* Posts by The BigYin

3055 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008

Windows 7 Backup gets users' backs up

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I have 2 500gb drives

I now, of course, realise this is a slightly silly configuration but I have to live with it. OS, applications recorded TV, etc on first; "My Documents" and any other data type stuff on second (as far as Windows will allow at any rate). Not great, but it will do until I get a new PC.

Backups taken via Cygwin/rsync driven by a batch file, pretty sweet really. I probably should look at a way of compressing the backup, but it's not too much of an issue just now.

Initial backup took, oh, 2 hours or so. Subequent backups are much faster (sub 15 mins at times). All depends what's changed.

I think the next PC will have a 32 or 64GB SSD as primary and another HDD for actual data. Of course, it won't be running the vomit that is Win7 (which is doing a good job of pissing me off royally at the moment).

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I said it above but...

...Cygwin/rsync/batch file is pretty hard to beat IMHO.

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Osborne hands out tax cuts - for companies

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Not really.

If the total cost of an item is £100 and VAT is 20%, most people will tell you that the VAT £20 and the item is £80. Most people would therefore be wrong.

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Ubuntu v iTunes: the music playoff for Applephobes

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@Greg and others

Don't start the (largely redundant) desktop wars. No one who matters cares. And who matters? New users. Why do they not care? The PC is a utilitarian device to them, just like their washing machine. They don't care what UI the washing machine has, nor do they care what UI their PC has; so long as it is a usable one.

Only Linux geeks care and they operate under the totally misguided idea that everyone else should care too. This leads to schisms within the community, fragmentation, poor compatibility and confusion for new users. The up-shot? New users stay away as the bewildering amount out choice befuddles the hell out of them.

The default UI for Ubuntu is Gnome. That is the one they concentrate on and that is the one they do best. This plan is working and is slowly attracting new users *without confusing them*.

If you like KDE, then why not donate money or time to the Kubuntu project? Or switch to another distro that uses KDE as their default? You have that choice, or is that too confusing?

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DHS slams US gov network security

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Curious

"The US government is bad at protecting its networks and has neither the authority or manpower to respond to threats in real time."

So is this a tacit admission that McKinnon did little more than walk through an open door, causing no damage as such and only major embarrassment to a bunch to idiots? One would have thought that after the KGB-funded crackers were found breaking into systems a couple of decades ago that they would have wised up. Seems not. ("Cukoo's Egg" - Clifford Stoll).

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Wannabe Jedi drool over potent laser 'lightsabre'

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Is it a weapon?

Because if it is, there must be a host of existing laws that it would fall under (sales, transport and possession). Then again, we live in a country that gets its panties in a bundle over kids having pen knives and yet sells fighter jets and other weapons to fascist dictatorships.

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Aussies face 10 year browsing lock-up

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Huh?

There are reams of scientific data to show what alcohol does to human reactions and cognition. Just because it does not match your world-view is an irrelevance.

Ergo, your comparison is totally absurd and adds nothing to the debate.

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@AC

Illegal to be in possession of encrypted material? Well, that's Blue Rays and a lot of DRM in general fecked. Not to mention HTTPs etc. My passport too. Credit cards also. I mean, I'm a geek. Goodness know what I could hide in them thar chips or disguise as a legit disc.

Hand over they keys? Sure, I'll do that. They won't find anything interesting ("plausible deniability" aka "rubber hose"). And if they can prove there is other data, then they are almost certainly of cracking the cypto without a key from me

We are, of course, thinking on current tech an paradigms. This kind of sanction will just fuel further development. Say some kind of crazy double-blind system where the user has no clue whatsoever what the key is and is totally unable to provide it. Although that would still be a crime according to RIPA...

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Way to go, idiots

It will actually make things *harder* when this hit the mainstream consciousness. It will just push people towards Tor, Haystack, VPNs and other forms of stealth/obfuscation; plus applying crypto to messages etc.and there will be an explosion to new tools and gadgets to help the non-geeky, further ensuring mass adoption. Never mind the race for new methods and ideas to make everything even harder to crack.

Just how the hell will the police be able to investigate anything on-line when people are habitually using the likes of TrueCrypt as a matter of course? Or start switching to some for of darknet/undernet (call it what you will)?

