* Posts by mike

31 publicly visible posts • joined 18 Mar 2008

Red Hat sticks lawyers on non-neutral Switzerland



"the pain needed to get them all up and running and actually using the system is unthinkable !"

Unfounded and untrue.

Final Hubble spacewalk done and dusted


@All that

Not foolish, it just costs shit loads to send stuff into space, cheaper to service hubble 'on-site'. Just think of the moon landings; millions spent so that astronauts could play golf on the moon and bring back moon-rock.

Apple bars 2.0 code from App Store

Jobs Horns

Like Fcuk

"Millions of iPhone and iPod touch customers will move to iPhone OS 3.0 this summer."

Only if they take one for the team and give the 3.0 to iPod Touch customers free. I'm not paying £10 pounds for a minor update labeled as a major update. Why should iTouch users be punished because apple don't know how to do copy & paste amongst other things -- fcuking dcikheads the lot of them, my iPod is the only tech thing I regret buying after dealing with the 'apple vampire corporation'

b.t.w Jobsy -- Roll necks are just soooo nafff

ID scheme will cost £400m annually


Other Countries have IDs but ...

Those other countries, like Germany and South Africa, also permit their citizens to own firearms.

The law in South Africa has changed more recently (according to my SA friend) in that you used to only have to hand over your fingerprints, if you owned a gun or had been convicted of some crime.

I'd probably be more interested in handing over my DNA profile if the benefit was not saving money but something a little more rewarding, for example, if the government tore up the Current Terror legislation that undermines so much that the Britain once stood for.

Or even at least took notice of the country when they protest and sign petitions.

If all else fails, they could even promise to take notice of the expert panels they commission to give them advice on certain issues.


It will never cost that much ...

because were not going to be having them, evil Jaqui Sith will be leaving office soon enough along with all her Big Brother ideas.

Microsoft: Don't rush to download Windows 7 RC


Bi-hourly shutdowns...

But surely windows needs to be restarted at least once per hour anyway just for it to work?

Apple drives iPhone app developers to the brink

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[cr]App store

Sounds like Apple is trying to make a little 'interest' cash like the banks do. My bank used to allow direct transfers between account holders at the same branch on the same day, they now take a neat 5 working days, accruing interest for the bank but not for me.

Perhaps all the Devs should boycott the [cr]App-store and tell apple where they can go stick their sticky fingers.

NASA gets cold feet on Moon base plan



Its gotta be a moon base, but if NASA can't; perhaps El Reg should assemble the "Nerds In Space Agency".

NASA micro-satellite eyes space bacteria


A nasty case of ...

SPACE THRUSH, itchy astro-fannies ahoy.

Microsoft records first ever revenue drop



Doesn't windows Mobile V4 (CE) allow more than 3 apps at a time ? Sounds like W7 is just too bloated to run on a net-book. Sounds like windows is going to be a memory guzzler for ever more.

Ubuntu 8.10 runs amazingly, with desktop effects on the Aspire One. I installed it for a colleague at work, so that he could run VLC, and a host of other applications ... at the same time.

Old school music sales fell 8% last year



quote :"The music industry has blamed widespread piracy for the global decline in album and single sales"

Only because they are too embarrassed to admit that it was due to a sharp decline in talented artists.

Virgin Media sticks with Phorm


Goodbye ISP

I'll have to ditch Virgin then. Not just at home, we'll have to reconsider the 40-odd broadband installations we have for our student accommodation, particularly if phorm are going to be making money out of our users. A global per-connection opt-out will be required versus the per-browser, per-machine, per-connection fantasy world they are living in.

another point is that Phorm appears to inject 'relevant' advertising into unsuspecting websites, the website has absolutely no control over the advertising placed on their site and the advertising is generated based on the client user's surfing habits, um, I sense a problem here. What if the user likes a lot of porn then, decides to look at some non-porn sites. Would porn appear on the non-porn sites?

Microsoft targets Barmy Army with Silverlight


Re-inventing the wheel

Well, I can't see many 'professionals' choosing silverlight over flash or AIR, particularly when big players like the BBC are using Adobe based products.

Brutish SSH attacks continue to bear fruit



SSH server owners can try SSHblack which blacklists IP addresses that fail authentication.

