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2285 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

US lawmakers eye internet 'kill switch'

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Typical

So while the rest of the world is condemning Mubarak + co's handling of the riots, US lawmakers are studying the conflict to see if they can learn any lessons in oppression. Sure, this may have been stewing for several years, but the timing is questionable at best.

Wonder if one of these "cyber emergencies" will suddenly manifest itself this year...

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Newest PS3 firmware hacked in less than 24 hours

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Any bricking reported?

Friend of mine is the manager of a store that buys and sells games/consoles/whatever, PS3s included. He's been telling me that some of the older, fat PS3s have been bricking with this update applied. Any truth to that?

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Google to Microsoft: You're stealing our search results!

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Other possible circumstances

For example, if your company logo is fruit-based, and you're well in with the journalistic media at large...

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LEO?

Low Earth Orbit?

Low Emissions Optimum?

Long-term Ecosystem Observatory?

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Home Office crime maps go to street-level detail

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We all know who's really excited

Insurance groups! Another set of excuses to ramp your premiums to ridiculous levels.

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Oracle spurns Ruby devs for Java love

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I agree!

The PHP support in NetBeans over the past few years has turned into something awesome, and it's become my main PHP editor, not least because I was already using it for Java. It also supports a slew of other front-end web languages, including JS/jQuery, in ways that have made my life much easier. Losing support for those things would be a real blow.

Eclipse, by comparison, is a confusing clusterfuck. I could never get into using it, though I know a lot of people do. NetBeans just makes more sense to me, and the rest of the tech team here agree

I imagine the RoR support will simply be resurrected as a module. Can they get hold of the core NetBeans code and turn it into one? If "removed" means "turned into a user-maintained module", then that's not so bad. Some of the contributed modules are excellent - just started using Foxbeans last week for some Mozilla development and it's great.

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nbAndroid

Not as good as the Google-developed Eclipse plugin, but there is a Netbeans plugin for Android, and it's improving all the time. I've coded up several bits on it and it's competent enough.

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Pothole-spotter app aims to stop arse ache

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And for me!

My road is so bad that the potholes are now four inches deep in places, and the cobbles that the road replaced are making a comeback. I could put in literally 50+ reports just on that one road. It needs resurfacing.

Oh, but they did send a guy round last week. He filled in about 6 of them, fairly roughly, then left. And the only ones he filled were in the exact spot on the road where there's a gas leak, and they're about to rip the road up to fix it. D'oh! Could you not see the strange yellow markings on the road right next to your white ones?

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Single complaint sparks police raid and total ban on rental movie

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FAIL

Logic Fail!

>>He added: "I cannot imagine why anyone would want to watch something like that."

Right after having watched it...

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Scotland bans smut. What smut? Won't say

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Perfect Blue

That would be an interesting one. It's got a group rape scene, except that the rape scene in the movie is staged - it's part of a movie being made, within the movie. It'd be pretty ironic if that got banned.

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Errr

....we had an extreme porn law first. Did no-one tell you? If you're into BDSM, that kind of thing, this isn't the best time to be living in England. Strange as it may sound to people not into it/not previously exposed to it, violent sex, including rape-play and knife-play, is what turns some people on.

This law is, I presume, to protect against pornography created where one or more participants are being forced into it, but how do you tell that from a picture? The extracts given in the article appear to make no leeway for genuinely produced erotica, even if it contains the common preamble of the actors giving consent/discussing the video's content. That is what concerns a lot of people, myself included.

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Verizon backpedals on unlimited iPhone data

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That's some expensive data!

200MB for $15? I pay £5 for 3GB!

And $30 a month for data? Are you shitting me? That's more than my entire contract, with more calls and texts than I'll ever use. What a rip off! Is this the case with all smartphone contracts over the pond, or is it just the iPhone?

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Matrix 4 and 5 in works, threatens Keanu

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I do exactly that!

"I just don't care much about sequels if they're no good. I do not acknowledge them."

I know exactly what you mean. There are only two Terminator movies, after all.

That said - and I know I'm going to get shouted at for this - Matrix Revolutions is my favourite of the live action Matrix movies. Not for the stupid ending, oh no, but for three very simple reasons:

1) Matrix 3 has the least amount of Keanu Reeves in it

2) I thought the Battle for Zion was a very enjoyable action segment. Mechs, bazookas, mines, 250 000 squiddies. Oh yesh.

3) Matrix 3 has the least amount of Keanu Reeves in it

But then again, my absolute favourite part of the Matrix saga is the Animatrix. Some of those shorts, especially The Second Renaissance, were superior to all three live action movies.

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Philips 21:9 Cinema 58in LED backlit TV

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Don't know about now

But I've certainly seen them before. One of my old copies of Die Hard 2 was in 21:9, which was a pain in the arse as at the time I only had a 4:3 TV!

