the founders). The Google executive was wearing jeans and when the VW security had one look they kicked him out. When The VW executives realised this they had to beg for him to come back. Needless to say, whatever it was VW wanted Google didn't care in the slightest.

Of course, take with a pinch of salt. "A colleague told me that someone told him that..." could very well be Chinese whispers.

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Tesla buys robot maker. Hang on, isn't that your sci-fi bogeyman, Elon?

BrownishMonstr

Re: Selling factories?

@imanidiot

Great Futurama reference!

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Car insurers recoil in horror from paying auto autos' speeding fines

BrownishMonstr

Who is liable for dictating the speed limit? Will some human make the decision based on how they're feeling that day? Based on some stuff they learned from someone else, who observed it from a flawed survey. Will it be static or will it be vary by day/time/traffic /school holidays/etc.

Before we answer who is liable to pay the speed limit we should ask what the speed limit is and whether it's different for human drivers, and autonomous cars. Human drivers are usually great at doing many things but bad at each specific thing, especially concentrating on more than one thing at a single time. Autonomous cars can't do many things human drivers can, but they could potentially be great at a core set of tasks and could be Observing all around the car.

Observing the speed limit is one thing. Setting the speed limit is another.

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What just trousered a $4.5bn profit, has glum desktop chip sales, and rhymes with go to hell?

BrownishMonstr

Re: What news site just entered the "fake news" section?

Don't forget one of their articles starting with "You won't believe this". It might be a joke but at a glance in a news app it looks like any other fake news.

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VR-bonkers Microsoft yanks plug out of Kinect

BrownishMonstr

Microsofts products are like those jokes which would have been funny but very badly executed.

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'Screaming' man fined $149 for singing 'Everybody Dance Now'

BrownishMonstr

Yet doing it in the car could still get you a date with the courts.

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BrownishMonstr

Re: Spitting Image

The brain is probably missing?

I'm quite sure it's been eaten by alien bugs. I think he qualifies as Braindead.

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Remember how you said it was cool if your mobe network sold your name, number and location?

BrownishMonstr

If you aren't paying for the product then you are the product...oh, wait...

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Twitter: Why we silenced Rose McGowan after she slammed alleged sex pest Harvey Weinstein

BrownishMonstr

Re: This is a bit embarassing

She also came in a Robert Rodriguez film titled Planet Terror with a gun for a leg, which I thought was awesome in my teenage years 10yrs ago.

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Frustrated Britons struggle to locate their packages: Royal Mail tracker smacked

BrownishMonstr

Ah Royal Mail, the delivery company who fares a lot worse than Planet Express and appears to be using technology from when it was privatised.

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Mattel's Internet-of-kiddies'-Things Aristotle canned before release

BrownishMonstr

I feel like my ability to not do what adverts say is diminishing, or they've become much butter.

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Microsoft Edge shock: Browser opts for Apple WebKit, Google Blink

BrownishMonstr

Re: "Microsoft said it hasn't ported its EdgeHTML engine"

I never had that problem with my Windows 10 phone /mobile/deadweight, though it might be because I had a bigger screen phone (a phablet, if you will, though I dislike the word).

My issue with Edge was it stopped rendering anything and I couldn't even refresh or switch tabs. A forced close was the only way to fix it.

I miss windows phone, or at least what it once was. I would have still use it but I've moved to the dark side now, with iOS but I really miss the keyboard on Windows phone, the swipe was good and for some reason it is better than the Swift keyboard, which MS owns.

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ISIS and Jack Daniel's: One of these things is not like the other

BrownishMonstr

Not sure about the text at the top but the circle and text inside is old. I liked it when I first saw it, which was at least 10-15 years ago and I am fairly sure it's much older than that. So probably was made in a a cave but not in this century.

As for Paint, it went downhill when it got ribbonised and features were dropped.

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Forget sexy zero-days. Siemens medical scanners can be pwned by two-year-old-days

BrownishMonstr

Re: Fabulus. Some of those are Windows bugs, others are in remote admin tools that don't need ID

Could some sort of PKI Card reader not be implemented, so doctors would only have to remember their own PIN.

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Uber wasn't to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to 'beat the lights'

BrownishMonstr

Re: Two sets of traffic lights are needed

If the public purse were to pay for it I think there would be an incentive for there to be more autonomous cars on the road.

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Autonomous vehicles inquiry set up in the UK

BrownishMonstr

I think he means as in the two signs on the right:

Signs.

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Sino the times: MSN to pull Chinese portal

BrownishMonstr

Hey up, you're making it sound more pleasant than the gov we've got...

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Mobile: DevOps for IT shops. Minus the upheaval

BrownishMonstr

Re: DevOps is bollocks

I thought the point of DevOps was to split teams up not by their function, but rather by the projects they will be working on. So, everybody working on Project X will be sitting relatively close to each other, likewise with Project Y.

This may give individuals a better idea of what someone else working on the project is doing, instead of assuming they're crap at what they do. The person may also realise the quality of work they produce and how it affects those who receive it, and change their own working pattern accordingly so to produce better output. The problem with this is if two people are doing the same thing but on different projects, and therefore sitting in different teams, when one learns something that could have potentially benefited from this, they won't.

At least, that's my understanding.

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Three: We won't hike prices if you say yes to £10.5bn O2 merger

BrownishMonstr

I've felt like changing my sim-only plan to a contract with a phone. But then after looking I've felt better off with my £9 plan with 1GB data, 600 minutes and 3000 texts. There was a £3 a month add-on for unlimited data without tethering (I think) which increased to £5 last time I checked, but I'm normally under my allowance. The contract was originally £12 but I rang them to leave my then £10 contract and switch to Tesco, but they gave me this offer. It must have been a year or two now since it's been on-rolling.

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Cat vids return to Pakistan as YouTube turns on censor-matic

BrownishMonstr

Ahh...'Blasphemy'. The ultimate word. They can use it to their own advantage and then get the rest of the country on their side just because the rest of the country are too scared to be 'blasphemous'.

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Star Wars Battlefront: Is this the shooter you’re looking for?

BrownishMonstr

Re: Doesn't even deserve the Battlefront title

It isn't a reskinned battlefield 4, I know because that's what I hoped it to be.

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