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* Posts by Tom 38

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125,000 Ubuntu PCs to land in Pakistani students' laps

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Re: No wonder

Poverty is also endemic in the US, but the suggestion that they spend money on welfare rather than on more efficient ways is offensive to your average merkin.

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Antitrust probe looms over Windows RT 'browser ban'

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Re: Sorry, late to the party, but...

Not quite right. MS have built IE10 for WOA, and to make it fast enough to run on WOA, they have used non-public APIs, which they are refusing to make available to 3rd party developers to use.

As a consequence, Mozilla cannot build a browser for WOA that would compete with IE10, since they cannot use the same APIs.

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Sony blames record $5.7bn loss on everything but Sony

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Re: Up and down?

Double-pedant: Their profits may be in the red, but the target of that sentence is the loss, which increased, and therefore should be described as 'up'.

You could say their profits went down from -£2bn to -£3.5bn, but that would be even more confusing.

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Re: why the hate?

My Sony-hate derives from an earlier age. Sony used to have a reputation for quality, and you would buy Sony hifi equipment because of the quality.

At some point, they decided to cash in on that reputation, and built some god-awful kit that was cheaper than their regular kit, but way more expensive than equivalent, non Sony kit. Loads of people paid extra for the Sony mark of quality and got ripped off.

I'd rather buy an Onkyo or Wharfedale than Sony these days.

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Up and down?

"The company reported a net loss of ¥456.7bn ($5.7bn, £3.5bn), down from a loss of ¥259.6bn ($3.3bn, £2bn) in the previous fiscal year"

Surely £3.5bn is up from £2bn?

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Carriers, prepare to bleed: EU pops a cap on data roaming

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Yay!

This has brought the cost of browsing abroad down to a scarcely believable £570/GB!

How can they do it so cheaply?? Surely they will all be bust by being so generous?

Time to catch the Eurostar so I can download some music before they change this bargain rate, huzzah!

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Apple and Proview in talks to end IPAD dispute

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Thing is, 'Proview' isn't a company, it's a collection of assets owned largely by their creditors, the main one being BoC, who are largely owned by the government, who 100% own the judiciary.

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Dell puts Sputnik open-source laptop on launch pad

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They're not listening

But anyway:

Hi resolution 4:3 screen. Wide screen is useless. I'd take 2048x1536 plz (talk to Samsung).

Full size escape key. We don't all use Visual Studio.

Removable, washable keyboard.

10 hr battery life/ARM powered (same difference)

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2,000 dot-word bids rocket ICANN onto $350m cash pile

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Re: Should have applied for .dev

Since when would a server with a ".dev" suffix belong in production?

If its for production, you should be using a domain name you own. If you don't want your domain names resolvable externally, you should be using a split horizon DNS.

If you blithely ignore RFCs when they explicitly tell you you should not do a thing, you should not be surprised when the internet bites you on the ass.

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Re: Should have applied for .dev

<pedantry>

This was specifically warned against in RFC 2606, section 2 - precisely for this scenario.

If you want to be using fake TLDs, you should be using one of the four fake TLDs that ICANN have guaranteed to never be used (.test, .example, .invalid, .localhost).

I don't disagree that this is a colossally stupid idea by ICANN, but the warning was there for a long time that this could happen.

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WTF is... Intel's Ivy Bridge

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Re: Ivybridge

It also has a certain reputation in Devon, being described "as a bit PL21" means you are new-agey, probably have owned a campervan at some point in your life and believe in at least any two of aliens/healing power of crystals/ley lines/King Arthur.

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US Judge says IP addresses don't identify pirates

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Re: Smacks of the old scam

Isn't that a quote from Lock Stock?

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iPad swipes more of tablet market

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Re: Why would you buy an android?

Can we have a 'Report to a Medical Professional' button please.

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Kaspersky: Apple security is like Microsoft's in 2002

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Re: WHAT!

I don't allow Adobe Anything anywhere near my computers, I don't download random executables off the internet and run them, I don't allow plugins in my browser, I only open known media types with trusted programs and the box is firewalled to buggery both ingress and egress.

I've been doing this for 15 years with no virus, trojan or malware. Kaspersky runs at £60/year, so that's a £900 saving. It's a bet, with myself. I bet that I won't fuck up my machine, and so far, I'm winning.

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Re: To paraphrase Christine Keeler

Pedant alert: That was Mandy Rice-Davies.

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Re: WHAT!

AV is a con for the stupid. If you aren't stupid, you don't need AV.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of stupid people out there who think they aren't.

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Spotify dances onto iPad

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Re: Don't worry

It riles me that certain types of people want to infer everything from my choice of tablet. You're still doing it, for instance.

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Look, you're posting in a community populated by Assembly programmers, aeronautical engineers and bearded guys who code using only a magnetised needled and a steady hand.

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Indeed, I'm part of that community - that's why I'm posting here - although I prefer vim to a magnetised needle.

It's geeky that I got excited about a software update to a music player. What's your excuse?

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Re: Why is it only for premium users?

