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* Posts by Weeble

39 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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Re: Dazzle.

While it was only AUDI/BMW/MERCEDES fitting these "retina-searing xenon lights" I assumed the dazzle factor was 100% intentional.

If Ford are joining in (albeit with LEDs) then perhaps it was incompetence after all.

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Your files held hostage by CryptoDefense? Don't pay up! The decryption key is on your hard drive

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Are backups any defence.

Seriously, are continuous backups any defence against this kind of attack.

Surely, by the time you've received the ransom notice you've already backed-up the encrypted versions.

Aside from large outfits, who can back up to a fresh tape every hour with a month-long (or even year-long) rotation policy, what can a mere mortal do?

And how does one stop those backups from being directly encrypted - if it's on the network it's surely at risk.

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iPhone too heavy? Volkswagen brings out motorised ride-on dock

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Prior Art

Didn't George Lucas already think of this one?

X-Wing = R2 Dock

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Bob Dylan's new album is 'Copyright Extension Collection'

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Re: I have a current problem with copyrights....

" ... but if there is a known creator then by definition all assets must be passed on as inheritance ..."

Thank you for that observation.

Most of what I've read about orphans claims that "if you couldn't find the author (or estate) with reasonable diligence - you could help yourself", which implies the author is already known - but, based on the MOA, nothing with a name on it can ever be an "orphan" while it's less than a couple of lifetimes old (and at current rates of extension will never become available).

I have similar, those less highly developed, concerns to your own (the archiving and making available of material of historical interest) so I can sympathise with your position and am more than a little disturbed by the conclusions.

Perhaps the archivists perennial problem of digital archive longevity will become irrelevant once there is nothing to put in them.

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Re: I have a current problem with copyrights....

Ah, but...

If no-one knows (or can prove) who owns them then that presumably makes them "orphans".

So, within a year or two, you should be able to do whatever you want to do with them?

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BBC in secret trial to see if you care about thing you plainly don't

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Re: Blowing air

Actually, switching off entire stations (rather than just the am transmitters) shold have been included as a "control". Perhap the reason no-one noticed the loss of am is that no-one is listening to those local stations "at all".

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Happy birthday, Compact Disc

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Re: Is there any truth

Yes. Some truth at least.

The discs pressed by PDO in the UK, for a certain period, all had a habit of turning bronze and becoming unreliable/unplayable. I still have a couple left that won't rip, though I haven't tried playing them in a normal player recently.

At the time (and I think I'm talking about 10-15 years ago now), PDO did the decent thing and offered to swap-out the affected discs. An offer I accepted... I can't imagine the industry, as it is today, being quite so honourable.

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EU greases up orphan works copyright loophole for Big Culture

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Re: So things published under a law to stop other people publishing them

Perhaps that needs to be a feature of the databases people keep talking about. Somewhere where you can post a list of all your "old" identities and contact details (as used in copyright/metadata) along with a mapping to your current details.

A search of that database should be a mandatory part of the "reasonable" attempts to trace the originator.

PS: How about another rule which says that an image with NO metatdata shall be considered "mutilated" rather than "orphaned" since it must have been willfully stripped.

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Apple: You'd want hi-fi streamage from us, not poor-people Wi-Fi audio

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Profitable though...

Whilst Apple remain so dominantly "flavour of the month", any protocol/interface they offer to the audio/video industry will be eagerly embraced by all and sundry (even if it means buying a licence) simply because of the fear of getting left behind.

I suppose it's a form of feedback. Manufacturers have to support apple protocols because apple devices are so popular, apple devices become more popular because they're so widely supported.

Any alternative offering will have a very hard time of it trying to establish an ecosystem (even if they pay audio/video manufacturers to include it).

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Lords blast UK.gov's fixation on broadband speed over reach

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Re: Re: @AndrueC

> Bollox. I don't think there's ever been a universally accepted definition within the telecoms industry.

In the good-old-days of analogue modems (been there, done that, 300 Baud acoustically-coupled), broadband began at 2 Meg, because that was the point where you got your own bit of CoAx cable at the exchange. Typically a hideously expensive leased line. Anything less was just multiples of 64kb/s speech circuits on twisted pairs.

I don't diasgree that 512 kb/s is vastly better than 28.8 kb/s, but just because it's better doesn't make it "Broad".

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@AndrueC

Half a Meg is NOT broadband, its just an always-on, slightly-faster, modem (unless you're with TalkTalk in which case it's not even always-on). I challenge you to watch even a low-res YouTube clip on just half a Meg - I never managed it.

Broadband BEGINS at 2 Meg (and it always has). At that point, a single user (only) can probably use iPlayer in real-time, or watch a video clip on the BBC web-site without it stuttering too badly.

