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The Geek Chorus: 'Give MARK ZUCKERBERG all the DATA he wants!'

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Scoble is a bell end

Always has been. Always will be.

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'Could we please not have naked developers running around the office BEFORE 10pm?'

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Re: It's not just the grocery duopoly...

[Finland has] the same price bananas as Australia.

During the Great Banana Shortage of 2011 bananas from the far north were cheaper in Sydney and Melbourne than they were in the far north. Go figure.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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Re: Like your mom said ...

Use a streaming service which lets you cache music. Pick the album you want to listen to, download it

Er, isn't that a download?

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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Re: Why even bother with that?

For him, he should just put the CD in the drive and use iTunes to rip it, in lossless ALAC.

Even easier still, just put the CD in the drive and listen to it.

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Welcome the world's new Most Phished Country: Australia

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Australia just beat Brazil?

Only a few days ago the UK was the most phished. Shome mishtake, shurely?

Security company press releases. Always a reliable source of giggles, if nothing else.

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Soundbites: News in brief from the Wi-Fi audiophile files

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Oops

Someone just opened a can of worms.

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Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us

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Re: I read the first paragraph as "creepy football" data

It is a matter of record that the way someone walks can indicate that they are a ladies man and that they have no time to talk.

Well played, sir.

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Jihadi terrorists DIDN'T encrypt their comms 'cos of Snowden leaks

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I'm with Brucey on this one

Cryptography is hard, and the odds that a home-brew encryption product is better than a well-studied open-source tool is slight. Last fall, Matt Blaze said to me that he thought that the Snowden documents will usher in a new dark age of cryptography, as people abandon good algorithms and software for snake oil of their own devising. My guess is that this an example of that.

Full article.

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Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility

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Re: Pffft

Pathetic

Why pathetic? For decades bands have had merch stalls at concerts so you can buy CDs, tee shirts and other memorabilia. A friend of mine in a popular band of the 90s said they made more from concert tickets and selling merch than they did from record company income. If they had told the fans that they'd have to wait months to buy the product they would have been a bit daft.

Make the sale when you're fresh in peoples' minds, not six months down the track when other distractions have come and gone.

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Re: Pffft

it's very carefully calculated to maximize the revenues from each step before going on to the next one.

The film is no longer in the cinema. Anyone that wants to see it will have to either a) wait until December or b) download an iffy copy. That's a big window of lost revenue. It also denies customers the option of not sitting in a sweaty cinema alongside noisy, popcorn-eating morons that fuck around with their mobiles for two hours.

It's our money we're spending so why not make the experience as good as possible?

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Pffft

A film with an August cinema release doesn't appear on Blu-ray/DVD until Christmas. How many people with a desire to buy and cash on the hip will wait that long?

Make content available in a timely manner, at an affordable price, with no device-limiting encumbrances and people will buy it.

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Drones swarm over bearded Brit billionaire's island getaway

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Look at my own personal island from the skies...

...because I'm considerably richer than you.

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Heads up, Chromebook: Here come the sub-$200 Windows 8.1 portables

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Re: with Bing

It must be crippled in some other way as well.

Yes, it comes with Windows.

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PHABBA-DABBA-DOO! Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Edge, Gear VR – feast your eyes

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At the risk of mass downvoting...

...may I point out that in this context projection doesn't take a plural. No one in the trade ever says projections just as shepherds don't say sheeps.

My apologies for pointing this out but it still hurts my eyes and ears after 30+ years.

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Firefox 32 moves to kill MITM attacks

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Re: New CAs

should I trust it?

It's http://www.wosign.com

Certified by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Re: New Firefox update killed my internet

it killed my internet

You have your own internet? Impressive.

Works just fine here on the other internet.

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Today's weather is brought to you by our sponsors

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Suggestion for ads

Could we expect ads for flatulence relief products during the windy season?

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iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

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Paris Hilton

Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Ariana Grande

Who?

