* Posts by d3vy

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So the 'Year of Linux' never happened. When is it Chrome OS's turn?

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Re: No ...

"When Microsoft make Windows a Linux distro, then he'll have a point."

Unless they sell it in which case Linus will have lost as MS will be profiting from his work ?

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Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

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Re: How is it different

"And that knowledge helped US Airways flight 1549 exactly how ?"

Well.. the engines didnt explode in a massive fireball removing the wings.. so theres that.

The plane also successfully landed*.

* In as far as it was no longer in the air and no one was killed.

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Re: They seek him here...

"Surely, anyone on here with a modicum of common-coco never uses their real details for anything like this??"

It appears to be registered to Stringfellow Hawke who lives in San Remo... Lets get right on it.

I find it quite funny when I go into a pub and the wifi auto connects and I get a welcome back Mr FannyFace page in my browser.

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Man prosecuted for posting a picture of his hobby on Facebook

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Re: Nazi

@Annon

"Woof justice"

I think you mean ruff justice.

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Re: Cosplay banned in Scotland?

"Interesting, would a cosplay of Wee Jimmy Krankie get you on the sex offenders register?"

Never mind a register, that annoying turd and anyone pretending to be them should be shot.

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Supreme Court to rule on whether US has right to data stored overseas

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"Can the US court order a US sysadmin in the USA to access the servers in Ireland in contravention of Eu law?"

Probably... but then ireland could ask for that sysadmin to be extradited... I know it sounds ridiculous but the US did it with Gary McKinnon so we should be able to do it the other way round!

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Re: Of course, the DoJ will win

@a_yank_lurker

I stopped reading when you said "Slurp", I don't care if the rest of your comment was pure gold, calling them "slurp" is immature and about as funny as having genital warts.

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Re: If it's in Ireland ...

"It's about data held by an American company (where ever)."

Lets simplify this. I (a UK/EU citizen) dump some dodgy data on a portable hard disk and drive from Manchester to somewhere in France and put that disk in a safe.

So that's data which the UK police want held by me (a UK/EU citizen) in France...

Can the UK police retrieve that drive without a french warrant?

No, they cant, not legally anyway.

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Re: If it's in Ireland ...

"On the contrary, local employees would be expected to refuse a request if it in anyway risked contravention of local laws. It's illegal to ask an employee to break the law. And there would be little Microsoft US could do about it unless they want to break EU employment laws and pay out compensation. And still not get the data."

This actually follows on nicley from a comment I just posted about MS ie being a seperate legal entity.. it has its own directors who are legally responsible for ensuring that MS IE does not contravene any laws... If they just handed the data over without a valid warrant the Management of MS IE could be looking (at best) at a hefty fine or (at worst) prison time.

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Re: @d3vy ... WTF?

@Ian

"US citizen data taken offshore to Ireland. This would be similar to either German bank data laws or Swiss Data Laws concerning how to handle data."

Where to start?

First, its not a US citizens data as others have pointed out.

Second, We are not talking about MS, we are talking about an Irish subsidiary of MS, which is registered and operated from Ireland, For all intents and purposes its an Irish company which happens to be owned by Microsoft (for tax reasons).

The law of the country where the servers are located trumps the law of where the users originate.

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"Sanction Microsoft in the US, I'd expect"

Very well and good, but surely the law in Ireland will override that and if that law prohibits the extraction of data to the US* then they cant really do anything...

* I seriously doubt that there are any laws that prohibit this, if anything I'd expect we** have agreements in place to allow it.

** Thats the collective we, Im not in Ireland.

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"This is an important case that people around the world will watch."

Watch and laugh I expect.

What do they plan to do if MS say "no you can't have it"... invade?

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I love disruptive computer jargon. It's so very William Burroughs

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Dear compuserv guy... If you think it's promounced JIFF then I think you need to speak to your jrafick designer... You know the one who does your logos and other jraficks.

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Twitter: Why we silenced Rose McGowan after she slammed alleged sex pest Harvey Weinstein

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Re: Sense of proportion

"It was supposedly a picture containing a phone number. Not trivial to regex that."

OCR is something that exists... The problem being that it would take quite a bit of processing to OCR every picture uploaded... (But then FB and YT manage a significant amount of pre publish checking on video for copywritten content in videos so Im sure twitter could figure something out..

