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3521 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

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

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

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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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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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China targeted by new Android Trojan

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Note this malware, like all "Android" malware, actually infects rooted Android-based OS builds. Not Android.

You'd think by now that people would have spotted that?

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BT scratches its head over MYSTERY Home Hub disconnections

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Re: Creepy?

BT/Mumsnet

FTFY

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Samsung reveals prices, availability dates of 'Pro' tablets

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Re: Just buy an Apple...

Samsung can't do quality.

Which is why Apple use them for so many parts.

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It's kinda average on tablets and phones, nothing to make a song and dance over.

And utterly shite on anything else.

Strangely enough, most of the "haters" seem to be saying the same thing you are.

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This THREESOME is a HANDFUL: It’s the Asus Transformer Book Trio

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I remember that old Amstrad mash-up well. It worked well if your use case was "PC = Office, Sega 16 bit = games", and even supported the CD through a funky adapter cable. The 386 was getting a bit old by then though, if your intention was to maybe try PC gaming too. Plus I don't think it had a VESA slot for local-bus graphics. I think some review mags were a bit upset that you couldn't use it as a console dev platform (as if) and that it was, in the words of one magazine, "a Megadrive, a PC, and a roll of sellotape."

And IIRC, the only 486 option was an SLC. Eurgh.

Still, it did what it did well enough, and the PC half of things stayed awake while you were playing. Plus playing console games on a monitor was a massive upgrade to the usual RF lead, composite video or big block o' SCART.

And yep, it's the first thing I thought of after reading the review for this thing.

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Re: Just wish

People said that about Linux and wifi cards. And then all the wifi cards started working because, surprise surprise, people either wrote drivers for them, or wrapped Windows drivers up for them.

No reason a Linux couldn't be finagled into working with the OS Swap button, given enough popularity and motivation to do so.

Also this is The Register. One would think that "stick a Linux distro on it and see what happens" would be a standard part of the review.

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Re: Linux

Seriously, corporate whores are the only people left using Windows.

[spanish_accent]

Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You called my mother a whore. Prepare to die.

[/spanish_accent]

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Re: Just wish @ jason 7

Runs great on Arm too I suppose?

Why would that matter for an Intel-based fondleslab?

Oh and it appears to run, if via WINE and PlayOnLinux. Couldn't tell you from personal experience though, because I'm really not interested in F2P-P2W.

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THUNDERING GAS destroys disks during data centre incident

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Re: Holy s**t.

Hah, I distinctly remember cracking the valve open on a 5 foot tall helium bottle minus its balloon regulator.

Never again.

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See also

Don't get angry at your disk arrays. It upsets them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDacjrSCeq4

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Microsoft to build 'transparency centres' for source code checks

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Re: No panacea

Also, if you believe that Linux users can verify the build on their machine

Not every user. However I would bloody well hope that government, and big business users, would be able to.

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Here's our source code, honest.

Of course, you can trust that this is the exact same source code that made the binaries you're using.

Oh yeah, we'll be suing any departments that commit any source to the Linux software they are using now. They obviously stole it from us.

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Dead Kim Jong-il's OS makeover takes a page from Dead Steve Jobs

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Well why do you think it comes with no source code available?

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The TRUTH about LEAKY, STALKING, SPYING smartphone applications

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Re: ACLU and EFF

And if users get control of the permission, what do you think will be among the first things turned off for adware apps (unless the app itself needs it for normal function)? Network access. This will probably start app devs packing some ads into their programs so they can't be blocked.

Good.

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NASA probe orbiting Moon sights ANOTHER SPACECRAFT

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Re: "... a spacecraft flying over the Moon ..."

Sure the cockpit isn't where the craft's "joystick" is?

Think of where the pilot sits on early aircraft, and where the control stick is. Now you realise why it got the "joystick" moniker, and, possibly, why the bit of an aircraft where the pilot sits is the, ahem, "cockpit".

Urban Legend or Urban Myth? Not sure, but it's amusing enough.

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Google Glassholes, GET OFF our ROADS, thunder lawmakers in seven US states

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Re: It's all good

And when Google Glass manages to prevent an accident due to pertinent information being right there when needed...

...we'll never know about it. I'd like to say "because accidents not happening isn't news", but more likely because it will be impossible, because fuckwits from the Peanut Gallery are colluding however unintentionally with fuckwits in government to get it banned BECAUSE IT JUST NEEDS TO BE BANNED. Oh, and glassholes. The way that word is spat out here makes it sound like it begins with an N.

I guess all Glassholes should get on the bus eh? The back of the bus?

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Re: Once upon a time....

People drove with doors unlocked

Silly question but, unless you're driving in a really bad part of town or travelling with young children (who should be in the back anyway), why would you lock the doors? In a crash, I would rather have a small chance of the doors being jammed, than an almost certainty.

As for the rest of the post, this belongs in the "all cars should have no seat belts and a nine inch iron spike in the middle of the steering wheel" field of fuckwittery that seems to infect some people. Fine. You first.

