* Posts by KroSha

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Web daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Back off Putin, I'm no CIA stooge

KroSha

Re: No such thing @ KroSha

There is no such thing as a moral right. You're spouting magical fairy dust if you think that saying "I'm right" will do anything against someone who vehemently disagrees with you. Being right is very nice, but a bloody nose is a bloody nose. All your so-called rights are just words on paper that lots of people agree is a good thing. They don't actually exist.

All civil authority ultimately stems from the ability to commit violence; whether it's riot police with batons, or armed mobs storming the Bastille. That's why the last resort of a desperate Government would be to declare martial law and get armed soldiers patrolling the streets.

Parliament rules by the will of the people, but only if people are willing to get up off their behinds and loudly protest when things go bad. And politicos have got very good at mollifying enough of the populace to avert that.

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Big Brother

Re: No such thing

"Do you not think you should have any rights against the state?"

Um, no? You have no rights whatsoever, only privileges that the society that you live in has granted you. If you don't like the state / country that you live in, you have three options:

a) Leave and go live elsewhere, although you are then subject to the rules of a new society.

b) Try and do something about it, YMMV.

c) Bitch, whinge and complain about it. (the Liberals' favourite)

The only thing you can decide is how you face life, but cries of "Human Rights" generally mean that someone is feeling put upon and wants to have a tantrum.

The internet is not a right, it's an important tool, but one that you can live without if necessary.

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Euro consumers have TOO MUCH choice – telco operators

KroSha

Re: Truer in some countries than in others

Even the UK only has EE, Voda, Three & O2 and the subsidiaries thereof. Not that any of them would stitch up anyone to increase their slice of the market...

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

KroSha

1) Please fix the Nav bar to the Reg banner, not the top of the screen. It's feckin' annoying. If I want it, I know where it is and one keypress takes me back there.

2) Carousel please!

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The Pirate Bay SUNK: It vanishes after Swedish data center raid

KroSha

Re: Torrent site and online copyright infringement poster child…

Damn right. Given that I was halfway through watching House, Justified and Farscape, where exactly am I supposed to go to watch the rest of the episodes?

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Apple lawyers fight to silence dead Steve Jobs: 'No right' to hear him from beyond the grave

KroSha

Of course you do still have the receipt for that iPod you bought 8 years ago, don't you?

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UK national mobile roaming: A stupid idea that'll never work

KroSha

Re: @Lee D

Maybe what we need is a Government owned player in these markets. Owned, but not run by Whitehall. With no shareholders, they shouldn't be interested in gouging the consumer too much, and the additional competition might make the other water/power/telecoms b*****ds sit up and take notice. Plus a nice addition to the Treasury income when the (small) profits get declared.

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Netflix: Sacre vache! French resistance from the vestibuleurs de consommation

KroSha

Re: Google translate?

"... that House of Cards was created by Netflix, rather than the BBC."

Especially since Netflix was showing the original version with the excellent Ian Richardson for quite a while.

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Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

KroSha

Re: Cross Guard Important?, Really?

The cross guard, as shown, is indeed pointless. The emitters for the cross blades are exposed and thus vulnerable to a light blade. They'd just be chopped through. Given that the light sabre is based on the katana, a cross guard seems superfluous, as the fighting style evolved to consider the exposed nature of the hands in the fighting. As an inexperienced Luke could tell you.

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Do you spend ages wasting time because of a bulging rack?

KroSha
Stop

Is there actually any comment in this Comment article? It reads more like a press release or white paper.

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UK.gov biz dept: Yoof APPRENTICE? Get a degree while YOU'RE HIRED

KroSha

So after deciding that .gov.uk can't afford to fund university places and telling universities to charge for tuition, .gov.uk is funding uni places?

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iPhone sales set to PLUMMET: Bleak times ahead for Apple

KroSha
Trollface

Other Anal-yst predictions

December likely to be colder than August (limited to the Northern hemisphere).

Company to sell more before New Year than after.

Shit rolls downhill.

Analysts will continue to be overpaid for making guesses and/or obvious statements.

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Amazon bags control of .book and .pay domains – but NOT .cloud

KroSha

Fanboi paradise

Microsoft, Apple and Linux are all available on the .sucks domain. Grab one quick!

