* Posts by Lozzyho

73 publicly visible posts • joined 19 Sep 2007


UK jails schizophrenic for refusal to decrypt files


@ the ac's

Funny how it's the anonymous ones here who like to throw around insults to people who have a different point of view, isn't it?

I don't doubt the guy was probably anything other than paranoid or mentally ill, i'm simply saying I don't want encryption to be a way for paedo's and terrorists to evade the law.

If you don't like that opinion that's your prerogative, but to call me an idiot for holding it only shows your own paranoia and ignorance.

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Well if you're so sure he's innocent, answer this: Why the hell didn't he just hand over the keys? Yeah, I'm sure he "forgot" them all, couldn't even hazard a guess.

The authorities had no option. He COULD have been hiding anything, and surely the law CANNOT take refusal as a presumption of innocence. Let's face it, I don't want Al Qaeda suspects doing so either. I don't suppose missing bail hearings, trying to enter countries illegally and having traces of explosive on your hands helped his case either.

C'mon, I dislike Jack Straw and the government as much as the next man. But if it's a choice of protecting the public (especially kids) or protecting those who think they can give two fingers to the law, i know who i'm siding with. If he is innocent, then he's BLOODY arrogant.

Apple wins attack of the clones



> No. Apple don't care if you buy a copy of OS X and install it on your Hackintosh. Just don't

> expect any support from them. They're not going against the hobbyists here.


> Apple DO care if you sell Hackintoshes with OS X pre-installed. That's the big no-no.

Well that makes perfect sense...

Apple snuffs iPhone app for too much Appleness



... is why Apple deserves to fail. It treats its customers and developers like shit, and woe betide any member of the press who dares to criticise it. "That'll be no more review kit for you, then"

Apple are shits with good PR, Microsoft are (comparative) saints with bad PR.

As AC said, MS at least know how to treat their developers with some respect.

Microsoft admits Mac was Windows 7 muse

Jobs Horns


... the Mac community can install OSX on the range of hardware that Windows supports, the Mac fanbois can STFU.

I think they're forgetting that Apple has all but cloned the PC in terms of hardware. Oh yeah, apart from the EFI. Big effing deal!

Fanbois howl over data-munching Snow Leopard bug


Bit of a flaw

All fanboi-bating and trolling aside, at a more technical level this does seem to be more of a series of design flaws rather than a simple bug.

There should be several layers of code, from the UI to the underlying file system, that would raise an error and prevent the overwrite of a user's home directory. The fact that a single error in the logon code CAN delete a home directory without jumping through several security hoops is more than worrying.

Try to write code in XP or Vista to delete your Documents directory and the OS will immediately and quite rightly tell you to fuck right off.

Apple posts iPhone update



... they control the hardware, the firmware, the OS software and (very tightly) the Application software, and they STILL release firmware that bricks the phone?!

Microsoft, for ALL their flaws (and they do have many), rarely control anything more than the OS software.

But when you control all 4 of the above, it's UNFORGIVEABLE to release such major bugs, especially when your business ethos is to take the piss out of the competition and have advertising based around your supposed superiority and lines like "it just works".

Google lobs coder's Microsoft badge into rubbish bin

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So much for...

"Don't do evil"

Yeah, right.

EU to shout at media player makers over noise levels

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I couldn't give a toss if some twerp wants to deafen himself, that's his lookout, as long as he doesn't go to the NHS for treatment.

What would be much better would be minimum standards for headphones' sound leakage to the outside world* so that we don't have to listen too.


* or rather, every train I've been on in the last 5 years.

Peugeot to offer in-car Wi-Fi in 2010


Wow @ AC

Isn't it amazing how all the anonymous inadequates get very worked up about something that'll never affect them but, somehow, they feel they owe an opinion to the world?

In your own words, grow up and get a life.

Cyclists give TV chef a Wikikicking

IT Angle

Can't we all just agree to...


- You SHOULD NEVER ride more than two abreast, and ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends (although the highway code says you "SHOULD NOT" on this one, not that you "MUST NOT")

- You MUST NOT ride on pavements

- You MUST obey all traffic signs and traffic light signals.

Car drivers:

- Stop driving like twats

- Give cyclists at least a car's width when overtaking. Yes, that means always. Yes, that means you too.

- Stop talking on a mobile phone while you're driving (hands-free notwithstanding)

- You MUST obey all traffic signs and traffic light signals.

Celebrity Chefs:

- Just STFU and cook.

And yes, I'm a driver and a cyclist, although the day I wear Lycra is the day Britain gets a roadside vomiting epidemic after catching sight of my substantial moobs.

Oh, and, er, classic cars don't pay any road tax, so does that mean they're not allowed to use the road?

Apple Store pillaged in 31 seconds


Very sad

The recession really is making people desperate, isn't it?

