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1122 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Happy birthday, Lisa: Apple's slow but heavy workhorse turns 30

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Beware the fanbois

As it happens, I worked on the UK launch of the Star kit (in Brum, IIRC) for Rank Xerox. It was in 1981, two years before the Lisa appeared.

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Record numbers of you are reading this headline right now

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Impressive

Nice work, chaps and chapesses.

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Obama calls for study into games ‘n’ guns link

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Of course there's a link

This very morning I played Quake III for an hour and subsequently couldn't help myself. I hatched a cunning plan to drop an anvil on a wily coyote.

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Social networks give Australia a throat to choke

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"licence plates of unmarked police cars"

Someone should warn the police about this. They drive around with these plates on public display. Self-arrest might prove embarrassing.

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Brit robojet ‘Taranis’ set for Oz test flight

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Re: Dodgy coating

That may have had something to do with the stealth coating breaking down in the "high" humidity of the European continent

The story going around at the time (which may be wrong/propaganda/misdirection) was that the Serbs used three very low rent radars. These were so bad that when they cranked them up to 11 all they got was lots of noise back except from the location of the 117. The three units were networked and the combined signals were processed. Basically, they just had to look for a hole in all the surrounding noise and fire their SAMs at it.

If the story is true then it's an excellent hack.

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The Serbs managed that in 1999

The word is that the yanks were slightly peeved when their stealth planes were detected easily by Jindalee.

Serbian forces not only detected but also shot down an F-117 using 1961 vintage SAMs back in 1999. I bet they were more peeved about that.

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Other test ranges could include...

...any of the "UFO hot spots" in far north Queensland. There is plenty of choice.

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Inside the new climate row as Mystic Met Office goes cool on warming

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But, but, but...

The Met Office has hit back at claims that it conceded there is no evidence for global warming and that its weather forecasts are inaccurate.

The forecaster has published a blog detailing an alleged "series of factual inaccuracies about the Met Office and its science" made in a Daily Mail article written by James Delingpole.

The blog provides a point by point rebuttal of the Mail story, headlined "The crazy climate change obsession that's made the Met Office a menace".

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Technology, bushfires and AM radio

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a 98% population coverage

See, this is the flaw in your argument. The mobile networks may cover 98% of the population (city dwellers) but the people that usually get affected by fire, flood and cyclone often live in the areas (the bush) that make up the other 2%.

The other problem is that the alerts only go to Telstra customers. Optus and Voda users don't get them, or so my usually reliable source tells me.

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Text alerts = useless

In the run up to Cyclone Yasi we received a government text alert advising that we should evacuate. That may sound pretty useful but it wasn't. It didn't even hint as to where we should evacuate to.

A quick word about our geography. You can't evacuate to the east. That's the Pacific ocean and it's also where the cyclones come from. You can't evacuate to the west either. There isn't really a road to anywhere and if there was was you'd just be trying to outrun the cyclone. There are roads to the north and south but the cyclone was so big that trying to leave the area was pretty pointless.

I do agree about the radio. The ABC do a superb job on updates and you know the info is as sound and current as possible. Radios, as mentioned in the article, work anywhere and you don't need mains power to use them. Yasi damaged all the power, phones, Net, water, rail and road infrastructure around here but the radio towers survived and kept on working.

Old tech is sometimes the best option.

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'Better than Adobe' Foxit PDF plugin hit by worse-than-Adobe 0-day

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Re: Does it affect the Foxit standalone reader?

I have my FF set to "Open in external app" rather than "open with plugin"

Same here but I use the excellent SumatraPDF reader. It's open source with portable and installable versions.

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"Better than Adobe"

That's like boasting about having a two inch cock.

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A pre-ticked box in web forms should NOT mean consent - EU report

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They can start with Adobe

The pre-ticked box on the Flash download page that bundles McAfee foistware is very annoying when I'm updating Windows boxes.

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Chinese Twitter Sina Weibo goes bilingual

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Re: Oddly enough...

