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2462 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

South Korea: We're 'concerned' that Obama saved Apple from ban

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Re: WTF?

Why are so many people taking the word of an extremely vocal dissenter to the ITC decision at face value? Pinkert does make a case, but he does not seem to accept that the other five members of the panel disagreed with him.

Certainly, sometimes the dissenting view may turn out to be the right one in hindsight, but rarely on a 5:1 decision. What exactly makes Pinkert, and those supporting his view, think that he has some specific insight into the law that should be preferred over five other people hearing exactly the same evidence? Remember, exceptional claims demand exceptional evidence, and being the one dissenter out of a panel of six means that his view requires a hell of a lot of evidence ...

... but then, this is a country where almost a third of the population believe in creationism. What does evidence have to do with it?

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Lost phone? Google's got an app for that, coming this month

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Re: I'm so glad..

If you want things to "just work", then your iPhone should be replaced with:

Pencil and paper

Simple mobile

Cheap MP3 player

Portable FM receiver

Small LED Torch

GPS unit

Games console of choice

All these individual units will work better than the phone. I'll stick with Android because, if it has a problem, someone out there has a fix for it. As I've said before, some people want a Rolls Royce, others want an ancient Land Rover. I prefer the latter, because at least they have a realistic expectation of reliability, and won't get some twat telling them that such-and-such a problem can't possibly happen to this device ...

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Re: Word has it

Last line is scrambled - should read "What do you have against multi-tools?"

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Re: Word has it

"What next for Android, a built in Leatherman Tool or Swiss Army Knife?"

And if it did, I'd buy one! You can never have too many Leatherman/Swiss Army knives on you (I have two Swiss Army knives on my belt whenever I leave the house - a third phone-knife would be a bonus I'd appreciate.)

What doe have against multi-tools?

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Big blue Avatar movie spawns THREE SEQUELS

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Re: Great

I'm not sure if you are joking, AC101, but I've downvoted you just in case your comments encourage Lucas et al to produce more in the same vein (though my hopes of anything good from the sequels are small ...)

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@JDX

Since, in my opinion, StarWars episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is the only good one of the six made so far, I am in the strange position of agreeing and disagreeing with you at the same time.

However, there is no excuse for further Smurfs in Space films - if they are like the first one, then they will involve piss-poor, plagiarised versions of semi-good stories with less-than-cutting-edge animation.

I will not be watching them at least until they come on TV, and probably not even then.

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Ministry of Fun launches news quiz - and the BBC is in its sights

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Re: The news we need @ Ossi

So, Ossi, tell us what we should be reading that would fit with your idea of the "right" sources.

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Exposed: RSPCA drills into cops' databases, harvests private info

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"" it's an offence to wear anything that might be remotely misconstrued as a police-like uniform"

Same in the UK but the only other bunch to try it are the Sally Army"

Nope - private security staff, traffic wardens, Highways Agency staff and others dress up in quasi-police uniforms. I've long thought it should be either banned, or, if the law actually exists, prosecute under it, especially the private firms.

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Re: @Jim Booth @AC

There are two types of "should": the one that accepts the reality of the situation as it is, and the one that implies that an effective body would be doing the job it is supposed to do. I think Jim was referring to the latter.

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Re: F**k the RSPCA

As long as the NSPCC, Oxfam etc get similar treatment, I'm with you on that.

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Samsung brings back clamshell phones with added Android

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I'd definitely consider one if other specs were suitable (screen size, pen input etc)

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Galaxy S4 FIREBALL ATE MY HOUSE, claims Hong Kong man

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A consumer electrical device without a removable battery is worthless. No changeable battery (and/or no SD card slot) and I don't buy the phone. I only just tolerate no changeable battery on my e-reader because it is not likely to affect my life desperately).

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ISPs: Relax. Blocking smut online WON'T really work

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Re: I thought about filtering

Nice "Blake's 7" reference, sir!

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Jackboot dangled over NSA's throat for US spy dragnet outrage

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Re: Hope this stupidity is defeated

Perhaps, but maybe that's because we aren't given the information to be other than "naive". It seems to me that we have a small set of people who have set up their idea " the operations of the world and their security", and don't actually want to see how the rest of us view the world.