Two main reasons:

1) The desktop client uses P2P as well as direct downloads to source media, where as the mobile client only uses direct downloads. Therefore, it does cost more for them to offer access to mobile devices.

2) Mobile access is the USP of the premium account. It is the main feature differentiator between the two account types. If mobile access was allowed on the mid-range package, no-one would buy the premium account. The account type you are in is specifically designed to make you want to upgrade to the premium account.

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Re: Don't worry

Let me guess, you have neither an ipad nor spotify, yet felt drawn to read and comment on a story about both.

I don't need to justify my geekiness, it is apparent in every facet of my existence. The ipad doesn't "qualify me for geekdom", it is just my tablet and, unlike you, I don't think I am defined by my choice of tablet made two years ago.

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Meh

This has made me happy in a way that on reflection makes me feel ashamed of my geekiness.

Having said that, I am now sad that I will almost certainly have to re-synch 16GB of music off the old iphone version of the app and into the ipad version.

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Are Valley VCs playing hide-the-money?

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Re: Lily's counter eexamples

Facebook have no visible revenue stream? Are you joking? Their ad revenue basically allows them to print money.

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While I don't have any data on the total number of tech companies in 1995 versus 2012, I'd hazard a guess...

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Why base the entirety of your article on a supposition? You couldn't be arsed to get lists of F500 companies in 1995 and 2012 and categorize them by sector, but are happy to eulogize about what your supposition means?

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UK plc 'needs a chief engineer' - also a chief trick-cyclist

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Re: There should be a cynic in the house of Lords

Would you trust 12 randomly selected voters off the street to oversee the country?

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Re: Engineers vs Politicians

Do Crossrail for £500m then.

If you don't think we need Crossrail, come down to Stratford station tomorrow morning around 8:30, and ride the Central Line to the City with me.

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Linux Left 4 Dead port fuels Steam for Ubuntu talk

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Re: Did you guys actually read the Phoronix article?

I would imagine every game on Steam that runs on both OS X and Windows already has DirectX->OpenGL compatibility magic going on, so I don't think it will be particularly tricky.

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Internet's first 'Hall of Fame' REVEALED

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Pirate

There is one man whose idea is now responsible for over 50% of the traffic on the internet, but his name is unappealing to the kind of industry types who sponsor and run these sorts of events.

Wonder when Bram Cohen will get inducted - I'm guessing never.

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Theresa May: No emails sniffed in web super-snoop law

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All (major) politicians are regularly invited/allowed to write OpEd in 'friendly' newspapers. If you read the Guardian or Mirror, then you will see OpEd from people like Wallace^H Ed Miliband, Ed Balls etc, whilst if you read the Sun, Times or Telegraph, you will see OpEd from Boris, Cameron, etc.

If you read student newspapers, then you will see LibDem OpEd :)

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Microsoft unveils Windows 8 'release preview' for June

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Really looking forward to Windows 8

Finally, something that makes Linux look polished.

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Happy 30th Birthday, Sinclair ZX Spectrum

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My most memorable memory of computing from childhood is going to a friends house to play on their speccy, spend 5 minutes listening to the tape deck screech all whilst holding the tape connector at just the right angle so the game loads - and then the inevitable "LOAD ERROR".

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What kind of LOSER sits in front of a PC...

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More from this author please

Me likey.

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BYOD is a ticking time bomb for B2B resellers

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Re: @Admiral GH

I use my own mouse and keyboard at work. Work have standardized on some quite cheap tacky MS wired keyboard and mouse.

I'm someone who actually spends the vast majority of the day touch typing, not looking at the keyboard, so for me the most important things are consistency of keys, the action and travel on the keys and feedback.

These laptop style keyboards drive me nuts - I spend most of the day coding in vim, where the escape key is hugely important (switches between insert and normal mode), so after a day using these new keyboards, I bought a 2nd hand Model M. My desk is now easily the noisiest in the office, the reassuring sound of clicky keys fills the air.

Still trying to get them to upgrade our stupidly small 2nd monitors from 17" to something I can actually read a page of code on. 22" widescreen in portrait mode would go down a treat.

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Re: Devil's advocate...

This is nonsense. The reason the company you worked for didn't pay mileage is that it is no longer financially worthwhile (either for company or employee) to provide mileage allowances for using your own car.

15 years ago, it was a good deal for both employee and employer, and so everyone and their dog was getting mileage allowances.

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Unemployed offered money to watch grass grow

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Re: Quite pants?

Only for the first month.

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Re: Quite pants?

£1700 for a single month. Not per month.

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Berners-Lee: Net snoop law tosses human rights into the shredder

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Re: Re "and probably should, in certain scenarios."

The problem is that it is very hard to ask an ISP for a list of the IPs that a user has connected to over the past month if the ISP is not already collecting that data. Hence the bill.

You can do it currently only going forward, eg once you've identified a terror suspect, you only know who he has been communicating with after the fact.

If, after an explosion, you are trying to work out who was in contact with whom before the explosion, and you only have details from after the explosion, then you can see it's a bit tricky.

