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Feds: Apple, Google, Adobe, Intel, Pixar had wage-fixing no-poach pact

Richard 120

You mean

Like a union?

There should be more action by unions on behalf of IT staff, including contractors.

I'm part ot the way socialist.

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Teen net addicts pee in bottles to stay glued to WoW

Richard 120
Terminator

And we're one step closer to the matrix

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The Register to publish other sites' blacked-out content in SOPA protest

Richard 120
IT Angle

Semaphore

Can we not use semaphore it's got to be cheaper and cleaner too?

Think of the jobs created getting spotters and signallers installed on all the hills, mounds, mountains over the country, that'd be good for the economy too.

Of course binary data would need to be re-encoded into hexavigesimal.

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Richard 120
WTF?

WTF?!

What sort of censorship is that?

That's like playing hide and seek with a three year old where they put their hands over their eyes so that you can't see them.

Are these internet companies just pretending perhaps?

Making it easy to circumvent the censorship in order to maintain their presence and not lose too many page hits?

Cop-out

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Neighbours not Liking Facebook's new campus

Richard 120
Alien

Freak

How many hands do you have?

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Farmville maker Zynga raises $1bn for IPO

Richard 120

Where's the value of Facebook coming from?

Zynga are the people who have monetized Facebook.

I don't see that facebook on it's own has great value other than (another) advertising platform.

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Jedi light-sabre beats Taser in Oregon parking-lot fracas

Richard 120

Sith

Is he not slightly more likely to be a Sith?

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World's biggest music streaming service launches - for tech idiots

Richard 120
FAIL

Condesceding much?

"don't tell me what to do. I have habits that are older than you are."

Hypocrit.

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Richard 120
Flame

This is The Register, where technical people read articles on particle physics and reminisce about the days of computing when there were punch cards, or you had to do your own memory management malloc & calloc etc.

Surely we can be as condescending about tech idiots as we like, it's our domain.

People are just as condescending if not more so about us (techies, geeks or nerds) when they're in their domain, so I'd say they're fair game for cendescension here.

If you don't like it go read the daily mail.

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I have you now! Top 10 Star Wars Xmas presents

Richard 120

Also

There's some awesome Star Wars Lego out there -

http://shop.lego.com/en-GB/Super-Star-Destroyer-10221?icmp=COHomeShopUK10221

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Microsoft beaten down 16pc on software sales to NHS

Richard 120

Not all Criminal Justice

I work on a CJ account, we run SLES albeit on VMware, we've been running it for years, we've got some IBM stuff too, which is where I reckon a lot of money goes.

I suggested open source AV instead of paying McAfee, but that was basically laughed at, other open source stuff does tend to get jumped on if you can make it work though.

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2011's Best... Premium Tablets

Richard 120

Still don't really see the point

I keep going round in circles on this one, I start out looking at ebook readers because I haven't enough space to store all the books I want. Hmm, a kobo touch at £99, or a kindle, at £149 would be good, but for a few quid more I can get a tablet, I could then use an ebook reader, but I'd also be able to watch youtube videos and look at colour content on the interwebs, but I have a netbook already, and that has a keyboard, what am I getting with a tablet?

Then I twig I don't need any of it, and I wonder why I wanted it in the first place.

Then I realise I'm being upsold and it's all marketing hype. THANKS el REG and to think I trusted you!

So I've placed an order for the basic kindle wifi at £89 after a lot of uming and ahing about other ebook readers, I'm going to give it to my wife.

Meanwhile I'll keep reading books until something comes along that does everything I want and has some advantages over existing technology.

Colour e-ink, decent refresh rates & decent battery life.

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Early 2012 date for UK Kindle Fire debut

Richard 120

Priced as cheaply, yeah, right.

$199 translates to £219 is my bet.

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Japan, Russia in plan for elephant to birth CLONE MAMMOTH

Richard 120
Happy

I'll have a large McDodo(TM) burger meal please.

But surely there's some multinational corporation with enough money and vision to Trademark an entire species as a foodstuff?

They could copyright the genome, and sell sterile ones as pets (called Pickwick)

Think of the possibilities for profit!

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Richard 120

mmmm

Tasty, I for one welcome these new and exotic meats that were obviously prized foodstuffs of the time.

They should bring back the dodo too, that was apparently tasty enough to be made extinct from it's edibility.

And a thousand years in the future they could bring back Anchovies.

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Apple: Siri isn't anti-abortion

Richard 120

Problem with search engines in general

I think "fair and balanced" is not something that applies in search engine world. The people with the bigger budgets get the top slots in pretty much all the search engines and if you're not on a search engine then to some people you don't exist.

The problem's wider than abortion clinics as I see it, you're guided by your choice of where to look for services, so if that's google then as pointed out you get the places that google knows about and they'll push you in the direction of the one giving them the most money.

The solution I can think of? Use different methods when assessing which service/product provider you want to use. Not just one search engine, not just search engines.