Why would anyone worry about being monitored while micro-blogging? It's a public forum where you EXPECT people to listen to you!

Twitter direct messages, for example, are not public. Not only that but governments do employ join-the-dots technologies too. Adding another dot is trivial to them.

"I'm being followed by MOSSAD", "So what, I'm being followed by FSB and CIA".

How are you supposed to know the true identity of that random account that follows you? There are Twitter accounts that follow many people but never utter a word. Maybe they are just shy folk or simply like earwigging...who knows? FWIW I'm one of those. I use Twitter to follow news sites; it's not a two-way medium for me.

There's a big difference between monitoring a public forum and the, sometimes related, arrival of an unmarked van in the middle of the night to take you on an unexpected holiday at a re-education camp

Good luck sailing that van from China to Australia. Don't forget your lifejacket.

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Oddly enough...

...I'd be less worried about the Chinese govt monitoring my micro-blogging usage than western governments.

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Texas schoolgirl loses case over RFID tag suspension

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Re: Confused?

There's nothing wrong with Texas.

Martin Amis: "Doesn't Texas sometimes seem to resemble a country like Saudi Arabia, with its great heat, its oil wealth, its brimming houses of worship, and its weekly executions?"

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Crypto boffins smuggle secret messages in silent Skype calls

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Uses silent packets?

This wouldn't work on Mrs Coat's calls. I can't get a word in edgewise.

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Scientists snap first film of giant squid in action

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Why does this story keep reappearing everywhere?

Or is it different from the one that Discovery Channel published a month ago?

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Segway daddy unveils DIY weight-loss stomach pump

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Alternatively...

...just eat the correct amount in the first place.

Carlos Montaner got it right: "Sometimes, after societies have satisfied all their basic needs, they begin to do crazy things. Sometimes, they die of prosperity."

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Google turns off Chinese censorship alert service

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Be evil.

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Lenovo proclaims PC victory, re-orgs to take on Apple

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"double fist strategy"

Ouch.

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Satnav-murdering Google slips its Maps into car dashboards

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WTF?

wtf?

Privacy implications are easily addressed by noting that drivers with a smartphone are already being tracked unless they've jumped through the requisite hoops to switch off such tracking, and even then their network operator still knows their every move unless they pop the battery out, so there aren't really any additional concerns here.

Oh that's all right then. Move along there, no massive privacy fail to see.

Another Reg hack whose articles I shall no longer bother reading.

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MEGAGRAPH: 1983's UK home computer chart toppers

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A technical question

What drugs did you take application did you use to make that graph?

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Al Jazeera buys Al Gore's Current TV news network

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Re: Well

Countdown with Rachel Riley is better.

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UK games market clutches chest, bleeds out sales in 2012

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Wot?

No blame on file sharing? Did someone misplace the press release template?

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Oz R18+ game rating goes live

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Happy new year

It feels just like 1913.

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Official SCIENCE*: HIGH HEELS make you SEXY (Ladies)

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I'm now officially puzzled

I may be wrong but I seem to recall some research a few years ago that said ladies who "seductively gyrate and swing their hips" while walking are in fact at their least fertile and therefore don't need to "look sexy".

PS Mrs Coat has some 6 inch heels that look rather pleasant.

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2012: The year that netbooks DIED

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Re: Ultrabooks with "premium specs"

Macbook Air.

That's not a computer. That's a diamond-encrusted masturbatory device.

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Microsoft 'surprised' by Google Gmail 'winter cleaning'

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Winter cleaning?

It's summer in the southern hemisphere.

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Yahoo!'s Mayer, Apple's Cook 'Person of the Year' finalists

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A small error

I think the phrase you're looking for is not anti-Apple Reg commentards but people with a clue.

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Instagram back-pedals in face of user outrage

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Same old routine

It doesn't matter whether it's a commercial operation or a political party, they all do the same thing: kite flying.

If there's no adverse reaction then the new policy goes ahead. If there's an outcry then they back pedal a bit and make out that they really do care.