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Re: Issues aside

Certainly easy enough to use a gyro or combination of accelerometers to detect head orientation and throw a loud *BEEP* into the headphones if it detects you nodding off. Possibly not foolproof, but without actually looking at the eye and scanning for the visibility of an iris/pupils, a possibly useful helper.

But hey, let's ban it instead.

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Typical response.

Let's ban it! It... is technological!

Yep. Definitely got to ban it.

Of course, a little whiff of jealousy and sneering from the Peanut Gallery helps to get such acts passed. They're only Glassholes, after all.

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Re: Simple

On a train? Sitting in the passenger seat? Bus to work?

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Yahoo! Mail! users! change! your! passwords! NOW!

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So what about the username and password which is plainly still stored so that you can tell me that my old account got "deleted", with massive sarcasm quotes added for effect? You know, the one I can't change due to, well, the account being "deleted"?

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Bye-Zynga: online games maker laying off 314 staff

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Zynga?

Zyn-gone.

Unsurprising. I'm wondering whether I'm the only one for whom that name is an anti-brand. A reason to NOT buy something.

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Fujitsu: PC market... doomed? LOLZ. NOT FOR US, pal

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The (desktop) PC

One of those few devices where parts are most definitely user serviceable, and for certain values of failure, are economically viable to fix when broken. Even economical to build your own out of parts.

I can see why some manufacturers would rather we all be using sealed netbooks and fondle-toys.

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Patent-holding firm's lawsuit against Googorola kicks off

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Re: Lol.. "bullshit-fu is weak"

-- TiZen could make MS and Google less nettlesome, ms less meddlesome, and put sordid, convoluted patent trolls back into hot, roiling boiling kettles some...

Tizen is one of them Linux things, which means Microsoft will just carry on trolling. It might shut Oracle up though.

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Facebook will LOSE 80% of its users by 2017 – epidemiological study

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Re: It's true but the time is probably off

a)You need something to move TO

It's a bit geeky, but Retroshare is showing some promise. Decentralised too.

Chat, forums, mail and file sharing with a Web Of Trust network topology. Easy to set up, easy to use, and speedy enough to not get bored waiting for the latest lolcat picture to load. All it needs is a profile page and a wall that people can scrawl on, and you're done.

Of course, it's more for keeping in touch with your friends rather than keeping in touch with your "friends", so maybe not. But hey, maybe!

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Candy Crush King went 'too far' when it candy crushed my app – dev

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Small suggestion

Rename the game to "Crush the King."

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Sega should sue the fuck out of King.

Panzer Dragoon Saga.

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Wow, gamers on YouTube really love the Xbox One. It's like they were paid to say that (Hint: they are)

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Yep, this is shitty.

However, it's likely to get a lot more favourable footage up on Youtube than Nintendo's approach of demanding all advertising revenue from videos that feature Nintendo game footage.

Which doesn't stop it from being shitty, and perhaps more than a little bit desperate.

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Pay-by-bonk? YEP, it's an Apple patent now...

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Re: What does this solve?

you know, that thing you are paying them to carry around and track you.

Shut up, you. Only Google does that. Sez Microsoft and Apple.

You should really "get the facts".

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'We don't use UPS. If we did we'd have huge UPSs and tiny computers'

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Re: What about storing coldness in liquid nitrogen?

There's a reason that nitrogen-cooled freezer wagons have instructions to leave the doors open for 30 minutes before going inside. The first thing you'd notice about being in a nitrogen atmosphere is when you faceplant into the floor from oxygen deprivation.

That said, dumping nitrogen into the coolant reservoir might be an idea for an emergency "we need 120 seconds to shut everything down nicely" solution.

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Ex-Google, Mozilla bods to outwit EVIL BOTS with 'polymorphic' defence

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So co-opt the browser engine?

Rather than scraping the site and parsing hypertext directly, automate a browser. Find out where the relevant UI elements get rendered in the page and from then on it's "that input element at that position, whatever it's called and however many zero-margin DIVs it's embedded in."

And yay, yet more patents pending on software. Guess this'll be kicked into the long grass for the next 25 years, then.

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New Forum Wishlist - but read roadmap first

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I double dare you with sugar on top to determine if I'm a different person to whoever else is coming from the same mobile provider.

Carrier NAT. It's shit, but it has some uses. Especially if you're a bit of a troll or a company shill.

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KCOM-owned Eclipse FAILS to cover up the password 'password'

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If this is confirmed, I'd say Eclipse Internet deserve everything they've got coming to them.

Anyway, a domain name should take 24 hours or less to switch. Couldn't you do it anyway and publically put the blame where it belongs when the site comes back up? Give existing customers advance warning of an outage perhaps.

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Indeed. It's not like they have any excuse either. Pretty much any server-side language worth its salt (heh) is going to have some kind of readily available Digest library. This could be fixed with.. well, I'm no huge expert but I'm reckoning less extra lines of code than I have fingers.

Keep on 'em, Reg. You wouldn't want to miss the inevitable massive hack attack. I'm wondering if they even sanitise dirty data? They going to get intimately familiar with Bobby Tables soon?

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