* Posts by Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse

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Labour asks for more concessions on the UK's Snoopers' Charter

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Re: Labour's "discomfort" over the Snoopers' Charter

I agree with you that the current state is due to Labours initiation of these bills. I am also no fan of either Andy Burnham, Labour, or the current Conservative government. But... in this case, would you rather that Andy Burnham was simply saying nothing? Or would you rather he continue to make noise to try to address the huge gaps in consistency and detail in this draft bill?

I get your point that in your mind he is damned if he does, and damned if he doesn't. But stories like this one at least give me the slight flicker of hope that this won't come to be law without some serious challenge from political opposition and other industry and private interested parties.

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Irish data cops kick Max Schrems' latest Facebook complaint up to EU Court

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Re: Don't worry...

I'm not sure it actually classifies as genuine sarcasm if you have to explain to your audience that your post contains sarcasm? Although I assume you end noted it as such for the benefit of our American friends; a noble but ultimately futile effort I fear.

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Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

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North Sea or Atlantic?

Which is it? I'm guessing you used Bing maps for advice?

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French authorities raid Google's Paris HQ over tax allegations

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Hmmm... Oxfam????

We just need to be clear that the use of the word "charity" is these days, for companies like Oxfam and Scope etc. just a banner for them to squirrel and retain a lot of money.

Take away the smokescreen of them being "registered charities" and all of the emotive blur that goes with the term, and you will find that they are for all intents and purposes multi-multi million pound businesses with all of the structure etc of other multi-multi million pound businesses.

I'm not suggesting that they do no good with their money, but I think they all need tighter scrutiny seeing the amounts they squander, and that the CEOs get paid.

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Blighty's Virgin Queen threatened with foreign abduction

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Why do we need 3 of them?

I'm sure if we're that bothered then someone will cough up the cost of a medical wing for it.

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Salesforce slaps UK Enterprise customers with 40% price hike

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Marketing speil costs money...

And someone has to stop those unfortunate marketing folks from going hungry.

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Shakes on a plane: How dangerous is turbulence?

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But in this case the answer to Betteridge's law is... yes.

But that "yes" is wrapped up in a secondary question of "what type of plane?"

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Flying filers and Game of Thrones: Jon Snow? No, latency is dead

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"...and produce top quality visuals"

And fair play... what a ream of top quality visuals have you produced. GoT seems to be outdoing itself in terms of production design and VfX at every single turn.

Season 5, episode 8 : Hardhome - IMHO, quite possibly the greatest episode of TV I have ever had the pleasure of watching.

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India roasts as mercury hits 51°C

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Those Indians should be very wary...

As its been reported as fact that it will reach 58.7 degress if Britain leaves the EU.

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A UK digital driving licence: What could possibly go wrong?

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My guru lives uptown...

"Paco Garcia, CTO of UK identity verification startup Yoti, said (somewhat excitedly, as he'd never been asked for a soundbite before) that "digital driving licences had the potential to make identification process easier and more time efficient, whilst keeping the end user secure. The speculative plans from the DVLA to potentially introduce digital driving licenses showcases the ever-evolving need for innovative solutions within the online space.""

Wow. What insight.

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Africa poses for 7,000 snap mosaic

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Poor old Cape town...

Buried under a pile of black splodge.

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Hmmm, where should I dump those unencrypted password files? I know - OneDrive

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My thoughts entirely...

How did they get this, ahem... data? Presumably all of the Microsoft cloud customers gave their permission for them to go snooping around?

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Remember when gov.uk said it would give big biz contracts to SMEs?

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Like all statistics, they are biaised on the authors viewpoint...

Happy to hear that more work is going to SME's. But I would be highly suspect (considering the lengthy and bureaucratic procurement processes involved) that a large proportion of these smaller SME's are actually smaller subsidiary companies of existing larger IT behemoths. Yes, you may well have signed a direct contract for a discreet piece of work with SME 'A', but knowing full and well that SME 'A' is actually engaged under an existing enterprise supplier framework agreement with "approved" existing behemoth 'B'.

Considering the requirement for all public works estimated to be over £325k'ish to be subject to a lengthy and protracted ITT process, I can understand why; but it still skews the stats.

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Microsoft and SAP renew business vows in cloud

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Cool.

I feel my next 10 years of SAP integration and implementation fees coming on.

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Chaps make working 6502 CPU by hand. Because why not?

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Because retro is the new future...

Well done those lads.

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US schoolkids deploy Earth-watching CubeSat

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Well done those kids...

If that doesn't ignite a future interest in the sciences then nothing will.

So Nicky Morgan... what is it you have our kids doing again???

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Adpocalypse 'will wipe out display ad growth' by 2020

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"Leathern is optimistic"

Thanks. I'm just as optimistic that Optimal, like 90% of the other so called "web middlemen" (read : web parasites) will be out of business within the year.

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If we are talking "ethics" let's just draw our lines clearly...

