* Posts by Anon the mouse

108 publicly visible posts • joined 5 Aug 2009


Plex plucks media cloud service, sends users scurrying to exit

Anon the mouse

So what is plex pass for?

I used to use Plex until shortly after they introduced the pass system....

Why do I need to login to their system to stream my local files to my local devices? Other than to give them usage data,

Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

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The best accompaniment.

Everything is better with chilli...

Trifle with chilli flakes is particularly tasty. The milk in the trifle helps to offset the burning so you can taste the chilli properly.

BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

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Re: Spy on the screen and loudspeakers

Same here. They never stop sending letters. I'm looking forward to their "visit", I've even changed my wifi to "No_TV_Licence" so they can tell where I am.

Netflix scores new Trek tellie

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Netflix has got overly harsh in locking down everything that isn't a home ip address. Everything from data centres down to hotels has been locked out.

A shame really as the smart DNS or VPN solution was what made netflix good. I'd rather watch Netflix France or Netherlands than UK

Is this the last ever Lumia?

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at least the 1020 tried something

This is just mid-range as ever. I loved my 1020, until it got progressively slower. The camera while no DSLR was a great standout feature. If this was higher/equal res and not sluggish like the 1020, I'd probably be heading back to the Lumia fold.

Right, opt out everybody! Hated Care.data paused again

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Re: NHS IT projects

My practice has opt out forms all around the waiting area for patients to fill in while they wait. They really don't like care.data.

Samsung offers $90,000 if you can fix California's epic drought with tech

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So attach the artik to an amount of c4 or similar, attach to Nestlé bottling plant and retreat to a safe distance. Then trigger remotely via the Internet. Problem solved

Microsoft just saved Windows Phone... Now stop whining

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Re: Microsoft's handling of Windows Phone has been inept

Same here, my upgrade is due in November and it looks like there is no high end phone like the 1020 on the market, with that fantastic camera.

Elite:Dangerous goes TITSUP

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Re: "...this one's got a way to run"

Ah yes, my reading comprehension and ability to understand how a server works must have evaporated when my refund came through. I still have an interest in the game, at the moment it seems to be more morbid curiosity as problems pile up. But I still hope that one day it'll come good for those that DO enjoy it.

In this case the database problem was one of those things you find out in the live version, however not leaving any support staff to help customers for 2 weeks just after release. That was poor planning from Frontier, Leaving no updates or anything for customers tends to spiral things out of control, again look at the refund situation that is still ongoing for most two months later.

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Re: "...this one's got a way to run"

You are comparing a DDoS of servers to mismanaged servers. Completely different

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You would have thought people would've realised what the support was going to be like after the refund problems. Though writing refund quest was very cathartic.

Frontier, seem very, very overwhelmed as usual. But then release a game and announce a two week holiday for a week later was always going to be a clusterf*ck.

New Doctor Who episode leaks online as proper trailer debuts

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The wanted a worldwide release

Well the BBC were reportedly trying to do a simultaneous worldwide release of each episode. Maybe this was their plan

Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer – advice from US, UK, EU

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What's the difference between this and heartbleed?

Both are out of memory area bugs.

Reg hack hacked off by iPhone 5 repair notice

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Lol, I used to work in a bar back before the reality star explosion of 2000ish.... Had no end of "famous" people going "Do you know who I am?". "Sure, you're the guy* that has to wait like everyone else".

I'd love to work in that Apple store, just to throw the "do you know who I am" card back at you.

*Usually footballers of the local premiership club, trying to impress their dates/partners.

Techies CAN sue Google, Apple, Intel et al accused of wage-strangling pact

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Re: That's the beauty of this

20k for the first year, then that 10k(the rise only)+20k, for the second, and so on, surely. They would have had each of those payrises permanently.

'Daddy, can I use the BLACK iPAD?': Life with the Surface Pro 2

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Surface Pro 1 owner here, Civ works fine and has a touchscreen mode too. Not tried FM but I'd expect it to take a bit of time between turns.

O2 tries something completely new: Honesty

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Separating the phone and line rental costs is a side effect of the main purpose of these style contracts.

At present a "subsidised" contract is line rental only and the phone is a "free gift" that forms no part of the contract.

By doing the parts separately you don't actually own the phone until it's fully paid for, it's separate from the service, and therefore stops people from getting a contract which they only pay 6 months of and then selling the phone.

Windows Phone 8 reboot woe causes outpouring of forum misery

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Re: Anyone flashed one of these with Android?

The bright yellow one, is just a yellow QI cover. WP8 devices seem to have brought back changable covers in a big way.

No-one has got Android running on a WP8 device yet, or even sideloading of apps.

Author of '80s classic The Hobbit didn't know game was a hit

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Re: An inspiration

GAC, I spent hours, weeks and months playing with that making various elaborate quests.

With frequent confusing of E and W on my part leading to added complexity and accidental dead-ends.

I would kill for a PC version.

20 years of GSM digital mobile phones

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Re: 20 years?

But Apple made the smartphone.... and Nokia started it...honest..... HTC weren't even a blip on the radar.....even though they produced phones with lots more features years before the competition (when they worked right. SPV c500 replaced 4 times to get a useable one).