What, other than creating a climate of fear, can the Aussie government possibly hope to gain from all this? The number of terrorists/paedos/whatever is so vanishingly small that all the money that is going to be wasted on this (and wasted it will be) would be put to better use funding traditional policing/enforcement.

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Ubuntu fights iPad fever with netbook shot

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I concur

Linux (well, Ubuntu and this include 10.04) does not reliably support sleep/hibernate. It is one of the "detail" things that 100% vital. But because it is small and not very sexy if gets ignored as the wing-nuts fly around going "ZOMG! Check by cloud!"

Detail, detail, detail; lover 'em or hate 'em, Apple at least get detail.

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I see no leak

I use VBox to host an instance of XPsp3 on Lucid (as I need to use Outlook etc). It is a 1gb image on a 4gb box and reportedly takes 31% of my RAM. I have never seen this figure rise, it is static. The image is up and being used Mon-Fri until the box gets shut down for the weekend. I am not saying there is no leak, just that I don't see one.

You could always search for the bug report I guess, and if there is no report it is probably safe to assume that the OP is talking out their hat (you could also double-check in the forums too).

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WHAT?!?!?!

"We have a fantastic relationship with Dell" Really? Since feckin' when? It is *IMPOSSIBLE* to go to the Dell website, select the hardware of choice and then select "Ubuntu 10.04" as the OS. IT CANNOT BE DONE! The only option is a one crappy netbook and 9.10 (not even LTS!). And this is a "fantastic relationship"? No wonder Linux is a dead-duck. Ubuntu is just lucky that Shuttleworth has the money to waste on the Ubuntu project.

Beyond a couple of very niche suppliers, it is simply not viable for Joe Schmoe to acquire hardware running Linux. WHat hardware that is available is underpowered and hard to find (thus making the Linux sales look bad). This is probably under orders from MS.

Even a "No OS" option would be a step forward - and it's something I think the EU should compel all OEMs to offer under force of law. I support the idea of a free market, but we don't have one in the PC industry at the moment, so compulsion is the only answer.

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Bullfighter cuffed for lack of cojones

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I've never really understood bullfighting...

...in the modern age. Sure,back in the day there may well have been a use for the skills in bringing a bull down. But today? I think I have a better way to run the sport.

Strap some kind of "Velcro" target to the bull's back. The matador has to land (say) six sticks on to the target to score the "kill". Bull lives, matador still gets to face potential death, traditions live on and audience can still place bets; everyone happy. Maybe even more than happy, the sport could be allowed to grow into countries that would not tolerarte it at the moment (e.g. USA).

In fact the bulls, not being entirely stupid, may wise up to some of the matadors' tactics and then the fans would get to see a real test of skill/courage.

I have no idea what kind of stress the bulls may still be under during the contest, but surely it's better than brutally killing them as happens now?

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RTFS

Read. The. Frickin'. Section.

It's in "Bootnotes"!

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Ubuntu 'more secure' than Windows, says Dell

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If this is true...

...why do Dell make it so shitting hard to buy a Dell with Ubuntu on it *AND* even when you do manage to get into the basement, find the disused lavatory cubicle and unlock the filing cabinet contained therein; do you usually only find one crappy netbook?

A quick search on Dell does list a few lappys and one model of OptiPlex, but when you go to try and buy you only have the choice of Win7 and apparently "Dell recommends Window 7". What? Dell actively recommends a product that they know is less secure than a other one they (theoretically) sell?

Why is Ubuntu not an option on the laptops/desktop that appear in the search results?

I will start to believe the PR crap Dell spout about Ubuntu (or any Linux) when they make is actually possible to buy a Linux system from them.

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Microsoft sneaks Firefox add-on into Patch Tuesday update

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Strange

I have allowed 2 systems to update will all MS Updates (one XPsp3 and one Win7) they both have FF3.6 and neither has any MS add on pish. So what is the actual sotry here? I remember the first (involuntary) install of the .Net one-click muck but once it was removed, it was gone forever.

And speaking of things which be missing; El Reg, after losing your "Science" icon a while back, "Happy" appears to have gone AWOL now too.

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Canonical: Ubuntu tablets due early 2011

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One idea

Hospitals. iPads (as one examples) have few nooks and crannies for muck to collect in, so may be a low infection risk. They could be used by doctors on rounds to quickly access all patient records at their bed side (X-Rays, scans etc). It doesn't have to be an iPad of course, just something "clean" and it isn't not clean enough, place it in a sealed bag (these exists and the touch screen still works).

