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The last time I used a dial-up modem was...

SpooForBrains Cash machines (410 comments)

I have definitely used one (albeit indirectly) within the last month, probably several. Many ATMs and POS systems in shops use a dial up modem to connect to the bank to authorise transactions.

about a year ago
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Maintaining a Publicly Available Blacklist - Mechanisms and Principles

SpooForBrains Re:Greylist instead (89 comments)

SMS messaging is not and never has been a guaranteed delivery system. I have been told (but cannot find a source right now) that networks can and do silently drop text messages.

Like it nor not, Email may not initially have been an instantaneous guaranteed messaging service but that is what is expected of it now.

about a year and a half ago
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If I could augment my senses (w/ implant or similar) ...

SpooForBrains Re:Zoom (456 comments)

"No matter how hard I twiddle it, I can't seem to pick up Jazz FM"

(nit pick: shortly before this he mentions that his nipple was used primarily for picking up short wave radio transmissions - so he wouldn't be able to get Jazz FM anyway)

about 2 years ago
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Are Lenovo's ThinkPads Getting Worse?

SpooForBrains Re:Selling points (271 comments)

Just bought one of these with a view to making it our standard laptop deployment

Thinkpad Edge 530

Has a decent trackpad, and a trackpoint. Also a matte screen, nice form factor, pretty cheaply made but no worse than the equivalents from other manufacturers. Came with Windows 8, UEFI and secureboot enabled, no COA, license embedded in the firmware. But I gather that's the standard way of doing things now. It's been downgraded to Windows 7 Pro (legitimately) with only a small amount of frustration.

about 2 years ago
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Don't Write Them Off: A Palm Retrospective

SpooForBrains Re:I miss Palm. (102 comments)

I never moved up to the 650 but I had a 600 and I loved that thing. They got it so, so right. Every modern mobile phone manufacturer should be forced to use a Treo 600 for a week and then answer the question: "Is your product as good as this? No? Well back to the bloody drawing board with you."

about 2 years ago
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In Wake of Poor Reviews, Amazon Yanks SimCity Download

SpooForBrains Re:PeerBlock (511 comments)

The equivalent on Linux would be iptables. Can you just about anything, as long as you have a lot of time to invest in learning the rules syntax.

about 2 years ago
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Canonical Announces Mir: A New Display Server Not On X11 Or Wayland

SpooForBrains Re:Obligatory XKCD (354 comments)

I came here to post exactly the same thing.

about 2 years ago
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For Your Inspection: Source Code For Photoshop 1.0

SpooForBrains Re:when software was fast... (176 comments)

Speak for yourself. I'm using Windows 8 on a core 2 duo Dell (so not exactly cutting edge). I've upped the RAM to 8GB and put in a half decent SSD. Everything opens and runs nice and fast.

(no, not a shill, check my comment history)

about 2 years ago
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Why Microsoft Got Into the Console Business

SpooForBrains Re:Co-operate with Microsoft? (257 comments)

and for a more recent example, Novell and (by extension) SUSE.

about 2 years ago
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RIM Unveils BlackBerry 10, Its Big Turnaround Hope

SpooForBrains Re:WTF is the point of BB Balance? (267 comments)

Incorrect. If you add your corporate Exchange account to your iphone, you are giving your Exchange admins the ability to wipe your device. I know this because the it happened to a friend of mine - the IT function at her company apparently had a spazz attack and remote wiped ALL the phones.

iOS remote wipe from exchange

about 2 years ago
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Pod2g Confirms iOS 6, iOS 6.1 Beta 4 Untethered Jailbreak

SpooForBrains Re:Someone explain this to me... (98 comments)

A flagship Android phone with a 4" screen? Doesn't exist anymore - all Androids that are good have bigger and bigger screens - from a Galaxy S III to a Nexus 4

Like this you mean?

about 2 years ago
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Pod2g Confirms iOS 6, iOS 6.1 Beta 4 Untethered Jailbreak

SpooForBrains Re:Someone explain this to me... (98 comments)

Well my reasons:

I actually bought an android device (a Galaxy Note, which I never bothered "jailbreaking" because it was good enough as it was), which I then had stolen.

