* Posts by Ally 1

60 publicly visible posts • joined 23 Mar 2012


'Exploding e-cig cost me 7 teeth, burned my face – and broke my sink!'

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Re: Damaged his sink?

What actually happened was that he usually got the coils for his device wound at the store. The US government recently passed regulations that people in stores couldn't assist customers, so he had to wind the coil himself. He didn't have an ohmmeter, so made a mistake and wound it with a much lower resistance than the battery could take..almost a short circuit.

Paper mountain, hidden Brexit: How'd you say immigration control would work?

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Re: Irish angle

"even though the sea and not being in the Schengen-Area pretty much did that already."

I'd love it if, to get a trade agreement, the EU insisted in freedom of movement..and that our Schengen exemption had expired, so we'd have to sign the Schengen agreement. And then, insist that we follow EU laws.

The EU would be a much better place without the little Englanders trying to block every law that tries to help workers like the working time directive.

Failing that, I hope Scotland can gfto and try capture some of the businesses fleeing England to the EU

HR botches redundancy so chap scores year-long paid holiday

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Re: January 1st?

You really don't know Scots..we don't stop the drinking and start the recovery till the 3rd

Blighty's SMB tech ranks bitterly divided on Brexit

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If you love the UK so much, why don't you try learn our grammar? It's easy when you get used to it. While you're at it, you may also learn that capitalising random words is generally thought of as rude.

Oh yeah and your post is conspiritard nonsense. Apart from that, carry on.

People like you are the reason that I'll never vote to exit. No genuine reason, or anything at all to justify your ridiculous assertions. How much did Putin pay you for posting?

Brexit: Time to make your plans, UK IT biz

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Re: ...an addendum to the above...

The tories are clammering to take them away. At least the EU provides some protection from the Tories..who are also gerrymandering away to ensure they stay elected for the forseeable.

David Cameron hints at Budget law change to end mobile not-spots

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Re: Once again ...

Only 5? I thought there were much more. In the hours train ride it seems that you have at least 20 minutes downtime.

Cameron co-opts UK mobile industry for EU Remain campaign

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Re: BBC bias

I hope they report the hassle and boycotts that letter brings so we understand why the other 64 companies (countries) didn't sign

The Raspberry Pi is succeeding in ways its makers almost imagined

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Re: Made My Day

They just haven't had a problem that captures their attention that needs solving yet. Coding is boring when it's just coding. Try find a task they are interested in, give them the Pi and access to Google and...ban them from minecrack until they solve it

Pentagon hacker McKinnon can't visit sick dad for fear of extradition

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This, definitely this. I love the US, I love US citizens. But I hope I never have to visit the place again. The DHS look at you as presumed guilty of something for daring to enter their country. They don't have a shred of humanity about them. I visited Illinois, Lousiana, Texas and California, usually several times each. And every DHS I met was cut from the same cloth. Then when you get into the damned place you see it is all government and state workers.

Listen guys, I have a pretty decent job. I don't want to defect, immigrate or even jaywalk. I want to come in, do my business and leave again.

As for the government foreign policy..

YES: Scotland declares independence ... from the dot co dot uk empire

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Re: "If Scotland get independance, I'll be the first one to move there."

lol, well spotted! And thanks for the link. Salmond is also a good economist. I get where you are coming from re blaming England, but in some cases it's entirely justified..maybe not even England, but the south east.

We end up paying for laws like the bedroom tax, and the government guarantee of mortgage deposits for houses, which are laws solely intended to deal with a shortage of housing in the south east. In Scotland houses are bigger, and there were long lists of people looking for smaller houses to avoid the bedroom tax. The smaller houses just didn't exist, Now Holyrood has to pay Westminster £15m per year from its budget just to cover the costs of the tax.

