* Posts by Cliff

1695 posts • joined 14 Apr 2007

Dutch Transport Inspectorate raid Uber's Amsterdam office

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You're misunderstanding the disruptive business model because you're so 20th century - these days business moves //faster// than the speed of though. We're also getting into the illegal mining and child labour sectors 'cos they're ripe for disruptive business models too. First though, prostitution and coke dealing...

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Re: I like their complaint

You could stop this dead by making company directors personally accountable for continued, willful beaches of the law.

Entitled little pricks 'Your laws don't apply to us because America and bald eagles and shit yeeehaaa!' (to paraphrase)

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Blockhead fugitive Snapchats himself into police custody

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Re: Stupidity is tsn't quite the right word.....

I think the author knows this and was trying to add a little colour to the piece along the lines of 'they may only be one star but dumb activity can make even that star irrelevant'

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Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

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Re: Bit crap, that.

Not your computer.

Apple's computer. That you paid for and they don't want back.

(Waiting patiently for the downvotes)

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Layla enjoys a Sanskrit makeover: Clapton set to become one of several Gods

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Pretty good translation

If the round-trip translation is indicative, and it rhymes, or at least line lengths hit all the right beats.

I've seen far bigger liberties taken with French translations TBH

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

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Re: surely there was a reason that IE became so popular?

Lost me at 'sheeple', I'll never know if you had a brilliant point to make.

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Silk Road coder turned dealer turned informant gets five years

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Re: The guy was an idiot...

A tiny percentage of criminals are 'CSI Cyber' - worthy, the vast majority are regular people doing stupid things out of necessity or laziness, neither being the ideal motivation. You don't just wake up one day deciding to be a criminal mastermind, there are usually other factors.

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Cortana on Windows 10 is all talk, no apps shun, says Microsoft

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Re: Will developers take up this opportunity?

So developers will have to deal with siri, Google and Cortana - looks like the next step might be a virtual assistant abstraction layer...

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Blighty's 12-sided quid to feature schoolboy's posterior

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Re: This is a lovely story

Either you're lucky, unlucky, or very bad/over vigilant at spotting fakes! Royal Mint is a pretty good source to cite...

http://www.royalmint.com/discover/uk-coins/counterfeit-one-pound-coins.

I was using old data, 2.5%, where the current figure is 3%. Hope this helps :)

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This is a lovely story

The kid may not get a royalty, but by goodness it's a great opener for every interview he goes to hereafter. 'Have you brought any samples of your work?' 'Why actually, dig in your pocket'.

Overdue, I see so many hooky £1 coins and just pass 'em along as people losing faith in the currency is a bigger problem than one coin from every 40 being a pup.

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Musk: 'Tesla's electric Model S cars will be less crap soon. I PROMISE'

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Make more effort...

ELECTRICAL_CONVERSION_EFFICIENCY = 110%

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BBC websites GO TITSUP – Auntie blames 'internal system failure'

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500 Error

In fairness, isn't that the best 500 image you've seen in a while?

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Swedish prosecutors finally agree to London interview for Assange™

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Re: Interview

>>>.However that same protection allows you to avail yourself of certain rights.<<<

The right to hide in foreign embassies? No problem with that. Is that what you mean by 'same protection'? That's not in question, though, is it?

>>>.So you were in favour of Apartheid?<<<

Say what? What possible leap of imagination equates one paranoid narcissist choosing to hide from police with an entire nation being oppressed for their skin colour? I seriously can't see the parallels here, it's a terrible line of argument. Why not just skip to the ad-homs??

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Re: There is only one reason for this...

Bet Australia are thrilled at the prospect, too.

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Re: Interview

Is it right that alleged rapists should be allowed to choose the terms of their investigation and prosecution? That seems perverse in itself.

And feel sorry for a man who has elected through his own will to commit contempt and self-incarcerate (no doubt pissing the Ecuadorians off too, by now)? Why?

