* Posts by The BigYin

3055 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008

Air NZ safety vid provokes terror in the skies

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Simple answer

Add £5 to the ticket price.

All the £5s are collected into a pot (so £500 or so in the pot).

There are three questions to answer about the safety briefing.

All the answers get put into a hat.

First three correct entries drawn win part of the pot (£300, £200, £100).

OR

Cabin crew are legally permitted to punch non-observers in the face.

Seriously people, it's sub-5 mins (not all aircraft are the same, equipment does get changed).

Oh, and one more thing: after landing, sit down until the light goes off. Can we legalise breaking people's legs too?

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Nokia deal to 'rocket Windows Phone 7 past iPhone'

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You're two days early

Unless there are some seriously dodgy back-room deals, Win7 won't grab that much. Mobile!=Desktop, MS cannot manipulate that market so easily. The sheer number of players, markets and the fact that fashion plays a big part are all against them stitching up the mobile market like they have done to the desktop PC market.

And look at the traction Android is getting beyond the phone (e.g. tablets). Sure, many of these devices are under-powered and not great, but these are companies doing it off their own bat and for CHEAP! Win7 won't be able to apply loads of proprietary and anti-competitive hooks as it won't work with other people's devices.

And these companies will get better and better at making competing products, innovating and sniffing out the market.

As for those bleating about "integration", with more being consumed via the browser (and assuming the apps are written to the standards and not proprietary extension) it matters not one whit the client OS. Also, if governments follow through on their threats and go F/OSS, then the barriers to entry and proprietary APIs (the only thing keeping MS entrenched) come tumbling down. People are then free to choose of capability and I am sorry, no one in their right might picks MS based on capability.

MS is the enforced choice due to lock-in. Not a choice made with freedom.

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Labour MP debuts fondleslab-assisted Parliament oratory

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iPad?

I thought that government advice was to use non-proprietary/open products? Seems like they can't follow their own rules.

Again.

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Apple plays whack-a-dev after WWDC sellout

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A fool...

...and their money...

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Nokia lobs more patent claims at Apple

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Who cares

Apple sues Google

Nokia sues Apple

LG sues Sony

Sony sues...

Look, guys. Get a clue. You are wasting more on lawyers than it would cost you to just ditch the patents and stop the bitch-fight.

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Chinese firm accused of mobile malware ruse

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Unrequested applications...

...that are a cost to remove? Gosh. Who'd ever have thought of that?

Apart from Dell.

And HP.

And Toshiba.

And Sony.

And every other box shifter.

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Marshall Islands prez 'legalises cocaine'

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On a second look...

...this looks a bit like the kind of thing the "Yes Men" would get up to.

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They are...

...a week early.

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Nintendo 3DS

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Business application?

Take a CAD drawing, generate the 3D model (probably on a server) and have the DS overlay that on to what it can see?

Might stop people making the turbine hall doors 1m narrower than the actual turbines....

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Plane or train? Tape or disk?

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Umm...

...can this entire article be summarised as "There is no one answer, pick what suits your particular needs"?

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Ubuntu board rejects slippery Flash installs

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@XMAN

"open" != "free"

Just ask RedHat

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The correct decision

For the new to Linux it is often annoying that MP3s, DVDs, Flash etc will not play on most distros. There is the 5 minutes of "This is utter crap! I am going returning to Windows. A pox on this backwards OS, get with the 21st century freetards!"

And then one finds that a script or an apt or a yum gets the missing bits.

Then one finds out why they are missing.

Then one begins to understand the poison that patents et al often are in IT.

Then one begins to avoid the proprietary formats as much as is possible (with pragmatic exceptions).

Given that FF4 just landed and FF (along with Chrome, Opera etc) all agree on what video formats to support, I can see an end to Flash on YouTube (once Google figures out how to insert ads). Certainly in the EU, IE is no longer the major browser and hasn't been for some time.

h264 is a patent minefield and should be avoided if possible. It is also a licensing boobtrap waiting to be sprung.

