* Posts by davenewman

203 posts • joined 13 Feb 2008

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You have a 'SIMPLE QUESTION'? Well, the answer is NO

davenewman

Re: I like to think

He probably was a Spanish Civil War volunteer, thinking back to his meetings with Franco

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Staples comes clean: 1+ million bank cards at risk after hack

davenewman

Staples isn't an American company

The top management is Portuguese.

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Europe: Apple could NOT care less about kids' in-app cash sprees

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The problem is the advertising/description

In the Apple App Store, apps with in-app purchases are still marked as free. It is only by reading the details you discover they can cost you later. It is the app store descriptions that they don't want to change.

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Elon Musk slams New Jersey governor over Tesla direct sales ban

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Re: Dealerships

Actually, the approved used BMWs have only been used for 3 months by an employee at the Cowley works. They get free use of the car for 3 months, as long as they take it back spotless and unscratched. Then it counts as used, and can be sold as such. My neighbour is currently driving around a BMW Maxi with the word Mini on the bonnet.

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London businesses to signal UNSWERVING LOYALTY to capital with .london domain

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Which London?

See how many register from London, Ontario and all the other Londons.

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The micro YOU used in school: The story of the Research Machines 380Z

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Iffley Road

Where on the Iffley Road was the basement?

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In a meeting with a woman? For pity's sake DON'T READ THIS

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Re: Unwarranted assumptions

Add to that, you are assuming that people are not taking notes on a tablet, because they have given up using old-fashioned paper, as they actually want to be able to search and read those notes later.

At Manchester Medical School, every fourth year student was given an iPad to use as they went out to hospitals. They found the devices ideal for keeping track of everything they did and learned in consultations, recording their performance and elsewhere. It became the repository for all the knowledge they created.

So anyone banning the use of tablets at a business meeting is sabotaging the business, preventing the capture and accumulation of the knowledge generated during the meeting.

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One year to go: Can Scotland really declare gov IT independence?

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Hydopowered data centres

Given that the cheapest electricity comes from Scottish hydropower, it makes sense to put more data centres in Scotland, and export less electricity to England.

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Oh snap – AWS daddy disses IT's 'old guard': You're so 2000-and-late

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All your data belongs to the NSA

Forgot another advantage of AWS. Anything stored there without your own encryption is readable by the NSA and GCHQ, plus their contractors and the companies connected to the military who bribe them for your commercial details.

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OK, so we paid a bill late, but did BT have to do this?

davenewman

Report them to the Information Commissioner

for interception of your communications.

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Want the latest Android version? Good luck with that

davenewman

RAM limits and developer problems

My phone is on Android 2.2 (Cyanogenmod for the Milestone), as it doesn't have enough RAM to run a later version properly. I suppose it is doable with swap space, but that would slow things down.

The biggest updating problem is for developers, as you have to choose your target version when compiling, using only the APIs available then. So you have a choice of using all the latest features in a small market, or making your app compatible with nearly everything, but having to use old APIs and writing more code yourself.

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Elon Musk unveils Hyperloop – the subsonic tube of tomorrow

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Try a Scheeb now

to get a feeling for what it is like to travel in a tube. See http://shweeb.com/

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Brits give thumbs-up to shale gas slurping in university-run poll

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Real risks are long term

1. Quadrilla and independent economists have shown that fracking will not reduce gas prices. The cost of drilling thousands of wells, as each well runs out, is high, and can be higher in the UK than in parts of the USA where larger areas can be reached from one well.

2. The biggest danger is from the waste water. As the gas comes out, so does water contaminated with minerals from deep underground, including Arsenic and radioactive isotopes. Whenever that gets loose on the surface, it can contaminate ground water, and end up in our taps.

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Rise of the machines, south of Milton Keynes

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Did a tour on a Sunday with BCS Reading

Groups can book tours at other times. I went with a Reading meetup group (connected to BCS) on a Sunday and spent hours going around the computing museum, and then the Bletchley Park museum.

The Bletchley Park one wasn't so good. They had a non-working, partially complete, Bombe (the mechanical computer used to break Enigma traffic).

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WE CAN still be BETTER than Germany on broadband, says Ofcom

davenewman

Don't forget Estonia

In Talinn all the private and public buildings got together to provide free WiFi everywhere. No tendering for a single party contract, just an agreement thrashed out in bars and meeting rooms.

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Google Doodle honors British bone-finder Mary Leakey

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British?

Didn't Mary Leakey take Kenyan citizenship after independence, or was it just her children like Philip Leakey?

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Hard-up Brit bankers bag endless free Wi-Fi during cig breaks

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Estonia has it sorted

Years ago Talinn got free WiFi throughout much of the town. It was simply a matter of getting every government office and private business to agree to offer free WiFi into the street. It is only in the USA that municipal WiFi fails. In the civilised world there are successes.

