* Posts by Mike Flex

278 posts • joined 6 Mar 2009

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Nothing illegal to see here: Tribunal says TEMPORA spying is OK

Mike Flex

Re: btrower The gloves are off

If you're going to quote Article 8 of the ECHR, quote the whole thing, not just the bits you agree with. Here's the part you omitted:

"2. There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others."

Looks like the IPT decided GCHQ was working within the limits of that paragraph. Whilst your US and Canadian examples aren't relevant to the UK I see they don't offer unlimited privacy either, and nor does the UN UDHR article 12.

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Go festive this year with Christmas carols, baby Jesus and CLITORAL STIMULATORS

Mike Flex

"while sticking very real broom handles up their arses in private"

Followed by a trip to A&E to remove said handle. "Oh, I was just getting ready for bed when I spotted some dust but unfortunately tripped when cleaning it up."

If you're in A&E and need to borrow a pen check if it's come from the "removed items" drawer.

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Police in U-turn as 'shop a gun-owner' hotline is scrapped

Mike Flex

Tough.

From the article:

"Presumably the anxiety caused by all these "you vill report zer koncernz to us or else!" orders from the police should now be reported for their consideration?"

If someone can't cope with the responsibility of looking after firearms properly then they shouldn't keep firearms.

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That's PROFESSOR Woz to you from now on, young whippersnapper

Mike Flex

The Dr Chau Chak Wing building...

... looks as though it's supported on a Wing and a prayer.

Ivy, anyone?

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Apple tool: Buying an iPhone in a carpark? Find out if it's STOLEN

Mike Flex

Duh

"Buying an iPhone in a carpark? Find out if it's STOLEN

Check IMEI number? Bloke said not to open box until he leaves"

Yup, it's stolen. No need to faff around with a website.

Cash only, no credit cards? Well, strike me down with a feather.

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Internet Transit price falls slowing: Telegeography

Mike Flex

Re: huh

"*Disclaimer - Im not even sure what a Transit price is."

Is it just me who was expecting to read about the cost of Ford vans?

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PROOF the Apple iPhone 6 rumor mill hype-gasm has reached its logical conclusion

Mike Flex

"an annual silly season of iPhone rumors and speculation"

That would be the season lasting from January to December presumably.

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OMG, sorry about 'poor comms' on Facebook secret emoto-meddle tests. Laters!

Mike Flex

Re: I lie to them

" I have an "internet birthday"

Yup. Unless I have a real-life legal relationship with an organisation (e.g. financial) I'm as young as the Unix epoch.

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It's a Doddle: Amazon inks train station parcel deal with Network Rail

Mike Flex

Re: Collectplus?

"Ebuyer are you listening? Do not ever again "upgrade" me from paid for next day delivery that works, to "free, next day" delivery "

Ebuyer? "Free, next day" delivery?

Well, I certainly got that impression from the sales page (next morning, even) but on arriving at the checkout page it was 'free' OR 'next day' delivery. Free was 5 days. 5 working days, that is, so actually 7 days. (I was threatened with 9 days for my last order, placed on a Friday afternoon, but it did turn up in 7 days.)

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Top 10 tech essentials for the festival season

Mike Flex

Eh?

"SanDisk's Connect Wireless Media Drive is a neat alternative and can stream to eight devices and has an 8-hour battery life. "

To my mind the 'festival season' is in 6 months time but for people who do want to shell out several hundred quid to sit in a mudbath and listen to live pop music isn't it rather defeating the point to take your own music with you?

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

Mike Flex

Apparently "javadevguy" wishes:

that NESTA would bung me £200k to build my website. I am to do something socially useful. #somethingelse

I'm glad he's planning to do something useful with our money.

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Silent, spacious and... well, insipid: Citroën's electric C-Zero car

Mike Flex
Boffin

180Nm of torque – that translates to 65bhp and 133 lb/ft in old money

Er, no. 133 lb.ft or, more usually in the UK, ft.lb but not lb/ft.