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Apple OSX Yosemite infested by nasty 'Rootpipe' vuln

KroSha

Re: Headline could be better

No. Only admins are members of the sudo-ers group; regular users cannot access it. I run as a normal user for my day to day stuff. If I quickly need to do something as root, I fire up the Terminal, use the login command to change to my admin user and then sudo from there.

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Data protection laws come to the rescue of poor, underpaid UK MPs

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Big Brother

Re: I fail to understand.

Because they are their expenses, paid out of their pockets, not yours!

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One hard ghoulie: 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins

KroSha

Demons Souls

The only time I've ever died in the tutorial.

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How iPad’s soft SIM lets Apple pit carriers AGAINST each other

KroSha

As opposed to buying it from EE or some other carrier. John Lewis and other resellers carry exactly the same stock as Apple Retail. Only carriers get locked stock.

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France to draft blacklist banning alleged piracy websites – what could POSSIBLY go wrong?

KroSha

Re: Theft/Piracy

"Hard working people have had their wages stolen from them by torrenting "

No, they don't. Studios lose money and jobs are cut. This is caused by falling sales, which are blamed on torrents. There's no proof. What if they made a film and nobody went to see it? Is it because everyone torrented it, or was it just utter shite? There is absolutely no proof that torrents remove money from workers' bank accounts.

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KroSha

Re: Theft/Piracy

"The market defines the value, that market is made up of consumers and providers (demand/supply). It's not the one-sided bargain you make out."

In the black and white case that you make out, yes it is. If you eliminated all the people torrenting, copying DVDs and those who grey-import BDs (they still pay for it, but it's against the Studios' T&C), then you have a high-price product that not-enough people will pay full price for. How long do the Studios last then? They need mass ticket sales, otherwise the, to be frank, pap that makes up 90% of their output will make a loss.

There is even a case that, as with music, torrents INCREASE sales. Joe might not want to take his 3 little girls to the cinema, but they really want to watch Disney Princess 14. So he torrents it, they love it and he buys the DVD for their bedroom. Or they don't like it and he saves his cash.

Another case of the customer deciding (with the help of a torrent) the value of the content; less than £45 for cinema tickets, more than the £15 for a new release DVD, or no value because they don't want to see it again.

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KroSha

Re: Theft/Piracy

Even so, this is not "theft", or "piracy". I would challenge you to find a single conviction for "stealing" a movie via download. Copyright infringement is a serious challenge for the creative industries, but it is still a civil, not criminal, matter. And taxpayer money should not be spent on curbing an invented economic problem.

Whether people want to pay the price the movie and music industries are asking for their content is an ongoing recalibration. The music industry is certainly further along the path. The movie guys still have their heads firmly in the sand. They still have to face the fact that the public just does not agree with the value they place on their output.

Most of my friends will only go to the cinema once or maybe twice a year. Otherwise, they might wait for the DVD or for it to be on streaming or even iTunes. A fair few of them will torrent it first and then buy it if it was good enough to justify wanting to watch it a second time.

Through any route, bums on cinema seats are falling, because people do not want to pay what the studios are demanding.

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Google opens Inbox – email for people too thick to handle email

KroSha

I already have Purchases, Updates and Forums tabs on my iOS Gmail app. Other than re-jigging the display of Starred emails, does this actually serve a purpose? Thought not.

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Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook

KroSha
Facepalm

Re: Tim will be remembered for allowing Yosemite on his watch

"Indeed. Steve would have picked a name non-Americans would know how to pronounce."

What, like Jag-wire?

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Windows XP refresh will DO NOTHING for lame PC market next year

KroSha

Re: swapped out to what?

It looks like the adage of "every other" Windows release still holds. I guess it depends on how Win9 gets received.

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'Dropbox passwords' for sale are all EXPIRED: Bitcoin buyers beware

KroSha
Devil

And that would be why the only non-trivial thing in my dropbox account is an encrypted disk image. IF anyone gets past the AES-256 on the front end, they then have to break the AES-256 on that before they get at my stuff.

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Apple KILLS SUPER MARIO. And Zelda. And Sonic

KroSha

Re: External controllers

iCade? http://www.ionaudio.com/products/details/icade

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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 SHUNNED by refusenik fanbois

KroSha

Re: How many iPhone 4 (not s) are left in circulation?

They were still on sale not that long ago.

