* Posts by dogged

4542 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009

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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Microsoft absorbs open-source internal startup MS Open Technology

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Re: Times they are a'changing(maybe)

That was Ballmer, wasn't it?

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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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But women will educate us in what works and once the lesson sinks in that asking 50 random strangers “Hi, wanna jiggy?” doesn't actually work, then our approaches will be tamed down to those that do work.

Except that it almost certainly will work, provided the asker is prepared to continue asking different individuals and not be disheartened by the massed rejections.

I refer Tim to the concept of Broadcast spawning as an analogy and also this classic from Kevin Bloody Wilson (lyrics NSFW - use headphones and try not to snort tea).

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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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I'm not about to faff around composing posts in Fiddler, so never mind.

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How did you use the old icon?

I've particularly been missing the "Death of the Reg" icon.

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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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Life after Nokia: Microsoft Lumia 640 budget WinPho blower

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Re: why

> Why would I want a 120 landfill windows phone that has no apps and costs £60 a year after year one (in addition to mobile contracts of course)

What? It costs £120. Unlocked. You own it from that point and put whatever SIM you want in there (or none).

Where does the £60/year come from? You don't have to renew Office 365.

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Re: I don't want.

Google fanboy references "microsofts mighty ad machine".

Film at 11.

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This open-source personal crypto-key vault wants two things: To make the web safer ... and your donations

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Opt-In

perhaps massive cowards (see above) should be able to opt-in to mass surveillance from GCHQ while those of us who can do maths and realize that we are more likely to be hit by a meteorite twice in an hour than get killed by a terrorist crack on with our lives.

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Re: And how long...

You could beat them to it by donating.

I have.

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Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

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Re: "soi-disant"?

> The vast majority of Java runs on servers, where “write once, run anywhere” is in fact slightly less of a joke.

Fixed.

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Re: "soi-disant"?

I think there's a difference between Gamergate and calling someone a female Stephen Fry - ie, an ignorant enthusiast.

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Fancy a wristjob from Tim Cook? TOUGH LUCK, you CAN'T HAVE ONE

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Gorilla?

No thanks, those gorillas are too strong. Try one of these baboons, They're milder.

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Fraudsters target Nazi Android malware at Russian bank customers

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Re: Fifth Reich?

> Did I miss the Fourth Reich?

I don't know. Probably not if you're Greek.

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Lib Dems wheel out Digital Rights Bill pledge as election sweetener

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Re: WTF is a digital sphere?

it's a topological extension of the information superhighway.

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Wanna run Windows 10 Preview on your Lumia? Of course you do. Now 33 mobes supported

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Re: My 625 is ready

I wouldn't. It's buggy and known to be so. If you don't use the handset as your primary then okay but this isn't "daily driver" material yet by a long way.

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Microsoft's top legal eagle: US cannot ignore foreign privacy laws

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> Do you really think it's a moral decision on Microsoft's part?

Nope. I think they're pushing privacy as a brand-differentiation, a USP to make customers go with them over, for example, Google. The big G is not so much about privacy, except their own.

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Wi-Fi hotspots can put iPhones into ETERNAL super slow-mo

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Re: I don't really have much sympathy for people who fall for such tricks

So overclocking isn't a thing after all, then?

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My favourite was the "waterproof" poster.

https://i.imgur.com/0Fp11mg.jpg

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Apple Watch: We ROUNDUP the ROUNDUPS. Yes, Roundup-squared

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Re: can't resist

I was thinking more along the lines of -

"We live in a world of marvels and no mistaking it. Oh, some lugubrious fuddy-duddies will always cast swine before pearls, value chaff over wheat and verily render from Caesar what should remain unrendered and that's up to them, my loves, for we few, we happy few, we band of wristband wranglers have been granted joy. Sumptuous joy. Delicious joy. Scrumptulicious joylode as the late Stanley Unwin might have sagaciously opined.

To touch, to stroke, to force-fondle a sparkling glow of machined elysium on the hairy Tartarus of one's clumsy wrist, a joint of little desire, a mere link 'twixt arm and hand without charm or sexuality rendered glorious at one stroke, for stroke it you will.

It is beautiful, this thing. It links to ones iPhone, itself a thing of utter erotic gorgeousness, and it has a battery in it, which is splendid. And even as you caress the Watch (a mere "w" is insufficient, the mighty "W" barely suffices as Sir Jony Ive so rightly decided) so it caresses you back. One caress, two buzzes three throbs.

My wrist throbs for me, and, dear reader, we shall all in turn throb for our wrists".

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I think we've been downvoted by Stephen Fry.

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Eyes on the prize: Ten 23-24-inch monitors for under £150

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Don't you need a TV license for that?

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Speaking of which, the review is sadly silent in which of these (if any) will pivot.

I too used to go for vertical space but eventually spent some tax-deductible capital expense on an Asus PG278Q ROG Swift 27" which at 1440p and 27" doesn't need to pivot.

It does pivot, of course, and at that price you'd bloody hope so too. It just doesn't need to.

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Daniel Radcliffe to feature in GTA biopic flick. Well, it's work at least

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I saw that short series with Radcliffe and Jon Hamm and was pleasantly surprised to find that both are actually excellent actors.

So this may be worth watching.

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