* Posts by That Steve Guy

151 publicly visible posts • joined 1 Aug 2011


UK.gov snaps on rubber gloves, prepares for mandatory porn checks

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Another way of looking at this

As the bill payer my ISP can verify my credit card details and open access to all content on my connection if I request it. I take control of it after all.

Man sues date for cinema texting fiasco, demands $17.31

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Don't be a moron and have some manners please.

While he's a moron for doing this for the principle of being out of pocket and left without a lift home, I can understand his frustration.

Frankly if she didn't want to be there she shouldn't have gone, your phone is not that important that you have to light up the cinema with your screen light and make everyone listen to your keypresses and text noises. If you have an important call or text to reply to please just take it outside! Most people who go and PAY actually want to see the film!

A case of good manners goes a long way.

Give ALL the EU access to Netflix, says Vince Cable

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how about all content globally?

I'm tired of UK netflix having so much less than USA. Surely streaming should give everyone the same stuff.

Google 'fesses up: Yup, we're KILLING OFF IE9 support for Gmail, Apps

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"You WILL use CHROME!!"

This behaviour should be investigated. By doing this they are deliberately breaking as much as possible to force people into their chrome browser.

This surely must be abuse of their monopoly?

Why Teflon Ballmer had to go: He couldn't shift crud from Windows 8, Surface

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Re: Bad bosses adn failures

The problem is that while Server 2008 and Windows 7 are great products the market they exist within (the PC) is sinking like a stone. All the OEMs are struggling to shift boxes and windows 8 which was expected to be the saviour of the bottom line has proven to be anything but.

Microsoft have arrived too late to the mobile/tablet revolution and their attempts to change themselves in Windows 8 and RT have not paid off. Makes you wonder who will want the poison chalice now Ballmer has gone and if they can turn M$ away from their box shifting business model before the PC becomes obsolete.

Ballmer's emotional farewell to Redmond: I LOVE THIS COMPANY

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Re: MS Best Days?

"Microsoft has all its best days ahead. Know you are part ..... that would be say Monday, Tuesday maybe Wednesday next week. After those days back to business as usual?"

I think he was just referring to the weekend! It is friday after all!

BRUCE WILLIS (ad) DIES HARD (in Sky broadband telly fib ban)

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Too late.

yet another advert banned from use after its run has finished too late.

Businesses like this need fines

Slim Shady wannabe Zuck's Facebook 'STOLE' MY SONG - Eminem

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Re: Zuck is an Eminem fan?

Well that finally explains the hoodie!

The Metro experiment is dead: Time to unleash Windows Phone+

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Re: The problem...

Designed with keyboard and mice in mind? Really?

Is that why we have no right click, no start bar, and after years of clicking on icons we get invisible corners?

As far as interfaces go, I'd say the "smart corners" are the worst aspect of it, The moment you hide functions away from the end user and behind an invisible button you are asking for trouble as without a visual clue to click here they will not be used.

Nokia shareholder tells CEO Elop he's going to hell

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We all saw it years ago

Putting all your eggs in the M$ was always going to be a flawed strategy.

As others have said Nokia didn't have to go Windows exclusive, HTC, Samsung and many other manufacturers offer both Windows and Android.

Make Elop walk the plank! Yarrr!

Microsoft: All RIGHT, you can have your Start button back

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Re: I had to Google to find out how to restart a Windows 2012 server from an RDC connection

Why would they even put a touch screen interface on a SERVER? Does the stuff in the IT bunker really need a fancy schmancy touch screen to show off to people?

Kissinger and tell: WikiLeaks scrapes 1.7m US diplomatic reports from the '70s

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Old news

All this talk of Wikileaks leaking more cables last week all led to this?

Nobody cares about the 1970s now.

Steve Jobs to supervise iPhone 6 FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Apple still milking the cult of personality?

Looks like Apple are still trying to boost their new device sales (and more importantly boosting their flagging share price) on the back of Job's personality cult.

Old habits die hard I guess.

Health pros: Alcohol is EVIL – raise its price, ban its ads

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First smoking now drinking.

Well if this goes how it went with Smoking, I guess a ban will be the next step a few years after this gets forced down our throats.

Will there be any enjoyments left for the common man after this?