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Torn

I agree with most of the arguments made here, and probably wouldn't like to see this Bill in law as it is now.

However. However…

We as a society seem to have spent billions on ad tracking technology, consumer tracking technology etc. Ads are so precisely targeted, they know where you are, where you've been, and what you bought last week.

The police and intelligence services don't have that information or tools, and probably should, in certain scenarios.

I don't want the police to be able to monitor cell phone locations, but if there is a murder, they should be able to get a list of all phones within 200 metres of the incident at the time of the incident. It shouldn't require court orders, it should be available quickly, the police should use it to aid their inquiries and dump it afterwards.

Similarly, if the SIS are monitoring a potential terrorist, an action that requires many court orders already, they should be able to see who they are communicating with. Are they opening a VPN to Karachi and shovelling all their traffic through that? Again, they should be able to see it. Who else is talking to that IP range in Karachi? Bosh, terror cell identified.

What should not happen is PC RacistTwat looking up what web sites I look at for a laugh.

I suggest that if this information is collected, it is only queried by one independent agency. All queries go through them, and must have valid reasons. If a user's details are examined, they must be informed, unless it is a case of national security. People working for the agency would have criminal liability for leaks; the privacy of the data should be sacrosanct, you should be doing bird if you betray the public trust.

It is our data, we are merely allowing the government to use it for the purpose of crime prevention or detection.

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Ten... smartphone survival accessories

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Top ten smartphone survival accessories…

… that are available from Amazon via our partner program.

Cynical? moi?

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JCB builds Android blower for brickies

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If you can't wash concrete off the touch screen under a tap, this won't last long in many brickies arse crack.

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Instagram

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The most interesting thing about Instagram

The most interesting thing about Instagram is that it is powered by ponies.

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Apple screws UK disties, punts just 13,000 iPads to channel

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Re: Btw..

Sure, but none of that applies to Apple. Apple don't need distributors to get Apple kit into the country, and they don't need independent retailers to flog their kit. The stores that sell Apple kit (Apple stores) don't need distributors to advance them a line of credit.

So why do the distributors feel that they are getting shafted by Apple, so much so that one of them is suing to force Apple to give them more stock? That is what I don't understand. On what legal grounds can one company sue another company to force the latter company to supply stock to the former? It's nonsense.

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Re: Btw..

I don't understand this non story. Why should company A be allowed to sue company B for not allowing company A to sell as many of company B's products?

Apple kit is expensive enough, it is better that they move to more direct sales. Why would I want another middleman taking a cut for importing it into this country, sitting it in a warehouse for some time before shipping it out to a reseller who will charge me more than buying it direct from Apple.

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Hacker jailed for 32 months for attack on abortion-provider site

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Re: Er wrong!

I really don't think it is that emotive, apart from for the pro-lifers.

The vast majority of people believe that it is the women's right to choose, and that is the end of the story.

Some pro-lifers take so much umbrage at this that they shoot people, bomb cars and practices, hack personal details of users of the practices, and just generally be very unpleasant. I'm not aware of any pro-choice advocates doing anything unsavoury.

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Mushroom

You used the wrong icon mate, you were looking for 'Troll' and found 'Orwell'.

You can debate all you like about whether abortion is right or wrong, but I'm fairly sure hacking peoples personal details at a particularly tricky part of their life and then threatening to publicise it is not a recognized debating technique.

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Ten... Bedroom Gadget Treats

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Is Sandy naked or am I? Or both of us?

Can you give detailed instructions on how to receive these dreams please.

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Lesser-spotted Raspberry Pi FINALLY dished up

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Re: A rubber-keyed speccy?

You were lucky, I had to make do with whatever computer my friends had.

And yes, when I was a kid, I was friends with some people just because they had a cool computer, lots of games, and parents who didn't give a fuck.

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So what's the worst movie NEVER made?

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Not many people know it, but the Fuhrer was a terrific dancer.

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Re: Have none of you ever been here : http://www.badmovies.org/

If you like bad movies, may I recommend the Ruthless Guide to 80s Action Movies:

http://www.ruthlessreviews.com/the-ruthless-guide-to-80s-action/

One of the many wonderful movies it put me on to is "McBain". Christopher Walken is "McBain", an ex Vietnam POW who decides to invade Nicaragua with 4 of his buddies with guns they nicked from some drug dealers. Whilst flying a single prop into Nicaragua, McBain shoots down a jet, with a revolver, from inside his cockpit. Mad props!

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Soup up your home network

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Publishers fork out $52m in Apple ebook pricing settlement

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Re: antifanboi??

Amazon not involved in price fixing? Are you smoking crack? Amazon tell the publishers how much they are going to pay for a book, not the other way around.

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BT fattens fibre customer pipes for free - with a contract extension

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Re: How straight is BT being about the availability of Infinity?

I shouldn't get too excited. The dates refer to the date the exchange gets updated. My exchange was updated over a year ago (Central London), still can't get FTTC.

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