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39 posts • joined 13 Oct 2009

Cracking copyright law: How a simian selfie stunt could make a monkey out of Wikipedia

Asylum Sam

Re: I'm puzzled by this article

....opinion of the US copyright office (which is where this is likely to be fought).....

Not necessarily, he could have the copyright claim validated in the UK, which seems to lean in his favour, a ruling which the US would then be forced to uphold via the agreement.

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'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race

Asylum Sam

Re: That's nice.

Your response brings to mind the Babbage quote, only with the nationality reversed.

<quote>Propose to an Englishman any principle, or any instrument, however admirable, and you will observe that the whole effort of the English mind is directed to find a difficulty, a defect, or an impossibility in it. If you speak to him of a machine for peeling a potato, he will pronounce it impossible: if you peel a potato with it before his eyes, he will declare it useless, because it will not slice a pineapple. Impart the same principle or show the same machine to an American or to one of our Colonists, and you will observe that the whole effort of his mind is to find some new application of the principle, some new use for the instrument. </quote>

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Microsoft blasts sueball at Samsung over Android patent royalties

Asylum Sam

Re: Oh, really?

I'd move to that planet in a heartbeat.

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NASA: ALIENS and NEW EARTHS will be ours inside 20 years

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Where do I sign up..

for a holiday to Nu-Earth??? The Quartz Zone sounds Idyllic...

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Virgin Media goes titsup AGAIN. The cause? Yet MORE DNS strife

Asylum Sam

I must be the only person in britain who

has never had cause to complain about my VM service. Been with them since 1998 (NTL) and the only time my internet hasn't worked is when I haven't paid the bill on time. I do have 8.8.8.8 set up as secondary DNS on my main PC, though we use mobiles over wifi a lot and no one in teh house has mentioned any issues.

EDIT - Correction, i lost internet for a few days last year when scrappers stole the aluminium cover from my local junction, and the kids ripped all the wires out, and all teh local dogs peed against it, but that's hardly VMs fault

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Asylum Sam

Save money!

"all the features I want"

buy a cheap router that is capable of running DD-WRT - win!

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Sorry, chaps! We didn't mean to steamroller legit No-IP users – Microsoft

Asylum Sam

If you had a list with proof of companies selling drugs via yellow rages, wouldn't you expect them to be more than happy to help remove the listings?

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Glastonbury debuts festival wide Wi-Fi network - fitted to COWS

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Im confused, ,

is it a flock of wifi equipped cows? or a High-speed Herd of fibreglass cows? The article fails to distinguish, and the difference could be substantial, i mean, if it's a flock of cows, and said flock chooses to roost in a tree, then that tree is gonna be a dangerous place to sit under,,,,

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

Asylum Sam

Management types wearing freshly laundered Stay-White lab-coats over sharp suits need not apply. You are NOT a scientist.

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SPIDER-TROOP, Spider-troop, does whatever a spider troop can

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He's climbing glass because...

it's the best surface to prove the tech works. Ever see a gecko fall off a rock? No, because it works on most surfaces, it's small scale surface interaction, so doesn't require the surface to be smooth. Nice flat sheets of the stuff on nice flat stiff boards that can have hand holds attached is just the simplest way to work with it.

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Google to plonk tentacles on 'unwired' world with $1bn launch of 180-satellite fleet

Asylum Sam

Re: The poor is where the money is

Delivery, not a problem. Perhaps the nearest GoogBalloon can double as a massive regional distribution centre, if made large enough. Small drones to carry out the orders, larger drones to disperse stock between the balloons from continental centres.

Wouldn't take much of a drone to carry a few freshly hatched chicks or some seed to the remote areas, all those <insert minimum unit of local currency as required> add up. Just because an area is poor, doesn't mean it can't be swayed to spending it on what you {they} want.

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Look, pal, it’s YOUR password so it’s YOUR fault that it's gone AWOL

Asylum Sam

Re: Password huh...

I especially like 1and1 internets phone security, where they insist that you give them your full login password OVER THE PHONE

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Why are Fujitsu and Toshiba growing lettuce in semiconductor plants?

Asylum Sam

Re: Not Enough Money

Did you miss the part where it talked about how they were being targeted at people with various specialist food requirements? This isn't about mass producing food, it's about tightly controlling the food to give a specific result. If they're already selling them at 200% above the standard product price, it shows there's a niche waiting to be filled.

