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ASA raps 'F*CK YOU GOOGLE' vlogger + chums over VIDEO LICKFEST

Mr Templedene

I heard the term vlog and vlogger quite a few years back, it's hardly a new term.

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Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM

Mr Templedene

We had them taken out and shot

Had this problem from both sides, it's always management gets in the way

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Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots

Mr Templedene

I enjoyed it, same with last weeks, he's stopped being so irritable.

Good fun romp, it's just not worth being picky.

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Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search

Mr Templedene

Re: What pleb uses Opera 12 still?

I do, simply because it is the latest version of Opera available for mageia, none of the more recent versions are available yet.

Although from what I have heard I'm not convinced I want to upgrade.

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Facebook: Want to stay in touch? Then it's Messenger or NOTHING

Mr Templedene

I use facebook, I've not upgraded the app on my phone for ages though, some of the permissions it wants I wont let it have.

But when I was having a paranoid privacy day I did once remove it, boy did my phone not like that (HTC Desire C) I had to re-install the app to get it working again. :(

I don't remember specifics, and probably could have sorted it out without caving in, but

1. I rather liked having facebook

2. I needed my phone to work

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How long is too long to wait for a security fix?

Mr Templedene

How will we cope with the "Internet of Things"? Well judging on our current record, we wont!

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New Doctor Who episode leaks online as proper trailer debuts

Mr Templedene

if it was a decent copy I might be interested in a sneak peek, but a rough draft? I'd rather wait for the full glory of the finished product.

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ARRRRR. Half world's techies are software PIRATES – survey

Mr Templedene

Another reason I am glad I switched to open source, all the computers in my business run linux and have done since 2006

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Facebook goes TITSUP across WORLD! Who will look at your cousin's baby NOW?

Mr Templedene

I felt a great disturbance in the web, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced

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E-cigarettes help you quit – but may not keep you alive

Mr Templedene

We know the government never pays attention to scientific evidence. I got my e-cig 1st November 2013

I've not bought tobacco since, and not scrounged a single cig off anyone else either. In the first few weeks I smoked "real" tobacco a few times, the first week was a changeover thing, then a couple more times when I ran out of juice.

This year I have been completely tobacco free.

It does seem there are other motives behind wanting to ban or heavily regulate e-cigs.

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Be the next tech hotshot – by staying the hell away from regulators

Mr Templedene

Regulation is needed

Not excessive regulation admittedly, and not anti competitive regulation brewed up by the big companies and lobbied through the government.

Two examples from your piece stand out as examples where legislation and regulation matter.

The GP in Todmorden encouraging people to dig up "wasteland" and plant fruit and veg sounds admirable, until someone "doesn't ask" and digs up a bit of wasteland which is in fact a protected area containing rare plants or animals. Or digs up an area that was wasteland because it was contaminated.

There is a very good reason new medical treatments have to be scrutinised before being used, to prevent another incidence like the thalidomide issue (saw something last night about it which is why I used that example, there are others) I would dispute the time period generalised in the article as well

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Linux in 2013: 'Freakishly awesome' – and who needs a fork?

Mr Templedene

Re: There's still that "Point, click and install thing"

If I click on an RPM download for my version of Linux, surprisingly (to you at least) that's exactly what happens, it downloads, an installer window opens (after entering the root password of course) and it installs.

Same for most popular versions of Linux in fact. YMMV if you are using one of the more uncommon distros but then, I used to have the same problems with windows.

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Re: Mission critical apps

Unlike Windows, Linux almost never needs a reboot for updates.

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Re: And yet, and yet ...

Every computer in my business runs Linux, and only Linux on every desktop.

So yes, it's possible.

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BIGGEST DDoS ATTACK IN HISTORY hammers Spamhaus

Mr Templedene

Gizmodo are claiming this attack was very over-hyped, possibly non-existent and certainly exaggerated for marketing effect.

http://gizmodo.com/5992652/that-internet-war-apocalypse-is-a-lie

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SOD Big Data! Most of what you're keeping is digital landfill

Mr Templedene
Stop

And this is the same argument I've used against the .gov retaining all the phone email and chat data as they want to, noise over signal. The data they want to keep will be to noisy for decent analysis.

