* Posts by Steven Burn

114 publicly visible posts • joined 1 May 2007


Govt suggests Brits should hand passports to social media companies

Steven Burn

Re: It's ID cards again isn't it?

Ffs, are you getting paid for this? I've lost count of the amount of times you've posted this. RTFA.

Amazon, Visa strike global truce on credit card charges

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Re: Still Avoiding Them

Only good experience I've had with their online store was ordering 3 copies (family member also wanted one and I wanted a spare (back in the days when I could afford to do so)) of the Meat loaf Hang Cool Teddy Bear Super Deluxe Fan Pack Box Set.

Damn I miss their local store ........

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Re: Still Avoiding Them

64TB === most people?

Wtf? I'm in the minority and even I only have 20TB at most (and that's spread across multiple machines/external drives). Majority are lucky if they have 1TB (IIRC most machines come with 500GB at most at present, and the vast majority of Joe Public don't have flash drives, let alone external drives or a NAS)

Emergency updates: Adobe, Chrome patch security bugs under active attack

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Re: Great they keep updating, adding more crap with zero day exploits, rinse and repeat

Just had to upvote Bob for the first time errr - ever. I feel dirty .....

Australian court finds Facebook 'divorced from reality' as it tried to define doing business down under

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Re: I like that idea

If only they'd done that before he was conceived .....

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Re: Who said judges knew nothing about Thar Intarwebs ?

Hoping so, but wouldn't hold my breath (don't fancy dying of asphyxiation)

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Re: store cookies with explicit consent

IIRC, it's not that simple, you'd also need to block *.facebook.com, *.fb.com, along with whatever else they've decided to use this time.

To err is human. To really tmux things up requires an engineer

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Re: wrong system ... D'oh!

Not always, 6 hours after coming out of hospital (didn't want to disappoint management by not being there), I made a mistake with DB entries, and it got me fired, despite working for them for 10+ years (was nothing that couldn't be fixed in less than 30 seconds)

In America, tech support conmen get a mild slap. In Blighty, scammers get the book thrown at them

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Re: "they would get you on federal crimes"

I'll take that bet!

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$150,000 on the millions they make, is insignificant. (aka the cost of doing business)

You publish 20,000 clean patches, but one goes wrong and you're a PC-crippler forever

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Re: Communication is the real issue

The features are present, it was just a malformed rule (single digit missing) that caused the initial issue, which then led to the remainder of the issues happening.

Steven Burn

Re: Communication is the real issue

Not the moral of the story at all. This wasn't a product update, it was a def update (hint: I work for them), countless of which are released 7 days per week.

Permissionless data slurping: Why Google's latest bombshell matters

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Re: So, if I want the benefits of a smartphone, without the (opaque) slurping....

Prefer actual tickets and cash for those myself ;) (wouldn't even consider putting my DC or CC data into the phone, let alone storing it in there)

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Re: Google is the retail arm of the NSA

Paranoid much? If that were the case, the majority of the crap on the web would be gone (unless you're going to tell me, they're also responsible for the malicious URLs on there as well?)

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Re: Are we surprised?

You beat me to it.

What is the probability of being drunk at work and also being tested? Let's find out! Correctly

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Re: If we accept this article as true, then how does the BOFH still have a job?

Easy - he tells the testers he is next to the open window with the unmentioned shoving ram ;)

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Quite a few of us used to go in to work quite drunk (we had a a bar on site), straight after lunch (did I mention the bar on site? (50p per pint!!!)). Alas it got to a point (not surprisingly), that some (myself included) were far beyond drunk and into holy shit, he's completely pissed!!! territory (work from home now, and pace myself (I'm an old git now)).

Not something I'm proud of, but testing wouldn't have helped (I did mention the bar on site, right? (disappeared not long after myself and a few others were fired for being shitfaced after lunch, from what I heard (not surprisingly))), limiting how much the bar would sell you, or a strict "look you can have have this much as the on-site or off-site bar", would've) - yes, I was young and stupid - weren't we all?

E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians

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Re: just stop it, right now

See this, it's your choices - mind I take them all away? (you know, just in case I disagree with one of them and figure feck it - easier than resorting to stupidlly childish insults)

Steven Burn

Re: Freedom

Upvote sir!

I'm a smoker, have been for half my life and hate the smell of it, even the smell from my own smoking, but as you mentioned, we should be able to smoke what we want.

I don't smoke around my kids, I don't smoke around those that don't themselves smoke, and where possible, try keeping out of the way of others on the street when smoking, just in case (though, now drive almost everywhere, so that's not as much of an issue anymore)

Steven Burn

Re: Why the need

Why the need?

Because we all have a choice perhaps? It (used to be) bugger all about a need.

