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* Posts by Cliff

1462 posts • joined 14 Apr 2007

Would you blow $5.6m to own a dot-word? Meet a bloke who did just that

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outdamnd.

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Re: $2.2 million

.mug

That's all.

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Google opens Inbox – email for people too thick to handle email

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Re: Invitation-only, for now...

Yep, the big mailbox ('never delete an email again' as they said at the time) was a come-on, but part of that was to *not* get in the habit of having to delete emails from your 50MB email account in order to receive another one. That's a shift of habit. The number of times a mail might fit in 2+ folders, but can be easily labelled 2++ ways made a difference to not having to be heirarchically organised. Made no difference to you I assume, did to me and clearly many others.

'Priority Mailbox' - again, nobody else trialled stuff like this, and they did. And it's excellent. Maybe it's a bit complex for joe punter, so this looks like a simplified version with some additional features more suited to casual users. The folder tabs for social/adverts/personal was another idea they tried - it sucks and I got rid of it (because you can get rid of things you don't like if you prefer a big bucket of email). I don't love everything they do, but at least they're trying new stuff. Outlook.com is not a huge leap from hotmail, which didn't evolve massively from day 1 (yep I had a 4-character hotmail.com ID back in the day).

If things don't change, they don't get better. Some change is good, some is bad. Some people like to work with a copy of outlook express/similar on a 100MB POP3 box, using folders, deleting mails, being tied to a single machine, losing their mail history periodically. Personally I'm fond of trying new things and using the ones that work for me.

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Re: Invitation-only, for now...

On the other hand, they're trying new things as opposed to sitting on their zillions. Buzz, Wave etc may have failed, but GMail is hugely successful and was a whole paradigm shift at the time (no folders? Searching the archive? Madness!). Their Priority Mailbox interface (optional) is just awesome, the most useful UI addition in years, makes my email about three times more efficient.

So, let them play and try new stuff - they sometimes come up with something actually progressive, or take the gimmicks and keep the best bits.

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In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web

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Engineers dictatorship

Dictatorships work. They're extremely efficient. Make it benevolent, so you don't get an overthrow/power struggle and job done. Pretty much what happened 14 years ago...

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Want to own .app, .blog or .pet? Best sell a third of yourself for $100m on London Stock Exchange

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4.3x valuation

That's not at all bad, 3x is common sandwich-shop stuff, this is monopoly land-grab territory. And look at the nonsense like Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat valuations - this isn't a bad horse to back if you think some of their tld's are going to be popular.

As for the eventual value of .whatever, I guess we'll see if anyone really uses them, or if they're just vanity domains (I have my suspicions already)

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NOT OK GOOGLE: Android images can conceal code

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Indeed. Although I have G1 at home (consider me the classic early adopter) and I'm petty sure it's incapable of running anything beyond v1.6, whether the network support that or not. It's the equivalent of still running Windows 98

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How to get $542m from Google: Dress as a SPACEMAN with dayglo dancers – Magic Leap

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Re: "wearable computing systems"

Emperors new wearable computing systems.

Actually, that'd make a good limited company name.

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Doctor Who and the Dalek: 10-year-old tests BBC programming game

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Re: You mean they actually made a programming tool that is useful AND fun?

The sooner we break down the distinction between programming and puzzlesolving, the better ;-)

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Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores

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Re: Difficult decisions

"From Middle High German bōse, bāse, from Old High German bōsi, from Proto-Germanic *bausijaz, *bausuz (“inflated, puffed up, arrogant, bad”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰew-, *bew- (“to blow, inflate, swell”)."

Inflated, puffed up, arrogant, bad, to blow... Perfect companion for apple I'd have thought!

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MasterCard adds fingerprint scanner to credit cards for spending sans the PIN

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It's credit card size ...

... and half-an-inch thick. You can recharge it at convenient points in-bank.

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Coughing for 4G, getting 2G... Networks' penny-pinching SECRETS REVEALED

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Re: Cross Country Trains, Virgin, too.

I can only imagine the windows are metalled too - they really are buggers for it.

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Cross Country Trains, Virgin, too.

Those decade-old rolling stock from Italy (the ones with slidey does and smelly loos) have some kind of miracle signal attenuation. They can make any network a miserable experience, perhaps they're worth a try for some of us non-London readers?

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

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Re: "The microSD slot at the bottom is open to the elements."

_RICH_ - made me giggle this morning thank you

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Re: Stock Android (almost)

Give it a Cudl ;)

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LOHAN crash lands on CNN

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Nice

Shame they didn't give the name LOHAN context with PARIS mind, but credit for KARDASHIAN dreams.

Nice article Mr Haines, congratulations.

