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1106 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

IOC asks Olympic spectators to cut back TXTs and tweets

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Re: Worst of all is the Australian coverage

If no one is winning a medal, they cut back to past Olympics of the same event, where they did win a medal, and start jacking it all over again

I couldn't agree more. It's soul-destroying to watch and I regret not coughing up for a UK-exit VPN. Anyone who complains about the Beeb should be forced to sit and watch ultra parochial Nine's coverage.

Example: the canoe slalom (introduced as "slaylom") just showed the Aussie competitor and no one else. It's pretty much all like that. They didn't even show the end of the women's road race last night cos some Aussie was 97th in the men's 750 metre knitting relay and that was deemed more important.

I'm not going to bother watching anymore of the first week. The Aussies have all gone home by then and the real sport begins.

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Boffins nail oceanic carbon capture process

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Excellent...

...the world's biggest SodaStream. Anyone for plankton-flavoured pop?

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Skype denies system upgrade enables in-call spying

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This is simple to confirm

Show us the code, Skype.

Open source it, if you have the balls. In the meantime, folks, have a read of this Register article from some years ago:

Austrian official fuels Skype backdoor rumours

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Doesn't do exactly what it says on the tin

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Doesn't do exactly what it says on the tin

I bought my first Double Crossed Play Blu-ray film today (The Inbetweeners, if you must know). The label proclaims that you get a second disc with a "digital" copy (who knew Blu-ray was analogue?). It says you can use this on any device you want but all is not what it seems.

The second disc (DVD) says it contains versions compatible with iTunes and Windows so the first thing I did was to slot it into a drive on a Linux machine just for laughs.

That quite obviously didn't work so it was then placed in a Windows machine. There was the usual autorun crap that wanted to run a programme called digitalcopy.exe, which I'm guessing is some kind of DRM infection. The "digital" copies were .wmv and an Apple format file of some kind, both around 1.3GB in size. Neither would play in any software player at hand. Even Microsoft's own Windows Media Player didn't want to know.

Searching hasn't really given any clues other so I wondered if the collective genius of El Reg had managed to solve this problem.

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Stuxnet: 'Moral crime' or proportionate response?

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Re: "it provided military options without the need to endanger human life"

this is a remarkably ignorant comment

Did someone piss on your cornflakes this morning? Funnily enough I'm neither a malware expert or nuclear facilities engineer but I think I'm allowed to voice my worries here.

And if I was considering the likelihood of some country making a nuke and using it I think I'd be looking at the countries that have built one and tested it first although no one seems too bothered about those countries.

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"it provided military options without the need to endanger human life"

Until someone fucks up and a nuke plant goes bang. It seems hard enough to securely operate a nuke plant (Fukushima, etc) without some morons from elsewhere deliberately screwing around with control systems. Jesus H.

<-- Too obvious?

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Amazon crimps free Kindle 3G surfing

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Re: Linkies

< a href="URL goes here" >Link text goes here< /a >

And lose the spaces between the a's and the < >

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50MB?

That about 50 badly designed pages these days.

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AAPT confirms attack, through Melbourne IT

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That's all right then

"just two files were accessed"

It doesn't matter if it was two or 2,000. If it was just one file that had all the data they'd still be screwed.

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Apple's new Safari snubs older Macs, drops Windows version

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Re: There's a (Google) patent for that

See my earlier post. Mozilla have been doing address bar search for years. This could be fun.

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Re: Universal search field

Address bar search in Firefox has been a feature for years.

I seem to recall it was even a feature in later versions of the Netscape browser although I could be wrong about that.

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Qantas to provide wireless iPad entertainment on 767s

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re: Man, you mustn't travel very often

Man, you mustn't travel very often

At the risk of sounding like the song "I've been everywhere", I've done several decades of organising temporary and permanent multimedia installations for companies around the globe. The last time I counted I had been to over 60 countries on five continents. One example: I did a six year contract with one of the world's leading airlines that meant I traveled quite a bit with them. I also fly between Aus and the UK regularly for non-biz reasons. I can fill an extended 48 page, 10 year UK passport before it expires. I guess that means I know nothing about air travel.

