* Posts by The BigYin

3055 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008

IBM hands out malware-stuffed USB at security conference

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Autorun?

People still have that turned on? Kee-ryst! One of the first things I disable (thanks "Tweak UI" you can nail it properly too).

Sure, mount it. Let me know it's connected. But don't run anything until I tell you to!

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OFT won't block BBC's über set top box

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The iPlayer was good...

...up until the Beeb screwed it up with the whole flash-player-block thing (is there a workaround for that yet? Can I view the content I have already paid for on the player of my choice?)

So long as I can get "a device" and plug that device into my network (or direct to a PC), the device transmits in an open, non_DRM format so I can time shift broadcasts how I see fit, then I am happy.

If the device turns out to be a sack of crap, then I shall just turn to other sources for entertainments. Simples.

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Google backs open codec against patent trolls

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@hexx

MS and Apple (plus a few others) OWN H.264!

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Petulance?

Just a thought.

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Hmm...

...the chaps behind x264 don't seem to like it one bit.

http://x264dev.multimedia.cx/?p=377

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McKinnon family awaits final, final extradition decision

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@Sarah Bee

Could be worse, it could be a car analogy.

@Geeks and Lies. But nothing was messed up (ok, front door was left ajar). No damage was done. Can I now claim the cost of fitting proper locks from your fictitious criminal? Hmm...thought not.

Analogies are like bottles of milk left in the sun, mostly bad. :oP

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False claims

The USA inflated the "damage" caused so they could use this treaty to force extradition. Most of the "costs" were made up from the time spent putting BASIC SECURITY in place (like, err, changing default passwords). Something someone would have expected them to have done.

If I leave my house unlocked and I get robbed, sure; do the robber for what they took.

But there is no way in hell I should be able to claim costs from the robber for locks etc.

There is also the fact that the treaty (now ratified by the USA) is totally one-sided and that our government of the day abdicated its responsibility to protect British citizens. Just because it is law, does not make it right.

McKinnon should be tried here and sentenced here (if found guilty). And any sentence should be suspended due to the total shit-storm he and his family have had to put up with over the abject failure of the USA to get their house in order.

Did they learn the square root of fuck-all from Clifford Stoll?

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It *IS* ratified

UK in 2003, USA in 2006. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aEgU_TIgfK1U&refer=home

Try doing some basic research.

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Pirate Bay now run from Pirate Party 'mountain bunker'

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Freetards...

...He's a thing. The "Humble Bundle"* was released and you could get that for free (basically). The "free"tards opted to pat MORE for the bundle that the Wintards or Joboids. US$14.5 from the freetards vs US$8 or so from the Wintards.

Treat people fairly and they will respond, treat them like criminals or animals and they will react in any way they can.

The RIAA, MPAA, BPI etc do not get this.

*I agree that US$1 million is not a lot to the likes of EA; but it does (perhaps) show a way forward for smaller outfits and raises interesting questions as to who the freeloaders actually are. And they are not where you would normally think it seems.

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Not yet

But soon. Real soon. The power of ACTA compels you!

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Dev goes 'Wild' with H.264 Firefox

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It's all right Henri...

...once ACTA is pushed through, EVERYONE will have to suffer equally.

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FOSS vendors lick chops over ConLib IT plans

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And...

...retraining everyone so that they can move from 2003 to 2007 or 2010 (never mind the fashion of the moment, could based apps) will be free?

Sure, training people in FOSS costs; but is also costs proprietary software. Your argument is not valid.

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Siphon Wars: Pressurist weighs into Gravitite boffin

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Oh, FFS

Get two reservoirs.

Place them at different heights.

Get a tube long enough to connect the reservoirs.

Flood the tube in the upper reservoir.

Bung one end.

Carefully remove the bunged end of the tube (so the free end does not meet air).

Place bunged end in lower reservoir.

Remove bung.

Be awed at the might of GRAVITY! No sucking required.

Next week: Why an aeroplane on a tread mill does bloody well take off.

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This witch-hunt will hurt Adobe more than Apple

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Wide of the market

I'll ignore the whole Apple hyperbole, but I cannot ignore the h264 comments. h264 is a massive threat to the neutrality, openness and interoperability of the internet. Its increasing promotion and use by the patent holders (Apple and MS to name two) could cause a situation where vast swathes of content on the 'net could be held to ransom.

