* Posts by wolfetone

3066 posts • joined 6 Aug 2011

Zuckerberg gets a night off: Much-hyped Euro grilling was all smoke, absolutely no heat

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"We could always put our questions on the side of a bus?"

Don't be a fool.

You can only stick promises you don't mean to keep on the side of buses. Not actual questions.

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"The MEPs will all be able to claim their expenses, so a successful day for them."

It was good to see Farage turn up and do his job for once. It's a pity he didn't give the same effort in his job of working in the fisheries section of the EU though. But he got paid either way so he's not complaining, well, not about the money anyway.

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Braking news: Tesla preps firmware fling to 'fix' Model 3's inability to stop in time

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"Many a time I've witnessed some tit in the outside lane racing the bollocks off of a Yaris and getting up the arse of something like an M3 or other car that would likely stop in half the distance it would."

I was watching Car S.O.S the other week and Tim Shaw was trying to blag (like he usually does) performance brake pads for a car they were working on. The guy showed him several types of pads, and he gave them the highest performing pad that was road legal. Shaw asked why they couldn't have the higher performing pads and why they weren't legal. The guy said the higher performing pads are illegal because the car would stop too quick.

In your scenario, the Yaris could have far better tyres and pads than the M3. More often than not (in Birmingham at least), the rude bois who drive the M3's throw on the cheapest tyres they can find and the cheapest parts they can afford, while spunking the rest of the money on removing the DPF and getting more power from the car.

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Presto chango, crypto buyo: You're travelling like El Reg's gang of nerds

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Re: printed version

I didn't click on the link to view the item, I just read the article.

Consider me told.

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Provide a printed version of the book and then we'll talk.

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Hitler 'is dead' declares French prof who gazed at dictator's nashers

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Re: Still I don't understand why Russian doesn't allow full tests.

It's the same reason why America have redacted a lot of the JFK files, and still continue to withhold some of them from public release. If Oswald was the sole gunman, he was the sole assassin, then what have they got to hide?

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Astronaut took camera on spacewalk, but forgot SD memory card

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We can send men to the moon

But we can't record video on a GoPro without an SD card.

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Now that's old-school cool: Microsoft techies slap Azure Sphere IoT chip in an Altair 8800

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"Observing that "Microsoft is all about backwards-compatibility", Mike Hall..."

I think there is far too much glue sniffing going on at Redmond.

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You know me, I don't know you: Hospital reportedly raps staff for peeking at Ed Sheeran data

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Maybe they could've told him when it kicks in?

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What's up with that ZX Spectrum reboot? Still no console

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"1/2 a million quid is hardly small."

Donald Trump reckons $1 million is a small loan in fairness.

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Huawei Honor 10: At £399, plenty of bang for buck – it's a pity about the snaps

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"Arlene Foster might beg to differ"

I'd say it'd be easier to list the things she does agree with, but I haven't the time to go through all the no's to get to the one yes.

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Flamin' Nora! Brit firefighters tackle blazing fly-tipped boat

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Well it's only since Jim Bowen's sad passing that this issue has come to the forefront.

Coinkydink? I think not.

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NASA fix for Curiosity rovers's damaged drill: hitting it, repeatedly

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You fool! Don't you know that it's tax deductible?!

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"As 225 million km (140 million miles) is too far to make an on-site visit..."

If you wanted it badly enough, you could do it.

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OnePlus smartmobe brand modelled on 'a religion', founder admits

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Re: Slavish copying to the last

"Yes, it's called Apple and they do it considerably better than you Pei."

Well, no. Because how many Apple fanbois do you see smashing up their phones just to get the next iPhone for $1?

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Sir Clive Sinclair dragged into ZX Spectrum reboot battle

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"Whoever keeps Sir Clive on their side will be in control of RCL – and the £513,000 that is supposedly still in its bank account."

We know that El Reg have been privvy to accounts for RCL recently, one wonders if this is a deliberately freudian slip of the fingers in reference to that?

