* Posts by Havin_it

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(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

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Re: It's good, yes

>+1 for GIMP!

+0.97 over here. It's up there now on tools, UI (since finally listening and implementing single-window mode) and documentation, but to appeal to prepress folk it REALLY needs to get native CMYK support happening. I've tried the "separate" plugin and it's embarrassingly clunky; not to mention that its continued existence as a plugin signals that the devs put little priority on such a feature, and thus the prepress audience in general.

Right now I'm unaware of any free tools that can match PS7's (and probably before, but that's where I got on and it still meets my needs) CMYK support, soft-proofing tools etc. If anyone can raise my awareness, I'd be delighted... ;)

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Microsoft: Stop using Microsoft Silverlight. (Everyone else has)

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Re: From the article

Well, did you really think there would be?

Also, those (in Firefox-land at least, can't speak for the rest) are XUL extensions, not native plugins, meaning they can't cause any nastiness outside the browser itself. (Er, unless they can abuse one of the zillions of features the browser added to replace plugins ...)

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VPNs are so insecure you might as well wear a KICK ME sign

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That's interesting, Patty. I notice the vast majority of your comments have involved enthusing about the product you mention here. Are you by any chance a shitbag astroturfer?

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BBC (sort of) sorry for Grant Shapps Wikipedia smear reportage

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Re: Ahhhh. a 'BBC apology'

>I find Newswatch now so infuriating I can't watch it.

Try Newswipe instead, as long as you don't mind further lining the pockets of someone who's chivvied nearly as much out of Auntie's and C4's pockets as you have over the years ;)

Apologies if you're not that Chris Evans. Loved you in Fantastic Four. Captain America, not so much.

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Gates: Renewable energy can't do the job. Gov should switch green subsidies into R&D

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Re: BTW the US Govt pumped *billions* into PV tech in the late 70's and early 80's

>Novel

I dunno about forgetting them, but a good portion of the commentariat seems to have forgotten how their name was spelt. So the, er, novellty may already be wearing off at the very least!

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You've come a long way, Inkscape: Open-source Illustrator sneaks up

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Re: I still miss Freehand.

No time to miss it, I'm still using it! The Macromedia incarnation, in a VM, that is. I learned vector art on it (really top-flight documentation), and it's served me well for years.

Sadly I do find it's getting less reliable importing newer Illustrator files these days, so I'm trying to replace it with a combo of Inkscape and Scribus for pre-press work. Inkscape is still a bit flakey, but it's improved a lot: its trace tool, for one, is nicer to use than Freehand's these days. It's also a really good showcase app for FOSS: I always install it for family and friends when I'm sprucing up their Windows machines, and have had many fun hours (fun for both parties, I'm relieved to say) letting them loose on it.

Would be nice if it spoke CMYK, but there's always Scribus and good old Photoshop (7.0!) for that.

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Re: Do Idiots have Learning Difficulties and/or are they classified Retarded?

>I find it sad to realise that, not even twenty years on, a footnote may indeed be required for the younger generation.

Do you? I think it's bloody marvellous myself, especially for that part of the said generation residing in the Falls Road.

The rhetoric of "never forget" is propagated mainly by those who seek to keep balancing that chip on their shoulder, and pass it to their children's children. Which is why wars are fought internally for generations after the last shot was fired and the original grievance buried.

We don't have to make our children wade through the blood of their forebears to teach them not to "make the same mistakes". How about we just concentrate on teaching them not to hurt each other out of greed, or intolerance, or fear? I mean, the hard part is living by it ourselves so they don't think us a bunch of hypocrites, obviously, but leaving that aside, I rather like the idea of a generation not only having no idea what the Troubles were, but actually living in a society where the human factors that caused them are unthinkable.

[I know, bloody hippy. I'll get my kaftan]

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Hacker 3D prints device that can crack a combo lock in 30 seconds

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How much cursing and swearing did you let him go through before you showed him how clever you were?

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Who was downloading smut in the office while eating ice cream?

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Re: ancient history

Yeap, then he accidentally all the porn.

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Spooks: Big-screen upgrade for MI5 agents fails to be a hit job

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Re: Why did they dump the TV cast?

Those that survived to the end of the series, with the exception of Firth, have all gone on to bigger things, so they probably couldn't afford them now. And in the eyes of a film producer, there's never a reason not to pack the billing with the latest available beef-/cheesecake.

