* Posts by Timbo 1

37 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Sep 2009

Hungover Brits declare full English breakfast the solution to all their ills

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I've a sneaky suspicion the "meet friends for brunch"...

...is more of a hair of the dog thing than any warmth-of-friendship-freeing-me-from-the-shackles-of-the-self-induced-pain.

Scottish National Party members found among list of names signed up to rival Alba Party after website whoopsie

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Given the nature of the enmity between Touchy Eck and Bravetart, this looked more like a "accidentally on purpose" release of information.

Mac OS X at 20: A rocky start, but it got the fundamentals right for a macOS future

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Re: Hardly a success

Oh dear. There's always one.

I can't be arsed biting, nearly home time (aka two steps to my couch). Anyone else up for it?

Life with Amazon's fitness band: Upload your half-naked pics to see how fat you'll look without exercise. You now sound stressed – relax!

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Re: Dystopia

"We've listened to our customers and today, we're please to announce that Amazon can provide you a tailored program of food direct to your doorstop that will provide you the correct healthy nourishment for reaching that target. These will be automatically added with calories counted to your weight improvement scheme and be accessible from the FlabApp. Your happiness is guaranteed.

We also offer a premium subscription option where Alexa will monitor the sounds from your apartment. Using special AI, an alarm will sound if it detects something naughty like a Kit Kat being opened"

Or sumfin' like that.

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 earbuds: They're good – though for close to £300, they really should be

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Beleive it comes to personal taste and the pros and cons of full size headphones.

HD-600’s are open back if i recall correctly, which leak sound, annoying not only the people around you, but also lessening your sound enjoyment whilst the guy next to you on the train decides to watch youtube videos without any headphones.

Personal comfort, waterproof capabilities, lots of other reasons, but can’t be arsed to write or copy and paste from r/headphones why some prefer iems instead of full size.

AWS outage killed some cloudy servers, recovery time is uncertain

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Never mind that...

...the real question is was Netflix affected by it?

Commodore 64 owners rejoice: The 1541 is BACK

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Will this work at the original speed?

...or should I also be hoping for something like an Action Replay IV cartridge emulator for getting it up to speed?

Game of Thrones showrunners to make Star Wars flicks

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It's fluffy bunny wunny Disney though....

....doesn't matter the writers, producers, or directors.

But if they subcontracted a series to someone like Netflix we might just be able to get something pretty decent and still in line with the Star Wars genre/feel.

Wishful thinking though. :(

No 2017 bonus for you, HPE tells employees

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Is anyone surprised?

tbh, unless they're unable to move for whatever reasons (nearing retirement, no other work, just generally useless, lazy etc), I don't understand why people stay and moan about it. It's not like some bolt out of the blue that hasn't happened before.

Anyone that still has that loyal/company man (offended or offended-by-proxy gender hand wringers go feck yourself) ethos for this organization are either already paid too well, or just plain idiots who contribute to the problem.

Amazon's answer to all those leaky AWS S3 buckets: A dashboard warning light

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Non-story really

As already mentioned AWS have pretty much a deny-by-default policy across all their services. If companies are employing/outsourcing people to manage their cloud infrastructure that don't know what they're doing, that's their problem. I'm pretty certain AWS also warns before applying securing settings if something is left open to the world as well.

Additionally, anyone using a service like S3 should probably also be locking down access further with bucket policies for example. If nothing else than to restrict the sources of the requests.

Never underestimate the ability for idiots to create problems.

So the 'Year of Linux' never happened. When is it Chrome OS's turn?

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Isn't it becoming more the-year-of-OSX?

Rarely see anything other than Macbooks on the train to work, and at work most of our 200+ developers now use Macs with VirtualBox/Parallels being used for Windows if required (usually for full Visual Studio).

Whatever the reason, there seems to be an exponential increase in the number kicking around. Can't remember the last time I heard the "ooooo! you've got a macbook! very nice" comment from one person to another.

(Though admittedly a lot of the choice will be down to being a pretty decent bit hardware)

Annoyingly precocious teen who ruined Trek is now an asteroid

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Wesley wasn't half as bad....

....as that little shit Alexander. Wish Worf had chucked the little full body pyjama wearing miscreant out the airlock several times.

"That is not how Klingons behave Alexander, PREPARE TO DIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEE!!"

Drive-thru drive-by at McDs after ice cream no-show, say cops

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If you're doing friendly UK English to US English translation stuff...

...with 'boot' being 'trunk', why is 'pissed' used in the US English context?


America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

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This is a conspiracy between Trump and business....

.....expect Psion like devices to be resurrected soon and one of Donny T's offspring/offspring-in-law just happening to have a large shareholding in Zebra Technologies.

Bloody Danes top world happiness league

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UK results might be slightly skewed

........most of the Scotland indepence minority (oops i mean majority Nicola, sorry), positively live on being miserable bastards. And that's coming from a kilt wearer....

We turn Sonos PLAY:5 up to 11

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Re: What happened to the HiFi

It's the room that's the most important component.

Amazing the number of people that spend a shedload on music equipment, but do bugger all about the room themselves. I've heard vastly inferior components wipe the floor with high end systems because the owner has invested a bit of money and time looking into room acoustics and what they can do to improve them.

HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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Simple solution

...employees should send a purchase request to their manager for new clothes on account of not being afford them because their salary is (allegedly) so shite.

Microsoft: Stop using Microsoft Silverlight. (Everyone else has)

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Does that include the Service Manager web portal?

Seem to recall Service Manager uses Silverlight for it, right up to the 2012R2 revision.

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

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RE : Good phone or bad phone they will never sell many at £529

Better specification than the dear iPhone and sold for less. And with a 801 SoC in it.