BT chief: People don't need fibre to the home

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!? Lack of Vision?

Well, this comes from the same company that claims their Business broadband router/ADSL broadband package is only intended for a single user. Seriously. We now use Virgin Fibre and we are enjoying it thoroughly, I've never had a positive experience with any ADSL provider, it's more the sub-standard technology than anything else.

A message to BT : Stick in some fibre ... to the house and People might start "Actually coming back to BT" rather than being forced to use a BT phone line for any Broadband service other than Virgin. Although this has changed slightly with unbundling, with telcos taking over phone lines, BT was criticised for overcharging customers who wished to return from their unbundled line to BT.

Linux chief calls for FAT-free Microsoft diet


@nobby EXT2/3 FS under windows

Ideally a nice transparent driver should be created for windows, but in the meantime you can try :


there are a couple of other EXT2 apps out there if you google around

Romanian police arrest Pentagon hack suspect



Clearly McKinnon is a 'greater threat' to America than a trojan-laying Romanian. Talk about priorities.

TomTom countersues Microsoft


Give 'em hell TomTom

I love my TomTom

iPhone 3.0 adds cut-and-paste, search, new dev toys


No Way

I'm not paying $10 for cut & paste, we should have had this from the start. Why do iPod touch users keep getting stung by apple every time they release minor updates branded as Major Operating System Updates?

Microsoft asks laid-off staff to refund overpaid redundo cash


Keep the money.


"Please check your change before leaving the counter as mistakes cannot be rectified once leaving the store"

sound familiar?

Norway mobilizes against IE 6



IE = Intelligence Exhausted

I couldn't agree more. Somedays I feel like a Dolphin having to jump through Microsoft Hoops® all day long.

It's quite irritating that you make a nice standards compliant page and then have to muck up all the good clean work just to make IE6 work properly. It really is a sub-standard, competition stiffling product that should be eliminated as soon as possible.

Unlike Bill Hicks, it'll be when I hear "but everybody uses Internet Explorer" that makes me snap.

Fasthosts to offshore support staff


Why Bother?

Their service is appauling anyway, we tried them and they epically failed, their support service is a complete joke.

College IT departments told to deploy anti-terror dragnet

Black Helicopters

Not a memo I have received

I work for a College I.T dept, we haven't been told about this yet, and we won't do it either. The police can do their own dirty work.

Romeo 419ers take Canadian women for $300k


Nigerian Police!?

The Nigerian Police will probably be arresting a poor unsuspecting goat on these charges.

BT profits crash

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After my 'experience' with BT I will NEVER use them again, and always tell people how bad their services are, and how the masters of communication can't even handle a simple broadband connection (unless you are living IN the exchange itself). They suck and they are loosing money, Good.

Parcelforce website cold-shoulders Linux lovers


Humans? Are you sure ?

I doubt there was an actual 'Human' ath the end of that 0870 line, probably just another tele-automaton.


IE6, Chosen Browser ?

"Considering that the mass-market choice of browser is STILL IE6 - I don't see that this is an issue? "

you seem to be under the impression that there is a 'choice'

Virgin puts 'legal P2P' plans on ice


Paid P2P - HTTP please

Um, who wants to pay for P2P ? I would rather a direct HTTP download if I am going to pay for it, much like the approach iTunes and Steam use to deliver their goodies.

What if the file that you paid for simply isn't being shared at the time you purchase. Will you have to wait indefinitely for a file you paid for?

How can I run Windows apps on a Linux Acer Aspire One?


Install Windows or Forget Windows, that is the question.

You could play around with cedega, crossover office, wine and alike, alternatively just try to find an application that works with your operating system. I'm not a CAD user myself, but there are applications that can perform this kind of modelling for POSIX environments. A quick google provides this links page : http://www.tech-edv.co.at/lunix/CADlinks.html

OLPC sweet talks Microsoft



Hhhhmmm that should bring the price down - lmao

Intel 'Nehalem' CPU 'borrows' AMD Phenom cache plan


Re: Borrowed

"To accuse Intel of borrowing AMD's plan is a bit like accusing bats of pinching the idea of wings from the birds, oblivious to the fact that insects got there first."

Thankfully the insects didn't have the foresight to patent their wings ;)