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Copyright thieves' cyberlockers slurp MILLIONS from honest creators, study finds

noboard

Hmmm

"Not so with the cyberlockers. In the same way as Propeller Media, the infringing sites use complex corporate structures based offshore in locations including the British Virgin Islands, the Seychelles, and Cyprus."

So the crooks are Google, Star Buck, Harriet Harmen, plus every other large corporation, businessman and politician as they all employ these tactics.

Feel free to lock them all up.

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Fat-fingered admin downs entire Joyent data center

noboard
Pint

Re: Jheez, poor bastard. :\

No they don't, it covers the case where the person wants to shut-down or reboot the test server, but hasn't realised they're on the live server.

Have a pint for the old reading comprehension :)

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Microsoft throws Kinect under a bus, slashes Xbox One to $399

noboard

Re: Dictators always fail in the end

"This is how you share a game on XB1"

Errm you never could, they only said that in time they may bring it in. The online DRM was to kill off second hand sales nothing more. Everything else was just spin to try and convince people it was a good idea. They also said if they did implement it it would be down to the publishers to allow it, which means most games would not be allowed to share.

The fact is MS could allow this for downloaded games right now and show people how good it is, but they wont as downloaded games can't be re-sold or loaned out, so these changes would only benefit the consumer and they don't care about them.

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Is the World Wide Web for luvvies and VCs – or for all of us?

noboard

TBL got it right

As others have said, the simplicity of HTML probably helped the WWW take off more than anything. When it comes to "Think of where we could be if..." you should really look at Microsoft. They're responsible for delaying technical innovation more than anything/anyone else. If they didn't exist, or if they'd have played fair the web would be a much better place today and a fair few other areas too.

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Silk Road admins: Sorry for the hack, we're sorting out refunds

noboard

We guarantee your money back

Simply send £10 to this address for admin costs

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Thought mobe banking apps were safe from nasties? THINK AGAIN

noboard

Re: More security company FUD

There was a story a little while ago about several apps, including one from HSBC allowing non-signed ssl certs through. The latest versions of android won't let you pass anything over http, but you can add some code to turn this off. HSBC and others forget to take this code out so you could happily intercept the traffic.

So they have form.

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China ready to unblock access to Facebook, Twitter et al

noboard

Hardly surprising

These last few months have taught China that these Western companies not only allow Goverments to spy on their users, but already have departments and procedures set-up to expediate the process.

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Java updates too much of a bother? Maybe online banking's just not for you

noboard

Re: It's not Java upgrade I hate....

Yeah, as the updater always throws an invalid certificate warning I end up uninstalling and grabbing the latest version when I need it. Seeing that Ask toolbar always pisses me off as one day I'll forget to untick it.

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It's Grand Theft Auto 5 day: Any of you kids remember GTA the First?

noboard

Ahh fun times

I remember getting as many cars as I could on screen (go to far and they dissapear), then blowing them up and see how high the score would go. Played a linked game with a friend and I clocked the score. 10 minutes later my friend did his and broke the score, it just kept going round and round for the rest of the game.

Never really liked doing the missions.

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

noboard

bargain

$5 billion dollars seems pretty cheap for all those patents. If I was a shareholder I'd be crying foul right now.

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Spotify strikes back at Radiohead - but artists are still angry

noboard
Go

Green light

“Any music creation is now potentially ubiquitous, for free, as soon as it is made available digitally,”

Fire up the downloaders people, this guys said it's alright. I mean we don't need to worry about the artist losing money, as they're no longer getting it.

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Rap for rap chap in crap rap app flap: Jay-Z blasted by privacy bods

noboard

In fairness it's Samsung rather than Jay Z

When I got my S3 last year I went looked around the Samsung store and decided to get a couple of apps. Both needed minimal permissions but asked for everything. I took a look at some more and they all asked for access to everything.

Funnily enough I never installed the apps I wanted and have never been back.

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US State Department coughs up $630k for Facebook Likes

noboard
Trollface

Hold on a minute

This article gives the impression a facebook like is a meaningless piece of crap and people that spends lots of money chasing them will get just the same affect from wiping their arse with the money and flushing it down the toilet.

A reasoned argument in a Reg article, it's been a while.

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Google flings another £1m at online child sex abuse vid CRACKDOWN

noboard

Re: Eh?

