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1109 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Winston Churchill's personal papers digitised, available online

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Please correct me if I'm wrong but...

...didn't Churchill's grandson get a multi-million quid handout from the lottery for all these papers and now people are expected to shell out again for access?

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Facebook says it's LOSING money in the UK ... pays hardly any tax

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How effing much?

each member of staff at Facebook's UK division cost the company around £275,000

I think I know a way that FB can go into profit...

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Campaigners roll out political-correctness Voight-Kampff CAPTCHAs

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"popular but sometimes irritating challenges"

Popular with site designers. Hated by users.

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Assange movie portrays leaker as teen rebel

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Re: It's made by Matchbox Pictures.

I know what pedantic means and I know what good TV is. Channel Ten has never troubled good TV with so much as a glance, let alone any money.

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Re: It's made by Matchbox Pictures.

If you want to be pedantic then yes, it's being made by Matchbox but it was still commissioned by and is being shown by Ten. It's a Ten show. It's still guaranteed to be shit.

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Re: No need to see it.

It's made by Channel Ten. It's guaranteed to be shit.

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"You'll do worse than dedicate a couple of hours to the program"

I'm not sure how.

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GCHQ boss: Crypto-genius Turing brought tech to British spooks

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Big Brother

Isn't it a pity...

...that Turing and his fellow boffins did all that work to save Britain from a totalitarian future and now the results of their struggles are being used to surveil the citizens of the nation.

Where's the grave spinning icon when you need one?

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ACT Pirate Party outlines Lego manifesto

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Ahhh, the ACT...

...famous for two things:

1. The seat of the Aus federal government.

2. The only place in Aus where hardcore porn is legal.

Coincidence? You decide.

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The Register iPhone and Android apps: Maintenance update

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WTF?

What is "an app"?

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Firefox's birthday present to us: Teaching tech titans about DIY upstarts

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Re: I don't think that word means what you think it does...

Phoenix wasn't the first name. It was originally called m/b when the project was started. m/b = mozilla/browser.

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Freetard-idol rock star Trent Reznor gives up, signs to major label

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Re: Successful artists subsidise the less successful

Shouldn't that be: "Some projects make profits for the company

Why ask me? The subject line from my original comment was a line (no pun intended) from the article.

The history of the music biz is littered with stories of bad record deals, worse managers, dodgy showbiz lawyers and naïve artists. The music business is not a charity and will squeeze every last penny from clueless new signings. I have a couple of acquaintances that have been pretty successful musicians in their time and I've heard the same story from them. They made more money from gigs, merch and cover version royalties than they ever made from their record deals. I would add that this was in the 80s and 90s so well before file sharing existed.

As for Trent Reznor, his lower than expected sales as an independent could be due to his music not being as good as his earlier output. I don't know about you or anyone else but I never buy substandard albums just because I liked what the artist did previously.

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Successful artists subsidise the less successful

Almost. Successful artists subsidise the cocaine and hookers.

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Guardian's Robin Hood plan: Steal from everyone to give to us

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Re: The Daily Mail just called...

If you'd been here longer than a couple of years

I've "been here" since the last century and I'm still surprised by the amount of Daily Mail readers among the Register's downvoting community.

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Don't pay for El Reg?

I could make an educated guess that some of El Reg's income is from advertising. The companies that advertise have to pay for that from their marketing budget. That budget is funded by you, the punter that reads the ads and buys the product.

You pay pay for all real news either directly or indirectly.

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The Daily Mail just called...

...they are wondering why all their readers are commenting on the Register today.

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Instagram on iPhone 5: Now you can spoil even MORE snaps

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Re: Where's the article rating feature gone?

I wonder if Orlowski and Page were getting a little embarrassed.

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Japanese boffins unfurl banner above newly-discovered Element 113

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Japan the first country in Asia to name an atomic element.

Isn't Russia in Asia too?

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Google promises autonomous cars for all within five years

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Re: This brings a new meaning to...

Every time you get into a car (or even out of bed for that matter), it's a question of feeling lucky.

I drive every day on one of the most dangerous stretches of road in Australia. It's almost entirely single carriageway with very few overtaking lanes. Much of it is atop of three metre high embankments to avoid flooding. Armco barriers are unknown. It's filled with psychopath truck drivers that don't have a tachograph and consequently drive stupid hours, out of state holiday makers towing tin snails behind them, local yokels that wouldn't survive ten minutes in London, very large clueless animals that randomly wander out in front of you, no equivalent to an MOT for any vehicles and yet somehow I survive. Add a vehicular Blue Screen of Death to that list and I may have second thoughts.

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This brings a new meaning to...

...are you feeling lucky?

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FTC settles spying charges on rent-to-own computers

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Seriously?

...it included user names and passwords for email accounts, social media websites, and financial institutions; Social Security numbers; medical records; private emails to doctors; bank and credit card statements; and webcam pictures of children, partially undressed individuals, and intimate activities at home.

You could argue that the computer rental firms have a perfect right to protect their property from theft or delinquent customers by installing such software.

You could argue that but I wouldn't suggest trying it face-to-face with the renter or you may become rapidly acquainted with Mr Darwin's theory.

