* Posts by The BigYin

3055 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008

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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Joke

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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@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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For that...

...you'd need an education system that works. Unfortunately we are now ramping up to exclude people on cost grounds and allow private companies to provide education. For all the ills of the previous system, at least the main focus was in getting the little buggers to learn and not profits.

Those companies will be "tax efficient" so not only will be be churning out sub-par graduates, but we'll be losing tax revenue to boot.

PS I wish my data were a stollen, I could keep it safely secure in my belly and a data-dump would take on a whole new meaning. :)

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Offshoring?

Government IT functions? Are they nuckin' futs? At best this will be profits for cronies, done on PFI (thus more expensive, but off-book and a future cost).

We'll see headlines like "We saved £40 million in off-shoring this-and-that!" Which, of course, is total bullshit when one considers the actual total cost.

but we have form for this, we outsourced our Customs buildings to a company that runs from a tax haven. Only in Britain. MPs here are more concerned about their next expenses claim or corporate event than they are about doing their job.

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Brussels acts to ensure arrival of new, unknown legal highs

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@Stiles

I agree. Most of the problems are caused by the restricted/tainted supply.

The drugs should just be graded on risk/cost and if found to be lower then or equal to booze/baccy, legalised. Some forms should, however, still remain illegal/controlled. Just like when one needs some meths, one can't just pop into the local corner shop and buy it.

Hell, if the Afghanis could sell their opium openly, they might be able to yank themselves out of the state they are in.

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@AC

And that's what needs changed. Legalising it means legalising the supply chain as well. You won't get rid of every single problem (heck, we still have child-labour sweatshops) but I put it to you that the situation will be "less bad".

It's not as if prohibition is working, is it?

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Give it up

Legalise it, grade/certify it, tax it.

Base any restrictions/advice on medical evidence (e.g. booze, baccy) and not on reactionary propaganda.

Benefits? Vast amounts of tax revenue, reductions in crime, reductions in police workload, reductions medical admissions due to tainted drugs etc.

Will the number of users go up? Almost certainly.

Will the price go down? Almost certainly.

Will problems go up? Maybe, but still won't be as bad as alcohol IMHO.

Legalise everything? Don't be daft. Cannabis I don't see any issue with (I can't smoke, so this isn't a personal desire) but something like crack is just too damaging to ever be legal I think.

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'Being cyber-stalked is as bad as being raped, or in a war'

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I am sure it's not pleasant at all...

...but I am equally sure that being cyber-stalked does not compare to being raped or caught in a war zone. As I have not been in any of the three situations, however, I guess I am not qualified to comment.

A bit like these researchers probably.

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Game gears up for Mac OS X Lion release with... Panther

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@Doozerboy

I think you'll find that the upgrade costs £20, the full version costs circa £800 (comes with a free computer tho').

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Doom guy: tablets, phones to be gaming platforms of the future

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Why does....

...the phone/tablet need the juice? That would kill the battery. Have a grunt GPU set-up do the rendering and an efficient way to squirt the rendered images down (plus responses up). A bit like modern networks FPS games, but with a server doing the rendering too.

Otherwise you'll need a forklift to follow you around to hold the batteries!

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NHS told: freeze all Microsoft spend

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In all honesty...

...I take the pragmatic view. F/OSS scratches that itch? Use it. Proprietary is the answer? Use it.

Just one caveat; you will interoperate and you will not block/change your APIs to ensure lock-in. Data will be stored/moved in a format that is fully and publicly documented and can be implemented without worrying about patents or license fees.

Why?

So in 15 years time when I need open an old file, even if the code does not exist I can yank the spec and pay someone to build me a module to read it; that's why.

Summary: F/OSS code? As needed. Open Standards? Without question.

And Test Man...so you are in charge of the NHS then and know for a fact that MS is better? Wow.

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