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3375 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

Microsoft to Moto: We'll give you $1m a year for your patents

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"Don't make it a standard if you want to charge whatever you want."

Someone should have told Microsoft that, some 30 years ago.

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Facebook: 'No merit' to claim we broke German privacy law

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Re: How would they know?

"In the end though, Zuckerberg and his lawyers can, and probably will, say that Facebook is voluntary, and if you don't like the rules, get out of hte social medium. And he does have a point."

Perhaps it's just wishful thinking that he does say that, and that everyone takes him up on the offer?

Anyway, G+ has the same problem. That and the desperate attempts to make it so you need a G+ account in order to fart, is a real reason to hit Google. Not this shit with newspapers and linking to search engines.

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Germany sets date for Google vs newspapers smackdown

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"Let big internet companies like Google, Amazon etc have to pay rent on their bandwidth usage."

You'll find that once a service provider grows big enough, and contains enough content, they tend to arrange peering agreements rather than pay directly for bandwidth.

And why not? Surely content is king? And who will they pay rent to, anyway? They ARE the upstream provider.

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Google already flipped a big "FU" at the Chinese government and pulled out of there over censorship issues.

What's the reckoning they'll do a quick calculation, find out they'll pay more in fees than they'll lose by getting out of Deutschland, and take the fiscally appropriate action?

As I've said before on the subject, it's like some newspapers are wanting Google to pay them for sending more traffic their way. It's not hard to set up a robots.txt barring the Googlebot from trawling their site.

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It's official: Mac users are morally superior to Windows users

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Average salary of Mac vs Windows PC owner?

Just wondering. I'm no Christian, but I do recall some parable about a rich guy putting a hefty chunk of silver on the plate, and a poor man giving away a few pennies.. everything he owned, basically.

No, I'm not so petty as to accuse Mac owners of being misers. They're as much a victim of lock-in as Windows slaves, moreso in some ways. However, it may explain an increased absolute level of donations.. because that doesn't take proportion into account.

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Re: Linux users.....

Look at the cute little troll. It's almost like he's intelligent.

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New Forum Wishlist - but read roadmap first

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Private Reg front page

As first suggested in here.

Though for BOFH's sake, make it an option and not mandatory.

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Sorry, Apple - China's just not that into your iPhone 5

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Private Reg front page

Actually, that's a damned good suggestion. Something like an iGoogle-style thing for logged-in users which will promote certain types of stories to the top for your perusal, should you set it up to do so.

Something to suggest in here, perhaps?

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You mean this article?

Posted at 06:19 this (17th December) Morning.

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John Lewis agrees to flog Microsoft's Surface RT tablets

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Re: Err...

The difference is, you can find more "anecdotal" evidence of the apathetic-to-negative general reaction toward TIFKAM, by asking pretty much anybody who has ended up having to deal with it. Go on, I dare you.

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I think you'll find most people are buying "a computer", and it happens to come with TIFKAM.

The difference is, I reckon most people get hold of it, think it's utter shit, but can't be arsed to kick up a stink about it and just accept whatever crud Microsoft fling their way. You know, like Windows ME?

I haven't met a single person out of Internet commentards that actually likes Microsoft Window. Even a professor who is trying hard to like it (it's faster and smoother and, and, and... and you might as well get used to it!) readily admits that TIFKAM, the whole damned point of the new OS, is bilge.

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"I haven't seen people think a Surface is a PC without a keyboard. They think it's a tablet. Windows Phone hasn't led to people thinking their phone is a phone-sized PC."

"It is Windows. It's nothing like the Windows XP most are used to, so what, it's a tablet and you expect a difference."

Now, what's that advertising jingle again?

Oh yes.. it's everything at once.

Except it isn't.

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Re: This can only be a good thing

Only problem with Android's way of doing this is it seems to partition your space between users. A 16GB tablet becomes a 2x8GB tablet, and no way of installing apps once for all users.

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Coming soon to a theme park near you: Shocking ANTI-PIRACY NAG ADS

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We already have quite hefty penalties for copyright infringement

As title.

