* Posts by David Webb

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Crowdfunded beg-a-thon to bail out Greece raises 0.003% of target

David Webb

Re: I do not see why it should succeed

We have already bailed them out though, so it's basically a "should be ignore the fact we were lent around as much as Apple has in their offshore accounts?".

If Greece do decide to forget they owe cash, then leave the EU, how are they going to support their currency when no country in their right mind will lend them any cash? Not sure a country can survive without national debt, or a currency where 1 Euro buys 1,000,000,000 drachma.

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MILLIONS of broadband punters aren't getting it fast enough – Which?

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They generally do though, the BT DSL checker will give a rough estimate for your expected line speed, up to X MB is just that, up to, your ISP should let you know what speeds to expect. And no, I'm not smug because I'm not on an up to package, I'm guaranteed full fat fibre /smug

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AT&T fined about 3 days of profit ($100m) for limiting 'unlimited' plans

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Really?

"Unlimited means unlimited,”

Bollocks tbh, there is no such thing as "unlimited", the limit is "how much you can physically download in a 1 month cycle if you capped your connection 24/7 for that month" just doesn't sound very snazzy on the adverts.

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Foxconn's going to 'exploit' Indian labour? SCORE! Bye, poverty

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Call centres

When the wages in India go up and up and up, who will we have to call us 15 times a day to do fake surveys or to fix our computer problems for us?

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Sun's out, guns out: Plucky Philae probot WAKES UP ... hits 'snooze'

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Re: Excellent work!

Yeah, cost is a huge issue, it costs a (scientifically speaking) metric shitload of money to put stuff in space, having a load of cheap stuff going up means weight, and weight means cost, so having one more expensive bit of kit which will most likely work (as long as you use metric and just metric, not metric and imperial) means you're not wasting a lot of cash getting stuff up.

Just getting an object into low earth orbit costs between $5-10k per kilo, according to the ESA, total mass of Rosetta was 3,000kg, at todays prices (lil bit more expensive 10 years ago) that works out at $30,000,000.

Of course, if you could invent a propulsion system that doesn't require burning off fuel in space, you could reduce that cost by over 1/2 (fuel for Rosetta was 1,670kg) and THEN you can send up a bunch of cheap shit which probably will refuse to even bother starting at -34C, let alone sit in space at temps that are a bit colder than "ahh bit chilly out there", knowing, in the back of your mind, it cost you $10k per kg of useless crap out sent up into space.

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Twitchy Google GAMES YouTube – hits 'play' on MULTI-BEELLION dollar market

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If they don't........

If they don't go all family friendly like Amazon are sending Twitch, they may do well, if however they go Google Circles or something..... meh

If I wanna stream topless, that's my business, true, you lot don't wanna see my moobs but I want the option!

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Gonna RUB MYSELF against the WALL: Microsoft's Surface Hub 84" monster-slab

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Patented

I'm sorry to tell Microsoft this, but Apple have already patented this device, in 2017.

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Ransomware-as-a-service business up for grabs to highest bidder

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Re: If you don't want to consider yourself a criminal...

all the signs of becoming a major scumbag amongst the biggest and worst scumbags

Well, he does have the usual criminal aspect required to become a politician, so you're probably right.

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Bethesda all out for 'Fallout 4', fallout for global productivity foretold in countdown

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Rumour is "The Institute" or MIT, so Boston.

Having a look at the source code (people do that....) Final script:

src="/57601643.institute.js"

So seems like a hint towards an institute (MIT!)

Am excited about a new Fallout game BUT the Witcher has set the bar really high for visuals on RPG's now, so Beth had better have a great engine cause, even though Skyrim looked okay, Witcher blows things out of the water, and that's the bar it has to reach.

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Secure web? That'll cost you, thanks to Mozilla's HTTPS plan

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It isn't just about businesses with developers, it's about typical users with their own .me domain name hosting their blog about their kitten, they keep up to date with their updates, and their blog has all the HTML5 bells and whistles........... and is blocked from Firefox because they now have to go and get a certificate, install the certificate and, when their certificate is about to expire, renew the certificate or get a huge "this site is dangerous, don't go there" message.

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Disconnect app maker runs to EU to moan about Android

David Webb

Re: VPN/Privacy Android App banned from Google Play Store?

