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* Posts by Mahatma Coat

1142 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw

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What a bland, corporate-controlled, mucky place the free-web has become :-(

I remember the good old days when it was just a mucky place.

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Drones face privacy regulation under Oz government plan

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Ag gag

Here's why. Won't somebody think of the poor farmers?

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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not if you live in Scunthorpe?

And if you live here don't even think about engraving your address on the back

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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Re: I was going to buy one of these...

one of the changes expected in the next software release (V6.0) is to change to using chrome as the in-car brower.

Chrome? Fuck it, I'm cancelling the other one too.

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I was going to buy one of these...

...but cancelled when I saw the images of the screen. £50k and no AdBlock Plus?

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And now for someone completely brilliant: Stephen Hawking to join Monty Python on stage

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Re: Tax avoiders?

at the time Neal's Yard was a hive (or epicentre - as the BBC would describe it) of health-food/whole-food/vegetarian/alternative therapy businesses.)

One side was all small media companies and the other two sides* were indeed the sort of places you mention.

*It's a triangular space.

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Tax avoiders?

Many years ago I used to work in Covent Garden and often passed through Neal's Yard. One of the buildings in said yard was an old banana warehouse containing Terry Gilliam's animation studio and the recording studio used by the Pythons. The outside was plastered in brass plates for Python-related companies with names such as Stash It Away (Jersey) Ltd and a dozen others seemingly based in tax friendly overseas locations. Thinking back, it makes Gary Barlow look like an amateur.

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Retiring Reg hack explains how bass playing = tech reporting

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Alvin Lee

Anyone that has played with Alvin Lee is Ok with me. Enjoy your retirement.

And here's a bit of Alvin for the younger folk.

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Tell us about your first time ... on the internet

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Compuserve

For the first few years that I used CompuServe it was a walled garden but one day - around 94, I think - they added internet access. Non-CompuServe email addresses had to be prefixed with INTERNET: to get stuff routed outside, IIRC.

I stayed with CIS for a couple of months but then switched to Pipex for proper access. The per-hour charge from CIS on top of BT's dialup charges were starting to bite. I did miss the CIS "shops" where you could buy software and the cost was added to your monthly bill. Nice and easy but it wasn't as well organised as it could have been. The software used to arrive by post on floppies.

Around that time I was involved in a big project for a ME-based outfit. My contact there also used CIS but his nearest dialup PoP was New York. The thought of making an international rate call from the UAE to NY to collect email seems laughable these days.

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

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Re: "The Indego Robotic Lawnmower comes in at £1,300, inclusive"

Inclusive of what? Road tax?

Inclusive of looking smug in front of the neighbours as you sit there supping an ale while the mower does your work.

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Rejoice, Australia! SBS trials SOCCER AND SEX on ONE SCREEN tech

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Happy

SBS shows far more sex than the more timid commercial broadcasters

If only there was some kind of global digital distribution system where we could find a wider variety of smut.

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Yes. App that lets you say 'Yo' raises 1 MEEELLION DOLLARS

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Re: We're finally there...

Unfortunately, I very much doubt it.

Upon reflection you are probably right.

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We're finally there...

...we've reached Peak Stupid.

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How practical is an electric car in London?

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City vs Rural

Run out of petrol and you can walk to a petrol station, fill up a can and walk back. Run out of amps and you need to be close to a charging point. This massively impacts on the perception of range.

Ironically this would work for Me. It's roughly 25km between fuel stops around here but there are plenty of houses and farms between.

The biggest problem is cost. I looked at the hybrid version of my current motor and it would take nearly 10 years to pay back the extra outlay and that's doing roughly 24km per annum.

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IoT cup claims 'instant' identification of what's in it

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Re: Amazing!

Yes there is. The latter contains more-than-trace quantities of horse urine.

Touché

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Re: Amazing!

It can tell the difference between water and Budweiser!

Quite obviously a false claim. There is no difference between water and Budweiser.

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Crack Telstra Cabling SquadTM goes all Tarzan to restore internet

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On a topical sporting note...

Scorchio!

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Doubletalk: Geeksphone Revolution dual-OS smartphone

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Linux

Tempting

I'm still a die-hard feature phone user but this may lure me to the dark side.

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FAA: All systems GO for Virgin Galactic space plane to launch from US

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Where does space start?

The most recent such test, conducted in January, saw it reach a maximum height of 71,000 feet – which, while fairly impressive by ordinary aviation standards, is still almost 200,000 feet shy of what the US Air Force considers "space".

I prefer Fred Hoyle's definition of space: "Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away if your car could go straight upwards."

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TrueCrypt turmoil latest: Bruce Schneier reveals what he'll use instead

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Re: Bruce Schneier *doesn't* reveal what he'll use

Bruce only has to look at a file and he can memorise all the 1s and 0s contained within. And encrypt the data using an algo that only he knows about. In real time.

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Anti-coal protestors rated top threat to Australian e-voting

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Pesky greenies

Damn them and their terrorist anti-farming activities. Oh wait.

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FSF slams Mozilla for 'shocking' Firefox DRM ankle-grab

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Re: I used Chromium rather than Chrome

I think you meant SRware Iron. I just now installed from the rpm, copied ~/.config/google-chrome to ~/.config/chromium and everything worked, extensions and all settings. It's brilliant thanks for the heads up.