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

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Re: But what happens a few years down the line

For the record, I am saying that neither the secondhand watch nor the new apple one has any inherent special value as watches, not that someone won't pay over the odds for them.

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Re: But what happens a few years down the line

>> Nope pre owned rolex's retain value and for the desireable ones increase just like a classic Porsche 911 increases in value <<

Just to be clear, though, there is no inherent premium value in a secondhand watch or car, no matter who makes it.

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Re: That mailing list

Surely make even more sense because you've got a list of punters who'll pay $16k++ for metal 'worth' $1k tops when when it's spelt out to them.

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Re: Even seen how much an Oysterquartz.goes for?

Indeed, guess there's always a bigger, bigger mug. That said, Rolex were in the quality watch business a while before releasing this anomaly whilst in deep crisis. Launching a white elephant off the bat is different. Maybe there will be some museum/curiosity appeal driven by entirely artificial scarcity one day, much as 'White Star Line' crockery isn't sold to eat off.

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Re: The difference is …

Absolutely - tech is about novelty and having the latest and greatest (which is what drives the sector overall).

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That mailing list

If Apple do sell a few dozen $17k watches, that client list itself is priceless. By definition, people with a shit load of ready cash, and absolutely no discernment.

Reminds me of a talk a programming team leader gave to us after she'd been on a course - she had a pie chart with proportions of projects delivered under budget, on time but over budget etc. One figure caught my eye 'paid for but never delivered' was 26%. She thought this was a disgrace, I saw it as a brilliant sector we should be working hard to get into!

Likewise, Apple's sucker list would be ripe for any racket going - spending an extra $16,700 on something pretending to be a status-symbol identifier, but without the residual value others place on other brands of status symbol identifiers. It'll be gathering dust quickly as technology marches on, when the battery falters, etc. With your Rolex, there's always another mug, a 3 year old fashion piece of extinct tech...

The rose gold thing is brilliant marketing in general, like pink champagne. Impurities made it pink, but spin a good enough story and bonzer, proof that cost and value are decoupled.

So what I see from this is not something for Apple fans to feel smug about, this should be a moment of realisation. Let the scales fall from eyes. Apple is a very good mid-range tech manufacturer with an attitude of gouging it's customers. May the downvotes commence, but you know it's true deep inside...

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

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Re: Proper punishment

There's a circle of hell waiting just for these fuckers, don't let them off with a 'stern talking to', they know full well what they're doing and deserve the absolutely fullest penalties allowable. Seize all the kit, seize all the profits, seize all the German cars in the car park.

Then, and only then, snap a finger on each hand just to act as a reminder.

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Doh! iTunes store goes down AFTER Apple Watch launch

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@NaughtyHorse

Brilliant, thank you, you brought a smile to my weary face with your violent imagery :)

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Re: @The Crow From Below

Seeing as most of the mainstream press will kiss the ring of anything Apple do (because many journalists are non-technical, time-strapped, and toe the advertiser-led/editorial line), it's good to have a balance.

The Register strapline has always been 'Biting the hand that feeds IT' - it's the attitude and refusal to blow smoke makes it stand apart

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The voters hate Google. Heeeeyyyy... how about a 'Google Tax'?

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Re: The voters hate Google

>> HUGE rates on offices, VAT on purchases, National Insurance contributions on employees as far as infrastructure goes ur taxes aren't paying for that G profits are. <<

Rates will be for local council, NI contributions are the same as every employer has to pay (can't really champion them on that front - not like they don't have employees in every country they do business), VAT doesn't work that way (they reclaim every pound, only the end consumer suffers VAT). Understanding how these things work makes sweeping statements like 'as far as infrastructure goes ur taxes aren't paying for that G profits are' easier to make correctly.

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Re: The voters hate Google

The service they provide and the tax they pay in the country are not closely coupled, I think it's a spurious line of argument.

