* Posts by wolfetone

3247 posts • joined 6 Aug 2011

44m UK consumers on Equifax's books. How many pwned? Blighty eagerly awaits spex on the breach

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Re: Proof reading?

Plot twist: "Iron" is actually an El Reg author

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Virgin Media customers complain of outages across UK

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Project Lightening? Ha. More like Project Drizzle.

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Google's Android 8.0 Oreo has been served

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Re: Yeah, right

@handleoclast

I've seen as much, but I'm suffering from a few performance issues with Cyanogenmod at the moment so was hoping the upgrade would help it. Interesting you mention Truecaller, that thing has stopped working for me. Every time I go to open it it closes. So I can't block any callers now.

I'm going away tomorrow and I was hoping to have it all done by then, but I might just muddle through it until I get back and buy a no-name cheap thing from AliExpress and be done with it.

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Re: Yeah, right

Wileyfox have just pushed the Android 7.0 update to my Spark X (to replace Cyanogenmod). Do you think it's working? No. My phone is telling "Oh you want Android 7.0? Ain't gonna happen pal".

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Sofa-jockeys given crack at virtual Formula 1 world championship

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It'd actually mean something if it was to be done on a proper F1 simulation, like rFactor or the Geoff Crammond Grand Prix series. But the Codemasters F1 game? Might as well give them all a Mega Drive with a copy of Micro Machines and test them on that.

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Private sub captain changes story, now says reporter died, was 'buried at sea' – torso found

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Re: You're confusing Kim with Bob.

"Somewhere out there there's a grieving family and friends. Just saying..."

Well, you're actually typing.

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British snoops at GCHQ knew FBI was going to arrest Marcus Hutchins

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"Queeg, I can see we've already cultivated a special understanding: I scratch your back and you stick a knife in mine."

I'm not one to second guess people, but I'm sure GCHQ will get a Christmas card with that above quotation in it from Mr.Hutchins.

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UK.gov to treat online abuse as seriously as IRL hate crime

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Re: TLA?

"I must be old - I read the headline about IRL hate crime as something to do with Irish-registered cars. OMD I must try and catch up, LOL hun x."

RTFM

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That's Katie Hopkins and Tommy Robinson fucked then.

And about time too!

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Atari shoots sueball at KitKat maker over use of 'Breakout' in ad

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I'd sooner sue them for it being a shit advert.

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British Airways waves Bing dong: At least it's not a tech cockup

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Well, I don't know about you, but I quite like the idea of an airline proudly displaying an undercarrige.

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Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

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To be fair to her the "charity" gets up to a lot worse. It's a charity for tax reasons. Not because it's charitable.

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I remember once some arsehole gave me grief for a week because a document on the web portal I built wouldn't print for her at home. She escalated it to the CEO, to the Chairman, who then both gave me grief about the problem.

Turned out her printer wouldn't print anything. It was her printer that was the problem, absolutely nothing to do with what I built. Repeatedly told her this twice a day for the week she'd ring up ranting and raving. Even though I'd never met the woman, never seen her computer, didn't even know what type of printer she had, and the computer wasn't the property or anything to do with the charity I worked for, it was all my fault and I should fix it.

Do you think I got an apology from any of the people mentioned? Did I fuck.

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Nokia's comeback is on: The flagship 8 emerges

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Re: No wireless charging? No sale.

"Of course all of that that does mean paying Sky for a service, but it's a possible solution to your dilemma ;)"

But if I buy two VHS recorders I could just remember to record the programs, then watch them upstairs or downstairs without having to give Rupert Murdoch and Rebeka Brooks any money. That seems to be the only solution :)

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Re: No wireless charging? No sale.

A HDD recorder is alright, but it's a pain in the arse when you're upstairs and you want to watch something recorded on the downstairs HDD recorder. But you can't watch it downstairs, because the partner is watching Eastenders or A.N. Other Shit Show starring a nobody.

It's times like that where I miss the convience of a VHS tape.

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Och. Scottish Parliament under siege from brute-force cyber attack

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Re: Standing over a thistle in just a kilt

"Only the Catholics. The prods will use 'Gers', if only 'cause they're too bloody ignorant to spell 'Rangers'."

Rangers died long, long ago. The team you're referring to is Sevco.

Although, I'm not sure they've paid HMRC yet. Or their face painters.

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Re: Holyrood

"Which is the one where they keep churning out the same ridiculous cartoon fantasies, they take in $billions but somehow seem to lose money on every project?"

Westminster?

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Well it's a good job the MP's are on holiday isn't it? This sort of carry on would prevent them from doing their normal duties.

