* Posts by Adrian 4

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'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment

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So you go to the park, play football with your kids, post pictures online. And have to track down the dog-walkers who walked through the frame.

It may have good intentions, but for practical reasons, this law is just silly. Sadly, UK is heading in the same direction.

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Windows tablet price war FINALLY has 'em prying open wallets

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Re: Storming a Dying Market

I wouldn't be so confident about them grabbing market share : a purchase isn't a user.

I bought the WIndows variant of a Asus tablet because it had USB3, unlike the Android variant. I figured I could live with it until I found an alternative OS. It's mostly served to confirm my dislike for Windows 8, and most certainly doesn't count as meaningful sale.

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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ORLY ?

"The police and the security services are not asking for new powers. Rather, they are asking for the retention of what they already have but are now losing," he told the House.

Or, to put it another way, they'd like to get away with their illegal surveillance without the fear of being outed.

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Sly peers attempt to thrust hated Snoopers' Charter into counter-terror and security bill

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Re: The whole fast-track process is flawed

We don't have supreme leaders here, except sarcastically. We have public servants, and the ultimate servant - the bottom of the heap - is Cameron.

Never let them forget it.

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REGARD our TINY but POWERFUL LASER, suitable for very SMALL sharks

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Came to the comments to moan about 'Microwave laser'. Found all 3 previous commenters had beaten me to it.

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

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Re: Try Vote for Policies

That's all very well, but it's the policies they don't tell you about and the policies they fail to implement that really matter. The glossy magazine is just for elections.

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Australia tries to ban crypto research – by ACCIDENT

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Re: ...everyone follows all the laws

The political establishment is ensuring only idiots get to be PM by alllowing only idiots to stand. We're stuck with them until we get a 'none of the above' vote.

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Global PC market's not dead, it's just resting – Gartner

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Why does anyone even care ?

We don't make them here, or any of the parts. We're just consumers of them as tools. Office chairs are more important to the country/industry than PC manufacturing is.

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BAN email footers – they WASTE my INK, wails Ctrl+P MP

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Re: Obligations

It's only a legal requirement because someone passed a law saying it should be. It can just as easily be made not a requirement.

Better still, put the company information in headers where it can be used properly instead of in free text.

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El Reg tests portable breathalyzers: Getting drunk so you don't have to

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WTF?

Where's part 2 ..

with the teardowns ?

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European data law: UK.gov TRASHES 'unambiguous consent' plans

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Consent

Once .gov has applied a more liberal definition of consent to the law, can it stop wasting taxpayers money on Mr Assange's personal escort ?

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

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Re: I think Big Trak...

Bigger trak.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa681uSqbvc

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It's all coming back with hackspaces though. You can't keep a good inventor down.

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Re: ICF7600D

The Sony looks a bit modern for that era - I remember the Grundig World Boy or somesuch as the state of the art.

I mostly got thrown-out valve radios with about 10 bands though. Lots of late-night listening with glowing dials.

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Dotcom 'saved' Xmas for Xbox – but no one can save Sony's titsup PlayStation Network

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Why do they do this, anyway ? Aren't games just for something to do when the interwebs are broken ?

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Re: AlbertH

Spittle, maybe.

But can you identify something Microsoft released that works properly ? Or anything, really, except perhaps TeX.

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Re: It's a trap!

Tricky, if their Cunning Plan is to take Tor down.

I don't see a real downside to encouraging DDos on game sites though. Perhaps it will make people reconsider the advantages of systems that still work when someone else's infrastructure is broken.

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Ireland: Hey, you. America. Hands off Microsoft's email cloud servers

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Re: Location of servers or corporate headquarters doesn't matter in a connected world

So what if local (irish) law enforcement rolls up and threatens datacentre employees in a similar way, except that the requirement is to secure the data ?

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Re: So if the Houses of Parliament are now using the latest MS Word for documents...

Not really. The H of P rolled over years ago.

It's laughable that some politicians claim to object to the EU (in which they can vote) 'telling us what to do' but seem to have no problem being America's bitch.

