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1241 posts • joined 2 Mar 2007

Groupon IPO back on the cards

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I name this...

...The Emperors New IPO.

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Hunt: Online file-sharing is a 'direct assault on freedoms'

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Care to elaborate?

"freedoms and rights of creators of content to be rewarded fairly."

I wonder if he would like to give us his definition of what 'rewarded fairly' actually means.

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GlobalSign says 'isolated' webserver was hacked

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Pirate

So....

Is 'isolated server' the new 'rogue reporter'???

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Three in ten Americans urge feds to read their email

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Actually...

I think we need more metrics on this survey. Like how many of the respondents, who answered yes to allowing unwarranted search and/or torture, are members of the Tea Party, or watch Fox News.

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Groupon backs away from scheduled IPO

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Not really.

Groupon work by forcing companies to sell at a 60% discount and then take 50% of the remaining profit for themselves (plus tax). And they also keep all of the money in the event that the customer does not use their coupon.

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Green energy and jobs will cripple the UK economy

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I think you might be mistaking...

...Green energy with alternative energy.

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HP's UK PC boss: We're going nowhere

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"To the contrary, people want cheap tech."

to extend that- People want disposable tech- Many know that the shiny gadget they have today will be superseded by an even shinier gadget within 12 months.

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A Farewell to Oates: Adios, El Reg

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Surely...

The correct farewell would be 'I'm going outside; I may be awhile...'

Goodbye and good luck John, thanks for all the stories.

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Peaches Geldof explains Kubrick's 2001

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how about

'my daddy is Roger Waters???'

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10-year old hacker finds flaw in mobile games

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hmmmm....

The only problem is this 'hack' existed 10-15 years before this person was born. I remember fooling '30 day test' software by setting the clock 5 years into the future before installing.

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Google failing to pay Android developers

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SQL injection issue???

"these can be identified by the addition of a semi-colon to the application name"

Sounds like ole Bobby Tables has been at work again...

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Rogue kangaroo floors broom-wielding 94-year-old

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No rabies...

but only because Cane Toads aren't carriers...

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Winklevoss twins' new Facebook lawsuit rejected by judge

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Alien

Well...

...given the privileged background these two come from, $65m is probably regarded as pocket change.

Anyway, if I was them, I'd be dumping those stock-options very quickly...

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BOFH vs PFY: There can be only one (on the exes chit)

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Childcatcher

A smarter boss?

I don't think such a thing exists.

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Reminds me of the old adage-

'I thought you everything you know. However I didn't teach you everything I know.'

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Database high priest mud-wrestles Facebook

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ahh Scott Adams...

...I used to love his text adventures

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Google top brass (and Zuck) hit Google+ privacy button

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First thing I did...

...when I got my Google+ account. Interestingly Zuckerberg had not switched it on at that point.

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Google's Facebook: It rocks, but who cares?

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Isn't this the same guy who reckons FB is worth 1 trillion dollars?

and yes, we've seen this movie before although last time it was MySpace and Facebook (not Project Diaspora).

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'Unconvincing' Met top cop Yates: My phone was hacked

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Eh???

A policeman who doesn't abuse his position to go after people who have done wrong to him personally???

And then have those same people fall down the station stairs 'by accident' a couple of times.

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Aussie carbon tax in actually-makes-sense shocker

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Mushroom

Hang on...

...won't we need all that CO2 when the Maunder Minimum kicks in?

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News of the World TO CLOSE

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agreed.

How soon before we see the 'new' NotW rise from the ashes.

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HuffPo goes UK: But shills and pols writing for free isn't new

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Isn't this the site that screwed over all it's regular writers?

when it sold out to AOL???

I'm amazed it's still going.

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Atlantis crew prepare for the 'Final Countdown'

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Unhappy

Bastards.

Now I'm going to have Europe stuck in my head for the rest of the day.

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BOFH: Drunken Time Lord

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Absolute classic...

"Remember the last episode of Sapphire and Steel where they’re trapped in the box in the middle of space"

Brilliant

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Wallabies battle cattle farts

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So...

Are we taking about attaching wallabies to cattle? A sort of 'Macropine/Bovine Centipede' type thing...

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Moderatrix kisses the Reg goodbye

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hmmmmm....

Jude doesn't sound like a girls name.

Anyway, good luck in wherever you end up Sarah.,

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Feds on trail of LulzSec raid Ohio house

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My guess...

Is Assange will sue the Guardian because all private/leaked documents in the world belong to him.

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17 flock to see Gordon Ramsay turkey

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Digital Rupert’s bumper $545m loss

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In fact...

El Reg can just Search/Replace 'MySpace' with 'Facebook' and mark the article 'hold until 30th June 2013"

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Apple's next iPhone planned for September, says report

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Another reason to buy any mobile but iPhone...

The ability to make and receive phone calls- and once the call is taken, the ability to finish your call when you decide, not when the POS decides the (strong for every other phone) signal is too weak.

