* Posts by dogged

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DRM is NOT THE LAW, I AM THE LAW, says JUDGE DREDD

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Could have been worse. Could have been "Zardoz".

Pass the mind bleach.

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drokk yeah.

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Microsoft to offer special Surface 3 for schools

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Re: Cloud?

> Seriously for schools, you can have a dumb terminal (chromebook) and use cloud based applications and cloud storage. The storage and applications could reside on the school server. Wireless on the school network would be perfectly fine

No you couldn't because schools have to account for kids who don't have the Intarwebz or even the Why Fies at home. A Chromebook will not cut it.

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Google versus the EU: Sigh. You can't exploit a contestable monopoly

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Re: So what next?

> All I see right now is a continental case of sour grapes.

It's all the fault of those FILTHY EUROS, right, Dan Paul?

A good honest American company wouldn't break the law, right, Dan Paul?

A good honest American company would never break monopolies laws, right, Dan Paul?

Only the stupid Euros have those stupid dumbass laws anyway, right, Dan Paul?

Seriously, either you're trolling or there's something wrong with you.

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Re: Off topic

Good answer(s), thank you.

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Re: So what next?

> Maybe you feel that they should be different, separate, services, but that is irrelevant. Both are Google products, and Google is entitled to use one to promote the other.

I have no feelings on the matter but the law is very clear that Google is not entitled to use one to promote the other. Your attempt to make excuses, however, is interesting.

> If you went to the dairy aisle in Tesco and found a BOGOF advert for strawberries would you start foaming at the mouth because the dairy department dared to advertise a price for a product that rightfully belongs in greengrocery?

Here we go again. Not a good analogy at all, in fact I'd call it another straw man albeit one wearing a better costume. Both "sections" are in the same physical shop, both are selling food items from the same business unit and Tesco - however much we might all hate them - are not a monopoly.

You might have done better with the Tesco insurance and Tesco Mobile offers you see in the stores but again, not a monopoly so they can leverage as much as they like.

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Re: Google shopping?

No, the Search monopoly is entirely legal and gained legitimately (as far as we know).

But since you use Google Search, you'll have seen Google Shopping results. They just weren't labelled as such.

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Re: So what next?

I'd go with "don't embed Google Shopping results in Search results" as a decent start.

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Re: So what next?

No, and you're doing a fine impression of an ignorant fucktard right there.

The business of a Ford dealership is to sell Ford cars. You know that walking in.

The business of Google Search* is to deliver search results, not price comparisons. That is the business of Google Shopping, the same business that sites like PriceFinder or others are in. When you go Google Search and look for, for the sake of example, a Ford Ka and you get some data about the Ka and also price comparisons (always without exception close to the top of the page and far above results on PriceFinder and others, even though Google Shopping is OBJECTIVELY worse as a price comparison site, that is called "leveraging a Search monopoly into the price comparison business" and that, oh anonymous builder of straw men, is illegal.

Now stop it.

*from the perspective of the user, that is

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Off topic

I'm not going to bother commenting on the content of this article as it's clearly bollocks (comparing finite mineral reserves to a non-fungible service, really Tim?) but I have been wanting to ask you something else.

I get the anti-EU thing. In fact, personally speaking, I agree with you about it. HOWEVER -

How can you support a party which openly pushes the Lump of Labour Fallacy as if it were fact? As an economist?

That's like an astronomer believing the moon is made green cheese.

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SEX: Naughty female stegosauruses offered it on a PLATE

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Headline mental images

Female STEGASAURUS, CARL.

ON A PLATE CARL

ON A PLATE!

(clicky)

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Cash register maker used same password – 166816 – non-stop since 1990

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Re: Experimental data

> “Nine out of 10 times when we see equipment from that manufacturer, 90 percent of the time, this is the password.

So 81% of passwords?

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Windows 10 Device Guard: Microsoft's effort to keep malware off PCs

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Home Users are now getting free stuff that's "good enough" for them. Office Online (not 365)_ is free and good enough. W10 will be a free upgrade. The only revenue from home users is services (XBox music and video) and app sales which are tiny. Home users are only worth supporting at all because of "mindshare", it's the same reason that MS operating systems were always so easy to pirate.

Enterprise however, actually pays money. So they get stuff written to help them.

Not rocket science.

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Thank heavens for the silicon chip: A BRIEF history of data

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And, gloriously ironically given the name, we are seeing some NoSQL systems appearing that now have SQL interfaces

Some Not-Only-SQL systems allow SQL access? Well, there's a thing.

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Ex-Windows designer: Ballmer was dogmatic, Sinofsky's bonkers, and WinPho needs to change

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Re: Fix the stuff that is CLEARLY broken

> But that does not mean I want to endure the nightmare of designing even moderately-complex GUIs in C#.

Your problem isn't C#, it's XAML. If you can't be bothered to learn that, there are still Windows Forms (which now support proper databinding). Really it's just an XML description of the interface. Not difficult.

