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2977 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008

Sarko to Schmidt & co: 'You can't escape' net regulation

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Er...

"Liberté, égalité, fraternité"? Really?

More like

"Control, Restriction, Slavery"

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Ofnuke: UK is not Japan

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@Micky 1

Hovercraft was invented here - but not pursued. Taken up by the USA and other nations. Killed by the suits (who I am railing against)

EuroFighter - an Europe-wide project, over-priced and crap. We are spending billions on something that can't even do ground-attack without significant modifications (many will sit mothballed an unused). We would have been better off with a clutch of F16s and keeping Harrier going.

Jet Engine - yup, 60 odd years ago. But then that was one team, so a small project not a big contract managed by suits. And when the suits saw it, they wanted to cancel it.

Concord - glory of the 70s.

The UK does do some good engineering, but we are run buy morons. Nimrod, the new carriers, our trains, EuroFighter, Snatch Landrovers, various NHS projects. And thus we suck balls at big contracts.

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What worries me...

...is that the UK reactors were built to UK specs and maintained in the UK by a (I guess) mostly UK workforce. That does not fill me with confidence. You only have to look at any major UK contract (aircraft carriers that can't really carry aircraft, anyone?) to know what a total pigs ear our supposed betters make of things like this.

That being said...it's probably still less bad than coal.

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Osama alive scam snowballs on Twitter

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He is is alive?

I thought the Maquis Seal Team got that guy?

Wasn't it all over Fox news? About Obama being killed.

Oh, such a confusing world.

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Euro report slates wireless comms, recommends smoke and mirrors

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Electro-voodoo

Have the supposed "electrosensitives" been tested in double-blind trials? Surely that must be done first. If they fail the test (and I expect they will), send them off for counselling.

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3D fad fades for Yanks

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Simple answers

1) 3D costs more

2) The glasses are uncomfortable and slide off

3) The colours seem muted (might just be my imagination)

4) 3D gives some people headaches

5) It adds nothing !!!NOTHING!!! to the movie.

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Journos 'risk charges' for covering Parliamentary debates

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Question

I thought (and I may be wrong) that publishing in UK terms of the web was interpreted as the act of seeing it in one's browser (the bits get jiggered around and "published" to the screen).

If that is true, does it mean that the mere act of viewing a foreign site that says "X bunga-bunga avec Y" when in the UK is a breach of the super-injunction?

Of course, there is an easier option to all this; keep yer snake in yer pants.

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Maybe they would

Why don't we ask Andrew Marr?

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How to choose the right screen size

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Give me...

...an HDTV that is as dumb as a dumb thing with maybe just a couple of HDMI/component connectors. That's all I need. I'll plug low-power PC into that and it can do all the network/fancy stuff. This also means I can control what content gets shown, how it gets shown and what codecs will work; not have to suffer some broken, OEM-only content restricted bull-crap. The orther connectors would just be for consoles.

Hmm...I could probably route them through the PC...

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Microsoft calls Intel's Windows 8 comments 'inaccurate'

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@AC

"If they are going to have backwards compatibility on an ARM chip then the ARM chip will have to emulate an x86 chip to run it."

Really? I'm no Comp.Sci. grad, but surely it would be up to the kernel to translate whatever calls were coming through into what the CPU can deal with and back again? Or if not the kernel, then the virtual machine that is translating the byte-code.

And if something like that is not going on - how the heck does Linux manage to support AMD and Intel at the exact same time?

Even then, emulation/virtualisation would allow you to isolate the executing code from the underlying hardware.

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Almost

They're the ones still use in the Enterprise. Y'know, the folks who still use IE6 because they got systems coded to proprietary standards that can't be easily upgraded/migrated.

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To be fair...

...MS has been pretty good at maintaining backwards compatibility. Have you seen the video going from Windows 1 to Windows 7? I thought it was pretty amazing to be honest.

I'm pretty sure that one could not do that with OS X and as for any given Linux distro I don't think it would work either (downloading source and re-compiling is cheating. :-P)

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Sky-high megablog names top 50 'cloud innovators'

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Oh please

Give it a feckin' rest already.

"Hello, marketing? Can you turn your volume up?"

"Thanks, can you get every around you to be quiet please?"

"Great"

"A WEBSITE IS NOT THE CLOUD YOU BLOODY NIMRODS!"

"Who's this? This in Engineering."

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New PlayStation Network hack hijacks user accounts

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@RAMChYLD

So a PS3 can't be used without a 'net connection? Glad I didn't go through with buying one a month or two ago! I was planning to use it as a Blu-Ray player, maybe to stream content off my home network and to maybe play games.

