* Posts by Gerard Krupa

335 posts • joined 4 Jul 2007


NexDock 2 revisited: Could it be more than a handy Pi hole?

Gerard Krupa

Nice device, shame about that trackpad

It's just not a nice thing to use (even by normal trackpad standards).

'Ridiculous, rubbish, outrageous, complete bollocks': Just some reviews for Amazon's corporate contribution to Blighty's coffers

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Look a bit closer to home

It's would be a lot more convincing if the leader of the House of Commons wasn't making millions from a hedge fund based in the Cayman Islands. Nothing will change while members of the serving government have a vested personal interest in keeping tax loopholes open.

Google relents slightly in ad-blocker crackdown – for paid-up enterprise Chrome users, everyone else not so much

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Re: Is it time....

There are already solutions available for various platforms that either modify your hosts file or proxy DNS requests to block ads. You could even set up a Pi-Hole server on a cheap cloud provider and have your friends and family configure their machines to use it as their primary DNS; it will, after all, run on any Linux-based system, not just Raspberry Pi.

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

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Re: My Vega+ is safely in the cloud...

There is no cloud; it's just somebody else's villa in Tuscany.

Oh good, half of Defra's Brexit projects involve IT

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CAP is not all that "Common" since individual states have a lot of leeway in interpreting and reinterpreting the rules (even between the devolved UK governments, each of which has its own system) plus incorporating their own regional schemes. The EU also periodically revamp all of the rules and payment calculations - a process known as CAP Reform that has already occurred three times and is due to happen again in 2020.

VMware-on-AWS is live, and Virtzilla is now a proper SaaS player

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"automated provisioning tools like Jenkins or MAVEN."

Really? Would it kill you to spend 5 minutes with Google, looking up a few bits of jargon?

Facebook, Google slammed for 'commercial prostitution'

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"Anyone else wondering what the business model of a non-commercial prostitute would be?"

Offering consideration and favours (purely coincidentally) to financial donors.

HSBC Business internet banking goes TITSUP*

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Yet still far less embarrassing than the complete disaster that happened to Barclays personal banking over the weekend that saw not only online banking fall over but caused debit card payments to be declined.

GitLab snags VC cash, promises to 'Git-ify' the world

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Re: Does this mean?

Perhaps a Linus of Gits in honour of its angry creator

Is there paper in the printer? Yes and it's so neatly wrapped!

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No lazy stereotyping?

Para 2: "without lazy stereotyping"

Para 3: "pimply-faced youths (PFYs)"

Have you considered a second job as a political speech writer?

UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

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Re: Law of Unintended Consequences

Not once they classify envelopes as a form of end-to-end encryption

UK.gov loses crucial battle in home-taping war with musicians

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Re: What would they put a levy on?

I suggest the government impose a levy that pays the singers, musicians and songwriters the entire administrative cost of which is to be borne by those altruistic music labels who are so concerned about the livelihoods of their talent.

Ransomware-as-a-service business up for grabs to highest bidder

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If you don't want to consider yourself a criminal...

...then don't do criminal things like creating a ransom scam, using your ransom scam to steal money and then selling your scam on to other criminals. It's like a kid that punches you in the nuts and then says "sorry, I didn't mean it" before whispering to his friend "go punch that guy in the nuts".

Odin (formerly Parallels) bets big on Docker and OpenStack

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Once they get taken over by a company called Fenrir then it's time to start worrying

Fox gives Minority Report the nod – precog goes primetime on tellybox

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Re: Fox will cancel it mid-flow

Did it say anything about the product placement that will see the actors waxing on about their Prius (what a great antique car this is, well ahead of its time) for 2-3 minutes per episode.

Visual Studio running on OS X and Linux for free? SO close

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Re: Looks Familiar

Your memory of Visual Studio 2008 and mine are very different. If I recall correctly, the minimal, flat UI was added in 2010, the dark theme in 2012 and the mini-map in 2013.

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Looks Familiar

Soon all programmers' editors will look like Sublime.


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In related news

The ESA are currently seeking a team of talented artists with experience using Vue 4, 3DS Max and Photoshop.

Microsoft cramming free stuff into Galaxy S6es? Not so fast – US telcos

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In the spirit of choice

I'm sure AT&T and Verizon don't pre-install their own cloud storage apps either.

Amazon whisks desktop apps into cloud bazaar in virty PC push

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Re: Not that this has anything to do with anything, but...

They tend to flip-flop between profit and loss but they reported a higher-than-expected profit last quarter. Their policy is to feed revenue back into the business rather than shareholder pockets, though.

Popular crypto app uses single-byte XOR and nowt else, hacker says

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What claims?

"Google has been contacted for comment regarding the app's claims."

Have you even taken the time to look at the app's description on Google Play? It doesn't claim a single thing regarding file encryption - it doesn't even claim to do it. Will the Register comment on Darren Pauli's claims about his affair with President Obama?

Are you clever enough, and brave enough, to give a Register lecture

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Re: Hmm

It takes a lot more effort than you think to get really angry about Google and call people names for an hour.

Ericsson buys Sunrise Technology

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But sometimes they'll build you a shiny new office just before they dump everyone and sell off the building, which is nice and also very good value.

Raspberry Pi, meet face: You're probably NOT Blighty's biggest PC maker!

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Re: Amstrad

The Amstrad PCW range was pretty good in its day - a Z80-based machine designed for home office use. Unfortunately its day had passed by the time the 16 was released since PCs were doing the job more effectively.

Norks blame U.S. for TITSUP internet, unleash racist rant against Obama

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Black Helicopters

Someone just got the James Bond box set

and decided to play out the plot of Tomorrow Never Dies

Doctor Who's tangerine dream and Clara's death wish in Last Christmas

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Dr Jr

"one of the explorers blatantly pointed out that the aliens were pretty much face-huggers from Alien"

Probably the most notable thing about that episode - said explorer was played by Michael Troughton, son of 2nd Doctor, Patrick Troughton.

Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

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Re: In a couple of years

"Echo, what's the weather like?"

*creepy child's voice* "Are you my mummy?"

Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

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Re: I haven't seen the episode yet, but...

'...from the comments it sounds as if the script writer was heavily influenced by Terry Pratchett's "The Light Fantastic"?'

That episode would not have been made any less credible or entertaining by the addition of the grim reaper or a barbarian astronaut complaining he could only eat "shoup".

Fed-up bloke takes email spammers to court – and wins piles of cash

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Re: ICO and ASA seem to be backing off in this area...

Not validating my addresses with spammers has never seemed to do anything to stem the tide. I've often heard suggestions that confirming a working address makes it a more valuable commodity but I'm skeptical about the whole thing since I suspect blanketing every address available is more cost effective than being picky.

TrueCrypt hooked to life support in Switzerland: 'It must not die' say pair

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Re: Cthulhucrypt

TrueCrypt Fhtagn

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You can't be serious

The enemy of my enemy is my, well, temporary ally: Apple and Microsoft in pact against Google

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The technical name for something like this...

...is a twact.

Google clamps down on rogue Chrome plugins and extensions

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Just sanctioned malware

Every complaint I've seen about malicious extensions were all fully sanctioned and available from the Chrome Web Store. Particularly unpalatable are those that are funded by anonymously overlaying every site you visit with ads masquerading as coupons from the insidious Superfish service.


'Copyrighted' Java APIs deserve same protection as HARRY POTTER, Oracle tells court

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APIs, clearly as secret as an advance book copy

"Google’s argument was akin to an author copying the chapter titles and topic sentences of an advance copy of a Harry Potter book and then paraphrasing the rest and claiming it as fair use"

But only if J K Rowling was shouting these at every other author at the top of her voice.

Google Chrome: Extensions now ONLY from the Company Store

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So I'm sitting behind a proxy that blocks access to the Chrome Store and soon I'll no longer be able to download select developer-friendly extensions, email them to myself and install them to help me work. It's not as if downloading from there is a guarantee of integrity to begin with. The Store's littered with adware-funded extensions that violate Google's own Ts and Cs (Superfish e.g. is spreading like a virus through the Store and causes fake 'voucher' offers to be injected into nearly every page).

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If they wanted to, they could already have decimated the Chrome user base by blocking it from the Chrome store. I suspect they won't because the loss of users to Firefox would be more damaging than the loss of ad revenue, a migration that won't happen with Android.

Virgin Media only puts limited limits on its Unlimited service

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Re: Anyone here using Virginmedia?

Their email service is provided by Google. This was well-publicised at the time of the switch and is clearly stated in several places including the Web Mail client itself.

Finally! How to make Android USABLE: Install BlackBerry OS 10.2

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Blackberry... smooth. Are you one of those bots that's been commenting on the BBM app?

Ubisoft's Watch Dogs muzzled by delays

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Usually in French the trailing S is silent and the E wouldn't be pronounced that way without an acute accent so as written it would be something like Tal (with an elongated L). Ta-lez is a French variant on its original Greek pronunciation.

Happy Friday the 13th! It's Programmers' Day

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If you want parity and stop bits you'll have to go write software on one of Jupiter's moons

Apple’s iOS 64-bit iUpgrade: Don't expect a 2x performance leap

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Re: LaeMing

What it does mean is that when you need to push all of your registers onto the stack (e.g. calling a function or switching thread context) that will take up much more space.

Doctors face tribunal over claims of plagiarism in iPhone app

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Re: Biggest Worry

You mean the punishment of putting them in the top 10? As far as I can see that's what happens to apps that get fake reviews.

Galaxy S4 FIREBALL ATE MY HOUSE, claims Hong Kong man

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The best advice to give when your phone explodes?

Mr Du, run run run. Mr Du, run run.


IQ test: 'Artificial intelligence system as smart as a four year-old'

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Rival solution

while (true) {




voice.yell("Are we there yet?", Volume.MAXIMUM);


UK Post Office admits false accusations after computer system cockup

Gerard Krupa

Re: Keeping the beaurocracy alive...

So what you're saying is that because misplace trust in an entirely electronic accounting system resulted in false criminal convictions it follows that keeping information on paper is irrelevant and obsolete?

EE turns up speed knob EVEN FASTER on 4G spectrum

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Re: Hmmm.

It could go either way but they have also announced that from September they will be introducing multiple speed tiers. Could be that half speed will get cheaper or the new double speed service will get even more expensive.

Report: Android malware up 614% as smartphone scams go industrial

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Black Helicopters

Re: So who paid Juniper for this "research"?

Nobody needed to pay them - like most companies that have made similar announcements they conveniently just happen to have their own Android anti-malware solution for you to download. In this case it's called Junos Pulse and isn't going to gain momentum with its very poor reviews on Google Play unless they push it down our throats.

Did Kim Dotcom invent 2-factor authentication? Er, not exactly...

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Re: I think he holds both patent and prior art ...

"Also, he's a hero. People hate, but effectively he's living the dream. Doesn't matter how he got there."

I'm not aware of this new definition of hero. Usually the dictionary suggest selflessness rather than convictions for fraud and blatant attempts at IP theft as criteria for the honorific.

Adobe price hike: Your money or your files, frappuccino sippers

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Re: Autodesk have been doing something similar for years

The difference is that if you don't pay the sub to Autodesk you still have access to the product you initially purchased. For people who want to be always on the current release it works out the same but if you don't need that you're going to get it and have to pay for it anyway.



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