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

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Re: Hmmm @Mahatma Coat

OK, but you didn't actually say whether you started out any good ;)

I started out great and have improved with practice :)

I still play Quake III quite often (yes, I am that sad) and can complete all but the final level on maximum difficulty. To me this says that $100s spent on special keyboards and mice is possibly not a good return on investment.

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Hmmm

I play FPSs with an cheap Logitech basic keyboard and a Microsoft mouse that's easily more than ten years old. They haven't impaired my play yet (although there may be a few iffy diseases brewing in the keyboard).

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Twitter gives ANALYTICS to the unwashed masses

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Well I never...

A problem occurred while loading the page. To use this site, you need to disable AdBlock or any other ads-blocking extension you are using, or customize it to show ads on this site.

Fuck that.

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Brother, can you spare a DIME for holy grail of secure webmail?

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Still grumpy

I lost a whole bunch of Nerdshack accounts when Lavabit closed. Not only was it a really good mail service but many subscription accounts - even El Reg's own - rely on your old email address to still work before you can update to a new one.

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Chrome update to raise alarms over deceptive download bundles

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Re: Great...

Does Chrome still install on Windows machines without needing admin privs?

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FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'

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Re: is that what ElReg sarcasm looks like

By reflective I presume you mean shiny screens? These are brighter than matt screens

It would have to be a fair bit brighter to compete with the near-equatorial sun that I live under. Trust me here, they just don't work.

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Re: is that what ElReg sarcasm looks like

Now if they could develop a screen visible in Oz summer daylight

I don't know why anyone even bothers selling devices with reflective screens in Aus. They ain't going to beat the sun.

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Dead Steve Jobs sued by own shareholders in no-poach pact brouhaha

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"widely respected businessmen"

Steve Jobs was a widely respected businessman? Only on Planet Stupid.

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Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty

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The full monty

The Field marshal? Unlikely. The phrase doesn't appear in Ngram until 1976 and didn't pick up in popularity until the mid 90s. John le Carré used it in The Tailor of Panama. It was published 1996 but the story refers back 20 years and used in the context of Burton's the tailors. Montague Burton was the founder and a if you ordered a three piece suit it was "the full Monty". The usually reliable etymologist Michael Quinion also says that this is the most likely source.

Not definitive then but seems reasonable.

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Australia's metadata debate is an utter shambles

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Clueless pollies

ABC article:

Liberal frontbencher Stuart Robert says he has no problem with people's web-browsing history being stored.

"Not at all, keeping in mind Google already stores your browsing history as it is," he said.

For once I'm lost for words.

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Turnbull says NBN 'most reckless commitment of Commonwealth funds in our history'

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Shock horror

Ex-Telstra man says it should have been given to Telstra.

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Google's mysterious floating techno barge SOLD FOR SCRAP

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Re: Kids with more money than brains.

At least their spending habits keep them off the streets at night..

They don't need to be on the streets any more. They have StreetView for that.

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Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

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Re: The most worrying thing in Aus...

Please feel free to downvote opinions if you disagree but downvoting facts is pretty childish.

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Re: @Cipher - In the 1970s...

I remember the next ice age talk in the 70's.

And still talked about today. One of the predicted signs of warming is that the North Atlantic Current, the flow of warm sea water from the Caribbean that keeps north west Europe nice and snug, would move further south due to melting polar ice. This would then make land areas in the previous path much colder.

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Re: Maybe we could get a consensus

Extreme weather? There are more extremes in terms of recent record setting perhaps. But no sign of increase of hurricanes, cyclones at the like worldwide since the start of the most recent global warming.

One of the predictions of change would be fewer but larger cyclones. This is coming true. For example, in Aus we're having fewer cyclones than at any time in the last 1000 or so years.

btw, there's no need to say hurricanes and cyclones. Hurricanes are cyclones.

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The most worrying thing in Aus...

...is that one of the MPs that voted out the carbon stuff did so because "it's cold in Canberra in mid-winter therefore global warming doesn't exist". Words almost fail me.

As for increased energy costs, the huge increases in power where I live over the last couple of years were because the suppliers spent a fortune on replacing infrastructure just as prices were falling. The carbon tax component was a fraction of this infrastructure cost.

