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ATTACK OF THE DRONES: ‘Nefarious’ private use rising, says top Blighty copper

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Re: Undoubtedly.

Some even manage to get up to no good without legs.

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Undoubtedly.

Civilians are using drones to get up to no good, are they?

What? Just like certain "civilians" use cars, vans, bicycles, phones, computers, kItchen knives, pickaxes, etc, etc, etc, to "get up to no good".

Ban them all, I say!!!

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

by Douglas R. Hofstadter

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

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Nothing to do with "free speech"

If you don't agree with someone's opinion or something they are campaigning for/against then there is nothing to stop you arguing your point of view.

What is not acceptable is abusing and making threats to harm/rape/kill someone because you disagree with them.

In fact, by thinking that it is acceptable to make, for example, threasts to kill against people you disagree with, you are actually showing yourself to be againt the free speech of others.

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Vanmoof Electrified Bike: Crouching cyclist, hidden power

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Re: A fool and his money.....

"A completely different bike that meets a fairly different consumers needs perhaps?

Care to elucidate what those different needs might be? What use/role can the Vanhoof fill that mine cannot? Mine is cheaper, just as fast and has the same range, but is far more flexible (it folds, has a removable battery, has 7 speeds and has a throttle only mode)?

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Re: Err....a fly in the lycra?

This is incorrect. eBikes in the UK are restricted to 250W (300W for a tandem) and a top motorised speed of 15.5mph (this is the speed the motor stops assisting, you can go faster under your own effort if you wish). eBikes are permitted a throttle (so you don't have to pedal). Bikes in other euro countries can only use pedalec mode.

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A fool and his money.....

I have an eBike. Cost £700. It has the same 250W motor and speed limitations as the Vanmoof, so its performance is identical.

It also has a rear mounted motor (much better traction), 7 speeds, a throttle lever (so you can motor without peddling if you wish) as well as "pedelec" mode.

Its also a folder, so I can sling it in the back of the car, or in the corner of the office while it charges.

I do about 20 miles a day on it, a total of over 1200 miles since I got it in May this year. I do tend to use it in "pedelec" mode, with me putting in about 1/3 to 1/2 of the effort. The big advantage over a regular bike is that I can vary the amount of effort I put in without greatly affecting the speed and time it takes to get to work (motor only, about 40 mins, pedelec, around 35 mins). If it's a hot day, I let the motor take most of the strain so I don't end up getting to work spraying sweat like a lawn sprinkler.

So what does the extra £1300 I'd pay for the Vanhoof get me, exactly?

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Cable guy, Games of Thrones chap team up to make Reg 'best sci-fi film never made' reject

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Re: It's all good....

I'd like to see Toby Frost's "Chronicles of Space Captain Smith"

Steampunk comedy. A sort of eclectic mix of "Hitch-hiker's Guide", "Red Dwarf" and "Carry on up the Khyber".

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Personally thought Ender's Game was atrocious. Bordering on "Battlefield Earth" bad. It came across as Harry Potter meets Starship Troopers and dawdled along through 95% of the film before rushing through the final battle which then flolloped into to a clichéd ending.

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The Martian

One of the best books I have read in a long time, Weir's Mark Watney is anything but one-dimensional.

" In space, no one can hear you scream like a little girl".

“I guess you could call it a "failure", but I prefer the term "learning experience"

“My asshole is doing as much to keep me alive as my brain.”

“Problem is (follow me closely here, the science is pretty complicated), if I cut a hole in the Hab, the air won't stay inside anymore.”

I just hope Ridley Scott doesn't turn it into another Prometheus.....

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'This BITE MARK is a SMOKING GUN': Boffins probe ancient assault

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Boffin

Not dinosaurs

either of them.

As different from a dinosaur as a modern croc is from an ostrich.

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Inateck BP2001 Bluetooth speaker: The metalhead sysadmin's choice? Not exactly

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Re: AKA Tecevo S100

Or one badged "Aukey" for £17.

Interestingly, the Tecevo S100 claims NFC connectivity, too.

