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1122 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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

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Headmaster

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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WTF?

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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BSkyB blocks The Pirate Bay for millions of Brits

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Good news for Pirate Bay, good news for everyone

BSkyB punters who hadn't heard of PB may ask geek friends what this is all about. The geeks will explain about censorship and circumvention. Every time another person learns how to circumvent censorship the world becomes a better place.

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Self-driving Volvos cover 200km of busy Spanish motorway

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Re: Worried

All well and good until something goes wrong.

Indeed. They should be limited to 4 MPH and have someone walk in front waving a red flag.

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UK cookie law compliance takes effect today

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Re: El Reg is compliant?

No visible cookie warning on El Reg at all for me.

The only UK sites I've seen with any cookie info banners are the Graun and the BBC.

I just checked on another machine (similar OS/browser to this one) and there was nothing on the Graun or the BBC. Not sure why it's showing on some sites and not others.

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Queensland Police warn of tax refund phishing

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Get! Your! Tax! Refund!

Even if a recipient managed to ignore all the stuff like the dodgy return email address wouldn't the exclamation mark in the subject be a bit of a clue?

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Biz law reform: Bad news for lawyers, good news for hippies

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Re: Not just for the creator

writers tend not to have pensions

At last, I understand how copyright works. It's free money for stupid people that can't see beyond the end of next week.

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Copyright extension? It needs a reduction.

If 25 years is enough for a patent then 25 years should be good enough for copyright. 25 years should also mean 25 years from date of creation. As the law stands the copyright period can be extended by advances in medicine. That is both wrong and stupid.

My opinion of Vince Cable just plummeted.

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Google warns against ISPs hard on web filth

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Re: Protecting kids from online filth

Downvoted? It must have been a supporter of war, famine, poverty and disease for kids. Or a disgruntled representative of the child labour and dirty drinking water movement. Or some religious nutter.

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Protecting kids from online filth

It seems to me that war, famine, poverty and disease are far worse for kids than smutty pictures. How about we ban those things first and then worry about naked tits and arses.

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Anonymous takes out Indian CERT as attacks continue

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Outsourcing data to India?

If India's CERT can't even protect themselves why should any other nation even think about outsourcing data storage and analysis to the India?

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Creatives spin copyright licence that sticks to web

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Copyright is broken...

...so just break it some more.

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Shoreditch's sparkle smokescreen leaves BBC journo 'tech-struck'

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Glover was doing geek radio almost 20 years ago

Together with her accomplice Gideon Coe, the fragrant Ms Glover presented the best ever show on the best ever radio station. Geeks of a certain age that lived in or around London in the mid 90s will recall the weekly visit of Dave Green to Glover and Coe's breakfast show in the halcyon days of GLR.

Why isn't radio that good still around?

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Scotland considers dishing out more iPads to schoolkids

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Re: It doesn't matter about the cost...

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Re: It doesn't matter about the cost...

@Pax681

I seem to recall that the McCrone Report said that Scotland would be better off if it had all the north Sea oil revenue. Guess what? North Sea oil is a United Kingdom resource.

If I had a million quid I'd be richer than I am now. Guess what?

I suggest you look out for a BBC Scotland programme from a couple of years ago where the sums were recalculated at the current values. Same thing. Scotland would only be better off if it kept the oil revenue from the rest of the UK.

Tell me something: Alex Salmond's Arc of Prosperity consisting of Iceland, Ireland and Scotland...how's that going?

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It doesn't matter about the cost...

...because England will be paying.

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Only global poverty can save the planet, insists WWF - and the ESA!

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"Extremist green campaigning group WWF"

I really couldn't be arsed reading beyond that first line. I just know everything after that is going to be utter bollocks.

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Kim Dotcom to hit the big screen

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Kiwi Kim Dotcom

Kiwi? I was under the impression that's he's still German.

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Skynet emerges in Greenwich, monitoring hearts to light switches

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£200bn?

Sounds perfect for a collaborative free software and open hardware project. It could be used by any city that wanted it and costs would be shared. I'm guessing it would save, oh, around a fucktonne or thereabouts of taxpayers' money. Just a thought.

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Oz asks how much personal data should telcos keep?

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Re: Why Not Here?

I've lived in Aus long enough to realise that the various governments here will promise the voters lots of nice sounding things but very rarely deliver. A bit like the UK in that respect.

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They even need to ask?

Enough data for billing. That's all.

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Google KNEW Street View cars were slurping Wi-Fi

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Re: Oh dear, apologies forthcoming?

Don't worry, dear, it's just the usual fanbois expressing their sadness in the only way they know how that the Gods of the Chocolate Factory have let them down yet again. Bless.

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Oh dear, apologies forthcoming?

Not from Google - although they should - but from the two Google fanbois that downvoted this.

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Google to FCC: Protecting Street View coder didn't derail probe

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Re: Imagine if it was your govt doing this?

"My understanding is that it was approx. 600Gb worldwide."

So what about the content of the data collected? It was full of information entirely unconnected to what they were supposed to be collecting.

Assuming they filtered out all the rubbish when they got the collected data back to the chocolate factory and assuming the output file was smaller than the input file then surely they would have noticed. They are either incompetent or it was done deliberately. Or both.

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