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'Roly poly' soft, wobbly robot BANGS EXPLOSIVELY, leaps 0.5m in air

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Re: Where

He either did it from the spirit realms, or whoever bought out the rights is exercising them to the point of chopping them entirely from the public consciousness.

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Teen sex pic swap shop SnapChat seeks Saudi cash to keep selfies flowing

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Re: Part-time hedonism

Who said hypocrisy was a hurdle to being a billionaire price, eh?

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China reveals 'Internet Plus' plan to modernise and go cloudy

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Why do I suspect the result will be Internet Minus?

Very capable people, very capable kit, but I'm sure this is going to be more to do with limiting freedoms and information than liberating it. Pure speculation on my part, but based on track record.

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Oi. APPLE fanboi! You with the $10k and pocket on fire! Fancy a WATCH?

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Re: Wristing Wear

I instantly thought of a Calvin and Hobbes watch, probably about as much model appeal ;-)

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Microsoft comes right out and says backup software is dead

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Re: Backup policies

Anon coward with the M$ comment - I agree that 'cloud' backup is a bad solution for where you actually want machine images - but that's not your typical user - most could easily use any office-on-windows build/image and within a couple of hundred files, be fully up and running, even on replacement hardware. I'd also suggest you don't really want machine images of each user's machines, or how the heck do you manage the image schedule? By all means image an ideal, well set up blank machine, speed up your rebuilds, but imaging everybody's cat photos and comet cursors on each machine is less likely helpful.

It's just what I was saying, policy is where it's at for larger orgs.

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Backup policies

Different solutions fit different problems. Backup vendors for years encouraged punters to 'back everything up' and 'back up your computer', when in reality it was a couple of hundred files that needed backing up and the rest was rebuildable. Most organisations won't have fallen for that, but smaller ones frequently did, I've seen a lot of operating systems backed up. Those are the guys who would really benefit, bigger organisations just need policies about what actually is business critical and what isn't.

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'Why Digital?' Seriously? You plainly don't Get It enough. Or at all

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Re: The "Digital" Shortcut

Alas, that's been the way in middle management since long before the digital monicker was so widely applied, thereby leveraging non-linear monetisation of business foundation pillars.

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Re: Oh my dear Lord

Bong is always so close to that edge.

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World’s oldest IT dining society breaks into the House of Lords

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He'll be the one in the Harris Tweed dinner jacket.

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Forget 1,000 lashes for Facebook posts, Saudis now want to behead blogger Raif Badawi

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Re: Just a thought

Not sure it does apply evenly to all religions, though. Buddhism seems less keen on that stuff TBH.

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Re: re: not mattering

>>>But this really baffles me. Why are people terrified of not mattering? It seems to be a widespread affliction.<<<

I wish I knew, it's not useful to me. It would be great to be cool with life and death just being a part of the protein cycle - but I'm not, I'm uncomfortable with impermanence.

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Basically, oil, yeah. Even though that's more complex than first sight, evidenced by the recent price slashes some say are engineered to keep Putin, Chavez (or successor), ISIS (captured wells) on the back foot at a time they're getting a bit big for their boots.

Religion is corrupting, I am not a fan. I have my own set of superstitions/quasi-religious beliefs that I find convenient to reassure me against my overwhelming terror of not actually mattering a while bunch in the scheme of things, but that's my business. I certainly wouldn't try to force then on anyone - I know they're irrational, but they serve a purpose for me, and I think everyone should be free to pursue their own irrational yet comforting beliefs.

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EasyGroup continues bizarre, time-travelling domain crusade

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easyPeasy

Lemon Squeezy.

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Tinder Plus charges oldies MORE to ogle young hotties' pics

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You are the commodity

You are being bought, sold, traded AND paying for the privilege. Congrats to Tinder for the most fucked up business model yet.

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C'mon! Greece isn't really bust and it can pay its debts

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Re: There was never a need for a combined currency all over Europe

I'm not pro-federalisation, I am pro-trading bloc with some political harmonisation and interdependency to make it harder for some of our more belligerent partners to get ideas again.