I was thinking a similar thing. "Google has pledged a further $2m (£1.27m) to encourage the development of tools that seek and destroy online child sex abuse material." How are you meant to create a system to identify and block suspect images without having a boat load of images to test with in the first place?

Plus how would you test a solution works? I pitty the poor soul that has to search for those kind of images to make sure they're blocked.

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Microsoft hoists ZTE onto the Android patent bandwagon

noboard

Hmmm

So MS have given another company some cash so they can say "We've licensed their patents". When will they ask me to licence their portfolio? I could do with the cash.

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Turn off the mic: Nokia gets injunction on 'key' HTC One component

noboard
Stop

Wait a minute

If the microphone is genuinly good and contains stuff designed by Nokia, this may actually be a story about patents working the way they should.

I think I need to lie down.

Of course Nokia may have simply patented using a microphone in a mobile to record stuff.

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Foxconn must pay Microsoft for EVERY Android thing it makes

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Errm

Do we actually know if these fee's are anything above 0? As public listed companies have to publish their account and you can't put "Super Secret payment shit that you're not allowed to know about", surely we'd have some idea of what the supposed fees are. Also Barns and Noble took them to court and got $300 million dollars from MS in an out of court settlement, for the price of setting up a new company to make windows devices. As the nook site is happily promoting the android devices, it doesn't seem like MS won that one.

I can only think MS are saying "Agree to say you're paying us a fee and we'll not sure you", so they can try and make their patent claims sound valid.

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Production-ready ZFS offers cosmic-scale storage for Linux

noboard
Coat

Re: Must say it..

Ahh but you're forgetting 'Ron Jeremy' law. The amount of porn on the Internet doubles every 18 months. Teenagers and people with a large rain hack collection will probably last a week.

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Are you in charge of a lot of biz computers? Got Java on them?

noboard
FAIL

SSL Cert error anyone?

Does everyone else get a certificate error from the updater? I gave up installing updates ages ago as it complained about the ssl cert. As it's a simple dev box I figured I'd wait for the certificate to be fixed, that was well over a year ago.

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Bite us, Apple: Samsung hauled in $8.3bn in Q4

noboard
Joke

Re: Is it time for Apple...

Plus if you Photoshop the fridge it will look like an iPad. Also Samsung lawyers will not be able to differentiate between the fridge and an iPad.

Open and shut case.

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It's JUST possible, but Apple MIGHT not make an iWatch in 2013

noboard
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Re: Intel chip?

And when they all break from over winding, Apple can tell them they're doing it wrong.

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Apple, Samsung patent judge: 'I feel like I'm in Groundhog Day here'

noboard
Unhappy

Anyone else

Get the feeling the Judge is also part of the problem. Fair enough warn them that negotiating is better than going to trial, but as its painfully obvious the two sides will never agree, just get on with it. Boot her out, get another person in and get on with round 2.

I want my popcorn icon

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Why did Comet fail? Hint: It wasn't just the credit insurers

noboard

Re: A trend, not a case

I think Apple stores are a pretty unique case. People have generally made up their mind they want an apple product when they go in and they can't get it cheaper elsewhere. I'm sure other stores would love to be able to follow their lead, but they'd just go to the wall fast with incredibly high overheads. The main difference between employee's in the apple store and PC World is the uniform.

As for the article, Click and Collect is a must in my opinion. The only reason I wander onto the PC World website is because I can get the product cheaper than in-store and pick it up on the way home. Perfect for those "I need this right now, I can't possibly survive another second without one" moments.

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Metro's mother to replace defenestrated Windows boss Sinofsky

noboard
WTF?

shipped win7 on time

Wow that's some achievement considering the numerous changes between vista and win7. I mean at least 4 new wallpaper pictures. He's a modern day genius.

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Facebook's IPO was a disaster? RUBBISH, you FOOLS

noboard
FAIL

Errmm

Is this article written by those infinite amount of monkey's on their way to the complete work of Shakespeare? Either that or the writer bought shares in Facebook and is desperately trying to get the stock back up. Maybe that's why the reg is becoming adverts branded as articles these days, desperate to get their money back.

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Apple is granted a patent on the rectangle. No, really

noboard

blimey

is it April 1st already

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Prime Minister on Twitter: Me and Obama, we're like THAT

noboard
Stop

Re: What's the problem with the picture?