One thing you can guarantee is that the terms of service will still have changed and not for the benefit of the users.

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Football club catches, then punts, Kaspersky name

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I know what I'd do if I was Kaspersky

I'd show my appreciation by fucking right off with my sponsorship money.

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ITU to treaty haters: Enjoy your pricey roaming, boatloads of spam... suckers

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I'm a bit puzzled too

Two-thirds of the world's population hasn't got proper internet access, and most of those countries wanted this treaty. Meanwhile the minority - which has the fastest broadband - gets to extend its control from the internet into telephony, much to the delight of the Western blogosphere.

I can see why some of the ITU proposals were worth questioning but I'm still waiting for an explanation as to why the Internet would be better if it was run by Google.

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Ray Kurzweil to become Google's top engineer

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I wanna be a futurist too...

...cos I don't currently get paid for talking out of my arse.

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NASA reveals secrets of Curiosity’s selfies

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Re: Sod the Curiosity pic...

The what?

The lady on the left side of the recreation pic. Her legs are missing from the knees down.

And take a look at the top half of the orange step ladder. Someone must have been having a sly fag when that part was being exposed.

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Sod the Curiosity pic...

...I want an explanation of the floating lady with no legs.

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Google maps app is BACK on iPhones, fanbois spared death

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Re: I almost died in Australia

I almost die in Australia every day. From boredom, usually.

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Apple updates maps to remove Australia’s ghost-city in the desert

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Re: internet mapping

Those are done for copyright reasons.

Or in the case I mentioned, not for copyright reasons. Google used local govt map info that includes roads that were planned in the 60s but never built.

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Re: internet mapping

an error on google maps

We have a fucktonne of Google Maps errors around here. Ghost roads that don't exist on the ground but are shown quite clearly on Google Maps complete with names.

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'UK DNA database by stealth' proposed in £100m NHS project

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Re: GATACA

why not just sequence everybody at birth and get rid of people with an IQ of <100 and any genetic defect?

Where would we get fresh politicians from?

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Iran draws veil over lolcats, launches local YouTube knock-off

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Re: Holy cow...

this is their version of GooTube not F***Book

Don't worry, they are following this up with Farsibook.

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Mehr?

Meh.

Bring on the Ayalollahs.

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I've got the 'fastest growing THINGY ever', boasts Google+ chief

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"hanging out" with their chums in Gmail

I sometimes worry that I spend too much time online but I haven't sunk that low.

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Arbitrators side with Foxconn in brain-damaged worker case

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It's time the fanbois got off their hipster arses

There are squillions of fanbois in the world so why don't they start a fund to pay for this bloke's healthcare? A quid each would cover it easily.

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Long-distance robot makes landfall in Oz

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Re: irritatingly anthropomorphised... as “he”

I think there's a clue in the name Papa Mau.

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"with software brewed by Java creator James Gosling"

Given Java's rather leaky reputation I guess just staying afloat for a year is quite an achievement.

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Instagram starts filtering out hipster pics on Twitter

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Instagram starts filtering out hipster pics on Twitter

Many people may feel that this will enhance the Twitter experience.

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World's largest miner spooked by climate change

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Re: Cyclones

Actually, pretty much the entire southern hemisphere is imune to hurricanes. But we do get rather a lot of cyclones.

You'll never see a hurricane in the southern hemisphere:

Hurricanes are Atlantic Ocean cyclones.

Typhoons are north west Pacific Ocean cyclones.

Southern hemisphere cyclones are cyclones.

North Indian Ocean cyclones are cyclones.

The main difference between southern and northern hemisphere cyclones is the direction of rotation but they are all still cyclones.

Just saying :)

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John McAfee remains on the run, but outside Belize

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"carrying a North Korean passport"

The name in the passport, Kim Jong-McAfee, is a bit of a giveaway.

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EU joins Google, hippies, Uncle T Cobbleigh in fight against ITU

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Just imagine if governments ruled the Net

Dodgy countries like Syria could just cut off phone and net access at the drop of a hat. Oh wait...

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