* Posts by Jason Bloomberg

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Grand Theft Auto maker lobs sueball at BBC over biopic

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Re: Law fail

My feeling is it might have something to do with the Micro Bit tie-in the BBC had already announced for this docudrama as part of their Make It Digital initiative. There may well be a feeling that GTA's reputation is being used to benefit the BBC and partners while Take Two are getting relatively little out of it.

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Google DOG WHISTLING fails to send URLs across the room

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Already used for Chromecast

This 'tone signalling' appears to have already been available and used for Chromecast setup.

I guess it's a bit like configuring watches and other devices by holding them over a CRT and flashing pixels at them but using sound instead.

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A good effort, if a bit odd: Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2

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I think it's trying to say only UAP have access to the GUI stack.

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Zuck can EFF off: Internet.org is SO NOT the INTERNET

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Re: What might be a good idea...

And given that a good chunk of Internet bloat these days is part and parcel with the site itself, trying to strip out the bloat ends up stripping out the site itself.

If businesses and content providers can't tailor sites to suit their audience that's their problem.

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What might be a good idea...

...is something which takes anything from anywhere, strips the bloat and excess and delivers that to bandwidth-limited customers for free - A proxy which turns any web content into a mobile-tailored site.

Done altruistically, transparently, without trying to profit or create lock-in or monopoly through that, I can't see too much of a problem. I'd probably not even complain if the service carried discreet "sponsored by" ads; that's the price of 'free' and the option to nothing.

That's not however what facebook seem to be angling for.

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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

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Re: gosh

But it could have been cut down to a succinct -

"So why the hell do we bail banks out?"

"Because these banks are systematically important".

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Next-gen Freeview telly won't be another disruptive 4Ker

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Re: PVR vs catch-up

There are often better options for controlling a recorded playback than streamed catch-up. Using iPlayer for catch-up on a Virgin Media Tivo seems to have lost the ability to show moving images during fast-forwards and fast-rewinds making those particularly hard to use, and despite hopes for 'no buffering' that does not always prove to be the case.

For longer programmes I have taken to recording catch-up via the Tivo on my analogue PVR so I can have better control when I come to watch it. It would be handy if the Tivo could record from catch-up but it can't (or I've missed a trick).

I mostly do time-shifting and three tuners in the Tivo is usually enough, especially with +1 channels, and I only use catch-up when the Tivo doesn't record something it was meant to, or a friend recommends something I missed and it's not being repeated later.

I also have some rather long programmes and films I do intend to watch but haven't so far, which are no longer available via catch-up.

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Teresa May can't

I think I, Norman Smith, and quite a few others here could fix that for you ;)

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UK safety app keeping lorries on the right side of cyclists

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Re: Fate

A driver and a cyclist come together, regardless, it is always the cyclist who gets injured/killed.

Therefore when driving a vehicle, you have to be damn well properly in control of that vehicle because the lack of concentration or good driving can literally kill.

That is too close to 'the driver is always to blame' for my liking, too close to allowing cyclists the right to do whatever they please with impunity.

I have had cyclists unexpectedly jump in front of me when I had right of way. If they'd tried a little harder, performed their stupidity a little quicker, they could likely have had me kill them. That would have been their fault, not mine. I can exercise as much concentration and skill as I can muster but that doesn't mean I will always avoid the consequences of attempts to undermine that.

We really do have to accept that sometimes cyclists are the cause of their own plight and putting the responsibility entirely on the driver is simply not fair nor just. It is belief that cyclists have some god given right to invite being killed while insisting drivers are required to avoid delivering them that which has drivers hating cyclists

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Fate

Despite having been run down by a cyclist on a pavement, nearly run down by one going the wrong way down a one-way street, I am still courteous to them. I make myself aware of their presence when turning left or right, will even let them go first when queuing, give them a yard or more clearance when overtaking and won't squeeze them into the gutter or against other cars. A few seconds delay is well rewarded by a wave of appreciation and thanks.

Yet time after time some fuckwitted cyclist tests my patience as a reward. I am really surprised there aren't more killed and injured. I know there are good cyclists out there, I've encountered many, but there are a lot of wankers as well.

It's not a vehicle versus cyclist issue, it's an issue of bad drivers and bad cyclists. Unfortunately they never kill each other, it is usually some poor sod caught in the mayhem they create.

