* Posts by Fibbles

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Backpage child sex trafficking lawsuit nixed thanks to 'internet freedoms'

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The crimes against these girls were horrific and I really do sympathize with their need to bring all those involved to justice. However, it really does seem to me that Backpage was merely badly implemented rather than complicit in the actions of the pimps.

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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

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Re: And the Perpetrators

Remember Admiral Byng

Byng did the best he could in a difficult situation. I'm not sure that applies to those in the city.

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IN YOUR FACE, Linux and Apple fans! Oculus is Windows-only for now

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Re: PS4?

considering the required specs, a PS4 isn't anywhere near powerful enough. None of the current generation of consoles are.

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Astroboffins eyeball MONSTER GAS HALO hugging Andromeda Galaxy

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Re: A Trillian Stars in a galaxy

Intelligent life may only

arise around one star in a million

Million-to-one chances crop up

nine times out of ten.

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Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor

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Re: Hardly a bug, is it...

Now he regrets not listening to me

because there are still people that

think less of him and he has not

gotten the promotions and respect he

deserves.

It's a shame this shit still happens. promotions should be made based on merit not the boss's opinion of your body art.

Tattoo's are part of traditional European culture. I suspect that if tatoos were a part of a minority culture or religion there'd already be legislation protecting against this sort of discrimination.

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Bloke, 22, in knockoff Microsoft Xbox ring gets 18 months in the cooler

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Re: Poppycock

Britain?

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It's just an x86 PC with a slightly custom APU and fast memory. You could easily build something similar, though with slower memory. The tricky part is getting the OS.

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Re: What do the beancounters say about the value

If a company spends $200 million on research and you break in and steal a copy, then you have stolen $200 million worth of research. It doesn't mean the company has lost $200 million worth of research. Though the research being in the public sphere will devalue it.

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Mortal Kombat: Brawler gaming's quintessential gorefest

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There was a Master System port of MK1, though I think the Mega Drive (Genesis) version was released first.

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America was founded on a dislike of taxes, so how did it get the IRS?

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Re: House prices

Have you seen the cost of train fares lately? Sod that.

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Re: House prices

I'm guessing that >50% of the

UK population live in comutting

distances to London?

I laughed. Sometimes it takes me an hour just to travel 10 miles. London is 100 miles away.

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DTS announces DTS:X – sparks object-based audio war with Dolby

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So for films, does that mean each

dialogue element could be referenced

independently? So we could watch a

film where we could choose the dub,

e.g. Harry could be talking in English,

but Hermione in Swedish?

You could even watch the StarWars prequels with JarJar on mute.

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Lib Dem manifesto: Spook slapdown, ban on teen-repelling Mosquitos

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I'm stuck in the same boat.

Perhaps it's time to make my own party... with blackjack and hookers.

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Aw, snap! How huge HTML links can crash Chrome tabs in one click

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El Reg comments allow html...

My inner troll is begging me to post that link.

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HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer

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Re: Headphone socket EMI noise?

Usually in cheap desktops interference on the headphone socket is a result of hooking it up to the header on the motherboard with a (relatively long) unshielded wire. Front sockets are especially bad because the wire usually has to run past the hard drives. Using the back socket which is directly soldered to the motherboard usually lets you bypass the problem. Or, if you're feeling especially adventurous you could also try making your own grounded shielding for the front socket wire.

It's not such an easy fix on a laptop or tablet.

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Sony nabs cloud gamers OnLive, administers swift headshot

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Buy up the competition then shut it down.

For the players, my arse.

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Tidal music launch: Pop plutocrats pour FLAC on rival Spotify

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Re: All I see is

Spotify paying pittance per steam is just as bad for poor artists as rich ones. This service should help improve the situation somewhat.

Jay-Z's current bank balance is irrelevant.

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Amazon cloud threatens to SMASH the fundamental laws of PHYSICS

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Re: Interesting ToS

although probably not impossible with clever enough error-correction code

It doesn't really need to be clever. With infinite storage you can include as much redundancy in your data as you like. The only penalty is the amount of time it takes to upload to / download from Amazon's servers.

You could for example backup your entire pirated movie collection by uploading a series of 800*100 pixel jpegs where every 100 pixels on the x axis represents a new bit (black-ish being 0 and white-ish being 1). Amazon could compress the hell out the files and they'd still be readable.

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Mature mainframe madness prints Mandlebrot fractal in TWELVE MINUTES

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Re: But will it...

O RLY?

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Re: But will it...

Given enough time, anything can run Crysis.

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$30 Landfill Android mobes are proof that capitalism ROCKS

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Re: "Higher prices mean cheaper electricity for everyone"

Moore's law is a product of free

market capitalism.

Moore's law is a product of technological advancement. Technological advancement is sometimes aided by capitalism but it is not reliant upon it.

