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Innovation creates instability, you say? BLASPHEMY, you SCUM

Michael Hawkes
Headmaster

Buzz, buzz, buzz

Innovation and convergence are the new paradigm (in more ways than one).

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Survey: Just 1 in 3 Euro biz slackers meets card security standards

Michael Hawkes
Headmaster

...based on real actual casework...

"Real actual"? Is the author getting paid by the word?

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Aer Lingus opts for Tegile arrays, snubs EMC in shock move

Michael Hawkes

Charlie Mingus

The legendary jazz musician.

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Reading this headline? You and 9.47 million others

Michael Hawkes

It's not what you think

IMHO, they're more frightened by words like hexadecimal and sysadmin.

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Factories are too DULL for Google's robo-dreams: Behold the GATAMAMs

Michael Hawkes
Devil

Re: Google, take this deal please

Playing devil's advocate here, the problem with people is that they have "rights" and can complain to the government if they feel those rights have been abused. A robot doesn't have these rights (not yet, anyway). Unemployed people might be cheap labor, and even desperate for work, but it's still possible they might complain about some aspect of employment. Therefore, it makes more sense to use robots for some jobs, because robots can't complain.

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Julie Larson-Green: Yes, MICROSOFT is going to KILL WINDOWS

Michael Hawkes

Licensing

I'd be more impressed if they simplified their licensing schemes. IMHO, if your licensing is so complex that you created "licensing specialist" as a job title and certification, then you're doing something wrong.

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Google's Schmidt predicts end to global censorship in a DECADE

Michael Hawkes
Big Brother

Google

If censorship ends, it will be in spite of Google, not because of it. It's in its corporate interests to comply with governmental orders, where smaller, nimbler organizations can take greater risks because they have less to lose.

Big Brother because Google is watching.

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Arm-wave bye BYE! Apple grabs Kinect flail-sensor maker for $345m

Michael Hawkes
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Sign language

Maybe Siri will get be able to work with sign languages in the future. One of many possibilities, I imagine.

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El avión Buitre 2 rinde homenaje a nuestros amigos españoles

Michael Hawkes
Thumb Up

International

I can see the Register is trying to gain international support for its plans to become the first tech website in space. By the third iteration, I hope they have their VOIP (Vulture-over-internet-protocol) tech finally ready for the masses.

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Sail HO! Look out Bay Area - it's the GOOGLE GALLEON

Michael Hawkes
Pirate

Preparing for battle

They plan to engage with and destroy the Crimson Permanent Assurance. It's Eric Schmidt's plan for revenge dating back to when he was a Midshipman for Bell Labs.

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Google told: ERASE Mosley's FIVE-HOOKER ORGY. Now everyone will view it AGAIN

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I survived Spiceworld 2013, heat and all: Here's how I did it

Michael Hawkes
Paris Hilton

tl;dr

So it's, like, a Spice Girls convention, right?

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Google Helpout live vids: Helping you help us help ourselves, says web giant

Michael Hawkes

A few questions for Google

What's the best way to protect my Gmail from NSA snooping?

How can I remove all Google products from my Android phone?

If 42 is the answer, what is the question?

At what point did Google stop giving a s**t about the "Don't be evil" slogan?

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Adobe exec puffs cloud shop: Online features are so 'compelling'... What are they again?

Michael Hawkes
Devil

Apropos

Yesterday Adobe asked me to fill out a survey regarding CS6 and Creative Cloud. I told them I had no intention of buying, installing, or recommending Creative Cloud because their software isn't compelling enough to warrant taking out a subscription. For most of the people I deal with, Gimp and Scribus are sufficient for their needs. You don't need Photoshop if all you're going to do is crop a photo.

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In a meeting with a woman? For pity's sake DON'T READ THIS

Michael Hawkes
Facepalm

So, you're assuming they're not taking notes then? Maybe you should look at mobile use at meetings and presentations as a sign that you've said something interesting and they want to jot it down for future reference.

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Shadowy drug fans threaten FBI agents, vow to 'avenge' Silk Road shutdown

Michael Hawkes
Black Helicopters

Imitation is the ...

Considering how TOR works, it would be possible for multiple sites named Silk Road to appear, each with different ownership. Some might even be run by the DEA (or other govt agencies).

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Dear Apple: Want to stay in business? Make an iPhone people can afford

Michael Hawkes
Gimp

Fiats

Following that idea, maybe instead of introducing a low-end iPhone, maybe Apple should create a new lower-end brand, and put iOS on its devices. That way they wouldn't 'taint' the Apple brand with inexpensive products by creating a new gateway drug opening a new market.

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Look out, world! HP's found a use for Autonomy - rescuing Win XP bods

Michael Hawkes
Windows

The wrong way

They could probably make a lot of money by starting to Windows Updates for XP. I know several companies that are still using XP and aren't inclined to move to something else. If the cost of buying updates from Autonomy (or whoever) is less than the cost of upgrading hundreds or thousands of PCs to Windows 7, many companies would probably jump at the chance.