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EEeeeeek, complaints! Ofcom roasts BT-wannabe-spouse

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Details of complaint levels for all providers

http://consumers.ofcom.org.uk/news/telecoms-complaints-may-15

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FOUND: NASA's stray balloon located in the middle of nowhere

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Re: Bricks?

I was thinking they'd missed a trick in not pushing half a house under the thing to create a claim for compensation before taking photos. Perhaps they didn't.

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Hey! Want a FREE TOASTER that makes BITCOIN? What? You DO?

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Losing money for the consumer

With a free toaster that is only true once it starts costing the consumer more than it would if the consumer had purchased and used a non-mining toaster. Up until that point the consumer is the winner.

Get a free toaster, flog it on eBay, and you have a guaranteed profit. Please send me a dozen.

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Ha! Win 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 2 pops out of the Microsoft oven

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Re: Rather pointless

Writing an application on a host PC, deploying it to the target, and then controlling and debugging that target from the host PC is quite common for embedded development. And there is no other option if the target does not have a display output. There is little reason an embedded target would have an OS-style desktop. If one wants a GUI interface the embedded app can create that but it usually will be a GUI more than a desktop come app launcher.

Hyping it as "Windows 10 coming to the Pi" has rather distorted expectations and has misled many. A lot of people are expecting a typical PC desktop OS when it is very different to that. For most people saying it's not for them; it was never going to be for them, it will never fulfil desires it was never intended to fulfil.

Windows IoT is not a replacement for desktop Linux on a Pi. It may perhaps be best thought of as an alternative to a minimal command line only Linux install, accessed only via SSH/Telnet, which has access to a frame buffer. If that's not good enough for what someone wants to do with a Pi then Windows IoT likely isn't either.

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E-voting and the UK election: Pick a lizard, any lizard

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Re: Missing the big picture

It's not really my decision to make, but I believe we need to get back to where 'they work for us' rather than having them elected then simply deciding for themselves and telling us what we will do. Being able to change the party in power every few years only moves us from one elected dictatorship to another doesn't fix the power issue.

I would like a system which governs cooperatively, more representatively, and more fairly, seeks to be least harmful to everyone over being maximally favouring towards one group at the expense of others. I don't believe it's a true democracy where the majority are forced to put up with being dictated to by the minority.

The first past the post system means 50% of those voting may lose, often more. Even those voting for the winning party probably have to accept things they do not actually want.

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Missing the big picture

Voting isn't important. Not in the sense of it needing to be fair or democratic or fraud free.

The real need for voting is to keep the numbers up to give the illusion that people actively support the elected dictatorship systems we have in the west. When more people don't vote than do there is a danger that people will recognise the widespread contempt for the so-called democracy we have and it may all come tumbling down.

The resilience of western democracies comes from having those elected play second fiddle to the system itself. It doesn't matter who gets in, so long as the system survives.

The way to topple the system is to show it the contempt it deserves. That can be done non-violently by not voting and encouraging others to do the same. That's why politicians are so desperate to get people to vote. Every vote supports the system, keeps a politician in a job. It doesn't matter of which flavour, that all balances out over the long term, and it doesn't really matter anyway beyond fooling the electorate into believing democracy somehow works. The really important thing is to keep the gravy train running and the system intact.

If one really wants to change things; don't vote or, better still, spoil the ballot. But one needs to make sure that non-vote counts, is not discarded, discounted or ignored as if it were mere apathy or jest as it is now.

That probably all sounds a bit Russell Brandish but it's actually more extreme than that. He appears to have given up for not being able to change things and has failed to recognise we could tear the whole thing down and start anew by making spoiled ballots a legitimate choice. Of course, those who want to perpetuate the system won't want that. That is perhaps something Brand could usefully campaign for.

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Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse taunted with sausage sarnie snap

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Sausages

Twelve for £2 for reasonably decent ones in supermarkets near me. Entirely good enough to eat when not on a tight budget and affordable if one is.

The problem is that one can't buy them individually at that price so it's either live only on sausages for a couple of days, pool resources with someone else, or choose something else.

This is in fact the main problem faced by anyone single trying to survive on a tight budget. The cost of food tumbles when purchased in bulk but is ridiculously expensive in small quantities. It is a typical 'poverty trap'; one can eat decently on a quid a day if there is enough money up-front to buy in quantity to make that feasible. From a standing start one is limited to what one can afford to buy at that time.

