* Posts by Shaun Vizer

27 publicly visible posts • joined 28 Jun 2007

New emails address you by name, then try to hose your PC

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I thought OS X WAS a virus? ;)

Ok I'll grab my flame retardant coat now...

Dutch teen swipes furniture from virtual hotel

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Oh my god...

So let me get this right, people are willing to hand over cash, (well sometimes parents unknowingly have to hand it over I gather), to buy virtual furniture in a virtual hotel room??

What do they do with it?

Mayhap i am too old for all of this but I fail to see how even children could get excited by this?

Oh and yes i agree that the police should be focusing more of their time on real crime that happens in real life...

Yahoo! Settles! With! Jailed! Chinese! Journos!

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@Andy Bright

hear, hear old man! I am still quite shocked that any global company that has made millions because it originated in a democratic society could overturn it's principles so quickly and easily and provide info that leads to 2 people losing their basic human rights.

I am almost physically sick by Yahoo's actions.

Don't give booze to elephants, sobs Paris Hilton

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Paris, you are my heroine

I profusely thank you El Reg for providing us stories about the one woman in the world who can only be classed as having a most sensitive soul, who deeply cares about the environment, others and of course those poor Rwandans..

Ok ill grab my D&G coat, oh sorry that's Paris's....

16,000 namesakes cry foul over US terror watch list

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Common sense?

Ok so the yanks have the right to defend their borders just like any other country and whilst I don't agree with all their measures doesn't mean I don't think some of them are quite valid.

The only issue I have with anything implemented is when it has been implemented badly, or worse not understood by the people enforcing the measures, how on this god's green earth do they believe a child under 12 got on to a terrorist suspect list.

Obviously anyone with a smidgen of common sense could see that it was a duplicate, this I feel is the real issue with these measures putting brain dead imbeciles in charge of running them.

I hate having to go to the US these days, before 9/11 it was a pain in the ass now it is downright dangerous and I thank the stars that I am a white Caucasian going in to the states because I fear for anyone that has a tan or looks in any way from the middle east or just plain foreign.

Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail strike out Iran

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Black Helicopters

Don't you all get it!

It's the first stage for invasion!

I must go now I am sure I hear some black choppers coming in....

Microsoft spoils Christmas with Xbox 360 locking feature

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Sheesh my folks used to take away the stick I was using forget about playstations or modems!

PS: I've just taken my coat off looks like it has to go back on now..

Prince stomps on unofficial websites

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Black Helicopters

Anyone smell...

Marketing ploy?

Paris Hilton exits missionary position to save Universe

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Paris Hilton

A few:

Paris crowns Japanese babes over Rwanda starving

Paris prefers Japanese women to Rwandan

Charity is hard but judging swimwear is harder! explains Paris

Paris is airlifted to Japan escaping Rwanda!

I can leave a bigger mark with Japanese babes than those in Rwanda, so says Paris

Raw fish over dead cow!

Official: P2P music not harming Canada

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Face facts..

iTunes is popular and legal downloads of music could far outweigh illegal downloads if only record companies wanted them to.

It is the general trend that society will prefer to be seen as doing something legal unless there is a easier way of doing something.

Make it easy for consumers to do something and lo & behold they will follow suit, i just don't understand why record companies don't see this??

Lords debate airline liquids ban

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Black Helicopters


most politicians actually sound this stupid during debates, listening to "question time" when a respective government is in session reminds me of 12yr old's fighting at the local playground..

It's a wonder that we manage to have a functioning country at all although i do believe that this is more due to the fact that a lot of the laws we have today were formed when men were men and politicians were not an analogy for time-wasters and money guzzler as they are today...

BOFH: A foray into HR

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BOFH = Bastard Operator From Hell

PFY = Pimply Faced Youth

You should read the original BOFH articles from way back (do an online search, Simon T still has them up somewhere), as this will give you the background any sys admin, operator or IT techie needs to ensure he knows the rules of the game ;)

Record industry pushes ISPs to cut off file sharers

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There are in fact some very legitimate uses of P2P filesharing, i know that Blizzard employ this method for updating fairly popular games such as WoW or World of Warcraft and i do not doubt there are others.

I don't and have never downloaded music illegally nor would I condone it but a knee jerk reaction like the one being proposed is I would say the wrong approach.

I recommend as some others have here that RIAA and other companies who are being "hurt" by illegal downloading plough their money into better download solutions, look at iTunes and how popular it is.

It's not a hard decision to make and will still allow the music mega-giants to continue to keep their profits up, same for movies and TV shows. I mean come on the popularity of the downloading these is not down to the fact it is illegal it's because it is providing the consumer with what they want.

Frankly there is a market to be taken advantage of and the idjits like this who "sabre rattle" as opposed to putting effort into it deserve what they get..

US: Missile shield 'deactivated' until Iran tools up

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Black Helicopters

Iran & Nukes..

How do you know for certain Iran does not have nuke capabilities, what because they said so?