I tried it when it was first released as the claim that it was de-googled seemed fair enough. The first time that I logged into a site it made an SSL connection to a server owned by Google. It may have changed since but once something has lost my trust I don't give it a second chance.

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Chap rebuilds BBC Micro in JavaScript

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Repton!

I feel an evening of nostalgic gaming coming on.

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Report: Google's NSA dealings not as bad as you thought – THEY WERE WORSE

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Re: Daniel Brandt was correct

Downvoting facts, eh? I can understand downvoting opinions but...

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Daniel Brandt was correct

It's a pity that his site is no longer online. It used to have a map of connections between NSA staff and Google.

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THREE BILLIONTH person to come online in early 2015

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They come over here...

...taking our Internets. Send 'em back!

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You'll hate Google's experimental Chrome UI, but so will phishers

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Re: Never click links for banks etc in emails

Yes, couldn't agree more. Set your mail client display content in plain text too. It's much harder to hide iffy links that way.

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Snowden-inspired crypto-email service Lavaboom launches

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Re: Their web page is already snooping...

And it also runs JS from Amazon AWS. Surely they aren't storing real data on Amazon S3 or are they just keeping a bit of JS there?

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Chrome makes new password grab in version 34

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Nup

I've never trusted it and I never will.

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Gay marriage foes outraged at Mozilla CEO flap, call for boycott

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Re: What about the JS?

OkStupid still uses JavaScript, so they're a bunch of hypocrites anyway.

Not least of all on the "Warning: You are using Firefox" screen. If you had JS disabled you couldn't go past that message to access the rest of the site.

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Tesla in 'Ethernet port carries data' SCANDAL

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"showing a Firefox install running on the console."

Blacklist that car immediately.

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Helpdesk/Service Desk Recommendations

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Forget Spiceworks

As Mrs Coat says: "Spiceworks is shit. Really shit."

Mrs Coat now uses GLPI and lives happily ever after.

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Crashed NORKS drones discovered by South Korea

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Er, camouflage error

Isn't the blue paint supposed to go underneath?

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OkCupid falls out of love with 'anti-gay' Firefox, tells people to see other browsers

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Re: Product != CEO

The bigger question is "where is the line drawn?

You had better boycott Boeing then. They make devices for killing innocent children.

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OkStupid.

1 All your hardware is probably made in China, a repressive regime that regularly imprisons or executes dissenters. Ok!

2. Big US software companies. A nation that invades smaller nation for their oil and kills 100s of 1000s of civilians. Destroys your privacy via spook activity. Ok!

3. Mozilla. One employee is a bigot. Boycott!!!!

Ok, stupid.

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ECCENTRIC, PINK DWARF dubbed 'Biden' by saucy astronomers

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Re: A Red. Dwarf?

Shum mistak shurley?

I thought it would have more sense naming it after Biden if it was a leprechaun planet.

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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Back to school

Reading this reminds me of the conversion tables on the back page of my school rough book*.

* I'm sad to find that Wikipedia doesn't have an article on rough books. You kids will have to use your imagination.

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The Reg's guide to cursing in Mongolian

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Not all bad.

Cockwomble seems to be safe for now.

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iiNet CEO Michael Malone resigns

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"waning enthusiasm"

Probably wants to spend more time with his money family.

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

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From the horse's mouth...

...an old friend of mine is a fairly senior manager at a well regarded airline. He says no one has a clue what happened and that lines up well with Mr Page's last paragraph.

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Malaysia Airlines mystery: Click here for the TRUTH

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The Most Bonkers Explanation award goes to...

...this person. It was the Freescale 20 wot dun it.

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Brit 'naut Major Tim could carry YOUR name into SPAAAAACCEEE

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UK entry

pISSed Up.

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Apple patents the super-soaraway selfie system of the future

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So it's true

a new section in the iTunes store specifically dedicated to "Sharing Selfie" apps

This confirms we have long passed peak civilisation and it's all downhill from here.

I'm going to stock up with food and fuel as iPhone-wielding barbarians will be at the gates soon.

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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@ AC Re: At least those other publications…

As the OED says about petards and hoisting:

Have one’s plans to cause trouble for others backfire on one

Ms Fiveash's article was intended to "cause trouble" for the non-tech media because they got a word wrong only to get a word wrong herself.

It may be the middle of the night here and I may be dyslexic but I don't see a problem with my comment about her use of "worldwide" instead of 'world wide".

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Re: Ahh the WWW

The Kiwis say it as "dub dub dub" which is a but faster.

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Re: At least those other publications…

And they didn't call it the "worldwide web" either.

Is that your petard I see being hoisted, Kelly Fiveash?

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Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

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"Star in a jar"

A star in a reasonably priced jar, no less.

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Your 'funny' cat pics are weighing down the web, so here's a better JPEG encoder from Mozilla

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Ahh, the luxury of the few.

for most of us bandwidth is no longer a problem

Most of who? Feel free to speak for yourself but many of us still don't have that luxury.

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Qantas' biggest problems are … Apple, Samsung and Google?

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Re: Couldn't agree more

I certainly don't regard QANTAS as the worst airline I've flown with

If you'd been fucked about by Qantas as often and as badly as I have then you'd have a different opinion. They are awful.

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Couldn't agree more

Qantas is in trouble because it's a shitty airline and the worst I've had the misfortune to fly with (apart from LOT. I once flew with them in the 70s and it was a bit scary.)

As for Indian food, many airlines offer Asian meals as an option and they are always better than the standard fare.

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