* Posts by sabba

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Gay hero super-boffin Turing 'may have been murdered by MI5'

sabba
Gimp

I thought Tatchell had gone quiet.

He's obviously not been getting the attention he feels he deserves lately.

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Re: New Inquiry.

What about the aliens? Don't forget the aliens.

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Canadian family gives up modern tech to live like it's 1986

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Only on the men!!

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Do you mean to tell me...

...that it's not still 1986 in Canada!!

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NSA security award winner calls for hearings into agency's conduct

sabba
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Go back to how this started.

And very few had taken the impact of a fully laden commercial jet plane.

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Selfridges dreaming of a snot-themed Christmas

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Paris Hilton

I truly hope they have some restrictions...

...on which body parts they will scan!! :-)

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'Do the right thing and tell on a pirate' - software bods

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FAIL

One in four...

...how on Earth did they manage to come to this 'alarming' figure. Sounds like smoke and mirrors to me.

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Throwing arms let humans rise above poo-flinging apes to play CRICKET

sabba
Holmes

Let's pick on NASCAR next...

...a racing sport, which requires that your steering wheel turn in one direction only (usually to the left). <<yawn>>

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Using encryption? That means the US spooks have you on file

sabba
Joke

Re: Dear Mods

Or you could just stop reading the ones you deem childish!! Just a thought.

Hello!! Hello!! Are you there....did you get my message? Hello!!

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sabba
Gimp

So let's all start...

...encrypting huge blocks of random text and sending them via email (or other means) over the net.

Won't serve any great purpose but it should start to ramp up their server and associated storage costs.

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Why are scribes crying just 'cos Google copied their books? asks judge

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Holmes

Re: My Preciousssss...

Thank fuck you Yanks only **think** you rule the world then :-)

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FAIL

Re: Seems counterproductive...

I think the biggest problem is with the definition of part. Assuming I scan in your book and then remove the title page, the frontispiece, and perhaps the author's acknowledgements both I post the remainder on my web-site. The main content of the book is still complete but I have only published part of the book. So am I covered by the law? Perhaps not in the spirit of it.

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WTF?

Re: Seems counterproductive...

Doh!! you seem to be assuming that the book is already published on a website. Did you miss the bit where it said that Google was digitising print books. Not sure where you'd stick a robots.txt file in a print book.

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John McAfee talks of sex, drugs, and bad coding

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Paris Hilton

Perhaps it would have been better...

...if they'd applied the hammer to the other end of his anatomy!! Think head - not foot!!

I bet the current owners of McAfee are well chuffed at being associated with this mad man. Presumably they are now wishing they'd bought Norton instead.

I am not convinced he hasn't been involved in the code for over 20 years; I am sure I can feel hints of his madness in their products.

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Facebook crashes into networking with open switch

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Holmes

At the end of the day..

...it's a free market and you should be perfectly at liberty to buy, or not, an FB designed switch. Whether you (or I) do is in fact buy it is to some degree immaterial. What is important is the message it sends out to the big boys who have had the game field to themselves for way too long. I hope this takes off; I hope it's a success; and I welcome the increased competition. Does it really matter if your box says Facebook, Cisco or Wang Tu Industries so long as it does its job? After all, I am assuming you don't go around flashing your routers to all and sundry.

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Boss of Irish-based R&D hub: Man, this place is the back of beyond

sabba
Paris Hilton

So that'll be...

...a Savage report on bottlenecks at Cork!!

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Pyongyang Photoshop tomfoolery shows wet Norks, skirts blown up

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Devil

Re: Space programme

On that note. How's our, and by that I mean the UK's, space programme coming along?

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MI5 undercover spies: People are falsely claiming to be us

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Holmes

MI7 and three-quarters

are even more secret!!

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Furious Stephen Fry blasts 'evil' Reg and 'TW*T' Orlowski

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Trollface

TGINFD -

Thank God it's not Fry-day, perhaps!!

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GoPro accused of using DMCA to take down product review

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Trollface

Re: This comment is protected by DCMA

I am afraid I have had to downvote your posts, not because I do not find them amusing, but simply as an act of defiance. Viva le revolucione!!

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Young model ruthlessly fingers upskirt iPad petshop pervert

sabba
Coffee/keyboard

If she can be recognised from blurred shots of her nether regions...

...then she's probably doing the wrong kind of modelling.

Saying that: I am surprised she didn't just give the idiot a slap and be done with it. It seems a pretty sad way to spend your free time; guess the risk of being caught is probably his main motivation.