No, wait, sorry. It wouldn't stop, it'd help them more.

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New MH370 analysis again suggests plane came down outside search area

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If we take Air France 447, that being the longest period (before MH370) for a modern day jet to go missing, it took about 2, 2 1/2 years to recover the black box and data recorders and download the data from them. I don't recall there being an issue in the data corrupting.

However, like you point out, this is only if the box is still sealed. No one knows how fast the jet went down, or in to what terrain, and how far down it went or how much crap landed on top of it either. So to me I would assume the box's seal has been comprimised, so surely it would help the eventual recovery efforts to know what to expect from data chips that have been swimming in sea water for 5 years.

It'd be interesting to know if there's been any studies done on that anyway.

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I'm assuming that the flight data recorder and voice recorders are both solid state, but has any analysis been done to see how long this equipment can store/hold data for submerged in sea water?

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Vaping ads flout EU rules, even if to promote healthier lifestyles

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The UK Government passed a rule to allow the advertising of e-cigarettes because they were "an aid to stopping smoking" about 2/3 years ago. So they're seen as the same things as Nicorette.

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HBO Game Of Thrones leak: Four 'techies' arrested in India

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Re: I might watch it sometime

The only thing that I ever heard about Game of Thrones is that it's got tits in it and everyone dies. If that's the best bit about it then I'm better off watching Lesbian Vampire Killers.

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Vodafone customers moan about sluggish data abroad

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Re: Not my experience

Do you own shares in Vodafone?

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"We don't throttle data and we are not aware of any overseas providers, who we partner with, intentionally reducing speeds."

Ah, that sweet moment when you see the disconnect between the tech team, the marketing team, and the PR team.

The arse doesn't know what hand the brain has decided to wipe with.

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Internet addict sent to an anti-addiction boot camp is no longer an addict. Because he's dead

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Re: Tragic, but what are parents thinking?

"Sample size too small, not possible to draw any reliable conclusions."

50% of the 100% tested had crap linguistics.

There.

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Re: Tragic, but what are parents thinking?

"I no longer gasp in horror when I see a tiny tot in a pushchair gazing at a tablet screen 3 inches from his nose. "

I would've agreed with you on this line, but I saw something once and it's changed my whole outlook on the subject of giving children (especially little toddlers etc) devices such as phones or tablets.

In the UK, Channel 4 ran a show called "The Secret Life of 4/5/6 Year Olds". It was fascinating. Camera's were allowed in to a playgroup and two experts watched them and gave commentary about what's going on socially in the group as well as their development.

On the 4 year old version, there were two children. A boy and a girl. The girl spoke very well. If I didn't see her but heard her speak I'd have thought she was 6 or 7, she was very eloquent. The boy, however, didn't speak much. When he did, he didn't make much sense. The expert eluded to this as that the child doesn't seem to have had much in the way of conversation, and you could see with the kid's background that he had older brothers and he was fascinated by computer games. The expert said that by the time he goes to school and is aged 6 he'll have caught up with the rest of his peers.

Since then I've taken an interest in how parents interact with their children in public. I remember the one kid crying etc for attention. The mother just took her phone out and said "Here play with Angry Birds". Kid shut up and started playing. I'm not judging anyone, but you can't substitute human contact with an inanimate object*.

*Polly Your Polythene Pal also counts as an inanimate object, I'm sorry.

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Blighty’s beloved Big Ben bell ends, may break Brexit bargain

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Think of how much quicker (and cheaper) the works could be done if those wankers vacated Parliament and went elsewhere for a time.

But no. That's too much hassle for them isn't it?

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Antarctica declared world's most volcanic region as 91 new cones found beneath ice

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So, is Antarctica signed up to the Paris Climate Accord now then?

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World's largest private submarine in mystery sink accident

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Re: Vs British Subs?

Buyer beware, it's your own silly fault for buying second hand.

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"A crowdfunded vessel sinking.

What are the odds?"

Well if Retro Computers Ltd were in charge of building the submarine, it'd never get the chance to sink.

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Er, Ofcom, please tell us more about Murdoch's £11.7bn Sky bid

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Re: Fit and Proper

"Murdoch shouldn't be allowed to run his own mobility scooter"

He doesn't. Why do you think he married Jerry Hall?

That aside, as Roger Taylor from Queen put it. He's the king of the tits.

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Manchester firm shut down for pretending to be Google

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Just like real Google then.

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I wonder if this fraudulent "Google" paid it's taxes?

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New Amiga to go on sale in late 2017

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Where the hell have you been Reg? The Vampire project has been around for the last 18 months/2 years.

Is your internet connection that slow?

