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* Posts by Tom 38

2091 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009

Google stealthily coalesces UK music cloud into being

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Re: Good idea, poorly executed

How to convert from proprietary fanboy codec ALAC to too cool for school FLAC:

for x in *.alac ; do

mv $x ${x%%.alac}.flac

done

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My favourite example of this on Spotify is from Cee Lo Green's The Lady Killer track 3, the wonderful ditty entitled "Fuck You". There are two versions of the album on Spotify, one with clean lyrics ("Forget you"), one with the original. The original sweary version is entitled 'F**k you', the clean version is entitled 'Fuck you (clean)'.

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Automatic Facebook couple pages: Nauseating sign of desperation

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Re: So plain friendship pages a also creepy?

The entirety of facebook is creepy.

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El Reg mulls commentard icon portfolio shake-up

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I would love a "Are You Serious Face", from the popular intertube meme "Are You Serious Face".

Tide goes in, tide goes out, can't explain it.

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/are-you-serious-face-seriously

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Job ad seeks devs to work two hour days in Australia

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Re: Boom or bust?

Aussie prices aint so cheap anymore you know.

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Mini retail empire Micro Anvika implodes, one shop to be shopped

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Competition rules

Yoyotech is a far better store on TCR, better prices, better service, don't try to sell you last years kit at this years prices and you can order online and pick up for web prices on TCR.

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Twitter survives election after Ruby-to-Java move

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Re: RE: Meh

Oh noes, subscribers, events and channels. If only someone working for JP Morgan Chase had written something in 2006 that handles this exact problem.

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Re: Meh

We can't all work for Bloomberg stanimir :)

fanatical Ruby developers who believe the language's syntax, its high developer productivity, and its overall philosophy far outweigh any performance disadvantage it might have compared to other languages.

Well, they built it in Ruby, and everyone jumped on board it. You are positing that had they built it in Java from the start, they would have built it just as fast, and people would have jumped on board it just as quick, just as quick.

Ruby is no good for prime time anyway really, it allows too much hackery and punctuation - check out some of why_'s DSLs written in ruby. Write in python, if it is too slow, rewrite in C. C aint hard.

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Google Search and Maps take a pounding in China

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Re: Life behind the Great Firewall

You've just described the Middle Kingdom point of view. There is civilization, and then around it, only barbarians. The closer you get to the middle kingdom, the closer to civilisation you get.

China doesn't want to rule places like Korea, it is happy enough that they kow tow and recognise the real civilisation, and remain under their influence.

This is also why they largely don't give a toss what the rest of the world - the barbarians - do, say or think.

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Skyrim DLC lets players FLY DRAGONS

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Bill & Ted

I suggest you go re-watch Keanu Reeve's finest hours. The catch phrase you are looking for is "Excellent!".

"Awesome". I mean c'mon.

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Debenhams cafes ban outré terms like 'espresso' and 'cappuccino'

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Re: Not everyone lives in London.

Go to starbucks for a cup of tea, and you get a paper cup with some hot, not boiling, water and one or two teabags. You get to stir it yourself, add the milk, add the sugar, dispose of the tea bags.

For this privilege in London, you're pushing £3. Three fucking pounds.

When I started working in London 8 years ago, there was this awesome greasy spoon in Smithfield I'd go to, you could get a cup of real builders tea for 40p. The tea brewed for hours at a time, was thick and black, you could make a spoon stick up in it. Magic.

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We don’t talk any more... on the commute

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Re: Nicely put

I miss commuting on trains, so civilized to be able to sit or stand in relative comfort.

I commute on the Central Line, even on these cold autumnal mornings, you get to experience 15 minutes of sweaty "Adult Sardines" with people I wouldn't normally want to get with 5 metres of.

The trick on the underground is visualisation of a safe, happy place, which does not go hand in hand with chatting to random people, or in my experience, eye contact.

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Mexican Zetas ENSLAVING engineers to run crimelords' radio net

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Re: Savagery

No, proximity to the most profitable illegal drugs market in the world. Yay for prohibition!

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UK iPad Mini FRENZY: Queues stretch SEVERAL FEET from till

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Trollface

Looks just like a Samsung launch.

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Apple puts less of its takings into R&D, hires more sales cultists

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Re: More Leach stupidity

The headline, in case you missed it is

APPLE PUTS LESS OF ITS TAKINGS INTO R&D, HIRES MORE SALES CULTISTS

In 2011, $2.4bn was spent on research and development

[Apple] spent $3.4bn on boffinry in [2012]

If the headline said "smaller proportion" it would be accurate. But it doesn't. It says LESS. $3.4bn is not less than $2.4bn.

Numbers eh, so confusing.

