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1097 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Twitter adds HTTPS opt-in button to micro-blogging service

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Nup

As Jeff 11 and two00lbwaster pointed out there are other reasons. Another one is that some users choose to keep their tweets private except for approved followers.

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MS embraces/shuns Google's open video codec

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Broken Microsoft spelling checker

Seems it changed "the patent pool H.264 format" to "the industry-standard H.264 format".

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Make streaming a felony: Obama

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Nurse!

Where are the FFS and WTF icons when you need them?

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Connecticut suspect's 'half-ro' haircut wows web

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WTF?

Because he's worth it...

...Or not.

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Anti-religious campaigners smack down census Jedis

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What was my point?

My point was one that you must have missed. I'm not talking about results, alternative sources of funding or anything else you mentioned. I'm talking about govt funds being used to finance propaganda centres for the terminally deluded. Schools are supposed to be places that kids go to learn facts not to be brainwashed.

Forcing religion down the throats of children too young to understand is nothing less than abuse.

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It's 2011

So why should we be making any special allowances for Jews, Muslims, Christians, or any other group of gullible numpties.

We have science, we have reason, we have logic. Imaginary friends are redundant. Religious wars and sectarian bigotry have no place in the modern world.

Go away and stop trying to suck money out of the system for your special needs.

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Neighbourhood watchers in Reading get speedguns

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Problem Solving Award in 2010

"Speed Watch, has been running since 2001...the scheme, which has recently clocked its millionth speeding motorist"

1,000,000 speeding motorists? That doesn't sound like problem solved to me, that sounds like problem very much still exists.

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Google insists it couldn't have been British. Excuse me?

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Some days I get up earlier than usual...

...just so I can despise the likes of Google and Cameron a bit longer that day.

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BT fibre-to-the-premises trial takes 7 hours per install

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Cost difference between UK and Aus

BT will supply FTTP to 66% of UK (pop. 62m) for £2.5bn.

NBNco will supply FTTP to 90% of Aus (pop. 22m) for £27bn.

The difference can't all be in the distances between cities, surely? Does fibre optic string really cost that much?

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Qld police warn against Windows service scam

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There have been many odd calls since the cyclone

We were getting about 10 silent calls per day for a week. Several seconds of silence follower by a recorded voice of a lady saying "goodbye".

Also had one call from a gentleman with an accent that sounded like he was from the sub-continent offering advice on Windows (not a double glazing salesman) but I was too busy at the time to even tell him to shove his advice where the cyclone doesn't blow.

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Microsoft's IE slipping into Chrome release cycle?

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Grrrr

The whole version race thing is ridiculous.

How about all browser companies all call their next versions v10, then concentrate on getting the basics right and just offer new features as extensions?

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Windsor slaps News for NBN 'scare campaign'

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Murdoch not the govt?

What country would that be? Seems like he almost rules the world these days.

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Free Wi-Fi, SMS alerts for Sydney commuters – if ALP wins election

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I love the smell...

...of a desperate politician in the morning. Just like all of Kristina Keneally's stunts, this one is doomed to failure.

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Peruvian spuds entombed in Arctic 'doomsday vault'

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At first I thought this was an article about football...

...that spud photo has an uncanny likeness to Wayne Rooney.

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The internet ate our homework

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You're not wrong

Aussie book publishing/retailing has had an easy ride over the years thanks to government protection.

I love the sound of capitalists whining about capitalism and how unfair it is. So, Australian publishing mafia, you joined the club and you agreed to play by the club's rules. Don't cry hard-done-by when the rules come back to bite you on the arse.

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Obama in private confab with Jobs, Zuckerberg, Schmidt

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Innovation, my arse

Looks from here like a bunch of acquirers, copiers and polo neck wearing pillocks. What does Obama hope to learn from this motley crew?

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Hostworks in NSW Food Authority win

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Is it just me and my Aussie IP address...

...or is El Reg really 50% full of Aussie IT stories of late?

"What's that, Skippy, standards have fallen down the mineshaft?"

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Vodafone squeezes internet into TV

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All Voda need to do now...

...is squeeze a decent phone service into a mobile phone.

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TiVo hits pause button in Australia

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Not much use to us...

...us being the people of Tully that currently don't have any electricity :)

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Openistas question UK.gov's £300k crime-mapping website

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If you want a .uk TLD you have to own the govt

Ask Rupert Murdoch, he may be able to sort you out.

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Assange traveled in drag to evade gov spooks

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Women's clothing disguise

A burka?

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Aussies demand Poms cough up first 'Australia' map

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Australia Day plans

As any good Pom in Australia I shall start today reading El Reg and follow that an in-depth study of Australian culture. Then after breakfast...

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China plans city 'twice the size of Wales'

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Shenzhen

I was lucky enough to take a day trip to Shenzhen from Hong Kong in 1983. There was one high rise building, an eight storey hotel, and the rest was mostly slums.

The Chinese govt tour guides were very proud of one thing: The giant water tap (ceremonial fake, I'm sure) at the side of a reservoir. They claimed it controlled Hong Kong's entire water supply. A nice bargaining chip.

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iPhone, Android app offers 3D ads in Oz Open

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Hmmm

Sometimes I start to question my sanity when I see something as utterly braindead as this or am I missing the point? There a few other things going on in Australia that could really benefit from human ingenuity a bit more than this.

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That's Schmidt: So long to the Google chief who wasn't

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So long...

...and thanks for all the shit.