I suspect as I mentioned in another comment that the sudden surge in activity on her account because of her recent post regarding W simply flagged her account for further review meaning that her images were subject to additional checks (Either automated or manual)

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Re: Sense of proportion

" it happens immediately after she slags off Weinstein."

Yes but it also happens after a presumably significant uptick in the readership of her tweets as a result of slagging off w.

If I were writing moderation software is certain ally have it pay attention to accounts with sudden high volumes of activity..

Realistically given everyone that is posting about him would banning this one user really make a difference? What would Twitter gain from

Doing so?

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2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware

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FFS

I am not commenting on the success of the product, it could do better, it could be worse I dont really care.. . What the commenting about is the childish "X Flop One" "Microsuck" "Crapple" shit that ceased being funny quite some time ago.

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"But it pretty much has flopped"

Even if it had flopped which I strongly contest.... What I was referring to was the childish renaming "xFlopOne", its in the same vein as Crapple, Microsuck, micro$oft and the more recent "Slurp" which seems to have missed the point altogether by not even attempting to be a play on the original product or company.

So regardless of the success or not of the product, stop with the ridiculous renaming of products, it was funny once*.. its not now.

* that one time it was funny was when it was spelled "flops" so it at least SOUNDED like box.

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Re: Who wants a poorly constructed piece of garbage

You're getting several product lines confused....

"It has a vinyl keyboard. And you have to prop up the screen" thats the surface pro, its a tablet with a keyboard cover - similar to an iPad.

"The odd hinge looked like it would easily break also" thats a surface book, thats a.. laptop with a fully functional detachable tablet.

There is also the new surface laptop which I didnt see the point of until I used one last week... really its just a windows PC, nothing special to see.. but the keyboard is great, the screen is great, its fast.. its just generally a decent machine.

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Re: Flat surface sales

"If high end hardware is considered "low margin" how is Apple so wealthy?"

Well... The first problem with your question is the assumption that apple sell high end hardware...

Im not saying they are bad.. its just this years iPhone is last years Galaxy with a new jacket.

Also.. Sweatshops help alot... but MS and others will also be using these.

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"XFlop One "

HUR HUR HUR You're so funny... stop, I cant take it...

No, really, Stop. Its pathetic.

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Re: Isn't it obvious

"Those £129 laptops will do the same as your £2500 bling (bing) machine..... Pleb..."

Yeah... no they wont.

Those £129 laptops will have at most 4GB of RAM, they will not have an SSD and if they do it will be criplingly small (Such as the HP Stream laptops 64GB Hdd... honestly!) they will also have (AT BEST) an i3 CPU... at worst some celeron crud from over a decade ago (Again HP Stream, Im looking at you)

Now, I know that this isnt the use case for most, but I run visual studio, SQL Server office and at least one VM from my laptop... its (as mentioned before in another comment a 4 year old yoga 2 pro - 8GB Ram with an i7 CPU) it struggles sometimes when Im working so please do tell me how a £129 machine can do the same job?

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Re: Isn't it obvious

"That is if the user can get into the thing, what if they are using it for the first time and you are faced with "we are getting things ready"? (or whatever the current phrase is).

I'm not defending first use in a coffee shop but I'm guessing other brands/OS's may survive it better, hell you could probably install and use Ubuntu on a separate bit of kit get your work finished then spend an hour browsing while waiting an MS OS to get ready, woe betide you if you want to then quickly shut down."

Utter horse shit.

The "We are getting things ready" screen is windows setting up applications, user profiles etc... This is why it happens AFTER you have entered your login details for the first time.

"hell you could probably install and use Ubuntu on a separate bit of kit get your work finished then spend an hour browsing while waiting an MS OS to get ready,"

Again - horse shit.

Unless ubuntu now installs in less than 5 minutes and you have no real work to do...

My laptop is an old (4 years) yoga 2 Pro... I can do a fresh install of windows and be at the desktop in around 20 minutes... Unless you're installing it on an old 486 there is no way that you are waiting that long for windows to get ready...

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Re: Isn't it obvious

"You can specify what time of day you want to exclude any patching. I have mine set between 7am and 10pm, so any patching gets done when my laptop isn't in use."

You also get the option to deffer to specific dates, Ive been deferring the creators update for a few months now (takes a few seconds a week to select a new date from the drop down).

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

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One of the main reasons I never bought any sonos gear is that I was concerned about future compatibility..