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UK Border Agency to create 'national allegations database'

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Didn't the STASI do just this?

Has our government forgotten the consequences already?

I seem to recall it wasn't pretty.

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BT bags MASSIVE £425m broadband rollout deal in Wales

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Up To ???

So, what they're really saying is that Cardiff, and one or two Labour marginals, will be offered FTTP whilst most of the rest of the country might get FTTC. But no mention of the alluminised string used to connect the cabinet to the premesis over the final mile.

By the time they finish the roll-out (and with no competition from Fujitsu I doubt they'll worry about the 2015 deadline) I'm sure that FTTC will be as up-to-date as a bakelite telephone.

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Apple rejoins EPEAT green tech cert program

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What they really mean ...

"On the contrary, he writes, Apple would like to see the existing EPEAT standards strengthened to include more of the environmental protection practices Cupertino uses in its manufacturing today..."

Namely, all the ones we have patents on.

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Door creaks and girl farts: computing in the real world

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RE: what else do you want - parallel printer ports?

Yes please. We still have software tied to non-upgradable parallel security keys. [No, USB adapters don't work.]

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Lords give automatic smut censorship bill the once-over

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Re: Once they have this "think of the children" system in place...

"Think of all the other "stuff we don't like (TM)" that it can be applied to"

No need, I'm sure *they* already have a very long list...

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Re: A Little Story, or Two. Or Three.

If I recall the "not the nine o'clock news" sketch correctly, you were supposed to phone the electricity company.

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

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Eraserhead

Not that nine other people here are likely to have seen it.

I still don't know what it was about...

(Didn't he do something famous later on?)

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Encyclopaedia Britannica nukes print edition, goes digital-only

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Re: History almost repeating ...

I also had an early Britannica CD-ROM (late 1990's I think), I seem to recall it was so bad that it made Encarta (RIP) look good.

It was also chronically unstable (did it use Internet Explorer as its rendering engine?)

Mind you, the OED on CD looks little better, and is just as unupgradable. Erudition, it would appear, does not confer an ability in UI design, s/w design, or customer focus

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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet

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USB 2.0

Is it my imagination, or is this actually the first tablet to offer a full USB 2.0 port?

[I exclude the Transformer as the USB is on the keyboard dock].

Does this mean I can finally load images, from my camera's CF cards (with suatable adapter), in the field?

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Comet sheds 450 jobs in biz survival struggle

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Long Term Success

"Because nothing says long term business like a bricks and mortar electronics retailer?"

Depends whose success you're talking about.

I'm sure that there are many successful on-line retailers that depend on peoples' ability to inspect the goods in Comet/Currys prior to making an on-line purchase.

Or do you prefer to buy your TVs without ever seeing one (or a close equivalent)?

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Five ways Microsoft can rescue Windows Phone

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When I'm Sixty Four

>> Brilliant marketing point there: Windows Phone - for the old and half-blind!

Agreed, the problem is how to dress it up such that people can buy your products without being seen to admit that they're old-n-grey. This is Doro's problem.

Ever since the 2-line-LCD display became old-fashioned, I've failed to find an affordable phone I can read - they all have such noisy graphics as backgrounds (with no mechanism to change them).

> I vote for GrumpyOS, as the new name.

Sorry, Disney's already got that one: Snow White and the dance of the seven mobile phones.

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Airbrushed Rachel Weisz gets watchdog hot under the collar

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Lighting

Could be time for a new ASA guidleline:

Shoot all "cosmetics" adverts under natural light.

Just find a studio with a big north-facing window - they do exist.

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Samsung 11.6in 'retina display' tablet spied

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Compromises

If it's a phone, it has to be small enough go in your pocket (and be tough enough to be sat on).

If not, it might as well be big enough to show a sheet of A4 at life-size.

Anything in-between is just a trade-off between the two useful sizes.

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Apple launches three-pronged education assault

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Alert

That picture ...

... is one of the scariest I have seen in a long time.

Even a medieval Jesuit couldn't have done better.

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Where are all the decent handheld scribbling tools?

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Why wait 'til tomorrow?

I'd buy one this afternoon (providing they can somewhere close to Psion battery life).

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Hundreds of Mr A N OTHERs discovered on payrolls

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Sheep ...

and cattle for that matter, are so closely regulated these days that the shepherd probably does know the stock-number of every single beast, to a level of precision only dreamed of by the Inland Revenue.

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Apple versus Samsung: key points in the ruling

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Unhappy

Cupertino only won by a nose ...

... but that is still a win, in this "winner takes all" battle. Christmas has gone up in smoke, so Samsung may as well pull out of Australia now.

I wonder if Apple will be increasing its prices in AU$ ????

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Valve chief says Apple will own your living room

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Power of the Brand

This is, of course, the power of the "Brand".

