* Posts by squilookle

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Watchdog tells Greenpeace to stop 'encouraging anti-social behaviour'

squilookle
FAIL

If they are really bothered about cutting pollution (as opposed to just enjoying their direct action and the lifestyle that comes with it, which I suspect is the case) then they should be working more like some of the cancer charities and taking the money to fund research into alternatives.

As it goes, I don't believe they are drawing attention to a worthy issue or applying political pressure. They're just making it easier for environmentalists to be dismissed as nutcases and actually harming their cause.

Google unleashes Chrome 19, flattens 20 bugs

squilookle

No problems with performance or Expand comments on Chrome (Windows) or Chromium (Linux) here.

Nokia Lumia 900 WinPho 7 smartphone

squilookle
Linux

Torn on this one. I've been an Android user for a long time and I'm happy with it. When I come to renew my phone, I will probably stick with it, partly because it is familiar and partly because I know it does everything I need it to. As well as that, both the HTC One phones and the Galaxy S 3 are looking very good.

I'm sort of drawn to these phones too though, partly because they actually look good (IMHO), partly because they are different, and partly because, as much as I prefer Linux and FOSS to Microsoft, I like the idea of having a choice and feel that MS/Nokia need the support before they go the way of Palm/WebOS. If that happens and Windows Phone and it's ecosystem cave in because everyone chooses Android and iOS instead, then I think we will all be in a worse position in the long run, whatever your opinion on the OS/devices themselves.

So the choices are Android for practical reasons, or WP7 for curiosity/political reasons. Android and the practical reasons will most likely win when I choose my next phone, unless the Windows Phone is significantly cheaper and can be had on a shorter contract. I still have about 7 months left, so we'll see what's out (and being promoted) by then, and what happens to the prices.

Apple scrubs old Leopards of Flashback Trojan infections

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I'm trying to find an OS disc for a Mac that came with 10.5. I started by asking in the Apple Store (being willing to pay for the disc, within reason) and the chap about flipped out because the computer was "vintage".

I'd actually prefer it if they just came out and said "Your computer is old" than using euphemisms like "vintage". As it goes though, the hardware is fine, but won't run a newer version of OSX. I could probably put some flavour of Linux on it and give it a second life but it's main job is to run iTunes.

The fact the update has been released is great, but the fact it is news sums up how poor the support is.

Sony stock slides to 30-year low after record loss

squilookle
Facepalm

Re: @unexpected Bill

@DTurkin: I'm genuinely not sure if you're being sarcastic or didn't read his post properly. He's not saying Sony made the removal men drop the TV, he's complaining it took them 4 years to provide replacement parts needed to fix it. That is pretty crap service...

squilookle
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They're on my list of businesses I won't give business to at the minute as I think their behaviour in the last few years has been appalling, although no one stays on that list forever because if they did... I wouldn't buy anything, would I?

Anyway, I hope they survive, mostly because even with the job losses, they employ a lot of people and we don't want any more job losses. I hope they learn to treat their staff and customers better, stop doing stupid things like forcing you to use memory cards that are almost but not quite standard SD cards that cost significantly more, removing advertised features, etc.

If they're blaming everything but the stuff they have done wrong though, I won't hold my breath.

Yahoo! CEO! didn't! even! read! his! own! CV!

squilookle
Stop

Would it wash if they found one of their employees had an incorrect CV, and they said "I didn't bother to read it, and then when I was aware people had got the wrong idea, I didn't bother to correct them because it would be a bit awkward"?

I don't think so. It's about time the behaviour and pay of the folks holding jobs on this level were more closely regulated, cause they're getting paid ridiculous sums and getting away with things that would ensure the rest of us could never find another job again. It's getting out of hand.

On a side note, I wonder if correcting the interviewer would have been more awkward than all this?

Virgin Media site goes titsup in Pirate Bay payback attack

squilookle
Black Helicopters

Re: squilookle

@Matt Bryant: I actually don't disagree with you, and admit I may be guilty of jumping the gun and mixing different issues here, as I fear this could be the top of a slippery slope that will lead to censorship. The court order has been issued stating the ISPs have to block the site and that sets a precedent that could be used by other groups later, and there is already debate about trying to restrict access to adult content going on right now by blocking it. It looks like we may heading in that direction if we are not careful, if you join the dots. Joining the dots in that way isn't so crazy. Effectively what happened here is the site was blocked because it ran against the interests of one group, in this case, an industry making profits, except the evidence that pirancy is making this industry lose profits is widely debated and disputed in many corners. Next time, it might be the 'anti-filth' lobby, with inaccurate evidence that porn is harming the children. Then it might be the anti-gaming lobby, with questionable evidence that games are causing violence, then political parties wanting to wipe out opposing views... anything.

