* Posts by James 51

1605 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009

Console makers game the EU Commission to avoid energy-use law

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One of the reasons why I am waiting for the first redesign to buy a new console. Had a release 360 that could heat a room all by itself. Plus hopefully they're'll be enough new games worth playing.

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DRM is NOT THE LAW, I AM THE LAW, says JUDGE DREDD

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I bought stuff over a year ago and it was drm free then.

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'Aaron's Law' back on the table to bring sanity to US hacking laws

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If they framed it as pro-freedom and anyone who opposes it as a STASTI communist it might stand a snowflakes chance in hell of getting past. The prison industry and prosecutors might not be so pleased though.

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

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No chance they could do a rap around on the old api to work with the new one?

It's handy to have the apps built into the TV but that's the advantages of the dongles and consoles, software upgrades. How many TV manufacturers have updated the apps to avoid this.

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Lawyer: Cops dropped robbery case rather than detail FBI's StingRay phone snoop gizmo

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Actually I was thinking of the murders they cleared their moles to do and interfering with the police investigation afterwards.

BTW if you're a law abiding citizen it might be nieve but why the hell should the state be spying on you?

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If you think this is bad (and I do) you should remember what MI5 and Special Branch use(still?) got up to in Northern Ireland. Greater Good(tm) and all that jazz.

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Nokia will be the mobile comeback kid in 2016 – wishful-thinking sources

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If they go back into 'developing markets' where they sold a lot of feature phones they could do quite well but may not be sufficiently profitable to keep analysts happy.

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Chinese 'Superphone' manufacturer declares war on Apple

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Re: Not a tablet

Couldn't you side load it?

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US Navy robot war-jet refuels in air: But Mav and Iceman are going down fighting

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When another nation can keep a man fighter or bomber out or shoot them down for a fraction of the cost it will be too late. There could always a c&c plane a few miles behind.

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Labour policy review tells EU where to stuff its geo-blocking ban

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The single market is about the free movement of goods, services and people. Geo-blocking restricts services. There would still be ways to bring this in by the back door. I'd love to buy anime with Japanese, English and French dub and sub but as it is I would need to buy two DVDs/Blu-Rays because the dvd released in the UK doesn't have the French track and the French dvd doesn't have the Englash track. This is one reason why I liked HD-DVDs, they had lots of language tracks on them.

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Re: "should" ?

As a Brit who goes to France on holiday it is annoying that I've paid my license fee and paid for amazon prime and I can't access either. I could use a VPN but I haven't heard a single good reason why I can't access services I have paid for because I have temporarily moved location.

BTW the BBC would not have to give it's services away for free. I already see ads on the website when I travel and the iplayer could have ads on the same basis or have a login that comes with the license.

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Lib Dem manifesto: Spook slapdown, ban on teen-repelling Mosquitos

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Re: Rock and hard place

This kind of 'spouse' and divorce talk always struck me as the kind of thing politicians used to talk down to people. It's not the relationship between husband and wife (or husband and husband/wife and wife), it's a relationship between nations. It's disingenuous to present it in another way.

There are lies, dammed lies and statistics but there are a few stats that say Scotland pays in slightly more than than it gets out.

As for being lied to presents no opportunity to have another referendum, saying if often and loudly might convince people it is so but that does not make it so.

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Re: Rock and hard place

Show me the law that forbids it. There can be and no doubt will be. My point is that given the coverage many people seemed to vote no because they were promised devo max. If devo max is not delivered, then they have every right to demand another vote on the basis they were lied to by all the major Westminster parties (which just puts them in the same boat as the rest of us).

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Re: British politics in a nutshell

Which was my point. It's nice to have first hand confirmation.

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Re: Rock and hard place

There would need to be another referendum and the only way another one should be held anytime soon is if all the promises to the Scotish people made during the referendum campaign are not fulfilled. So here's hoping if the tories get in next time they stop lurching to the right and actually fulfil their campaign pledges.

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Re: @ Graham Marsden

If I remember my history correctly it was 'vote early, vote often' but same idea.

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Re: British politics in a nutshell

You would need Finland, Iceland and Germany to that list of basket cases too.

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The lib dems get a lot of stick because of the tuition fee pledge and they probably deserve it but if they had convinced the British public to vote in favour of the single transferable vote referendum it would have been worth it.

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Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

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Re: Guys, it's really no different on the PC side

The problem with this fashion is that it is so prevalent it is difficult to choose something that does have a removable battery. That's true of laptops and phones. One of the reasons I am not upgrading from a Q10 to a classic is the classic does not have a removable battery and the Q10 does. In another year I'll replace the battery, the screen protector and case and I'll have basically a new phone.

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Google's new scribble-tab-ulous handwriting interface for Android

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Someone else confirmed it will run off-line but that would be good to know as well. Not sure why you were downvoted.

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Re: Local Processing

I prefer to write first drafts out long hand but then I have to type them up. Could be a resonable compromise but if they really want to impress me it would have to work with mirror writing too.

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Is the processing done on the device or is it sent to Google for analysis and the text sent back?

