* Posts by Irongut

1415 posts • joined 9 Jan 2012

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Brace yourselves, fanboys. Winter is coming. And the iPhone X can't handle the cold

Irongut

"planning to attempt a fix with an upcoming iOS firmware update"

Running Coinhive in the background to keep the phone warm?

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Why are we disappointed with the best streaming media box on the market?

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Re: Which country?

At the top of the article it says: "By Kieren McCarthy in San Francisco 28 Oct 2017 at 13:56"

Do you need a link to Google Maps to tell you which country San Francisco is in?

Also what cave have you been living in for the last 20 years if you have never heard of HBO? Ever watched an episode of The Sopranos?

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A picture tells a 1,000 words. Here's about 750 on Facebook using pics to school AI translators

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Computer translation is terrible

"Computers are getting pretty good at translating the world's languages."

No, they really aren't. I regualrly use Google translate to read a German language website and have to use domain knowledge and my terrible school German from almost 30 years ago to re-translate what Google provides into the correct English. I'm not talking about cleaning up the grammar here, I'm talking about correcting sentences which are either total garbage or say the opposite of what was written.

"it’s nowhere near as good as Google Translate nor Facebook’s translation system"

Facebook translate is so good it translates "good morning" into "attack them": https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/24/facebook-palestine-israel-translates-good-morning-attack-them-arrest

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Wanna exorcise Intel's secretive hidden CPU from your hardware? Meet Purism's laptops

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Re: Disabled? Yeah, right...

So how does this external firewall know that the HTTPS traffic to/from PayPal or your bank is a virus in the IME and not you in your browser of choice? The source and destination IPs are the same and the encrypted traffic is unreadable.

Or do you propose to temporarily disable the firewall every time you want to do banking? If so how do you protect yourself from IME nasties during that time?

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Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims should wipe their Macs

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Re: Macs and PCs aren't so very different

"and while you're at it....what's the iair-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?"

Sorry can't calculate iair-speed, I'm on a PC.

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Samsung to let proper Linux distros run on Galaxy smartmobes

Irongut

I'll probably install this and play around with it when it is available. I may even find something useful to do with it but that won't be coding on a 5" screen. I won't write code on a laptop if I can avoid it, two 24" screens is my minimum setup for decent productive work; more and larger would be preferred.

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FCC Commissioner blasts new TV standard as a 'household tax'

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Re: generations

My parents are 84 and 81, they own an Android smartphone, two tablets, two Kindles and a desktop PC. They regularly watch streamed content without any help from me; I'm 250 miles away. Their service of choice would be BBC iPlayer though, I can't imagine them finding ANYTHING worth watching on YouTube since I can barely find anything other than game or movie trailers myself.

So not all old timers are ignorant luddites.

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Apocalypse now: Ad biz cries foul over Apple's great AI cookie purge

Irongut

I've had 3rd party cookies bloked since.... well, since before Firefox existed. It doesn't require any AI machine learning gubbins, doesn't allow them for 30 days (wtf would I want that?) and doesn't break the Internet in the slightest.

Storm meet teacup.

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Equifax mega-leak: Security wonks smack firm over breach notification plan

Irongut

I think they're the ones with the idiot who thinks providing them with his personal and financial details for free makes checking his credit score some sort of game. Or that could be Experian, they're basically the same tbh - privacy invading leeches who hold records on you without your consent and provide no service in return (to individuals at least).

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HSBC biz banking crypto: The case of the vanishing green padlock and... what domain are we on again?

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worrying that I had clicked on a bad link from Google

What kind of idiot has to Google the url for their bank? Especially when it's the obvious hsbc.co.uk. I could have guessed at that one and I've never been a customer.

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Stealth, lightweight Android breaks cover

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"Android Oreo 7.0 "

7.x is Nougat

Oreo is v8.0

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Ten new tech terms I learnt this summer: Do you know them all?

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Teledildonics

Teledildonics is a term that has been around for a long time, with the same meaning even. It was in an episode of The Big Bang Theory several seasons ago so it is quite mainstream, you really should have heard it before now Dabsy.

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Insert coin: Atari retro console is coming back

Irongut

I still have my 2600, which is in fully working order, and some games. I bring it out of the cupboard every couple of years for a fun gaming session. If they bundle a bunch of games I don't have with it I could be interested in some kind of retro Atari console.

