* Posts by John Lilburne

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Ikea to start making electrified furniture. What could possibly go wrong?

John Lilburne

They'll sell more of these here mats ...

... if they make them vibrate.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: El Reg eggs Benedict

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You'd need a treble gin with that.

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The Revenue achieved RECORD numbers of e-tax returns ... by NOT shifting to GOV.UK

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Wife had to make a TAX return this year ...

... went through all the online forms which seemed to be fairly clear and easy but the assessment came out at £200 more than it should have been. The discrepency was the amount that had already been deducted from the state pension, didn't seem to be anyway to correct that on the forms (will sort out a rebate later). Then when it came to make the payment it shunted us off to some other website where the information was not clear at all, they wanted a reference, gave a description of what it should look like, and next to the description something that looked like it was an example.

No where did it say "here is the effing number you use" so we ended up making a phone call and navigating the call centre to find some one that could point out where the information was. They didn't seem to have any idea as to what page we were actually looking at on the screen, and had us go though some other mechanism to navigate to another part of the online tax system where they knew the reference was.

HMRC have always been helpful, but last year they just seemed as lost as everyone.

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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Re: The BBC science coverage is useless ...

LOL. That Jesus image is the work of Derek Chatwood https://www.flickr.com/people/bar-art/ twas wondering if someone here would post it.

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The BBC science coverage is useless ...

... they don't seem to have a clue and want to convert everything into either infotainment or faux controversy.

Scientist: The chances of X causing your child to die is 1 in a million.

BBC: But you can't guarantee 100% that it won't!

Scientist: We are 99.999% certain that Jesus did not ride on dinosaurs.

BBC: But there is a chance that he did!

This sort of rubbish made me stop listening to radio4 news.

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California Uber Alles: Google wants to become the World Privacy Court

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Re: Useless exercise

Well it sort of matters as Google have a habit of assuming that they are the final arbiter of the law. Take the DMCA and 'fair-use' this is a tricky determination which can only be determined by a court. However, Google seems to think that upon receipt of a DMCA takedown they have a legal right to determine 'fair-use' and leave the copyright violation in place. Now you may think that is fine when its the RIAA doing the complaining, but assume for the moment that its some nude selfie image of your daughter, posted by an ex-lover?

The legal process is DMCA takedown by copyright holder, DMCA objection by reuser, legal determination by a court. Instead we have Google inserting themselves into the process.

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First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app

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One of my favourite sites ,,,

... is the DEFRA magic site, if only it wasn't so crap at navigating. Basically they overlay land management categories and classifications over the OS. So you can see all the archeological sites in an area, kiln pits, ridge and farrow field systems, abandoned villages, etc. Each with links to their relevant English Heritage citations. Additionally, they overlay SSSI, and LNR sites with links to English Nature citations and impact assessments for the sites.

Now an app that was easy to navigate for that sort of information would be brilliant.

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Google Now now SLURPS data from third party apps so YOU don't have to

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Time to cancel ...

... my guardian account.

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'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment

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Re: Sounds a Lot Like Wire Fraud To Me

"I thought Uncle Sam did not like wire fraud or have things changed recently."

Apparently, if we look at recent cases such as Missip AG vs Google or Zoe Keating vs Google, its not surprising that some in of Uncle Sam's minions might think that the law is a bit influx at the moment.

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'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

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Re: @auburnman The new man

There isn't a massive userbase on Google for any creator. No one 'finds' music or film on Google that they weren't already aware of, usually by some personal recommendation by way of a link. But the link can be anywhere. You like a song you want your friend to hear it, you look for it on YT and post the link. But you could just as well of looked for the musicians site and linked to there.

YT currently holds the content not through the efforts of the creators but by fans putting it there, and a loophole in US copyright law which they use to plunder the Zoe Keating's of the world.

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YouTube: Nobody needs to get hurt Zoe, just sign the Ts&Cs

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Re: Still Not A Lawyer...

Apparently the Googleplax are demanding that sites that report on the issue take Google's spin.

http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2015/01/23/breaking-youtube-says-zoe-keatings-claims-patently-false

However Zoe Keating has transcripts of what was said, and the Googlers are retreating back to their Sicilian mountain caves.