To put it another way - I don't want the world run by a bunch of paranoids who think they know better what is good for the rest of us than we do. If there is significant risk from somewhere, everyone should know about it so that proper oversight can be made of political and other action. I do not consider that there is any risk from any other government or other organisation that requires action so quickly that it cannot be properly debated. I do not live in fear.

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Boffins DREAMING of a WHITE CHRISTMAS ... on MARS!

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Re: Thunderbolts Project... Arrrgh.

I've just checked it out too. All I can say is "damn" ...

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Village-swallowing MUDCANO was no accident, say boffins

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Re: Voting iregularities?

I think you might be suggesting that you find it strange that there are pro-fracking votes on here, and that there might be some astroturfing going on.

I would just like to go on record as saying that I am pro-fracking, I support it wholeheartedly, and, just like nuclear power plants, I'd have no concerns living near a fracking site. I have absolutely no links to the oil/gas industry at all, and never have. I also think that, based on several years' reading here, there is a large number of people that support the production of efficient, reliable energy in large amounts (i.e. not wind/solar, at least in the UK), and therefore support fracking and nuclear too. A lot of people here will go into great depth about cost/benefit analysis, and that there are far more important things to worry about than the small risk of minor earthquakes from fracking.

I find it utterly mind-numbing that there are people who are so brain-washed that they can't conceive that people don't really buy into the panic of the week ...

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PHWOAR! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, Prime Minister

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Re: Children are getting far more access to pornography ... and it's not doing them any good at all

As long as both enjoy it, nothing is "wrong" when it comes to sex. Who knows, we might actually be allowing girls/women to realise that they can enjoy things that they never thought of, or were classed as "wrong" by neo-puritan parents.

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Re: It should be OPT IN

"I have no desire to set up and maintain my own content filtering to protect my children, no matter how easy it may be."

Then what exactly are you doing on this website?

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Re: Ha ha! @kingsmill

"It is indeed their choice. But you'd be a little gutted, wouldn't you? And you wouldn't want your mates letching over her, would you? All I'm saying is just think about the fact that it's someone's daughter the next time you have a cheeky view; it'll change your view on the world."

Not half as embarrassed as if I found she'd been writing this sort of shit on an internet forum. Or become a Tory MP. Or regularly read neo-puritan crap on mumsnet. Personally, given how hard it is to get a good job through the accepted routes, I would not blame her one bit for taking the option to make some good money by using her feminine attributes, and as long as she enjoyed it, I'd be very proud, just the same as if she made money through sport or becoming an actress.

Children become adult and therefore sexual beings. If you have problems with that, then you have failed as a human being, let alone a parent.

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Re: @Bill Ray - We are not responsible for bringing up YOUR children!

I missed the footnote in my previous post (not that many will be reading this far down the postings!)

* Note that I specifically say "tend to". I am not generalising beyond what is observable.

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Re: @Bill Ray - We are not responsible for bringing up YOUR children!

And in 90% of that 90% of cases, it is choice by stupidity. Terminations are available: if the woman chooses not to, she made a choice to become a parent. These women, who tend* to be more technologically clueless, resent having become mothers and overcompensate for it by being over-protective and joining mumsnet et al. Thus we get stupid ideas like the internet filter ...

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Re: Darwin Awards (cont) @Ru

The old bag Thatcher said "there is no such thing a society". Apologists have tried to put a positive spin on it ever since, but in the context she said it, it is clear she meant exactly what the words say. Selfish bitch never changed, and dementia was too good for her.

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Re: Not just little Jonny @ Tom 35

"t's the whole house. The adults can't access stuff they might need for work, or just want to see, so they turn it off. Now no protection for little Jonny."

Yes, this is what I've been thinking for a while. However (devil's advocate hat on), some parents who haven't thought about it before might think about the problem, and learn about ways of filtering by device. This would be a net gain in computer literacy, and so a technological good.

Comments made by others here about what children perceive as "bad" are well made also. Children (as in actual children, those pre-puberty) do not have the equipment to have any interest in or understanding of sex. It is sex-obsessed adults who project their ideas on to the children, and it is *that* which causes the problem. This derives directly from the resurgence of a really nasty puritanical streak that ought to have diminished with the reduction in people going to church, but which has perversely grown to near Cromwellian proportions.

