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1091 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Seafaring robots shatter unmanned crossing record

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Just a suggestion...

...but maybe this technology could be used for Italian cruise ships.

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Cambridge boffins build laser 'unprinter' to burn pages clean

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Already invented

You just need to use the same ink that petrol receipts are printed with. That seems to disappear completely before the end of an accounting period and you're left with a shoe box full of blank receipts for the VAT man.

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STUNNING NEW APPLE DEVICES that will follow the iPad 3 HD!

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Touch screens

"You're getting smeary finger tracks all over the display"

Every Apple toy I've seen close up looks more like a Petri dish.

Where's the MRSA icon when you need it?

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Brits trapped in confusing council website labyrinths - survey

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Meh, too easy

I've done council stuff and it's really not that hard to get right.

Pretty much every council in any given local government area has to abide by the same rules and carry the same content: rates info, news, etc, etc, plus local stuff specific to any area. Common content such as privacy policies and other legal stuff can be written centrally. It adds consistency and reduces costs.

The frequently accessed info should always be linked from the home page. Don't make the rate payers pissy by hiding things. If councils can't work out what is going to be popular then check the logs and search data and you'll see what people want. If it's not on the home page then put it there.

Most important tip for all for councils: Beware internal empire builders that don't have a clue about web sites but "know someone who does". They will cost the rate payers squillions for no noticeable return. Your council shouldn't be paying 25k for a slightly modified WordPress theme. Leave this stuff to people that know what they are doing.

Sheesh, it's 2012 and people are still struggling over web sites?

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Tony Blair closes RSA 2012, denounces WikiLeaks

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Re: @ Mahatma Coat

I'm not saying it's right or wrong, I'm saying it is what it is.

I wouldn't want to get into a discussion about the pros and cons of various electoral systems but Cameron became PM because that's the way the system currently works. Don't like it? Contact your MP and lobby him to change it. That's how the democratic process in the UK is supposed to work.

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Brown wasn't elected. I was referring to Cameron.

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Democracy at work

"there are people who threaten our way of life that have to be stopped"

Yes, and you were stopped. Sadly a clone of you got your job.

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Metro breakdown! Windows 8 UI is little gain for lots of pain

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WTF?

I like the WFT? area. A great feature.

I've played with Win 8 for a couple of days in a VM and the Metro interface looks very nice but it's a half-arsed implementation. Lift up Win 8's skirt and it's a pair of old Win 7 knickers underneath. With holes in.

If you want to see an interface that is both slick and fast just have a look at KDE on openSUSE.

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Labour targets Tories' Google problem

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"No-one could imagine how we would survive without Google"

As someone that actively blocks anything that is remotely connected with Google I can confirm that it is not only possible to survive without Google but life is immeasurably better.

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RIM's backdoor sniffed by BBM-snooping Indian spooks

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My maths isn't the best...

...but isn't that one sixth of the world's population* losing privacy in one fell swoop?

* I know they don't all have BlackBerrys.

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Pakistani military building PAC-PAD fondleslab

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iPak?

Someone had to say it.

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Still buying CDs?

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Re: Re: Still buying CDs?

We have tonnes of DVDs as they are so much better than our current cinema experience. The lovely Mrs Coat and I used to enjoy going to the flicks but our nearest is now a four hour round trip and the seats are like instruments of torture. They only show US blockbusters too. Our previous location had a small duplex cinema: one room for Hollywood twaddle and one for real films.

We've recently started buying Blu-rays as we now have a PS3. It was a PS2 that got us started on DVDs. Mr Sony is clever.

Beer icon cos I can drink and watch stuff at home.

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Still buying CDs?

I bought two last week. Am I alone in still preferring CDs to compressed formats?

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Current tunage:

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Re: Current tunage:

Your computer has good taste.

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Ok, I'll bite.

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Unhappy

The drill?

I didn't see a drill or any other power tools, just something about a net for mums. I feel cheated.

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Drew's Cookie Jar - psst. want a forum upgrade

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Re: Drew's Cookie Jar - psst. want a forum upgrade

I'll give it a whirl.

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Loral set to build NBN Co satellites

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The upload speed figure I saw quoted in the press yesterday was 1Mbps.

