* Posts by Graham Robinson

16 publicly visible posts • joined 19 Jun 2007

EA: early Battlefield 3 buyers will gain no advantage

Graham Robinson


It's amusing that when the marketing department get to write the pre-order material they say that the items are 'essential' for a particular class.

Then, when they need to write the follow up, they say that the items don't change the balance at all.

Verizon: 'We're not throttling bandwidth except when we are'

Graham Robinson

Top 5%

How can what 1 in 20 users consume be considered extraordinary?

BNP pleads for cash after reported DDoS assault

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Can you really believe them?

I'm not sure £5000 even buys a normal corporate firewall and a party supported by Labour, Conservative and Liberal? I don't even think the 'Save the kittens from neo-nazi animal killers society' would get open support from all three parties.

iPhone rumor mill conjures multiple models

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iPhone speed test

I wouldn't trust the speed test results. Acording to their site my speed is currently 1.8Mb/s up and 0.4Mb/s down.

Think broadband correctly states 92Mb/s up and 16.5 down

Bumper MS patch batch spells client-side misery

Graham Robinson

Fixed cycle

Isn't this the big issue with a patch cycle? Every cracker and virus writer know exactly how to get 29 days of un-patched systems

Plod punishes PC-reliant businesses

Graham Robinson


Would I be right in saying that even if you were careful enough to make backups that are held off site the police would just take these as well to see if the offending article is on them?

Microsoft rushes out emergency Windows security fix

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@ Zenkaon

Have you read the blog post? UAC does block the problem hence why it is an important update (one that gets patched automatically through Windows Update) and not a critical update (runs code without user intervention).

Also what does this even have to do with IE? It is a worm, you don't do anything. Also most home users should find their router protects them from attack, unless an infected computer comes inside the network.

Microsoft breaks IE8 interoperability promise

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At least...

By having standard mode on intranet sites the organisation can choose to over-ride it with a group policy.

Users without group policy shouldn't have to worry as they are unlikely to be looking at intranet documents.

Michael Dell mulls 'Newcastle Utd investment'

Graham Robinson


Does that mean that Newcastle fans will end up in Southampton by typing 'The Dell' into their sat navs?

Forgot your ID? You must be a terrorist

Graham Robinson

Get back at your enemies

So... just buy a ticket in the name of 'Steve Jobs' and then get to the airport saying you've forgotten your ID. No more flying for the apple man.

SanDisk warns that unsecured flash drives are coming to get you

Graham Robinson
Gates Halo


Isn't this why Vista has a new group policy for disabling usb drives within a corporate domain? Certainly easier than locking down the bios.

New banking code cracks down on out-of-date software

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Personal firewall

I wonder who's definition of personal firewall they are using.

Is a computer behind a router a personal firewall

Is a computer running XP SP2 or Vista a personal firewall

Or do you have to go and buy zonealarm to save yourself a big bill

DDoS packets soak up to 3 per cent of net traffic

Graham Robinson


"perhaps while the miscreants are either hung over or expending their spoils."

Or perhaps a massive amount of the compromised computers are in businesses that don't know how to secure their systems, which have them turned off on those days.

Archos TV+ 250GB streaming media player

Graham Robinson

Archos 605

With such an appauling review it makes it seem like the Archos 605 (I own one, a brilliant bit of kit) with a docking station is a much better investment than this standalone unit.

But still, I'll be sticking with the slingbox and hoping to get a slingcatcher when it comes out.

Slingbox Solo TV-over-the-net device

Graham Robinson

More uses than you'd think

If, like me, you have a TV, Digital TV and a DVD / Games player and your other half likes to use it to watch DVDs then this little box would be fine for watching the TV.

I have the full slingbox and use it all the time, but I'm not sure I've ever used the tuner when the 9200t is so good and the only think going through the scart cable is box after box of star-trek-the-next-generation-voyager-enterprise.

Manhunt 2 banned

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So it's the parents fault then?

So it seems that the reason that adult games cannot be made now is that they end up in the hands of children.

Time for there to be a back room in your local game then with brown paper bags around your purchase of resident evil?