* Posts by ForthIsNotDead

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Who hit you, HP Inc? 'Windows 10! It's all Windows 10's fault'

ForthIsNotDead

"Now that's Windows10 installed, now, while it's downloading updates i'll just go and throw my perfectly servicable and fully functional printer in the bin, and go and buy another one."

The above sentence is not echoing throughout the living rooms of the land. If the HP execs thought it was ever going to, then they're a particularly rare type of stupid and have no business (ha!) being in the positions that they are in, earning the money that they do. They're as dumb as a box of rocks.

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Google human-like robot brushes off beating by puny human – this is how Skynet starts

ForthIsNotDead

"Rescue" Bot

If DARPA / BD are building that as a "rescue bot" then I've got some prime beach-front holiday homes in Fukushima to sell you.

Just sayin'.

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Bleeping Computer sued by Enigma Software over moderator's forum post

ForthIsNotDead

I tried to give a f**k...

...but failed.

Sorry about that.

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Putin's internet guru says 'nyet' to Windows, 'da' to desktop Linux

ForthIsNotDead

They did it to themselves

Putting the political issues between USA and Russia (which is enevitably going to spill over to Microsoft if it wants to do business in Russia), they took a perfectly good, if not excellent operating system, and wrecked it. They wobbled with Windows Vista but managed to get firmly back on track with Windows 7, which, remains a great OS IMO.

Then they fucked the whole thing up with Windows 8, and doubled down with Windows 10.

They did it to themselves.

I currently run Win7, which will be my last MS OS. I'm dual booting with Linux Mint. It's taking a lot of getting used to, but it seems to do pretty much everything I need/want to do.

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'Unikernels will send us back to the DOS era' – DTrace guru Bryan Cantrill speaks out

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Forth

Forth has been doing it the exact way he says is terrible for 40 years. When writing an application on an embedded Forth system, the application and the kernal are at the same level. There's no protection whatsover. You're free to f**k up with your poorly written software in any way you want.

Forth has been used in countless space experiments on the shuttle and other space systems for decades. IIRC 10 of the 12 CPUs on the Philae lander and orbiter were Forth CPUs. It's also been used in most of the worlds observatories (controlling radio telecsopes) for years.

Forth is an amplifier. Badly written code shows up real fast as badly written code. However, you *can* write code right on the hardware and it can work just fine. It just takes discipline and good procedures and management. It can be done. It has been done.

All that said; he has a point. These walls between OS and application software are necessary, because software *is* buggy, and software does crash. OS's are buggy too. Part of the problem is simply down to the complexity of modern OS and application software. When a Swing library in a Java program is rendering it's window on the screen and painting its buttons, putting text in a text box etc, how many levels of abstraction are there between it and the graphics hardware? A thousand? Two thousand?

If we want more reliable software, we have to write simpler software.

Forth, which is still around and still used, takes all that away. It is simple enough that (as in my case) the entire workings of the Forth kernal can be understood and held in the head of one person (I should, I wrote my own Forth system) and by extension, the applications written in it, too.

To be fair, the applications written in Forth are vastly simpler than those written on contempory PCs. We tend to write on the metal, in deeply embedded or industrial control environments, where software can be much simpler, and the only code in memory is the code that *you* put there, because it is specifically needed for something that you understand. PCs have the entire kitchen sink in memory and anyone of them could go wrong.

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Software engineer sobers up to deal with 2:00 AM trouble at mill

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Twat!

Dear BT

Your boss was a twat of the highest order. And a crap coder, too! You're better out of it.

I have a couple of cracking anecdotes to share, including a 'men in black' type moment that happened in Signapore, but I don't know where to send them.

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'Powerful blast' at Glasgow City Council data centre prompts IT meltdown

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New pants please!

I reckon you'd need a SERIOUS change of underwear if you happened to be working in there when that went off!

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'Unauthorized code' that decrypts VPNs found in Juniper's ScreenOS

ForthIsNotDead

Back door

See title.

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Violin acknowledges Valley's hippy roots with Grateful Dead gig lottery

ForthIsNotDead

Douglas Adams...

would find this funny...

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Australia finds $1 BEELLION to replace No-SQL DATABASE

ForthIsNotDead

Hmm...

"The agency sends 180,000 letters and emails, and dispenses $290m, every day. System 204's doing that handily, but has reached the point at which meaningful changes are becoming tricky."