The Better Together campaign has been woeful. I can't remember any positives..It's either negative, usually without backing; you won't get the £ (so you'll cut your nose off to spite your face?), you won't get into Europe (we already are..and that question could be solved in minutes if Cameron actually asked it), or emotional..but we fought together in the war (and so did the USA, when did it split from Britain?) There's kinda bribery..we'll give you more powers (which ones?..Not sure, but more, loads, honestly). There's not one aspect of their campaign that says Scotland will be a better country in the UK.

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Re: how long before...

The future of Scotland will be decided by 100% of the people living there. That's democracy. Scotland voted to be part of the union, and it has the mandate to have a vote about it's future. If England wanted to leave the UK would it be forced to aks Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales?

Scotland being ruled by a party that has only one MP and 16.7% of the Scottish vote..no democracy whatsoever

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I think you are getting mixed up with Bonnie Prince Charlie and Culloden to be honest.

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Re: Subsidised?

Better than the yours is ours we have now..UK take the oil money, spend it in the south east and then call us subsidy junkies, even though we pay average UK taxation without the oil money

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Re: "If Scotland get independance, I'll be the first one to move there."

What the..

Oil will be 10% of Scottish GDP. Salmond is talking of getting loans of 3% GDP to stimulate businesses and create unemployment for the first three years of a Scottish parliament.

How can you compare that to the Darien project, where the majority of Scotland's wealth was tied up..Hyperbole much?

The other option is to sit back and have no investment and watch the country wither and die. Hell no, we don't want investment in our country, who needs jobs or industry when the oil runs out!

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Re: how long before...

And yet he was elected democratically with a clear majority in a parliamentary system that was specifically designed not to have a majority. Unlike Cameron who actually runs the country with his one Scottish MP..which one is the dictator again?

Apple slams brakes on orders of (not so cheap) plasticky iPhone 5C

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Shows how much analysts know. They have been crying out for a cheaper iphone for years.

LinkedIn fires back against 'hack-and-spam' US class-action sue bomb

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Re: Ok....

I'm against Linkedin. I have never ever ticked the box to allow them access to the email addresses I use..for spam mainly and chat. I used my work address to join up, but they ask if I'd like to connect with people in my hotmail and yahoo email accounts..which I've never told them I have.

It's pointless, there's nobody there I would like to "connect" to in a work environment in my hotmail and yahoo accounts. But still they appear on my "people you may know" sidebar.

What's more, they appear with full names and workplaces, where before I only knew them by nicknames and email addresses. For instance, I signed up to a dating site a few years back through my spam hotmail account...which linkedin shouldn't even know I have if it wasn't spying. Girls who I chatted with through hotmail are appearing on linkedin with full names and places of work. So a person I exchanged a few emails with..not even in my adress book.. brighteyes from brighteyes@hotmail.co.uk is now Mary Smith, secretary at Acme Processing, High Street, Crawley (made up details). It's a serious security flaw, and a stalkers dream

Google cooks web dev teaching tool for Raspberry Pi

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Re: Pi still a miss. @beauchamp

As far as I know, Google no longer does the 20% projects..or if they do it has to go through the corporate approval cycle

Want the latest Android version? Good luck with that

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Re: @Dave 126 You beat me to it.

You mean like Samsung Apps that already comes with Samsung phones

Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

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So the headmaster called Glasgow Uni to inform them that there was a student who swore on his way

I can just imagine the response from a Glaswegian..knows the fuckin language already then?

Mystery of Guardian mobos and graphics cards which 'held Snowden files'

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Re: I'm actually surprised....

Pure unadulterated fun I suppose. If someone said to me, take this angle grinder and those big tools and smash up that shiny Apple hardware..I'd be fighting the gorillas off until there wasn't anything bigger than a flat matchstick left. Stuff letting them have all the fun

Facebook's flush Sheryl Sandberg savaged over unpaid intern advert

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Re: Retarded. Where is the problem, again?

It can be a plus alright..but who for? Anyone from a poorer background is almost automatically excluded no matter how well qualified or intelligent. Anyone not from a well off background just can't afford to do a year's unpaid work to flesh out their CV. It's just another case of the rich helping their own and discriminating against everyone else.

