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Pirate Bay's 10 millionth upload: Colour us shocked, a SMUT FLICK

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Re: We flicked through his uploads

The problem with BitTorrent, however, is that you are obliged to make the files available for upload at the same time as you are downloading.

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Shhhhhhh! !!

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So, just how do you say 'the mutt's nuts' in French?

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Testicul par canem

as we say in ancient Rome.....

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Over half of software developers think they'll be millionaires – study

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Stick a pony in me pocket....

I'll fetch the laptop from the van.

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Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet

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Re: The needle returns to the start of the song...........

"UKIP are the only real option in the next elections"

You seriously need your bumps felt if you are thinking of voting for them.

Oh, a protest vote is it? Be careful, if enough people do that, you may well end up with what you vote for.

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European Court of Justice rips up Data Retention Directive

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Re: At Last !

ECJ != EU

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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Re: So, let me get this right...

Yes, that was my reading of the situation. In any software a subsystem in debug mode is entitled (even required) to emit as much debug info as it deems appropriate. If the host system cannot cope with that level of information then it is up to the host system (the kernel, in this case) to throttle it.

So, agreed, this appears to be a kernel bug.

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Microsoft: Hey, small biz devs – Windows Store apps are for you, too

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Re: Am I reading this right?

Ah, yes, that seems more reasonable. Please ignore my earlier rant.

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Am I reading this right?

"Finally, customers who don't fit either of these criteria but who want to sideload apps will be able to purchase new sideloading keys through Redmond's Open License program, also beginning on May 1. The new keys will cost $100 apiece, and each can be used to enable sideloading on an unlimited number of devices."

$100 extra to install bought-and-paid-for apps on a bought-and-paid-for computer running a bought-and-paid-for OS?

Fuck RIGHT off Microsoft!!

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Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month

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Re: Does not add up! @Eponymous Cowherd

"Realistic *simulations* of rape, yeah, that would be classed as porn in my world, I understand these exist (never seen, never want to see) and I would never want a child to see it, along with a whole lot of other stuff (people can be soooo creative....)

Which is the point I was making.

The trouble is, the same sites that contain "nice" porn (people enjoying sex) also contain content depicting women being forced or tricked ( I.e raped) or treated violently. Yes I know this is simulated (or is supposed to be), but does that really matter when deciding whether you'd want your teenage son watching it?

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Re: Does not add up!

"rape != sex. Very, very !="

Where did I say it was?

How about you try to read and understand what was said before replying?

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Re: Does not add up!

"As an aside, what's the big fucking problem with 15 year old looking at porn? Seriously?"

If its my 15 year old watching a video of a couple enjoying sex, then I don't have a problem.

If its my 15 year old watching a video of a gang rape, then I have a big problem with that.

Not all porn is made equal.......

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Dutch doctors replace woman's skull with 3D-printed plastic copy

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Patient's face rebuilt with 3D printed parts

This guy had his face reconstructed using 3D printed parts.

link

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ISPs CAN be ordered to police pirates by blocking sites, says ECJ

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Re: pirated content

Actually, you aren't allowed to make a backup copy of your dvd collection.

The DMCA and the ECD (in Europe) explicitly outlaw the circumvention of any copy protection systems. You have to circumvent CSS to copy your DVD, and that is a criminal offence.

In the UK you are not even permitted to make a copy of unprotected media (like CDs), though that is a civil offence, not criminal. You can copy CDs for your own use in the US as "fair use".

Perversely, if you buy a knock-off DVD (without protection) then copying isn't criminal as that offence was committed by the original copier.

Copyright law is a huge not-fit-for-purpose mess, which is hugely biased towards big business to the detriment of the consumer.

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Re: In other news...

"Wrong again, Eponymous.

Repeating false statements and interpretations over and over again does not make them right. Change the record."

Seems most people disagree with you, Mr Anonymous Coward. How about you reveal yourself instead of sniping at your betters from behind your AC parapet?

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Re: In other news...

"Nowhere in the article does it mention prosecution of the ISPs, simply that they can be instructed to block infringers. Just as taxi drivers can be reasonably expected not to take a booking from bank robbers looking for a getaway driver.

Wrong analogy:

This is like saying taxi firms can be required to not pick up fares from areas where criminals might be operating.

"Hi, Is that ISP Taxis? Can you pick me up from outside of the bank?"

"Sorry sir, that bank was robbed a year ago."

"What about picking me up outside the park gates."

"Sorry sir, drug dealing and prostitution in that area."

"OK. OK. Can you pick me up from my home".

"Yes sir, where would you like to go".

"Can you take me to the cinema".

"Sorry sir, someone was mugged there last week. Can't take the risk that you might be another mugger".

"How about the pub"

"Fight last weekend"

"Zoo?"

"Someone dropped some litter."

".........."

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Next up.....

Postal services to be required to open and inspect all parcels in case they contain knock-off DVDs / CDs.

Yet again the law-makers demonstrate their singular lack of anything remotely like a clue......

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Dear Reg: What is a 'Lag' and a 'Jacksey'?

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You have got it all wrong....

