* Posts by Kevin Johnston

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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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Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command

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Excuse me?

' but if you're familiar with the process on Linux, you should have no trouble'

If you have been using the process on Linux then why on earth would you be looking to run a limited version on Windows, especially when two articles across from this was how you need to put on a patch to stop users getting full Admin rights in Windows.

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So you want to introduce a BYOD plan. Where do you start?

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and fails to mention...

that BYOD is only one leg of the tripod. To go with it you have hardware that is totally owed and controlled by the business (currently the norm) and also owned by the business with a personal area (the inverse of BYOD).

If you start offering BYOD you need to balance it with the other options too or you are letting the tail wag the dog.

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You know where Apple Pay is getting used a LOT? Yes - McDonalds

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Joke

Just hope they didn't get too bent out of shape.

Yeah, I was going anyway

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Mastercard and Visa to ERADICATE password authentication

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W00h00

I cried when I read this...

and it took ages before I could stop laughing/cheering long enough to start typing.

From it's very first day I could never see this as anything other than an MitM vector waiting to be re-purposed

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EU Ryanair 'screen-scraping' case could affect biz models

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Except that if people are buying it through a comparison web-site you are missing the chance to have them accidentally buy all sorts of other services where they didn't notice that a tick in one place meant No while elsewhere it meant Yes.

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Firefox decade: Microsoft's IE humbled by a dogged upstart. Native next?

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Curious

Not a single mention in the article of Opera which may be a niche player these days but it played a significant part in pushing features now considered standard (tabs anyone?) but also kicked off the EU review of Microsoft bundling IE in the OS.

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Data protection laws come to the rescue of poor, underpaid UK MPs

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Monitoring

I have always said that MPs should be required to work to the HMRC Rules and Regs for Directors of Limited Companies. That would give very clear limits on what can be claimed and accountability.

Remind me...If someone chooses to be an MP where part of their job requires them to be in London, why does that permit them to buy a family home in London and charge the mortgage payments to the Tax-payer? All they are supposed to claim is expenses necessary to perform their job as an MP so why do they need more than a one bedroom flat for their time in London?

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Samsung turns off lights on LEDs worldwide – except in South Korea

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Re: The lesson of the LS120

Ummm....#3 here. One drive, one disc, never really worked out why i let heart over-rule head.

Oh yeah, and I have (possibly had, we did some clearing recently) 8" floppy drive and discs too

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Bitcasa bins $10-a-month Infinite storage offer

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Re: lol

I blame the Advertising watchdogs for letting them get away with this to the point of encouraging them. In the UK the watchdog (aka ASA-The Toothless Puppy) specifically permitted the use of words with a cvontradictory meaning. I seem to recall it related to 'traffic shaping' which was allowed even when they advertised 'we will not slow you down'.

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Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012

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eloquently answered...

Those tax practices were intended so that multi-national companies could take advantage of areas of expertise and share the output across divisions in the other countries. It is still used that way by the majority of companies (how many data-centres do you really want to have running?) but is being 'abused' by a small number. Is it really practical to change the laws and penalise everyone because the 'bad-guys' accountants are better at finding loopholes than the Governments are at closing them?

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Luscious LOHAN t-shirts fly into Vulture Central

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Re: What's the O in LOHAN?

Not so, especially in light of the L being Low. A Low Orbit could technically be just a few feet above ground for the whole orbit assuming you could maintain thrust although there are generally assumed values for the varying categories of orbital 'height'

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Re: "we promised that these rewards would be exclusive to our Kickstarter campaign"

Only if pried from......etc etc etc

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Re: LED lighting

Ah, that's because the regulations quote wattage and not lux/lumens/candelas per m2.

This means your 7 watts for a side light which gives you an incandesant bulb like a glow-worm allows you some LEDs which almost outperform halogen headlamps. Certainly the 50 Watt GU10 bulbs at home have been replaced with LEDs of the same brightness but rated at 5 watts

Always thought this was something which needed some attention.

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Re: Cruise control

The poor timing of your CC is a classic example of the diffence that extra inputs can make to predictive actions. You can see the brow of the hill approaching but the car cannot.

It has been said by people who know about these things that a really good driver can out-perfomr ABS as well, but we are talking about properly good drivers as in licensed race/rally type people.

As the article notes, a lot of the systems in cars both ancient and modern are average at best but hold to the 'good enough' theory of engineering. You could make it better but it would cost more unless you wait until next decade when a new thrugglewasher will be invented.

The one part which did catch my eye was the digitial wiring loom. As far as I am aware even the latest eco-warrior cars have central control boxes and long copper runs. At the best part of 60lb of weight saved from changing to a digital loom in his project this is an appreciable saving and if taken with changing to LED lighting then I could see this being a nice little earner for some Auto-Electric shops.

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Ploppr: The #VultureTRENDING App of the Now

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I am amazed that no-one has so far suggested an added feature with Press 1 for #1 and 2 for #2

It's the weekend, I can't leave as I'm at home

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US government fines Intel's Wind River over crypto exports

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Re: The US isn't actually forbidding the export of crypto...

The point of the article is that the handling has changed from a slapped wrist if you made an after-the-fact revalation to a penalty. This raises a number of questions which have relevance due to the nature of the items in question.

Are all businesses now being fined for exporting without a license and admitting it later?

Are all other fines in line with the level of this one?

Does the treatment match any documented process to handle companies which export with no license?

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Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box

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So LOHAN has another tattoo....where's the story?

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Hacker-hunters finger 'Keyser Soze' of Russian underground card sales

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WTF?

So...

Let me see if I got this right......a person using an alias has actually been identified as the same person using a completely different alias...

Wow....someone online who uses multiple identities, groundbreaking stuff here

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Coughing for 4G, getting 2G... Networks' penny-pinching SECRETS REVEALED

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Re: I'm still mystified how...

Simple....he's training for the PFY slot by being as irritating as possible suggesting something in IT is straightforward and you, the user, are doing it all wrong.

He has no connection, no conversation, just a smirk as he wins another round.....PFY 10, (l)users 0

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

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Re: Follow the money

Not so much who profits if it succeeds as who loses if it gets killed off?

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10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register

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I used to string them along and my favourite went on for over twenty minutes before I got bored and hung up telling them there was a good advert on TV I wanted to watch. My wife has now banned me from this game but my son has gamely picked up the baton and now critiques their script.

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