* Posts by wolfetone

3268 posts • joined 6 Aug 2011

Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason

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Re: Yeah

It's also worth noting that the Mercedes W124 was attacked by Fifth Gear to see how reliable it was. They blew it up, drowned it, drove it over rubbish roads, and the thing still kept going.

You can find the clip on YouToob.

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Re: Yeah

Because with a Mercedes, you don't "Fix It Again Tomorrow" like you do with a FIAT.

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Who knew the actual code for iBoot were song lyrics?

ASA tells Poundland and its teabagging elf: Enough with the smutty social ninja sh*t

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I'm glad they can't report comments on El Reg to the ASA.

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Ladies and gentlemen we have found one of the 84!!!!

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84 people obviously don't have better things to do with their time.

Indiegogo to ailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm: End of May... or we call the debt collector

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"The Companies House record for Retro Computers Ltd currently says its accounts are overdue. They should have been filed on 31 January."

I forsee the next story involving RCL to be along the lines of: "RCL file for administration".

Wileyfox goes TITSUP*: Smartmobe maker calls in the administrators

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Re: Russian money

"So the comment that said:

'Instead now they can have a banner "Screwed by Brexit. Abandon all hope, ye who enter here"'

Didn't say that?"

Arguably no, it didn't. I didn't interpret it that way, especially as the comment before hand mentioned the Russian financing.

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Re: Russian money

Not one comment here has said this is solely down to Brexit.

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Re: Russian money

"Nothing to do with their cashflow being frozen or them not selling the number of phones they expected to in the face of increased competition.

No, it was Brexit, obviously."

Well if Brexit caused the price of memory to increase by 25% alone, reducing the profit on each handset built and sold, it would have a fairly big impact on an already beleaguered company. Wouldn't it?

UK Home Office grilled over biometrics, being clingy with folks' mugshots

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I'm 6ft 4.

UK PM Theresa May orders review of online abuse laws in suffrage centenary speech

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Re: The last general election results ...

"I can accept that. Just as some people still think we should remain in the EU because end of western civilisation. But it really does seem to take a special kind of person to believe Corbyns labour wouldnt trash the country. Corbyn pretty much seems to rely on students so thats about 50% of the young adults, most excluded until they reach 18, some of which can think so deduct them and since he supports brexit he doesnt even get that protest group.

Although you could be right and I might hold the UK electorate in higher estimation than deserved."

How can you trash a country that's already burning?

Employment levels are low, yes, but that's because of zero hour contracts. When you're on one of these you go off the unemployment books, even though you could work 16 hours over 4 weeks with 3 weeks of no work. Although massaging of unemployment figures is something every government has done.

Education is on it's arse. How those in Government can tell the rest of us (who are younger) that we have to pay for an education they received for free?

Society is on it's arse. Today there's a story about a DPD delivery man (on said zero hour contract) dying of diabetes because of the workplace practices they used, which they're allowed to use under this government.

Social housing is on it's arse and has been since Thatcher. Stocks were never replaced, meaning councils end up paying more money to private landlords to use their properties to house the electorate.

In my honest view, the country's already fucked and I don't know anyone who can say it isn't. So is the alternative all that bad? I like Corbyn, more than any other politician that's gone before him since Tony Benn. At least he's honest and hasn't sold himself out for a sniff of power.

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Re: The last general election results ...

"Hopefully the voters are smart enough not to like them too right now."

Can you expand on that?

Remember, some* of the 52% who voted to leave the EU believed the writing on the big red bus. Don't think for a second they can see through propaganda.

*no hard evidence, but it's certain a percentage did

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Re: The last general election results ...

She remained in power because 85% of the media in the UK do not like Labour. So they set about repeatedly beating Dianne Abbot about forgetting/fudging figures over police, yet didn't mention Phil Hammond admitting he had no idea how much HS2 was going to cost, or even had cost at that time. (He was being "interviewed" by Andrew Marr).

One isn't in Government, and the other is in Government and sets the agenda. Tell me which figure recollection faux pas was worse?

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Andrea Leadsome has more to do with that then Pig Botherer Dave.

Comments she made during the leadership election along the lines of "women who have never had children don't know what compassion and empathy are" lead to her withdrawing from the "contest". Which then meant Frau May-Bot won by default.

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This woman has done more to foster a population of hatred than any other PM since Thatcher, and she has the pure audacity to stand there and say that other people/tech companies should be doing more to combat it?