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The End of Free: Web 2.0 will squeeze punters rotten

Richard 120

Nice idea

However, as every fule kno, the business is to make the money, ALL of the money, the option to do data mining is not mutually exclusive.

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BUSTED! Secret app on millions of phones logs key taps

Richard 120

Don't tell me what to do.

How do you know?

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Spillover from 400lb man squeezed fellow flier into galley

Richard 120

Orange

Is descriptive of the colour, not to be associated with the fruit of the same name.

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Bagged salad contained decomposed AVIAN CORPSE

Richard 120

So how did that go then?

Did you complain saying "There was a grasshopper in my salad, I want my money back."

And they wrote back saying "Aha! You can't have your money back because it wasn't a grasshopper, it was a caterpillar."

I'm not sure whether the species of invertebrate should really matter.

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Welsh factions clash over .cymru and .wales bids

Richard 120
Stop

Stupid argument

It's still a fucking stupid idea

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Chell clips Cant to top Play School presenter slot

Richard 120

Still going, in spirit, if not in name.

I saw a show recently on kids TV which had my sons rapturous attention, it had 3 different shaped windows, a big ted and various other toys, it was very similar structure to how I remember Play School, and who was one of the presenters? Only Floella Benjamin.

I wasn't paying enough attention to catch the name of the show though. I think it was on CBBC

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Gallery mulls 'damage' after cleaner scrubs modern art

Richard 120

Post Mortem

Ironic Publicity Stunt?

I think this has probably increased the value of the pile of rubbish^ESC<dw><dw><dw> installation and the artists other "installations" by drawing attention to it.

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BOFH: We don't need no stinkin' upgrade

Richard 120
Meh

Version numbers

I'm always getting hassled about version numbers, there seems to be some deep rooted desire to have every bit of code/configuration even database record associated with a version number. It drives me nuts, whenevery I'm forced into giving a version number to something which previously didn't have one I just say it's version 1.

It's completely meaningless, the only real thing of worth are the SVN repository numbers and the build numbers, but try saying it's version 4447 (SVN revision number) people get upset, no idea why.

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US dating site has no 'goodwill' trademark rights in UK

Richard 120
Headmaster

LOSE

Lose not loose please.

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Richard 120

Interesting

I think I agree with the decision, but I wonder how this applies to companies that rely solely on advertising.

Is it then the company paying for advertising that is the "customer" of the website so they would have been able to claim goodwill if one of the companies advertsing on it's site was British?

Then how does that apply to Advertising Companies which stream adverts to sites, is the Advertising Company the customer, or are customers of the Advertising company then considered customers?

Consider a US based search engine, in a hypothetical scenario, it's widely used in the UK, but it only streams adverts which are paid for by an advertising company also based in the US. There may or may not be customers of that advertising company who are UK based.

Could the US based search engine assert rights over a UK registered trademark? By this ruling I would assume not.

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Man charged in nude celebrity hacking case

Richard 120
Thumb Up

you beat me to it.

I bet that was the first reaction of the judge.

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Apple wins for now: no Galaxy 10.1 in Oz

Richard 120
Alert

@Thomas Davie

Is that possibly the logic that the judges are applying? After all in law precedent is important.

Oh, they've done it, we should do it too.

If all your friends jumped off a cliff (or bought an iPhone) would you do it too?

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Kinect 'augments' Bulgarian airbags

Richard 120

FYI

www.theregister.co.uk/2006/10/03/bulgarian_airbags/

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Best skiing in space is on Saturnian ice moon Enceladus

Richard 120
Thumb Up

Nice

And of course you'd want to make the skiis from a heavy dense material too, to help with the gravity.

Any falls you won't impact as hard so it should be good for fewer bumps and bruises too.

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Online government services would exclude many Welsh

Richard 120

Yes

The problem is not unique to the Welsh, but we are talking about govt. services.

They don't tend to stretch into russian, greek, generally they stick to the official language of the country they're governing.

The UK govt. has to deal with multiple languages, however certain agencies are based in England and set things up without consideration for agencies in other countries, other agencies based in Wales don't seem to recognise that they're sending UTF-8 data.

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Richard 120
WTF?

Internally everything is converted to UTF-8, unfortunately I can't dictate to the multitudes of other systems that they have to use UTF-8.

There's all sorts of organisations from around the UK.

All sorts of crap comes in, there are horrible kludges in code to get the stuff into UTF-8. Half the time it's to cater for people sending ISO-8859-1 stuff but indicating it's UTF-8 in headers.

Mayhem ensues where multiple layers of encoding and decoding occurs turning a BOM from 3 bytes into 12. Great fun.

Not sure why I was downvoted, there might be the misconception that I was blaming the Welsh for my woes, but in truth it's not the fault of the Welsh, it's the fault of bad coding and being a govt. project where nobody can agree on anything.

The fact that Welsh doesn't fit neatly into the same box as "default" English on some systems doesn't help create a rewarding experience for the Welsh people who ARE on the internet.

