* Posts by Marcus Aurelius

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Google Tax part 94: EU's H-dot wavers over copyright levy

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Re: But it looks like H-dot is sticking to his guns

Translated: "It's failed in Spain and Germany, so we're going to screw things up the same way across all of Europe".

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Hold the front page: Spain's anti-Google lobbyists lobby for Google News return

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Trollface

I sincerely believe

Google should start charging companies who want to appear on Google news; but only where laws like this are in effect.

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Deprivation Britain: 1930s all over again? Codswallop!

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Re: Relative poverty of thought

Tims article has generally been analytical rather than pushing forward UKIP policies. I don't agree with the conclusions that Tim has reached, but nevertheless the content is thought-provoking rather than just click bait, as you put it

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Re: The reality

In actual fact if the council are unable to offer you a smaller home, then you are allowed to use that as a legitimate reason not to pay the bedroom tax.

Incidentally, you can rent out your spare room and earn up to about £5k a year tax free. Obviously some of this will be subject to benefits clawback, but the net effect will be positive.

As for moving home, there are discretionary grants available to assist in this sort of activity.

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Re: Re:TheOtherHobbes

This raises the question of whether a charity is an activity to gather money to fully pay professionals to do the job, or whether the professionals being paid to do the work by the charity should also work for a charitable wage?

I do think the salary level of Save the Children is taking the p**s though.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

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Happy

I liked the Wing Commander cut scenes more, personally

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Car-crash IT: HUGE write-off for Universal Credit - PAC

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Dead, decomposed, blind....

Stop talking about David Blunkett in this way

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Govt spaffs £170k to develop the INTERNET OF SHEEP

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Sheepish grin

I was wondering why my area seemed to have gained some llamas. I thought it was something to do with fetching a better price for wool/meat products...

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MP caught playing Candy Crush at committee meeting: I'll ‘try’ not to do it again

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Obvious really

Counter-Strike!

Actually this and similar games would at least allow them to "Fully Engage" in the planning...

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Big Brother

Fully Engaged

...on improving his high score, no doubt.

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

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Re: calendar check....

..held on by BluTac

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Legendary Brit physicist Stephen Hawking gets full Intel comms refresh

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The main question is

...what will Stephen Hawking be the projenitor of? The Borg, Daleks, or Cybermen?

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BOFH: Everyone deserves a little DOWNTIME

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When will we hear....

...the pitter patter of tiny little BOFHs?

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Trousers down for six of the best affordable Androids

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In the canal

I'm surprised you didn't strip down your Note and bury the components in rice as soon as you could.

Most phones recover from a dunking if treated in a similar manner.

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Re: 4G? I've heard of it...

Giffgaff (and presumably O2 also) is in the process of rolling out 4G right now.

I really don't care myself. I've found most downloads occur fast enough on 3G and if I need high speed download I can normally find a wireless link....

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Re: Not mentioned: Moto G v2 also has Dual SIM

Moto G has both SIMs active at the same time. i.e. you are connected to receive calls from both lines. Whilst in a call the other SIM is inactive.

You choose which SIM to use for data

You can change your configuration anytime.

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Re: The LTE version isn't a Mk II

Even better, you can buy a 4G LTE locked to Tesco Mobile for £20 less than the unlocked version and then pay £1.50 to £3.00 to some eBay guy to unlock it for you.

If you have Tesco Clubcard vouchers, you can get these for a substantial discount as your vouchers are doubled against electronic items. I paid £75 for my last Moto G 4G as a result....

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Stephen King, William Gibson and The Quantum Moment

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The Standard Model but with added Cthulhu

I thought "added Cthulhu" was called "Quantum Mechanics"

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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Coffee/keyboard

0755

is that a train time or a set of file access rights?

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Bendy, but hangs loose too: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10-inch Android tab

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Re: Silky Smooth

The question is whether this is misogynistic or a beautiful turn of phrase.

Only Skittles have the answer...

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This 125mph train is fitted with LASERS. Sadly no sharks, though

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What this article doesn't explain...

...is where all those missing clips go to?

Is this metal thieving on a very small scale?

Maybe they go to the a dimension similar to the one Douglas Adams posited missing biros went.

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

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Re: Eye laser surgery is not for everyone.

I used to use some eye drops for a period of about 12 months afterwards after which it was no longer needed (the eye drops are similar to/the same as contact lens solution anyway, so its not much of a hardship). Because my correction was about the maximum of which they were capable of at the time (-9.75, -10.50) I expected some issues, but the advantages of not having to wear two substantial lumps of glass on my nose are substantial, and the cost of the operation has repaid itself many times over in the saved cost of glasses/contact lenses.

Eye surgery does not work out for everyone, but personally I think the small chance of something going wrong is worth taking for the benefit of 15-20 years without need for glasses.

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Virgin 'spaceship' pilot 'UNLOCKED tailbooms' going through SOUND BARRIER

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Re: When can we see the apologies?

I think my hindsight was working quite well:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2346016

Tom Bower is a Florian Mueller like character, available for a paid doom and gloom opinion anytime, rather than a decent investigative journo.

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Re: "Wealthy customers have signed up in large numbers to see a black sky "

"Climb a remote mountain or sail offshore - at night"

If you're thinking of something less risky, you seem to have forgotten the recent deaths in the Himalayas and the numerous deaths that occur when boats lose their battle to stay intact against a pissed off ocean.

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When can we see the apologies?

*cough* Tom Bower *cough*Geoff Daly*cough*Carolynne Campbell from some organisation we'd never heard of till now.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11203634/Branson-spaceship-explosion-The-missed-warnings.html

Obviously there may be another issue which needs looking at, but everyone seems to be pointing their fingers in the wrong direction.

