* Posts by Gordon861

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Brazilians tear strip off NSA in wake of Snowden, mull anti-US-spook law

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I think the reason demanding local hosting of the data might work is because this way if it is found that the data is being shared with the NSA or other agency then the local company can be sued/prosecuted into oblivion locally.

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Cameron demands Brits BOYCOTT angry-troll-infested websites

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"Prime Minister David Cameron has told Brits to "boycott" websites that allow trolls and bullies to publish reams of nasty abuse and threats with wild abandon."

So from tomorrow the Daily Mail website will be banned then ?

It might actually increase teh average IQ of the country if they did ban it.

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'First' 3D-printed rifle's barrel splits after single shot

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Re: Gun detection

It probably looks for the word 'gun' in the file name.

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How our shaken Reg Playmonaut survived a 113,000ft stratodangle

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Re: No video of the release?

I see a new article coming, get a bunch of action cams and try to kill them. Start with water and keep trying different things until you reach the weather balloon trip.

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Microsoft: Still using Office installed on a PC? Gosh, you squares

Gordon861

Office 2000

Still running Office 2000 here, have yet to see a reason to upgrade to a newer version.

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Smart TVs riddled with DUMB security holes

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We Don't Need Smart TVs

Instead what we need are Smart boxes that connect to the HDMI socket with a pass through so you don't waste the slot.

If you can get the Smart boxes down to a reasonable price there is no reason people won't replace them each year as a newer (hopefully better) version is released.

TV companies should concentrate on producing very good screens that will accept various external inputs and leave the Smart stuff to the people that understand it.

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BSkyB-owned BE slams into traffic pile-up over 'unlimited' broadband lie

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TalkTalk

Perhaps they should also take a look at TalkTalk again as their current radio adverts talk about 'totally unlimited' instead of just 'unlimited'.

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EVE Online OFFLINE: Wannabe Capt Kirks clobbered in cluster-ruck

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Perhaps some corp had a timer that was going to go bang at a bad time that need to be stopped.

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Anonymous threat shutters Gitmo WiFi

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Closing Gitmo

If they cannot close it due to legal problems and feeling that the people being held are enemy combatants, what they should do is make it a proper POW camp and open access to the Red Cross/Crescent.

This would go a long way towards solving the legal issues with it.

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First, the bad news: EA bags Star Wars games rights

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The whole back-end with BF3 is just crap, BF2 worked fine the new system sucks.

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Battlefield 3/4 - Star Wars ???

If they just get DICE to do a reskin of Battlefield 3/4 to Star Wars graphics they will be half way to a massive seller.

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Adobe kills Creative Suite – all future features online only

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Stop at CS6

I expect most pro users/companies will just stop upgrading at version 6 and continue to use that for the future.

If there are new features that are needed in the new versions they will just do a single login/subscription that the whole office can use.

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Turn off the mic: Nokia gets injunction on 'key' HTC One component

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Copyright?

So Nokia have developed a phone mic that is perfect for making bootleg recordings of concerts etc, and they are now suing HTC so that only their phone is able to make these recordings.

I assume the music industry and film industry will now be suing Nokia for producing tools to copy their content.

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Furious Stephen Fry blasts 'evil' Reg and 'TW*T' Orlowski

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Time For an Interview?

Perhaps now would be a good time for someone from El Reg to contact Stephen Frys people to see about an interview. It might clear the air and maybe get him to realise that if he puts him self over as a font of all knowledge and gets it wrong he probably does more harm than good.

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GoPro accused of using DMCA to take down product review

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Re: Maybe GoPro should

I use a ContourHD but they seem to have lost their way recently and now want you to pay for loads of extras like wifi and GPS or limit you to a non-swappable battery.

All people want is a decent camera with long record times, how complicated can it be?

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Review: HTC One

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One X, S, V, X+ or just One

I thought HTC said when they launched the One X and One S that they would be simplifying their range of phones so you could see which one was the higher end without needing to know the details of each phone.

I didn't realise that simplify meant calling every damn phone they release 'One'.

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The DIY spy-in-the-sky: From kites to octocopters

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Re: Parrot?

I wondered about that too. Perhaps this will be coming with a more in depth review soon as these are the most commonly available ones right now.

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Spanish boffins increase GPS accuracy by 90%

Gordon861

Re: GPS for Dummies

Look on YouTube for Stephen Fry explaining GPS on QI, I think you will find he doesn't.

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Fashionably slate

Gordon861

We don't need Smart TVs that will be obsolete in 6 months, a small set-top (or behind/under/wherever the set) box is a better solution.

