* Posts by Alan Dougherty

127 posts • joined 22 May 2007

Android dev smacked with £50k fine over premium rate SMS scam

Alan Dougherty

Re: How to put 'thumbs' icons after message

1) Then you should use noscript.

2) You have to be logged in, to up, or down vote a post. (I'm still assuming that you are talking about the green red vote buttons under a post?)

3) Other than that i have no idea. (i.e. can't be arsed, it's beer o'clock).

Alan Dougherty

Re: How to put 'thumbs' icons after message

If you're running NoScript, then whitelist elreg (left of the url bar).

Global strategic maple syrup reserves hit in Canadian mega-heist

Alan Dougherty

Re: Didn't know our maple syrup will get Reg comments from the whole English-speaking world

No.. all your syrup are beloing to tanker driving thieves, if it existed in the first place :)

Hotel keycard firm issues fixes after Black Hat hacker breaks locks

Alan Dougherty

Re: Free Fix!!!

Here's free fix, get a high backed chair, and tip it 45deg, with the top edge under the handle...

Won't stop them from opening the lock, but you'll sure as hell wake up as they try to get in..

Red alert! Google assembles crack team to AVOID privacy gaffes

Alan Dougherty

Re: Penetration Engineers

There's plenty of good pen testing companies in the UK.. I have a friend that works for one.. but they don't just test your systems that have a link to the plebs on t'internt.. these guys will show up in suits, with fake ID cards and try and get physical access to your boxes... all payed for by the company being hit, of course..

You'd be surprised how often a bit of social engineering works..

Watch out, PC disk drive floggers: Cloud will rust up those spinners

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No desktop machine can run without some sort of local storage.. whether it be SSD or spinny magnetical platters..

People don't trust cloud storage, and it's usefullness is dependant on the client's bandwidth, and the uptime of the cloud.

Gamers will NEVER cloud local installs of OS or data.. Consoles will be pushing bigger HDD's out to remove dependence on optical drives..

I'd even go as far as to suggest, that corp IT BOFHs would be very wary about putting anything other than calanders and other non-critical data on a cloud..

Clouds are over-hyped.. and, even if the HDD manufactures take a bit of a hit, I don't think it'll do them much long term damage..

Hypersonic Waverider scramjet in epic wipeout

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Re: Times

@D.D. Hagood.. exactly..so the only real world use for this tech, IS the engine itself, tipped by what ever type of explosive takes your fancy...

I'm pretty sure DARPA don't give two shits about G ratings for passengers on the way down on one of these, if they get them running..

Alan Dougherty

Re: Sunk cost

It's alright.. they won't let the French on board this time..

Too many Rafale, sold to dusty, desert, dictatorships, that don't dare to demand dinar as payment :)

I can't remember where I was going with this.. but the D's seemed to be good..

Alan Dougherty

Re: Sunk cost

And, any telemetry that has been returned will allow, us plebs, to transverse the big oceans in a matter of three hours or less... Imagine that!


Not, in any way, would this expedient any sort of weapon system, that could be disguised, from being detected by orbital systems, looking for thermal blooms... that would just be crazy talk...

Scrunched Street View spymobile spied in India

Alan Dougherty

Re: Not if you're posh?

Where you off on an holiday recently?

Alan Dougherty

Re: Every IT project in India ends with a crash....

A... 'a' Holy Cow.. the H, followed by a vowel, means the 'h' is ignored.. usually.. but definitely in this case..

Console content can cause crime, claims cop

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+1 and a lol for that..

While we're at it.. we should probably outlaw Risk for any current military personnel....

US military gives NASA two better-than-Hubble telescopes

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Quite possibly, however, since the enitre country shut down last Friday for a four day weekend, I say it'll be Thursday at the earliest..

SpaceX Dragon SPLASHDOWN in Pacific! Private space triumph

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Congratulations to SpaceX

That's a job well done for a newcomer to the space sector, and not just the land based part of it..

Particularly the fact they can return experiments and equipment.. looking foward to their controlled landing pad version.. should be epic to watch if nothing else.