Can't do that with the netbook form factor.

iPads et al will not change the planet overnight, but there will be uses for them.

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BP targets Twitter to clean up oil spill

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Why BP?

Pardon me being slightly dense here, but why are BP the only ones in the firing line. What about Transocean, Haliburton (who both appear to have ignored concerns BP raised), USA regulators, USA safety legislation (or the lack thereof) etc?

BP is certainly not blameless, but they are also not 100% to blame IMHO.

@jlocke: Obama supports ACTA, so you are right in that he does not believe in openness, democracy or freedom. Which is a shame really as up until he seized power he actually looked like a decent candidate. Things is, the McCain would almost certainly have had his faults as well and I rather doubt he would have done anything different with the current Gulf disaster..

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Robobeachcop demands licence from Poole snapper

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I agree 100%

It's time these perverts and other disgusting creatures who intrude on the right-minded majority in public were brought to heel. They swan about complaining about their "rights". Well, sod them. What about their responsibilities? It's all rights, rights, rights these days. No one cares about responsibilities. We live in a time of unprecedented freedom and these arses carry on taking the piss.

No "Speedos" without a license! Who's with me?

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Slack backup leaves Brits exposed to data loss

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There's going to be a domestic soon

I am going to stop doing any dishes etc until my partner sorts out all the crap they have "backed up" to the hard drive so that I can *actually* backup! I must have about 4 copies fo all their albums and laptop contents. Grr.....

*shakes fist*

Now, where is that rsync manual.....?

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Google infected by World Cup fever

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Not "their" team

Shareholder's team. Big, big difference. Now pay £60 for this season's shirt (which looks almost identical to last seasons) or you are not a real fan!

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Huh?

"can still see their bellies"? Guess it's all those half-time pies.

As for the rest - wildly inaccurate, but don't let that stop you.

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WGAFF

Who. Gives. A. Flying. F....

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Mr Ballmer goes to Washington for China pirate gripe

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Easy way to reduce that figure

Switch them to Linux. It will cost the same (not much at all really; my guess is most people over there are pirating as they can't afford the equivalent UK£100 for a bare OS), they'll be legal and everyone will be happy. Isn't this what Mr Ballmer wants? Them to be running legal copies of software? So will Mr. Ballmer suggest this? :oP

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BP grabs 'oil spill' keywords on Google

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I thought...

...it was Haliburton (an USA company) that "did it"? And doesn't the USA have lax drilling regulation? Not trying to absolve BP of responsibility, just trying to point out that they may not 100% to blame.

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Owner of Russia's biggest breasts sues over airline buffeting

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Hmm...

If you voluntarily modify your body to such a degree that you cause yourself problems that a "normal" person would not experience, then you have no one to blame but yourself.

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Mozilla man blasts Apple and Google for HTML5 abuse

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I see...

...that's it's not only Apple who don't get open standards, it's the fanbois too.

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Web2.0rhea eclipses search in UK

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Search engines...

...do not teach you about the world, they merely lead you to the opinions of others about the world. Those opinions are often not based on fact*, prejudiced or pushing some personal agenda.

The only way to truly learn about the world is to get out from behind the screen and go see it.

*No, Wikipedia does not count as a reliable source

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Sneaky bin chipping still in the bag for UK.gov

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Much easier answer

Recycling from households is pretty wasteful. If is a good social practice as it gets people to think about their waste, but all the trucks chuntering about picking up the recyclable waste pretty much defeats the purpose. Best thing is - remove it at source; tax the producers.

Lest waster generated is less waste to be dealt with. So tax those companies who using wrapping, upon wrapping upon wrapping for no reason other than to "make it feel luxury and boost the consumer mind share of our corporate value chain" or whatever.

And tax the living hell out of the companies who use mixed materials that are hard to recycle and, pretty much, out law non-recyclable packaging materials.

As consumers we can do our bit - consume less! It really is that simple. The less crap you buy, the less crap you have to dump. The one big waste that needs stamped out at home is food waste - we throw so much out that it is disgusting.

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Woman sues Google after highway knockdown

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Oh FFS!

