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Regulator spanks quiz line with record £800k fine

Oliver Mayes

"requiring players to complete a word search over the phone"

How does that work then? Do they read out the letters over the phone?

On a premium rate call they must have been raking it in.

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Christian footie match ends in almighty brawl

Oliver Mayes

Re: Of course

"It must have been the non-Christians."

Of course, no Christian has ever been involved in any act of violence.

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NZ spooks acted unlawfully in Megaupload wiretap

Oliver Mayes

Because if you don't you vill be shot.

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UK.gov lays out what cities will get in broadband cash divvy

Oliver Mayes

No surprises there

They choose to give all the money to the cities that already have the fastest internet available, putting them another notch ahead of the rest of the country. What about us schlubs who are still stuck on 20CN, where's our subsidy?

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Opportunity finds new patch of 'berries' on Mars

Oliver Mayes

Re: Get your Martian Blueberry Jam right here!!!!

"C.M.O.T. Dibbler would try that."

It depends on whether you can get it to stay onna stick.

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Dreaded redback spider's NEMESIS: Forgotten Captain Cook wasps

Oliver Mayes

@Captain TickTock

Emphasis on 'some' of the sheep. There are a few good ones but most want you dead.

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Nokia flagellates self further to quell fake cam ad Twitterstorm

Oliver Mayes

Re: "Why bother mocking it up?"

Um, is it normal to produce an advert before you have a working product?

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Google's Nexus 7 tabs 'can't perform' if flash RAM crammed

Oliver Mayes

My phone is labeled as 16GB, it actually has 13.2 GB 'available', and the OS takes up another GB of that so I actually only get around 12. As far as I'm concerned that's false advertising.

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Home Sec to decide Gary McKinnon's fate by 16 October

Oliver Mayes

Re: probably not a very fashionable thing to say, but...

"probably not a very compassionate thing to say"

What's compassion got to do with anything? He admitted to committing the crime a long time ago and has been kicking and screaming ever since in an attempt to evade punishment. As far as I'm concerned he's waived any right to compassion.

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Apple hoards LTE patents to deflect Samsung attack

Oliver Mayes

Is anyone else disgusted that the 'rights' to produce certain technologies are being bought and sold by soulless corporations purely to be used alternately as legal defense and ammunition?

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Samsung: We can't find any child labour at our Chinese contractor

Oliver Mayes

Re: Every factory in China uses child labour

"Besides, all patents, copyright et al vanishes once you move production to China ... designs to the Xerox."

Don't you mean to the Zerocks(TM)?

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Fired Toyota coder trashes systems, steals data

Oliver Mayes

Re: This depends where you are

I'm in the UK and I've seen multiple sales people marched out by security as they have a habit of trying to take customer data with them to give to their new employers. We even had a great one where an outgoing guy wanted to take 'personal' documents from his desk drawer but as there were lots of sensitive documents in there too he wasn't allowed to go through it. Ended up with them carrying his entire desk (drawers attached) down three flights of stairs to reception so he could go through with a lawyer present and remove only his property.

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Ghostbusters

Oliver Mayes

I had this on the Master System, the dancing stay-puft wasn't the boss fight at all, it was the second stage of four. You needed to get past him, go through a platforming-style level of climbing the buildings stairs to the roof, then fight Gozer. Or did this version omit the last 2 stages?

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NYT fights back against links-in-texts patent

Oliver Mayes

It's worse than you think

All of the images and page elements are held in a web accessible directory http://www.hpl-llc.com/files/.

Judging by the amount of useless markup someone with no web knowledge made this in something like Frontpage.

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1 MILLION accounts leaked in megahack on banks, websites

Oliver Mayes

I wouldn't blame the testers, they probably reported the vulnerabilities that they found and were ignored by the managers who saw the cost to close the holes.

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Disable Java NOW, users told, as 0-day exploit hits web

Oliver Mayes

I'm pretty sure you can still run NoScript with the JRE plugin disabled.

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Oliver Mayes

Re: WTF? Java stopped being malware?

Indeed, I distinctly remember disabling JRE in Firefox a few months back when it caused some issues. Just checked and it's been re-enabled, wonder when that happened.

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Doctor Who to hit small screen on 1 September

Oliver Mayes

Re: Doctor Who?