Wanting any more is simply a US-justice-style wishing for a pound of flesh.

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Hackers warn: We'll hit US banks... again

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The more religionists of any flavour threaten and coerce...

The worse it is going to get.

Looking forward to the next Draw Mohammed Day.

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Londoners can bonk their way to work without Oyster cards TODAY

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Re: I want to remain anonymous when I travel

"Do you think that they can't trace your paper tickets?"

Whoever "they" are, no. They can't.

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Re: Caution!

Perhaps. However if the only "tampering" you've done is to remove an antenna so your card can't be scanned straight out of your pocket, and if you're at least a little bit skilled in the art of public relations.. that could look very bad for them.

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Re: What about non-repudiation?

£10 is a fairly cheap price to see the scrote who nicked your card and get him hauled before the beak.

Though granted, the police should be doing all of this anyway, minus the £10.

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Windows 8: At least it's better than ‘not very good’

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Re: I like it!

I still don't get the "this operating system is fantastically, orgasmically wonderful... once you gut the whole point of the operating system and replace it with something that looks like the previous version" attitude.

As for Vista, well that was pretty universally panned as being shit. UAC was about the only semi-useful thing it brought over XP, and even that was soured by Microsoft's attempt to pretend they invented it and didn't just rip sudo/kdesu/gksu off wholesale.

Of course, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but then getting a patent on it and beating other companies around the head with it.. well that just stinks.

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"of course running Win 8 in a VM immediately makes any and all issues a Windows problem and nothing what so ever to do with your VM server..."

Well it's the only operating system out of all the ones I've tried in the VM that funks itself up after doing nothing whatsoever to it.

"and then once you do get it loaded you go to great lengths at removing just about all the good bits you can find from it making your experience limited to say the least..."

Err, where? You mean I unpinned all of the animated, garish, useless unused shite that it seems to spew all over TIFKAM by default? I suppose I could pin every single app to the start screen again, but then we have the problem I've already mentioned, of TIFKAM being a ginormous flat list of tiles that turns what should be an heirarchical tree, into an exercise in information overload. Same thing applies to pinning a ton of stuff to the taskbar.

Let's get this straight, in case you haven't seen any of my other posts on the subject: Faster is good. Leaner is good (though it really isn't THAT lean). TIFKAM is utter bollocks.

Give me my desktop back, with the start menu and the automatic commonly-used-programs bit, and it'll be like WIndows 7 but better. As it is, it's a piss-poor attempt to turn a desktop computer into a phone. They've created a supermodel, then promptly taken it out back and purposefully smashed its face in with a brick.

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Re: Difficulty vs annoyance

"Once again a classic example of someone making things stubbornly difficult."

Yes. Metro is.

Really, how is "all of your commonly used programs automatically under a winkey press" harder than "manually fuck about pinning all kinds of shit to the taskbar and rearranging TIFKAM every single time you install something"?

The comment about attempting to turn a dog into a cat is pretty witty, come to think about it.

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Re: Start 'button' on Win 8

That's the same hack you use to re-enable the Quicklaunch area.

Unfortunately it doesn't quite work to replace the Start menu in Windows 8. New program installs do not put their icons in the folder tree, instead spewing their guts all over TIFKAM. All you're left with is a virtually empty, gutted start menu with no commonly-used-programs section, and a stylish look straight out of 1991. It even looks like the awful kludge that it is.

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Re: Who *really* navigated through the start menu?

/me raises hand.

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Re: Clean environment

It doesn't matter how well-coded your OS is (and being Microsoft, it won't be THAT well coded). Keep starting programs, ending programs, saving state, reloading state, starting more programs, ending more programs, shuffling data into and out of memory, day after day after day...

It'll happen. Slowly perhaps, but out of those gazillions of operations you're asking the OS to do, SOME of them will bugger up. Sure, you might not notice it at first.. it'll just be having to click on an icon twice instead of once. However, slowly but surely, entropy will build up. Things will break. Stuff will slow down. Eventually, and I've seen it happen so many times on so many Windows machines of every version, you'll be flying along in some application or game, and *CRASH*. It's not a virus, it's not malware outside of maybe Microsoft's shitty DRM being tripped, it's just a simple consequence of thinking you can keep going forever on an OS that is not totally and utterly bug-free.

