* Posts by Tony Paulazzo

973 posts • joined 2 Feb 2008

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Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

Tony Paulazzo

Wow, there are some BBC shills in this discussion - could you do better with £3.7 billion a year? Yes I fucking could!

If Channel 4 can have a huge selection of old programmes for 'free' (via advertising), I'm damn sure the BBC can offer the same minus advertising.

Fine, charge the non UK consumers a nominal Netflix like fee, but the British public do own all that back catalogue, they paid for it, ergo, it's theirs!

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Reddit scrubs up: Child abuse? Gone. Drugs? Cool. RACISM? FINE

Tony Paulazzo

It's such an American decision: Violence is ok (racism, hate etc), Sex (rape & children), is verboten - you must not speak of it - which is funny because someone created a throwaway account to discuss the fact that he found children to be desirable, had never acted on it, indeed had considered taking his own life thru dealing with it, utterly alone with no one to talk to...

It made the front page and was an unbelievably civilised discussion, with people praising him for his honesty and strength of character and people finally seeing a difference between paedophilia and child abuse (it opened my eyes since I'd never really considered the fact there might be people out there who refused to act on their desires).

That's why free speech is important.

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Android Wear 5.1: A more enduring wristjob for your pleasure

Tony Paulazzo

Well, I can tell you why I'm not buying one: Amazon US $184, Amazon UK £179 - and I'm sorry, I'm just not seeing nearly 200 quids worth of either innovation or technology.

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Welkom in Nederland: Laid-back, chilled, and MONITORING everything

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Not really surprised

Every election for the past 12 years at least has been a farce with noone worth voting for.

Dear Christ, sounds like the UK...

Mind you, the more and more insane need to spy on every one & thing makes me think the current rulers think they can stop entropy.

I hope I'm around when the house of cards comes crashing down...

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

Tony Paulazzo

games

Bejewelled 3 refuses to install, but you can buy it again from the app store, which probably works ok. Witcher is ok, plus the mmos I have, ESO, GW2, The secret world.

Windows 10 is not ready for primetime tho', glitchy as all heck, flat and uninspired look, and no over riding design ethos.

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Reddit meltdown: Top chat boards hidden as rebellion breaks out

Tony Paulazzo

https://voat.co/

The new Reddit - better than the old one.

The king is dead, long live the king!

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Wanna go all Gandalf – YOU SHALL NOT PASS – on Windows 10?

Tony Paulazzo

Here's a funny one, The Witcher 3 couldn't save to it's normal folder, had to alt tab to find that Windows 10 preview had changed all document folders and files to read only. Untick the readonly and it appeared to work, but check it again and it's back to read only. Had to change the security options, then untick read only which worked for some folders but not others. Can't export edited video to anywhere on my system still, but at least can save Witcher 3 files (phew). Online, MS advises (on this apparently fairly common problem) to run Command Prompt 'Attrib...', which as everybody angrily states, doesn't work for shit! tho' some folks have had success moving everything into new folders...

As for Windows 10 update, a nice message to end user saying, 'Would you like to upgrade to Windows 10?' is so fucking difficult? Jeez!

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Microsoft rushes out latest Windows 10 build. 300 fixes? Pff, whatever

Tony Paulazzo

Here you go

http://xxinightxxcreative.weebly.com/free-windows-aero.html

Not used it myself, so no guarantee's that it's spy / adware free, safe or even legal but it's the first thing I'm gonna do when I upgrade. I hate flat, one shaded colour squares.

Oh yea, running preview on home games machine, 101?? version. Right click taskbar, 'show windows side by side' shows them horizontally. Come out of a game and 98% of the desktop picture has turned into coloured dots - yea, this is ready for primetime...

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Windows 10 is due in one month: Will it be ready?

Tony Paulazzo

One month from release and it still has stability issues, games crash, it rebooted whilst watching a film (it was applying an update!!!!), and all this on a rock solid (five years plus), Win7 gaming machine.