A lag is what you get after you have drunk 2/5 of your pint of Australian alcoholic beverage ( though that might be a "ger")

And a jacksie is what I use when I want to change the wheelsie on my carsie.

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

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Pliers, Wiring, No 2.

All you ever need.......

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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

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BBC 3

Aimed at an audience with a mental age somewhere between Cbeebies and CBBC.

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Ever get the impression a telesales op was being held prisoner?

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Re: Not a bad idea actually

Seriously?

You think the mindless tedium and low pay of call centre work is going to encourage drug dealers, burglars, car thieves, etc, to go on the straight and narrow.

I can hear it now. "If this is what honest work is like, they can stick it where the sun don't shine" (or words to that effect).

At best its going to make their current "career" seem more attractive. At worst its going to encourage them to set up their own call centre based scam.

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Frenchman eyes ocean domination with floating, mobile Bond villain lair

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Re: Shurely Shome Mishtake? (Moonraker)

Ah, the lovely Hugo Drax:

"Look after Mr Bond, see that some harm comes to him"

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Re: Shurely Shome Mishtake?

Karl Stromberg.

Sheesh, these people who can't tell their Goldfinger from their Blofeld..........

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NHS England tells MPs: 'The state isn't doing dastardly things with GP medical records'

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Re: Track Record

Its a moot point. We know this lot aren't above giving citizens a damn good probing and selling the results, and the Labour lot were worse.

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Track Record

"[Kelsey] said that it was simply not true that "the state is going to do dastardly things" with centrally held GP medical records. "

And, of course, their track record bears this out.

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Apple throws sueball at China's patent office over Siri clone

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Re: Did anyone read the article??

Indeed,

And that works every time when used as a defence when Apple claim one of their patents has been infringed in a US court.

What's good for the goose, and all that.....

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Prez Obama cyber-guru: Think your data is safe in an EU cloud? The NSA will raid your servers

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"Worth noting that the GCHQ are right beside the NSA in all their questionable protectionism."

I think you will find that GCHQ are trotting along behind the NSA wagging their tail and waiting to be told to go fetch in the hope they get a pat on the head and a tasty treat.

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Apple prevails in Siri marketing lawsuit

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False advertising.

This isn't about the fitness of purpose of the iPhone. This is about false advertising. We have all seen those Siri ads where Siri answers every question instantly with an accurate answer. If Siri really was that good then it certainly could have been seen as a killer feature which could cause people to decide to buy an iPhone rather than the competition, and pay extra for it.

We all know that Siri is nowhere near as good as it appears in those ads and I'm not surprised that people feel aggrieved.

Perhaps the real problem is with the way advertisers are regulated and punished when they make blatantly false claims. In the UK we have the pathetically useless and toothless Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) who offer no effective sanctions against serial false advertisers and, therefore, are no deterrent at all.

I'm guessing regulation in the US is at least as bad, or even worse.

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Japanese fanboi first in queue for, er, iPhone 6

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Yeah but.....

has it got Flappy Bird on it?

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Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

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RCJ misses the point, again.

But that isn't surprising considering his own ineptitude with regards to IT.

The biggest problem with ICT in schools isn't that they don't teach coding. That's like saying the biggest problem with a music course is they don't teach the guitar..

The problem with ICT teaching is they aren't teaching IT. At all. RCJ is correct when he says its mostly all Powerpoint, Excel and Word, but there is nothing inherently wrong with teaching those if the course was "Office Skills".

ICT should, at GCSE level, be giving kids who take the subject a broad grounding in Computer Science, and that includes the basics of computer hardware, operating systems, networking, and software engineering (note: NOT just "coding").

Perhaps the real problem is with the name. ICT. Information and Communication Technology. It doesn't match with what is being taught. Its like driving lessons being called something like "Automotive and Vehicle Technology".

And as to Andrew's assertion that all the coding jobs will be going offshore? Offshoring is all well and good when things are going OK, but when things start going wrong the language barriers, cultural differences and time zone differences make resolving the problem much harder. And from experience things go wrong at least as often when offshored, if not more so. You often end up with as many local software engineers (usually expensive contractors) as you would have needed for the entire project to manage an offshore project with even minor problems.

To finish, a personal gripe. Its that "C". Why add the C to IT? Information implies communication because information that isn't communicated isn't information at all. The "C" is redundant.

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MP 'shocked' at failures 'at the top' of the BBC over epic DMI tech fail

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of stuufed shirts and project managers.

There is a world of difference between a technically competent project manager and the kind of stuffed-shirt idiot that usually gets the job in government and BBC tech projects.

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UK internet filtering shouldn't rely on knee tappers, says Tory MP

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Re: Sorry... am I reading that right?

"hit them in the balls"

As long as its Ed, I'm happy with that.

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Good news! Today is Data Privacy Day ... Stop sniggering at the back

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Privates on Parade......

is more appropriate.

I'll file that alongside "World peace day"

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Amazon's 'schizophrenic' open source selfishness scares off potential talent, say insiders

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Re: Amazon can't live without opensource

"Amazon are competing directly with Netflix, who open a huge amount of incredible code on GitHub (http://netflix.github.io/), and they're absolutely destroying LoveFilm."

