* Posts by KroSha

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Pirate MEP: Microsoft's walled garden is no consumer pleasure park

KroSha

Re: Dodgy legal ground..

Obligatory xkcd

http://xkcd.com/501/

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It's all Uber! France ends its love affair with ride-sharing app

KroSha

Re: Does Uber have something that...

Thing is, as is so often the case, the current incumbents have an awful lot of cash piled in the trough. Whether they are filling or gorging, there's a lot of money involved and no one like to think that someone isn't paying their wedge.

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Just WALK IN and buy an Apple Watch. Are you mad?

KroSha

Re: Selfridges

There's a reseller in the tech area in the basement.

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Snakes on a backplane: Server-room cabling horrors

KroSha

I had to get inside a comms cabinet once. The cables were everywhere; front, top, sides and even through the middle. I had to wriggle underneath the port panels and in behind to detangle some leads. Unfortunately, there was a 4-way on the floor (hidden under more cables) and I stepped on it, killing power to all the switches in the room.

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Kickstarter folk pay $8 MEELLION for joys of EXPLODING KITTENS

KroSha

Re: NSFW

Regular deck; 15k backers

NSFW deck; 200k backers (including me)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/elanlee/exploding-kittens

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Privacy? What privacy? EU's draft law on your data is useless, say digital rights orgs

KroSha

Some serious lobbying money has been spent here. I still say that the EP is a serious burden to Joe Public, except that most people don't know who their MEP is or what they do. Given that they dictate so much of our legislation, we need far more coverage on their activities and should be holding them to far higher standards.

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KroSha

Re: It would be interesting ....

And probably "not in the public interest".

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El Reg regains atomic keyring capability

KroSha

Re: Originals still going strong

YMMV; I found my old one recently, it has gone dark.

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Intel, Apple and Cisco crossed off Chinese Gov's kit list

KroSha

Re: One possibility we're not considering....

“domestic security technology firms offered more product guarantees than overseas rivals”

They guarantee that the State will be able to snoop on anything they damn well want to.

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

KroSha

Re: How many...

8 complaints.

http://asa.org.uk/Rulings/Adjudications/2015/2/Kazam-Online-Ltd/SHP_ADJ_290315.aspx#.VO343lOsXGx

Generally, very few members of the public actually bother to contact the ASA. Back in 2011, the ASA released their top ten. No 10 had 840 complaints.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18243577

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Google hooks up with group formerly known as ISIS to battle Apple Pay

KroSha

I'm almost surprised (but not really) that VISA and MasterCard aren't trying to muscle in on the action.

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(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

KroSha

I'm hazy on the dates, but I remember when the publisher I was supporting shifted away from Xpress. It was entirely Quark's fault too. All the Macs in the Studio had been transitioned to OSX 10.2 and Quark was the last package that was still running in OS9 Classic mode. The cost of upgrading everyone's Xpress was more than purchasing CS, and for some it was as much as 50% higher as they had the Passport edition.

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Like working at IBM? Let Big Blue do the matchmaking

KroSha
Joke

As case of "take the Blue Pill"?

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Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

KroSha
Coffee/keyboard

Re: 'evil capitalist marketeers'

First read this as "evil capitalist meerkats" and all the subsequent lines were read with a Russian accent.

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APT devs are LOUSY coders, says Sophos

KroSha

Pot, meet Kettle

Having the competence of malware coders called in to question by the authors of some of the worst, buggiest, bloated imaginable commercial code available is delicious.

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EE squashes Orange UK: France Telecom's been 'destroying it for years'

KroSha

Re: time to jump ship

I also left Orange due to their inability to stop sending me spam text messages. I asked them about 15 times to stop before I gave up and moved to Three.

I wonder if this will affect giff-gaff and the other MVNOs that use the O2 network.

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Give ALL the EU access to Netflix, says Vince Cable

KroSha

Re: iPlayer @ streaky

You do not need a TV License if you do not watch live broadcast TV in the UK. You are being perfectly legal if you watch iPlayer on a laptop / tablet / phone over mobile broadband.

I don't have a TV (or License) for exactly this reason.

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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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KroSha
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

KroSha
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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