* Posts by BRYN

65 publicly visible posts • joined 14 May 2007


Swiss Army's Threema messaging app was full of holes – at least seven


Crypto Virus Writers

It cant be that hard to write a secure app for messaging. i mean crypto-virus writers are constantly outsmarting decrypter antivirus' apps. If the shady half of the internet can do it why does the legit half struggle?

Elon Musk issues ultimatum to Twitter staff: Go hardcore or go home


Elon Musk living up to Spitting image song

Many years ago, at its peak the UK TV show Spitting image released a song

I've travelled this old world of ours from Barnsley to Peru

I've had sunstroke in the arctic and a swim in Timbuktu

I've seen unicorns in Burma and a yeti in Nepal

And I've danced with ten foot pygmies in a Montezuma hall

I've met the king of China and the working Yorkshire miner

But I've never met a nice South African


No, he's never met a nice South African

And that's not bloody surprising, man

'Cause we're a bunch of arrogant bastards

Who hate black people

[Verse 2]

I once got served in Woolies aften less than four week's wait

I had lunch with Rowan Atkinson when he paid and wasn't late

I know a public swimming bath where they don't piss in the pool

I know a guy who got a job straight after leaving school

I've met a normal merman, and a fairly modest German

But I've never met a nice South African


No, he's never met a nice South African

And that's not bloody surprising, man

'Cause we're a bunch of talentless murderers

Who smell like baboons

[Verse 3]

I've had a close encounter of the 22nd kind

That's when an alien spaceship (pop) disappears up your behind

I got directory enquiries after less than forty rings

I've even heard a decent song by Paul McCartney's Wings

I've seen a flying pig in a quite convincing wig

But I've never met a nice South African

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Taylor Swift


No, he's never met a nice South African

And that's not bloody surprising, man

'Cause we're a bunch of ignorant loudmouths

With no sense of humour

[Verse 4]

I've met the Loch Ness monster and he looks like Fred Astaire

At the BBC in London he's the chief commissionaire

I know a place in Glasgow which is rife with daffodillies

I met a man in Kathmandu who claimed to have two willies

I've had a nice pot noodle, but I've never had a poodle

And I've never met a nice South African


No, he's never met a nice South African

And that's not bloody surprising, man

Because we've never met one either

Except for Breyten Breytenbach, and he's emigrated to Paris

Yes, he's quite a nice South African

And he's hardly ever killed anyone

And he's not smelly at all

That's why we put him prison

[Outro: P. W. Botha, Mr. Welldone]

Frankly, Mr. Welldone, I'm fed up with people from Britain attacking my country for Apartheid

We treat the blacks very well indeed!

I actually employ several kaffirs here in my own home

But Mr. Botha, I haven't seen a single black since I entered this mansion

Haven't seen one? My God, man!

What do you think you wiped your feet on when you came in?

*Attackers storm in and stab P. W. Botha*

You can't put a better bit of Botha on your knife, oi!

It seems very apt right now..

Microsoft reanimates 1995's 3D Movie Maker via GitHub


not 100% accurate

Lets put some flesh onto the bones of that story.

Whilst true your rendition isnt accurate:-


"In 1990, Argonaut collaborated with Nintendo during the early years of the NES and SNES, a notable incident being when Argonaut submitted a proof-of-concept method of defeating the Game Boy's copyright protection mechanism to Nintendo.[5] The combined efforts from both Nintendo and Argonaut yielded a prototype of the game Star Fox, initially codenamed "SnesGlider" and inspired by their earlier Atari ST and Amiga game Starglider, that they had running on the NES and then some weeks later on a prototype SNES. Jez San told Nintendo that his team could only improve performance or functionality of the demonstration if Nintendo allowed Argonaut to design custom hardware to extend the SNES to have true 3D capability. Nintendo agreed, so San hired chip designers and made the Super FX chip. They originally codenamed it the Mathematical Argonaut Rotation I/O, or "MARIO", as is printed on the chip's surface.[1][6] So powerful was the Super FX chip used to create the graphics and gameplay, that they joked that the Super NES was just a box to hold the chip.[7]"