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Android Studio 2.0 preview gives developers instant preview of code changes

Irongut

From my experience of Android dev tools...

What Google says: The Android emulator is now faster!

What Google means: We upgraded our dev machines since the last time we used the emulator.

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MS Future Decoded conference, or The Empire Strikes Back

Irongut

Re: This is why I love El Reg!

I wanted to join the open sores community but decided that leprosy was going too far. ;)

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Opera Jon's sparkling Vivaldi proves the browser isn't dead

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Re: I like it

Yet another Chromium browser? No thanks.

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Re: Welcome back

You don't need to worry about being the product, you need to worry about your reading skills. The business model is in the article:

"It’s not only adopting the Opera ethos, but also it’s business model. He’s confident that with a few million users the search and affiliate fees will pay for the development team."

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Star Trek to go boldly back onto telly, then beam down in streams

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Well-received?

On which planet was Lens Flare Trek well-received? Certainly not this one.

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

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Re: Movie OS @Destroy All Monsters

"Who writes code with a headset on?"

Me. On the rare occasion I'm in an office I need the headset so I can still listen to music without annoying the hell out of everyone else with my choice in thrash, industrial and jazz, and when I'm working from home I need it to speak to my colleagues.

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Google's .bro file format changed to .br after gender bother

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Seriously?

They should have renamed it to .twats.

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Silicon Valley fights European Court of Justice ruling with small print

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Re: Lot of nonsense

"We have T&C's that state any interaction with the company is subject to US laws and litigation must be commenced in Orange County, California."

Please tell us the name of your employer so we can add them to our 'do not do business with these weasels' blacklists.

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'One Windows' crunch time: Microsoft tempts with glittery new devices

Irongut

Hahahahaha. Oh that is funny, are you here all week?

Google are famous for dropping popular projects with little notice for no apparent reason.

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Google Chromecast 2015: Puck-on-a-string fun ... why not, for £30?

Irongut

Having watched almost no broadcast TV this year (exception for the TT and Irish road races) and almost exclusively watched content streamed by Chromecast instead...

Watching video over wireless works perfectly.

Well written smartphone apps work much better than remote controls.

Streaming devices do not need to be wired or come with a terrible remote control.

Who needs a remote control when one app controls video playback and another controls the TV? I can always find my phone but never the remote and there's more than one phone in the house.

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Google's Nest weaves new Weave protocol that isn't Google's Weave

Irongut

I still fail to see the point of an expensive thermostat with internets.

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US watchdog POKES STICK at Google's Android over rival-blocking allegations

Irongut

Not entirely true. To use the Amazon app store you have to enable installation from untrusted sources complete with a security warning that you shouldn't do so. You have to enable that feature just to install the Amazon app store. I imagine that puts a lot of users off. It would be trivial for Google to give that feature a whitelist, perhaps with the Amazon store included by default, but they don't.

I don't remember Windows telling you that using a browser other than IE would be a security risk or preventing you installing another browser.

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These US Presidential contestants can't even secure their websites – what hope for America?

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Jeb Bush

Must be the first test he's ever passed.

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RFID wants to TRACK my TODGER, so I am going to CUT it OFF

Irongut

What year is this?

Dabbsy sounds like one of my rants from 10 - 15 years ago.

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Microsoft's 'anti-malware Device Guard' in Windows 10: How it works, what you need

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Re: Fine for exes...

"well-managed enterprise workstations" do not have Java installed.

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Brown kid with Arab name arrested for bringing home-made clock to school

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Re: Ojustaboo Hysteria @Matt Bryant

The Glasgow Airport attempt was not half-arsed it was clueless, idiotic and a complete failure. Even without the bollards a burning jeep full of petrol in the front doors would have done very little. Anyone who knows Glasgow Airport or has driven round it could think of a dozen better plans to cause chaos in five minutes. The most shocking thing about it was that those people were working in the NHS - not from an "oh my god terrorists in the NHS" point of view but from a "how did such brainless idiots get jobs in the NHS?" point of view.

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'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

Irongut

It's not the ads I object to but the trackers that go along with them and most web devs insistance on using Google Fucking Analytics (it's full name). I have no problem with non-intrusive ads from companies that don't think that 1984 and the NSA are something to aspire to.

I object to sites that tell me to turn off ad blocking or they won't show me some content. I'm not blocking ads, I'm blockiing the dozen or more trackers that you have on the page for Google, Facebook, Adobe, a bunch of ad agencies and god knows who else.