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Operation Hunt the Hunter: Anonymous targets 'revenge porn' man

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Re: Good

The copyright in a photograph belongs to the photographer, not those photographed. You do not need to get their permission to take the photograph, nor exhibit your photographs, except when used in commercial advertising. That is what model release forms are for. So it comes down to who took the photograph, not who i in the picture.

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A history of personal computing in 20 objects part 2

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National Museum of Computing

You can see a lot of the computers mentioned in Parts 1 and 2 of this article in the National Museum of Computing, located at Bletchley Park (www.tnmoc.org). I went there on a trip with Reading BCS, and spent fascinating hours going through all the computers, from a working Colossus replica to a surface computer implementation of the BBC's Doomsday project.

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Majority of humans still don't have a mobile

davenewman

Re: 37%

You don't buy a mobile phone. You pay the village phone woman for the call. She has the phone for the village.

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Why British TV drama is crap – and why this matters to tech firms

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We make better comedy equivalents of dramas

MI High was an improvement on Spooks. While transformed for children's TV, they also added comedy.

New Tricks was better than Waking the Dead. Comedy cold cases with actors of former TV detectives playing retired policemen beats the forced, US-style, agonizing on Waking the Dead.

Let's celebrate and export quirky British comedy, and forget about the drama.

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New UK immigration IT system late and £28m OVER BUDGET

davenewman

We don't set limits on the movement of capital around the world, and have minimised duty on the movement of goods, so why bother restricting the movement of people?

Our economy would benefit from no immigration controls.

If you are really worried about the total population, we just need to deny citizenship and kick out of the country people born here who didn't get any qualifications at school.

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Are you a hot BABE in heels and a short skirt? SCIENCE is for YOU

davenewman

Private Video

The video is now private. We can no longer watch it, thanks to the curse of El Reg.

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Compulsory coding in schools: The new Nerd Tourism

davenewman

Re: A little bit of knowledge does no harm - it's essential

One thing I learned in my GCEs that were useful later? Well,

1. From RK, how the Bible was written by 4 groups of people, helped me when a Jehovah's Witness came around.

2. I still use some of the French I learned (although if I had been taught by the techniques now used to teach adults, I would be able to speak it fast enough to keep up with Frenchmen).

3. I learned enough trigonometry to be able to navigate a yacht.

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Gov.uk loses 2 top techies, needs some new ones

davenewman

Well, he actually got some thing going in Northern Ireland before he pissed off to London.

But posters are right to say he is no techie (at least not recently) - his job was to persuade technophobic civil servants and Stormont's finest to follow his lead, while the techies got on with things. Now Des Vincent could do that and knew his technology.

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Iranian gov mouthpiece Press TV finally gets taken off the air in the UK

davenewman

We don't need TV

when we can always read El Reg.

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A year in spaaaaace: El Reg looks back on 2011

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Paris Hilton

Where are PARIS and LOHAN

How, in such a long review, could you have missed the Reg's own efforts at getting paper aeroplanes into space?

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2011 Reg roundup: Hacking hacks, spying apps and an end to Einstein?

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why leave out El Reg's own space efforts in the review?

I expected to see something about P.A.R.I.S and L.O.H.A.N

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Samoa takes day off to skip International Date Line

davenewman

Aotearoa is a more accurate description

"The long white cloud" tells you that it is cloudy and rains all the time, as it was in Rotorua two weeks ago.

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Solicitors from hell website unplugged by libel judge

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Wayback record not very shocking

I went to web.archive.org and looked at its latest cache of www.solicitorsfromhell.co.uk - back in April. It was a site full of complaints from often anonymous posters, not directed at one particular solicitor. The submission form does not ask you for your identity, just to pay £1 for the complaint to go live.

Back in April it only had one posting on Hine Solicitors and none on McGrath, so I guess the libels complained about were posted later. The single posting about Hine Solicitors was clearly from someone who doesn't understand criminal procedure, rather than a documented complaint (like most of the complaints about conveyancing).

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Channel 5 snubs Freeview HD again

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Paris Hilton

Xena on HD

Bring back Xena to Channel 5, and put her on HD.

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A Brief History of Virtualisation, now on Kindle

davenewman

I will wait until it is discounted to £0 for a few days.

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Zuckerberg's HTML5 Trojan horse play

davenewman

Facebook Android apps want the world

Including the right to spend my money on sending SMS text messages, in a recent update.

So I removed all updates to the Facebook app., and would delete it completely if I could.

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Ubuntu deploys cloud-ready Ocelot beta

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Kubuntu

is the united answer to these gnomic problems.

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Community Radio: On the wavelength of hopeless dreams

davenewman

Protecting the big against the small

Imagine the outcry if there was legislation limiting the competition small corner shops could make to Tesco. This is clearly discriminatory legislation, protecting the big commercial stations against small local ones.

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US and Russia to give uranium to ANYONE

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Holmes

Enrich the uranium in the mining countries

Rather than depending on the USA and Russia, why not set up enrichment plants in the countries where the uranium is mined, such as Namibia, and pay them?

