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3014 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008

Microsoft unveils file-move changes in Windows 8

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I am waiting for them...

...to suck in librsync (or similar) and then crow like it's all amazing and new.

MS - rocking your world like pre-1996.

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Virgin Media preps firmware update for glitchy SuperHub

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They could do two things

1) Allow you to connect your own router.

2) Free the source

Both of these would allow people to solve local issue with new hardware (I'd like more ports, thanks, and different aerials and....). As well as offer fixes and updates (e.g. a VM OpenWRT, if you will)

Although I will confess, mine has not been an issue (yet).

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AlertMe network power-meter kit: Suitable for techies?

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Indeed

And more (quite personal) information to be given away (no, wait, you are paying them to take it) to a company and sold on to FSM-knows who.

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Samsung says Apple lifted iPad from Kubrick's 2001

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@John

NO! That just proves that the USSR were in on it all the time. It PROVES the conspiracy! Froth, rant, rave.....

You are, of course, quite correct. The USSR, China, N.Korea, FSM-knows-who-else would have loved to have shown the USA up if it had been fake. Heck, the reporter that broke that story would now be a gazillionaire.

But yet these complete, dribbling, morons still think it was all a put-up job.

I really don't have the words to express my contempt. Well, not words I'd use in polite company.

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Really?

You post that utter toss here? Really?

Every claim of the "no-moon-landing" nut jobs has been debunked. Every. Single. One.

From the reflections, the waving flag, the shadows, stars and (apparent) multi-light sources.

All.

Debunked.

ALL OF THEM.

*** REPEATEDLY ***

You can even debunk them yourself, go watch a few "Mythbusters" episodes or look up some of the NASA/other responses to find out how. Some of them are a piece of piss to debunk, make a good weekend project for you and the kids. "Hey kids, lets investigate the difference between evidence and paranoid-hokum bullshit!".

At worst, at absolute worst, NASA (or third parties) may have sexed up a few shots for magazines. This is called a "PR puff" and is not a sign of the International Illuminati Jewery Masonic Conspiracy of the Elite Greys.

I mean, really, Occam's-bloody-Razor. Do you think, as a species, we are so accomplished as to keep a conspiracy on that scale quiet? Do you not watch the news? Has the whole Cryptome and Wikileaks thing just passed you by?

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Oh FFS

Humans have broadly similar:

1) aesthetics

2) hand-sizes

3) vision

4) ergonomic requirements

5) build

So is it really any wonder that nice products all start to look kinda the same? Apple created the consumer tablet market (pretty much) but the limitation of us meat-sacks mean that *ALL* tablets will end up looking alike. Just all cars of a particular class look alike, all motorcycles of a class look alike, all [non-novelty] coffee mugs look alike, all LCD monitors look alike and so on.

The only people who can tell them apart are the primadonna fanbois, no one else gives a toss (unless there is passing-off).

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Skype bug may expose users to malicious code

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Err...

...I did figure that much, but I still don't see how it would be possible if the site/client had disallowed/altered the data.

Might try again at lunch.

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I was curious...

...so I tried it. Skype will allow "alert()" for a number, but converts it to a numeric equivalent.

HTML tags are not permitted, in fact special characters are not permitted.

This is on Skype 5.5.0.113 on Win7

If you try via the website, it either freaks or strips HTML tags.

So I am not altogether sure how this person managed to get their "injection" done.

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Ofcom mulls smackdown for rogue religious TV channel

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Why does...

...it take so long to shut these people down?

Why is it just the useless ASA and Ofcom? Surely this is a fraud and should be prosecuted?

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Ultra-cheap HP TouchPads to hit UK at 6pm

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I suspect...

...foul play. The Touchpad was on the Dixons site at full price just before 1800, at 1800 *to the second* it went unavailable.

I doubt it ever went on sale in the UK at this price and that the whole exercise was just a PR stunt by DSGi to try and save their sorry asses.

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Celebrity Google+rs do need steenkin' badges

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That is going to be funny

How many Marshall Mathers are there in the world?

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Insulin pump attack prompts call for federal probe

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List to "Free as in Freedom" podcast, episode 15

http://faif.us/cast/2011/aug/02/0x15/

Now be afraid, be very afraid. You have no alternative but to have one inside your body, and you can only trust it works because the maker says so?

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Australian bank to run trial with human teller in ATM

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This is not...

...intended to replace ATMs. It;s intended to replace actual tellers so that their jobs can be outsourced to a cheaper country.

I do not look forward to this at all.