Oh yea, everytime I shut down it throws up an error ms that I have to click to close - and, apart from the fast boot, I'm not sure what it offers, I still get more frames ps using DX9 and I prefer skeuomorphism to boring flat.

My opinion: Windows 7 is still the best. (Well - Ubuntu is No1, but work & gaming tie me to the MS ecosystem)

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Oculus Rift noggin-bucket ... heyyy, errr ... have we all got them on already?

Tony Paulazzo

So £425 (UK) for the headset - wild guess, £700 for the PC (and that's Aria so you know it's the best price for an i5 and GTX760), and there's no way the Xbone is rocking those specs... Not going to hit the mainstream for a while, if ever.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron – blisteringly big banter, brawls and brio

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Background

Rent the first Avengers, if you like that you'll like this. I went in wanting to slag it off and loved it. Black Widow (aka Scarlett Johansson) is awesome and needs a film of her own.

See the 2D version, and I'm not saying that because I hate 3D - just some films don't translate well: Avatar, Prometheus, Hobbit, Gravity; great in 3D, not so much Godzilla, Avengers, Star Trek 2 etc...

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Lapider les corneilles! French Patriot Act faces growing opposition

Tony Paulazzo

Re: how about no data collection!

To be fair, we don't know what has necessarily been foiled

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/01/16/latest-fbi-boast-disrupting-terror-u-s-plot-deserves-scrutiny-skepticism/

I believe the FBI have managed to stop about 20 terrorist plots they themselves created, so that's pretty good...

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Internet Explorer LIVES ON, cackle sneaky Microsoft engineers

Tony Paulazzo

Re: "even the name has been picked to suggest simplicity, speed and hardiness."

Arthritic Slower Sloth?

Windows 7 & 8 users get a free upgrade eh, so Vista users have been given the middle finger. Again!

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Chappie: The AI tale that’s about heart, not intelligence

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Nice review...

Sadly, it's too much like District 9 for comfort

Not seen it yet, but my first thought on seeing the article pic was that they robotised the alien cockroach from D9, my second was did they just copy / paste Jody Fosters role using Sigourney Weaver? I liked District 9 well enough, enjoyed the beginning of Elysium (Matt Damon getting roughed up mostly), but was bored by the end of it (and I love spaceships). Ms Foster was criminally miscast / directed and a sledgehammer would have been a subtler way to deliver the message.

As for the hitman (great in D9) - just die already!

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Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER

Tony Paulazzo

Jesus Christ guys! If you want to be a terrorist:

1) Pay as you go phone £15 - use it for a day then ditch it.

2) Arrange meetings on train / bus stations / Hampstead Heath, anywhere strangers are known to 'sit' next to each other.

3) Dress age appropriately.

4) Any important info to be hand delivered (children make the best couriers if not too far).

5) The law of fives. Fnord!

When governments, pc makers and search engines are spying on every facet of our lives, when the western world condones torture as an acceptable tool, when 21 centuries of existence see's us still stoning women then you know we, as a species, are fucked!

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The Order: 1886 – Round Table gaming's all right on the knight

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Looks good, shame I can't play

Looks good, shame I can't play

Here you go:

http://youtu.be/dATvYZb2QBE

Don't even need quick responses

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Daybreak Game Company GOES TITSUP after painful Sony DIVORCE

Tony Paulazzo

Notice how all the layoffs were developers, not a management type amongst them? I'm betting they tried culling a few servers too, to save money and that's where the problems originated.

So long EQN, we barely knew you.

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Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Sigh

Well there is. I don't respond to adverts. Its just an attitude I have. So they just waste my time - adblocking saves my time at no cost to the advertiser. And they haven't alienated me.

Funny thing is, I watched a prog about advertisers and we fit into a category that they have, a group that despises advertising and will go out of our way to not buy products that we see advertised (except Heinz Means Beanz cause there is no substitute), but it is quite a small percentage of the buying public.

