* Posts by james 68

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Tim Worstall dances to victory over resources scaremongerers

james 68

Re: Duplicitous

Sure, at least then there will be something factual in it.

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james 68

Duplicitous

NEWS!: Middle aged man speaks to room full of middle aged men and claims victory over science....with the power of interpretative dance???

A new low for theregister.

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Downing Street secretly deletes emails to avoid exposure to FOIeurs

james 68

It's true - in that a live email server shouldn't be used as a filing system, however archived copies kept on a separate server (multiple copies on multiple servers at separate locations to be pedantic, with no outside facing network connections) very much should be kept as such and is indeed legally required.in many cases as is version control, as otherwise the archived mail can be changed willy nilly to remove incriminating or exculpatory material.

All that is apparently only for the plebs it seems, as the government can just say sod it and delete anything they don't like the idea of anyone ever reading.

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james 68

Re: One rule for the rich.....

I used to work for a government sponsored "Back to Work" program and we were legally required to store ALL correspondence (plus a copy at a separate location in case of fire or whatever) for a minimum of 10 years, be it physical or electronic. Had to hire off-site storage units to deal with all the physical stuff.

Another case of the governments "Do as I say not as I do" attitude. We could have faced serious legal issues and maybe even criminal charges if we did not follow those rules to the letter but somehow it's okay for the government to just destroy that stuff? It just makes me suspicious of what exactly they're trying to hide.

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FBI: Apple and Google are helping ISIS by offering strong crypto

james 68

Matter of perception

The argument could also be made that Apple and Google are protecting us all by denying ISIS affiliated hackers the opportunity to create chaos, financial instability, and perhaps deaths by insisting on strong crypto.

But that argument wouldn't be very successful at scaring people no matter how Bill O'Reilly and pals tried to spin it so they'll stick with the other thing.

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WikiLeaks offers $100k for copies of the Trans-Pacific Partnership – big biz's secret govt pact

james 68

Re: In which country? And why?

Ever heard of Gary McKinnon? He committed a crime when not in America and yet he had a bastard of a time trying to not be whisked off to stand trial there.

Extradition is a thing.

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james 68

To be clear - I am opposed to the secrecy surrounding this agreement.

However, this has got to be the stupidest thing Wikileaks has ever done. Previously they could claim that they never actively participated or coerced information but this changes that and possibly in a very, very bad way.

I fully expect details (perhaps not full disclosure but partial at least) to be leaked to them and as soon as they actually pay any cash then BAM! Jailtime for anyone involved. Actively causing, arranging or assisting in the leak of confidential documents is a crime, and I have no doubt that offering payment to directly cause said leak will also be some kind of crime like bribery, it's like theyre begging to be shut down and jailed. I really do not understand why the members of Wikileaks would consider this, multiple agencies from a number of governments must be literally drooling in expectation of shutting them up for good (and having a legitimate legal reason to do so).

I have to wonder, is this some faustian deal that asshat Assange has arranged to be made free? Betray Wikileaks and ensure its permanent shutdown and get safe passage to an airport? I don't see any other way that this could make sense and even then I don't see how those currently running Wikileaks could think this is a sensable action.

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Google puts Android on a diet, names it after the first thing it sees under the sink ... yes, Brillo

james 68

Obsolescence

This to me means only one thing - ALL your connected devices will only be supported for 6 months then you'll need to buy the newest version to keep receiving support for the next 6 months or connect to any newer devices even though they run the same standards for communication.

Makers will swear on their grannies graves that the "old" product is incapable of supporting the latest update whilst clever sods at XDA will not only prove that to be bollocks but that the device actually works better/faster with the upgrade and all the while the manufacturers will be raking in stupid profits not only by charging a premium but because people will be stupid enough to buy new devices every 6 months where a dumb device would have worked for many years.

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

james 68

It aint a croc for 3 reasons, crocs dont eat vegitation, animals fear crocs so they dont hang around them (both are in the description) and lastly as you stated crocs are numerous in the region, they knew what a crocodile was and were familiar with them, this beast not so much.

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james 68

nope, hippos, elephants, even giraffs and buffalo etc can all be rulled out by one thing - "... Its tail sways like a cedar." and cedars are pretty big trees.