Now, just fix your Tesla batteries and drop the charge time, and i'll consider getting a 3-phase charger down at my business park.. :)

New smart meter tells Brits exactly what they already know

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The 'company' cannot see a large consumption if the meter has been bypassed. Traditionally, a bypass would be a large coil on the feed, with a large coil on the output (the meter being in the middle). AC induction does the rest. You may not get 100% free lecky, but your bill will be substantially reduced, if you haven't managed to melt your hand to the cables. Smart meters change nothing about that setup.

The 'large consumption' bit is based on the meter reading, which you will notice, has been bypassed, so there isn't one.

Grow ops will bypass the meter as a matter of course.. They are generally found by being run by illegals, have strong smells of cannabis out in the street, and by thermal optics in police choppers that notice a bloody big heat sig from one roof..

If they get caught by leccy metering, then they deserved to be caught.

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Switch it off..

I really don't understand why people need a smart meter to tell them to switch off any electrical device they are not using.

Are the lights on? Yes. Is there anybody in the room? No . Then switch them off

Is the TV on at the wall? Yes. are you watching it? No. Then switch it off

Is your tivo on? Yes. Do you need to record/watch something? Yes. Then leave it on.

Washing machine on at the wall? Yes. Washing anything? No. Switch it off.

The inability of people to reach their hand down/out 2 foot to flick a switch is the reason we can't have nice things, but instead get landed with higher bills to pay for telling idiots to fucking switch things off.

Isolated equipment won't be damaged by power fluctuations' either.. another reason to not be lazy.

SpaceX does what it HASN'T done before: Dragon in close ISS flyby

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Re: Patent lawyers... IN SPAAACE!

Actually, if Space-X can make enogh stacks and capsules, a Mercury orbit might be the best place to put them...

Boffins cram binary data into living cells' DNA

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Si-fi concept of genetic memory..

Any reasons why fear of X,Y, 'fuck it has more legs than I can count', revealed in this research?

Facebook IPO plunge sparks tidal wave of lawsuits

Alan Dougherty

Re: So nobody suing Elevation Partners? AKA Bono (Tax Avoider)

Come on guys, Bono can't fill out his tax forms, because he's clapping every second a child dies... give the guy a break...

Not a joke icon for obvious reasons...

Road deaths spark crackdown on jaywalking texter menace

Alan Dougherty

Re: Difference in the Law

Funny thing is...

My friend got hauled into court, in Belfast, for jaywalking.. it was on the papers filed..

Granted she was hammered, and, granted, she just stepped into 4 lanes of 30mph traffic at kicking out time, and, granted, she done it two feet away from DMSU in their bloody obvious armoured landrover. She did also get a 'beep' and emergency stop from the taxi that was about to send her to the pearly gates.

But, she *did* get infront of the beak for it, so there must be a rule there somewhere.. just not widely used if everyone shows a bit of common sense..

In NYC, I got warned by a cop for turning 90Deg and taking a photo down times square, on a crossing (with only two people on it), while the walk sign was on (was still on when I finished my crossing to meet said cop)..

Cop in NYC was an idiot.. cops in Belfast where damn right... it just depends on the circumstances.. not everyone is a retard.. but I do like our UK system of evolution.. as long as the drivers (esp commercial) get compensation for time off road, if they happen to encounter Darwin ignorant pedestrians / cyclists.

Headbanger plays Star Trek theme on floppy drives

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That link for the imperial march was just weak.. try this one


Wolfenstein 3D shoots onto web

Alan Dougherty
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Re: Memory

386? You where late to the party my friend.. in my day, I had this running on my 286, with onboard speaker for sound.. etc etc

I'd have loved a 386, but was too busy slapping the side of my Amstrad to get the HDD spindle to 'unstick' on boot..

Grab your L-plates, flying cars of sci-fi dreams have landed

Alan Dougherty

Re: @loopy lou

'so proper stopping-distance between vehicles would still be a good idea.'

And there endith the dream, of using drafting, to reduce fuel consumption.

Rovio flies away from Angry Birds for all-new puzzler

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Always reminds me of 'The Great Egg Race', and Jean Michael Jarre for some reason....

Solar quiet spell like the one now looming cooled climate in the past

Alan Dougherty

Re: Hang on...

Stuff the Quattro, I'll go get me Stratos... just make sure you don't stand on the oppo-apex..