I wouldn't take one even if the smug, smarmy, patronising happy-clapping bastards were handing them out on the street for free.

Mine's the one with the stolen iPhone in the pocket. Just about to give it back.

High Court shields database state from blame


What an outrage

I really feel for this guy. I'm sick and tired of the public sector utterly FAILING in their duty and getting off scot free.

Although is it any surprise Mr Blair's brother was in on the cover-up... er I mean act?

I think we should all chip in and get the guy enough money to take these useless incompetent corrupt fuckwits to the European court!

Windows 7 still baking in oven, insists Microsoft


Nik Peltekakis

Nik, you're wasting your breath, mate. Windows 7 is absolutely fine, has some really nice touches, and I've yet to hear any negative comments from ANYONE who has *actually tried it*.

But of course, the MS haters will obviously want to hate it, and will probably all like to use words and phrases that someone once told them were cool, like FAIL etc.

I'll happily admit that Opera and FF are better browsers, if for not other reason than they comply with standards. And Microsoft deserve a kick up the arse for it. But to stick to this "Windows is shit regardless" nonsense is laughably fanboyish.

And regarding the upgrade path, you can upgrade from RC to RTM as follows:


Whether you SHOULD is another matter, of course.

Linux patch sidesteps Microsoft's TomTom patent



Because VFAT was designed my Microsoft and was never released as Open Source. Like it or not, they have a right to protect their patent.

Apple, on the other hand, take an open-source OS, tack on a UI, sell it, and try to put out of business anyone who tries to sell it with their own hardware.


Sir Alan Sugar hits eject button at Viglen


I just don't get it

Seriously, can someone explain what the Alan Sugar hero worship is all about?

I mean, the guy has peddled utter tat all his life and his one true skill is how to design something just cheap enough that it fails the day after the warranty runs out.

Now the BBC seem to like the taste of his arse, and the whole country (present company excepted I hope) seems to think he is Britain's equivalent to Gates/Jobs/Ford/whoever.

The man's a total clown with an ego complex and I can't understand why Mr Brown wants him in the government.

Oh wait a minute...

Windows users ambushed by attack on fresh IE flaw



The registry is split into user files (1 per user = HKEY_LOCAL_USER/HKEY_USERS) and machine files (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG etc).

And as for ActiveX objects being enabled by "many many users" then I'd suggest only crazy people would. IE lets you enable such things by zone, so many might enable them for Intranet sites or Trusted sites, but not for Internet. Anyone sufficiently savvy to get that far would SURELY know not to enable ActiveX objects for then Internet zone.

As for installing OSX, does Safari have NO vunlnerabilities?! Are you sure?

Interesting how people still manage to try to slag off Vista when it's the one NOT affected.

Hackintosh maker rises from the dead


@Matt 89

>> I hope Apple go at this guy all guns blazing, as it's clear he's cashing in on other people's hard work!

So you don't think an Intel CPU (that Apple used to scoff at) with a 'nix operating system is cashing in on other people's hard work then?

Wanna buy an old PC factory?


Nostalgia ain't what it used to be

That was a cracking club house, and a cracking snooker table if my memories of visiting with my dad when I was 10 are correct.

Ah, nostalgia.

Bit of a sad indictment on the Scottish (and British) economy if they can't sell off ANY of the (well maintained) buildings to anyone for manufacturing, warehousing or offices. Brown and Salmond - what a team!

Duke Nukem Forever developer defunct, says staffer


bad news

how to run a game franchise with BRILLIANT prospects into the ground.

Nice one 3dRealms. Tossers.

Mozilla mauls Microsoft on IE, Windows 7 bundle

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just maybe they looked at the multi-tab aeropeek on IE8/Win7 and wondered "how the fuck do we do that?" and then decided to whine about it instead.

What a storm in a teacup.

Apple drives iPhone app developers to the brink

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Single point of FAIL

This is why having a closed system such as the iPhone is a bad idea, and why basing your own company's entire business model AROUND that closed ecosystem is an even worse idea.

And that closed eco-system being run and owned by Apple, the only company more anti-competitive than Microsoft? TERRIBLE idea.

Peugeot preps 4WD diesel hybrid

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Nice one Peugeot

Does look good - and 68mpg out of a 200bhp car is pretty darn good. The 136bhp variant of the same engine is fantastically smooth to drive, WAY quieter and cleaner than the equivalent Audi/VW engine.

Steve Jobs: 'I wanted respect, not backdated options'

Jobs Halo

Didn't know?

"Jobs claimed he doesn't know much about accounting or backdating shenanigans and didn't know the practice was illegal"

Since when was ignorance a defence in law?

"He's one of the very few tech company bosses that outright ignores philanthropy "

Indeed, but you don't hear the iTards/Fanbois/sheep giving Bill Gates any credit for it, do you?

And yes, the icon is ironic.