No, it would work as advertised but it blocks adverts........

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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Re: I'm confused

2014 years ago, year he was born in would be year 1 not year 0 /pedantic

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Virtual reality pr0n on the Rift? 'Why not?' says Oculus founder

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Could they block it?

Isn't the Rift basically 2 monitors strapped to the eyes with software doing the heavy lifting? How could OR block porn, or anything really, from being displayed?

If I go into a computer store and look at the monitors there, I don't feel the need to ask the sales drone "scuse me mate, does this 27 inch 1440 monitor let me watch porn?"

On a closed platform (console), yeah, they could block adult games but on an open system like a PC, trying to block something is not really an option, so it's not that the Rift is open, it's that the system powering the Rift is open, just like the legs of that chick in the porn game from Japan, wait, why the hell do I have tentacles instead of arms? WHAT?

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LOHAN's final test flight set to honour PRATCHETT

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Re: GNU Terry Pratchett

I think it's awesome, there are so many small tributes to Pratchett in the tech world, space stations in Elite, headers, this, just goes to show how popular Sir Terry was to us tech fans.

Hopefully in a hundred or so years time, he'll have replaced Dickens as the author of choice for schools.

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You can't put a price on LOVE, says Apple after court's Samsung payout slash

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I think it can be described more as........

WHY WON'T THEY CALL US BACK? We were not mean to just them, we're mean to EVERYONE! Apple are sluts.

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Reach for the popcorn: Obama opens personal presidential Twitter account

David Webb

Re: POTUS

Well, that opens a whole bag of worms, what if Obama writes posts about the Lakers but the next president is a huge fan of the Clippers? The POTUS will have lots of posts attributed to him about the Lakers, then Chris Paul will be all "yo, President.... you suck, gimme my signed ball back", or something.

Can you even transfer ownership of a Twitter account? I guess the best option will be changing it from @POTUS to @EXPOTUS, though in a few years, oh my, it's never ending.

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POTUS

Shouldn't it really have been POTUS44? After all, he'll stop being *the* president eventually (though will still be Mr President for some reason), so what twitter handle will the next POTUS get? TheRealPOTUS?

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Jeb Bush: Repeal Obamacare and replace it with APPLE WATCHES

David Webb

Re: Aye

Has she tried the Imaginary Health Care Program for imaginary friends?

No, but I did tell her to come over to the UK. What? You thought I was an American with an axe to grind against Obama? No, I'm British, a country where the government pays less per head on healthcare than the US and still manages to give free healthcare.

As for my friend, she was employed, now she isn't, her fiancé however is employed, but she doesn't have health care and has no income to pay for insurance so is going to get fined, the fine details? I haven't got a clue, I just think it's stupid that the US spends twice as much (per capita PPP) than the UK, twice as much of it's GDP on health care and doesn't have something better than us.

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Re: Crown jewel

Nah, I think our NHS is a shining beacon because we offer the same healthcare to everyone no matter how fancy their watches are. Middle class and in need of a bypass? You get the same service as the chav in bed 4 who thinks "employment" is a benefit given by the government.

That is the beauty of our system, of course, the rich can pay for private health care, but as our system is from taxation, they still pay, wait, did I just suggest the rich pay their fair share of taxes? What I meant was, the chronically ill are able to have long term treatment without having to sell their kidney, liver and lung.

Then you get that American bloke who thinks our system is so evil that if Prof. Hawkings was British, he would be long dead............ (yeah, he actually said that)

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Aye

I can see it now, your watch notes you have something wrong and informs your insurance company, but you don't inform them and the something wrong then requires medical attention....

"You had a condition which you didn't inform us about, policy void!"

Watch informs you of a condition and you do tell the company

"You have an existing condition, we can't cover you for that"

Though lets face it, the American health system is already a mess. My friend is unable to pay for health insurance (Obamacare) so as she is unable to get insurance, she is going to be fined, what sort of country will fine people who can't afford medical care? Where do they think they will get the money from? I despair.

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IN YOUR FACE, Linux and Apple fans! Oculus is Windows-only for now

David Webb

Re: 2 x USB 3.0

From what I gather, laptops which meet the specs won't work because the HDMI output goes through the onboard VGA rather than the more powerful NVidia/AMD card and they haven't figured out a way to make it work.