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Mozilla strokes coders with Firefox 6

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More to the point...

...why bundle it? Most users won't need it, it's bloat. A dev or a learner can just grab Firebug (or something else) and add it if needed.

FFS Mozilla, stop with the bloat! Get the basics right, then people can add what they want/need.

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Man reveals secret recipe behind undeletable cookies

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This highlights another issue...

...it should be "opt-in to tracking" not "out-out of being stalked".

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It's Javascript

Just install "NoScript" (or similar) and job's a good 'un.

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No need

Just use "NoScript"

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Adobe automates website design for arty Luddites

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Minor omission

"Aimed at graphic designers with limited technical skills, Muse claims to make it possible to design complex websites using point-and-click and drag-and-drop rather than hand coding."

should be

"Aimed at graphic designers with limited technical skills, Muse claims to make it possible to design complex websites using point-and-click, that will cause you sys-admin to hut to down and kill you plus make your users burst into tears and their router explodes in flames; and drag-and-drop rather than hand coding."

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Mozilla to auto-block unwanted Firefox add-ons

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Take a leaf from Linux

Inform the user that some add-ons need updated or wish to be installed.

Warn (with big flashing lights and screaming sirens) if an add-on has not been signed by a verified GPG-key.

Then let the user select what to allow/block.

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MacBook Pro turns to golden Apple

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Gauche

And I hope they skin it in some protective film, otherwise every scratch will make you cry.

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Jeff Bezos patents retro jets, and airbags, for telephones

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Oh, better idea

I wish to patent the "Automatic free-fall alert and arrest unit".

When the phone enters free-fall, the owner will be alerted via physical stimulus to the event.

If they do not, or cannot, react in time, the unit will auto-arrest and prevent any damage.

Prior art? Well, there's wrist-straps but let's not split hairs here.

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Good point there

What will the TSA think about you taking an explosive device on board? I mean, 20 terrorists could each get one of these on board, strap them together and make a BOMB!

Is that the plan? Is Amazon actually just a front for the International Al Qaeeda Jewery People's Liberation Front?

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Questions

Do they have a working prototype?

-- No? Patent expires in 3 months.

Are they actively selling the tech?

-- No? Patent expires in one year.

Is the prior art or and other invention that makes this obvious?

-- Yes, ask NASA and any car-maker.

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LinkedIn U-turns to appease peeved users

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Think about it

Who are Linkedin's customers? Companies (head-hunters etc).

What is the product? You.

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iPad threatened by young pretenders

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@Justin

Why do I want to buy apps in the first place? I have a browser.

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A lack of content?

WTF? They have the whole Interwibble for content FFS.

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Hackers breach chocolate recipe on Hershey website

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@david 63

Exactly. Hershey's <<< Cadbury's <<< Chocolate.

Disgusting.

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Stream vids to your laptop ON A PLANE ... but prepare to pay

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Err...

...why do I want this when the in-flight entertainment is just fine? Oh wait, they'll cut that off and force you to buy this DRM infected shit. Sod that, I'll bring my own.

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Isolated human genes can be patented, US court rules

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What?

Does this mean that a person could be sued in the USA if they have a natural mutation that just happens to be the same as a patented gene?

Genes should be like software (and business processes) unpatentable as genes are nothing more than meat-space programs.

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Cabinet Office ends website test

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100k?

I amazed they got that many, this is the first I heard of it.

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Dell Streak 7 Android tablet

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Dell

A basic summary of all Dell products:

Desktops: Terrible. Components bought from the lowest bidder. Often proprietary. Prone to breakage. PSUs suck balls.

Laptops: Pathetic. Screens are prone to dying, components as above.

Printers: Appalling. Stab yourself in the eye with a rusty fork, it'll be better.

Peripherals (keyboards, mice etc): a big bucket of "meh".

Monitors: Decent. For some reason.

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Ten... Portable USB 3.0 HDDs

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Later this month?

It was already the 20th when you posted! Rather than use some marketeer's future-possibly-not-true price, why not simply quote the actual price that of the thing at the time of writing? Or, at the very least, make it clear that the quoted price is in some way proposed/fictional.

It almost smacks of false-advertising and makes me wonder what else in the review was based on PR-puffery rather than actuality.

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Lost 1967 spacecraft FOUND CRASHED ON MOON

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Indeed!

And if you look, you can clearly see clouds near the horizon. Clouds? On the moon?

If you zoom in and look at the second hill on the right, you can see clear evidence of a wind blowing the clouds over the hill.

