* Posts by Cliff

1659 posts • joined 14 Apr 2007

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

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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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I was quite find of Mr Brush, but not his foils

I didn't warm to the sidekicks, but Basil himself was alright (when I was eight)

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: El Reg eggs Benedict

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Re: says:

Proper hollandaise means the person you send to catch and peel the pig will be back long before you've mastered it ;-) And no, you can't make it and freeze it, it goes 'over' after about an hour, so you have to start afresh each time. The lemon is what takes it from a greasy drizzle to simply the best thing in the world ever, you cannot bypass it, it cuts the greasiness.

To be honest, a good chunk of white toast (unsweetened bread) can substitute well for the muffin, a bit of fresh spinach is nice instead if avocado (which is an aberration anyway), and then your preferred cured pork product and poached egg, topped with the hollandaise.

Forget coffee, you need tea with this breakfast, and ideally a great view and bit of sunshine. Because the hollandaise is such a pain in the arse, go to a decent cafe (not many serve eggs benedict because of the hollandaise) and sit outside and feel like a king.

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New Mexico mulls sale of first US commercial spaceport (and LOHAN launchpad)

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I'm guessing no matter who buys it, it stays put and so the jobs and local economy benefits remain.

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Revenge porn kingpin Hunter Moore pleads guilty to basically being a total cyber-scumbag

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Couldn't happen to a nice guy

That's all

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Apple design don Jony Ive: Build-your-own phone is BOLLOCKS

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Re: horses for courses

>>> You might as well argue that a clothes shop only needs to offer one style and colour of shirt or trousers, because in the designer's view, it's right and the consumer should not need the freedom to choose something else<<<

My hunch is that we'd see a fuckton of black turtlenecks

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Re: Alternatively

'... where Samsung threw it all out at once.'

And invented the phablet in doing so - an incredibly popular form factor. Thank goodness they didn't sit on their hands for years but are prepared to juggle, tweak, create and ultimately take lessons into new lines.

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So who just bought the rights to .blog for $30m? A chap living in Panama

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Soooooo 2000's!

Blogging used to be spoken of in the same terms as tweets are now. Time moves on, I can't imagine $30M will look so clever in a couple of years.

Buying TLD's has been likened to a 'land grab', but there's a crucial difference - they're not making land any more, whilst dot-vlog is a few clicks and dollars away, as is dot-blogs, dot-vlogs, dot-weblog, dot-onlinediary and each namespace is infinite in itself.

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Kyocera: Torque among yourselves on our unbreakable ruggedmobe

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Bloatware

Well, it claims to have two PTT apps preinstalled, so I guess that's the question answered. It's like a crude digital walkie-talkie system which could actually be useful in some times and places, and has a dedicated button on the device. Of course, real walkies are much more synchronous and massively better, but may work for some circumstances.

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Hey, NUDE CELEBS! Apple adds SWEET 2FA to iMessage, Facetime

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Re: Pointless Picture

Load of balls.

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Free WiFi coming to UK trains ... in two years

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>>Yes, but the train routers have massive aerials.

And yet still manage to provide extremely slow and patchy wifi. I've tried it free and paid, it's shit.

You would be better off using your phone as a hotspot, but the Cross Country and Virgin train sets are little Faraday cages, something to do with the window tint I understand, which massively attenuate your own signal. HST's are fine by comparison.

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Coding Cupid publishes Tinder-ised automatic love machine

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Re: My bot fancies your bot...

Too late, your boot already shared the apparently obligatory snapchat pictures, and mine (again, according to the rules) found a way to keep them and share them online.

That's one sexy codebase you've got there.

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My bot fancies your bot...

The more we outsource to technology, the more homogenised the results we can expect.

Bot will talk to bot, broker a compatibility factor, flirt and live out smalltalk and foreplay - finally they'll fuck and fall out, and start slagging each other off to their mate's bots...all without owner intervention who'll never know the whirlwind romance their profile bot has had over three-quarters of a second, a thousand times a day.

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EE 'best' of the UK mobile network bunch, but how good is that?

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Indigenous carrier?

Of the bunch, isn't Vodafone the only indigenous carrier? How can they not be head and shoulders above the rest?

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Russian revolution: YotaPhone 2 double-screen JANUS MOBE

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Re: no sd slot, no removable battery, 550 quid

Very interested, right up until the £555 bit - I've been watching their site and it's not getting any cheaper. £399 I'd go for, still a premium over the mid-range hardware that the rest of the phone is, but not priced as top-end almost Note 4 EDGE prices.

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RIP SPDY, we hardly knew ye: Google to retire next-gen web protocol

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Re: One day maybe?

One day, heavy images atop the actual information part of what you're trying to read will look exactly like scrolling marquee text and comet cursors do to is now.

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Re: spdy://whatever

Thanks guys, looks like I was sidetracked by thinking the protocol bit of the URL referred to the protocol! Just goes to show the 'http://' bit is a pattern for humans, not machines, if the machines will broker their own protocol deals and not tell me!

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spdy://whatever

Did anyone ever use it? Google say they support it but even from chrome it defaults to http:// Do the dynamic script bits use it or something? Or if it a secret, behind the scenes thing where the connection claims to be http(s), but isn't?

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Re: One day maybe?

I fuckin' love scrollin', me!

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Dissidents and dealers rejoice! Droid app hides your stash in plain sight

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Re: No matter how many laws they make

Encryption isn't illegal, so this isn't laws vs technology!

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Not on Google Play

'Nomadic'. Sure, I trust nomadic!