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Nokia flops out its 4G, 4.7-inch WHOPPER: The Lumia 625

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I'm a big fan of the Firefox browser (I've been using it as my main browser for at least eight years), but I don't see me heading towards the OS any time soon, and certainly because the hardware isn't going to match my Galaxy Note (next phone will be the same form-factor with a pen, too). Ubuntu as a mobile OS with big market share? - well, I'll believe it when I see it.

I'm very happy with Android, and I'm as far from a chav as I could imagine, you pompous arse.

Are you Eadon?

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Sammy had Sweet Fanny Adams to do with Swiss Fanny madam's blast

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Re: So perhaps....

That's the excuse manufacturers will use, no doubt. However, I disagree - changeable batteries are one of the things (along with SD card slots) that I look for in a phone.

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Re: @Ledswinger @ Steven Roper

"You are Adria Richards and I claim my £5."

Nice one, Steven! I had to check my wife hadn't turned into Ms Richards the other day when she went into a rant about a meeting where people had found the word "dongle" to be funny ...

I'm sure the decades from the 1979s onwards are going to be regarded as a later version of the miserabilism of Cromwell's time ... :-(

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Verizon offers Motorola mobe with 48-HOUR battery life

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Re: Why cripple a smartphone?

"What's the point of owning a smartphone if I "turn off GPS, bluetooth, WiFi, 3G/4G when you aren't using them"...the whole point of a smartphone is having those services running all the time,"

Are you serious? Do you have the oven on all the time? Do you keep the car running when it's on the drive? GPS, wifi, 3/4G - all are tools. They don't need to run all the time.

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Middle America pulls up sagging pants menace, belts repeat offenders

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Re: WRONG

And I suspect that there is a very strong gender bias here. If it were girls/women doing it, the commentators here would be all in favour.

[Personally, I think the look is ridiculous and impractical, and cannot see how it is "cool" (drafty, perhaps), but I'm aware enough of the gap between what I like and most styles that I just shrug in my usual clueless way when it comes to fashion. The pinnacle of practical elegance to me is cargo trousers with belt and two holsters (penknives on one hip, phone on the other), a tee/polo/light dress shirt, and light fleece, so I know I have nothing to add to any fashion discussion!]

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Only 1 in 5 Americans believe in pure evolution – and that's an upswing

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Re: Faith and Science should be seperated @ JohnnyZ

But you are still making the same, unwarranted assumption that there *is* a God.

There is word for people who believe in things that don't exist - "psychotic".

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Re: To those with an ear to hear. @ Mystic Megabyte

I think that was satire - I'm fairly certain you have shown you have that skill before.

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Re: Slight confusion here @ Malto Dext Rose

"... based on a book that continues to defy skeptics?"

Which book is that? Ah yes, "The Origin of Species"! I bet you thought you were referring to one or more of the collections of desert fairy stories, didn't you? Unfortunately for you, it doesn't defy "skeptics" at all ...

Once again: the existence or not of a god or gods cannot be proven either way. Believing that primitives somehow knew better than we do now is perverse in the extreme. Move on and live in the real world, not the one inhabited by imaginary friends - you'll be much happier!

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Bloke raises hand in vid, claims: I sparked Apple dev site hack panic

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""Whether Apple will choose to pursue legal action in this case remains to be seen."

Yep, Apple are so slow to run to lawyers that it is definitely open to debate.

This bloke is going to spend the next few years dong nothing but talk to lawyers and judges, all for doing the right thing (assuming he did it in the first place, which some people seem to doubt).

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How do you drive a supercomputer round a Formula 1 track?

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Now, I'm a complete petrolhead, and I love F1, but all this secrecy just pisses me off. I get the impression that it is just to keep up a mystique, because if anyone could actually compare what was going on, they would see that there is no real difference between the teams at all. Making a big show about not saying how staff are allocated and not allowing pictures of the car-park just reinforces my belief.

Some years ago I went on a visit with my motor club to Prodrive when they still ran the Impreza rally cars. I took a picture of the technical drawing of the roll-cage (which was in the middle of the room in metal). Some techy got all upset about me taking that photo, but no-one cared about the photos of the real thing (which, of course, anyone on a rally could see!)