I whitelist 4OD in Adblock, the site still bitches but then generally plays a few ads and gets on with it, I don't mind a couple of non intrusive ads - if Adblock gets some money from Google etc then good on them, they deserve it for making my web surfing bearable - but a red hot poker up the arse of the advertiser who thought a half screen popup with a tiny X in the top right corner (fine with mouse but half a micron off with a finger clicks you to the advert).

The problem with Adblock (in advertisers eyes), is that too many people are installing it, higher than the true ad haters that exist, but it really is their fault, they need to pull their excesses back, work with websites to a) be more harmonious with the web site and b) ensure an ad is noticeably displayed as an advertisement, not a trick click bait.

Until that day arrives: Fuck them to a burning hell where their eyeballs are stung with pepper spray, their testicles electrified and leaking pus filled boils fill their mouths for eternity!

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Got a 4King big TV? Ready to stream lots of awesome video? Yeah, about that…

Tony Paulazzo

4K stuff between 10 and 16Mbps using HEVC compression.

Is it still 4K if it's had the crap compressed out of it? I mean, HEVC looks exciting and everything for streaming video over the internet to your phone / tablet, but compressed Sky HD barely looks any better than old style Standard uncompressed video (only slight exaggeration), eg. DVD.

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Gaming's driving ambitions: The Crew and Grand Theft Auto V

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Always online requirement? No sale.

there is no good reason to mandate an internet connection.

The only working form of DRM makes for reason enough.

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Blade Runner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

Tony Paulazzo

Especially since Harrison Ford was in the new Indiana Jones film and that was utter shit - and Enders Game... And Ridley Scott was happy enough to direct Damon Lindelof's rewrite of Prometheus, and that was ... just bad writing - (the 3D visuals and lush cinematics at the Imax were great tho).

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Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Hollywood has a thing about German villains

They seem to have a history of training rum coves who then end up fighting against them. Who would have thought it.

We have always been at war with Eurasia!

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Polls about off-line mode... Obvious FLAW is OBVIOUS

The folks who CARE about off-line mode are...

THE LEAST LIKELY TO VOTE IN AN ON-LINE POLL.

I think Douglas adams said it best:

'Many men, of course, became extremely rich. But this was perfectly natural and nothing to be ashamed of, because no one was really poor - at least no one worth speaking of...'

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Re: 5,000+ people show themselves to be slightly illiterate...

Original Quote: Frontier have only modeled the entire Galaxy - probably a bit of a stretch to fit that in 4GB of RAM at 32bits, really!

Why? They did it originally on an 800k floppy disk. Its all procedurally generated except for core systems..

Not to be pedantic (well, ok, yes I am), but it actually took 3 3.5in 720KB floppy disks to create the galaxy in Elite: Frontier (and you could actually zoom out to galaxy view which was beautiful) - this played in the 640KBs of main system memory. The original Elite just had a massive universe (or 4 of them I think).

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Facebook: Over half a BEELLION loyalists have SPURNED our Messenger app

Tony Paulazzo

Re: crApps

Took both apps off and the battery life went back to normal

Precisely the same story, me on Android, girlfriend on iPhone. Makes you wonder how many Facebook / messenger apps have been uninstalled because of the forced usage / battery drain, when mobile website works just as well and no intrusive beeps whenever someone posts a photo of a humorous cat / dinner / important social ms.

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Bendy, but hangs loose too: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10-inch Android tab

Tony Paulazzo

Well, I love the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 1, and it was battery life that decided it for me, the lack of power / res, not such a huge problem as the only tablet type games I play are Bejewelled and Mahjong - books on my kindle, music on my phone. GBs of graphic novels (on the SD), bedroom TV and surfing are the reason d'etre for me having a tablet and it functions perfectly, but this looks a good upgrade (more battery and better resolution).

Pro consumer tip: Buy em from John Lewis, same price as everywhere else and two year warranty as standard.

