* Posts by Alastair Dodd 1

136 posts • joined 20 Nov 2009


2001 set the standard for the next 50 years of hard (and some soft) sci-fi

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Not just Siri/Google Assistant/etc

It also predicted the ipad/tablet computer.


Amazing film, incredible effects. Total landmark in cinema

Roses are red, revenge is so sweet. Microsoft extracts a few quid from Corel Office Suite

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Corel still exist?

I thought they died back in the early 2000s..

Android Wear hardware boss bails

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my new Ticwatch E arrived last week. It was £100 all in on the kickstarter but now can be got for a shade over £130


It's excellent as an augmentation to my phone which sitis in my pocket most of the day now.

The only slight annoyance is the dumbarsed swipe left/right for watchface change but I hope Google will change that soon.

TalkTalk sees red after chucking £75m on restructuring bonfire

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"TalkTalk also took a £59m exceptional charge for costs "associated with implementing changes to the Group's organisational structure under the new leadership team"

Included putting someone in charge of user data security who actually gives and damn and will fix it for their customers. But I doubt it.

Facebook's send-us-your-nudes service is coming to UK, America

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Better idea, if you report an image has been shared why don't they hash that and warn the scum sharing it that they have broken the rules.

I dunno actually policing their platform might be an idea... considering the amount of data they PUBLISH.

Ex-TalkTalk chief grilled by MPs on suitability to chair NHS Improvement

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Re: I trust her pay

about £3.50 an hour then..

She spoke up EARLY??? It was Two weeks after the breach, she then downplayed it, lied and obfuscated the situation. Utter stupidity and just the result of the old boys network the Tories are right now, jobs for who you know no matter your lack of ability..

Australian senator Pauline Hanson wants devilish scam calls to flash '666'

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Re: I propose another use for 666.

I suspect Pauline Hanson has D-K, she is a nasty racist character who has no place in reasonable politics however amazingly the people of Queensland have unfortunately voted for her despite rational thought that would say avoid.

We went to Nadella's launch of Hit Refresh so you didn't have to

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Hololens is not VR

User viewing Real world with overlayed computer generated elements = Mixed Reality

User viewing totally computer generated 3D environment with no real world elements = Virtual Reality

You forgot that you hired me and now you're saying it's my fault?

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Had this from the IT tech side before

it's ALWAYS the Marketing marpets or Sales twonks who screw this up, and seem to have limited grasp of legality as to software licences (or anything else to be honest, Data protection is an inconvenience to be ignored. if they even get the concept)

Scrutiny? We've heard of it. Dot-UK supremo Nominet goes dark

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wonder how many Conservative MPS are on the board or 'advising' them

Chinese stealth outfit reckons the smartwatch isn’t quite dead

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it's a great way to gauge interest

and for a Chinese company with limited resources in the west an ideal way to deliver a product before locating western partners or full distribution.

I backed the first one and I'm getting this one too as they are excellent.

Well worth the $119 here http://kck.st/2uluDXp

No, Apple. A 4G Watch is a really bad idea

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smart watches are definitely not essential

But I love my Ticwatch 2 and have pre ordered on kickstarter their new Ticwatch E http://kck.st/2uluDXp as at about £120 its a sensible price for everything it gives me. The ease of doing simple things that yes, I can do them on my phone (get it out of my pocket, unlock it) is brilliant. It saves me seconds and is much less intrusive than doing these on with phone e.g.

Google/MS auth acceptance/codes

check txt/email message if it urgent


Calendar notifications

Fitness tracking


There's probably a few more (controlling Iot devices like wemo switches/lights) but that lot I use regularly. I know my phone does them but that's like saying why use your phone calendar when your diary can do it. Not the point.

There is a use case for the smartwatch and wearable tech. They haven't all hit the right mark as too many are just fashion accessories and too expensive. Battery life is still the biggest problem.

UK ministers' Broadband '2.0' report confuses superfast with 10Mbps

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Grant Shapps again showing he is an incompetent marppet (marketing muppet) who shouldn't be trusted with anything more complicated than a colouring book.

Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist

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Seen this with mobile phones on dell laptops

put your phone to one side of the trackpad, voila! Shutdown..

Annoyed my boss until he worked out it was effectively his own fault.

US spook-sat buzzed the International Space Station

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Danger Zone!

UK Tory party pledges 'digital' charter, wants Verify to back online gov

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"Should the Conservatives win the election, they will create a Data Use and Ethics Commission to advise regulators."

An Ethics commission created by May and herr troops? They haven't a clue what ethics is apart from owning most of the county... (apologies to Smith & Jones...)

Palmtop nostalgia is tinny music to my elephantine ears

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In ear solution

Shure 215s. Brilliant sound, replaceable cables. Simple.

Dying for Windows 10 Creators Update? But wait, there's more!

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Just before christmas relaese

When it goes to production in 2018??? What you lot smoking or have they changed the image?

