* Posts by skelband

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Popcorn time at Popcorn Time: More vid slurpers hauled into court

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> 16 Does

Can someone clarify what this means?

Do these people have deer DNA or is the term some kind derivation of the "John" meme in prostitution?

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Turkey cites crypto software find in terror charges against TV crew

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> Shall we try a completely open borders policy then?

You *could* argue that the problems that we're facing now are ultimately because we have borders.

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And so it begins.

If you use encryption, you must be a terrorist.

It's not as though this wasn't predicted.

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Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

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Installing and firing up Windows 95 was my first experience of seeing video on a PC.

I realise it had been done before, and the included videos were pretty grainy, but it was a cool thing to see. It was some kind of music video, the name escapes me, but I remember people gathering around the machine to watch.

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> The start menu let the user see where everything was, without looking.

Indeed, this is the key point that Microsoft doesn't seem to get: discoverability.

With the "Start" menu button, you were able to find anything from that single starting point.

It allowed the new user to navigate their way through the system.

It is also why people find the spraying of configuration options around various parts of the system so infuriating. The old Control Panel way of grouping *everything* made configuring the system discoverable to a newb.

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Why do driverless car makers have this insatiable need for speed?

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Re: Descisions

> How does a driverless car some the ethical dilemma of either breaking but still hitting the pedestrian or swerving and crashing into the other car? Either way someone gets hurt.

So, what would you do in that situation?

Given that an automated car could make whatever decision it needed to make in a small fraction of the time it would take a meatbag and executing it much faster then the chance of actually hitting *anything* is much decreased.

I get your point, but driverless cars don't have to be perfect, they just have to be much better than humans. The world is chaotic. Therefore, it is not possible to build an evaluation system that is capable of reacting to all possible situations.

But then neither can humans.

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PALE, MALE AND STALE: Apple reveals it has just ONE black exec

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> Can you even *have* a techie exec?

Yes. It's rare, but it is possible:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satoru_Iwata

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ZUCK OFF: Facebook nixes internship after student embarrasses firm

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> Techie makes Bookface look silly and now we're surprised they no longer want to hire him?

Same thing occurred to me.

Regardless of what you think of Farcebook, they would hardly hire someone with which they are in dispute.

To be honest though, why would this individual want to work for a company that he has personally demonstrated to be ethically, erm, dodgy?

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'Sunspots drive climate change' theory is result of ancient error

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Re: Deniers? @heyrick

> So we should just do nothing then?

It is an option that we should seriously consider.

Consider the options:

1) Changing the climate of the planet

2) Changing our circumstances to suit.

I'm not sure which is harder but they are both undeniably hard.

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Epson: Cheap printers, expensive ink? Let's turn that upside down

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I can't speak for others, but what always irked me about the situation with inkjet ink is the sheer dishonesty about the pricing.

Cartridges of ink costing upwards of $30 a shot is just so obviously bare face extortion it just leaves a really bad taste in my mouth.

But then the economics of an awful lot of things leave me speechless.

Take opticians. Typically, there are three costs associated with getting glasses: examination, lenses and frames.

1) Examination - time with a (hopefully) qualified professional to get a full check up, and expert opinion and a prescription for new specs if necessary. A one-off service would surely be the most expensive part of the whole process.

2) Lenses - largely made by machine these days but they are custom parts made for the customer. Surely, the second most expensive part.

3) Frames - standard items manufactured in the thousands in factories in China for the most part. The costs of these would be *by far* the cheapest.

So what do we have by and large? Free examination, cheap lenses and absolutely extortionate frame costs. It beggars belief. I couldn't work in one of these places. I just couldn't look the customers in the face without extreme embarrassment.

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This hospital drug pump can be hacked over a network – and the US FDA is freaking out

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> "a limited number of sites."

So any number other than "infinity" I guess. So not necessarily small or large.

Marketing people. I do hate them.

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How much of ONE YEAR's Californian energy use would WIPE OUT the DROUGHT?

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This is exactly what I was asking people the other day.

How in ${DEITY}'s name can we be short of water when we live (mostly) next to the sea.