However, if you're looking for a VB6-style drag & drop interface designer, that goes hand in hand with tightly-coupled code-behind. The problem with that, Mr C++ and Java Developer, is that it makes proper unit testing impossible. And if you are ignoring your unit testing, you are (in my opinion) a dangerous liability who should not be allowed to code anything.

ESPECIALLY not C++ or Java.

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Re: Fix the stuff that is CLEARLY broken

> C# makes it harder to make UIs quickly than VB decades ago !

trans: I want to make GUIs by dragging and dropping and also code-behind is genius pls make it so I don't have to understand decent software lol

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Re: Win pho

Today is 8267th September, 1993.

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Trading Standards pokes Amazon over 'libellous' review

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Re: Typical EURO answer

> has no legal power over Amazon

Since the review is available from amazon.co.uk, you are very, very wrong.

But i'd expect that from an ignorant American.

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Windows 10 MURDERED your Lumia? Microsoft says it may have a fix

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Re: Nice work Microsoft.

I am thumbing down my own comment because my hatred for Microsoft and Windows Phone means that the normal rules of software development do not apply and people installing flagged-as-risky alpha preview software should not only be able to be completely certain that it will not damage anything but they should also be happy that the product will work perfectly with no bugs, issues, metrics, or further testing required. Testers should not have to test Microsoft products, that's absurd.

I am going to buy an Android phone right now because the Register's commentariat have decided that it's okay for those to need tests.

Also, Bing steals Google's results, market share is everything (except on the desktop where it is utterly irrelevant) I hate the Fisher Price interface of Windows 8 and am reverting to Windows XP which was never decried as a Fisher Price interface in any way at all.

You may now resume your normal 2 minutes hate. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Privacy is immoral. Advertisers are lovely. I love Big Brother.

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Re: Nice work Microsoft.

Alpha software can brick devices. Film at 11.

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Microsoft absorbs open-source internal startup MS Open Technology

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Except that ODF isn't actually very good. OOXML isn't much better - the differences are marginal in my opinion - but there's a very slight readability improvement over ODF.

Lobbying to standardize on a standard you know over one you don't doesn't seem too weird.

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Re: Times they are a'changing(maybe)

That was Ballmer, wasn't it?

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JavaScript CPU cache snooper tells crooks EVERYTHING you do online

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Re: And Another Thing

Other virtual machines yes, but I don't see how it could "read" outside of its own VM.

Assumption - I am running a browser. I also have two VMs running but the browser is on the base OS. The exploit can report whatever I do on the base OS and details of the VMs.

Assumption - I am running a browser in a VM. The exploit can tell an attacker about anything else inside that VM but cannot "see" outside it.

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Anonymous unleashes online petition against US info-sharing bills

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Re: /append to list

Sounds like the "plot" of a porno.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Tortilla de patatas

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Re: Fantastic

I agree except that, er... I bake mine, Mexican style.

Ingredients are identical, get a nice round sponge tin, layer of potatoes, layer of onions, sprinkle with salt, drizzle with olive oil, repeat until you reach the top, add beaten eggs to soak around everything, bake for about half an hour at 200C.

No skill involved in flipping because no flipping - just a perfect tortilla.

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Jawbone Up4 tapcash wristjob: Get BONKING with the latest sweaty hipster toy

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waterproof?

So did they crack the waterproofing thing or not?

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WHAT did GOOGLE do SO WRONG to get a slapping from the EU?

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Re: Microsoft was different

> If you went into a shop the only products available were Windows PCs (maybe a few Apples at high prices). While you weren't forced to buy one, it was almost impossible to buy anything else.

You went to the wrong shops. I went to shops, bought hardware and built my own. No Windows tax there.

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> Others did Maps. They all did it awfully.

No, Streetmap and Mapquest were actually quite a lot better than Google Maps. They just weren't as easy to embed and didn't pop up like magic when you searched for (pretty much anything with a physical location) with Google.

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The fun bit is waiting for some fandroids to come along and tell us that even though the FTC internally found Google guilty on all counts, they are still clearly innocent because nobody makes McDonalds sell Burger King burgers or some other nonsensical drivel.

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Exchange Server 2016 will be mostly Cloud Exchange ported back on-premises

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Re: Did I get that right ?

you presumably haven't noticed Outlook Web Access which first shipped as part of Exchange Server 5.0 in 1997.

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> new REST-based APIs for Mail, Calendar, and Contacts

That might actually be useful.

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DTS announces DTS:X – sparks object-based audio war with Dolby

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I'm confused.

Does

Not uncoincidentally,

mean "by coincidence"? Because apparently it's not uncoincidental.

Headache icon, please.

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Lib Dem manifesto: Spook slapdown, ban on teen-repelling Mosquitos

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Re: @dogged - @ Graham Marsden

No, I really do not want neo-nazis reepresented in Parliament, thanks all the same. Fuck 'em. If they want representation, move to somewhere with PR. I don't want situations like, for example, Israel where Sha'as ( a psychotically right-wing ultra-orthodox Jewish party) gets to decide who makes policy and who gets bombed. I don't want 70's Italy where the motto was "if you don't like the government, wait fifteen minutes".