I can't believe they're wasting this much money. It's supposed to service 3% of the population at a cost of AUD2 billion. A quick look for existing satellite services to the bush shows that it's already available at a reasonable price for a 6Mbps service.

The other problem is that a lot of the area covered by this is in the north of Aus, an area that is often covered by cloud for half the year. Satellite TV is hopeless during the wet season and even free-to-air terrestrial will crap out when the weather is bad.

NB Before anyone from non-tropical places chips in about clouds not being a problem I'd just like to add that where I live we can get half of London's annual rainfall in one day.

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Steve Jobs sighted in Taiwan flogging Android tablets

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Devil

The eating babies footage is on the floor of the edit suite.

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Media groups propose anti-piracy 'code of practice' for UK search

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Alternatively...

"To use the examples of BPI, MPAA or PACT, we would propose that prioritisation be enabled for searches that contain any of the following key search terms: 'twat', 'pillock', 'out of touch with reality', 'broken', 'numpties', 'clueless', 'cockwombles'.

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SMS emergency management goes national

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We had a localised SMS warning before Cyclone Yasi...

...and it confused everyone. A text that basically said "Cyclone Yasi is coming. Evacuate now. We're all doomed" is less than helpful. Which direction should people head, north or south? Even more ridiculous is that the cyclone was so big that no one could have driven out of the area unless they were on the margins.

They really need to think this one through a bit more.

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India threatens to block Google, Facebook and chums

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Oh, the irony....

...India is full of religious buildings covered in carvings depicting men fucking women, humans fucking animals and so on.

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Telstra shuts out prepaid mobile broadband rechargers

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TIPT was down today

Telstra's TIPT service was down for several hours today and it was a nationwide failure apparently.

If you don't know about TIPT:

"Telstra IP Telephony (TIPT) can help to increase the speed and efficiency of communications to improve productivity and customer engagement. Hosted on the Telstra network, Telstra IP Telephony is a flexible subscription-based service ideal for large offices, branch offices and remote sites, or contact centres. Designed to operate with existing telephone systems, it can help to overcome the problems of managing different communication systems across dispersed sites."

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Jonathan Ive is knighted in New Year Honours list

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The difference is that Saint Ive has produced a result

If and when the cancer researcher comes up with a cure for cancer then no doubt he/she will get a K and also a Nobel Prize.

Or looking at it another way, the researcher *may* discover something that will bring relief to cancer sufferers whereas Ive *has* designed something that relieves the gullible of their cash.

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Software copied functions, but didn't infringe copyright

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Halle-fucking-luyah

"The functionalities of a computer program and the programming language are not eligible, as such, for copyright protection," Advocate General Bot said in his opinion.

Best decision, best name.

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Chrome passes Firefox in global browser share

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It just goes to show...

...some people take fashion more seriously than privacy, security and flexibility. Fools.

Mozilla is the only trustworthy browser company.

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British Library sprinkles digital dust on dusty newsprint

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One thing Aus has got right

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/home

And they allow users to correct OCR errors.

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Woomera: Ghosts of Britain's space past

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Emptiness

@ Lester

"Although it once housed thousands of people, the only sign of life we detected was the distant sound of some kids splashing around in a swimming pool."

@ Dave 126

"The streets without cars just look great."

Many towns in the Australian bush look exactly like this even when they are fully populated. More so at midday.

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Open source team creates apocalypse survival kit

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Joke

Using only a hoe?

That's a bit sexist. Can't men help out too?

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Bishop to bless road salt supplies for added winter safety

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Jesus H

"Great is the Lord ... "

If he keeps sending all that snow he's not really all that great.

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Slapped: Oz TV show spikes Dutch freetard site

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Facepalm

'Diwana pitched itself as “hunting out the best Australian and New Zealand TV"'

Best? That'd take about 30 seconds.

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Want to avoid all private-data breaches, ever? Here's how

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You have to laugh...

....when a site that claims to be improving privacy uses Google Analytics to track visitors.

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Nude lady recreates Star Wars tauntaun scene in dead horse

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Re: She bought & shot it just for the pics...

...in a certain country only a few miles from the UK they do far worse to horses. They kill them and then eat them.

btw, 32 is pretty old for a horse. They probably did it a favour.

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UN set to dump GMT for tech-friendly Atomic Time

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Er, not everyone has it...

...I live 18 degrees south of the equator. What use is seasonal clock changing to me?