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Health pros: Alcohol is EVIL – raise its price, ban its ads

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FAIL

Strikes me this "report" has in the main been cut and pasted from some puritanical american document, I can't name a single UK town or city that has a "downtown"

Wonder if they had permission to copy it?

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Keyboard, you're not my type

Mr Templedene

Another Model M user here, recovered mine from a skip 14 years ago, originally manufactured in 1992 so not as old as some of you others.

Lovely keyboard and I do seem to make less typos on it, I guess those early years programming on one hard coded the layout into me.

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Sandy Island does exist - on a 1908 chart

Mr Templedene

hmm

Considering that Google maps show a considerable elevation of the sea floor around the missing Island, and that the position of the old map matches where this "invisible island" might exist I cant help thing that part two of this story will be "I walked on sandy island"

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Virgin Media vid misery blamed on unnamed peering network

Mr Templedene

I'll be back in Leeds soon on a VM broadband account, I'll report in with details then.

I've usually found no problems with speed or video streaming with them though.

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Opera updated following unexplained Outlook.com lockout

Mr Templedene

Google is starting the same tactics

Quite a few google sites are now not working, or warning they might not work, in Opera.

I doubt it's sloppy coding or lack of resources to test their sites, google have a vested interest in pushing chrome now! I imagine they will gradually start to "break" their sites for other browsers soon enough.

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World's Raspberry Pi supply jammed in factory blunder

Mr Templedene

Re: Idiotic date formats

That's fine for current dates, but you fail to consider historical dates.

Date of birth being a perfect example, we're now in 2012 so anyone over 88 will present a serious problem for any date related software storing only a 2 digit year. That problem will get increasingly more obvious for any numpty storing years as 2 digits as this century continues.

Do try to think these things through before you comment.

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Robot rabbits take on Facebook, female orgasms

Mr Templedene

So the wabbit sits on your desk and takes pictures, records voice clips then sends them to facebook, all by voice command?

I can see some very red faces when it does this accidentally.

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Boffin's blog blast births boycott of publisher Elsevier

Mr Templedene
Unhappy

I don't quite see how Elsiver managed to wangle holding the copyright of the papers written by the academics who published in their journals?

I could see they may well hold the exclusive right to publish in some sort of contract but did the people who published in the older journals really hand over all rights to their work? I can believe this in a way, trusting scientists being naive enough to think it would be OK.

Unless Elsiver is somehow forced to relinquish their rights to older works they have the scientific community over a barrel currently.

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SOPA is dead. Are you happy now?

Mr Templedene
FAIL

Trouble is

With congress showing their ignorance saying "we are not nerds, we don't understand this", in fact taking perverse pleasure in displaying their ignorance when confronted by evidence from technical experts saying "this will break the internet"

Shouting was all the tech community had left, what else could be done when the lawmakers take pride in "not getting it"

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Assange: 'iPhone, BlackBerry, Gmail users - you're all screwed'

Mr Templedene

turnabout

Let's just switch this round for the "if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear" crowd

Ask these companies to go public on what information the collect, how they store it, who they give/sell it to and how long they keep it.

After all, they are going to tell you because "if THEY have nothing to hide, then THEY should have nothing to fear"

Not getting a response? then I guess they do have something to hide, and something to fear!

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Mozilla strokes coders with Firefox 6

Mr Templedene
FAIL

Perhaps they could write

A decent linux installer, or even a linux installer full stop!

Currently to run V6 I have to unpack the tar and run "as user" for every user on the system, what bollox

for "open source" developers the firefox team are pretty lax when it come to doing things properly.

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Pacific rare-earth discovery: Actually just gigatonnes of dirt

Mr Templedene

That's simply a matter

of economics, if the price of rare earths goes high enough, the dirt becomes ore.