ARG! And I repeat; ARG!

Not all maps are 100% accurate 100% of the time, be the AA, Michelin, OS or anyone else's. Part of the skill in reading a map is being able to stop where it is off kilter and trusting your eyes of the map (and also knowing when to trust the map).

A *reasonable person* would follow this "incorrect" Google map, get to the "highway" (is that like a motorway, only hard shoulder where it is *ILLEGAL* to walk?) and think "Oh my, this map has sent me the wrong way. I shall confer with the map and find an alternate route."

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"I will walk this way regardless of signage and local laws for the MAP is TRUTH, given unto me by the great god GOOGLE! All hail the chocolate factory. Car! Ow! The pain! The PAIN! Who can I sue....?"

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MSI Wind U160

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Looks nice

Can this be purchased without the burden of Windows?

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iPeds, iRobots, and the Chinese iPad clone machine

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Forgot one

The iLex et al can install just about anything from a rich ecosystem where no one can dictate what you put on device you own.

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So...

...the fakes have USB, video out, can run Flash, multi-processing, are based on a truly open platform and al for a reasonable price.

Which one is the rip-off again?

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£15 a month for legal P2P?

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Too much

Personally I can't keep up with what is legally available now. £26 (license fee +p2p) for all you can eat as I am already there. I have about 60hours of recorded movies and 15 DVDs I can't find to watch. I doubt I am atypical.

We do not need more garbage, what we need is less stuff of much higher quality. Where are the hard-hitting docus? The actually challenging and educational science programmes? Singers who can actually sing?

Even the current online costs are too high. £1 for low quality MP3s? Sod off. I'll buy the CD (or DVD) and rip it myself. Once I by-pass the region lock, which is nothing more than a restriction on free trade.

The big labels still do not get that the world is actually global and their business model is dead. Hence the push for ACTA and related to bring in electronic borders and, generally, screw the consumer over. Again.

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BBC iPlayer to run on iPads. Eventually

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@handle

"We gain the ability to download programmes on the BBC iPlayer and watch them for 30 days. If there were no DRM, the holders of the rights to the content the BBC transmits would not allow the BBC to do that."

I call false dichotomy. Current terrestrial broadcasts have no DRM. By your argument there should be no commercially viable broadcast TV stations. Whoops!

Content is only licensed under DRM so that the non-savvy consumer is forced to buy the same content again and again, rather than pay a fair price in the first instance (not due to the stated belief of the license holders that it prevents piracy - it does not and it never has).

A DRM-free world would be different than it is now (slightly) and some would lose out hard (licensees who take the piss). But most would just carry on as normal, with costs reduced by not having to implement DRM bull-crap. Sure there would be piracy, but we still have piracy despite DRM.

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@DRM

DRM is just there to reduce the usefulness of content to the consumer and allow the distributor a new way to bleed the consumer dry (the actual content creator will get nothing).

All the restrictions put in place by DRM is one reason why some people turn to illegal sources to get content, or use illegal tools to access it (e.g. DVD decryption, region unlocking etc).

We gain *nothing* from DRM, and neither do the content creators (the real talent).

The other thing with DRM is it, that it never works. No matter what they do, they are not as good as an army of nerds with too much time on their hands. If they played fair, then they would solve most of the problems they are creating for themselves.

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And the BBC...

...support XBMC for a while! I have a Wii and, frnakly, the iPlayer on it is crap. It drops connections and jitters etc. (probably down to Flash raping the CPU of the poor Wii). My old pre-360 xBox will play iPlayer content perfectly (right up until the DRM pish kicks in).

I think the next builds of XBMC may contain a workaround.

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TwitPic-nicking Mail nicked

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I always call it...

...the Diana Excess (about every other day there's some crap about Di in it).

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Mountain View delivers Google Analytics opt-out

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Stats?

A website owner can already grab a lot of information from my browser, so that satisfies any technical needs.

As for other stats, how does it work in the real world? Use that model. Promo codes, loyalty card etc. Works for any real business, so where do website owners get-off thinking they are some kind of "special case".

My privacy is a shitload more important than your crappy little advertising spreadsheet.

And you really think Google don't use it? Christ on a bike, you really are naive aren't you?

