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O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Friday is Pi Day

Brent Longborough

Re: "Of all the many and varied stupid things in the world"

Thank you. +1

I think you're referring to the Swiss system. I use it for almost everything (even in the UK, where we have it in order, but backwards).

Of course, "America" (that is, the USA), is the spiritual home of the semi-buttock.

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Brent Longborough
Unhappy

Thank you for irritating me so early in the day

Of all the many and varied stupid things in the world, the USAmerican way of writing the date and time must be in at least the top ten.

Everyone knows that 3/14 is the Third of Novebruary.

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Netflix coughs up to cruise on Comcast

Brent Longborough

Monopolistic Bullying meets Pusillanimous Cowardice

Nothing else to say. FTW

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Cameron: UK public is fine with domestic spying

Brent Longborough
FAIL

Missed the point, didn't yer, Dave?

The point is not whether the man in the street is worried about it, Dave, it's whether you and your mates, and Clegg and his mates, and Milliband and his mates*, all realise that politicians are (a) meant to serve the people who elected them rather than control them; and (b), uphold the law rather than break it.

*A black plague descend upon you all.

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Those NSA 'reforms' in full: El Reg translates US Prez Obama's pledges

Brent Longborough
Big Brother

In a century or so...

All this will never have happened.

(For those that haven't already understood, the NSA/GCHQ complex will rule through puppet administrations bent to their will through blackmail. One of their early actions on taking power will be to erase all record of what we know today.)

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Acer C720 Chromebook with Haswell battery boosting goodness

Brent Longborough
Holmes

Is that enough RAM?

Don't know enough about the difference between W*ndows and *nix memory requirements for Chrome, but on Windows a working set of 2Gb or more, just for Chrome, is pretty easy to get.

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British Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing receives Royal pardon

Brent Longborough

Re: Pandering

I couldn't agree with you more.

If we issue a Royal Pardon for Turing, then logically we have to issue pardons for everyone who was convicted under the mediaeval law in force at the time.

If we issue a pardon for everyone convicted under that law, then logically we should issue pardons to people convicted under *every* law now seen to be barbaric. Pardons for the shot shell-shocked accused of cowardice in WW I; pardons for all the suffragettes; pardons for all the children hanged for stealing a loaf; the list is endless.

Then, once we legalise the consumption of cannabis, we have, logically, to pardon all those convicted under the present law. And so on.

This idea is called "re-writing history". Orwell satirised it in '1984'.

People, the damage is done! Although all these laws were abominable, they were the law at the time these injustices happened, and the injustices happened within a valid, if barbaric, rule of law.

We have to learn, improve, and move on. Pardons, and even apologies, just don't make sense.

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Racing Post p0wned, accounts accessed and passwords pinched

Brent Longborough
Headmaster

ZOMG! Spelling is dead! (Again)

'P0wned' ??? WTF?

Do you mean 'pwned' ?!?

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Microsoft touts SCROOGLE merch: Hopes YOU'LL PAY to dump on rival

Brent Longborough
Unhappy

That's Rich

Coming from the people who gave so much help to the NSA

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Google, Microsoft to drop child sex abuse from basic web search

Brent Longborough
Black Helicopters

Isn't Technology Wonderful?!

Good! Now that's fixed so successfully, here are a few more suggestions for searches that Google and M$ can block on behalf of those in power:

"MP's Expenses"

"GCHQ Internet Hoovering"

"HS2 Budget increase"

"Social services neglect"

"Care home failure"

... to name but five...

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Oh My GOD! Have the TORIES ERASED THE INTERNET?*

Brent Longborough
Big Brother

Have the TORIES ERASED THE INTERNET?

Not yet, but they're working on it, together with their friends and/or blackmailers at GCHQ and NSA

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UK.gov BANS iPads from Cabinet over foreign eavesdropper fears

Brent Longborough
Mushroom

The Ultimate Clusterfudge

See, .gov.uk? Now you know how it feels to have strange untrusted persons hoovering up your junk.

You can run, but you can't hide.

BTW, .uk.gov includes Lab, Cons, Lib Dems, and Sir Malcolm Rifkind. A plague o' both your houses.

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Pimp my office: 10 cubicle comforts

Brent Longborough
Megaphone

Listmania

What a pile of useless, expensive tat!

Must be for Mac people

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MPs to review laws on UK spy-snoopery after GCHQ Tempora leaks

Brent Longborough
Megaphone

Why didn't he answer the question?

On Hard Talk, Stephen Sackur asked Malcolm Rifkind whether he and the ISC knew the extent to which NSA and GCHQ were hoovering up the Internet. If you listen carefully to his answers, you'll see that he never actually said 'Yes' or 'No'.

