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27 posts • joined 26 Aug 2008

Tottenham MP calls for BlackBerry Messenging suspension

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Lenine

In 1917, Lenine didn't have a Blackberry, an Android or an Iphone. Yet...

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Facebook reviews smut policy after slave site uprising

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Much ado about nothing

Collared is the Women Institute equivalent of the UK BDSM scene.

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3D printers, one-dimensional enemies

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Jobs Horns

Beware the...

...dark forces, which will likely seek to criminalise the creation of such parts as replicas of your love muscle or that of your hubby.

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O2 dithers over Apple iPhone 4 refund pledge

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Job IS the law

Job being a law unto himself, he can do whatever he wants wherever and whenever he wants to, and that includes giving the finger to the duly elected law makers in Westminster and everywhere else in the world where there is a parliamentary democracy.

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'Draw Mohammed' page removed from Facebook

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HJ

How about a Draw His Jobsiness Facebook campaign?

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Shock! Facebook cycle-slut smutvid is adware front

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Gates Horns

a woman wearing a short skirt

So glad am gay! Btw El Reg: can we have the gay equivalent to the Paris Hilton icon?

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iPad users are young, rich geeks

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chat roulette

You should see what them fan boy geeks do with their ipads on chat roulette!!!

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Ridley Scott talks up 'nasty' Alien prequel

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Jog on

Rather than rehash the same thing over and over again, how about tackling some new material, such as Frederick Pohl's Heechee saga or Franck Herbert's Dune saga (Lynch's film was a complete disaster, Graham Norton would make an excellent Benet Gesserit queen bitch)?

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'Negatively strange' antihypermatter made out of gold

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Joyce

what do you expect from an object named after the content of James Joyce's literary output?

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How chavvy is your town? Find out with the ASBOrometer

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Actually

British gay men are very found of chavs (aka scallies) because of their bad boys attitude. Dress up as a chav and your Gaydar (a well known UK gay dating site) inbox will be flowing with invitations. There are even Gay scallies nights in various gay clubs up and down this country. So it seems this app kills 2 birds with 1 stone. If I could morally convince myself to give my cash to Apple and get an iJesusPhone, I would immediately get this app and go happy hunting!

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Written material saved from censor's big black pen - for now

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Stop

Yes but...

Written material may have been saved from censorship, but what about the visual or sound material which arise inside my head while reading the written material?

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Met warns officers off photographers

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click click

ok, good move, but let's see how those guidelines are acted upon by mr+mrs plod on the ground. i am one of the hobbyist photographers who participated to the demo outside scotland yard in feb 2009. my pics of the event are on http://www.deflorence.com/?p=205

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Beeb invites net comments from unconnected

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Confessing

..."CONFESSING to never having used a computer".

So not having ever used a computer is a crime/sin then?

Catch 22: if u use a computer and the Internet then you're a pedo, fraudster, terrorist, etc... If you don't you're a criminal or a sinner.

Go figure, init!

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Daydreaming? You're actually solving complex problems

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No escaping Freud-init!

"The division of the psychical into what is conscious and what is unconscious is the fundamental premise of psychoanalysis. Very powerful mental processes or ideas exist in the unconscious which can produce all the effects in mental life that ordinary ideas do though they themselves do not become conscious."

Sigmund Freud, The Ego & the Id, 1923

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DHS trials musical brainscan wellness tech on US firemen

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Dorémi

Any phenomena can be translated into or mapped onto any other phenomena. It all depends on the translating algorhithm. In this case, it could easly be tweaked to produce some Monteverdi (consonant) or Feyrnehough (dissonant). As such, I do not find this experiment to have any value whatsoever. Very hippie alltogether, but well done if you can get research money out of it.

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French adhesive workers stick it to Brit boss

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Dismissed as rubbish

"Current anti-Sarkozy protestors are wearing badges or T-shirts which refer to a 17th Century romantic novel that the president dismissed as rubbish"

For the literary type among you, the novel in question is "La princesse de Clèves", by Mme de Lafayette, which describes a very steamy and illicit affair between two married aristocrats. Beautifully written, this work is regarded as the first novel in the history of French literature, i.e. a written work of an imaginary nature.

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Sex crime 'lie detector' pilot could prompt wider use

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Who is lying/telling the truth

As Roman Jackobson would say, who exactly is lying or telling the truth? The subject of the utterance (the grammatical I), or the subject making the utterance?