But it seems there are easier sources to exploit first, the red mud mentioned for example.

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Google Instant Pages: Search sites rendered before you click

Mr Templedene

Pages I design open very fast already

All this will do is increase my bandwidth and feed false data into my stats.

Part of how I judge a site is based on the speed a page loads, if a site crawls into existence I know they either have cheap hosting or bad developers.

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Sky in surprise duct-and-pole-sharing trial with BT

Mr Templedene

What's the betting

That all the areas they do this first are ones already covered by virginmedia cable, rather than bringing nice fast broadband to those who need an alternative to BT's wires.

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Fukushima scaremongers becoming increasingly desperate

Mr Templedene

OMG

Lewis says we're safe, we're all going to die!

Seriously though, this is putting the situation in the best possible light,maybe a good counter to some of the more panicy news stories, but still, very much a gloss over a situation were the Japanese gov are definitely being somewhat "cautious" about what they tell people.

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Your census data will be kept secret - except from MI5, police, courts etc

Mr Templedene

I think I will just leave this here

FYI

http://www.peacenewslog.info/2011/03/how-to-fill-in-your-census-form-without-lockheed-martin-profiting-long-version/comment-page-1/#comment-49

To late for some I know, but might help others.

Fold it up, stuff it in an envelope for A6 and write the freepost address on it.

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Fuel foolery, merger warnings and Budgetary boons

Mr Templedene

I am more interested

in what counts as R&D

I run my own business, and spend many hours working to develop my TempleDene CMS software, can this be written off? and if so, how do I calculate it?

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Amazon is best hope of a viable alternative to iPad

Mr Templedene

I do not understand

Why any developers would take the chance of trying to make an iPhone app

All that development work, and then a nail biting wait until Apple approves it for the store? too chancy for me.

And then there has to be a different version for other mobile devices, this market is too fragmented at the moment.

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Qld police warn against Windows service scam

Mr Templedene

Just had one of these calls in the UK

Didn't manage to keep them talking for as long as some of you, excellent work, but got a good 5 minutes before the person at the other end told me to do something very rude and hung up.

They then rang back, apologised and tried to carry on, but I had another call so had to get rid of them.

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Cambridge boffins rebuff banking industry take down request

Mr Templedene

BBC censored it?

At AC who claims the BBC censored the story

They reported the flaws back in February

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8511710.stm

They might not have thought the current story worth reporting, but they have covered the issues, lovely last comment by the reporter as well.

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Fedora bars SQLNinja hack tool

Mr Templedene

The point is

Not to remove it from use, but remove Fedora's liability if it's used illegally.

Of course you can still install it manually, but now Fedora can say they do not condone it.

Lawyers are not always stupid, imagine if Microsoft decided to get legal after a few high profile attacks on SQL Server and sued Fedora for making the tool available.

They might not win, but they could bankrupt the open source competition.

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Sussex police try new tactic to relieve snappers of pics

Mr Templedene

All this talk of eye-fi cards etc.

Is all well and good, but having gone through the eye-fi website, you have to have anticipated which wi-fi hotspots you want to use, then registered them with the card. It seems they can't just hop onto any open hotspot, which is a shame in one way, but nice and secure in another. Imagine when everyone cameras could do that, cop car turns up, suddenly the box in it becomes the local wi-fi open hotspot!

Yes you could tether to your phone, but then each pic you took could potentially cost you depending on your contract with your mobile operator.

It's a nice idea, but not as useful as people think, even ignoring the slow speeds of most wi-fi hotspots.

What needs to be done is someone has to think rationally through the process, and pass intelligent laws, unfortunately, I can't see this happening.

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Hornby opens part-time visitor centre

Mr Templedene

it's nice and handy then for anyone living further north than Herne Bay

In bloody Margate, arse end of nowhere (nothing against Margate apart from it's location)

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The Linux Chronicles, Part 1

Mr Templedene

I have been using

Mandriva Linux as my primary OS for several years now, this PC "can" dual boot to windows but it's really so rare as to be months apart.