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Now we know why UK spooks simply shrugged at SSL encryption

Michael Hawkes
Black Helicopters

Reverse psychology

While I wouldn't put it past the NSA, GCHQ, et al to circumvent or decrypt SSL, it almost seems as if this is an attempt to get people to not care about SSL. If people believe SSL is useless, they'll won't go through the bother of using it, making the NSA's job that much easier.

Black helicopter due to the lack of a tinfoil hat icon.

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Ministry of Sound sues Spotify over user playlists

Michael Hawkes

Legalese

Since it's the Ministry of Sound, does that make this a "techno squabble"?

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MPs blocked from ogling 'web smut' 300,000 times – WHILE IN PARLIAMENT

Michael Hawkes
Joke

Re: "Tory MP Claire Perry... is advising the Prime Minister on porn"

"Nudge, nudge. Wink, wink. Say no more."

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Hacktivists boast of English Defence League KO after website downed

Michael Hawkes
Headmaster

What a name

With a name like English Defence League, I envisioned a plethora of pedantic people pushing proper spelling. Way more entertaining, pour moi, than a bunch of bigots.

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100 MEEELION self-driving cars will be sold globally in 2035 – report

Michael Hawkes

Lawyers

The legal issues might not be a game-stopper. Any lawyer worth their legal degree should be able to argue that the fault resides with someone other than their client.

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Chubby-chasing SEX TROLLS ran me offline, says fashion blogger

Michael Hawkes
Alert

Lower your expectations

"The best the human race can do." Online? That's a laugh. If you're looking for the best the human race can do, you're looking in the wrong place. Going online, I assume there will be stuff I disagree with, things that are distasteful, derogatory, and even hateful, but I accept it because if I want the benefits of going online, I also have to accept some risks.

That said, I've learned not to feed the trolls, online or off.

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Bank of Thailand bans Bitcoin

Michael Hawkes
Headmaster

First of all, the OP said they have a monopoly over the world's economy, not money. Money and the economy are two different things. Not that I agree with OP. Just sayin'.

In context of OP's comment, I understood it to mean the banks that are licensed and regulated by governments have a monopoly on the world's economy. A monopoly isn't about one company/organization. It's about power. Most banks have the same business model, so even if they are separate entities, they are going to do what they can to protect the business model. If thousands of banks are protecting the same business model, they can collectively act like a monopoly.

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'Wandering Dago' tuck truck ejected from NY race track

Michael Hawkes
Megaphone

Re: The "Wandering Wop"

100,000 people in a cricket stadium wouldn't sound like anything in America, because we don't have cricket stadiums that large.

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Reg hack prepares to live off wondergloop Soylent

Michael Hawkes
Coat

Re: If you can't fry it, it's not food

It's still new, give it time. It probably hasn't made its way to Scotland yet.

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Ex-CIA techie Edward Snowden: I am the NSA PRISM deepthroat

Michael Hawkes
Holmes

Re: Bin Laden Athletic 4, USA 1

If your family member was coming home late at night with people you suspect are pr0n stars, then you shouldn't be very surprised.

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Gourmet chemists sniff out ultimate cheese on toast

Michael Hawkes
WTF?

Definitions

Since I'm not British, is cheese on toast the same thing as a grilled cheese, or are they just culinary cousins?

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Leaks point to new mystery Macs 'with Jony Ive's fingerprints on'

Michael Hawkes
Go

Any external USB drive should work. When I need to use an optical drive, I connect a Dell USB2 DVD-RW drive to my MacBook. it's a bit cheaper than Apple's Superdrive and does the same job. For that matter, you could probably use a generic USB drive and save more money.

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'Liberator': Proof that you CAN'T make a working gun in a 3D printer

Michael Hawkes
FAIL

Anecdotal evidence

I work with a bunch of eye doctors and they give talks every week about interesting cases. One year one of them spent a few months helping out in a hospital in Alaska. He presented a case where a patient tried to commit suicide by holding a cartridge to his forehead with a pair of pliers and tried to set it off by holding a lighter to it. The cartridge went off, but instead of penetrating the skull, the bullet ended up between the globe and orbit, doing some damage to the eye (mainly burns). The doctor had pics, so it probably happened. The patient was held for a psych eval.

Fail, because the patient missed out on a Darwin award.

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Peak Apple: Foxconn contemplating life after Cupertino

Michael Hawkes
Alert

Re: Morons of the world, unite!

There was a suicide as recently as April: http://micgadget.com/34842/suicides-return-foxconn-workers-forced-to-work-long-hours-in-silence/

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Google erects tech specs tech specs, APIs hit the decks

Michael Hawkes
Boffin

Re: Starting to be excited about this ...

I work with a bunch of eye doctors, so I wonder how long it will be before one of them gets a set of these for "research".

It would probably be more useful to people with certain conditions, such as macular degeneration or maybe glaucoma, where they have some good, but patchy vision. People with dense cataracts, cloudy corneas, etc might have a hard time with Glass, though I'm guessing.

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DataDirect in job slash bloodbath

Michael Hawkes
Headmaster

Marketing VP?

Does the marketing VP get paid by the word? The response is so padded with unnecessary words, it makes me think he (or the company) is dishonest to some extent.