A pint because well I could do with one!

Chinese boffins crack cloaking tech for camouflage

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Re: More R+D in China

"Not sure I know anyone who thinks like that. I just hope the Chinese become the next superpower using economy, rather than war. Presumably this research is for their own protection in case the USA won't go down without a fight."

History shows every superpower rise starts with economy which provides the means to build a large military then the muscle flexing begins, which results in wars.

China is no different and they are already muscle flexing on weaker nations in their region. Just look at their territorial disputes going on right now.

John McAfee the Belize spymaster uncovers 'ricin, terrorist plots'

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Re: Wait, I've got it

The bootnote has a clue:

* McAfee earlier claimed that his extensive postings on an underground internet forum about the powerful effects of MDPV - a psychoactive drug better known as bath salts and touted as a stimulant with sexual arousal effects whose side-effects include paranoia and psychotic delusions – were just an elaborate joke.

Paranoia and Psychotic delusions? Well I bet its not such a joke after all.

Eric Schmidt's Norks outing poorly timed, tuts US govt

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Why is Schmidt even going there? As a US company aren't they forced to abide by the embargo the US Government has on North Korea as an "Axis of Evil" state?

Up your wormhole: Star Trek Deep Space 9 turns 20

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Trek downhill since then

Agree with you here.

The death of Trek was the minute they canned Voyager and replaced it with Enterprise. Going from "Next Generation" to "Ye Olde Generation" holds little in the way of appeal to me.

I'd be much more interested in them following on from where DS9 and Voyager left off having a new series and introducing interesting new threats, (much like the Dominion and the much neglected Borg Busting species 8472)

Oh and with DS9 being 20 I now feel very old.

Windows 8: At least it's better than ‘not very good’

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Re: !!!

Well I started using Windows 8 and the biggest gripe I have for it is that the new interface has too many things hidden from the end user.

The start menu is gone and its replacement is hideous. A massive fail is with the new "hot corners", in that they are so hidden! There is nothing to indicate to the end user that there is a button there to touch besides a short easily forgotten intro screen.

Indeed the biggest no no in interface design is hiding features away from the user, and not having buttons or anything that explains what these corners do is awful.

Add in to that the fact that metro apps are practically impossible to close, the old cross in the corner has been replaced and the new close feature is well hidden.

Android and apple interfaces work so well because they are intuitive. You are given buttons to press for just about everything that are easy to find and well labelled, WIn 8 metro has everything hidden away on sidebars, corners and right clicks that makes it horrid to use.

As a desktop user, I find it annoying to continually jump between desktop and metro, If I were a touch screen user I would find it just as annoying to work the legacy style desktop with a touch screen.

Oh and add in to this that while IE can be set to use proxy server settings nothing else uses it (including the MS store), and basic admin settings that were easy to find on a desktop are now impossible to locate.

I am sure you can get used to Windows 8, but that is the same as getting used to constant pain and eventually developing a numbness to it. It is horrible and I can see nothing that would make me choose MS over Android or iOS for Touch.

MPs: 'Chilling' new libel law will CENSOR THE TRUTH online

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Re: Giggs and Imogen anyone?

Ahh yes, thanks for reminding me, Good old Scotland.

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Giggs and Imogen anyone?

Reminds me of the super injunction nonsense.

No media in the UK dared to name them but it got out on the internet regardless, it was very funny.

North Korean rocket works, puts something into orbit

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Re: Why hasn't the US "brought democracy" to NK yet?

They tried it was called the Korean war, it didn't go well.

Top-secret US spaceplane sets off on another classified mission

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Re: Its a fair bet its off to pick up whatever North Korea launched yesterday

Wait I remember this part of the movie!

"Screww you Team Ahmericah, you haven't heard the last of Kim Jong ill.."

So the X-37B snatches him, the End!

Deputy PM: Rip up Snoop Charter, 'go back to the drawing board'

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Re: I wonder how much we paid...

Best not think about that, more government waste.

Parliament to unleash barrage of criticism on Snoopers' Charter

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Re: I e-mailed my MP about the Net Snooping Bill

Funnily enough I did the exact same thing and all I got was some pre-written letter from someone on behalf of the government telling me how important this was needed to combat the use of skype by terrorist/paedophiles.

