* Posts by nigel 15

284 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Jun 2009


AMD fans forced to sit out latest Windows 10 Insiders build due to 'bug impacting overall usability of these PCs'

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AMD fans?

I'm not an AMD fan. I won't get this update though because I do have an AMD computer. What's with the hyperbole?

Two's company, Three's unbowed: You Brits will pay more for MMS snaps

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No networks offer unlimited out 'unlimited' data.

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Maximizing profits

I expect this is still the way the network can extract the most money from the market.

There's clearly a hardcore of people, who can't or won't switch to the likes of WhatsApp. Your parents basically. And they'll pay whatever.

The alternative would be to reduce the cost an increase the volume.

Nvidia: Using cheap GeForce, Titan GPUs in servers? Haha, nope!

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Miners great cancer research FU.

I'm struggling to see the logic here...

People using them to do cancer research can go swivel. But miners can fill their boots.

Ofcom proposes ways to stop BT undercutting broadband rivals

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BT can sell BB at no profit...

...and still have the company as a whole make money.

Which makes it odd that they are about the most expensive provider out there.

Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward

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Re: The gimp sucks

Don't assume that I can't work the gimp.

Equally the developers shouldn't assume that everyone is willing. An intuitive ui is just as important as the functionality.

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Re: Does it still hate the user?

It does, sadly.

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The gimp sucks

I'm sorry but it does. It feels like it's been designed one feature at a time and each feature just dropped anywhere there was space. The fact that I would have to compile it myself does nothing to reassure me this is over. It needs taking apart and putting back together from the ground up.

I like PSP more than PS. If you want to go free then Paint.net is so much better than gimp it's not even close.

EU mobile roaming rules to save customers billions in bills

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The rest of the world

Honestly the EU is always banging on about this. Fact is they've been dragging their feet. And have done nothing about the rest of the world.

TalkTalk shares drop 10.7% despite research that breaches don't cause drops

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What kind of idiot? the people that did the actual research?

Your post is conjecture. we don't need conjecture because there is actual research. you know people have looked at data breaches that have happened previously and looked at the impact on revenue. and found it to be negligible.

Nobody is saying it will add value.

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Don't cause drops But...

I think most TalkTalk customers are pretty close to the edge anyway.

There's much higher churn in the BB industry than there used to be. and if it's not enough to make yu leave it might well dissuade you from signing up.

Chaos at TalkTalk: Data was 'secure', not all encrypted, we took site down, were DDoSed

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Re: Actual e-mail received from Talk Talk

Seems like you should be able to bill them for the time you spend keeping an eye on your accounts.

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They are saying this attack was sustained. In which case how was the data stolen?

It looks to me like they were distracted by a DDoS, that is the sustained bit. Instead of pulling the servers, they were focused on that and missed the penetration. They handled it badly.

On another note. How do you DDoS a frikin ISP.

Snapdragon 810 chip doesn't overheat, jilted Qualcomm sniffs at LG

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It's not just the 808 SoC that is cheaper. So is servicing it too. The 810 requires more expensive ram too

Superfish: Lenovo ditches adware, but that doesn't fix SSL megavuln – researcher

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Re: @Halverflake

@Halvarflake can go **** himself.

He's providing mitigation if not full excusing. Together with being incredibly patronising to those of us that are surprised by this.

Margins are thin in many industries. Oil prices are suppressed at the moment, margins are thin. I'd still be surprised if next time i go to fill up the car with petrol i got a 50/50 mixture of that and bath water. Presumably @Halverflake does expect this, or else he doesn't understand the economics of the oil industry.

what an arse.

Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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Can't wait

I've not been able to buy a new computer for the passed couple of years.

i was lamenting he lack of clipboard support in the command prompt only yesterday.

BENDY iPhone 6, you say? Pah, warp claims are bent out of shape: Consumer Reports

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Force x Distance.....

