* Posts by Khaptain

2639 posts • joined 4 May 2008

At last! Now you can STIFLE dull chums you can't really unfriend on Facebook

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Coffee/keyboard

Ironic

Social network site creates tools that enables less social networking....

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Brit cops nab six in Silk Road 2.0 drugs sting

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Re: I'm impressed

Pen-Y-Gors,

They have been doing it for years..

I read a short book about, what was at the time, one of Britains largest LSD factories which was located somewhere in the middle of nowhere in Wales.. I do not know if you know it but the bust itself was called Operation Julie, it's worth a quick read if you can get your hands on a copy...

Factory as in "operation" not as in building, as it was located in a small welsh cottage. LSD does not require a very large establishment to create huge quantities.. I think that a one litre bottle in the drinking water system is easilly enough to knock out the population of London, possibly more, for a couple of hours.

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Re: TOR is compromised

@Cliff

Yes, even taking it to the level of being the Super Root or whatever the top level Admin is thereby becoming the host of hosts... Which would then have the potential of created the worlds largest honeypot, provide an amazing piggybank full of Bitcoins and the equivalant of a top of the range Dyson SuperHoover for collecting user details...

Next time I want to invest in some Sativa, Indica or Ruderalis I'm going down the pub...

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Re: TOR is compromised

Is it TOR that is broken or have they managed to gain access to a database that holds all the names and address of the various parties ?

Or there is a super snitch, or the NSA have simply shared details of what they managed to gleen from the exit nodes that they pwned...

In any event some deep thought will probably now go into building a deeper, darker web...

The criminals, cough, businessman/politicians, cough, stand to lose too much if the TOR et al are not brought back into production...

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EU cyber-cop: Dark-net crooks think they're beyond reach (until now)

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I wonder how much this operation cost in relation to the catch

Wouldn't it far more cost effective and in the public's interest to de-penalize cannabis and de-criminalize Class A Drugs

The tax revenu from the cannabis alone would easily amount to several hundred times the magnitude of this small catch. This money could then be used to treat/support the serious addicts and there would still be some left over to pay for other public services. It would also free up police time in order for them to catch the truly serious criminals.

On the contrary the current Cannabis Lords and Class A top level distributors are living the life of Flynn whilst remaining beyond the reach of the law... No-one collects any taxes, the police are running around playing whack-a-mole and junkies continue to make life miserable for themselves and their families.....

[Or is it because some of them are actually in public positions, ie own private jets or have diplomatic immunity.....which would thereby cause some public outcry....]

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Ex-NSA lawyer warns Google, Apple: IMPENETRABLE RIM ruined BlackBerry

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Re: What a lot of bol****

I gave the article a quick read and from what I undertood the problem that worries them most is that the data is encrypted/decrypted, ie controlled, by a third party, in this case RIM. The servers/switches/routers are located in other countres and they are unsure about what actually happens behind the scenes.

The fact that they, the French companies, do not have control of the entire End to End process puts doubts into their heads about the security, which is completely understandable.

They have not actually demonstrated any problems or possible hacks, they simply do not have 100% faith and therefore prefer not to use BBs. As mentioned in the article they have their own methods of which they control one end to the other.

The same is true of any security process which uses a third party. If you do not control the entire process you can never garauntee the security.

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Re: WTF?

Now why would the American govt play a hand in the downfall of a "Canadian", difficult to crack, hide info from the NSA capable, non NSA owned, business phone making company......

Thinks hard for about 0.0001 micro-seconds.

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Yes! It's DRONE PORN. And we don't mean shiny pics of UAVs

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Re: Strange

>I can only presume that this is a marketing stunt.

After having a quick shufti through their other stuff, it is actually marketing. This is actually what these guys do, they make small films, and from the looks of some of them "extreme" is actually the leitmotif... Not porn extreme, just OTT extreme.

Some of them are quite well done.. especially the DroneBone one, there is a bit of something for everyone if you look closely.

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Strange

On the Drone Boning videos the people are in unusual places, difficult to get to, or highly unlikely for a quick bit of nookie, and yet there are never any clothes, bags, jackets or anything else lying around. Everything is simply too perfect.

I can only presume that this is a marketing stunt.

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Lindsay Lohan ignores El Reg's tender twitterly advances

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Give her a little bit more time

Apparently, the bars and the cells in her neighbourhood have very poor 3g reception.

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Cheap blow-up baby incubator bags James Dyson award

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Welcome to the machine

Why would anyone want to blow up a baby in an incubator ? or is this a Matrix kind of thing when the humans no longer create power....

