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2322 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009

UK: 'We're legally bound to arrest Mr Assange'

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Re: 4 Options

You do realise that option 1 already exists. Both the UK and Sweden cannot allow him to be extradited to a country where he may stand trial for capital offences.

Option 2 is impossible; Ecuador cannot 'give' people diplomatic status in this country; they can request to the Foreign Office to give Assange diplomatic status, highly unlikely to be granted.

Option 3 is you following Assange on his paranoia trips - Hague is constrained by the actions of the court to pursue this.

Option 4 is you having a little lefty daydream.

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Re: So if some tinpot country decided

Assange supporters just wilfully ignore the facts. The government is constrained to extradite him based upon the court rulings. What the government wants is neither here nor there; the highest courts in the land (and Europe) have ruled that he must be extradited, and in this country we follow the rule of law.

If the courts ruled that Blair must be extradited to your hypothetical country, the government would be similarly obliged.

Assange is a low life who enjoyed all the protections and benefits of our legal system, and then pissed all over it. Once he's done with in Sweden, we should get him back so he can do some porridge here too.

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Re: Once again a government fails it's people.

Would any of this been going on if Assange was a US citizen and he'd leaked Australian secrets?

A map with all the sheep on it?

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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Go - it's better than source, but not as good as 1.6 or CZ.

Still gonna be playing CZ for public, 1.6 for mixes tbh.

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Fired Toyota coder trashes systems, steals data

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Re: Ibrahimshah Shahulhameed

It's an Iranian name rendered into a Kerala dialect rendered into English - Chinese whispers for names :)

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Re: Ibrahimshah Shahulhameed

King Abraham King Who Is Praised. Not that complex. Shahulhameed is simply a Keralite rendering of Shah al-Hameed.

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Brummie plod cuffed in Facebook troll hunt

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Re: Bullies and Trolls are not the same thing

Trolling is any kind of interaction where the troll attempts to goad the trollee into an emotional response, using any kind of language or behaviour, whether accurate or not. It works best when it is accurate - or close to accurate - but some people don't understand the finer aspects of the Dark Arts and resort to puerile insults.

It's still trolling, even if "the man on the street" finds it offensive. Effective trolling is rarely "for teh lulz"; even if the troll, all his mates, and 99% of the world find it pant wettingly funny someone, somewhere will be upset with it - or it didn't work.

Bullying is repetitive, on going attacks over a period of time to fatigue and wear down someone. Big difference.

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Re: The Somebody Said Something Unpleasant To Me Act 2012. @L:inbox

I wouldn't allow people like that to post on my FB page, if in fact I had a FB page. The problem with engaging with everyone is that some people are twats.

I have had people say stuff like that to me on the intertubes. The correct response is "".

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You beat bullies by hitting them back, not ignoring him.

No, really, you do not. Online bullying is not the same as real-life bullying, online the bully just wants attention. 'Hitting them back' is what they want - they want to know that they have irritated you.

It is far simpler to ignore online bullies, or trolls, as we called them before the self righteous brigade got online.

PS: Has there been some tech advances I've missed? How does one abuse someone physically over the net?

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Apple Mac OS X Server for Mountain Lion review

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Re: Enterprises expensive loss?

This isn't for enterprise. This is for 1-10 person shops.

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Ten movies inspired by video games

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Resident Evil series is good

Just because 'critics' don't like it, fans do.

It's top quality zombie killing action featuring the fantastically talented Ms Jovovich, each film was profitable and made more money than its predecessor.

I'm surprised AvP was left off the list, although I suppose the comic did come first, technically.

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Apple: I love to hate, and hate to love thee

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Re: An opposing viewpoint!

I'm confused:

You bought it outright from Apple, wouldn't that make it not a contract phone?

Subsequently, O2 offered to fix a phone they had no financial interest in - for free?

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Curiosity's laser turns Mars rocks to 'glowing plasma'

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Re: Mars Rover bollox

B&W vs colour: unfortunately, they haven't rolled out FTTC in this part of Mars yet, and so they have to use dialup. Colour images and video use a lot more bandwidth than black and white, and the guy driving the rover gets pissed off if NASA are constantly on the phone downloading pictures.