This is the 21st Century. I'm sure that there are some clever people in California that could come up with a solution or two.

Here's a thought though: since the climate is supposedly changing and we're going to be getting longer, hotter summers, that's an awful lot of energy going to waste.

Instead of everyone putting up their arms and waving them around in despair, why don't we try and use it?

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Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

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Re: Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

> To get slightly legalistic, you have a beneficial interest in the BBC content, but your ownership/interest is shared by many others, and the custodians actually have a duty to all the owners, not just you.

Erm, I believe that this is what I said. Community ownership is not the same as private ownership.

Were you responding to my comment or something else?

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Re: Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

> you haven't brought and paid for jack shit.

We meet again, and the point still stands.

If we, the country have paid for the production, then we collectively own it.

If taxation pays for the building of a local town hall, then we all collectively own it. I can't just barge in there and demand sole use of it, but it is effectively public property for the benefit of us all.

Since the IP twonks are keen to call copyright works "property", then perhaps it could take on some of the other attributes that we would normally associate with that which is really property.

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Re: Mine!

> Where did you get the idea that you 'own' something because you bought a limited 1 year licence?

I think he means that BBC produced programmes were paid for by the public and the BBC being a public institution, the works are community owned, so we in effect all own them.

It's a bit like water (although the analogy is not great). Nobody really owns water, but it is reasonable to charge for its treatment and delivery.

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FCC swamped by 2,000+ net neutrality complaints against ISPs

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It's not clear to me what any of these complaints have to do with Net Neutrality.

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SPUD – The IETF's anti-snooping protocol that will never be used

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Re: Yawn... too much...

But TLS over TCP?

I think one of the suggestions pointed out is that if we assume encryption is part of the basic protocol, then we could remove some of the unnecessary layering.

It is good to have a logical stack like the OSI model but an awful lot of the protocols that we have are little more than hacks stacked on top of each other (NAT - I'm looking at you).

I do like the idea of stepping back and thinking really hard about a properly engineered stack solution.

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UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

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Re: Stupid Fight

> Why not educate children to not be afraid of penises, tits and vaginas ...

Because the Victorian prudes that are in charge of our country think otherwise.

The Victorians and their recent ancestors might have brought us industry and trade but they also brought with them insane societal taboos that we are still suffering under.

The moment we stop being embarrassed about our biology and embrace it the better as far as I'm concerned.

David Cameron and his moronic comrades are desperately trying to perpetuate these taboos by their inane policies.

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Re: You have to remember

> Each and every one of us is the direct genetic result of someone who looked at tits...

And long may it continue, otherwise we might be facing another extinction event...

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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

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Damning with faint praise.

Hardly a ringing endorsement.

So, to conclude: "It's not as shite as Windows 8, a little bit better that Windows 7 and with some third party software to paper over the cracks, its actually quite usable."

This is a shocking state of affairs for a company with the experience and size of Microsoft that after all this time, they still can't make an operating system that people actually want to use, and that the best that can be said about it is that it isn't as shockingly bad as it could have been."

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Just ONE THOUSAND times BETTER than FLASH! Intel, Micron's amazing claim

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> by an undisclosed process

So they're not patenting the technology then. That's risky.

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Oh, Obama's responded to the petition to pardon Snowden. What'll it be?

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> Challenge it, speak out,

Isn't "speaking out" what got him in this trouble in the first place?

> and be judged by a jury of his peers

Somehow, I don't think this is what the American administration would have in mind for him.

A secret court with seals on all the evidence for "national security" concerns I wouldn't wonder.

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Ballmer's billion-dollar blunders: When he gambled Microsoft's money and lost

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> FWIW Office OpenXML is just as open as ODF. It may be shit but it is open.

An I'm sure it will be great when someone actually implements it, including Microsoft.

Best guesses from people in the industry that know is that the correct answer is never.

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Help! Our Virgin Media TiVo boxes are stuck in a loop! Help! Our Virgin..

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Re: London time??

> GMT, surely

Unless they are talking about London, ONTARIO. ;)

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Ashley Madison invites red-faced cheats to bolt stable door for free

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Re: Wow

> ...next to my Mrs. Reason

Took me a few attempts to realise that this is not your wife's second name.

