* Posts by fLaMePrOoF

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ISP Be admits crippling iPlayer demand burst its pipes

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Unhappy

Least of their problems

Was with Be for almost 6 years and always very happy, but over the last year they have failed to scale their central and distributed infrastructure in line with demand leaving most users seeing significant slowing down at peek times and users on some exchanges finding their connections becoming close to unusable for long periods.

Again they tried to point the blame elsewhere, generally at BT, but have recently started to admit to capacity related problems and faults on some exchanges with no planned or projected fix in sight.

As soon as Sky installed LLU on my exchange i bailed out, why pay almost £20 / month for a second rate service, when I can get an equally good second rate service from Sky for £7.50 / month?!

Powerful, wallet-sized Raspberry Pi computer sells out in SECONDS

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Linux

Maybe I'm a bit jaded but I wonder how long before they start turning up on eBay for £££

Apple snags blockbuster multi-touch patent

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WTF?

PRIOR ART!!!

WTF are the US Patent and Trademark Office thinking?!!!

These patents, including multi-touch, are riddled with prior art.

The cyber-weapons paradox: 'They're not that dangerous'

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Just to clarify - I'm not saying that the opposite argument is in fact the case and 'cyber weapons' do indeed have massive offensive potential. There is a valid argument that their capabilities are often over egged in the minds of the non-technical public and law enforcement / security bods.

However, this guy's whole thesis appears to be based on the above flawed premise.

The plainly obvious truth of the matter is that the 'deeper' into a system an attack vector can infiltrate, the more potential for exercising control and effecting change on the infiltrated system and connected systems.

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Boffin

"The deeper a bug can get into any given system, the less likely it is to trouble anything else."

What complete and utter bollocks!

This guy obviously doesn't have the slightest technical understanding of the subject he's pontificating about.

He really should do himself a favour and shut the fuck up.

Nominet to launch .wales and .cymru

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First names to go...

"Jimmy"

"Jimbo"

"James"

Woman spanked for dissing ex in Facebook snapshot

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Boffin

Re: "A bit of a push to say it was an insult to one individual"

" it was the woman's CURRENT partner who bought it for her"

Dell Latitude E6220 12.5in Core i7 notebook

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WTF?

Intel integrated graphics and only 128 MB SSD for £1370?!!!

It may be a decent all round system but it's GROSSLY overpriced and just for that not worthy of an 80% score!

Huawei pumps $6bn sweetener into US biz trio

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Boffin

Huawei = military / ZTE = government

"Huawei has long been suspected of links to the Chinese government and not without reason. The firm’s founder, president and CEO Ren Zhengfei served in the People’s Liberation Army while a US intelligence report last year tied chairwoman Yun Safang to the mysterious Ministry of State Security."

In the west we often fail to understand the political and military structure in China: The government and the military are two quite distinct 'families' with a lot of links and shared purpose but surprisingly little overlap.

Huawei (roughly translated "Go China!) is very much military affiliated, whereas ZTE is more under government control.

I'm sure (well I hope at least) that the intelligence communities understand the separate affiliations of the two companies and the significant implications this has in relation to their position and motivation within the PRP as a whole.

Microsoft explains bland new Windows logo

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FAIL

It is a flag - a Shetland flag...

http://mynokiablog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/shetland.jpg

Apple demands US ban on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus

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Headmaster

"they're recent ad campaign"?!!

Hangs own head in shame...

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Stop

Frankly I'm getting fed up with all of the "Apple and Samsung need to play nice" posts.

The fact is, Apple are the aggressor, Apple are the litigious party, Apple are the (poorly attempted) patent troll...

I have every sympathy for Samsung who are taking hit after hit on behalf of all Android vendors simply because they are making the best, and best selling products.

OK, their move to block Apple on the basis of GSM patents wasn't perhaps their best move but understand that they were backed into a corner with few legal options, finding their valid challenges to ludicrous patents and 'look & feel' arguments by Apple being rejected in key court cases it was something of a last resort.

Personally I think they're recent ad campaign is a much better response and it's good to see that Apple's litigious strategy has back-fired in Europe and Australia sending Samsung sales souring! =OD

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In the contrary, it's you who's revealed a prejudice:

Most popular apps have versions on both platforms, the only real 'lock in' is Apple's walled (and electrified & razor wired) garden...

The Android platform and related services (with the partial exception of the Amazon Kindle Fire) makes little or no attempt to 'lock in' users with proprietary limitations and restrictions, but rather relies on the opposite approach of openness and choice to attract users.

Apple, on the other hand, operate almost exclusively in this way which makes any move from iOS to another platform WAY harder and less likely than a move from another platform to iOS. (Although admittedly the latter is mitigated by the fact that not many right thinking people, having tasted and enjoyed freedom, will march willingly into a jail cell.)