If you want to add a camera for Skype into the TV, fine but make it able to feed into the USB of the external box as a webcam.

This way when there is a OS upgrade, or a new 'next big thing' you can just upgrade the box or replace it.

All I want from a TV is a good quality display and a ton of usable inputs/outputs.

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Pope resigns months after launching social networking effort

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Robbie Coltrane for Pope ...

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Review: Seagate Wireless Plus Wi-Fi hard drive

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Write to it?

These units all seem to be read only.

What I really want is a unit like this that can be left in my bag/car that I can write to with a wi-fi SDcard from my camera when it's in range.

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Satnav-murdering Google slips its Maps into car dashboards

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Re: Data Cost

Just connect to your home wifi (or local McDonalds wifi) to download the data you need and cache it.

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I want a car with a built in dock for my Nexus 7.

There is no reason the in car audio couldn't be set up to use the Nexus as it's control/display unit. I can then either tether the Nexus to my phone and use Google Maps or use the 'no data required' TomTom software.

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TomTom for Android with hands-free kit review

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Updated

As of about an hour ago they have fixed the screen res issues and are in the process of uploading the new versions to the servers.

So expect to see a lot more Nexus 7 satnavs in the coming weeks if people can work out how to mount them.

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Pirate cops bust LITTLE GIRL, take her Winnie-the-Pooh laptop

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The Offence?

I thought the (criminal?) offence related to copyright infringement was the act of making a copy available?

If so the fact that she failed to download the song means there was no case to answer in the first place.

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Texan schoolgirl expelled for refusing to wear RFID tag

Gordon861

I expect the next evolution of this tech will be to monitor who is getting with who around the school.

So student A is found out breaking the rules and they then look back and student B has been spending a lot of time with them outside normal lessons and use that to start questioning them too.

Or they bring in a rule regarding how close members of the opposite sex can be whilst at school.

They could even add in the shock collars/bracelets they want to pass out to air passengers and use remote discipline too.

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Firm-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named's tax dodge profit shift? Totally legit

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Pay Tax Here

Either companies need to pay tax in the UK on monies earned in the UK.

Or you tax UK takings at the rate these companies report profits in their home country.

If Coke or Pepsi are unhappy with this arrangement they can piss off out of the UK and leave all the available profits to their competitors.

Whilst we are at it, large companies that have a large amount of their workforce having their wages topped up by benefits will have this cost added to the tax bill on their profits. If Sainsburys, Tesco, Asda etc don't like it then they can leave.

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Renault Clio IV and R-Link Android console hands-on preview

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Re: Still still fail

Why not just build a new system using an existing and fairly cheap tablet at its core?

You have to supply some form of control when you sell the car, the Nexus is a good/cheap to build the system around so the initial unit would come with the Nexus.

Totally remote interfaces aren't as good or responsive, much better to have it hard wired into the system. You need to have it wired to power anyways. There would be nothing to stop you producing different front ends to fit whichever tablet you want as well though.

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Gordon861

Still fail.

Why not develop an interface for a Nexus that could be dropped right into the a bracket in the car?

So you can use your personal Nexus as an interface to the car audio if you want. The controls for the Renault system could just be an app that you can install on any Nexus tablet.

Although I think the worry is that someone will develop a head unit replacement that will do just that and the car companies will start to lose all the nice ICE upgrade fees because all the units will be hidden and modular like they used to be with DIN and 2DIN radios.

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Google rolls out new, cheaper Chromebooks 'for everyone'

Gordon861

What is the point of Chrome?

Just put the latest version of Android on it and problem solved.

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Rumour: Asus rejects $99 Nexus 7... rumour

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Re: Who do you believe?

Perhaps it's a rumour started by Apple.

If everyone thinks the Nexus 7 price is about to be reduced they will stop buying them in advance of the reduction, hurting Googles sales.

The Apple launches their 7 inch tablet and try to corner the market.

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Gordon861

If these become available at $100/£100 I would order one tomorrow as a portable tablet when I don't want/need to carry my Asus Transformer around with me. Would also be easier to carry on the bike.

At the current price I still want one, but £100 would be a no brainer.

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Lawyers: We'll pillory porn pirates who don't pay up

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Blackmail

I think they will be OK publishing these names only if they actually go ahead with the cases against every person that they name on their webpages. But if they are using this threat as a way to destroy someones reputation then it was blackmail and becomes libel after the fact if the claims are unproven.

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Boffins create 100,000 DPI image

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Re: Stop it or you will go blind

"... what would be the point?

The point is the sharp bit at the other end.