Now, if he'd said 'Yes', we all might shout at him and argue that it was grossly excessive and why did he allow it -- a courageous answer, but at least honest.

If he'd replied 'No', however, that would have been an excellent sign of ISC's failure to exercise adequate oversight.

What's my conclusion? Well, 'Yes' would have been bad, but 'No' would be a complete disaster. As I don't see how answering 'Yes' would have in any way compromised security, I begin to suspect the true answer would have been 'No'

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WhatsApp crypto snafu drops trou on users' privates

Brent Longborough
Big Brother

Re: Nothing to see here, move on...

Perhaps, one fine day, when the G4S National Health Awareness Community Outreach Police come knocking at your door to invite you away for the Alimentary Re-Education Internment Programme, just because you organised a meet-up of your mates to eat pizza, you'll realise what was wrong.

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NSA data centre launch delayed as power surges 'melt metal, zap racks'

Brent Longborough
Big Brother

Conspiracy Theory 2013#42

Anonymous sez: "O hai"

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Google: Thanks for the billions in revenue, UK. Here are your taxes, that's ... £11m

Brent Longborough
Megaphone

Stop moaning already...

And tell yer Members of Parliament to fix the laws, as in "do your job".

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GitHub code repository rocked by 'very large DDoS' attack

Brent Longborough
Megaphone

Re: Deserved.

OK, if you love svn, you'll *really* enjoy something even newer and more modern -- cvs!

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Apple asked me for my BANK statements, says outraged reader

Brent Longborough
Headmaster

Re: Private companies DO do this

Nice post, but one minor error:

"When you're buying an iPhone you own it"

should read:

"When you're buying an iPhone ït owns you"

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Brent Longborough
WTF?

"Apple" and "Subsidized" in the same context?

That's pretty challenging! Don't people realise that there are other options than handcuffing yourself to Apple?

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Charity chief: Get with it, gov - kids shouldn't have to write by hand

Brent Longborough
Thumb Down

And so...

The Dumbing-Down of Britain can be satisfactorily completed.

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Feedly now home to 500,000 Reader refugees

Brent Longborough
Thumb Down

Can't say I'm happy

Immediately after the Google Reader Death Announcement, I went hunting for an alternative. I ended up on Feedly, but not because I like it -- rather because it's less crappy than the alternatives.

Google, you suck!

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Irish Senator suggests net users register passport and IP address

Brent Longborough
Thumb Up

The luck of the Irish

Wow, in your country do you have one IP address *each*? That's brilliant.

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Bacon sarnies can kill: Official

Brent Longborough
Paris Hilton

Just like olden tymes...

I have a suspicion this is something left over and adapted from the middle ages.

Do you remember when the parson used to tell us "you mustn't enjoy sex, it's bad for you, it's only for making babies"?

Just that now they're doing it for food.

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Reg readers brew up the ultimate cuppa

Brent Longborough
Headmaster

Re: It all depends on the water!

Yorkshire Tea (*not* the decaffeinated one) and Paned Gymreig do nicely in South Wales, too.

But make sure you also include Builders' Tea, please!

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Drone quadracopters throw and catch inverted pendulum

Brent Longborough

Don't worry about that, they'll just take the batteries out of all the remote controls...

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Lenovo, PayPal, launch post-password plan

Brent Longborough
Go

Re: Just got a Yubikey (Fanboy alert)

Yes. I've had one for nearly three years, now, and love it.

I recently bought a Yubikey Nano, which has challenge-response and can be used as an additional token for Windows logon.

I just have one concern about the original (one-time password) Yubikey. The AES encryption key lives in the Yubikey, where it's safe, and on the authentication server, where, in principle, it isn't. Maybe a challenge-response arrangement might be better.

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YouTube's hilarious cat videos could soon cost you $5 a month

Brent Longborough
Megaphone

Video???

Isn't that the cr*p that's clogging up teh Internetz?

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'We are screwed!' Fonts eat a bullet in Microsoft security patch

Brent Longborough
Headmaster

I'm all right, Jack

Just recently moved from Computer Modern to Latin Modern

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Brit physics student debuts zombie flick shot inside LHC

Brent Longborough
Joke

Paris

Yeah, but she did eat his *brains*

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Jubcropgate: El Reg in snake-fondling nude nipslip outrage

Brent Longborough

Re: I, for one...

And Ed, and Ed, and Ken, and David, and Tessa... the list is endless

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McKinnon will not be extradited to the US, says Home Secretary

Brent Longborough
WTF?

Re: excellent news

Atlantic? Isn't that somewhere in Georgia?

