* Posts by sabroni

1600 posts • joined 11 May 2007

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

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

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

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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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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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Re: Strong typing would at least have thrown an error.

And spending two minutes learning about javascript's aggressive casting before you started coding would've helped too. JS is not strongly typed. Trying to use it as if it is is never going to work. Nevertheless it's a programming language and there are rules (it'll coerce to the type on the left of the ==, for example*).

Posting "I didn't learn how it worked and it was different than I guessed" puts you at fault, not JS. If you don't like it once you've learnt it then that's a different issue. But complaining that it's not strongly typed is like complaining that your apple isn't orangey enough.

*(use ===, not ==, no coercion!!)

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Does this make any difference?

If you're not old enough to remember the upset and distress caused by IE6 and it's non-standard ways, and you're happy for Google to be the one's setting the agenda now, then no. If you think all browsers should be capable of rendering all web pages then yes.

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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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@Cliff: They really do, don't they?

Not me. What gets up my goat is the constant posting by some on here that you can make any device better by wiping it and putting your favourite Linux distro on it.

We get it! A load of people on here like Linux. Now change the fucking record.....

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Re: its downloading a bunch of javascript malware that on windows would be an issue

Why? What's going to execute them on Windows? Isn't your email client the thing that'll parse these scripts? Doesn't the mac client have the same capabilities? (Genuine technical question everyone, so can we skip the OS flames if at all possible? When I double click a .js file in windows it opens in notepad...)

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FTFY

Can I wipe it and put a PROPER Linux on there?

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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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Re:in the commercial world, there would be real, tangible consequences

Like when the banks nearly went bust?

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Vulture trails claw across Lenovo's touchy N20p Chromebook

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Re: With 16GB of storage it'll need to be put on a diet to fit in it.

Right, 95 it is then!!

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Re: The battle is lost to preserve the correct meaning of monetisation

and "curate's egg". Apparently another phrase for "a bit shit" is more valuable than a specific one for "they say bits are ok but it actually has no redeeming features"...

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Yeah but...

...can I wipe it and put PROPER Windows on there?

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DOUBLE BONK: Fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets

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Got some Chop Suey warming by the fire...

Show us yer knickers!

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Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

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Re: With the aforementioned AdBlock...

...there's no revenue for the site and it'll end up titsup. Noscript allows static ads. (Of course, if the ad revenue collection requires JS then there's still no cash, but where money's concerned people tend to care more about coping without JS...)

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NOT OK GOOGLE: Android images can conceal code

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Re: it's like the MS JPG issue from several years back.

No it's not! This is Google, hence fixing it in an update is ok and we can move on. Nothing like MS!!!

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WAITER! There's a Flappy Bird in my Lollipop!

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They could compromise the system though. Security and minimal attack surface are more important. I would suggest these engineers get a hobby that isn't just fucking around with their day jobs (or make a game that stands alone) and stop putting back doors in, even if they think they're robust.

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Doctor Who and the Dalek: 10-year-old tests BBC programming game

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Re: I seem to be unpopular with the 14 programmers who couldn't bear to leave VB behind today.

Unpopular? No, the replies clearly state why they disagree with you. The concepts you need to learn to code are language agnostic.

Stop pretending it's all VB diehards hating. (Though you've clearly no knowledge of vb.net....)

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NASTY SSL 3.0 vuln to be revealed soon – sources (Update: It's POODLE)

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Re: A dangerous worm has been discovered

except Worm is just the name of the team that wrote the exploit, it's not a worm. It's an exploit that requires users to download and run a compromised Powerpoint presentation. Quite unlike the Heartbleed and Shellshock exploits.

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Xiaomi boss snaps back at Jony Ive's iPhone rival 'theft' swipe

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Re: So that rules out anyone at MS or RIM/Blackberry ...

Oooh, burn!

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Vulture takes BlackBerry's Passport through customs

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Re: I don't feel the need to look at my smartphone constantly

Me neither, not sure why you think that's relevant. How about answering the phone while walking carrying something in one hand?

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Re: I don't get this problem.

It's for when you're using your phone while doing something else, say eating a bowl of cornflakes. One hand holds the spoon and feeds you, the other works the browsing device.

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Return of the Jedi – Apache reclaims web server crown

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Re: @FF22

Accuracy is important. This is a technology news site. You sound more upset than the original poster....

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Rebellion sees Chromium reverse plans to dump EXT filesystem

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Bit pointless

arguing over the file system for an OS that's supposed to be all cloudy.

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WOMEN, your 'SUPERPOWER' is ... NOT asking for a RAISE: Satya Nadella

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@ ElReg!comments!Pierre

However much you may talk it up, it's difficult to see how having two separate pay grades for men and woman can be less complicated than having one for both sexes. Sounds like nonsense to me.

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