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BEND IT like YOGA: Newest Lenovo gadgets have built in PROJECTORS

Tony Paulazzo

Re: nice evolution

The "barrel" grip/battery is surprisingly easy to adapt to

Same here, except I love the barrel grip, reminds me of the ill fated Notion Ink Adam*, and since I bought this primarily for graphic novel reading, so mostly portrait up, it functions perfectly as the grip. I'm starting to be quite impressed with what Lenovo are putting out, but whoever is in charge of their naming department should be taken out back and shot!

* Son of Adam is out, but it's just the same boring tablet shape as everything else - what I like about the barrel is it allows for more stuff, better speakers, more battery etc...

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Man buys iPHONE 6 and DROPS IT to SMASH on PURPOSE

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Oh come on...

It's an advert for his company.

Glad someone mentioned that, and that grand is nothing to how much global advertising that got him. Plus Gorilla Glass is know to have low 'impact survivability' - it's why test's always show pressure being slowly applied rather than a bullet being shot at it.

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

Tony Paulazzo

I'm Tony Paulazzo and I approve this message.

The thing that really pisses me off? not the iphone darling - I could give a fuck! It's that the Guardian will have actually paid him for that love cum drizzle splurging out of his mouth.

APPLE SHOULD HAVE PAID HIM FOR THE GORRAM ADVERTISING!!!!

Fucks sake!

ARGH!!!

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Apple gives fanbois The Sweetest Thing: A delete button for that U2 album

Tony Paulazzo

Re: 1st World Problems

The album was given away to iTunes users by Apple

The album was force fed to iTunes users by Apple (FTFY) - it wasn't opt in (and barely opt out) - requiring a button on Apples web site to remove the tax dodging crooner off your device.

1st world corporate issues indeed...

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

Tony Paulazzo

Re: >reasonable (by Apple standards)

I don't know why people accept phones that require this level of maintenance to get acceptable battery life.

Just get an iPhone.

LOL

Nexus 5 (32GB) £290 with the freedom to run the phone how you want

iPhone 5s (32GB) £499.00 with the freedom to run it how Apple wants

You're right, no contest!

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Tony Paulazzo

Re: >reasonable (by Apple standards)

Nexus 5 ... its battery-guzzling ways

Lower brightness on screen, advanced wifi - switch off when phone sleeping (altho I have unlimited 3g internet allowance), push apps only every four hours or so (facebook, email, twitter etc), check battery to see worst offending apps - delete 'em if poss, do you need gps on all the time, bluetooth, NFC? disable when/if not required (Android will still poll rough location from transmitters).

I actually downloaded battery doctor just to see what was the worst battery draining problems (then uninstalled it), deleted the twitter app (I barely use it - get my twitter feed thru Flipboard, but it was running all the time).

The Facebook Messenger app is also a battery killer and invasive with what it can do to your phone, kill it with fire. I deleted it and the Facebook app, turns out in all the notifications it gave me, not one was a life or death situation that required my immediate attention, I just use mobile facebook on my browser.

I now get (assuming not many phone calls), a little over two days battery use with my Nexus 5, and that's still with Malwarebytes, Silence Premium (only allows family calls thru at night) plus a few other necessary apps running all the time.

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Poor show Apple

I actually thought they were going to say, 'What you've all been waiting for, the iPhone Watch - it's a watch, it's your phone, never misplace it again. The future of wearable tech has arrived!'

With an invisible ear bead / mic and dumb iPad screen, both wirelessly connected at all times (proprietary wireless that barely uses battery), you'd have the best of both worlds, surfing on the sofa / train or chatting to someone whilst reading an epaper.

But no, they just copied Samsung - surprised they didn't unveil fucking VR glasses.

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

Tony Paulazzo

Re: I call shenanigans

Page two, "Logitech...lasts forever". Hardly...

I had an excellent Logitech mouse and after about two years the right button died. I phoned Logitech UK up - luckily I still had the receipt from PC World proving it was less than three years old. So I emailed a copy of to them, and they sent me a brand new mouse.

Logitech (even here in the UK) hold to a three year warranty, and have great customer service.