Once a consumer decides that Apple (or Sony, or whoever) is a "Good Brand", they will stick by that Brand no matter how far behind the curve their products might be, simply because it comes from a "Good Brand".

The "Brand" is however a double edged weapon. Just as it creates loyalty, it can also create hatred.

Consumers may decide that Apple (or Sony, or whoever) is an "Evil Brand". It may take just one act of perceived evil, or an entire company culture, to acquire the "Evil" label, but consumers have long memories and will never buy from "Evil Brand" - no matter how far ahead of the field the products may be - they are still "Evil".

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Rooney exits Man U with a few choice words

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'Ere, lay off my handle...

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OED goes the way of all flesh paper

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Never mind paper...

For the sake of posterity, the exisiting OED2 and any future OED3 need to be available hand-scribed onto the finest vellum in stout leather bindings.

Available evidence show that hese will still be readable in 1000 years, whilst any electronic means will be lucky to last 1000 weeks.

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UK ICT classes killing kids' interest in tech

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CTI not ICT

By the sounds of things, they should be calling it CTI (Corporate Tools Indoctrination).

Schools are supposed to churn out future employees who already know how to use the tools required by their future employers. It's not about understanding what's inside the box. Besides, taking the lid off to see what's inside is probably a violation of HSE guidelines.

Though, saying that, I know of one school that said "here's a pile of bits, see if you can put them together" - it generated some genuine enthusiasm.

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Cowon iAudio J3 personal media player

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WTF?

How Much ???

£14.99 for a proprietary USB lead ????

Who do they think they are - an inkjet cartridge manufacturer?

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BT signs first smart meter deal

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Redcare Incompatibility

Last time I looked into Redcare (for burglar alarm monitoring) I was told you couldn't have it on an ADSL line. So perhaps to 10,000 users of which BT speak are those to whom they will never be offering a broadband service. The rest of us will no doubt be forced to do it some other way.

Personally I fear smart metering, as currently prososed for two reasons:

1) Richness of billling options as offered by mobile phone industry. i.e. You can never work out if you're on the best tariff.

2) Real time feedback. I don't want some lowlife in the control centre phoning his mates when the meter tells him there's no-one home. For that matter, would you want the 16Amp spike at 4pm alerting the aforementioned lowlife's paedo associate that you 14 year old daughter has just come home from scool and is now in the shower.

Conclusion: energy charges will rise, but you won't know why - and it's just another means of spying on you.

Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get me.

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Whatever happened to the email app?

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Virtual Access

Still out there, still works, still being developed (courtesy of the "Virtual Access Foundation"), still safe from embedded nasties. It's even free.

Yes, I know the rest of you have never heard of it, but you have now.

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Pitchfork-wielding mobs encircle smart meters

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Where can I buy a pitchfork ...

... in anticipation of the rollout of these "spies under the stairs" in the UK?

I for one do not welcome the capability for utility companies to monitor my usage on a minute by minute basis, no doubt cutting power whenever they deem it isn't expensive enough.

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Merkel rips into Google Books

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WTF?

Relative Values

Is it just me, or is anyone else noticing the disparity between the perceived value of IP vested in a printed book (the future of our culture and civilization) and the value vested in a 3 minute pop song.

e.g. Google scans 10 million books and the alleged copyright owners settle for $125 million ($12.50 per title) which Google has probably already recouped. Jammie Thomas uploads 24 tunes and is fined over $9000 per tune (and the law allows for double that).

Divide $125 million by the number of alleged illegal file sharers in the world (over half a billion by UK government estimates) the per-capita lifetime licence for all film/music ever produced comes in at about 20cents. Count me in.

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It shouldn't happen to a vetting database

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@Demolition of Democracy

"Let's suppose MPs do need to be vetted. What happens if an MP fails to pass the test?"

Nothing that shouldn't happen to anyone else - they just don't get to kiss babies or hold photoshoots outside the local school. I don't see that failing an eCRB bars you from acting as an MP - just from having contact with children. [Though I do like the idea of their criminal records being in the public domain].

All the other abuses of CRB checks need to be stamped out.

These CRBs were introduced to protect children and vulnerable adults and, frankly, that is ALL they should be used for. Full Stop.

Having said that, with any database you are going to need a test data set. I propose that for any government initiated database, the test data set be derived from serving MPs (especially ministers), life peers, senior civil servants and the families of the aforementioned. The test data will NOT be removed when the database goes live. By pre-loading the database with such people we might, possibly, ensure that the data is then protected adequately.

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Femto cells with big ideas

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WTF?

Why ??

Industry Expert A : Connect a femto cell to your broadband because mobile coverage is crap.

Industry Expert B : Mobile will fill in the holes in broadband coverage.

Am I the only one who detects a contradiction in the above?

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