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Re: "Higher prices mean cheaper electricity for everyone"

The logical fallacy is in assuming correlation is causation. Does 10% of the population owning a smartphone really increase GDP by 0.5% per year? Or is it simply that in growing economies some people can finally afford to own smartphones.

Likewise the 'miracle' of a $30 android phone owes as much to Moore's law as it does to free market capitalism.

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What a hang-up: AT&T dumped from Dow index, Apple installed

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WTF?

World's only time traveling stock index.

Apple will boot giant telco AT&T off the oldest and most famous stock market index later this month, the people running the Dow Jones Industrial Average announced this morning.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, known simply as "the Dow," is one of the key indicators of stock market health and was first calculated in 1896 by the company's co-founder Charles Dow, making it the second oldest stock index in the US.

Simultaneously first and second oldest...

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Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

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Re: Retrogression of the "Force".

Star Wars is not science fiction. The answer to any question involving the mechanics of the Force or lightsabers is always "a wizard did it".

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Vint Cerf: Everything we do will be ERASED! You can't even find last 2 times I said this

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Re: Turtles all the way down?

It can't be Jake, there's no mention of doing it whilst horseback riding through his vineyards.

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Google cuts Microsoft and pals some slack in zero-day vuln crusade – an extra 14 days tops

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Re: If

There's nothing wrong with re-using properly encapsulated code. There are only so many ways to skin a cat etc.

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Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

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Re: Security??? @AC

I thought we had educated all the AC trolls that cannot distinguish between the OS and the applications running on the OS.

Education is pointless when they're paid to post the same FUD over and over again.

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ICANN orders re-evaluation of dot-gay

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Re: dot-inc

Surely there'll only ever be abount 8 .inc domains, with most companies using absurdly long sub domains, eg;

AuntJemima.Quaker.PepiCo.inc

The commentard that can come up with the longest address wins one full internet.

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Watch out Seagate: Here comes WD with a hybrid flash/disk drive launch

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Re: Really, El Reg...

I don't expect the Register to constantly exercise self censorship. However, the French massacre is major news, a large part of the readership are European and that picture really has fuck all to do with the article.

Is it too much to expect a little tact?

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Sony grovels, offers freebies after PlayStation network spent Xmas TITSUP

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Re: Re: They're still a bunch of dicks even when they act kind

From what I remember the raison d'etre of the SteamMachine was to move developers away from DirectX to something more OS agnotic as Valve didn't want to be beholden to MS's new Win8 app store. Luckily for Valve most of the major game engines have done this without anything but ur-SteamMachines materialising.

That's not to say we won't get SteamMachines Soon™, it's just that their arrival is now less urgent. I think the original plan from Valve was to compete directly with the PS4 and XBone but I assume they've realised the inherent problems with that; console uers don't know Valve and don't want to the spend $currency with an unknown, whilst PC users do know Valve but don't want to play PC games on a console. The best way for GabeN to capure market share now is to sit perfecting his product till the mid point of the console cycle at which point he can release something vastly superior (in terms of hardware performance,) to the current console offerings with no real competition from the encumbents expected for some time.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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WTF have you done?

Did you guys get the work experience kid to design the new layout? This is just awful.

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Linux software nasty slithers out of online watering holes

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Re: Fingerprinting/characterising?

35 processes seems rather low for Mint. You're likely only looking at processes you have adequate permissions to tamper with.

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Re: @Chris W Haven't we been here before

If you want to use a gui to write a letter, watch a video or manage you media then get OSX and stop trying to pretend that Windows is as good. It isn't, just admit it and get on with life.

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Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix

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Regardless of your opinion on blank media levies and the like, we should all be giving the IPO a damn good kicking. The EU directive is clear about artist remuneration; all the IPO have done by ignoring it is ensured that we, the taxpayers, are going to have to pay for a lengthy legal process which will inevitably side with the existing EU rules.

If the IPO wants to change the rules regarding compensation for private-use copying then they need to do it at a European level. Ignoring existing rules is just pissing our money up against the wall for no good reason.

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World of Warcraft then and now: From Orcs and Humans to Warlords of Draenor

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Re: I miss

For nostalgia they redid molten core! Ahhh memories.

Then they nerfed it because the majority of today's playerbase is incapable of basic crowd control.

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Re: What you talkin bout Lewis?

Subscriptions always peak around new expansions, this time was no different, and the fall off shortly afterwards will be no different either.

On average, subscriptions ARE flagging - no doubt about it.

In the 2 months before the release of Cataclysm subscriptions remained flat. In the 2 months before the release of Pandaria subscriptions rose by 900,000. In the 2 months before the release of WoD subscriptions rose by 2.6 million.

I'll grant you that overall subscriptions have been on a downward trend for the last 2 expansions but that's in a large part because Cataclysm was regarded as an awful expansion and the Kung-Fu Panda / Disney feel of Pandaria drove away a lot of the original players. WoD meanwhile is all about old-school Warcraft nostalgia and it seems to be very popular. Disastrous server stability issues aside I'd yet to see anything but praise for the new expansion until I read this reg article.