"A press release issued a week ago by Andrews and Smith stated that SRL was backing them ... Andrews and Smith insisted last week's statement about receiving support from SRL was accurate when they issued it."

So, does that mean the statement is no longer true? Has Sinclair decided to move support to Levy or abstain?

I think SRL are going to let RCL hit the wall. They haven't invested time or money in to this venture, why should they be bothered in what happens to the company?

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Texas residents start naming adopted drains

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That pun was draining.

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If you don't mind, Voland I'd like to see if I can fumigate this here comment. It's a good quality item.

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For every drain that gets named after Trump, there'll be equal ones named after Hilary Clinton. Which is fair, as both of them are full of shit.

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TSB's middleware nightmare: Execs grilled on Total Sh*tshow at Bank

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"The boss of TSB has insisted it carried out rigorous testing ahead of a systems migration that saw thousands without access to their accounts for over a week - but revealed he won't be getting a chunk of his bonus."

I'd say this is correct. They did rigorous testing on the note counting machine to count all the £50 notes that would make up their bonus payment.

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Typical cynical Brits: Broadband speeds up, satisfaction goes down

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"British people are increasingly unhappy with their broadband services, and once again TalkTalk is the most whinged about provider, according to a comprehensive annual survey by Ofcom."

No, I won't hear of it. The lovely lady on the radio said that TalkTalk won a uSwitch award for being the best company. Now how can they possibly be at the top of one poll and at the bottom of every other poll conducted?

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I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space

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Jeff Bezos is a lot like Batman. Batman's super power is that he's rich, so he can build crazy gadgets. Bezos's innovation is that he's rich, so he can afford to throw a load of money at things and see what sticks.

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Last attempt to find MH370 starts this week

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Re: depends

"They imply the spooks are competent which is inconceivable."

Well, they killed Kennedy (John and Bobby). So anything is possible to be honest.

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Exclusive to all press: Atari launches world's best ever games console

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"You've played the PlayStation, you've crossed paths with the Xbox but now prepare yourselves for the world's greatest ever games console!"

But I already own a Nintendo Switch? Why do I need another one?

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DIY device tinkerer iFixit weighs in on 15-month jail term for PC recycler

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"This counterfeit software exposes people who purchase recycled PCs to malware and other forms of cybercrime, which puts their security at risk and ultimately hurts the market for recycled products."

I'll think you find it's your shoddy code and software design that exposes people to malware and other cybercrime. Arsehole.

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No top-ups, please, I'm a millennial: Lightweight yoof shunning booze like never before

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Re: Demographic change a factor?

"On the Binge limit, even I think it's low. The only time I've had anything alcoholic in the last 8 years was a glass of bubbly upon moving into my first house and that apparently almost put me over the limit (see icon)."

What's even funnier is that when I was in Ireland I was drinking a can of Guinness. On the side of the can it said the Irish Units were 1.8, but the UK Units were 2.2. The ABV is the same for both countries.

I honestly think they make all of this up. How can two countries say a beer is +/- .5 units?

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Re: Demographic change a factor?

It'd have an impact, but then it'd impact the other numbers as well (the older generation).

I fucking hate the term millenials. I'm classed as one, and I drink copious amounts when I want to. Either a bottle of red wine on a Sunday afternoon/evening, or 15 pints of Guinness on a Saturday while watching the rugby or football. The wife, however, doesn't drink alot and accuses me of being an alcoholic.

Trust me, the only alcohol problem I have is that a decent bottle of the wine I like costs £12.99 when I don't buy 6 at a time. And I can barely afford to buy 6 of them at once.

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Techies! Britain's defence secretary wants you – for cyber-sniping at Russia

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"3 down votes currently.

Someone thinks the politicians are doing a good job?!?

Oh dear."

Jacob Rees-Moog, Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid, and probably Andrew Neil. I'd say those are the four most likely people to downvote that statement.

