* Posts by Annihilator

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Oh please, PLEASE bring back Xbox One's hated DRM - say Xbox loyalists

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Already exists

I can see MS's direction, it just went massively far.

Sony are being a bit disingenuous in that they already operate the Playstation Store which gives you a single locked down version of a game, without any rights to trade or even give away to a friend. How about MS launched a version of this that allowed trading and gifting, but allowed the DRM token to remain the disc where applicable? Best of both worlds!

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Daddy-o, you're all wet... baffled by your own kids on the web - survey

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YOLO

Can't remember where I heard this, but I LOL'd at hearing YOLO described as "Carpe Diem" for those with a double-digit IQ.

Besides, now I'm a bit older and wiser, YOLO applies in different contexts. For example: "Look both ways before crossing the road - YOLO!"

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Hanslope Park: Home of Britain’s ‘real-life Q division’

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Re: re: Bletchley Park

"Shady" as in "shadowy" as in "cloaked in secrecy"

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Upturned boat sails to Shed of the Year title

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Re: Mods required

"I notice that although the gentleman is drinking ale, he has not brewed it himself!"

You don't know that, perhaps he's taken it to extreme levels and is bottling and labelling it himself! :-)

I hope there are a couple of bottles of sloe gin sitting in a darkened corner too.

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Re: Just know I could better this in my own back garden...

I suspect the sequence of events could be easily reversed.

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Going lo-tech to avoid NSA snooping? Unlucky - they read snailmail too

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Re: Photograph THAT !!!

You mean RM4SCC? Hardly a state secret and easily decoded. First thing Royal Mail do when processing mail is to OCR the postcode (and throw out anomalies to a human) and stamp it on as a more easily readable delivery address – all subsequent routing uses that instead of OCR. Stamping it on in red ink makes for an interesting time around valentines day though.

The bores of a day trip to a royal mail sorting office during school years :-|

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Fitbit Flex wristband: What to wear out when wearing yourself out

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Re: How does it gauge effort?

Yup, 80 quid for a glorified pedometer, and not mentioned once in a 3-page review, I had to google what the thing does... Amazing what some people will buy these days.

If it had a GPS tracker I might be slightly interested. As it is, this device will merely make avid left-hand surfers appear to be wildly fit.

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Dubya: I introduced PRISM and I think it's pretty swell

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Re: Dubya

Presumably by "objective historian" he means "someone who agrees with him"? Quite brilliant logic - "I'm sure I'll be judged correctly, but waaay off in the future when I'll be too dead to care if I'm not"

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RBS Mainframe Meltdown: A year on, the fallout is still coming

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Outsourcing <> offshoring

Straight away the article insinuates it's "outsourcing". Yet again, the need to point out that outsourcing doesn't mean offshoring.

As I recall, RBS employed their batch support staff directly. Regardless of location, this isn't outsourcing.

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Hey, wannabe Murdochs, yet more chances to run your own telly station

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"As you can see, it sucks, and cuts"

"It certainly does suck"

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Wake up, Uncle Fester! Huawei’s nattering about BUYING Nokia

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"What Would Ballmer Do?"

Think I've seen that on a bumper sticker...

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Julian Assange: I'm quite happy to sleep on Ecuador's sofa FOREVER

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Re: Perfect sense

"it's established as far as one can with official secret acts that the indictment will be forthcoming the moment Assange is in a position to be secured."

More confusion of events, excellent. Remember the year or so he spent avoiding extradition to Sweden? He was "in a position to be secured" then (a pretty good one too, the UK extradite to the US on a mere whisper of an extradition order).

Besides - wasn't his concern about being extradited from Sweden by the US as there was a sealed indictment waiting for him? Despite it being easier to extradite him from here? Now it's not?

All pinning on his nonsensical demand to be rendered immune from any potential extradition order from the US. Frankly I think we'd be better off with him in Ecuador though - less likely to have people fawning at him and much less of a press presence out there. Perhaps that's why he went to the embassy in London instead of going directly there to seek asylum?