(Strictly, its lbf.ft or ft.lbf.)

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World's first ever Nobel Prize winning integrated circuit to be auctioned

Mike Flex

Re: Operation?

"According to widikepia it's a a single-transistor oscillator with a distributed RC feedback. Shame that I don't have any use for that ;)"

You mean it's not a ... 7400!?!

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Rubber-glove time: Italy to probe TripAdvisor over 'fake reviews'

Mike Flex

Re: Patterns

"I would ignore complaints about slow servivce when made by an american reviewer, since americans expect to have all three courses thrown at them in 20 minutes,"

Looking for restaurants in a mostly harmless suburb of Amsterdam I found one American reviewer state that "of course, you couldn't expect any service in Europe".

Perhaps she should have stayed at home and stuck with the sort of 'restaurant' where the staff follow up any interaction with an enquiry as to whether you would like fries with that?

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Google Glass GOES GLAM, grabs Gap guru

Mike Flex

Re: Techies and Everyone Else?

"Hipster bars seem to be the ones banning glass."

"Glass" buyers are hardly going to be found in any other type of bar, are they?

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

Mike Flex

Re: Who are these clods?

"I started school in the 1950s and I was never taught about poles – inches, feet, yards and miles were all we needed. "

They were listed on the back of your log tables.

HTH

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GitHub probes worker's claims of hostile, sexist office culture

Mike Flex

Re: Yawn

"And why did no one notice or care about all this code erasing?"

Lost code? If only they had access to a software revision control system.

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GRAV WAVE TSUNAMI boffinry BONANZA – the aftershock of the universe's Big Bang

Mike Flex
Facepalm

"This is something that's not just a home run, but a grand slam," said Marc Kamionkowski"

Is that a good thing, or a bad thing? Really, it would be handy if alien tongues were translated into proper English. I'm left not knowing if this discovery is the dog's danglies, or his dinner.

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New Forum Wishlist - but read roadmap first

Mike Flex

Where's Wally?

Now that el Reg is working on on a New York - Paris - Peckham basis it would be handy to have some indication, e.g. a national flag, of which office was filing a story rather than having to memorise where each Reg correspondent is based or wading through an article trying to find out whether or not it is relevant. For example in this article I need to read down to the third paragraph to discover that this story relates to the other side of the world.

I note the earlier unwillingness to let us commentards display goatse avatars but it would also be handy if we could opt in to display national flags which would help even out cross-cultural surprises.

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'Mommy got me an UltraVibe Pleasure 2000 for Xmas!' South Park: Stick of Truth

Mike Flex

"Am I alone..."

No, but you're not likely to find many South Park sceptics in the middle of a South Park game review thread.

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SPACE VID: Watch JUMBO ASTEROID 2000 EM26 buzzing Earth

Mike Flex

Re: Today? Today where?

"I thought I was on GMT. What the heck is UTC?"

UTC is what we are currently on in the UK. The BBC persists in incorrectly calling it GMT.

UTC is derived from atomic clocks. GMT is derived from astronomical observations. These days atomic clocks are more stable than the rotation of the Earth so UTC is tweaked to keep it close to GMT, by adding or subtracting leap-seconds.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coordinated_Universal_Time

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenwich_Mean_Time

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Mike Flex

Re: Today? Today where?

"Which is a shame really because I genuinely don't know if I've missed it or not (I'm in the UK)."

Yes and No.

The live broadcast was last night (2 am UK time overnight between 17 and 18th Feb) so you missed that.

However the telescope that was supposed to be used was frozen and the programme was strung together from recordings of earlier events and computer simulations. So, no, you didn't miss a live event 'cause it didn't happen. The video on the article page is a recording of the 2am broadcast so you can check what you didn't miss.

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NSA: It's TRUE, we grab 200 MILLION of your text messages A DAY globally

Mike Flex

Re: Even if it were effective...

"puts through a 'Right to Arm Bears' act..."