That's why it's nice to reboot every now and then. But hey, it's your machine. You do what you like with it. Go ahead and waste electricity by leaving the thing on. After all, it's your electricity bill. But don't accuse me, or anybody else, of being somehow inferior because we like to cold-reboot sometimes and make sure the OS has started up cleanly. Or perhaps we just don't want to burn through the MTBF of the various components for no good reason other than not being bothered with a power switch. Or, maybe, we don't want to die in a fire caused by an exploding power supply?

Of course, you can do all of the above if you like. I could care less.

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Re: Difficulty vs annoyance

"The reality is the Start button is largely redundant since the Win7 taskbar change."

Uhm, it's my default method of firing up programs, thankyou. You do know that thing in the Win7 start menu, how it puts your most used programs on the first thing you see after the Windows keypress? That's useful. TIFKAM is not.

"If you have an HD capable screen you can add 20+ applications to it which covers most folks."

Have you ever actually used Windows Vista/7? Having 20+ things pinned to the taskbar would be an exercise in masochism. Especially when your most commonly used programs are automatically under the winkey. I'm just glad you can still hack Quicklaunch in and have things work "properly".

"Shortcuts on the desktop or just using the winkey does the rest."

So.. the WIndows 3.11 paradigm in Windows 8. Makes sense. Frankly I like having a relatively clean desktop. You'll notice the screenshots I posted in this very thread? That's actually quite messy for me, it needs a little sorting, and I hate it when programs dump shit all over the desktop without the option to tell it not to.

As for the winkey.. you mean the winkey that works in Windows from '95 onward, right?

Nobody yet has shown me how TIFKAM provides any kind of useful improvement.

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Upvoted for awesome.

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Re: $5.00 copy of Duke Nukem Forever?

Doesn't exist any more, unfortunately.

Glad I got my new GOG account last night, instead of today, I suppose.

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Re: Could care less

Quite.

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"Or are you another one of those people who hasn't really tried it?"

Of course I haven't. I absolutely did not just fire the VM up to prove you wrong with a screenshot, only to be told that WIndows 8 has fucked up all by itself. I am lying through my teeth when I say that it's still thrashing the shit out of the hard drive doing whatever the hell it's doing and showing me that blue windowtiles logo.

So I got the edition name wrong. It's Windows 8 64 Professional, for fuxache. Hardly a major crime when you consider how many stupid editions Windows comes in these days.. perhaps I should refer to them as crippled, half-crippled, little-bit-crippled and not-crippled-if-you-have-a-volume-license editions?

Oh by the way: FINALLY!

But hey, maybe I faked those screenshots and drew them in MS Paint, eh? Perhaps I'm a Google shill? Here, throw a few "freetard" comments around as well, if you like. It's all the same bullshit. Just like TIFKAM.

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Re: Win 8 FTW

"I could care less when I only reboot my PC once every couple of weeks how long it takes."

At the usual per-KWh electricity prices, enjoy your expenses. Also some of us like having a clean environment that hasn't been toggled between standby/smart hibernate/whatever theyr'e calling it these days, and had the chance to build up enough entropy to truly bugger things up.

Also it's "couldn't care less". "Could care less" means you at least care a little bit, in order that you could care less. Here, allow David Mitchell to explain in nice, simple terms that you might understand.

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Re: heres an idea

I didn't buy it. Dreamspark FTW.

Ultimate Edition of Win8, in a VM jail where it belongs. Why? So I could evaluate it and see if it was as bad as people say it is.

It is.

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Re: !!!

How many things have you installed onto Windows 8 yet?

Of course if you really enjoy a massive, flat list of ico^Wtiles, then more power to you. If you like re-arranging TIFKAM every single time you install something, that's just gravy.. so long as you don't insist I be subject to the same crap. As for pinning shit to the start bar, that's damned retarded too. Sure if you only have one or two apps you play with constantly, but after pinning 10 or 11 apps to the taskbar just to avoid TIFKAM, it stops being a taskbar and starts being a big list of shit where it's not immediately obvious what's a running app and what's an icon.

