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Ex-Lloyds bank digital security chief 'submitted £2.5m in false exes'

Martin
WTF?

Indeed....

That works out at £16K a month approximately.

Sixteen thousand pounds a month in expenses? Four thousand pounds a week, every week for over three years?

And that is, presumably, on top of the legitimate expenses she claimed...

How on EARTH could that have happened?

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Facebook underwriters accused of hiding forecast

Martin
Meh

I'm not one to defend financial institutions...

...but this doesn't look like a big deal.

Morgan Stanley's research analyst revised his predictions based on the public information that Facebook put out, saying they weren't so sure how to monetize Facebook on smartphones. The research analyst has to be independent of the IPO people - so, he came out with his revised prediction to a few major clients. As the story says, it's normal for major clients to get predictions ahead of the mainstream.

They are only predictions, based on his experience and public information. He did not have (or one hopes he did not have) any inside information about the IPO. There was no insider trading going on here.

It's unusual - in most cases, the analysts of a company that are leading a major IPO will tend to talk it up. But it's not wrong; arguably, it indicates that Morgan Stanley were sticking to the rules that the people who do their analysis are completely independent of the people leading their IPO.

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Orange pulls out of women's Fiction

Martin
FAIL

It's not chick-lit...

...as you'd know if you'd actually read any of the books short-listed for the prize.

And this sort of knee-jerk attitude is why we NEED a decent prize for literature written by women.

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'Facebook ads are very boring and not very imaginative'

Martin
WTF?

Oh yeah?

What sort of phone are you using? How did you originally hear about it? Could it possibly have been due to an advert?

What TV programs do you watch? How did you hear about them? What films do you see? Were any of them based on trailers you'd seen previously in the cinema?

Same applies for more-or-less everything in this world.

Like it or not, advertising is a fact of life, and it works on everyone.

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Roman roads get the web maps treatment

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FAIL

IE 9 required???

What on earth does the site do that it won't run on IE8, but works perfectly well on Firefox 3.6?

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Ten... freeware gems for new PCs

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Happy

Re: Well, someone has to say it...

Oh well.

When I put the post in, I had to decide between the joke icon or the penguin. Judging by the number of downvotes, I chose the wrong one...

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Martin
Linux

Well, someone has to say it...

Surely the best piece of freeware you can put on a Windows PC is a new install of Linux?

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Greenland glaciers not set to cause disastrous sea level rises - study

Martin
Happy

Let's see...

Quote mining - check.

Conclusions bearing no resemblence to evidence cited - check

Ignoring all evidence to the contrary - check.

Personal side-swipes - check.

Lewis Page, you have officially passed the requirements - your articles can be accepted for publication by the Discovery Institute. Congratulations!

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Basic instinct: how we used to code

Martin
Facepalm

Well, damn - look what I found....

Replying to myself before anyone else does...

http://www.bitsavers.org/pdf/dartmouth/BASIC_Oct64.pdf

And there it is on page 2. "The language that you will use is BASIC (Beginner's All Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) which is at the same time precise, simple and easy to understand."

You live and learn.

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Martin
Unhappy

Hmmm.

Until I see the actual Dartmouth BASIC manual, or a copy of it, and not merely multiple assertions all over the web, I'll stick by my memory. We knew that Algol was Algorithm Language, and Fortran was Formula Translation - but Beginner's All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code? Please allow me to be very dubious.

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Martin
Happy

Re: Shop demo models

That's truly evil! I like it.

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Martin

"Don't forget that BASIC was developed at Dartmouth college as a simplified (hence the "B") way to teach programming..."

You are aware, aren't you, that the "Beginner's All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code" is a retro-fitted phrase? BASIC was called BASIC because it was basic. Afterwards, people asked "But what does it stand for?" and someone came up with this truly horrible suggestion.

I was using BASIC in 1971 on a PDP-10 at Hatfield Polytechnic over a phone line from our school. But I didn't hear anything about "Beginner's etc etc" until sometime in the 1980s - round about the time that the story that BASIC was invented by Bill Gates started.

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Publishers' club lauds UK e-book sales surge

Martin
Headmaster

digital tomes?

A couple of pedantic points

A tome is a big heavy book. The major advantage of e-books is that a whole library, never mind an individual book, is not big and heavy.

And if VAT at 20% is removed from an e-book, that reduces the price by approximately 17%..

But yes - I don't quite see why an e-book should attract VAT when a paper book does not....

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What kind of LOSER sits in front of a PC...

Martin
Happy

Re: Where e-books go to die

Actually, not quite...

In the case of ePub, even if Sony, Kobo AND Adobe all go bust (which is roughly what would need to happen for Digital Editions to stop working) the books will continue to work on your licenced readers and PC.s.

Kindle - not so sure...

But this is why people strip the DRM off their books - so that they DO keep them if the worst comes to the worst.

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Martin
FAIL

Re: Reading

Which is fine if all you like is sword and sorcery...