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Not even 60,000 of you want an ethically-sourced smartphone

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Re: Name change Please

@Gordon

>But does the name really matter

The names not only matter, sometime they are the product....

Try telling the Yoof that "Emporio Armani" jeans are not better than Lois ( even thought the denim is the same).

Do your Lacoste poloshirts last any longer than those at half the price.

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Trying telling Apple to rename their phone.

Anyways, you get the meaning, the name really is everything in some cases.

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Name change Please

Please, do not call a phone a "FairPhone". That's just pandering to the PC/Ethical crowd and thereby strongly limiting the market. [ The PC/Ethical crowd are cheap, so not a good target market].

Call it something like The Blade, Excalibur, The Matrix Black, something with a little bit of punch.... The Yoof would love it. The insides will still be nice and ecologic but at least it won't be so embarrassing to pull out the phone in front of others.

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Apple strap-on wristjob: You WON'T be able to spend more than $5,000!

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Over a perdiod of 20 years that watch will keep it's value, even gain value in some cases..

The iPhone will be worth next to nothing. The iPhone is not jewellery it is just a minor fashion item.

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Microsoft's TV product placement horror: CNN mistakes Surface tabs for iPAD STANDS

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Re: It's cool.

The last time I watched Dr Who it was in the time of Tom Baker and K9, I have never seen a single episode since.

Also gave up TV in the last century, the advertising annoyed me and the news made me depressed. I presume that it has never changed.

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Ireland's data cops: Yes, we probed LinkedIn. Don't ask what we found

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Suggestions for what they found

They have developed an API that spammers can purchase a direct connection to.

They have statistics to show that the percentage of people that actually manage to get a job through LinkedIn is smaller than a very small thing....( To the theme tune of BlackAdder obviously)

That LinkedIn is actually a tax avoidance scheme funded by Amazon.

That LinkedIn is actually just another NSA/GCHQ phishing site.

None of the above, they just found it to be incredibly underwhelming and that it is a far better idea to just nip of down the road for a quick Guiness..

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Why Comrade Cameron went all Russell Brand on the UK’s mobile networks

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Re: What

> Do people forget that many city dwellers also have a country residence.....

>pretty sure if I had one I would not any phone signal whilst I was there.

Our home is actually in the country but both myself and my wife have an appartment in town(s), we work in different cities. The internet/telephone is our lifeline during the week. My wife has lots of vacation so she is at home for half of the time.......

And as much as I love being at home, I really, really wouldn't like to lose my connection. Think about it, no internet or phone during the weekends or holidays.....it's not as easy as it sounds.

The ISPs love us as we have to pay 3 Internet connection bills + 2 mobile phone bills, and no we are not millionaires or high flyers but life is not easy without a connection... We have the cheapest subscriptions to all and we do not have television.

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What

>Dropped calls between President Obama to Prime Minister David Cameron

Was this really a Vodaphone technical problem or was it NSA/GCHQ problem. Please don't let us believe that D Cameron and B Obama use "public" landlines to call each other.

And now to get back onto the main subject. Why did it take this klind of problem to bring things to the surface. Aren't the "bumpkins" allowed to have the same services as everyone else. Do people forget that many city dwellers also have a country residence.....

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Russia to ban iCloud.. to PROTECT iPhone fiddlers' pics 'n' sh*t

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Re: That rifle

I can't find a reference to a Baikal 18 mh that is not a break action, (an express), rather than a bolt action rifle as we can see in the image ?

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I can't remember where I read it but I liked it .

"In Russia, it's the president that assassinates you."

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Re: That rifle

Could be a Steyr Mannlicher Luxus with the wooden sideplates, could be either the Halfstock or the Halfstock Magnum version.

Judging this based in the bolt handle shape,the way that the magasine is slightly visible from the side and also the positon/form of the sights.

No idea about the caliber, could be anything from a .243 up to a 9,3x62 or even a .375 H&H depending on the total length of that barrel. ( 600mm or 650mm)

[Quite a bit more expensive than the Webley, lol ]

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Can you really run your business on a smartphone?

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Re: Everyone apart from me, obviously...

It probably means that it is an POP3/IMAP crossover installation rather than a full blown POP3 or IMAP server. Most of the ISPs seem to provide these solution for their clients.

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160 Characters

I was surprised that the article was longer than 160 characters and did not include hashtag or the mention of a social networking medium. Why because it seemed liek the kind of thing a 14 year old might try. [Don't read that last remark as being negative, it was not intended to be].

The article was interesting developing into solutions, albeit not very solid ones, of daily tasks that for me at least are not obvious. Let's not talk about the risk of using this medium.....