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iPad Mini's quite a handful

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Hardcore gamers might prefer joypads with buttons

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA

Oh wait, you weren't joking? Hardcore gamers prefer keyboard and mouse pal.

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Sony turned off by CEA's 'Ultra HD' TV label

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SuperHD

ClearHD

TurboHD

ExtraFullHD

EnhancedHD

SuperHD gets my vote. It's also in use already to describe 4k sets.

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To Russia with Love? Georgia snaps 'cyber-spy' with his own cam

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Hacked off Georgians say hacker hacked them so they hacked the hacker and took a photo of the hack.

Hackneyed.

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Jimmy Savile ringtones still selling like hot cakes on iTunes

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Re: Perhaps

Not common but not uncommon

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Re: Eh

I've not seen any evidence, you haven't seen any evidence. I'd be surprised if the police have seen any evidence.

I've seen that the police have lots of "inquiries" ongoing in to things that happened in the 70s. Most of these, without independent corroboration, will boil down to "she said, he said", except that the "he" is dead and cannot say anything. This is why, "of the dead, speak nothing except good".

Re-hashing this shit does no good to the alleged victims, no good to the alleged offenders family, no good to his charitable legacy. The only people who benefit from this navel gazing shit storm are the media and their prurient brain washed readership.

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Re: Eh

Allegedly evil bastard who allegedly abused hundreds of children.

I find this whole episode unseemly.There was adequate time between these alleged offences for people to report them, doing so after the accused is no longer vital is just tacky.

De mortuis nil nisi bonum old boy.

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Freesat downs own website after Downton quickie

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Re: I switched from Sky to Freesat

If you're only missing F1 live, then simply whack RTE 1 on, mute the TV and stick radio 5 live on.

You will need to custom add RTE 1 to your channel line up.

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Re: Bit Torrent

You are assuming that just because someone uses file sharing to get access to content, that they are not also paying for that content.

I pay for all my content, via Sky, doesn't mean I'm going to stop downloading the content that I want to view as soon as it is available. Plus, no "go compare" adverts, since they've already been edited out. Plus, no waiting around for a "box set" - "Hey you! You paid to watch this on TV, how about another £40 to watch it again? No? Why?"

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I only use Sky to watch sports. I can't think of the last non sports programme I saw on broadcast TV. I don't just watch sports, but sports - cricket - is the only reason I have Sky.

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Brit 4G live TODAY: At last you can bust your data cap in 5 minutes

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98 per cent of the population

This is a mobile service, telling us how many people would be covered if they are at home is irrelevant. Geographical coverage is the important thing, there is nothing more useless than a network where you only get coverage in towns.

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Ballmer bets 'all in' on Phone 8 and Windows

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Joke

You've not been following have you! It's all the same!

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iPhone owners sue Apple for locking Jesus mobe to AT&T

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Yeah this case will go nowhere. Apple sold phones to AT&T, which AT&T then sold to consumers. This was when the only way you could get an iPhone was by buying a subsidized one on contract. These clowns have no recourse to go after Apple at all.

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Pre-ordered a Microsoft Surface? So SORRY it's late, have a voucher

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Your bank was right.

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Samsung posts record profits as Galaxy sales crush Apple

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Re: Do what you want, Troll.

So go ahead and take a high hard one up the old poot chute from Apple and the phone companies when you buy your latest i-Gadget on a new contract with a ripoff telco or just confine yourself to just getting screwed by Apple if you want to just buy an iPhone 5 outright.

I don't equate spending a little extra money to get the phone I want to getting fucked in the ass. If that's what you would have had to do to make enough money for the iphone, hey, I'm not judging you.

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Dr No, Thunderball, Casino Royale? Vote now for the best Bond film

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Re: Must admit

I'm inclined to vot for Octopussy because I think Maud Adams is the best "Bond girl" ever.

You know she was in Man With The Golden Gun first? (Scaramanga's missus)

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Microsoft: Just swallow this tablet ... the rest will take care of itself

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Re: "Microsoft actually writes fantastic software."

VS is ok, but it's no vim.

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Kick your computer... before it kicks you

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Re: I'll tell you what

When I were a nipper, a common reaction from dieing whilst playing the legendary Ikari Warriors on my Spectrum would be to punch the TV. Quite hard. You can't do stuff like that with TFTs these days, with a CRT you had more chance of breaking your hand before you broke the CRT.

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No GPS in the iPad Mini Wi-Fi: People are right to criticise

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My wifi only iPad 2 has GPS.

No it doesn't.

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Cool story bro. Where are these "no data coverage" areas you speak of?

a proper standard multichannel GPS receiver locks a signal a fuck of a lot faster after downloading the almanac from the sats than an aGPS unit would.

