* Posts by Cave Dweller

54 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Aug 2011


Lenovo cries 'dump our support app' after 'critical' hole found

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Re: Sigh

I've had good mileage getting blank laptops from PC Specialist, there's likely a few other good companies for custom builds. Windows works like a charm on machines that haven't been tainted by vendor crapware, and these security issues only make the "start from blank" case stronger.

Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG

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Re: (cranially) embedded mobile technology...

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. Since most phones have accelerometers, they should be set to take a picture when the phone picks up speed, for "warranty" reasons. You'd get a lovely picture of the second-to-last thing going through the drivers' mind.

'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

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Re: Oh

Exactly. Even the term "year of code" doesn't bode well with me. I'd much rather more emphasis was put on programming and problem solving. Jumping around languages such as C++, Java, Javascript, Pascal, and VB, the "coding" isn't too bad to learn, but learning the patterns, best practices, and elegant solutions are the skills that I'd consider important.

Davos Diary: POVERTY disruption in ACTION. Cash-poor? Just mine a #BongCoin!

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Make Everything OK

Hah, I mashed that button, and broke it! Should disable the button until everything is OK again? Repeated clicking turned tha page into a bright blue rave with a dancing button... which was more fun than OK. Is it a feature instead of a bug?

BlackBerry on the brink: Security kink sinks rinky-dink Link sync in a blink

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Dat aliteration

John McAfee tweets from BEYOND THE GRAVE: Drug binge death? Not me, mate

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Re: The Indestructable John McAfee

The only solution I found to work consistently was a good ol' re-image

Google Chrome slips web fix to addicts suffering net withdrawal

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Catching up

Chrome has nearly caught up to Internet Explorer 4!

(Chrome is a massive improvement in almost every other area compared to IE4, for anyone who missed the joke)

British bookworms deem Amazon 'evil'

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Re: Re "famous Neil Gaiman"


Touchscreen killer? Cam boffinry cut'n'pastes from real things

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Scan, Copy & Paste

All very good, but not the solution to my problems.

Windows XP support ends a year from … now!

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Re: windows key tab

Win+Tab is about the only shortcut I don't like, since it feels like a crazy Alt+Tab. I do tell my fellow workers to try it out from time to time, we call it "spooky vision".

Tennessee bloke quits job over satanic wage slip

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Re: 667

667 lives on the other side of the road

World's 'most green' supercomputer in red-hot battle between Intel, Nvidia

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Gigaflops per second

Gigaflops per second? Is it accelerating?

It's pretty minor, but my grammar Nazi couldn't let it slide.

Worst broadband notspots in the UK named and shamed

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As a former resident of Middlesbrough...

It's safe to say the locals are too busy outdoors, fighting.

Warner recalls Xbox Lego Lord of the Rings 'demo' discs

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Re: Why must they make a LEGO version of everything?

Did you just describe CoD Black Ops 2?

Microsoft's 32GB Surface RT has 16GB of free storage

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Re: I swear to god...

Kilo, Mega, Giga and so forth aren't limited to computer memory measurement. I think it's pretty fair that they are base 10 to avoid confusuion.

More importantly, who cares?

APPLE: SCREW YOU, BRITS, everyone else says Samsung copied us

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I need an eye test

When I looked at your image pointing out the link, I thought someone has scribbled some kind of elaborate sex toy on the apple site.

WoW cities wiped out by 'exploit'

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If I recall...

There were two legendary weapons: a mace "The Unstoppable Force", and a shield "The Immovable Object". I think two players must have been duelling with them and were not aware of the potential for physics.

Last remaining reason to order an iPhone 5 disappears

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Re: Buting a phone for all the wrong reasons

One day I'll also review my spelling in the friggin' title as well as the body.

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Buting a phone for all the wrong reasons

What is this crap?

Facebook seals Instagram buyout for roughly $715m

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Re: So, a zero revenue company

Prolly something like this:


Brits obey mobile ads, says mobile ad biz

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One thought...

"Nearly half of punters polled in a survey..."

What about the punters who declined the survey? Those who take time to fill in the survey could be regarded as 'easily influenced'.

Story gone

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My Impersonation of these Questionnaires

1 + 1 =

A. 100

B. 2

C. -100

Google+ takes on a location element as it pushes deeper into iPhone

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The man with the weather baloon looks alright. Damned if I know what that has to do with location.

Apple's Mountain Lion to offer automatic security updates

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Holy Crap!

Apple have invented Windows Update!

Book-scented perfume gives eReaders whiff of authenticity

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I'm getting this for myself. I always wanted to smell like a book.

Do they do one for DVD cases too?

Japanese boffins plumb darknet for cyber attack alerts

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Wait a second...

This looks almost identical to networking in the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex TV series. And that was about 10 years ago. I'd link an image, but I suck at Google this morning.

Anyone else remember those cartoons?

Sony slams Nintendo Wii U functionality

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Syntax error

£PS3 > £WiiU || £PSP > £WiiU

VIA outs $49 Raspberry Pi-alike

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Re: Minecraft server

Are you getting capped at all when playing Minecraft? I quite like the ‘burst’ capabilities of the Micro instance, but prefer to avoid using it very often. I heard that if you cap your instance too often Jeff comes around your house and kicks your head in.

Ten... freeware gems for new PCs

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Re: Hmmm MSE

The only 'games' I've had flagged byt MSE is an build of my hobbyist project, which isn't using the Direct3D10 API quite right when switching to fullscreen mode (anyone got an answer? It's always going 1680x1050 instead of 1920x1080...).

I moved from Avast! to MSE a few years ago and never looked back. I've never had any malware issues with either AV, but I prefer MSE because of how straightforward it feels. Little green castle in my notification area = 'salright.