Reusing the same enemies? You know the Daleks have only had 1 episode out of the last 2 series? (OK, they've had short cameos in 2 other episodes but that's still far less screen time than other enemies).

Can't argue with you about the ponies though, I can't wait.

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UK.gov's minimum booze price dream demolished

Oliver Mayes

Re: *Shrug*

First they came for the supermarkets, and I didn't speak out because I was not a supermarket.

Then they came for the Home Brewers, and there was no-one left to speak for me.

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Oliver Mayes

Minimum alcohol pricing reduces drinking, in the same way that ever increasing fuel duty keeps cars off the roads and thereby reduces congestion.

Just another tax with a ridiculous rationalisation, it won't be mourned.

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Anti-gay Uganda's premier backs pride march in protest hack

Oliver Mayes

Re: Aggravated Homosexuality?

Breaking and decorating.

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IBM tells electrons to strictly come dancing in spintronics first

Oliver Mayes

Any relation to the ads for write-only memory? Write once, impossible to read. Perfect security.

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Saudi royals seek ban on .virgin, .sex, .catholic, .wtf and 159 MORE

Oliver Mayes

Re: This from...

But only the right sort of imaginary friends. Imaginary friends that come from a different magical book are offensive and must be banned.

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Curiosity's new OS upgrade ready to go live

Oliver Mayes

Re: Tourist?

I'd like to think that one of the first manned missions would recover the rovers for them to be brought back as heroes.

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Deadly pussies kill more often than owners think

Oliver Mayes

Re: What A Load Of Homo Sapiens Bullcrap !

The argument is that the ever increasing number of cats bred in captivity is unsustainable as it's adversely affecting wild animals.

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Why women won't apply for IT jobs

Oliver Mayes

Re: Interesting

I think it's mainly because the people writing the requirements are non-technical people who have no idea what they're asking for. They put every conceivable qualification that they can think of down expecting god himself to apply (as he's the only one who could possibly meet the requirements) but after months of silence or unsuitable people they just settle for someone who can just do the job.

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Scribe's mobe, MacBook pwned after hacker 'fast-talked Apple support'

Oliver Mayes

"having a 3-letter Twitter [handle]"

Sorry, what? What difference does it make what his username is? That's not privileged information, does he mean the password?

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Baidu bods arrested after deleting posts for dosh

Oliver Mayes

"close the loopholes by strengthening management"

Doesn't matter where you are in the world, corporate problems can always be solved by hiring more managers.

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Success! Curiosity Mars lander arrives precisely on schedule

Oliver Mayes

Funniest bit was the random guy at NASA who yelled 'holy shit' at touchdown before suddenly realising he was on camera and they hastily muted the feed.

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Booth babes banned by Chinese gaming expo

Oliver Mayes

Re: Why does the indusrty...

Not everyone goes to these shows to stare at half naked women. Some of us are interested in the content of the shows instead.

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Apple foe Proview laughs off debts, ressurrects business

Oliver Mayes

How can a guy with that much debt start up a new company? When you owe 9 figures to people isn't it about time that they start seizing your assets and taking your business off you?

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Boy cuffed after Twitter troll's drown threat to Olympic diver Tom Daley

Oliver Mayes

So will the police be pursuing every person who insults or threatens me on the internet now? No? Of course not, I'm not rich and famous so I just have to deal with it.

If you go anywhere on the internet and participate in any public forum you get morons who will insult, swear, and threaten you/your mom/your pets. Everyone else just ignores this noise but if you're a celebrity then the police will now chase each and every one down and prosecute them?

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Twitter impostors stop at NOTHING to drag athletes through mud

Oliver Mayes
Facepalm

Good grief

"reputation management" for high-profile punters' social network profiles

Is that really a viable career now? What the hell happened to society?

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Nationwide DOUBLES card payments in fresh banking gaffe

Oliver Mayes

Re: Mistakes happen

Mistakes like this should never happen on a live system.

Where was the error checking? Is there nothing that looks as a payment run and says, 'Hang on, this payment looks exactly the same as this other one. Is it a duplicate?'

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UK Border Agency to create 'national allegations database'

Oliver Mayes

Obligatory

"Become a government informant. Betray your family and friends. Fabulous prizes to be won!"

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Watching Olympics at work? How to avoid a £1k telly-tax fine

Oliver Mayes

Re: Large UPS

"I think the batteries have to be internal."