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Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'

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I've had my computer screwed up twice in the last few years, screwed to the extent that a rebuild was required. Both times it was due to an automatic Apple iTunes update fuxoring the iPod drivers. Both times it required three days buggering about on stupid support forums, where everyone has an answer but no one knows the solution, before making teh decision fuggit where is that re-install disk.

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Spotify flips bird at Taylor Swift, adds MILLIONS more users

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Re: Preview

Isn't the problem that you favour musicians or a genre that is a bit hit and miss?

I've bought 5 CDs this week. None of which I've listened to first, and only 2 have I heard the artists before, and although I have plenty of opportunity to sample the tracks. I'd much rather listen to the entire thing with the CD case in hand. I doubt I'll be disappointed.

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John Lilburne

These companies don't have a business without the content. I robot banned Google Image Bot last year and it is quite instructive to see a blank page when you do a site:john_lilburne.com on Google Image Search and 1000s of images when you do the same thing on Bing.

And yes I know that Bing is as bad as Google but lets deal with one group of arseholes at a time.

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Magic streaming beans? Sure, have my cow - music biz

John Lilburne

The digital sales have probably killed off CD sales to the occasional music buyer. There are no longer the high street stores to browse in whilst the girlfriend/wife is looking at shoes or handbags.

For some of us though the concept of 'song' equates with chart pop. Which in of itself isn't bad but we 'know' that,'Greatest Hits' aside, the single was only part of experience of an LP. That PF's Wall was more than "Hey teacher!", Ziggy Stardust was more than 'Starman', and a Dylan LP was more than 'Blowin in the wind'. That an Album lasts for 40-60 minutes with a short pause whilst you turned it over.

Streaming caters for those that mostly got their music from the radio as a sort of background ambiance. Those that probably only ever bought a CD on shoe shopping trip, or perhaps as with the woman next door that played that Whitney Houston "Bodyguard' theme song for 8hrs a day, non-stop, for a month.

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I buy an awful lot of CDs

Probably at least 6 a month. I get some downloads too, and whilst I rarely play the CD itself, the physical object is of more value than the download that is sans information. |So currently I'm listening to Ketil Bjornstad's Remembrance, and I know the drummer is Jon Christensen, but buggered if I can recall the sax player.It is far simpler to reach for the cd case and see Tore Brunborg then go searching the web which is in all likelihood going to give me a wikipedia link and who can tell the accuracy of that? Who is that playing guitar on "Quadrant 4"? Etc, etc. I have a number of downloads but there is always the feeling afterwards that something is missing.

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Let it go, let it go ... Sales of games, video and music up for second year

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Re: But...but...but....

Games are up 7.5% apparently, and those are increasingly coming with inbuilt phone-home technology, or in-game purchases.

You have £20 of disposable income to spend on entertainment each week do you.

A) Spend it on drugs, and pirate music?

B) Spend it on booze, and pirate films?

C) Spend it on some football game.

Choices, choices, choices.

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Google's Gmail staggers to feet in China as access partially restored

John Lilburne

Perhaps just a shoddy software update.

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UK retailers in TABLET PRICE SLASH BONANZA

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Re: But Has Anyone Found something To Do With Them?

Indeed. In July 2010 we went to see some relations in France. The husband is a major Apple fanboi and had bought 4 iPads (one for himself, another for the wife, and one each for the two oldest boys), white bordered of course. He spent all weekend cooing over it, rubbing it, hugging it, announcing how much he was in love (the later only partly in jest).

Two years later, we went back and all four iPads were stacked on a shelf in the living room. I asked, are the broke? He responded "can't think of anything to do with them", "but two years ago?", deep sigh "Yes but then they were new, and they were from apple." subject change "Have you seen this app I've just got on the iPhone, you can point it at a plane flying overhead on its way to/from CdC airport and it will tell where its from or where its going - cool eh ... oooh look that one has just come from Finland".

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Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor

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Remember, remember, ...

Not so long ago Google used its billions to sue a small record blues company for having the temerity to complain about its links to cyberlockers etc. You know those sites that, now Google has its own pay service, it is de-listing

http://news.techgenie.com/latest/google-takes-on-the-offensive-sues-record-company/

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Careful - your helmet might get squashed by a VOLVO

John Lilburne

Re: What a stupid fucking idea....