Re : “ethical ad blocking”

There is absolutely nothing "un-ethical" about ad-blocking.

Thanks.

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GCHQ's Twitter move: Wants to be 'accessible', people to 'understand'

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Stockholm syndrome?

First you rape us.

Now you want us to love you?

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Exercise apps track you after you stop exercising

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I just don't understand all the negativity...

I don't understand all the negativity with apps of this type, they are brill. I can go and either swim, bike or run... post it on Strava and then everything is brill because all of my friends can see how cool I am at "fitness" and I can get loads of likes and stuff and everything is brill.

Brill!!!!

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Gov to pull plug on online ID verification portal Gateway in 2018

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To be fair...

Unless I've misread something, I don't think that the article states that the intent is to do away any of the services that sit behind Gov.Gateway such as self assessment etc, or the business services such as VAT or Corp. tax returns. So...

Does it need streamlining... yes.

Are the UIs awful and inconsistent... yes.

Are the methods of gaining the Gateway IDs in the first place is a bit of a faff... yes.

Then again... do the services generally function to complete the purposes at hand... yes.

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Quadsys Five: Judge dismisses abuse of process application

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But what happens in 5 years time...

When it comes to light that there has been a miscarriage of justice (highly unlikely I admit) and after a re-trial it turns out that they are not actually guilty of the major charges after all?

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Aussie wedges spam javelin in ring spanner

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Ouch!!!

That picture.

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Big Pharma wrote EU anti-vaping diktat, claims Tory ex-MEP

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Seems to me...

Seems to me that neither side of the argument REALLY wants the status quo to change. There is far too much money involved in providing people with tobacco products to smoke. There is also far too much money involved in providing products, solutions and therapies and all manner of other related shit to try to get people to stop smoking tobacco products (non of which really work en masse).

HMRC just sits in the middle and creams off of both. If this wasn't the case then it would just be made illegal to supply.

As for the e-cigarette... I've managed to kick tobacco products completely, am now on 0% liquid, so am now just slowly eradicating the habit. It has worked for me. That opinion however is just no good for sustaining big corporate revenues.

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Blocking ads? Smaller digital publishers are smacked the hardest

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404 : This title does not exist.

"Analyst firm Juniper Research has stared into its crystal ball and predicted that digital publishers stand to lose over $27bn (£18bn) by 2020 due to ad-blocking."

And why is that a bad thing?

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EU vetoes O2 and Three merger: Hutchison mulls legal challenge

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Fud!!!

"We strongly believe that the merger would have brought major benefits to the UK, not only by unlocking £10bn of private sector investment in the UK’s digital infrastructure but also by addressing the country’s coverage issues."

Which based on previous mergers directly correlates to higher customer bills and less ability for those customers to directly complain about them.

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Archaeologists find oldest ever ground-edge stone axe

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Interesting, but...

I got my axe at B&Q for £17.99. No advanced archaeology required.

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At the BBC, Agile means 'making it up as we go along'

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Just "wow"...

Who the hell is running this stuff and where on Earth did they learn to do projects and programmes?

This sort of story entirely justifies my decision to consciously change how much, and how I watch TV services to avoid having to purchase a TV licence.

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Investigatory Powers Bill: As supported by world's most controlling men

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To all at, and involved with the coalition...

Keep up the good work. Naturally I can't speak for the rest of the Register community but I am 100% behind this campaign. The volume on this issue needs to be turned up massively so people really start to understand what is at stake... and I think this is a great start.

Best of luck.

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Can ad biz’s LEAN avert ADPOCALYPSE?

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Block all. Always.

Block all sites. Always. Caveated of course if it's a niche site that I visit for a reason because I choose to.

TBH I don't really care about "diverse" publishing ecosystems, I really don't. The publishing bottomfeeders are most likely publishing bottomfeeders for a reason and if their advert targetting systems are so good then why do I see such a layer of meaningless drivelware ad-shit spread across the entire internet that I have not one iota of interest in?

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We will end misleading broadband adverts, thunders ASA...

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Are you reading this Virgin Media....????

Hello Virgin Media...

1. The line rental standing charge element is a con and should be wrapped up in the overall cost.

2. The key element for me however is banning (you/these) companies from raising costs 1/2 way through an agreed contract terms just because the "terms and conditions" say you can. If you want me locked in for 24 months then it needs to be on an agreed term cost, just like any other commercial contract would be. The costs of my home BB infrastructure does not change that much over 24 months to justify the regular price gouging that you seem to feel you are allowed to get away with.

3. You should be legally obligated to state your contact telephone number clearly and squarely on the "contact us" section of your webshite. I should not have to dig through reams of obfuscating submenus and FAQs that purport to "aide" but generally don't resolve anything, simply because you've decided to not adequately fund your support organisation.

NB: That said, I do generally receive what I pay for in terms of line speed so no real complaints there.

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Monster Cloud and an angry customer wanting a refund: A Love Story

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Re: "We are the engineers"

Agreed and very well put.