You know what, if it's still ticking along, I'd be tempted to leave the bloody thing exactly where it is. I don't know about the system, if it runs on old antiquated hardware etc, but probably be thinking in terms of upgrading the hardware platform that the current system runs on (perhaps virtualisation, or emulation of the hardware) but try and leave the software itself alone. It's from the 80's, so is it an old Vax system or something?

As usual, Wikipedia has the answer:

[quote]

Model 204 is a database management system for IBM and compatible mainframe computers, “born” 1965 October 13,[1]:66[2] and first deployed in 1972. It incorporates a programming language and an environment for application development. Implemented in assembly language[2] for IBM System/360 and its successors, M204 can deal with very large databases[citation needed] and transaction loads of 1000 TPS.

[/quote]

I would have thought IBM would have a migration path for old IBM System/360 stuff. Are they not the undisputed kings of backward compatibility? This would be an interesting project.

I can just imagine the utter chaos that a new system (from the ground up) would bring, though. In fact, I don't even want to think about it!

Edit: There is emulation available: (from the wikipedia page):

Database Programmer's Toolkit is a freeware PC-based emulation.

Haven't turned up any links though.

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

ForthIsNotDead

Why not just buy Smartflash...

...and then fire everyone? Just to make a point.

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C’mon Lenovo. Superfish hooked, but Pokki Start Menu still roaming free

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Blank box

Shame we can't buy laptops that have no OS at all installed on them...

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German music moguls slammed for 'wurst ever DMCA takedown spam'

ForthIsNotDead

Pay and credit system

When a company issues a takedown notice, they should pay £1000 into escrow. If the takedown is deemed legitimate, they get their £1000 back. If illigitimate, the £1000 gets paid to the offended party.

Simple.

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Synths of the father: Making some noise at NAMM 2015

ForthIsNotDead

Synclavier. Bring back the Synclavier. What a machine that was...

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NSA leaker Thomas Drake says Oz security reforms are 'scary'

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What would they do...

...if everyone just simply stopped using the internet?

You know, if everyone just said "fuck it" and went back to effectively much simpler times and means of communication?

What would happen to Twitter, Facebook, and all those other "social media" spy networks? How would the government get their intelligence then? If we stopped emailing each other...?

I know it's a dream, but I wonder what the governments of the world would do then - if the networks just went quiet? They'd likely shit themselves, terrified by the notion that they don't have a feel for what ordinary people, and ordinary families are doing in the privacy of their homes.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

ForthIsNotDead

Utterly awful

I don't even know where to begin. It looks dumbed down like the BBC news website, and absolutely devoid of any character whatsoever. I can't even right click a link to open it in a new tab FFS. It's like something out of the 90's.

So el reg, it's been great, but I think it's time to move on.

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DEAD STEVE JOBS accuses Real Networks of 'hacking' iPods

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Re: Huh?

@Steve Todd

Ah, thanks for the clarification. Yes, that does paint a rather different picture. Thanks.

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Re: Huh?

@Otto - there's so much wrong with your post that I can assume you're trolling, or a fanboi, or both.

Assuming the information in the article to be accurate, you have (conveniently) completely ignored the fact that Apple released a software update that deliberately broke a competitors software. Not only is it illegal, it is completely untenable, and is demonstrative of the absolute lack of ethical and moral fibre that is endemic at Apple.

I'm glad I've never given Apple a penny of my money.

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

ForthIsNotDead

No keyboard

I think they're really missing the point of the speccy with the exclusion of a keyboard. It's true that as kids we all played millions of games on the rubber-keyed wonder, but, a lot of us also *programmed* the bloody thing, both in Sinclair BASIC and Z80 machine code. It's actually the reason why a good chunk of us are employed in IT today, and the reason why we're here on this website reading the article. The inclusion of a keyboard would be an excellent opportunity to use it for programming, and, more specifically, would make an excellent computer to sit our children in front of to teach *them* programming. The problem with PCs and the like is that it's difficult to capture a child's imagination with respect to actual programming, since the things are so complicated. A kid in front of a speccy could pick it up in minutes. Show them how a FOR/NEXT loop works and then show them moving an asterisk across the screen. Show them INKEY$ and how to read the keyboard and move the asterisk around. Show them UDGs, PAPER colours, INK colours and they'd be totally hooked. Since it has an SD card slot, they wouldn't have to slum it with cassette players like we did as kids. I'm sure they'd be hooked.

This *could* have been a Pi beater (in terms of engaging the young in programming), but they aimed low and went for nothing more than a nostalgia games machine that will only have limited appeal to those that owned one as kids.

They missed it IMO.

