* Posts by TonkaToys

41 publicly visible posts • joined 26 Aug 2010

Huge if true... Trump explodes as he learns open source could erode China tech ban


Re: Thailand is opening up

How is Thailand handling incoming visitors? Are they quarantined or traced?

Bun fight breaks out after devs, techie jump ship: Bakery biz Panera sues its former IT crowd


This lawsuit sounds a bit half-baked to me.

Mine's the one with the baguette in the pocket.

Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!


I received an email the other day blaming IT for the fact that the building's air conditioning wasn't working. Apparently FM couldn't control the air con because the internet was not responding... perhaps they couldn't look up how to use the thermostat on YouTube.

Kid found a way to travel for free in Budapest. He filed a bug report. And was promptly arrested


Re: Did not disclose the bug publically.

The CEO fella claims it was posted online


As the outcry against the company's actions grew, Dabóczi was forced to defend himself Monday morning on the radio. He doubled-down, claiming that the boy has sent his emails to accounts that he knew the company would not read – one of which was bkk@bkk.hu – and then posted his discovery of the hole online.

Did webcam 'performer' offer support chap payment in kind?


Re: Love a good pr0n investigation

"anal sex website which was downloading crap"...

Ha, I see what you did there.



The PA to one of our board directors once downloaded some very naughty pictures of young men and decided to share it with her fellow secretaries around the company. Unfortunately for her, she accidentally emailed it to all the directors of the company instead.

Cue me frantically dashing around the company with her opening people's mailboxes and deleting the message.

Doctor Who: Oh, look! There's a restaurant at the end of the universe in Hell Bent


Re: Doctor Who: stuck in a chronic domestication loop ..


It's probably us older fans which are the problem to be honest. What we'd really like is something like the original series, with a bit of a lick of paint and slightly less shoddy effects


A bit like the Star Wars movie then.

Microsoft to OneDrive users: We're sorry, click the magic link to keep your free storage


Re: Gracias

Another "Thank-you!" to El Reg.

Star Wars Battlefront: Is this the shooter you’re looking for?


Re: I was tempted to buy this game

@Synonymous Howard: I really recommend you find someone that has this game and give it a go for yourself, before dismissing it. If you were willing to shell out £200 for a console and £40 for the base game, then an extra £40 for the DLC is not that much - especially with Christmas coming.

I know I'm in the minority here, but for me this game is really good and really fun. The graphics and audio really do draw you into the Star Wars universe. The simplified nature of the game compared to Battlefield (which I also play) does not detract much from the Star Wars feel, but rather allows your less committed gamers to join the fun.

I am part of a "clan" of like minded parent gamers, who enjoy playing online games without all of the histrionics of adolescents and without the need to prove you are the best player. If you can find a group of people like that, you will have a much better time in any multiplayer game.

Cartoon brings proper tech-talk to telly


Re: passwords can be brute-forced in moments

Hang-on, how did you know my online banking passwords?

Making good on your organization’s intentions


Re: Wow, El Reg...

Probably something to do with it being a (likely paid for) promotion of a trick-cyclist's work.

(I followed the link BTW so it worked on me)

El Reg revisits Battle of Agincourt on 600th anniversary

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Bravo for actually remembering this

I must commend El Reg for actually bothering to mention the 600th anniversary of Agincourt, as I was very disappointed to not see anything about this on the telly; let alone some kind of celebration at one of the English Heritage or National Trust sites.

Given the excitement over Back To The Future, I was expecting at least to see one of the Henry V films on any channel, even ITV+44 or whatever. Or how about one of those excellent documentaries, to be shown on Yesterday's History Discovery.

Nothing, nada, nul. *sigh*

The pachyderm punch: El Reg takes just-over-a-ton Elephone P8000 to tusk


The article links to GearBest.com - they currently have it listed at £115.70 inc. shipping

FATTIES have most SUCCESS with opposite SEX! Have some pies and SCORE


"And for our female readers"

That's a good one

Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10


Good question - I'll need to replace my media centre too.

Did look at XBMC on the Pi, but didn't have the time to get it working as well as the 7MC does out of the box.



