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* Posts by Billy Whiz

10 posts • joined 16 Jul 2009

Sail HO! Look out Bay Area - it's the GOOGLE GALLEON

Billy Whiz
Happy

Re: By and Large

Or alternatively, By & Large was the name of the global mega corp in Wall-E.....

You decide which which is the most likely pun!

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Telly apocalypse foretold for 4G arrival fails to hit London: Brighton next

Billy Whiz
Unhappy

Didn't know about the trial in Brighton

...but it might explain why FreeView reception has been particularly crap this week - jumpy picture, sound syncing problems. Reception is not particularly great where I live anyway, but has been notably worse of late.

I feel a snotty email to at800 coming on. Hummph.

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ICO defends soft Street View probe

Billy Whiz
Big Brother

What no-one seems to have noticed.....

.... is that if this data was collected, as I seem to remember Google claims, to improve location mapping for Street View and other applications, then it will have to be updated on a regular basis. I'm not sure how often your average Joe breaks/moves/changes their router, but over time the reliability of data already collected will reduce.

What will Google do then? Really really really promise really hard not to do anything bad, honest guv?

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BBC workers lose £240k of tech gear in two years

Billy Whiz
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Hmm....

Perhaps the more significant story here is that the people at Absolute Software (strapline from their website "Absolute Software specialises in software and services that provide an easy way to manage and secure computers."!), think it is acceptable to use FoI requests to try a sell their tat.

I'm reasonably sure the folks at the BBC have better things to spend their time and money on than some free advertising for them.

It makes their assertion that "In this case, however, this technology is paid for by the licence payer and employees should be far more careful about how they handle it." seem rather hypocritical to me.

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Google Street View whacked by German prosecutors, Czech data watchdog

Billy Whiz

you hang on your minute, I'll hang on mine.

To expand on your analogy, if someone puts un-shredded bank statements in the bin, the onus is on you to not break the law and go routing around said bin looking for bank statements.

Similarly, even though it is possible for Google (and the nerd with the laptop) to see what's passing along unsecured networks, the onus is still on Google/nerd to not do so, as that would be breaking the law, as I think Viv Reding was trying to point out.

Just because you can do something is never an excuse for doing it!

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Sun sat sends stunning solar snap

Billy Whiz
Coat

By my calculations....

that's a sustained data of about 1.4 Mbps (... data back to Earth at the rate of 1.5 terabytes per day).

Pretty good considering they're 150 million km from their local exchange. Wonder who their ISP is?

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Irish civil rights group takes aim at iPad launch

Billy Whiz
Happy

Tá mé aon amadán

Ghair mo stocaí amach.

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UK cops eye shotgun cartridge Taser

Billy Whiz
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Where've I heard this before?

".....but can be delivered to a maximum effective range of 100 feet (30.48 meters), combining blunt impact force....."

So what happens when somebody gets hit by one of these things from 10 feet away? not hard to imagine really.

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Cameron condemns Tweeters as tw*ts

Billy Whiz
Happy

are you sure about that?

... "However, the real damage will of course be to Cameron's chances of ever seeing the inside of Number 10, now that's he's pissed off the microblogging elite of the British chattering classes by pointing out they're a bunch of twats." ...

I think the fact that he's pissed off the microblogging elite of the British chattering classes by pointing out they're a bunch of twats may actually increase his chances of moving into 10 Downing Street considerably. 'Cos lets face those chattering classes would never have voted for him anyway and a lot those who are wavering may well agree with what he said (and the way he said it!)

And if I remember correctly a "twat" is an adjective for a pregnant goldfish. Seriously, it is.

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Vulture Central plans Brit-Yank dictionary

Billy Whiz
Happy

proper inglish init

I don't particularly care what words get put in the dictionary, but please make sure you put the bloody 'u's in the correct place - it's colour!!!

And for the love of all that's holy can someone please do something about Merkins trying to use nouns as verbs - see http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/07/16/google_chillerless_data_center/ - "...When the temperature starts to excurse in a data center...". What the feck does that mean???

(And BTW it's centre, not center!!!)

Hummph!

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