So, you're right, censorship is not the right word for this, I stand corrected. But it is a related issue and risk as it would be easy to slip into censorship from where we stand. In any event, there is a fine line. I do not disagree with the piracy laws, but I still disagree with this block because because I do not think it is the right approach to the problem:

a) the line has to be drawn somewhere. Should we block Google et al as they help people find illegal content too? What about the other torrent sites? Why is one being singled out?

b) Because of the precedent I ranted about in the first paragraph of this comment and the damage I feel it could do to the freedom of the internet

squilookle
Stop

I don't like Virgin Media, at all. I don't agree with the blocking of the Pirate Bay either. However, I accept that VM have to comply with the court order and, on this occasion, I do not think they are at fault.

If anyone wants to protest the blocking of TPB, then I believe the more effective route would be some kind of legitimate action like writing to MPs to let them know we don't agree with censorship of this kind. If enough people did that, we *might* be able to nip the problem in the bud, and I hope we can because I find the ideas of judges and MPs that don't understand the internet calling for this kind of measure, and censorship of the internet in general, very alarming.

This does not send the right message to the right people.

Mozilla and Google blast IE-only Windows on ARM

squilookle
Holmes

Re: Serious Question

I'm guessing advertising revenue. I do believe Mozilla get cash whenever someone puts a search term in the search bar on the browser and it sends the user to the results page (and said users eyeballs to he adverts and sponsored links there).

MS probably hope that folk will not change the default from Bing, which in turn would (they hope, I assume) break the Google habit, and get eyeballs looking at the ads and sponsored links on Bing, Windows Live or whatever other services they are offering this year... .

Possibly control/influence, too. If Mozilla have more users, then they can push for their chosen HTML version, HTML5 video codec, etc. If MS have more users, they have the power to push their chosen HTML version, video codec, plugin. The browser with the most share probably wields a lot of power over the shape of the web (although if they deviate too far from where users and developers think they should be and sites and standards don't work with the browser, users will leave as they have done with IE).

Those are my theories. They may or may not be correct.

squilookle
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On the one hand, I think the users should have a choice over the browser they use, but on the other hand, the browser ballot screen on XP was a pain in the arse. There was one computer I supported at the time for a family member and it confused the hell out of them, and then they picked IE anyway. Waste of time.

I have a choice of browsers on my chosen platforms. When the choice starts disappearing, I'll ditch them and move on*

Unless there are no alternatives... then I'm stuck.

Apache releases new OpenOffice build, promises faster upgrades

squilookle
Go

Re: "Runs like stink"?

They could repackage Office XP, apply any bug fixes they can/need to, and sell it as 2010 Light or something. I'll bet that would sell. Probably eat away at regular 2010 sales and not touch Libre/Open Office user base though.

"Runs like stink" could be the official marketing phrase for it though.

squilookle

I'm personally on LibreOffice now and have no plans to change, It seems like the more alive of the two projects, although Open Office is clearly not dead and I'm sure there can be room for both of them. In fact, competition between the two of them might be good if the rivalry can push them forward faster. On the other hand, it gives more scope for the resources of the developers to be divided and less focused, and for confusion among the end users.

I would be interested to see a detailed (independent) comparison of where the two are as that is not something I am certain about at the moment.

Chrome beats IE for a weekend

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Thumb Down

Re: Rorschach Stats?

Sadly, though, it's not limited to web browsers. You get the same thing for operating systems, games consoles, mobile phone OS/manufacturer and many other things as well.

The saddest thing is that the truth is every single one of these things has flaws, and we all just pick the ones with the flaws we can live with, I don't understand why we feel the need to defend these choices as if they are religions.

Fanbois froth as Apple claims 'iPhone5.com' rights

squilookle
Stop

I can see both points here. On the one hand, unless you're running a genuine fan site or a business supporting iPhones, or a legitimate business that used the name iPhone before the Apple iPhone came out, or accessories or something like that, then you don't have much business registering a domain like iPhone5.com.

On the other hand, if squatters can preemptively register domains, then I see no reason why Apple can't, and I don't think it's fair that they should, knowing they will probably want the domain in the future, not pay for it and leave it up for grabs for years, and then just stamp their feet and get it when it suits them.