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Flash flaw potentially makes every webcam or laptop a peephole

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Re: Re:and it has a nice blue warning light whenever it is active....

"..that is impossible to hack because?"

Because it's 99.9999% guaranteed to be a hardware trigger related to when power is heading for the CMOS chip.

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Number of cops abusing Police National Computer access on the rise

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Re: What's the problem?

I've never screamed so loudly at a TV in my life when he said that. Quite why he hasn't been torn to shreds in the mainstream press is beyond me.

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New material enables 1,000-meter super-skyscrapers

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Re: Any rope is the problem

"Q. What happens, once lift 1 and 2 have reached their destination, take on new occupants, and they want to travel in conflicting directions?"

Pretty simple and has already been piloted. Replace the "call" button on each floor with a keypad - instead of entering the floor you want when you're in the lift, you press it and wait for a lift to be scheduled. Allows for much more efficient lift routing.

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Ecuador: All right, Julian, you CAN stay on our sofa - it's your human right

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Re: How does he pass his time...

"They have almost tunneled through to the back of the public bogs at Knightsbridge underground station"

Excellent. All we need to do now is orchestrate a mass toilet blockage to result in gallons of the brown stuff surging back through the tunnel.

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Microsoft to open Windows Stores inside 600 Best Buy locations

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Thank goodness

Finally, they'll overcome that nightmare scenario that exists where all the Windows PCs on sale are mixed up with all the Linux PCs.

PC World will start to feel a bit foolish soon when that ... oh wait ... that's pretty much how Best Buy and PC World are laid out now. Never mind.

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What do you mean WHY is Sony PS4 so pricey in Oz?

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Re: Not just Australia

There's also the nuances around EU warranties too. The US tends to get a bit of a raw deal when it comes to warranty periods (I think it's less than a year?), whereas the EU gets 2 years. The UK gets the convoluted 6 year version too, but a lot harder to prove.

This instantly increases the cost to global manufacturers

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You've seen the Large Hadron Collider. Now comes the HUGE Hadron Collider

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Re: meanwhile in the texas desert

"The LHC is the biggest ring we'll build in any forseeable future"

Except the LHC had the huge advantage of having the ring already constructed in the 80's. It was originally built for the Large Electron-Positron Collider :-)

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Interwebs taunt Sir Jony over Apple eye candy makeover

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Re: That all the worlds got?

I recall the same uproar when the icons for the el Reg forums changed :-)

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Asus FonePad: You may feel a bit of a spanner

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Re: gps

Due to the size of it, it comes with two GPS chips. One to locate the top half, one to locate the other.

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What did the Lehman Brothers implosion look like to a techie?

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What Lehman collapse looks like to a techie

I assumed that the majority of the article would have been pictures of the various IT booty that had been swagged.

Hey, if God didn't want you to steal a laser printer, he wouldn't have put it on wheels.

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AMD announces 'world's first commercially available 5GHz CPU'

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When is 5GHz not quite 5GHz?

For a second I thought this was PC World technique of advertising a dual core 2.4GHz chip as 4.8GHz

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Hacker who helped find Steubenville rapists threatened with decade in prison

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Re: One small mistake here..

"And that's probably also what got them into trouble. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if this move also disrupted the option to take further legal actions against the rapists. Although it may sound quite sickening and inappropriate in this case, the law normally still abides by "innocent until proven guilty"."

Erm, yes, but are you even aware of the case? They were found guilty and (in many opinions) leniently sentenced. They weren't going to be charged at all until this guy forced the evidence into the public domain - AFAIK all this evidence was available to the police and ignored.

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Forget phones, PRISM plan shows internet firms give NSA everything

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Re: WTF???

It's the whole $20M p.a. thing that makes me think it's a hoax. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure intelligence agencies have various techniques for getting this information, but I'd be surprised if it were this direct. $20M would barely cover the coffee expenses for such a project.

