* Posts by Cliff

1597 posts • joined 14 Apr 2007

Dot-com is dead. Long live dot-com

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Big Turkey?!

Must admit, I'm surprised .tk is as big as it is. Bigger than .net. If I'd made a bet over a pint, I'd have thought it way behind UK or Germany or China.

Anyone know what's going on there? Even 'free', that seems a massive slice of the pie.

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Something a bit different

Try any of Bela Tarr's epic films like The Man From London http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0415127/ - only 139 minutes (his 'Satantango' runs to 450 minutes, and hence is heralded a masterpiece by people who don't understand cinema), but managed to fall properly asleep *twice* during it. Fuck me, what a slow, onanistic film. Slot it into your viewing schedule to make you appreciate drawn-out bar scenes.

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Hola HoloLens: Reg man scores face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

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Re: droool...

Microsoft - partner with an adult content provider, you'll both make millions from early adopters to barge your way into mass market.

Is that Monica Bellucci sitting on my coffee table again?

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Windows 10: The Microsoft rule-o-three holds, THIS time it's looking DECENT

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Re: As much as it pains me to say this...

Likewise. I keep my hardware broadly current, have a win8 --> 8.1 device I still find confusing and can't see the benefit of metro turning my laptop stupid and running single apps full screen like the Dos days. I use some legacy and oddball programmes so need Windows platform, and actually am very happy with Windows for most things I need to do. A new XP? Great, I'll take it.

New browser, OK, why not? I'll give it a go. My browser preference is not as hard and fast as some zealots, so light weight IE might be alright.

Cortana - I've played with MS various incarnations of voice recognition in the past, never loving any of them enough to actually use. Maybe this incarnation will be better - deep integration will make a difference to it's usefulness, and 'Cortana' sounds less shit than 'OK, Google'.

So yeah, give me your best shot, Microsoft. You've got some great engineers and minds*, let them win me over. Over the top services - make the platform free and great and price them right and I can get my head around that. Please just don't fuck it up.

*Seriously, there are some incredible people there, amazing research, quality engineers. There are also some complete twats who keep renaming products either to take advantage of a good brand or duck a sullied one, or just to irritate me. I think they're in marketing, and Microsoft is terrible at marketing.

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Venture Capital investment in Silicon Valley hits dot-com boom levels

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Re: My guess is that there will be 2 differences

Seeing how readily big, long established high street brands can disappear forever (Woolworths, some others who were big but I can't even remember), the brand value of an online company over a few years can't be that high?

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Boffins: It's EASY to make you GRASS YOURSELF UP for crimes you never did

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You remember when you and Dave and Ben and Osama blew up that building right?

The implications are quite chilling. You don't need to rely on torture to get unreliable confessions. I can only see this increasing unreliable confessions in countries where nailing someone vengefully is more important than finding the perpetrator.

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Amazon's tax deal in Luxembourg BROKE the LAW, says EU

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Re: EU "law"

Are you confusing the Paralympics and Special Olympics? What does that say about even thinking or suggesting they were the same thing?

http://www.specialolympics.org

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Re: PR is the special olympics of electoral systems - you get elected just for turning up.

PR though has severe limitations of its own. By not having local representation, it divorces electorate from their MP's further. Look how much people engage with their MEP - compared with their national MP (granted it's comparing unlike things, but it's an illustration). PR has a lot going for it, but that separation from your candidate seems to have an adverse effect on political engagement.

FPTP is also flawed of course, in fact all systems (there are more than those two) are flawed which is why we haven't switched to a 'better' one already.

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Please use TWO HANDS to access AdultFriendFinder

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www.therefister.co.uk

C'mon, we've all done it!

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Uber BLOCKS COPS to stop stings

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Re: So, let me see if I'm getting this right.

Quite. I can't see how 'vetting', advertising and promoting a service to make people without PSV licences drive paying passengers without insurance (you can bet the insurance company would not pay up on a domestic policy with such flagrant law beaches), then taking a slice of the action is anything but organised crime.

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Re: Pfft...

We're Americans, fuck your laws! They don't apply to us!

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$500 TEDDY BEAR teaches tots to spit up personal data

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Re: Creepy - Betrayal!!

Teddies are supposed to be confidants, not snitches. I would have been horrified to learn that Rupert had been secretly taking notes and grassing me up to the grown ups.

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It's hacker jihad: Islamist skiddies square up to Anonymous

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For fuck's sake

None of this is about which particular aspect of 'God' anyone prefers - 'hacker' groups squabbling is always boring, but using it to taunt groups that prefer a different flavour of 'God' is just fucking stupid.

Both sides - take those 1337 skillz and do something, ANYTHING productive, so everyone says 'oh, you see those xyz group, they did this pretty decent thing, perhaps we shouldn't be shooting each other after all as we're all just human with similar hopes and dreams' and bollocks to any bedroom warriors posturing or threatening harm in the name of peace.