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Red alert! Google assembles crack team to AVOID privacy gaffes

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The person writing the ad/job description clearly just likes the sound of "red team", as this is probably not a red team. It's called a red team because it's not the blue team - ie us, the good guys - its some of our guys pretending to be an opposing force, but instead of nicking stuff, they tell us what the blue team did wrong, so we can more thoroughly secure our shit.

This just sounds like a privacy team.

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Nokia, Samsung and pals team up to map malls, stations

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HELLO DAVE? I HAVE SOME MAPS BELOOOONGING TO YOOOOU

+1 just for the end sentence.

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Want a Windows 8 Start Button? Open source to the rescue!

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Re: Isn't it easier

Installing OS X is pretty easy actually. Only takes about 30 minutes, very few questions.

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Re: Excellent

"I want to upgrade to Windows 8, because that's the version they made file copy work correctly"

Damned by faint praise

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Foxconn certified as good employer, rights groups disagree

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Re: Cheap labour is everywhere

Er, they already do?

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WikiLeaks' secrets weren't, says former MI5 chief

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Re: Please Note Especially to Remember and Never Ever Forget for They Always Will and Do ....

Important pedant note - its not aManFromMars, it's aManFromMars1, a clone account who is nowhere near as entertaining as the sadly no longer posting original.

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Re: Logic and Actions of the US

It may not be sensitive or secret, but it was classified. A soldier removing classified information and passing it to foreign civilians is probably treason. I think the Army don't really care what he actually leaked, just that he committed treason in their eyes.

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Apple now most valuable company OF ALL TIME

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Re: Employment

Are you in some way kidding? Apple invented the mobile app store sector*, which last year disbursed over $5 billion to app developers. No jobs generated - can I get some of what you are smoking?

* I'm not saying they invented "apps", "app stores" or "mobile apps", but they damn sure built the market place, got developers and users there, and got the users buying stuff from the developers.

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See, it is a subtle trick. Any fool can try to sell their products at an over inflated price, but most don't end with a ridiculously profitable company with swimming pool sized reserves of cash, which suggests something else is at play.

It is of course helpful for you to point out that if Apple tried to not be as successful as they could be, they would not be as successful as they are. I'm sure you will do well at the World Tautology Finals.

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Re: OSX is shoddy, hardware is commodity, only iOS?

Incidentally I can't believe they were so un-tech-savvy that they didn't notice Cisco already have an operating system called IOS, do they not know what a search engine is ;)

Irony fail

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Work for the military? Don't be evil, says ethicist

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Re: Professors Salary

Er, you should really look at the data you linked at. Full professors tend to be making in the $100-$120k with a few outliers at the expensive end bringing the average right up.

Histograms don't lie.

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International Committee for Robot Arms Control

Why stop at the arms? I want to control their legs too, make their ears wiggle, shake their little android heads from side to side...

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Ten Androids for under 100 quid

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Re: T-mobile Vivacity

Trademark != design patent.

You can tell as they are spelt differently.

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Watch out, PC disk drive floggers: Cloud will rust up those spinners

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Reasons why all our data will not live in the cloud

1) Your data is suddenly slower to access and update.

2) Your data is now reliant on some the 2nd party to ensure it is available.

3) With a disk, you pay your upfront cost, and then it is yours. With cloud, you pay once and then every month.

4) Your data is now at risk of some 3rd party removing access to your data. Your suppliers' ISPs, carriers, your own ISP, and potentially even hostile governments can make your data disappear.

5) Online capacities are minuscule compared to offline capacities.

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Surfing ROBO-shark hunter stalks great whites along US coast

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Alert

A wave-gliding robot has been deployed off the coast of San Francisco to stealthily keep an eye on attach lasers to great white sharks in the Pacific Ocean.

FTFY

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Samsung: 'You want $2.5bn? WRONG, Apple, you OWE us $420m!'

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Re: Wow

Nice try, that data is from 2007, and covers Apple in 2006. Try using recent data.