Plus if it were this direct with the companies in question, someone, somewhere would have blabbed by now. Because for this to work, somewhere in the chain a network or system admin would have been suspicious by now.

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Can lightning strike twice? Intel has another crack at Thunderbolt

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Re: Licensing costs

A simple but very expensive solution. So to get Thunderbolt you'd have to replace your (potentially expensive) video card (and I think motherboard has to be compatible too). Compared with a twenty quid USB3 PCIe card.

Plus nVidia or AMD haven't created any such cards yet, which strikes me that it's not possible, or depends too heaviliy on the motherboard to be worthwhile creating.

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Re: Licensing costs

A couple of other hiccoughs in the way - Thunderbolt as a standard has to incorporate a video signal, so PCIe add-on cards can't work without weird pass-thru cables. USB3 doesn't have that problem, and also has the bonus of 15 years worth of historical peripherals it can leverage.

Unless Intel have relaxed the standard recently?

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Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!

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"I can see no reason why Alex Kingston can't be the next Doctor."

Except that, a) she died at some point so would be the "last" doctor, and b) she's Rory & Amy's daughter, and c) she originally was planned to "kill" the doctor, which would have been the mother of all grandfather paradoxes. So would take some doing.

Same thing with Billie Piper/Catherine Tate/anyone-ever-in-Doc-Who (which I think people just like to nominate because they liked the character).

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Review: Philips Hue network enabled multicolour lightbulbs

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Re: Coloured lighting is great

"downlighting is too direct and not as relaxing"

Yes I've never relaxed in the midday sun... :-)

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Re: Flick switch, light turns on

@Neil - may I throw in the dimmer switch to the mix please?

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Re: "There's no need to change your light fittings - you can buy screw to bayonet adapters"

"screw bulbs are much easier to break when being fitted or removed"

Is that even close to being true? Having changed several of both types, and broken none in the process, I'd assume that the force you need against the spring to engage the bayonet far outweighs any on an Edison screw type?

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Film crew plans dig to find lost burial ground of Atari's E.T.

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Re: I'll tell you why it was bad.

So you get to control E.T.? I'd prefer to control the Bertie Bassett character in the lower left of that screenshot

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Pure says two of the four tiers of storage are set to disappear

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Re: It's 2013

Yes, because tape still has a valid role and stomps all over any other media when it comes to archiving.

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My, my Pi, did it spy ya? Bye, bye Pi, did it go higher?

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Re: More down to earth...

Sweeeeeeet! :-)

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Re: anyone confused by the headline has either obliterated all memory of Tom Jones or

"Doctor, doctor, I keep singing Delilah"

"Sounds like Tom Jones syndrome"

"Is it common?"

"It's not unusual"

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Re: Air traffic safety

" still the route prediction for a balloon can't be much to rely on."

Consider how long that the balloon would be in range of an aircraft though. It'll pass through the altitude ranges within minutes if not seconds. Even if it were left in the corridor for a prolonged period of time, the chances of hitting it would still be neglible.

Combine those two probabilities, and you're pretty safe. 3-dimensional space is a lot bigger than you imagine.

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Moss reanimates after 400 years in DEEP FREEZE

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Re: Moss reanimates?

Nearly, they tried forcing an unexpected reboot.

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Forget tax bills, here's how Google is really taking us all for a ride

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Re: Google Not The Worst Offender

You say "offender" as if Google has committed some kind of offence.

Guardian ran an (almost) good article about it, which despite all the not-too-subtle digs, quote Schmidt as saying "change your tax laws, we'll always pay the least amount we can get away with, we're obligated by US law to do so."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/may/27/google-eric-schmidt-change-law-tax

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The BOFH is BACK: And it's cloudy with a 90% chance of beatings

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Re: Never received it....

@technos

"Send email as HTML, include a 1x1 white pixel on an external server you control. That's what I do, at least."