Quite happy with it, because, as you state, it is "just there" doing what it should and letting me get on with my work. Occasionally I have to respond to an update reminder but it's less obtrusive and easier than the windows equivalent I see friends and family dealing with.

I upgraded a friends laptop from a creaky vista install to mandriva and he's in non-techy heaven as his laptop is now so much faster.

Unless there is no linux equivalent or wine compatible version of software you need to work, I really cannot see why a large proportion of people couldn't switch.

(caveat, I don't play games)

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Job club firm loses thousands of details

Mr Templedene

It's been asked before

But I will ask again

why the hell were personal details stored on a laptop?

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Microsoft releases accelerated, canvas-ized IE9 preview

Mr Templedene

Just curious

Are firefox and Opera currently hardware accelerated? or is this the only way microsoft can keep up?

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Top 500 supers – The Dawning of the GPUs

Mr Templedene

d'oh

I believe I meant MOST not LOST in my OP

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Mr Templedene

The BBC

Has a lovely graphical representation of the top 500

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/10187248.stm

Linux seems to power lost of them

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Flash and the five-minute rule

Mr Templedene

Doesn't Flash Memory

Have a limited number of read/writes before it dies? I seem to remember the figure of 10,000 approx.

I'm sure in a big, mission critical operation like a call centre this would be reached pretty fast, so a nice turnover of new flash memory would be required, nice little profit stream for someone.

I suppose the payoff between regular payments to replace that, compared to speed increase would have to be worked out.

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Mystic Met closed Europe with computer model

Mr Templedene

Volcanic Ash

Doesn't show up on aircraft's weather radar (or inded the met offices radar) and is not visible at low concentration levels, but those low levels are enough to cause serious problems.

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2010/04/paul-marks-technology-correspo.html

Yes BA flight 9 survived the experience, but FFS having a go at the MET for using models to estimate where the ash (which doesn't show up on radar) will be is a bit childish really.

And for those who have said fly the planes lower, there are a host of problems, not even considering the extra fuel burn

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/8632583.stm

But of course reasonable scientific explanations must be ignored because we must put profit before safety.

Really Andrew, you disappoint me with this somewhat childish swipe at the met office.

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Photogs sue Google over Book Search culture grab

Mr Templedene

This is so difficult

On one hand as an obsessive archiver myself, I applaud google for scanning books which otherwise can only be obtained by hunting down second hand copies, and of course, a purchase of a second hand book delivers no royalties to the copyright owner.

On the other hand, google is making a massive land grab. The exclusivity they got from the American authors and publishers is monopolistic.

If a publisher has decided to never print a particular book again then google are doing our culture a favour, as often the author of the book is tied in to a contract which means they cannot publish elsewhere.

An author who has a book made popular because of google may actually find the increased exposure helpful.

I can't decide, is google being evil?

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Firefox plans fix for decade-old browsing history leak

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Speaking of JavaScript

I've just had to disable it for El Reg, something wasn't finishing loading properly so the whole site was behaving badly. Links would no be clicked on etc.

Now I've disabled it, after trying blocking adverts first, it seems to be behaving.

Clever JavaScript rarely is :(

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Are you a 'supertasker'? Probably not

Mr Templedene

I wonder

If this is a genetic thing, or possibly a "skill" that can be taught

Playing guitar and singing at the same time took a long time to learn, and is a form of proper multitasking, I learned that, can I learn to do this "supertasking"

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Times websites want £1 a day from June

Mr Templedene

ahem *sings*

Come gather 'round people wherever you be

Who read all your news on the internet free

And accept it from June the Times paywall will be.

If your news to you is worth savin'

Then you better start usin' the old BBC

For the Times they are a-chargin'.

(with apologies to Bob Dylan)

Yes I know the BBC website comes out of my TV licence, but I don't care, that wouldn't have scanned properly.

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