NK & Iran have made overt threats in the last few years and whilst i do enjoy a bit of US bashing now and again the people in those countries in question have been brainwashed to hate not just the yanks but us "westerners" as well.

Frankly whilst I would never condone providing carte blanche for our leaders to do what they want, I don't believe them putting preventive and first strike capabilities in play is a bad thing in case someone wants to come along and ruin my Starbuck drinking, prêt eating life :)

Paris Hilton heads for the cryogenic freezer

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Paris Hilton


an article that provides us ,the public, a real glimpse of the deep and soul-filled woman that many have written off as a "Blonde vacuous bimbo whose only claim to fame lies in a green and black sex vid".

Paris you have been vindicated!

/Sarcasm off

Facebook promises stronger safeguards

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Facebook Porn

There is porn on the internet?

i'll grab me coat...

Orange's Apple deal to bear unlocked iPhones

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Unlocked Phones

Whilst I can appreciate that Apple like any other company are essentially money making machines and that to release unlocked phones may seem to be disadvantegous for a company I really do believe they like many other companys only have a short term view and could make more money if they took a more long term view

I would put forward a suggestion that the iPod was not just successful because of it's physical design but because it hit at the time that music was being downloaded for free on the net in large quantities. Which then allowed you to play all those mp3's on a great device.

The same principle could be said for phones, it has been a long while since a great mobile has come along and taken the populace by suprise, i really think the iPhone could have been that but locking into providors is such a misaligned view that frankly it hobbles a companies ability to dominate a market.

My 2p


Lawmaker shows nudie pic to high school seniors

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And I quote: "(high school seniors are mostly only 17, making them children still)"

Umm yes technically, (and we all know how much the yanks like their technicalities), they are under the age of 18 but to think that none of them have seen breasts IRL would be ludicrous to the extreme.

Why would you have the police involved in something so minor, actually why is there even an article about this, unless it was written as a classic example of the over eagerness of the yanks to portray themselves as puritanical hypocrites!

MIT student walks into airport wearing circuit board and wires

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Darwin Awards 2007

It's a real shame she missed out this time, perhaps she can try harder and still make the 07 awards listing.

She is the most promising candidate I have heard of for a while!

Cops seek 179mph net vid biker

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Given the speed addicted sheep around of late perhaps the police should be expanding their search for some boy-racing sheep in the fields!

UK plans surveillance for Earth-menacing asteroid

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Small chance

We don't appear to be able to keep data going from anything we have ever managed to land on Mars let alone a small rock being flung around in space on disparate trajectories...

I don't fancy our chances somehow, there is sure to be some imperial vs. metric screw-up again

Kung fu monks battle gobby net ninja

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The whole Chinese nation should be offended? superb bring back the golden days of Japan vs. China over a spate from an internet troll! just brillant.

Not sure if they would be able to send the invite for the fight to the top ninja though am sure he probbarbly doesn't have a post-box...

You never know the ninja's may just pop around to the nearest Shaolin temple and give them a thumping but they better not cross the pirates...

Reed seeks project engineer at £2k per hour

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Can you imagine..

How much the Project Manager must be getting! :)

Pirated Simpsons movie traced to phone

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Cinema's are antiquated

I personally would agree with the raft of bad experiences with respect to going to the cinema's these days. the kids having a laugh in the seats behind, the shocking uncomfortable ness of the seats (especially with said kid kicking your seat!) and the general overpriced nature of the whole experience.

I am not condoning pirating of movies far from it in fact but I would much prefer, and I believe others would also be very eager also, to see on-demand streaming of movies to be ramped up and for releases of on-demand to be the same day as cinema releases.

I can appreciate that this would have a large impact on the movie industry as a whole but honestly if they are serious about the fact pirating loses x£millions(billions) each year than they should move forward as opposed to sitting on their laurels and keeping to the past.

Have a look at iTunes and legal song downloads these initiatives have, if I am not mistaken, taken a good chunk away from music pirates.

my 2p

Travelocity accidentally books 1,458 trips between US and Cuba

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Cuban ban

I find it laughable that the USA still enforces their ban of anything Cuban; the political grudge and the whole Cuban Missile Crisis is long over, strange the holding on to something that whilst historic and am sure at the time was quite frightening is now very much old hat.

As to yank-bashing, brits aren't the only people to hold that particular title. Us Aussies do partake in that past-time :)

Iran's 'Rescue Nuke Scientist' game battles US game studio

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Hardware question

Forget Paris and her flimsy nails, can it run on iPhone? this is the real question!

First reviews find iPhone more than a pretty face

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MS Exchange Connectivity

I believe that elReg are correct in the quote around MS Exchange connectivity, this from Apples site:

"What email systems does iPhone support?

iPhone supports the most popular email standards — IMAP and POP3. Check with your email provider to make sure the provider uses these standards. iPhone works with most popular email services, including Yahoo! Mail, Google Gmail, AOL, and .Mac Mail. Yahoo! Mail supports “push” email and can automatically deliver new email messages to your iPhone."

Doesn't sound like MS Exchange support is there by default.