It's easy to get caught up in semantics about which particular bodies provided or provide the entanglement that makes war seem impossible now, but this is still the longest period of peace in Western Europe since the Roman empire. That counts for quite a lot.

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Re: There was never a need for a combined currency all over Europe

I'm still fond of European integration as opposed to 'plucky little Britain against the world' which some people want to go back to. Think how many wars we had in Europe before we all started to rely on each other more, and intertwine our economies. I'm pretty sure we'd have them again if we were isolated and devolved again. Doesn't mean having to share a currency, but for all the bad things that the EU is, mutual dependency of the member states has saved us billions and millions of lives wasted in fighting one another.

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Elon Musk plans to plonk urban Hyperloop subsonic tube on California

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Re: Is this intended to be a permanent fixture?

>>>One has to wonder if Mr. Musk ever risks any of his own mountainous pile of money on the projects in the initial phases?<<<

Probably, but with it being his own money, who can tell? Point is it's not really important whose money it is, the fact that infrastructure R&D is being pioneered and debugged, and that his involvement has crystallised that finance is all good.

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Re: @Arnaut the less (Is this intended to be a permanent fixture?)

There are many reasons to knock Elon, but ultimately he's spending a shedload of cash exploring some huge infrastructure R&D stuff out would be cheaper to forget about. I think the patents statement about not enforcing them against competitors for the overall health of developing the sector is telling. He could just be pumping out app after app waiting to hit on the next insane dotcom valuation, but is doing real-world bleeding-edge engineering, and that's cool.

Maybe there's something of the Brunel in him? Whether or not he manages to turn a profit on every foray is secondary to moving us forward with grand research with inevitable consumer spin-off benefits (eg I can't imagine anyone more excited by improving battery technologies than a man who's bet the farm on a battery powered racecar)

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Reckon YOU can write better headlines than us? Great – apply within

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Re: I have a killer recipe for Bacon Jam.....

Just give us the recipe already!

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Tim Cook chills the spines of swingers worldwide

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Re: OH RLY?

Life isn't about money

Closed walled garden ecosystems are just for the engineering challenge. And the flowers.

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MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

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Re: Turns a Smart TV into a Dumb TV?

Agree, my TV manufacturer has no business monitoring my (actually rather benign, but that's my choice) viewing. Less still do they have any business installing dreadful apps like Samsung force onto my phone which through terrible design and lazy programming take clock cycles and memory on my phone even when completely unused in years. These shitty apps grow and proliferate with each generation, meaning I now have to delete stuff I want in order to accommodate stuff I don't. That'll happen to all your smart devices too, give it another year.

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Working as designed, just ask Steve Bong!

Actually I'm not even a teensy bit surprised, this is what happens when 20 manufacturers with multiple teams run off in 40+ directions to solve a single marketing bullet-point with no standardisation or harmonisation. It means you end up relying on the manufacturer not changing direction for a decade or so and supporting legacy infrastructure (and we know how much they love doing that).

Case in point, to watch a DVD on a tablet, Samsung produced a great little device, makes a local hotspot as well as supporting wired networks, USB, remote backup to disc, nicely packaged, fairly priced.

Except the ONLY client app you have to use is made by Toshiba(!), unsupported, hasn't had an upgrade in years, and works like a private beta or research project, sometimes you swipe the screen to navigate like a poorly implemented remote control, it handles a tap as an OK, so tapping on a link is actually pressing OK on a different link, the sound levels are consistently 6dB too low, it's a mess. They gave up on it, meaning three best I can hope for is a miserable experience until it dies.

Reminded me to stick to the standards-based stuff, it's why we have them.

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

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Re: ASA ....

In fairness the ASA are also the guys who berate companies claiming 2GHz Quad-Core is 8GHz processor

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Seven months of Basil Brush on YouTube: Er, boom boom?

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Re: Not so bad

All three now live in Brean by Weston-Super-Mare - the funfair owner bought them out.

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