Until the patent issues is resolved (read: patents thrown out) no one should use h264. The W3C should grow some balls and mandate a non-patent encumbered codec as the standard for HTML5, even if that codec is technically inferior. The patent threat is far in a way more dangerous that a slight reduction in visual quality or increased bandwidth.

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HTML5 unfit for web TV, says Hulu

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Cheap VPN?

The internet is global. A barrier is just something to be routed around and ignored.

When will these idiots realise that?

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Microsoft: 'Using IE6 is like drinking 9-year-old milk'

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Standards

MS would not be in this mess if they had supported and followed standards back in the day. Instead they created proprietary flags, tags and interpretations that drove developers in-freaking-sane and locked application to particular versions of their software.

MS have, of course, not learnt their lesson and still do not support standards (e.g. the whole docx/odf hoo-hah). In a few years there will be a similar story about some other piece of proprietary MS tech and all the grief that is causing.

If you are sending out an RFP, you are a blithering idiot if you do not demand the use of open, free-to-use and patent clear standards (e.g. mandate CMIS for ECM).

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Boffins warn on car computer security risk

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Why?

Because they can. That's enough. Kids throw objects off bridges to hit the vehicles beneath just because they can. Similarly minded people will attack car systems for the same reason

It would also be of interest to the police as they could remotely disable a car (this won't affect the UK where that mandatory requirement has already been proposed).

Also, consider the carnage and disruption a ne'erdowell could cause if they set out to "attack" a city in such a way.

I also wonder is some OSs are more secure than others in such applications. Anyone know?

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Non-Flash video surges onto the web

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Here, I fixed it for you

...26 per cent of all web video is now available for playback withthe HTML5 <video> tag and the H.264 codec. That means that 26 per cent of web video is now viewable on the iPhone/Pod/Pad. And, of course, Steve Jobs asserts that it's the most important 26 per cent."

should read

"..26 per cent of all web video is now available for playback withthe HTML5 <video> tag and the H.264 codec. That means that 26 per cent of web video is now at threat from future licensing demands and patent attacks from Apple, MS et al. And, of course, Steve Jobs asserts that it's the most important 26 per cent as he can really rake in the ransom money."

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Win XP SP2 support to cease in two months

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Linux

So one must go to WIn&?

Which may not support your apps.

May as well grab a Linux distro, drop on Wine and have a fiddle. One may be pleasantly surprised. Think of all that licensing money you can save. You're going to be paying for re-raining on Win7 anyway.

Heck, you could theme Linux to ape XP, cutting down on training.

Got nothing to lose and everything to gain IMHO.

(No Linux is not perfect, I never said it was. But for some people it could be good enough).

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Another suicide at Apple's Chinese supplier

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Just because...

...they are within statistical limits does not make it right.

Assuming you figure is accurate, and as you do not cite source I can't be sure it is. WHO has some data from 2003 http://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/suiciderates/en/ Other suites report figures of 250,000-300,000 (e.g http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2005/jul/26/china.jonathanwatts) Given that China has about 1.3 billion people in it, this gives a suicide rate of around 21 per 100,000, higher than what you quote.

Perhaps Foxconn are doing something, but in such a climate they are pissing into the wind. The Apple angle certainly makes it newsworthy, but that does not change the fact that there is something deeply wrong in China.

Having just said that, the suicide rates for males in the USA is higher than for males in China according to WHO.

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Not buy Apple?

Simple enough. I don't buy Nike, Nestle or any Israeli goods for similar reasons. It might not seem like much, in fact it probably isn't much, but it is something I (and anyone else) can do.

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Woman loses Bebo privacy case against lad mag

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Does copyright not apply?

Whether or not they invaded her privacy, surely they breached copyright by using her photos without her permission?

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Find out all about Office 2010 and Sharepoint 2010

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Joke

I run Linux...

...how many licenses to I need to buy before I can view seminar?

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Biz Linux needs Office license to run MS web apps

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@ Not quite right

very, very bad analogies.