I expect this to be more like Strike Back than the original show: start with the gung-ho guns'n'parkour guff, try to mix in some of the intrigue and shock-betrayal schtick, but come up rather short in the latter department.

It's hard to top moments like the nice, bookish middle-aged analyst suddenly being revealed as a Russian sleeper as she garrotted the pugnacious new recruit with her razor-wire necklace. I bet there's not even anybody that old in the film, apart from Harry.

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EU Digital Single Market plan: We will compromise fast, and compromise early

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Re: And the graphic?

I thought it was an homage to Dad's Army myself ...

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You can now play thousands of classic DOS games on Twitter. Goodbye, productivity

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Re: VinceH

Not sure when this happened, but:

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/may/04/twitter-kills-ms-dos-games-embedded-in-tweets

Looks like the "party" is over (and archive.org's server bills can settle back down to normal).

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Shields up! Shields up! ASTRONAUTS flying to MARS will arrive BRAIN DAMAGED, boffins claim

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Scanners pic

I expect I may suffer for saying this, but is it really the best idea to header an article with a still of someone's head exploding? We all know it's fake (umm, probably), but it's undeniably graphic and wouldn't be on the telly without an age-appropriate warning.

In light of the commentary above, I recommend you change it immediately to another more appropriate film-still: the Martian triple-knockered hooker from Total Recall. I mean, as long as there's no double-standard at play, that should be fine, right?

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Age guessing with Microsoft is FUN! Now give us your metadata

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Re: Old Fairground Attraction (Scam)

Alas no, only carnies we ever got up my way were either (a) in lorries with nothing but huge mechanical things designed to make you nervous (and spill your change), or (b) local bin men.

I tend to file them under Proof That Mankind Does Not Yet Deserve To (Nor Probably Ever Will) Become An Interstellar Society, along with the thriving existence of companies like the abovementioned, our slow progress in achieving species-wide peace and cooperation, and truck balls.

I did have a bit of a thing for Eddi Reader back then though...

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Re: Old Fairground Attraction (Scam)

>If they got it right you got some money back. If not you lose your cash.

So they were better paid for failure?

Anyone else glimpse in this the origins of Crapita, AbunchofTOSsers et al?

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Grooveshark closes, blames 'serious mistake' of not paying for music

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Re: cynical view...

Bingo. The only person of my ken who uses it (a colleague) likes it for just this, and as a fly on the wall I've had my own tastes broadened as a result here and there. Besides, those using it to, as you say, play a specific track (i.e. most likely a mainstream popular track you heard elsewhere) would often be disappointed by the hit-rate of painfully shit-quality bootleg live recordings etc. When you're hearing and learning of a track for the first time, those preconceptions aren't there. (YMMV).

While I expect the majors didn't much care for the whole people-trying-not-buying thing, worse still may have been that democratisation (or "idiocratisation" if you're a pessimist about the wisdom of crowds) of the music audience. If acts got big just because a lot of people liked them, well, what would you even need a label for really?

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Re: Collection/Favourites

Yeahhhhh... Douches. And after all you've done for them, too :/

I take it your cheque to help out with the fine is already in the post?

I liked your first (ever) post better, this one felt a little too scripted somehow. Did you go anon because you reconsidered 'GroovesharkUser' as a handle?

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Fukushima nuke plant owner told to upgrade from Windows XP

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Re: Please come visit Fukushima. Seriously.

Can we expect more than a dozen changed words in your third post?

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Re: For this kind of thing ...

There y'go.

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Bloodborne: An immersively thick cut above its gaming rivals

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Screenies?

Y'know, for a game that's groaning with magnificently Gigeresque monsters (apparently, according to that trailer I done seen on the telly), you'd think the visual aids for this review might comprise something a bit more eye-catching than a bunch of menu shots and closeups of our hero in his man-burqa. Just sayin'.

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Torvalds' temptress comes of age: Xfce 4.12 hits the streets

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Re: Mmmm choice

HEATHEN!

Quick, nail him to a bit of wood or something!

Who is not with us is against us.

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Viewport splitting is one reason why I stayed with Konqueror when KDE decided to go with the Joey Deacon of file-managers, Dolphin. With Dolphin you can split exactly once, down the middle; with Konq you can split horizontally or vertically, resize the halves, split them further... turtles all the way down, in theory. Start with a square-ish viewport and you can render a golden spiral quite nicely ;)

Unfortunately I must be pretty much alone, as Konq hasn't had a maintainer for months and isn't likely to appear in KDE5. Probably time to learn to love Dolphin (unlikely) or jump ship to LXQt, which has been impressing on my Raspberry Pis.

