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Wanna use Bitcoin on your site? BitPay's open-source library wants to help

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Re: I have to wonder.

Or rather, compromise a popular website with a hidden canvas element and some websocket funkiness.

WebGL is basically GLSL. It runs on the GPU, be it AMD or NVidia. It may not be specifically suited to GPGPU operations, but then, Javascript isn't particularly suited to Bitcoin mining. It can still be used to (slowly) do such though!

In fact, after a bit of Googling around, getting data out of a WebGL shader program seems to be scarily possible, in much the same way as getting data out of a generic GLSL shader program. Pretend the array of data is a texture, pass the texture in, work on the texture, read the texture out again. Or pretend the data is an array of vertices, depending on which type of shader you're co-opting, I suppose.

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Re: Exactly!

Y'know I'm tempted to see if it drops below $100 then buy one just to see what it does.

Worst comes to worst, I'm out by about £60. Or it could bounce right up again and I can cash out for £600.

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I have to wonder.

How long until this, plus some webgl, gets co-opted to use the GPUs of web site visitors to mine coins?

Assuming WebGL can be thus co-opted, of course.

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Google's paid link settlement plan will lead to fresh wave of abuses, claims Euro rival

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Re: Care-o-meter: LOW <-[]----------------> HIGH

Can you imagine launching a UK website and that happening during your first week? Goodbye business.

Honestly, relying on natural search rankings during your first week is not a good strategy. That's what Adwords are there for. They cost less than you think. I remember about £20/week and some intelligently-chosen keywords resulting in hundreds of thousands of ad views across Google affiliates within a few days. Quite a few conversions, too.

Once you're established, people are talking about you in forums and your natural ranking starts getting bumped up, then you can drop the Adwords campaigns.

Now I'm not sure what happened for you to have your Google ranking dropped. You haven't mentioned which domain you're talking about, and I guess that Reg moderators might /dev/null the post if you did. However, I think you have to accept that with any search engine, you are going to go up and down the rankings based on quite a number of criteria. So long as those criteria aren't "we just don't like you" or "we're about to launch a competing service", there really isn't anything that any monopolies commission should be getting involved with.

Also, first post eh? Hi.

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Re: Care-o-meter: LOW <-[]----------------> HIGH

people have become more aware of how Google are abusing their ability to gather and profile data. I for one certainly do not want my emails read through, scanned, profiled and used to force advertising onto me/sold to the highest bidder/passed over to the NSA...

Google have been putting targetted adverts into Gmail for a lot longer than the past couple of years. Whatever your opinion of it, this has precious little to do with whether they have a search engine monopoly, whether they are abusing it, and whether anything should be done about it. They also don't pass your information on to advertisers. As someone who has set up Adwords campaigns, I have to say I have not been fed anybody's email data yet.

So until suitable competition can gain traction in the search market...

Bing, Yahoo, Duckduckgo, plenty out there. You want to set up your own web spider and database? Google cannot stop you.

it can be surmised that Google effectively own the internet (or most the useful bits at least).

Really, no. You can firewall the entire Google IP range, and the rest of the Internet just carries on working.

I can't choose to block sites that use Google analytics, for example.

Yes you can. Most sites that use Analytics will continue to work when you script-block the crap out of Ganalytics. The rest are just shitty sites.

I'm amazed that anyone is still cheering them on.

Not so much cheering them on, as much as countering some of the Microsoft-sponsored bullshit being spread around. Privacy arguments may or may not be valid, but this has nothing at all to do with their dominance in search. The privacy arguments should also be aimed at Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo and any other business. Your data is worth money, and businesses are after money. It really is that simple.

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Re: Care-o-meter: LOW <-[]----------------> HIGH

Watched, perhaps.

Done anything about, especially when the only people complaining are "vertical search" linkfarms sponsored by Microsoft of all corporations? Perhaps not. Especially considering you can change search engines probably more easily than you can change your socks, with less impact on the rest of the Internet than, oh, changing operating systems has on your software collection.

Really, when Google demoted all of these shysters a couple of years ago, people were cheering the chocolate factory on. What's changed in the last couple of years?