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UK's CASH POINTS to MISS Windows XP withdrawal date

Asylum Sam

Re: "realised the capital cost of paying for the existing ATMs"

The cost of the machines ought to be written off as an operating cost, possibly against the marketing budget. Since they are an essential service that any high street bank must run, the cost of running them is automatically covered by the profit made from the customers, many of whom wouldn't look twice at a bank that didn't have them. If the personal banking arm profits, then the machines have done their bit.

They pay for themselves by allowing the bank to continue to have customers, so calculating the pay-back by comparing material outlay to time saved by human tellers and such is immaterial.

'Course, I'm not naive, I know anyone in any kind of management position would look at me like I was insane, but there you go.

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Hubble 'scope snaps 200,000-ton chunky crumble conundrum

Asylum Sam

Re: Guess I won't be seeing this then

maybe you're the intended target..

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TV scraper Aereo pulled off air in six US states after tellyco court injunction victory

Asylum Sam

Permissionless assault

I once got hit twice in quick succession for permissionless drinking, which would have been fair enough, had it actually been my arm that snaked through the crowded bar and took the Peoples Pint in the first place.

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HACKLASH! Syrian Electronic Army's website hacked by angry rivals

Asylum Sam

Re: woot

Though currently, the google cache of the defaced page shows much more than is mentioned in the various articles reporting the incident, including what seems to be a tweet warning the SEA not to support annonymous, declaring them 'cyber provocators of U.S' otherwise they would be hacked, , , tenuous, maybe, but I feel we can safely lay the blame for the entire incident at the feet of the U.S ! :)

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Rap for KitKat in crap app wrap trap flap: Android 4.4 is 'meant to work like that'

Asylum Sam

Re: They are now Windows-compatible

Couldn't agree more, WP7 (remember that?? ) lasted exactly as long as it took me to realise reflow didn't work before it was off my phone, and android on in its place.... about twenty minutes after install.

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Intel on the alert: Thick, acrid smog in China, India is EATING servers

Asylum Sam

Re: No nukes!

unlike the corpses of the people that die from lung infections from the fossil fuel plants, , at least they will have the decency to rot away in a much more ignorable time-frame.

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Norks unlikely to beat the USA in the death-ray race

Asylum Sam

Nothing to see here

I remember seeing NATO handouts from the 80's proclaiming the pulse bomb the next imminent big thing to come out of the eastern block,,,,,, if anyone was going to achieve it any time soon, it would have been during the cold war. The climate is only just warming up enough to warrant serious development into it.

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

Asylum Sam

That's like walking down the High Street saying "I'd like to buy some drugs"

Once did just that in Bournemouth town center, , took all of 50 yards and three or four repetitions before the offers started coming in.

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Reddit: So very sorry for naming innocent man as Boston bomber

Asylum Sam

Re: The wisdom of the crowd!

and isn't that the way everything is going, , simplify it all down to the slug in the. street

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Indonesia: e-commerce firms must have local domain

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tripple?

''the size of the local e-commerce market would triple from £0.9bn in 2011 to $10bn ''

0.9 trippled = 10?

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Windows 8 versions will confuse the punters, say OEMs

Asylum Sam

doesn't matter

It's not that big a deal, the two versions, , most people are going to use it for faceschtick, youtube and a bit of music and video. Just like mobiles, most of the average users daily tasks are available on any platform.

Anyone that uses some software that isn't available in one form or another on all the platforms probably already knows the difference, or is at least very likely to go and find out the difference before they buy.

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Mystery martian object is relic of (our) civilisation

Asylum Sam

use the scoop to create a small hole, extend the built in hand brush, sweep said detritus into hjole, cover, label as 'martian landfill No 1', job done, out of sight out of mind.

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Virgin Media to push out nimble new broadband speeds

Asylum Sam

Did you hear the one..

...about Virgin media sending out a mass email yesterday stating that 'Good News', the recipients were to be receiving an upgrade from 100Mb to 120Mb, regardless of the recipients actual package? Quickly following that with a retraction email, and then sending out the SAME good news email again the next day?

No retraction mail this time, perhaps they ARE upgrading my 10Mb line to 120Mb, , but I suspect not.

I envisage a warehouse somewhere with a thousand monkeys typing randomly at a thousand customer support desks.

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Satnav mishap misery cure promised at confab

Asylum Sam

its not just the maps that screw lorries

I spent 2006 to 2009 selling Garmin and Navman, often to small fleet delivery firms, and we had calls almost weekly regarding a vehicle getting into difficulties down a narrow road, or offering bizarre , impossible routes, and it was almost without exception, that the device was set to car, bike or pedestrian and not 'truck'.