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BRAIN-SLURP case: Battery maker and Apple reach agreement

David Webb

Re: Poached?

I would assume it's like this.

Company X is working on product A. Company Y is working on product B which has similarities to product A. Company Y offers people from X incentives to switch over to their company, bringing along their knowledge of product A which they will then use in product B.

Net result, Company X loses their top engineers and product A suffers, Company Y are able to bring product B to market sooner by using the skill/knowledge of Company X.

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Snapdragon 810 chip doesn't overheat, jilted Qualcomm sniffs at LG

David Webb

so instead LG's Dr Ramchan Woo

Dr Woo? Couldn't resist, sorry.

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Visual Studio running on OS X and Linux for free? SO close

David Webb

Re: some thoughts...

4) Accept liability for any harm caused by their software being resident on my system.

Quick question, does any software accept liability for any harm caused by their software being resident on your system?

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Fondleslab deaths grounded ALL of American Airlines' 737s

David Webb

Re: Now an intelligent design

From what I recall, the pilot and co-pilot are not allowed to eat the same food as each other, just in case one set of foods a bit off and makes one of them ill, the other pilot who ate different food won't be ill.

So there is history in the airline industry having systems in place in case something happens to one pilot, this should have been thought of the tablets, what happens if both tablets goes down at the same time, what's the worst case scenario, how can we prevent that.

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US govt bans Intel from selling chips to China's supercomputer boffins

David Webb

Oh dear

So, the US blocks China from buying high end Xeon (and naturally, block North Korea). China retaliates and brings out awesome chips, as fast (or faster) than Intel, in both the server and consumer market, for 1/2 the price, with the US unable to say "yo, don't ship them high grade chips to North Korea".

Let's face it, everything is made in China these days, so no one will think twice about buying much cheaper x86's from China.

Next up, US blocks China from importing their chips into the US because they are a threat to Intel.

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

David Webb

Re: Sadly missed

Same, I love the TA arc, would have been lovely to see her grow up to be a witch like Granny, but it will be rather unsettling to read the last words of that book knowing there will be no more.

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Sadly missed

I will miss waiting on this next instalment of his books. However, he appears to have completed a Discworld novel in 2014....

He completed his last book, a new Discworld novel, in the summer of 2014, before succumbing to the final stages of the disease. http://www.pjsmprints.com/

So it looks like we have one final book to come from him, just think, a Discoworld novel that will not be signed by the great man.

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Apple strap-on wristjob: You WON'T be able to spend more than $5,000!

David Webb

Re: Gold-plated?

Rolexes are valuable and stay valuable, in 10 years time your £10k Rolex will still have value of several thousand, your iWatch will be obsolete tech so will just have the scrap value of the gold, in 100 years time, the Rolex may be worth more than £10k and will still be working, the iWatch....?

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Pixel mania: Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display

David Webb

Benchmark

Okay, why has no one picked up on the "very respectable" benchmark score (gaming) of 5k? That's only slightly better than a gaming laptop, half as good as a midrange gaming PC and no where near the score you get with same chip and GTX970 (17.5k score). If you have a 5K monitor (or a 4k) you want a card that can abuse it, not one that only just beats a frikken laptop.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg in EBOLA VIRUS FIGHT: Billionaire battles bug

David Webb

In Honour...

In honour of his donation, can we rename the virus the ZuckerBug? Please?

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Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so

David Webb

Really?

And this is why superman suits contain the disclaimer "Will not allow you to fly", did the dude seriously think he would grow wings? Next up he's suing tampax because he used one and it didn't let him grow wings to do skydiving.

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Android Wear

David Webb

I could think of 10 million more ways to use my time more constructively, the first being a trip to the pub for a pint.

Am I reading this correctly, you're suggesting a 16 year old to go down the pub and have a pint? Maybe you should stop drinking so much, it seems to have destroyed one too many of your brain cells.

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BT claims almost-gigabit connections over COPPER WIRE

David Webb

Re: I really wish they'd hurry up and offer us this gigabit internet speed

Aye, and on my 330Mb connection it takes seconds, this is unacceptable, I want my porn to last minutes, not seconds :(

On topic though..... the guy that installed my FTTP took several (5 or so) hours to get everything up and running (ONT near my PC, drilling holes, feeding cable, fiddling with the box etc.) but I'm in a flat, if it takes an hour to do a house, you can see that it is very time consuming for FTTP so being able to use the existing infrastructure is "a good thing".