Re: Credo!

Not too bad on a small screen; resolution is pretty high. You can always pinch/zoom for detail.

I converted my toothy paper subs to the e-subs about a year ago and the only thing I miss is the fact that the prog arrived through the post so I had to read it quickly or SWMBO would nag me about leaving it lying around.

Nowadays, I occasionally forget to read it for a couple of weeks.

Battle ready: Valiant Hearts and Company of Heroes: Western Front

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Valiant Hearts: The Great War

This is an entertaining game that I'll be getting my 10 and 8yo's to play. It is quite short mind you but then it is only £11

I started off reading all the extra information and the diaries on my play through, but gave up after a while to just enjoy the game. Is there a way to view all the info afterwards? If not, I don't mind playing it again.

Anyone else tried it?

Wolfenstein: The New Order ... BLAM-BLAM! That guard did Nazi that coming


Re: An honest question...

I read on the Beeb that they removed all references to Nazis and replace it with The Regime.

Linkety: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27488254

HARD ONES: Three new PC games that are BLOODY DIFFICULT

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Re: Don't Starve for free

My 9yo son surprised me by saying he liked this more than minecraft

Ging gang cloudy? IBM programmer packs it in for life as an online Scouts badge-tracker


OSM works well, but can be a little tricky until you get used to it.

It has certainly helped our little band of adventurers (well, their parents and scout leaders anyway).

O2, Tesco Mobile go titsup for 220,000+ Brits in 13-HOUR 3G cockup


Re: Scale of the problem

From the article ""around 1 per cent" of customers, which would be 220,000 based on their latest figures and not including those on Tesco's network", so 22,000 would be about 0.1%

Not that I noticed any downtime on my O2... I'll leave you to decide whether that's because I was in the other 99% or whether I'm just unpopular (boo hoo).

BT engineers - missed appointments


Good Service(!)

We moved house on Thursday and had booked BT to move our line on that day. However the wires on our building had been cut and the phone point removed.

On Friday I had a terrible 30-45 minute phone call going round the automated system, then another 30 minutes with the polite call-centre operator; worst bit was when he said "without the order number we cannot proceed". I've moved house and have no broadband... how am I going to find that? Thank goodness for mobile broadband!

Anyway, next day (SATURDAY!) the BT Openreach engineer turned up and confirmed that the wire had indeed been cut. He said he was using a temporary van, so I thought he'd just bugger off. Instead he phone in and another BT Openreach engineer arrived.

We were up and running within an hour.

Summary: engineers were great, booking system was crap.

I'll let you decide whether my experience was good because they were able to charge me £99 as the fault was on my property.

O2 refuses to deny plans to offload home broadband product


That's annoying

I agree with the guys above that the O2 service has been very good; reliable, quick, unlimited (afaik) and cheap (if you're on O2 mobile).

Where to now?

How hard is 3D printing?


Re: Modelling

>It is the first of the big CAD players to produce a Mac version, an interesting development.

Bentley MicroStation used to run on the Mac, but was withdrawn around '97 for some reason.

Thrillpower! Tharg releases 2000AD iDevice app


It'd be great to have digital versions that are available on any platform, it would save no end of space in my house / garage / loft / etc.

I'll check out this clickwheel thingie, but last time I looked that was IOS only too.

+10000000 for a version that comes free with a paper subscription.

Live long and prosper: Spaceflight 'slows ageing process'



Sounds like Robo-hunter (almost) got it right.


(Cheers to all 2000AD readers)

Hauppauge MyTV 2Go


Re: Lock down

Seems weird that they don't let it work with existing media centre software (WinMC7 or XBMC etc).

Presumably no DLNA means I can use it on my PS3 too?

Citrix: Stream Office from Windows Server, not Windows 7


Re: That's what I was thinking...

Much as we'd like to try Linux, there are a number of products (roughly 200) that we use which are not supported on Linux. Has anyone any experience of getting Engineering and CAD packages working within a Linux VDM?

MicroStation, AutoCAD, Revit, ETABs, Fastrak, PDS, Oasys, etc.