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ForthIsNotDead

Keyboard?

Where's the bloody keys?

We need Q, A, O, P and SPACE for a start.

Also, we need J (for LOAD) and Symbol Shift, and P (for "") and of course ENTER!

LOAD ""

(cyan/red alternating border... ahhh... sigh...)

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Chromecast video on UK, Euro TVs hertz so badly it makes us judder – but Google 'won't fix'

ForthIsNotDead

Meh.

It costs £30. Live with it. Most folk would spend £30 on a Friday night family pig-out down at Domino's pizza and not bat an eyelid, and it's all going down the toilet a few hours later. Suddenly when their super-cheap TV dongle isn't absolutely perfect it's the end of the world.

Meh :-)

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UK cops: Give us ONE journo's phone records. Vodafone: Take the WHOLE damn database!

ForthIsNotDead

Interesting...

Plod asked Vodafone for phone records pertaining one individual, a journalist. What they received was a big list of a load of journalists phone records.

How does/did Vodafone know the occupations of their customers to the extent that they can say "Dear plod, here's a list of ALL of our journalists phone calls"? Upon what criteria did they collate the list? There's a lot more to this than meets the eye. It would suggest that their database is a more granular than one would otherwise assume. Just how much information are they storing?

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HALF A BILLION TERRORISTS: WhatsApp encrypts ALL its worldwide jabber

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Government...

I'm not really worried about the government reading my soppy WhatsApp message to 'er indoors, they can just ask me if they want to see them! However, it's cool that messages are no longer travelling through the air in clear-text if only to stop opportunist criminals in airport lounges and the like. I know very very little about encryption, but I'm led to believe that security measures such as the WPS/WEPS (is it called?) encryption on Wifi networks is easily breakable, so it would be easy to sit in an airport lounge and sniff up all manner of data. Email is probably the worst offender, being based on ancient clear-text protocols.

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IRONY ALERT: Former MI6 chief warns of 'mass snooping' - by PAEDOS

ForthIsNotDead

WTF has it got to do with MI6?

Isn't MI6 supposed to be concerned with protecting its citizens from threats that are external to the UK, like ISIS and stuff?

And America?

If some perv has logged onto your IP camera and is watching your kids sleep, it's hardly a job for MI6 is it? Disgusting as it is. It's a job for the police.

WOLF. THERE'S A WOLF!

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Oracle's Larry Ellison quits as CEO – new bosses are Hurd'n'Catz

ForthIsNotDead
Meh

The beginning of a long and slow decline...

* IBM... Long slow decline

* Sun... Long slow decline

* Microsoft... Beginning a long slow decline (IMO) - fighting hard to stave it off (to their credit) but a long slow decline nevertheless

* EDS... Long slow decline

Now, I think, we're beginning to see the same happen to Oracle. It'll take a long time I think, I mean, they're bringing in 8 BILLION a quarter. That's seriously impressive. However, ultimately, I think Open Source databases that are "good enough" are going to win out. Companies are beginning to seriously evaluate alternatives, being offended by lock-in style selling practices and punishingly expensive rates. I think they've had enough. There's a whiff of software revolution in the air.

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Slap my Imp up: Bullfrog's Dungeon Keeper

ForthIsNotDead

Must be a bit too old...

Never 'eard of it. The 80's 8-bitters were my thing. Playing games on a PC just didn't feel the same to me! Give me a Speccy, or a BBC B, or a C64 or a... well, just about anything except a PC. That said, there have been some awesome PC games. I'm particularly into anything driving related. F1, NFS etc.

Game on :-)

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Oracle's MySQL buy a 'fiasco' says Dovecot man Mikko Linnanmäki

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Open software

Open Software often sounds like communism to me. Nobody owns it. Therefore, nobody gets paid for it. Therefore it's not of any (real) value to anyone at all. It's communism in software.

It would be funny if someone offered to buy *his* business for a few million. It's funny how communists suddenly turn into capitalists when a big fucking cheque is waved in their face!

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Is that a 64-bit ARM Warrior in your pocket? No, it's MIPS64

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Funky!

"Where rival ARM's shift from 32-bit ARMv7 to 64-bit ARMv8-a involved rewriting chunks of its instruction set and forcing some low-level engineers to learn a new assembly language, MIPS64 is basically MIPS32 with instructions for using 64-bit-wide data, and it runs MIPS32 code without a mode switch."

I instantly thought of the Data General Eagle and came across all warm and fuzzy.