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Hate Facebook? Hate it enough to spend $9k fleeing it? Web 'country club' built for the rich

David Webb

Re: How do you know....

The rich stay rich by figuring out how to spend as little of their cash as possible, it's true :D

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Paris Hilton

How do you know....

How do you know if your friends are on this site? If I'm plonking down 9k of my tax avoi.. err. hard earned cash then I really would want to know if my criminal part... err.. friends are also members of this exclusive club.

Paris, because she's an exclusive club to enter too.

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Nokia Lumia 530: A Windows Phone... for under £50

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£12,697.99 plus VAT, delivery not included. Comes with a free bacon sandwich if ordered before 8am on a Tuesday (note, store is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday).

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Twitter: La la la, we haven't heard of NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES

David Webb

it's not like it is an exclusive club

Tell that to my wife.... please!! :(

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Ouch... right in the VIDEO GAME: Lizard Squad attacks XBox, Twitch

David Webb

Re: Sounds like they doing it for the LOLz

If they say they are doing it for ISIS, expect swift rendition from wherever they are, a little bit of water boarding and free bright orange clothing at a certain non-pirate bay. Obama has a PS4 right?

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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'

David Webb

Re: Paddington

@JimmyPage - sounds to me like he had an Uber/Lyft driver who needed directions, not a Black Cab driver and is making that point.

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New twist in China Apple hardware ban riddle: THE TRUTH at last?

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Ha

You know you're in trouble when China's government talks more to the press than you do.

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Simian selfie stupidity: Macaque snap sparks Wikipedia copyright row

David Webb

Re: Technically it is the monkeys

No, I think the articles recently show just how much Wikimedia respects copyright. Of every single request for removal due to copyright issues that the WMF has received they have complied with a grand total of 0.00%

The Wikimedia Foundation has also published its first transparency report - following a similar practice by Google, Twitter and others.

It reveals that the organisation received 304 general content removal requests between July 2012 and June 2014, none of which it complied with.

This money shot is just another example of them not respecting copyright holders and will claim anything is in the public domain if it suits them to, ignoring that they will say "yeah, it's copyright but, well, under US law FU! BWAHAHAHAHA".

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Crooks fling banking Trojan at Japanese smut site fans

David Webb

References

Err, why would Japanese people use Japanese smut sites? It's all censored and pixelated, so I think that is a bigger concern for the Japanese male population.

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

David Webb

Police

Them there Japanese police must have sand in their vagina!

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Thought PCs were in the toilet? They're STILL eating Apple's lunch

David Webb

Re: So... (@David Webb)

No, they shrunk.

Mac sales in ~2013 were 1.7m units, Mac sales in ~2014 were 1.6m units, a "growth" of -1.3%

The research firm corroborated IDC's report by noting Apple as the only top-five PC maker to post negative growth year-over-year, dipping 1.3 percent from 2013.

http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/07/09/mac-sales-continue-to-slide-in-q2-as-overall-pc-market-rebounds

So my original statement is correct, Apple shrunk, the number of units shifted is down, whilst everyone else is up.

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David Webb

Re: So...

If you consider going from 10.9% to 10% growth, then yes, Apple grew.

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Europe's highest court: Apple CAN trademark its retail store layout

David Webb

Crack

Judges be smoking crack, there must be millions of stores around the world so there has to be stores that have a layout identical or very similar to Apple stores, how can you get a copyright on where you place furniture? Prior art = "yeah, we had a counter.... here"

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Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom

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Nappy Ad's

I ain't really watched TV in a while, but my memory of adverts for nappies seems to suggest showing the undressed rear of a baby, so I'm not really sure an innocent photo in a non sexual context would really be deemed indecent under UK law when we're showing an innocent video in a non sexual context of a naked baby (or am I missing something important?)

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

David Webb

Re: The "fruity firm"??????

Is an Apple a fruit or a vegetable? The answer there is the answer to your question.

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Yes. App that lets you say 'Yo' raises 1 MEEELLION DOLLARS

David Webb

yo wot?

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