* Posts by Tony Green

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Apple v BBC: Fruity firm hits back over Panorama drama

Tony Green

Get it right!

They haven't "refuted" the accusations, they've DENIED them.

There's a big difference and if you don't know what it is (which seems to be standard for journalists) I suggest you find an old-fashioned thing called a "dictionary" and look the word up.

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Assange's WikiLeaks: Give generously this Xmas – for STATUE of our DEAR LEADER

Tony Green

Assange? Courage?

The man too scared to actually face his accusers in open court. And pretends he's more likely to be handed over to the Yanks by Sweden than by the UK.

He isn't fit to sit at the feet of the other two.

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Jacking up firearms fees will cost SMEs £3.5 MILLION. Thanks, Plod

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No sympathy

Since what the plods currently get to charge for processing a firearms certificate is much less than what it actually **costs** them to process it, the public is subsidising gun-owners. Who generally tend to be people like the landed gentry and others who are far better-off than most of us.

So perhaps it's no bad thing that they should actually have to pay enough so that we don't have to feather-bed them?

After all, most guns are used for no better purpose than blasting birds out of the sky so chinless wonders can pretend they're wonderful "sportsmen" just because they've slaughtered a bit of wildlife.

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Curious to know if the UK's Tory-led government is a MEGA SPY? Answer: Yes

Tony Green

Re: I say good

The vast majority of people being beheaded are being killed by our great allies, trading partners and weapons customers, the Saudis.

So let's not pretend there's any great principled stand being taken on this matter.

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CATACLYSMIC Sun BELCH causes hour-long RADIO BLACKOUT in SPAAACE

Tony Green

Surprising

"The latest solar flare led to an hour-long radio blackout being reported by the US space agency's weather prediction centre".

I'm surprised the US military didn't manage to use that as an excuse to bomb somebody. I suppose there's still time...

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Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)

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"Everyone loves chocolate"?

A simplistic generalisation based on "I love chocolate so I assume everybody else does".

Can't stand the stuff myself. Tastes horrible and is only made edible if you stuff it full of so much sugar that your teeth start rotting while you're chewing it.

Now if you'd been giving away the delicious sourdough bread they bake at Pump Street, I WOULD have been interested.

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NAKED CELEBRITY PICS LAW BOMB dropped on ad giant Google

Tony Green

Eh????

Could someone please translate that headline into English?

Because I haven't the foggiest idea what it means.

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Ab phab: Apple is Britain's coolest brand YET AGAIN

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Maybe they should have spelled it "kewlest"

The very phrase "coolest brand" is enough to tell me that all this means is "appeals most to the kind of fuckwitts who are unable to think for themselves".

Of course there are people who have weighed up the options and decided that an iPhone is best for their needs, but it seems the vast majority of people buying them are only doing so because of the fact that it's fashionable. Same people who un-failingly buy whatever they're told is "kewl".

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Google right to be forgotten 'looks odd and CLUMSY'

Tony Green

Of course it's clumsy

They want the whole thing to look as awful as possible to discredit the idea to get it canned. So that's why they're making sure ridiculous demands, especially over high-profile media sites like the BBC and various national newspapers (and the Daily Mail), get as much publicity as possible.

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27 Data-Slurping Facts BuzzFeed Doesn't Want You To Know!

Tony Green

Always useful:

$ grep analytics /etc/hosts

0.0.0.0 www.google-analytics.com

0.0.0.0 ssl.google-analytics.com

0.0.0.0 ssl-google-analytics.l.google.com

Good Grief! I just looked at BuzzFeed for the first time out of curiosity. It's pretty clear that their target demographic is thick people.

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The cute things they say

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Back in the 1980s, green-screen terminals attached to our ICL mainframes had their "protected field" (ie, the parts of the screen you couldn't type anything in, such as labels) half intensity.

Software support bloke: I don't know what's happened, but all the protected fields have disappeared from my terminal.

Me: just to the right of the screen, you'll see a little knob marked "brightness". Can you try pushing that up?

Bloke: ooh wow! They're back!

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Fed-up bloke takes email spammers to court – and WINS PILE of CASH

Tony Green

Re: voluntarily ???

