* Posts by sabroni

1421 posts • joined 11 May 2007

Spanish scraper scrapped: Google axes Google News

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Re: Hey, it's convenient

Well, that's ok then, convenience trumps monopolistic abuse every time.

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Re: *sigh*

You talking to us or your testicles?

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Re: "... no less parasitic than ... academics ..."

>>So investing in the future of the country by providing training and research facilities <<

Is that what they're doing? You sure they're not just investing in the future of their own company? Wouldn't someone who wanted to invest in the country be a bit less desperate to avoid paying tax?

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Re: "We're not a monopoly, honest..."

Oooh, you are gonna get SUCH a downvoting for that!

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Put me through to Buffy's room, please. Sony hackers leak stars' numbers, travel aliases

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Re: Hopefully...

It would be good to see Mr. Pointy back in action!

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Security holes in iOS? We've heard of them, says Apple (as it fixes vanishing ringtones)

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Not every youtube "how to unlock your phone" video is genuine....

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

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Re: It's handy for a bit of late night Family Guy or American Dad

Yeah, like a shotgun is handy for shooting yourself in the face. Those two are starting to make the endless re-runs of "Two Pints of Lager" seem bearable...

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Microsoft: Hey, don’t forget Visual Basic! Open source and new features coming

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Why VB is better?

The main reasons I prefer it is that it's better at autocomplete (sharp seems to lose this ability at the drop of a hat and wants recompiling before getting it back) and better at showing errors (vb tends to flag up the line that causes the issue, sharp often flags all the references to the bad line as well, making a simple job in B much trickier in sharp). Doesn't stop me working in sharp, but it does make me wonder why B is still better at these specific things....

Sharp does late binding better! (Didn't think I'd ever be typing that....)

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Facebook injects CREEPY search engine into mobile app

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Re: For now.

Yes, for now. They could change that, but that would be them ignoring the "only share this with friends" flag. That would be creepy. Allowing me to search posts you've already shared with me is not creepy in any way.

I'm not standing up for facebook, I don't use it, but the daily mail style knee jerk headlines and typical ill thought out responses posted here get on my tits.

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the ability to search for any post that's been shared with you

OOOh, creepy! Except, not at all creepy as people have to share stuff with you for you to be able to search it.

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Keep your court orders to YOURSELF – human rights chief slaps US

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Re: Might I suggest acquiring some Sesame Street episodes....etc...

That is some top quality sarcasm! Nice!

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Google App Engine has THIRTY flaws, says researcher

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Re: got no where

According to the article:

we bypassed GAE whitelisting of JRE classes / achieved complete Java VM security sandbox escape (17 full sandbox bypass PoC codes exploiting 22 issues in total);

we achieved native code execution (ability to issue arbitrary library / system calls);

Sounds like a security fail.

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Re: It's Oracle Java: Of course it's going to be riddled with security holes!

Ah, of course! I knew Google couldn't be responsible for this!

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Skinny Ubuntu Linux 'Snapped' up by fat Microsoft cloud

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Extend, Embrace, Elephant

No, they're wrong when they try to shut us down AND when they work with us!

The only safe way is to go back in time and nuke them from orbit in 1990!

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Grooveshark to sink its teeth again into Pandora (legally this time)

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And yet that model..

...is fine for Youtube. Bizarre how little the law has to do with it.

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Speaking in Tech: Android 5.0 Lollipop is a TRAIN WRECK

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Re: Lollipop is as close to perfection as one can get

I'd say the capability to upgrade without the need to sideload or do a factory reset would get it a little closer to perfection....

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Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then

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Re: and lets' not pretend Microsoft aren't pulling the strings here

Trevor, seriously, get some help.

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Yeah..

Remember opening the Yellow Pages and seeing all those other Yellow Pages services promoted over the competition?

No, me neither, because it didn't happen with Yellow Pages but is a fundamental part of this discussion about google... Reality.

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@ plrndl

Yes, I know. Only a moron would think the fact that their search is good means that they should be able to finagle themselves up the results list when they have a product to sell.

You didn't address my point, which was that there is a conflict of interest between the best search results for the user (ie. most relevant) and for google (ie. promotes their other products). Care to engage on that?

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Re: How are they bundled?

They're returned with prominence in the search results. Is it the excellence of their services that put them at the top of the list? Is it Google pretending to do just a search while shoe horning in ads for their own services that results in their services prominence?

Surely anyone can see there is a potential for a conflict of interest here. It's not tricky.

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MEPs want 'unbiased search', whatever that is – they're not sure either

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C'mon, you're not that dim.

Google don't just return 1 result per search. They could easily put some business promotion results in with the actual search results.

Google's central business plan MUST be to continue to work for its customers, the advertisers that provide it's revenue. Meaning it has to keep it's users onside enough to be a valuable advertising base, no more than that.

I'm not suggesting that all Google do is promote themselves, they do a ton of stuff I use and appreciate, but I'm not so enamoured with them that I'll pretend there's no conflict of interest when users search for a service that Google and it's competitors both provide.

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surely search by its very nature must discriminate

Indeed, but there's a difference between discriminating based on the words I type in the search box and discriminating based on your business plan. To conflate the two, or to make out that the first naturally leads to the second, is ridiculous.