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Greedy datagrabs, crap security will KILL the Internet of Thingies

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Creepy machines

I think we've all seen enough distopian futures in fiction not to trust machines with knowledge about butter consumption or anything so vital. It's just we've seen the huge data lapses from just about every major US retail chain this year, and that's money - something as precious to a corporate as blood plasma to humans, we're spooked and distrustful. I don't want my fridge to have any opinions about me, let alone grass me up to my light bulb and anyone my lightbulb is busy blabbing it's mouth off to.

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10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register

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Re: Number seven

I answer my phone with 'Hello.' if I'm unsure of the caller. I don't see that my first act should be volunteering information to a stranger who initiated the call, even before they've justified themselves for the intrusion (phone calls are synchronous, so by definition more intrusive than message queues like email, SMS - they're convenient for the caller, not recipient).

As for those fuckers who play an automated PPI or accident claim message from spoofed numbers, clearly I will NEVER give you a penny if your basic introduction is so impersonal and duplicitous.

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Re: Actually, I like the 'skeptical' attitude, but..

And yet they make money and have kept running for aaaaaages - their business model can't be as fucked as your post suggests?

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Heistmeisters crack cost of safecrackers with $150 widget

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Re: The big question is...

I don't think it's a big question for them - they saw a challenge and took it, it's what engineers do, genetically.

The big questions are for people who believe a single lock of any sort is security in depth.

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'Utter killjoy Reg hacks have NEVER BEEN LAID', writes a fan

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It's horror for kids

And great fun with it. Don't take it too seriously, it's a space romp with baggage and back story to balance with sheer good fun for kids who'll be reminiscing in 20 years when the series has been cancelled and rebooted once again.

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Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so

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Re: Applies where?

I know! I was just thinking a free $10 wouldn't hurt!

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Estonia to offer 'e-resident' status to world+dog

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Beneficial tax laws

I know a film accountant who sets up companies in Estonia for investors so can only assume there's some bizarre tax advantage, otherwise it would seem a strange flag of convenience!

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Android Wear

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Enfant Terrible

Sounds better than Terrible Child.

But yay for him doing this truly pointless and rather cool trick, it speaks of good things to come for/from him if education doesn't knock the spirit out of him.

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'Cops and public bodies BUNGLE snooping powers by spying on 3,000 law-abiding Brits'

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^^^ Downvote from frustrated FSB agent.

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You're already fucked - El Reg is just a honey trap front end for GCHQ.

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Man brings knife to a gun fight and WINS

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Knife to gun fight

Mythbusters covered this - close range or fast attacker, knife has advantages if they can get it embedded before the shooter can respond accurately.

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The Maze Runner – a merry teenage dystopian adventure that doesn't make you cringe

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Re: No comparison to The Cube?"

The Cube gameshow with Philip Schofield?

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POISON PI sniffs WiFi from your mail room, goes on rampage

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Still has to get to the post room

And unless the post is xray-ed offsite, plenty of opportunity to join or attempt to join any networks it sniffs. A courier could have it sit for half a day in reception quite easily. If it has a building and floor and pillar number on it, it might even make it's way to a pigeonhole for a few days. Last big corporate I worked at had such a flow of staff from other global sites, etc., nobody would think it looked odd for a small package to sit for a week with a reasonable sounding name and 'to collect from pigeonholes in B3F2Z1' on it.

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Etsy security rule #1: Don't be a jerk to devs

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Re: Calm down, explain your terms

Imagine it's a Steve Bong piece, that frame of mind and reference makes it an easier read. It's not pitched at the technical edge more at board level, so it's more enterprisey.

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Kenyan court case could sound death knell for mobile money

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Re: Kenya

For small values of 'most'

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Reg hands portable Sinclair ZX Spectrum to lucky compo winner

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Congrats!

Although we did establish that correct answers were not a necessary part of the competition requirements, it's interesting to see them anyway :)

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EE coughs to BROKEN data usage metrics BLUNDER that short-changes customers

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Re: Why bother?

The point is that the vendor-supplied one is the one you have to take seriously if you don't want to be royally rogered for going over your data package

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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Re: Out to see...

Microsoft Ballmer.

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iPAD-FONDLING fanboi sparks SECURITY ALERT at Sydney airport

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Re: i hate this man

Must say, I've never come off an intercontinental flight feeling anything other than completely beaten up and zombified. Most airports know their clientele are going to be feeling like absolute crap, completely asleep, and so make it impossible to go wrong!

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Hollywood's made an INTELLIGENT science vs religion film?!

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Re: "an INTELLIGENT science vs religion film"!?

