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3222 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009

Beastie Boys settle with toy maker over Girls copyright dispute

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Re: Who sued who?

>I'll just leave this here:

>http://friends.lego.com/en-us/

Bloody hellfire, AC! Is nothing sacred? Is nothing immune to dickwads from marketing and their obsession with pink?

Fine! Meccano, then!

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Re: So let me get this right...

Sadly, you got it wrong.

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Re: Who sued who?

Timeline -

1. Goldieblox run advert pimping their somehow not-sexist "Lego for girls".

2. Beasite Boys send letter requesting (not demanding) that they stop using the song "Girls" on it in accordance with Adam Yauch's last wishes.

3. Goldieblox sue Beastie Boys. I know but that's what happened.

4. Beastie Boys countersue under legal advice.

5. Media go batshit crazy.

6. Goldieblox retracts unwinnable bizarre lawsuit.

7. (This article) - Beastie Boys drop countersuit.

My take-home from all this was "if the next one's a girl, she gets Lego. Fuck gender-specific toys".

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Win XP holdouts storm eBay and licence brokers, hiss: Give us all your Windows 7

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Re: @Steve : Microsoft system requirements, really ?

> Please. Everybody knows that Microsoft system requirements are the minimum resources needed to BOOT a PC, not USE it.

As with so many things that "everyone knows", this is wrong.

I actually had an ExoPC tablet (eventually the cat knocked it off the table and the screen shattered but there you go) with a 32GB HDD, an Atom chip and 1GB of RAM. Basically a netbook with no keyboard.

It ran Win7 like molasses but Win8 ran really well on it.

Bloody cat.

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Re: so when

Happens all the time.

Quite a lot of the parts for the old piece-of-shit Mondeo I'm driving can only be found from scrap merchants. It's not just cars, either. Everyone stops supporting their stuff eventually except for a few very rare and very, very expensive outliers like Aga, Zippo and Aston Martin.

Even operating systems. OSX Snow Leopard is no longer supported. RHEL deprecates old code every three years.

Sounds to me like you just want extra special service from MS because wah wah wah M$.

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Re: Eadon

I think he was just proclaiming his own godlike genius again or calling people shills (which is against the House Rules) or maybe he decided to fling shit at an article for mentioning Microsoft without adding thirty four pages of hate-filled rant.

One of those.

Anyway. Definitely nuked. I think Drew got him.

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Re: Classic Shell - I've been beating the drum for a year now

> I actually miss Eadon he was a voice of much needed wisdom and sanity 'round these parts.

Now I REALLY want that /ignore function.

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Re: I have an 8 year old XP-SP2 retail disk - never been activated

Ignored, probably. The article is about people (finally) getting away from XP.

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Re: Classic Shell - I've been beating the drum for a year now

1. Stop shouting.

2. Stardock haven't "fixed" anything. They've simply made life easier for those (like yourself) who are too stupid to use a launcher.

Actually, can we have that /Ignore function now please? You're the first person to make me think that that since Eadon got nuked.

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Re: Viruses and malware

> Yeah 'cause Windows (h)8 is just so great with its Touch ONLY Interface,

Win8 has no Touch ONLY interface.

You have just disqualified yourself from any claim to knowledge of that OS and thus, any credible opinion of it.

Please feel free to post your ignorance to the Verge where they love that shit.

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Microsoft slaps LTE mobe broadband into Surface 2 slabs (Yeah, take that, iPad)

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Re: $135 for what?

> People are going to find it hard justifying the best part of a grand on an unproven product that will be out of date or abandoned within a year - that actually has no return of investment, and a potentially low re-sell price!

Yeah, but they say all of that about iPads except for the resale price. There are always more fanbois to sell to.

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Re: Begs the question....

> Other thing they haven't done [....] allow direct connection to a USB printer from the tablet

It does that. We had a salesdroid with one in the office last week who plugged directly into Ed's little colour InkJet and printed out his sales bumf on the spot.

We should have charged him for the ink.

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French novel falls foul of Apple's breast inspectors

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Re: What about Apple's rights?

I do not hold the views explained below.

I imagine that Apple would argue that their refusal to stock such a book leads to increased sales among prudes and morons and nobody ever lost money by overestimating the intelligence of the public. This kind of publicity for their decisions is therefore (to Apple) useful and very cheap marketing.

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

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Re: From the horse's mouth...

> well regarded airline

File under "unicorn".

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Re: Here's more sensible analysis...

Here's a less sensible analysis. Just so we cover all the angles.