Yes, motorsport *is* about show, but I don't buy the whole "Ssshhhhh, it's a seeeeeeccccrrrrreeeeeettttt" bull.

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Who will Dr Who chew in 50th TV do before Matt Smith bids adieu?

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Re: Thanks El Reg for trying not to spoil it from the headline

Telling the world that the Daleks are going to be in the 50th anniversary special is as much of a spoiler as telling people that the Doctor will be in it.

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I was bored with Daleks by Jon Pertwee's iteration of the Doctor. The only time I think I have ever actually liked the pepper-potoid creatures was in "Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.", though I don't know why.

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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Wrong and illiterate!

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Re: I have found my next ISP

It's definitely yellow on my screen, Jamie.

AAISP look a bit pricey, but I've bookmarked the site for future reference.

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It has been on the cards since R v Brown. You can only consent to things the law says you can. BDSM can't be consented to if it causes injury. Stupid case, but it was House of Lords and so we're stuck with it unless and until they decide to reverse themselves, which isn't likely at the moment.

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Re: This is madness

Signed!

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Re: 'I have a very clear message for David Cameron'

"make us interact in Farsi, Welsh, or Klingon"

There's an interesting thought: the end of English as the default language of the internet because porn can't be accessed in it!

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Re: Neigbours WiFi?

And it's going to be a brave person that has an open wifi connection ...

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Re: Optional

"Just think of the ... potential votes in the next election."

I hope he has made the Tories unelectable (again). Whilst no-one will have the balls to campaign on a platform of "get rid of this nonsense", hopefully there will be a lot of pissed-off blokes that will vote for "not-Tories".*

Perhaps it is time for my plan to encourage lots of people who have never been involved in politics to stand as independents to give the electorate a real choice. Just think about it - a Parliament with a big enough number of people that aren't in the pockets of someone else that something sensible might get done!

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US town mulls bounty on spy drones, English-speaking gunman only

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Re: This would be cool

"There is no God given right to shoot any any aircraft, manned or not."

You are right. You need to apply for a licence. It's right there, in the article!

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Re: English speaking? @ribosome

ribosome, I have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. Are you on the same lines as the fabled sky-blue pink with yellow polka-dots shirt, or what? Seriously, I don't get it.

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US secret court renews government telephone snooping

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Re: Destroyed All Braincells Please adopt this notation

It looks as if your bluff has been called, Matt!! Thanks, Mr Orwell :-)

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Re: Matt

"... then surely to have done what you thuggishly demanded would actually indeed make them both useless and cowards?" Or, just possibly, it might have shown some respect for the notion of democracy - you know, that little idea that government is for the people, not the other way around?

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Goodbye Blighty: The alternative reality of Quatermass II

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Guns

Great article, putting Quatermass into its historical milieu. However, I take some issue with the comment "Their machine guns sport a drum magazine and look a lot like the Red Army's PPSh-41". From the still on page 1, it is fairly clear that it is a Thompson sub-machine gun with a drum magazine, well known to British viewers in those days as the weapon of choice for gangsters (often carried in violin cases for some reason). It would be good to be able to read more into that, but is is probably that the props department had plenty of them lying around.

Equally, the helmet in that still looks more like those worn by GIs in WW2. I'll leave others to talk about the predictive powers of Nigel Kneale, and whether he should be nicknamed "Nostradamus" ...

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UK parliament presses for pardon for Alan Turing

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Re: praos

I didn't see the comment, but I'm surprised it took so long. There are still some frothing loons out there that think HIV is somehow a "gay man disease" and that it is punishment from "God" (the sadistic construct from the book of older desert-dweller fairy tales).

Thanks, Matt, for saying what I would if I'd been here earlier.

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Re: The Right Idea

@ John Savard: I think there are some heavy doses of irony/sarcasm in there, but I'm not sure.

@jake: this is a strange day - agreeing with both you and Matt ... :-)

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Re: Quash it, don't pardon it

Today is one of those wonderful days when I can agree with Matt!

Have a tipple, old boy (over there, somewhere ---------->>>)

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