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MPs to sue UK.gov over 'ridiculous' EMERGENCY data snooping law

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Re: Bloody hell!

If I could add two beer icons I would.

Here you go, have the second one on me.

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NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw

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What a bland, corporate-controlled, mucky place the free-web has become :-(

I remember the good old days when it was just a mucky place.

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Drones face privacy regulation under Oz government plan

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Ag gag

Here's why. Won't somebody think of the poor farmers?

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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not if you live in Scunthorpe?

And if you live here don't even think about engraving your address on the back

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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Re: I was going to buy one of these...

one of the changes expected in the next software release (V6.0) is to change to using chrome as the in-car brower.

Chrome? Fuck it, I'm cancelling the other one too.

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I was going to buy one of these...

...but cancelled when I saw the images of the screen. £50k and no AdBlock Plus?

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And now for someone completely brilliant: Stephen Hawking to join Monty Python on stage

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Re: Tax avoiders?

at the time Neal's Yard was a hive (or epicentre - as the BBC would describe it) of health-food/whole-food/vegetarian/alternative therapy businesses.)

One side was all small media companies and the other two sides* were indeed the sort of places you mention.

*It's a triangular space.

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Tax avoiders?

Many years ago I used to work in Covent Garden and often passed through Neal's Yard. One of the buildings in said yard was an old banana warehouse containing Terry Gilliam's animation studio and the recording studio used by the Pythons. The outside was plastered in brass plates for Python-related companies with names such as Stash It Away (Jersey) Ltd and a dozen others seemingly based in tax friendly overseas locations. Thinking back, it makes Gary Barlow look like an amateur.

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Retiring Reg hack explains how bass playing = tech reporting

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Alvin Lee

Anyone that has played with Alvin Lee is Ok with me. Enjoy your retirement.

And here's a bit of Alvin for the younger folk.

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Tell us about your first time ... on the internet

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Compuserve

For the first few years that I used CompuServe it was a walled garden but one day - around 94, I think - they added internet access. Non-CompuServe email addresses had to be prefixed with INTERNET: to get stuff routed outside, IIRC.

I stayed with CIS for a couple of months but then switched to Pipex for proper access. The per-hour charge from CIS on top of BT's dialup charges were starting to bite. I did miss the CIS "shops" where you could buy software and the cost was added to your monthly bill. Nice and easy but it wasn't as well organised as it could have been. The software used to arrive by post on floppies.

Around that time I was involved in a big project for a ME-based outfit. My contact there also used CIS but his nearest dialup PoP was New York. The thought of making an international rate call from the UAE to NY to collect email seems laughable these days.

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

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Re: "The Indego Robotic Lawnmower comes in at £1,300, inclusive"

Inclusive of what? Road tax?

Inclusive of looking smug in front of the neighbours as you sit there supping an ale while the mower does your work.

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Rejoice, Australia! SBS trials SOCCER AND SEX on ONE SCREEN tech

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SBS shows far more sex than the more timid commercial broadcasters

If only there was some kind of global digital distribution system where we could find a wider variety of smut.

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Yes. App that lets you say 'Yo' raises 1 MEEELLION DOLLARS

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Re: We're finally there...

Unfortunately, I very much doubt it.

Upon reflection you are probably right.

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We're finally there...

...we've reached Peak Stupid.

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How practical is an electric car in London?

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City vs Rural

Run out of petrol and you can walk to a petrol station, fill up a can and walk back. Run out of amps and you need to be close to a charging point. This massively impacts on the perception of range.

Ironically this would work for Me. It's roughly 25km between fuel stops around here but there are plenty of houses and farms between.

The biggest problem is cost. I looked at the hybrid version of my current motor and it would take nearly 10 years to pay back the extra outlay and that's doing roughly 24km per annum.

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IoT cup claims 'instant' identification of what's in it

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Re: Amazing!

Yes there is. The latter contains more-than-trace quantities of horse urine.

Touché

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