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Uber alles... nein! Deutschland imposes NATIONWIDE BAN on taxi app

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Uzbekistan...

I worked in Tashkent for a while. A very nice city and nice people. There are no taxis. You just put out your hand and someone will stop and pick you up. Maybe they're on their way to work, or on their way home. Maybe they're just nipping out to do some shopping. As long as your destination isn't too far out of their way, they'll take you for an agreed price.

Sounds terrifying - but worked each and every time for me in Tashkent and Bhukara!

The Uzbeks have the ultimate Taxi business model - no taxis. No middle-men whatsoever.

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HP: NORKS' cyber spying efforts actually a credible cyberthreat

ForthIsNotDead

So...

North Korea do the same things as the USA and the UK and <insert country of choice here>.

And?

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Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE

ForthIsNotDead

'Tis true.

The web is indeed..... shit.

My online footprint is tiny. Maybe five or six websites. The rest is just shit. What makes me sad though is what it has done to society. It really has turned people (particularly the younger generation) into attention wanting cabbages that simply cannot appear to function without their umbilical connection to the web, and the ego-boost that their online "friends" appear to give them. I swear, a friend of my wife who recently went on holiday to Spain spent hours and hours and hours posting pictures of her holiday - and I'm not talking about beautiful panoramic vistas, valleys, mesas and what not - no, I'm talking (literally) about pictures of bottles of wine, plates of food, empty plates of food, sun loungers, you name it. It's all "look at me, look at me.". I'm lucky enough to own a Porsche Cayenne. She actually took a selfie of herself leaning against my car, and posted it on Faceslap. What's wrong with people? It seems that instead of people instinctively going and doing something (what ever that something may be - visiting a library or whatever) they now go and do things with a view to impressing an imaginary "audience" that is constantly (not) following them around and constantly (not) hanging on to every word and funny ha ha post that they make. And their so called "friends" are doing it to. All trying to up oneanother, and boost their own collective egos, since they can't *really* face up to the fact that they lead a rather ordinary hum-drum life. They want to be "celebrities".

A friend of mine posted the other day that he was "chilling with a glass of wine and his Gibson guitar". Why? Around 15 people "liked" it. Why would he do that? Before Facecunt we didn't call all our friends on their mobiles and tell them we were just about to go and get a chinese takeaway, and we didn't take a picture of the empty takeaway cartons and dirty plates and post them in the mail to them. We didn't even *email* them to our friends. Because... why would we? But - get a Facetwat account and you instantly turn into a fucking attention grabbing twat.

</rant>

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Class war! Wikipedia's workers revolt again

ForthIsNotDead

Communism

"It's another example of the fascinating two-caste system at Wikipedia: the workers who put in long hours writing and maintaining the content are paid nothing, while the wealthy administrators at the Foundation devise schemes to spend the cash - to burn through the millions of dollars the charity raises every year."

What you just described is communism. All is not well in the Wiki Duma, comrades.

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Vulture 2 spaceplane brain surgery begins with remote incision

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Pint

Boffinry!

This is getting into Boffinry territory, and nae a white lab-coat to be seen! Well done!

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Fifteen zero days found in hacker router comp romp

ForthIsNotDead

BT Home Hub? Sky's Router?

In the UK these two particular routers must easily have the lions share of the market. Were they tested? If not, why not? I appreciate they are UK only, but there must be millions of 'em out there. If they ownable, we should (and the manufacturers) should know.

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Uber and Lyft sitting in a tree, 'c-a-n-c-e-l-l-i-n-g each other's rides'

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WTF?

Re: approaching IPO-level revenue

"So they're losing hundreds of millions, a figure which increases monthly, and there is no sign of them ever making a profit then?"

Seems that way, doesn't it. But one has to ask why? What are all these "employees" doing? You could run an outfit like Lyft or Uber from a couple of server racks in your garage, FFS. It runs/supports itself.

What the fuck are they doing?

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BBC man Linwood 'was unfairly sacked' over £100 MILLION DMI omnifail

ForthIsNotDead

Someone in Siemens must have got a huuuuuuuuuge bonus...

...think about it - they effectively hoovered up money from the BBC until they got the boot.

And they didn't even get the boot... BBC bought the unit of them!

KA CHING!!!!

Siemens played an absolute blinder there. I mean, if you're really really going to seriously rip someone off, THAT'S the way to do it.

Seriously. They SO ripped them off, I can really only applaud them. I should be disgusted, but at this moment, I can only muster admiration. Lots of it.

