* Posts by ScaredyCat

26 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Jul 2010

YouTube’s 10 years of hits: Global recognition at last for Rick Astley


Rick Roll 118m Views?

Never! I don't believe this figure at all.

Going to say that I've been personally responsible for more than 118m Rick Rolls.

To say that RR has only had 118m views just seems very, very wrong.

Give us some credit, most RR videos appear as people learn the URIs

You can't have added them all up, they appear all the time.

Up that number anyway because I've just found https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ - look at the number of views.

David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

Black Helicopters

Fat Dave

"I think that the pie-faced prong-pulling pillock has pretty well shot down his chances of being re-elected."

Unfortunately Theresa May is desperate to take his place and, sadly, she knows as much as Dave and has the same attitude. I suspect she might even be egging him on a bit.

THREE MILLION Moonpig accounts exposed by flaw



Might want to have a look at Immobilise issue


Lawyers mobilise angry mob against Apple over alleged 2011 Macbook Pro crapness


2011 MBP Lots of issues

I've had quite a few issues with my hi-res 2011 MBP. Battery died after upgrading to Lion cost me £99 to replace. - I firmly believe that Lion update was the cause. Then the graphics card started making stuff all blue. Apple replaced the mother^H^H^H^H logic board free of charge, but interestingly when I had to sign for the repair it was listed as a repair under EU law (not fit for purpose). I half expected to have to fight over payment but they didn't charge me. Now, even with the replacement I'm starting to get artifacts appearing on the screen again. :(

I wont be buying another mac, not only becasue of this but generally becasue I don't what a highly reflective screen and matte is no longer an option.

Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit


Microsoft stepped in ... ??

"Update: Microsoft has given us a statement:

Yesterday FTDI removed two driver versions from Windows Update. Our engineering team is engaging with FTDI to prevent these problems with their future driver updates via Windows Update."

Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express


I wish they'd just stop trying to turn Dr Who into an extention of Eastenders. Why do we have to have a drama queen event in every episode. Clara adds nothing to Dr Who, nether did the other one, the ginger one.. time for some stong side-kick. Even Ace was better... God, did I just say that.. it must be bad.

Simian selfie stupidity: Macaque snap sparks Wikipedia copyright row



If the monkey didn't take the picture then how is it a selfie?

Sensors and sensibility: Quirky’s Spotter multi-purpose monitor module


All the Sensors

.. in all the world will be worthless when your internet connection dies, the 'service' provider for that product decides to no longer support it, goes bust, gets bored with it. etc

The cloud is not the answer to these problems, the cloud is just a mechanism to tie you into a provider and keep you paying money.

BT.com blats small privacy bug, ignores GAPING HOLE


Re: Get a grip

Not a gaping hole? Really? Does everyone use online billing for BT? No, no they don't. Where are BT magically going to send this confirmation email if they don't have an email address for the account holder?

Did you even take the time to think this through at all?

I wonder if I changed the settings on your mother / grandmother's line just for "a bit of a laugh" you'd change your mind. I know mine wouldn't know until the paper bill plopped through the letterbox up to 3 months later.

Fans revolt over Amazon 'adware' in Ubuntu desktop search results


Re: Running out of money Shuttleworth?


you mean like Fedora, or Debian or any one of the rest of the linux distros that don't pull this crap?



... you are dead to me.

RIM shot at Android: Free PlayBooks for devs


I was almost tempted by this too... right up to the point that they wanted a copy of my passport so I could 'sell' a free application. At that point I decided I didn't want to trust them with it, particularly as they use Paypal for their payment system.


Perhaps Blackberry Playbook failure...

... is down to the fact that it takes so long to sign up to get they required keys, vendor account auth etc - Developing for Android and IOS really only takes minutes (aside from the software install) to be up and running. It might be Friday, I might be impatient but I expect key generation to be done and available immediately when I submit my info and I expect the vendor validation to be pretty quick too.

I also don't expect to have to sign up 3 times with the same information just to start developing for the playbook - Perhaps getting this sorted out so it's a seamless process would encourage more developers - as it stands I'm already annoyed before I start porting - that can't be good.


Use the Blackberry Stimulator

If you don't have a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to test your apps with, you can use the BlackBerry Tablet Simulator to test your application. The BlackBerry Tablet Simulator enables you to run and view your applications as you would on a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet; however, some limitations apply.


O2 leaks 3G users' mobile numbers to every website visited


Not really new though...

is it. This has been going on for years, since at least 2007.

Nice paper (pdf link)


with a bit more info.

Also a list of headers found to be used



Siri gets Android rival as Cluzee goes live


Open What?

What part of this is open source? Nothing on their site, nothing in google... are you sure?

Also, oddly, people seem to magically forget about Vlingo which has been around for a while now and covers multiple platforms.

Android glitch allows hackers to bug phone calls


Wait, isn't that the Intent

Hang on,

I'l admit I didn't even read the paper, but from your summary it seems like this exploit is done using the Intent system which allows applications to ask other applications to handle a task for them. This is by design and the whole purpose of the Intent interface.

While I see that this, if no permission is required, is a security issue the flexibly you get from a system that can do this, for me, outweighs the risk. If anyone is that concerned it is fairly trivial to decompile applications to see what they are up to,

Punters lose backups in cloud storage biz spat


...except when we have a reason...

"Your customers are your customers

As a Livedrive reseller, your customers remain your own. We will never contact your customers for any reason."

El Reg in email address blunder


Your email address is never published

Can you remove that bit now then?


Court bans man called Peter from calling himself Peter


The title is required, and must contain badgers and/or bacon.

"The hacker formerly known as Peter"

Gov removes 'general appeal' rights for accused freetards


Inception.avi ...

...actually contains video of me dancing about. I own the copyright to it - if you're checking the content because you suspect it's the film Inception and to see if I'm committing copyright infringement then that's copyright infringement.

Airport screener stuffs stolen iPad into (own) trousers


One ticket to New York with a complimentary hand-job...

"Most every flight I make requires a hand-job so previous passengers have usually cleared by the time my first carry-on has been X-rayed."

You must fly with a great airline....

EU cloud data can be secretly accessed by US authorities



...it's a cover up

Sainsbury's techie jailed for loyalty card scam


Wait.. what?

"One of the things I have learned in life from people that make judgments on people based on a few lines of text is that they are usually the type of person who thinks they are better than most based on inconsequential issues"

Didn't you just do this yourself?

Dazed and confuddled...

Gizmodo editor reunited with seized goods

Jobs Horns

Gray Powell, antenna designer

Jobs could blame the antenna design on Gray Powell and let the mob sort out both of these unfortunate problems.

Pirate Party storms out of uber-secret ACTA negotiations

Black Helicopters

This badger has sailed

"According to Engstrom: 'At first the Commission seemed unwilling to answer this question with a straight yes or no' "

So if you ask and they don't answer you simply publish and when they get up in arms about it you remind them that they didn't object when you asked.