1) Of course you can. So long as you (or someone) pays for the water, tea/coffee/whatever, milk, sugar and electricity.

2) As long as someone pays for the extra fuel and wear-and-tear costs.

I would have no issue with MS saying "Web-only users must pay X", but they are saying "Web users must pay Z". Where Z = X + Y and Y is a huge figure for a program that some web users can't even run!

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US patent office gives i4i Word up in Microsoft snub

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As the great philosopher once said:

"Get it reet up ye!"

Patents, by and large, are a detriment to software. There probably are a few occasions where a patent protects masses of R&D on something truly novel but most....most protect the blatantly obvious or otherwise predictable.

Whilst I am deeply enjoying the Schadenfreude of MS getting reamed by a patent, I would much rather that i4i did not have this patent (or only had a seriously time limited) and that MS did not have its bollocks patents of FAT etc.

But if MS see fit to screw over HTC, TomTom and threaten the world with their mystery patents; then it is only fair that the world can screw them back.

Top tip to HTC, TomTom et al: chuck some money at F/OSS. Get them to write drivers that can be istalled on Windows for EXT2/3/4/Whatever and then stick two fingers up to the MS bully-boys.

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Ubuntu Unity interface flashed for speed freaks

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@Spin us another one, Shuttleworth

I agree. It's disgusting. It's so hard to change as well . So hard. So really, really hard. Impossible even!

And there is no alternative! If you use any other Linux distro, small imps will appear and roast your genitals over blazing chilli-peppers whilst stabbing you in the eyes with rusty spoons (and not clean ones either). So run Ubuntu or BEWARE!

To be honest, the left controls weren't as bad as I thought they would be and I haven't accidentally closed a window yet. I may change the location*, I may not.

* Right click "Applications", left click "Edit Menus", select "System Tools", enable "Configuration Tools", click "Ok". Select "Configuration Tools", dive to "apps/metacity/general" then play with "button_layout" [this ignore all non-GUI options]

** Yeah, it would be nice if this was available a bit more directly like from the "Theme" dialog...but there's just so many options on Gnome (never mind KDE!); where do you draw the line?

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Interesting

Although it does worry me slightly that the general public could come to see Linux as nothing more than a light-weight boot screen before Windows loads, rather than the serious contender it could become.

One thing is, the more Unity does the bigger it must be. So the slower it must become. If the stories are true that Linux can boot in sub-10 seconds on an SSD device; does it actually need to be lighter? Wouldn't using (say) FluxBox gain enough ground for advances in SSD et al to make up the rest?

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Fanbois...

News at 10. Fanboi in "companies need to make money to pay the bills" realisation shocker.

Who, exactly, is forcing you to use Ubuntu?

If you don't like the way Ubuntu is going (and personally speaking the whole "social computer" thing irks me) then don't use it.

From what I can see most of the problems I have are with Linux in general*, not with any particular distribution.

*Printing, multi-head support**; you've heard it all before.

**Yes, I know it can be done. But it still sux compared to the "best of breed" that Windows seems to exhibit.

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Bill Gates chucks cash at climate cooling cloud creator

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Great.

And in 50-odd years the headlines will read "Turn everything on! Heat the planet before we all freeze to death!"

This idea is, of course, is nothing more than a salve to the American conscience. Something to make the Yanks think it is still A-OK to drive their 5-litre behemoth the 250 metres to the gym every other day. Because, yea, there is a ship at sea "off-setting" all that "heat".

Why not just blast a giant filter into space, place it between us and the sun. You could even make the opacity controllable. Heck, I am sure a clever person could even use it to write messages "Today brought to you by XYX Ltd. Yes, we commoditised the sun".

Either way, it amounts to the same thing. The Yanks can keep chugging that oil down (until the local supply runs low, then it's just a few wars to secure more) and do the square root of feck all to actually help the situation. Same holds true for China, S.Korea etc and will hold true for India et al.

Unless a politician can see a way of getting a tax from it, they don't care. In Europe we have the taxes, but they don't go to investment in viable renewables or anything. Nope, it's there to subsidise the champagne. You can tell that because the idiots still can't make up their mind where to have the EU parliament. If they really did see global warming (or whatever they call it this week) as a threat they would stay put in ONE building. And not a new one at that. Something recycled.

