* Posts by Lloyd

819 posts • joined 22 Jan 2007

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WhatsApp? You still don't get EU privacy laws, that's WhatsApp

Lloyd

Oh dear oh dear

" led by the UK's information commissioner"

You may as well have appointed some roadkill to investigate, I doubt the OIC can even spell privacy let alone know what it means.

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Rejecting Sonos' private data slurp basically bricks bloke's boombox

Lloyd

Re: Logitech Squeezecenter

Yep, I've got 3 squeezebox radios and a squeezebox controller/receiver on my stereo, all running off an HP microserver running squeezebox server, it's been like that for 10 years or so, not a problem so far.

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Vibrating walls shafted servers at a time the SUN couldn't shine

Lloyd

Re: Wind!!!

I seem to remember we had a similar issue with pigeons at a certain spread betting company, not quite as funny as the tech who kept going up to the roof to "inspect" the conenction during the summer without realising that there was CCTV up there and we all knew he was strpping down to his budgie smugglers and sun bathing.

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iPhone 8: Apple has CPU cycles to burn

Lloyd

Windows

So, does iTunes work properly yet on Windows or does it still self destruct constantly?

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Hotter than the Sun: JET – Earth’s biggest fusion reactor, in Culham

Lloyd

Re: So still 20 years in the future...?

Yes, 100 years ago.

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Sysadmin tells user CSI-style password guessing never w– wait WTF?! It's 'PASSWORD1'!

Lloyd

Pft, amateurs

Ours are Password123

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AWS users felt a great disturbance in the cloud, as S3 cried out in terror

Lloyd

Might I suggest a slight headline tweek?

AWS users felt a great disturbance in the cloud, as millions of S3 instances cried out in terror.

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UK government's war on e-cigs is over

Lloyd

Re: Jesus, NO!

Much as I'm loathe to defend him, I have actually set off a fire alarm in a pub before through vaping (well, 3 times within a 5 minute period actually), although it was in a very small room and I am one of "mix your own" types who puffs a heavy VG based mix, I might add that I use no flavour though, just VG and nicotine (<1%).

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No chips for you! Toshiba takes flash off the menu for WDC

Lloyd

Re: I wish to complain

I reckon the EU can use Conor McGregor and the UK can use Anthony Joshua.

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Fire brigade called to free man's bits from titanium ring's grip

Lloyd

Did they try

Whacking the ring with a hammer?

I'm just curious as to the noise it made, I'm thinking......

DONG!

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Google Chrome will beat Flash to death with a shovel: Why... won't... you... just... die!

Lloyd

Re: Why wait until December?

Ah, the BBC and Flash, remember when they last revamped their website and removed most of the text based stories and replaced them all with video feeds ripped out of the news channel? Cue a much touted "try our new mobile site" which was supported by little to no mobile browsers, I wonder how many readers that cost them?

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Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

Lloyd

I've always wondered if MS were going to commit Tech Suicide

And now I have an answer, they've been borderline before, specifically ME, Vista, 8.0 but this really takes the p155. All of our work systems have already switched to various flavours of Linux, AWS and Postgres due to exorbitant MS licensing now WIndows itself has become untenable, I guess we see where Linux goes. Apologies I have just taken the team for refreshments and 5 pints later I'm a tad wobbly.

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Argos changes 150 easily guessed drop-off system passwords

Lloyd

Argos is a subsidiary of Home Retail Group

Shouldn't that read "Argos is CURRENTLY a subsidiary of Home Retail Group" seeing as Sainsburys' got the green light to buy them last week?

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Washed out summer? Fear ye not: DVDs for DevOps droogs

Lloyd

On the subject of tabs

The single best moment of Silicon Valley season 3 hinges around tabs vs space indentation and I'm sufficiently with Richard that I started getting annoyed on his behalf and yelling at the screen.

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

Lloyd

Shame

I watched the trailer up until the warbling started and it looked pretty bad, Justin Lin was a poor choice and Pegg without Edgar Wright isn't really that great at anything production or script based. It's a shame as the first two films were enjoyable, although yes they were retreads.

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Gaming apps, mugging and bad case of bruised Pokéballs

Lloyd

Maybe I misheard Mr Reid

But I always assumed he shouted "Runaround..... NOW!"

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Tupperware vehemently denies any link to storage containerisation

Lloyd

Same thing happened to me

I was talking on a forum discussing what sort of database compliance we had, I said "I'm an ANSI boy", boy, sooner than you can shake a fish at the moon I had an email through from Neil Gaiman's lawyers, it's just not on. It's almost like that time our IT department got sued by Jupiter for mentioning Io.

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Dolphin fans freak, blast browser's bumbling bundles of bloatware

Lloyd

Yeah it's a bloated mess

It has but I think most of us were reticent to uninstall it because of our bookmarks and the pain in the arrrssss it is to move them over. Fortunately the new malware helped us along with that problem by adding extra impetus.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

Lloyd

My personal favourite piece of W10 functionality is

The W10 uninstall. I don't want Candy Crush thanks, or half of the other crud you decided to chuck on there, so I uninstall it only to have Windows 10 reinstall it. From what I've seen written on boards by multitudes of others this is standard behaviour, sorry MS but you're only having one machine, the others are all staying W7.

