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Google's Larry Page: DeepMind 'discovered CATS on its own'

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Re: So they...

Scarier is that they let it loose on YouTube.

Now, imagine that it reads YouTube comments....

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"It is disappointing that the government secretly did this stuff and didn't let us sell it to advertisers," Page said on stage at the TED Conference.

I fixed that one for Larry.

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A sysadmin always comes prepared: Grasp those essential tools

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Re: Java - banned. Can I ban Flash yet?

Where I work, the ITOps department in its undoubted wisdom has allowed the use of Flash but required admin permission to get the bloody auto-upgrade to run.

/facepalm

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Google wearables: A solution looking for a rich nerd

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> When I can get a FitBit/Fuelband style tracker that is as rugged as my G-shock, has the world time zones, stopwatch and timer, is properly water and shock proof (so I can wear it swimming / surfing etc), and does all the pedometer, fitness style stuff (preferably with wireless charge so it can charge off a pad on my bedside table at night) then I'll definitely buy one, but at the moment there isn't a single "watch" device which does it all.

Actually, there is (or soon will be).

I don't much like the way it looks, sadly, but it is all you have asked for.

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deja vu all over again

> And Google hasn't waited for technology to get smaller or better or cheaper - it's forging ahead, creating a platform while others hesitate.

That's what Microsoft did with tablets. I don't think I need to elaborate further.

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EA games web server was hosting PHISHING SITE – securobod

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Re: Surprise!

You need to start dropping this little gem into some of the Snowden/NSA articles.

It has relevance.

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Are we sure it was hacked and not just another EA profit-stream?

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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

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> The Revenue try to close down loopholes, but the number of tax inspectors has been dramatically cut in the last few years leaving them helpless in the face of large numbers of rich accountancy firms that themselves exploit things like LLPs.

Bollocks. The Revenue don't give a shit if you're rich. They're too busy trying to extract more money from the poor because there are more poor people to tax and they can't afford lawyers and accountants.

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Re: More from .....

> if I run a charity I'm damn well going to make sure I get my money from as many different sources as possible.

I need to correct a misapprehension here.

If you collect from the public and the government, you collect from the public twice except in the second instance without their knowledge or consent.

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Google settles copyright suit with Viacom over YouTube vids

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Re: Hmmm

Oh come on, Trevor. You can see it all over the place.

Chromebooks rise to a 4% share of laptops sold in a quarter?

>CHROMEBOOKS RULE THE WORLD WINDOWS IS DEAD LOL

[Mobile handset manufacturer of choice] is failing?

>SHOULD HAVE GONE WITH ANDROID LOL

(This one amuses me especially because HTC did in fact go with Android. HTC get blame for not going "pure" Android and sullying its perfection with SenseUI because obviously, Android in its pure form must always be profitable).

About the only two Google products that don't get squirted with commentard jizz every time they're mentioned are Google+ and Glass.

And don't ever suggest that Google are datamining you, that their whole business model is datamining you and always has been. These people think Google are somehow "on their side".

I don't think any of the bastards are on my side and I refute your "lesser evil" argument. Google are the greatest evil right now. Google made all this NSA bullshit possible and still make money from it.

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Re: Hmmm

You seriously never considered that?

Wow. I don't know, maybe I'm the weird one. Maybe 99% of the planet never thinks that way and thus the unbridled adoration of Google on these forums.

I guess we both looked at the world from a different angle today.

Me, I fix things and make them exploit-proof for a living. I think this way all the time.

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Re: Terms:

Terms:

We know what your CEO searches for. Stop suing or so will his wife.

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Whitehall and Microsoft thrashing out 1-year NHS WinXP lifeline

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Re: Nice to see...

"How nice to see my monthly NI contributions being pissed away by the NHS's army of management imbeciles"

FTFY.

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Ex-Xbox gros fromage joins wireless speaker whizzkids Sonos

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Re: Obvious?

Careful. That kind of logical thinking could get you barred from the fanboy gangs that roam the Reg's comment boards.

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Alternatively

Fired for disastrous XBone decisions and given time to scramble for a new job before it was announced.

