* Posts by Chronos

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The Mad Men's monster is losing the botnet fight: Fewer humans are seeing web ads

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Re: Perfect storm

Usenet's still there. Come on back. We could do with a few more sensible people.

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New open-source ad-blocking web browser emerges from brain of ex-Mozilla boss Eich

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Facepalm

Oh dear gods, no!

They keep the tracking stuff in one central location? Jesus unicycling Christ, that's even worse than what we have now. For a start, you just *know* that stuff is going to be slurped to death by everyone with five eyes and that's before it becomes a one-stop shop for every creepy bastard on the web.

No thanks. I'll keep maintaining my own defences, I think.

Oh, and lions aren't brave. They're just hungry and driven by instinct when something made of meat wanders by.

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EE, O2, Giffgaff, BT Mobile customers cut off as mobile networks fail

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Devil

BT

Bungling...

I will leave you, dear reader, to decipher the other word in the acronym.

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Got a Nexus? Google has five critical Android security fixes for you

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Brother Maynard

...lobbest thou thy MMS of Antioch toward Android 'phones which, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it.

We need a Holy Hand Grenade icon.

/me sods off to check the CM repo for fixes

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Dust off those White Space devices: New rules finalised by Ofcom

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Devil

Re: Hmm.

Should be a barrel of laughs to watch the fallout, though.

Popcorn?

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UK digital minister asks for input on strategy, lauds 'sharing economy' biz success

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Re: So the British government wants to help digital businesses???

Commswonk wrote: 3: Protection of homeowners / renters against persistent disregarding of TPS protocol

4: Making owners / directors of UK companies who use non - UK call centres that flout the TPS protocol personally liable for any abuses.

5: Ditto owners and directors of UK call centres that flout the TPS protocol personally liable for any abuses.

These three need a prerequisite: 2.5: Take the TPS away from the Direct Marketing Association, make Ofcom run it and make it mandatory, backed by the ICO and some fairly serious fines.

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Re: Is it just me...

Of course it is. Silly me. b != B. I've found myself a traffic cone, painted a big D on it and I'm going to stand in the corner with it on my head as penance.

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Re: Is it just me...

Commswonk wrote: And that mb doesn't mean Mb. (mb is another favorite hate of mine!)

Millibytes? Sounds like it could be a useful unit after Openretch have been playing with your cabinet. Or was Ed Millibytes another Ed who didn't get the Internet?

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The most important thing they can do

Step back and learn about the technology, history and culture they're trying to take over. Not only is is less amenable to the BS that was used in days past to justify interference, those who have made it into what it is today get rather offended when they're sidelined to make way for a "cluster[fsck] in East London" as if the Old Street Roundabout area started it all instead of actually being a Johnny-come-lately artificial development only brought about by being run-down and cheap but serendipitously having nearby, easily extendable fibre infrastructure.

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Kids' TV show Rainbow in homosexual agenda shocker

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Cue

Bagpuss promoted sex toys - all those references to the marvellous mechanical mouse organ and Yaffle's book-end.

How about we just stop listening to these religious nutbars who are so concerned about, or more likely jealous of, what other people do in the bedroom? Is that an option?

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Expert welcomes UK’s digital health recommendations

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Flame

"impactful"? Seriously?

I think these people are just making shit up as they go along.

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Paris, jihadis, tech giants ... What is David Cameron's speechwriter banging on about now?

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Re: We need to have a mature debate

massivelySerial wrote: "We need to have a mature debate" ... NO! I literally don't want to hear what you have to say you totalitarian bastard. Nothing good comes after that political key-phrase.

Whilst I agree with the sentiment, you have to remember that some of these people actually do believe they're protecting the general public. So I invoke C. S. Lewis:

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber barons cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

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Linus Torvalds targeted by honeytraps, claims Eric S. Raymond

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Headmaster

Extended Service Release

Please don't feed the "celebrity."

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Hi, um, hello, US tech giants. Mind, um, mind adding backdoors to that crypto? – UK govt

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Re: Not that I'm condoning this ...

You're sniffing around the edges of key escrow again. We did this a decade or more ago and it was as wrong then as it is now.

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KeePass looter: Password plunderer rinses pwned sysadmins

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Re: When spelling is important.

Whichever it is, the lesson is clear: Never leave your password manager's database unlocked if you're not using it. As I read the article, the password manager isn't the issue; it's a case of PEBKAC and insecure memory. It's also Windows only as it's talking about dll entry points but don't let that stop you from closing your KeePassX database, just in case. If it can be done there, it can probably be done elsewhere as well.