But I'll never love another FM like I have loved Konqueror, the only one deserving to be called "a file-manager on steroids".

Also, your Konqi icon's the wrong colour.

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Appeal court bombshell: Google must face British justice for 'Safari spying'

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@MyBackDoor Re: I'm in,

The post you're replying to asked:

"[…]how do we arrange to sue Google at low cost to ourselves[…]?"

I assumed the url you posted several times would be a law firm offering pro bono assistance with class action suits, but it appears to be a search engine itself. I fail to see how that answers the question asked.

If you're going to TJ just to get high up the page, you could at least try to do it subtly.

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'Why don't you buy from foreign sites?' asks Commish, snapping on the gloves

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>I'm not pointing fingers here, but I think it's pretty clear where the problem lies.

Me too. You buy too much Lego.

However I do sympathise, as I appreciate that after having children, sometimes you just don't know when you'll get your Lego over.

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The Voices: A horror-comedy that’s as schizophrenic as its protagonist

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Re: That’s 107 bewildering minutes of my life I’ll never get back

Gosh, you're right: Brid-aine's reviews have been strangely devoid of "phwoooar"-ratings. What's the matter with her?

You're right, the demographic is definitely shifting. You could do your bit to stop the rot by leaving.

Icon: closest to the gesture I'm making right now.

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Re: This is one of those...

"Did he/she not see the author's profile?" moments.

You're lucky we don't have a Moderatrix any more!

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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Re: Just one more thing...

>And as for that <blink> tag, I never actually saw it work on a single websire, ever.

I'll just leave this here...

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Re: IE Not So Bad, Safari? Chrome? Worse.

THANK YOU. I can't believe nobody has mentioned IE7 until now (including Dabbsy).

I started just a smidgen earlier, when IE6 was the only game in town. For all of the positive that has been said about IE8 and up (with which I don't disagree in and of itself), 6 -> 7 was surely the biggest single leap forward in terms of developer follicles spared.

It's all relative; many people may have started to gloss over their own memories of just how shit IE6 actually was. It's like the Windows ME syndrome: the survivors make an unspoken pact to quietly airbrush it from memory, to ease their collective pain.

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Re: Bing thing?

Not at all, because it's already there. Windows from 7 onwards contains a full copy of Bing's database, to make it seem super fast and save MS the server bills.

It's OK though, 4GB RAM and 120GB disk is still plenty to cover it.

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Re: Fun with ActiveDesktop

I'll give you an upvote if you can demonstrate that "DHTML" is anything other than Javascript. I bet that was a Microsoft buzzword too somehow.

(Don't get me wrong, I remember using it myself in those days, but some of us just don't look in the mirror any more...)

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UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

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Re: re:Nah, let us have a proper Monarchy. If nothing else it'd be cheaper.

>...who never voiced any political opinions publicly...

Er, are we talking about the same Prince Charles here? Can't pick up a bloody paper without seeing him pontificating about something or other.

[Any grammarians can feel free to pick me up on whether "pontificating" is appropriate usage, wrt someone who's just about as unaccountable as the actual Pontiff himself. I think I actually prefer the current silly-hat-wearer, at least he seems call on somewhat greater situational awareness before opening his trap!]

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Re: Never a Penny Farthing around when you need one!

>Someone is determined to turn Britain into 'The Village'......and succeeding!

You mean taking their children off into the woods, bringing them up in pre-industrial seclusion and preventing them from leaving and learning the truth of the greater world with fabricated threats of lurking monsters?

Hmm... sounds about right actually...

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UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

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Re: The ICO finally grew a pair - about fucking time!

Jumping the gun a bit there, old stick. We've all heard this tough talk from the ICO before, but it's all vapour. I'll reserve my judgment on their, um, plurality until someone's copped a fine or sanction that actually hurts them compared to the amount they're raking in. Not holding my breath :(

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Grab your pitchforks: Ubuntu to switch to systemd on Monday

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@thames Re: Improved boot speed ?

>* - In real English proper names are supposed to capitalized and marketroids who insist on 'edgy" spelling with lower case can stuff it in the same place they keep their heads.