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Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp

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Re: Have lots of ideas, try them out

Well, there's Linux, and then there's Linux. Canonical , pretty much did a "Windows 8" with Unity.

Yes, I know you can use a different WM, but that is beside the point. They still blindly push ahead with a default user experience that is generally disliked by users.

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

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Re: meh

I think its a general dislike of numpties who set themselves up as tech authorities / gurus.

Fry always comes across as a likeable enough chap, but he sure does spout some unmitigated bollocks.

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Hmmm.....

An article poking fun at Fry that puts comments into pre-moderation?

Could Mr Pie be a nom de plume for a certain Mr Orlowski?

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Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes

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Re: Proof of the gateway theory

Could have been worse.

It could have been One Direction or Justin Bieber. .....

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6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)

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Re: Ads as Articles

I don't mind the ads and, though I disagree with most of the stuff that Orlowski writes, I don't view them as ads either (I think the bloke truly believes that Big Media raping its customers is A-OK.)

What truly pisses me off are the obvious "advatorials". You know, "We show you how to use and love Microsoft's latest cloudy offering", etc.

Masquerading ads as articles is a big no-no and instills distrust in your readership regarding the veracity of other articles.

Stop it.

Now.

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Love in the time of the GPS sees chap propose with Google Map

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Re: Contrived. Probably by Endomondo.

"I'm not miserable by any stretch of the imagination"

Personally I always imagine you as a cross between Victor Meldrew and Yosemite Sam.....

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Twitter can trigger psychosis in users

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Re: To say nothing of the addiction factor ...

"My Wife's brother's child" (female)

Commonly called a "niece", I believe.....

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Intel forced to shoot down viral 'Israeli boycott' whopper

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Re: Thorne, you raise several excellent points.

Bradley,

You should know by now never to use irony on The Register. Too many Merkins and commentards with Aspergers.

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Re: IRA bombs

Yeah, imagine how quickly "The Troubles" would have been resolved if the UK had bombed the shit out of IRA safe houses in the Irish Republic as a response to an IRA attack.

Oh, wait.....

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Re:If you can't beat them, don't provoke them.

Do you seriously think Hamas gives a flying fuck about the civilian casualties in Gaza? To them it is all good publicity (Look, the evil Israelis are killing our children). For them, the more women and children the IDF kill, the better.

And even if we ignore the civilian carnage in Gaza, how the hell does getting 60+ of your soldiers killed, turning world opinion against your country, creating martyrs and garnering 1000's of new recruits for Hamas make any sense as a response to 5 civilian deaths? (the 3 murdered and the 2 Israeli civilians killed in the conflict).

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Scottish independence debate: STV player flops under weight of viewers

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Double edged sword...........

"Salmond insisted that Scotland would be better off ruling itself than being subject to the whims of politicians in Westminster whom Scots themselves hadn’t voted for."

That works both ways. A number of laws were passed during the Blair/Brown years that affected only English citizens but were passed because of the support of Scottish Labour MPs whose constituents were not affected.

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MPs to sue UK.gov over 'ridiculous' EMERGENCY data snooping law

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Re: Erroneous Cowherd Erroneous Cowherd Contempt

Hmm,

Let us dissect your latest diatribe, shall we, Matty?

"If you lived in a sewage farm you would think swimming in shit was the norm."

People may work on a sewage farm, but they certainly wouldn't live on one (hint: It's not a real "farm"), and I image the last thing a sewage worker would think as "normal" would be taking a swim in a settling pond. As an analogy that is pretty ineffective.

"I suggest you try getting out and meeting a few people that do not hold the same POV as the challenge will either only make your preconceptions stronger or make you question what you have been told is The Truth."

I rather think you should take your own advice. How long did you spend writing all of those ill tempered replies? You need to get out more if that is the best use you can make of your time.

"The vast majority of the British electorate do not even know The Register exists, let alone express themselves here, so it is simply foolish to think the sheeple that have started flocking here constitute a true reflection of public opinion."