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Microsoft's Novell patent pals return to SuSE's homeland

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There may be trouble ahead...

...but while there's lawyers,

And finance,

And patents,

And greed,

MS attacks Linux again.

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Brian May stands up for Welsh badgers

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Nice idea...

...but cows, badgers etc are not dumb enough to smoke.

It takes a real moron to deliberately inhale carcinogens for "pleasure".

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FAIL

No IT angle

It's filed under "Entertainment".

Do try reading, most people find it a pleasurable activity. Especially on a text-heavy website.

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Nyes...

...because the P.E. really knows its science. These are the Public School Toffs who went to bat in a big way for Wakefield. Really know their stuff, those Latin spouting P.E.-ers, oh my yes. :rolls-eyes:

The P.E. is OK for a bit of satire, politics and tasteless jokes, but for science? May as well read Fortean Times.

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US gov opposes Microsoft in i4i patent spat

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@AC

I detect a high ferrous content in JaitcH's post.

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As much...

...as I like seeing MS get a kick in the balls, there is no doubt that the USPTO is no longer fit for purpose. If a jury is not to question the crap that the USPTO approves, then who can? The state? Hardly, they will just follow the money.

Judges? Hardly, they will just follow the money.

USPTO? Hardly, these are idiots who got it wrong in the first place.

Software and business patents should be disallowed, and retrospectively cancelled. It's the only way to encourage development (yes, I did say that) and cut down on the costs involved. They only people who will squeal are the lawyers, but that's OK as they need a kick in the particulars just as much (if not more so) than MS.

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BT, TalkTalk in court seeking axe for Digital Economy Act

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BT...

...who engaged with Phorm are worried about their dear wee customers? Pfft. It's the costs they care about, nothing more.

The only thing that is damaging Equity and BPI member's businesses is ther so-last-century business models (regional releases, region locking etc). Get with the program idiots, the Internet has no borders.

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Firefox 4 debuts: The last kitchen sink release

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@Tom

Get your router (or install a service) to not download the crap at source. I've still got to get around to this, but using the g/f's Mac at home is a nightmare with all the ads, pop-ups, highlighting, surveys and general crap that gets in the way of the content.

The web is on usable with NoScript, AdBlock, Flashblock, BetterPrivacy, CookieCuller and Ghostery all installed and running. Oh, and the odd Greasemonkey script.

These plugins are why IE (even 9) is a waste of space as a browser.

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Umm...

...why is the missus seeing your session? She can just move things around where she needs, or she can run a local copy of FF3.7. It's not hard on a decent OS.

Oh.

Wait.

You're using Windows aren't you?

Commiserations.

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The price of the average foaming tankard - in pictures

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Teetoal?

Are you stark-staring-bonkers? Home brew!

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Duke Nuke goes misogynistic for multiplayer

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Two words.

"Hot". "Coffee".

Discuss.

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@James

The Daily Hate? Nah, I await the Currant Bun getting in a strop over it.

"It makes young boys objectify women, seeing them as weak and little more than sex objects. Innit?" Many 23,36,28,34 (in pink thong).

Got nothing against the idea of a misogynistic lead myself ("Bond" anyone?) What would be cool would be a mod where you could have "Daisy Duke" Nukem run around and save the blokes. Would satisfy the misandrists out there.

Then a further mod where "Daisy Duke" saves the girls and where Duke saves the boys. The pink pound buys games too y'know.

I draw the line at either of the dukes saving sheep. That's just sick.

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Osborne urged to end islands VAT-holiday by small-biz group

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Yeah

Cuz Joe Blow/Wahid Ahmed who run your local IT shop/corner store can afford to operate their own warehouse on the Channel Islands. It's Joe and Wahid who realise profits in this country, pay taxes in this country and add to the social value of this country. The multi-nationals don't.

This law was meant to help flower sellers? Fine. Then change the law to explicitly state flowers!