Yep I nearly had one of them binking bastards last week in a pitch black country lane. At first I thought it was one of those new fangled flashing bend markers.

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Re: What a stupid fucking idea....

It might not be politically correct but cyclists are a pain in the fucking arse. I don't mind them in the city if they are going along at 20mph, that is not so much of a problem, but outside of the city/town limits they are nothing but a menace and an annoyance.

In my area they use the roads as some form a race track with a line of the bastards going up one side and another line down the other. Its a 60 mph road not 35 mph or 15 mph on the up hill. Nothing can get past the buggers not even farm traffic. Then on the windy country lanes they are two abreast or bunched up in a pelletron.

At least one a year gets killed and then we have the aggravation of the road being closed whilst the police investigate and the ambulance crews collect up the bits.

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Speaking in Tech: MICROSOFT to buy out TWITTER? Nah

John Lilburne

I can just remember stumbleupon, I dumped it after it did a rights grab on all the images people uploaded. Never been back.

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Searching to destroy ... Bing? Facebook JILTS Microsoft

John Lilburne

You seem to have an older version of the internet.

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Spanish scraper scrapped: Google axes Google News

John Lilburne

Re: A message

When one French ISP blocked Google Adsense it was reported to have cost Google $1 million in a single week. The Google ad pushers are unlikely to creep away.

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John Lilburne

*sigh*

Well will they learn that if they don't hang together, they'll all eventually hang separately.

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Taxi app Uber plugs 'privacy-threatening' web security flaw

John Lilburne

Forget all about that malarky

You order a ride from your house to restaurant, some unchecked driver turns up who now knows your home is empty for the next couple of hours.

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GOOGLE is COMING FOR YOUR CHILDREN

John Lilburne

If they want to make it child friendly ...

... they'll be filtering out wikipedia then.

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Wikipedia won't stop BEGGING for cash - despite sitting on $60m

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Why did Wales abandon it ...

... the Spanish editors forked in protest and he bottled it.

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John Lilburne

Re: Let's bitch, bitch, bitch!

[for the most part - of no use or interest to anyone save the Titanic obsessive or a descendant.]

They claim 4.5 million articles but the vast number of them are of the form "X is a village in Outer Mongolia with a population of 216", "Y is a moth in the A family", or "Z is a football player in the 4th division of the Turks and Caicos Islands league". As such they contain no extra information than that which you had to start with.

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John Lilburne

Re: Let's bitch, bitch, bitch!

The problem with your complaint is that all of the wikipedia content is already available elsewhere. If you are in the UK you have free access to Britannica through your library membership. Plus all the Oxford reference works. Plus loads of music and art references. True they don't have 1000s of "My Little Pony" articles but I suspect that isn't what you are looking up.

What has happened is that WP has polluted the internet, its pages dominate search engines to the exclusion of better works. The result is that you will almost always get 3rd rate information for any search query.

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Wikpedia ...

... is in constant threat of being extinguished. Removal of a child's photo of a butterfly and they cry that wikipedia will collapse. Pending changes - wikipedia will collapse. Image filter so you don't get some crap porn when you multimedia search for "tolling bell" - wikipedia will collapse. Removal of biographies of z-list celebrities and wikipedia will collapse. Google not linking of decades old, out dated information has Wales screaming wikipedia will collapse.

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Now Uber can take EVERYONE for a ride

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Robb Johnson - Welcome To Mugsborough

www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBenuuAD2Sg

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Pay-by-bonk chip lets hackers pop all your favourite phones

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Did anyone see any ...

News International journos in the place?

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Behold the Lumia 535 NOTkia: Microsoft wipes Nokia brand from mobes

John Lilburne

Re: Meh

This Nokia 6030 (c2005) that I carry, makes and receives calls, sends and receives text messages, if I leave it on permanently the battery last a week. The wife has some Samsung S3 thing which I don't see does anything more useful than the 6030. And yeah I know all about app for this and app for that, but really if you actually need any of that your life is really fucked up.

