Tech can also smell desperation and urgency, and likes to play trick on those that needs documents printed asap.
Posts by Britt
58 publicly visible posts • joined 27 Oct 2011
The healing hands of customer support get an acronym: Do YOU have 'tallah-toe-big'?
Man prosecuted for posting a picture of his hobby on Facebook
As an occasional air-softer, I have played against ex/current military and they enjoy the chance to use their skills (rather successfully)against some of us plebeians. I do be leave I've played against some firearms officers in the past too.
They must all be face palming at this.
I've done my patriotic duty by being the (crappy) hard target for them to practise against.
I'm wondering what storm in a teacup will be brewed up next in somebodies vendetta against fun.
Vivaldi boss: It'd be cool if Google went back to the 'not evil' schtick
Prime Minister May hints at shaking up Blighty's 'dysfunctional' rural broadband
2,000 year old man found dead near 2,000 year old computer
Microsoft's 'Arrow' Android launcher flies into Play store
NEW ERA for HUMANITY? NASA says something 'major' FOUND ON MARS
I know it's old but here goes.
In a bid to find more funding to ensure future space missions, NASA are to announce the discovery of oil on Mars...
On a similar notes, finding water gives an energy source and Oxygen for future missions, so that's dandy. There may even be other items we can make use of.
Iron Sky's Helium 3 sub plot jig wasn't really that far off the mark.
Nintendo joins Khronos vid API standards body
iOS's infected app-list continues to grow, says Lookout
From what I gather, many of the devs operate in area with utterly rubbish connection, some reporting 60k/s from Apple servers. With a speed like that from official servers and a 3GB+ file to download that could drop out at any time, I'm beginning to see the temptation in downloading from a more localised mirror.
Reasoning, it's a scary thing. Maybe Apple should consider an official mirror that's easier to access.
It's almost like the music piracy argument all over again.
Hello? HELLO? Major Skype outage hits folk WORLDWIDE
iCloud phishing attack hooks 39 iOS apps and WeChat
French say 'non' to Netflix, reveals entertainment report
Intel emits Skylake CPUs for gamers, overclockers (Psst, you'll need new RAM and a new mobo)
Tired tablets don't tickle the imagination, so sales fall again
Silly Google's Photos app labelled black people as gorillas
Innocent Spaniards roasted by experimental napalm mead
IN YOUR FACE, Linux and Apple fans! Oculus is Windows-only for now
I need to pop around a friends house to have a go on his headset. He won it at the EvE Valkyrie tournament in Iceland a couple of months back.
I know his rig can use it, he has 2x970's in there. I know that because I built the thing.
He was also the only one there to win one that had a machine that could use it.
Also, Oculus is counting on games like EvE Valkyrie being moderately successful to keep the sales up.
Blocking pirate sites doesn't weaken pirates say Euroboffins
One of the reasons TV shows get pirated is because after they are shown on US tv, the plot is smeared across the web for a few weeks before it appears on foreign telly. People don't like spoilers and people don't like to wait.
Also, an example of a film the deserves to be seen in the cinema is John Wick. Yet, months and months later, is yet to leave US shores. But there sure as hell is a DVD rip of it online.
Alas, the lost sales argument can boil down to "would they have watched it if it wasn't free"? Most likely it would have remained unwatched. People grab stuff because its there to be grabbed, like free samples of food. No intention of buying it, but hey, free taster. That's humanity for you.
RAF radar station crew begs public for cash to buy gaming LAN kit
Red-faced Germans halt NSA cooperation after Euro spying revealed
What is Apple's idiot tax on Watch these days? 'About $265 or 80%'
SECRET PROTOTYPE iPAD 'stolen from RANDY Apple employee'
Money-for-mods-gate: Valve gives masterclass in how to lose gamers and alienate people
Why recruiters are looking beyond IT's traditional talent pool
DRM is NOT THE LAW, I AM THE LAW, says JUDGE DREDD
That's a big 4Ker of a cosmos: 3D planetarium to open in Bristol
Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!
The technology in a Rolex is stable, it works and does what it is designed to do well. It also has the joy of not becoming outdated in 6 months time.
