* Posts by AndrewInIreland

61 publicly visible posts • joined 9 Nov 2011


Justice served: There is no escape from the long server log of the law


Similar (but no visit from the The Fuzz)

I had something similar- was contacted by a company I used to work for (many years ago), saying that a client of theirs was screaming blue murder- their “IT Manager” had been on because one of their critical servers had stopped working and the explanation he came up with is that I had hacked them. So, mainly to clear my good name, I went onsite with a team, and found a load of suddenly misconfigured settings and config files. A quick check of the logs and I had a local IP address. Which lead right back to the “IT Managers” own computer...

Batman v Superman leads Razzie nominations


Obvious omission...

I'm guessing Adam Sandler didn't have a film out last year then...

Pharma hate figure Martin Shkreli suspended from Twitter



I'm pretty sure the nasties in The Dark Crystal were called The Shkrelis

RIP Prince: You were the soundtrack of my youth


My tuppence worth...

I wasn't a fan of Prince but I was a fan of his Spitting Image puppet.

MAME goes fully FOSS


In the early days, gameplay was the most important factor. Now it's flashy graphics, loud music and cuts scenes.

Alien studs on dwarf's erection baffle boffins



I'm going for some form of underground seesaw action right next to the crater

Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016


Re: FaceWatch...

"your local Steampunk gathering place"

The Welfare Office?

Doctor Who's good/bad duality, war futility tale in The Zygon Inversion fails to fizz


Best line...

"5 rounds rapid"

Linus Torvalds fires off angry 'compiler-masturbation' rant


int init_structure(struct my_structure** s)


int ret = 0;

if((*s = malloc(sizeof(struct my_structure)))!=NULL)

if((*s->substructure = malloc(sizeof(struct another_structure)))!=NULL)

return 0;

ret = errno;



*s = NULL;

return ret


Doctor Who's The Zygon Invasion shape-shifts Clara and brings yet more hybrids


And what didn't work...

The whole SWAT or whatever team deciding to walk into the church. There must have been at least one properly trained soldier amongst them.

Oh, OK then: Ireland will probe Max Schrems' Facebook complaints


you can thank Charlie McCreevy's Decentralisation plan for that...

Nippy, palaver and cockwomble: Greatest words in English?



perroflauta is just brilliant. I used it correctly in Malaga last August, much to the delight of my Spanish friends.

(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop


Re: It's good, yes

I'm still using Paint Shop Pro but I haven't updated it for years. And yes you are right, Corel ruined it.

The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three


Orphan Black...

The only thing I watched on BBC3 was Orphan Black, and the odd Doctor Who catch up (iPlayer is not available in Ireland). Hopefully OB will get moved to BBC2.

CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?


Re: What does CNN stand for?

Clown Noob News?

Tricked by satire? Get all your news from Facebook? You're in luck, dummy


Re: It's only logical...

As well as the digusting sounding "rimshot"

Google TOO WHITE and MALE, says HR boss, looking in mirror


Re: Diversity is bollocks

Likewise chromosomic makeup. Either the person is fit for the job; or not. Race, sex, religion, football team or any other "identifier" will not indicate suitability for a job.

Japan plans SEVEN satellite launches to supercharge GPS


Re: Is this just WAAS?

yes, and EGNOS in the EU

Limbaugh: If you hate Apple then you're a lefty blog-o-twat hipster


Re: If you hate Apple then you're a lefty blog-o-twat hipster ...

NEWS JUST IN!!! America shock-jock and all round loon refers to Republicans as "racists, sexists [and] bigot homophobes."

You hear that, Mr Cook? Samsung's profits have gone UP


Anyone remember...

...when the must-have phone was a Motorola Razr? Or a Blackberry?

Enjoy it while it lasts Samsung, but it might not last long.

Reg Hardware Awards Best of 2012


Voting site seems to be broken...

"Sorry, something went bad, and your vote has not been recorded. Please drop a note to webmaster@theregister.co.uk! [TEE-1357826997000]"

Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet creator Gerry Anderson dies at 83


Re: Left out...


Fans' loyalty questioned as iPhone popularity plummets


Re: Plus, Apple are very busy alienating developers...

>No I'm not a phone developer, but is the above pseudocode really that hard?

No not hard at all, but it barely scratches the surface of the requirements for different screen sizes. You also have to consider image scaling and font sizing. Also your pseudo code is going to add a lot of 'interesting' aspect issues...

GooPad's eight-incher gives Apple fans cheap relief


On the plus side...

It ships with Google Maps

iPad Mini vs Nexus 7: inch makes all the difference, says Apple CEO


V for Vendetta?

"I konw every inch of this cell and it knows every inch of me. Except one."

How to get your bust in good shape



some of us have access to High Definition Scanners so it's Pointclouds away!

