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3323 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009

Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?

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No, it wouldn't. The EU is a wholly separate institution and rather younger (although one could argue about its legal predecessors, the EC and EEC in reverse chronological order)..

The ECHR was founded in 1959 in part by, er, the UK. Being a signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights (circa 1953) is not related in any way to membership of the EU.

This is just as well because it means we can stay in the ECHR and leave the hotbed of fraud and featherbedding far behind.

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Payment security vastly improved when you DON'T ENTER your BANK DETAILS

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> This is essentially how I do online banking with Barclays

Me too, and it'd be great if I weren't forever losing the bastard card-reader.

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Inateck BP2001 Bluetooth speaker: The metalhead sysadmin's choice? Not exactly

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Re: @dogged

The "est" is for emphasis and I've been trying to forget Tacitus for nearly thirty years.

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Yes it does. de gustibus non est disputandum.

Or in English - "criticizing the taste of others only means you're a dick".

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Re: my favourite is the Sony SRS-X2

> An opinion is not an advert!

Yeah, it is. Trevor's reviewed a product. Rather than comment on the product you give us a sales spiel about an entirely different product and never once mention the review.

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Re: my favourite is the Sony SRS-X2

I know Sony are hard up at the moment but is this new quality of their advertising?

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Larry: Oracle's now a CLOUDY biz. Ignore everything I said before

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Is it just me or is Larry becoming indistinguishable from Micky Rourke?

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Hollywood's made an INTELLIGENT science vs religion film?!

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Re: "an INTELLIGENT science vs religion film"!?

No, teaching children to be religious is wrong. Teaching them about religion should be mandatory.

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Well, the Grauniad says it's drivel (1 star) so it 's probably worth watching.

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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Re: Name not important

Seriously? What planet do you live on?

Windows 8 didn't matter. Anyone with a brain knew that it never mattered (except to idiots in comment threads) because Windows 7 was huge and most really big enterprises only just finished migrating to it.

9 matters a bit. 10 matters a lot. That's two iterative versions' room to get it right. And "such a shithole" - yeah, Apple would love to be in a shithole that big.

Wait, is it the year of linux on the desktop? Again?

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Unchanging Unicorn: Don't be disappointed with Ubuntu 14.10, be happy

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Cthulbuntu. Don't install a lesser evil.

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While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m

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I hope you mean "bent" as in "inclined to dishonest financial dealings" and not in any other sense.

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FBI: Your real SECURITY TERROR? An ANGRY INSIDE MAN

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Re: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Socrates' solution was to properly train their souls, if that helps.

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Apple 'Genius': iPhone 6? We've had NO COMPLAINTS about our BENDY iThing

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Stop

I do it all the time.

Then again, I use a Nokia.

I also go out in the wind and rain without a hat or umbrella but then I don't have an exclusive haircut or makeup to look after because I'm not a massive nonce.

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Xamarin sics army of 1,000 test devices on hapless mobile apps

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Jesus fucking christ

Those prices are batshit insane.

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus: GORGEOUS FAT pixel density - but it's WASTED

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Re: OS updates

HTC are (as of yesterday) now supporting WP 8.1 on 8X and 8S so that's every single WP8 phone upgradable.

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Re: OS updates

As I understand it, there are many phones still less than 2 years old without the option of updating to WP 8.1 or Android 4.4 Kitkat, despite it being several months since the release of both OSes.

As I understand it, the only Windows 8 phone that cannot be updated to Windows 8.1 is the HTC 8X and this because HTC have not supported it with suitable drivers.

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Ab phab: Apple is Britain's coolest brand YET AGAIN

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Re: Only one one the list

Astons are cool regardless of who drives them but it's not about the price - a Mark 2 Fiesta 16 valve special is also cool.

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Man, its smartphones are SQUARE. But will BlackBerry make a comeback with them?

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I guess we'll find out?

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THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models

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Re: I think Keynes said words to the effect that

Keynes was a very, very smart individual whom politicians have absolutely ignored.

The central tenet of JMK is to raise taxes during boom years and stash the surplus, then spend the surplus during the recession boosting economic activity and making the cycle shorter.

Politicians, however, (as seen by the current Conservative+LibDem bunch of incompetents) like to lower taxes during booms (this is called an electoral bribe) and raise them during recession, thus making everything thousands of times worse.

As for stockpiling a surplus - debt is so much easier.

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Tax credits. It's not getting off benefits, it's merely changing the name of the benefit.

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Reg readers respond: Yes, it's time for Comment of the Week

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Trevor - It's not a complaint, it's a suggestion.

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Have you considered renaming this "Trevor Pott Comment of the Week"?

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Pop open this iPhone 6 and see where the magic oozes from ... oh hello again, Qualcomm

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They don't contain enough unicorn tears.

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Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought

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Re: In before

Good point - I doubt if Sony can afford him any more.

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In before

Barry Shitpeas comes along to tell us this all a dirty lie spread by Apple and/or Microsoft.

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Re: The end of the world must be nigh…

If it helps, I have no horror of agreeing with Charlie Clark but I am horribly embarrassed to be caught sharing an opinion with Matt Bryant.

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Re: Pax681 BTW

> there is no such thing as the Bank of Scotland.

Actually, there is. It used to be a commercial bank, then Halifax borged it, then Lloys borged Halifax. But HBoS (Halifax Bank of Scotland)was actually a thing.