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Mighty Blighty broadbanders beg: Let us lay cable in BT's, er, ducts

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Taking a backseat

The group claims that business needs have taken a backseat to good consumer broadband and that will continue “as long as BT has control of the basic infrastructure”.

Currently this reads like the UKCTA are publicly complaining that BT providing a good service to the end user is bad for business.

Did the group actually say that or has the author of the article gotten things a little mixed up? If the latter, someone might want to correct that sentence quickly as it seems a tad libellous...

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THERE it is! Philae comet lander FOUND in EXISTING Rosetta PICS

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Re: Should have included some buttered toast on the feet

If a cat is super-glued to the underside of a space probe and there is no one there to observer it then it is in both a state of aliveness and deadness. As such, cats can survive in space without any viable form of life support making them far better suited to exploration of the cosmos than man.

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It's space WAR: Comet launches fireballs at space-invading EARTH

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Re: Information please

I would say lucky bastards but a lot of people topped themselves thinking it was the end of the world!

The end of days finally arrives; the good are to be whisked off by angels whilst everyone else burns. So what do the most fervent religious types do? Commit a mortal sin.

/slowclap

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I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm

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I think even amanfromMars would struggle to make sense of it.

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Re: Sad, y'know?

El Reg didn't start a #shirtstorm. Feminists did.

I wouldn't call them Feminists, I'd call them SJWs. This was about attacking something they found personally offensive, not equality.

As a side note; the shirt was given to him as a present from a female friend.

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Assassin's Creed bugs shift setting to LSD-drenched 1960s Paris

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Re: EddieD It's catching

I guess you haven't been following the WoD release fiasco Matt?

Two days after release and the servers are still so unstable you'll be lucky to get 20 minutes of gameplay before finding some progression breaking bug, getting stuck on a loading screen or plain old booted from the server. Blizzard's only solution so far is to reduce the server population caps so that on busy realms it now takes up to 5 hours of queuing just to get into the game. Lowering the caps has done bugger all to help stability or latency but it has made the random disconnects all the more infuriating.

Apparently the instability is "totally unexpected" as if they couldn't have foreseen that their entire subscriber base playing in the same zone all at once might stress the servers. It's not like they've had 5 previous MMO launches and 10 years of experience...

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'Yes, yes... YES!' Philae lands on COMET 67P

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Re: pics

The photo will likely be greyscale as it'll be generated from images taken in the non-visible spectrum.

The comet is about twice the distance from the Sun as Mars (so 'daylight' is quite dim,) and the surface has an albedo similar to coal. Such conditions don't really lend themselves to colour photography.

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ESA sends back PRE-LANDING COMET CLOSE-UPS

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Re: Staggering Pictures

*cough*

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GOD particle MAY NOT BE GOD particle: Scientists in shock claim

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So CERN found a particle and it behaves as they expected a Higgs Boson should. Now a bunch of Danes are saying it's not the Higgs Boson, it's some mystery particle... that also happens to behave exactly like you'd expect the Higgs Boson to.

I realise scientists should always be trying to disprove current theory but surely if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck...

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TORpedo'd dev dumps Doxbin files after police raids

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So why was it seized? Simply because it hosted information deemed inconvenient?

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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

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The Doctor, poised to kill the Master.

I was on the edge of my seat. Finally, some decent character development for the Doctor instead of everything resetting back to normal at the end of the episode as per usual. Before you go scrambling for the reply button; no, losing feisty female sidekick 4792 doesn't count as character development since feisty female sidekick 4793 will be along presently resulting in no meaningful change.

I could have forgiven the episode for being rather rambling and cheesy at times if the writers had let him do it and then cut to the punching console scene. It would have been a bit of a downer but probably the punch to the gut this series desperately needs. Instead we got the inevitable deus ex machina to keep the Doctor clean and kiddie friendly.

I think I'm done with this series.

NO MORE.

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EU cyber-cop: Dark-net crooks think they're beyond reach (until now)

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Re: Not even a Blip

Once you realise that it took significant effort from the top intelligence agencies of numerous Western countries to arrest 17 cannabis dealers this announcement loses a lot of its fanfare.

You could arrest more by stopping strange smelling cars with tinted windows on a Saturday night.

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Pop starlet Taylor Swift DUMPS Spotify: It’s not me, it’s you

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Re: Sorry.....

Hit the nail on the head but not the way you thought you had.

The market will bear full retail price for her albums; this is evidenced by the millions of albums she sells. This being the case, selling her music for less (i.e. streaming through Spotify) is actually undervaluing her music.

I'm not a fan of her autotuned Disneyfied faux-country music but I think she'd be a fool to sell it for less than the market is willing to pay.

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