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

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Re: If she likes the colour ...

That's all very well, but can you imagine the nightmare of persuading her that you didn't buy her Windows 8 as some sort of premeditated torture ?

At least if you put Linux on it you've got some hope of making it do what she wants with only trivial UI differences. It won't be actively fighting her (and you).

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NSA's Christmas Eve confession: We unlawfully spied on you for 12 years, soz

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Re: Reading between the lines...

Be fair.

If they were going to release it before the journalists got drunk, it would have to be at 9 am on a monday.

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Bring back big gov, right? If only the economics, STUPID, could tell us more

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Investment, investment, investment

If economic growth was achieved by state investment into the ideas of earlier inventors, it doesn't necessarily mean that the earlier work was done under conditions that encouraged innovation. It means that invention without investment to put the ideas into action is fruitless.

State control may once have been a good way to get investment into long-term plans, making use of the science to grow technology. I'm not sure that's any longer the case, as politicians have become short-term thinkers just like the financial markets.

The answer is to understand the actual reasons for technological and / or economic growth, rather than using cargo-cult science to attempt to generate growth by re-creating previous conditions.

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Amazon, Docker hop in bed: What happens in Vegas WON'T stay in Vegas

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The nice thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from

How often do we have to re-invent the 'clean' operating system interface ?

I refer m'learned friends to xkcd 927.

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Google sues Mississippi Attorney General 'for doing MPAA's dirty work'

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Re: Only in America

@Ivan : I think you'll find that seats in the house of Lords are usually given to 'promote people out of the way' - ie to shut them up.

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BACK OFF, KIM KARDASHIAN. BlackBerry CEO is NOT into SENSATIONALISM

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FAIL

biz platform ? i thought it was a spam platform.

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Sacre block! French publishers to sue Adblock maker – report

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Re: Money speaks, as usual

My initial reaction too, but having investigated I'm happy to keep using it.

https://adblockplus.org/en/acceptable-ads

This seems a reasonable policy : I stay in control, but the default is to block the distracting and annoying stuff.

The only thing that article doesn't cover is charging - in fact, it states "no one can buy their way onto the whitelist". Perhaps there's an 'admin charge'.

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CoreOS's Docker-rival Rocket: We drill into new container contender

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Containers all the way down

Isn't the point of an operating sytem to provide process isolation whilst offering standardised services ?

Of course, those services develop in different ways, and eventually we have the problem that our processes depend on the rapidly diverging 'standard' services.

I guess next month's thing will be a container virtualisation model, so we can substitute the app container or containing OS of our choice.

http://xkcd.com/927/

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Re: @Chris W Haven't we been here before

You'd reboot your system (or start a VM, make space for another box etc.) just to write a letter ?

Hint : nobody writes letters much now.

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Give nerds their own PRIVATE TRAIN CARRIAGES, say boffins

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Re: Take this train to Luton, um, I mean Bedford

Or take the X5 coach, which is rarely crowded and has free wifi.

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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RS-232

If it's late, will there be the compensation of a free RS232 interface lead ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDlj0jBtYmQ

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

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Chrome isn't free software. It's just that it isn't bought with cash.

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

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Re: Maybe we need an alternative

4chan, much ?

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Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

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Re: Good question....

Wasn't the Lost in Space robot just Robby, moonlighting ?

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Seems a bit Austin Powers meets Charlies Angels. But the name R.U.R. has an excellent pedigree.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA8wy6nnYLs

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You would include Roy Batty, and not Rachael ? Or Pris ?

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

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Re: Telling...

Because the hold on the corporate desktop relies entirely on inertia, where Microsoft's history of screwing up is still less dangerous than solving new problems.

Nobody has a clue what Microsoft's phone OS is : they keep trying to shed the failures by renaming it, and the only thing that's got enough press to reach CEO level is the inappropriate windows 8. So no gain from inertia, and familiarity is the next string. That means iOS or Android.

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Re: A Beta Test...