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Programmer gets 8 years for theft of stock trading software

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Do I understand this correctly?

Steal some code.

Social cost of crime: negligible.

Punishment? 8 years in jail.

--- Vs ---

Trade in dubious products, mis-sell loans, misrepresent assets, evade taxes, evade regulatory controls.

Social cost of crimes: massive to the point of being incalculable.

Punishment? None. Instead you get bailed out by the people you ripped off and can still pay yourself billions in bonuses.

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Microsoft Kinect hacked to control the PS3

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How long before...

...Sony being a law suit for lost "Move" sales or something? Or by-passing security controls or some other clap-trap?

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Fans face freezing Apple MacBook Pros

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Weren't...

...the latest Macs slammed for poor build quality? One comment being how the heat sinks etc were attached and the amounts of thermal past used?

[Not dig - genuine question]

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Sapphire Edge HD

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Nice looking

Is it USB 3? Article does not seem to say. A big plus is that it is not encumbered with Windows, which would have just been too bloated for an efficiency demanding device such as this.

If it was for the frame drops (shouldn't happen at this price), this could make a good front-end when loaded with Myth, XBMC or simialr.

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AT&T ends illicit freetard handset tethering

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@Ammaross and @ Mechman

Well the answer is simple, isn't it? Don't sell "unlimited" if you cannot provide "unlimited". As I said, how the end user uses their bandwidth is no one's business but theirs.

So AT&T should perhaps just sell capped contracts (not this tethered/untethered crap). If people buy a 5Gb contract and blow it by letting their friends leech, then that is entirely their lookout. They should also be able to tether their phone to their own devices to avoid having to buy extra contracts and dongles just to get connection.

They want to re-sell? Still not a problem, so long as they have purchased enough down speed/data allowance to cope.

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@david wilson

Thing is, the tap has been taken on the house side of the meter, so the extra gas is counted. The gas company should just charge the home owner for the total. Owner's problem.

If the gas company was dumb enough to sell at a flat rate with no caps, then it is the gas company's problem.

Unlimited means unlimited. Pure and simple. We should not let companies alter our language to suit their own needs. I have no issue with caps, just don't sell a capped/restricted/limited service as f***ing "unlimited".

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@David

But you insurance was not advertised as "unlimited", was it? How pissed off would you be if you bought "unlimited" insurance and then discovered weasel-words in the micro-print?

Unlimited is unlimited - don't sell it if you cannot provide it.

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Sorry, what?

People pay for a service (the connection). So long as they do not exceed whatever the agreed limits are, how they use that service is no ones business but their own.

If they are exceeding, AT&T should just charge them more.

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Saab-spotter blogger poached by the company

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Two questions

1) Are you an architect?

2) Are you ignorant of what a "Vectra" is?

If you answered "Yes" to both, go buy a Saab.

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Dell Inspiron Duo

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Why wait?

There are some good touch screen implementations around, they're just no Windows.

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Patent-pimping pair attacks Apple, PayPal, Victoria's Secret

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129 page patent

In the sweet name of zombie jeebus, no wonder the USA patent system is ballsed up.

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Police just rubber-stamping US data slurp

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What was said?

USA: Jump!

Europe: Yes SIR! Jumping SIR! Jumping higher SIR!

USA: All your data are belong to us.

Europe: Of course SIR! No question SIR!

And here was me thinking it was just the UK that was the pathetic little lap-dog of Imperial America.

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Skyhook vows to take Google suit to bitter end

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Skyhook got a patent...

...on working out where you are from what you can see/sense? Dear gods. Did no one mentions the old shipping navigation system (forget name, sorry) that uses known, fixed masts and figures out where you are by looking at the signals?

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Foreign Office endorses 'free' Microsoft travel advice API

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And...

...MS will wait a while for devs to to use their new API and become dependent on it, then suddenly start charging for access. Like I said "Free != Open".