I honestly can't imagine anyone running aroung like this for more than a week without screaming and shouting to be let then into the madhouse. Mobile working from a tiny office such as this would be akin to putting a Big Game Hunter into a barrel and asking him to chase the ants out of the corners.

I do not beleive that it would be sustainable, or not for me it wouldn't, unless of course you are selling some illicit substances.

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Oculus Rift tech-specs 'MANY MONTHS away' from hitting the shelves

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Will these really take off ?

For some reason that I can't quite put my finger on, I really don't believe that the Oculus rift will be a success.

Up until now it's full of fat promise but apart from 1 or 2 games what other purpose will it serve. The physical "side-effects", when used over much larger audience will start to surface after quite a short period, they state that they have ironed out the problems but what else could they say anyway. I imagine that several people will quickly become very claustrophobic if the experience is really as powerful as the various YT vids show.

Of course, I could be 100% wrong but in any event I will not be betting investing in these with my cash.

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iBail: American Psycho actor Christian Bale rejects Steve Jobs role

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Jobs is not God, Apple is not heaven.

Is there really nothing more worthwhile to make movies about. From what is normally gleemable form the web, Jobs was a terrible person to work for, he is certainely not in my personal book of a role-figures...

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Microsoft now licensing Windows by the user, across multiple devices

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Unfuzzy feeling

I can only presume that this will absolutely force the user use to have a "MS Live account", which then gives MS the power to terminate that users access at their leisure.. It also give MS the key to everything that you do, create, recieve via that account....

This give a very unfuzzy feeling.

[I do not know if "unfuzzy" is a word but it sounds correct to me for the context]

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NSW Govt spends half a million dollars on XP support

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"The arrangement covers ServiceFirst, NSW Health, NSW Fire and Rescue, [NSW] Police, Transport for NSW, Department of Trade and Investment, Department of Family and Community Services, Endeavour Energy and Energy Australia,"

XP = 12 years old ( ok with patches and SPs its not quite that old but you get the point)

Does this mean that they have probably not done an IT refresh for about 5 years.. It would be interesting to throw a bad tempered security auditor in amongst that lot and see what interesting results he could come up with.

Brings on the image of grubby Mike Hammer kind of guys bashing away at outdated PCs, losing the rag and throwing the old beige monitors out of the 4th story windows, Sin city style.

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Bona-fide SCIENCE: Which forms of unusual sex are, um, mainstream?

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Re: Define romantic location

That all depends on what you did with candle, or the hot wax, afterwards in the back of your "Trani" van.

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Oh, dear! Scientists uncover Afghan VAMPIRE DEER

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Move along nothing to see

In the UK you have had Muntjac for a long time. Muntjac(Mastreani) are a very small deer that have smalll tusks similar to the deer in the article.

I am just getting prepared to go deer hunting this morning, Roe Deer, so I will keep a look out for any of the "Bloodthirsty Herbivores...."

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Google’s dot-com forget-me-not bomb: EU court still aiming at giant

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Re: Limted intelligence failure

>>The argument that someone is not intelligent or courageous enough to create a viable competitor to Google is complete rubbish

I simply stated the "I" am not capable, undoubtedly someone else is, but that person is not me...

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Limted intelligence failure

I regret that I am not intelligent/courageous enough to create something that was in competition with Google but without the lying, cheating, scare mongery , I'm so rich that I can sway any government tactics that Google employ.

Just how much money/power do they really need.

The facepalm is for me because Google make me feel very insignificant, probably because I am .

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Facebook sticks vid ads on faux retro photo app biz Instagram

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Help

Let's hope that dear ol El Reg doesn't also decide that it is a good idea... Static ads are bad enough never mind the 4k video, bandwidth slurrping, louder than normal volume , shock provoking ads that are rammed in your face displayed elsewhere.

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Turnbull: Coding skills 'will be almost as important as literacy and numeracy'

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Be carefull

If you teach coding, you have to teach logic.

Teach a kid logic and he might improve his capacity for rational thought........from what I see nowadays this would be the last thing any contemporary government would want, although I am sure that Ayn Rand would just shrug and know immediately how to use then in her atlas.

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No nudity, please, we're GAMING: Twitch asks players to cover up

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Titillating, it might be for some

Be carefull of the sticky controller, it's probably not coconut milk though...

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WHITE HOUSE network DOWN: Nation-sponsored attack likely

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Re: Article speculation

>>It means that the GCHQ or Surete or Mossad have intercepted communications about the attack.

Wouldn't it be more advantageous for the GCHQ or Surete or Mossad not to inform the Mericans.