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Flame

I think 14 years is a bit of an exaggeration, but yes; recognizing and dialer / hyper-linking URLs / phone numbers etc. in sms and emails is a feature that was available on several platforms (both smartphone and featurephone) long before Apple filed a patent on it.

Of course, Apple routinely ignore prior art and imagine everything they 're-invent' becomes original in some mysterious way, for example, remember the ads for 'facetime' - a bunch of cookie cutter Apple execs talking about how amazing and revolutionary this was, when in fact 3G video calling and video conferencing in general have been running video chat in this format for years, and Apple as usual brought up the rear and were pretty much last in line to give in and put a front facing camera on their phones...

Apple are not an innovator, they're a corporate and cultural cancer. Apple are to business what The Church of Scientology are to religion.

March release for Samsung Galaxy S II Android 4.0 update

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Meh

Hmmm... Not even a mention of the many 'leaked' beta versions and the considerable amount of development that has gone into them by xda-developers / Cyanogen team?

Nice to get the tip but this article is rather light on related info...

For example, Samsung's release will almost certainly replace the stock ICS launcher with their Touchwiz interface, a move which will be very unpopular with many and to some extent negate the very reason for upgrading to ICS!

There was a story here...

HP hands in-house Android code to TouchPad tablet hackers

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Meh

Told you so again...

Just as I said (and was roundly downvoted) in two previous articles - now it turns out HP were doing Android development themselves.

Apple's new TV allegedly spotted... in Canadian office

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FAIL

"iTV" Let them try using that name in the UK.

Nokia posts 'major' Sym... er... smartphone OS update

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Trollface

Title troll

"Belle end"... C'mon Reg, really? =o/

Samsung 'Galaxy 4S' spied in benchmark results

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Stop

No, sorry, but this is bollocks not worthy of the screen inches.

40,000 Apple fanbois demand ethical iPhone 5

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Windows

The only thing Apple really cares about is their bottom line, and as long as they're making 70% profit on iPads and squeezing their suppliers and manufacturers for all they're worth, poor conditions and worker abuses will continue.

Two million-degree matter from SLAC laser

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Of course, a better use of a powerful X-ray laser would be to turn it on all of the pseudo-intellectual wankers who regularly troll the Reg forums with pitiful examples of cleverer, (yes it is a word), they think they are than everybody else.

Anyone who's icon use is pretty much limited to "D'oh", "Meh", "highly technical content", "No Shit Sherlock" and "Grammar Nazi" should probably be asking themselves, "am I really that much of a cunt?"

Facebook to shove Timeline in EVERYONE'S face soon

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FAIL

Then they'll lose thousands if not millions of users (including me).

I suppose with 500 million+ users they simply don't care as they'll still be quids in :o(

Shatner faces final frontier as Priceline.com spokesman

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WTF?

Milked??!!!

Shatner is a legend!

Top RIM jobs shake-up: Heads roll... but not very far

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FAIL

Anyone with shares in RIM - sell them now.

Fresh Apple lawsuits target 15 Samsung gadgets

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Flame

I really FUCKING HATE Apple.

Apple offers cash for old kit

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Stop

Why?

If you can't be bothered to sell it privately at least take your kit to a CEX store and get a fair price. Don't get ripped of by these sheisters =O/

Former coder, NASA 'naut to lead DARPA starship dream

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Go

"highly ambitious drive to get the first manned interstellar spaceship flying out of the solar system by 2111."

What a gift for 2012, LOVE IT!!!

Duff Russian Mars probe spotted flying in reverse

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WTF?

"According to Legault, the probe shows no signs of tumbling, his evidence being a video he took a day before the one he provides on his website, which shows Phobos-Grunt in a similar orientation."

????????????!!!!!!!! What complete utter bollocks, the satellite is CLEARLY 'tumbling' in that video, IS THE GUY BLIND?!

Windows 8 to get self-healing 'Storage Spaces'

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Meh

"Perhaps storage spaces are better carved out from pools made of many small drives than a few large drives."

To my mind this is the only real advantage over hardware RAID; proliferation of data across larger numbers of more diverse drives could increase resilience, performance and build flexibility.

Xbox 720 to double-up as a DVR

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"plug-in standard definition Freeview tuner module accessory"

Nice. Just need to add 'inator' to the end...

Higgs boson hunters have god particle in their sights

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Boffin

The Standard Model theorises that spontaneous electro weak symmetry breaking is produced by the Higgs Field, the field it's self cannot be observed or detected but if the theory is corect ten the Higgs boson (or boson's) must exist so observing / detecting the Higgs boson would prove the existence of the Higgs field.

El' Reg, along with much of the rest of the press, continue incorrectly attributing the Higgs boson with the property of 'lending mass' to other particles when this is simply not the case.

Neither is it true that the Higgs boson is referred to as the 'God particle' because of this misunderstood property as this article suggests, but rather Nobel Prize winning Physicist Leon Lederman wanted to call it the 'Goddamn particle' in a book but was forced by his publisher to change this to 'God particle', a term which he himself now abhors.

