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3333 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009

1bn down, 6bn to go: Zuck to grow Facebook by touting 'free internet onramp' for the poor

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Re: Selfies

> They both report the work is incredibly hard but the good thing is that you occasionally do get days where you don't have to do much and stuff sort of just grows

I grew up on a dairy farm in the UK.

There are exactly zero days when you don't work.

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@arnold

Absolutely, although I was actually referring to the Shabbat requirements which result in unmilked, unfed animals and thus are not exactly friendly toward farming.

Unless you have your slaves do it (while keeping strictly to the regulation in Leviticus, of course).

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Re: Selfies

Oh wait, is this the thread where we all agree that being able to be advertized at by Google and Facebook is somehow superior to actual food and health?

Sorry, didn't realize. I'll get my coat.

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Re: Selfies

> No, but data means that a farmer can find out what the market price for his produce is, and so not get ripped-off by middlemen.

You're out of your fucking tree. Get help.

For anyone less clearly insane than this specimen, no it can't. The farmer takes the crop to the nearest village or whatever and sells it. He's not going to trade it to the locals (except in barter) because they're just as broke as he is. He's not going to ship it to a city because the thing about being a farmer is that you need to be farming on your farm every single day (this is why there are no orthodox Jewish farmers) so to do that would actually badly damage his livelihood, such as it is.

He will sell it to the middlemen who show up in the village to buy and he'll take the price they're paying because they are the only buyers and theirs is the only price.

They then gouge the consumer.

For an example of this principle in action, buy some milk at your local supermarket.

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Re: How many WiFi blimps

How many malaria cures or polio vaccinations?

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Re: Hmm... billions? Billions - 1

Agreed. Although this bit amused me -

"Last year the average Facebook user downloaded 14MB of data a day from the social network, but the company has cut that to 2MB this year"

By plastering so many ads all over it that people now install AdBlock and download less crap.

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Re: I only have one thing to say to Mark Zuckerberg...

That was a) not true b) Catherine the Great and c) Russia.

But nice try, AC.

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Q&A: Schneier on trust, NSA spying and the end of US internet hegemony

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Re: "Encrypted them in a way he could not decrypt them"

It's a deferred threat. Encrypt them so that you cannot (currently) decrypt them, stash them somewhere. If they're deleted, you don't lose much. You can't be coerced to decrypt them because it's not possible for you to do so.

But...

Under pressure, you could release them into the public domain and THEN... well, there's some clever bastards out there.

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Microsoft: NSA snooping? Code backdoors? Our hands are clean!

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@ Pseudonymous Coward

That was a minor rant which had been coming for a while, I'm afraid.

I just get so sick of the commentards claiming that open == trustworthy when you know, I know and most of them know (if they'd actually admit it) that the number of people who make that claim is several orders of magnitude larger than the number of people who actually do read F/OSS code or, heaven forbid, understand it.

I am willing to bet that exactly nobody (besides me and perhaps the anon who was involved in sec clearing code) in this comment thread has ever done a bare-metal install with code compiled on an isolated box, compared checksums or made any commits to a major F/OSS project.

Why? Because it's a lot of work for very little reward. Given that assumption and further, given the knowledge that a lot of closed-source code IS security certified and used by the very entities we suspect of spying on us, we can be relatively certain that the openness of the codebase is at best a placebo.

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Re: The internet is fixated on this 'secret tunnel' type of backdoor idea which is pointless...

Oops, did I challenge the orthodoxy and ruffle some fanboys with those irritating facts?

What a shame.

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Re: The internet is fixated on this 'secret tunnel' type of backdoor idea which is pointless...

> Its too bad you can't run some similar software...you know, have an OS and other programs that

> you can compile yourself and verify if "backdoors" are there or not.

Let's take a minimized debian netinstall from CDs. Strip out everything and what you've got is 209.7MB of binaries on your hard drive after install.

Now, that's compiled binary code. The actual source that compiled down to the 209.7MB is going to run to more like about 4.2GB or, to put it in terms that actually make sense to a human being, about 4,200,000,000 characters of C++ which taking an arbitrary 180 characters per line (and whitespace is extra so I'm ignoring it) will be approximately 52,500,000 lines of code to read through and fully understand the operation of in context to every other line and obviously, a complete encyclopaedic knowledge of the relevant RFCs and where relevant, cryptographic algorithms to know whether or not you have a secure system. With no GUI or any userland programs installed.