Steven Burn

I can stop, I choose not to. Can you sod off?


hmmm has the reply button gone wonky? Clicki reply to comment and it seems to end up wherever it damn well wants ....

Steven Burn

Leave OUR cars out of it - we don't tell you want you can and can't do in yours.

Steven Burn

Re: 2 years

"by not smoking my favourite brand"

Errr yeah, if only, was a 20 a day Marlboro smoker, switched to Carlton - now 40-50 a day. That didn't work, did it .... (dammit, now I want a smoke!)

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Re: 2 years

It still stinks (tastes horrid too, to me at least), just smells slightly better (tried a few of the vaper thingies, still longing for one that isn't fruity, minty or vanlilla/chocolate crap etc, then I may try it again - until then, I'll stick with real cigs, helps with stress)

Steven Burn

Nothing is harm free anymore it seems, it's why I say DILLIGAF ;)

Batten down the hatches! OpenSSL preps fix for high impact vuln

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Re: <Insert name here>


UK's 'superfast' broadband is still complete dog toffee, even in London

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Can we move in?

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Should be on their (now) ancient packages, cost for my PN connection is at least twice that ;o) (still wouldn't switch though, short of a major feck up - they "just work" (yep, they have issues occasionally, who doesn't) and their staff for the most part (once you get past the first line) actually know what they're talking about (still miss the old staff though))

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Nah, they wrote it word for word for him (saves him actually having to work) ;)

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Frustratingly, still waiting, almost a decade now, for VM to get into my street (and those close to me on the "right side" it seems, street on the front has VM, streets to the back of those don't), gave up waiting (VM connections I've had the pleasure have been extremely fast (obviously leaving out those I've had the displeasure of dealing with over the years (though usually resulted in diags showing hardware/broken connections/VM infra issues etc)

Steven Burn

Re: One thing missing....

Some of us work from home, so the faster the better ;o)

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2 FTTC (I know, I want FTTP too) connections here (and a third ADSL line, but leaving that aside), both at an average of 76Mbps (1 x BT Business, 1 x Plusnet Business, costs considerably more (PN especially, was an old ADSL package that stopped existing, but didn't go lower in price - ah well, DILLIGAF), but worth it, both rarely have issues). Apparently I'm in the 10%?, who knew.

It's official – HP really will get you a Windows 10 PC on July 29 (barely)

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Oh dear .......

The "Tips and Corrections" link is currently displaying;


Email Protection

You are unable to access this email address theregister.co.uk

The website from which you got to this page is protected by CloudFlare. Email addresses on that page have been hidden in order to keep them from being accessed by malicious bots. You must enable Javascript in your browser in order to decode the e-mail address.

If you have a website and are interested in protecting it in a similar way, you can sign up for CloudFlare."

..... hmmm.

Anywho, HP site seems to be having issues;

"The store has encountered a problem processing the last request. Try again later. If the problem persists, contact your site administrator."

Only appears to be the pages involving machines with Windows 10 being affected, others pages on their site are fine.

Range Rover Sport: Like a cathedral on wheels, only with comfier pews

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Re: If I was looking for an SUV...

Might change your mind, price wise, if you drive mine (only bought last year (8K, 14K financed), already had to spend 5K for repairs to it (my fault for knowing shag all about cars I suppose), and has now developed a lovely "shuddering" sensation sporadically (caused the check engine light to come on last weekend, no idea why - stopped, checked the oil, it went away) - which reminds me, still need to call the garage).

Still love my Jeep' though (old CG, Commander (my favourite of the entire Jeep range) or if I had to, the Patriot)

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Re: Marlow Bridge

I'm screwed then .... my Jeep Commander is 4783 according to its spec sheet :o( (unlikely to get go over that bridge though, hadn't even heard of it before your post)

UK rail signals could be hacked to cause crashes, claims prof

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Re: Other signalling

Humans aren't experts on anything - they just like to think they are ;o)

App makers, you're STILL doing security wrong

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Good to see you here :o)

As an aside, Microsoft et al aren't exactly helping with these issues either (especially given default settings during Windows 8/10 installs as far as app access to location, profile etc etc, requiring they be manually turned off - they know as well as we do most are just going to do the default options instead of the custom route)

Do Moan! MONSTER 6-day EMAIL OUTAGE hits Domain Monster

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Got fed up waiting for them to sort the damn thing out. Already run my own internal server for outgoing mail (prefer keeping incoming and outgoing separate, only reason I had incoming through them) for the last 8+ years, so just switched the MX and disabled the auto-renew.

Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops

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Re: Minimum specifications for Windows...

Have an upvote Dan! (would get you a beer too, but well - it's the internet and everything ....)

Steven Burn

Re: Minimum specifications for Windows...

Either you know and are able to update, his companies systems/software to run on "nix, or are offering to re-write it all. How nice.