I agree with you up to that bit, where while I share your disdain for "marketroids" (is that as in "Heavens to ..." ?), I think it's a little misplaced here. The non-title-casing of programme names in the *nix world (the low-level, meat'n'potatoes ones anyway) is something that's been a general convention throughout the 11-some years I've been paying attention. It's more the desktop apps with enough status to have actual "branding" that tend to start demanding title-case or some other weird case rules or pointless stylistics. (Witness OpenOffice.org - ridiculous, and made it ten times harder to convince cash-strapped relatives that it was a serious thing.)

Believe me, I speak as one of the biggest Correct English Nazis you'll ever meet, but you can only carry that so far into the land of CS jargon. They still won't hear a word against "automagically" :(

To steer a wee bit back on topic, hunt around Phoronix a bit (Larabel has been milking the systemd clickbait more than anyone) and you'll see the proponents get terribly upset about people writing it as "SystemD" or such, mainly because they are sticklers for the very antilinguistic conventions you reference in reverse. And I assure you, these are not marketing types.

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Phabba-dabba-do: Samsung hypes up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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Re: Meh

I must be part-Yorkie myself ;) I do expect 4 years out of a phone I paid prestige money for, and it'd annoy me too if the battery was a cause for premature replacement.

Another big plus with a removable battery is you can hastily yank it if your (non-waterproofed) phone goes pint-diving or takes a spill, and if you're quick enough you may just save it (managed that with an accidentally inundated laptop recently).

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

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Re: @Havin_it: DAMN! The tobacco industry claims another beloved icon

j,

I appreciate the qualification and I'm sorry to hear of your wife's ill health. No, the above wasn't terribly grown-up, it was a flat-out rant and I'm not hugely proud of it - what provoked it was largely the dragging off-topic of the thread if I'm honest, so I'll keep this short as I'm only making matters worse.

I'd hope that if your wife brought the immediate risk to her health to the attention of the smokers, they'd refrain or give her more space. I would, as would the few remaining (and many former) smokers of my acquaintance. Certainly disappointing if that hasn't been her experience.

I do just find it blackly humorous that those who (I assume) supported the ban are now miffed at the unintended consequences, which to the minds of most of us were entirely predictable. There existed better solutions than an outright ban that would have suited both sides better, but that wasn't punitive enough for the hardliners (of which the AC rather sounds like one).

Right I'm really quitting now (not in that sense, haha). Sorry, everyone, as you were.

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Re: DAMN! The tobacco industry claims another beloved icon

This really doesn't feel like the time or place, but:

>I am particularly impressed by how they sell it nations with a more intelligent population -

Maybe because intelligent populations appreciate the concept of personal freedoms (and responsibilities), present company excepted.

>somehow they managed to associate smoking with "freedom".

Quite forward-looking, I'd say, given that it is now so heavily criminalised.

>It's also unavoidable to inhale secondary smoke when you're travelling with public transport - as soon as addicts are outside a train or bus they will be smoking for all it's worth, leaving no place to remain where the air is free of this toxin.

If there was still a smoking carriage, we'd be quite happy in there, as you could be in the rest of the train. (I admit buses can't generally stretch to this, but there is a little more space to spread out around a parked bus than on the average train platform.)

>Ditto for public places where they have to smoke outside, making terraces all but unusable.

OK, how about this: rescind the ban, then we won't have to smoke outside and you can fuck off outside for all the fresh air you desire.

>Maybe I ought to eat vindaloos before travel, just to add some counterweight to the air pollution..

And will you be outside the train squitting in, or vice versa?

[RIP Leonard, loved you in Trek and your uber-creepy turn in Body Snatchers '84]

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I, ROBOT ~ YOU, MORON. How else will automated news work?

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Re: Football…

Or:

22-millionaires-ruining-a-lawn

(Credit: Charlie Brooker I think)

I humbly submit that there are plenty of sports journalists, not to mention fans, pundits, stewards, etc... who feel exactly that way about football alone. It's not sport, it's Monopoly with tin scottie-dogs that fall over by themselves but only run if you buy them a Park Lane mansion.

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Doc, I'd upvote you ^65535 if I could.

But I CAN'T!

BEEEEEEEEEEEEEELLION!

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@AC Re: To inform or to entertain?

>If Google News chooses, for instance a Guardian headline over that of, say, The Times[...]