Colour Kindle incoming says mole

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A 60Hz flawless refreshing, 24", vibrant colour e-ink display for PCs. Play videogames on a book!

Facebook launches App Store Center

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In other news...

The Facebook collective are to begin constructing the first of many giant cube spaceships, with the sole aim of assimilation as a means of "achieving revenue perfection".

Sony blames record $5.7bn loss on everything but Sony

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Re: Up and down?

"...on sales of ¥6.5trn ($79m, £50bn), which decreased 9.6 per cent year-on-year."

$79m = £50bn!? Yikes, better get some zeroes back under control.

Hated Visual Studio 11 beta in HIGH-ENERGY colour blast

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It may grow on you

I never liked the looks of Windows Vista, but it eventually grew on me (albeit in Windows 7). I wanted to hate the ribbon UI, but after a few months I'd learned where everything was (and that you can collapse the ribbon).

VS 2010 does everything I want, so I don't see a compelling reason to upgrade yet. If C++ to have the same degree of freakishly good intellisense that C# enjoys I'd be interested, but I respect that's a very tall order.

<troll> Heh, I don't need C++ intellisense, I'm just that damn good at it. </troll>

Microsoft mulls phone-style contracts for Xbox

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Re: Look at the savings!

"Eh, whatever. It's not as if the average person does math (or maths, if you will) anyway."

This is the relationship between fools and money in a nutshell. Heck, I've had more than a few occasions of watching a customer in McDonalds (as an Englishman, I sometimes crave bland dissapointment) order a burger, fries, and drink individually, and pay 'idiot tax'.

Makes a great business case for all the 'payday' loan companies that have sprung over the past few years.

HP elbows Apple off global PC throne

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Le Sigh

Now, I know it's cool to make fun of Apple. But this "Foxconn-rebrander" is wearing a bit thin now, and that's coming from a Windows person. Would Foxconn have made the shiny Apple things, laptops, and Xboxes etc. without any input from their respective companies? There's a clear-as-day difference between a designer and a manufacturer, do keep up.

Sony outs its first Ultrabook

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Big ol' Dell

Ah, good old XPS 17. Sure it's thick (huge battery) and heavy, but it's got great hardware and the one I made was pretty cheap. Lugging it around makes for good excercise?

From the Department of WTF: New USB tampon flash drive

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Alternative Presumption

Men keep a lot of stuff in there pockets, but women often don't often have as many pockets. This solution allows them to repurpose "nature's pocket".

It's like a kangaroo pouch?

iKlip Studio

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I have no problem with the stand, seems like a good product.

However, does anyone think that this whole 'i' prefixing crap has gone too far? While I'm on a rant the 'HD' suffix can go screw itself too.

EA confirms Crysis 3 release

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An XP Head Start?

These pre-order incentives are just getting terrible. No wonder I'm stuck playing "GOTY" stuff from a few years ago, for a few quid each (thanks Steam sales).

Pre-order Pokemon, and we'll boost your team to level 50!

Coders' 'lives sucked out' by black-and-white Visual Studio 11

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Re: real coders use notepad

Ah, Notepad++. I used to swear by it, and still use it for writing shaders.

However, I have been using Sublime Text 2 for a few months now, and I can't go back. Shame it's not free, but worth every penny (and you can evaluate it for as long as you need).

Are you an ECO POET? Climate science needs YOU

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MA in Environmental Sciences and Humanities

Microsoft stamps on HTTP 2.0's pedal, races to mobileville

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HTTP Speed+Mobility

HTTP S&M? The internet wants it faster.

Ford: kick your car to open the boot

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Dubious Demonstration

I get the feeling car ‘uppercuts’ and head trapping looks pretty likely if that diagram is anything to go by.

Modern Warfare 3 shoots onto Steam for free

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Free FPS

Team Fortress 2 is a more accurate game.

Not sure if trolling, or speaking the truth.

Fondle my slab, baby: Inside the tactile world of Apple-fan iDating

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I'm quite happy that my fiancé and I both disdain apple products and are fans of Windows. Maybe tech product choice is related to compatibility (various puns intended).

There most certainly should not be a dating site for Microsoft fans, by which I mean the entire MSN site should be ripped down.

Has Microsoft finally killed off Windows 8 Start button?

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Maybe I'm too cool

I'll admit, I'm something of a keyboard shortcut wizard. My Start button is mounted to the keyboard, and has worked in every Windows version. It even does more things in 7 (I love Win+Arrow Keys). No biggie for me if the little blue button has retired.

Microsoft sets date for Windows 8 preview - at mobile shindig

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A bit cynical, no?

I'd wager that a lot of users would be hard-pushed to find fault with Windows 7. Most of the crap I've encountered are from the PC manufacturers "optimising" Windows, and poor hardware drivers.

That said, I notice a trend of Microsoft making a "new" OS (95, ME, Vista), and then releasing the "fixed" OS (98, XP, 7). Will 8 be the exception to prove the "every other Windows is good" rule?

P.S Windows 2000 sorta doesn't fit the pattern.

Man vanquishes robot cop in hand-to-hand combat

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Just me?

Maybe I speak for myself, but I'd enjoy giving something like Honda ASIMO a defenestration a bit too much. Maybe they should swap out half of the fake wrestlers on TV and make them fight robots.

Facebook registers mysterious fBoriGin domain names

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Every time I look at FBoriGin I see the word "Borg". Time to assimilate?

Google to join Wednesday's anti-SOPA protest

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Wikipedia Blackout

Wikipedia is happy to explain how the blackout works and workarounds. In short: disable javascript.