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Aunty squirts serendipity into TV apps

Asylum Sam

amen to that

the most interesting part of this story is the sneaky link to the curtis blog at the end. Bravo

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Tosh has tiniest flash bits

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Ten Essential... iPad Accessories

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other handheld

a second portable device that can show flash websites would be an essential 'extra' if i accidentally owned an ipad.

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World of Google zombies mistake news story for Facebook

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blimey

From the time stamps i think we can scientifically confirm that there is indeed one born every minute, , well, every two minutes at least.

Now if only we can find an internet version of a cliff to have them all drive off following their sat nav.....

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West Country pagans tie horses in knots

Asylum Sam

OOOO fear the pagans!!

It wos the pagans wot did it, break out the faggots and lets get a'burning.

Stupid sod, he must be a christian, they're trained to be anti pagan, and they're far more scary. (I know a few pagans, my mum n dad are pagan, and I guarantee they have never plaited a horse)

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Google fined for book copyright

Asylum Sam
Pirate

@Roger

. "...is digitising all the books ever published, and making them freely available,.."

So by that reasoning, I can start making AVIs of every film ever made and start publishing them for all and sundry to watch for free and then be "surprised" when people complain.

You offering to fund my defence for project "Asylum Vids"? No? Thought not.

Just because the US are stupid enough not to see the danger of allowing Google to have its own way doesn't mean the rest of the world can't see it and (thankfully) respond.

Jolly Roger because thats what Google are, Privateers,

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Intel puts cloud on single megachip

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@Buzzby

I can't beleive we got this far down the page before the similarities of that picture to the broken CPU from the Terminator classic were raised.

Looks like nothing less than the dawn of total mechanical domination to me.

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Android 2.0 debuts on touchscreen tablet

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Thumb Up

Nice,

Hmm, I bet it'l make a lovely remote for an MC setup, and i'm thinking face down i can rest my cup/plate/rolling mat on it!

I wonder how well it will VNC into my work network, , I may never need to leave the sofa again!

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UK fatties demand 'hate crime' status for lardo-baiting

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@Craig 28

I agree with you completely, however I see no need at all for them to be anything but civil legislation issues. Its the act of defining discrimination that I have issue with.

By defining an 'act of discrimination' we create the discrimination it rules against.

Before the definition, Company A refused to hire Person B because of their disability/race, whatever. Surely there doesn't need to be a whole seperate set of rules to cover that?

Having an actively anti-discrimination society leads to a society where positive discrimination (the great oxymoron of our time) becomes desireable.

To discriminate is to favour one over another. Give the job to someone who may be doesn't quite have the same skills as another candidate, but ticks the female/handicapped box.

Thats fair enough, you might say, but is it? Why, in a fair and free society, should the job applicant be discriminated against?

I just think it unfair that some people live with a whole different rule book to protect them.

(The road laws are another example, kill someone by running round after a few pints waving a big piece of lead pipe in the park, its murder/manslaughter, take a corner badly because you've had a few pints and cripple a child and you probably get dangerous driving. Not fair)

Whilstever there is one rule for one person, another for someone who is different there will never be any equality, the very fact that there is a difference, and it is noted in law, will always create discrimination.

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Asylum Sam

" no special legal protection for fatties "

"In the UK there is currently no special legal protection for fatties as there is for those persecuted on religious, ethnic or sexual grounds."

No, and nor should there be. Indeed there should be no 'special' law to protect race or religion either. Why is attacking someone on their race somehow worse than the way they look? Or their sex?

The whole issue of (especially Race and Religion) persecution, so called hate crimes is hugely blown out of all proportion. It simply boils down to one thing; Some people like to hurt others, period, and so look around for a target. Be it a nasty comment from some white shirt beer monster at the long haired student in a town center pub, or three black/white 'yoofs' attacking one white/black person in an underpass.

Animal minds will always have an undercurrent of nastiness, and many will look around for an individual or group to target.

So scrap the racism laws, scrap the pro-handicapped laws, and boil the whole lot down to 'be nice, or be punished' laws. I don't see why calling someone a (insert most villified racial slur you know here) should attract any more of a punishment than attacking someone for their weight, and vice versa, attacking someone because of their weight should bring the same punishment as racism.

If you attack someone, that in itself should be reason enough to have to account for your actions.

Sam

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Mozilla gets orientation-friendly with Firefox 3.6

Asylum Sam

orienteering

''nifty for rotating the user interface based on the orientation of a mobile device''

Yes indeed bloat, certainly on a mobile, because correct me if i'm wrong, but won't most devices that detect orientation already change the display accordingly? So would tilting the device 90 degrees left result in firefox mobile being upside down?

Just a thought..

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