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1065 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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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It sounds worse than that...

...it sounds more like ActiveX.

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PayPal banned WikiLeaks after US gov intervention

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US flag to be renamed...

...raise the Double Standard and salute it as you use your credit card to buy pr0n, finance the KKK and other dubious activities.

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Tumblr tumbles down, stays there for 24 hours

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If I was a user of Tumblr's free service...

...I'd be asking for my money back. Oh wait...

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Microsoft unveils 'do not track' option for IE9

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Oh good...

...it's not just me then.

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Google backs 'Chromoting' remote access for web-bound OS

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What a great idea...

...give Google unfettered access to even more computers.

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ASSANGE ARRESTED in London - in court later today

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I never thought I'd say this but...

This Daily Fail article is actually worth reading:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1336291/Wikileaks-Julian-Assange-accused-rape-multiple-women.html

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Feds arrest man who juiced Google's 'just be evil' search

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Changing the algorithm

"Google responded to the episode by announcing changes to its search algorithm that, in effect stops rewarding people for being evil."

Does that mean that if you type Google into Google that Google is no longer the top result?

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How I saved the Macintosh

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I suddenly feel very old

Please excuse this Four Yorkshiremen moment:

I worked on multimedia presentations in the early 70s using computers with hand-punched 8 hole paper tape memory to control multiple slide & film projectors, lighting and other devices. By the mid 70s we had microprocessor controlled computers to do the same job.

One of the products we helped launch using this kit around 77 or 78 was Xerox's GUI-based office networking system. It had printers that used a network so everyone could share them.

Apple, what a bunch of creative pioneers.

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US rejected Brown's McKinnon case plea

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Nitpick

"...the UK allowed convicted Lockerbie bomber, Ali Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, an early release from prison to return to Libya."

I thought it was Scotland that released him. I seem to recall the UK govt at the time pleaded "nuffin' to do with us, guv" when the Yanks whinged and whined.

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Mozilla rages at MS, Apple and Google's 'trojan horse' tactics

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@ Ralph

"Consider for a moment any beauty in the name Ralph." - Frank Zappa.

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Dubya to speak his mind at Facebook event

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Dubya to speak his mind at Facebook event

That should be brief.

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Saudi cops cuff four for mad bank card scam

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Diebold?

Are those the ATMs where you put in your cash card and it fixes the election result so Bush wins?

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Tumblr and 4chan knock each other out

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Oh dear

It's like the WinNuke wars all over again.

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MS hits back in Security Essentials row

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Imagine the ballot screen

1. Norton. Expensive

2. McAfee. Expensive

3. Trend. Expensive.

4. Microsoft. Free.

Yes, I can see that working well for the A/V vendors.

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Co-op cashier's breasts overcharged for fruit and veg

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Mammalian protuberances

It's always a pleasure to see another Zappa fan in the comments here.

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UK.gov plans net surveillance by 2015

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You may have missed the three magic words

"without good reason"

Summed up nicely by Lewis Carroll:

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

“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”

“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master - that’s all.”

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Bank insiders charged in ZeuS cybercrime smackdown

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In the olden days...

...bank robbers were only on one side of the counter.

Mine's the one with matching ski mask.

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'Hippy' energy kingpin's electric Noddy-car in epic FAIL

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Comparing like with like

Another pioneering car, the Ford Model T, had a range of about 200-250 miles on a full tank. I would imagine that petrol stations back then were somewhat rarer than 13A sockets too.

Electric cars will improve and probably more rapidly than they did 100 years ago.

As for suitable power connectors, I'm truly surprised no one has mentioned the IEC 60309.

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Nominet forgets what the first .uk domain name was

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GB makes so much more sense than UK

When the House Of Windsor is finally made redundant* there will no longer be a kingdom, united or otherwise. It therefore makes good sense to use GB. Britain already uses GB for major sporting events such as the Olympics.

*It could be successfully argued that it already is.

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UK.gov plans net censor service

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Post editing

I've seen a few examples of post editing capability that works for a minute or two after posting. Long enough to catch typos but short enough to not worry the moderation queue.

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Easy to implement

Just have a big [DELETE] button on every web page. Right next to the [I'M SCARED] button from CEOP.

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Hells Angels slap London dressmakers with trademark suit

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Remember when the Angels were the 1%ers?

Now they are just another bunch of greedy, pseudo-corporate tosswits.

I bet they don't even piss on their own Levis any more.

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Facebook comes down hard on Faceporn

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Oh, Ms Streisand, you've done it again

I'd never heard of FacePorn until I read this.

Do we need a Barbra Streisand icon?

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Google: Street View cars grabbed emails, urls, passwords

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And, Google, don't forget...

...to empty the Recycle Bin once you have deleted the files.

Seriously, does anyone think this data hasn't been replicated over christ knows how many servers at Google? I bet Google don't even know how many copies they have of it.

Asking them to "delete" it is about as stupid as the US govt asking Wikileaks to send their data back.

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Kiss frontman gives file-sharers tongue-lashing

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God gave Rock and Roll to You

Note the operative word there: Gave not sold.

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You have to admire his fortitude

It takes some seriously large balls to stand up in public with hair like that.

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Hackers hijack internet voting system in Washington DC

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That's entirely the point of the FLOSS security model

Because the code is open - and can be examined for vulnerabilities - it can be fixed. Try that with a closed source system. The only thing that gets fixed with a closed source system is the result.

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iPhone makes many Aussies late/early for work

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For once it's not entirely Apple's fault

Our TV guide was an hour out for a day and as much as I'd like to blame that on Apple it just wouldn't be fair.

The ABC (think BBC) managed to show the breakfast news programme on two channels but with one delayed by an hour. And no, this wasn't a conventional +1 hour channel as you have in Blighty, it's supposed to be broadcast on both simultaneously.

An enormous clock up.

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Google punts url shortener to world+dog

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The best URL shorteners are these two

http://stnx.at - It raises funds for Station X (Bletchley Park).

http://arseh.at - just for the lulz.

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US consumers don't want web-enabled toasters

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Oh no, not the domestic net appliance

Our glorious Leader of IT, Senator Stephen Conroy was using the net-enabled appliance scam to persuade Australia to sign up for the National Broadband Network. He claimed the benefits would include the ability of a net-enabled dishwasher to query competing electricity suppliers' price databases to find the cheapest source of power. Two problems for me with that:

1. To check a price list you don't need 1Gb/s.

2. We have a monopoly power provider around here.

It'll all end in tears, I tell you!

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Fibre broadband is good for you, Conroy tells Aussies

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I guess you must live in a city

Those that live in Aussie cities have little understanding of how things are in the bush.

The case was escalated from a small hospital up to the third, a base hospital. They didn't have anyone there that could operate on this lady so they shipped her back down the coast to a better staffed place. That is no reflection on the hospitals or the people that work in them but it is a sad commentary on the funding.

Any Keystone Kopness in the system is amply demonstrated by this recent news story which, by no coincidence, features the third hospital above:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/09/16/3013407.htm

Care to apologise now?

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Microsoft surrenders Live Spaces future to WordPress

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Hell freezes over?

Microsoft endorses an open source competitor. Where's the catch?

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