It exists, that's the problem with it. A great example of the pointless tat posted on these sites

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Canonical flings out Ubuntu 12.10 – now with OPTIONAL Bezos suck

noboard
FAIL

Is it just me?

Or is anyone else reminded of the complete bilge that was IE4 with active desktop?

Ubuntu, hobled so much it's now competing with a Microsoft product 14 years old.

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Guild Wars 2 game review

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Loving it at the moment

I'm a casual 'casual mmo'er' and I'm loving GW2. While the main game is fun and they've cracked the whole 'other people being in the area is a good thing', it's the little things that have hooked me. Being able to gather all materials is a great start, automatically storing crafting goods in the bank from anywhere is a great point and crafting materials don't use up bank slots is the icing on the cake. They've sat down, looked at the hoops people jump through by creating 'bank alts' and removed them. Very little gets in the way of enjoying the game.

As I get bored of mmo's very easily, the little distractions they've added are great. My aimless wandering now earns XP woot. There may even be a chance I'll have completed the story by the time the first expansion comes out, it's that good. I was only 55 when the burning crusade came out for WoW and I had been playing since day one.

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Who queues for an iPhone 5? Protesters, hipsters and the jobless

noboard
Trollface

Re: First post-purchase action for these muppets.

Well if a post a few places above is correct, it may be down to issues with your new retina display

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Samsung's Wang was up 22 hours a day, had no time to copy Apple

noboard

Oi Reg

*chomp* *chomp* *chomp* *chomp*

Where's our popcorn icon?

*chomp* *chomp* *chomp* *chomp*

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NHS trust: Not buying through NHS IT saved us £7m

noboard
WTF?

Re: Not as good as it sounds.

I love the fact the device id is really important, but if just flashes it on the screen for a short time

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Microsoft: Don't overclock Windows 8 unless you like our new BSOD

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Re: I see a problem with the analysis

Exactly what I was thinking. "Machines with a higher chance of having crappy software installed are more likely to crash" should be the title of the report.

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BT to fibre up another 98 exchanges, puffs 'FTTP on demand' offer

noboard
Happy

Re: Somerset?

Not all places in Somerset have been forgotten. In the crappy backwater that is Shepton Mallet we got upgraded in January.

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Oracle gobbles upstart Facebook, Instagram biz tout

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So..

..they decided not to invest in facebook shares, had a lot of cash sitting around doing nothing and decided to buy a company that doesn't earn a living marketing companies on facebook.

Top move

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GM snatchback of $10m Facebook ad cash = amateur move

noboard
WTF?

proven?

"If you were to leave FB social advertising with its proven top and mid funnel results, where would you go? Banners and pre rolls?"

Errmm since when has anything facebook related been proven to work? Is it in the same report that says facebook is worth one millliiioon dollars^H^H^H I mean one hundread biiilliioonnn dollars?

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Amazon green-lights in-app purchasing for Android

noboard

All about choice

Hmm was going to write a post about this not being a bad thing, as the decreased price will come alongside increased advertising/prominence of your app and what's better 100 user paying £5 each, or 1000 users paying 50p each?

Then a bell went off in my head. Wasn't there an article about this sort of thing and developers closing down because of support costs. No point having a great app if you get a bad rep for not supporting it.

Maybe over time the developer will be promised more, just so the amazon store can attract the kind of devs that think things through?

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Ballmer shoots down Microsoft breakup advice

noboard
Unhappy

Problem is

If they spin off the company who get's the profits from patent trolling? This is probably going to be the biggest money spinner for them. Unless the patent fairies get their act together.

Shame as Microsoft had some nice hardware in development at times, if only they dropped the "Must run Windows and Office" mentality.

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Apple expels serial hacker for publishing iPhone exploit

noboard
FAIL

Actually...

When you've finished trying to be funny I think you'll find Android copied Apples patent of "Shit happens when shit happens", when they introduced that bug. So Apple thought of it aaaaaaaages ago, they just didn't want to add the feature to the early iPhones.

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This just in: Brussels shatters CRT cartel

noboard
Thumb Up

Can I add the ongoing investigation into the music and film cartels to the list. Seeing as they were guilty in the U.S. and the only reason to delay the trial is if you're going to be found guilty.