Both sides, best solution is leave it where it is if the site is legitimate and not posing as an Apple website, or take it off them and give it to Apple if it is clearly being used in bad faith.

MP blasts 'ineffective' games regulation

squilookle
Flame

Seriously?

Warning: This post is a rant and is structured as such....

All this fuss about censoring porn, blocking websites in the interest of corporates whining about losing profit, and this suggests the authorities in this country have nothing better to do.

While he's at it, by the way, why don't they ban paintball, and water pistols, you have to aim those at things too. In fact, let's just go ahead ban all forms of outdoor and indoor activity, just incase you offend someone, infringe someones IP, or otherwise offend someone. That should solve everything, shouldn't it?

Or, leave the internet and games alone, let us have our freedom and get on with our lives as we see fit, encourage and support good parenting, and concentrate on the important stuff like, oh I don't know, unemployment, recession, resolving any foreign conflicts/tensions we're involved in... important stuff, and not just these frivolous agendas bought into the spotlight on the whims these Daily Mail types.

Microsoft ejects DVD playback from Windows 8

squilookle
Linux

My understanding is they can't be shipped in certain countries, and that the distro that do ship the codecs operate/claim to operate in a country where they can be shipped.

I notice Ubuntu now have you check a box to say you want to download and install restricted software, which I guess puts the onus on the user to ensure they are in a territory where the software is legal.

^ Based on the understanding I have and no further research, feel free to correct me.

squilookle
Meh

Although Media Player became respectable/quite good in the last few years, it has always been rubbish for playing DVDs anyway.

I do like it for ripping audio CDs, but don't even use it for that (K3B on the Linux box gets that job).

Jolly rogered

squilookle
Pint

And, despite not being an expert in child development or having children myself, I'd put money on the fact your child will grow up to be the more well rounded and sensible person.

I remember some of my friends parents being like that from my childhood and dealing with them was far more traumatic than seeing a "willy".

Have a pint, sir, it's Friday.

squilookle
Joke

"Dick recognition software, perhaps?"

If that's going to knock all the politicians off the internet too, go for it.

RIM wakes up woozy in Australia

squilookle
Facepalm

Does pulling up in a black bus and staging a 'protest' outside the store of a competitor without telling anyone who you are not defeat the object of marketing and... give publicity and attention to said competitor?

I'll help them out, if they're reading this. You need to make a good phone that does not cost too much, is well built and looks nice, does everything we would expect, and does not cut corners with things like missing MicroSD card slots and the like.

Once you have built that phone, the only marketing you need to engage in is the type that shows us (on television, the internet and at bus stops, etc) how great the phone is and what we can do with it. No stunts, nothing stupid... Go!

EA unplugs Rock Band for iOS

squilookle
Devil

Re: And if you remove the friendly marketing speak:

I didn't buy the game so I don't know, but was it made clear to the average, none technical user that the game would not work if the server was not available to support it?

Serious question, because if not then they have the right to be a little annoyed.

Fanboys excited by ancient Google Qwerty Nexus plan

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Thumb Up

Although I was concerned it would break in the beginning, the sliding mechanism on my G1 turned out to be quite robust. I kept that phone for 3 years, and it was actually the battery that gave in and prompted me to replace the phone in the end.

That and the face that Android 1.6 and the hardware were looking a bit rough around the edges by then... great phone though.

Not sure if I would go for a phone with a keyboard now though, purely because I'm used to not having one.

Sega squirts urinal game console onto shop shelves

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Thumb Up

Wow

Hardware from Sega, a game controlled by pee, and many, many pee jokes in a very short article.

Well done.

Zuckerberg: Now share your organs with Facebook friends

squilookle
Joke

All of a sudden the poking makes sense.

Phone-hack saga: Murdoch 'not fit' to run News Corp, blast MPs

squilookle

"What do you mean "other papers""

They own more than just the Sun and NotW. The Times is one, I'm sure they have many others too, probably smaller and local ones (I'm not going to check that or find a list though)

squilookle
Alert

"We conclude, therefore, that Rupert Murdoch is not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company."

I personally agree with that conclusion, but I'm surprised by how far reaching that statement is.

Anyway, I'm sure this will result in absolutely zero real consequences for the people responsible, NI will continue to rake in the cash, their other papers (that must have been using the same practices or at the very least have received as little attention from the Murdochs as NotW) will continue to operate without scrutiny and everything will carry on just the same.

