* Posts by Andy Towler

134 posts • joined 20 Jun 2007

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3... 2...1... and 123-Reg hit by DDoSers. Again

Andy Towler

Another option

I've been very happy with Hover (run by Tucows).

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

Andy Towler
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Vegan

Have ten upvotes and a pint, sir.

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'Australia tax' doesn't apply to Azure

Andy Towler
Thumb Up

You beat me to it.

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'I thought my daughter clicked on ransomware – it was the damn Windows 10 installer'

Andy Towler
Trollface

123 comments...

123 reasons to stick with OSX.

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'Apple ate my music!' Streaming jukebox wipes 122GB – including muso's original tracks

Andy Towler
Stop

Tip

Never. Use. iTunes. For. Anything.

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It's 2016 and now your internet-connected bathroom scales can be hacked

Andy Towler
Stop

The Thing about the Internet Of Things

Is... did they actually ask whether anyone wanted it?

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Microsoft's Azure and Office 365 growth slows

Andy Towler

Re: Office 365 stinks.

Azure also stinks. The situation is one of across-the-board stinkiness.

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Microsoft drives an Edge between Adobe and the web: Flash ads blocked

Andy Towler
Meh

Flash ads haven't foisted themselves onto my Mac for over a year, since I completely uninstalled Flash on all my browsers. And neither have any other ads, thanks to Adblock Plus and Ghostery.

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Dear Windows, OS X folks: Update Flash now. Or kill it. Killing it works

Andy Towler
Meh

Does not compute

I completely uninstalled Flash on my Mac over a year ago and haven't missed it. In fact the only site I've noticed where I can't get all the content is of course the BBC news site, and let's face it, there's enough written content on that site that missing the odd video doesn't matter.

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Azure's wobbly day as three services glitch around the world

Andy Towler
FAIL

Re: Azure's a pretty reliable cloud

Azure's an ugly, unreliable cloud. FTFY.

With TWO control panels, neither of which works properly, confusing infrastructure, high pricing, frequent glitches in webapp uptime, poor performance, crappy billing interface, .....

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This is what it looks like when your website is hit by nasty ransomware

Andy Towler
Meh

Backups?

Just restore a backup to an alternative server and repoint the DNS. They do have backups, right?

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Facebook kills 'Parse' mobile dev platform

Andy Towler

Now that Parse has been open sourced, there's nothing to stop an enterprising company from offering 'Son of Parse' and we can all migrate to that. Let's hope someone does.

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Visual Studio Code: The top five features

Andy Towler

Three????

Three editor windows? What generosity! How about the other 15 that I normally need to have open using tabs when developing with phpStorm.

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Surface Book: Microsoft to turn unsuccessful tab into unsuccessful laptop

Andy Towler

I'd consider a Surface Book if...

...it ran OSX.

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Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her

Andy Towler

Legality

This may have been touched on, but surely there are a generous handful of laws in the UK and Europe that should prevent pretty much ALL of the site's features? And good job too.

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Verisign opens up its DNS

Andy Towler

OpenDNS

I trust Verisign about as much as I trust Google, which is about as far as I could spit a large rat. I'll stick to OpenDNS. Until someone reveals that they're harvesting personal info as well...

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Why Nobody Should Ever Search The Ashley Madison Data

Andy Towler
Thumb Down

Humour?

Either a lame attempt at humour or the author has been at the paint thinner...

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AIDS? Ebola? Nah – ELECTRO SMOG is our 'biggest problem', says Noel Edmonds

Andy Towler
WTF?

The man continues to be a total cockwomble.

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Even Apple doesn’t mess with Taylor Swift

Andy Towler
Facepalm

A cunning stunt

Huge publicity for Apple's new service, huge publicity for Ms Swift's new album. Totally obvious that it was a stunt set up between them.

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Zuck off, Zuck: Brit duo's JustDelete.Me nukes clingy web accounts

Andy Towler

AccountKiller.com has been offering the same service for quite a while I believe.

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ISPs scramble to explain mouse-sniffing tool

Andy Towler
WTF?

"the ability to track one's eyes (to see which advert is being viewed) is already available and slipping into mainstream products"

Would someone in the know explain how this works, seeing as I only ever enable my webcam when using Skype to call family? What mainstream products? How do they track my eye movements without access to my webcam? This sounds very much like a non-researched sweeping statement...

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Dear Linus, STOP SHOUTING and play nice - says Linux kernel dev

Andy Towler
Facepalm

Torvalds

is a cunt. Simples. Why is this news?

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Ad man: Mozilla 'radicals' and 'extremists' want to wreck internet economy

Andy Towler
Mushroom

Thankyou

This article has inspired me to wipe my cookies, disable third party cookies and install Ghostery.

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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch 2013: All’s well that Haswell

Andy Towler
Boffin

Resolution

"a 13in laptop should really be 1920 x 1080 in this day and age"

Man, you've got good eyes...

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FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

Andy Towler
FAIL

Re: Since when does anybody

Utter bollocks.

In proper English (i.e. British English), if you say "rowter" you're talking about a power tool that carves shapes out of wood. The pronunciation for a network routing device is "rooter".

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Research explodes myth that older programmers are obsolete

Andy Towler
Trollface

Re: HR only sees stereotypes

*bearded* - I think I see the problem.

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RIM ends Reg headline pun filth (and launches two new phones)

Andy Towler
Stop

Skype?

