* Posts by Vic

3721 posts • joined 7 Dec 2007

At last, switching between rubbish broadband providers now easier

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Re: Oh brilliant move

I see slamming in everyone's future

Exactly what I was thinking.

I've changed provider quite a few times. It's very easy. Why did this need "fixing"[1]?

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[1] I use the term quite wrongly, of course...

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MOUNTAIN of unsold retail PCs piling up in Blighty: Situation 'serious'

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Re: If you need a "new" PC

Whenever Linux has gone haywire for me it after I do something complicated like change the screen resolution

That's not happened to me for very many years. We used to have to edit modelines in XF86Config, but I'm not sure I've had to do that this millenium...

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Linux on a laptop? *Shudder*

I've done it for many years, on various platforms. It's rather good.

I won't run Ubuntu on bare metal anymore

Nor I. But then Ubuntu != Linux.

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Re: Damn you lucky bastadges.

I want a *new* machine, one that I won't have to upgrade for at least five years

I have a bag of shite. The BIOS is dated 2009, so I've had it about 4 years, after my neighbours threw it out. I expect it to last at least another year, making the 5 years you're after.

It cost me £9 for a new power cable. I could probably have got that cheaper if I'd looked a little harder.

Hardware is much more resilient that many people think. The trick is to understand when the black smoke has run out, and when it's merely a software fault masquerading as a terminal failure...

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We don't need a ton of processing power, just a dual/quad core

God, I feel old. this sort of statement still amazes me...

When I was doing silicon design, we had 2x 100MHz SPARCs for the entire 7-man department...

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Is that a graphics driver on your shop's register – or a RAM-slurping bank card thief?

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Re: So use ApplePay

Seriously? You've never seen a card only till?

Nope. Never.

Try tesco or asda

It's a while since I've been to Asda, but I've just done my shopping in Tesco.

Where do you live, the shetland islands?

Southampton.

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Re: So use ApplePay

Notice how many shops now have card only self service tills in the UK?

Nope. I don't think I've seen any such shops...

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NSA slapdown prompts Privacy Int'l to file new lawsuit against GCHQ

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I discovered and patented how to structure any data

You've spammed us with this before. It was bollocks then, and doesn't improve with repetition...

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Re: Marsbarbrain Waiting for Matt...

Hook, line *and* sinker!!

You missed both "rod" and "copy of Angling Times"...

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Caterham 270S: The automotive equivalent of crack

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Re: Now that ElReg is...

My heart's with self assembly, my head says "don't be an idiot!".

I used to work with a guy who was building one - 3 years ago, he reckoned it was ready except for £600 worth of stuff he couldn't afford at the time...

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Festival tech: Charge your mobe while you queue for a pee

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Besides, would you really want to have to explain that to the security if they're feeling bored enough for a proper pat down?

I once had an interesting conversation with a Festival Security guard. She was insistent - nay, vociferous - that glass bottles were absolutely not allowed in, and there's no way I would succeed in getting them in.

I actually had to point out to her that these were my empties, and I was on the way out...

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China's hackers stole files on 4 MEELLION US govt staff? Bu shi, says China

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Re: An Operating System of Their Own

Given the BSD license, that may be a better choice, because then Uncle Sam would be under no obligation to disclose the source of the version of the OS they're using

Any obligation they might have so to do has nothing to do with the licence...

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Spaniard sues eBay over right to sell the Sun

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Re: Prior claim

Ebay are on a sticky wicket by claimng that the Sun is not tangible

"Tangible" means that you can touch it - it's from the Latin.

A tenner says you can't...

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Re: Oh god

his solicitor advised him that the light from the Sun takes 1000 years to get to the Earth

If nothing else, that would demonstrate that the solicitor is clueless...

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Ed Snowden should be pardoned, thunders Amnesty Int'l

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Re: What he did.

He ... jeopardised the US relationship with its allies. It is well known that they all spy on each other

Ah. So it's not some guy's fault he was shagging your wife, it was your best mate jeopardising a relationship when he told you about the affair. I see...