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Driverless cars banished to fake Michigan 'town' until they learn to read

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Re: Scotland?

> How would they cope with the Magic Roundabout?

Probably just as well or better than any other stranger, having not seen it before. With pure befuddlement I would expect.

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Re: Scotland?

> And where is the unbelievably tight parking areas where a Chelsea Tractor and a Smart Car have managed to eliminate two other possible parking areas?

Of all of your questions, I would think that this is one area where we would expect self driving cars to particularly excel. It is a purely geometrical problem which we would expect them to get right every time.

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Re: @AC Fantastic projets

> It isn't a 'Robin Reliant', but a 'Reliant Robin'.

Funnily enough, I've never heard anyon say "Robin Reliant". They were always "Reliant Robin" when I was a kid.

They do burn very well. Once we passed one well alight having just exited from a petrol station.

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Jeep drivers can be HACKED to DEATH: All you need is the car's IP address

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FAIL

Just why are these systems not air-gapped?

Why oh why?

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Reg top tip: Don't have the same name as someone else if you use Facebook's Instagram

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> Social Security Number

Except Social Security Numbers are not unique IDs in all countries.

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Whitehall maps out Blighty's driverless future

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Re: I still want to know...

> ... or for carjacking.

This is actually my biggest fear. I've no doubt that on average, self driving cars are going to be infinitely safer than manual drivers but if stopping for someone jumping out in front of you is going to be mandatory without any kind of override, then I suspect the practice of "car jumping" on country roads is going to become rather commonplace.

I suspect that an "ESCAPE" button will be required which will allow the car to take aggressive, evasive action rather than come to a full stop.

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Windows 10 Edge: Standards kinda suck yet better than Chrome?

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> Here, everything from war in the Middle East to a slightly uncomfortable bowel movement is viewed as MS's fault and grounds for a move to linux.

And that's wrong how?

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Google robo-car in rear-end smash – but cack-handed human blamed

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> I'm guessing your question depends on whether these driverless cars over react in certain situations or respond that much more quickly than a human driver that the driver behind has significantly less time to react.

Well if what we are lead to believe, at least in this particular case, the cars were stopped at the junction waiting to pull of. The car involved in the accident just didn't notice the stopped traffic and ploughed into the Google car.

It likely happens all the time but there is greater publicity when a Google car is involved.

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Comcast: We're twice as fast as Google's 1Gbps Fiber (for x4 the price)

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Re: "will need a Windows 8.1 or Mac OS X 10.8 system with 8GB of RAM"

> I've never heard of a router that runs Windows or OSX.

Interestingly though, most of them actually do run Linux.

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> The reality is that the United States is leading the way in speed, reach, and access – and doing so in a vast, rural nation that poses logistical connectivity challenges unlike any other country.

The guy's living in la-la land.

Many people in URBAN CITY US get piss-poor Internet connectivity.

Whatever people think about Google's ethics, they're really stirring the shit of these complacent oligopolies.

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Netflix profits plunge, but streamer still plans global domination

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Re: Netflix charges too little

I would second that.

User from the start and pay $8CAD per month. At that price, I don't even notice it go out of my bank account.

Double it and it would still be great value for money.

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Dotcom's file-sharing hive Mega 'sues for copyright infringement'

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Since when did the Daily Mail start writing for the Register?

How many times did you call this guy a fat man?

Did this chap shit on one of your favourite chairs or something?

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Reddit CEO U-turn: Site no longer a bastion of free speech – and stop posting so much hate

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Re: reprehensible

> Try posting a joke about bombing an airport on Twitter in the USA and you'll have the FBI breaking down your door...

Interestingly, I think you will find that this is a very recent phenomenon.

And your comment is symptomatic of the chilling effect on free speech in general.

Translation: "Don't say things that people don't like, otherwise you will be physically harassed by armed officers from the government"

I think that says a lot more about you and people like you than anyone else.

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Download Festival face scan: You’re right to be annoyed, said UK surveillance commish

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> Saves money if you let a computer do the scanning, rather than a bunch of people. I'm all for it.