Apple's iPad Mini mishap: scratching out the retina screen


Re: I agree, the lack of a retina screen is crazy...

Apple have always 'scaled up' their products. They know they can do an iPad Mini Retina, and that will come out next year. And repeat sell to the people who buy this model. They did the same with the iPhone; Provide a substandard product at the start and then add the features that you could get from other products AND make money while doing so because last years user wants to be this years user.

Apple iPod Touch 5G review


"I’m not entirely sure who it’s aimed at anymore..."

App developers who want to develop for the Retina4 display but don't want to buy phone that's pretty useless at making and taking phone calls.

The hoarder's dilemma, or 'Why can't I throw anything away?'


That autograph...

...Jimmy Saville, is it not???

Might be worth holding onto. Unless you have a stpry behind it that you can sell to the newspapers for a large amount of wedge.

iPhone 5: the fab slab to grab


Indeed, if the phone cannot see the GPS satellites then it cannot triangulate using that method. If there are no geo-located WiFi stations, then it can't use WPS. And CPS using cell tower triangulation is only accurate to 20m-50m.

Fans rap Apple's 'crap' Map app



It managed to flag Airfield House (which is a farm up the road from me) as an airport.

Ten movies inspired by video games


I kinda liked...

Hitman and Resident Evil. Though I think the saving grace was I never played the games in the first place.

BTW, the biggest turd is missing from the list: Wing Commander. Boy was that a space dump.

SHOCK: Poll shows Americans think TSA is highly effective


Re: Remember flying just after Sept 11

Yeah, they were removing nail clippers at Dublin Airport too- and then in duty free there were magazines with free manicure sets (sissors and nail clippers) for sale.

I once asked one of the securitrons how did they ensure that the (expensive) bottled water for sale in the duty free area had been deweaponised?

Not a Cloud in my holiday sky


Deju vu...

"The week before leaving on vacation was hell. Despite me giving my clients plenty of warning and asking them not to send me work later than usual, almost all of them did precisely that."

Yep, sounds like the week I spent before going to Spain. Right now all my clients are getting 'yep, I'll get onto that when I get back off holiday' auto-responses (5 so far).


Re: You wouldn't steal a car?!?

My view on it is: You are free to use my unsecured wifi as long as I am free to use your unsecured data flowing thru my wifi- you know, data wants to be free and all that...

Tablet tech is really a Psion of the times



I knew there was a reason why Dabsie is my favorite hack- an Psion owner and a CIXen to boot.

And iof you hadn't mentioned it at the end of the article I would have flagged the Logitech keyboard- I'm currently writing this on one.

Anonymous declares war after French firm trademarks its logo



Isn't this the outfit that uses a mask created by Alan Moore/David Lloyd? How much are they paying in royalties then?

Raspberry Pi to skipper microship across Atlantic



I can see these becoming highly desirable for remote delivery of contraband...

Fans get date with Lara Croft


Re: Doubts...

Exactly my thoughts- She comes across as a lot more vulnerable here and I'm not sure that's a good thing. However, that could just be a part of the game- She could get progressively confident as the game progresses. Kinda reminds me of when I last the latest production of Evita- I thought the leads voice was very weak and not up to the job at the beginning but as the show went on it got more assertive (and impressive). I thought it was a very clever device.

Leaked snaps said to confirm iPhone 5 speculation


Well finally....

Looks like Apple are going to join everyone else and move to the Micro-USB connector.

Twelve... classic 1980s 8-bit micros


Re: Sob...

Just realised- the TI99/4a was a 16 bit micro so wasn't eligible for this list.



No TI99/4a

Computer nostalgia is 10 PRINT 'BOLLOCKS'


Re: Shakin Stevens

What about the C&VG cover Thompson Twins game?

Basic instinct: how we used to code



The Four Yorkshiremen was an 'At Last The 1948 Show' sketch. Okay, it did star John Cleese and Graham Chapman but the other 2 Yorkshiremen were Tim Brooke Taylor and Marty Feldman.

Ten... eight-bit classic games


What no Design Design???

Hall of the things deserves to be there somewhere.

Look back in Ascii: Computing in the 1980s


Re: Cue Monty Python Yorkshiremen sketch...

Tim Brooke Taylor??? Luxury!


Re: Psion 5MX

someone with a bit of start up capital has to think that an Android running on the 5MX style hardware would be a great business idea.

Maybe we should get a few interested parties together and put it up on KickStarter. I wonder if the El Reg Labs are currently vacant...

Lytro light field camera



I can see this being very useful in the field of LIDAR scanning

Angry Birds Space


Re: Made for tablets

A few Eagles are gifted??? I have 39 of the buggers (none paid for).


Re: 10 million...

yeah, and what about all the iPaq and Psion series 3 and 5 owners...