And what a clever value-adding engineer he must be, "engineering" an already engineered product. They may be the most important "startup" out there in their own little world view, but they equate to exactly nothing if they have no customers due to catastrophic PR and business practice.

If that was one of my engineers he'd be looking for a new job by now.

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Ex-HP boss Carly Fiorina sacked one week into new job

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Seriously America...

With all of the industrial and scientific genius and smart intellectual thinking that over the years you have given the world, and giving Bernie Sanders the benefit of the doubt; are these candidates seriously the best you can come up with to run your country?

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IBM's quantum 'puter news proves Big Blue still doesn't get 'cloud'

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Re: Avoid The MultiNational Cloud

Yeah, I guess it's not whether you are paranoid... but whether you are paranoid enough right?

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Europe's Earth-watching sat beams back icy first pic

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Forget the science for a moment...

And bathe in the glorious beauty of the Northern wastes.

FYI - There isn't enough life on that ice cube to fill a space cruiser!

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Food for Deep Thought: 42 is IBM's answer to Life, the Universe and Everything...

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Sigh...

Zooey Deschanel.

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Watch it Apple: time has come for cheaper rivals' strap-ons

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Re: Too late to market...

Really? You think both of those are worth the price Apple et al are shilling the watch for. Wow!!! No wonder they make so much money out of you iFools.

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Too late to market...

The only real proper application for these that I can see, other than simply being able to tell the time is for the sports & outdoor communities. Unfortunately for Apple, Samsung et al, they have been well and truly beaten to market (and functional use) by Garmin and Suunto, which incidentally, both of whoms devices mostly cost a lot less than the basic Apple watch.

Please don't tell me that being able to read an email or txt on your watch is a killer app - because it's not; especially when, in the case of the Apple watch, it needs to be tethered to the bloody phone in the first place. When Apple release a watch that can do swim, bike, run and climb - at a hop, a skip and a jump, then I may take a look. At the moment however it looks as though Mssr Ive has been drinking in a bit too much of his own ego.

There are a few here in my office that have the Apple watch. Most agree that it was a waste of money.

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First rocket finally departs Russia's Vostochny cosmodrome

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Great pictures.

As per the title.

I always find there something beautifully industrial and pragmatic about Soviet space hardware, despite its tendency to "overreact" sometimes.

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SpaceX: We'll land on Mars in 2018 (cough, with NASA's help)

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!!!*!!!*!!!*!!!

ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS — EXCEPT EUROPA

ATTEMPT NO LANDING THERE

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Panama Papers graph database cracked open for world+dog

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Re: Meanwhile the guy in Honduras Embassy

Frodo Baggins?

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I'm all for this...

I'm all for this, and I truly believe that this controlled leaking and analysis is the only way that these corrupt financial systems will be carved open and investigated. I honestly do not believe that ANY politician really has the will to change it all - despite much rhetoric.

I am a little sceptical however that this will REALLY change anything. The HSBC leaks were well over a year ago and as far as I can see (and I am prepared to be corrected) it's business as usual for them still? As the banks, lawyers, politicos et al are all in it together, and all as bad as each other, they all just seem to be a bit "meh" about it as they know the shitstorm will die down and that ultimately... that nothing will change. And that is a fucking tragedy.

I'll ceveat the above in that I'm not following this all the time so am happy to hear the latest opinions.

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175 teams, 4 continents, $36,000: It's the Amazing HPC Cluster Race

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I can only imagine the afterparty (and spot the sideloaded Crysis pun)...

16 teams shuffling around looking a tad awkward while their HPC behemoths attempt to load and run Crysis; or waiting until their "deep neural learning machines" invent the new Hot Chip album from a predetermined set of mathematical rules. Whats a blast!!!!

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El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse spared chickpea ordeal

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@ Sorry to hear the project is on hold...

Global chickpea shortage.

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It really is time to sort out your professional indemnity insurance

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Since this is a promo piece, can I do it too...

I get mine from Bodgeitt, Leggett and Scarper Ltd. I've never needed to invoke it's use but they seem like trustworthy people.

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EC cooking up rules change for aggressive tax avoiders

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Phew... over €750m only.

That the b'jeezus for that. For a minute there I thought I'd have to declare that all of my company profits were held as cash and stuffed under the matre... oh...

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IBM's tops sales staff face long haul...to Hawaii

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Yeah but... no but...

“offensive in the extreme when GTS is laying off so many people with statutory packages as they claimed enhanced payments were not affordable”.

Yeah but, it's a different cost centre so it's all right innit?

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Dropping 1,000 cats from 32km: How practical is that?

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And this...

... is why I love El Reg. I can't find this sort of informative copy anywhere else on the interwebs.

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Trump carded again: Hotel security aced

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Re: Cartoon land

Lol. Perhaps he can also visit the Acme "strap a giant rocket to your back" factory. Apparently it is located somewhere down near Mexico.

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