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First Data hoiks out custom Android point-of-sale fondleslab

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Coat

inb4 "LOL it's Android you gonna get haxed from here to Mars and back. You should use Apple. Or Windows 8. Proper secure operating systems. Fucking Linux fanboys."

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WordPress two-factor login plugin bug, er, bypasses 2-factor login

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"force-browse"

That a scary version of saying "type the URL into the address bar"?

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Sony's PlayStation 4 pwns Xbox in the United States

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Re: Popcorn

I think you're confusing an argument on the Internet with actually getting worked up. Over toys. Of which there are far better available.

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Re: Popcorn

After that no further internet connection is required for either.

Really? Try copying that game out of your Steamapps folder and running it without Steam. Any game that uses Steamworks, which is the vast majority of them, will fail.

Try keeping an archive of that game on a USB stick or something. Try installing it without the Internet. If it uses Steamworks, well, good luck. You'll fail.

You are trying to equate downloading a game with requiring the Internet in order to "activate" or play a game. The two are not, and never will be equivalent, regardless of how much you believe it to be so.

Congrats, you've found an opinion piece with no hard data and a Google search which brings up a bunch of articles stating that removing DRM did not reduce piracy rates.

An opinion piece from a game developer. And a Google search that turns up some quite hard data, if you actually look.

If Valve wind down, they'll issue the patch. If Valve or their creditors sell Steam then the service will still be operational.

Your blind faith is admirable, but naïve.

I will never give money to Valve, and I will enjoy their death if it happens. Steamworks, Origin and all the others are what is wrong with the AAA videogames industry. It deserves to die.

Really, what stake do you have in continued DRM-encrustation of toys? Why are you so in favour of it?

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Re: Popcorn

:I'm not being obtuse. When there's no effective difference in functionality for the end user between DRM and a non-DRM game, why should the user give a damn?

You are being deliberately obtuse. Annoyingly irritating or slow to understand.

The end user will give a damn when they try to install a game without the Internet being involved. Or those remote DRM servers.

Citation required.

okay.

If you like.

Well it does affect you since you've deliberately barred yourself from playing a large swathe of games.

Games that don't interest me, in the same way that shit that requires I install the Ask toolbar doesn't interest me.

It has been repeatedly stated that if Valve were to go bust then Steam would be issued with a patch that no longer required it to phone home.

If Valve were to go bust, then Valve would no longer be in control of their own business. The creditors would.

I believe their promises as far as I'd believe the promises of any other corp: I don't.

I already have a large swathe of games new and old, that work very well without shitty online DRM thank you very much. The ones that want some kind of other copy protection like Starforce et al, get dealt with courtesy of Slysoft's Game Jackal. Yes, I am aware of the irony of buying a lifetime-updates subscription of a proprietary product in order to not have to worry about the shit that game publishers (again, not necessarily developers) pull. It should also show that I am perfectly willing to pay for software.

I just won't give money to bullshit merchants who demand that the toys I buy be locked up under the equivalent of a nuclear fucking PAL code that has no effect on unauthorised copying, and has the only real purpose of attempting to prevent me from selling on my own damned stuff. They are toys, not bombs.

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Re: Popcorn

You activate game on GoG by paying for it with a credit card and then download it. You activate game on Steam by paying for it with a credit card and then download it. You can back up your games to disc with both services and you can reinstall your games offline from those backups with both services (though it needs to be on the same account with Steam).

Don't be deliberately obtuse. GoG specifically does not use DRM. Steam is all about Steamworks. Steam would not exist without it.

How about, this is the real world and if you're going to get mad about games developers trying to protect their shit...

Hardly. Shitty DRM-encrusted toys are not worth getting worked up over. Like I said, there are far better toys out there. Toys that don't demand activation, online connectivity, whatever. The question is, when time after time you see surveys and reports showing how DRM makes absolutely no difference, and if anything increases the amount of piracy of a given game title, why publishers (note, not necessarily developers) continue to peddle their bullshit?

As for Steamworks being somehow "better" than Origin, no. If it requires a connection to play at all, then I'm just not interested. Sorry.

They're bigger than the film and music industries combined. I wouldn't hold your breath.