<-- Nearest icon to a midday sun for mad dogs and Englishmen.

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Google and co join gov's identity marketplace

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Govt makes ensures your privacy...

...by sharing your data with 26 additional entities.

Dear UK gov and Google, what part of "get the fuck our of my private affairs" don't you understand?

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Krebs nabs ‘RSA attack’ list

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I guess you didn't read the list either...

...the names I mentioned are the UK-based operations of those companies. They carry data in the UK. There's a clue - "UK" - in the names hence them popping up when I searched the list for "UK".

Hutchison 3G UK

Orange Business Services UK

Tiscali UK

If I could be arsed, which I can't, I could probably give you their UK company registration info.

There are other big UK names in there too: Vodafone, Easynet, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

You also omitted to mention that I listed BTnet UK Regional network. I'm pretty sure they have some kind of office in the UK.

As you weren't.

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Re: Re: UK companies

Free tip: I just hit Ctrl-F in Firefox, typed "UK" and found BT. Keeping hitting F3 and you'll find Hutchison, Orange and Tiscali too.

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UK companies

"The Register’s scan of the list for Australian companies..."

Plenty of UK companies on the list but it doesn't seem to merit a mention in a UK publication.

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Mozilla delivers Binged-up Firefox browser

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"Also, is there any such thing as a "Bing enthusiast"? That sounds quite sad to me..."

Better to be an enthusiast than a fanboi.

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Obama man: 'Global internet surveillance skyrocketing'

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Is it just me...

...or is the US govt the most hypocritical on the planet?

Compare this from Michael Posner:

"Today we face a series of challenges at the intersection of human rights, connected technologies, business, and government. It's a busy intersection – and a lot of people want to put up traffic lights"

With this:

"The demands formed part of a 70% rise in takedown requests from the US government or police"

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/oct/25/google-transparency-report-released

We need an "arsewipes" icon.

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Saddam 'double' kidnapped by smut flick gang

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I've been to Egypt...

...and there is definitely no shortage of men that look like Saddam Hussein. This bloke must be a really good lookalike.

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Steve Jobs memorial brings out tech titans... and Bono

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Look at that guest list...

...pure evil.

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And they're off! Day one at the solar races

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"Unfortunately, we had no internet connection"

Welcome to life in rural Australia.

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World Solar combatants rev their engines batteries

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Re: for ducks

Thanks for the info. I've never been to the southern half of the country during the summer. Up here in the tropics it's cloudy for most of the six month summer wet season. Last dry season was cloudy and wet for the best part of six months too so we had 18 months of almost constant cloudy and wet weather. It was like being back in Blighty.

I'll get me raincoat.

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Nice for weather for ducks...

...in air-conditioned asbestos suits.

Why do they hold it at this time of year? The middle of the Aus winter is 99% guaranteed sunshine, low humidity and cool. The opposite is true for the next six months.

Flame icon cos that what their pants will be feeling like.

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Pay Jobs due respect - by crushing the empire he created

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Re: Re: Mahatma

"I do think it would be somewhat odd for someone who works for Dell, for example, to be carting around an HP laptop just the same as I would think it is odd for someone who works for Ubuntu to do his work on Windows or OSX - that's all."

Upon reflection it's not that odd. Back in the early 80s I recall talking to a senior Rank Xerox exec who told me he had a tiny Canon personal photocopier in his office to remind him of how good the competition is. Having said that, he did only have one. Mr Assay has six Macs so my original post stating my puzzlement still stands :-)

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In reply to all the above comments

You seem to think or imply that Matt Assay uses Ubuntu on Mac hardware. The article said:

"I'm not a fan of Windows as a technology, being a longtime Mac user"

The clear implication there is that he's talking about Microsoft vs Apple operating systems. He's not comparing hardware. This should be obvious enough for anyone that has mastered basic English.

Let the fanboism and downvoting continue. I am indeed the Spawn of Satan (language comprehension department).

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Re: the key word

The key word is "reading" the article:

"being a longtime Mac user"

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Matt Assay is Mac user?

"was formerly chief operating officer of Ubuntu commercial operation Canonical."

Not quite sure what to make of that.

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iPlayer founder launches next big TV thing-Zeebox

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Recommendations and Big Media

Hmmm, not much of a trust problem there, eh?

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