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Boffins sex pterodactyls at last

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The chap on the right is not entirely unfamiliar

It's the dead spit of a the Southern Cassowary:

https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Cassowary

It's a very rare bird with an estimated 800 or so remaining in Australia. We get them wandering out of the forest and into our garden quite often, something I'm most happy about. When it comes to breeding they make giant pandas look like Catholics.

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Oz pair in blow-up sex doll whitewater ride

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Melbourne isn't in Queensland...

...Melbourne is in Victoria, as is much of Queensland's water.

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Social media and Queensland's floods: some fail, some win

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Speaking as a Queenslander...

...it's heartening to see so many people willing to donate items to those that need it. Your old tat box running XP sitting unloved and collecting dust in a cupboard is as good as a brand new PC to someone that has lost everything.

At the same time it's not easy to find out what's really happening as the media and some government mouthpieces are hyping up the impact to really stupid levels.

There have been so many patently false claims about the area that has been affected. I've seen one tweet that claimed the flooding was "bigger than hurricane Katrina" and "1 million sq miles of Queensland was under water". People retweet this nonsense without giving it a second thought when a couple of moments of research would show that the state is about 660k sq miles in total. There are plenty more similar examples doing the rounds.

A quick peek at NASA's satellite images for the flood period show the true extent of the flooding (I'll let you draw your own conclusions from those) but a lot of the media has been reporting floods of ark-building proportions.

I guess the moral of this story is one we should always consider: check the facts, check the sources, don't believe everything you see on TV or read in the papers (and their digital equivalents) and certainly take anything you see in "user-generated content" with a vast pinch of salt.

Web 2.0: it's made from wet kangaroo paws.

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Apple tightens rules for iPad news delivery

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Hmmmm

"You sir deserve all the downvotes that you can garner"

Which seems to be approximately none at time of writing.

If you want a glimpse of the future look for an online film called EPIC 2014. It's about eight minutes long, IIRC, and worth every second.

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Bye bye Internet, hello Applenet

And some fanbois still have the cheek to downvote comments that call them gullible.

<-- I'll get me coat. Thankfully it's not a mac.

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Ace Reg reporter in career suicide shock

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Out of the frying pan...

Good luck, Chris. The Register's loss is Tory Middle England's gain.

Don't forget your coat.

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Airbus secures whopping 180 plane deal

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IndiGo

That's a very simple but clever piece of branding.

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Adobe (finally) makes it easier to delete Flash cookies

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BetterPrivacy extension for Firefox

BP seems to do a pretty good job but it's still just a sticking plaster for a bigger problem,

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Spain grovels to penguins over 'Linux' anti-terror plot

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Top security

"Iraitz Gesalaga and Itxaso Uritiaga"

Usernames that will stand up to a dictionary attack. I'm impressed.

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Italian bloke sneezes out .22 bullet

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I'm waiting for the redneck comments...

....such as "guns don't kill people, New Year parties kill people".

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George Nazi assumes Alcatel 'senior execution role'

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The family did change their name...

...It was Hitler before.

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Google pinpoints bugs that send texts to wrong people

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Well f**k me sideways you're right...

...and I feel suitably chastised. Looking at all the downward pointing thumbs I now know how the Christians felt in the Colosseum.

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Wasn't email figured out decades ago?

I just checked the RFCs and couldn't find any requirement to send mail to the wrong recipient. Must be a spiffy new Google feature.

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Gov gone wild: Mad new pub glasses, bread freedom introduced

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I'm sure there are some good beers here...

...but they seem to be invisible in the local pubs. To be fair, I don't drink much and picking up the occasional dozen bottles of Spitfire or similar from a specialist bottlo sees me through the year. If it wasn't a six hour round trip I'd probably have a few more :)

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I've lived in Aus for close to a decade...

...and in that time I've not come across any drink that remotely resembles beer. Gnat's piss, yes. Beer, sadly no.

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Steve Jobs gets Obama love

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And an even finer point...

...30 seconds of research shows that Mr Jobby "tasked about 200 of Apple's top engineers with creating the iPhone in autumn of 2006".

Another 30 seconds shows that Google bought Android Inc the summer of 2005 and they had already been in existence for 22 months.

So, yes, we possibly would have seen Android phones whether the iPhone existed or not.

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Vulture falls asleep in front of Christmas TV

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Meh

Have a good one.

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Coca-Cola fizzes over pornforacoke.com

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Coke is strange choice...

...as most of the young ladies on the site seem to be partaking of some kind of dairy-based libation. Baileys, perhaps?

Merry Xmas all.

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Man caught w*nking over Alan Sugar's autobiography

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Libraries have security guards how?

What next, Guantánamo Bay for late returners?

Good comeback from Sugar, though.

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ASSANGE GRANTED BAIL

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You couldn't possibly be more wrong

Assange was questioned by the Swedes earlier in the year and given permission to leave Sweden by the judge.

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UK.gov braces for possible Wikileaks hacklash

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OT question for The Register

Why are the three links to your WikiLeaks coverage all shortened with reg.cx? Your links are on a Web page, not on Twitter or in a lesser email client that breaks long links.

This is bad linkage hygiene.

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Electric forcefield space sailing-ship tech gets EU funding

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Stop it?

Throw the solar anchor over the side.

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Dutch police arrest 16-year-old WikiLeaks avenger

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Yes, gullable was replaced..

...with the correct spelling: gullible.

Or maybe gullable means able to be gulled? Maybe I've been gulled.

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Mozilla vows Google 'Crankshaft' riposte

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I'm left wondering too...

...but mainly about the replies you're going to get.

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Google defends native code Chrome play

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And that's just great...

...until someone finds a hole to exploit, and that's what happened with ActiveX.

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