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Japan tells operators: Put a SIM lock in a new mobe? You'd better UNLOCK it for FREE

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Go

Re: Yah!

PAYG providers give you locked phones at a significant discount to unlocked versions (often £20-40). Thanks to the wonders of eBay, mobile phone shops and those nice chappies on a market stall, you can get an unlocked phone to use on Giffgaff or a similar MVNO quite easily for anything from £1-10 depending on who you ask.

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Dead pilot named in tragic Virgin Galactic spaceship crash

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Re: Vultures circling

Branson is a long way from perfect and has a wheeler-dealer past, but Bower is a miserable curmudgeon who tries to write the most critical biographies possible.

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Not untested

AFAIK its been ground tested and this was apparently its first air test.

At some point you have to make a transition from earth to flight and this was it.

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Vultures circling

..and not the El Reg sort.

I see Tom Bower has suddenly become an expert on rocket propulsion.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11203634/Branson-spaceship-explosion-The-missed-warnings.html

The fact is testing aircraft is dangerous, and this especially applies with respect to space going craft.

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

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I refer you all

To the comment I made earlier:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2343589

Except instead of being silenced they immediately turned into trolls

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Google’s dot-com forget-me-not bomb: EU court still aiming at giant

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Re: Geo-location?

Because if Google does start doing this, I'm going to be using a US proxy to carry out all my searches.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

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Gift from God

It did come from God Steve Jobs. He wouldn't be a gay CEO if Steve had not declared him as His Prophet and Head of His Church, to remain on Earth and to carry on His Mighty Works....

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I felt a great disturbance in the Force

As if a million homophobic iPhone users suddenly cried out in horror and were silenced...

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UK.gov rushes out broken 'Orphan Works' system as EU Directive comes in

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Re: A rough-shod coach and 4

I don't think anyone in IT likes either patents or copyright.

Patents in IT are a farce and copyright duration is far too long.

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Banksy denies Banksy impostor's claim to Banksy.com – which isn't owned by Banksy

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Making a false statement?

Is WIPO a court or not? There are a whole string of very serious criminal charges that can be thrown against you if you lie to a proper court, even in civil cases.

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El Reg spends One Night in Hell with Queen's Brian May

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Will it be

...an owl-ing success?

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GCHQ staff 'would sooner walk' than do anything 'resembling mass surveillance’

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Not walking

I suspect a lot of advances in internet surveillance have been techies going "Wouldn't be cool if we could do this" instead of considering the long term implications of performing the action.

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HUGE SHARK as big as a WWII SUBMARINE died out, allowing whales to exist

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Just imagine

...a few of those with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads.

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Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

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Re: How much?

I always regard it as a crying shame that the IBM PC wasn't based on the 68k. I've never liked AX, BX, CX etc and the fact you could only do certain operations with specific registers.

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Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

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Re: Titsup

Tits down is situation normal for many of us. If our tits were pointed up, that would indicate one hell of a bra malfunction.

I would have thought the reverse. The purpose of a bra is to keep the tits supported, or "up" in other words. Only if the tits were down could the bra be said to have malfunctioned.

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Titsup

What I want to know is why being "titsup" is so bad? Ignoring the possible gender based stereotyping for a moment, I would have thought that "titsdown" would be a more apposite expression....especially considering "up" is a well understood term for operational and "down" is an equally well understood term for non-operational (system is down, aircraft is down etc.)

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Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know

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Didcot B

Well, maybe Didcot B is now somewhat beyond the salvation offered by gaffer tape, but that's probably because the owners didn't use enough of it in the first place.

The big mistake was not to get MacGyver to apply the duct tape...

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No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer

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Re: One for...

What could we name this one?

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Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots

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Re: The Register is becoming a bit of a killjoy

Oh come on - we've had "Listen", "Mummy on the Orient Express", "Flatline" and "Time Heist" in descending order of greatness, which makes nearly half of the current series which were highly memorable. I think this is higher than Matt "Fluffy Bunny Doctor" Smiths incarnation. I grant that David Tennant incarnation stands well above the rest, but the series with Capaldi is certainly not lacking.

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The Register is becoming a bit of a killjoy

This episode wasn't half bad.

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Banksy puts down spray can, goes corporate in banksy.com cybersquat brouhaha

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Gordon Banks wants his domain name back

A certain ex-England goalkeeper has a much better claim

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Banksy-My-Autobiography-Gordon-Banks/dp/0718145828

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I didn't invent Bitcoin! Send Bitcoin to help me fight this slur – Dorian Nakamoto

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WTF?

Not a lot he can sue for

Freedom of Speech in the US means that the press/media can say anything they like.

In order to claim damages he'd have to prove it was malicious or similar.

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

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Re: Power Rotate

You would think that rotating it through 180 is the answer, wouldn't you? Unfortunately the prop stand on the standard case is on the same side as the USB connector and on the other long side is the mini-HDMI connector for plugging into your telly.

In addition there are also a few Android apps that fail to detect which way is up. Amazingly a flight sim (Winds of Steel) happens to be one of them!

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Re: My opinion of the device...

Mrs Aurelius also bought one of these devices. After using a large frying pan and pliers to assist in removing her firm grip from the device, I can also attest that it is stunning value for money.

It feels lighter than the original Hudl, which is solid enough to use as a club in an emergency.

In short, if you need a tablet and especially if you have some Tescos vouchers, run as fast as you can to get one of these devices.

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Finnish PM: Apple has DESTROYED FINLAND

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Re: "The Finnish language is difficult, especially if you are trying to make yourself sound sexy"

Maybe you have just hit on a new potential Finnish export.

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