I notice she's not mentioning her friend Paul Dacre's cesspit The Daily Fail as well.

A Hughes failure: Flat Earther rocketeer can't get it up yet again

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No idea. But at least if he goes up in to "space" he can see the curves for himself. The other clowns just bring spirit levels on to planes to "prove the Earth is flat"

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Well, at least he's trying to find out the truth for himself. Which is more than what other flat earth wankers can say.

Lloyds Bank bans Bitcoin purchases by credit card customers

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"Because there's a reasonable chance of you winning those bets."

If every bet would win the bookies wouldn't be in business.

House always wins etc etc.

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Facepalm

But I can still place bets on race horses and football matches with my credit card?

Makes total sense.

Samsung heir walks free after appeals court quashes bribery charges

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Holmes

How much did that judgement cost him?

Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it

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Re: Single aisle transatlantic is not news...

"Is that an actual price? Because thats less than the price for me to get a train to London! The added bonus of course is that at the end of the trip I wouldnt be in London! :)"

Yes, well it's "from £149" one way to Toronto from Birmingham with the airline PrimerAir. I think they use either the 737-700 or 737-800 for that route.

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Re: Single aisle transatlantic is not news...

"The A321LR is basically being touted as a *replacement* for the Boeing 757 on transatlantic routes.

Until recently American Airlines was running daily flights in the winter from Manchester to JFK and Chicago using the 757 - my first ever trip to the states was to ORD on a 757. I'm pretty sure that United are still flying Manchester to Newark with the 757 daily. But with the 757 fleet aging, there's been no viable replacement until now."

I'm utterly surprised that the first mention of the 757 occured right at the bottom of the comments page. I really did think it would've appeared on the article, as this is really the crux of the matter. Airlines are using the 757 for long haul flights as it's fairly cheap and allows them to run to near full capacity on those routes. The 757 though was a failure initially, so production was stopped and Boeing didn't bother with a replacement. Now, though, the 757 has found a market Boeing don't have a replacement for it, hence Airbus are trying to get in there first with this new plane.

The thing is though, regarding other comments about single aisle planes and long haul flights, if you're willing to pay £150 to fly from Birmingham to Toronto (as an example) you can't really expect to fly it using a 747 or 777. It's cheap for a reason.

Peers approve Brit film board as pr0n overlords despite concerns

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Re: WTF

"Are you over 18? Yes or No"

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How will this affect those users in Britain who use an American based VPN to view their porn?

Asking for a friend.

Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

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Re: it’s the first Sunday of February, which would make it the fifth this year.

Oh look at you Mr.La-De-Dah calendar botherer.

Nork hackers exploit Flash bug to pwn South Koreans. And Adobe will deal with it next week

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Evidence

This line I found ammusing:

"The flaw is being abused right now by North Korean hackers to infect victims' PCs."

When you consider one of the software titles released under the Vault 7 leaks allowed the NSA to "spoof" the location of attacks, it makes one wonder whether North Korea are doing these attacks at all and not someone else.

Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial

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Re: The worst customers...

Friend of mine used to work at a Blockbusters frequented by Karen Brady (of "The Apprentice" fame, as well as famously being on the board for Birmingham City and now West Ham FC). She pulled that once as she jumped a queue, to which he replied "Yes I know who you are, but I'm a Villa fan so you can wait your turn."

She did not like that.

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Pint

"Ant’s letter to On-Call finished by saying “Yes I know that we were dicks for letting her humiliate herself, but it was only because she was so vile.”"

Someone needs to tell Ant in no uncertain terms that what he did wasn't dickish, but God damn admirable.

A pint for you!

Anti-missile missile misses again, US military mum on meaning of mess

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Re: I give it about a week

"Wait, so with a number plate, you can then look up MOT history? Can anyone do that or do you need some special access somewhere?

>>>> Mines the one with a list of advisories a mile long hanging out of the pocket"

You just need the registration. You used to need the make and model but they've simplified it.

I would only worry about it if you have someone who knows about cars come round and look at your car. Otherwise, if you didn't know about it, chances are the buyer doesn't know either.

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Re: I give it about a week

As an avid viewer of crappy old cars on eBay, I can also put money on the fact it would have it's reg plate hidden or blanked out so you can't check the MOT history of it.