I'll tell you how to stop that.

Get the company CEO's email address from http://www.ceoemail.com/

Email him explaining that you consider the constant bombardment of letters as harassment under the terms of the harassment act and if they don't cease immediately, you will issue proceedings against him personally as the person in charge of the company harassing you.

I did, and he crapped himself and stopped the junk mail very quickly.

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Linux app lets you control fruit fly brains - with frikkin' LASERS

Tony Green

Frikkin???

What the fuck does "frikkin" mean?

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Authorities swoop on illicit Wolverhampton SPAM FARM

Tony Green

Perhaps more publicity needed?

First I've heard of 7726 for spam reporting. Evidently the ICO have kept it quiet so as not to make too much work for themselves.

Does it work on Virgin?

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Tesco to tout its own smartphone – now THAT'S an unexpected item in the bagging area

Tony Green

I wonder

If it'll come pre-installed with an app to find your nearest closed pub. Tesco seem very good at closing them and turning them into shops, even when the pubs were doing fine beforehand.

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Watch out, Yahoo! EFF looses BADGER on sites that ignore Do Not Track

Tony Green

No need for an add-on to delete cookies when you close Firefox. Just set the option in preferences and it's done for you.

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Tony Green

Alternatively...

...install Cookie Monster and deny all cookies by default, just using CM to enable them on sites where it suits ME to allow cookies to be set. Which means there are not third-party cookies for Badger to detect even when the bastards try to set them.

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Top tip, power users – upgrading Ubuntu may knacker your Linux PC

Tony Green

Yes, but...

Most things are easy to fix from backups. Bugger up the bootloader and it gets nasty.

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Grub is a problem

Most things breaking are (relatively) trivial to fix. If Grub goes tits-up, it's a serious problem.

Funnily enough, Grub updates are the reason I gave up Ubuntu and moved to Debian. Four or five routine Grub updates threw up messages that they'd failed and my computer may be un-bootable.

I can restore my system from backups easily for almost any problem, but if the Grub bootloader's bust, I'm in the shit!

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Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker

Tony Green

Heartbleed is going to be milked

I reckon every website that gets hacked because their own security is crap will be rushing to blame this to take the heat off them. Probably for years to come...

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You want an IT course? Welcome to QA Training's Week of Free

Tony Green

mistook?

No mistake. They've always used their "training" courses as marketing tools.

I remember going on a number of them and a good part of each course was given over to the sort of cross-promotion normally associated with Murdoch media outlets. They even gave incentives to hand over the email addresses of colleagues so QA could spam them.

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123-reg shrugs off customer complaints over stealth domain transfer charges

Tony Green

Re: A tenner

As I remember from when I transferred some domains out, 123-Reg don't even HAVE to tell Nominet. You just fill in an online form and it's all done electronically. So cost to them is the power for the server while you do it.

I suspect it's more to do with deterring people from transferring domains away from their crap service.

Though that was at least better than Webhost UK, who I wanted to leave because their staff were bloody useless. I had to ask them and THEY did the transfer. Had me worried they were going to screw it up for me...

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Aw, SNAP. It's too late, you've already PAID for your storage array

Tony Green

Aw, Snap???

Can someone translate into English please?

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

Tony Green

Oh, for goodness' sake!

It's the bloody Daily Hate! Doesn't that tell you all you need to know about the story?

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NHS England DIDN'T tell households about GP medical data grab plan

Tony Green

Re: Funny that..

Here's a tip that worked for me.

Email their CEO, Tom Mockridge, tom.mockridge@virginmedia.co.uk, telling him that you regard their constant unwanted communications as harassment under the terms of the Harassment Act 1997. And that if you receive any more communications you will take action under that act against him personally, as the person responsible for the company.

You'd be amazed how quickly they get their arses in gear to get it stopped and just how apologetic they get.

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Brit boffins brew up blight-resistant FRANKENSPUD

Tony Green

"FRANKENSPUD"?

So you thought you'd hold of the inflammatory language this time then?