Mind you, that's pretty much the same as TIFKAM, now. I'll decide when a program needs killing, TYVFM.

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Put an heirarchical start menu back in, relegate TIFKAM to an option for running Windows Store apps, and then after a little tweaking to remove stupid pinned items and put a proper quicklaunch bar back... it might be tolerable.

Until then, Windows 8 is about as painless to use as trying to find apps in Android by wandering through the huge flat-list-of-icons App Drawer.

Of course, putting the Win8 kernel improvements into Win7 as a service pack might be nice. It's not like I've only had the damned OS for a year and it's already outdated, or anything.

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Facebook ditches mobile HTML with native Android app

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Re: Facebook?

Difference is, they are both the future for very different reasons.

Garlic Bread is actually nice.

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NASA to smash its spacecraft INTO THE MOON

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Re: Newest crater on the moon

Holey GRAIL?

GRAILy hole?

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Couldn't they delay it just a little while?

At least until the probes come around to the daylit side. Video feed. Got to be of some use, as well as being mildly interesting to watch.

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Re: Thanks for not mis-calling it the 'dark' side of the Moon...

There is no dark side of the moon. Matter of fact it's all dark.

Sorry, just had a Floyd moment there.

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Police use 24/7 power grid recordings to spot doctored audio

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Re: groundhog day? 1970's all over again

Vewwy, vewwy, vewwy quiet?

Damn wabbit.

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Re: I call bollocks on this

Well, it may be difficult to prove when a recording was made. However, as the article states, it may still be useful to detect otherwise-undetectable edits. WHile the part of the audio you listen to might not reveal any obvious pops or clicks, the very faint hums of electrical interference in the background may well be jumping up and down like a yoyo.

I have to wonder if more determined fraudsters are using fourier-based noise removal to get around this?

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iPad mini to outsell iPad, get Retina Display? iPad to slenderize?

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Re: no excuse for typo's.

Or, indeed, apostrophe catastrophes.

Apostrophe catastrophe's?

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Re: Could care less, or couldn't care less?

Teehee.

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Microsoft: IE mouse tracking vuln no big deal. Sort of...

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Well there's an opportunity.

Like a more-selective script blocker. "Allow this site to see your mouse movements? (Y/N)"

Combine it with things like "location", "screen orientation" and various other things that modern browsers are quite happy to blindly report to whoever asks for it.

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Dutch script kiddie pwns 20,000 Twitter profiles

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Re: ...verbose, complicated terms and conditions...

I know people like to diss this "Joe Public" guy, but really, "post tweets on your behalf" is pretty damned simple to understand. If you don't know what posting a tweet is, what the hell are you doing on Twitter?

Methinks this prankster hit 20,000 people on the very low end of the bell curve.

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon will NOT be prosecuted in the UK

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Re: And the moral of this story?

I'm sure 10 years of wondering whether you're going to end up spending a significant amount of your life imprisoned in a country known for its implicit, and in some cases explicit approval of prison rape, is no punishment at all.

And all for what, showing up a foreign agency as complete and utter fools?

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UK cops: How we sniffed out convicted AnonOps admin 'Nerdo'

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Re: IRC is not secure

Depends on the network. It's possible to use SSL, though of course you need SSL between all the nodes as well as from client to server.

I've also had fun with various encryption methods that make you and others with the key able to see the text, but everyone else in-channel sees a load of g&7b6^&f7&^fvk8.

Of couse, as the post above mentions, this isn't perfect!

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NIC?

Not "nick"?

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Dexter malware targets point of sale systems worldwide

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Re: "It wasn't me. It was that POS system that swiped my card!"

This is where the other, more profane version of the POS acronym is rather accurate.

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Yet another eavesdrop vulnerability in Cisco phones

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Thankfully, ReVuln didn't find this one first or we'd all be getting told something like "we can hack Cisco phones.. who wants to pay us for the details?"

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