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Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES

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Re: Whisky should be served....

however the drinker likes it!! I don't like mine cold but I definitely don't want it watered down thanks.

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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Re: Love 8.1

The three options are "Sleep", "Shut down" or "Restart", there is no hybrid sleep menu choice.

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>> In Windows 8, the default shutdown behavior puts the system into hybrid shutdown <<

But you can go to power options and turn off "fast start-up" to change this so you may well have disabled it. My Laptop boots in 6 seconds with fast start on, and 12 without. If you're managing 2 seconds for a real boot you have a very fast pc... Have you tried it from a reboot without updates to see if it's still 2 seconds?

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Re: Love 8.1

No, it really doesn't shut down when it does that, it's in what I believe they call a "hybrid sleep" mode. If you want to see how fast it boots from cold you have to hit restart, then you get a genuine reboot.

I'm not slagging it off, I like this behaviour, means it comes on quicker, but it's misleading of MS to not make it clear that this is different behaviour to all previous versions of windows.

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If your tablet supports 1080p resolution, why on earth would you accept an arbitrary 720p limit?

Easy, because Google said so!

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Device fingerprinting tech: It's not a cookie, but 'cookie' rules apply

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Re: to protect your money!

Can I have that back now please? Not sure how you got it in the first place....

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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Re: What a fool

He didn't THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!!

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Chromecast video on UK, Euro TVs hertz so badly it makes us judder – but Google 'won't fix'

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Re: None issue for me

But it's a non-issue, not a none issue, so it has an extra "e" and a missing "-".

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Re: None issue for me

Thank fuck for that!

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The Glorious Resolution: Feast your eyes on 5 HiDPI laptops

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Re: Monitor resolution

The last bastion of the patronising and pompous, apparently....

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Universal Credit CRISIS: Up to £200m in IT spend WASTED – NAO

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@Valeyard

Complications are not "unknowns".

I'm not saying it's not complex, I'm sure it's ridiculously complex, but the complexities aren't secret.

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Re: I expect there are a huge amount of unknowns

In the benefits system? I don't see why there should be any "unknowns".

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Boffins find Jackie Chan's SUPERCOP is good for something

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Re: Should we now throw our observations out if there are no theories available to explain them?

You're talking about "damned data". Some people collect it.

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Woman who stung Tinder with sex-pest sueball stings again – with rival Bumble app

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Re: stop interacting with women; it's never going to work out in your favour!

Wow, someone's got issues. Is it half of the worlds population, or you?

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re: alleging sexual harassment

>> The company said in a statement that it had suspended Mateen while it conducted an internal investigation. “Through that process, it has become clear that Mr. Mateen sent private messages to Ms. Wolfe containing inappropriate content." <<

Bit late for them to be worrying about what people think of their staff.

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Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

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Re: Chocolate company?

No, Chocolate Factory. As in "Charlie and the..."

It's a book, if that helps.

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All ABOARD! Furious Facebook bus drivers join Teamsters union

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re: Even though we don't feel that our drivers' interests are best served by union representation

Seem to have accidentally typed "drivers'" in the middle of that sentence...

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PHONDLESLAB-ULOUS: Motorola Moto X Android phablet

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I'll bite

So "two loudspeakers on opposite sides of the room" aren't proper stereo. Care to elaborate?

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

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It's for kids!

Grow up!

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Mastercard and Visa to ERADICATE password authentication

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Re: stupid (calculator size) chip and pin devices for every purchase

stupid how? Because it actually manages to provide a little security?

I think 'generate a token on the fly that's good for 15 seconds" is an excellent method, you have to be quick to steal that password and use it.

Got any suggestions for a better mechanism?

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Sky: We're no longer calling ourselves British. Yep. And Broadcasting can do one, too

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240 quid to watch adverts?

Do one,

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Bendy, but hangs loose too: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10-inch Android tab

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Re: The question is whether this is misogynistic or a beautiful turn of phrase.

I'm more potentially offended by the racist overtones,tbh.. Oh, which faux outrage to choose.....?

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Re: Let the downvotes commence

Attention seeking much?

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Words to put dread in a sysadmin's heart: 'We are moving our cloud from Windows to Linux'

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Re: is it really easier to find people with Windows skills

As the article is about moving from one environment to the other surely they already have people with Windows skills.

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

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Re: I refer you all

The point is obvious from the tweets printed. There's clearly a lot of people who still need to learn how to respect others and their freedom to love who they want to.

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Yes, Virginia, there IS a W3C HTML5 standard – as of now, that is

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Re: Does this make any difference?

Really? Oh thanks Frankee, you're so knowledgeable, please educate me more!!

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Hey, YouTube lovers! How about you pay us, we start paying for STUFF? - Google

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re: someone produces a very, very average song

Hardly average at 2 billion views......

Not proggy enough for you grandad?

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Knock Knock tool makes a joke of Mac AV

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Re: Don't we need a coupla two tree more parameters for this definition

I'd rather see that than 'No overload for method takes 1 argument'....

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UK.gov set to burn half a BEELLLION POUNDS on one-dole-to-rule-em-all IT, claims PAC chair

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Re: Labour is having a laugh....

Well they certainly seemed to have fucked up the English Language curriculum...

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