I just don't care. They can die, I am not concerned. Valve and EA could go into liquidation Tomorrow. It doesn't affect me, because I haven't locked myself into their shitty DRM.

I'd still dance a little jig on their grave though.

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Re: Popcorn

So... downloading an archive from a CDN somewhere is the same as activating it via Steamshite? No. No it is not the same. Did you not even read what I said about GoG?

"Usage of this game requires activation and acceptance of the Steam Subscriber Agreement (SSA)."

A quote from the back of the box on nearly every fucking game in the shop these days. I'm not confusing anything. Valve are rapidly becoming the Microsoft of PC games.

No thankyou. Like I said, Valve pioneered this shit. I won't forgive them, nor give them the benefit of my money. Same with EA, same with Ubisoft, same with anybody else who wants to infect my computer with crap or demands I make an account with Gabe's Great DRM Distribution Service, just to play with toys.

There are better toys out there.

I also have quite a few games bought on Steam that can be alternatively downloaded direct from the developer's website.

And KSP is one of them. From what I recall, the devs only added it to the Steaming Shite store as an option, because so many turkeys have been voting for Christmas and will for some insane reason, only get a game if it's locked into Steam. Whatever. Like I said, there are better toys.

As for the "extra expense" of making a "diffenet DRM", no. How about "no DRM"? Even less expensive. Yeah, sure I'm in the minority, but I really couldn't give two hoots. Like I said, there are far, far better toys, and none of them involve infecting my computer with shit.

So, the AAA videogames industry really can die. I'll dance a little jig on its grave.

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Re: Popcorn

Or whenever you install a game from a disk. Or whenever "offline mode" decides it isn't. The only reason they may, perhaps, possibly allow you to sell your own stuff second hand is because they might well end up being forced to in the EU.

Valve pioneered this online-DRM shit with Steam, and I won't forgive them for it. GOG.com is also a digital download service, and yet, no shitty Steamworks DRM.

Don't confuse downloading a game, with needing to be online to play or "activate" it. The two are not equivalent.

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Re: Popcorn

Clicking the little down arrow does not explain how what you said has the square root of fuck all to do with anything.

Try looking up the dictionary reference for "non-sequitur".

And lay off the Friday Night beer a bit. You're clearly tired and confused.

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Re: Popcorn

Uhm, what?

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Re: Popcorn

But your missing out on all that wonderful DRM

Kidding, right? The PC is amongst the worst for DRM. As far as I'm concerned, and I've said it many times, the entire AAA videogames industry can die in a fire. Really. Jump off a cliff. Die. Now.

I'll buy games (a) if they are good, and (b) if they don't demand usage of Steamshite, Origin, or any other kind of "you must connect to the Internet and prove you are not a criminal" bullshit.

There is very, very little of that on any platform, PC included. Games like Kerbal Space Program are the exception, not the norm.

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Who OWNS data generated by 'connected cars' sensor slurpers?

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Re: How is this even a debate?

No more than a lorry driver gets a say in whether to turn their tacho off?

Depends on what data is being gathered of course. Sticking cameras all over the interior might be met with a barrage of chewing gum.

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How is this even a debate?

Oh yes. The "IP" land grab. That's how.

If you own the car, you own the data it generates. Simples.

Whether you are liable for the data it generates depends on how much extra-warranty mucking about you've been doing to it. That however, is another matter entirely.

So long as it has an off switch, eh?

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Google, Apple pop a cap in that Flappy Birds crapp app flapp

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Considering Flappy Bird is a rip off of the "Heli2D" game I made for a first-year university project, and the project itself was a rip-off of similar games going back decades...

What da fook you on 'bout, Gapple?

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Imprisoned Norwegian mass murderer says PlayStation 2 is 'KILLING HIM'

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Re: Appropriate reaction

I would think "go out and buy a better one then" would be sufficient enough to teach the value of money, without teaching them to steal from people that are smaller than they are.

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Re: A few points

Thank god there's no NRA in Europe. This we can agree on.

Actually, yes there is.

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Re: He previously complained bitterly about the lack of hand lotion.

Ganging up on a single person to beat the living shit out of them takes balls?