People talk about how open source is safe because it's open. It's not safe unless you both read and understand it. Relying on somebody else to do that for you is the absolute inherent basic root of insecurity. If you do it yourself, then you can say it's secure but why should I believe you? Are you infallible?

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Microsoft's JavaScript challenger nears 1.0, wins Visual Studio love

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Re: Honestly ...

We know. But at the same time, there's a lot of programming that is in fact related to the WWW and smartphones and one can either use suitable tools to do that programming or one can complain about punch cards.

You're doing the equivalent of wandering into a tomato-growing hothouse and complaining that nobody ploughs with horses anymore.

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Re: Developer expectations...

It's a compressed portmanteau of "Refactor C Sharp".

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Re: Developer expectations...

I am in no way accusing you of anything other than enthusiasm but...

You might want to consider your writing style with this kind of thing. Because (even though I'm certain it's not) it reads a lot like advertising copy.

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Re: Developer expectations...

Interestingly, Resharper supports Typescript.

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Re: Embrace, Extend...

Embrace, Extend... comment with absolutely no understanding of the topic under discussion.

Is that how it goes?

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Nurse! He's out of bed again!

> Is this how low we have fallen as techies? I cry.

No, it's a thing that young people today call an "analogy". That means it's supposed to explain a concept you're having trouble with - like where you left your teeth - by means of a concept you can understand - like it's hard to skateboard with a zimmer frame.

Now drink your cocoa and dream of flying kites and riding steam engines.

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Re: Can't see the point myself.

Because using a tool like this a) does a better job with less human-error mistakes and b) takes about 1/5th the time of hand-optimizing JavaScript.

So you produce better code much faster.

Which makes you more employable.

Sorry, you were saying?

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Headline

"JavaScript challenger"

Fail.

Typescript does not "challenge" JavaScript in any way. It is a superset of JavaScript that compiles to pure JavaScript.

Typescript is simply a way of writing and managing large JavaScript projects using type-safe code. It's an Anders Hjelsberg project and as such is officially Good Stuff™

In other news, El Reg's headline writer is a misinformation-peddling tard.

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HTC One grabs BEST SMARTPHONE gong

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Re: More metal kit that blocks and thus drops more calls.

Most got as far as "my iPhone works..." and headed for the downvote button.

Don't worry. Some of us can still read.

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James Cordon

considerably less funny than earache.

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Linux-friendly Munich: Ja, we'll take open source collab cloud

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Re: Lucky

That's just stupid. No company wants to kill potential customers except possibly Philip Morris.

However, the citizens of Munich are remarkably lucky that their city council a) gives a shit about IT and b) is seemingly resistant to the usual bribery.

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China's web giants unite to defuse Windows XP bombshell

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> Oh what a twisted web Microsoft weave

When they make an OS and then support it for over 13 years in production.

Hold on, that's not Shakespeare.

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Re: Just wondering ...

> (I am not a Windows fanboi and I do know how easy it was/is to clone an XP installation or get a key.)

You don't need to be any kind of fanboy to know that it's ridiculously easy. If you're an admin or on support duties or just need to test on XP VMs a lot, you pretty soon find out that you can either

a - go through the continued pain in the arse Windows Genuine Advantage(?!) hassle all the time or

b - disable WGA, disable WGA updates and throw it a cracked key

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'G-WIZ like' object doing 40,000 MPH CRASHES on the MOON

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Re: G-Wiz

It's the iCar. And clearly, they're driving it wrong.

(This would explain the shape of the Cupertino HQ nicely...)

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Nokia launches Euro ANDROID invasion, quips: 'Microsoft knew what they were buying'

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Re: Android - This years VHS

With easy access to porn!

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WTF?

Re: microsoft patents

You registered with a username that would get banned on 90% of forums without a second thought purely in order to post something entirely wrong?

See icon.

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> They're not laggy.

Not yet. Put some apps on them. Every bloody Android starts to lag once you've installed some stuff on it.

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Re: Nokia by itself maybe ...

> but with the smell of Microsoft (including an NSA fragrance), the answer has to be 'no'. A shame, since I liked the Nokias that I had.

Better hold on tight to that featurephone then.

Your alternatives are Apple (part of PRISM), Microsoft (Part of PRISM), Google (Part of PRISM and massive data-thief in their own right) or dumbphone.

Or the new Blackphone, which I am surprised to note that the Reg appears to be ignoring.

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Nokia launches Android range: X marks the growing low-cost spot

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Re: Forking from the inside.