It didn't even address any of the concerns I had raised at all, it was just propaganda.

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A great article but very scary when you think that this legislation keeps coming back by successive governments of any party.

When will the spooks learn that creating a database and trying to create a system for minority report style "pre-crime" is just plain wrong.

'UK DNA database by stealth' proposed in £100m NHS project

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Between internet comms, this and everything else, What is it with UK Governments trying to profile citizens?

Slash A THIRD off Surface RT price or it's toast, Microsoft told

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Anybody know what Surface does?

All I saw on the adverts is keyboards being plugged in and out and icons being spun.

Assange needs to get some sunlight and fresh air, say Ecuadoreans

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A lack of sunshine and living "in a confined space" has given Assange a chronic lung infection

Well it was his choice to live in that confined space and he has every right to choose to leave it if he wants fresh air and/or medical treatment.

If you choose to hide out in bad conditions and then your health suffers because of those conditions then you cannot blame anybody else for it.

Belgian finds missus was born a MAN after 19 YEARS of marriage

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Relationships are all about trust so lying to your partner about your past and keeping secrets from them is a sure fire way to ruin it.

Better to just be honest up front and if anybody has a problem with who you are, well they know where the door is.

Man facing rare refusal-to-unlock-encryption charge: Court date set

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Re: Making a stand.... or just thick ?

You do realise that telling plod you "forgot" your password still counts as "failing to disclose the password" under the RIPA legislation.

Under RIPA if an encrypted file is found on your system and you cannot decrypt it you face jail time and no amount of arguing will save you.

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria review

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It is a solid expansion, plenty of fun things to do with scenarios, pet battles, tillers farm, besids the usual Heroics and Raiding.

My bigest bugbear is the sheer amount of dailies to unlock valour point gear and the small amount of rep dailies provide. The whole Golden lotus, Shado Pan, August celesials repuation grind feels far too reptitive and grindy to even consider doing on more than 1 character.

EDF: We'll raise bills 11% - but only 2% is due to energy costs!

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Re: Yes, lets focus on short term cost increases...

The entire renewables industry needs massive subsidy just to stay afloat, so no this is not a short term price hike.

Every christmas customers get bled along with the turkeys and every quarter following energy companies boast huge profits, this greed has to stop.

BBC Watchdog crew sink teeth into dodgy PC repair shops

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How about PC world?

I cannot keep up with the stories from non-techie colleagues who have had a bad experience with PC World.

It gets to the point where I literally tell people to avoid them and me or my colleagues end up fixing stuff on the side for them.

Seems rip off merchants are everywhere. Still we take payment in beer for our services.

Hapless Kate topless, toothless law useless

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Re: Her Royal Boobness

"The really important question, I think, is, 'are the pics any good?' - to which the answer is a resounding 'no, they are measly grainy crap.'"

If the pictures taken in such a situation are so awful and grainy makes you wonder why a magazine editor would bother paying for them.

Microsoft preparing for diskless Windows 8 PCs

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Windows 8 hype machine?

seeing a ton of pro Windows 8/Phone 8 articles at the moment on el reg. Smells like M$ are trying to hype us all up for launch.

So far I'm not buying into it, the proof of the pudding is in the eating after all.

Microsoft's new retro-flavoured logo channels Channel 4

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Re: Cost

Could be worse, it might have looked like Lisa Simpson giving oral.

South Korea bans Apple's AND Samsung's ageing phones, tabs

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Like two misbehaving children...

Good to see them both get dsicplined for throwing their toys out of the pram.

We can only hope the US court does something similar, as this has gone on far too long.

"Don't care who started it, stop misbehaving or you'll both get in trouble!"

MoD to become even more top-heavy as a result of personnel cuts

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Re: This is now beyond a joke

I remember this debate coming up in a documentary on Channel 4 debating about how they could cut the deficit.

The presenter was an ex commander in the army or air force or whatever and he mentioned that the MOD's top brass structure remains largely unchanged since the empire days when we had much bigger forces.

Troop numbers have been cut back and battallions disbanded but the same number of commanders still exist complete with their pensions, he estimated we could save billions by reducing the brass alone without cutting back capability or troops.