A colleague gave me a 3GS she had lying around for me to use. It's now mine. However for me to proceed to sell it so that I could purchase another android device would be (in my opinion) a pretty crappy thing to do. So I'm stuck with it for now (and not ungrateful at all, it's a decent phone and it was free).

My point being many people will have similar reasons for sticking with iOS but wanting to customise it beyond the limits of what Apple allow.

about 2 years ago
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Google's Image Search Now Requires Explicit Queries For Explicit Results

SpooForBrains Re:Censorship (369 comments)

Same, but I don't think I'd show her a picture of one, would you? That's really more what this is about.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Need a Phone At Your Desk?

SpooForBrains Re:Well I certainly do (445 comments)

I had one of these a while back (this one). I used it all the time with my mobile phone and it was both a great conversation piece and ergonomically and functionally superior to putting the mobile to my head.

Be ware, there are lots of people out there now manufacturing similar things and the quality varies dramatically. The one linked in PP looks to be of pretty poor quality.

The phobile is no longer available as far as I know which is a shame.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Old Technology Coexisting With New?

SpooForBrains Re:The Telephone Network (338 comments)

We have a reconditioned rotary dial telephone. Up until recently I could still dial out with it, but as you say the newer telephone equipment doesn't support pulse dialling any more. Also, it was really designed for a time when numbers were four to six digits long, not 11. Dialling 0777 etc gets old very quickly.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Old Technology Coexisting With New?

SpooForBrains Re:Raritan Dominion KX series (338 comments)

Those things are awesome. We had one at a company I used to do contracting for. The only interaction anyone on their IT staff ever had with it was double-tapping scroll lock. I found out the IP address and used it without getting up from my desk and they all thought I was some kind of wizard.

I worry about the state of some people's IT staff.

about 2 years ago
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Researchers Find Megaupload Shutdown Hurt Box Office Revenues

SpooForBrains Re:Really? (203 comments)

My own anecdotal experience as someone who likes a lot of current music.

I hear a song premiered on the radio during one of the evening shows that promote new music (Zane Lowe mostly). I get really excited over this great song I just heard. I go home, find it on youtube or soundcloud (usually posted by the artist or label) and listen the hell out of it. Post about it on twitter and facebook and so on.

However, this song is a good month or two months away from actually being released. By the time it's actually released, I've already heard it many times, and I've already moved on to the next new exciting song. My urge to purchase song 1 is significantly reduced.

I try to override this for artists I really care about and make sure I purchase the song, but I'm not excited about buying it.

The massive disparity between a song being released to the world and the song actually being available to buy is probably responsible for quite a lot of lost sales.

about 2 years ago
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Researchers Find Megaupload Shutdown Hurt Box Office Revenues

SpooForBrains Re:incorrect quote (203 comments)

OK, you got me. I'm intrigued (genuinely), could I have a source please?

about 2 years ago

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SpooForBrains SpooForBrains writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SpooForBrains (771537) writes "It appears Sony may have plans to introduce Skype functionality in a future revision of the PSP firmware. Enterprising firmware fiddlers have discovered references to a non-existent module: "skype_plugin.prx" in a decrypted copy of the 3.10 firmware. Similar poking and prodding in the past uncovered the posibility of add-on camera and GPS units long before they were officially launched."
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SpooForBrains SpooForBrains writes  |  more than 8 years ago

SpooForBrains (771537) writes "Ex-MI6 officer Richard Tomlinson has been fighting a battle with the UK Secret Services for some time now, over his plans to publish a novel detailing his experience in the service, and over claims that he published a list of MI6 agents online (a claim he denies). The latest salvo in the battle (as reported on The Register occurred on Friday when he published the first chapter of his new novel "The Golden Chain" on Blogspot. He has since put up all the remaining chapters, apparently in an attempt to have them seen before the security services have them taken down."

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