Now on Freeview HD: Olympic arts channel that's tough to watch

squilookle
Meh

Wonder why they didn't just throw it in with the BBC Red Button stuff or just put the content in iPlayer and be done with it. Would have reached more people, possibly cost less. .

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS: Like it or not, this Linux grows on you

squilookle

If you upgrade your free OS every 6 months you're going to hit the maintenance work... Without the maintenance work, the software is never going to progress and is going to get left behind.

10.04 is still great and supported for another year. KDE, XFCE and others are available. Debian Stable is also suitable if you don't want your OS to change.

If the changes in Ubuntu cause you that much pain back in the real world, you're on the wrong upgrade strategy/DE/distribution. You have plenty of choice.

squilookle
Thumb Up

I have come around to Unity. I can see there is a plan and they are working toward it with each release.

I have been using this since Beta1 and I think it is a great release. It has been painless, even in Beta and is generally very pleasant to use,

Google Drive Issues on Mac

squilookle
Happy

Re: I'd like Google to succeed

That's fair enough. I haven't tried it myself as my primary box at home is Linux and I already have Dropbox and Ubuntu One anyway, but the more options we have, the better.

If Linux support appears, then I probably will give it a try.

squilookle
Pint

Not sure of the point of this article and the one posted the other day. The first one was possibly the most emotionally charged article I ever read over something so unimportant. This one less so, but is inevitably going to stir up more of the same response from the commentards. .

Does the author wish to see this new Google service fail, and if so, is this is shameless way to attack it? Is the author being really clever and wanting to see it succeed, following the old idea that any publicity is good publicity? Or does he just want to announce that he is a Mac user?

If none of the above, he must be trying to get a lot of hits by writing anything about Macs and Google. Or he may be annoyed at something else and need something to take it out on. I'm really not sure, but good luck to him whichever it is. It's Friday, only 7 hours to go until the pub :)

Murdoch 'sorry' he didn't shut News of the World years ago

squilookle
Pirate

"Murdoch had said earlier that it was "grossly unfair" to his flagship redtop, The Sun, to be "lumped together" with the NotW."

No, it's not grossly unfair. They are newspapers in the same style, owned by the same company. I'm not saying any wrongdoing has happened at the Sun aswell (although I personally think it likely) but I think it would be extremely irresponsible not investigate the Sun for the same type of activity.

Microsoft takes on Spotify with sound of Woodstock

squilookle
Meh

I know it's MS and I shouldn't be surprised, but the lack of Linux support would be a dealbreaker for me immediately. That and I'm really happy with Spotify and it would take something extremely good and/or extremely cheap to get me to switch.

Talking about OS support, the article says Windows 8 is supported, but makes no mention of previous Wiindows versions. Oversight in the article (or the source)? Or are they going to try to use this to lure people onto Windows 8. If they're thinking of trying the latter strategy, I hope for their sake they reconsider.

Twelve... classic 1980s 8-bit micros

squilookle
Happy

I had the Amstrad CPC464 with the green monitor. My mum and dad must have got that software bundle mentioned in the advert too, because I did get a shedload of tapes including all those games. :)

A few of the tapes didn't work, including Roland on the Ropes, but it was a nice introduction to both computing in general and gaming.

Google Drive stalls on LAUNCH DAY

squilookle
Linux

"Google Drive is available for:

PC and Mac

iPhone and iPad (coming soon)

Android devices "

Looks like the author and his Mac have more luck than some of us, then.

Sony denies Netflix app to older Bravia smart TVs

squilookle
Stop

This is one reason why I don't want a smart TV. As soon as the maker pulls a move like this, you'd end up adding a separate box anyway. I'd rather have a dumb (but good quality) panel with plenty of HDMI ports and provide the extras myself with a Media PC, games console or other box of my choice.

That way I choose my services, choose the UI, and don't get left in the cold like this.

It's not the crime of the century, but it doesn't inspire me to buy a TV from them.

Beefy Fedora could use a dash of miracle whip

squilookle
Linux

Re: Menu in top bar

I find it annoying in Unity, having to move the mouse to the top of the screen wherever my window is placed, however, my understanding was that it was moved there ready for HUD, and in that context, it makes sense.

Why GNOME 3 is following that path, I have no idea....