Nope, the device just can't be connected to the mains. If you plug it into the wall socket it's considered to be a permanent fixture and so the building requires a license. So as long as you're wireless it's fine. Not sure how they'd react to a network cable though, I suspect that most of the people charged with enforcing this would have a hard time differentiating between a power cable and a cat6 cable.

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UK.gov: Real time PAYE and new benefits systems WILL work

Oliver Mayes

Re: another 100m

40k a year for a programmer? Not sure where you work but I think I need to move there.

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Oliver Mayes

"a successful government IT project".

We should have it stuffed!

What am I saying? It will be by the time it's done.

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McDonalds staff 'rough up' prof with home-made techno-spectacles

Oliver Mayes

Re: Fairly misleading article...

Quoted from his blog post

"I was stopped by a person who subsequently stated that he was a McDonalds employee"

"I noticed that Perpetrator 1 was wearing a name tag clipped to his belt. When I looked down at it, he quickly covered it up with his hand, and pulled it off and turned it around so that it was facing inwards, so that only the blank white backside of it was then facing outwards."

"The third person (who I will refer to as Perpetrator 3) was holding a broom and dustpan, and wearing a shirt with a McDonald's logo on it."

So that's the main assailant and at least one of the 2 people with him who are almost certainly restaurant employees.

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Oliver Mayes

Re: Fairly misleading article...

His blog said the one of the other 2 was holding a dustpan and brush. Not the kind of thing a customer would take to McD's.

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Apple fails to block stolen iOS in-app content

Oliver Mayes

Re: "asserted a copyright claim"

A video showing someone how to steal copyrighted content for free is a viable target for a takedown request.

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Giant super-laser passes 500 TRILLION watts

Oliver Mayes
Boffin

Re: Question from the stupid person in the forum

It doesn't produce energy, just takes it in. One of the potential applications here is that when you fire enough energy at a small point, like they have done here with multiple lasers converging on a small area, you can ignite a fusion reaction which can then be used to generate lots of clean power, far more than you used to power the laser.

In this scenario the laser is simply the starter motor that kicks off the fusion reactor.

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'Extreme' solar storm speeding straight towards Earth

Oliver Mayes

Re: Danger to people?

No, there's no danger at all. The planet's magnetosphere deflects most of the CME around the planet. Even the ISS is still inside that protective barrier so at most they'll see a slight increase in solar radiation.

Those of us on the ground or at the relatively piddling height of 40,000 feet won't see any difference at all, unless you happen to look up and see the pretty colours as the atmosphere gets all excited about it.

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Religious wars brewing in ICANN gTLD expansion

Oliver Mayes

@dogged

I once caught myself coveting the ankles of my neighbours ox. What do I do now?

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O2, GiffGaff network goes titsup for unlucky punters

Oliver Mayes

Re: 8am and still no o2 connection since yesterday afternoon

Hardly any BBC reporting? It was the second most read article on their mobile site when I checked last night.

That's how I found out about the problem, I assumed it was just my handset playing up until I saw their article.

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UK's brazen copyright land grab sneaked into Enterprise Bill

Oliver Mayes
Joke

Re: And in what public forum

How quaint, you think the government somehow serves you.

It's been a long time since any politician in power acted in the interests of anything other than their own wallet.

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China's censors move to stamp out sex and violence online

Oliver Mayes

Re: meh

VPN wont' help here as they're trying to stop the content being published in the first place, not just block access to it.

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DNSchanger shutdown may kick 300,000 offline on Monday

Oliver Mayes

Re: Simple fix?

Except if they do that they're actively interrupting the intended communications of the affected PCs. While now they're effectively invisible proxies, the second they start actively changing where the users get sent the companies who have to spend money on fixing the problem can start pointing fingers at the FBI for disrupting their businesses. Given the general technical knowledge of your average judge, trying to explain what's happening would be a losing battle for the feds.

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Oliver Mayes

Re: People have been given plenty of notice

1/3? You think there are less than 1 million pc's on the internet?

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China's internet wunderkind in the dock over alleged fraud

Oliver Mayes

Sorry, but is there any evidence other than data from Anonymous? Somehow I doubt the group has everyone's best interests at heart and I wouldn't even consider acting on information from them without some pretty hard evidence to back it up.

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