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DARPA unTerminators gather for Robotics Challenge finals in Hell*

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I know, I know, it was Kyle Reese - a human - who said that in The Terminator

It was Schwarzenegger's T101 that said it in the second film...

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Virgin Galactic will get into space 'within 18 months to two years'

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Re: Being picky...

So, mechanically, there is something in the gearbox designed to stop that.

No there isn't. It's just a simpler gear - there is no synchro hub, because such a thing would have no beneficial use.

It is entirely possible to get the box into reverse, if you're unlucky. What stops that happening is a combination of drivers not being complete dorks and non-synchronised gears being quite difficult to mesh. But that doesn't make it impossible, nor does it mean the gearbox is specifically designed to make it impossible.

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Your servers are underwater? Chill OUT, baby – liquid's cool

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Re: BOFH

Presumably smoking in the hangers of Area 51 was frowned upon......

Apparently not.

According to a documentary I watched the other night, the SR71 had a special fuel which would not ignite if you threw a lit cigarette into it.

This kinda makes sense, what with the amount of juice drippiung off the wings as it took off...

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Secure web? That'll cost you, thanks to Mozilla's HTTPS plan

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Re: How is Let's Encrypt vapourware?

So you need to back up your claim that LE is vapourware or this article is pointless FUD

Can you get a certificate from LE? Today?

If you can't, then it's still currently vapourware, even if that is scheduled to change sometime...

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Sawfish are the VIRGIN MARYS of the SEA thanks to virgin births

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Re: Some Female Lizards in the Wild

it was not entirely clear what the specific advantages of sexual reproduction were

Might I suggest you get out a bit more?

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

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Re: Don't ask the user!

Before the invention of the car, when asked what the people wanted, they said 'more horses'!

Since the invention of the car, what many of us want is more horses. I've got about 120 at present - but it's never enough...

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GCHQ gros fromage stays schtum on Snowden and snooping

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Re: Perpetuating ignorance

In 2013 more Americans were killed by toddlers than terrorists.

That's a corking stat, and I fully intend to repeat it. Got a reference to fend off the inevitable question?

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Re: Perpetuating ignorance

it's not only necessary but critical for national security for responsible entities to properly monitor mass communication

ODFO...

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Nice 4G-for-plods demo, Samsung. Good luck actually selling it

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Re: ...Replacing GSM-R

I was briefly working on the programme, and had the temerity to challenge some very dubious expenditure and associated dodgy practices

There's a connection there somewhere - I can't quite put my finger on it...

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Thousands of 'lost data' reports mean we should ARM the ICO, says infosec bod

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Never going to happen.

Encryption is only used by evil people, and needs to be banned.

Our glorious overlord David Camoron told me so...

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Dutch efforts to decapitate Pirate Bay could end up before ECJ

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Re: Stuck Watching Trailers, Eat My Shorts

forcing you to watch up to a half dozen slag trailers

My mate put in a DVD for his kid a while back. One of the first things on it was an unkippable ad for Coco Pops.

I was horrified.

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Re: Devils Advocate...

I was under the impression that Copyright Infringement was a civil offence

Not *always*.

Section 107[1] of the Copyrights Designs and Patents Acts 1988 makes it a criminal offence to infringe copyright in a commercial context or "to such an extent as to affect prejudicially the owner of the copyright". That's why the FACT[2] propaganda at the start of a film threatens ip to 10 years in prison for copying it...

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[1] <spit />

[2] See [1]

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High-flying LOHAN fan raises ale-filled tankard

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Re: stout in a dimpled tankard

Of course, those of a certain age will be reminded of this advert from the 80s.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dt70EeRMhAQ

I think this one is more pertinent :-)

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Re: Tankards, meh!

Proper beer is drunk from a straight glass

You are Ivan Skavinsky Skavar, AICMFP :-)

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Re: Vapourware

obstante commentardus? Dunno about the case ending of commentard.

