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26 posts • joined 4 Jul 2008

Romanian who hacked NASA spared cooler stint

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500,000 anythings is almost always a convenient figure plucked out of the air to make people go "ooh, that's rather a lot". Be it the cost of a strike, a hack into a database, building a bat bridge, or any other story you can read by Googling "500000 cost".

It's all baloney and should be challenged whenever it comes up.

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A preview of SOPA: Web shut down before my eyes

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Facepalm

JCB - "Made with Macromedia"

I think if JCB are going to be taken seriously, they might want to update their "international homepage": Copyright© 2001-2009 JCB International Co., Ltd.

Y'ouch that smarts...

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BUSTED TWO: Carrier IQ monitor-ware on iPhones too?

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Opt-in

IIRC you are asked when setting up your phone if you want to opt-in to sending diagnostics.

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Samsung pledges Galaxy Nexus audio glitch fix

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Mushroom

Stop talking sense.

According to this post: http://forums.theregister.co.uk/post/1242259 pointing out any flaw with a new phone or OS as being within the bounds of normalcy merits downvoting.

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China decrees in-flight cellphone calls are safe

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I suspect if you did tell the "stewardess" (and presumably you're only standing up to female cabin crew here) to STFU, then you'd find yourself in the arms of law enforcement when you touched down.

Notwithstanding your fellow passengers comfort in *not* hearing you yabber on throughout the flight, you are obliged to act upon all requests from the cabin crew whether you like them or not.

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Ed Miliband signs up for another hour of insults from Twitter

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Facepalm

Debate

I fully expect the party wonks to cherry-pick easy-answer questions, but when the level of debate starts with such "amusing" questions, said wonks hardly need to exercise themselves in creaming off the nicey-nicey queries.

Such is the breakdown of political discourse between the proles and the men in charge.

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Interwebs stunned by musical atrocity

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But there's always someone to do it better.

Matt Mulholland, via BoingBoing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxleH60hDJY

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Anti-religious campaigners smack down census Jedis

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My "religion"

Aggressive empiricism.

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NHS spunks £7.5k on porn room

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Grenade

who are the Taxpayers' Alliance?

To quote the *other* TaxPayers' Alliance (at www.taxpayersalliance.ORG - yes rather confusing):

"it isn't an alliance of ordinary taxpayers at all. It is an alliance of right-wing ideologues. Its academic advisory council is a who's who of the proponents of discredited Thatcherite policies, including Eamonn Butler and Madsen Pirie of the Adam Smith Institute, academics Patrick Minford and Kenneth Minogue, and former Institute of Directors policy head Ruth Lea."

So no, they don't speak for you, they speak for people who are already richer than we'll ever be and want to stay that way.

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Phorm issues shares to raise cash

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WTF?

Oi

What kind of institution are these investors from? Broadmoor?

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iPhone 4 operator contracts compared

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Boffin

Fuller comparison by David Forster

A chap called David Forster has compiled a pretty useful Google Docs sheet with pricing from O2, Orange, Voda and Tesco (sure he'll update it with 3 pricing in due course). It confirms that Tesco is cheapest and given they're the only people doing a 12 month contract, a rather nicer prospect. Shame they peer on O2's crummy 3G network...

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=tnQPZQ6awd14sTUhBgw_bIQ#gid=0

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Waterstone's whips out its pendulous dugs

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Waterstone's aka HMV

Now that Waterstone's are part of HMV, it was probably an easy-win marketing exercise to click "Layer > Rotate > 180" and be done.

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Govt inserts battery take-back scheme

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WTF?

Rechargeables?

Stepping cautiously around the double entendre that "43 per cent of men say they need new batteries on a monthly basis", haven't they heard about rechargeable batteries? We've got TV remotes, wireless mouse, keyboard, digital camera etc all running off rechargeable batteries - can't remember the last time we bought new one-hit-wonder Duracells.

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Fasthosts in day-long email FAIL

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The alternative is...

Rackspace. We moved over to them six months ago and cannot fault them. Yes, they look expensive in comparison to the "£3.99 per month" bunch, but then you're paying for a service where someone who knows what they're talking about answers the phone the moment you call them up, pro-actively monitor your servers, and help you when you've fscked things up.

