* Posts by Michael Hutchinson

69 publicly visible posts • joined 2 Jun 2009


Perhaps regretting those Instagram, WhatsApp acquisitions, UK watchdog suggests Facebook offloads GIF haven Giphy

Michael Hutchinson

Giraffe Interchange Format

It stands for Graphics Interchange Format, and the word Graphics has a hard G.

If it stood for Giraffe Interchange Format then I'd agree on the soft G.

Right to repair shouldn't exist – not because it's wrong but because it's so obviously right

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IDLE power draw, not Active power draw

Your analysis and definition of the new standards which have caused Dell to stop selling some systems in California (and other states) is completely incorrect. It's based on IDLE power draw from the power supply, and has nothing to do with having a RTX 3060 Ti. I suggest you educate yourself on this by reading this publications own write up on the legislation https://www.theregister.com/2021/07/26/dell_energy_pcs/.

Just Docker room talk: Container upstart's enterprise wing sold to Mirantis, CEO out, Swarm support faces ax

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Re: Good article here

And kubernetes has been forked 21k times. The number of forks isn't particularly meaningful.

Sky customers moan: Our broadband hubs are bricking it

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Even though it's not possible to run it in modem only mode, it is simple to bypass all of Sky's guff on their router anyway. Just add your own router as the Sky router DMZ, resulting in all traffic being passed through and avoiding any double NAT problems.

Now Pushing Malware: NPM package dev logins slurped by hacked tool popular with coders

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Re: why the F

Do you even know how the modern Web works? You really think sites fetch their JS directly from npm?

You could make the same argument for _any_ dependency system, hell even the Debian user repo had malware in it recently.

Tivo's new owner ponders binning its own boxes

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Re: I always feared the worst

Macrovision? Macromedia was bought out by Adobe...

HTC reflects on Champions League iPhone cock-up

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Re: Still in business .....

Have you actually used a HTC flagship in the last 3-4 years? Apart from the camera they're every bit as great as any other flagship device.

Virgin Media's ad fibs EXPOSED by bitter rival BT

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What about...

And what about BT's current ads about binge watching all 5 seasons of Breaking Bad on Netflix with a 20GB usage cap?

Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS

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Re: Genius!

"I seem to remember that the SIM card will still be a SIM card in a SIM slot, so it is swap-out-able, otherwise other, non-Apple-SIM-providers will not be able to put theirs in."

For now. Come the next iteration of the iPad next year/the year after, and you'll suddenly find the removable sim is no longer removable.

And soon after you'll find the other device manufacturers following suit.

Good grief! Have you seen BlackBerry's square smartphone?

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Re: "keyboard doubles as a capacitive multitouch trackpad"

Look at the picture in the article. You can clearly see the reflections from the edges of the raised buttons. They look like they're a single sheet, but each button is raised slightly so they'll be able to be pressed and give tactile feedback.

I had a Samsung NV10 point & shoot digital camera years ago that allowed you to navigate the menus by swiping across the capacitive physical buttons on the back. It worked very nicely. This is (shock!) genuine innovation in the mobile phone sector.

Chromebook Pixel owners' promised free data plans being prematurely axed

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Re: It is what it is ...

"Unfortunately for your theory there's the law of contracts getting in the way."

And fortunately for us consumers!

Plusnet goes titsup for spectacular hour-long wobble

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Re: Filter

"Went for WiFi Powerline LAN back to a base-station wired into the Thompson router. Good coverage now, even in the outbuildings, and none of the neighbours can listen to any DAB station, but that's not a problem because they don't even know what DAB is"

London's King of Clamps shuts down numberplate camera site

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Re: The small ironies of life.

The small irony is that one of the most widely used weapons against people parking in the wrong place, is to immobilise their vehicle so it stays in said place.

Developer's rare $50,000 Twitter account @N stolen in web shakedown

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He _did_ contact GoDaddy first, but they declined to help him.

OpenSUSE forums hacked in ANOTHER vBulletin attack

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Re: Is it just me, or


The Free software vendor referred to in the original comment is OpenSUSE. The proprietary application is vBulletin.