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DANGER: Is that 'hot babe' on Skype a sextortionist?

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Online clip joint

basically

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Trial of alleged Silk Road kingpin set to begin

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Re: Long time no see?

Happens all the time - it takes a long time to get the case watertight and book a court - that doesn't happen within the 24h/whatever of custody after arrest

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Boybanders ONE DIRECTION launch DoS attack on open-source bods

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Re: Lordy...

I thought this was going to be one of those 'uses the same hash tag as...' stories. There's still time though to call this the #djangoconf2015 tour...

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What an ACE-HOLE! This super-software will whip you at poker, hands down

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Re: Who is playing the role of the independent dealer here?

Casinos actually generally play it straight - any hidden edge could just as easily benefit a punter, no need when maths is on your side. It also gets you shut down and a lot of angry armed people wanting their money back. That's not to say the video machines don't make a big show of near-misses and fanfares for modest wins, but mathematically they are true.

The maths and tricks behind video poker and ilk machines are fascinating (and truly cynical). Michael Bluejay (vegasclick.com) has some good resources if you're interested.

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Re: So What?

What kills that strategy is table limits - you can have the deepest pot in the world but a table limit of $500 cuts you off after 7 spins/flips, and that's deliberately to kill martingales

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Re: Numbers printed without challenge

They should give up poker and move into chip design!

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Mock choc shock: 3D candy printer is good news for sweet-toothed swingbellies

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Re: Hershey stands for a unique chocolate flavour..........

Unique flavour...

Brown crayons, from memory.

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Marriott: The TRUTH about personal Wi-Fi hotel jam bid

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Re: Dear Marriot

Greedy doesn't even start to cover it - £15 for 24h crappy access ON TOP OF room rates.

Best we managed, through extensive haggling (to cover 80 room nights) was £4/room/night

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No wind-up: Second New Year's honour for Baylis music box

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Bayliss Radio

I'm surprised Bayliss 'invented' the wind-up radio - he certainly popularised it, but they did exist beforehand.

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Re: What is all this about?

It's a cheap way to say thanks, that's all. Cheaper than money.

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TalkTalk eyes up Blinkbox for advanced FOURPLAY – report

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Re: Another WTF photo?

It's a metaphor.

What part of Purdey and Marty McFly dressed as talktalk lab boffins offering oral sex to a chandelier in a clear recreation of the famous Only Fools and Horses sequence do you not get?

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Quad play offerings

I just don't get it - as a consumer, that's all your eggs in one basket. It's not even like the departments will be integrated properly by the vendor so support will still be piecemeal and brush offs, just with an extra layer of tier 1 script readers to get through.

I can only think the current obsession from vendors is because it's so much harder to make realistic package comparisons with more complex offerings, and harder to switch provider for one underperforming service when you're tied in for all services for long terms.

Either way, doesn't appeal to me.

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NORKS? Pffft. Infosec bods BLAME disgruntled insiders for savage Sony hack

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Re: THe problem with the FBI...

The speed and conviction with which the finger was pointed seemed a bit too fast for a genuine investigation.

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Re: to massacre the language!

Several articles over this period show the lack of a Sub-Ed's touch.

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DON'T PANIC! Latest Anonymous data dump looks old hat

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Yummy!

Xenu cake! My favourite :-)

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Re: Selectively believing hackers

Newspapers (or a certain subset of them) create fear to sell papers, but couldn't fact-check in the race for eyeballs or online clicks. This plays directly into that hysteria, so a handful of narcissistic kids get attention for fuckall.

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Robox: How good could a sub-£1k 3D printer be?

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Sub-Ed still on holiday?

Interesting review but page 2 seriously needs an edit!

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Toffee, Apple? U.S. fanbois get their sticky fingers on Nork-teasing flick The Interview

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Theatrical release is expensive, plus requires big promotional money which then lifts the lucrative download sales. Sony might come out of this one ahead financially, but rightfully in tatters for other reasons.

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Mysterious STAR set to appear on Christmas Eve above Blighty: The ISS

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Re: That's no fat, bearded bearer of gifts....

At least it settles another question, the three wise men were following a space station, not a star.

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Kiwi hacker 'menace' pops home detention tracker cuffs

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Re: " Aluminium foil Faraday-cage attack"

Hacking existed long before computers!

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Systems work on bluster

Having seen the poor quality of most government outsource companies, I would be far from surprised if the devices and the monitoring thereof went anywhere beyond the bare minimum. Instead, there will be proprietary code, homespun standards, black boxes with blinkenlights, smoke, mirrors, handwaving, and a sharp salesman at city hall offering free conferences in Bermuda for every 10 systems bought/leased

They should be fun to hack.