This may also be a good time to set a nice, strong password on your browser's password store, too.

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The only GOOD DRONE is a DEAD DRONE. Y'hear me, scumbags?!

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Guns and Merkins

Sod 'em, I'm more interested in the sarcastic ammunition that is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I can think of a few Usenetizens upon whom to use that particular put-down at this very moment. Powerful stuff when used correctly.

That said, following your lurid description of the average geek, Peppa Pig's dad would have probably been a wiser choice - with added Lynx, natch.

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TalkTalk downplays extent of breach damage, gives extra details

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Why the giddy frig...

...does an ISP need your date of birth? You're obviously old enough to be paying the sodding bills. At some point there has to be a stop put to this nonsense of dragging as much personal data out of customers as possible. You can't even buy a Mars bar these days without some pillock wants your post code and inside leg measurement.

Also, why was this data Internet facing? If you must have someone's date of birth, they're not going to want to change the bloody thing in "My Account" are they? Oh, sorry, I'm a reborn Christian. My new date of birth is...

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Safe Harbor 2.0: Judges to keep NSA spying in check – EU justice boss

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Go

The correct answer

Of course, the correct method of controlling the flow of data is not to give the buggers any in the first place. I have no reasonable expectation that things like my banking and financial records stay in the EU, let alone Britain but I can't really do much about that. Seppos will always be interested in your money and that's one area where regulation can make a difference. I won't hold my breath, though.

Everything else gets "need to know." If they ask for my DoB with no reason and no way to verify it, they get a fake one. It gets stored in KeePassX along with the password and it then becomes another factor of authentication on my side rather than a relational key for their data mining op. Get yourself a cheap domain name and use different e-mail addresses for every company so you can see who is selling your details on. All my passwords are different and I'll even falsify my address in cases where they don't need to know it, i.e. the local telephone exchange must be getting sick of getting Screwfix catalogues and Maplin vouchers by now. Oh, and don't give any personal information over the telephone to incoming callers. Ever.

If you drop a dead cow down the well of your personal data they'll have to stop drinking from it eventually.

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Bacon can kill: Official

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Mushroom

You first

I suggest they try living without all the Class 1 carcinogens. Please let us know how the day WOO (without oxygen, as Mr Flibble suggested) goes. I can see some handy results coming from that study...

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Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

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FAIL

WHO cares?

The pharmaceutical trough union. Putting their invective in the Daily Fail is likely to cause a rift in reality.

So, let me get this straight, you want us to wake up, go to work in some mundane job full of petty and pointless corporate rules that never gives you a sense of fulfilment under managers who struggle to get their shoelaces tied, eat cardboard for lunch when you actually get a lunch break, go home on the politically correct eco-bus to more cardboard, drink, smoke and do sod all because it might be dangerous, rinse, repeat?

What the fuck is the point of a life like that? I'd love to follow a couple of these arseholes around with a video camera for a while. I'll bet they don't practice what they preach.

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WikiLeaks leaks CIA director's private emails – including his nat sec clearance dossier

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Trollface

And, Crilly...

"If you ever try to leak my e-mails like that again, I will rip off your arms."

Wait, wrong Brennan.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Facepalm

Windows 10

...Australian edition.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Chronos

If there's an NSA ear in the woods and there's nobody around worth listening to, the other four eyes probably won't find anything either.

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Big Blue welds bits of carbon for nanotube transistor

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A new story at this time of night?

Have you no Ω to go to?

You started it :-P

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Is Windows 10 slurping too much data? No, says Microsoft. Nuh-uh. Nope

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Re: Jesus wept.

David 132 wrote:Microsoft are selling - OK, giving away - colossal numbers of Windows 10 licenses, so there's obviously many, many people in the world who don't share my opinion & concerns.

Or are not technically literate enough to know or care about the implications as long as funny cat videos may be viewed, Aunty Mabel's joke e-mails still come through (with all the addresses in the "To:" field, of course) and they can play the odd hand of Solitaire. To them, a computer is a black box and the intricacies of the OS are as out of reach as the bottom of the Mariana Trench. These are people who can't even find the latest piece of crapware they downloaded even though the Downloads folder is pinned in Explorer. And Windows 10 has to be better, because it's a bigger number, right?

To cut a long waffle short, IT has gone Mainstream - with a capital daft.

Do I come across as the guy in this icon? --->

No, you come across as a normal, rational, intelligent human being who is sick to the back teeth of people screwing with his basic human right to privacy and hiding it beneath a semi-transparent veneer of bullshit that not only insults your intelligence but also takes advantage of, shall we say, the less cerebrally endowed to create a critical mass of people who "don't mind" because they don't understand what they're giving away to legitimise the whole damned thing. And you're not alone.