Not a cloud fan myself, never have been, and run a mix of Windows/*nix systems/servers myself, but you regardless of Microsoft' *announcements* (no "pro" required), not every company can switch (nor does every company want to)

Steven Burn

Re: Plenty about

You forgot;

== absolute rubbish

Had to replace virtually every piece of hardware in my stepdads Zoostorm, and all before it was even a year old (PSU only lasted around 8 months before going "boom").

UK.gov warned: Small biz bods 'blunted' by broadband bumbling

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24Mb == Superfast?

Whilst I'd call 24Mb fast, I certainly wouldn't call it anywhere close to "superfast" (christ, I've got 2 x 70Mb (20Mb up) lines here (1 x PlusNet business, 1 x BT business) and wouldn't even call those superfast ffs!!)

Full Disclosure redux: under new management

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Excellent news!

ISPs CAN be ordered to police pirates by blocking sites, says ECJ

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Re: Vote Farage

You lost as soon as you said "Vote Farage" .....

TomTom GO 6000 satnav chews on smarties and tablets

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Re: I think not ...

Cheers for the correction. My fault for basing it on my last reading the Highway Code book :o(

Steven Burn

I think not ...

I've got 2 different TomTom devices (Start 60, and the Go Live Black Edition I bought a few years ago (brother borrowed it, which required I buy another one (had to drive to the other end of the country and didn't have a clue where I was going (was fine from the A1 > M1 > M25, but buggered from there)))), and do still use them, but;

1. Their latest ones (last 24 months) ALL require use of a crappy ActiveX based GUI, which frankly, sucks (the older TT devices had desktop based software that was far superior - but it seems TT don't give a damn)

2. Despite numerous manual corrections and emails to TT, their sat navs still seem to be under the silly illusion that roads marked as 40mph (they've got speed signs and everything!) are 60mph, single carriage ways are 60mph (nope, always been 50mph unless marked otherwise), and seem to think 20mph roads are 30mph (again, nope, there's damn speed signs saying 20mph!)

3. Despite both devices coming with "lifetime map updates", neither actually did - they want £70 for map updates! (wouldn't be so bad (though still way overpriced) if they were actually accurate - but they're not).

4. To make matters worse, done the map correction thing a few times to correct it as far as my own postcode is concerned (not exactly the middle of nowhere), and it still doesn't have a clue (seems to have taken no notice (advised TT and got a nonsense reply ignoring what I told them)).

5. As of 2012, NONE of their devices have a backup facility (was present in the older devices, courtesy of the desktop software). Advised TT when I first bought it last year, and was blown off with;

"I do understand how important it is for you to use the the features you were accessing on TomTom Home on MyTomTom software.

I would like to assure that you will definitely be able to use such features very soon in near future.

Our Development team is currently working to introduce more features on MyTomTom software for the latest generation of TomTom devices.

And once more features are added to 'MyTomTom' Software, you will be able to access those features efficiently.

You will get a notification via E-mail when more features in 'MyTomTom' Software is available."

.... that was July 2012 - and there's been bugger all since (and NONE of the facilities of the Home software are available in their crappy ActiveX web UI (which FYI, has gotten worse since last month))

/end rant

Our Vulture strokes Dell's ROBUST 15 INCHER: Inspiron 15 Core i7

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Personally ....

I'd suggest using pc.co.uk (aka pcspecialist.co.uk) instead, you can customize your chosen PC, laptop etc to your hearts content, and the specs for the price points, are way better than any of the "named" machines are offering.

When the lights went out: My 'leccy-induced, bog floor crawling HORROR

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I'd be happy if it were only once per year (well, less annoyed anyway), but we've had 6 so far this year (town outside Newcastle Upon Tyne), and a friend down in Dover has had several in the last few months alone.

Wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact it also caused spikes that fried several servers, a couple of hubs and a couple of test machines (got kit for protection against surges, but not spikes (yep, completely my fault)), requiring a lot of kit be replaced.

Penguins, prepare to get SPACED OUT: Ubuntu 13.10's Mir has docked

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Thanks but no thanks

I don't want an OS to try to be everything. It's the very reason I'm not going to Windows 8, and the reason I dropped Ubuntu when Unity came in.

I'll stick with Windows XP, 7, Debian, Backtrack, DSL, Helix, Austrumi for now (couldn't get along with Mint, but still have hundreds of other distro's on CD/DVD to play with too).

Campus Party: Did it start Silicon Britain or let 5,000 geeks sleep together?

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Errr ya!

If they can't even do basic over-clocking or basic coding for a PI, then they're not geeks (hell even leaving out the PI, even newbie geeks can over-clock a machine - machines of the last few years or several, have removed the need to do it the "old fashioned way" ffs!).

As for social skills - they're over-rated.