In the real world one can easily blow a week's budget just buying tea bags, a pint of milk and a bag of sugar.

The more one uses the less one pays for it. Even buying to waste it can create a saving while attempting to be frugal is punished. It seems to me that the western world is ridiculously geared towards consumerism or otherwise completely screwed-up.

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US hospitals to treat medical device malware with AC power probes

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False positives

I am not convinced this system would work without throwing up numerous false positives and isn't anything more than playing on paranoia and fear. After all, as they say themselves; "We are thinking about those machines that are really hard to patch, really hard to upgrade, and really hard to get inside". And really hard to get malware on to, and with little to be gained from doing so.

It seems to be following the paranoid thinking prevalent these days that if it could happen we have to accept it will happen and need to protect against that possibility. A lovely gravy train for those riding it.

We need to get back to recognising and understanding the difference between threat and risk.

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Golem: Prominent plasticine phallus caught in tech consumerist nightmare

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Pint

While live theatre outside our main cities may sometimes be disappointing a number of cinemas are now carrying live broadcasts of some of London's theatre and opera productions. Unfortunately the number doing so and the presentations are somewhat limited but at least it is doing something.

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Oh Em Pee! Giant Android tinkles on Apple in Google Maps graffiti

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Re: The Apple logo is an apple...

I always assumed the logo represents "an droid" [sic]. No idea why "Android" is "Android" though.

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SUPERVOLCANIC MAGMA reservoir BUBBLING under Yellowstone Park

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It's the end of the world as we know it...

I am continually surprised we have never had reports of droves of 'we live only to kill' terrorists, armed with jack-hammers and blasting equipment, heading to Yellowstone or La Palma with the intent of triggering far greater devastation than a mere nuke could bring.

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London man arrested over $40 MILLION HFT flash crash allegations

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Blame the foreign guy

It feels to me that the markets bombed and they simply looked for a scapegoat, anyone to blame but themselves.

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Your city's not smart if it's vulnerable, says hacker

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Re: Insurance companies might want to hear this talk.

In Europe one would hope the EU could come up with some regulation insisting on security across the bloc and every government would comply with such regulation.

Of course, some see that as a bad thing in principle and will actively oppose regulation. Some even want to leave or opt-out of the EU as what may help society as a whole is often "bad for business" or imposes additional costs.

Governments seem to prefer to pay the cost of failure later than pay the cost for protection now. As long as failure doesn't happen on their watch they can blame others for their own failings.

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Transparency thrust sees Met police buying up to 30,000 bodycams

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Re: Can't wait for...

Police officers can claim whatever they like but it is whether anyone believes them which is what really matters.

If society is not properly holding the police to account, willing to accept any flimsy excuse or lie from bent coppers, then that is a societal failing. Police can only exploit that when we let them.

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RAGING Google SLAPS naughty Chinese root cert kingpins CNNIC

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Re: over reaction?

I would guess Google saw an opportunity to grab them by the balls and seized their chance. It is always advantageous to hold a 'you do this and we'll do that, or we can leave things as they are now' position; the more someone wants something the more one can get in return.

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Google Glass NOT DEAD. We're just making it 'ready' says chief

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Re: something like glass has its applications

The notion of some sort of HUD or Enhanced Reality as we go about life has been around for a long time in movies, many saw it as cool and some thought it would be useful, so well done to Google having a crack at it in reality. You really don't know what works and what doesn't until you give it a trial.

The first attempts will never be perfect; you learn your lessons, move on, improve what works, rework or drop what doesn't. The assertions that Google had simply canned the project seemed unlikely to me, and they certainly never said that in their earlier announcements. User trial done, experiences logged, on to Phase II, is how I read it.

I imagine the 'Glasshole hate' came as a bit of a surprise for those who did not see that coming but that wasn't really surprising when people get beaten up for their skin colour, race, clothing and other lifestyle choices. I don't know how, or even if, Google can address that hate of Glassholes, or to what extent it is their responsibility to have to. Perhaps they should just print "Je Suis Charlie" across the head band?

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Taylor Swift snaps up EVEN MORE pr0n domain names

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ITaughtTaylorSwiftHowToShoveAHamsterUpHerArse.com

Surely the whole "I Taught..." battle is a game of whack-a-mole with the lawyers having to be more perverse than everyone else to get in first and inevitably doomed to failure.