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"Defence secretary Gavin Williamson has called for "people with amazing cyber and IT skills" to join the Armed Forces"

I'd rather politicians went to war with themselves and left the rest of us to live our lives happily and without fear of death. But that's too much to ask for apparently.

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UK Parliament roars: Oi! Zuck! Get in here for a grilling – or you'll get a Tower of London tour

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""While Mr Zuckerberg does not normally come under the jurisdiction of the UK Parliament, he will do so the next time he enters the country,""

So that's easily avoided for Zuck then isn't it? Next we'll be telling him to go away and shut up.

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Legal tech startup tries to haul 123-Reg to court over 24-hour backup claims

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Re: VPS vs website

"I was under the impression that VPS was a virtual server instance and different from their Web hosting offerings."

That's a good spot. They offer shared hosting, which I don't think qualifies as a VPS.

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Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain

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Well, I know what I'll be doing on my day off before I start my new job next week.

Anyone fancy chipping in for petrol money for a jaunt down to Bristol?

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Re: Lavatory!

You could just sit down to pee. It's not exclusively for ladies y'know.

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Javid's in, Rudd's out: UK Home Sec quits over immigration targets scandal

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Re: Diversity in action ...

"Not if Putin can help it."

Because the man who has full control over the gas supplied to the UK would rather set up a few fake Twitter accounts to really hurt the UK?

Glue sniffing is neither fun nor clever. So stop.

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‘I broke The Pentagon’s secure messaging system – and won an award for it!’

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"In the IT industry it has long been a fact that people were often given praise for fixing problems they themselves had created."

To be fair politicians have been doing that for over a hundred years.

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Leave it to Beaver: Unity is long gone and you're on your GNOME

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I think you need to take your snide little untrue remarks and take them to where Unity doesn't shine.

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I remember the arguments that raged when Ubuntu went with Unity after ditching Gnome. How Gnome was crap (which in fairness it was to begin with), how Unity would be way better and we'd all be using Unity instead of Gnome.

How's that humble pie tasting guys?!!?

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ZX Spectrum reboot firm's shareholders demand current directors go

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Why has it taken the 75% of the shareholders so long to take this action? This should've happened 18 months ago at least. And surely they'd have seen the accounts before being filed to Companies House?

It always struck me as odd that we only ever really heard about/from Levy, and not Sinclair Research Ltd and the other shareholders. If you've got time, money, or your name invested in a company being run so abhorrently as RCL have been, surely you'd speak up way sooner than now?

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Boss sent overpaid IT know-nothings home – until an ON switch proved elusive

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Re: Happy Endings at work

They're also frowned upon by me in Prague, when you go in to a massage parlour as a teen and you've no idea what a "happy ending" is.

Imagine my surprise when the lovely masseuse started massaging part of my anatomy that I didn't know could be massaged in such a prim and proper establishment.

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GitLab crawling back online after breaking its brain in two

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Everyone bashing GitLab and comparing it to Github are blind to the benefits of GitLab.

GitLab, while it offers a free online service, also provides software allowing you to run your own git repo on your own server. When GitLab's servers have problems, these independen GitLab installations are unaffected.

When GitLab went down last time, I spun up my own GitLab server, and it's been stable ever since. No data slurping, no charges, if it goes down it's on me. If it needs maintenance I can schedule a time for it to suit me.

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Brit MPs brand Facebook a 'great vampire squid' out for cash

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"Among these were Facebook’s delay in understanding the impact of Russian influence in the US election, its "mistake" not to inform people their data had been sold to Cambridge Analytica when it first found out about it in 2015, and Schroepfer accepted the initial system for policing apps on its platforms had failed."

But that's covered in the terms and conditions you agree to when you sign up to Facebook? That your data belongs to them and it'll be shared amongst 3rd parties. The same way your car insurance details are shared amongst 3rd parties who, inevitably, end up being cash for crash solicitors.

Facebook are evil, Google are evil, all big corps that provide free services that centre on the processing of your data are evil.