Punters want BBC iPlayer in TVs, not 3D

squilookle
Meh

I just want a really good screen, good build quality, plenty of HDMI ports, and I don't want to pay very much. I'll happily provide all the other stuff (iPlayer, Netflix et al) myself with a separate box, media PC or games console, the advantage being that I can pick and choose the UI, the services, and upgrade them without upgrading the television.

Having said that, I do think a freeview tuner should be standard. Just incase.

HTC One S Android smartphone

squilookle
Stop

Lack of MicroSD isn't necessarily a deal breaker for me, but if I were choosing a new phone (I will be in February) I would take a similarly specced/priced phone with MicroSD if available.

I don't need to use an SD card, I have one in my current phone and have not come close to filling it. I don't take it out to transfer files to other devices - I use Dropbox for that. However, I like the idea that, if the phone fails, I can just take the card out and I have all my files.

RIP Ceefax: Digital switchover kills off last teletext service

squilookle
Happy

I remember playing Bamboozle on Channel 4 Teletext.

HTC struggling as profits drop 70 per cent

squilookle
Go

Samsung put out some decent phones and marketed them well, HTC put out too many phones that weren't all that different, and I don't remember seeing any marketing.

This new HTC One looks good, is getting good reviews and I've seen adverts at the bus stop. Let's see where this goes....

Virgin Media's latest throttling rules

squilookle
Unhappy

Thank goodness there's that ISP that ran that campaign to "Stop the Broadband con" campaign a while back!

Oh...

James Murdoch QUITS BSkyB chairmanship

squilookle
Devil

So they all get off scott free and continue raking in the cash, then. I'm shocked....

And while I'm at it, it's about time they put a stop to this rebranded News of the World they're selling now too.

PlayStation 4 'Orbis' pegged for 2013 release

squilookle
Unhappy

Is the next generation of consoles shaping up to be completely not exciting, or am I just getting too old to get excited about this stuff?

I generally prefer new games to secnd hand anyway, but I hate the idea of the big console makes and games publishers taking the option away for their own benefit. I believe the devs have the right to make money, but most other industries don't stop things from being sold on, and I don't think that should happen here.

Personally, I think this generation needs a new player to enter the market that produces a powerful machine with open/semi open software, tolerance for the second hand market, etc. Something that is to consoles what Android has been to smartphones (but not Android). It would obviously need to come from a company with enough clout to pull something like that off, attract developers etc. But I would happily pay for such a console if it were done right.

I'm not holding my breath - if anything like that were to come along, now would be the ideal time, before the XBox 3, PS4 and Wii-U gain momentum.

Brazilian cops hunt pillaging 'gang of blondes'

squilookle
Facepalm

Re: why not have a second "under duress" pin code

^This

...and the fact that if the PIN were reversible, the mugger might just call your bluff and enter the PIN you gave them backwards, thus entering the correct PIN and rendering the under duress pin pointless.

Also, if the consequences of entering the under duress pin were that cash was dispensed the first time but then the card was blocked, would the kidnappers not keep hold you you until the second transaction and then break your fingers anyway for giving them the wrong pin?

London fire brigade outsources 999 control centre to Capita

squilookle
Stop

I do not approve of this.

But if they use Billy Joel for the hold music, it will go a small way toward making up for it.

Windows Phone left on launchpad by Angry Birds in spaaace

squilookle
Windows

What with all the fuss about Windows 8, is the future of WP7 not a little uncertain? Do we yet know how Windows 8 will affect Windows Phone, whether it will replace it, compliment it, be merged with it, or whatever? I don't know, but I'm noty sure if thats because i haven't followed it, or because MS haven't said.

Either way, maybe this says more about what the developer think about what MS are going to do with the platform than whether or not the platform is a success or failure by any other measure...

Analyst eyes Q3 2013 for Xbox 720 release

squilookle
Coffee/keyboard

"But to say otherwise would be like a Turkey voting for Christmas."

^ Made me laugh.

However, I'm not sure what these analysts are on. Are they just saying 2013 now because MS have come out and said it won't be 2012? If it doesn't come out in 2013, will they revise their prediction to 2014?

I happen to think they're right about a 2013 release date (although I think 2014 is possible), and about the download-only rumours being incorrect, but if they are right, it will be due to a mixture of dumb luck, coincidence and the fact that anyone with an ounce of common sense can look at the market and see *roughly* where it is going as accurately as any paid analyst.

In response to Bonces question further up te thread, I believe the only differentiation between the analysts and the bloke down the pub is that the analyst is being paid and possibly writing his analysis down. Personally, I would trust analysis from the bloke in the pub more.

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