The Year of the Linux Desktop is a joke. Not on Linux any more .. but ironically, on the haters.The linux desltop is alive and well and in constant use : just not by the great unwashed. Which is fine by me. Mass market adoption means mass market attitudes. They can stick with their McDonalds. I prefer my artisan restaurant.

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Re: Let's face it, corporations aren't going to keep buying phones based on glitz

"Companies want stuff that works, is cost effective and has a shallow learning curve."

No, they don't. They buy things with a predictable cost, so nobody will be proved wrong. It's all about arse-covering.

That's why Windows is common on the desktop : it's not cheaper, or better, or easier. It's what they did last time. Occasionally Microsoft bring out a Vista or a Metro and the corporates hold off for an OS generation while the total destruction of sales at Microsoft teaches a few MBAs a lesson and they bring out another version that allows them to continue to milk the cash cow.

In the meantime, the 'other' systems keep improving for reliability and familiarity and gaining users. Soon even the terminally stupid will stop buying MS.

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Re: New day, same story

Next year will be The Year of Windows Phone.

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'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

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Re: Blind leading the blind

"If she succeeds, as there aren't enough security professionals to vote her out, she will go down as the Home Secretary that gave away our freedom."

Like all the home secretaries before her.

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Sailfish OS tablet is GO: Fans stuff cash into Jolla's cap in hand

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So that's about 4000 tablets pre-sold.

Are they going to sell more in advance than Windows tablets have sold in total ?

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BOFH: SOOO... You want to sell us some antivirus software?

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"As an office shouldn't have any legitimate programs delivered by email"

Eh ?

Maybe an accountants office, or something equally pointless. But most offices contain at least a smattering of actual workers, who like most people need to communicate arbitrary files. We don't appreciate you taking out all the useful bits.

You'd be one for swapping all forms of cutting tool for plastic scissors, wouldn't you ?

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The Great Smartphone Massacre: Android bloodbath gathers pace

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Re: WARNING, Xiaomi phones are SPYING!

Goverments are governments. Who cares if it's the Chinese, American, or British that's doing it ?

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This time it's SO REAL: Overcoming the open-source orgasm myth with TODO

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Re: "... criminally lacking in documentation and project controls, ..."

Perhaps they don't mention that because the promoters don't do it either ?

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Curious to know if the UK's Tory-led government is a MEGA SPY? Answer: Yes

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Re: Meaningless in isolation.

Fourthly, there's no indication that the requests resulted in information which did, in fact, prevent or detect crime, etc.

If the US data was any guide, the answer is zero (plus a bit of inflation where a few lies might not be detected immediately).

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Microsoft jolts awake, remembers it still makes Office for Mac

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Microsoft updates are never welcome. They always involve brokenness, unwanted machine replacement or matching upgrades on other machines because of compatibility issues.

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Revealed: The amazing magical innovation in the iPad Mini 3 – a lick of paint

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Shocker

<Big consumer electronics company> in '<New piece of consumer electronics> is a minor change from <Old piece of consumer electronics>' shocker.

News at 11.

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UK.gov pushes for SWIFT ACTION against nuisance calls, threatens £500k fines

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Re: The government could ban the practice...

If it helps, ISTR that 9 as the first digit was once an indication that the line was installed by NTL (now virgin) rather than BT.

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Nokia France leak: Windows Phone DUMPED in Microsoft Lumia revamp

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Re: Rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic

More fool you.

By all means get a Jaguar instead of a Fiesta. I have no doubt at all that you'll prefer it. But don't get one that only runs on special fuel, you'll be the loser.

The OS provides some services in the phone. It can be enhanced by the manufacturer and the hardware can be built in many different qualities. It doesn't need to define the phone, and this is where Nokia went wrong - first by wanting to differentiate themselves with a different OS (Symbian) and then by falling for Microsoft's gilded tongue (Elop).

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Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

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Re: Very dumb idea

But it claims to be an FTDI device (VID/PID).

So why shouldn't FTDI send commands to it that would be harmless to an FTDI device ?

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