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Wong way round

Google should be forced to assume no tracking UNLESS I install a plug-in that says they are allowed to trace my movements over 'net and mine my behaviour, track what I do. Where the hell do these companies get off and why do our governments to diddly-squat to protect us?

The 'net used to be about sharing data, empowering people to communicate. Now it is just becoming another tool of the corporations to exploit us.

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Amazon Kindle flunked by college students

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Battery life

Let's have a race. A Kindle, an iPad and my copy of "XML in a nutshell". Let's see which one runs out of power first. :o)

I still think, to a large extent, these tablets are an answer looking for a problem. I am sure some people will find them very useful and fnabois will wax lyrical about how they will save civilisation as we know it, but like the Segway, they will remain niche/luxury products for a long time.

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Halting McKinnon extradition not in our power, says Clegg

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Surprised this isn't all over the gutter press

<DailyHate>

So they won't stop the deportation of McKinnon (white), but they will stop the deportation of two terrorist suspects (non-white).

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Seems just the kind of thing they'd like to rant about.

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Taxpayers may ship 736 iPads to Brussels

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Why an iPad?

Surely as members of the EUROPEAN parliament they should by a EUROPEAN product. Like the "wePad" (I think that was it) and use a EUROPEAN OS like Mandriva (or something).

Or (and I like this idea better) we can give them a pencil, paper and tell them to ram the secret meetings right up their collective arse.

If they really need a portable computing device, they can use a laptop like everyone else (from a EUROPEAN vendor).

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OFT leaves online ad snoopers to regulate themselves

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Epic fail

On a few counts

1 "with consent provisions and opt-out options."

WRONG! It should be "OPT-IN". The presumption should be that people want to be left alone UNLESS they opt-in.

2 DPI should not be tolerated

UNLESS there is a court order; or

UNLESS is is some techie trying to figure out WTF is up with the network (or whatever problem they are trying to solve)

3 As the OFT is to gormless to regulate them, I will have to

So I have PAID the salaries of all the useless twats at the OFT and ICO, and they have not done their job. Now I have to do it form them by blocking the privacy invading parasites at my end the best I can. Can I get a partial tax refund please?

Do you run a company? The fastest way to lose me as a customer is send my shit in the post I did not sign-up to or to have some sales droid call me. Actually if you cold-call me, you may well get a whole truck-load of pain you did not bargain on.

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Terence Conran slams 'appalling' Olympic mascots

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Whilst I may agree...

... with Sir Conran; I am still in shock that a country like the UK thinks it is fit to host the games.

Oh, wait.

Hosting games (at vast public expense) to distract the peasants from the fact the country has gone to hell in a hand-basket. That's been tried before, hasn't it? Did it work back then?

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Microsoft fills Outlook crack with Apachesource

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Archives

That is the main use of PSTs. Inboxes can only be so big, so one needs to store an archive somewhere. That will be in a PST. Being able to access said PSTs reliably will be a massive boon, as it makes the switch to other platforms easier.

It also allows other systems to "mine" the PSTs for information.

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Capita immediately suffers over government cuts

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Irony

"Crapita only employ Monkeys that is why they are loosing out"

Let he who is without sin......

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'Draw Mohammed' page removed from Facebook

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Send the Christians with them!

Yeah, send them all home. We don't need their monotheistic doctrines here! We have a local religion for local people! Down with these foreign belief systems! And while we are deporting all this nasty, foreign stuff; anyone with a French suname; OUT! Back to frogland you go. Angles too. Go on, sod off. Saxons, on yer bike. Every man-jack of you invader spawn. Britain for the British! Which, given racial mixing etc., will turn out to be one bloke and his goat or something.

The bigoted reactionaries on all sides really need to get a grip.

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Brit honeybees crawl through rotten winter

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Speaking of science

Looks like one of the "Boffin" icons has gone AWOL

"boffin_32.png" is OK (\/ down there when editing a post), but boffin_48.png (< over thar when reading a post) seems to be missing.

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Can you give to charity and cost Microsoft money?

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Careful

I think people have done that before. He best be careful that there isn't a patent on using a mechanical contrivance to traverse the length of a country.

And MS batter be careful there isn't a patent on the process of shifting tax burden to a not-for-profit cause up to a pre-determined threshold.

Gotta watch those patents! They're the only thing that keeps the economy spinning (apparently).

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