Really?

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SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

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Re: @M Gale - Unfair Tax?

The colloquial term is road tax, and you can wriggle as much as you like. If you're on a scooter, which can't go on motorways, you pay massively less tax on it. If you're on a bicycle, you don't pay any tax on it.

And it's still a stupid analogy, which has nothing to do with the idiot box. However, your insistance that I call road tax "vehicle excise duty" shines a light on the whole "it's not a tax, it's a license" bullshit. It is a tax. On the idiot box.

It needs to go.

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Re: @M Gale - Unfair Tax?

Whilst so-called "road tax" goes into the same big pot of general taxation as everything else (at least in the UK), if you don't have a motor vehicle, you don't pay road tax.

Electric bicycles with a motor power of less than 250 watts and a top speed of less than 15mph do not count as motor vehicles in UK law, by the way. Your mileage may vary, but considering you're calling it "a motorway" and not "a freeway", I guess not.

Also little 50cc thingies that aren't allowed on motorways pay vastly, immensely less road tax than a car or more powerful motorbike.

What this has to do with the goggle box, I have no idea. Nevertheless, next please!

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Re: I hope you don't have kid's

Because you never went to school?

Comparing education to television. Really now.

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Re: fund it from general taxation

At least the licence fee and the Royal Charter give the BBC nominal independence from the state.

Because a letter from the head of state telling you what you're allowed to do, and a law made by the state that comes up for review every few years, gives you freedom from the state.

I wish people would stop parroting this propaganda.

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It's a bloody goggle box.

It's not a fire service. Or an ambulance service. It's not even the police. It's not a school. It's not a hospital. It has fuck all to do with your life that is essential beyond plonking your arse down in front of a screen and vegetating. Don't give me that but-must-provide-educational-programming bullshit. That can happen without a tax. It's called "government owned", which the BBC is.

Now get your fucking hands out of my pockets and pay for it yourself if you want it so bad.

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Re: Unfair Tax?

Oh lovely. I don't want the BBC. Can I watch Channel 4? ITV? Sky? Anything?

Guess not, then.

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No, she's only head of fucking state.

She's more part of the government than Cleggy or Cameron. Don't give me that crap about a "symbolic role", just because she's not shouty and on telly a lot.

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Microsoft may pick iPad for first release of Fondleslab Office™

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Re: What's the real news here?

LO for Android?

Well it's not exactly LO, but here's something that is very, very close.

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Snowden documents show British digital spies use viruses and 'honey traps'

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Re: Mod hat on

irc.theregister.co.uk:6667? What a wonderful idea.

You not got a spare RasPi and an effernet socket to run it off?

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Bad luck, n00bs: Mozilla to splurge ADS inside empty Firefox tiles

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Re: <scratches head>

So I guess you're language is not English, hinnit?

Protip: If you replace "you're" with "you are" and it makes no sense, you're probably doing it wrong.

The irony is delicious though.

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Re: <scratches head>

how would they know what you should be interested in?

Mumsnet will advise them? They know all about what you should and should not be allowed to see.

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'No representation without taxation!' urges venerable tech VC

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"don't pay tax, get no votes."

I know of a few people for whom their response would be "....ok. Guess I'll save some money then."

And a million dollars = a million votes? That's not a recipe for disaster at all.

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The poll tax

Which got renamed and called "Council Tax". And that, you do pay.

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US Senate bill would mandate 'kill switch' on all smartphones

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Re: Buyer beware

One other thing that occurs to me, even if the phone is bricked, it would still have many parts, in particular the screen, that would still be valuable on the black market.

Oh indeed. Probably the fate of many stolen phones is an advert on Fleabay two weeks later for cheap screens, or a casing, or sensor glass, or a battery, or whatever.

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Re: Buyer beware

Highly unlikely that any lock+wipe mechanism will stop the phone being useful for emergency calls.

Well, unless the people proposing the laws are even more terminally brain-dead than people give them credit for.

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JavaScript is everywhere. So are we all OK with that?

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Re: Crap!

Calling PHP "a bit of a kludge" is like calling the Nazi campaign in Russia "a bit of a foul up".