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How NOT to evaluate hard disk reliability: Backblaze vs world+dog

Tony Green

Shurely Shome Mishtake?

"Replacing one drive takes about 15 minutes of work. If we have 30,000 drives and 2 percent fail, it takes 150 hours to replace those. In other words, one employee for one month of 8 hour days. Getting the failure rate down to 1 percent means you save 2 weeks of employee salary - maybe $5,000 total? The 30,000 drives costs you $4m."

But what about the cost of any outage between the drive failing and your engineer getting it back and restoring the data?

Or the data you lose because they were written after the last backup?

Or the reputational damage if the failing drive takes out a customer-facing system?

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Capita and Updata ink £325m Scottish PSN deal

Tony Green

Crapita???

Someone should donate some old issues of Private Eye to whoever actually handed them the contract.

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GPs slam NHS England for poor publicity of data grab plan

Tony Green

Something else we need to know

Who is getting the contract to handle the database?

Bad enough if it's serial incompetents like Crapita, but if like the census it's being handed over to a Yank company, then that's a serious problem for privacy.

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Rotten to the core: Apple’s 10 greatest FAILS

Tony Green

What grates for me...

... is the use of the word "fails" when "failures" would be so much more literate (and non-American).

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'Maybe we haven't been clear enough about med records opt-out', admits NHS data boss

Tony Green

Re: Radio 4 this morning

"they have no plans to sell it to private companies"

This is distinctly different from "they will NEVER sell it to private companies".

Weasel words, weasel words...

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EU warns United States: SHAPE UP on data protection OR ELSE

Tony Green

The US can NEVER be trusted

Anybody who thinks the US will actually respect any agreement it might claim to sign up to is a naive idiot.

Uncle Sam considers the rest of the world to be his property, to do with as he wishes. If it suits American business interests or imperialist aims, the US will spy on, murder or invade anywhere necessary. The only sane way is to work on the basis that America can be trusted about as much as Soviet Russia could.

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Furtive ebook readers push Hitler's Mein Kampf up the charts

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It can be enlightening

Understanding the demented mind of a man like Hitler can be useful in countering the demented ideas of those who still idolise him.

And it's useful in other ways. Religious groups often try to portray atheists as monsters, "because Hitler was an atheist". Which is rather disproved by, "And so I believe to-day that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator. In standing guard against the Jew I am defending the handiwork of the Lord."

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"Personally I find a muslim appearance whilst wearing a racksack to be the most effective...."

Though potentially life-shortening if any of Cressida Dick's death-squads are on the tube.

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Report: Prez Obama kicks Healthcare.gov contractor to curb for web disaster

Tony Green

English translation needed

I have no idea what "kicks Healthcare.gov contractor to curb" means.

This seems to have been written either by an illiterate or perhaps someone who only speaks 'Merkin English (which amounts to the same thing).

Checks URL bar... yes, thregister.co.uk

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British Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing receives Royal pardon

Tony Green

Re: At last

Better than it was. Though religious organisations are still allowed to work through their bigotry.

And while it's a lot less socially-acceptable to sound off about "poofs" or "fudgers", as a heterosexual man I still hear far too much of it.

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Breathtaking pomposity

The wording of the document confirms what I've always thought - Elizabeth Saxe-Coburg-Gotha is one hell of a pompous, self-important bitch.

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World+dog: Network level filters block LEGIT sex ed sites. Ofcom: Meh

Tony Green

Good reasons to move to AAISP

"The government wants us to offer filtering as an option, so we offer an active choice when you sign up, you choose one of two options:-

Unfiltered Internet access - no filtering of any content within the A&A network - you are responsible for any filtering in your own network, or

Censored Internet access - restricted access to unpublished government mandated filter list (plus Daily Mail web site) - but still cannot guarantee kids don't access porn.

If you choose censored you are advised: Sorry, for a censored internet you will have to pick a different ISP or move to North Korea. Our services are all unfiltered.

Is that a good enough active choice for you Mr Cameron?"

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Re: Hopefully it'll block the Daily Mail and their noncebait sidebar of shame

I'm assuming that as well as a mechanism for telling them that they've wrongly blocked a site, there should be one for telling them there's one they've missed?