>>IP is a military installation, or resources are used which have been used by state hackers before (e.g. malware), spear phising mails designed with info not known to the public, or zero day exploits are used.

As I mentioned it could also be an inside job if there is inside information. Malware is easier to plant when you are already in the building and spoofing IPs is childs play for the Elite Govt Hackers ( The EGT are a theoretical group of hackers as no western Govt would ever admit to their existance).

>>The "Syrian Electronic Army" are Russian state hackers.

Yes possibly but the APT1(the Chinese), the Iranian Revolutionary Guard ( who control the largest comms network) and that German Hacking team ( they might have been white hats rather than black though) do exist and are very real.

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Article speculation

>>US officials only became aware of the attack following notification by an ally.

Would love to know what this statement really means...

>>which bears the hallmarks of a state-sponsored attack

What is the difference between a state attack and a normal attack ? Do the State attacks have some kind of "Sponsored by IBM/Fujitsu/Sony" header attached to the packets whioch helps identify the nation ? Or is this just based upon IP addresses...

>>Russian hackers are among the most capable on the intelligence

Given the number of enemies that the good ol'USA has at the moment I think that there are far more than just intelligent Ruskies that are attacking them. The Iranians, Chinese, Syrians are not so dumb either... What's to say that it is not the Germans searching for retribution of the Merkela phone hacking scandal...

For all we know it might be a bloody FBI/CIA/NSA operation disguised as a pesky russian attack.

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

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60% but falling

I was quite active in my youth and judging by the stats I should have eliminated around 60% of the change of getting prostate cancer.

Now I can't be bothered, ( too much of a good thing), and I would rather go for a walk with the dogs, so are my odds reducing.....

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Planning to fly? Pour out your shampoo, toss your scissors, RENAME TERRORIST WI-FI!

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Statistically speaking

According to Wikipedia there have been 20 attacks on airports since around 1975... So around 1 attack every second year on a global scale.

Statistically speaking the odds are "extremely" small of ever getting killed by a terrorist attack.

According to a small article, here, the odds are 1 in 20 Million. Just for comparison the odds of being hit by lighting are 1 in 5 million... The chances of dying in a car crash are 1 in 19000....

The guy goes on to explain that even if the 39 documented cases of attacks that were interupted were actually successfull you would still only be running a 1 in a million chance..

Maybe the TSA et al need to start reviewing statistics, or is it just a case of certain governments keeping the public in a controlled state of fear..... It makes you wonder who the true terrorists really are...

Apparently counter-terrorism is a multi billion dollar industry....

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‘For the love of Pete, America, learn about decent chocolate’

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Re: @PJI and Getriebe

If either of you went to a country where there was a non existant expat community how would you go about dealing with the aforementioned tasks ? I am pretty much convinced that you would both be perfectly capable of dealing with all the tasks without any major problem.

Therefore, why not just begin on that path. Personally I enjoy the challenge of making it on my own although I realise that this is not the same for all.

If the world was handed to me on a plate, eating would become a chore.

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Re: @Getriebe

I have now lived for more 29 years in total in 5 different countries, I speak 3 languages fluently and understand small pieces of several others. So I would consider myself as having a sound basis upon which I make my statements.

But it has nothing to do with the number of years, countries or languages. It is all about attitude. Too often I hear the expats complaining about how things are done "better at home", or they don't like the "s" because they have customs which they don't agree with............

If someone has no intention of "living" in a country then by all means seek help from the expats. But then again the "lonely planet guides would probably be just as suitable.

I have met expats that are happy to explain what it is like to live in country X and yet they have never learned more than the tourist sites and the expat pubs.... Have you ever been amongst the Anti-Podeans in London, it would make you weep....

If travelling, or being an expat, means nothing other than living as you normally do, with the same customs and cultural traits, but in a different country then I am happy to remain within my "puritinacal" frame of mind and continue to avoid the expats like the plaque.

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>How to get an XYZ visa, or if you need one.

A quick call to your embassy or ambassador will suply you with the correct information...

>How to get a local bank account if you only have a foreign credit history.

Just walk into a bank and ask...

>Which insurance companies accept your UK no-claims history

Walk into a insurance agence and ask.

Expats can only know about their own particular cases, they can't definatively answers for yours...

In each of the above cases you are eventually going to have to deal with each of the final suppliers, so why not simply start with them... and usually by beginning a the source we learn a lot more than just the intial subject...

I marmite is a large problem then it might be a better solution to simply remain at home rather than miss out on the discovery of local delicacies... I know you were not really serious about the marmite bit I honestly know people that have been upset about not being able to find product X whilst they travelled............