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Mozilla blocks Firefox-breaking Skype toolbar

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Not the first time they've screwed up FF

The original Skype plugin - the phone number recognising thingy - caused massive slowdowns in FF a year or two back. That made me disable it at the time, though admittedly it works fine now.

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Bot attacks Linux and Mac but can't lock down its booty

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OK, use KPackagekit

That's got a GUI, you can just click on it, if it wasn't already installed by default. Or did you miss that bit?

This is obviously so much harder than the Windows way - go to Oracle's site, find the right package for your operating system and architecture, download, install, put up with yet another update program.

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Are you high?

Just picking a common distro - Ubuntu, for example - how the hell is it hard to run Java? The open JRE is installed by default, and getting the Oracle binaries running is as hard as enabling the partner repo and typing:

sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre

Yet more anti-Tux FUD.

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As a Linux user...

"All the Linux fanbois I know continually bang on about never needing to reboot their Linux boxes, to the extent that most of them go out of their way to avoid doing so out of sheer bloody-mindedness."

We use Linux on the majority of our machines here, but we still turn them off when we go home at night. We're not thick - electricity costs money, and business like money.

"I'd say that makes the Linux infections a little more relevant."

And yet again you miss the point that they were unable to find any. Maybe Linux users were savvy enough not to get infected, maybe a reboot got rid of it, but either way there were no infections to display, so they can't display them.

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Android-powered touchscreen Wi-Fi headphones offered

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I concur

I liked my Gamer editions so much I took them to the office and bought a new set of Home editions for..well...home. Now I don't just ignore everyone around me*, I ignore them in 5.1. :-D

*Little dig at Mr Tut, there

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Medusas?

"Actually, I have a pair of 5.1 surround headphones that I use for online gaming (they have a boom mic as well)"

Are those Speedlink Medusas by any chance? Superb just-above-budget headphones.

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A flaw in your theory

The reason you can hear the other person's shitty repetitive RnB cover of a better song from 30 years ago is that the sound isn't contained in their shitty headphones. (These are normally, in my experience, shitty *white* headphones...)

I've never got why, but 95% of people will go spend hundreds on an iPod because the tellybox told them to, then use the crappy headphones that came in the box. So those guys won't buy this, and you won't be able to turn off their shit.

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Official: music is a brain stimulating drug

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WTF?

Piss right off

I am allowed to listen to metal at work precicely because it helps me get shit done. No distracting voices, no outside influence, just me and a keyboard. The boss? Listening to techno.

But then I guess he's got less cardboard in his briefs than Mr Tut.

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Facebook suspends personal data-sharing feature

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Indeed!

Indeed, though my solution was simple. Every time I see that, I simply bypass it via the FB logo. I kept doing so until they stopped asking.

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Third party developers blamed for Windows security woes

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Hang on

"While it is possible to only run FOSS it becomes less possible if you're a company and need commercial databases, backup software etc."

Well yes and no. First up, our company uses FOSS backup software ;-)

Even if you don't, if you're in a company using managed systems, you'll probably have a sysadmin taking care of updates anyway.

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Yank fires up iPhone-controlled beer cannon

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Which ones?

"The best I can say of regular US Budweiser is that there are worse beers sold here"

What, Tesco Value Bitter?

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Couldn't agree more

There's a certain person in my life who drinks Bud, and every time he offers me one I want to throw it back at his head. Absolute rat's piss.

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All that effort

To fire small cans of crap American beer. Make it accept 500ml or 568ml cans and I'll buy three. ;-)

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Steve Jobs takes 'medical leave of absence' from Apple

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Get well soon

His products may be crap, but one has nothing to do with the other. Hope he gets well soon. Regardless of whether you think it was good or bad, he's been a big influence on the industry.

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Apple tightens rules for iPad news delivery

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At what point does this get anti-competitive?

Apple start making life harder for other content providers, forcing them to modify their apps and possibly take them temporarily off market (as well as making them less profitable/less appealing to end users), right before releasing a joint content venture of their own? Cupertino really do like walking that fine line, huh?

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Google axes Jobsian codec in name of 'open'

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Buy proper hardware?

Both my phones, my DAP, all my computers, all play OGG Vorbis and FLAC. Just quit buying the crap stuff. ;-)

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Are you referring to the X10?

"What, like on phones from Sony that are only 6 months old and aren't getting any new updates?"

Riiiight, except that it got an update, and it now runs 2.1, and they're apparently planning a 2.2 release for this year.

Please try and keep your fevered hallucinations from encroaching on what has actually happened.

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Hypocrites?

Surely the only reason they're running WebM in the first place is so they can eventually ditch Flash? More bloody doublespeak from the Cupertino crowd. They're just afraid they're going to lose, and we'll actually end up with a real open web, not their twisted, patented definition.

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Mozilla plots February Firefox 4 release

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FFS!