I'd guess at "commentarde".

My Latin teacher used to declare that "unknown nouns should be considered third declension until proven otherwise", but "commentardus" does look suspiciously second...

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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Re: @ AceRimmer (was:@Bernard M. Orwell (was:Atheists call their imagination science.))

Its "books"

It's "it's".

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Re: Derr.....

It's either that or aa

I'm not sure you really wanted to tell us that...

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Who's the big Swiss bunch that wants to take Sir Jony's lunch? It's... SWATCH!

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long-defunct heavy metal band

Wash your mouth out, Sir...

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Why voice and apps sometimes don't beat an old-fashioned knob

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Re: Bah!

However - the order in which it plays the tracks is non-deterministic - and there doesn't appear to be any way to influence it.

If it's anything like the piece of crap I use in the van, it will play tracks in the order tey were transferred to the medium. The only way to get the playlist in the right order is to erase them, then re-transfer them in the correct order. I wrote a bit of perl to do that...

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First production car powered by Android Auto rolls out – and it's a Hyundai

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Re: Why?

Yes I do.

You don't.

An ECU is dramatically more tunable than a set of carbs. So although you might (or might not) be able to set it up to achieve the same power and emissions at one particular point in the engine's range, you cannot do that across the entire range. It isn't possible.

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Re: My Car Is Not a Phone

How can a conversation with a passenger be any more or less distracting than one on the phone?

Latency.

Modern phone calls always create a delay between each side of the conversation. This is distracting.

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Windows and OS X are malware, claims Richard Stallman

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Re: Shut it you tedious old windbag

I found this:

http://www.law.washington.edu/lta/swp/law/contractvlicense.html

Hmmm. I don't know who wrote that - it appears unattributed - but it is, at the very least, outdated, if not just wrong. Note that the most recent citation on it is from 2005.

Is the GPL then enforceable as nothing more than a bare license under copyright law? No U.S. court has yet considered these questions.

That's a rather tenuous statement; for example, can the default judgement against Westinghouse[1] be thought of as consideration? You'd have to ask someone who knows more than I. Note, however, that German courts have most assuredly tried this[2], and the GPL has come out on top every time.

Under this circumstance, it is possible that a court could employ the doctrine of "implied license" to allow the user to use the software without the restrictions and conditions contained in the copyright license, since the licensor made the software available without making the license restrictions obvious

Given that such software invaliably comes with files like "COPYING", "LICENCE", and "README", at least one of which will state the terms of the GPL, and given also that we all know software is copyrighted by default, so some sort of licence will be necessary, I think this statement is total bollocks. It's like claiming that because a DVD only had copyright notices on it, not an explicit instruction not to copy it, except in those unskippable bits once you'd started playing it, that an "implies licence" was in effect. No it wasn't.

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[1] It was Westinghouse that didn't fold, not Best Buy as I mistakenly said earlier. But both companies still lost in a big way.

[2] See, for example, the FortiNet and D-Link cases.

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Re: Shut it you tedious old windbag

The GPL, just like any other software license, is a Contract. It's governed by Contract Law.

At the risk of pedantry, it actually isn't...

Contract Law varies somewhat between jurisdictions, but typically requires both a Contract (sometimes verbal will do) and a Consideration. This is why you see huge companies sold for £1 - it makes the Contract Law bit a lot simpler.

GPL code doesn't have a signed contract, and some might argue that, since the code has no monetary cost, there is also no Consideration; this would lead to all sorts of nasty legal battles if it were merely a contract. It is often said that a good lawyer will win for you in court, but a great lawyer keeps you out of court in the first place...

And so to the meat of my point: the GPL v2 Section 5 has this to say:

You are not required to accept this License, since you have not signed it. However, nothing else grants you permission to modify or distribute the Program or its derivative works.

IOW, if you distribute the code, it is entirely up to you whether or not you are bound by its terms - but if you choose not to be so bound, then you are guilty of an offence under whichever copyright law applies in your jurisdiction, and there is no way around it. To date, most infringers have chosen to be bound by the GPL, and the ones that haven't - e.g. Best Buy - have lost quite magnificently.