And why is this page trying to snoop on us with "RioTracking2.jsp"?

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If they published their data...

...in an open format, then I am sure that people would spontaneously develop APIs and apps. But that wouldn't get the civil servants their free meals at top restaurants and "fact finding" trips to the Seychelles.

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Free != Open

Why is our government turning over what should be public information to the hands of a private company? One that is hostile to open standards?

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MS embraces/shuns Google's open video codec

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MS loves open!

And by "open" they mean "open your cheque book and cough up, suckers". h264 is not an "open" codec it is "closed with a no-cost (for now) license to decode and, in some cases, to encode". The only reason MS likes it, is that they are part of the group that holds the patents and stand to make millions from it.

One must remember that MS is actively hostile to any concept of "open". Hence their repeated patent threats (although they never mention which exact patents).

I for one am glad to no longer be beholden to the Beast of Redmond. (Nor and I beholden to the Monster of Mountain View".

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Microsoft and Mozilla edge towards web privacy consensus?

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Go one further

Install something like "Privoxy" and nuke them at source (well, nearer the source)

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Trust

I already do a lot to stop the marketing parasites from tracking me by blocking the hell out of their cookies and scripts. I am supposed to trust these people to not track me when I ask (sprinkles and a cherry on top)?

We are talking about the kind of people who wouldn't lift a finger to save their own drowning granny without first showing them some targeted ads for swimming lessons and aids.

I'll switch on the "do not track" (because is won't be on by default as is should be) but I will continue to block the hell out of as much tracking stuff as I can.

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Bloke with hammer fixes London's Olympic clock

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Why...

...in the name of buggery would you need Apache/MySQL for that? (Isn't "201" a stanard error code anyway, not related to the server?)

A couple of quid for a standard PCB (found in any washing machine, VCR...) and a few more quid for a display, done. Heck, they could have got a local tech college to make it and promoted UK training, skills and people.

Oh wait, the Olympics is about corporate shcmoozing not people. I forgot.

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Make streaming a felony: Obama

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@Andrew

You just prove the point at how ridiculous this is. Applying geographic territories to a network that doesn't give two damns about geography is an exercise in futility. If using a VPN or similar, then you *ARE* at that end point.

I too have used "illegal" source from time to time, often because I cannot find the media on the legitimate source (due to bad UI) or the legit source is such terrible quality.

Only two models work; 100% ad supported, 100% subscription supported (third-way being a mixture of both). That's it, nothing else will work. You know that, I know that but it does not fit the existing business model of Big Media, and rather than change that model they would rather change the world.

Their attempts are just seen to the Internet as a blockage, and we all know what the Internet does to blockages, don't we boys and girls?

Footnote: There is a fourth way, and it has been tried before with various degrees of success. Get the viewers t fund the show directly. At the moment the amounts are small, but this could be away for people to get what they want direct from the creators with some media exec snorting most of the profits up their nose.

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Umm....

Surely the offence is committed by the person making the copyrighted work available?

And that it that person and their server are outside of the USA?

And how does the USA check whether or not, under local laws wherever the server is based, if the person has the rights to stream?

So once again the USA seems to think that their laws are the world's laws and that we must obey their pathetic little whims.

I thought the USA was the land of the free - not the land of corporate imperialism.

And as for a world power? Give it a few more years, the USA is a debt-ridden minnow compared to the might of China.

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UK boffins to develop 'Solar Squaddie' electro-uniform

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Umm....

...if it is working on the temperature gradient between the inside of the battle dress and outside, won't that have the effect of chilling the soldier? Their heat energy has to go somewhere.

Why not just go down to the local camp store and buy them out of the solar/wind-up chargers, solar back-packs etc?

This seems like a lot of money for stuff that (basically) already exists.

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Twitter ad play chokes third-party devs

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identi.ca

'Nuff said really.

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London's Olympic clock claps out

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Oh gods...

...18 more months about this jumped-up sports jamboree.

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