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Health apps and wearables make you nervous, not fit, say boffins

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Re: But...

There is definitely a segment of the population who would benefit but they are people who are already ill or at high risk of something and long term tracking info (if it's accurate and complete) might be of use to professionals in helping them. If you're reasonably well then any benefit is going to be minimal.

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Re: Real title should be: Health apps and wearables make you nervous, but someone is getting money

Chemical free detergents? If you want to get technical even water is a 'chemical'. Labelling food organic is another pet peeve. If it was inorganic it wouldn't be much use as food.

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Conservative manifesto: 5G, 'near universal' broadband and free mobes for PC Dixon

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tech centre of Europe

Even if they lose that referendum they keep promising?

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Android gets biometric voice unlocking

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Will if work if yer Scottish? :P. A ring with NFC combined with pattern or pin seems like an obvious combination to enhance login security. Unless you lose the ring...

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US hospital boffins demo cancer-busting smartphone kit

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It's not difficult to imagine some version of big blue sorting through lots of samples but it will be a long time before legally a qualified human won't be examining anything flagged as suspicious with a few random samples from the normal pile thrown in for good measure. Biggest benefit this system will probably bring is allowing lower qualified techs being sent out to remote locations (or people's homes if they are house bound) and doing the test there with the images uploaded for analysis elsewhere.

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Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

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Doesn't the presenter also work on the digital human show?

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Welcome to the FUTURE: Maine cops pay Bitcoin ransom to end office hostage drama

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Bet their disaster recovery plan gets dusted off and reevaluated. Backups aren't backups unless you test a full recovery.

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Russian censor warns against meme 'misuse'

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Remember comrades, in Soviet Russia, the internet trolls you!

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Nokia may tell struggling HERE Maps division to get lost – report

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Re: Go on BlackBerry...

Here and the pureview camera technology. Go on, you know you want to.

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If they do sell it here's hoping it doesn't get buggered up. I'd pay for it on my phone.

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Dallas Buyers Club doubles down on Oz Torrenters

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They are relying on people not fighting back as part of their business model. If you could contact others on the list and pool the cost, might work.

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I wonder what would happen if someone tried to sue them for libel after receiving one of these letters. After all they are accusing these people of breaking the law with no proof (IP address does not count).

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Microsoft Lumia 640, 640XL: They're NOT the same, mmmkay?

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Still waiting for the follow up to the 1020. Or if they still made that (preferably the 64gb model).

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Facebook does fling COOKIES around, but privacy is assured

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I wonder if this will be admitted as evidence in the privacy case that's going through the courts at the moment.

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Eyes on the prize: Ten 23-24-inch monitors for under £150

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It's a pity there aren't any 4:3 ratio monitors in the group. I get a lot of comments in my office about putting my widescreen monitor in portrait mode to view more code.

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

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Having stuff like DNT enabled by default got them a small amount.

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Pulling crap like this is going to cost MS good will with people who do know better.

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Facebook preps for class action lawsuit as angry EU mob lawyer up

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Re: "Facebook’s opt-out system for advertising...

Illegal terms are unenforceable and if there is something in the legalise that is illegal, simply putting it in the small print doesn't change the law.

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TTIP: Protect our privacy in EU-US trade deal or ELSE, snarl MEPs

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They won't. Spooks of every flag have been exposed as obeying the law when it suits them and it being changed when they get caught. I think they'll cave or be pushed aside at some point but I hope not.

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THOUSANDS of alleged pirates' addresses to be handed to Dallas Buyers Club

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You'd to forensically examine everyone's pc to prove this. Otherwise you run the risk of someone's WiFi router being hacked and used (unlikely but possible). There is simply no way IP matching meets the standard of prove required. Speculative invoices is being kind. Demanding with menaces would be more accurate.

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Microsoft drops Do Not Track default from Internet Explorer

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Re: No

That's why I don't like games workshop and black library websites. You can't go through the site if cookies are disabled, the site greys out and a big banner telling you to enable cookies come down.

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This is ine time Microsoft is on the right side of the argumentant. DNT should be the default (and ISPs shouldn't be adding anything to the headers to circumvent it).

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Stress me, test me, vex me ... boffins seek Hall Effect in frustrated magnets

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Re: Sounds Interesting.

That's the oldest joke about quantum mechanics. If you think you understand it, you don't.

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Bigotry posted by your Facebook account? Use this, Mister UKIP MP wannabe: 'I was hacked'

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Re: Not if these are....

Well less like that as these posts are inherently public and not voice mail messages. If he did post the messages it would be better to say that his experiences have changed his views and he no longer agrees with what he said in the past.

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If they managed to get into Facebook servers I guess they could have forged the timestamps. I am guessing the servers don't rely of the date on the device making the posts. Still if someone had managed that you'd think they'd have bigger fish to fry than a ukip wannabe.

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Verizon: FINE OK, you can now rid your life of our stalker supercookies

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Pirate

Because they can and we've no easy way to stop them.

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

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Re: One does not simply walk into an Apple store..

And having to turn the turbo button off so wing commander was playable.

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