Legal eagles pit Apple v. Samsung in thievery test

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Re: This should be done by the networks

I'm sure I've read before that operators aren't allowed to use IMEI blocking in the US. This is because phone manufacturers want to sell more phones. If the user gets his phone back then Apple/Samsung etc lose a sale

Samsung isn't alone: HTC profits take a huge dive

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Re: 2 year upgrade cycle

I wish I could upgrade 18 months into a 24 month contract. My Razr packed up last night. Went into the shop today and found out I was 19 months into the contract and if I wanted to upgrade then I'd have to pay £100. I probably face a similar bill for the replacement of the microUSB connector which is broken. I now have the choice of finishing the contract on a crap old phone, paying to upgrade early, getting the phone fixed for the next couple months or buying the contract out and going elsewhere. I reckon each will cost me about £100.

I think they will be losing a customer

Retired 4-star general probed over Stuxnet details leak - report

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Re: Let me get this straight

If OP is anything like me, he is not blaming Obama for everything, but disappointed because I seriously expected things to get better under him, not worse. He's been under a lot of pressure from congress, but there's no excuse for his spying, war on whistleblowers and breaking of promises.

What do you mean WHY is Sony PS4 so pricey in Oz?

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From what I've been reading, because the PS4 isn't region specific the Aussies can order if from the US for cost price plus $15 delivery, which would make it cheaper there than in most US states when tax is taken into account. Amazon has confirmed it will ship to Australia.

The Xbone is region specific, which would make it difficult to do the same

Bill Gates: Corporate tax is not a moral issue

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These megacorps spend half their time lobbying governments for tax breaks, reductions and law changes. Then they turn round and blame governments for the tax laws.

The government gets the tax companies who work for these corporation in to consult on new laws..while at the same time letting these tax giants know the loopholes before to "add value" to their services.

The whole thing is a sham

Is the next-gen console war already One?

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Re: Yeah.. I'm kind of with you on this..

I think the overheads for games is tiny anyway in comparison to the end price.

The thing that gets me is that because of the restrictions in second hand games..2nd hand games will be 90% of the purchase price of a new game..people will be a lot more focused on games they want, and that will lead to hyped-up blockbusters and big marketers getting the vast majority of the custom. Welcome to Xbox One, we have CoD, FIFA AND Forza, all you'll ever need!

OK it's a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much

I've seen nothing at all that makes me want either the One or the PS4

Full metal jacket: Nokia launches new Lumia 925

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I'll be honest. From my perspective an ecosystem is not too important. I have had an Android phone for the last couple of years and the amount of apps I've downloaded is negligible...under ten anyway. Of those I've used a couple regularly and some I have not used at all. Make calls, take good pics and browse quickly are my priorities.

I would like to try the 925 to see how the Windows phone operates. At the moment my next phone is the HTC One, but I'd be open to persuasion

Maggie Thatcher: The Iron Lady who saved us from drab Post Office mobes

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Re: Thank the stars she privatised BT...

That saved the car industry!

How I nearly sold rocket windows to the crazy North Koreans

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Re: Continue to believe the Norks are stupid at your own peril:

I'm very dubious. The OIRA was almost irrelevant by the early 70s.

Though good churchgoing communists are not unusual. Just look at Cuba http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-17509340

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Re: Fingers crossed...

£10m of improvements

Era of the Pharaohs: Climate was hotter than now, without CO2

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Re: FFS!

Trolling us and getting a shedload of views and comments? It's fun to watch

Queen of Tech City says she will decide what Tech City does soon now

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Re: The way that it actually works...

Or get a job as a programmer and outsource your job to China so you can work on your own project

Inside Intel's deal to let FPGA biz Altera use its 22nm TriGate fabs

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It's a strange one. As far as I know Intel has never gone out and actively looked for subcontract deals, so you could be right. Also Altera have fallen quite a bit behind Xilinx in both performance and the roll out of new geometries.

FPGAs are the easiest chips to manufacture after memory as they tend to be a repetative pattern. Often foundries use FPGAs as the proving technologies for new geometries because of it.