My main concern being that in 5 years they might drop support for any of their hardware that I own and it will cease to work with the supported version of their mobile app on the OS de jour.

Seems that this was perfectly reasonable, if they drop support for a line of speakers but continue to push updates to the app I guess the speakers stop working?

If I ever need to stream audio that badly Ill buy a chromecast audio.. it has exactly the same issue but at least its not £200!

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MH370 final report: Aussies still don’t know where it crashed or why

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Re: planet is surrounded by spy satellites

"I do however hope that weather satellite imagery taken at the time in question has been examined. Granted it does not have he resolution to resolve an aircraft, but it does have enough resolution to resolve a contrail if conditions were such that the aircraft left one."

Why would they be spreading their chemikilz over the ocean? Turning the frigging fish gay?

:)

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Gatorade app is bogus: Even the sound of it is something quite atrocious

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It's hardly shoehorned in.. it's probably the most fitting use of an idiocracy comment since the last US election.

We all know that brawndo (sorry.. Gatorade) will eventually buy the FCC and FDA so that they can continue marketing this game unhindered.

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Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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Re: the RESET key was an Apple idea!

"You'd have to be pretty thick to accidentally hit CTRL-ALT-Del."

Place I used to work ordered a load of keyboards with a power btn where the delete key would be on a normal keyboard...

Hillarity ensued.

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If people used code I'd written 25minutes ago I'd die of embarrassment..

I think code has a shelf life of around 5 minutes, during that time it's all nice and clear and concise... 6 minutes and beyond and it's just another pile of bugs that you don't recognise as your own!

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123-Reg customers outraged at automatic .UK domain registration

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Re: Down with this sort of thing

"Here, we've reserved you some products you didn't ask for and will charge your card details you gave us for a totally different purchase automatically unless you tell us not to!" - is this even legal? I dunno, but I've asked Trading Standards to have a peek, FWIW"

Not quite..

"We are going to reserve you some products related to others that you already own, let us know within x weeks if you dont want us to do this, if you change your mind you have TWO YEARS to opt out"

Ill bet trading standards will be all over it...

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"Also 123-reg are competent (brilliant IMHO) at a tech support level, it's just their policies that suck arse."

They deleted TWO of my virtual servers along with THOUSANDS of others last year by mistake... So Im going to disagree with you there!

On the other hand Ive been with them for about ten years and thats the only real issue Ive had so I stuck with them - I spent a lot of time shopping round and couldn't find anyone to beat them on price for what I get/need from them.

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"A straight .uk is better than the relatively pointless .co addition imo."

But the .co has a specific purpose, it tells us that the site is intended for commerce (as with .com).

"No need to double - 2 years free gives you the time to switch to .uk without additional cost."

Could you send me a list of the .co.uk addresses that you have registered at the moment, I need to put them all on back order so in two years I can demonstrate why you actually need both! :)

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"If I provide some service - say product support, for example - through "myfantasticservices.co.uk", and my customers get into the habit of just typing "myfantasticservices.uk", then when the registration on the latter expires, I'm going to have a lot of pissed off customers. I might extend it just to avoid that.

That's why this is an underhanded move. It's an attempt to lock people in."

While I agree, its also quite a cynical view to take, they have emailed with plenty of notice so that you can tell them NOT to do it.

To be fair the other registrar that I use actually phoned me and asked if I wanted them and I said yes (Ill note that they are actually £3 a year cheaper than 123 for uk domains too!)

Given the scenario you mention if they hadnt given the option you'd be a bit pissed off if you didn't buy it and someone set up a site advertising handy-Js on myfantasticservices.uk

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Re: Little to do with automatic renewal

@Chloe

I didn't bother trying the links at the time but this works (After you log in):

https://www.123-reg.co.uk/secure/cpanel/domain/preorders/uk

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Re: Little to do with automatic renewal

"Oh, by the way, you'll find out about it from a IT news website."

Or you could read your emails.

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They are getting round this by warning users in advance that they can opt out...

So they have not done it automatically but they WILL unless you opt out now.

I got the same email, Im going to let them do it and then disable the autorenew, that way it costs them something and me nothing - nothing more than my time anyway...

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The list of outages omits the time that they deleted all of the active virtual servers during a clean up instead of the inactive ones.... and the backups that belong to them...

