* Posts by Kevin Johnston

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Apple wants to patent iBeacon stalking

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Re: "... so you find that friend, partner, ..."

But how would you manage to do that? It would require you both to have a phone in your pocket and have some signal and....oh, yeah....ignore me, I'm leaving

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Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

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So the murder mysteries then...

Authors are going to have to hide where the murderer is revealed to stop people looking at the last page and giving up reading or they will only get paid one page per book

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EU MEPs accept lonely Pirate's copyright report – and water it down

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Re: “The commercial use of...

I seem to recall there is an iconic set of steps with a railing down the centre somewhere in Paris that is forever appearing in films/adverts etc...and then there are all the images of the Love Lock Bridge....has anyone asked permission for this?

Was anyone aware they needed to?

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'Right to be forgotten' applies WORLDWIDE, thunders Parisian court

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I kind of agree here (and to various similar comments above) but the global nature of the Internet means that you either have to hear this case in one court and apply it globally or else it has to be heard in every jurisdiction which is just not practical.

Perhaps a reasonable approach would be to require the person wanting the de-linking/de-listing to apply in their 'normal country of residence'. Obviously no system is perfect and they can all be abused but this would be a good start point.

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Future Range Rovers will report pot-holes directly to councils

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Re: when

Would that by any chance be a stretch along the South Coast? Or are you suggesting that every council in the UK falls for the same (concrete is quicker/cheaper) BS from the road builders...

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No Silicon Roundabout U-Bend U-Turn: Build that peninsula boys

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Degrees of ability

My sister qualified as a Surveyor some time ago and at her award ceremony it was very clear that all the Surveyors got a BSc while all the 'Town and Country Planners' got a BA.....

So as long as 'it looks amazing darling' it is irrelevant how well it does (or doesn't) work.

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Config file wipe blunder caused deadly Airbus A400M crash – claim

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Re: Lack of imagination when thinking up things that can go wrong.

@Mr Pott

What a delightful and descriptive piece of prose, have you considered writing Children's stories?

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One USB plug to rule them all? That's sensible, but no...

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Re: Argh!

Fully agree and, expanding on this, if they are going to offer the ability to do all this at once then there would have to be more than one connector available at which point the idea of shoving everything through one type is pointless.

As an example, you want to feed a video loaded on your tablet onto the wonderful huuuge TV you have but need to ensure you don't kill the battery, well that is one USB-C Video and one USB-C Power compared to the current weird setup of one USB mini/micro for power and a HDMI mini/micro for the video.....definite leap forward there...NOT.

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Adult FriendFinder hack EXPOSES MEELLIONS of MEMBERS

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Re: Oh no!

They should be well hung.....several days at least to improve the quality of the meat

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Airplane HACK PANIC! Hold on, it's surely a STORM in a TEACUP

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Re: Times sure have changed

Oh the remembered joys...

I was working in Saudi Arabia for BAe many moons ago and it was well known that you never flew on the same plane as the fitters as they had a habit of working their way round the cabin looking for things to fix. Used to drive the cabin crew frantic trying to stop them taking stuff apart but the passengers seemed to consider it as the in-flight cabaret

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Cheers Ireland! That sorts our Safe Harbour issues out – Dropbox

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Re: Don't think it changes anything

The way I read it is that all non-US data will be hosted in the EU. If a customer is non-EU and moves data in/out of that storage there is no problem as it is their data so Safe Harbour does not apply. The problems would only come if Dropbox move it without the customer asking them to.

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UK exam board wants kids to be able to Google answers

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Re: Google Translate

Yep...I gave up with Google Translate and now use Reverso.net. Doesn't have so many languages but has much improved grammar and has a number of extras such as Conjucation, Spell check and contextual examples

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Brit boffins BLOW UP Li-On batteries and film the MELTING COPPER

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or to quote Mythbusters...."it's all fun and games until someone loses an eyebrow - then it's science"

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Your new car will dob you in to the cops if you crash, decrees EU

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Dials after an impact...

using the fading power of the car's battery which was shattered on impact or, as happened to me once, the frontal impact shunted the battery compartment just enough to snap the power leads.

I do hope they thought to require this unit has it's own power source. But not one of those Li-on batteries otherwise rather than save your life it could torch your car for you http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/29/boffins_blow_up_batteries_so_you_dont_have_to/

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Rackspace in Crawley: This is a local data centre for local people

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Have to agree, when was the last time that a US 'Force' stepped away from a planned action because it broke the law of the country it would take place in?

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DRM is NOT THE LAW, I AM THE LAW, says JUDGE DREDD

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The really sad thing?

I used to have a huuuuge stack of the originals and the got skipped during a move....

Never mind the value, there was years or re-reading in them still

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High on bath salts, alleged Norse god attempts tree love

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....deadly weapon

They actually do it properly on the left hand side of the pond. If you have an implement which could potential kill someone, no matter how remote the chance, then it is a deadly weapon.