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Tony Paulazzo

Not an advert, but your selections are ridiculously overpriced. Review this one...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Black-USB-illuminated-LED-PC-Gaming-Keyboard-and-Mouse-Set-With-Iron-Weights-/141162993204?pt=UK_Computing_Keyboard_Mouse_Bundles&hash=item20ddf85634

£30 with clicky clacky keys that can be replaced with white ones to highlight those you want, 5 mouse buttons, DPI of 600/1200/1800/2500, smooth and responsive... Happily been gaming with it for over a year (I'm not the seller - but I think I might have got it from this guy tho).

Although, having said that, I did like the Mad Catz stuff but the price made me want to cry.

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BT customers face broadband and landline price hikes

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Money saving options

line rental charge would still be there as its paying for the maintenance of the physical line and kit between your house and the exchange.

Are you telling me I'm paying £180 a year and they still haven't upgraded that last mile of cable to fiber? Who do I ask for a refund?

Plus they also got that nice government pay out.

I also solely use the phone line for broadband.

Off topic but interesting: BT full-year profits climbed 2% to £6.18bn (2013)

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/may/10/bt-profits-pay-tv-price-war

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Memory troubling you, Android? Surprise! Another data slurp vuln uncovered

Tony Paulazzo

Re: I do not install anything asking for this permission

if I say No it won't install

There are hundreds of barcode scanners on the Android market, most of them want ridiculous permissions, for eg, Barcode Scanner (first on the list): Device & App history, Contacts / Calender, as well as access to files / camera and wifi connection, but I found one - QR Droid Private that only asks for files / camera. That is the one I use.

If there is an app you desperately want, email the developer and ask why they require so many permissions, I did that and he cut back on permissions required.

As for sheep doing what sheep do, well, stupid is as stupid does I guess, all we can do is warn our family, friends, customers to be more aware.

Altho' I do agree the permissions should be decided by the owner on a yes / no tick (except for maybe 'net access as free apps need to advertise),

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Snowden is FREE to ESCAPE FROM RUSSIA, say officials

Tony Paulazzo

Re: He can STAY there for all I care

Snowden is a traitor

If you cannot see that the current puppets 'running' your country are not utterly corrupt and bereft of any moral rectitude, then I submit sir, that it is you who are a traitor, to your founding fathers and their beliefs.

http://www.roc-usa.net/PDF%20FILES/28%20Principals.pdf (PDF Warning & most of it is fairly religious in tone).

Some of my favourites...

The majority of the people may alter or abolish a government which has become tyrannical.

A system of checks and balances should be adopted to prevent the abuse of power by the different branches of government.

Only limited and carefully defined powers should be delegated to government, all others being retained by the people.

A free society cannot survive as a republic without a broad program of general education.

A free people will not survive unless they stay strong.

“Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations -- entangling alliances with none.” Jefferson

The burden of debt is as destructive to human freedom as subjugation by conquest.

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Tony Paulazzo

Re: Poor attempt

Was the information about new laws being passed for better government monitoring of its citizens internet activities, the state controlling media outlets, and making it illegal to have mass demonstrations (protests) against the ruling elite incorrect?

You do realise the exact same laws are being passed in the UK, US & Australia, and where they are not enshrined in law the NSA / GCHQ / Whatever acronym Australia has, does it anyway.

The state have always controlled the media and when was the last time a demonstration changed anything? that's right, the poll tax riot in 1989, and that was only getting rid of Thatcher, they just renamed the poll tax to council tax and lowered it a tiny bit.

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Help Australia's PM and attorney-general to define metadata

Tony Paulazzo

We still have a chance to stop ours

sounds of maniacal laughter coming from NSA headquarters...

NSA agent 1: You gotta love those proles

NSA agent 2: They say the funniest things. Do you think he's a terrorist?

NSA agent 1: Well, I didn't, but we better put a close watch on him, he might be an anarchist.

NSA agent 2: What's the difference?

NSA agent 1: At least he's not a paedo...

NSA agent 2: Nor is Angela Merkel, but you should see the child porn we 'found' on her computer!