In the bottom right you can also see what looks like fog in a crater.

This was clearly taken before they'd agreed the protocol for creating the fake moon pictures.

Time NASA 'fessed up to their New World Order conspiracy and admitted the truth.

The Earth is the centre of the Universe, it is flat in all directions and we were made in the Perfect Image of the One True God! Throw down the Copernican Conspiracy and the Evolution Falsehood.

Set yourself FREE into the glory of GOD!

It could all be artefacts of processing/compression of course. There's less stars than one can see with the naked eye on Earth, so perhaps this was near the Lunar dawn and that not much reflected light. But really; which explanations are more likely?

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Google grabs facial-recognition 'ware firm

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Screw that

I don't use my real name on the net, and I try my best to keep my fizzog off it too (unless hidden by a hat or something). I've got nothing to hide, I just don't want some random freak on the street recognising me from something (or my employer finding out what I get up to when not on their time).

As much as I like the Internet, the uses (and potential abuses of it) are slowly shifting the cost/benefit. All it takes is one person to post a picture of you, tag you and blammo; you're privacy is gone. If that doesn't worry you, then you are brain-dead.

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Moonpig gobbled by PhotoBox

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Ah...

...but now you do the funky chicken...err...pigeon.

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Fujitsu installs Windows 7... on a phone

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Bleurgh!

^ See title

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Boxing boomers bounced building in Seoul

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@Mystic

So you mean from here?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihUJUNL1jyI&feature=player_detailpage#t=133s

Don't worry, not many people know you can link a specific time in a YouTube video.

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MPs probe science behind bogus gov booze guidelines

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Why let science get in the way?

The evidence on drugs safety/harm has been ignored.

Evidence on road safety is ignored

What make anyone think the science will be listened to?

About the most that will be listened to is the big PubCos and drinks makers who stand to profit. Money trumps evidence. Always.

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Captain Kirk's Google+ account gets zapped

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@AC

Wrong, I get it. I just don't see why *my* social network should be the business of some company.

I think it's you who does not get the point. The "share with your buddies" is just a ruse to get more information on you to sell for advertising. That's it.

Also, because of my views, if my G+ account got connected to my meat-self I could well be fired. So the social network now becomes a forum for employers to impose a certain world-view on their employees.

So again, my real name? Never.

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Real name?

No feckin' way, tossers. I am not directly linking my cyber-self to my meat-self.

If G+ enforce this, then I won't be using G+, just like I don't use FB.

Anonymity and privacy are precious, I won't be giving mine away if I can possibly avoid it.

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Online map suppressing crime reporting, says survey

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@nyelvmark

Not even close.

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FAIL

@nyelvmark

If you are going to be a grammar Nazi, it is helpful to at least be correct. The contraction of "because" sounds exactly like "cause" ("be-caws" and "caws"; your accent may vary).

Quite why you feel the need to attack someone for a simple typographical error beats me. None of us are perfect and fingers slip on the keys. Also, did you consider that the OP may have dyslexia and such an error may be a result of that condition? I guess you didn't.

Or has someone made you The Last True Guardian of English and not let the rest of us know?

One final point, do keep your xenophobia to yourself.

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Firms fight over universal remote control patents

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Macros then

Bloody obvious (from keystrokes to mouse events; it's all been done before), and IIRC the old Palm could do that too.

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Agreed

How hard can it be to do little more that replay an IR signal?

Heck, my old PalmPilot could record IR signals and play them back. Great for annoying people. :-)

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iPhone plunges 13,500 ft from skydiver's pocket - and lives

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I see...

...an opportunity. The "iChute" case. A bit bulky, but if the phone detect free-fall it deploys the chute and comes down safely, also sending SMS updates to a designated phone of its current position.

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Blighty's top cop quits over phone-hacking scandal

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@vagabondo

As has been reported on the Beeb etc, she cannot not give evidence to MPs as that may prejudice an active police investigation.

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Curious...

...now the Brooks has been arrested, she can't give evidence to MPs. Are the two connected?

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As China rises on the net, website numbers shrink

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Sorry...

...I've asked this before, but is this a story about China or the USA? Y'know, shutting down sites (even foreign ones) on a whim and without legal recourse?

It must be China! They're not demanding the extradition of foreign nationals for running a web site.

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Advice on offshoring issued to UK.gov IT bodies

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Indeed

And that is something else to be concerned about. It may not be long before physical geography is irrelevant and it's the chain of ownership that determines governance.

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