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RIP: Sinclair ZX Spectrum designer Rick Dickinson reaches STOP

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I, too, like many others, have lost my Dad. And I, like others, see the effects of cancer has and how it ruins not only the person who has it but those around them.

You miss them daily, you think about them daily, every life event you think of them. He was a builder, and many of the things he worked on are still standing today, some of which I use nearly every week. And as I use them I think of him, and feel proud of what he was part of, even though the other thousands of people who walk past these buildings and roads never think of who built them. They're just there, as objects. Some of them, hopefully, will continue to stand for years after I've departed.

While flesh is weak, the body a vehicle that will break down, what we create and leave behind can leave a legacy that isn't so easily removed. Something that is still used after we're gone, looked at, inspiring to others.

The legacy Mr.Dickinson leaves behind is just that. Programmers today cut their teeth on the Spectrum and ZX81 (even with the crappy dead flesh keyboard, but that's more Sir Clive's fault). They've gone on to create other things, software that still inspires etc. The legacy also captures the imagination of people like myself who weren't around in the heyday of the Spectrum but can look back on it, use it, and see the progression of the home computer, and gaze in awe on how such a simple machine with plenty of faults could be utilised to create stunning pieces of software that really shouldn't have been created on the machine in the first place.

The family, I am sure, will be proud of their husband and dad and what he has done in his lifetime, and that what he created continues to be looked upon fondly. Even in 50 years time they'll still talk about him and the impact he had on the home computer market.

RIP Sir.

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Who will fix our Internal Banking Mess? TSB hires IBM amid online banking woes

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I think I must be the only customer TSB has that's finding this all rather funny.

You'll find me in the room that's covered in fire, just chanting "THIS IS FINE".

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Patch Drupal now: Yet another critical website bug found – a sequel to 'Drupalgeddon2'

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Re: Bevare of unattended content management systems

"What's that? You want your website patched? Oh well that falls outside of our contract agreement, but would you like to sign up to our security service? We'll patch it for you for £X a month."

Is one method a cowboy outfit I used to work for conducted its business.

Other than that, the web is awash with sites that are static but built on CMS systems that neither the builder nor the owner ever bother looking at again.

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Danish submariner sent down for life for murder of journalist Kim Wall

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Good. Let him rot.

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TSB outage, day 5: What do you mean you can't log in? Our systems are up and running. Up and running, we say!

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"I'd switch bank if I was one of the effected. It's very easy to do nowadays."

I wouldn't. I'd open another bank account with a different bank not connected to the bank you already have.

Why? Well at least you have access to some money if your bank has gone up shit creek with their 2,500 man years of work as a paddle.

I was considering dropping the Co-Op for TSB and have accounts with both of them, but as you can guess right now I'm feeling fairly safe(ish) that while I can't access my TSB account I still have access to the Co-Op one.

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The tech you're reading these words on – you have two Dundee uni boffins to thank for that

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Never knew the story about TFT, and I'm all the better now for knowing about the story. Thank you Mr.Dabbs for the write up.

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Audiophiles have really taken to the warm digital tone of streaming music

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Re: Streaming? Nah!

"Good luck playing that vinyl in your car on on the move, a shit medium for audio recordings that belongs in the past. It's inferior to digital in every way."

Oil paintings are inferior to anything you can create on Photoshop, but people still paint and enjoy going to art galleries looking at physically created images. Not some shite put together on a computer.

That aside, these days if you purchase vinyl (like I do) more often than not it will come with a CD version of the album or a download code for the MP3 of the album. So I can still listen to the vinyl at home on my turntable, or I can listen to it on the MP3 player in my car.

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Russians poised to fire intercontinental ballistic missile... into space with Sentinel-3 sat on board

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Re: A lot of work

Never saw it as the start, It's more a change of heart....

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UK 'meltdown' bank TSB's owner: Our IT migration was a 'success'

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Re: Sounds vaguely familiar...

"i was thinking more like ferrero rocher"

Oh TSB, with these outages you are really spoiling us.

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