So why bother trying to convince us "sheeple" that we are wrong. We are all, obviously, hopeless unreformable reprobates not fit to share this space with you.

If I were you, I'd piss off to a forum where the participants are more sensible and open to new ideas.

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Re: Erroneous Cowherd Contempt

"I [Matt Bryant] am a British voter that was quite content to see the bill passed, if you think I am in some tiny minority then it seems the majority of MPs from all three parties did not."

Then, prey tell, Matt, why are you the one collecting the downvotes? In just about every forum I have seen, or discussion I have heard, the supporters of this action are, by a large margin, in the minority.

You are the one in error if you think yourself and a bunch of lilly livered yes men constitute a concensus of opinion.

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Contempt

“The Government has shown contempt for both the rule of law and Parliamentary Sovereignty"

Not to mention a level of arrogant contempt for the people they are supposed to serve that beggars belief.

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Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes

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Re: bing

Sounds like a stitch-up to me.......

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

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Pirate

Insulting

"That’s why we’ve [BT] worked very hard with rights-holders and other leading ISPs to develop a voluntary programme based on consumer education and awareness which promotes the use of legal online content."

I always fine this use of the term "education" rather insulting.

There is absolutely no point in "educating" us to use "legal" content if that legal content is not available by "legal" means. Trying to "educate" people into not pirating stuff they cannot obtain legally is really trying to brainwash them into accepting the absurd notion of artificial borders and boundaries on the Internet.

Quite happy to pay for stuff as long as I can get it and I can get it for the same price as (for example) those in the US. For example, I am not going to, (and nor should I have to) pay £stupid for a DVD box set in the UK when that same show is available on Netflix in the US.

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UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill

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Re: @Forget It

What is undemocratic is that insufficient time has been given to organise opposition and lobby our MPs.

MPs are elected to represent their constituents interests, not allowing them time to determine how their constituents feel about an issue before they are required to vote is grossly undemocratic.

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Bastards!

that is all

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Adobe Flash: The most INSECURE program on a UK user's PC

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No shit Sherlock

That is all.

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Siri, did we just take a hit in that voice-recog patent fight?

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Ow, clump, OW clump, OUCH, clump....

That is the sound of the boot being on the other foot.

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Google right to be forgotten 'looks odd and CLUMSY'

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Google's deliberate intention?

You have to wonder if it isn't Google's deliberate intention to bring attention to deleted articles in order to create a "Streisand effect" for each.

This is certainly the case for the Peston article. I imagine that whoever asked to be "forgotten" is ruing the day he made that request of Google.

Certainly a most effective way for Google to demonstrate to the ECJ that their ruling is actually having the opposite effect to that intended. Far from being "forgotten", these people are being brought fully into the glare of very powerful spotlights.

Will the next move of the ECJ be to abandon this ruliing, or to ban search providers from telling authors that their article(s) have been excluded from search results?

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When PR backfires: Google 'forgets' BBC TV man's banker blog post

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Dear Barbara.....

It would be interesting to see how many hits that 2007 article is getting now, courtesy of the Streisand effect.

Wonder if this was Peston's intention when he wrote that article?

It was an old backwater blog page.Its now linked from a front page news article. I imagine its getting more hits per hour, now, than it's got in the whole of the last year.

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Super-snoop bid: UK government hits panic button on EU data retention ruling

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Re: Help!

And then there's UKIP who want to rescue us from the EU and ECJ "interference" that is the only thing actually protecting us from the "Snooper's charter".

Despair, indeed!!!

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Want to tell the world how IT really works? Tell us first

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Hmmm......

"Senior IT decision makers"?

Kind of like inviting NHS managers to a symposium on the latest techniques in heart surgery.

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Android is a BURNING 'hellstew' of malware, cackles Apple's Cook

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Re: Really?

Leaving aside the fact that Adam and Eve are fantasy characters, it really all depends on whether you prefer freedom to make your own way and make your own mistakes, or live forever in a pretty garden and have everything done for you as long as you obey the rules.

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

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Re: Feed Abrams to the crocodiles!