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Re: Wow

Apple has increased its R&D spending from $1.8 to $2.4 billion this year versus last, according to a filing Wednesday by Apple to the SEC. That’s a 33-percent increase, and makes the 2011 spend more than half that of the previous four years combined.

So they spent ~$7 billion on R&D in the period 2007-2011. Your definition of "fuck all" differs wildly to my own.

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Acer: Windows 8 'uncertainty' deflates Wang's big growth aim

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Unhappy

I was going to do a growth/Wang joke, but it's too crass, even for me :(

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Did Mitt Romney really get 117,000 REAL Twitter followers in ONE DAY?

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Re: Put up job

The problem is Romney now represents the beast that is GOP. He, or someone on his campaign team, may well have done this, however it could as easily be the actions of one nutjob with a credit card who has just read about buying fake followers on Ebay.

I've got a really bad feeling about this election. A Mormon slash and burn capitalist (from Bain, no less) as leader of the world's most powerful army.

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Assange granted asylum by Ecuador after US refused to rule out charges

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Re: @Chad

Both Sweden and the UK have pointed out on multiple occasions that they cannot allow Assange to be extradited if he might face capital charges - its the law, the same law that may force them to do something stupid to extradite some twat to Sweden. Point that out, and the mob simply say "ahh, he will be extraordinarily renditioned".

Only two things are certain in all of this - Assange will never willingly go to Sweden - a country he applied for citizenship of - to face his accusers, and Britain will look like a cock. Thanks Julian.

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Optical Express 'ruined my life' gripe site lives on

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Re: I would love to have LASIK

Look, I'm only reporting what my uncle - an consultant NHS eye surgeon, who has literally written the book on eye surgery - has told me about it. He spends his days trying to fix botched jobs, and I am simply repeating his explicit advice to me when I expressed an interest in getting it done.

I'm sure all these providers are up-front about the risks, but the providers don't provide the after-surgery care for those with problem cases - just look at the website in the story for details of how OE treat problem cases - they go to a special unit in London.

Therefore all the treatment centers see are the successes (and the commissions). None of them can recollect having anyone having sight ruined, because anyone with ruined sight would not be dealing with them at that point.

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Re: I would love to have LASIK

Absolutely, don't let my fears affect anyone else's decision - I know I'm a pussy :)

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I would love to have LASIK

However, my uncle is an eye surgeon, who spends his time trying to restore eyesight to people who've gone through windscreens, people who have knifes jammed in their eyes, and, yes, people who have botched LASIK surgery. He won't touch your eyes unless there is already something wrong with them, since fixing problems with your eyes is damned hard.

Yes, 97% of people who have LASIK are quite happy with it, and yes, LASIK has been around a long time now. Would you take a 3% chance that your eyesight won't be ruined?

I'm also shocked at some of the reports on that website - OE treated both eyes at the same time! WTFery! If something goes wrong, like it did in his case, at least you would still have one un-fucked eye.

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Experts argue over whether shallow DNS gene pool hurts web infrastructure

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Re: djbdns works fine - and it is free

And for me also. I found it much easier to do things like telling djbdns to query my employers DNS server for various domain names than in BIND. Well, that's an understatement.

However, if your a DNS administrator, your day is spent in BIND zone files, so the differences are marked. Also djb has a bit of a reputation...

Four in five (80 per cent) of the world's internet-facing DNS servers are essentially genetically identical, according to Domain Name System vendor Secure64

"80% of the world won't even consider buying our DNS server, so here's some FUD."

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Windows 8: Microsoft's tablet-desktop still painful to swallow

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Re: "Windows key... that you have never used before."

My keyboard doesn't have a windows key :/

I suppose I could buy a new Unicomp keyboard, but I'd prefer to keep my Model-M.

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Goldeneye

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Yar, "no other game before this". Nowadays, I get my jollies cutting zombies in half with the grav gun and a cutting blade in HL2. 1000 different ways to dismember zombies.

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Goldeneye made me buy an N64. The first 20 seconds of the game had me hooked - pick up a snipe rifle, shoot someone in the balls, and they grab their balls. No other game I can remember had different reactions like that depending on where you hit people.

