* Posts by Dazzer

34 publicly visible posts • joined 2 Aug 2007

AMD thanks Ruiz for courageous ability to lose money



"One need only find a Tasmanian schoolchild and mention 1912 to get the full story."

As my company's head office is Down Under I accept your challenge sir.

Thanks for the gen.

Paris Hilton

Sorry for being stupid but...

"We're reminded of the Grim War where Tasmania beat China into submission by constantly sinking its own boats."

Can someone tell me what this is a reference to? Obviously there's never been an actual war between Tasmania and, well anyone really. I've looked everywhere and asked everyone but got nowhere with it.

Paris because she's as stoopid as I am.

Mr. and Mrs. Boring sue Google over Street View pics


On the fence...

Half way through the article I was thinking they don't have a case if anyone can see their property from the street but if the Google folk actually went down what was clearly marked as a private road, took photos and then published them on the web then good luck to them. I wouldn't be happy if it happened to me either.

Trend, Sophos and McAfee flunk Vista SP1 anti-virus tests


@Gordon Fecyk

How do you know your clients don't have a virus if they don't use AV software? If it was so obvious there wouldn't be such a problem with huge bot-nets.

Adobe to remove Photoshop pic pimping clause

IT Angle

You just don't get it do you?

Complain about the lack of an IT angle and you get more stories unrelated to IT.

Complain about the number of Paris Hilton stories and you get more stories about Paris Hiltion,

Complain about the use of freetard and...Spotted a pattern yet?

By the way, speaking as someone who has recently switched their entire home network over from Windows to Linux, if the likes of my Dad decided to install it I'd be running for the hills before the phone calls started. Everyday luser's replacement desktop OS it is not.

World+Dog tosses orb in public on Byron Review


Sorry if I haven't been paying attention but...

What the hell is going to happen on April 29? You've got me worried now, is it the day the revolution is due to start?

US and EU haul China into WTO over news noose

Black Helicopters

Oh boo-hoo, poor US gov.

This is the same US government that is reviewing the awarding of a large DoD contract to EADS over Boeing because it's going to affect, the American company, Boeing's profits.

Physician, heal thyself.

Terrorist robots dissected - anatomy of a scare


Another good article.

Lewis, sometimes it seems you are the lone voice of reason in a world gone mad.

Apple sued over iPhone caller ID

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This is tiresome...

How many more patent trolls are going to come out of the wood work every time someone releases a new device that attracts a lot of publicity. Show me one (1) other mobile phone made since 1995 that doesn't feature a caller ID feature. There are even a hell of a lot of land line phones that will do that. Why doesn't this bozo go after Nokia or Samsung or even BT?

RIAA chief calls for copyright filters on PCs

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Let me be the first to say...

...You can shove it up your arse.

Reg Dev wants you!


@David Lurie

I would think one of the prime requirements for a professional writer would be the ability to proof read your work wouldn't it?

Yahoo! tunes! out! of! music! subscription!


@Tom Chiverton

Why? You can just download it all again. +1 for being a fan of subscriptions but Napster lost me due to their crappy client software losing all my DRM certificates every month resulting in constant re-installs. The web based client sounds good but I haven't done any research into it's UK availablity yet.

EU to ban the patio heaters that ate the planet. Not.



I haven't understood this Daily Mail-esque campaign to ban patio heaters since it was first mooted. Never mind the wrong end of the wrong stick the MEPs have grasped as pointed out in the article, but what's to stop me - in light of not being able to purchase said patio heater - from just lighting a bonfire in my garden? I would imagine the pollution from a smokey fire would be worse than a gas heater and it wouldn't be nearly as efficient as I wouldn't be able to direct the heat to a specific area unless I built some kind of reflective hood to go over it.

These people need to start worrying about the real problems in this world - crime, wars, bigotry, poverty etc, not people who want to have a drink and a fag in their back garden on a chilly winter evening.

DRM in latest QuickTime cripples Adobe video editing code

Jobs Horns


So are the files being created by the Adobe software .mov? If not, what business does QuickTime have with them?

Video game ad banned for 'realistic' violence


"there was no interpersonal or gory violence."

Rubbish, I just watched the clip on youtube and there's a guy getting what looks like a harpoon through the neck about 10 seconds in.

Banning this was a good call. As others have pointed out, you get advanced warning over violent programmes or films so you can clear the room of ickle kiddies, not so with adverts.

Mass web infection leaves researcher scratching her head


@Jimmy Jenkins

"I was worried for a moment then realized that this primarily only affects those poor saps that insist on running mission critical stuff on Windows/IIS."

Um, as much fun as Windows bashing is, make sure you at least sound credible:

"They don't use the same web host, and while most use web serving software from Apache, the versions vary widely, making it unlikely that attackers are exploiting a vulnerability in that program."


"only three of 33 antivirus programs detected the malware"

Care to divulge which three?

FTC issues ad-tracking guidelines


@A J Stiles

I hope you're joking. Otherwise you're suggesting someone offer a service where I can pay them to only receive the adverts they want me to, as opposed to the current setup where I can receive the adverts people want me to for free. And who the hell is going to pay for an ad-blocking service over free solutions like Ad-block, Hosts files, Noscript etc. Crazy.