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Skype: Nearly half of adults don't install software updates

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No mention yet of the famous update to Eve Online that managed to brick a lot of users machines by deleting BOOT.INI from their PCs. And they wonder why people don't trust updates.

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Brits get to fondle Google Nexus 7 slab in just a fortnight

Gordon861

Saw them at the gadget show, not cheap yet and you cannot write to them via wifi, but this should be changing with updated firmware. I was most interested in the idea of using a wifi sdcard in a camera to auto copy the snaps to the hard drive whilst I took photos, but that's not possible yet.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/16/seagates-goflex-satellite-portable-hard-drive-streams-content-o/

Scan have them at £175

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/500gb-seagate-goflex-satellite-wireless-25-external-hdd-wifi-and-usb-30-black-ipad-iphone-android-pc

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Gordon861

Re: better than I thought

3G/sim card slot

With a slot you need two contracts (phone and tablet), much simpler and cheaper to just teether to your phone and pull the data from there.

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Gordon861

If I didn't already have a Transformer and a One X I would be looking at one of these, looks like a great bit of kit.

For storage there are a number of wifi/bluetooth battery powered hrd drives coming onto the market soon (or already here) which you can keep in your bag and read from whilst using the tablet.

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Raspberry Pi IN THE SKY: Wallet-sized PC is disaster drone brain

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Daily Mail

Just wait until the Daily Mail see this, terrorists can now get plans for a programmable guided missile for free off the internet !!!!! AAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

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Ten... Star Wars videogame classics

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Re: SWG

There have already been discussions with Sony/LA about that and they truth is that as long as they are not charging for it or making money from it they will be left alone.

The server code has been all rewritten from the ground up and you need your own set of disks to install the game.

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Gordon861

SWG

What no Star Wars Galaxies, that was actually a great game before Sony/Lucas screwed us all over?

Good timing though as the SWG Emulator Project is just launching it's Alpha phase of the code, most of the basic game is back, a few professions are still missing and balance is being tweaked. But the game is still very playable and getting 1000 people online most nights now.

Visit swgemu.com to come back to the game again.

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VIA outs $49 Raspberry Pi-alike

Gordon861

Just the form factor of this makes it so much more useful than the Pi. All the ports on one side means that you can mount it almost any bix you like and still reach them all, with the Pi you must have a box designed for it to be able to reach the connectors.

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Size?

quote "1708 x 85mm"

Is this thing really nearly 2m long?

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Ten... two-bay Nas boxes

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Re: D-Link doesn't sell in the UK?

They do the DNS-320 for £51.

Might not be the fastest but for backups or just streaming to a mediaplayer they do the job. I currently have 3 of them on my network all running in Raid 1.

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<b>SPACE</b> the final frontier

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Didn't they recently talk about making structures on the moon only using the resources found on the moon?

If so the more logical way would be to build the station from that as it's a lot closer then any asteroid and less problems lifting the parts off the surface than from the earth.

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New Forum Wishlist - but read roadmap first

Gordon861

Get rid of the advert/profile bit on the right of the page, currently 25% of available space is wasted.

And/Or allow forum to fill whole browser instead of the fixed width bit.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic

Gordon861

I played in the beta, enjoyed it, started playing the real game and spent 7 hrs in queues just trying to get in. Since then I've just not been able to bring myself to play for long.

It's a single player game with a few milti-player bits bolted onto it. I don't see how it'll keep you going once you reach the current level cap, it's not a persistant world with a long term goal.

Also, if you look back at the NGE 'fix' for Star Wars Galaxies back in 2005 you pretty much have the new game all planned out.

Instead I've gone back an took a look at the SWG EMU and it's actually getting there, and worth a look if you want a free MMO.

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HTC Sensation XE

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Updates

"That needn’t be a deal breaker, however, since HTC has said that it should get an update to the new version in 2012."

Tell that to the HTC Desire owners that have been promised updates to their phone for ages. We were also promised that the Desire would be useable on HTCSense.com to allow us to track and backup our phones but that never happened.

Also, why can they not put a decent amount of RAM in these phones so that if/when they do make updates available the phone still has space to run apps? It can't increase the price that much for just a little more RAM.

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Too rude for the road: DVLA hot list of banned numberplates

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Saw an DB9 on the M25 with AU55OME which I thought was good.

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Ten... high-end Android tablets

Gordon861

The Asus Transformer should be getting an updated version released in the next couple of months with the newer faster nvidia processors.

I have one of these with the keyboard and I carry it around most of the time now, web access is done via teethering to my mobile when out, no need for built in 3G as you'd end up paying for two contracts with little gain.

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