+1 for the pun, but half of that is for the reaction against fundamentalism

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Tearful LOHAN Playmonaut bids adiós to Spain

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Carnet

Does that mean you absolutely have to recover everything or pay duty on it? How does that work with so many consumables?

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Re: Corporate development

Designer - the poor bugger on the end of this kind of thing

The Expert (Short Comedy Sketch): http://youtu.be/BKorP55Aqvg

It's worth a watch and cringe if you've not seen it already...

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Re: Spot on, ElReg.

^^ Having used a phablet for the past couple of years, it's easier than it sounds, which is why they're massively popular!

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FTC nails pin in Bitcoin mining rig maker Butterfly Labs

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Re: Wolf, wolf I say!!

During the gold rush it was the shovel sellers who got rich. These guys would have just told you to use your hands whilst they attached the metal bit to the wooden bit, and to come back in a couple of months...

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Range Rover to fit trendy new SUV with FRIKKIN' LASER HUDs

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Re: Laser display screen

Boom-tish wa-wa-wa-waaaaaaa.

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Game pirates 'donate' compute power to Bitcoin miners

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Screw that, it's kernel32.dll you really want to get rid of.

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Pointless

Seeing as the way bitcoin mining requires specialist hardware and your own power station I can't see the piddly few cycles left over from gamers too tight to actually buy games are going to turn up anything useful.

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Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp

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It means I no longer comment on YouTube, but I don't care. The balance to that is that there seem to be fewer 'fuk of u gay fag' / 'no ur gay faggot n die' blathering morons, and that's no bad thing. YouTube comments used to be the 7th circle of hell, now probably only around the 5th circle

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Have lots of ideas, try them out

Buzz, Wave and friends came and went. Some google products are lemons, others quite good - problem is they don't know which is which until they find out. Android and Chrome OS seem to be making positive headway, GMail and search obviously are getting it right, drive is fine, Sheets is actually pretty good for basic spreadsheets if a few of you want to work simultaneously etc.

Basically some hits some misses, just like every other company

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Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

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Re: Heat Shrink Tubinng

Or try my new solution-to-everything favourite - vet wrap. That stretchy, glue free stuff they put round injured paws, often blue. It's brilliant. It has a soft touch but is easily removed and replaced if necessary.

Get a roll (even seen it in poundland), and you'll start fixing everything you can find, broken and otherwise.

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Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM

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Re: I wish hackers and makers would...

@JP I think the point is that in the making, in the experimentation, in the sheer random hybridisation, you might discover new skills, techniques, approaches, or at least have a bit of fun.

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Re: In order to stand a chance at winning

>> Do we have to get the questions right? <<

This is a reasonable question - making assumptions about project requirements leads to waste and fuckups. Many of us are engineers, and as such have a duty to confirm the *real* requirements, not our assumptions. So let's examine the evidence -

The article says "All you have to do is sign in with your Reg account (or sign up for one), and answer three questions." - no requirement for the answers to be correct there.

Click through "All you have to do click below to sign in or create a Reg account, then answer the three questions on the next page..." - no requirement there then. You do have to accept the terms and conditions (fair enough) link is http://whitepapers.theregister.co.uk/tac/3500

"By downloading any of the papers in this library, or by registering for any of the live or on-demand events, you agree that your supplied personal details will be passed on to the sponsor of the paper or the event, and that this organisation or one of its trusted partners may contact you in the future by phone and/or email, with further information about their products and services. In this instance the sponsor is The Register. You additionally agree that The Register may contact you regarding related products and services. You can request a stop to such communications from The Register at any time by signing into your account and altering your preferences."

T's and C's appear to be completely unrelated, don't have any competition rules requiring correct answers, and do not exclude errors or omissions (so retrospectively changing the competition rules isn't covered by an E&O clause).

As such, there is NO requirement for the competition answers to be correct and as such, l answered with the first option from each drop-down and the confirmation page says "You are now entered into the draw. The very best of luck!"

There is nothing in the rules to exclude me from the draw, my chance is the same as everyone elses, despite being pretty certain I answered incorrectly :-)

Engineers are a pain in the arse. Fuck assumptions.

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Pop open this iPhone 6 and see where the magic oozes from ... oh hello again, Qualcomm

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More fixable is good

Back when there was such a thing as manufacturing in the UK many decades ago, I did a degree in Manufacturing Engineering. One of the courses even back then focused on making kit easier to strip down to access or recycle. With the quality of engineers Apple can employ, I was upset at all these solid blocks of glue they'd make, increasing to waste, and so am actually pleased they've taken a fresh look at this.

It's not going to cost them sales (the point of being a fashion brand over utility brand), and is hopefully just going to mean less pollution when the handsets are crushed and burned for minerals on some Asian backstreet in a decade.

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