And Qantas really are crap.

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Fancy IFE or not...

...I'd rather walk across Australia than fly with Qantas. World's worst airline.

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Why British TV drama is crap – and why this matters to tech firms

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Piffle

The trouble with US TV content is that it all looks and sounds the same. Audiences here in Aus seem to like US crime dramas based on the same tired formulae so that's exactly what they get. Endlessly. Repeatedly. Relentlessly. Then it's repackaged as CSI This and CSI That.

As for "overlapping dialogue and sound effects", that's just fancy packaging of thin content to distract pretentious reviewers. Good drama is based on a good story, not tinsel.

Worst of all is that US accents annoy the fuck out of me.

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Firefox 14 tabs no longer sneak a peek at users' privates

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There's a reason for that

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Apple: Privacy-invading, commercial scumbags.

Mozilla: Trying to do the decent thing.

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IT pro to storm Everest in Bletchley Park cash quest

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Re: In accurate headline and article

the base camp is only part way up the mountain

Spot on. Base camp is where the horizontal bumps into the vertical. The lady is basically taking a long country stroll.

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I'd pay her to not go

Stupid tourist types and climbers are wrecking Everest.

<-- Anything but Gore-tex

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Firefox 14 encrypts Google search, but admen can still strip-search you

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Alert

Easy peasy

about:config

Set network.http.sendRefererHeader to 0.

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Study: Users prefer Google+ over Facebook

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Users prefer Google+

When surveyed about their preferences both users said it was great.

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We'll punish crims faster... with lots of shiny new tech - minister

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Swift justice, sure Justice

Pick any one.

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Prince Charles whips out jumbo red ball for Blighty's code-breakers

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Re: What would Turing think?

Are you channeling the spirit of Alan, otherwise I'm wondering how you can make pronouncements on his behalf.

Quite obviously not but do you don't have to be a medium to have a good guess that he'd not be a great supporter of his ideas being used to suppress people. Who would?

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Re: @ jason 7, sandman & Psyx

Yes, it's great that Turing could be openly gay in UK 2012 but what about the countries that still oppress gay & other minority groups and monitor their communications? Turing would be appalled that people used his inventions at risk of imprisonment or worse.

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Re: In congratulation I would like to say

Why does that look like a license key?

What is a license key?

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What would Turing think?

If Turing and his colleagues had foreseen that their legacy had been turned from defeating the enemy overseas to mass surveillance of UK citizens I bet they'd have been none too pleased.

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Eurozone crisis hits pay TV: Punters pick broadband over telly

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Re: Licence fee

We don't have a licence fee here in Aus and guess what? The TV here is utter shit. The only decent stuff is BBC/C4 imports and the Euro films on SBS. I've given up on watching TV in the conventional sense.

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Build a bonkers hi-fi

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Re: Pesky no-sense-humour chekur

At least use the "send corrections" button instead of "comment". Sheesh.

I was opening the door for someone more witty than me to continue the light-hearted banter. It looks like someone didn't see the door, let alone walk through it.

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Pesky spelin chekur

distinctive copper heat syncs

Sinks?

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UK's web super-snoop powers could be extended to councils

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Uh

UKBA's McGregor agreed, adding that "serious criminals are making increasing use of a more sophisticated internet" adding that said crooks were also using "smartphone techniques".

So they are requesting more power over the citizenry with the only reasons being utter bollocks. Shameful.

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Google plants rainbow flag in anti-gay countries

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Re: All very well...

You don't get to decide what is "good humour" or "bad humour"

Spot on. There may be different subjective meanings that can be applied by a reader but the only true meaning is the one chosen by the writer. Hang on a sec, let me check with a local linguistic expert to confirm that:

"When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less."

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Re: All very well...

Google are to be congratulated for taking a stand.

Google aren't taking a stand. They are marketing themselves. It's a pity that most people seem unable to spot the difference.