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$30 Landfill Android mobes are proof that capitalism ROCKS

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"Higher prices mean cheaper electricity for everyone"

Is it just me who feels they are being sold snake oil when reading these Worstall articles, are being bamboozled with smoke and mirrors and claims that 1+1=3 so long as you do the maths the right way?

I don't know why but I always have a suspicion that I am being taken for a ride but am not bright enough to know what ride that is. I am left thinking "if you say so" with a feeling of having been suckered into not seeing the trick being played. My gut feeling is there's some logical fallacy or similar buried in all of it but I just can't see where that is, and I don't have the energy or time to unravel it all.

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Internet Explorer LIVES ON, cackle sneaky Microsoft engineers

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Re: Waiddaminnit!

Because what was true then must to be true now, nothing has or could have changed in the last decade?

The way I understood it, though it was a while ago, it came down to exactly what "IE" was. It was two parts if I remember rightly; the underlying gubbins which Windows itself and apps running on Windows used to do their things and a front-end which created a browser using those underlying gubbins. It was possible to remove the front-end but not the back end, so "IE" could not be fully removed without adverse consequences. It was thus 'integrated' into Windows, removing the big blue "e" wasn't enough to remove it.

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BT fined £800k over lax emergency text relay delay blunder

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I suppose the thought is that BT could pay the fine by taking a cut in profits, reducing share holder dividends or staff salaries, or buying a few less biscuits and biros, rather than just passing the fine on as increased charges to customers.

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Pi(e) Day of the Century is upon us! Time to celebrate 3/14/15 in style, surely?

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The American-centric universe

I had to laugh when I received an email from an American company promoting special offers for "International Pi Day".

"International" as in "World Series" I imagine.

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Well.That.Sucks: New rude dot-word sparks outrage

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Ahem

Couldn't resist.

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Attack of the Digital People: The BBC goes fully Bong

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Whose initiative?

It seems to me it is primarily a government aspiration to get people coding and developing. With the BBC in a position to deliver it would be rather remiss of them not to jump on that bandwagon to demonstrate the benefits of public broadcasting.

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Bulk interception is NOT mass surveillance, says parliamentary committee

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Re: Bulk interception of net traffic is not mass surveillance...

Mass collection is not mass surveillance and just saying the two are the same won't cause the government or the courts to believe they are.

I have said before that it's no good complaining about mass surveillance if we want to stop mass collection; the government will otherwise simply continue to say they don't do mass surveillance while continuing mass collection.

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Should online pirates get the same sentences as offline ones?

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Re: When is theft not theft?

So copyright theft is only correctly named, if the 'pirate' can be shown to have deprived the owner of some revenue. If the 'pirate' would never have paid for the work anyway, he/she has not deprived the owner of anything and no theft has taken place.

In the real world it is pretty obvious to most people that having something which one could only legally have if paid for is theft.

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One does not simply ask the inventor of the WWW what he thinks about memes

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Not sure anyone can completely blame the Americans because postal addresses have traditionally followed the increasing size order; house, street, town, county, country.

For dates, the problem was multiple local standards making it hard to tell which standard was being used in any particular case. It may have been better for computer processing and sorting to have had gTLD first in URIs but at least there are no issues as to which standard is being used.

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MPs 'alarmed' by millions of mugshots on Brit cops' databases

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So what are you going to do?

Absolutely nothing like millions of others.

Not that there is a lot which anyone can do. At best one can vote in a party which will itself do what it wants. Half the people don't even see there is a problem because they have swallowed the kool-aid and see anyone protesting as the problem.

The best way to keep people oppressed is to have them oppress themselves and we've done a mighty fine job of complying so far. Anyone who doesn't is seen as some sort of dangerous radical which ensures it continues and keeps those who would be rightly radicalised quiet.

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HAPPY 20th Birthday MICROSOFT BOB

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MS Agent

MS Agent which evolved from Bob was a useful but obscure and rarely used tool, though more for good quality text to speech via SAPI than for the on-screen animated characters -- but those were admittedly fun to play to play with and easy to control through VB6.

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Chewier than a slice of Pi: MIPS Creator CI20 development board

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Community

Despite any issues and limitations with the Pi, it is the community which makes it a hands-down winner and drives up-take. I suspect serious competition in the hobbyist arena would only come from a $50 X86 system which ran a free and full desktop Windows and that is not likely to happen any time soon.