...then it's of little consequence, because grouped right next to it are all the other articles that (appear to) cover the same story. This is exactly why GN is my go-to for digging into a story: you're never more than a couple of clicks away from every single article they can find on the subject, and (this point is subjective, but hey) I've never gotten the sense that the "minority report" was omitted, or buried way down the list. It's pretty much always there among the first few, if it exists.

Yes, they are prioritising the sources, but AFAICT they're mainly doing so to appeal to your perceived preferences/bias based on their tracking data. (I've commentarded about this very thing in the last week or so.) This has its own risks if you are not alert to it, of course (essentially a positive feedback loop), but you can hardly blame them for prioritising the stuff they think you're most likely to want to read (and thus click on).

None of this prevents you digging deeper by yourself of course, as I'd expect a meat-sack journalist to do, but I'm just a lazy current affairs maven with limited time on my hands and I can't count the number of times I've read the first article about something, formed an opinion, and been very glad I also examined the other half-dozen versions at the top of GN before I started fulminating a load of underinformed bollocks all over the intertubes.

@Pete 2: Dabbsy already addressed your point about journos writing "for" GN, but it's always amusing to see when this has been unintentionally thwarted by the webmonkeys. For example, the scraped "summary" often contains the text of an advert that precedes the rubric, or the caption of the unnecessarily large and semantically irrelevant header image (well done on dodging that one, ElReg!).

My favourite at the moment is the Independent, where the scraped thumbnail is usually not from the article, but from the annoying tangentially-related-sometimes image slideshow they shove in half way down the rubric: witness an article about human rights abuses adorned with a pic of some grinning Japanese chaps emptying buckets of snow over their semi-naked selves (new season of Takeshi's Castle filming, I surmise). Great fun.

As to TFA, I think Dabbsy's overlooked the very virtue of robojournos: they have no bias apart from what is programmed into them. They also can't be bribed or coerced to spike or misrepresent a story, so actually they could make better investigative journos than any meatbag. Above all, they bring a standard of scepticism that no human can match: something they are told is either provably true, or it isn't. They can, if they're allowed, flag the article with "This could all be utter bullshit, by the way."

So it comes down to ownership, just as with the fleshies. If we could set up an open-source aggregator/miner bot with smart enough algos and somehow guarantee that it was neither tampered with by its masters nor could be hoodwinked into accepting lies as facts (now there's a challenge), I'd read it.

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Apache finally signs off Hadoop database... after 7 years of development

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Re: I heart commas

What, you don't have something to rest your pint on while you're facebooking?

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Flash flushed: Google's AdWords to convert ads to HTML5 automatically

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Re: Won't fix

Sounds like bromide and cocoa might be more up your Straße.

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Porn on Blogger – Google takes stiff action

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Yeah, good job they could spare us a bit of their prudery, we've so little to go around in Britain. <rolleyes>

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Wanna free web domain for a year? Hey, it's not rocket .science

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Root down

Hoped I'd be in time to bag dropping.science for my Beastie Boys fan site, but it looks like those pesky coprologists beat me to the punch again.

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SCREW YOU, BRITS: We're going through with UK independence ANYWAY – Scotland

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Re: great.scot

*Ahem* As the registration authority for the new and exciting .tie TLD, may I be so bold as to suggest an alternative?

;)

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Google gets my data, I get search and email and that. Help help, I'm being REPRESSED!

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@Ledswinger Re: Yes, but....

>[...] and the same applies for tech company notifying users that the T&C have changed.

Except they cap it off with: Pray we do not alter them further.

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Re: Perhaps in theory.

>They think I'm a promiscuous gay married American-Scottish Hell's Angel who collects military vehicles, listens to electro-pop, and is looking for a mail-order Russian bride.

Where have you been all my life?!

Google News is a weird one. Their Weather and Local Stories sidebars appear to think I'm in Hitchin at home (ABP full block + Ghostery), and at work (just ABP "lite"):

Chipping Norton.

I'm in Edinburgh...

I think somebody must read a lot of Telegraph articles at work.

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Apple drives itself round bend: PITIES THE FOOL who inks deal with carmakers – source

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Re: If apple were smart

Never mind that, how did he/you survive being shot out of an airlock by James Bond?

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

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Re: Before that, Windows Vista was the pariah

We hear this a lot, but what are they really supposed to do about it? Would simply skipping version numbers be enough to trick the Curse? (If so, then W10 will be one to avoid!)

Or do they actually have to go through the whole rigmarole of actually building the crap version, then just forget to release it and get on with the good iteration?

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