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David Bowie: Musician, actor... tech admirer

Lloyd

One thing

I'm not a huge Bowie fan, I like the odd song here and there but the one thing for me that stands out about him was that I never heard anyone say anything detrimental about him (with the possible exception of his drug taking). The media never really slagged him off, there's never really been any gossip about him and the friends I have "in the industry" never had tales and they have tales about everyone. To my mind if he managed to walk that tightrope without falling off then he must have been a genuinely decent human being and for that alone he should be mourned.

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Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

Lloyd

Re: Well

Unless they're used in mass production lines where they're regularly turned into vapour, i.e. in a bakery. What happens when to the excess fluid when you bake a cake? It turns into vapour. Where does that vapour go? Into the air. Has anyone working in a bakery ever died from inhaling cake vapour? Err....

And they're likely inhaling a hell of a lot more vapour than me. Carry on though, have your opinion and I'll carry on vaping within the law, in pubs, in clubs, I'm polite, I ask first.

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Lloyd

Re: Well

Fine by me, as long as you move to another pub, it's all grand.

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Lloyd
Headmaster

Well

I vape Vanilla, and by Vanilla I mean from the supermarket proper Vanilla (not Mexican beans as there have been health issues with that), I also buy Vegetable Glycerin from a baking supplier, the only thing I have an problem with the provenance of my Nicotene which I buy from a well known Vape shop chain, everything else is designed to be used in baking and I mix it myself. Anyone complaining about my vape (and there have been a few) gets a reasoned argument along the lines of "do you eat cake?".

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Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

Lloyd

Re: Retrogression of the "Force".

My understanding is that the character wielding the weapon is obsessed with Jedi relics, hence him using one.

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Legion of Superheroes fly in from Redmond for SQLBits bash

Lloyd

Pah

Still not a patch on Brighton when the Woz graced us with his presence.

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What’s new in SQL 2014?

Lloyd

The gap between SQL 2008 and 2012

SQL Server 2010 was released as 2008 R2 because Microsoft hadn't finished it in time, so your concept of 2 year release cycles is accurate.

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Whovians, your Doctor needs you: Take back the Day from One Direction

Lloyd

1D????

Who?

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PUNISHMENT gluttons: The Dr Who monsters that come back for more

Lloyd

Bring back the burnt out husk master (after final regeneration or some such nonsense)

He scared the living crud out of me as a kid. Kids these days are too wrapped in cotton wool, we need more stuff like Davros in Doctor Who, make the buggers have nightmares. And while we're on it, bring back The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water, the kid getting fried getting his frisby from the substation, the kids on the building site, is that a tractor left with the keys in it?

Why are you putting that jacket on me? What sort of a jacket ties up at the back? I'm fine I tell you! What are you doing here doctor? What's that injection for? No, I'm fine, I'm fine I'm...............

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'Daddy, can I use the BLACK iPAD?': Life with the Surface Pro 2

Lloyd

I didn't read the entire article

All I want to know is... does it support any decent 3rd party VPN connections? The original Surface Pro only supported MS VPN connections, no 3rd party support at all (from what I read anyway) and most VPN providers wouldn't touch it with a bargepole. Give me a product I can connect to home and work machines from with the added benefit of playing video plus web surfing and I'll buy it.

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Yet ANOTHER IE 0-day hole found: Malware-flingers already using it for drive-by badness

Lloyd

hmmm, IE, IE, IE???

I know the acronym from somewhere but I just can't quite place it, it must have been quite a while.

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Which Who to view? Pick one from two: Doctor Who twin trailers hit the interwebs

Lloyd

Very little is revealed???

I'd say that it gives away quite a lot about John Hurt's Doctor, mainly that he's so hated because of what he did to stop the time war, although quite what that might be isn't even hinted at.

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Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it

Lloyd

Re: @Lloyd cheap and nasty

I hadn't noticed that it was magnetic but I've just checked and you're right and I'd wager that you're bang on about the accessories, although quite why anyone would lug a zoom around for a camera of that quality (it's not too bad on low light but for action shots it's all blur).

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Lloyd

Re: cheap and nasty

No, I said it was cheap and nasty, the case looks and feels like a Storage Options Scroll Essential. The screen is beautiful but that's all, the camera on the back is fugly. So presumably if you're not trolling you have one? And you can tell us all what your likes and dislikes are then? And perhaps you could even stop hiding behind a troll account?

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Lloyd

Re: cheap and nasty

I have no idea what a Nokia 2310 even looks like nor do I care. That's the thing about opinions everyone's got one, even if it's just to blatantly troll.

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Lloyd

Undecided as yet

KitKat is a mixed bag. I started doing what I normally do and disable all of the Google services I never use, much to my chagrin half of the phone stopped working, the most crippling being that II turned off hangouts and it disabled text messages. Eventually I found ways and means around a lot of this crap simply by trial and error, I hate the fact that the entire desktop now runs off of the Search service, disable search and it'll turn itself back on as soon as you go to your desktop with the added bonus that it resets your desktop. Saying that it's more fluid than JB and there's some improvements to things like the camera app.