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Final decision by Home Sec on McKinnon extradition due today

Brent Longborough
FAIL

Re: Cruel and unusual punishment - "Defending Western Values"

Unfortunately, poor ol' Homer Bush, and a whole bunch of other people, fell neatly into the trap that Osama set for them.

Result: they destroyed their own democracy, almost without him having to lift a finger.

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Protestors target Google over that video

Brent Longborough
WTF?

I'm an atheist, but...

I don't believe this is a problem of religion, organised or disorganised.

What we have here is a sty full of murderous pigs hiding behind "religion" and exploiting the ignorant and stupid to further their own greed for political power.

Am I the only one to see the parallels with Northern Ireland? Or Bosnia?

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The Register iPhone and Android apps: Maintenance update

Brent Longborough
Megaphone

Re: We're used to it - Godwin's Law

If you have to compare your app with the Beeb's, you've already lost the argument...

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Assange granted asylum by Ecuador after US refused to rule out charges

Brent Longborough
FAIL

Independently of the merits of the case...

... this is such a stupid own goal by the government.

There was obviously an internal conflict in the Ecuadorian government as to whether or not to grant asylum. UK threatening so send in the Plods was all that was needed for Ecuador to come together and decide.

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Microsoft: It's not Metro, it's Windows 8

Brent Longborough
Pint

Maybe a better name would be...

... iWindows?

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IOC asks Olympic spectators to cut back TXTs and tweets

Brent Longborough
Happy

All you need to do...

is give us back our Zil lanes, and then we'll stop tweeting. Deal?

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IT departments are BRATTY TEENAGERS

Brent Longborough
IT Angle

Re: How do BMC equate to

It must have been Remedy that he was thinking of when he mentioned 'gameification'. As in Wumpus: "You just fell into a pit and broke every bone in your body".

That's roughly what using Remedy is like.

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Yahoo! hack! leaks! 453,000! unencrypted passwords!

Brent Longborough
Holmes

I'm an OAP geezer, but...

... even I've heard of Colin Percival and scrypt

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NASA was WRONG on arsenic-gobbling aliens, claim boffins

Brent Longborough
Paris Hilton

Talking of six a day

I used to be keen on this five-a-day idea, until the missus showed me on the internetz that it was about *food*.

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'Inexperienced' RBS tech operative's blunder led to banking meltdown

Brent Longborough
Unhappy

That's it, blame the help

So this software doesn't even ask "Are you sure you want to erase the whole effing show?"?

Where, oh where, is the lost art of the user interface (even if it's a command line)?

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'Six-eyed' robot to tour National Museum of Australia

Brent Longborough
Happy

Why do I think of a "Bull in a china shop"?

For some naughty reason, I just find the idea of an autonomous Dalek wandering round a museum full of delicate and precious objects a bit laughy-scary...

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Google Drive stalls on LAUNCH DAY

Brent Longborough
Meh

Underwhelming

Mine worked OK (on my own domain) until I uninstalled it!

I've got accounts at both Dropbox and SpiderOak. Dropbox gives me back history; SpiderOak lets *me* specify the folder names.

OK, so Google is "big" and "reliable", but they'll also need a few features.

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Suspected freetards to face piracy letters in 2014

Brent Longborough
Headmaster

Re: prince of darkness

I think "Sith" is a typo?

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UK.gov to unveil reborn, renamed net-snoop plans in Queen's Speech

Brent Longborough
FAIL

Ship of Fools

Under what damp, mossy stone are the people who invent these ideas found? Here (not completely coherently, I admit) is what happens:

1. The Government passes the law

2. The criminals, terrorists, pædophiles, and others who already know about Tor, Vpns, PGP, GPG, and ZPhone carry on their business as usual

3. The taxpayer, or the Internet user, foots the bill for this circus

4. The "system" gets flooded by everyone's taglines which say "I am neither drug dealer, terrorist, people trafficker, pædophile, politician, nor lawyer"

5. The whole exercise has zero effect, but no-one can prove it

6. A few years from now, when the Stalinists take over, we're all screwed

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Adobe can't penetrate punters' tight wallets: Users holding out for CS6

Brent Longborough
Pint

I'm really happy with The Gimp

That's the one from gimp.org, *not* Pulp Fiction...

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iPlayer repeat fees threaten BBC earthquake

Brent Longborough
Megaphone

Cart before Horse -- Meh

Although the BBC is the "least bad" of a really bad bunch, perhaps it would be a good idea to try and put up something people actually want to watch? Then, later, once they've managed to cross that hurdle, they can start to think about charging. Me, I'm gonna wait sitting down...

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Report: UK falls behind as smart meters rolled out across Europe

Brent Longborough
Stop

Meters too smart for our good

Once the smart meter is installed, how long before it gets a smart switch?

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