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Oz gov cyber-safety unit loses punters' info IN THE POST

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Stay smart online? You couldn't make this up.

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Mozilla shoots down Thunderbird, hatches new release model

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Re: 'Most issues solved years ago'

Yes, indeed. An email client has really simple requirements. Compose and send, receive and read. I think these were taken care of years ago.

Mine's a Spitfire, thanks.

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The usual software problem

A company builds a product, in this case a very good mail client, and adds a features over the following years.

Then the usual software problem arrives: the product does what it was supposed to do, plus the aforementioned bells and whistles, so where does it go from there? Do you add more features, in which case it stops being a mail client and becomes yet another Swiss Army software product that does lots of things but none of them particularly well or spend the next few iterations doing cosmetic nonsense like Microsoft? When the biggest improvement to the next version is a new interface then you know things are getting a bit desperate.

It's not easy to innovate in email when most of the issues were solved years ago. Mozilla's current product problem is easy to solve as all the core functionality is there and anything else can be done with extensions.

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Review: Samsung Chromebox

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I wonder where these will end up?

Bargain bin or landfill?

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The touchscreens that push back, thanks to Brit hi-fi boffinry

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Excuse the pedantry but QUAD's marketing strapline was "The closest approach to the original sound".

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DERA?

I was under the impression that the principle behind these loudspeakers was invented at EMI's Central Research Labs at Hayes or was that an earlier incarnation?

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Who runs UK? 'Tories, Lib Dems and Google' says Labour

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Re: Hmm

Whatever your view on Google they're one of the more creative corporations of the last decade

What's your definition of creative? It looks to me like they just bought shitloads of existing companies and ideas.

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Labour needs to look at its online presence

The Labour Party site uses googleapis, Google+ and Google Analytics. Maybe Harman should get her own house in order before gobbing off.

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RIM boss denies cratering Canucks are in 'a death spiral'

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I think I know what RIM's problem is

It's a matter of public perception. I wanted to look at some vids of people using BlackBerrys to compare them with iPhones and Androids so I typed "rim" into a video search engine...

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US federal boffins insist that mermaids DON'T exist

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Land of the free...

...home of the barking mad.

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Microsoft sets the price for a Windows 8 upgrade at $40

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Re: And how are your games running?

Just fine, thanks. Installing openSUSE on various desktops and netbooks here has had zero impact on my PS3.

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I upgraded from Win 7 to openSUSE...

...and saved $40 per machine.

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Google.eggfaced: Chocolate Factory spaffs cash in dot-word bungle

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Suggestion for Google

Don't send in the crappi.est/applications

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Google claims Chrome is the world's most popular browser

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Never confuse popularity with quality

Chrome is the Justin Beiber of browsers: pretty, young, heavily advertised, loved by the gullible but best avoided at all costs.

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Google orders spontaneous support for Parliamentary motion

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Google doesn't give a fuck about copyright

Google, however, does give a rather large fuck about Google.

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No one watches TV, Nielsen, and you know it

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Couldn't agree more

An example from Down Under: Top Gear is shown here on a commercial channel. In the UK each episode runs for a full hour and often a few minutes over. The Aussie broadcaster hacks it down to 35 minutes of content and fills the other 25 minutes with commercials (usually the same ones repeated every ten minutes*).

Given the choice of watching that or a dodgy download of the full fat BBC version it'd be a fool that chooses the former.

* This should be added to the torture section of the Geneva Conventions.

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Raspberry Pi IN THE SKY: Wallet-sized PC is disaster drone brain

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Re: Good luck

I've just subscribed to your project user mailing list.

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El Reg official units of measurement: Linguine, Jubs, Hiltons and all

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Re: Lego has come a long way...

Fail is me.

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Lego has come a long way...

...when I was a kid they didn't make rectal thermometers.

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Apple cops $AU2.5m fine for misleading consumers

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Apple mislead consumers everywhere...

...they mislead them into thinking they are cool and special.

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