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Privacy, net neutrality, security, encryption ... Europe tells Obama, US Congress to back off

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Re: Bot

He's just an Eggdrop with a very specific set of scripts timed to run in the Yvening.

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More email misery and pillory for Hillary as FBI starts quizzery

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Joke

Conspiracy

Is it not possible that Hillary's e-mail spillary is ancillary and the grillery is artillery from the deep south Conservative hillbillary?

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11 MILLION VW cars used Dieselgate cheatware – what the clutch, Volkswagen?

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Re: Confused…

Aimee wrote: I cant believe it 'knows' its in an mot testing station, that would be technically possible, but spooky!!

Being revved to the red line and held there for a few seconds while in neutral is something that tends to only be done in testing stations, if we conveniently ignore bellends in McD's car park. Add the immobility of the steering to that and you have a fairly sound recipe for detecting whether you need the testing or the road fuel map switched in.

Besides which, MOT stations test for particulate emissions (smoke test), not NO, so this little trick will be missed completely.

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Re: DMCA

Or, you know, just do it outside of the USA, perhaps? I'm sorry but I'm totally unmoved by this use of the DMCA as a bludgeon to stop hacking (in the original context of the word, not the meeja definition).

There's a swagger with these three and four letter acronym laws that needs firm modification with a clue-by-four. They need to be reminded that their jurisdiction is not universal. IMHO, if you own a piece of hardware which relies on soft/firmware to function, personal reverse engineering, security auditing and removing restrictions once title has passed is fair game.

Naturally, the code is still subject to copyright so your analysis and patches belong to you but the original code and the derivative doesn't, even outside the Land of the Non-Free - but the derivative doesn't solely belong to them, either.

TL;DR: Fuck 'em, we're not American.

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Crash Google Chrome with one tiny URL: We cram a probe in this bug

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Linux+Chromium

[2708:2708:0920/140109:FATAL:navigation_controller_impl.cc(927)] Check failed: active_entry->site_instance() == rfh->GetSiteInstance().

[1] 2708 abort chromium

Debian Jessie 64 bit. Looks like it's pretty universal.

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Jeremy Corbyn wins Labour leadership election

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Re: Little musical interlude...

Apologies to the down-voters for the irreverence but, as eny fule no, it comes as standard on El Reg. Incidentally, it was originally because said chap had just become foreman, so s/leader's/foreman's/ and the third line was "I've got a raise, I'm off the dole" and it just struck me as hilariously funny at the time - until I realised that people's principles have a price and the whole thing's a truism on human nature.

Time will tell if it applies here. As for the disapproval, I throw myself upon the mercy of the Commentardosphere.

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Joke

Little musical interlude...

The working class can kiss my ass

I've got the leader's job at last

Annoying Dave is my new role

You can stick the red flag up your hole!

With apologies to the chap I first heard singing something like it on the shop floor of an electronics company.

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Re: i for one, welcome... (actually I don't but that's by the by)

Precisely. It could have been much worse. Have a search on El Reg for Burnham, concentrating on his stint as Culture Secretary. He hasn't a sodding clue. Some of the rot he came out with in cahoots with Wacky Jacqui was almost as bad as Call-Me-Dave's stance on encryption.

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Don't want to upgrade to Windows 10? You'll download it WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT

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Re: "Personal" computer no more

David 132 wrote: Up until about 2-3 years ago, my computers were under my control - a small oasis of control in a world in which I'm largely powerless and my ability to live my life as I see fit is being systematically stripped away.

My sentiments exactly - and I've been using FreeBSD and Linux ever since I can remember. Anything that wasn't a desktop PC had these "features" where it isn't really your choice as to what happens and it's a continuing uphill struggle to wrestle control back, which gradient gets steeper with every iteration.

There's seemingly no end to it and the really remarkable thing is people don't seem to care that it's creeping into every aspect of their lives by extension. I suspect it's the slowly boiling frog effect but, whatever it is, it's not healthy.

Thank you for articulating those concerns far more eloquently than I ever could.

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Wileyfox Swift: Brit startup budget 'droid is the mutt's nuts

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Happy

Looking forward to the Storm

Swift's all very good (if you're not as fussy as me, get one) but I want a real back/home/menu button set, not something stealing a goodly bit of my screen. 128GB SD and 1080p (for the occasional VR headset use) are nice to have, too.