Not sayin that there were sauropods surviving 2000 or so years ago, but there's a good chance they unearthed a complete or mostly complete fossil that blew their minds. Much like the possibility that the griffin is based on a ceratopsid fossil (lion sized with a beak) and these particular fossils appear all the time out of the sand in the Gobi desert, hundreds of them and in the very location where griffins were supposed to live no less. The bible, once you remove the angry old man in the clouds and obvious allegory, actually contains quite a bit of historical fact, which though often influenced by the political thinking of the time is verified by archaeologists and accurate enought to plan further digs from. It's really not much of a stretch to think that they found a fossil and thought there must be more out there.

Some interesting reading about the Gobi desert and "griffin" fossils. http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/mythic-creatures/land-creatures-of-the-earth/griffin-bones

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james 68

Actually sauropod is the genus name covering that particular branch of dinosaur some of which were only 20 or so feet long, and that should read "..takes cover amongst the reeds in the marsh." which is a proposed habitat for such creatures. Read the rest of the passages and you'll see that they are indeed talking about a very large creature.

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james 68

Re: In good company

"Wouldn't they just counter, "Then why isn't God covering Ireland in toads or whatever? THEY'RE the sinners here, not the people of Oklahoma and so on..."?"

Nope, didn't you know that all the Irish actually live in America? That's why EVERY damn American proudly proclaims to be Irish whilst in the next breath proclaim that they're the most "patriotic" American like... ever.

Hopefully this will actually reduce the amount of blissfully ignorant fools claiming to be Irish, if just for a little while.

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james 68

Well there is a pretty decent description of a sauropod in Job.... jus sayin.

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james 68

Re: In good company

It'll still work for him, they will all just blame the current problems in Oklahoma and Texas on those dastardly gays getting the right to marry in the Republic of Ireland and how it has made God unhappy etc etc.

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james 68

Re: re: There are times that involuntary euthenasia just seems like the best solution

You realize the irony of your statement I hope? That as an anonymous coward you just called for the previous anonymous coward to be killed because anonymous cowards should be killed for calling for the death of others?

It's a vicious circle. One that I am strangely happy with.

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RAF Eurofighter gets a Battle of Britain makeover

james 68

Re: eh?

The slower it flys the higher the angle of attack must be to keep sufficient airflow over the wings as they are low camber/low drag type airfoils which aren't terribly suited to low speed flight so the high angle of attack on the Typhoon is also a giveaway that it is flying much slower than standard cruise, presumably to keep pace with the Hurricane. Something most photoshopers would not take into account.

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Apple taxpayers swarm to stone-age iPhone 6+ purely for the bigness

james 68

Actually I tried a Lumia for about 6 months, it was crap and I went back to a Galaxy at the first opportunity and I have previously tried an iphone as well so... yeah. I stand by my comment. Just take a look through the comments on here regarding phones, you will see many, many iOS and Android users flaming left and right and few if any Winphone users doing the same thing.

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james 68

"...I'll leave it to iOS users here to comment on whether iOS has any major annoyances that need fixing."

Other than holier than thou users? They're the biggest annoyance of iOS, though to be honest Android suffers quite a bit from the same issue. WinPhone users, not so much, they're usually too ashamed to proselytize, wether or not that's a good or bad thing though....anyones guess.

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Theresa May: Right, THIS time we're getting the Snoopers' Charter in

james 68

Perhaps not for long though, the conservatives have been wanting to disband the house of lords for some time now. Now is their opportunity.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/27/britain-house-of-lords_n_1630038.html

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ZuckerBorg assimilates Microsoft boffins into potentially world-threatening FART

james 68
Coat

Easier than he thinks.

"...Leon Bottou, whose long-term goal "is to understand how to build human-level intelligence""

Perhaps he has led a sheltered life but pretty much the rest of humanity already has a handle on this one. It's called 'sex' and when a man and a woman love each other very much......

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Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

james 68

Hypocricy

It amazes me the differences in how certain companies are treated.

Google = "We will bitchslap you for including Google maps, GMail etc on android but allowing others to provide similar apps to replace them."

Apple = "Sure, do whatever the hell you want, btw my account number for that transfer is......"

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Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures

james 68

Gives you that warm fuzzy feeling that only being a member of a (semi)religious cult can provide.