Routing instability causes net traffic chaos

Paris Hilton

Is this related to...?

Is this related to the problem that my ISP says is causing BT IPStream to be slowing to a crawl after 7pm these days (i.e. for the last couple of weeks!)

They (o2 broadband) say that there's nothing they can do, as they're in BT's hands. Oh shit, methinks. No resolution date, no further information, no update on the web. Great.

Paris, cos she's always got capacity.

EC will force users to pick a Windows browser, says Microsoft


What a crock of EU shite

So tell me, EU tosspots, exactly how many people bought the "N" versions of Windows?

Precisely fuck all, that's how many. The EU are wasting their time (and our money) trying to force users into doing something that 99% of users won't want/need to do.

Us techies who don't like IE (including me) are 1% of computer users, if that, and forcing the rest to choose another browser is acting in the interests of Opera and Mozilla, NOT the users.

Seriously: Will your aunty hilda be able to make an informed decision? You could argue that FF/Opera are better, but I'd argue that others (including Safari) are far worse, especially for a Windows user.

Microsoft to act on IE8 'show stoppers'


@R Callan

>> Why doe's MS only supply app's for their own OS?

Apart from Office for Mac, IE for Mac, Virtual PC for Mac et al, you mean?

Apple explores auto iPhone audio

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Typical Apple

Not only does my car do this for hi-fi volume, but it also does the same thing for the sat nav brightness in relation to the outside light. Oh, and the headlights too. And the hazard warning lights come on if I break REALLY hard.

How can you patent something that has a sensor and reacts to the sensor?

Apple are patent trawling, end of. Next year they'll file a patent for a Human Touch Interface Device that reacts by turning on a device when it senses the press of a human finger. Just you watch...

Honda shows off Insight hybrid

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Big f*cking wow

A decent 1.6 common rail diesel easily does 65mpg alone, without the expensive batteries and motor. Combine that with 110bhp and some decent torque and I know which I would choose.

Orwellian Apple ad celebrates 25th birthday

Paris Hilton

@Fuzzy Wotnot

@Fuzzy Wotnot - Excellent observation, sir.

@Apple - One word: EGO

@Graham Jordan - Oh yeah. Something PC and Mac users alike can appreciate: Tits.

Paris, because we're talking tits here.

Apple more closed than Microsoft


@Gareth Gouldstone

>> After more than 25 years in the DOS/Wintel business I changed to Mac and it really does just >> work - no hassle, few reboots and very elegant

Really? I have Vista on an HP laptop and a custom-built PC, both running games, MS Visual Studio, SQL server and Oracle server, without antivirus or anti-spyware.

No reboots - EVER. It really REALLY does just work.

Funny that.

But the gay Keanu icon is a good idea.

The iPhone App Store - a classic protection racket

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@Anonymous Coward

Thank f**k someone sees the point of this article. Well put, AC.

Intel badmouths Jesus Phone

Paris Hilton

Intel dissing Apple?

Surely not? Does this lover's spat mean no more Intel Mac PC clones or MacBook Airs (which is, after all, an Intel laptop wrapped in toxic Apple materials)?

IMO, Intel are right, but for the wrong reasons. A device can't be the "full" Internet experience until the user is free to run whatever they want on it.

That's most definitely NOT the iPhone.

Paris, because the Internet experience wouldn't be the same without her.

Is Amazon censoring anti-DRM reviews?

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Good on you, amazon.

I'm no fan of Amazon, and I'm certainly no fan of DRM.

However, looking through reviews of Far Cry 2 yesterday pissed me off no end. Not one of the (several) reviews said anything about the actual game. They all just slated the SecuRom with rants and innaccuracies (such as you can't reinstall the game if you reinstall Windows) etc.

If you're just wanting to read a review (or judge a game to buy from it's star rating!) then such use of the reviews system is a royal pain in the tits. I'd be quite happy from them to remove ALL reviews which did not mention the merits of the actual game.

Apple and Psystar enter out-of-court counseling

Jobs Horns

@kain preacher

Difference is, IBM *allowed* cloning of the PC, and didn't try to stop clone makers. The only part they copyrighted was the BIOS code - but they didn't try to stop people reverse engineering the functionality.

In other words, they weren't utter shites like Apple.

Scotland Mountain Rescue turns on Ofcom


@I. Aproveofitspendingonspecificprojects

Despite the vocal minority in Scotland, we're not all burn-the-english lynch mobs, you know. Try to remember, the SNP are only in power because of Labour's complete inability to find their arse with both hands.

Most of us don't want independence (otherwise the second hand car salesman known as Salmond would have called a referendum already) and most of us get on just fine with the English.

As for Ofcom, they can just fuck right off IMO.

Microsoft moves to protect business from bank crunch


This is...

... the most non-story i've ever seen (outside BBC News 24, obviously).