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Why the Apple Watch with LTE means a very Apple-y sort of freedom

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So am I understanding this right... if you get the apple watch with the eSIM you dont need to have your phone with you, but you still need to own a phone.

Im guessing from this then that the watch is capable of pairing with the phone over, Bluetooth, WiFi and now Cellular data? but cant use that cellular connection to do anything else?

Or have I completely misunderstood this and you need to have the phone and watch in close proximity for them to work (in that case what benefit is stumping up for the LTE watch)

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I had multiple phones on a single number for many years (car phones and the like) however the operators didnt like it and it never made a mainstream reason to exsist (why would a car have a SIM... )

Thats interesting, My car has an optional sim card accepting module that I didnt buy - I thought it would be a pain in the backside having two numbers/having to take the sim out of my phone to use in the car esp when it pairs with it over BT automatically anyway... Never even thought that there was a possibility of getting two sims with the same number!

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El Reg is hiring an intern. Apply now before it closes

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Re: Want a remote one?

They will send you to every apple event that they get invited to.

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Re: I've made a few tweaks to the copy so the intended audience will understand

"Stop trying to talk like a teenager, grandpa. It's hella embarrassing"

Yeah, you should prolly stop too.

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Re: Is there Fondue?

""A Comp-Sci degree and you're paying £9.15 an hour?"

Yes, it's an internship, typically used by the inexperienced to gain real world working experience in an industry before moving into better paid employment later.

Long gone are the days where a degree automatically got you a well paid job... Proven industry experience is way more valuable.

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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Re: Genius Groves?

@lord elpuss

"FaceTime - first mobile video calling that actually worked well"

The first iteration of this required a WiFi connection and wouldn't work on a cellular connection. So it was either NOT mobile or didn't work well... You can't claim both.

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Re: Genius Groves?

"Since I've never owned an iPhone, those are the only ones I can think of offhand."

You forgot that time back in 2009 whenever copy and paste was a mind blowing innovation. Truly "magical"

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Re: These "new" iPhones

"clearly this began the design process before any bezel-less Android phone shipped."

Because android phones don't go through a design process before going into production and being shipped?

Or are you suggesting that Apple take so long to design and build something that other companies can do it in a fraction of the time?

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Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

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Its absolutely absurd that ANYONE can claim to have invented email.

Maybe you could claim to be the first to implement it.. but email is a natural progression from postal mail and telegraph messages.

This is no different from the [Existing Technology] *On a mobile device* patents.

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

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Re: @AC

I know its been several weeks now and this might never be seen but :

"Not if they're undernourished, which mothers will tend to be when having babies in impoverished areas where even clean water isn't a given. Compromised bodies result in compromised immune systems."

Even under nourished the mothers immune system is more developed than that of the infant.

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Re: @AC

"Counterpoint: The mothers ALSO needed similar access if they were going to have any chance of breastfeeding their babies (since what they drink tends to pass on in the breast milk). Dead either way."

>> Actually no, the mothers tend to have much more developed immune systems and their bodies naturally filter out most of the bad stuff.

"They even dressed up their salespeople in fake nurse uniforms for a while."

"Can you prove that claim?"

>> Yes, https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/nestle-baby-milk-scandal-food-industry-standards

Third paragraph.

You're welcome.

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Re: Next to Microsoft and Oracle, Nestle are now practically emissaries of Jesus

Anon, you say the problem was that nestle didn't react quickly enough... It's been 40 years and they're still doing it... They are reacting at glacial speed.

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Don’t buy that Surface, plead Surface cloners

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Re: Man up, Nancy . . . @AC

IBM is the only manufacturer that I have come across who provide full exploded diagrams for their laptops (There may be others but IBM make them easy to find and free).

Conversely I had a run in with Toshiba recently where the phone droid on the parts line was not getting what I was saying to her "I need a replacement digitiser and glass for a P845t..." this was greeted by them asking for a part number... which I didnt have, I asked for an exploded diagram of the screen so that I could be sure that the (expensive) part that we were ordering was definitely the right one only to be told that they are proprietary and could only be supplied to authorised retailers.

The result of that was that Toshiba lost a £400 sale and I bought a full damaged second hand machine on eBay with a working screen for less than half the price.

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Singapore court awards $2.9m over bad job reference

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Re: Trump dollars

" I'd never have to worry about having them in my wallet!"

True, at the tmrate he's going we will all be bartering with bottle caps by the end of the year.

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