Same with the WiFi. I was out with 3 iPhone owners and had no problem hooking to 1 of the 11 available Wifi hotspots my Vivaz picked up. The iPhones could not even find 1.

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Vintage Psion prototype: Yours for £85,000

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£85,000 eh?

I have one of these in my desk drawer at work...

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Does a flash motor act as a fanny magnet or not?

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So the lesson here is...

...buy luxury items and avoid marriage. I can see ad agencies everywhere jumping on this one.

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Groupon hug from small businesses? Not so much

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Also...

...it doesn't help that Groupon demand you give away at least 60% discount and then take 50% of the money. AND hold on to all the money in the event that the customer does not use their coupon even though it's the retailer taking the hit.

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A sysadmin's top ten tales of woe

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The cleaner unplugged it

I remember once client screaming and cursing me over the phone threatening all forms of abuse at me because one of his systems was down and if I did not do something about it now there would be legal action, I'd be sued for lost revenue etc, etc, etc. So after a 2 hour drive to his office I walked in, looked at the computer and then plugged it back in and powered it up. I then just turned and stared at the client.

I then I sent his boss an invoice for a half day, emergency onsite maintenance with expenses with "Problem" filled in with "System unplugged" and "Resolution" filled in with "System plugged back in"

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Judge rules against firm that lost $345k to bank trojan

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Holmes

Agreed...

the article is a little light on detail.

for instance- who was infected by the malware? The bank or the small business? If it was the bank I don't see how they could accuse the business of failing to secure their account credentials as it was their computers at fault.

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Chinese teen flogs kidney to buy iPad

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FAIL

Errr....

and after all that he didn't even get an iPad.

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Cloud in 2011: A bright new dawn...

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But the downside is...

Once you've given away the keys, can you really complain once your data is hacked and mined? At least when you host your data locally you have full control over access and control. Once you give that away, the best you can hope for is than the cloud solution provider you choose will pay up on massive data breaches. Though they probably won't because they'll have that covered in their EULAs

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CIX conferencing system is bought out – again

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Liam forgot to mention...

that previous Cixen included such luminaries as Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchet.

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Zuckerberg: Give me your children

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My kids wouldn't use Facebook...

...it'd cut into their Club Penguin/PanFu time.

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Apple App Store apps are often old, vulnerable versions

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I see your point...

but I don't think that Apple have introduced such a long delay between submitting an App and it appearing on the App store simply to concentrate the minds of the developers- I do think it's because they are overwhelmed. Though there does seem to be some evidence that paid-for Apps do get priority over free Apps.

But to look at your point from the otherside. What about a scenario where a developer releases an App only to discover that there is a critical vulnerability in it and can not get a patched version out in a timely manner, leaving all his App clients compromised until Apple pull their finger out.

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Popular gamers 'should play for free' – Valve boss

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Made me wonder too...

Is there such a beast as a 'popular gamer'?

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Planet with British weather found 20 light years away

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Is there...

...a black line?

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In-app payment patent scattergun fired at small devs

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re: Smart (ish)

I wouldn't call it a 'fob off'- more along the lines of habeas corpus

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Smart (ish)

Do not tackle the huge company who can afford very expensive lawyers and who can therefore blow your crappy little patent-squat out of the water.

Of course, the correct response would be to tell Lodsys that you do not know how many of your customers are US based.

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Bin Laden's porn stash: Too good to be true?

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My tuppence worth...

If it is true that this is just black propaganda then it's incredibly inept (so yes, it's very feasible that it's a CIA op). Given the source of the information, none of the fundies are going to buy into it, even if it is true.

What they should have done:

1. Have a low level official drop the story on a semi-respectable blogger (preferably non-US)

2. Wait for the story to go viral with all the ensuing 'what are the US military not telling us!!!' hysteria.

3. Drop a copy of an official looking inventory of said stash on Wikileaks.

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Slovakian cannibal's dinner calls in cops

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my thoughts too...

Moss: 'He was a fine young cannibal'. And the brilliant anti-piracy ad 'You wouldn't kill a policeman...'

And it neatly explains this story's IT angle...

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TomTom Oz to repeat Netherlands data sale

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In other news...

Harold and his missus Corrine did not make the Sunday Times Rich List this year- a major fall in grace considering that they were supposed billionaires 2 years ago.

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Woz snubs Paul Allen, praises pea soup

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Well...

bacon has been known to cure a few vegetarians.

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Assange: Facebook a ‘spying machine’

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exactly what I was thinking.

like the old saying goes 'just because you are paranoid doesn't mean they are not out to get you"

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Aussie crowdsourcers get A$35m

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FAIL

Oh great...

Yet another- 'Make the people who work do more work and compete against each other- we don't care because we still get cut a cut from the winner' concept. Stick this in the same pile as Freelancer, Coder-For-Hire, oDesk et al.

Rewrite for the video- "Hi, we're the organ grinder. We don't have any monkeys right now but rest assured with our 'we will fuck them royally' business proposition, we'll have them dancing for you shortly. And the best news- if you don't like a particular monkey, we will shoot it in the face for you"

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