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WTF?

I am impressed...

...I have never managed to even take a photo of a whiteboard with my iPad without (a) nearly dropping it, (b) getting a totally blurred or dark image, or (c) accidentally swapping to some other app at the last second. This guy must put in the hours practising that 'edge' grip. Hats off to him.

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

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Unhappy

Re: Silent Running

Damn, you beat me to it. I was going to mention Silent Running. Excellent film.

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Philips pushes out SDK for multicolour Zigbee LED lights

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FAIL

Christ, what next...

...programmable toilets? £50 quid a time for a bulb? I think I'd rather have a more expensive control network and lower cost bulbs.

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'Million-strong' zombie army devours Raspberry Pi's crunchy base

sabba
Pirate

Or the indefensible doing the irresponsible depending on your perspective.

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Vint Cerf: 'The internet of things needs to be locked down'

sabba
Mushroom

Re: WTF?

@ADG - isn't that what the wide's for? Ok, the running costs are greater, and she's not overly reliable, comes with no warranty...but what the heck, at least she can't be hacked.......put that knife down dear and step away!!

<<hope the missus doesn't read TheReg>>

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Look out! PEAK WIND is COMING, warns top Harvard physicist

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Pint

Re: One question I have always asked myself

Don't forget the lizards...pull the legs off the lizards and keep David Ike happy!!

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Amazon ditches 'neo-Nazi' security firm over alleged harassment of workers

sabba
Joke

Re: UK warehouses

I'd never want to wear an outfit that was 'sliming'!! It might make me feel sluggish.

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Own a drone: Fine. But fly a drone with a cam: Year in the clink

sabba
Pirate

Re: Or just....

If looking into people's bedrooms is illegal I'd hate to be a window cleaner - there could be some heavy penalties being handed out :-)

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Re: "....make the act of attaching a camera to a flying machine illegal."

I wonder how they'd categorise the satellites that are currently photographing the Earth in great detail? Are these defined as flying machines when in geo-stationary orbit? When a satellite re-enter is it a flying or a falling machine?

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Top Firefox OS bloke flames Opera for WebKit surrender

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Big Brother

Re: bah

Lately FF on the Mac is a pile of poo. It chews up huge amounts of memory; takes ages to start-up and shutdown; frequently falls over / locks up; and won't play nicely with a whole raft of web pages. Ok, some of this is not just down to FF but all the same I expect it to play nicely. No browser is perfect I know. So perhaps it's simply that I have come to expect more from FF than from the others.

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Singaporean men in naked web cam extortion scam

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Headmaster

Re: Do we believe this?

You don't know his circumstances. Maybe he is from a very affluent family or perhaps he perpetrated a crime to obtain the funds. Personally I can't ever see a circumstance whereby I'd submit to blackmail - once you have subjugated yourself to their whims you only ever increase their leverage. Tell 'em to fuck themselves and then spend the 95k hunting 'em down and making sure they suffer, slowly!!

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Apple CEO Cook: 'Bizarre' shareholder lawsuit a 'silly sideshow'

sabba
Holmes

Re: Hmm... @ sabba 11:57 GMT

But do you, really or do you just think you do? ;-)

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FAIL

Re: Hmm... @ sabba 11:57 GMT

You think?

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sabba
Mushroom

Re: Hmm...

You can downvote me all you like. It doesn't change the reality of the situation. The CEOs want to appease the shareholders so they can garner bigger and bigger bonuses. To do this they pay out silly dividends, along with various other malpractices that i have neither the time nor the energy to go in to here, and in doing so over inflate the share price. Speculators jump in; buy; the shares; take the dividends and sell on quickly. Creating an artificial view of the company's worth and so further inflating the price (and the CEO's bonus) even further. And so on and so forth...

No doubt there'll be plenty of down-votes from other greed oriented idiots. Bring it on, baby ;-)

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Facepalm

Re: Hmm...

Yes, I do understand that the Shareholders *own* the company but as the custodian Cook has a duty of obligation to act in the company's interest and that is not necessarily the same as the owner's. He has a duty to ensure that the company is run in a financially prudent way and that it complies with all of its legal and regulatory obligations. This includes but is not limited to making sure that there is sufficient money retained to ensure that not only can the company grow but that it can also survive a down-turn in the economy. The shareholders might expect that all the money that comes in the door be paid straight back out to them in the way of dividends (after paying the bills of course) but this would not be sound business practice. Again, inflated shareholder expectations are the reason we have so many maladministered companies. It is not a sustainable model as has so ably been demonstrated.