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Boffin

This article is full of misleading interpretations, statements and inaccuracies; was the author even watching the same webcast?

Although optimistic, the teams at CERN certainly cannot be said to have 'spotted the Higgs', indeed, their presentations and conclusions were (rightly) far more cautious, accepting the real possibility that the Standard Model Higgs doesn't even exist.

And for goodness sake, please STOP stating that the Higgs Boson gives mass to other particles, this is NOT the case, the existence of the Higgs Boson is merely a product and proof of the Standard Model concept of the HIGGS FIELD as the mechanism for spontaneous electro weak symmetry breaking, if this is proven to be the case then it's the Higgs Field which gives mass to all matter, (including Higgs Bosons).

2011's Best... Smartphones

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Thumb Down

No SGS2?

Pft...

OnLive Game System cloud gaming console

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Thumb Up

Forgot to mention...

That there are also iOS and Android clients so you can have high end PC gaming on your tablet or phone! Very cool!!!

(I'd recommend using WiimoteControler and a Wii remote or something similar if you want a decent gaming experience on your phone or tablet ;o)

Assange: 'iPhone, BlackBerry, Gmail users - you're all screwed'

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Big Brother

Har har har.

All of your responses are quite understandable, however, there was no malfunction or problem with my operation of the camera, in fact I took more shots of that building than any other landmark, probably 10-20 at least as we passed the building in both directions. In between the two times we passed Vaxhaul Cross I took several shots of the O2 arena and they were all present and correct.

What I've posted is the simple fact of what happened, to this day I have no reasonable explanation for what happened to those shots or why, but I know that I took them.

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Black Helicopters

Last year I was on a boat trip up and down the Thames, I took lots of photos on my plain old Samsung U600 feature phone, including several of Vaxhaul Cross (MI6 HQ).

When I got home and downloaded the pics from my SD card there were NO photos of Vaxhaul Cross, but all of the pics up to that point were there, as well as all of those taken after when we left the boat...

What's more; the filenames were still in sequential numbered order, with no numbers missing in the middle.

The handset had no wifi, can't remember if bluetooth was turned on but I think not as I generally keep it off by default.

So - what happened there...?

Inside the shadow world of commercialised spook spyware

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Black Helicopters

Notice the hackingteam website has just gone off-line

Looks like good ol' El Reg just inwittingly instigated a DDoS attack with this excellent article - the irony!!!

Dragonriders of Pern author Anne McCaffrey dies

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Stop

Bad show

Negativity, particularly the 'parting shot' in pretty bad taste for an Obit IMO.

Neutrinos still FASTER THAN LIGHT in second test

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You're not Stephen Fry are you?

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Boffin

DUH!!!

Way to look like a complete idiot, I suggest you at least get a grasp of GCSE level physics before joining a thread like this again.

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Facepalm

"Einstein's theory of general relativity allows for time passing at different rates in regions of different gravitational potential. The differences are small, measured in nanoseconds, but could still account for the faster-than-light results. "

This is simply not the case; while gravitational differences and certain other factors could account for particles traveling SLOWER than C, none of these could cause a faster than C result according to general relativity.

Shock result: UK's largest city best place to get IT job

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Unhappy

Useful site but...

There are no entries in the 'Skill Type' pull-down for testers / test analysts / test managers etc. :o(

Star Wars 3D holo displays becomes a reality

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Terminator

Early days yet but this could make scenes like this a reality... (Except maybe for the laser and plasma burns)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btaG034fJgg

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Go

Also, when combined with adaptive optics technology, resolution, range and precision will be massively improved... Super cool!!!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/11/16/adaptive_optics_for_rayguns/

The new touchy-feely Doctor Who trend: Worrying

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FAIL

What complete and utter bollocks!

"Once upon a time, a non-hysterical make-do attitude prevailed in Doctor Who, and was reflected in stolid, often-recurring supporting actors sufficiently trained to take anything seriously, and the proper British rubbish churned out in the special effects department."

Which is exactly why Dr Who died on it's arse, seemingly never to return.

Dr Who in the 'old tradition' wouldn't last one episode today, so either be thankful that the BBC have brought it up-to-date and successfully resurrected it, or shut the fuck up, stop watching it and go back to your sad collection of 'classic' episodes on Betamax.

NASA tells Voyager 2 to save its strength

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Boffin

Instant remote control

In relation to the challenge of controlling a space probe at such great distances; I believe it would actually be possible (not necessarily practical) to use a series of on board 'delayed choice' experiments to issue instantaneous binary commands to a remote space probe, effectively bypassing the traditional dimensional limitations of space & time.

Discuss...

The Great Smartphone OS Shoot-out

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Trollface

A good overall round-up but just read the verdict and think the author needs to grow a pair...

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