Also, it wasn't about shooting people. Some levels, you shoot people, you will lose, as the sound brings an ever increasing number of goons to investigate.

Finally, each level had a timer associated with it. Beat the timer, enable a cheat mode. Even after we had finished the game in single player multiple times, and bored of multiplayer, there was always someone trying to beat one of the levels. FYI, got them all but one. I think it was luxor, you had to do it in a minute or some such crazy shit.

The cheats made for awesome multiplayer fun. Stick on Donkey Kong mode (massive heads) and golden gun mode, everyone running around with single shot boom sticks. Legendary.

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Apple's lone wolf approach to security will bite it in the rear

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@Ammaross

Apple are major sponsors of the TrustedBSD project, which aims on hardening BSD (and consequently OS X). It didn't exist before they started it, and it pays for the research of obert Watson and his team at Cambridge. It is fully open sourced, with major contributions from inside Cupertino.

Security doesn't happen by accident.

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@Peter Gathercole

I may be misreading your post, but OS X is a UNIX operating system - both 10.6 and 10.8 have been certified to SUSv3, making them without question UNIX. However you may have been saying that Mach and BeOS where not UNIX, which is correct - BeOS is not even 100% POSIX, and Mach is just a kernel.

BSD is possibly UNIX - they all descend from 4.4BSD-Lite (certified UNIX), and at least FreeBSD has a SUS compliance program, but none are certified. Linux is not UNIX, it is POSIX, but the cost of UNIX certification means most distributions concentrate more on LSB compliance, which is similar to, but not that same as SUS.

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Few 'Likes' for Facebook from hedge-fund moneybags

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Re: made at least $7m

The short fees alone on $27m worth of shares over two months would be more than $300k. Way more.

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made at least $7m

BS BS BS.

You are saying that if they borrowed $27.7m worth of FB shares, sold them through a broker, and then 3 months later, bought $20.4m worth of FB shares, that the total of the broker fees for the sale, broker fees for the purchase, and short fees for borrowing the shares come to less than $300k.

Bull. Shit.

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US appeal dismissed in Dotcom case

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Re: Standard Chartered

I'm not convinced about SC/Iran tbh. It wasn't the SEC that went after them, it was the finance dept of NY state, a state which is perilously close to broke. They find 'massive evidence of illegality', and threaten to not allow SC to operate in NY, but then a quick bung and everything is gravy again.

None of that money went to the Federal government, it all went into NY state coffers.

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Nokia CEO: No shift from Windows Phone

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What a load of nonsense. Nothing Windowsy? You take pictures, they are uploaded to Windows Live Skydrive. Want to identify music? Use the Bing Music Search - no Shazaam here. Make a note about something? Its now on OneNote. Want to play some music? Fire up the Zune player. Want to use an IM? Fire up Windows Live Messenger.

Personally, I've not tried a WP. But then I don't need to. I've already made my choices about where I'm going to keep my contacts, my photos, my music, my files, my security certificates and so on. Based upon 24 years of using products built by MS, I'm quite glad that I have the choice.

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Korean boffins discover secret to quick-charge batteries

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@Mips

My kettle is 3kW, so I doubt that "the distribution system for housing is only 2kW".

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SurfTheChannel Brit movie pirate gets 4 YEARS' PORRIDGE

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2 eps per DVD

Ah, Stargate SG-1. They really milked the fanbois on that one.

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Re: Evil pirates of the high seas!

Good analogies! However, you missed the bit where you duplicated and created an additional parking space at the car park and cloned a carriage on the train.

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Brits obey mobile ads, says mobile ad biz

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Re: "All the cool kids are doing it"

Sidebar: I remember the R Whites ad from the 70s, but I remember it from the 90s. I'm not a secret lemonade drinker.

An interesting point. For something like insurance, do I compare the market (meerkats getting old, same ad plays every ad break in the cricket), am I confused, or should I go compare? Perhaps I should forget the comparison sites and get the aviva deal, or should I behave badly with churchill (oh yes!)

One ad did work, I sold an old car for £50, was hoping for more like £100,000. Name who I sold it to for an upvote.

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