I'm going to make El Reg daily bingo cards, and one of the squares will be "first post in a browser related thread is from an Opera fanboi". Do you guys monitor the RSS feeds or something? Is there an Opera SWAT team on standby, ready to leap into action whenever a false sense of superiority is required?

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2011 Games Preview

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I was going to respond in kind

With some kind of reasoned argument, but then I read...

"But for those of us who also play console games, HL2 and Episode 2 were far from stellar, by the time they were released they had been out-flanked by far superior console titles with the rise of the likes of the Halo series, and so forth."

...and the minute you called Halo a superior game to HL2, and implied that good PC FPS games are few and far between - what planet are you on? - I decided you were either uninformed or ignorant, so I won't bother.

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Heard this before

"I've lost interest. I'll check Wikipedia for the plot, but I won't buy it. It's been too damn long."

Didn't everyone say that about Half Life 2? It took 6 years, everyone was wondering WTF, and then it was one of the best games ever made. And again with EP2. "Where is it? It'll be shi-...oh, it's awesome."

Valve do this, but the end result is always worth it. Patience, young padawan.

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I was thinking that!

I thought Nintendo made the cheap consoles? I can get a PSP for £30 and I'll wager it'll still be more powerful than the 3DS. Better games, too.

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You missed a couple

My first two pre-orders of this year are for Return of Alice, given how brilliant the original was, and Child of Eden, again given how brilliant the original was. Child of Eden might even get me buying a Move.

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Apple 4 Verizon. True

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I used to do that...

...on Windows Mobile 2003.

Still do, on Android.

Nice to see Apple leading the way, as usual.

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Drupal 7 dives into machine-readable web

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Ease of use sounds good

I've set up some sites for other people on the quick using Drupal 6, and while I like the system, the control panel is horrible! Not nice for an end user. I'll have to check out the improvements and get them upgraded.

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Apple unwraps app store for proper computers

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Not quite

"I've thought this for a while: soon we'll have locked down, sanitized computers everywhere. Desktop, phone, tablet."

If you buy into Mac, maybe. MS will attempt a half-arsed version eventually in Win8 or something, and it'll suck, then fail, and they'll go back to buying software the old way. Linux...is Linux. We've been doing repositories for years, but anyone can have one, anyone can use one, and there aren't many restrictions - none if you're using 3rd-party repos.

Just the way it should be. :-)

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Firefox ahead of IE in Europe, boosted by Chrome effect

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Errr...dude?

Nice evangelism there, but...

"Btw, the reflexive Opera bashing has been really tiresome for 10 yrs"

I think you should look at these threads again. the reflex comes from Opera users who want to bang on about how awesome it is, and everything else is shit, and we're all stupid for using anything else.

Said it before, say it again. Calm. Down.

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Flame

whyfirefoxisblocked.com

I can see their point, but AdBlock Plus doesn't come with the browser - it's my choice to install it. So don't be pissed off with Firefox, be pissed off with me. I probably won't listen, but take your best shot.

In fact, when it comes to browsers with oh-so-superior ad blocking technology built right in, shouldn't they be going after...Opera? ;-)

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nano!

It works, bitches!

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I feel sorry for you

Anyone that emotionally attached to a browser has problems.

I seem to remember responding to almost exactly the same post the last time anyone mentioned browsers. If you could stop pasting this crap into every browser discussion, we'd have one less annoying Opera fanboi around, which in my case would make me more inclined to use it.

Still wouldn't though. I prefer Firefox. Yes, *prefer*. As in "I have tried Opera and I prefer Firefox." Honestly. Not even kidding. It is possible, you know.

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PHP apps plagued by Mark of the Beast bug

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PHP is loosely typed

As you well know, so...

"Seriously? Just how many of the f*ckers do you need? = for assign and == for equivalence. Jesus."

It's actually:

= for assign

== for equivalence *of value* - two variables with the same value that might not necessarily be the same type

=== for equivalence *in value and type* - two variables with the same value and type

Is that too difficult for you? Would you rather do your programming in BASIC?

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@asdf, Thyratron....Greg???

Me?? I was taking the piss! I'm a PHP coder! I've got a sodding ZCE (yes, I know)!

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Predictable post of the day

Insert anti-PHP "insecure garbage" rant from Perl developer here.

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Microsoft confirms code execution bug in Windows

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Or better yet

Use an unsigned short!

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Small biz calls for end date on enhanced 17.5% VAT

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When the debt has all been paid off

Ha! When was the last time we, as a country, were not in debt?

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The decrease was temporary, the increase is permanent

Sounds about right. And how strange that the train companies have megajacked their prices on the very same day! My daily train ticket (assuming I was stupid enough not to buy a season ticket) has gone up from £6.20 to £7.30 overnight. That's a hell of an increase!

It's OK though, it's to get new rolling stock. Well, it's not new rolling stock, it's shitty hand-me-downs from London that we've had for years, so it's not costing us anything anyway. Enjoy (y)our increased wealth.

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