Of course, that said, I'm sure dealing the BBC on an IT project is probably just as bad as dealing with the Government on an IT project, so I'm possibly being unfair to Siemens. Who knows. Perhaps the BBC, with their "too many cooks" way of doing things, just didn't know what the hell they wanted.

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Surprise! Government mega-infrastructure project cocked up

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HS2

I don't know much about so just ignore (or correct) me if I'm wrong but:

* Are the train companies not private companies?

* Are the track companies not private companies?

If so, why in hell does the "country" have to pay to build a fucking railway line? Let the private companies build their own railway line. What's that? Not economically viable? Well don't fucking build it then.

Problem solved.

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British Lords: Euro 'right to be forgotten' ruling 'unreasonable and unworkable'

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Surprised...

...given the rate at which the Lords and our MPs seem to be found with their penis' accidentally inside a choir boy's bottom, you'd think they'd be quite partial to a bit of 'right to be forgotten'.

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SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015

ForthIsNotDead
Meh

Bastards

Cable said: “Today’s announcement will see driverless cars take to our streets in less than six months, putting us at the forefront of this transformational technology and opening up new opportunities for our economy and society, and, much more importantly, allowing the government to fully monitor, and, at our option, control the movements of every member of the public that is a registered owner of an automatic car! Owe some child maintenance payments? We'll just turn your car off until you pay. Going to McDonalds? Hmmm.... Seems like you've been there rather a lot recently... We'll just use that fact to refuse you health care on the soon-to-be-privatised NHS. Driving slowly in a known red-light district? Wait one moment while we turn the car off, lock the doors, and notify plod of your current location.

Not that I'm paranoid or anything.

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Swell. Apple buys 'Pandora-for-talk-radio' app... for $30 meeellion

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Flame

Here's a suggestion:

“Swell is great, because, like Pandora, you don’t have to make decisions about what to listen to. Swell figures it out for you.”

Just fuck off, okay?

Thanks.

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Sit back down, Julian Assange™, you're not going anywhere just yet

ForthIsNotDead

Simple solution

All Mr. Assange has to do is become an MP and declare himself (privately) to have a penchant for young choir boys.

He'll then enjoy the complete protection of the British establishment as one of their own.

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Siri, did we just take a hit in that voice-recog patent fight?

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WTF?

Irony overload...

"Apple was arguing that the patent was invalid for a number of reasons, including the novelty of the claim and lack of necessary technical features."

Hello? Cough. Rectangles. Cough. Rounded corners. Cough.

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DATA-SWAP SHOCK: A YES to bill that lets big biz, govt share user info

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FAIL

Irony overload...

"“Every week we hear about the theft of personal information from retailers and trade secrets from innovative businesses, as well as ongoing efforts by foreign nations to hack government networks.".

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Brit celebs' homes VANISH from Google's Street View

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Facepalm

Hilarious!

I just looked at Connaught Square in London on Google Maps... Hmmm.... I wonder which one is our Tony's?

http://goo.gl/maps/9B63I

LOL!

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Austrian Tor exit relay operator guilty of ferrying child porn

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So...

...if I order something illegal by mail order, why is the Post Office not charged with a crime?

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iPhone user SHAMEGASM: 'I beg of you', delete sex app from my purchase list

ForthIsNotDead

Hmmm....

"Hey, Laura, could I borrow your 'phone for a minute? My battery is dead and I need to make a quick call."

"Sure, no problem - here you go."

"Er, on second thoughts, I think I'll pass. Looks a little crusty. I'll wait 'till I get home."

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NSA man says agency can track you through POWER LINES

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Black Helicopters

Turn the detection problem around...

I think it could be done, and quite easily. I think the issue is that they're not telling us the whole story. All you have to do is *inject* noise at the substation level. A known, cyclic pattern that can later be extracted from a recording. Et voila, you'll know which sub-station the recording equipment was getting its power from, and from there you can make a deduction, or, in the case of the Americans, carpet-bomb the entire fucking neighbourhood.

If they're doing it, *that's* how they're doing it.

I don't work for the NSA. Honest.

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

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Re: Clearly there's an need for intelligently designed speakers

What, Eric Clapton?

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Anti-snoop Android 'Blackphone' sees the light of day

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Facepalm

Watch the owners of these new 'phones...

...install Facebook on it!

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Firefighters deliver trapped student from GIANT GERMAN LADYPARTS

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Facepalm

Hmmm...

Looking at the second photo, I note a distinct lack of a clitoris, thus confirming the oft held belief among women that men really don't know where to find it!

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