Apparently it can take 12.5 minutes to download your almanac, but once it's done that, it's super fast to lock. I think I'll stick to my "fudged GPS on crappy hardware".

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Re: Why would anyone have a 3G tablet at all??

3G tablet is for the GPS, innit.

Also, I like to use my phone to make phone calls, not be a modem for my tablet. There is no quicker way to drain the battery than to use a phone as an AP. This might be fine to check email on the train on the way home, its fucking useless if you are in a field for a weekend and want your batteries to last as long as possible, not to accidentally drain your phone battery.

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On all iDevices that have GPS, the GPS provided is A-GPS - Assisted GPS, using cell towers to achieve a fast lock. How do Android devices that have GPS, but not cellular, provide GPS? IE, do they include a proper A-GPS system, or is it just standard, slow to resolve, GPS?

I specifically bought the 3G ipad (original one) because it had A-GPS, and I wanted to use it as a glorified map. I think I can count on one hand the number of times that has been useful; it's completely useless abroad unless you have pre-purchased/downloaded maps of your chosen country, or are obscenely rich and just turn on roaming.

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Apple unsheathes MacBook 13-incher

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Re: price comparisons

I think people downvoted you because your post was incorrect and didn't take into account VAT and import duties.

Also the voting system is so people can upvote posts they agree with, and downvote posts they disagree with. Clearly 4 people (now 5) disagree with the incorrect information in your post. Want some cheese with your whine?

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US patent office prepares to kill off Apple's bounce-back patent

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Edit post

Please don't, not being able to edit posts prevents whole categories of posts from being made (or seen). If one can edit posts, you no longer see pedants pointing out spelling mistakes with posts containing spelling mistakes or when people make factual boobs in their posts, as they will just edit out their stupidity

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BT and Virgin sue over £10m state-funded Birmingham broadband

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Re: I would go further

On the other hand, telecoms provision in the city is very cheap, compared to the cost of providing the same service in the countryside. People living in towns don't get reduced phone bills, or reduced line installation. Instead, subscribers in towns subsidize the cost of rural phone lines.

So perhaps you might want to dial down the "townie wanker" bullshit. There is a solution if you don't like the services you get in the countryside, fuck off to the town.

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Re: A Difference Engine?

The government, who then sold it to the BT shareholders?

Not seeing your point, are you implying they didn't pay a fair price?

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Samsung's Japanese iPhone block bid fails

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Penalty for the offence - rounded corners - $1 billion penalty - repeat 5th circuit appeals.

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EARTH was a BAKING LIFELESS DESERT for 5 MILLION years

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Re: Lifeless - well except that it wasn't

Parts of Antartica is desert. Other parts, not so much. Where the fuck did you think all that snow comes from?

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Sensational extrapolation

It was damn hot in South China - where-ever the fuck that was at the time - at that point, but that tells us little or nothing about the planet globally. Perhaps that part of Pangea was more like an extreme version of Yellowstone at that point.

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TiVo: Cisco and pals could owe us BILLIONS over DVR patents

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"Actual technology"

Recording a transport stream to a disk and then playing it back again is a completely obvious extension of providing digital television in a transport stream. The only people who even remotely deserve a patent for this is the people who thought of digitizing TV.

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HSBC websites fell in DDoS attack last night, bank admits

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Re: I don't need no bloody DDoS, I've got a SecureKey which ...

Sorry, your IP for your session was flapping between Hong Kong and (another unspecified country), and you think HSBC are the twats for logging you out?

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French cops cuff man over €500K Android Trojan scam

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I don't get these scams. To benefit, you have to collect from the premium rate revenues, which surely leads directly to you - as this witless twunt found out.

Do you use a patsy to collect the profits before scarpering, or fake identities? Either way, seems likely to get nabbed.

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Education Secretary Gove: Tim Berners-Lee 'created the INTERNET'

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What is worse?

A politician who doesn't know the difference between the Internet and the WWW, or a tech site that doesn't know the difference between the Internet and the internet.

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The hoarder's dilemma, or 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

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I have 8 PCI-X SAS HBAs just sitting in anti static bags in a box in the corner of the room, and not a single motherboard with PCI-X. Occasionally I throw a blanket over the disaster area that is my tech dumping ground and pretend it's not really there..

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Morse! Shoved! Out of! Yahoo! Beneath! Giant! Golden! Parachute!

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Re: So

$4 billion in revenue doesn't just appear.

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Insider 'fesses up: Amazon's Glacier cloud is made of ... TAPE

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Re: I have wondered that ...

When I think of the shit I did at Uni to keep me in beer, petrol and fags, a gig wearing that outfit looks positively fantastic.

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