Bought a new Mac Pro? 1-in-100 chance it'll destroy your data

Alan Dougherty

Re: Not a mac fan


They are offering to replace machines that currently *have no fault*, just the possibility of a fault occuring. They could simply say nothing, wait for the HDD's to fail outside the 28 day limit, and then just replace the HDD's.

But in this case they are offering to replace entire machines, even ones that have no fault.

So again, hats off.

Alan Dougherty

Not a mac fan

...but hats off for the replacment machine offer.. maybe Apple is better off without Jobs.. first, a winding in of the neck, in terms of IP suits, now this.

What's next? A second comming?

Google Street View Wi-Fi data slurper named

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Re: Engineer Doe

His ethical sense, is, indeed in need of being developed. Maybe, that now his own ID is in the wild, he might get a slight inclination of the idea of privacy. Fuck him, and the (google) horse that he rode in on..

You brought it on yourself you fucker...

Sega squirts urinal game console onto shop shelves

Alan Dougherty

Again, Japan


Ultimate simulator to streak into living rooms next month

Alan Dougherty

Now, if they only had the foresight to combine this with this :


SpaceX test-fires Falcon 9 rocket as Dragon sleeps

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Playing orbiter with the fictional craft (can't remember the name), is a good way to prove exactly that...

Metallic Glass iPhone 5 to battle pottery Samsung Galaxy S3

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Re: Obligatory star trek,...

If he can just stop talking into the mouse and looking like a complete tool, then we're sorted...

India splurges £100m on new mega internet snooping HQ

Alan Dougherty

10's of millions... if not more.. but that's just to fund the staff cars of the space program / nuclear boffins..

Unless, of course, by complete accident, some of that money has been diverted to hanging large concrete balls from gantries, to stop the poor from killing themselves on the way to work.

Nothing to see here, move along, local libdems will kick up a fuss if we decide to question blinkered spunking of taxpayers money on overseas aid.. etc etc...

Where's the box on my self-assessment form that lets me say where my tax goes?

Work from home, find a new hobby, buy a fountain - UK.gov

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I'd love to work from home, but it's just a pity that those pesky items you buy in shops need some way of being manufactured and delivered. If only I had a fucking matter-transporter, so I could shove all of my stock, from my factory, into the shops, without having to drive a fucking large, fuel drinking van around all day.

Whats that transport minister? You want all comercial vehicles electric by 2018? Including the ones that need refrig / freezer units?

Fucking lol.

On second thoughts.. maybe getting all the commuters off the roads will reduce diesel prices, as we won't need as much. Ahh.. no that's right, once we happily pay the price, it'll never drop.. don't expect pump prices to drop from this.

Pirate Bay dropping torrents after magnetic attraction

Alan Dougherty

What we need here are some mormons... magnets love mormons..

Damnit.. must not cross the mimeme..

Iran displays video footage of captured US spy drone

Alan Dougherty

When flying at high altitude and fast speeds, body panels contract.

Take a look at the SR-71.. I'ts panels wehere so badly fitting at sea-level on the runway, that it leaked fuel until it got fast and high enough.

A sloppy join on the ground could well be deliberate.

New 'plasma lamps' to replace fluorescent bulbs, LEDs

Alan Dougherty

Low watt halogen in old style bulb surrounds? ASDA generaly have them and seem to work fine for me.

Second water utility reportedly hit by hack attack

Alan Dougherty

Front End

These are front end graphics, taken from either the system running the frontend (or the bits of the system that Derp, the night watchman, can see), or, they are images taken from the company that installed the front end.

Looks very like a ten year old 'Trend' system, the buttons at least. Suppose nothing much has changed.

I'd start at the company that installed the system and work back from there.. the poster has obviously cropped the image to hide something.

I'd be more impressed if they posted a video with alternating numerical values.. I used to draw this sort of HVAC crap for the likes of Seagate, local hospitals etc tec.. updating the graphics every 3-4 seconds with the current fan speeds/temps/pressure/water cooling temps/water heating temps.. it would take all of 10 seconds, for a control room employee to post this sort of crap and say 'look! I have control of your systems!'.

If you have access to the graphic front end, then you have physical access to the front end, or the company that created the front end, and maybe has a service contract., unless front end security control has taken a complete nosedive in the last ten years.