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Microsoft takes the Android profit, the Wonkas take the pain

noboard

also

The way Microsoft work they'll say "Pay us 100 mill a year for patent protection and we'll give you a discount on the MS software/components you already use". Discount will be around the cost of the patents so the patents real cost is zero. Sprinkle on an NDA and tell everyone how rich you're getting from all this.

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WikiLeaks memoir races to 537th on bestseller chart

noboard
Paris Hilton

Thing is

The Best seller list is done on orders not actual sales, that way they can make sure "waste of space ex summit" can always get to number one. Actual sales of the book just get in the way.

Paris because her auto-biography is probably as factual as this one.

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Plods to get dot-uk takedown powers - without court order

noboard
WTF?

Bah

Dear 'The "issues group" behind the creation of the recommendations'

Please list all sites using a .uk domain that have lead you to introduce this rule. I'm going to stick my neck out here and say that list will be zero.

Thanks for introducing another rule that will take down legitimate sites and leave the criminals untouched.

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Glaswegian arrested for pro-riot Facebook posts

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top draw thinking right there

my own theory is the looters are waiting for the shops to be re-stocked. Hardly worth looting an empty shop. Wonder if they'll put in a few pre-orders, just to make sure there's something worth nabbibng?

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Sony Vita to control PlayStation 3

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yep

The odd game supported being displayed and controlled from the PSP while running on the PS3, you could even connect the devices over the internet.

I can't help but think Sony are repeating the same mistakes that they made with the PSP. Concentrate on the graphics and ignore everything else. PSP played PS2 games on the move, Vita plays PS3 games on the move. Maybe the extra thumbstick will make all the difference.

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Film studios thrash BT in Newzbin site-block test case

noboard
Stop

Errrm

A couple of points

1. Both the movie and music industries are convicted cartels in the US and have cases pending over here (amazingly this case has been with the EU for years and doesn't seem like it will ever finish. If they were innocent surely they'd want the case finished)

2. They haven't stopped making content, so they're happily spending their money and generally making record profits, so there's no lack of motivation from the studios

Both the music and film industry want to rip the consumer off. They have no desire to give value for money, or live by the same rules as most other businesses; adapt or go bankrupt. They're also quite happy to screw over the content creators. A friend of mine has been told "This is the deal and if you don't accept we'll make minimal changes and you'll not get a penny".

By all means condone piracy, but defending illegal corporations isn't a great idea.

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Mole says Apple A5 chip runs too hot for iPhone

noboard
Paris Hilton

Hmmmmm

Hmmm it is a tough one to call. Apple will happily release an overheating phone, they'll just blame the user. However re-releasing the iPhone4 with an S moniker will allow them to drag out the upgrades that bit longer.

I think I'll vote 4S. Watching people trip over themselves to give you money for the same phone must be fun to watch.

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Facebook fever prices social network at $70bn

noboard
Stop

errrpppp

"The difference is it's not you or your mate valueing your company, it's an outsider with real money valueing FB. And paying a price lower than what others regularly trade it for"

Errrm real money doesn't enter into it, they've bought x amount of facebook shares with the fake money someone used to buy their x amount of shares in another outfit. Rinse and repeat until someone needs the real money and watch the economy collapse.

Has Facebook genuinely started making money yet?

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Dungeon Siege III

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I'm with you

I've been playing this game for a good few days now. It's not the greatest game ever, but as a simple action adventure game it's really enjoyable. I found DS2 a real chore, as I was tired of the locations (Forrest, mine, caves etc) but this hasn't bored me once as may brain isn't overly involved.

Forget the RPG side and get it if you like Dark Alliance type hack and slash.

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DRM-free music dream haunts Apple's app-store lock-in

noboard
Facepalm

fixed it for you

"One click away from the Samsung Capitvate which is free on a £25/month contract, however, I stopped. It struck me that we'd have to repurchase all of the apps that he and I share (which include Real Soccer 2011 and Conquest) about £20's worth on our current iOS devices. And once he started buying Android apps, our app purchasing paths would continually diverge. I'm married with four kids: I can't afford too much app divergence. I reluctantly got him an iPhone, which cost £400 on a £35 a month contract. Aren't I a genius"

Now can I interest you in some magic beans?

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