Over here you have a mishmash which 'kind of' gets there with ...constructed, adapted or intended for use....says much the same but it is a little wordy and leaves loopholes where you may have to prove intent which is never easy.

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ICANN urges US, Canada: Help us stop the 'predatory' monster we created ... dot-sucks!

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What's that old saying?

Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind

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Apple Watch: We ROUNDUP the ROUNDUPS. Yes, Roundup-squared

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There was me wondering whether they were being ironic by asking the questions but supplying their own sum of answers or really ironic by asking the questions and then saying 'who cares'.

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Ex-cop: Holborn fireball comms outage cover for £200m bling heist gang

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Re: Insurance

I think you will find that in most cases it is uninsured because that way nobody knows you have it. A lot of high value stuff gets shifted around (including from country to country) to disguise ownership and to stop those pesky Taxmen knowing about them.

Then there is of course the stuff which may not be in the possession of the rightful owner....bit tricky to insure that stuff too.

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Belgium to the rescue as UK consumers freeze after BST blunder

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Re: Oh, for goodness sake

It would be more appropriate for portions of Europe to join us on GMT as several (France/Spain/Portugal) either have the Greenwich meridian pass through them or they are West of the line.

This 'give up the time-shift' happens twice a year and normally is linked to the 'Use CET' sub-plot with the advantages to business forefront amongst the reasons but everyone saying that ignores the way that the US have a lot of time-zones and not only do they see no problem but they actually take advantage of them allowing a split office East/West coast to cover a much larger portion of the day without needing people to start early/stay late.

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Nesting falcons interrupt £200m Vodafone 4G mast upgrades

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Story aside, that is a great photo....severe envy here as none of mine come out anything like that well

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Web geeks grant immortality to Sir Terry Pratchett – using smuggled web code

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Re: Clacks

There were also telegraphic towers between Admiralty House in London and Portsmouth (not sure if they did Falmouth too)

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MacBooks slimming down with Sammy's new 3D NAND diet pills

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Errr What?

So Apple are reducing their reliance on Samsung by using more Samsung derived components?

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Aged 18-24? Don't care about voting? Got a phone? Oh dear...

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Hear hear....I have often said that there should be a 'none of the above' category on voting forms and if that gets the most votes then no MP is returned from that constituency. That would have a few of them shaking in their expenses-paid for 2nd home.

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Should online pirates get the same sentences as offline ones?

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Re: When is theft not theft?

You missed an important part of the definition...

'obtains pecuniary advantage' ie either makes money by holding the item for ransom or saves money by not paying for using it. This is how they can define copying stuff as theft.

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I see what you've done, there, twiiter.com: Tweet troops tackle tech twin

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Re: ſcreenſhot: Just wondering

I think if you prefer a quill you are 'pre-trendy'. At least it is justification for having a pen-knife about your person

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£280k Kickstarter camera trigger campaign crashes and burns

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and closer to home....

The LOHAN project used Kickstarter to get funding to help get a playmonaut launched but is it a failed project if their is a launchpad 'incident' resulting in a collection of puzzle parts? At that point most, if not all, the money would have been spent so how could there be a refund?

As said by many above, this is a system to help fund bold ideas which have a good chance of turning into something exciting, not a guarantee.

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German music moguls slammed for 'wurst ever DMCA takedown spam'

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Why stop?

Well it could be the bit where you state in the takedown notice that 'you swear under penalty of perjury that the information is correct' or some such form of words.

The DMCA Takedown notice is a legal document and as such spraying them out randomly SHOULD lead to you being up before the beak yourselves. Of course the problem there is that once the first company gets hauled up then everyone else will have to turn off their spamming DMCA robot.

Oh wait....that's not actually a problem for the real world is it, more a bonus.

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Wake up! BlackBerry QUIETLY updates BB10

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Any updates on this?

I upgraded my Q10 with none of the sound issues so I wonder how widespread this actually is.

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Prawn cocktail offers hot new way to make solar cells

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Re: 'Once we've improved their efficiency...'

Ooh look....a Police Helicopter

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El Reg's plucky Playmonaut eyes suborbital rocket shot

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Hybrid fuel?

Sorry but unless it can run from salami then I'm not interested...

Oh wait.....http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/mythbusters-database/salami-rocket-fuel/

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Skin colour's irrelevant. Just hire competent folk on their merits, FFS

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For once the French got it right

to paraphrase...

There is little difference between men and women.....vive la difference

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Data retention: It seems BORING ... until your TV SPIES ON YOU

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Re: Even if, and it’s a big if, Samsung is innocent....

and that is why I don't want a TV, I just want a large monitor....

cheaper, just as good a picture and I can run sound through a separate audio system to get good channel separation.