Australia should head-hunt Michael Gove

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I'm confused...

Did I accidentally write the above post under the name HollyHopDrive?

Everything you've said is what happened to me (apart from the PSION).

I hope we are going to see a radical shake up of the entire curriculum, starting with Computer Science and then moving onto the other sciences; and that this leads this country back into an era of innovation.

UltraViolet: Hollywood's giant digital gamble is here


I was wondering this too...

Actually I was wondering what happens if I buy the DVD and register the code, then sell on the DVD.

Am I still able to watch the online version of the film? I suppose so as I've licenced the thing forever.

Is the next owner of the physical disc unable to register for the online version? I guess the can watch the disc.

PROVEN: Violent video games mess with your head


"Nobody who had been to a real war prior to gaming would want to come back home and play the game. How many WW2 vets do we have playing Call of Duty for 9 hours an evening and slavishly buying every new version for a price that they admit is more overpriced than a movie ticket "

I shouldn't think there would be many WW2 vets out there playing these games, as the youngest of them would probably be about 82 years old.

However, I know plenty of ex-forces (US and UK) who do "slavishly" purchase these games and play them every night. They are all family men and women, and are all very pleasant people.

As is mentioned elsewhere in the comments, what the study is lacking is breadth; is it just violent games, is it all games, is it violent movies/tv, is it violent books, ... We need some more information before judging anything.

What should a sci-fi spaceship REALLY look like?


No mention of Farscape then?

Intelligent organisms as spacecraft.

EA sued over broken Battlefield pledge


Probably the principle...


I agree, this seems like a pointless exercise when BF3 is so much fun. I wouldn't play it if they give it to me as I spend all my limited PS3 gaming time on BF3.

I guess it is the principle of the thing, that or another way to try to extract money for nothing.

PCTV NanoStick T2 USB TV tuner


Money money money

Play currently have this on offer for £58

US Army inks $66m deal for Judge Dredd smart-rifles


There was an old episode of Dredd...

set on the moon I think, where they has a competition between the Sovs and the Judges. The sovs had a beam that would pass through things and explode at a preset distance.

Dreddy beat it by charging forward faster than the Sovs could reset the distance.

I'll get my coat because... I'm such a geek.

Official: PS3 has more fanboys than the Xbox 360 does


More PS3's here

I'm UK based.

Looking around my team at work (yes... it is an IT team), we have 7 PS3's and 1 person owns an Xbox360 too. 4 WIIs, one of these also has a PS3.

Of my console enabled friends, there are 5 PS3's and 1 person owns an Xbox 360 too and a WII too. There are another 2 people with WIIs.

Totals: 12 x PS3, 2 Xboxs and 6 WIIs.

Beer because it is Friday.

Hackers make off with TripAdvisor's membership list


A pattern is emerging



Shall I just post the websites that I am subscribed to, so the rest of you know which ones will be hit next?

Top Ten Arcade Classics


Anyone remember...


I'm sure all that repetitive up and down button bashing with the right hand has given me a life skill.

Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect


Thanks for the review

I am a PS3 fanboy and we also have a Wii for the kids, but don't have an Xbox.

I enjoyed reading the review and it has made me think about getting an Xbox / Kinect, despite previously being adamant that this technology is a rehash of the old Eye-Toy controller.

Why? Because the idea of interacting with technology, without buttons and controllers is exciting especially if, as Spiracle says, this might turn out to be a primary domestic computing interface.

I doubt that I will get the first incarnation (I've worked with MS products for too long to fall into that trap) but I can certainly see the potential for this device, and I think that is why the reviewer puts such a high mark on the product.

Hopefully we'll see some future software that really showcases what the Kinect can do and provides a compelling argument for purchasing the equipment, even if it means I have to rearrange the furniture.

Nutter repairmen scale 1,768ft TV mast



That made my palms sweaty and I'm sitting at my desk.


Microsoft gets Speedos in a twist over half-naked 'Meter Maids'

Paris Hilton


We've just started using Microsoft's Threat Management Gateway web filter - which blocks the Meter Maids website, classifying it as Pornography.