That has more to do with Netflix being more platform agnostic than LoveFilm. You can get NetFlix on pretty much any platform, LoveFilm is missing from many, including Android and most STBs (including Roku)

Netflix also has a Windows store app, you have to fart around with the LoveFilm website to watch that on Windows 8, and it only works on the Desktop (and not RT, because of their reliance on Silverlight).

I know they say "content is King", and LoveFilm certainly has a better on-demand portfolio than Netflix, but you have to have something to watch it on.

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Mexican drink-driver shopped to cops - by his own gobby parakeet

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Re: Odd timing.

I'm glad you liked my photo recon parrot.

I'll be posting the pictures shortly.

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NSA: It's TRUE, we grab 200 MILLION of your text messages A DAY globally

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Re: Even if it were effective...

Hark, I hear banjos.

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Targets

"'Specifically deployed against – and only against – valid foreign intelligence targets'"

"Wird nicht in der heute, brach mir das Bein Skifahren. Angela"

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

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Quite.

The wrong UI for the wrong device.

Trying to force a common UI on phones, tablets, laptops and desktops is like trying to force common controls on bicycles, motorcycles and cars.

They have different controls for a reason.

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Pint-glass-flashing FISHNAPPERS strike at Firefox daddy Mozilla

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Taken for a Ride?

"A Mozilla marketing source told El Reg: "Have you seen the film Taken with Liam Neeson? This whole thing played out in almost exactly the same way. What a roller-coaster." ®"

A Mozilla hitman located the missing fish on a sheik's luxury yacht (after leaving a trail of corpses halfway around the world) and blew the his brains out before rescuing them?

Bit extreme for a couple of goldfish, don't you think?

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Boffins hampered by the ampere hanker for a quantum answer

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Nail that Electron

"A quantum-based standard would be preferable, but it's proved elusive because counting individual electrons is prone to error."

They just need to recalibrate their Heisenberg compensator.

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Apple coughs up 7 hours of profit to refund kids' $32.5m app spend spree

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RTFA

Read the feckin article!

There seem to be a lot of idiots about here deriding parents for giving kids their credit card details.

Can I suggest you actually read the article before posting your ill informed turdspurts? You'd save an awful lot of embarrassment and downvotes that way.

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Modern spying 101: How NSA bugs Chinese PCs with tiny USB radios - NYT

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Re: Sceptical @AC 07:55

Superb Strawman, there.

My point has nothing to do with whether spying on private citizens is wrong or right ( I happen to think it's wrong ), or the rights or wrongs of Edward Snowden's actions ( I happen to think his actions did far more good than harm ).

My point was merely that, in this case, I am sceptical about the veracity of this spying tech.

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Sceptical

A device that can transmit 8 miles to a briefcase sized receiver is going to need considerable RF output power (several hundred mW).

You could certainly derive such power from a USB port and conceal such a transmitter in larger USB devices, but the problem is it will be eminently detectable, both from an RF point of view, and from a software point of view when, say, a keyboard presents itself as something other than an HID.

Its not that this stuff couldn't have been done. I just feel is is highly unlikely that it could be done without some inquisitive individual finding it.

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EE and Voda subscribers to get 2G and 3G INSIDE the Channel Tunnel

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Vodafone......

can't even get decent 2G (let alone 3G or 4G) to many major town centres.

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Virgin Media spanked by ad watchdog over 'in your neighbourhood' fibs

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Re: Of course...

"..it's not called 'Advertising' these days, it's "Marketing", dahling."

Ah, yes, "marketing".

The art of getting idiots who cannot think for themselves to buy stuff they neither want , need or can afford.

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This isn't advertising.....

It's shooting yourself in the foot.

Advertising a service to people who can't get it is just going to piss them off?

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Apple asks judge to axe ebook price-fixing watchdog

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Re: Apple are not being unreasonable.

"Apple's customers have a choice. If they choose to pay Apple's prices then by very definition they are not being overcharged - they are paying what they are willing to pay and Apple are pricing accordingly.

The difference is that Apple and their price-fixing cartel buddies were forcing customers of other vendors to pay inflated prices in order for them to keep their own inflated 30% markup on eBooks.

I choose to read my eBooks on a Kindle, yet I was being forced to pay more because of Apple.

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Booo Hooo......

The nasty man is being mean to us.

Typical bully, Beats up anyone smaller then them, but goes crying home to mummy when they get a taste of their own medicine.

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Block The Pirate Bay? Arrr, me hearties, new P2P client could sink that plan

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Re: They'll stop this

Well, they'll try to stop this.

But, as long as "Big Media" continues to take the piss**, there will always be demand, and as long as there is demand there will always be a way.

**Got a shiny new Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-Ray for Xmas. "Includes Digital Copy" emblazoned on the case. Great, thinks I, Something to watch on the train. Errrm no! Only when you jump through the registration hoops do you discover how limited this is.

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Android will ship more than ONE BILLION mobes+slabs in 2014

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Kias are a damn site more reliable than Ferraris.

So your point is?

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