But it if needs an Internet connection to do that - forget it.

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Mozilla to shift 12m surfers off 2-year-old Firefox 3.5

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@pitagora

If the platform changes its model too much and breaks plugins too often then users will leave as its unstable and developers will quit it as there is too much re-work. If that happens, then the platform will die. Simple.

If what people are saying here is true, then Mozilla and Firefox should be dying. It does not seem like they are.

If one is using a piece of software that *IS* essential, then one should be paying for support. And if not then, to be blunt, one is also part of the problem.

From my experience, the only add-on to not work is TinyURL Creator. Hardly essential. But that is just my experience.

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@NoneSuch

Have you asked the devs of the plug-ins to make them compatible?

Have you offered to sponsor the work?

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Open source .NET mimic rises from Novell ashes

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@Sentient

I don't think its politics to be deeply concerned about the possibility of MS patent-bombs lurking in the Linux eco-sphere.

The question is, what itch is Mono trying to scratch, why were none of the existing technologies deemed viable and what can be done to improve them?

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Yes

There's Banshee, the default music player in Ubuntu.

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HP unveils stylin' new desktop line

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Hello?

This is the 1980s, we'd like our HiFi designs back.

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Renault readies sub-£7000 e-car for Blighty

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@AC

Buy bike armour. Well insulated, waterproof and you'll need it when some BMW/Volve driving ass-hat smashes into you. Cost to be fully suited and booted in something half-decent £500-£1,000.

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Umm...

...isn't that just a battery-powered C1 with 4 wheels? Think I'd rather have a C1 to be honest (and repeal the stupid helmet laws for such a machine).

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Microsoft claims Windows Azure appliances exist

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Sort of

I am sick and tired of El Reg only discussing Azure, when the likes of OpenStack, EC2 et al are tearing MS a new one.

Cloud is a bit like REST, it's an architectural idea and it probably won't scratch all your itches. But to ignore it is a bit naive.

Also, markteers should be taken into a small room by the techs and have the true meaning of "cloud" beaten into them.

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Samsung prices up Chrome OS netbook for Blighty

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Yup

If it was sold at the "true" price (which would have been about £213). Oh wait, tax. Make that about £256. Still pricey, but easier to swallow. But no, same deal as always. Rip-off the Brits.

There is a simple answer - don't buy.

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French publisher starts second round against Google

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I guess it's how it's used

If Google just uses it as some kind of index "Book X by Y, ISBN N contains what you are looking for" and maybe with a highlighted paragraph or something, then I totally fail to see the issue.

If, however, Google vomits up the entire book or sells/provides by any means a copy (or large portion) of the book for which the publisher receives no remuneration, then that is an issue.

And looking at Google Books it appears to be the former, so I am not sure what their problem is as Google Books just lets people find their book and then easily buy it. Surely that's of advantage to the publisher?

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David Cameron wants to push all of Blighty online

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I know the units in question

With 4gb RAM and a HDD to match, they will even manage virtualisation. half-Life etc will also run (and that was also on Ubuntu 10.10). The only problem is these units have a reputation for blowing capacitors.

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And looking at the site...

...only a £3 diff between Ubuntu and Windows? Really? Sod the PC, where can I get Windows 7 and Office for £3?

Something stinks.

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Ah

I did eventually find the Remploy Store on eBay, just a few crappy Dells really. That they're ones known to have dodgy capacitors.

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So where can they be bought?

There's nothing about it on the Remploy site.

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Super-injunction Twitter user in contempt of court if tweets were true

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Simple answer...

...to super injunctions. If you covet a public life and/or use your public profile to make a living (film/music stars, MPs etc) then avoid all the injunction hassle by not dipping your wick in someone else's wax, making false claims or otherwise being a total cock.

Personally I don't care if you like to be dressed as a baby and spanked by "mummy", but I do care when you try to cover up your actions and present yourself as something you are not.

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Official: Microsoft buys Skype for $8.5bn

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Skype on Linux...

...was never really a big project from Skype. You can be sure that MS will kill it stone-dead to ensure that the only real option is MS-centric

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Judge approves handover of BitTorrent IP addresses

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Err...

...Conan was Schwarzenegger. "Copland" was good, "Rocky I" too.

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Easy solution

Change the law to make you liable for what happens on your network.

Not saying that's a nice thing to happen, just saying it's something that could happen.

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Grow up

"Oh, but Hollywood only produces crap and doesn't deserve paid." Really? Really, really? So why are you so dead keen to watch it then?

"Oh, but I'm poor and can't afford it." Really? But you got enough money to spunk on broadband.