Linus Torvalds in NSFW Red Hat rant

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Re: Carlsberg? Eww! (was: Quite frankly.....)

Not sure what you mean by infected, but thumbs up for Lagunitas. Had it for the first time last year and loved it. Pity you can't get it in the UK

Bipartisan Senate group proposes green cards for tech grads

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Re: If this passed there will be a massive rise in the price of ...

There will be a massive expansion in the number of expensive "crossover" from arts to STEM courses that are not worth the parchment they are printed on you mean?

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Re: I'm quite left leaning...

I can't see that at all. The people they are talking about would have probably already paid a fortune to study in the US, either that or be the best of the best from their country to get scholarships. I don't think they'd settle for being a BOFH. If they don't get a good US job, they'd probably head back home and use parental money and influence to get a dream job in country of origin.

I also travel a quite frequently to Slicon Valley, and the number of immigrant start-up owners I meet is unbelievable, especially those from India and China. So those guys end up employing STEM grads in well paying positions, reather than replacing local labour

Lynch mob of bankers say they'll stump up cash to take Dell private

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Re: follow up

According to this they have already paid a lot back, and are still 82% owned by the government http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/9245088/RBS-on-path-to-recover-as-it-pays-off-bail-out-loans.html

Firefox for Android now runs on EVEN OLDER, slower kit

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Re: Yet More Places to run this?

You may have read that Farnell has sold 500k. RS and the other smaller distis must have sold about a similar amount

I might give FF another go. It was the first thing I installed when I got my HTC desire, which was at the time the state of the art Android phone..and the first thing deleted after shuddering along trying to load pages. I use Opera at themoment on my Razr, but that's no great shakes either. I may try naked browser mentioned above

Foxconn calls in the cops over supplier bribes claims

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Why kid yourself it doesn't happen elsewhere?

Chinese student fails job interview because of iPhone

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Re: Sounds like....

Agree with you there. Most HR are only interested in finding drones who will fit in with their idea of what corporate culture should look like. Anyone who looks like they have an opinion that would be outside the corporate norm is instantly disgarded. They usually end up stagnating in a working day comprising totally of meetings where they connect with each other, affirming and sharing each others' out of the box, blue sky thinking...which generally turns out to be exactly the same as old style thinking with a few extra bells and whistles.

British boffins 3D print electrical sensors

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Re: Neat, but not quite the first

That is a nice link, thanks. There was good video on the site showing the sensor in action.

I think the main difference is the substance in the article is formable into any shape, as opposed to a printed strip.

Annual reviews: It's high time we rid the world of this insanity

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noo I didnt get a badge

One of the problems withbadges is that people write any old inane crap to get to the highest level. Quantity over quality every time

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Ooh did I get a badge?

We had to do our own appraisals and then the management came told us why we were wrong in our assesment. I had to set my own targets which I made sure were easy

Google avoids tax with ‘Double Irish Dutch Sandwich’

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Re: It's the wrong discussion

That would be good. If the Australian government reduced corporate to Ireland's rate then Google could miss out that step and syphon the cash directly to Holland in royalties which would save legal and accountancy fees and enable them to have an even larger pile of dosh sitting in the Carribean?

Microsoft said to be building Apple TV adversary

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Re: The title is no longer required

I have to set this up soon. I'm a member of a non techy forum and there is a 15 page thread on this. Seems to be simple to set up, fast and reliable.

Maybe an idea for a reg article?

Long-suffering Virgin Media victims see no end to vid PURGATORY

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I have occasional problems streaming, but nothing critical. I do find it funny when I'm downloading a big file like a ame upgrade. It can sit at 48mbs for a couple of minutes then drop off to slower than dial up for 10 minutes and then keep repeating the same pattern

Lawyer sues Microsoft rather than slot an SD card into his Surface

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MS were pushing this as the same price as an iPad but with double the memory, so I can see a point if the guy is getting it with the same free space as the iPad