* Posts by sabroni

1640 posts • joined 11 May 2007

Google IS listening: Binary blob banished from Chromium build

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Re: Listening?

Chrome hasn't changed. Chromium has.

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DEATH by VEGETABLES: Woman charged with killing boyf using carrots. And peas

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Re: No Worries...

What's more irritating is that, despite the masculinist vibe of the OP there is a point to be made here. Apparently women do get lesser sentences for similar crimes: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2144002"

A single paper doesn't constitute irrefutable evidence by any standards, but it is certainly worth considering.

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Re: No Worries...

You poor old downtrodden male you.... Cry me a fucking river.

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Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

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re: Price-per-page is a lot fairer for everybody.

Then apply it to every book.

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Re: We're all big Led Zep fans here on The Reg forums.

That's fighting talk where I come from!

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Re: I see nothing wrong with this.

What's wrong with it is that it's not for all books by all authors. It's also more penny pinching from an organisation that really doesn't need to, not for the relatively small amounts this will save them.

But then it's their service so it's their rules. No doubt "we can change this whenever we feel like it" was in the massive Ts&Cs doc that everyone skipped....

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Pirate captain blasts Google for its 'mystery' Chrome blob

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Re: So the problem seems to be that....

People trust the open source lines because they can read them. They don't trust the stealth listening blob because they can't read it. It's not tricky.

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Redmond: IE Win 8.1 defence destroying hack ain't worth patch, natch

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@ h4rm0ny

Thanks, now I understand! Your post makes much more sense than the article!

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Re: Yet everyone uses 32-bit IE for plug-in compatibility.

No, not everyone uses 32-bit IE for plug-in compatibility. If you reined in the hyperbole a bit you might have a point about a substantial group of users. Or you could just be bitching about something that effects you and your mates. Who knows?

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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Re: what is the THIS that you want teaching?

How computers work, as opposed to how to use them.

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Ubuntu daddy Mark Shuttleworth loses fight to cancel $20m bank fee

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Re: So unfair!

Yeah, a whole 10% too! Hopefully a quick swim in his room full of gold coins will ease the pain.....

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Google endures wobbly Wednesday in the cloud

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Re: Why izzat?

Because it scales massively, replicates in multiple geographic locations and when things go wrong the provider fixes it rather than you having to do it?

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Climate change alarmism is a religious belief – it's official

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Re: Read the whole thing

What makes you think he's lying? Because he believes in something you don't? That's not what lying means.

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Spittle-flecked invective?

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LastPass got hacked: Change your master password NOW

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Re: Excel is never the answer

What the name of the spreadsheet app in Windows Office?

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Apple CORED: Boffins reveal password-killer 0-days for iOS and OS X

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And the difference between that and extortion is that you're a good guy?

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Re: Delaying publication does not really improve security.

But neither does exposing updates too soon. You don't have to be smart enough to find a vulnerability if you can see what's changed in the latest patch and work back from there. And while some bugs are just simple errors that can be easily fixed others require core components to be redesigned and rewritten. Applying the same time scale to all vulnerabilities shows a lack of understanding of software development.

So it's a balancing act, allowing the vendor time to fix things in a timely manner is fine. Waiting six months seems a too generous to me though....

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Apple seeks fawning 'journalists' for in-house 'news' self pluggery

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Rory Cellan-Jones.com

as they hilariously call him on PM!

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Sunday Times fires off copyright complaint at Snowden story critics

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Re: Private Eye is left wing?

You weren't reading it during the last Labour government then...?

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Microsoft picks up shotgun, walks 'Modern apps' behind the shed

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Re: It's perfect for touchscreen devices like tablets and phones

Indeed, you wonder how users of Windows Phones (both of them, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!) would get on with desktop Skype. How well does it work without a keyboard and mouse?

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Microsoft to Linux users: Explain yourself

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re: Why bother trying to help Microsoft to make their product better and more like Linux

How is that relevant?

Don't you mean "Why bother to help Microsoft make it easier to manage Linux on Azure?"

My guess would be that you would help them because it would make Linux a more attractive option on Azure, meaning less people using Windows?

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Re: Redmond roll their own Linux Distro.

Isn't that specifically why the license is like it is, so anyone can use it?

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Re: Tell us why we should spend time learning your system

I thought the request was for you to tell them about your system?

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Time to face the Apple Music: Spotify looks worried, and rightly so

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Re: Muppet.

Ooh, name calling? Sounds like I touched a nerve!

"I can name many artists I like, although I doubt you have heard of them." Isn't that a quote from the article I linked to?

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Re: certainly not interested in paying not to listen to that crap.

That's you that is

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Women are fleeing from the digital sector, reckons UK.gov report

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Meh

I'm in non way inconvenienced by the status quo

so I'm fine with it.

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Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder

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Re: providing the world's population with the protein it needs to survive.

Meat isn't the most efficient way of utilising land to produce protein for humans. Even given the need to eat multiple vegetable protein sources in one meal to get a balance doesn't make meat more efficient.

There's no real reason a car needs leather as any part of it, other than the fact people like it.

Vegans aren't all mental. The production of cows milk is arguably much crueller than meat production.

Must be nightmare deciding who to deride the most, the freaky vegans or the mental e-car drivers...

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NY, Connecticut investigate Apple for Music service violations

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re: In the 1990's, I used to have a 486 recording the audio output of VH-1 and VIVA....

... on a rolling loop just in case a decent song came on.

Well don't leave us hanging! Has one come on yet?

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Taylor Swift withdrew her music from Spotify in protest against the freemium model.