Maybe with enough complaints about the filth that the Mail Online publishes whilst hypocritically railing against much less pernicious stuff might get it blocked.

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Justin Bieber BEGGED for a $200k RIM JOB – and got REJECTED

Tony Green

To be fair...

...if they'd accepted, then it would have deterred anybody who wasn't a pre-pubescent girl with an IQ in double figures from using a BlackBerry. So it may not have been such a bad decision after all.

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London businesses to signal UNSWERVING LOYALTY to capital with .london domain

Tony Green

More likely...

...They're scared someone else will grab theirName.london so they need to get it first.

Not necessarily because they actually WANT it.

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Firefox's plugin-blocker slams into beta - but don't jump for joy, Flash haters

Tony Green

Re: How will it work in practice?

These are EXTENSIONS, not PLUGINS.

Big difference.

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

Tony Green

Summer? There's a simple explanation

During hot weather, the DAB signal becomes useless. That's why digital listening declined during the hot summer.

I live less than ten miles from the BBC's huge Manningtree DAB transmitter. I have an outside aerial pointing directly at the transmitter. But on hot days during the summer, the signal was forever dropping out, either for seconds or hours at a time.

So funnily enough, my digital listening declined a hell of a lot this summer, as I was forced back to FM

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Bacteria-chomping phages could kill off HOSPITAL SUPERBUGS

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"the most abundant life form in the universe"

Phew! Some claim.

I'd love to see the evidence to back that one up.

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Microsoft pulls Win 8.1 RT code which upgraded Surface 'slabs into BRICKS

Tony Green

Re: Bricked or somewhat confused.

For the average user I don't think that's a particularly relevant distinction.

For someone with enough (WIndows-specific) technical skills, recovering from something like this might be reasonably easy. But for the average person (ie someone un-technical enough to have been daft enough to buy one of these) it amounts to the same thing.

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Former Microsoftie in AUTOMATIC BEER MAKER funding plea

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Come back when...

... you can use it to make beer as good as the monks at St Sixtus in Westvleteren do it.

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Blighty's great digital radio switchover targets missed AGAIN

Tony Green

Reliabilty is a big problem

Let's be clear, I LOVE my DAB tuner. I can plug it into a USB port of a computer and access every channel in whatever MUX it's tuned to simultaneously, so it's fantastic for a timeshifting application.

The trouble is, DAB just isn't as robust as FM. I live less than nine miles from a major DAB mast and I have an external aerial pointing at it. But when there's a high-pressure system (which there was quite a lot this summer) it drops out on a regular basis - sometimes for hours on end.

Even though my timeshifting was buggered up, at least I could listen to Radio Four on my FM tuner instead, something I won't be able to do if they switch them off.

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Bill Gates: Yes, Ctrl-Alt-Del salute was a MISTAKE

Tony Green

I don't think it was a mistake at all

Had it been a single key it would have been all too easy to hit it by mistake and reboot your computer. The great thing about Ctrl-Alt-Del is that you have to REALLY mean to do it.

Very much in the same way that 999 was chosen as the emergency number - in the days of loop/disconnect dialling the chances of any random line conditions, even on a seriously faulty pair, accidentally generating three nines in succession was extremely low. Had it been 111 there would have been lots of false calls by accident.

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Boris Johnson floats idea of 'London visa' to attract tech talent

Tony Green

The logic of this...

... is that there will have to be controls to stop people leaving London without the proper paperwork.

And if that keeps a few million Cockney Wankers from infesting the rest of the country, I'd vote for it!

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Google chap reverse engineers Sinclair Scientific Calculator

Tony Green

A bargain as a kit

It was fifty quid if you bought the ready-made one. But you could buy a kit and build it yourself for £16, which as an apprentice telephone engineer at the time was the same as my weekly gross wage. And extra geek points (before we'd even HEARD of geek points) for having built it yourself.

Funny thing about its use of RPN was that although it was hard to get used to, once you did it was very hard to get used to "normal" calculator operations. Rather like the way I now instinctively find myself using vi key-sequences whatever I'm editing in.

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