Now various colleagues have tried showing me differently but whenever they try, the thing they are trying to demonstrate either doesn't work or is so cumbersome its useless, or they can't connect to the wifi/web, or they discover they are about to run out of battery.

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Pop starlet Taylor Swift DUMPS Spotify: It’s not me, it’s you

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I've said before ...

... and it either got heavily downvoted or rejected, that those generating content should withhold it from Google and the like. A content strike may be the only way forward.

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SHOW ME THE MONEY! Ballmer on Amazon: 'They're not a real biz, they make NO cash'

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Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012

John Lilburne

If a company is tax dodging it getting cute with accountants, it is most likely to also getting cute with your privacy, and dodging its way around other regulations too.

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

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Compulsory voting ...

... yeah we'll give that a try just as long as they have "None" box to tick. Lets vote them all out constituency by constituency.

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IRONY ALERT: Former MI6 chief warns of 'mass snooping' - by PAEDOS

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Re: Unrelated question

I think you'll find that Gubmint perverts wear Gannex raincoats not some lowbrow Macintosh affair. Also the sweets they have on offer are better than Quality Street and not bought from some Pick-n-Mix stall.

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John Lilburne

Re: Please specify the nature of your menace

If you know the places someone frequents, the things they do, and the things they like, you can groom them better.

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John Lilburne

So what evilness of yours are you trying to distract us from?

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Spammer uses innocent hacked blogs to punt NAKED PICS of JLaw, McKayla Maroney

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"plumbing the depths"

"The crook involved in the celeb naked snap offer is plumbing the depths to exploit the event for his or her own gain."

I'm having real difficulty here contemplating any depth lower than reddit and 4chan.

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Labour outsources digital policy, Tories turn up to finish it

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Sometime ...

... we should hoist all 650 of them up on their and drop em on their heads. Think of it was a factory reset.

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Stanford Uni: Google cash leaves us entirely impartial and unbiased

John Lilburne

Re: It can be voted down. So ?

[After all, concerning Google, in El Reg forums the general attitude is Google is Evil.]

You might think so ...

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John Lilburne

Keeping shtumm

If I say anything here it will either get rejected or heavily voted down by the Google fan bois.

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They have been inserting little memes in everybody's mind. So Google's shills can shriek there whenever they're inclined

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

John Lilburne

I still buy CDs

and for all the reasons outlined in this article. I still play entire albums too, none of this hoping from one song/artist to another. I see people on sites like last.fm with 1000s of artists that they've listened too, I don't believe you can do that in any meaningful way.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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Big boxen big bucks

For me my 1972 KEF speakers beat anything modern, probably because its what I'm used to after 40 years. I recall back in the late 80s one 'audophile' mate groaning that I didn't have a CD player and one day came round to give me his old one. A few weeks later he was round and some music was playing and he said "See how much betterCD is!" What was playing was some 8 yo vinyl. A couple of years ago I was looking to bring the KEFs back into use having been persuaded to put them in the attic and try modern gear. I looked about for a solution and got amplification suggestions ranging in the several $100, a sound engineer relative recommended Classe http://www.martinshifi.co.uk/brand/4/classe/

Someone else said you can always extract money from people with big box and recommended another solution. A few weeks later the relative came over and said "Nice sound but where is the Amp" the rest of the weekend he stared at the thing and muttered but ... but ... but... but

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Freeshipping-Lepai-LP-2020A-digital-power-amplifier-small-power-amplifier/1670027524.html

as the other guy said (Trent Reznor has one of his guitar amps) the technology that went into computers in the last 40 years also went into audio.

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What TODO with open source: Google, Facebook and Twitter launch collab project

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Ain't that a shame ...

... if your business is premised on getting a load of people to do stuff for free, and those people start waking up to the fact of their exploitation by $billion corporation then said $billion corporations are screwed. I guess their next move would be to get some senate / congress committee, or Californian judge to declare that the SA clause in the GNU licenses doesn't apply if you're a $billion corporation. Then they can take the whole development in house and commercialize it properly.

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Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians

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Apparently its sacred work

[Our officers and soldiers are doing sacred work which saves many lives and they deserve our gratitude.]

Which is pretty good work if you can get it

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge95aGcth7k

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