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Google, Microsoft butt heads in browser benchmark battle

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Must. Disable. Pop-up. Blocker.

I ran the test, or tried to, and got this message:

"Firefox prevented this site from opening 17 pop-up windows"

1996 just called, etc.

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Scientists: 'Castration is the key to a longer life'

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Re: I feel ever so sorry for you, Mahatma.

Er, I was joking. The lovely Mrs Coat is a treasure.

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Castration...

...aka marriage.

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The Register lands in Australia

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An iPad?

I was going to enter until I saw the prize.

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Shuttle Endeavour buzzes the Golden Gate Bridge

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Pfft

Now if it had flown under the bridge...

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Australian PM opens SYSADMIN-KILLER data centre

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Re: Just supposing...

Try as I might, and trust me I've tried very hard, I cannot see the word alone anywhere in my comment.

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Just supposing...

...that you are powering and cooling your own data centre/server room/box under the desk with your own solar, then how can McQuarrie say “We can power and cool a server more cost effectively than what businesses can do themselves"?

Just wondering.

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Want a Leica camera from Jony Ive? There CAN BE ONLY ONE

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Angel

Easy peasy

Make it out of white plastic and remove the awkward sticky out bits like the lens and the controls. Job done.

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Google acts against prostitution app after complaints from Congress

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Ironic...

....that Congress wants to ban an app for prostituting people. Is Congress trying to protect its monopoly?

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Dice swallows Slashdot, SourceForge, Freecode in $20m deal

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Errr...

....GitHub-like code portal SourceForge

SourceForge-like code portal GitHub, surely.

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Memo to openSUSE 12.2: More polish, less angst

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Another satisfied customer here

It just works.

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Work for beer, Neil Gaiman's wife tells musicians

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Re: One small thing omitted from the article...

Well then we can take it that she knows what her album's worth, now doesn't she.

I wasn't commenting on the worth of the album, as you and the others below seem to think. It was a comment about sloppy journalism.

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One small thing omitted from the article...

...is that Ms Palmer's album can be downloaded for free via her site.

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UK boffins get £3.8m pot to probe 'science of cyber-security'

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Right man for the job

Cabinet Secretary Francis Maude, who oversees cyber-security.

Has this man even seen a computer?

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Content convenience squeezes freetards: Swinburne Uni

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Re: No shit

They just want free content.

The Doctor Who episode is free to watch on TV but people wanted see it before the news media, blogs and their Twitter timelines were full of spoilers. The ABC and the BBC are to be congratulated for making this possible.

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No shit

It’s at least feasible, then, that content industries’ willingness to provide legal alternatives is finally having an effect.

So the freetards were correct all along and Big Media was unsurprisingly wrong.

cf The customer is always right.

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iPhone to account for half of US economy by 2030 - projection

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The Elvis Statistic strikes again

When Elvis Presley died in 1977, there were an estimated 37 Elvis impersonators in the world.

By 1993, there were 48,000 Elvis impersonators, an exponential increase.

Extrapolating from this, by 2010 there will be 2.5 billion Elvis impersonators.

The population of the world will be 7.5 billion by 2010.

Every 3rd person will be an Elvis impersonator by 2010.

Source.

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Fuel VFX goes up in smoke

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Not such a bad thing

Maybe we can have fewer effects and more story. I might start watching films again if that happens.

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Nokia flagellates self further to quell fake cam ad Twitterstorm

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Dear Twitter

Very little of what you see in adverts is real.

Yours sincerely,

The media.

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Health minister warns ISPs: Block suicide websites or face regulation

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This is easy to fix

Just stop being such a shit government and ruining peoples' lives and the desire for suicide will decrease.

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Apple to launch streaming online radio service?

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I think you'll find Napster set the music industry back 10 years....

The music industry can do that quite well without any outside help.

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Really?

Steve Jobs and company are widely credited with having transformed the entire music industry once already.

It was Napster that changed the music industry. Jobs just figured out a way of making money from Napster's idea.

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New broadband minister snubs 'ugly' fibre cabinet gripes

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Re: Bugger

Just imagine the fuss if the proposal was for two metre tall, bright red boxes like these.

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Build a bonkers home cinema

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A steal at just £16,000.

I can recall a time a couple of decades ago when just the lamp for a professional video projector (GE) cost £15,000. If you were taking one abroad the spare would get its own seat on a plane.

We really need a Four Yorkshiremen icon.

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UK.gov's web filth block plan: Last chance to speak your brains

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Face...

...meet palm.

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Wales: We'll encrypt Wikipedia if reborn gov net-snoop plan goes live

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WTF Wales?

You give them their own assembly and next thing you know they're encrypting Wikipedia.

(or maybe just translating it into Welsh, which is the same thing)

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Internet Explorer needs fresh dev infusion for a full recovery

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Re: Adobe Flash installs chrome and add-ins

Not just Chrome but also Norton AV. Adobe are just pimps for the IT world's whores.

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Broadband minister Hunt LOSES portfolio, takes on national health

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Homeopathy fan? Seriously?

<-- A penguin, the nearest I could find to something quackish

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