Xbox Live account takeovers put users at risk



So if I ring up MS and give them 1 (one) piece of information, they will provide me with the address of that account. I see they are taking lessons from our government with regards to data protection.

On a side note, when I had an Xbox I played it online about three times because I found (contrary to my experiences playing PC games online) that Xbox Live players were a bunch of cliquey, unfriendly twats.

Parents to get classroom spynet in 2010


Joined up government

Back when he was chancellor Gordo killed off the HCI because, he claimed, there was no longer any need for it as everyone now had access to cheap computers. Now all of sudden there are more than a million children who might need to have one bought for them out of my tax money.

Bloody idiots in New Labour.

Sony beams down wireless data transfer



You're a chump.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

There has been an embargo on new Sony products in my house for a couple of years now. Two minidisc players that stopped working days after the warranty expired and the root disk fiasco saw to that.

Dearly departed to heat Manchester crematorium


@Chris Morrison

Why does a crematorium need publicity?

Pioneer Project Kuro 'Extreme Contrast' first look


Wrong way round?

Are the TVs the right way round to what the article states? The one on the left looks blacker to me!

Clarkson's 'steal my ID' stunt backfires


Ha ha.

Well it's his own fault for being so foolish but at least he's seen the error of his ways. To be honest, I've always thought the whole "identity theft" thing was scaremongering by the government and media. The child benefit CD balls up really made me concerned though (mainly because I know my details are on it :( )

Microsoft pleads ignorance on 'one interweb per child' pork barrel


Child poverty has been solved?

Given that there are parents struggling to put food on their children's tables and clothes on their back I would suggest these idiot ministers put the country's resources into something a bit more worthwhile. Especially as the cheapest of cheap broadband packages are already fairly affordable.

Now RIAA says copying your own CDs is illegal



I would love to know how they found out about this. Did they hack into his computer? The irony of the RIAA being pulled up for hacking would be so much fun!

City to Intel: Kick the rest of the tech industry into line


Banks are way behind on technology.

"HSBC head of corporate banking technology Ray O’Brien said Intel should use its position to bring "companies outside of Intel" to heel, and sort out issues beyond the CPU."

This won't get read now but here goes -

As I am forced to download a file from Ray O'Brien's bank on a daily basis via dial-up because they're unable to provide my company with a faster method I wonder how fast he needs his computer components to be. A Windows 98 box could handle that.


Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of in-game ads analysts


For the love of Peter

I wish these idiots who seem desparate to shove adverts into every part of our lives would just fuck off quite frankly. The influence advertising has on people must surely be over exaggerated by marketing types who believe their own spin. I can't remember the last time I was influenced by an ad, although I am coming over with an overwhelming urge to buy a Sony Vaio and maybe get some Crucial memory to upgrade it with...

Civil service apologises for HMRC data loss


Where's mine?

I didn't get mine. Maybe it's lost in the post.

New taskforce to discuss why more people aren't turning to digital


This is an easy one...

Analogue radio set = about £5 at the bottom of the range.

Digital radio set = £50.

I don't believe Freeview really took off until you could get a set-top box for about £20 so maybe they should take a leaf out of that book.

French record industry, ISPs in entente to boot off file-sharers


Guilty until proven innocent?

"The plan has been drawn up by French retail exec Denis Olivennes. It will see signatory ISPs - including France Telecom, which owns Orange in the UK - hand over information on heavy users of file-sharing networks to a new enforcement body which will formally warn them to stop. If they persist, their connection will be cut."

And will it be up to the file-sharers to prove they haven't been sharing copyrighted material or the the authorities to prove they have been? Also, how does this figure into data-protection laws? I would imagine it's quite at odds with it but IANAL.

Wii-like motion-control games to come to the PS2


How many controllers?

The thing about the Wii remote is that it's cunningly designed so as to be usable in a practically infinite number of ways - use it as a gun, a steering wheel, a dildo, whatever. If every game I bought for the Wii came with it's own controller I wouldn't bother - waste of resources, waste of money. Why didn't these dudes release a universal controller that works with all the games? I can't see it being any more in breach of whatever patents Nintendo might hold than the controllers they're releasing, especially as things like the Wii Sports Pack let you turn the Wii remote into a golf club or tennis racquet etc.

iTuneski for films challenges Hollywood

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DVD Quality?

Legality aside, their claims to be DVD quality are laughable. All the films I had a look at so far are at resolutions of around 664x268 when DVDs are 720x576 (for PAL). I wouldn't pay for that any more than I'd pay the same price as a physical DVD for a DRM'd download. I don't use bitorrent or newsgroups but it doesn't surprise me that others do when these are the only legal/questionably legal options.

US cracks down on mod-chippers


To Fraser

If you check the small print in the back of games manual, you should fine that damaged media will be replaced by the publisher. My cousin snapped his Sims CD in half and got a replacement from EA for £7. It's a good idea I think.