More maniacal laughter...

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New iGasm: Apple to unveil not one but TWO iPhone 6 models on 9 Sept

Tony Paulazzo

Seriously

Is anyone even excited by a new phone release anymore? Short of a holographic display that protrudes up from the phone screen in Real3D(TM), or a contact lens that doubles as a wireless screen, what can they show? except a slightly larger, maybe stronger screen, a bit longer battery life - jeez, even onboard voice processing would be a start, mind you, Android already does that.

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Windows Registry-infecting malware has no files, survives reboots

Tony Paulazzo

Re: This is silly.

Many current malware scanners already scan the registry for entries that identify spyware and andware, so this is nothing new.

I thing El Reg needs to update this story, it kind'a feels like a scare mongering story, since the above is (and has been) true for some time. Unless the code is so obfuscated that nothing can touch it once installed - code within code within code, this is actually a non story... or the end of Windows as we know it! El Reg?

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US judge 'troubled' by Apple's $450m bid to end ebook price-fixing row

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Cote found Apple liable for conspiring with the five major publishers to fix the price of ebooks

So why aren't they being punished? If Apple have $160 billion (or whatever) then $500 million is barely a piss in the ocean...

http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2014/04/13/fun-number-apple-has-twice-as-much-cash-as-the-us-government/

It’s true that when you look at the balance sheets then Apple, say, has $160 billion in cash available

So they should be fined, say 10% of their wealth. That would send a real message to all corporations: Don't fuck with the law!

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Microsoft's Xbox TV studio OBLITERATED

Tony Paulazzo

Satya Nadella announced the cuts with a widely criticised and badly written 3,300 word epic...

I’ve determined we’ll never make money in tablets or smartphones.

IMHO, that's because they tried to ape the Apple business ethos, sell high (probably because of their losses in the xbox dept making them skittish). What they should have copied is Googles, get a partner to make it at a low cost - (or buy Nokia) and get them to make reasonably priced tablets / phones, with the Windows eco system on it.

Also, if the damn things need a keyboard to operate better with, include that in the price, don't try and nickel & dime your customers another £120 when they're already paying over £500 for the base, trying to sell half a laptop was never going to work.

Customer obsessed my arsehole, I mean, I know it's too early to tell, but I'm not getting the impression he's listening to what his customers want, just closing the most obvious departments that come to his attention, this generally means the best arse lickers will remain safe, and those best at what they do (work wise as opposed to sucking up), will be jobless.

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Will GCHQ furtle this El Reg readers' poll? Team Snowden suggests: Yes

Tony Paulazzo

You asked me once, what was in Room 101. I told you that you knew the answer already. Everyone knows it. The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world.

'Some Book'

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Data retention saves Australia from TERROR says Labor MP

Tony Paulazzo

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/13/edward-snowden-condemns-britain-emergency-surveillance-bill-nsa

Wow, the fucking NSA aren't even being surreptitious anymore. Wish our (UK) government had the balls that German woman did in kicking out the American spy masters from Germany.

Can't wait for a zombie massacre to make all those reams and reams of data utterly useless.

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Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

Tony Paulazzo

Just think...

If prostitution were legal and there were no drugs prohibition this story would probably never have ended in tragedy, so chalk another one up to 'The Justice System'.

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UK gov rushes through emergency law on data retention

Tony Paulazzo

"It's something we can all be comfortable about."

And yet, I'm not. Neither am I a terrorist or serious criminal. Wankers! (keep that for your records).

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BBC offers briefest of teasers for the next Doctor Who

Tony Paulazzo

Re: One of the dumbest shows ever on TV.

The show (second season on) that finally showed a ballsy black character as one of the main characters? Granted, her acting wasn't the best, but she was my first positive black role model on English telly - and it still had spaceships and dodgy fx... and Servalan!!!!

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World Science Fiction Convention

They could take down Iain M Bank from the featured list of guests - unless they're planning to speak via Ouija board.

http://www.loncon3.org/

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