Hunting would be a lot more sporting if the bears could shoot back.

Grizzly? Well, pretty ticked off, and its got an M16.

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Is your IT department too tough on users?

Mike Flex

""I deleted the Windows directory, because Windows was already installed and now the PC won't boot. What do I do?." is the email leader."

So you schedule a network re-image of their PC and cackle evilly as the data they weren't supposed to store on their C: drive gets zapped.

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Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses

Mike Flex

Re: Thirsty! @ Gordon 10

"What recent Christian festival have we just been through"

Still going through, if you don't mind. The 12 days of Christmas end on 6th Jan. (At least for Western Christians. Orthodox ones start on 7th Jan.)

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Parents can hide abortion, contraception advice from kids, thanks to BT's SEX-ED web block

Mike Flex

Re: Surely this is endangering children?

""FUCK MUMSNET"

I think someone already did."

I trust they had their penis beaker for afterwards.

(What do you mean you haven't heard of it. It's an IT site, use Google.)

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IT bods: Windows XP, we WON'T leave you. Migrate? Chuh! As if...

Mike Flex

Why should we be in a rush to move off XP?

Some of us only moved to XP in summer 2010, when extended support for Win 2000 ended. That's not even 4 years use out of XP.

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Nominet seeks royal approval for pisspoor .uk domain name push

Mike Flex

Re: You're missing the point.

"The point of this article is..."

Thanks for the summary and the link to the actual announcement.

The Reg article seems to be too full of sark to get round to telling us what the story is.

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Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year

Mike Flex

Re: Nice idea

"never mind the pressurised mantle lamps"

Oh, you definitely should mind the pressurised mantle lamps. You need to turn them on at arm's length with your head tipped back.

Why? Because if you didn't get the pre-heating just right the little b*gg*rs will shoot out burning paraffin to, ooh, arms length. So a LED light you can turn on without barbequing your head is a handy thing to have.

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Microsoft 'cautiously optimistic' about Christmas sales

Mike Flex

"a surprisingly large number of Macbooks"

Long battery life and small size (for 11" screen versions) = handy for train.

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Radio amateurs fret over G.fast interference

Mike Flex

Re: Talking about leaky house drop cables ...

"Early installations were somewhat 'ad hoc' being made before any standards had really been laid down. Often house drops were simply spaded in under lawn turf."

Early installations, eh? I think you'll find that's still how VerminMedia does drops.

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XBOX ONE owners rage as HDMI SNAFU 'judders' Brit and Euro tellies

Mike Flex

"I thought Britain was in Europe. I am moving soon to London..."

Hmm, your move to London is going to be a bit of an extended learning experience.

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Google shows off scanned-in Gettysburg Address drafts

Mike Flex

a new nation, conceived in Liberty...

The founding fathers had the idea in a London department store?

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No woman, no drive: Saddo hackers lob Android nasty at Saudi women's rights campaign

Mike Flex

"there is a split infinitive on line 33 of your posting"

The fact that the posting extends to (at least) 33 lines is a bigger problem.

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LOOK UP! Comet ISON could EXPLODE in our skies – astronomers

Mike Flex

"denying us all the opportunity to see it shine brightly in the night sky"

Night sky? At the end of last year we were being told that we could watch it in the daytime sky. 15 times brighter than the moon, we were told. Stock up on weedkiller and all that.

The reality turns out to be the Sky at Night showing us an unimpressive smudge shot with a 14" reflector. Clearly the sunglasses can stay packed away until next summer.

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Tales from an expert witness: Lasers, guns and singing Santas

Mike Flex

Re: Couple of points

"this took the form of never troubling to explain the rules of any game "taught" to us pupils."

Sounds familiar.

To pick up one of AC's earlier points.

"as a general rule physical well-being is a pre-condition for mental and intellectual well-being"

Great as a general principle. Unfortunately school PE/Games was completely unable to deliver on this.