To be blunt, I don't want to empower loser parties to spread their minority ideas (which are bad ideas or they wouldn't be minority). PR is like the Special Olympics - you get elected just for showing up! Aren't you special and worthwhile and deserving of the opportunity to represent the fourteen bitter old fascists who voted for you when they weren't polishing their SS memorabilia. No, you're not. Fuck you.

PR is bad. FPTP is bad too but nowhere near as bad as PR.

(As for the LibDems, I know a lady who was nearly harassed out of a fucking parish council election by LibDems leafleting that she's a slut who doesn't know who her kids' father was. All untrue. Their father died in Afghanistan. I seriously hate the LibDems).

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Re: @ Graham Marsden

I'd rather have safe seats and wasted votes than minority parties ruling the country.

Some people SHOULD NOT be represented. In the forthcoming election, there's a chance that the SNP will be ruling England, Wales and Northern Ireland by proxy - how is that acceptable? If the BNP hold a balance of power, how is that acceptable?

It isn't acceptable. It's never acceptable.

FPTP, despite its undoubted flaws, moderates and equalizes the vote and crops out the insane outliers and the fucking Lib Dems - who, even before the coalition fiasco, were known for nasty, power-grabbing politics and the dirtiest possible election campaigns - and that is its saving grace.

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Lot of downvotes here - are you saying that single transferable vote would NOT have led to the LibDems being a minority partner in every future government forever, or are you saying that you actually want that?

No snark here, it's a genuine question.

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> if they had convinced the British public to vote in favour of the single transferable vote referendum it would have been worth it for them because it meant that every single future government would contain the Lib Dems. Forever.

Fixed that for you. Luckily, the British people don't want the LibDems in government forever. Or the SNP. Or UKIP.

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Nokia to take $6bn bath on Navteq following AlcaLuc purchase

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Swings and roundabouts. If MS buy it, you can pretty much guarantee that they'll continue to offer it (probably for free) on all smartphone OS's. (OS's looks wrong, what's the plural of abbreviated Operating Systems?)

However, the biggest market for HERE is actually devices - Navteq powers hundreds of millions of factory fitted satnavs, all the aftermarket gear apart from TomTom and loads of handheld/bike-mounted devices.

I actually wouldn't be surprised to see a consortium of car manufacturers bid for it.

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It was reported at the time that MS didn't buy the mapping because Nokia didn't want to sell it.

If that's changed, there's no real reason why they wouldn't be a potential bidder.

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Samsung's PCIe flash card: Slim, speedy, and just nibbling power

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Apparently no, unless you count "get a magnifying glass and read the stickers".

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Have you seen an M.2 drive? I fitted one in my (mini-itx) home build so I could lose the drive cages for better airflow.

They are tiny. The old "stick of gum" comparison actually does them a disservice - considerably smaller than either a stick of gum or a DIMM. So yes, I suspect there are definitely physical limits to the form factor.

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Android lands on Microsoft's money-machine island fortress

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Re: Missing some points

That's in order to run and install the evaluation system - hence needing a DVD ROM drive or USB thumbdrive. It is NOT a requirement list for Win8.1 embedded itself, which will happily run on XP's minimum requirements.

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Re: Missing some points

> Known, yes. Easy, no. For a start, it means a complete hardware refresh because the hardware capable of running XP will barely run 8.1, if at all.

citation needed.

Remember we're talking about embedded custom images here.

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Not always. linux took a long time to get up to the level of stability it enjoys now and buying support in the past was.... not trivial. Or safe, particularly.

And the reason DOS became huge in the first place is that it was cheap.

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wha?

XP Embedded (which most ATMs run) is still supported. Certainly beyond next year.

Also to quote the article - "in come imporved security"(sic). Yeah. Secure Android. Right. Are they going to secure Windows ME while they're about it? I'll believe "imporved" though.

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In some ways, dating apps are the anti-internet

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Yeah, but he was just showing off to get laid.

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> Im puzzled by this logic. Every time a man has sex with a woman, a woman has sex with a man. So women shag around just as much. QED.

You're confusing the total number of acts with the total number of participants. Elementary logical failure.

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Bulgarian Bill Gates blagger busted, banged up, again: report

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Windows

Maybe I'll look into it then.

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EU says dominant Google ILLEGALLY FIDDLES search results

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McDonald's business is selling burgers. Google's business is selling you to advertizerssupplying search results.

The EU are not saying the Google should be supplying DuckDuckGo results along with their own.

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Re: @dz 015

> And what would Apple have a de facto monopoly on (aside from expensive phones and now watches)?

They had a de facto monopoly in the form of iTunes, which they then illegally leveraged into a mobile phone business and a tablet business. But that horse bolted long ago - too late now.

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17 Carnations, The Art of Creative Thinking and Last Night on Earth

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Re: Windsors?

No, he means the Windsors. George V changed the name by decree.

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