It has feedback phase first late 2017 (insiders track)

Then Pilot (limited release) Nov/Dec 2017

And to production what looks like Feb 2018 (general availability)

Two updates is interesting but it's a push to say they are both out to everyone this year..

Nokia's 3310 revival – what's NEXT? Vote now

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Re: Nothing would say...

not been into a 'urban outfitters' recently? That shop is almost the mecca of hipster twattery and they already sell portable cassette players (walkmans in all but name, and quality)..

The Psion series 5 is the only valid choice. I'd murder Farage for an updated one... heck I'd probably do that for a good condition original.

Would you like to know why I get a lot of action at night?

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Re: Sorry

and I'd love to give you my histamine system so you can find one that works reliably and doesn't make you feel fecking horrible.

I now take a cocktail of 3 different Antihistamines usually on bad days which manages to stop my eyes going bright red and making me partially blind, prevents the feeling of wanting to rip my own throat out as it ITCHES SO MUCH and has the bonus of reducing my nose to a minor drip not a gush.

I have tried loads of branded, unbranded and prescribed antihistamines - I now have to take a prescribed ones for about 8 months of the year to keep my hayfever at bay at least a little. This in the height of the season is supplemented by 2 more types to layer the defences. So I can function, mostly.

Yeah they exist but like our current political opposition they can be damn ineffectual at actually doing their job.

Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

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Lynch's Dune was good, lots of people agree

"Lynch has repeatedly disowned the film and even had his name replaced in the film's credits."

No he is still credited with it and has his name on it, just not all cuts. The studio did a butchered god awful cut of it which is credited to Alan Smithee. Lynch has issues with this version but still support his version the theatrical release

If villeneuve pulls off Blade Runner and they have a good script for Dune we'll see.

Smartphones crashed, Samsung burned: Mobile in 2016

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it was as really they did nothing different or exciting.. and no the touchscreen gimmick on the pros is different but not exciting really.

Tobacco giant predicts the end of smoking. Panic ensues

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Vaping isn't cool

I think you are wrong as I do know people who quit years ago taking up vaping and also kids starting instead of smoking... It's considered non harmful and enjoyable so yeah it's 'cool'

TalkTalk teen hacker pleads guilty as firm reveals £22m profit jump

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Open and Honest?

Thats a bare faced lie as they tried to deny the hack originally and only after massive complaints did they do anything.. Fecking ridiculous, they should've had 22mill in fines for their incompetent handling of private data

Mac administrators brace for big changes to Apple-powered fleets

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Apple MDM?

Moving to a proper MDM for Apple OS would be excellent, however considering how limited their iOS MDM solution is it needs to be MASSIVELY expanded. I'm willing to wait and see but don't hold out much hope for this being useful in any meaningful manner

EU ministers look to tighten up privacy – JUST KIDDING – surveillance laws

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Re: Alternative solution..

stick em on welfare? Most wouldn't even notice as their other investments/jobs/backhanders have already made them richer than most of the population.

Strip them of all possessions, tar and feather them - then give them welfare. That would work..

Apple Watch craze over before it started: Wrist-puter drags market screaming off a cliff

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Lenovo smartwatch?

Can't even find a lenovo watch for sale in the UK... weird.

Assume the pebble is in the 'others' category which is surprising considering the interest in that seemed very high for their new model.

Experian Audience Engine knows almost as much about you as Google

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Worryingly incompetent even more worryingly powerful

Seriously we should ignore Google's tax bill and GCHQ spying (for now) and launch a major inspection into Experian and all its ilk. Very dangerous information gathering, incredibly powerful to fsck your life up totally with no come back, no control and no oversight. Despicably corrupt and incompetent, leakier than a tuna net.

Experian especially are scum of the highest order. I'd rather deal with Trump than them, but I can only avoid Trump!

Any politician who has the teeth to take them on and sort out their dangerous muppetry and would actually do that would get my vote but considering they are more the real illuminati that isn't going to happen.

Oculus Rift review-gasm round-up: The QT on VR

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Having tried the Rift

I was very impressed, it is not a fad (this time) and shouldn't be dismissed lightly. Yeah it's expensive and yeah it's still a gen 1 product which everyone knows is buyer beware (apple watch anyone?). If I could afford it I would have one right now and there are compelling experiences on iit (Adrift, Radial G to name a couple).

It's very easy to sneer, which this article proves in spades.

McDonald's Sweden adds fries to VR

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well researched

Red/Blue lenses? I don;t think you have a clue how cardboard or pretty much every modern VR headset works - it's not just a 3d gimmick..

ICO says TalkTalk customers need to get themselves a lawyer

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Re: Can it get any worse for TT?

This is the mitigation strategy.. find scapegoat (india outsourcing).

Hold up scapegoat and say "look here's the breach, our security's not shit honest".

'Sack' India outsourcing firm very publicly - state issue solved (meanwhile outsourcing firm paid off to find scapegoat/distraction, outsourcing company restructures and renames, 'new' company 'starts' working for Talk Talk).

Pay rise all round (exec level) for dealing with this terrible incident, carry on shitting on any decent IT security staff they have.