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Shuttleworth: Firmware is the universal Trojan

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Re: He;s right - but MS etc won't give up the money from NSA

Where's the AC with his cut&paste Microsoft security troll when you need him?

You dullard.

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Re: Er, What?

Thanks. Most sensible comment yet.

There's an unfortunate tendency for people to leap at the word "open" and declare it a solution for absolutely everything. It isn't.

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Spend zero notes to take all notes with OneNote: Microsoft makes app free, builds it for OS X

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Re: Charges for premium features?

Not really. The home user is unlikely to want to integrate OneNote with Sharepoint or Lync.

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Previously stable Greenland glaciers now rushing to the sea

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Doesn't look good for Somerset

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They ACCUSED him of inventing Bitcoin. Now, Nakamoto hires lawyer to CLEAR his name

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Re: Moderation

@Psyx

To quote my favourite character from A Game of Thrones - "there's no cure for being a cunt". But there is a cure for having to watch other people be cunts to some poor old bloke who just wants to be left alone.

And you know what? If he did invent Bitcoins, it'd be a "so what" situation anyway. He's broke. It's not like there's anything to be jealous of unless you think being skint and recovering from a stroke is like totally rad and awesome.

As far as I can see, an ordinary member of the public who hasn't bothered anyone is being insulted for absolutely no reason other than that some people are cunts.

Personally, I'd ban 'em all.

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Re: Moderation

> Note to DrewC and J. Hamill: May I suggest that comments on this thread be moderated, so as to avoid all the unnecessary, uninformative, unhelpful, hurtful, disrespectful, and frankly childish sniping at the subject of this story?

Seconded without reservation.

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Re: Too poor for internet

"no win, no fee". Look it up.

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Wackadoo DIYers scissor-kick beatboxer

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Re: Regarding shock invective beginning with "cu-"

"cunted"

Actually the name of a sort-of-cocktail invented by Jim.

Half a pint of dry cider, a double JD and a bottle of melon Bacardi Breezer.

The problem with it is, you only really order one when you're drunk enough to think it's a good idea. Afterwards you're too, well, cunted to remember what a bad idea it was.

Tastes nice, though.

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Straight to 8: London's Met Police hatches Win XP escape plan

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@ MacGyver

This is not about whether you like the OS or about whether "the average consumer" would be able to do as I've described.

It's about whether the Met's admins can set up a Win8 profile that looks and behaves exactly like an XP profile.

And the truth is, yes. They can. It doesn't even take long. Rant about Win8 somewhere else if that's all you want to do; your dislikes are not relevant to this discussion.

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Re: from experience...

You are of course absolutely right in that Win8 changes absolutely everything, has no desktop at all and certainly can't be configured to behave in exactly the same way as WinXP at all under any circumstances.

Further, there are no Start Menu replacements available and you certainly can't set Win8.1 to boot to desktop by default.

Except that all of the above was untrue and you might want to think before kneejerking.

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Re: from experience...

> Except that the set of touch hardware supported by both Windows XP and Windows 8 is miniscule and may not in fact exist.

That's actually not the case. I was surprised to find that in-car ANPR and supporting systems are all supplied with a minimum of a Core 2 Duo chip and 1GB of RAM. Since the C2D chip supports DX9 and Win8 supports both resistive and capacitive touchscreens, all of those little boxes will in fact run Win8 just as well as they run XP.

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from experience...

the old bill are one of the few organizations that'll genuinely benefit from Win8.

They have - by necessity - a whole lot of touchscreens in their support load. All of those currently have touch layers over XP (which suck) and all are integrated into LDAP and centrally managed except mobile (ie traffic) units which have a third-party interface that everyone hates and are roughly as manageable as a tiger with a roman candle up its bum.

The met will gain native touch support and the ability to integrate their management platform. Although I understand they've toyed with iPads (see what I did there?) so they'll still be supporting multiple OS's.

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iPhone 6 FEELS your heat, wetness... and it'll TELL Apple – report

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Still no NFC, then.

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App.net 'not just a way for nerds to talk to each other', boss tells nerds

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Re: In before

"We've established what you are, now we're merely haggling over the price" - Churchill

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In before

400 nerds claim they wouldn't use any form of social networking even if paid in naked women and gold google/apple products (delete depending on which "team" the fools have decided to cheer for) "because privacy".

Note the google products bit. That's important.

I actually think this is quite a good idea and may go check it out. Thanks for the heads-up.

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Amazon wants me to WEAR NAPPIES?! But I'm a 40-something MAN

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Re: Cloth nappies FTW

> As long as you're not on a water meter

Yeah, there's the issue.

