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1094 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Qantas to provide wireless iPad entertainment on 767s

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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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Good luck

I have real life experience of a major natural disaster and the aftermath, so good luck getting this adopted by organisations suffering from "not invented here" syndrome. That is going to be a bigger obstacle than the tech issues.

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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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Larry Ellison buys island 1000x bigger than Branson's

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Black Helicopters

Voting time

Forget the islands, which one has the dodgiest facial topiary?

<-- Private black helicopter. Every billionaire private island needs one.

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UK.gov Open Data site fills up with spam

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The great irony of CAPTCHA...

...is that comment spam bots find CAPTCHA easier to use than humans.

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Scottish council muzzles 9-year-old school dinner photo blogger

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,fi? Smart choice

.fi = food's inedible.

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New Opera 12 hooks web apps to 3D graphics acceleration

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WTF?

"and also access to the computer's webcam"

Of course this isn't a disaster waiting to happen. Nothing could possibly go wrong.

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Music SEVEN times more valuable to UK plc than first thought

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Interesting...

...so if the overall value of the market is much larger than originally thought does this mean the percentage lost to file sharing is even smaller than originally thought?

And if the "entertainment" industry is making so much money why do they keep producing such crappy music and films? Surely there's a bit of cash to spare for an increase in quality.

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Google Apps cloud fine print may not protect EU biz

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Fine print?

*cough* Small print *cough*

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GAGA: Spinning blades, welding, wi-fi, what could possibly go wrong?

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Re: Goats

It's not all bad news for goats in Australia if the penultimate line of this article is anything to go by.

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Re: Goats

I should have added this snippet of info.

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Re: Goats

We have snakes around here that swallow wallabies and small 'roos. I imagine a goat would be much appreciated as a welcome change of diet.

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I shall be following this project

I have half an acre of lawn in the tropics (30+ degrees & 90%+ humidity) and a push-along mower. It makes a lawn in Blighty seem like the Sahara. It's almost six hours to mow the bastard.

It really needs a decent ride-on mower but I don't have a spare five grand and the idea of laying in the verandah hammock with a cold beer while the lawn takes care of itself is rather appealing.

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Microsemi rebuts silicon backdoor claim

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Microsemi

The world's most embarrassing name?

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