Thankfully: "To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of some pictures in this message" and any other client I use offers similar.

I'd be suspicious of anyone who went to such ominous lengths to determine whether I'd read their email or not. When and if I read an email is my f*&^ing business and any cretins that try to figure it out would be wise to pick an alternative method of communication if their message is so important.

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Re: Never received it....

"I saw it was from IT so deleted it, I never read them"

Depending on quantity I can perhaps understand that. While not always IT, the number of distributed emails of pointless "news" means that most distributed mails are ignored by me. The emails triumphantly informing me that the tireless efforts of the maintenance staff have resulted in a fixed vending machine rapidly turns all such mails into spam.

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Is the next-gen console war already One?

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"Microsoft’s Skynet-like sentinel is apparently so advanced it can “see your heart beat”, a feature, surely, only really useful if it’ll dial 999 upon detecting an over-extended player suffering myocardial infarction."

Nope, it clearly exists to allow confirmation of a subject's successful termination. The dystopian future is now!

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STROKE this mouse to make apps POP, says Microsoft

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Re: Yeah, about that Windows button...

You mean the windows key that's existed and operated in a similar way since Windows 95? It's not a Windows 8 thing you're complaining about, previously it just opened the Start menu (and effectively still is)

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If you've bought DRM'd film files from Acetrax, here's the bad news

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Re: Billy Bookshelf...

Aye, but at least your bookcase is likely to last more than 4-5 years. Buy a new PC, replace a failed hard disk, reinstall Windows and you're stuffed.

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Facebook teens' kimonos - basically never closed

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Evidenced perhaps by the girl who thought it wise to boast on Twitter that she'd hit a cyclist with her car. All that was missing was the #lol at the end:

http://ipayroadtax.com/no-such-thing-as-road-tax/i-knocked-a-cyclist-off-his-bike-i-have-right-of-way-he-doesnt-even-pay-road-tax/

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COLD FUSION is BACK with 'anomalous heat' claim

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Re: "Over to you, readers of El Reg; we await your comments with fascination and trepidation."

"put out more energy than is put in"

Depends on your point of view, but I don't think that technically anyone is claiming more energy is put out than in, given how badly that would break the laws of thermodynamics. It's presumably converting its mass into energy.

Although, granted, I'm sure that part's bollox too.

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Crack Army pilot to be first PROPER British astronaut IN SPAAAACE

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Re: why

@A/C "She want to the Mir space station and this guy is the first to go to the ISS"

And the headline says "in spaaaace", not "on the I.S.SSsssss". Where did you think Mir was?

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Give porno danger classes to Brit kids as young as FIVE - parents

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@Ben - it also reads as if porn is something you just stumble across on the internet. Have to say that unless I'm actively looking for it, it's honestly not something I see on-line.

Still, not that facts and reasoned arguments have any place in this branch of politics.

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Reg careers live chat: Upgrade or go home with Dominic Connor

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Re: Is this a trick question?

Yes, "downgrade and go home with him twice" is the alternative I believe?

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NASA: Our ALIEN HUNTING star-scan 'scope is KNACKERED

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Re: "A communications blackout can only mean one thing...."

You mean "disruption"?

Sorry ;-)

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Re: Oh no!

"With NASA's budget being brutally slashed, the odds of a replacement anytime soon seem grim. Maybe China or the ESA will step up?"

NASA and ESA are already stepping up for a replacement. ESA is build Cheops (CHaracterising ExOPlanets Satellite), to be launched in 2017. NASA is building Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (Tess), also to be launched in 2017.

Only 4 years away, and from what I understand it will take that to finish with all the Kepler data (the "discoveries" aren't anywhere near real-time). Kepler has been on borrowed time for a while now and we were in bonus land! :-)

Sad to see it go, but it's outdone itself in terms of operation. Plus these are the guys that have managed to eke out life on the Spirit & Opportunity and got Voyager to the edge of the solar system. I'm not counting Kepler out of commision just yet!

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