All those people worried about loss of revenue from FH downtime should ask themselves if the amount lost is more than the cost of a Rackspace server. Then switch.

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Vodafone pledges fix for Snow Leopard 3G modem woes

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@scottf007

Your argument is slanted in the wrong direction. You should be calling to task the MS-haters who suggest that it's MS's fault that a driver doesn't work when the 3rd party developer has had months to update it. It's hardly Apple's fault that a Vodafone driver doesn't work, and equally wouldn't be MS's fault in the same situation.

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HDS drive array failure suspected in bank giant's ATM outage

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Data Centre? Gloucester?

That'll teach em for using FastHosts.

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Phorm woos browsers with personalised web

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Boffin

Create a Phorm ISP

If Phorm are so convinced that the great unwashed would love their products and deep packet inspection snooping, why do they not create their own ISP brand with all that lovely Phorm goodness built in?

They get to snoop on all their punters, capture all their browsing history, punt "relevant, targeted ads" at them, AND keep all the clickthrough revenue themselves rather than having to share it out with BT.

Those that can't see a problem with Phorm then have a choice (let's call it, say, "opt-in") to move to Phorm ISP, and the rest of us can stay clear.

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Apple shares MacBook break-in tips

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@Tim Hogard

Clearly, you've never seen the inside of a Mac Pro, where everything you need access to is neatly laid out and easily removable. Hard drive removal? One hand, two fingers, no screws.

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iPhones will win the war in Afghanistan, says NATO chief

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Of course...

Spreading rabid consumerism, that's the answer. Why wasn't that thought of earlier?

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Royal Navy completes Windows for Submarines™ rollout

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Ways of saving money, part 71

"The use of commercial-off-the-shelf technology is expected to save the taxpayer as much as £22m in support costs over the next ten years - a bit more than £2m a year, or about a thousandth off Trident's running costs."

Or... scrap Trident and its renewal programme and save £15-20bn.

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Security pros groan as zero-day hits Microsoft's SQL Server

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Workaround not suitable for SQL 2005

As stated by Microsoft at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms189506(SQL.90).aspx

In SQL Server 2005, sp_dropextendedproc does not drop system extended stored procedures. Instead, the system administrator should deny EXECUTE permission on the extended stored procedure to the public role. In SQL Server 2000, sp_dropextendedproc could be used to drop any extended stored procedure.

So the stated workaround is OK for SQL 2000, but you can't drop the procedure on 2005, only deny Execute permissions.

HTH

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BT silences customers over Phorm

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The first rule of Phorm club is...

... you do not talk about Phorm club.

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Dawkins' atheist ad campaign hits fundraising target

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Now Christian Voice get in on the act...

From the BBC report http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7681914.stm

[ Stephen Green of pressure group Christian Voice said: (...) "People don't like being preached at. Sometimes it does them good, but they still don't like it." ]

Where's the "pot, meet kettle" icon?

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Bee Gees belter may help cheat death

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Meat Loaf

"One chap who'd been completely unconscious for some months leapt out of bed and dashed across the room to the tape recorder. Extraordinary."

Presumably to turn off the god-awful racket.

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Lesbos climax as lesbians lick Lesbians

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Boffin

Capitalisation

Excepting at the start of a sentence, surely the good folks of Lesbos can distinguish themselves from the good girl-on-girl lovers through the use of a capital or lowercase "L". Hence: Lesbian - resident of Lesbos; lesbian - woman who lurve woman.

Problems may arise at the start of a sentence, whereupon you do what anyone else does and go by the context. Even better if you're a Lesbian lesbian.

While we're at it, we could call welsh ones Llesbians.

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Microsoft touts trustworthy browsing with IE8

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SmartScreen Filter != Phorm?

"Internet Explorer 7 introduced a phishing filter, and IE8 Beta 2 goes beyond this with features designed to warn surfers about sites that harbour malware, as well as those designed to trick users into handing over ebanking login credentials and such to crooks. Users who stray onto sites infected with Trojans will be confronted by a full-screen warning. The combined anti-phishing and malware defence will be branded as Microsoft SmartScreen filter."

So... we need Phorm for what, exactly? Oh yes, "more relevant advertising". Goody.

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