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

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Re: "90% of what's needed" external storage

It'd be cheaper and easier to just buy a device with an sd slot.

Gasp! Twitter displays pictures in main feed as IPO looms

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Re: It's an option

Where is it in the settings on the website? I've scoured every setting and can't find one to turn it off.

In the meantime, I'm using this greasemonkey script instead: http://userstyles.org/styles/94605/hide-twitter-timeline-image-previews

Beak orders Yahoo! to get on with Microsoft Search rollout in Asia

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The in joke changed.

When the ! was tilted.

Google stays tight-lipped on IE9 Gmail, Apps death sentence

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"if they see a version no. they don't like you don't get the site, just a nag message"

You get a nag message and limited functionality. They don't remove your access completely.

"In general, Gmail supports the current and prior major release of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari on a rolling basis. If you use a browser other than those listed below, you'll be automatically directed to the basic HTML view of Gmail."


Twitter revamps Android tablet app – but ONLY for Samsung 'slabs

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Re: Meh...

But you gave enough of a shit to comment...

Tech specs wreck: Details of Google's Nexus 5 smartphone leaked over internet

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Re: "Fingerprint sensors are a decent step..."

"Fingerprints are usernames, not passwords."

But you can still change your username (sometimes). Once someone has your fingerprint, it'll be a painful process to change it.

Microsoft Surface 2 fondleslabs finally get off ground with airline order

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Re: Temptation Vs Apathy (Side order of spectacle)

"I'll just wait a bit longer for one with a decent sized screen and perhaps an integrated keyboard. If only I could get my hands on one of those now."

You just essentially described a touchscreen "ultrabook".

30 years on: The day a computer glitch nearly caused World War III

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Re: I know, I know...

"Petrov, we owe him, big. Had it been real, he woulda been shot & doomed his countrymen. A real man to do that."

Or possibly killed by the very missles he was employed to track.

Does Gmail's tarted-up tab makeover bust anti-spam laws?

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Gear Icon>Configure Inbox.

Not exactly difficult...

Boffins: We have FOOLED APPLE with malware app

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Re: Not the Objective-C runtime

Did you RTFA?

The Objective-C runtime was mentioned in relation to the ability to publish an app to the app store, that passes Apple's approval process. That part has nothing to do with the "charger".

Chromecast: We get our SWEATY PAWS on Google's tiny telly pipe

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You mention that a TV remote is easier for pause/ff/rw. Does this thing not support CEC?

Julian Assange: I'm quite happy to sleep on Ecuador's sofa FOREVER

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Re: The question is...

Aren't there H&S regulations that say you must have a fire drill every x months? That'd get him outside.

Internet advertising giant (Google) 'mulls' map app Waze gobble

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The 'POP' of the bubble can't be too far away now!

SimCity 3000

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Yes it runs fine in W7 if you don't mind being stuck with 4:3 resolutions. Just be sure to run the installer & game in compatibility mode (I used Win 2k iirc).

Register reader Ray revs radio-controlled Raspberry Pi race rover

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Looks like he invented time travel too...

March 12 2013!

11-YEAR-OLD code wizard hacks Greedy RuneScape geeks

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Re: Suckyou Raven He'd better go into hideing then.

"/If you need a sarc tag you are too stupid to be using a computer."

Yes Matt, you are...

Psst, wanna block nuisance calls? BT'll do it... for a price

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Some oversights in this approach

If these automated calls go to an answering machine, that means that the scammer will know it's a real number with a valid recipient. Equivalent to replying to a spam email and confirming to the spammer that the email address has a valid recipient.

What a Liberty: Virgin Media in buyout talks with telecoms giant

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Re: hahahaha

Maybe I should have been clearer, Sky's online offering of content blows VM's out of the water.

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LGI had a big rollout of a decent new online service last year in the Netherlands. If they buy VM then hopefully us VM customers will get something that actually rivals Sky's online offering!

Why did your outsourced IT fall over? Cos you weren't on Twitter

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Do you think...

...Gartner outsourced this report?