The phone itself is cheap and nasty but the hardware is decent for the price, it's roughly the same size as my Galaxy Nexus but with a larger screen area, decent speakers on the bottom and a seemingly longer battery life. I'm withholding judgement but currently it's "okay".

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SCIENCE and RELIGION AGREE! LIFE and Man ARE from CLAY

Lloyd

Re: SCIENCE and RELIGION AGREE! LIFE and mankind ARE from CLAY

I knew I shouldn't have posted what I perceived to be a smart arsed comment when I'd been down the gym and needed a sugar fix. I take it back and I'm having a Mars bar.

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Lloyd

SCIENCE and RELIGION AGREE! LIFE and mankind ARE from CLAY

< pedant>I think it's more likely that they're MADE from CLAY. I'm assuming that's a typo. </ pedant>

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iPHONE 5S BATTERY: It may NOT just be you, it may be RUBBISH

Lloyd

It's become so easy to mock Apple

That it's now akin to taking the mick out of a "differently abled" kid, it's wrong and I feel dirty doing it.

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Virgin Media only puts limited limits on its Unlimited service

Lloyd

Re: Still throttling by up to 65%

I set up a new SkyDrive connection to upload a load of photos the other day, I'm not sure if it was Virgin or MS but 20GB took 3.5 days, (by my reckoning that's 0.55mbps), it absolutely killed the connection too.

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Z30: The classiest BlackBerry mobe ever ... and possibly the last

Lloyd

Here's the thing

Blackberry does what it should do, works well for corporate users, the problem with that is that every single corporate user I've ever encountered wants an iPhone as their company phone. Not because it fulfills all or even some of what they need it for, simply because it's bling. We had a sales department who told us that we needed an iPhone app because our client base was screaming out for a mobile version of our product (on release it was used by 4 people a week out of a base of 250,000). Of course this meant that they would all need an iPhone to show it to potential clients so we migrated everyone off Blackberry to Apple, cue a massive rise in support calls and lots of blame on "well I can't do that on an iPhone when I'm out on the road".

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Wozniak: Please, whatever you do, DON'T buy me an iPad Air

Lloyd

Re: Rip ......

Surely you mean you could theoretically rip it and store it easily. If you actually did such an outrageous thing it would be illegal and you could be prosecuted by CBS for using something you actually owned albeit in a different format?

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Met Police vid: HIDE your mobes. Pavement BIKER cutpurses on the loose

Lloyd

A bit on the late side for this aren't they?

These tactics have been employed by phone muggers since around 2000, I know, it happened to me outside CPFC in around 2003.

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All cool kids' phones run ALTERNATIVE alternative custom Android ROM

Lloyd

Meh

Cyanogen is great when it works but how often do you update to find that your GPS or wireless no longer work properly? I gave up in the end, went back to the stock firmware and now only buy Nexus devices so that I don't have all of the crapware that the manufacturers stick on top.

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Google: Thanks for the billions in revenue, UK. Here are your taxes, that's ... £11m

Lloyd

This again

It almost mirrors my workplace, lots of finger pointing apportioning the blame to others for following the rules whilst patently ignoring that the problem lies with the rules and rule-makers themselves not with those abiding by them.

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Have PIXmania. In fact, have £59m with it too, Dixons tell German VCs

Lloyd
Pirate

No great loss

I've never known anyone to say anything pleasant about their returns process. I bought a camera from them for my parents which packed up after 3 months, I duly sent it over to Paris (you have to) which cost £22, where it was examined by Canon, who produced an entire report saying that it wasn't covered under warranty. When I queried what exactly was wrong that it wasn't covered under warranty Pixmania said that they would email me the report but it would cost £20, so I asked for the camera back, that'll be £30 postage please. Eventually I just gave up and bought my parents a new camera, far easier than dealing with that bunch of rip off merchants.

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Travel much? DON'T buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Lloyd

It's almost as though......

The EU based Mobile networks have realised that they're getting shafted by people buying foreign sim cards and are asking mobile manufacturers to stop it, but surely they wouldn't be that unscrupulous would they? Oh hold on, I was talking about mobile network operators wasn't I, ignore that last bit, they're all crunts.

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Grand Theft Auto V: Violent, sweary and amazingly ambitious

Lloyd

And....

Am I the only one who finds GTA a bit.... well boring to be honest?

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Lloyd

Re: 'The likes of .. BioShock Infinite have lifted the bar'

Infinite was a better than the original but still too easy.

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El Reg seeks new mobile, wireless tech writer - could it be YOU?

Lloyd

I'd love to do it

Unfortunately I've not been able to look favorably on mobiles since the time I slipped in the shower and ended up in the emergency room.

For the 17th time.

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Sofas with a roof and Star Trek seating: The future of office furniture?

Lloyd

Yeah right

Has anyone worked for a company where anyone outside of the boardroom has high concept furniture? Most of the places I've worked you're lucky if you can find a chair that's got the requisite number of legs.

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