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Staples comes clean: 1+ million bank cards at risk after hack

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Re: Norks

Only 4 digits seems weak until you remember you only get 3 tries before the card is blocked/retained. Forcing the same arcane mix of password rules (at last 8 case-sensitive characters plus punctuation plus digits and variants thereof) doesn't make a measurable difference to the overwhelming likelihood of wrong guesses stopping the card/account.

Muggings for a number don't actually seem to be a big issue, and anyway is handled through an entirely different stream than the absolute FLOOD of tens of millions of compromised credit cards in the USA alone this past year.

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Re: Card cloning? What's that?

The bulk of the US 'Chip&<verification>' rollout seems to be chip and sign. They don't support PIN and yep, still have the same info on the mag stripe. It's a marginal step up, the chip bit is hard to clone, but retailers expect to use magstripe as backup for dead chips.

It does seem somewhat retarded to go through a massive rollout without really increasing the security of the transactions to the best it can be, in line with pretty much the rest of the developed world, but US banks are terrified that their customers might not be able to remember a PIN and so would stop spending on cards.

Having met a few, I'm of the impression that most Americans are able to tie their own shoelaces, breathe unassisted, and so stand a great chance of being able to remember a 4 digit code. Missing a great opportunity here.

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UK air traffic bods deny they 'skimped' on IT investment after server mega-fail

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Re: Know it all politicians get a chance to gob off.

And credit to the NATS guy saying he can't guarantee there will never be another problem

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Unlock your mobe by STROKING it with your PEARL

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Re: Dear Reg,

Bet you a kitkat that some marketeer with facial hair is excitedly correlating the term LOHAN with their newly found demographic, and are on the phone to Lindsay's agents tight now for the follow-up campaign...

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Re: Dear Reg,

So the only viewers of this ad campaign are Reg readers? Bless. Somewhere in some marketeers office they're busy watching the stats for the vid, and wondering why their potential customer base is also interested in linux and playmobil.

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Hmmm cheesy bollocks!

The idea is quite sweet in many ways - you get to store some digital keepsake 'in' the pearl to be replayed whenever the NFC is activated via their app.

Apps need updating, storage will clearly be online as opposed to on an NFC chip (they suggest using audio or video mementoes) , so the 'generations to come' is a lot more likely to be 'next 10 years or so' until one or more of the following...

1) NFC becomes outdated and falls out of use

2) OS versions march on, but the app doesn't keep upadating on newer OS's

3) The server hosting turns out to be uneconomic as people pay upfront, not periodically

4) The content is hacked (and I'll bet it's trivially easy - probably just needing a UID of some sort from the NFC chip, brute-forceable)

5) The video format becomes outdated and no longer supported

6) Gah, whatever, you get the idea.

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HUMAN HAIR will soon be FOUND on MOON: Brit 'nauts aim for SPAAAACE

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Re: Well done folks...

tiny fraction of the funds achieved, surely?

The fact that the publicity didn't make much of the fact the kickstarter campaign, at best, would generate enough cash to start, then hit up every backer for more money left me wary. £600k is not a lot of money in space research, especially once you've given kickstarter 10% of it.

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easyGroup railroads easytrain.com owner

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Re: The real question

Well that was was easypeasylemonsqueezy.com wasn't it?

Easyjustice.

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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

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Re: Apparently they're going to be implementing Chip & PIN soon.

Actually, many US institutions are implementing the pisspoor 'Chip & Sign' instead of 'Chip & Pin'.

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Re: "E&OE" exists for this very purpose

People are allowed to fuck up. People make typos, slip up, whatever.

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Re: price mistakes

Invitation to treat - web sites invite offers to buy, contract exchange concluded on dispatch/delivery. Bankruptcy talk is hysteria - or retailers not actually sanity checking the deals they do before dispatch - and if they dispatched all their orders within the hour or so before this was spotted, I'll be a monkey's uncle.

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Swiss McDonalds serves up no-holes-barred cheesy action to punters

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staff in the zone

Maybe hung over from the Christmas party?

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Sony hackers PINCH early version of James Bond Spectre script

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Re: No, no and no

By making the characters flexible and move with the times they get a long-living franchise. Look at Dr Who, constant reinvention, and 50 yrs.

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QEMU, FFMPEG guru unleashes JPEG-slaying graphics compressor

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Re: JPEG2000

JPEG2000 lives happily in the niche of digital cinema packages - the modern equivalent of 35mm movie film prints are a string of JPEG2000's, one per frame, packaged with a soundtrack.

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Bong Ventures LLC: We've been cyberhacked

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Re: Excellent!

Prime Bong! Definitely one of the best, along with the 3D printing one a couple of years back

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/12/26/3d_printing_xmas_gift_catalog/

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