I will be on the list when the Storm launches, no doubt about it. That fixed battery isn't really a problem if it's like the one in the Moto G - changing that is a five minute job. I just hope the build finds its way into the public Cyanogenmod repo but, as long as I can get root and fastboot access, I don't care enough for it to be a blocker issue.

While we're on the subject of CyanogenMod, please note that CyanogenOS and CyanogenMod are two very different things. The former does take a lot from the latter but there's no guarantee that the CyanogenOS devices will be backported or that a CyanogenOS device will be CM-like in the things you can do to it, eg bootloader and custom recovery. cyngn.com is a commercial entity, cyanogenmod.org is a community site.

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Grinning BBC boss blows raspberry at UK.gov, eyes up buffet

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Devil

Re: Print Media

Which only works for them because of a giant captive market twice daily.

Yet more reason to eschew public transport, as if we need more...

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Re: Normally...

Rainbow was Thames TV, if I recall correctly. Now I'm off to play with my twanger...

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Great

So I'm stuck paying the telly tax if I want to use my computer because we all know the iPlayer "loophole" being closed will mean anyone capable of using iPlayer in the UK will be rogered senseless until they pay up.

Not only is the telly tax regressive, it originally depended on the WT Act for its existence. I suppose you could argue that anyone using WiFi is technically receiving TV off-air but that's pure sophistry.

Also, isn't it a bugger when a tin-pot broadcasting company full of luvvies can hold your democratically elected government to ransom? There's something seriously amiss with that situation.

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Debian upgrades Wheezy and Jessie with a combined 372 updates

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Re: Bloody systemd!

Shouldn't you be pitting a new file in /etc/systemd/system instead of modifying the existing one in /lib/systemd/system?

Not at the moment, no. I deliberately put that there so that when (if) nfs-common gets the update to a proper unit file, the next systemd update will wipe out my changes which then allows systemd updates to make other changes to that file without my modification becoming persistent. Method in the madness.

I don't want custom stuff hanging around that could potentially screw up rc ordering unless it's absolutely necessary. I had enough of that on FreeBSD, thanks. At least if it gets wiped out before nfs-common is dragged up to date I'll have known behaviour to go on. rc ordering screwups, on the other hand, are fast-tracks to male pattern baldness.

Also and probably mainly, I'm lazy ;-)

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Joke

Bloody systemd!

NFS mounts are still in a race condition with the remote filesystem target! It's unacceptable, I tell you! /lib/systemd/system, add "After=nfs-common.service" to remote-fs-pre.target and all should then be well.

Joking aside, this stuff should be in nfs-common's run control files. The reason it can't be is that nfs-common still uses an old style init script. As Creslin says, we're waiting for the legacy stuff to go away before everything starts to just work again.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Happy

Re: I had a Western Digital drive ONCE. Load of carp.

I beg to differ. WD's range and Travelstar 2.5" drives both pre and post Borgmentation have turned out to be the most reliable drives for me. I still have a couple of first generation 160GB REs in a RAID1 set running 24/7, way past their five year warranty period.

So I'm absolutely chuffed to bits. Thanks, El Reg!

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BOFH: Power corrupts, uninterrupted power corrupts absolutely

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Coffee/keyboard

Bastard! T|N>K

Usually, BOfH leaves me nodding sagely in agreement. This time it's full on belly laugh - and I have a lot of belly ;-)

You owe me a new bloody K120 and a pot of screen wipes from Poundland.

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Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive

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Oh my god, Boris! We've just been chosen to meet and greet Donald Trump!

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Google: Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am – stuck in the middle of EU

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Flame

Bloody ads again.

Perhaps when you have to defend your business model every ten minutes, it may just be that your business model is a parasitic nuisance.

I know people, myself included, who will not buy anything advertised aggressively on principle. If your ad makes it harder for me to find the information I wanted (specs on a 'phone, a schematic, some code snippet with a common name) then not only am I never going to touch that product or the site pushing it with a ten foot pole, I'm going to actively ask others to avoid them as well. It's why StartPage and DDG are doing so well right now.

I don't particularly care about positioning of ads because, patently, anyone serving them has a pecuniary interest in people seeing them anyway. Arguing over rankings is just splitting hairs. For those of us who use the web for research there is nothing more annoying and dispiriting than trying to find something and every promising link for information turns out to be another bloody digital salesweasel trying to pry open your wallet.

So no, Google, not everyone universally adores your ads. A lot of us think that they, and you, suck.

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Wileyfox smartphones: SD card, no bloatware, Cyanogen, big battery – yes to all!

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Re: Wileyfox phone looks nice but...

Jetpacks and rollerskates as options?