I still have my HTC Universal somewhere..... such a great phone, the only phone where I wish they would just update the internals (and software) and re-release it.

Looking at this list http://www.windowsfordevices.com/c/a/Windows-For-Devices-Articles/Guide-to-HTCs-Windows-Mobile-smartphones/

there are a few phones there I would love to see updated.....oh and maybe the tytn II for another :D

Virgin launches TV Anywhere streaming

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Loading anywhere!!!

On demand - no problem.

Anything streaming related..... Loading.........loading.............loading........

I'll leave it in another tab and see what happens in the next day or so.

4G: Bad coverage, crap battery life - but at least it's really expensive

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Re: What's the point of 4G...

Well that map explains a lot about my signal around the country, thank you for the link.

The fake H is very infuriating though. Here's a great data signal until you try and use it, then welcome to 2G.

Brighton marathon munchers banned from all-you-can-eat diner

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Re: Anybody posting a message supporting the porkers...


33 yrs

8st 12lb

And they'd lose money on me too....

All you can eat.... the clue is in the offer.

Barclays Online Offline again

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one up one down

On-line seems to be back up and stable....for now.

Mobile banking has been broken for a couple of days now.

Cabinet Office moves step closer to killing Directgov

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If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Directgov is in need of tidy up and a prune. But it works well enough.

This smells of desperation to spend money on something/anything for the sake of it.

Orange contract price hike angers subscribers

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Which network? I'm sure there are lots of disgruntled Orange Customers.

Best Buy fires parting shot at Dixons with closing down sale

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Still expensive

Had a nose around on Monday when the "sale" started. Prices are still expensive. Another 20% and they would be in line with Dixons/PCWorld.

Maybe if they had stacked em high and solld em cheap (like they said they would) they wouldn't be running back to where there are no national competitors for them.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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spot on review

PC interface is clunky and randomly decides wether you need to use mouse or keys......plugging in a 360 pad solved it for me :)

Still lots of fun to play, and apart from that one bug early on no major problems.

Dragons are fun to kill, and make for the most memorable moments in the game. Nighttime tracking through a forest suddenly the music changes and up ahead an orange glow appears in the distance through the trees..... a dragon is attacking a giant and they are locked in battle......Low level means I run leaving them to fight it out, I haven't saved for a while so don't want to reload into that battle :)

Ten... best Blu-ray movies of 2011

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Was this list limited to the easily available blu-rays or exclusives (read lockedin)as well. Megamind is the far superior Bluray to despicable me. Better plot/story/graphics and 3D :)

Steve Jobs' last words: 'OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.'

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"If we're more rationally earlier in life trained to EXPECT death, how EVER it comes, part of the excessive preoccupation with transformation of some sort is nixed."

Sorry to break it to you but that's utter bollocks.

I lost a child a few years ago (at a few months old), and my older children KNOW what death is because of that. Everything was explained to them at an appropriate level for their ages, and any questions over the years have been answered truthfully. At the time they weren't too bother, now they do worry more over death and dying than other children of comparable age (6-9). They worry more when people are ill that they will die.

I would never have withheld the information from them, but it does change their outlook on life......

Linehan turns IT Crowd off but NOT on again

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and 2 pints,

When will that show die

El Reg in email address blunder

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I got the apology email but not the list..... not that I'd notice it that much in the sea of spam.

Debt collectors warned off pursuing punters on Facebook

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And fictional/wrong debts too.

My parents had a HCEO push a letter through the door saying I'll be back later to take the car. Cue frantic phonecalls/traces to find that a) they didn't owe any debt and b) the company had just gone through the electoral role and checked the addresses to find the same name with the most expensive car.

My debts however were real and are now statute barred (6 years+), though I learnt lots of the nasty underhanded tricks they pull and now have a handy list for others to follow :-

Always ask for proof of the debt.... many have none, so it could be fictitious (had 2 of those in a year)

If they try and get you to sign ANYTHING refuse, whatever they say the reason it's most likely a lie to get you to sign a walk-in possession

never let them in, speak on the front.... sure it's embarassing but one foot in the door means they OWN everything in sight (except beds/cooker/essentials).

Most importantly never, ever agree a payment until you have concrete proof of the debt (from them). a single "token" payment restarts the 6 year statute limit.

Oh and keep as much as possible in writing.... voice isn't worth the paper it's written on :)

Voda in 3G blackhole probe by ASA

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Orange and Voda are just as bad as each other

Guess the networks need to start putting some of those profits back into the infrastructure......oh what then they wouldn't be able to take those huge bonuses for shafting their customers and patching the network to just.....just get by on a bare minimum.

Punters to favour Smart TV over 3D TV

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3Dtvs generally include SmartTV features. But not the other way around.

So really they are looking at 4.7m smarttvs being sold that don't incorporate 3D

Connecting the TV upto the network is a simple but fantastic move. Iplayer, 4OD, and also your large collection of ripped movies and music at the touch of a button (well okay 2-3 presses).