Unless it will run Skype (without being tied to one particular US ISP), it's not coming anywhere near my shortlist. Lack of Skype was what made me jump ship from BB to HTC.

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New WordPress vuln emerges

Andy Towler
Happy

No problem...

...WP Super Cache is better anyway.

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UK is first class for train Wi-Fi in Europe

Andy Towler
FAIL

Enhanced 3G my arse

Travelled Birmingham to Euston twice last week on Virgin Trains. Both times the label by my seat said "enhanced mobile reception on this train". Both times I lost my connection (Three network USB dongle) in every tunnel.

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Belkin YourType Folio

Andy Towler
Coat

Call a spade a spade

So this is basically a rescue deal for Apple-obsessed fashion victims...

"Bought one of those crappy laptops without a keyboard? Feel inferior no more!"

It's like buying a roof and doors for a quad bike.

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Wolfenstein 3D shoots onto web

Andy Towler
FAIL

Not ready for primetime...

Crashes SR-Ware Iron v18 when you close the tab after playing. Also bad lag (on a fast Ultrabook).

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Sony stock slides to 30-year low after record loss

Andy Towler
Happy

Re: The curse of the rootkit

For the rootkits alone, they deserve to go under.

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RIM shares take a bath after uninspiring BlackBerry 10 unwrap

Andy Towler
FAIL

Re: Last best hope

Yeah I know - my 2 year BB contract is up in October. I won't buy a locked-down device (Apple), wary of a really small user base (Windows Phone), so I figure I'll just have to get used to Android. At least it'll run Skype chat which is more than my BB will do. I'm not even considering another BB as a serious option - terrible software, terrible support, crappy battery life, frequent reboots needed.

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Virus-slingers abuse WordPress vulns, dose punters with exploit

Andy Towler
Mushroom

Darwinian

If WordPress site owners were smart enough to keep their installations up to date, this wouldn't be newsworthy. It's like the Darwin awards but for websites...

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Google+ lets in nicknames, slams door on plebs' pseudonyms

Andy Towler
Trollface

It shouldn't be too hard to find all 7 Google+ users on the planet and ask for their views...

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Ultrabooks to account for 35% of Acer laptop shipments

Andy Towler
Flame

I wouldn't trust Acer to make a stable ultrabook when even their netbooks turn into bricks from overheating...

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Skype is coming to Windows Phone - really

Andy Towler
Unhappy

Isn't it about time they put Skype onto non-Verizon BlackBerries?

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RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Qwerty smartphone

Andy Towler
Big Brother

Skype?

Do Blackberries run Skype yet or should we ignore it?

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Huawei gets charged with juicy Android handset

Andy Towler
Megaphone

Pinch of salt required

When I bought my BlackBerry, its battery life was 3 days. One year on, it's more like 12 hours.

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99% of UK gov websites are breaking the law

Andy Towler
Flame

99% of UK gov websites are breaking the law...

...and so, I imagine, are 99% of all other websites.

Is any self-respecting website developer going to make any effort to spoil the user experience with various popups asking the user something they probably don't understand anyway?

Some EU initiatives are worthwhile. This is not one of them.

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Nikon Coolpix P300 compact camera

Andy Towler
FAIL

Why oh why

do so few compacts have optical viewfinders? It seems the only manufacturer that still cares is Canon.

Like some earlier commenters, a "proper" viewfinder is number 1 on my "must have" list, so this camera, nice though it might be, will never make it onto my shortlist.

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How to... change sleep-screen pics on your Kindle

Andy Towler
Thumb Up

Thank you.

Works a treat. That is all.

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Almost entire EU now violating Brussels cookie privacy law

Andy Towler
Grenade

Bring it on

In the staggeringly unlikely event of someone coming after one of the European sites I run, I'll simply move the hosting to Switzerland.

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No, iPhone location tracking isn't harmless and here's why

Andy Towler
Troll

"you shouldn't be worried unless you have something to hide..."

Obvious troll is obvious.

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Pope says gravity proves technology can't supplant God

Andy Towler
IT Angle

Business as usual...

"Man should abandon hopes of being like God, if he wants to have a relationship with God."

And for those of us who have absolutely no interest in a relationship with a character from fiction, we'll just stick to plan A - keep trying to understand the universe a little better, and have some fun along the way.

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Nissan Leaf electric car

Andy Towler
FAIL

And the award goes to:

The Nissan Leaf, for.....

Ugliest back end

Most dirt-prone interior

Most counter-intuitive instrument panel

Being far too heavy to be genuinely tree-loving (the power has to be generated *somewhere*)

Next?

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Opera uncloaks Gmail challenger from Down Under

Andy Towler
WTF?

Why?

That is all.

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Britain takes delivery of first Nissan e-cars

Andy Towler
FAIL

Jesus...

...it's ugly.

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Google's Chrome browser market share hits 10% mark

Andy Towler
Big Brother

Iron...

I wonder if the Chrome results include Iron (the white-label version of Chrome that doesn't talk to Google).

I've been using Iron for ages - I find it consistently faster than Firefox (both starting up and loading pages), and I love the built-in DOM tools that mean I don't have to install Firebug.

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Mozilla plans 'Do Not Track' bottle-stopper for private surfers

Andy Towler

Just get a *really* good hosts file

I use the one that is published and updated regularly at http://someonewhocares.org/hosts/ - it speeds up my browsing, saves monthly download allowance and I've hardly seen an ad or tracking cookie since I started using it.

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