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BT's 'unbeatable' Infinity broadband ads banned by ASA

Martin

Re: @Martin They should have used "Unbeatable*"

I didn't expect your comment to be modded. But I still hold by my statement.

You'll rarely or never hear a woman use the word in this casual way; most of them will find it extremely offensive to hear it used in this way. Because we men are in a majority here, we can hide behind the dictionary. But it's still offensive.

It's surely not hard to find another word to use - there are plenty - which doesn't have the same connotation.

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Re: They should have used "Unbeatable*"

Steve Evans - please don't use "rape" in this sense. It's pretty damn offensive by any standards.

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Prince of Persia author releases 1980s source code

Martin
Happy

Congratulations!

A magnificent achievement.

You have won the official Wet Blanket Award for April, and you have been shortlisted for the annual 2012 Wet Blanket Award. I for one reckon you've got an excellent chance of the big prize.

Well done!

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The iPad 3 would make me so horny...

Martin
WTF?

...fucktard?

About every tenth time it happens, I ask - why on earth are people so damn RUDE on the internet?

Why do people on forums routinely use the sort of language that would get them sacked if they used it at work, and smacked in the face if they used it down the pub?

It's possible to disagree with someone, or observe that they have missed a point, without resorting to abuse.

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Climate-change scepticism must be 'treated', says enviro-sociologist

Martin
FAIL

Lewis Page has done it again.

The very first sentence of the article is completely misleading, in a way that the Discovery Institute or Answers In Genesis would be proud of.

There is no indication or even an implication that 'Scepticism regarding the need for immediate and massive action against carbon emissions is a sickness of societies and individuals which needs to be "treated"'.

In fact the press release states that "From a sociological perspective, resistance to change is to be expected...People are individually and collectively habituated to the ways we act and think."

It also says that ""This kind of cultural resistance to very significant social threat is something that we would expect in any society facing a massive threat."

There is no suggestion whatsoever that this sort of skepticism is a "sickness of society". On the contrary, it says that this behaviour is to be expected.

But I've given up expecting fair or reasonable discussion on this subject on El Reg.

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Martin
WTF?

Re: Science first

Good science is self evident?!

Let me just mention a few items:-

Newton's laws of motion

Special relativity

Quantum Mechanics

Plate Tectonics

Evolution

Genetics and DNA

Those are all, unarguably and undeniable, good science. They were all far from self evident when they were first postulated.

I have a horrible feeling that in a hundred years time, AGW will also be on this list.

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Martin
FAIL

Re: "What is his argument? An appeal to ignorance?"

Actually, I think you'll find it's the other way round.

Science, being science, is generally adjusted to fit the facts. That includes climate science. That's why the predictions are adjusted as we get more data.

Deniers are the ones who deny evidence, spout FUD and make dogmatic statements with no evidence. The above post being a classic example.

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High school student expelled for dropping F-bomb in tweet

Martin

Re: sadly

Just for precision:-

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

A person is guilty of an offence if he—

(a)uses towards another person threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or

(b)distributes or displays to another person any writing, sign or other visible representation which is threatening, abusive or insulting,

with intent to cause that person to believe that immediate unlawful violence will be used against him or another by any person, or to provoke the immediate use of unlawful violence by that person or another, or whereby that person is likely to believe that such violence will be used or it is likely that such violence will be provoked.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Or to put it another way - you won't be arrested for simply saying "fuck" in public. You won't normally even be arrested if you just tell a copper to "fuck off" - unless he feels threatened. If a cop arrested someone every time he was told to fuck off, he'd literally have no time to do anything else.

Frankly, why should coppers - or anyone else in public service - have to put up with "threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour" when they are just doing their job?

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Google I/O conference sells out in 20 minutes

Martin
FAIL

Given that Google are a pretty significant technology company...

...how hard would it be to ensure that the tickets for the show are not transferable and hence put the kibosh on the profiteers?

And if you do need some way of valid transfers at face value only - well, Google are a pretty significant technology company and should be able to solve said problem.

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CD: The indestructible music format that REFUSES TO DIE

Martin
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You don't have to use the Amazon tool...

Pymazon is excellent.

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Medieval warming WAS global – new science contradicts IPCC

Martin
FAIL

Is this a news article or an op-ed?

Look, we know that Lewis Page only ever covers news which supports his anti AGW agenda. But with comments like "famous climate-alarmist scientists", he is going way beyond what is really justifiable.

It's actually a good thing for everyone that someone has done some research and discovered that things are not quite as we first thought. It's called science. We can never be sure we're absolutely right. But it's just another datum. As someone above said, it doesn't mean that global warming isn't happening.

Honestly, the last time I saw so much one-sided reporting on a science issue, it was the Discovery Institute trying to deny evolution.

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Reading plays host to live ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE

Martin
FAIL

Re: Reading is Zombie H.Q. all the time, everyday

So you've turned down a beggar, who might possibly have been hungry. And you'd like to "deport chavs".

Presumably you went back to reading the Daily Mail when you finished your lunch.

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Picture this: Photo-fiddling app Instagram on Google Android

Martin
WTF?