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james 68

Nope, the guy that wrote the novel is entirely serious and has a range of books covering various tech fetishes. Conquered by Clippy and Taken by Tetris are the other 2 in this particular series. No irony, just a sad little man writing the tech equivalent of furry porn.

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james 68

So who's taking bets on how long it will be before some fame seeking hipster straps one of these to something other than a wrist and appears in a sex tape which also displays the "pulse" for added effect?

Because we all know it WILL happen. Proof in case is that there is already a porn novel (I shit you not).

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Invaded-iWatch-Erotic-Digital-Desires-ebook/dp/B00V2WXYO4

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Chinese 'Superphone' manufacturer declares war on Apple

james 68

Re: Like the Nazis? You'll *love* their allies!... oh no, hang on, you won't.

If you are referring to quinine (which is an extract of a tree bark) then that was discovered centuries ago by native Bolivians and Peruvians and brought back to Europe by Spanish Jesuits in the 17th century and was been used in "Western medicine" for 300 years before Mao was even born.

Methinks you'll find that the story you related is just another of many examples of communist dictators claiming credit for something they had nothing to do with, much like everything claimed by Kim il Sung, Mao etc.

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james 68
Facepalm

"4K videos at 30ft..."

I think you mean fps.

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NSA: 'Back doors are a bad idea, give us a FRONT door key'

james 68

It's ok though, because the government clearly stated that no business has been lost due to this whole fiasco, and they are plainly more trustworthy than the businesses themselves.....aren't they?

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Virgin Media goes TITSUP, RUINS Tuesday evening

james 68

"UK internet service provider Virgin Media suffered a Total Inability To Support Usual Performance (TITSUP) event on Tuesday evening..."

Both work and home are on Virgin fiber lines and they had no problems at all yesterday, bit slower than usual maybe but they certainly didn't drop out. I guess Northern Ireland was lucky.

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Short circuit at Large Hadron Collider slows return to matter-mauling

james 68

Polytetrafluoroethylene to name but one.

Not even expensive (Teflon).

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"...a small piece of metal has found its way into this tube and is making contact between the tube (earth) and one of the cables that leads to the diode.”

You would think that something so expensive would have included insulation on the cables.

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'Why don't you buy from foreign sites?' asks Commish, snapping on the gloves

james 68

Re: I think I can see where this is going...

He is entitled to his opinion just as I am entitled to mine, since we do not (yet) live in a stazi state I stand by my opinion and could not give a damn what anyone else thinks of it.

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james 68

Re: I think I can see where this is going...

I recon your right, I also recon the silly hag has shares in an interpretation/translation company that she will happily recommend to sort out this imaginary mess.

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james 68

Is she daft?

The answer is quite simple - 13% of people buy from foreign sites because 13% of people can comfortably understand foreign languages.

I for example can handily communicate in French or German but buggered if I could understand Greek or Polish, hence I would not buy from those countries due to the fact that while I might want to order say a graphics card, but in all likelyhood would place an order for a pallet of jaffa cakes by mistake.

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Chipzilla spawns 60-core, six-teraflop Xeon Phi MONSTER CHIP

james 68

Re: Power?

Its like you read my mind :)

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Fanbois: We paid $2000 for full satisfaction but now we have SPREADING STAINS

james 68

"So I guess what I am saying in a long winded way is that no company can predict what kind of stuff people will use to clean their screens and a bunch of people will be in total denial that it could be their own fault for treating their stuff like carp."

Totally agreed, they should obviously be treating it like the old trout that it is because carp just cant take a good scrubbing.

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Re: Wipeout!

Cult is exactly right.

Pay large sums of cash for each level, get an electronic suppository to keep away the spiritual cruft, watched over by a supreme alien being who happens to be dead. Its scientology for hipsters, I move to call it appology, and again much like scientology when anyone speaks out against their "religion" the appologists mount campaigns of disinformation and FUD.

ALL HAIL ZENU!! err...JOBS!!

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Analyst dons Tim Cook mask, thinks: Glass went well for Google. Let's do that, too

james 68

Re: Patents

optional rose tint?

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james 68

Await the hypocrisy.

And if they do then I guarantee that all those news sites (TheRegister most definitely included) that berated Google glass and called the users glassholes will be jerking themselves into a sticky frenzy describing how wonderful and innovative and world changing it is, because it'll have a little apple logo, even though it'll look like "Lady" Gaga boned a facehugger,

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Atomic keyrings: Just how bright are they?

james 68

Re: How bright are they?