I have always thought Star Wars was more like a fantasy tale set in space than a space western. Has all the usual fantasy elements, the Wizard, the boy apprentice, the rogue, the feisty princess, the evil Lord, the faithful servants, the quest, the climactic battle where good triumphs over evil, etc.

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Alien

Fringe

Let us not forget Abrams' "Fringe"

Sort of like a less believable rip off of "The X Files" with his trade mark make-it-up-as-you-go convoluted subplots and unpleasant lead characters.

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Windows Phone Live: An enterprise story

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Re: Promo

Indeed.

I have concerns about a news site being a "media partner" of an organisation it should be reporting on.

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Internet rejoices over Star Wars, um, clapboard pic

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What?

And miss out on all of those lens flare effect?

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If it is another Episode 1 he'll be known as....

Jar Jar Abrams.

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We'd switch mobile networks, but we can't be bothered – survey

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Glad I switched

I switched from Vodafone to Three about a year ago, after 10 years with Vodafone.

Don't regret it one bit. I was lucky if I got any signal at all with Vodafone, and when I did it was usually 2G. I also had a poxy 500Mb data limit.

With Three, for the same amount I was paying Vodafone, I get a signal in most places, It is always at least 3G, and usually HSDPA, 4G at no extra cost, and "all you can eat" data.

So, why did I stick with Vodafone for so long?

Well, every two years, at upgrade time, Vodafone would offer me something decent for the same tariff, or a modest increase. Last year they only offered a Windows phone (not at all interested) and some "landfill" Android devices to replace my HTC Sensation unless I either upped my tariff by something like 30%, of forked out a huge (£150) upfront charge for something I was interested in (a Note 2)

Went to Three and got the Note 2 for no upfront charge and £3 more a month. Goodbye Vodafone.

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

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Re: @Fihart re snakeoil

Thank you so much for that link. It is well worth reading some of this guy's other articles, they are comedy gold.

Particularly liked the £995 USB cable (I kid you not!!!)

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NHS patient data storm: Govt lords SLAP DOWN privacy protections

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Re: Twats!

Actually they are Lords.

Oh, yeah, right. I see what you mean.....

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Chucking cash at sport and broadband starts to pay off for BT

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Even Sir Tim hates them......

From This BBC Article

"He describes a recent experience where he had to jump through hoops set up by BT - "do you want to set up parental controls? No. Do you want BT's added features? No." before finally getting onto the web, only to be greeted with a BT advert. "If you want me to look at an advert, I will charge an administration fee," he says, to chuckles from the audience."

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Ninten-DON'T: Wii U bomb blows Mario Kart giant off track – but new console promised

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FAIL

Two reasons.

The original Wii had a genuinely new and innovative feature (the controllers) and was cheap enough for people to give it a go without worrying about it (£170. iirc).

The "U" introduces nothing really standout different and is over that magic "hey, why not!" price point.

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BT fibre 'availability checker' looks into FAR-OFF FUTURE. Again

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Savage Gumming

Another telco gets another serious gumming by the toothless ASA over misleading claims.

Pointless.

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Shocking 'new iPhone' is also - BZZZZT!! - a Taser-like stun gun

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Not exactly new

Tasers disguised as phones have been reported for years, including ones disguised as iPhones.

Oh shit!!! I'm beginning to sound like jake!!!

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Selfies are so 2013. Get ready for DRONIES – the next hipster-cam-gasm

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Re: Relatively cheap, was Flash in the pan

The Parrot AR drone is certainly a toy, but a very capable one, and very hackable (which is where my interest lies, rather than taking "dronies").

Having said that, there is a market for drone photography / video (looked into it). Inspection of high structures (bridges, buildings, masts) and more domestic stuff ( panning aerial shots of guests at wedding receptions / parties, etc) and people will pay good money for this.

The difficulty comes when you switch from flying a drone as a hobby (where it is classed as an RC aircraft) and using it as a business, where the pilot must be qualified and certified by the CAA (in the UK). To set yourself up in business with a suitable rig + getting the required training and certification , you are looking at £10k+.

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