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Google+ bans real name under ‘Real Names’ policy

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Not true

Take for example the Disability Discrimination Act. That applies to anyone providing a service, not just employers. It definitely applies to Google Plus. But as they don't insist on graphical input, that is one of the few ways they don't discriminate. It is not only the DDA. A lot of consumer law applies to services offered to consumers.

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Scottish gov moans over broadband cash handout

davenewman

Rural people subsidise city dwellers

Imagine if supermarkets had to pay farmers fair prices. Then there would be enough money in the villages to pay for long-distance microwave links to connect to the Internet, like many towns in Australia use. In Warnambool, whenever the Internet goes down, someone has to go to the top of a hill to realign a microwave dish.

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US robochopper cargo skyhook gets another $47m

davenewman

Is that the right picture?

You seem to have illustrated the article with a picture of a single rotor helicopter (unless the other one is off-frame).

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Lawyer touts new legal time-bomb for Android

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SFLC lawyer puts Naughton right

On Groklaw, at http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20110815131443415

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Has Google wasted $12bn on a dud patent poker-chip?

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Data trumps stories

See http://www.groklaw.net/staticpages/index.php?page=OracleGoogle for all the real gen.

The copyright claims are getting weaker as people dig up more statements from Sun that used to be on Sun's java site (which Oracle has difficulties recovering for the court case). But Orlikowski is right to point out that Google engineers and lawyers should have paid more attention to what licence conditions Sun set rather than relying on statements from Sun executives who are no longer there.

If enough patents claims are found invalid in the re-examinations (see tables), then the Motorola patents could be enough to trade for the remaining valid claims. As for the Nortel ones, Google gave up bidding when it found itself up against a consortium of everyone else, trying to establish an oligopoly. US and EU regulators are looking at the competition effects of the purchase of Novell patents. They might do the same for the Nortel ones.

All this goes to show that the effective purpose of patents in fast-moving industries is not to support innovation, but to help large companies keep out new entrants.

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Hey dumbo, Facebook isn't sharing telephone numbers

davenewman

Facebook apps take too many liberties

I recently refused to upgrade the Facebook Android app because it requires permissions to automatically send text messages. That will cost me money. I tried to completely uninstall the Facebook app, but couldn't, as Motorola have fixed it there.

However, earlier versions have already taken the contact data on the phone (particularly the phone numbers) and uploaded it to Facebook. It doesn't matter whether they officially share this data with advertisers or others - all it takes in one Facebook employee to be in the pay of News International or the UVF to make this a danger.

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Evil Android Trojan records your calls

davenewman

A reason to remove the Facebook app

As soon as I saw that, I tried to remove the Facebook app from my Motorola Milestone. It wasn't possible (it was manufacturer installed), so I just removed all the updates, bringing it down to the minimal original set of permissions.

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Acer turns to trains for imports

davenewman

How about horses?

Use traditional silk route caravans, with camels or horses through Kyrgyzstan.

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Heathrow to get new facial recognition scanners

davenewman

This is the unlikely problem they are trying to solve

Someone in transit between international flights at Heathrow, without a UK visa, changes tickets with someone booked on a domestic flight. They he flies somewhere like Belfast, where he won't be checked by immigration (just a policeman looking for local terrorists/informers). After that he takes a train to Dublin, where he gets a job in a bank and brings down the Euro.

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Ofcom ignores radio in annual report

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Even broadcasters don't bother to monitor DAB

Here in Belfast, nearly every day there are some hours when Radio Ulster on DAB is overlaid with hiss, so that it is unlistenable. And every couple of weeks we loose all local stations from DAB (while Radio 4 and other national stations carry on).

It looks like no-one at the BBC is monitoring the output of the DAB broadcasts. Otherwise problems would not take hours or days to fix.

Perhaps we should send in postcards with reception reports, like those sent to shortwave stations?

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Spooks made 1,061 bugging errors in 2010

davenewman
FAIL

Yet another govt. department using a spreadsheet for database work

The shocking thing is not that the error wasn't noticed - but that they used a spreadsheet, a tool that easily allows errors such as these.

While it is not surprising for an Olympic agency to use Excel for a database of all cultural events, I would have expected MI5 to have the third best CRM system in the country (after GCHQ and MI6).

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'Indestructible' rootkit enslaves 4.5m PCs in 3 months

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Does it kill grubs?

if the MBR contains GRUB or LILO instead of a Windows MBR?

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Key internet address server sees spike in traffic

davenewman
Alien

DNS poisoning?

Has someone been trying DNS poisoning and then trying to overload the root servers so the poisoned entries cannot be fixed?

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Vodafone hikes PAYG call costs

davenewman
Unhappy

Smaller sting in directory enquiries

Now to be £2/min. for all 118 numbers except their own - and 85p/min for that.

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