"In order to continue to maintain solid double digit growth..." "To continue to maintain," is a bit redundant. "Solid," is solid word count padding worthy of a college freshman. "In order," isn't necessary. "To continue double digit growth..." means the same thing, but exhibits brevity.

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Microsoft gives away Windows 8 to Mac devs

Michael Hawkes
Thumb Up

I've also seen Windows performing better in a VM (XP and Win 7 in VMWare Fusion on a Mac, Win7 and 2008 Server in Hyper-V on a Dell server), even when I dial down the number of cores and RAM the VM's are allowed to use. Running Windows 7 in Hyper-V with 1 GB of RAM runs better than Windows 7 on an Optiplex with 1 GB of RAM. I don't know why, but it does.

I've run Ubuntu in VMWare Fusion and Ubuntu Server in Hyper-V but haven't played around with them enough to appreciate any difference in performance, though neither seems to suffer from the limited RAM I've allocated.

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Fund manager says Dell board has no skin in the buyout game

Michael Hawkes

Re: Wait a minute

I wouldn't say we don't pay enough, but as a large state-funded university, they seem to offer us fairly good deals :-) On the other hand, I don't look at their profit margins. I do recommend Dells (and Apples), but that's mainly because they seem to install less crapware than other manufacturers. Caveat emptor, however.

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Michael Hawkes
Stop

Wait a minute

I hope Dell doesn't get out of the PC business. We've got hundreds of Optiplex PCs (and dozens of Latitude laptops) where I work, and on the rare occasion that something breaks, their service has always been excellent - the parts arrive the next day and they always ask if I need a tech to come and install the parts. My personal experience with Dells is they they've been more reliable than the Macs I've owned.

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Dell's Ubuntu dev laptop gets much-needed display boost

Michael Hawkes

Re: Dell and Linux

After getting a Project Sputnik XPS 13 last summer, I tried using Ubuntu for a few days, but eventually got fed up and installed Mint.

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Samsung spaffs $3.9bn on chip factory in TEXAS

Michael Hawkes
Stop

Football fields

Is that a new unit of measurement for the Register? Shouldn't it be measured in doormats?

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Review: Eurocom Monster W110ER gaming netbook

Michael Hawkes
Thumb Up

VGA

At the university where I work, VGA is commonly used to connect laptops to projectors. All of the classrooms have VGA connections in the teacher's desk or speaker's podium, while some will have DVI or HDMI as options. VGA may be legacy tech, but it still works well.

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Dutch script kiddie pwns 20,000 Twitter profiles

Michael Hawkes
Facepalm

tl;dr

B/c ppl hv attn spans of gnats.

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Stephen Hawking pushes for posthumous pardon for Alan Turing

Michael Hawkes
Childcatcher

Why do they need to be innocent?

In the US, the president and governors can grant pardons or commute sentences for people who are guilty, which is probably why it's a sometimes controversial practice. I can't decide if the US or the UK has a better grasp of when pardons should be granted, but if it happened in the US, Turing would probably have been pardoned by now.

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Home Sec: Let us have Snoop Charter or PEOPLE WILL DIE

Michael Hawkes
Big Brother

Thoughtcrime

I'm not from the UK, but isn't increased government regulation and government intrusion supposed to be anathema to Conservative ideals?

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Galapagos islands bombed with 22 tonnes of Blue Death Cornflakes

Michael Hawkes
Black Helicopters

Re: A good job for the MIT robot lab, allied to Lockheed-Martin

RAT-101? Would that be the first iteration of the Rat-Thing from Snow Crash?

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Disney plans three Lucasfilm flicks EVERY YEAR

Michael Hawkes
Mushroom

I have a bad feeling about this

Jar Jar Binks on Ice.

Textbooks that feature Yoda, Obi-Wan and other "wise" Jedi masters throughout.

A sitcom with a young Padawan as sidekick and comic relief who constantly gets into trouble and is frequently rescued from a predicament of his own making.

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Federal advisors urge Congress to look into China's cyber attacks

Michael Hawkes
Holmes

Spies, pirates, thieves?

Sounds pretty American to me. Maybe we should give them citizenship.

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Surface more profitable than iPad

Michael Hawkes
Joke

Cut corners

It's because they cut back on rounded corners

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Nobody knows what to call Microsoft's ex-Metro UI

Michael Hawkes
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Late to the party, but with lots of money

They should pay Psy billions of won and call it "Gangnam style". They can have an ad with Bill Gates and/or Steve Ballmer doing the dance from the video - instant meme! Dress them as Santas for holiday sales.

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Four in ten Brits have had to change all their passwords to foil crooks

Michael Hawkes
Headmaster

para-what?

"parasitic pornographic websites" tapewormlove.com? theliceshack.xxx?

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Does Box really need $284m in VC cash?

Michael Hawkes
Thumb Up

similar to Dropbox

The university where I work started using Box recently and it is much, much easier to use than Sharepoint. I've use it on Macs and PCs, and have accessed it with iOS and Android devices.

It's pretty much like Dropbox in that you can store your files "in the cloud" and access them anywhere there's a network connection. You can also 'invite' people to upload, download, or edit files in your personal Box folder. Most of the people I work with use it to collaborate with other rather than emailing documents back and forth.

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