Selling in the Netherlands (not really the cheapest of places for any electronics) soon for 575 EUR without a contract, so imagine you'd be able to get it in the uk soon enough for about 450 GBP.

Not too shabby really.

Watch Dogs: Eat, sleep, hack, repeat

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Driving's not so bad

Once i changed to the in-car view. Completed one of the early escape-the-police type missions easily when i did that, after spending hours and hours failing miserably with the default view.

Disney plans standalone Star Wars movies to go with the main trilogy

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Wait till the politically correct get hold of this

...........they'll no doubt insist there are some films along the lines of :

The great grandmother of Leah fights for the right of women to bear lightsabers against a staunch patriarchal Jedi movement, whilst coping with a drunken and abusive husband.

Han Solo's grandfather struggles to cope with his growing feelings for a wookie, on a planet where interracial and same sex relationships are punishable by death.

An earlier model of R2D2 fights to highlight the environmental damage done by current industrial mining for fuel, and attempts to convince the doubters to embrace the use of wind power as a viable and healthier alternative.

Job for IT generalist ...

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RE: 75 month CIO

75 months? lol.

Are you a stickler for punctuality or do you just find the job dull and spend a lot of time looking at the clock and calendar in your office?

Microsoft throws Kinect under a bus, slashes Xbox One to $399

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Re: Not Surprised - The console is dead.

Mini yawn because it's not one of the PS4 vs XBone diatribes that some forums are riddled with.

Convenience is also part of a console's appeal, not just specification.

PS4/XBone, put the power in, connect it to TV, power up, play game. Done. Additional services, such as Netflix en all also provide other options quickly available.

Naturally, the PC environment as a continually evolving hardware platform and software platform will outpace consoles, and games will mostly outshine their console counterparts especially further down the line. But some folks just can't be bothered with having to install monthly windows updates, a new version of DirectX, or whatever. They just want to power up and play.

You know that a PS/XBox console is unlikely to have their successor for 7 years or so after release? Add another year or so after release before game releases are flowing maybe. Games bought during the lifecycle of the console will be written with that in mind.

I'm not certain (so please correct me if i'm wrong here) that developers of the latest and greatest PC games ensure their specification will run optimally on a seven or eight year old spec system. Or if they do run, then it will be at a level that the current console will be able to easily do anyway......

More than room for both IMO.

Anonymous Indonesia gets it right, attacks Australian government

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I don't know whether to be more appalled at the punctuation, use of capitalisation, or collective labelling of 'Indonesians' in the message.

Reader input required: review our reviews

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Having people with vested interests in the products they are reviewing isnt particularly encouraging. For example, a recent review of a smaller fondleslab from a fruit company being written by someone who is involved with creating and selling applications (e.g 'Kate - A Royal Odyssey iPad magazine app' ) for the device...........

A reduction in the superlatives would also be welcome.

As would a reduction of constant comparisons during a review (unless of courses it's a 'how they measure up against each other' type of article. Fine, drop some comments in to the end of the article, but please review the device on its own merits.

Hunt vows: 'UK will have fastest broadband in Europe by 2015'

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It could work in the Scottish highlands......

if they use a hybrid of Israel's recent approach, but with WAM technology (wireless access mules) instead of donkeys.

"i'm at the top of Ben Nevis, and i've got me some pron, bee hutch"

Jackson’s Hobbit becomes a trilogy

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Re: Too much padding?

Can't remember if it was the MSX or C64 version but do remember it taking ages to load. About 400 on the tape counter I think. Gave me time to go outside and smash some imaginary dwarves to bits before returning to the house and not long after :-

>Cleave Gandalf's skull

Fond memories.

Tomb Raider dev denies Croft rape scene

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Re: Gee... May I suggest

Maybe if it's intended for adults they could reinvent it further so that she becomes Laurence Croft.

"Just out of Harley Street and this time she's a he and he's angry........."

Game of Thrones Blu-ray disc set

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Hoping for a bit more romance in the series

.......I really do love a good wedding or two.

Amazon's Android-friendly Kindle Fire splutters

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For a comment on the Fire product, it's a bit strange that the iPad is mentioned more times in the article than the Kindle Fire itself is, yet the $499.99 (2.5 x) price for the iPad is never mentioned once.

Funny that.

Larger Kindle Fire coming soon, say moles

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@Rudolph the Insane Reindeer

Seems like your red nose might be more to do with drinking too much Scotch. Sure you'll be sober enough to deliver to the right addresses on 25th December?

Earth may be headed into a mini Ice Age within a decade

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Not having much scientific understanding......

....but if there's global cooling that needs more carbon dioxide to be expelled to heat things up again, and we breath out carbon dioxide, isn't this great news for politicians since they will be able to talk more drivel and for even longer, and justify it by saying their words are for the good of the planet?

HP exec: WebOS tablet will trounce iPad

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Surely this is a tribute to Spinal Tab?


....and Nigel Tufnel's Mach piece, combining the styles of Motzart and Bach?

WTF is... up with e-book pricing?

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I almost wouldn't have a problem paying around the same money........

................if it were not the case that the formatting and spelling errors in a large deal of the official publishers’ e-books shuck big time. That's unforgivable.

Extreme porn law on the ropes

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re: re:what next, illegal to have a w*nk

If it's in a church then there's going to be a lot of male frock wearers arrested, just in time for their leaders visit to the UK..........

MSI tells 97,000 customers to 'Read The F***ing Manual'

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Disappointed El Reg............

..........I thought the jargon used was that the personal responsible for this had an "ID ten T" problem?

Bing shines Silverlight on visual search

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Visual MILF Search

Does this mean that if you search for MILF it then presents pictures of


Lonely Russian Housewives

Friends' Mums


which you then further refine by selecting a picture of the age range?