Nadella's being subtly ruthless.

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Star Wars movie to start shooting in UK this summer

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Re: Star Wars: Episode VII

Not really. You're now old enough to want more from a film than you did when you were seven is all.

It's not that the prequels weren't bad - they were terrible. But objectively, they're not any worse than the original trilogy. I made the mistake of watching that recently and discovered that Star Wars is the single most awesome thing in the world if you're seven and a predictable dreary bag of crap if you're not.

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My dream Ep VII

First, Disney tell all the Star Wars nerds to go shove their shitty Expanded Universe books somewhere really uncomfortable. This done...

Episode 7 - The End of all Hope

Our young hero does some Joseph Campbell stuff and gets oppressed by the New Empire - bigger, nastier, Stormtroopers that can shoot straight, evil for evil's sake because we can.

He meets our heroine in the process, she takes him away to meet with "friends" who intend to end this new dark age.

The "friends" turn out to be entirely Jedi-free rebels trained and led by Harrison Ford.

Then some Star Wars bullshit happens.

At the end of the movie, all of our heroes (except Ford) are killed by the Dark Empress - Carrie Fisher.

I would watch that movie at the cinema a hundred times just to watch the fanboys cry.

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Nokia tries to lure Android porters with free Nokia X mobes

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Re: MS long term plan

> Step 1 - Introduce an Android platform but use MS locked in instead of Google

Because MS lock-in is sooooooo much worse than Google lock-in.

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Re: How much porting effort?

> This bribery to port suggests porting to Nokidroid is not a purely mechanical process

Bribery, Right. A couple of beers is bribery, is it? My god man, you can be bought for cheap. How many beers did you get from Google?

Speaking of Google - the Play APIs now pretty much infest Android and they are closed source and wholly proprietary. They also cost money to implement and if the manufacturer agrees to pay this money then a) Google Maps, GMail et al must become default apps on the handset and b) no handsets which do not implement the Play APIs may be produced on that site.

Nokia, having HERE maps and stuff and not wanting to bin them just to make money for Google, are not implementing the Play APIs. This is (in my opinion) the biggest reason why they never made Android phones before; it takes time to integrate alternatives well.

So this event is presumably teaching devs how to use the Nokia APIs instead of the Play APIs.

I guess any dev who attends is a heretic though, right? A heretic who must be burned for not following the One True Google Way?

And then you'll tell me about lock-in....

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Virtual reality? Two can play THAT GAME, says Sony: New headset revealed for the PS4

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Re: I'm all for this stuff...

> others just need Linux support adding

Oh, is that all? I'm sure they can do that a spare five minutes /s

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Re: I'm all for this stuff...

Good call. Apple it was.

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Re: I'm all for this stuff...

They could get into bed with Microsoft, or even Amazon (who are rumoured to be producing some games hardware right now).

It's happened before - the guys who did what eventually became Kinect survived up until this year (when Sony borged them).

Or, a better idea, enter a partnership with Logitec.

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Microsoft's SQL Server 2014 early code: First look

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@hplasm

I don't see how you get much in the way of freedom from lock-in regardless of which database format you choose. Migrating away from them is always going to be an absolute ball-ache.

Ironically, SSIS graphical data migration means that SQL Server is probably the easiest to migrate away from of the lot.

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Re: "In memory" database.

Not sure if serious...

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Re: There's a news article on this?

> and it's hard not to loathe Oracle

Oracle started it. After 20 years experience I can safely say that the defining characteristic of Oracle is that it hates people.

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WOW! Google invents the DIGITAL WATCH: What a time to be alive

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Re: Microsoft beat them to it

Uses entirely unrelated story to post retarded Microsoft joke.

You have qualified as 33% Eadon.

Next all you need to do is claim absolute godlike security architecture genius while having a massively pwned website that looks like somebody puked five rolls of Spangles over Neil Gaiman and get banned.

I'm looking forward to the last bit.

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

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Re: Here's more sensible analysis...

>the lizard people took it back to their masonic lodge to run transhumanist experiments. it's so obvious.

Dammit, I don't know of an image macro for that one.

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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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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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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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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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