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Richard 120

CCSID

It doesn't help that the language isn't supported by ISO-8859-1

Extended ASCII is the bane of my life.

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Apple sued for iPhone, iPad chip 'patent rip-off'

Richard 120
Stop

Hypocrisy?

I didn't see any in the AC's post.

I agree with you the world would be a better place and "for those children to grow the f*ck up and stop boring everyone with their opinions."

The AC was stating basically the same thing using Apple fantards as a specific example of the phenomenon. I don't think there can be any denying that Apple has a significant portion of fantards who fall into the zealot category.

The AC didn't actually state a preferred technology so I'm not sure where you get your idea of hypocrisy from, you protest a bit too much.

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Faster-than-light back with surprising CERN discovery

Richard 120

NTP

ofc!

Wait, I may have spotted the problem....

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BlackBerry Curve 9360 hits UK

Richard 120

Oh well

I have been looking at new phones as my contract is up, I don't actually need to pay for any more features, the only thing I'd want to change about my current blackberry curve is that I'd prefer a faster processor, and as a nice to have GPS wouldn't go amiss.

Otherwise I'd have no desire to get a different phone at all. I don't play games on the phone, I take calls, look at emails, keep up with sports scores, maybe a little browsing of the interwebs and use BBM to keep in touch with some friends.

Cameras on phones I don't consider to have much purpose, I've had a camera on my phone for years and used it maybe twice, other times when I want to take photographs I use a camera guaranteed to give better results.

It's a shame that this is designed to address, “users’ desire to have a fashion accessory”, I have no desire to have a fashion accessory, hence I can no longer look at getting this phone.

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Ofcom mulls smackdown for rogue religious TV channel

Richard 120

I think....

it's like not making fun of invalids and the mentally ill.

You don't do it because you know it's not their fault, they're just not that bright.

Meanwhile, dwarfism is absolutely hilarious.

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Fujitsu staff vote on strikes

Richard 120

Reading difficulties or intelligence problem?

I take it you have a problem interpreting subtleties then?

Like the difference between "fiercely capitalist", where there would be no benefits for the jobless and not a chance of healthcare for those with no money, and capitalist, like the UK.

Just because it's your opinion that everybody should only work for as money and they should only work for themselves it does not make it the opinion of everybody else, and fortunately so.

There are other options to becoming a contractor, that is why unions exist.

Good luck with the contracting, let's hope those skills are always in demand and that there aren't too many younger and smarter kids coming through to take away the work. I'm sure you'll do fine.

If you do have trouble though, you can always move country, you won't be missed.

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Richard 120
Flame

Fiercely Capitalist?

A country which has the NHS & the DWP and has a signifgicant Labour party following is "Fiercely" capitalist?

I think you'll find that the fiercely capitalist are in the minority, the most capitalist people I know are still keen on the NHS, an inherently socialist organisation.

It might be that they don't think before they open their mouths of course.

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A-level results accidentally put on interwebs a week early

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@AC 14:05 GMT

It's not that sexist.

It's not even particularly cheap or grubby compared to a lot of the internet.

The internet in general is pretty sexist - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/08/15/wikipedia_not_for_girls/

I doubt that showing a group of pretty boys would actually improve the article or increase readership, and you do know that's what journalism is about yes?

Is it that you are a woman hater? Are you jealous or something?

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Glaswegian arrested for pro-riot Facebook posts

Richard 120
Trollface

Congratulations

Possibly the most obvious troll I've seen in recent times.

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Go ahead and spy on customers, says judge

Richard 120
Facepalm

worse

it's like the bank setting up hidden cameras in your home because you haven't paid up the mortgage yet.

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Apple slices iPhone and iPad ad rates 'by 70%'

Richard 120

Time saving I expect.

"Apple did not respond to a request for comment. But that's because we didn't send one."

How long did you used to wait before the obligatory "Apple did not respond to a request for comment" statement? (in the olden days before you gave up even talking to them)

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BBC mulls talent Twitter ban to prevent storyline spoilers

Richard 120
Flame

similar

Reminds me I haven't slashed my wrists in a while

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Has UK gov lost the census to Lulzsec?

Richard 120
Coat

Fucking Govt

They're just bloody useless, the lot of them. Even the ones that aren't in control (oh wait, that's all of them)

What we need is a benevolent dictatorship.

My wife has been practicing her skills at running an almost benevolent dictatorship at our home for years. I'd say she's up to the task by now.

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Google bypasses admin controls with latest Chrome IE

Richard 120
Paris Hilton

er

righteous?

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Does a flash motor act as a fanny magnet or not?

Richard 120
Meh

No

No it does not.

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Boffins brew up formula for consummate cuppa

Richard 120

Always glad to be home

For a decent cup of tea, everything else might be shite, but after a few days abroad I crave a decent cup of tea, or even just a rubbish cup of tea.

The stuff over there just doesn't seem to resemble tea as I think of it.

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