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Hated smart meters likely to be 'a costly failure' – MPs

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Like ID cards before it

I expect this plan will keep running forward until the electorate have had enough and vote in a different party which kills it dead. If there is such a party.

It seems there is very little "delivering what people want" these days; we are simply told what we will have to put up with. But I guess that's the problem with elected dictatorships which we accept as democracies.

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Apple design don Jony Ive: Build-your-own phone is BOLLOCKS

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Sewing sequins on my Gucci handbag

A good designer will deliver something the majority of the target audience consider a good, stylish and solid product, perfectly serviceable and fit for purpose for most who buy it.

That doesn't mean the punter should not be able to tweak it to suit their own personal taste, nor does it give a designer a dictatorial right to criticise doing that or others who facilitate it.

I have heard similar from chefs who believe a meal should be exactly how it comes, no condiments or sauce can be added.

Bollocks to that; I'll do as I please.

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Raspberry Pi, meet face: You're probably NOT Blighty's biggest PC maker!

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There were many who correctly predicted a $35 computer would be far more successful than the Foundation expected it to be. Most of the first year supply problems were because the Foundation had failed to recognise that huge demand and had carried out no real market research.

It would be interesting to know how many of the five million sold are being used for education and how many are used otherwise, serving hobbyists or working as media players, but I guess that is hard to tell.

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Game of Moans: Sky coughs to BORKED set top box BALLS-UP

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Re: You couldn't make it up...

"and just for added pointlessness - give the cables a bit of a jiggle".

For my friends that does actually seem to be one of the solutions which works for their problems! Admittedly it seems to need a full network disconnect and reconnect rather than a mere jiggle which is what had me thinking it may be a networking issue.

That may just be coincidence but there does seem to be some correlation between 'jiggling cables' and things working again for a while.

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Re: I am one of those victims...

I am not a victim but I have friends who are. They will be pleased if it is not their out of warranty box which needs repairing or replacing as they have been led to believe.

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£100 MILLION poured down drain on failed UK.gov IT projects - in just ONE YEAR

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Re: As a new start up...

The trick at the place I worked seemed to be to offer the moon on a plate so long as they can spec it. Keep them forever engaged in creating and adjusting the spec and the money keeps rolling in.

If customers do push for deliverables those come exactly as specified, which is rarely what they wanted or needed. Then it's back to the office to discuss how much changing the spec will cost.

They won't repeat that mistake in a hurry so next project they end up trapped in the never ending specification and planning stage paying ongoing costs without any roll-out ever being on the horizon. Just when they think it's done we can reveal an obvious flaw we forgot to mention earlier and around it goes again.

We help them through it, they think we are their bestest friends in wanting them to get things right, so they keep coming back for more of the same

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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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Staggered release would be better

The problem is in having rigidly fixed periods after which everything about a flaw is dumped, including the exploit code.

It doesn't have to be that way but Google is choosing to do it that way and it seems done more to damage their rivals and harm users than to protect them. I can understand Google might like everyone to dance to their tune but blackmail, threat and exposing people to risk is not the best means of applying pressure.

I accept public notification as a means of kicking the lethargic and could-not-care-less into action but any release, particularly of exploit code, should be tempered by the damage done in doing that.

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ATTENTION SETI scientists! It's TOO LATE: ALIENS will ATTACK in 2049

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Incomming

"Turn that fucking racket off. Sheesh!"

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Twin Adam Sandlers shake El Reg's movie unwatchablathon team

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Apex, Jump Cut, Quantum Apocalypse, Robotropolis, TNT Jackson

And you think you have suffered???

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DARPA: We KNOW WHO YOU ARE... by the WAY you MOVE your MOUSE

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Re: Typical

It is not so much remembering my passwords I have difficulty with but remembering which password goes with what.

I also have my head cluttered with remembered passwords which I no longer use which makes it even harder.

And, of course, there are loads of passwords I should remember but have forgotten because I don't use them often enough to reinforce those memories. Luckily someone invented the sticky label.

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'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

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Re: The new man

People go where their friends go, as relayed by IM, FB, word of mouth.

That's the truth of it. After all, that's how Google and YouTube got so big in the first place.

One niche artist won't make much of a difference other than to highlight the problem but if some major artists - and particularly record labels - take a stand then their fans are very likely to go with them.

The danger of being evil while pretending not to be is that, if you bite the hand that feeds too hard, those being milked just might realise and take exception to that.

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