* Posts by Firvulag

12 posts • joined 1 Oct 2012

India: Yeah, we would like to 3D-print igloos on the Moon


Nice of you to acknowledge the source picture - not.

Moonbase Alpha from Space 1999 episode one - breakaway. A Gerry Anderson production.

Fixed it for you.

Ad watchdog bites Plusnet over 'unintelligible' radio ads

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Speedy though

To be fair I'm on their fast fibre and my speed tests are often over 80Mb which is faster then the contracted 75.

Paris because its over quickly.

UK's super-cyber-snoop shopping list: Internet data, bulk spying, covert equipment tapping


Film plot

And I thought the Spectre film was all made up with baddy being a power crazed madman wanting to implement mass surveillance at any cost

Big Brother in SPAACE: Mars One picks first 100 morons to suffocate, er, settle on Red Planet

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Spaces Cadets II the return of the numpties

Three contestants have spoken of their disbelief after being fooled into thinking they went into space for the UK reality show Space Cadets. The three believed they had blasted off from a cosmonaut training camp in Russia, but were in fact in a fake spaceship in a warehouse in Suffolk


Spot any similarities ?

Paris because she goes more than once

Swap your keyless key for keyless key-less key. You'll need: a Tesla S and Apple Watch


What could go wrong

So these manufacturers have never had batteries in their products catch fire or run out ????? - a match made in hell

Windows 7, XP and even Vista GAIN market share again


Re: History repeating

" I predict that this will be the future pattern of Windows releases; even numbers are a complete hash when they try to do something new and innovative and the odd numbers are where they actually make it usable."

Hmm a bit like the early Star Trek films except it was even numbers = good (e.g. 2 - Wrath of Khan) and odd numbers = bad (e.g. 5 - The Final Frontier).

French IT giant Atos is officially full of Bull.... and €620m lighter


New company name

Given the how Atos the name is regarded considering quality of service regarding the WCA the most likely new company name that merges the Bull name with the Atos brand image would be "Bulls***t "

US judge Koh won't ban old Samsung gear, tells Apple: Your patents aren't that amazing


I still love the old fokelore story:

"You're ripping us off!", Steve shouted, raising his voice even higher. "I trusted you, and now you're stealing from us!"

But Bill Gates just stood there coolly, looking Steve directly in the eye, before starting to speak in his squeaky voice.

"Well, Steve, I think there's more than one way of looking at it. I think it's more like we both had this rich neighbor named Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it."

Credit card of PayPal PRESIDENT cloned by UK crooks


Paypal was not secure a few years ago.

I had a super secure password yet over £200 was charged to my credit card for an identity lookup service (192.com) which I had never used. When I searched it appears to me that I was not the only one and the attack was inside paypal not via a password compromise.

After Paypal's woeful response I got the money back (via my credit card provider) and cleared out my details. I now never store any details with them and will certainly never validate my account against my current account.

Id rather take my chance with skimmers

a) you can check for them to some extent

b) you don't involve paypal t&c

Microsoft loses grip on Christmas shoppers... despite XBox boost


Surface 2 is actually pretty good if you give it a chance - MS playing for the long term.

Ok before the apple/android hysteria fan starts. I have an iPhone as my work phone, Galaxy Note II as my own phone and the use of my wife's iPad (when she lets me). It also have >25 years IT experience on various bits of kit.

When it came to get a PC for my mum who needed some form of simple PC device the best choice was a Surface2. After helping her learn to use it I liked it so much I bought one for myself. I use either smartphone for remote control type apps and the surface for everything else. I only very occasionally fire up my laptop or main PC when at home. This weekend I had it hooked up to our main telly in split screen mode (via a £3 micro HDMI cable) while we looked up holiday hotels in the browser and associated emails / onenotes in the other. Doing it on an ios / android device would have been a pain as I would have been constantly swapping screens.

I appreciate its not everyone's favourite but it is worth considering your needs and requirements before following the pack - you may be surprised. I know I was. The original Surface RT was DOA but there have been enough improvements to make it worth a look. I think MS will keep making improvements and with every W8 PC able to run TIFKAM apps (that's a big marketplace) the more quality apps will eventually come. I think over time they will grow market share but will likely still be 3rd place (but a more significant 3rd).

These are the things I like:

- (Just) Enough key apps (e.g flipboard, facebook, deezer, iTunes remote)

- File management

- VPN Tunnelling (to my work)

- Good detachable keyboard

- Easy to use essential apps (email, facebook etc)

- Split screen

- Windows Remote Assistance (to help my mum if she gets stuck)

- Full Web Browser

- Office 2013


- Flipping between apps is faster and easier than I find it in android or ios (simple swipe)

- HDMI out (can also Play to Smart TVs directly)

- No AV needed (unlike full windows)

- Kickstand is actually pretty useful especially as its not as light as an ipad.

Microsoft sold out of Surface tablets in the UK... YEP, all 2,000 units


Dragons Dens

Hi Dragons I've made this expesive new gizmo and with a massive marketing push I've sold out

Duncan : How many have you sold

A: around 2000

Duncan: Its ridicullusss I'm out.

O2, Vodafone allowed to hop onto each other's towers

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New company name

I thought Vodaphone had changed company name to No Service.

At least thats what it shows on my phone around 6 miles outside Aberdeen and Edinburgh city centers.

Hopefully this will improve their diabolical network coverage where you have to lean outside a window to get a signal.

Paris because she always gets a good reception,


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