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If you don't want the reduced price nappies, can I have them?

Renewable expenses with babies are a killer.

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Brawling neighbours challenge 'quiet' cul-de-sac myth

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Re: Lazy Picture Sourcing

To be fair, it's much nicer to look at than Chippenham. Nothing about that picture indicates "banal", "soul destroying" or "not as bad as Trowbridge".

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Re: Argh

It's certainly not in Chippenham.

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Web inventor Berners-Lee: I so did NOT see this cat vid thing coming

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Re: @ lesession (was: Whatever.)

Undoubtedly worthy but not single-person-attributable and did not facilitate cat pictures.

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Re: surprised by the popularity of kittens

Well, he's a bloke. Had a woman invented the web, it would have been optimized for cat pictures.

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NSA's TURBINE robot can pump 'malware into MILLIONS of PCs'

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Re: Interesting choice of words

Ours do. The USA does it more along the lines of "let's think of a cool name".

Operation Redeeming Freedom, anyone?

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Backdoor snoops can access files on your Samsung phone via the cell network – claim

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Re: Am I being cynical...

> Yes they are: "THE SOLUTION, Kocialkowski says, is to replace the device's stock Android firmware with a purely free-software OS, such as Replicant."

Caps yours and no, they're not.

"He cautioned, however, that if the modem can potentially take full control of the device's main application processor, further remote exploits may still be possible, including ones that even an OS replacement like Replicant can't block."

That's a responsible warning, not a sales drive. Not that a sales drive for free software is exactly common except among evangelists on the Reg's comment boards anyway.

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UK's CASH POINTS to MISS Windows XP withdrawal date

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Re: That's what you get for going with Microsoft

The really stupid part is that those skills are equally valid on Windows Embedded, the unit price for the OS is lower, the maintenance overhead is lower and the support term is longer by at least two years.

But no... a chance to save a quick buck on the original hardware trumps all.

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

I came here grinning evilly and planning a series of targetted sploits against XP boxes that could get me free money and ended up upvoting your post instead.

I shall now either mend my ways or wait until the good sense drains away, the project mangler is on my back again and the evil seeps back in.

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Women! You too can be 'cool' and 'fun' if you work in tech!

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Re: Now THERE'S a campaign worth discussing! @dogged

> Really? No discrimination there? 100% sure about that?

Positive. MY other half and I both work around the bloody nursery. Except she's a doctor in a hospital and required to do shifts so all those weekends/nights/on-calls are the times when I do all the childcare. All of it.

Also, fuck you.

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

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Re: As if this will make people happy!

> If the Windows key isn't passed through RDP, that must be a pain.

But it is passed through RDP so it isn't a pain. This is just more complaining for the sake of complaining.

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Re: As if this will make people happy!

> can you explain then why with the Ribbon in Office MS have been actively discouraging the use of keyboard shortcuts?

Can you explain why pointing out that laziness is not actually a great reason to raise a lynch mob over an operating system means that h4rmony should now defend an entirely unrelated product which was not under discussion?

Didn't think so.

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Re: As if this will make people happy!

Something's wrong. None of these neophobes has called you a shill yet.

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To be fair...

I do have one complaint. The touchpad on my Samsung 5 series laptop interprets any number of accidental finger motions or deliberate mouse moves in any direction as "swipe in from the right".

That's infuriating.

The rest, I can live with.

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Re: As if this will make people happy!

> If so, why not learn to use Linux instead an save the license fee?

That's your choice but by any non-brain-damaged standard, learning to use win8 from XP or 7 is several orders of magnitude less taxing than learning to use any linux from XP or win7, once the user discovers the "Desktop" tile.

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Shift up, Ballmer: Microsoft expands board, makes room for activist investor

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Wow. A 2% stake. He's going to get loads of influence.

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It's 2014 and Microsoft Windows PCs can still be owned by a JPEG

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Re: Striving to persevere to endure the never-ending ...

> Citation needed. It would be curious to know how the placebo effect applies to source code

It applies to the user, who believes him/herself protected and superior when s/he is neither.

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Re: Striving to persevere to endure the never-ending ...

> You don't have to do it all by yourself, you can share the effort with the rest of the community.

If you trust each and every member of that community with your bank details, yeah.

Face it, the "added security" of open source code is largely a placebo. It makes smug people feel a bit more smug. I personally code for several F/OSS projects. By your implication I am therefore wholly trustworthy. Shyeahright.

In practical terms, F/OSS is no more secure than any other code except in tiny projects.

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