Ten... Androids to outshine the iPhone 4S

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You sir are a genius..... sounds like a perfect Youtube vid..... Sweeping shots of the queues, and right at the front on the other side someone sat having a coffee and snack and asking them awkward questions.

Ten reasons why you shouldn't buy an iPhone 5

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Hack the TV

Yup, been there done that. Last TV had a USB port I wanted to use so after a minor hack on the original firmware it was enabled for general use.... as a bonus it turned out Video/music/picture support was unlocked when I did it too.

Windows 8 secure boot would 'exclude' Linux

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People are sheep. They like the illusion of choice, but not really having any... that way any problems are someone elses fault.

Present company accepted of course as us el reg readers are more likely to want real choice and not just the pretend choice.

Dead Island

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Impressive backstory?? Really?? you mean the page of blurb on the character select screen surely.

Playing PS3 version and I've not had any of these bugs appear to ruin my fun yet.

Biggest annoyance is the Zombies level with you... did techland not see the grief Bethesda got over oblivions autoleveling baddies? Oh and the screen tear for a minute after fast travel.

Got a non-iPad tablet? Weirdo

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Owner of 1 fondleslab (Advent Vega).

Paid approx 200 for it. And after the customary hack to honeycomb it's fast, functional, and replacing the laptop as my go to device.

If most of your devices including TV are dlna compatible it comes in really good as a universal remote style gadget. Vnc into PC, start to download a prog, boot bubbleupnp and stream it directly when it's ready.

My daughter loves streaming her music straight to the TV, especially when I'm watching something else :-)

HP shelves plans to offshore DWP support roles

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What do you mean it's optional... why back in my day......

"We have always been clear that we will not offshore any DWP jobs,"

But anything not DWP will disappear abroad before the next public outcry

Poster presents evolution of game controllers

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Looks pretty inaccurate in places

Rumble (not force feedback) originated in the N64 controller as an addon pack, all the controllers that followed included it as a built in feature. Yet this poster has no links from it to the Xbox or Wii controllers.

Also pretty sure sticking something over the controller (wii wheel, wii zapper, psmove gun, etc) doesn't count as a new controller.

Dixons drops Motorola Xoom price... again

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£200 tablets are available,

Strangely enough from DSG too.

I picked up the Advent Vega (tegra chipset, 10" screen),

Spent a couple of hours installing the vegacomb firmware (honeycomb 3.2 for Vega). Before doing anything else. Follow the guide to the letter and even a 6 year old can do it (she did about 50% of the work)

Yes that's not for the average consumer, but on a tech site I don't see why there are so many complaints when they are available at the price you want. And a couple of hours tinkering gives you all the latest android release.

Or is it not the price but just a need to moan about tablets in general?

Injunction suspended: EU can buy Galaxy Tabs again

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this is a title, this is my thumb, this ones for headers, this ones for.......

Sounds like a pretty decent marketing slogan for the print media campaign :)

Apple changed shape of Galaxy Tab in court filing

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this is a title, happy now?

I'd love to see Samsung use that in the proper court appearance, if you removed the samsung logo you'd think it was an iPad.

Yes I know it's not a tablet, but the look and feel of it is remarkably close to what the iPad ended up being.

HP's fondle-slab dilemma: What to do when you're No 2

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Decent DLNA software - Samsung Allshare

I also do all of my home media tasks using DLNA over the network. 2 Jogglers, android phone, ps3, tv, and laptop all work without problems

Currently I'm using Samsung Allshare (Free and pretty low resource usage). I can't comment on music files as I mainly play mp3's. But for video it seems to play anything that remotely ressembles a video file, I was surprised to see full HD MKV support over wifi with no stuttering/cutout.

Point it in the direction of your library and let it index the files. Updated the files, just open up allshare again and it will ask if you want it to rebuild the library for you :D

The only sticking point is enabling devices for playback the first time.

Diary of a cameraman at the last shuttle launch

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What about the ground shaking?

I remember seeing a shuttle launch years ago and the ground literally shook beneath our feet.

Awesome video and pictures, brought the memories back :D

Blu-ray sales to overtake DVD... next year

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I think they might have figured out what people want

There are 2 types of triple play too....

The first has a BD, DVD and Digital like you describe.

The second has a 3D BD, standard BD and digital.

I'm working under the assumption that they have figured out that if you have a BD player you generally want a copy to throw around the internal network for all your devices too :D

Nintendo coughs to using Xbox, PS3 footage at Wii U event

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@ So how many Wii owners felt like they "won"

Any Wii can be hacked with an SD card and a version specific file/game. You can then enable the ability to play games (that you copy from your legally owned disks) from a USB drive. You can also enable region bypass so all those jap/us only games that can be imported can be played on your standard UK wii :D

That sounds like a win to me.

I have all 3 systems and the Wii felt like the biggest win and biggest disappointment at the same time.... pretty much like the Wii U

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but they have stated that they won't introduce a new console for approx 10 years from PS3 release date.

I'm pretty sure MS killed the Xbox dead as soon as the 360 came out. I vaguely remember a stink about game developers not being allowed to release NEW xbox1 games after the 360 release date.