What a Hancock-up: MP's social network app is a privacy disaster

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Re: We call App Britain

I've looked, he hasn't said Boo to Nanny.

Yet.

Crowdfunding small print binned as Retro Computers Ltd loses court refund action

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Speak for yourself. I'm thoroughly enjoying this clown Levy being given enough rope to hang himself on.

Bring the people 'beautiful' electric car charging points, calls former transport minister

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"I do wonder what the capacity of the local grid is to support them if every house was to actually use them."

Careful who you say that to. There are EV "evangelists" who get quite animated when you question the capacity of the grid to support their ambitions.

Just can't catch a break, can ya, Capita? Shares tumble 40% amid yet another profit warning

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Re: Money

That's far too sensible an idea for it to ever feature in any Government department.

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Carillion's failure started a domino effect. Crapita's suffering, Interserve also. Who goes next though is anyones guess.

Kremlin social media trolls aren't actually that influential, study finds

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I think it's also worth pointing out that the Obama administration recinded an act that prevented the US Media from publishing/reporting propaganda pieces. Since then there's been a proliferation of anti-Russian, anti-North Korean, anti-Chinese news.

As you were.

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You'd have to be some sort of almighty tool to believe this.

Then again, if you can believe this you'd believe what they'd tell you too.

Wouldn't they, comrade?

UK.gov mass data slurping ruled illegal – AGAIN

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Re: Watson, not Corbyn

"Not at all surprised that this has come from the 'centrist' side of the Labour party rather than its left-wing who tend to admire authoritarian regimes as long as they aren't allied with 'the west'."

Funny that, because Corbyn generally votes against the introduction of such "authoritarian" tactics such as the National ID card system. Tom Watson though voted consistently to introduce the National ID card system.

"Watson is dismissed as a Blairite these days which is basically anyone not in Momentum. He was actually a Brownite though in the Blair days."

Watson has been instrumental in rocking the boat with other leaders such as Milliband, Blair and Corbyn. The fact he's tried, twice, to bring down Corbyn and twice failed (the second time increasing Corbyn's majority) speaks volumes for his judgement and political prowess. I wouldn't trust him to look after a pint of milk.

But don't let the truth get in the way of making you feel better.

Dodgy parking firms to be denied access to Brit driver database

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If Alan Partridge was ever an MP...

Firefox to emit ‘occasional sponsored story’ in ads test

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Re: Bye Bye

"The first ad I see built in to the browser will trigger an instant uninstall."

I'm not even giving it a chance. Deleted complete from my system, installed Palemoon for the time being.

Fancy coughing up for a £2,000 'nanodegree' in flying car design?

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I call App Britain.

Here we go again... UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors

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"That's the puzzling bit about it... it could be part of an overall plan to monitor everyone 24/7 which would reduce the number of needed Police? Or maybe just as a prelude to outsourcing more and more of the duties of the Police to private organisations?"

I think the latter is more likely. Her husband, apparently, had some dealings with G4S, so it's not beyond possibility that some sort of pseudo-Robocop-OCP-era privatisation of the police force in the UK could happen.

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"...must stand in her way to a more comprehensive police state..."

The irony being she loves cutting the budget of the Police, so that when the UK becomes a police state there'll be no police to police it.

Virgin Media skulks in disused public toilets

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Well, at least you now know why your internet is always a little bit shit.

User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

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Re: Old as the hills

"Apparently toddlers who have learned to use a touch-screen tablet then wonder why pictures in paper books and magazines don't respond in the same way."

Isn't that a bit sad? Toddlers are being introduced to Peppa Pia via a tablet first rather than Spot the Dog in a book?

Schrems can't throw collective sueball at Facebook but individual action OK

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But you need a private Facebook account in order to create a public page?

Hawaii governor: I wanted to tell everyone nuke alert was fake – I just forgot my password

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Re: Eh?

Sure.

But in a Government setting? You know as well as I do to get anything to happen at a Government level - local or otherwise - takes absolutely ages to get ratified.

Plus where were the developers based? Were they on site? Abroad? In the pub? Asleep?

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Still though, 38 minutes to develop a brand new function just to cancel an alert being sent out, designed developed tested and deployed in that time, that's no small task. Especially when you consider you'd usually have to wait for projects to be signed off etc.

That's a marvel of development, I hope the guy/girl who did it sticks it on their CV. They're a keeper.

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