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Cannonbridge sells us a dummy – great premise, crap ending

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Another pet peeve

I can accept magic, science which doesn't tally with our own, mythical creatures etc. It's your world, you created it, you get to set the rules, I'll come along for the ride, no problem.

What I hate is when universal rules are created then broken. You don't get it both ways to get you out of a hole. You don't 'only wake people up by falling backwards' but 'falling backwards in s minibus is different because lazy' without jarring me, the audience out of your story. The Force is some cool quasi religious thing? Or a fucking bacterial count? Victorian detective doing Victorian detective things right up until ancient Egyptian time machine magic... fuck you!

The creative/audience contact is sacred. The audience is committing many hours of their life because you promised to take them on a brilliant voyage, so don't kick them out of the story when you write yourself into a corner! Man up! Write yourself out of that corner! Get even more creative, or go back and unwrite the setup you couldn't escape from. You make a promise to the reader/viewer when you set out, and deus ex machina endings died with the ancient Greeks.

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The Interview? Kim Jong-Un, you really shouldn’t have bothered

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Re: Norkage

Sony are also behind Jack and Jill with Adam Sandler playing Adam Sandler twice over, in male and female form. They're not picky.

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Re: It's got Seth Rogen in it

>>> Hmm... Seth Rogen, Adam Sandler, and Will Ferrell... Put them together and it's movie magic. <<<

For fuck's sake don't encourage them, however ironically - irony is just too close to comedy for them to comprehend.

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Re: Sigh...

Love Actually is underrated - it's unashamedly sentimental but none the worse for that, it's warm, fun, cleverly constructed. Pure Curtis doing pure Curtis.

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Ex-squeeze me? Baking soda? Boffins claim it safely sucks CO2 out of the air

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Re: @Chris G

Some countries just don't sell baking soda, only baking powder, probably causing the confusion.

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Assange's cop chaperones have cost £10 MEEELLION to date

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Re: @Cliff... idiot

Cheers Scorchio!!, have a +1

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Re: ^ my post just above this one

^^^ Danny14, Upvote for you, me too ;-)

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Re: Budget Leaks

^^^Again, downvoters, any counter-argument or just a button push?

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Re:^^ my post just above this one

OK, couple of downvotes, whatever, but I'm not sure which bit you're disagreeing with, exactly, in this post? You think America would do it differently? That we're not squeamish about imprisoning 'journalists'? You think he was a dangerous flight risk? Shouldn't have been bailed? That I shouldn't use single quotes referring to him as a 'journalist'?

Just interested if you have a debatable point as opposed to a button-click.

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Re: Budget Leaks

OK, commit a crime or at least get yourself accused. Skip bail. When the police catch up with you, you get detained. They don't say 'oh well skipped, you're free because gosh you're right nobody would want to go to prison', you're detained. It's not about the crime you were accused of, it's the crime you committed by skipping bail. Try it for yourself by all means, skipping bail is contempt.

The police know where the criminal is, they have NO OPTION thanks to it being an embassy than to wait it out. They can't just say 'oh maybe your rape allegation is flawed, we'll let you go', they have a criminal contained and will take him into detention plus whatever the punishment is set at for his blatant contempt of due process.

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Re: @Cliff... idiot

@Gumby, deliberate, Cuba thing. Point was to show hypothetically that the US would react similarly in similar circumstances - hence picking other countries, other crimes.

Releasing him was an error, but he had a lot of people vouch that he wasn't a danger to others or a flight risk, and we're sensitive about imprisoning 'journalists' (giving then greater platform)

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Re: idiot

Except it's not a siege is it? It's a criminal (became criminal under British law when he skipped bail in contempt of court) trying to get attention and evade justice.

Let's say in the USA some Mexican (or other foreign national) guy in the international news and spotlight accused of any crime (whatever) decided to abuse American hospitality by slagging the country and it's laws off to the press before holing up in the Cuban embassy in the capital, and whining how it's unfair that he should be interviewed for crimes he said he didn't commit. Would local and federal police just say 'sorry dude you're free to hold our courts and democratic rule of law in contempt because you don't want to talk to the policeman'?

You may have heard of this Magna Carta pamphlet people get excited about. It's 800 years old. Amidst lots of curly script, handwritten and delivered by horse to the corners of the nation, it held establish the supremacy of the courts over even the king. It fails to exempt Australian egotists - probably being pre-Australia they didn't think ahead. Either way, he's not exempt from the rule of law.

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Re: Budget Leaks

Actually, yes. That and contempt of court by jumping bail. He was free to live as a free man pending going to Sweden on rape charges, indeed he was talking self-aggrandising smack talk freely to the cameras right up until the time he abused British justice and hospitality.

He's perfectly at liberty to leave the embassy, to do time for the extremely serious crimes around contempt before being back in the position he was in many years before, talking bollocks to the cameras.

I used to have sympathy, but we've seen far braver, less weaselly whistleblowers (Manning, Snowden) making Assange apparent as the megalomaniac paranoid attention seeker he is. HE broke Wikileaks credibility with his silly games, not the British courts or police who are upholding the law

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Plane crash blamed on in-flight SELFIES

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Re: So wait

Does sound a little speculative, although flashing during rotation at night could be very nasty. You may have no/reduced real horizon in the dark to trust, so rely on instruments. That means night vision, destroyed by bright flashes. The difference between climb and stall is a few degrees, and if you're too low to recover that stall you become just a lump of meat-filled metal falling from the sky. Nasty.

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Re: Death by misadventure then.

Metarded.

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Forget robo-butlers – ROBO-MAIDS! New hotel staffed by slave-droids

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Re: Consistency

Robo-concierge arranges for fembots to visit your room in exchange for a handful of washers and some Castrol GTX

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