It's not as simple as looking at the center point load. you need to consider the size of the device too.

the bending force is likely to be higher with the greater leverage from a bigger device.

for example a 1 penny piece may well have a deformation stress of less than 150lbs but it not going to bend in your pocket. a metal ruler more so.

BT claims almost-gigabit connections over COPPER WIRE

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80% within 66m?

I call BS. According to the BBC BT are claiming the 80% of households are within 66m of a fibre box.


Leak of '5 MEELLLION Gmail passwords' creates security flap

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The list

Being as i do come from the geographical area of england i would like to see the list, to see if i'm on it.

seems reasonable to me.

UK mobile coverage is BETTER than EVER, networks tell Ofcom

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Anyone See The Picture the BBC Used For This Story???


Do we think those people are trying to get signal? Or videoing the burning city below?

German NSA probe chief mulls spy-busting typewriters

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Typewriters are no issue for spooks.

Each key makes a different sound. A microphone and some clever statistics provide everything you need.

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

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Hangouts for SMS

I love the phone. But there are a couple of things.

Using hangouts as the default SMS client is absurd. It lists your Google+ contacts ahead of your real ones. and if you are like me these are people you've never met. if you try to SMS one of your actual contacts that you have a GMail address for it basically wont.

3rd party sms app writers must be laughing themselves silly.

the camera is slow. it's adequate. but can't hold a candle to my old nokia N8.

Acorn’s would-be ZX Spectrum killer, the Electron, is 30

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BBC Basic has ruined me

I can program in modern object oriented languages.

But i still think in in BBC basic.

Loved my electron.

Bradley Manning* sentenced to 35 years in prison

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Odd looking hero

If you do consider this guy a hero who should play him in the movie?

Vin Diesel? The Rock?

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Re: Poor guy

> He'll be found hung in his cell within 11 weeks

He has been locked up for quite a while already. in some horrific conditions.

Brits: We can stop trolling if we know where they live - poll

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I know i post as nigel. But...

...really my name is Bob.

All this survey proves is people are idiots.

Samsung Mega 6.3: Enter the PHONDLESLAB

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Re: VLP == Vain Losers Poserphone

Seriously. Buy the phone that meets your requirements.

It's you who seems concerned with what everyone else thinks.

ZTE to flog Firefox OS mobe worldwide via eBay

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Re: Lackluster

I had a feeling someone would say something like that.

I opened the comments section to confirm my suspicion of asshattery.

Cameron demands Brits BOYCOTT angry-troll-infested websites

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demands Brits BOYCOTT

not really it was a half assed comment. less of a demand and more of a suppose we could do this.

Infosec analysts back away from 'Feds attacked Tor' theory

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yes that is what happened.

Jimbo Wales: ISP smut blocking systems simply 'ridiculous'

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Re: Tiresome

apologies it's actually @RoxyRayeXXX

and it's very XXX.

I genuinely am interested in their stance on twitter.

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The policy is so wrong and so misguided it's difficult to imagine a way out for the government.

Myself i follow @RoxyRareXXX on twitter. which does use https. i wonder if they will block twitter.

Do china block twitter?

Tumblr's iOS fix for clear-text password login howler was WEEKS LATE

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Paris Hilton

FileZilla still stores passwords in plain text...

And oddly that is regarded as OK. Not a security howler.

Wikimedia edges closer to banishing Wikitext

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lowering the bar

basically having to learn a markup language stops stupid people editing it.

MYSTERY Nokia image-mangling mobe spotted in public

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Re: Always wondered about the lens size on Smartphones.

there is no point in the with without the length.

BSkyB-owned BE slams into traffic pile-up over 'unlimited' broadband lie

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too slow

ASA. now the business nolonger exists the point is moot.

Sky News Google Play page defaced

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Shocking Lack of Information

The sky support people have been on twitter all weekend operating from @skyhelpteam1 and their service status page has been changed to say there are problems.

but all of yesterday there was no information, particularly that the famous tweet was not from them.