I suggest Sealand.

Then we can torpedo it and be done with the entire horde of parasites.

[Note to the CPS: The last line is not to be taken as a serious threat to torpedo Sealand or any other [ex-]military structure. Nor is is to be taken as a serious threat to attack MEPs or any of their unelected and secret committees. It is meant in as a satirical (well, OK, sarcastic) statement and a point of discussion, nothing more.]

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US prosecution of McKinnon 'spiteful', says ex-top cop

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Yes, it is ratified

As 30 seconds on your favourite search engine would have told you (it was tratified years ago in point of fact).

It is, however, still a very one-sided treaty and the Yanks can (pretty much) get whomever they want for any reason and there is little the UK courts can do to stop it. They don't even need to have evidence. The UK, on the other hand, must prove that it has evidence, case, a crime was committed etc.*

Our government basically abdicated it's responsibility to protect the people from foreign powers. That's treason in my book and another reason that Blair, Brown et al should be in jail.

Don't expect the new incumbents to change anything. The Lib Dems have no spine, Tories are part of the problem.

[*All heavily abridged.]

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I get the he "hacked"...

...what I really don't get is why the USofA are so worked up about it. He did the equivalent of shoving his head through the electronic door and yelling" Coo-ee! Any aliens here?" Perhaps if the USofA actually LOCKED THE FRIGGIN' DOOR rather than just putting a "Post-It" not on there that said "Secret - please don't come in" we wouldn't be in this mess.

Give McKinnon a community service order or something and tell the Yanks to shove their request up their collective arsehole. It's what they'd say to us if the roles were reversed.

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Secret forum reveals Oz firewall backroom dealing

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Just like the UK then

"We know that X will never work and will waste billions, but it will make us look good to the poorly educated* and gutter-press reading masses, pump those billions into the coffers of our pals and ensure we can get re-elected or at least a cushy directorship. So we will do it anyway, hand over your wallet."

*Only poorly educated because schooling standards have dropped so low and our degrees are now a joke. I don't blame the teachers, they are often doing the best they can with very little support form the government and parents. Ignorance begets ignorance.

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Voting chaos in not-fit-for-purpose electoral system

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I guess...

...there a chance that can spell "their"? Just sayin'. :o)

I agree with the sentiment though, loads of time to vote. No excuse really. People expect to be spoon-fed these days.

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Mobe-wielding drivers getting away with it

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What do you expect?

Labour decimated Traffic Police in favour of cameras. More revenue y'see.

This is also why 60s are becoming 50s. They need the money rolling in.

Safer roads? Not a priority, just money, money, money.

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Javascript guru calls for webwide IE6 boycott

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why not step in?

Get the FF code and support Tiger yourself. Can't do that with IE can you?

Oh, wait, this'll mean actual effort on your part Diddums.

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Sheffield hospitals pay thousands for dodgy software

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OpenMolar is a good example

I have a pal who is a doc...some of the stories you get to hear are shocking. Thing is, who is going to pay for the open source software to get written? I can't see it being hobbyists, you are talking about a huge infrastructure.

OpenMolar is miniscule by comparison.

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Internet Explorer drops below 60% market share

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Er, yes

There's stats, stats and then there stats. Every website I have done must support IE6. Every customer I have worked with, uses IE6. Every solution I have seen must support IE6. Every...well, you get the idea. I don't like it, but that's the way it is.

As for Window 7....if it can't run IE6, corporates will not upgrade. Too risky. I really wish I was joking.

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You can't actually delete IE

You can remove a few shortcuts etc, but IE is tied into the Windows OS far too deeply to be removed.

As for search engines - you can actually change those; you know that? And if you want to type the URI in, you can do that too.

Also with browsers, there is actually a choice. Something MS does not give you (because, as I stated initially, it is not possible to completely remove IE).

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Utterly irrelevant

The public could stop using IE tomorrow, but it still wouldn't matter. IE6 is *THE* standard browser because it is what is used in the corporate enterprise. It's a pain in the ass, I agree, but that's the way it is. We may see uptake of IE8, but that still won't really help. It'll be running in "quirks" mode to support all those sites coded for IE6 that people are too scared to change (or can't because they don't have the code, it's all proprietary and the vendor has gone bust - this is why you need to buy open source!).