However, it's just a nameplate these days.

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Re: If they say yes...

> The goalposts were changed in the 79 referendum. The change meant that there needed to be a 40% turnout, which btw is a damned site higher than most general elections!

No it isn't. Stop making things up.

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Re: subsidies????????

In the same way that profitable urban cell towers subsidize less profitable rural cell towers.

Scotland is a whole lot of rural and it is subsidized by England wherever a national (id est, UK-wide) infrastructure exists.

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Re: As a Scotsman

> can I say that a YES vote wouldn't actually mean the person hates the English

Maybe not, but what does it mean? It seems to me that the issue is dissatisfaction with the major political parties, which is fine, that's universal. It ain't just Scotland, everyone hates every one of those shitbags.

The problem with that is that your displacement activity is a one-issue party with no concern outside Scotland. The Scots as a whole (no individuals need be named or shamed) have wasted their dislike of the centre-right corporate-owned political consensus by pissing away their votes on a nationalist party instead of producing something better for everyone. That lack of interest in and support for the rest of the UK has hampered everyone's desire for real representation.

If I were a Scot, I'd be ashamed my country ever let this get so bad.

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Re: You know all this talk of things being more expensive

Not as such but per capita GDP in the UK will rise by around £150 annually if the Scots go.

Life expectancy will also rise.

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duh

The whole thing has been an absolute disaster in terms of actual intelligence.

On the one hand, you have "Better Together", a bunch of failed idiot politicians who did nothing but make rich people richer at the expense of everybody, not just Scotland saying "Don't leave, we want to fuck you over some more!"

And then you have the Yes campaign sticking to the message that everyone should vote for independence because independence is a lovely lovely thing that makes things lovely. Obviously, you don't need to worry about practicalities like jobs or money or your phone working or anything at all because all of that will be independent and therefore as lovely as a very, very lovely thing. Also oil, which is currently horrible but will be lovely when independent and even George Monbiot thinks so.

I've seen more in-depth debates on CBeebies and we should round up everyone involved and drown them. In oil.

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Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure

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Re: Really?

I was going to upvote "Ipso Fatso" but the "your right" makes me wonder if perhaps it wasn't deliberate.

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Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5bn. Notch: I'm getting the block outta here

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> once you've got wood you can mine stone

*snorf*

Sorry.

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Microsoft splurges 2½ INSTAGRAMS buying Minecraft maker Mojang

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Re: WTF?

Short version - it teaches kids how to construct code through plugins and environments.

If MS shift it to .NET and make a free plugin for VS Express, they have just captured pretty much the entire next generation of application developers.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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Re: The first time I've seen Godwin's law work in reverse..

For various reasons, I strongly recommend that El Reg try to avoid calling Tim Cook "fruity".

You could get away with it when it was Steve "I'm drowning in fanny, me" Jobs but Tim Cook might take it as referring to his personal life and nobody needs to go throwing homophobia around.

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Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales

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“The biggest problem is that Windows is not easy to develop independently on this platform. A lot of things are defined by Windows; they [Microsoft] leave [a] very small space for vendors to develop,” he told El Reg.

You are only allowed Microsoft's fuckups. No adding your own fuckups.

Whether this is good or bad depends on how much you like Touchwiz.

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Stonehenge's HUMAN ABATTOIR was just a prehistoric Burning Man hippyfest site

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http://youtu.be/U6y-jn6jGbM

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This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...

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Re: The decline of apps

> National Rail Enquiries - a rail timetable FFS, wants to watch me go to the toilet for some reason.

I suspect that's because they want to find where railway quality went in the UK. It'd be my first guess too.

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Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

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Re: Surely there are two sides to the size thing?

> It would be interesting to see some comparative pictures of the top phones available when the first iPhone was released. Strange how we've all got used to carrying these huge slabs around.

I remember I had an HTC Touch at the time (smaller than iPhone) and most of my feature-phone using colleagues thought that was a bit big.

I saw one of the them the other toting a Galaxy Note.

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Meh

"provided the company plays well with others"

Because they have such a great history of that.

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Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume

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Re: Chromosome problem?

women love Apple. I predict that the largest demographic to buy iWatches will be women in their 30s.

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Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?

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Re: OnePlus One

I think all of the Lumia's have an FM radio but you may have OS preferences which count them out.

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O2 Refresh

Sounds like this.

Okay, the price of the handset is tucked away in tiny letters on the "Sign away your life!" page and interestingly, the total price you pay each month doesn't seem to vary (seems to be roughly £33 for everything with a decent data allowance) but you can still see exactly how much the handset costs and it's a lot.

Not quite Expensys prices but pretty close.

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What the BLOCK? Microsoft to gobble Minecraft-maker 'for $2bn'

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If they decide to "integrate" it into the Microsoft infrastructure or only develop the Microsoft platforms, then it will be a bad thing.

I disagree.

By shoving it onto Azure, MS can reduce the infrastructure costs to a rounding error and that means more of that $2.9bn sales revenue becomes profit.

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New USB spec offers two-way power flows AND double-sided plug

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shyeahright

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Limits to Growth is a pile of steaming doggy-doo based on total cobblers

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Re: Added to my Lexicon of Useful Phases

I think it's first attributable to Professor David Nutt.

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Ferraris, Zondas and ... er, a bike with a 500hp V10 under the saddle

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Re: Alan Coren

I'm sure I've heard it (unattributed) from Stephen Fry.

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