ZX Spectrum reboot promising – steady now – 28MHz of sizzling Speccy speed now boasts improved Wi-Fi


i've chipped in

Ok my first home computer was a ZX spectrum back around 84, then later a +2 when it launched. I have so many found and happy memories attached to the ZX Spectrum. I am so very excited to be onboard for KS2 having missed KS1. I know its a toy and I appreciate its expensive, and I know I can play all the games I love on an emulator. But its just not the same. I know technically I am only playing via emu on the Next too. But its flicked all my emotion buttons.

Health Sec Hancock says UK will use Apple-Google API for virus contact-tracing app after all (even though Apple were right rotters)


Anybody even slightly surprised?

I know I'm not

Is right! Ofcom says Scousers enjoy a natter on the phone compared to southern blerts


he made it to Wirral:-


He is still an eejit

Time to check in again on the Atari retro console… dear God, it’s actually got worse


Can we take a moment to remember the Vega +

Scientist, war hero and gay icon Alan Turing is new face of the £50 note


I like the fact the binary when entered into a converter is Turings birthday. That's a nice touch.

Huawei P30: New No-Pro's cameras are flash ... but there are some curious bits


Too expensive to budge me from My Moto G pro and its excellent near 3 day battery life in my hands. No a bad camera either. But I aint a good photographer so what do I know.

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget


I have a newbuild shoebox. My smart meters where installed when the house was built. No electric or gas company will sign me up to a smart tariff without replacing the smart meters with there own smart meters. The irony is the smart meters they want to fit are the same makes/models of what is already installed.

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here


According to OMG Ubuntu your not 100% correct


Reported yesterday that it maybe/is possible to pay over the odds for the hardware and to run your free operating system on.

Apple breathes new life into MacBook Air with overhauled 2018 model


I see the $ to £ conversion rate means nothing

On Apple.com the price is $1,199.00

On Apple.com/uk the price is £1,199.00

on XE.com the current conversion rate says it should be £941.21

loving your work Apple.

Microsoft promises a fix for Windows 10 zip file woes. In November


Does ths mean....

that people are going to get massive .EBD files on there PC's? No such an issue on a machine with a 1TB drive. Might be an issue on say an tablet with a 128gb SSD. I certainly don't want my drive space being eaten by an ever increasing search catalogue database....

Brace yourself, Britain: Health minister shares 'vision' for NHS 'tech revolution'


Buzzword bingo

Eyes down for a full house....

ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator



I thought it was common knowledge that it was using FUSE.

I wanted this to be a success and I was more than happy to have parted with good money to buy this once the device was released. I was so excited I nearly backed but a little voice at the back of my head said to hold off. I'm so glad I did.

I feel for the backers, who if they have received this have gotten a turd, and the ones that decided to hold off on the "blankety-blank" they look like they're not going to even get a turd.

I suspect this maybe the last nail in anything Sinclair and hardware related ever happening again.

ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball


Re: Over on eBay

ET on ZX spectrum/Vega+?

Already been done (kinda)


Nostalgic social network 'Timehop' loses data from 21 million users


Be nice if it happens....

But since GDPR is eurocentric legislation I doubt anything will be said or done.

Gemini goes back to the '90s with Agenda, Data and mulls next steps


Are you watching this RCL?

This is how you do an IndieGoGo campaign correctly RCL. Maybe you should hire these guys to rescue your flailing Spectrum Vega+ project *coughcough twoyearslateandcounting coughcough**

Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04: Make yourself at GNOME. Cup of data-slurping dispute, anyone?


Re: "opt-out was probably the best choice"

you need to read up on GDPR.

Nothing collected by Canonical is GDPR infringing. It's basic hardware metrics on a machine similar (but more techy) to the advertising blurb you see on Dells website giving ram and cpu specs etc. A machines info inst covered under GDPR or DPA.