Not really. She withdrew it because they didn't pay enough. Whether the money comes from Ads or Subscriptions is irrelevant. She didn't say "the moneys fine but I hate advertising".

Is the rest of the article equally sloppy?

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Obama issues HTTPS-only order to US Federal sysadmins

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Re: Post them a Linux CD

Hate Mail.

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Remake, remodel: Toshiba Chromebook 2

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Can I wipe it and put a PROPER linux on there!

FTFY.

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Gasping for an Apple Watch? You'll have to tremble and shake for two more weeks

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re: Only Apple knows how many Watches it has shipped so far and how many orders it has received.

How does this compare to other Apple product launches? Are we at the point where, if this was an iPhone launch, they'd be shouting about breaking sales records or do they never release sales figures this quickly?

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Windows 8.1 market share grows, Windows 7 slips, Windows 10 lurks

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Re: Win7 usage

People use Android on the Desktop?

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

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Orlowski articles

always seem to have over zealous moderation.

Why so sensitive?

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Couple sues estate agent who sold them her mum's snake-infested house

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Re: Black rat snakes are good eats

Classic jake!! (Though I'm surprised they don't give excellent milk!)

Fuck it, I'm in a good mood. Have an upvote!!!

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Spoiling staff with toys could turn against your business

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Re: Don't treat users like children

Yes, very good son. Go and show your mother, I'm busy.

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Re: Having a stable and common infrastructure is exactly what leads to Windows XP and IE6 ...

...still being widely used for a long time after they should have been buried.

I disagree. There's plenty of Windows XP and IE6 installs that are nothing to do with a stable and common infrastructure. Laziness, penny pinching and a disregard for the value of IT (and the opinions of IT professionals) are much more common reasons.

I'd say that "a stable and common infrastructure" and "open standards for data formats and exchange" go very well together.

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My life under Estonia's digital government

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Re: because it has made services that were once secure and distributed insecure and centralised.

That's the opposite of what the article claims, principle 1: decentralisation combined with interconnectivity: there is no central database; every stakeholder (government department, business or even individual) has the freedom to choose its own system in its own time with the guiding principle being that all participating systems be able to work together

You can't both be right. Got any references to back up your "insecure and centralised" claim? The article doesn't have any....

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

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Re: Best to ignore them

No, best to look at the evidence they present and make your conclusions based on that.

There was an excellent article about the moon landings in Fortean Times a couple of years ago. Someone who thought they were faked was given 5 or 6 pages to show photos and explain their reasoning. The next issue featured a load of letters explaining all the issues raised in the article and why they were invalid, destroying all of the fake landing arguments comprehensively. IMHO this is how it should be done. Everyone gives their evidence and arguments then you can decide for yourself.

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Re: even in western mainstream education the "religious education" is there.

And rightly so. Religion is a massive part of human life and has been for thousands of years. To not educate children in religion because you're not religious is like not teaching them history because you're not from the past or not teaching them geography because they don't live on a mountain.

The problem here is that R.E. is supposed to teach you ABOUT religion, not preach religion at you. I'd be interested to see exactly what was taught in that lesson, did your daughter just love the story and the songs or was the teacher trying to convince her that Christianity is the one true faith?

Sounds like you'd add a bit of balance as a governor, but don't get carried away. Arguing from a position of knowledge is always better.

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Re: But we don't revere his scripture

Really? So what's that wee fish with the word "Darwin" in it doing on the back of that car?

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Microsoft: Cortana not exclusive to Windows – it loves Android, iOS too

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Re: GPS related

Oh, my bad. Further digging reveals:

https://cortana.uservoice.com/forums/249009-general-cortana-feedback/suggestions/5875392-cortana-running-with-gps-turned-off

Long and the short of it: Cortana does have to have the location services on. Some argue that as this is Windows phone that won't make any difference to battery consumption: "Disabling location services on the OS level doesn't really conserve power in a noticable way." Hmmm, surely it takes more power to check location than it does to not check location...

So sorry for doubting you!

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Re: I want the ringer and email notification to turn off at night.

Well looks pretty straightforward, and certainly not GPS related: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/how-to/wp8/cortana/quiet-hours-and-cortana

Does this not work? What makes you think you need the GPS on to do this?

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Re: Insane....

No, it's not. From a consumer perspective it makes sense. As an events scheduler and search front end there'll be enough hooks for Cortana to work on iOS. Besides, MS would want to keep a few things Windows only to give them an angle when it's time to upgrade your phone.

Their strategy with this and Office365 is to go cross platform. Given their market share that's eminently sensible.

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Celebrating 20 years of juicy Java. Just don’t mention Android

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Re: anomalous adoption spike

Do what?

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A good effort, if a bit odd: Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2

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The Pi needs windows

like it needs any OS. Choice is good. Learning that there are different ways to do things is good. If you learn that some ways are better than others then so be it, but having the choice is important.

Besides, if all this proves is that Windows is bobbins what's your problem?

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Re: uh?

First quote was with respect to running the PI windows app on a pc, where the GPIO hardware doesn't exist. He's saying there's no emulator.

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Google DOG WHISTLING fails to send URLs across the room

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Google Tone temporarily stores a URL on Google’s servers

Why? It broadcasts a URL using sound.

It's compulsive with them. No matter how irrelevant to the job at hand they have to scrape our data.

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Microsoft celebrates 25 years' SOLITARY SELF-PLEASURE with GROUP SESSION

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Re: gorilla.bas

The monkey victory dance was popular where I worked at the time. Fixed a bug? Monkey victory dance!!

Different times!!

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