Motorola cut in half! But still alive, and ready to live again

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Living in the last century

If they want to continue they really should sort out their customer service.

Support staff have no order tracking info and just repeat the same script ad nauseum. Buy something direct seems to be a lottery when you'll receive it as delivery dates are a work of fiction.

Got a complaint? Their complains are ONLY handled by snail mail to a PO box which to me seems a relic from pre internet days and about as much use as turning my complaint into a paper plane and throwing it out the window.

Nice products but terrible service.

SpaceX makes rocket science look easy: Falcon 9 passes tests

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Re: How many times?

Well the shuttle engines themselves NEVER failed - the shitty DISPOSABLE solid rocket boosters did and so did the heat shield.

So thats a big tick for positive success. They needed major maintenance, more than expected but that is still not bad.. NASA has had more wins than failures remember and has returned 100x when it has cost in value.

Second UK teen suspect arrested over TalkTalk hack

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flailing around to find the actual hacker

Has the first script kiddie been released yet? Obviously it is a hard task to find the actual hacker as Talk Talk's security was about as strong as a single ply tissue there must be millions of possible perps...

Rackspace's 'fanatical' army drops in on rival clouds

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Have been using them for their email service and can't wait to leave. Have had an issue with part of our service for nearly a year and still they cannot solve it, we've had to find a sensible workaround. Not to mention issues with not supporting IE 10 or 11 at one point, asking us to downgrade.. Closer to farcical support so wouldn't trust them with cloud.

They do talk a s good talk but haven't delivered for us.

UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

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Name & Shame

Owners, Telecoms provider (inc SIP portal) and Customers.


EE squashes Orange UK: France Telecom's been 'destroying it for years'

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So BT has GOOD connotations to the consumer?

I for one as a current EE user am very close to jumping ship now let alone when BT have fully taken over them. The company that screwed up ADSL roll out and put the UK back at least 5 years, whilst dumping the expensive ISDN systems on us. The company that runs to it's timescale and changes a 2 week lead time into 2 months with no notice.

They have a GOOD reputation? Really?

Wireless Power standards are like Highlanders: There can be only ONE

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I use Chee (Qi) now and it's excellent

One issue though with my Nexus 5 it appears that the battery runs down faster after qi charging than normal usb. Anybody else noticed this?

Twitter hints at messaging moves

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Farcebook app

The app is appalling and the messenger part of it hideous. I have dumped both now esp as they suck your battery dry too!

Mind you I am this " close to closing my Facebook account anyway as they are a security weak, information hungry rights averse bunch of c*nts as it is.

EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers

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Re: Long shot, I guess, but any chance

most 'droids you can root or install a stock rom to do this. Not many are restricted at all & more coming on the market that are basically unlocked immediately.

Obviously Google may cut this off in the future but you are buying into an ecosystem like windows phone or iOS. To protect Android from being a total mess you have to pay some price. Oh wait, you can have it free of google but you won't be able to use the store - e.g. cheapo chinese knockoff! Go for you life.

Sony Xperia Z2: What we REALLY thought of this Android fondleslab

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have got one of these

and it is indeed thin light and lovely. Battery life is excellent and performance first class.

Best tablet on the market I would easily say as it does beat the ipad Air in every respect. A dream to use!

Stop bullying SUPER FAT GODZILLA, urge movie stars

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Well we all know

the camera puts on a few pounds..

Google+ maker Vic Gundotra: My work on this 'NETWORK THINGY' is DONE

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g+ may be horrible

but remember the alternative is Facebook ruling everything social and that scares me more than the great old ones awakening (at least they would send us mad or turn us into cultists so we wouldn't care)

New MacBook Pro: What's actually new, here?

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Looks like Apple

being down with the kids is failling? The Black Knight?

Oh dear thats certainly not attention to detail...

Man+iPhone versus artificial intelligence: Anki robot racer slot cars

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If you can't create

your own tracks is is not scalectrix and so is basically expensive arse.

Bungie ’bois offered ‘early’ access to post-Halo FPS Destiny

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Selling Beta access like this is NOT a good idea, yet another Marpets brain fit.

A beta is for TESTING if you do this you aren't testing you are just selling early access. Having worked in the industry I know that this can ruin a game before it is ready.

Microsoft's $7.1bn Nokia gobble: Why you should expect the unexpected

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only smartphones - makes Apple look massive in the mobile market and tells a fraction of the story. Bad enough that it has flown around twitter so much. Feature phone more important that in many ways and shows a whole other picture looking at the stats.

Bad reg.

Kindle Matchbook offers cheap digital copies of Amazon print purchases

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This would be great. but I'd like to give someone a book too

when will Amazon sort that out on this side of the pond considering US have been able to do this for nearly 2 years!

Moto X teardown shows US manufacturing adds mere $4 to handset costs

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Re: WTF?

Yes it is, it's basically voice search and contextual with what you are doing with google products (your choice you know!) but obviously you are just trolling or have already been brainwashed by Apple & think that Siri is actually good at all.



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