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'F-CK YOU GOOGLE+' ukelele missy scoops BIG WAD of $$ - for Google

Mike Flex

"those of us who actually a) use Google+ ... actually like the integration"

Speak for yourself. I have a Google+ account but don't need to be automatically signed in to Youtube.

Google also seem to have altered Chrome (e.g. on Windows and ios) recently to make it harder to sign out of your Google account.

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Ubuntu 13.10 lands on desktops, servers and (er, some) phones

Mike Flex

'milestone in computing history'

> Canonical ... describe the new version as "a milestone in computing history."

As it's the last release before a LTS release wouldn't it be more accurate to describe it as a collection of dodgy betas squeezed in to make the cut-off for the subsequent release?

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Rorschach test suggested as CAPTCHA replacement

Mike Flex

Re: @Gray Ham

"I can see Miley Cyrus's tits"

No doubt, but that's no good as an authentication scheme.

Everybody can see Miley Cyrus's tits.

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CEO of Brit fashion bods Burberry lands Apple job for retail, online sales

Mike Flex

Re: The UK is not representative of the world

"Burberry under Ahrendts has gone from strength to strength and developed a brand - most specifically in the far East and other developing markets"

So, far enough away that the buyers aren't aware that Burberry = Chav Central back in their home market? Any of these overseas buyers are going to look pretty daft if they wear any Burberry check items on visits to the UK.

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Mike Flex

Around here every chav seems to have an iphone so now they'll be able to have co-ordinating clothes and mobe.

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Name-squatter fails to flog @roma Twitter handle to City of Rome

Mike Flex

Re: The city calls itself "Roma capitale" now... wihout stating it people wouldn't know...

"you know, if you say Rome without "capital" people may think you are speaking about Rome in Georgia or Minnesota..."

People? Americans, perhaps.

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IPCC: Yes, humans are definitely behind all this global warming we aren't having

Mike Flex

Interesting how the swap to decade-average temperatures neatly hides the lack of warming since 1998.

It doesn't inspire confidence in the rest of the report's conclusions.

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Baffled boffins 'closer' to finding origins of extragalactic COSMIC RAYS

Mike Flex
Alien

Re: Never mind the physics

" I was just thinking that that building would make a great Secret Lair from where I could RULE THE WORLD!!!!!"

I'd be too worried that there was some AvP action about to break out in the basement. A mile down, after all.

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CLOUD TO SUCK UP ALL YOUR CASH: Govts around world slash IT spending

Mike Flex

Re: For the low low price of $1295!

> Gartner and their ilk are constantly stirring up the hype machine with breathless reports like this,

A handy idea for an article would be to trawl through some 5 year-old Gartner reports and see whether their predictions bear any relation to current reality. (Or possibly having a Friday afternoon laugh at how off mark they were.)

(Won't be written by me though; I can't stand reading the current reports, never mind their old ones.)

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Beam us up! Upstart's Transporter whisks small biz from cloud madness

Mike Flex

So it's a NAS...

... but if we sprinkle on some magic personal cloud dust it becomes worth $300 for a

1 TB model on amazon.com rather than the $99.97 that site would charge for a 1 TB

Buffalo link station.

Good stuff, that cloud dust.

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Acer reveals 'floating' screen to save desktop, self

Mike Flex

"No pictures?"

Indeed. I wasn't able to visualise the devices from the text descriptions given, especially as the second device is described with reference to another el Reg review which is also pictureless. Still, Google finds plenty of reviews with pictures and comments from reviewers who seem to have actually handled the devices.

So, Reg, did your esteemed correspondent actually make it to the launch event or is this article just written from the Acer press releases, or even just other site's reviews?

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Barnes & Noble bungs Raspberry Pi-priced Nook on shelves

Mike Flex

Re: alternatively...

""Lifetime ban" from Amazon "If" they find out then you "think" that they "could" ban you. - lots of ifs and maybes in there."

Amazon are very thorough; I hear they're looking in every Nook and cranny...

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