Your helping to pour fuel on a heated debate by having no idea what your actually talking about. Stop it its silly.

LG chairman Koo Bon-moo dies, aged 73


Am i imagining things but in the UK didn't Grundig become part of LG too?

Sir Clive Sinclair dragged into ZX Spectrum reboot battle


the console was and forever will be vapour-ware.

There maybe around 50 units in existence ass alluded to produced during trial builds. But a retail product that doesn't make. I'm so glad i decided not to back this as IndieGoGo when my figure hovered over the button.

The whole thing is a farce of Noel Coward proportions.

DIY device tinkerer iFixit weighs in on 15-month jail term for PC recycler


Re: Just stop buying their shit

No it doesnt.

Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...


Still funny, even after all these years

We sent a vulture to find the relaunched Atari box – and all he got was this lousy baseball cap


anybody thinking......

.... Big White Elephant........Nope


Batteries are so heavy, said user. If I take it out, will this thing work?


Re: Bullshit.

Never underestimate and idiot.

They'll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience

Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason


Re: Own fault

and therein was your first mistake

Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!


Ford can't even get my 2 year old car engine to start when I want it to.

Toyota's entertaining the idea of Linux in cars


Re: Please keep it simple

A real one for the 60's had either an ECU or Fuel injection.

You had the late 80's/90's special edition Mini Cooper. A last hurrah of the original Mini before BMW bout rover and made the modern (massive) Mini


Mac Pro update: Apple promises another pricey thing it will no doubt abandon after a year


Apple will not license out MacOS(X)

Whilst the idea of licensing out MacOS out has been mentioned it will not happen.

Apple isn't a computer company anymore they dropped the Apple Computers a few years back and became Apple Inc. In doing so they stopped making computers and became a consumer device, Like a DVD player or TV etc.

They don't want the hassle of having to support multiple possible machine configurations or devices. They build a machine that just works because they control every aspect of it. Hardware manufacturers also don't experience the compatibility issues because they have a much narrower target to aim at, generally if it works on one mac it'll work on all.

If they stop this it opens up a massive set as headaches. Hence no licensing.

BT tops Ofcom's broadband whinge list


Re: ARRRRGH - OFCOM needs to be burnt at the stake !

Whilst its correct that BT owns PlusNet

They're far from the same company. Plusnet's systems are very different to BT's since. BT bough the already established company and have never integrated onto the same internal systems.

I have you now! Star Wars stocking fillers from another age



Nuff said

Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?


Re: Marvin - Remember it's film version, not the book, radio or TV version

Marvin the one from the TV series also appeared in the movie. He's in the queue for something at the Vogon homeworld. Thus his entry is valid.

I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft. Give Windows 8 away for FREE – analyst


Anybody actually want a free turd? I know I dont.

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


it would mean that it wouldn't have to pay Google to use its map api when people check in around the world, which possible runs £100,000's per annum.

So it could fairly quickly pay for itself.

BlackBerry CEO: Our vibrating devices will satisfy most needs


Re: Really ....

"Well judging by the lukewarm response to the Z10 in the UK it looks like break then."

citation required please, since every company that does market research has back tracked on all "less than expected" predictions

"It's overpriced and the app support is pitiful. Surely he knows it's not just the phone and hardware but the eco-system behind it that drives sales .... and it's sadly lacking."

Over priced? seems fairly run of the mill pricing wise for a similar specced iPhone or android based phone.

App support i have to agree isnt great but its a new platform barely a month out from release. iOS and Androiud both took time for momentum to gather.

Official: Sky to buy O2 and BE's home broadband product in £200m deal


Re: Where to go then?

i've been with Plusnet for over 12 months, just upgraded to Fibre service. Excellent value, excellent customer service based in the UK.

I strongly recommend them.

Satellite broadband rollout for all in US: But Europe just doesn't get it


Re: the sub headline?