Mother of All Whistlers: Virgin Media superhub. Listen to recordings

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Guess I'm one of the lucky ones

First of all, I'm not trying to defend VM, just sharing my own experience.

I recently was "upgraded" to the superhub (about 6 weeks ago) and did notice the packaging had been opened to put a label over the power socket on the hub saying "Do not use your old PSU".

I've not had any issues at all (except the routing problem which crippled Youtube that wasn't down to the hub itself), I'd be interested to know if the people who have the problems are using older kit?

LAST EVER British typewriter manufactured in Wales

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Re: Innovation

When will you people get bored of typing that on every bloody thread?

Xbox mod spreads KILLER Borderlands 2 GERM

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Correllation != Causation

"While I agree from a legal/ethic standpoint it seems to be sales this generation were directly related to how easy the console was to hack (WII trivial, Xbox harder, PS3 damn hard)."

Wii launched in 2006 @ £179

360 launched in 2005 @ £280

PS3 launched in 2007 @ £425

I think that is directly related to sales in this generation.

Mayer wants Yahoo! to be the world's mobile portal of habit

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Holy cow!

A headline about Yahoo! with only one exclamation mark!

BT and Virgin sue over £10m state-funded Birmingham broadband

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Re: something is amiss here....

"far better for it to be run by a private company that has an interest in keeping it's customers happy and improving services."

And there is the key flaw with privatisation of public services. The private companies that run these services have only one goal. To make as much money for their share/stakeholders as possible, if that happens to result in happy customers and improved services then great! Unfortunately 99.9% of the time it results in customers being screwed at every turn and worse service.

Four in ten Brits have had to change all their passwords to foil crooks

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"4 in brits are dumb!"

How does the "brits" measurement scale translate into number of elephants in an olympic sized swimming pool?

Take away bad drivers' mobile phones, they still crash their cars

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Re: Mobile phone use

"Or would they have been doing their makeup, playing with the radio, looking in the glove box for sweets, reading a magazine, chatting to a friend in the car, turning round to slap the kids

Since there isn't a specific act to ban any of those then they can't pose any sort of serious hazard to driving"

There is an act to ban all of those, and any others. It's called driving without due care and attention.

Stick punters' mugs on e-banking pages, that'll end fraud - Schneier

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If it's between the account and password pages, then what is stopping the crims from finding out what your picture & phrase are?

Boffins build program to HUNT DOWN CO2 polluters where they LIVE

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Sorry? Did you mean to comment on this: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/10/10/ftth_council_uk_penetration_knocked_again/ ?

Tech rivals team up for free web dev docs

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Re: Out of thin air

From the MediaWiki.org website:

"MediaWiki is free software: this means that you may use it for any purpose without legal hindrance. Furthermore, its licensing conditions apply solely to the software itself. This means that although many wikis license their content under a permissive license, you are not obliged to license the content submitted to your wiki in any particular way. Of course, as a project founded to support sites like Wikipedia, we encourage you to license the texts you write under a free license, but, in short, you are not required to.

If you wish to alter or amend the software itself, in general, you are permitted to, but there are some restrictions and you should consult the full text of the GNU GPL version 2 for details. Because MediaWiki is provided free of charge, there is no warranty, to the extent permitted by applicable law."

Google rewrites dot-doc death note

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They didn't have a change of heart...

Google didn't back track, have a change of heart or anything. They just elaborated on their initial statement to remove any potential confusion.

Talk about a non-story!

NASA releases stunning image of our universe's distant past

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Re: Great image, but

"If the youngest galaxy was formed 450 million years after the Big Bang, it is not 450 million years old, it is ~13.3 billion years old."

It was 450 million years old when the light used to produce this picture was emitted, therefore in the picture it is 450 million years old.

Motorola outs Razr phone with Intel Inside

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Re: No microSD-card slot?

It'll be under the flap on the top left, next to the micro sim slot (Original Droid Razr has a similar arrangement on the bottom left)

Motorola outs Jelly Bean friendly phones

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Since the original (well reborn) Razr only just got the ICS update OTA in the UK last week, I recommend you don't hold your breath on that one...


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BREAKING: Lewis Page in misleading headline non-story shocker!

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