Oh yeah...and they are easier to take apart to look for microphones/cameras/whatever

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'Camera-shy' Raspberry Pi 2 suffers strange 'XENON DEATH FLASH' glitch

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Re: Does anybody remember eproms?

One of my main tasks as an apprentice was to burn and mark the Proms/Eproms for a system. I learnt the hard way that when you varnish over the white ink used to mark them you should use normal varnish and a fine brush.....Spray varnish tends to coat the legs and form a perfect insulating layer......Oooops

Was going to Anon but the damage to my credibility was a long time ago so it's too late to be precious.

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First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app

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Can't wait

I have always preferred the OS maps because they exist to be maps rather than as a start point for all manner of add-on extras. So long as the online version holds to that then I see the OS getting a lot of trade from people who currently end up with three or four apps to cover driving/walking/etc. Even at a small charge this could get a good uptake.

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O2 notifies data cops 'for courtesy' ... AFTER El Reg intervenes in email phish dustup

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@silent_count...

.......This is nonsensical! If you've compromised someone's computer why would you bother sending them a phishing email?......

A very clear and simple rebuttal of the O2 response

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Brain-train kid game settles with FTC over 'unsupported' claims

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I suspect that the FTC are not expecting them to be around that long.....charging over $200 for the game where there is probably a free equivalent online is not going to see much in the way of sales

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Windows 10: The Microsoft rule-o-three holds, THIS time it's looking DECENT

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Let me see

Voice system called Cortana....browser called Spartan...Halo, is there a theme developing here? Just hope it is a Requiem for Windows

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LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

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Alien life?

Surely it was looking for native life

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Australia tries to ban crypto research – by ACCIDENT

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Re: decent British beer.

Would that be a Man of Kent or a Kentish Man?

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Grand Theft Auto 1997: 'Sick, deluded and beneath contempt'

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Re: I loved the top down GTA Games

Actually you are completely incorrect as more countries drive on the left, it's just that the BIG countries do the reverse so most drivers doing it properly drive on the right.

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Disney, McLaren and National Rail walk into bar: Barkeep, make me a Wearable

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Surely if they are trying to be cool and hip and trendy (delete as inappropriate) they should actually be called Innov8...

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Re: Oh not again

An example from the UK.....

it was made a specific offence to sit in the middle or right-hand lanes of a motorway or dual carriageway DESPITE this having been dealt with previously under existing legislation as 'driving without due care and attention'.

Why was it seen as such a problem? Could be down to the shift from police patrolling in cars over to fixed cameras focussing on speeding. Yes, it earned a lot of money from speeding fines but it did bog-all for all the other bad driving which cameras are bloody useless at spotting.

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Firms will have to report OWN diverted profits under 'Google Tax' law

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They just don't get it

Currently these 'diverted profits' are written down as Franchise costs or IP costs etc etc. Why on earth does HMRC* think that they can produce a piece of legislation which achieves what they think they want? They have never managed it before and the multi-nationals have a lot more reasons to side-step the laws than HMRC* have to write them.

Can't wait for the first company to report every single purchase and salary payment they make throughout the year as diverted profit and drown HMRC in paperwork.

*OK, yes I know that technically it is not HMRC that write the laws but...

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Use Windows software on Android – Microsoft couldn't be app-ier

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Re: you would have got Office 2003, Office 2007, Office 2010, and Office 2013

@Pascal...I think you missed it but @Dan was sharing the joys that you would have had with the rental version where you would never know until you launched it each day what extra functionality had been shoe-horned in FOR NO EXTRA CHARGE!!!!

This contrasts with the boring plodding of your 'owned' copy where everything is in the same place day after day and you don't get to spend hours exploring a twisty maze of passages all the same to find that obscure 'set line spacing to 2' option.

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Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

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Just a guess

You know, one of those wild 'stab in the dark' things....but could this analysis in any way have been sponsored or supported by Microsoft?

Odd thought I know but it does kind of suggest that Microsoft are about to beat how Apple took on the consumer market when they released the iPhone. The Windows Phone OS may be good but I would like to see how much he would stake on his claims for it.

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CERN's 2014 Xmas gift from the Large Hadron Collider: Two new baryons

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Critical checks

I presume everyone involved made a sanity check saving throw didn't they?

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What a Mesa: Apple vows to re-use titsup GT sapphire glass plant

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But if your main customer encourages you to stretch your goals to a new technology (maybe even sharing costs) to enable them to expand their range and then dumps you when it proves to be too much too soon, who bears the responsibility?

Especially when said main customer buys up the carcass for a song....

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Call the Commish! Ireland dragged into Microsoft dispute over alleged drug traffic data

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Re: The enemy..

Taking that one step further.....

If the US Government do win here does it then give them a lever to pry open the box holding the 'off-shored' profits from those same 'US' Companies?

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