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>Ben Hamou: The guides (books and otherwise) for expats are surprisingly good. Also, join something like a British expats group on Facebook. There is simply no substitute for making friends with real humans who can tell you when you’re about to step off a cliff.

I have lived, for a minimum of 1 year up to 20 years, and worked in several countries and I can't think of a worse piece of advice. If you want to get to know a country and it's people, talk to the locals not the expats... Expats are usually a close knit community that wrap and warp their own ideas into that of the local culture thereby giving an unobjective view on things.. Usually they do not speak the local language, culture and actually have only a very superficial overview of there environment, this is not conducive to getting to know new cultures......

I was on a flight recently where the guy sitting next to me explained how had lived and worked in Geneva for 8 years and didn't speak a word of French, he was proud to tell me how he was very active in the expat community though..... one word, pathetic....

When in Rome.....

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Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET

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Re: Blaming the music industry is pointless

@Charles

<Quote>: Fashions come and fashions go. Music has gone, just like bell bottoms and stovepipe jeans and various haircuts. We don't blame the hair industry fro the demise of the duck tail, so why blame the music industry for the demise of music.

I find it interesting that you consider music as a fashion, personally I do not. I would keep music where it a has always been, as an art. And just like art, music changes, although it does not disappear.

I blame the music industry for the demise of the music industry not for the demise of music, they are very different things.

The music industry has made everything industrial. We talk about the potential benefits, ie the profit, that can be made by a musician before we talk about their talent. A musicians looks are more important than their vocal chords... The industry has only one objective, make money for itself....

Musicians, and I don't mean the Kylie minogues of this world, are akin to poets, they have something to say, they have a desire to communicate, a feeling, an emotion , a particular moment, but unfortunately these are not the elements that are being pushed by the industry....

Industry has successfully pushed in everyone's faces, what it wants you to listen too... They want to be the ones supplying the choice of goods just like the supermarkets. In the beginning the supermarkets stocked everyones products but more and more all we see now are the supermarkets own "branded" stuff....

The music will continue to live on, and all the good music will remain outside of the mainstream because industry does not see the "benefit" in them...

I have always been under the impression that the death of all large industries, and not just the music industry, is due to implosion rather than explosion. Here we are witnessing a new implosion, it is simply impossible to retain the huge profits for any length of time.

PS : The number of haircuts and jeans being bought has probably remained the same or is even slightly higher than before.....

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For the last 10 years, maybe slightly more, Simon Cowell et al have successfully managed to reduce the music industry to the same levels of excitement as a walk in a supermarket. Apple are simly one of the many outlets, ie supermarkets, whose catalogues are lifeless and unappealing.

I believe that large industry has only itself to blame for it's own demise.

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US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'

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Jail Time please

How come these guys get off with a slap on the wrist.. Their victims were the old and the vulnerable from which they managed to pocket 2.5 million.. I presume that the feds will also have a hard time finding the money in order that it is paid back..

So what happens next, this pair will simply move country, start up a new biz and we are all back to square one... Really does make you wonder why it is worth being honest.....

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'It's NOT a fishing expedition', say police over random spot checks on gun owners

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Re: I'm sorry am I missing something here?

@Eric

Would you also remove the rights of car drivers, skiers, parachutists, motorcyclists, caber tossers, javelin throwers, chefs, tailors, etc etc all of whom have/use lethal weapons.

Do you consider all of them as being limped dicked guys that want to feel like real men.

Obviously you don't own any firearms and definately don't have the slightest idea what it is to hunt or target shoot. Your ignorance prevails amongst all else.

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Weekend reads: Russell Brand's Revolution and Joy Division's Ian Curtis gets lyrical

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Atmosphere

Joy Division were very unique and masters in their genre, hell they invented the genre.

Ian Curtis was extremely talented even though he veered towards the darker side of life...

I always associate Ian Curtis and Elizabeth Fraser from the Cocteau Twins, both were capable of creating very powerfull ambiances...

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Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec

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Re: @ Oldskater (using mobile phone on a date)

From what I have understood lately it can even happen "before" the date.

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Re: @ Oldskater (using mobile phone on a date)

Shouldn't that be "sexting"

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Moscow, Beijing poised to sign deal on joint cyber security ops

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Botnet

By collaborating they are effectively giving the go ahead to create the largest governement(s) botnet ever created.

Imagine having a botnet in this scale that could be used for collecting information, hacking DDOSing, virus delivery etc.. Today it's more powerfull, economically, than an atomic bomb.

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