For exactly the same reason that we don't let government departments share data because having meatbags do it provides a natural friction which makes "fishing trips" impractical.

Try explaining to a speed camera that there were reasonable, extenuating circumstances why you were, at that point in time, slightly over the speed limit, which any normal, reasonable person would understand and let pass.

Automated systems are not reasonable which is why they attract so much ire from the public.

You might have a small point of contention if we could be sure that these cameras were just looking for known troublemakers. But I bet your bottom dollar that they're also keeping a record of everyone they saw, where they were and when they were seen. Just for safety you understand.

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Seagate bleeding sales as PC downturn starts to hit hard

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> Just $2.9bn

Erm, *just* $2.9bn?

That there is what's wrong with business these days.

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The Empire Strikes Back: Disney tractor-beams StarWars.co.uk from Brit biz

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Disney are a pack of thieves.

FTFY

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Norks execute underperforming terrapin farm manager

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Not to be a party-pooper or anything, but I did find the levity of the article a bit disturbing given that we are talking about the execution of a guy for the inefficient running of a terrapin farm. For all we know, this chap had a family and/or dependents and I'm pretty sure they don't think it's very funny.

It's not really that funny, guys.

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7/7 memories: I was on a helpdesk that day and one of my users died

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Re: No more terrorism.

The best way that we can honour those who died is to carry on as before.

We should not publicise or glorify the events.

It is the price we pay to live in a free society unfortunately.

Let's not forget. The aim of terrorism is not to kill people, it is to achieve religious or political ends by changing the way people think and act in ways that they approve of.

They want us to be afraid of:

- criticising religions

- criticising politicians or atrocities committed by them

- advocating rights and speaking out for minorities and oppressed people.

I'll tell you what I think: the more they bomb and intimidate us, the louder I will shout about the above things. It is the *only* way to win against terrorism.

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Which side of the road to drive?

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When you're concentrating and aware of the problem, it tends not to happen.

Particularly in towns and cities, the road layout often makes it difficult to do the wrong thing.

This biggest danger is when you're out in the country and relaxing. Your mental guard goes down and turning at a T junction, before you know it, you're on the "wrong" side.

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Apple fanbois to be empowered to bonk each other

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Re: PIN vs signature

My main concern is that pin/chip credit cards are less of a target for theft since they are less useful to thieves.

Reintroducing cards that require no verification, albeit for small payments (although I would question whether $200 could be classified as small in anybody's book) are making my plastic a viable theft target again.

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After decades of consumers and reform organisations to trying to get PIN verification onto credit cards and getting the hopelessly insecure cheques dropped, why are the banks trying so hard to get pay-by-bonk into the arena?

It makes no sense. How hard is it to type a 4 digit number?

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Wikipedia jumps aboard the bogus 'freedom of panorama' bandwagon

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Re: Newton's Third

> That's because she doesn't understand the framework at all, she doesn't understand why people need copyright, and why we have exceptions.

You may disagree with her views but to argue against someone simply that they don't understand the issues is one of the poorest stances to take on any issue. Perhaps she does understand, but comes to a different conclusion.

One of the interesting points about the whole copyright issue is that there is no right answer. There is no absolute factual basis to support either point of view. It's like taxation and economics where many people have the staunchest of beliefs and dogma.

Since absence of copyright law has not been tested in modern times in any kind of environment that provides equivalency, we can hardly argue that it has been tried and been found lacking.

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UK TV is getting worse as younglings shun the BBC et al, says Ofcom

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Re: Hmm

> I am as annoyed as anyone over firefly being cancelled

Did you catch the film Serenity they made to "wrap up" the story?

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Cash-strapped Chicago slaps CLOUD TAX on Netflix, Spotify etc users

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Re: Is it legal?

> Governments need taxes to survive

Since taxation if going up at a fairly rapid rate in most places in the western world, I think that you'll find that most of these taxes are actually funding government inflation.

I find it fairly amusing that the USians in the main abhor socialism as a concept yet their federal government is becoming such an inflated monster, there is little recognisable difference.

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