In the words of Otis Lee Crenshaw - "women call it stalking."

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WinPhone community descends into CANNIBALISM and WOE

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Scaring potential customers away

I considered WinPho earlier this year when upgrading my mobile. I'd been using Win8.1 on a tablet for about 6 months and found it really good, Google's evil business practices and crap code were pissing me off again and I was a prime target for a flagship WinPho. But, knowing WinPho10 was due soon(ish) and with all the confusion around what it would be like I ended up buying an S6 Edge. Probably for the best, Win10 tablet mode is not as good as Win8.1 was on my tablet. :(

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As McAfee runs for US President – we ask a crucial question: Will Reg readers back him?

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Boffin

Re: Can he get this fucking site to use TLS?

Stop using the same password for El Reg and your bank account... problem solved!

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I want my EPG, say Windows Media Center users left in dire straits

Irongut

Win10 has no Media Centre. Hence why one of my PCs will never be upgraded.

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Is John McAfee running for US president? 'My campaign manager told me not to comment'

Irongut

Any UK party would also fit the bill. They are all dickheads.

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Russian regulator bans PornHub for its ‘illegal pornography’

Irongut

Re: There is prob a gay video

I disagree. Based on his holiday snaps I think Putin likes that kind of video more than he would like to admit.

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Ofcom issues stern warning over fake caller number ID scam

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Re: It should be illegal ...

Because making something illegal ensures it never happens.

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BOFH: Power corrupts, uninterrupted power corrupts absolutely

Irongut

Re: And that's why I keep a stashed UPS that runs on car batteries...

Have you considered that if your desktop takes 20m to reboot then there's something wrong with it? Or is that how long it takes you to fill the hopper with coal?

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Irongut

The little red light went out and everything.

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Wangling my way into the 4K gaming club with a water-cooled whopper

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Re: 4k vs VR

VR is a niche product for specific uses. Much like voice control.

I'll take a decent size monitor over VR any day.

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Irongut
FAIL

If you actually read the article you may have noticed "this guy" is decidedly feminine and is called Lucy. She's even pictured in case you missed the byline.

And, uncanny valley is to do with computer graphics, usually in films, and nothing to do with human like robots.

So double FAIL to you!

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Ashley Madison: ‘Our site is full of women, and members are growing’

Irongut

A Mr Gerald Ratner would like to disagree with you. He has 500 million reasons why you're wrong.

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Scrapheap challenge: How Amazon and Google are dumbing down the gogglebox

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FAIL

I would up vote you but you failed your own intelligence test. Double fail.

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Perhaps the AIpocalypse ISN'T imminent – if Google Translate is anything to go by, that is

Irongut

Re: Google Translate? It's actually useful/usable if you know what you're doing

No its utter crap. I regualrly use it to 'translate' German and Italian. It puts words in the wrong order, often says the opposite of what the original lanuage says and for some stupid reason translates people's names. Sometimes you need a degree in translating the output of Google Translate to make any sense of it.

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Re: What should have been looked at

I recall the original Terminator talking quite a lot so he used and must have understood human language. Ok I don't remember him translating any Czech but if he'd used Google Translate for it he'd have been looking for Des O'Connor not Sarah.

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FBI probed SciFi author Ray Bradbury for plot to glum-down America

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Re: Free country?

Phases? Only if the current phase has lasted at least 70 years.

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Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

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@ Doctor_Wibble

The cursor keys still work to navigate the start menu in Windows 7 and indeed in 10 (I have no idea if they did in 8 and don't have a machine to test). Don't know where you got the idea that MS removed that capability.

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Yet another Android app security bug: This time 'everything is affected'

Irongut
Mushroom

Google's holier than thou security researchers, who love to publish unpatched flaws in other's products, should shut their hypocritical dick holes and get to work fixing their own god damn products.

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Re: It's a Cluster F**K !

I was just about to suggest a clusterfuck of flaws myself.

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Mozilla testing very private browsing mode

Irongut
Joke

Re: Good thinking, Advertisers

I bought two last week. They're very tasty with roast potatoes and gravy.

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Irongut

no picnic turning a quid online

Aww is El Reg worried about the 9 trackers on the article page?

I already have them blocked. How about serving some ads without the creepy stalker tech?

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