Its insane.

Ubisoft: 'Vast majority of PC gamers are PIRATES'

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Most gamers are pirates? Err no, most gamers use steam these days.

Everything Everywhere to be Nothing Nowhere in rebrand

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Something Somewhere Somehow?

...Someone's gonna pay!

Oh wait that was the tagline for Commando. Send in Arnie.

Assange calls for help from … Quakers?

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Re: How will he get to Ecuador?

How will he get to Ecuador? Basically he won't.

Assange doesn't have any real option of escape now.

Diplomatic bag/crate? Just hold it up at some point on its journey without opening it, eventually he will have to leave it to attend his "biological needs".

The Helicopter option you mentioned will pass through UK airspace and could easily be forced to land on UK soil.

Assange granted asylum by Ecuador after US refused to rule out charges

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" you do have to wonder why the UK are bothering to threaten to enter the Embassy, unless they've been strongly encouraged to do so by the Yanks. He's not going anywhere, and can be arrested and extradited as soon as he steps outside the Embassy."

Like everything this government does, blunder into an embarrassng situation. Don't assume a conspiracy when gross incompetence can so easily be the cause.

The British Government now has a true catch 22 situation here now by going this far and Ecuador calling the bluff. The choice is between setting two legal precedents that they definately do not want either of which to happen.

1), the precedent of someone on the run from the law in both Sweden and the UK and wanted under an EAW to escape justice in this manner.

2) The precedent of revoking immunity and violating the embassy to arresst Assange, something which could then be used against diplomatic posts all over the world, bringing to an end 400 years of the diplomatic immunity tradition.

Good job Hague, Ecuador has now called your bluff. What are you gonna do now?

Assange's fate to be revealed at high noon

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Assange made a diplomat

"Ecuador could go through the procedures of making Assange an accredited diplomat."

I remember reading an article discussing methods Assange could get out, it mentioned that Assange being made a diplomat must be approved by the host country (the UK) which will not happen in this case.

They did say that one method he could get out of the country was that he could be made an Ecuadorian representative to the UN and thus be granted immunity. However they did point out that to get out of the country to Ecuador he would have to fly to the UN headquarters in New York first, before going to Ecuador, which to Assange would quite literally be going into the mouth of the beast.

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Re: Whatever law is cited...

Diplomats are allowed to operate by the host nation, if the Ecuadorians do not hand over Assange the UK are perfectly within their rights to expel the ambassador and disband the embassy.

They will not allow this to go any other way than Assange's re-arrest for one simple reason. It sets a dangerous precedent that other criminals could follow. Wanted by the law? Turn up at an embassy with some cash and claim asylum.

Assange's case is hardly one of persecution byt he British as he has already had multiple appeals every step of the way. The highest court in the land has ruled that the request for Assange's extradition to Sweden is legitimate and valid. Just because Assange is touting that he is going to the USA once he hits Sweden does not make it so.

Apple, Microsoft reveal their Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

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Re: Ummm

There may be peace now because of the common enemy of google but make no mistake they are competing for the same space in the market.

This is not really about copying devices and everything to do with market domination.

Microsoft really do not have much of a presence in the tablet/phone market and Apple know this so they are not worried about them. Google is the threat and having Microsoft on side draws the flack from them.

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Re: Ummm

Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, the MS app store, Surface, and the Interface formally known as Metro all suggest M$ is not taking that pledge seriously.

Google may face grilling by MPs over 'immoral' tax avoidance

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Re: I think it is about time

For an example of what happens to an economy when there is widespread tax avoidance, look no further than Grecce.

None of us like paying tax but like it or not it goes a long way to making an economy work, and mass avoidance can mean disaster.

Why women won't apply for IT jobs

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Re: seen job adds lately ?

I have tons of fake jobs, reposted every week for the same thing to get you on their database.

French minister: 3 strikes anti-piracy rule a 'waste of money'

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Cutting off

The problem with cutting off the internet is that an IP address does not constitute reliable evidence of misconduct.

See the case of the American SWAT team who raided a house because of an anti terror threat posted online only to discover they had insecure WIFI and the perp lived down the street.

If they cut people off these measures will result in a massive influx of legal action against the department which will bury them.