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For fork's sake! Bitcoin Core braces for another cryptocurrency split

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Re: Where does the money come from?

"Fiat is not just an Italian motor firm. Translated from Latin, "fiat" means "let it be" or similar"

My understanding was that Fiat was latin for "to become", as a Fiat currency is entirely faith based and effectively a "promise" to pay, not actual currency?

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Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

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" Oh, and I dare say that any veggies reading this will point out that it was an insult to the animal to even bring it into this world just to fatten it up and kill it, no matter how much of it you used afterwards."

They can say that all they like. But if humans were meant to eat vegetables exclusively and not eat meat, then we'd have our eyes on the side of our head and teeth that were primarily used for munching grass.

Remember: Veganism is cow genocide.

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"*may contain: buttholes, eyelids, feet, other shit we found on the floor

Pay for decent food - America is a lesson to us all"

This annoys me.

You think that because less appetitising parts of the animal are used that it's an inferior product? You're completely wrong. If anything, it's a superior product. Why? You're using the whole animal, rather than the nice looking fleshy bits.

Surely it's an insult to the animal to kill it just for a few pork joins and some bacon and then discard the rest of the animal? It's far more respectful to use every last part of the body in anyway we can.

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Re: Whilst we're on the subject of food stuff from Morrisons.

Their meat is also very good as they own their own abbatoirs.

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Re: Measurement

"And what's the girth?"

Girth is irrelevant, unless of course you don't plan on eating it?

It is 2017, so I guess each to their own. At least it's not a coconut eh?

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A £1 foot long sausage roll?

WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE!!! This is the future! I've tasted it!!!

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Britons ambivalent about driverless car tech, survey finds

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Re: Sunday (autonomous) driving

One jackass yesterday (so he didn't even have Sunday as an excuse) was dawdling along at 40mph on a national speed limit dual carriageway. I was behind him, the moment I could overtake I did. But another jackass in a BMW came speeding up, so I decided to go back in front of the first jackass once overtaken.

The original jackass then flashes his lights at me, and made several rude hand gestures. It wasn't until he came up behind me (I had got to a red light) that I could see him calling me a wanker, with his blue badge on display on the dashboard.

I'm guessing it's not for the movement in his wrist at least.

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Mediocre Britain: UK broadband ranked 31st in world for speed

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I think Yemen have bigger problems than slow broadband at the moment.

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Re-identifying folks from anonymised data will be a crime in the UK

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"Do as we say, not as we do."

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HMS Queen Liz will arrive in Portsmouth soon, says MoD

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Re: I've been thinking about cheap ways to kill carriers.

Well the Royal Navy couldn't sink the Bismark without the help of antique Swordfish biplanes, as the Bismark's guns were so new and powerful they couldn't fire slow enough to hit the biplanes.

So yes, old technology can really fuck up new machinery if applied correctly.

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WannaCrypt victims paid out over $140k in Bitcoin to get files unscrambled

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Re: Eh?

"It's been covered extensively."

So was the "fact" that Liverpool fans pissed on policemen during Hillsborough. They weren't right then either.

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Why do you cry when chopping onions? No, it's not crippling anxiety, it's this weird chemical

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I think the boffins would've been better off trying to work out why onions don't make you cry if you stick a spoon in your mouth while you cut them.

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Post Office puts stamp on ISP minnow Fuel

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Re: What now?

"How's about the government learn a lesson from this?"

Government, Councils, the BBC, all still dealing with Crapita.

I'm starting to think these MP's and other officials have shares in the company.

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How can you kill that which will not die? Windows XP is back (sorta... OK, not really)

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"Polite ????????? - weren't you the one who called me a prick first !!!"

I never said I was polite.

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I did help.

"I've recently installed XP (on an air-gapped machine!) as a machine controller, but some of my more contemporary software refuses to install without SP2..."

There's the first problem.

"...the trouble is, I have other [more critical] software that refuses to work under SP3, which is comparatively easy to come by."

There's the second.

Suggesting they get Linux and builds two VM's, one with SP2 and SP3 was to help them balance the issues they have with software refusing to work on SP3 or SP2. Never at any point did I say fuck XP and get Linux period. Plus, I did suggest they might take advantage of someone with volume licensing so they could obtain the service packs.

It turns out, however, the OP's use case meant this wouldn't work due to the users involed (which they didn't mention in the original post).

But because there are a group of dinosaurs who still see Linux as a cancer they get all offended when Linux is mentioned. Some are more polite than others about it however.

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"Because (and here's the thing) HE DIDNT ASK FOR LINUX HE ASKED FOR XP SP's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Don't be a prick all your life.

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