* Posts by Pointer2null

31 posts • joined 17 Jul 2009

HPE's Black Thursday: Staff face pay cuts or the ax, office closures to save $1bn+ after coronavirus slams IT titan


Base pay vs bonus

All the board will take a cut in base pay eh? Well if you're CEO base pay is about 0.5% of your take home....

Outlook more like 'look out!' as Microsoft email decides everything is spam today


Probably the most accurate it's ever been

Probably the most accurate it's ever been, at least as far as my corporate inbox is concerned lol

Apple: Trust us, we've patented parts of Swift, and thus chunks of other programming languages, for your own good


booby trapped

So if you build your products around or by using swift, then Apple can infringe any patents you own with impunity for if you take action against them what was free suddenly won't be...

Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention



64 bytes from alien.star: icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=23,653 years

I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit



How can there be civil unrest if the world ended?

Google Chrome: HTTPS or bust. Insecure HTTP D-Day is tomorrow, folks


A bit hypocritical

A bit hypocritical considering their email client defaults to remain logged in and actually forcing it to log out when you close your brower is non-trivial.

Who cares if you browse the news unencryption - if anyone gets your machine with email logged in they can have more fun resetting all your passwords.

You love Systemd – you just don't know it yet, wink Red Hat bods


Master control program

Reminds me of tron lol

Google to add extra Gmail security … by building a walled garden


But it remembers your login

So much for security - Gmail remembers your login so the next person to access you machines finds themselves already logged in.

Also - try using firefox's session restore - pops a logged in gmail window right back for you.

A Hughes failure: Flat Earther rocketeer can't get it up yet again


Helium balloon anyone?

Maybe the fact that a balloon is round is putting him off using one?

One more credit insurer abandons Maplin Electronics


Maplin used to be good, but then seemed to turn into a glorified toy/junk shop. What decent stuff remains always seems to be 50% more expensive than anywhere else. Only use it for emergency purchases now.

Microsoft quietly emits patch to undo its earlier patch that broke Windows 10 networking


Magic IP

Wonder how all those PC's and Laptops will download the patch without their network connection? lol

Lib Dems to oppose porn checks in Blighty's Digital Economy Bill


All eight?

Skim reading, for a second I thought there were eight online age checks, then the brain caught up and spotted "Lib Dem" in the title. lol

Apple fans using Chrome on alert for Mac malware


mac users got aways with it as they were so few in number it wasn't worth the effort to infect them

'Doubly unacceptable' Swiss vegan forces his way into the army


No discrimination - or special treatment.

Let him in and serve him the same food and equipment as everyone else. No discrimination - it's up to him if he refuses to eat it or wear it.

Friends Reunited to shut down. What do you mean, 'is it still going?'


Killed by greed

It was good until it started charging a fiver to contact anyone. After that it was just a matter of time.

Apple's anti-malware Gatekeeper still useless: Security bloke reveals lingering holes


Be smart

don't buy apple.

W3C's failed Do Not Track crusade tumbles to ad-blockers' Vietnam


Re: Irony

Auto running videos with sound and adverts that splash over the content are the exact reasons why I use Ad-blockers. On a few sites I have disabled the ad-block as they don't have these type of annoying ads.

Don't crack that Mac: Almost NOTHING in new Retina MacBook Pros can be replaced


Simple: don't by over priced and over rated (cr) apples.

Buy something that costs half as much, performs as just well and can be fixed or upgraded.

Apple wins Samsung import ban, loses 'Battle of Rounded Corners II'


We'll al be better off

When Apply are gone and this moronic patent system is dismantled.

Don't believe me? Just check out the history of steam loco patents and see how that held back innovation 60 years.

Apple returns to courtroom once again to contest ebook shafting

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The future of cinema and TV: It’s game over for the hi-res hype


the original interlaced design was also chosen as we simply didn't have the bandwidth to transmit all 625 lines (UK PAL) each frame. Transmitting 312 per frame and interlacing effectively cut the bandwidth required by half. (Your good old VHS machine cut this in half again!)

Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?


No point having decent hi-fi/speaker/headphone if the original recording is low grade junk.

I listened to an Amy McDonald album recently - sounds like it was mixed using a pair of cheap headphones by an amateur. Also listened to a track from Katy Perry (Fireworks), it's distorted and clipped ffs.

Seems like it produced to sound ok when compressed to a mp3 junk file and played on a nasty ipod or similar crap.

Movie, TV ads annoying? You ain't seen nothin' yet

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less annoying

Much less annoying than having a 3 minute interruption in the middle of something.

Blizzard faces court battle for 'misleading Diablo III fans'


Waste of money

The game is a waste of money anyhow - basically comprises of a very short lackluster game which you then have to complete 3 times on different difficulties. Bored shitless after the first pass.

Nigerian scams are hyper-efficient idiot finders


hyper-efficient idiot finders

"hyper-efficient idiot finders"

I thought that was what parliamentary elections were.

Smart meter SSL screw-up exposes punters' TV habits



And the next step for any terrorist org is to hijack a city or two of meters, switch them off, wait a bit till everyone switches x, y and z on wondering why there is no 'leccy then turn the whole lot back on at the same time. Nice big power surge should take out the local grid...

'Occupy Flash' web hippies aim to rid world of Adobe plugin


Two browsers

I primarily use firefox, it does NOT have flash on it. If I come across a site that I can't use without flash I fire up IE9.

Works fine with the added bonus that a lot of annoying ad's are flash based and so I avoid then.

Desktop Linux: the final frontier


The reason 98% of the worlds pc use Windows is Linux!

Seriously though, Linux still is not as smooth and polished a user experience as Windows and for the average user it's not the best option. (I use both at work, but only Windows at home)

Overzealous Orange cuts off customer, still bills


Orange customer service - fail

I've had similar experience with Orange. My partner has an Orange contract with one month left - we called orange to give notification we were going to terminate the contract and they offered us an attractive deal to stay - so we agreed - they also said they would cancell the old contract for us and move the number etc. Should be easy since we were staying with orange. First bill arrive with a £400 contact cancellation charge on! wft? After speaking with several call center monkeys who didn't have a clue, we eventaully got though to someone who did know their ass form elbow and managed to explain that orange had goofed - they had set up the new contract for us, then extended the old one and cancelled the new one and charged us.

That wasn't the first problem we'd had with orange and probably won't be the last.

Virgin to offer 100Mb/s broadband by year's end

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100Mb for how long?

It's like advertising a car that does 100MPG*

Like other have said, try actually using the bandwidth and you hit your download cap very fast then get throttled.

* for 12 minutes per day, then 15MPG for the next x hours.

Reg readers crack case of the $23 quadrillion overcharge


Zimbabwean dollars

I think there is a simpler explanation - they were charged in Zimbabwean dollars.


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