I don't want to detract from the rest of your post, but I think that bit is quite important...

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Shuttleworth delivers death blow in Umbongoland dispute

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It's a trademark dispute, not a software license dispute.

Sure - I was responding to the poster's specific point, not to the more general discussion. I probably should have been clearer...

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if it is all GPLd then there is no need to sign a licence is there

Well, for the GPL stuff, they may not ask Mint to sign a licence.

From GPL v2 Section 4:

You may not copy, modify, sublicense, or distribute the Program except as expressly provided under this License. Any attempt otherwise to copy, modify, sublicense or distribute the Program is void, and will automatically terminate your rights under this License

IOW, any attempt to distribute GPL code with additional clauses would terminate Ubuntu's rights to distribute at all...

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EU net neutrality could kneecap the Tories' opt-out pr0n filter plans

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Because all parents are as understanding of technology as all us that read these pages?

Because parents have an obligation to find stuff out when they don't know it, if it's needed to protect their children.

Parents aren't expected to be able to set broken bones - they consult a doctor. They're not expected to teach the kids French - they consult a teacher. They're not supposed to be able to fly through the air when going on holiday - they contract an airline and a pilot.

But apparently when it comes to IT, the responsibility goes away, and everyone else is supposed to make life easy for them to ignore the problem. In truth, they should be consulting one of the myriad IT professionals who could fix the problem for a very small fee. Government intervention is both unwanted and unnecessary.

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Why are all the visual special effects studios going bust?

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Re: Seems to me that a rarity...

Even Sylvester Stallone has said the the new Dredd movie was better then his Dredd movie.

Stallone never made a Dredd movie. It never happened. It just didn't, OK?

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Re: Nobody knows anything

SIGGRAPH - what's wrong with the VFX industry

Are they misinterpreting it as SIGKILL?

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Re: there's plenty of people willing to see ads

there must be plenty of people willing, not only to see, but also to click on ads.

I've clicked on quite a few ads.

I have a rather faulty touchpad on this laptop. Accidental clicks are not uncommon :-(

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Re: there's plenty of people willing to see ads

at best people don't care about any of their ads

For many products, that's not true. Soap powder manufacturers learnt long ago that sales were directly proportional to exposure. That just is the case - however much we'd like it not to be.

I suspect there are certain ads that are a massive turn-off, though - the old Intel "bong bing bong bing" in every fucking advert that mentioned their processors was exceptionally jarring, and I actually went out of my way not to buy Intel just ion the back of that. I doubt I was alone.

My suspicion, therefore, is that ads that manage to be "smooth with a capital smoo" will cause consumers to buy the product. Adverts that are simply "in your face" will cause the product to be remembered, but not necessarily with the right connotations...

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Make Adama proud: Connect your Things wisely, cadet

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Re: Admiral Adama

And thanks for the down votes all those people who think everyone should watch the same TV shows as them.

Actually, you probably should watch that one. The ending was a bit weak, but much of it was really quite good.

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Zigbee...

there are people selling Zigbee gear that think it would be a good idea to have Zigbee home security systems

Such home security systems already exist - I used to work for a company that developed them.

Mesh networking is not the problem you believe it to be - just because your items form into a meshed PAN, that doesn't mean that anyone else's can join in too. There is authentication and encryption within the protocol...

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UK surveillance commish asks CCTV operators to please be good

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Re: Quick point

I'm a cop in Scotland and I feel every street should have a camera

So you want to be able to spy on us - but you're not even going to tell us who you are?

Yeah, that's equitable.

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Let it go, let it go: How global DNS could survive in the frozen lands outside US control

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There's a lot of talk of PFI in the article

Is the author trying to hint at something unsaid?

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an affiliate of ICANN that has its own board and would be legally separable at a future date if ICANN was deemed to be doing a poor job.

Whaddaya mean "if"?

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