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Ab phab: Apple is Britain's coolest brand YET AGAIN

KroSha
Stop

Neflix would possibly be cooler if the service had been working at all this week.

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Game pirates 'donate' compute power to Bitcoin miners

KroSha
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Internet Security?

Suuuure they are.

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I sold 10 MILLION iPhone 6es at the weekend, says Tim Cook. What did you do?

KroSha

Re: If my company sold 10m on Saturday

I'd like to see the data for that as well. But he didn't say "S5", just "Galaxy". There's still plenty of S3s knocking around.

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Register journo battles Sydney iPHONE queue, FONDLES BIG 'UN

KroSha

Re: odd ...

Big queue at the Covent Garden Store this morning.

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Court flushes VirnetX's $368m check from Apple down the toilet

KroSha
FAIL

Software patents; ultimate in FAIL

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Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets

KroSha

Re: I don't like it.

You do realise that there are costs involved in cash transactions as well? Banks charge businesses to deposit and withdraw cash. The only way around it is if the shop owner uses some of those takings to pay their staff in cash. And you can imagine how common that is these days. Other wise it gets deposited in the bank and they charge for it. They charge to provide card services. They've got retailers coming and going! The end consumer will always be paying for those services in the long run

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KroSha

Re: Crazy.

Not true in London. TFL now accepts contactless payments for the Tube and buses.Quite a few pubs and retailers do too.

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Netscape plugins about to stop working in Chrome for Mac

KroSha

OSX will only run an app in either 32-bit or 64-bit. A 64-bit app will not run 32-bit plugins and vice versa. If you have a plug-in in the "wrong format", the app has to relaunch to run it. System Preferences does this if you try to run an old 32-bit pref pane.

All Macs using Core2 or later are 64-bit, so this only affects pre-2008 Macs, which are probably on the way out by now anyway.

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iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012

KroSha

I get why the vitriol is spreading, but a large part of the reason that NFC is being included now is because Apple have found a use for it. Sure, they could have included it years ago, but why bother? I can easily see someone querying it in the design stages for the 4S or 5, but being dropped because they didn't have a compelling reason to include it.Now they have Apple Pay, there is a useful scenario, that adds value to the product.

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Tim Cook: I'm NOT worried about CRAP iPad sales. It's just a 'speedbump'

KroSha

Re: In its way, a good sign

Apple stop making parts after 5 years. You can still get them in some 3rd party shops. My Late 2008 MBP is still working, even if it does feel slow compared to an Air. I'll only ever replace my MBP when it goes seriously tits up. My iPhone 4 won't be able to run iOS 8, but I'm not replacing it until the iPad 3 is left behind too.

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

KroSha

Re: Example of a Breach

@ AC 12:42

No, you do not need a TV license to watch iPlayer. "You don't need a licence if you don't use any of these devices to watch or record television programmes as they're being shown on TV - for example, if you use your TV only to watch DVDs or play video games, or you only watch ‘catch up’ services like BBC iPlayer or 4oD." http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one/topics/how-to-tell-us-you-dont-watch-tv-top12

You only need a license to watch broadcast TV, whether you watch on a TV, laptop or any other device. If you do not own a TV, computer tuner device or watch live TV via the BBC website, and are only using the iPlayer app on your phone, you do not need one.

I do not have a TV and have not watched broadcast TV at home for over a year. I do not have a TV license.

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Study: Users don't much care about Heartbleed hacking dangers

KroSha

Far too much hassle

For most people, this is way to much hassle. The vast majority of users have a handful of passwords that they use for all the sites they belong to. And they belong to far more than they can remember. Given this, unless the site sends them an email asking them to change their password (which they've been trained to ignore as a phishing attempt), who is going to bother?

Only people who have a password manager system are likely to maintain secure, unique passwords and even then it's an issue finding out which accounts to update.

I use Lastpass, and it's taken me an hour to update the sites they informed me needed to be changed. Probably a waste of time, but what's an hour?

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ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

KroSha

There's a checkbox in the Account Playback setting to prefer Silverlight or HTML5, where available. You can only access the setting over the website, not from an app, and it depends how they originally encoded the show.

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SHIVER ME TIMBERS, it’s Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag

KroSha

Hoping it's better than AC3

All 3 episodes of Ezio's storyline were great; Connor's was noticeably worse. It would seem from the current crop of reviews that they've kept the best of AC3, the sea battles, and dropped the rampant collection-fest that plagued Revelations and AC3.