FF, Opera et al are pissing into the wind if they thing they will get anywhere in the corporate world given there current support for roll-out etc. And why would any corporate install another browser when Windows comes with IE "for free" and IE can never be uninstalled? The likes of FF don't even make it easy for corporate roll-outs or to respect group policies etc. They just don't care about the corporate world - the first browser to actually address this *may* have a chance; but I am not holding my breath for someone to create such a thing.

I displike IE for its lack of standards compliance and I utterly despise IE6. But I know the reality of things, it will be here for a long time yet.

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Apple boots STD psychic healing app out of bed

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Damn!

And I was going to host my "iChiro" app today as well. It would correct spinal deformities (which would cure everything from hiccups to cancer and bulimia) by reducing the quantum flux distortion caused by all that money in your pocket.

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Microsoft defends death of free video in IE 9

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h264 costs to rise

So MS are losing money? Prediction: once h264 is ubiquitous the licensing costs will rise so MS and Apple can provide a decent RoI and coin it in. The public will be screwed over (again) but the fat cats an continue to get fatter and grease the palms of the parliamentarians, so that's OK then.

Pedantic: "codex" != "codecs". "codec" is from "compression-decompression" whereas "codex" is generally considered to be a bound (stitched) volume (book) as opposed to individual scrolls.

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Applesoft, Ogg, and the future of web video

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Umm...

...don't install it then? Try Kubuntu, or Xubuntu. Or Mint. Or Fedora. Or OpenSUSE. Or Mandriva. Or MacPup. Or Slackware. Or....or...or...

I dropped 10.04 on the other day. So far I have left everything at default (yes, even the window buttons). It seems slick enough to me (boots fast enough), stable. Only complaint I have is that Ubuntu One seems to be as chronically unstable as ever.

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Google borgs 3D desktop

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Umm....

...search function? Just a thought.

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Desktop organisers?

WTF? Who needs them? Who puts so much crap on their desktop that it needs to be organised? That's what folders (and other, umm, organisation systems) are for. One actually needs precious few (if any) icons on the desktop. It's usually hidden by windows anyway.

If you want to see desktop organisation done properly, look at KDE (and this is coming from a Gnome user).

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Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 shuns open video

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You forget...

...Google are going to open up VP8. Ogg Theora is basically VP3 and some people argue it can approach n264 (I've new compared, I can't comment). However, when VP8 is opened and supported by Chrome, Firefox, Opera and others, h264 will hopefully fall from favour.

Technically there is nothing wrong with h264. It's a good codec.

But there is that poison, proprietary pill and for that reason alone it should not be used.

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Student found guilty of obstruction in Sarah Palin email trial

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How about...

...if Palin hadn't BROKEN THE LAW by using a "personal" account for government business. When will she be in the dock? If anything this kid should get "whistle-blower" protection and be praised for exposing illegal activity.

One law for the proles, one law for the elite.

This poor kid will be left to rot and in a few terms the Yanks will have that muppet as Prez.

May the incorporeal supreme being of choice have mercy on us all.

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Microsoft's Courier tablet dies before it lives

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"It's in our DNA"

I hate that phrase. Utterly hate it. You get it in all sorts of PR crap from motorcycles to IT and it is just crap. It's some vacuous attempt to sound all sciency and knowledgeable and it is just total bullshit.

It's in their BUSINESS PLAN to investigate new products/innovations and to try and MAKE MONEY.

Why not just say that?

PR wankers.

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And another thing...

...Windows in charge of fuel pumps? That should be enough to given anyone "Teh Fear"(tm).

I get nervous using ATMs that are clearly Windows boxes, I wonder how many trojans, backdoors and viruses it is riddled with.

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Microsoft's FUD goes mobile

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Which is why...

...one shouldn't use FAT. Simples.

(One can install the ?FS drivers along with one's Windows integration client)

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Palin email witness decries 'dog and pony' prosecution

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FAIL

More importantly

When will Palin be in the dock for using Yahoo! for government business?

Surely her deliberate acts to try and by-pass federal law as as serious, if not more so?

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