I cannot speak for the brightness of the 'new' versions, however the old ones were I believe made by Traser? and they were quite bright. Enough so that I could pick out my luggage at a distance on airport conveyors in the seemingly standard dim lighting.

(I used it to mark luggage on many occasions and was never once questioned about it, so I dunno why there are shipping restrictions.)

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james 68

Re: I bought a couple of the originals...

The "ice blue" one I got from the reg many moons ago was bright enough, in fact noticeably so even under dim conditions as opposed to full on dark. I would suggest that perhaps yours had been mishandled in the post and the glass tritium container had cracked.

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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

james 68

Re: Now, for solar powered everything

Indeed, and the solar panels can charge batteries used to light the adverts at night.

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Nothing says 'Taliban' quite like net neutrality, eh, EU Digi Commish?

james 68

Re: Ass-hat

The car safety thing was originally spewed out by the boss of Nokia at the mobile world congress in Barcelona several days ago. As daft as US politicians are (often surpassing the European ones) it cannot be blamed on them, though I do not doubt that they will start using it as an excuse soon enough.

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james 68

Ponce

"Here we’ve got, particularly in Germany, Taliban-like developments. We have the Internet community, the Pirates on the move, it’s all about enforcing perfect uniformity,”

So according to him the internet community and pirates are one in the same? what an arsehole.

As a fan of broad reaching comparisons I am sure he will not mind if I state: Here we have the politicians, cock gobbling child abusing con artists talking shite again, it's all about making money from their corporate cronies.

Because it is obvious that since some politicos have been caught doing those things, that all politicians are therefor tarred with the same brush.

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Cash'n'Carrion restocks atomic keyrings

james 68

I bought one must be 11 or 12 years ago, when they had metal caps on the ends and weren't covered in that silly writing up the sides.

Worked brilliantly till last Friday when it just stopped glowing altogether, I recon the little glass tritum container inside cracked, however it had received serious abuse over its lifetime so it can be forgiven.

It went through 3 motorcycle crashes and was thrown about numerous times when attached to luggage on foreign flights, as well as all the normal day to day abuse over those years.

Rugged pieces of kit.

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Paul Allen hunts down sunken Japanese WWII super-battleship

james 68

Re: Now that's what I call a hobby!

Only if you call me Al whilst singing the NUMA NUMA song.

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james 68

Re: What is this "closure" that we here about nowadays

While they do in fact fully understand that their loved one is dead and gone it is comforting to loved ones to know the location so that they can pay their respects close to the remains, even simply knowing the location is often enough.

Honestly this is something I hope you never have to understand, because to understand it you would have to experience it.

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Huawei preps to drop mobile & wearables lovebombs on U.S.

james 68

Re: Chinese Concerns

Just as an example, where are the all American apple products made?

Hint: China

Yes even the few that say "made in America", those only have their final assembly in American plants so they can slap a sticker on it and funnily enough they also phoned home with personal information, as a direct result of decisions made by an American company.

You will be hard pressed to find any American branded technology products that aren't made in China, and any large company in China will have the exact same ties to the government as Huawei, it's the cost of business in China. But for some reason when an American brand name is stuck on the items they are deemed safe.

The bluff and bluster against Huawei is simply an excuse to block out the lowest bidder in infrastructure installations so that American corporations can eat all the cheese.

Technobigotry in it's lowest form.

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'Fry-OS 8' iPhone BLEW UP MY PANTS wails roasted Johnson

james 68

Re: Two words

What trendy fashion whores will go through for the latest 'hot' new thing.

I'll get my coat now.

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Nokia boss smashes net neutrality activists

james 68

Re: Why the hell...

That's easy to answer.

Its all about the ad placement. With the advent of heads-up displays and the corporate urge to make everything an always connected ad spewing dystopia it is only a matter of time before an ad pops up on your windscreen every 5 miles asking you to subscribe to whatever or pay x amount to remove it for the next 5 miles. This will be billed as a safety feature (seriously) because a) if you don't pay you will crash because you cannot see the road, and b) if you don't pay then it will automatically inform the police that you are driving whilst viewing content on an internet connected device.

Jocular though that scenario is I worry that it is disturbingly close to reality. It started with games and is now creeping steadily into everything else too.

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