In 25 years time, with a bit of a refresh, like a new battery or a wind, the Rolex will carry on working as it was designed to do on day 1. You won't need to dig out an old iPhone and find the correct OS version to just boot it up. That is of course if you still have a compatible charging cable.
And the buggiest OS provider award goes to ... APPLE?
Re: Apples compared to Oranges
That's OK then. It's not like swathes of people click on the "Faster browsing!" button every time people hit up Google is it.
Once again, if the foundations are less than desirable, no matter how good or bad the applications running on top are, it's still Swiss cheese.
Superfish: Lenovo ditches adware, but that doesn't fix SSL megavuln – researcher
So, making the laptops vulnerable and undesirable is a valid way to move the negative margins into the positive? That is, of course, until it all goes boom and the backlash hits.
That has to be up their with other historic pathetic excuse making.
And now for the tin foil hat moment:
Is it the Ads that are making them the money that takes the margins into the black, or is it the back pocket NSA (or disliked agency/country of choice) funding to gimp the machines security that lines the pockets.
Still, bad form. I've never trusted pre-installed bloatware (and thusly removed it) and now I'm vindicated more than ever.
Probably a fair number of commenters here feeling the same.
Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?
Never mind those touch apps, full Office 2016 is coming this year
Can I have an option to change Excel back to its previous function of multiple sheets opening in a single instance?
Database applications built around an Excel front end have a hella time with opening several copies of Excel simultaneously.
And maybe, juuuust maybe, can we not continue the trend of each new version of office being bloated and vastly slower than the previous version?
And stop the need to run a repair of the software a clockwork like 4 weeks after install due to buggyness?
I should stop now as I could go on with this for hours.
Oh, did they ever fix the fact that Excel 2013 CAN'T open a spreadsheet with 2 passworded pages?
Or that Word falls over to OLE errors when importing text that has a character from Word 2003?
El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.
EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really
Kaspersky: That 2 years we took to warn you about Regin ? We had good reason
SpaceX breaks ground on first commercial spaceport in Texas
Jesus phone RAISED from DEAD. Watch iPhone 6 get BURNED, DROWNED, SMASHED
iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?
Re: Premium Android
Even if Sony went 1 high end phone a year I would be happy.
They do seem to have a strong high end line up with the current Z2 (which I have and also adore) but the Z3 seem to have nailed it and the Z3 mini is the perfect form factor tied with features that could steal a few unhappy (with the new sizes) iPhone users.
I would love a more stock Android experience across the range though. One of the reason I have the Z2 over the S5 is due to being less bloatware. (As well as being a sexy beast...)
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
All this talk
All this talk of battery life, I just sit here with 70% left on my Z2 since taking of charge yesterday morning. Considering I give it fairly high use with web browsing and music it's doing pretty damned well.
Just in the habit of charging it every other day now, still with around 30% left. Don't even run Stamina Mode. Steam is all all the time too. Can't miss a sale.....!
TV techies proudly display their MIGHTY BENDERS in Berlin
Virgin Media hit by MORE YouTube buffering glitches
Apple, FBI: YES we're, er, looking into the NAKED CELEBRITY PICS. Aren't you?
There is a screenshot doing the rounds of someone explaining that what was released and how it was gathered.
No tech details but there is a small group of people who hack and share amongst themselves, only way to get into the group is to buy in with fresh photos.
Seems one member decided he was bored and could make a few quid of the pictures.
Authenticity of claims not confirmed, but they do fit with the range of ages to the pictures and how so many were gathered.
The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The Weekend
LulzSec supergrass Sabu led attacks against Turkey – report
I can understand the kneejerk reaction from the white knights thumbing me down but this is effectively a highly complex honey-trap for those arrested.
I don't support hackers doing illegal acts but to be arrested for the crimes of acting as a government proxy should at least have some court time to bring the FBI in to line.
But hey, some people see "hacker" and have a prolapse. If you want them arrested and jailed, do it for the crimes they committed by their own violation.
Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage
Future Apple gumble could lock fanbois out of their own devices
So, location based behaviour? Am I imagining my Xperia Z2 detecting my location and setting various apps appropriately? I get to work and it turns the wifi on and sets itself to silent. I leave to go home and it sets itself to ring normally, turns wifi off to save battery and tells me my journey time based on my location. The security is an extension to this, not an entirely new feature..