Why not support people doing stuff you like? Why not get behind other movements/organisations (such as vo.do)?

Got no sympathy for those who engage in copyright infringement via torrents.

There again, I also have little support for the antics of the RIAA/MPAA/BPI.

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Microsoft poised to make biggest ever buy – Skype

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@Giles

MS already have an alternative, OCS. It is one of the few things MS has managed to do right (although only allowing you to store conversation in Outlook is a PITA). Want multi-party video conferencing? Done. You do need to run a server though.

I agree - this is just about buying the user base.

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Microsoft resuscitates 'I'm a PC' ads to fight Apple

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Bleurgh!

Someone pass a sick-bag, please!

Is this how desperate MS is getting? Kee-rist. They don't even go into the "virtues" of Win7. "This one's touch screen". Ooh-wee, excuse me whilst I get some tissues. That is just a matter of hardware rather than OS as such (although is need OS support, obviously).

It is true that buying a new PC almost forces one to accept Windows, but that is more down to market abuse rather than an informed decision to buy Windows.

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Elite coder readies £15 programming gadget for schools

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@Marvin

WTF? I did learn how an engine actually works when driving, it gave you an understanding of the noises, why gear changes were important, why oil is important. It also gave you knowledge of when to break the rules (e.g. pulling away in second).

You to not need a PhD in electronics to run a PC, but knowing enough to know that increasing your ram to 32gb with one shitty HDD and a weak controller isn't going to speed things up *IS* important.

And as for cars, it is getting harder but many parts are still user-replaceable. I have often thought that road-side maintenance should be taken into the type approval e.g. "It my be possible to change any bulb on the vehicle within 10 minutes and without requiring tools."

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How to make Azure more appealing to Java and Open Source developers

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So basically...

...make Windows more like *nix? Why not just cut out the middle man and go *nix?

If .Net is going to be such a pain to port to Azure, the incremental cost of re-implementation on another platform won't be much more and will be off-set by the gains in efficiency (purchase, maintenance etc).

Lets face it "cloud" is just the 1970/80s with a bit of virtualisation (and lots of PR puffery). A big server sharing its resources is exactly the arena *nix was designed to work in. If that is already fit for purpose, why waste time on Azure?

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Sony’s sorry saga snowballs

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@AC

Yeah....sure you are. Sure.

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UK.gov would pay to have benefit claimants' tattoos erased

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Yeah

Because Bruce Potts just couldn't get a job, could he?

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Apple reportedly plans ARM shift for laptops

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Apart from...

...the fact the Windows will apparently run on ARM too.

So not only will users get low-power and portability, but also the rich experience of *the* standard environment.

Pffffttt............giggles

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Sony implicates Anonymous in PlayStation Network hack

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"I am in yur Internetz...

...stealin' yur Upload Codez.

Ok Tnx bbye

Teh CIA"

See? I can do it too.

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End of the tether: Google plays nice with carriers

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Why?

I pay for data. If I use that data for texts, web or to push pictures of fully kittens to my PC; so what?

Charge me for the data I use and leave it at that. Simple!

And "simple" is the problem - the market needs the confusion so consumers end up over-paying.

Net neutrality - they're heard of it and want nothing to do with it.

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Facebook fails webmail tests

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I have found...

...Indesit to be very good (just don't buy the cheapo models). Miele do have a good rep., as do Bosch.

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Ohio cops taze naked marathoneer

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Only in the USA...

...can one have the right to bear arms, but not the right to a bare todger.

And people think the UK is repressed!

What the cops should have done is scrounged a pair of shorts and gained some great PR. But no. This is the USofA. Shoot (tase) first and ask questions later.

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Hacker pwns police cruiser and lives to tell tale

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Has already happened...

...Boston area I think.

So why the downvote?

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Joke

A Linux box?

They should have been running embedded Windows. Far more secure.

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The Sandy Bridge Hackintosh

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Prices?

Did I miss these? Could you perhaps list the prices paid (and places bought from)?

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Mozilla ships first security update for Firefox 4

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And...

..."World Biggest Pac Man" still doesn't work. Who's to blame? MS for not sticking to the proposed-Standards, or Mozilla for not correctly implementing same?

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Is iPhone data collection legal?

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What?

In the UK ex-directory is free, there is no charge to pay. So either you are not in the UK or you are simply wrong.

THe one things that pisses me off about data is the likes of Experian. They collect data about ME that directly affects MY life, and then have the gall to charge ME for access to MY data. They should be forced by law to open it to the person who the data refers to.

Never happen though.

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