Still, I won't be buying this until the price drops. AC3 was too much of a disappointment to splash out that kind of cash.

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Why Teflon Ballmer had to go: He couldn't shift crud from Windows 8, Surface

KroSha
Devil

Re: Change or Revert

"MS needs to do what worked well for it in the past and then build on that"

I seem to remember that they got convicted of monopolist crimes doing that. It may not be the way to go.

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MYSTERY of Guardian mobos and graphics cards which 'held Snowden files'

KroSha

Re: Huge flaw in article

"not least of which the fuser assembly and the memory"

I think you meant the formatter. The fuser is usually just a pair of heated rollers to melt the toner in place. Image formation happens earlier in the process and most fusers just have a power connection and motor.

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Flash! Ah-ahh! Saviour of the universe? It'll save every one of us?

KroSha

Re: Best upgrade...

"My biggest worry with spinning disks on a hard drive is reliability and file errors and every few months having to do a scandisk /f and crossing my fingers hoping for the best."

My biggest worry with SSDs is reliability. When flash dies, it goes down HARD, with zero chance to get data off. Pray that your customer has a recent backup.

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Kodak's new life to begin in September

KroSha
Coat

When the shareholders heard they get nada

That's a Kodak moment!

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Sony sets dates for US and Euro PS4 unleashment amid Xbox heckles

KroSha

A console has its advantages

As stated, there's no ongoing maintenance. It's a buy-once item, so need for OS upgrades, driver upgrades, graphics card upgrades, etc.

My PS3 has sat under the TV, acting more as a entertainment hub than a games console, for several years, where the main use it gets is iPlayer, Netflix and discs. We rarely watch broadcast TV any more.

I played a LOT of games during some convalescence, and here the PSN+ subscription came in to its own. It's actually a fantastic deal; worth far more than the subscription for anyone with the time to game. Just the free games makes it worth it, never mind the discounts.

I won't be getting a PS4, as I really don't need one. In time, some new killer feature or game may persuade me otherwise, but for now the PS3 is still bloody ace!

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Screw you, Brits, says Google: We are ABOVE UK privacy law

KroSha
Devil

Re: Nuts

"As far as I can find, there IS no UK office.

The closest one is in Ireland - which is not in the UK.

Now, after the London office opens there might be (well, have been, as I would guess it won't open either)."

It's just off St Giles High St. You can see the Google logo behind reception. Google Maps even lists it, at 51.516067,-0.127234

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Password-keeper LastPass plugs up IE cache leak vuln

KroSha

I've been using Lastpass for a couple of years and have found that it's really useful, especially when combined with the Xmarks bookmarking service.

Being able to access any website, each of which has its own secure password, from mobile, home laptop and work desktop makes web browsing far easier. You only have to remember one master password, which can be changed quickly. The browser plugins detect when you change a site password and update the vault accordingly. The "Fill Form" function makes online forms a doddle, especially given that you can have multiple forms for different locations. Logging in to one device even logs any others out, and this is all from the free version.

I did pay for the premium version for a year, but found that the free version was enough for me, as it probably is for most people.

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Blighty street has hottest Wi-Fi hotspot hottie in Europe: We reveal where

KroSha
Thumb Up

Re: Wi-Fi Tracking.

Airplane mode is great. Not only does it stop you being distracted whilst reading, but it extends battery life immensely!

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Apple erects measures to stop app-happy kids splurging parents' dosh

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"Besides passwords, another option is to not associate a credit card with the iTunes account and to fund it with iTunes gift cards instead"

This is the best option, if the devices is mostly used by the child in question. I have friends who have bought tablets, iPod Touch's and other shiny for their children as a placebo. Not associating a credit card is by far the safest way to go. If it is just a password, then they WILL figure it out eventually.

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BlackBerry: It's the end-to-endness, stupid

KroSha

The market is still there,

if not the one they want. Businesses want and need a good, secure device for work communication. OK, it may never grant the megabucks that Apple & Samsung pull out of consumer devices, but there is a place for a well designed, controllable, work-based system for serious companies. I know several companies that already deploy BB, and they only reason that they will consider staying with them is if the control and deployment is easier than a multitude of iOS / Android / Exchange compatible phones.

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