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Yahoo! lobs! Briefcase! into! rubbish! bin!

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History

When the online drive service initially appeared, it was primarily used for file sharing, of the illegal variety in most instances. Then Napster was invented. No contest reallly.

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The HTML that says no - Joi Ito's pitch for a theft-free web

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The European Directive

EU law is quite clear about the copyright aspects of creation: as soon as something is created, it is considered copyrighted to its creator. So whether you put your creations on the wicked wacki web or display them in your front window, they are automatically protected from a legal standpoint. Putting some kind of nanny tag which will tell you "oh oh naughty boy" is not going to help, even if it's technically feasible. Should this proposal be ever introduced, soon after you'll have kids in playgrounds comparing who has collected the most "oh oh naughty boy" web stuff. Human desire is not predictable, something those techno positivist goddies-two-shoes seem to forget.

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Librarians redubbed 'audience development officers'

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Traces of the French revolution

I believe all this "renaming" has its root in what happened under the French revolution, under the guidance of Robespierre & St Just. The purpose was to eradicate all traces of the hated Ancien Regime, hence the creation of a new vocabulary, which did not smell of the monarchy. The fact is that the first thing each new dictature does once in power is to remould language. This is akin to the infantile belief in the power of thought, that thinking something will actually make it happen.

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Starlust: love, hate and celebrity fantasies

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Clarifications on Freud

"Freud called it “ambivalence: love bordering on hatred".

For Freud, ambivalence is the experiencing of two contradictory feelings at the same time (or in rapid succession.) Love does not border on hatred, they both are different sides of the same coin. When narcissism is frustrated in its aim (I can't have him), hatred immediately succeeds love (I hate him). Hatred can also be unconscious. You are not aware of it, while it still motivates your conscious thoughts and actions. Sheakspeare's Romeo & Juliet is a good exemple of the unconscious hatred which always accompanies love.

The legislator can regulate all he wants, it will not stop unconscious thoughst to exist. A great deal of unconscious thoughts are "criminal", as anyone who has been in analysis can testify.

With the positivist slant to govening inherited from his nip Mr Blair Tony, I would not be surprised if the current attempts at regulating the psychonalytic profession made a provision for psychoanalysts being obliged to report any such "criminal" thoughts as expressed on the analytic couch!

The will for governements to regulate even more each and every aspect of citizens behaviour can be seen as the outpouring of the Death drive (Thanatos), in its inscription on the social body. The predicted disasters by the climate change lobby are nothing compared to what such a large outpouring of hatred (disguised at law) can do to our psychological and physical survival. Freud's imagery for such a phenomenon was that of a tyranic father who'd reserved for himself all the pleasures, the sons being strictly forbidden any kind of gratification.

As for "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it", that's Voltaire.

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Fake site punts Trojanised WordPress

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Linux

In that case

Doesn't The Register use WordPress? So should I stop reading The Register online? Na, joking.

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Internet searches stimulate brain more than books

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Linux

One moment

Hold on chaps, who said quantity equalled quality? Were Turner, Gainsborough or Van Gogh surfing the net when they were painting?

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Today is not Hadron Collider Day

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Actually

The black hole may have already occured when they switched that big Mamma on, and we are now all in a parallel universe. It's just that, like a Phlip K. Dick hero, we have not yet realised it. Can someone check what the history books say about who won WWII? In the event that we have jumped into a parallel reality, hopefully nu labour, traffic wardens and health & safety officials will have been left behind.

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Glasgow tube gets phone coverage

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When in London...

The Paris tube network has had cell phone coverage for ages. Parisians are always surprised when finding out that they cannot use their mobiles in the London underground. After all, London has been chosen to organise the next Olympic games, hasn't it?

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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard: Further poster outrage

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Stop

Hold on

Dont those pictures fall foul of the "extreme porn" law, whereby performing certain kind of adult sexual acts is legal, but taking, dysplaying, distributing, possessing or looking at pictorial or photographic representations of them is illegal?

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Facebook summarily denies undeniable user-menacing security hole

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Good

Well, if this vulnerability allows allows for profiles to be deleted, I am all for it. I had a FB account for a few weeks, thought it was utterly useless, and tried to close it down. I found out that you could only make it "dormant", as opposed to be able to dlelete the whole thing. So I hope someone will inject the malicious code into my "dormant" profile.

As for PHP & MySQL, if it's good enough for EL REG to run WordPress, then it's good enough for me :-)

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