Yup your correct neither of them do. I never said they did. Just if satellite broadband launched in the UK only viable provider would be Sky/News International.

Wish smart people would actually read, rather than jump to conclusions.


Re: Other satellite internet is available

Yup there broadband service is ADSL at the moment. However the point is that they alone are the only viable satellite broadband provider. If another company lauinched the service they would use Sky's satellites rather than fund there own. Thus my point stands. Satellite broadband in th UK would be a Sky driven service. Murdoch is a cancer, News International are a cancer. Slowly everyday we get fed a little bit more of the poison he spouts. Seriously your all intelligent, who in ther right mind would actually pay Sky/News international for anything?


the sub headline?

When your only dish provider in the UK is Sky. Is it any wonder that we don't trust them. Especially in light of recent news. Before some wise guy/girl pipes up and says Freesat they use Sky's satellite network. Thus if Freesat provided a service you'd still be using sky. A turd by any other name is still a turd. #jft96 #dontbuythesun #dontgivemurdochapenny #mediacancer

BSkyB deals Ofcom a blow in battle over telly sports prices


Sky and its parent company News Corp

are cancerous growths in the media world. They will not stop until they have absolute control of our media. They already have surmountable control of Australian media, massive influence in the US.

They need to be controlled vigorously..

Facebook phone app attempts to seize ALL YOUR MAIL



Is the first aggressive cancer of the networked age.

It needs to have controls placed upon it. Surely making unrequested changes to your data on the phone is covered under the Computer misuse act 1984 and the amended 2000 legislation. If not it must certainly be covered by Data protection regulations. At least here in the UK, I am sure other intelligent* nations have there own applicable regulations

*looking at you USA.

iPhones yanked from German shelves in Motorola patent war


Google are Motorola Mobile

Not Motorola

The company split. In order to try break even. But you may be right Motorola Mobile may be dancing to Google's tune....

Spotify 'sold soul' to boy king Zuckerberg


Michael Robertson

Do you honestly trust this man for commentary on anything see


bitter truth from the man whose defended himself from Michael Robertson litigious nature.

One last production run for TouchPad


How long

Until HP open sources the webOs and then licences it f to wwhomever wants to use it. It could be about to go into more direct comptition with Android, via third party companies......

Piles of unshiftable HP fondle-slabs choke Best Buy


Re Number6

Yup i'd 2nd that

Murdoch muscles BBC out of Formula One driving seat


Well thats me not watching F1 anymore

Congratulations to Bernie Ecclestone and co. You have lost me as a customer. I will no knowingly give Rupert Murdoch or any associated company 1 penny.

A peek inside Apple's iCloud data center



wonder if is driven by FreeNas booting off a 512mb usb drive?

Sony calls in data Sherlocks to unpick megahack disaster



Even 1 exposed credit card, is one too many.

Stop being blinkered. The fact that personal info which could allow the setting up of fraudulent identities has been stolen that is worht worrying about. I assume your a PSN/SOE user whom feels comfortable in your bubble.

Imagine going to a bank and applying for a load to be asked when you plan on repaying the 4 other loans that have been taken out with your details that have been stolen. That my friend is a very real possibility.

O2 tries to explain its new prudish nature


makes me laugh

I have an iphone on o2, I have my home broadband through o2.

I cannot use 3g to read the B3ta.com newsletter or use the B3ta app due to o2's new filter.


If i use wifi connection through my home router i can visit the B3ta website, use the app and apparantly there is something called pron??? I can consume at my (p)leasure. This occurs without any kind of obstruction.

So to me this is an unbelievable double standard, and they will ot lift the filter for my unless I use a 3rd party company to verify and credit card transaction or take time out of my life to find a photo id and go to an o2 shop.

Also trying to explain to the faceless drone on the end of the phone when I call them that if I can visit the darker corners of the internet without restriction at home through bb supplied by them that having the filter on my phone contract is well silly.....

there explanation I have recieved is that its to protect children from accidently going to places they shouldn't be going to.

epic fail o2