Jailed Romanian hacker repents, invents ATM security scheme

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You've got to say...

...that is pretty clever,

Murdoch hate sparks mass bitchin', rapid evacuation from O2, BE

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So 0% are staying?


The survey says that 0% of Be subscribers will stay with sky. and i call BS.

Be always was a bit niche so it might have more leavers than O2. but people are lazy.

France weighing 'culture tax' on phones, slabs, PCs, TVs

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European Legality

If you impose a tax on smart phones in France aren't people just going to buy them online in germany?

Vodafone slurps MEELLLIONS for redirecting police hotline calls

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call 999

It's free.

all police stations these days are 0845 too. outrageous really. but what you going to do.

Star Trek: The original computer game

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I made the enterprise in ASCII

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sadly it doesn't format properly here even with the 'pre' tag. but if you look here http://privatepaste.com/a7b0f37b25 it's awesome :)

Review: Corsair Voyager Air 1TB wireless hard drive

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Re: Warranty


Indeed you can.

It depends on the item. For RAM, memory sticks all sorts of things when you keep in mind that you are going to be without the item for 6 to 12 weeks anyway so you might well have to buy a replacement for that time anyway, and that in say 2 years time these things will generally be cheaper and better, that you allow them access to your data, it's rarely cost effective. Before i stopped buying corsair products. and i used to buy a lot of them, i'd buy another and fleabay the warranty replacement.

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Re: Warranty

Corsair do not cover the postage cost. no.

If you send it back a second time they will cover the cost then. As in they will send you a cheque, (in euros,) after the replacement has been sent out and accepted. Literally 3 months later. you are correct other manufacturers do normally cover the postage, and do not generally require you to post it to holland.

You can try RMA'ing an item that's two years old but you wont get very far. I have done this, with amazon, ebuyer, they just refer you to the manufacturer. My issue is not just the cost, it's that it takes so long that you have to buy a replacement anyway. the corsair warranty is essentially useless.

As for the expected life time of a product. you are correct that the sale of goods act establishes a contract that lasts for 6 years and the retailer has obligations in this time. But without a team of lawyers to argue how long the expected lifetime of a wireless media drive is you are not going to get a retailer to change their policy which is generally that for consumer electronics that they will only act within 12 months and after that refer you to the manufacturer, which certainly if within the warranty period, they regard as meeting their obligations.

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Re: Warranty

The manufacturer warranty and retailer warranty are different.

The retailer will generally retailer will generally replace something within the first year. but they are unaffected by the terms of the manufacturer warranty which could be 3 or 5 years, that is a separate contract and does not involve the retailer at all.

Like i say if you try to claim under the manufacturer warranty in europe you will have to send it registered to holland. it will cost a fortune and you wont get a replacement for 6 to 12 weeks.

whereas, for example logitech will ask you to email a photo of the old one and courier you out a new one the next day. all companies are not the same.

It's really funny that my comment about corsair warranties is being voted down. seems you get fanbois for everything.

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It's worth mentioning with Corsair products if they fail whilst under manufacturer warranty you will have to post it recorded delivery to holland. which will cost more than the item.

And it will take up to three months to process. so you'll have to buy a new one anyway.

Corsair warranties, in europe at least, are worth nothing.

Ten Windows 8 Ultrabooks

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God them think pads may have perfect ergonomics. But they is ugly. Always have been always will be.


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For some reason this story omits the link to cyberbunker the rouge dutch host that spamhaus recently blacklisted.

Dongle smut Twitstorm claims second scalp

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the word dongle is funny.

it just is.

every accountant has made a 'double entry' joke.

every restaurant worker has heard a joke about breast or thigh.

don't get me started on door knockers


Drunk driving: No more dangerous than talking on handsfree mobe

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This is such BS

If you're drunk driving you're drunk for the whole journey and can't sober up in an emergency.

if you're on the phone it is for moments and if it starts to snow, rain, whatever, you can, you know, not be on the phone any more.