I'd say this is a kid with new, physical, access to systems, that they think is cool to scare people with, by posting random screen shots of..

Nvidia: An unintended exascale-super innovator

Alan Dougherty

And as a gamer, I won't buy anything other than Nvidia.. simply because I can expect driver updates on zero day release for major titiles, and, well just superb regular updates in-between..

Not to mention that the hardware is as good as (*note, not necessarily better), than anything ATI can push out.. infact, with the current DX and hardware tes, ATI can't even approach NV's performance... if only the vendors would stop overclocking the stock cards past their basic bench, then maybe, the likes of the BF3 forums wouldn't be swamped with n00bs whining that they crash every other connect.

Feargal Sharkey moves on from UK music org

Alan Dougherty

Don't let the door hit you on the way out Sharkey...

Running a small business, I get bombarded with letters about getting a licence to play music to my employees.. which I can't do, because of the nosie of industrial equipment.

Not only that, but the tone and language in the letters basically accuse me of copyright infringement, without these cretins even knowing if I have a radio on site or not. I'm sorry but I just don't take well to being insulted in a letter warning me of legal action, for something that they assume. If I did have a radio and a licence, then I would have removed it and cancelled the license on that basis alone.

Not only that, I supply a chain of retail shops, that have taken all the radios out of 200+ stores, because of massive BPI cost hikes last year.

And he had the f'n cheek to say music pirating was losing the BPI money.. pull your head out of your arse Sharkey.. your legalised, strong arm, over priced tactics are the reason you're losing money.

Good riddance. Maybe they can get someone that maximises their licence income, by not blaming pirates, and charging a fair rate.

Last mystery of first recorded supernova laid to rest

Alan Dougherty

Anybody else noticed it looks like a square jawed emo crying?

Another World 20th Anniversary Edition

Alan Dougherty

Odd.. I had it for the PC (286)...

Flashback: The Quest for Identity

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Goddamn that game was good.. swapping from platfrom, to '3d' corridor levels, only to find that you got screwed anyway..

I was so shocked, at 12 years of age, on my CPC6128, that I had to instantly start another game, just to see Earth explode again....

Ahh good times :)

Glad to see some current games don't always have happy outcomes for the player characters...

Sony network ransacked in huge brute-force attack

Alan Dougherty

And sheeple didn't learn to use different passwords on different sites, despite previous hacks, and warnings to change them..

Yes, people are are told to not use a password book, but lets face it, with 20-30 different accounts, over multiple servers, the only real option is a physical book, or encrypted password file...

I use a book.. I'll know it's compromised when I come home to find the house ransacked.. then I can change them..

'Boss from hell' knuckle-rapped for 'firing contests'

Alan Dougherty

Read the first paragraph again.

He's the owner.

He can't be fired, as there is no-one in a higher position of authority.

He can be fined, and publicly shamed; maybe sell the business, but fired, no.

Renault Wind Gordini roadster

Alan Dougherty

I get near 50mph from a 2.0 DTI A3..

I suspect it's poor mpg is because it's underpowered, thereby causing the driver to have to cane it at all times to avoid being a hazard to other road users.

DARPA software to trawl Bin Laden laptops, thumb drives

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the ass raping Labour gave to the countries financies, I'd say they probably are T2 until 2015 at least.. by which time, the Tories will be back in opposition, and the military will have to bend over for another round.

Couple can sue service that monitored their net sex

Alan Dougherty

Ignorance of the law is no defence?

Tell that to BT / Phorm...

I'm sure they might have something to say about that...

In the UK, unknowingly handling stolen goods, will not get you a criminal conviction.. just a grilling, loss of goods, and loss of monies payed for the goods. Maybe a caution for being a moron if you're unlucky.

Game denies Steam threat claims

Alan Dougherty

Sales charts

The reason we in the EU had to wait, is due to sales charts.

Companies will only release a game on the first day of a new week of chart tracking.

US resets on Monday midnight, EU resets on a Thursday midnight.

It's just to make sure that they get the best sales chart position, even though the feckers count pre-orders as 0-day sales, and it shouldn't make any f'n difference to steam pre-order customers which region they are in.


Did I mention game publishers are fuckers?

Retarded ones at that.


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