I think I may have that as my ringtone.

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Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

Chronos
Devil

Bloat

I think we need to remember that, along with new features and shiny bling, MS have had to put up with "my stone-age application, cavepaint 22B.C., must work, dammit!" from all comers. It's this backwards compatibility that has caused a lot of the beer gut Windows currently has.

I'm not for one second saying MS is blameless for the lardy arse-cheeks dangling pendulous over the edge of the platters in your HDD, just that they have been, on occasion, unfairly criticised for bloat when it's in response to customer demands for legacy code not to break - without the ability to recompile it against newer libraries. It's a bit like the stick Pirelli is currently getting for crap tyres that don't last 31 laps after F1 management asked them for crap tyres that won't last 31 laps...

Icon: Devil's advocate, natch.

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Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

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Re: Ban it. Ban what?

MonkeyFedge wrote: I was under the impression that the vapour from ecigs was not just water vapour (and nicotine), but also propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, and whatever flavourings are present.

You are correct. It's actually an aerosol of liquid disassociating from the bulk in the wick and becoming suspended in air due to applied heat from a coil. The nicotine is almost all absorbed by the user immediately, thus there are only trace amounts of that in the exhale. There is flavouring, PG and/or VG, as you rightly point out. There's a "Goldilocks zone" temperature range for this aerosol process, above which the heat causes unwanted chemical reactions in the liquid and you get a few nasties (acrolein, aldehydes) in the aerosol. This only affects the user, though. Sidestream, even on a badly set up atomiser/power combo, is negligible, especially when compared to smoking.

I've often toyed with the idea of a piezoelectric system similar to that used in ink jet printers as a safer method of obtaining the aerosol. Few problems, not least of which is the variable composition of e-liquids.

I have heard that the origin of the 'water vapour' claim was someone saying that ecig vapour was no more harmful than water vapour, not that it /was/ water vapour.

There's actually very little water vapour at all, above what a human would normally exhale with a breath plus what is used to thin the VG. It was actually a misquote taken a bit further by critics and used to trick naïve supporters into making the false statement which can be easily knocked down with the facts - a straw man, if you will - which then makes anything factual that person quotes less likely to be accepted. I know that sounds a bit "conspiracy theory" and I'm sorry for that but there's billions in big pharma and big tobacco profits at stake here.

What would also help is if people supporting the right to vape would kindly get their facts straight before mounting the soap box, otherwise "please don't stick up for me any more, I don't think my nerves can take it" applies. I'd also add that the "right to vape" includes, as rights very often do, responsibilities to others, which probably includes not cloud-chasing at work, not vaping sickly or pungent flavours in an enclosed space and maybe even asking if it's okay to vape as we used to when we smoked before all the smoking ban nonsense came in and buggered up everyone's ability to interact courteously. A PG heavy flavourless mix will give you the same nic and throat hit (actually, PG heavy is more effective as VG mutes the hit) without fogging up the room or offending anyone's digestive system. Surely we can switch atties for half an hour when asked just to keep the peace?

And non-vapers, ask me politely to modify my behaviour if my vaping affects you in any way. You'll be pleasantly surprised at the result. Tell me and you'll get exactly what you deserve. Courtesy cuts both ways.

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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua 4G: The Android smartie that can take its drink

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Pint

Moto G 3rd gen LTE

Available for £149.07 on Jeff's own tat emporium. So the natural order is thus restored.

Must say I am tempted by the 128GB capacity of its SD slot, though. If Cyanogen ever becomes available for the Aqua it would then be a no-brainer.

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Windows 10 market share growth slows to just ten per cent

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Holmes

Lies, damned lies and statistics

If that relies on the browser being truthful, good luck with those figures being accurate. Mine, for example, will identify as Firefox 39 on Windows 7 on every mechanism, not just user agent. It even fools Google, the de-facto kings of analytics - I get an e-mail on the rare occasions I actually use my (utterly fictitious) login to watch something Ogle has decided is age-restricted on the 'tube like vaping vids with "New sign-in from Windows 7" as the subject. That it isn't what it is pretending to be is a given.

I know, I'm an arsehole and I'm deliberately making my OS look less popular than it is. If you check with the EFF's Panopticlick, you'll discover why I do this. A *nix browser is just far too easy to track for comfort. Even with my settings, it's still one in 2.9 million.

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Yet another Android app security bug: This time 'everything is affected'

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Trollface

Re: Android 7.0: Fisherman's Friend

Android 7 will be "Nougat." Pronounced "nugget" :-)

...because nut brittle, given this embuggerance of exploits, is too obvious.

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