> I guess the average commentard has finally begun to realise that developers have bills too...

I was working on the assumption that because DrXym is arguing from a pro-Google standpoint, they're letting the DRM thing slide.

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Re: Wheat from chaff...

That's just crazy talk.

The google employees will continue to pour scorn on these because they're not sending all your data to Google and the F/OSS brigade* will pour scorn on these because they'll assume that they send all your data to Microsoft.

Try it for yourself - mention how you can individually change an app's separate permissions in WP8 so that you withold data from Redmond if you so choose and watch the egg-throwing.

*This makes me very sad because I personally use, love and occasionally contribute to open source software on several platforms. But these people make Stallman look compassionately moderate.

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Re: What a load of bollocks

> from which version of AOSP?

Jellybean, apparently.

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Re: It's about the bonus

oh wow Flocke Kroes, with business acumen like that I can see why you're a multibillionaire CEO!

oh wait...

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Re: Utterly desperate move

Because Samsung's Windows Phones are a) boring and b) marketed from a locked filing cabinet in a disused toilet with a sign on the door saying "Beware of the leopard".

Honestly, it's like they really didn't want to sell any of them.

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Re: Heh

>Windows Phone, the new burnt platform. With no marketshare and no apps, it's not hard to see why they are turning their back on it. This is the death knell for the Windows Phone platform.

Tell the truth, AC - you've got a macro for that, haven't you?

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Re: But, but..

I found the networking to be choppy on PC, which is probably something to do with not running through XBox Live.

It's good either way, with my preference being sofa, controller, big telly.

Honestly, I'm half-convinced that Titanfall is what'll sell the XBone, much the way Halo sold the original XBox.

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Re: But, but..

> Xbone..is it a games machine or an entertainment device because it does neither well

^^

This user did not get a Titanfall invite.

Oh well. Enjoy your PS4.

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Re: Utterly desperate move

> (True) Android is the platform Nokia should have launched 2-3 years ago, not Windows Phone, but they got that badly wrong

Yeah! Nokia could have been rolling in all that sweet, sweet money everyone makes from Android, just like Motorola and HTC! Right?

>And when Microsoft completes the acquisition of Nokia, I would be surprised if this Nokia platform lasts longer than the Kin.

On that score, I agree with you.

It's not as if Android is even any good on cheapo hardware, or as if this thing cost much less than the Lumia 520 which is, y'know, quite well reviewed.

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Re: NOKIA SHOULD MAKE ANDROID

> "Microsoft now making Android."

Except they're not. MS don't own Nokia yet and have no control over what Nokia choose to do.

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Java or .NET bod in the Midlands? Congrats - you've got a DOUBLE DIGIT payrise

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Re: Undesirable?

Perhaps he meant "area full of undesirables".

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DOUBLE DIGIT payrise

trans: £11

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SAP commits to mobile marriage with Xamarin: All for one, and one for Android, iOS, Windows

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> What could make SAP interested in Xamarin?

The fact that it's very nearly as arse-clenchingly expensive as the shit they peddle?

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Cheap'n'cheerful Chinese mobesters ZTE launch Firefox phones

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Telefónica?

Does this mean we can expect O2 to start pushing these mobes?

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Toshiba Encore: The Windows 8.1 tablet that might catch on

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Battle of Bletchley Park: TNMOC chief calls for review of museums' Mexican standoff

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Re: Sir John Scarlett, famous for overseeing production of the dossier

> while taking time off to establish peace in the Middle East

and how's that working out for him? --checks news-- Okay. Nevermind.

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Enterprising French chap cranks up €100k 'flying car'

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Re: We did it first

Yours looks cooler.

I'm still not going to complain about which one I get though.

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That's awesome and I want one.

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G20 gives Google, Microsoft, Apple et al tax deadline

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Uh, no.

What, for the example, Britain could do is -

1. Clear down any obstructive EU treaties. This is important.

2. Make it illegal to sell any kind of item or service in the UK except from a tax registered UK company or individual.

3. Make it illegal to borrow money in the UK from any non-UK based company.

4. Tax the UK-based companies.

Thank you and goodnight.

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Re: But... MUH INFRASTRUCTURE!

I quite like jews. I married one.

However, Israel is pretty damn close to a fascist state and it's certainly "rogue" by any normal measure of the word.

You can dislike a political entity without being a racist.

Racism is stupid anyway, there's far too many white people around to be hated to leave any time for it.

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