Without access to Apple's accounts I cannot comment on what is happening or planned with regards to its cash pile. I do know that having such a large amount of money available changes the market dynamics and in its favour. It is able to react quickly should it need to; it is able to survive a downturn in the market; it gives it better leverage when negotiating credit or other contracts. Getting a 3% return (and I am betting they are probably getting a higher percentage rate than that) on several billion dollars is still not a bad income.

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sabba
Mushroom

Re: Hmm...

Hang-on: why is it not theirs but their shareholders? By that token no company should ever retain funds, they should immediately pay it all out in dividends. It's this kind of stupid, greedy engagement model that's caused the screwed economic situation that we're in now. It does not make sound economic sense for shareholder remuneration to keep on climbing at all costs. It sets false expectations and causes CEOs to make unsound judgements just to appease the shareholder and improve their own bonus situation. It gives a skewed picture of a companies financial position and actively encourages speculative investment. Altogether short sighted. If companies spent a little more time planning for the future and a little less pandering to every shareholder whim we'd be in a lot better place all round.

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Capita bosses defend £30m migrant-poking IT deal with Border Agency

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Facepalm

Yes, cos of course....

...Capita are known for their efficient processes, which means they always deliver on time and under budget.

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Illicit phone rings in Sri Lankan inmate's back crack

sabba
Holmes

I'm guessing he couldn't be arsed to turn it off!!

<see title>

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Ethernet at 40: Its daddy reveals its turbulent youth

sabba
Joke

Ah token-ring...

...the One True Ring (My Precious)!!

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Don't Menshn the snore: Chick-lit queen's jabber site killed in its sleep

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Paris Hilton

Re: somewhere for people of no note...

Hey - the Register's forums are renowned for their in-depth intellectual analysis of the day's hot topics. Aren't they?

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sabba
Facepalm

somewhere for people of no note...

...to post comments of even less note?

Hasn't Twitter already done that far more efficiently?

Sounds more like an ego rubbing attempt by the Menshn wench!!

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sabba
Coffee/keyboard

Re: I missed the announcment that...

To be honest, it's probably best that way!!

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The truth on the Navy carrier debacle? Industry got away with murder

sabba
Paris Hilton

Re: Chocolate Teapot

Lucky then that we have the good old US of A to defend us!! lol

For those people living on the other side of the Atlantic and who are perhaps not overly familiar with it - this is an example of what we in the UK know as sarcasm!

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US diplomat: If EU allows 'right to be forgotten' ... it might spark TRADE WAR

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Facepalm

Re: Laughs..

Given that a good percentage of the Yanks I have met get confused about the location of various countries I think we're fairly safe from an American invasion seeing as the buggers can get to out of space (I guess it is only straight up after all) but would have problems pinpointing Malawi on the map.

And most of the shit that America relies on so heavily was invented in Europe in the first place.

Yeah, good old US manufacturing. Tell me, had any problems with your aerospace or motor industries lately?

I could go on but I'm getting bored.

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sabba
Big Brother

Ok, ok, please no more anti-American corporate postings....

....I have used up my day's allotment of upvotes already and it's only 9.49am!!

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Integrator 2e2 axes 319 UK staff, halts pay cheques - insiders

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Facepalm

Re: Bloody Skivers

Actually I know quite a few people who are in work and are skivers.

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sabba
Paris Hilton

Re: If I worked there and they were holding my wages

I'd like to see the fuckers walk 300 plus people to the gate.

The laws on corporate responsibility really need to be tightened up in this country - and employees should be placed at the head of the list when it comes to doling out whatever assets remain. Waiting until two days before pay day before telling people they won't be paid is not just unfair it's irresponsible and should not be allowed to go unpunished.

Bet the director's made sure their expense accounts were all settled before they made the announcement.

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Why did your outsourced IT fall over? Cos you weren't on Twitter

sabba
Paris Hilton

Re: Gartner

But presumably without the alleged shagging of underaged girls (at least I am assuming that's what he was arrested for).

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sabba
FAIL

I think they've missed the point...

...the problem is that too many people spend too much time on social media channels telling people how great a job they are doing rather than focusing on doing the bloody job itself.

Worker: boss, we're two months over-run and three million in the red.

Pointy headed boss: Nonense. The project must be a great success. Our contractors have said so on Twitter.

FFS Who's paying Gartner for this rubbish?

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