Re: $40m in venture funding and had been valued at $500m

Difference is that I could see how useful a good search engine would be. I don't see why a huge number of people would want to make their photos look old. I bet 25 million of the 27 million users have downloaded the app, tried it and thought "Cool!" and then never used it again.

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HD glitch for Apple TV punters

Martin
Happy

Re: Is it just me...

It's also missing the usual rant about alternative energy sources...

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World's Raspberry Pi supply jammed in factory blunder

Martin
Headmaster

Re: Pi Day

Actually, 3/14/16.

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Ubuntu 12.04 hits beta, brings smooth Unity for marching masses

Martin
Thumb Down

Have they still got those stupid disappearing scroll bars?

If so, I'm staying with Mint.

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Tory minister: Let's exploit our rich resource of mud, er, wind

Martin
Unhappy

Sigh.

Orlowski - alternative energy is a waste of time.

Page - Global warming is a myth.

Look, could you please put the names of the authors on the front page, so I don't have to waste my time clickiing on articles which are going to say nothing except repeating the author's prejudices?

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Intel joins The Document Foundation, pushes LibreOffice

Martin
Happy

Re: Re: If only it (LibreOffice) didn't have such a terrible name

And Suse, Fedora/Red Hat, Debian, Mandriva and Mint are such sensible names...

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Ten... sub-£100 mono laser printers

Martin
WTF?

Well, we'll see...

I'm going to buy the HL-2250DN - Duplex and networked, good reviews (including here), linux drivers and you can get it for less than £80. Why should it be useless?

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AppAware

Martin
Coat

Agreed...

I appreciated it.

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Climate models need revising: Droughts, heat waves not such a big deal

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Re: Grass Growing

Awesome.

My statistical sample of one garden proves that climate change is wrong.

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Martin
Happy

Re: Good grief.

This is Lewis Page. ALL his articles can be reduced to "lulz climate change int so bad rofl".

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Science - what it's about !

Science - We had a hypothesis and tested it - didn't work as we expected. Better change it and retest.

Dogma - we can't possibly have any effect so not worth worrying about it - oh,. and throw in some FUD, too.

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SMS compo firms fined £200k for typosquatting, misleading punters

Martin
FAIL

And did they also...

....have to return every last payment that was made to them? And did the directors of the companies go to prison for six months, and get banned from running a company?

Thought not.

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Boy burned in Nintendo sensor substitution

Martin
FAIL

Re: Is the top of your TV flat?

The sensor bar can live UNDER the TV - you just change a setting in the Wii. Presumably the candles could too.

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Europeans turn backs on Ultrabooks

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Amazon.

It's called a Kindle.

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CERN boffins to lift LHC beam power

Martin
Holmes

Actually, in the original 1931 Frankenstein...

...the assistant was actually called Fritz. And in Bride of Frankenstein, he was Karl, apparently - played by the same actor. (Even though the Monster killed Fritz in the first one...)

Don't know when Igor became the norm...

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The El Reg book library - now on ePub

Martin
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Prices would be useful...

But nevertheless, much appreciated !

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BOFH: The Cloud Committee Calamity

Martin
WTF?

I'm going to give you the same advice...

...as I gave to the person who was approximately as rude as you were about Verity Stob.

At the top of each article, you'll see a few words. These are called a title. They are there to give you some idea what the article is about. The BOFH articles always have the word "BOFH" at the start of the title.

If you don't like the BOFH, refrain from clicking on these articles.

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Has Microsoft finally killed off Windows 8 Start button?

Martin
FAIL

Linux and GUIs??

"...Gnome and KDE would never dream of radically updating the GUIs to make them less usable..."

Ask anyone who switched from Gnome 2 to Gnome 3.

Come to that, ask anyone who has recently abandoned Ubuntu due to the execration that is Unity.

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Apple vs Amazon in ereader format smackdown

Martin

Yes, but...

I can reasonably fit about four thousand books into my house, and I've now run out of space.

I buy beautiful books, and I buy first editions for my collection - all else I get as an ebook if I can. And I'm told that it's relatively easy to strip the DRM, so that it becomes my own. Not that I'd know anything about that, of course.

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Martin
FAIL

Kindle buyers really are braindead morons in my eyes...

Another braindead moron here defending the Kindle.

The Kindle sold well despite it not supporting ePub (which I personally regret). It's dead easy to use and it's cheap, and it looks good.

I've got both a Sony Reader and a Kindle. Means I can choose the cheapest book.

And btw - if you wouldn't up to a large hefty bloke reading a Kindle on the tube and tell him he's a brain-dead moron, why do you think it's acceptable to use the same language on the Internet?

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iOS 5 'crashes more apps' than Android

Martin
WTF?

@AnotherNetNarcissist - Odd

If the research showed that iOS crashed fewer apps, and someone said "Rubbish! - I've got an iPad and a Android tablet and the Android works much better", I would have made exactly the same comment.

What's your point?

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Martin
FAIL

Oh, really?

So your sample of one is proof that this survey is incorrect?

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