Replace "bit of a" with "monumental" and you're getting closer with both. Not that PHP isn't very useful, but it does have its... quirks.

Can I has Godwin nao?

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Re: I HATE JavaScript

Oh and not to mention its still totally inaccessible to Screen Readers and alike

Ahem.

Same as when designing a site to be "accessible" via pure HTML, there are steps to be taken to ensure the screen reader interprets your dynamically-created content correctly.

Beyond that though, Javascript is very accessible to screen readers.

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Re: Getting started in programming

it forces you to develop good whitespace management habits.

And that's why I have total disdain for Python's style. It might be a nice language, but I'm totally uninterested in any coding language that gives a shit about where and how many times I hit the spacebar, tab or enter keys (or even carriage return, to be a complete pedant). Especially after trying code samples from web sites or other media that may have mangled the original whitespace.

Good luck debugging that, especially if you're a complete newbie.

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Japanese fanboi first in queue for, er, iPhone 6

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probably can't affair to e judging by the childish dig at Apple in your post.

I know the iPhone's glass keyboard isn't the best for typing on, but that was pretty atrocious even for typed-on-the-bus-on-the-way-to-work hurriedness. You should check that the autocorrect is actually correcting your typing and not making it worse, as autocorrect tends to do. A lot.

You might also want to read that guy's post again and examine it for humour content. Or his posting history, where not two days ago he's slagging off his own HTC droid-thing for a shit update that b0rked it.

Now me on the other hand, I can't resist a dig at Apple, or at anybody who thinks that the sun shines out of Zombie Jobs' arse.

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Minecraft developer kills Kickstarted Minecraft movie

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Re: Why?

OSS -> ALSA anyone? And yku only have to go by the names to see how much Linux folk really care about portability. The 'O' in OSS stands for 'open'; the 'L' in ALSA stands for 'Linux'...

You're still using ALSA? How very 2005.

It's PulseAudio these days if you want to go to that low a level and not just drag in OpenAL Soft, SDL::Mixer or some other cross-platform sound library.

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Broker accuses FAST of scaring users off secondhand software

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Re: It can be a grey area ...

Software isn't like a car, no matter how much Bill Gates and the other copyright dinosaurs wishes it was.

If software was like a car, you'd be able to sell it to someone and they'd be able to use it without hindrance, regardless of what Bill Gates and the other dinosaurs say about it.

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Re: It can be a grey area ...

Except the "support" in this case was product activation. You know, basically DRM. So, nothing to do with actual support.

Dunno about yourself, but I wouldn't have bought that shit in the first place, be it brand new or second hand.

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Hear that, Sigourney? Common names 'may not constitute personal data'

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Maybe I'm just too old...

...but you say "Sigourney" and I think "cast iron bitch with a pulse rifle".

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One good thing from the Flappy Birds crapp flap: It's a handy 'tech' media rating system

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Re: Ahem

I hope that he had the foresight to include a "trojan mode" into unlicensed copies that wipes the bootlegger's device to factory settings.

Considering the countless number of times I've seen DRM fuck up, at best causing an inconvenience and at worst destroying the "protected" item, I'd say sure, go ahead and do that. The moment "trojan mode" activates, is the moment the letter from my solicitors arrives through your door.

I'll be asking for £250/hour labour charge for recovering the phone to as close to its previous state as possible, along with a high five-figures amount for damages. I'll be taking my time over the recovery job, to make sure I do it properly, you understand.

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Video thrills the Google ad star: Susan Wojcicki becomes YouTube chief

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I don't upload to Youtube any more

Not since Google+. I don't have anything to do with the comments either any more, what with not having a Plus account and refusing to create one. I'll leave the comments to the retards, trolls and shills that have been getting worse since Google+.

And if you're that pissed off by forced integration yourself, I suggest doing the same. Bob's tanks are amusing, but no content == no youtube.

Plus Vimeo, DailyMotion and the others could probably use the boost.

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Google views, reviews YouTube viewers' views with view to killing off spam shams

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So basically...

...the reasons given for forcing people onto Google's social notwork in order to leave a comment on a video, or rate/review an app... are crap?

Well who knew?

Fuck Google+.

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