Apple ups the ante in Psystar battle

Jobs Horns

Of course Apple are a monopoly

Even Wozniak said "there are two monopolies: Microsoft and Apple"

Jobs is the one who tore up the clone agreements, buying off or bankrupting the clone vendors in the process. They realised the vendors were doing a better job of making Macs than Apple.

It's about time people woke up and realised that Apple is EVEN MORE anti-competitive than Microsoft. They just get away with it by being "trendy" and loved by the sycophantic media.

Freelancers might be taxed as employees after High Court ruling


@all the envy brigade

I'm not an IT contractor, but I do work in IT.

All I can say is, I hope the government will be happy when there will be no such thing as a flexible workforce.

Sure, some of these people can earn a lot of money, but it's not all a bed of roses. They take the risk that they will be out of work for an indeterminate length of time, and they have to fund their own training and pension. And neither is cheap.

The way the government (HMRC in particular) has constantly moved the goalposts on IR35 (and section 669) is underhand and downright dishonest. Changing interpretation of law is unforgiveable.

If this were benefit claimants having the rules changed on them and backdated, the do-gooders and scroungers would be rioting.

In fact Mr. Brown, why don't you just save us all the hassle of putting up with you for the next 2 years. Just fuck off to Barbados with your index-linked guaranteed pension and paid-for-life personal protection, and give us all peace, will you?

Fart-lighting youth in petrol can mishap

Paris Hilton

He was lucky

He was probably too young to have pubes.

Paris, because she shaves all hers off (presumably for that very reason).

Carbon Trust: Rooftop windmills are eco own-goal


That's nothing

You should see the new wind turbine installed in a new school in Greenock, Renfrewshire. It's actually built in a natural bowl, surrounded on all sides by steep hills, I swear.

Only public money...

The iPhone - yours for €1

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@piggy and tazzy

Spot on. 'Nuff said.

Windows Vista has been battered, says Wall Street fan

Gates Halo


Yep, runs fine for me too, on new AND old hardware. Vista is absolutely fine, bar a couple of rarely-needed services that are installed and running by default (Windows Search, I'm looking at you).

Funnily enough, all the furore about shit performance turned out to be badly written drivers by 3rd parties, but you don't hear the detractors holding their hands up to that, do you?

And all the OSX fanbois can just fuck off - it's a piece of piss to rip off Linux and get it running on your tied-down over-priced glossy hardware platform, then crow at the competition because they have a hard time supporting hardware for virtually anything. If you want to look trendy, buy a fucking Audi TT, not a computer. Please, just go away and give us all peace.

Only the linux boys have ANY right to crow at Vista.

Microsoft Patch Tuesday promises seven fixes



Slaine, are you:

- a rabid fanboy/fanboi, or

- a forum spambot, or

- an arrogant tosser who's about as funny as a dose of the clap?

Or perhaps all of the above?


Royal Bank of Scotland takes three weeks to squash nasty Worldpay bug

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Not surprising

I worked for RBS for 6 years until quite recently and I promise you, this is NOT unusual. Unless the news had hit the BBC's headlines, it's just seen as a bunch of geeks whinging about something that will probably never happen.

They're FAR too busy wondering which parts of the bank to sell to make up for their last few fuck-ups, to worry about something DIFFICULT.

No I loved working there, honest.*cough* tossers *cough*

Windows XP bests OS X in RIA test on Intel

Jobs Horns

To all the Mac Fanbois

If you want to compare Leopard to Vista instead of XP, go ahead. But you might want to remember that Vista SP1's graphics performance is now ahead of XP SP3's.

Christ, Apple's coders can't even rip-off linux properly.

Bring it on...

Five misunderstood Vista features


Windows Search and "unnecessary" services

Windows Search is just one of the services that is largely unnecessary for a vast number of users. I can't be the only user who always knows where a document is - it's in "Documents"! My music is in "Music" and so on.

But the Windows Search service isn't the only one that most users should disable. Superfetch is a terrible hard disk thrasher, making your PC less responsive after any change. ReadyBoost is a waste of time, and I could go on.

Vista *AND XP* should have a configuration wizard that asks you a series of questions about the use of the PC, and disables services appropriately.

A week in the life of Open XML


Microsoft get it in the neck again

Seems a prime example of damned if you do, damned if you don't!

Loopy Vista pre-SP1 update fixed with pre-pre-SP1 update

Gates Halo

No problems here either

Vista SP1 installed and works fine, but then again, so did RTM.

Maybe all the Vista flame posts were actually faked by Mac users who were jealous of Flip3D? ;-)

Apple rewards developers with bricked iPhone


Gotta love Apple

Jesus, if Microsoft disabled people's workstations when their MSDN subscription ran out, there'd be an outrage. But because Apple do it, it's ok.

Apple don't deserve a development community.