* Posts by heyrick

2516 posts • joined 20 Dec 2009

Google pumps $60m into music company Kobalt

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oh oh oh a-ee-ai!

Damn you for sticking the frog song in my head. It might be misremembered given how long ago it was but that doesn't make it any less annoying.

So I'll see your Macca and raise you that horrible little green bastard on a bike that was popular a decade ago.

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NO ONE is making money from YouTube, even Google – report

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Google isn't making any money?

Define "isn't making money". Are they truly not making money, or is this the Amazon definition?

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Get yourself connected: GrovePi+ Starter Kit

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I prefer the very hard way

Bought a little OLED off eBay, found the data sheets, wrote a driver. Even wrote a program to clone the display to a 128x64 mono display. Useless but fun.

I have time on my hands and I think that I learn/understand more when I do it myself.

Still, this board looks like it exposes some good stuff to interface with.

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German music moguls slammed for 'wurst ever DMCA takedown spam'

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Hang on

Doesn't the DCMA declaration they're required to provide state that false declaration is perjury? Can't they be done for this?

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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On mobile, there is no way to get the old app back

Ask around, somebody might have an older version they could extract and send you...

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Probably already been said...

Reading in the car on a phone so going through 115 replies isn't an option.

Anyway, switch to English British keyboard layout and pick the one with extended or international in the name. It retains the familiar British layout but adds the typical European accents.

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So who just bought the rights to .blog for $30m? A chap living in Panama

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Re: re:e-mail validation

"then fire up a SMTP session, do the EHLO, MAIL FROM, RCPT TO and see if it is accepted"

...and the user will then find that the email address is rejected as the server discards non-SSL connections that have not logged into the server.

The company validating the address wants less spam? Guess what, so do server admins.

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Re: I guess ... not many, but waaay more than "none"

"and lost customers from those who can't be bothered to complain and just take their money elsewhere"

Oh hell yes.

There's a dash, it's invalid. Really? There's an unrecognised domain (.eu), it's invalid. Really? The name part is too long (no, it's a spam trap address with their name in it), it's invalid. Really?

The good sites actually send an email to the given address once to "verify my account", the bad sites choke. And, of course, if they aren't willing to accept my email address for notifying me of the status of my order, well I guess I'll just have to take my order elsewhere.

For what it is worth, it is usually American sites that display this incompetence. The same sort that let me pick a country from a drop-down list but then choke because the zip code is invalid/missing, and after wading through loads of pseudo-legalese it says in small letters that they don't ship overseas. Well, why didn't you say that when offering a country instead of wasting my time you retarded assholes...

Still, between that and the price USPS wants for sending anything, it is getting to be cheaper to order from anywhere else on the planet.

tl;dr version: random rant about incompetent online ordering

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Jeb Bush, the man who may lead the US in 2016, dumps Floridians' private data on the web

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It's obvious

Even God doesn't want another Bush in the White House.

(would add "getting my coat" icon but that's not an option in the mobile version)

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ANOTHER US court smacks down EFF's NSA wiretap sueball – but won't say why

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Re: The people...

"Don't vote, it only encourages the bastards."

Surely that is the WORST tactic? If the sensible people don't vote the future will be decided by those who did vote. . . or maybe a communist/BNP coalition (or whatever horrible mutation arises) might work? Hmm, hope only goes so far.

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Data retention: It seems BORING ... until your TV SPIES ON YOU

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Or... Display some words on the screen that you read aloud a few times and it can learn your speech. Provide provision for five people to be "learned", well within the capabilities of a modern SoC and should support an average family. No need to push data elsewhere.

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S Voice as well

The Samsung Galaxy comes with S Voice, a sort of vocal control system. Could be useful but unlike the Motorola one that worked on the phone, the S Voice agreement that it shows you on first use asks you to agree to share location, voice data, contacts etc etc with Nuance (the provider) and their partners.

No way in hell...

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Official: Single people need to LOWER their EXPECTATIONS

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Meh.

World. Population 7.125 beellion (estimated).

Here's the person I think is perfect: http://i.imgur.com/N3GxTgC.jpg

The other 3,562,499,999 (divided by two to omit males) - sorry.

Of course, she's probably already taken which means my life will forever be that of a singelton; so I'll just get my coat and slink out the door while nobody is looking...

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Welcome to Spartan, Microsoft's persuasive argument for... Chrome

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Re: "having to build for not one but two Microsoft browsers"

"but in the real world, if a browser doesn't adhere to the standards, what can you do?"

I run a small unimportant website that doesn't make me money, so I was free to decide that I'd had enough of IE8's quirks, and with later versions not being backwardly compatible to older systems for a somewhat tenuous reason, I decided - that's it. No more testing on IE. I replaced IE with iOS Safari so if something on my site looks weird with IE, rest assured that it looks as intended on all of the other browsers that I test with. And no, I won't fix it. I have far better things to do with my time...

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Re: But it's Google...

"Start Chrome, you are asked to "sign in to Google"."

No, you aren't. Samsung S5 Mini. Just turned it on. Started Chrome. It's reloading the page I last looked at with it a few days ago (I usually use the stock browser).

No asking to log in. There might be an option somewhere to log in to sync favourites and such from another version (like the Windows version?) but I only have Chrome on the phone so no need to that. And as no need for that, no need to sign in.

"Google is the only browser publisher that wants to know who you are from the outset."

Except for when Opera wanted you to (optionally) log in to do more or less the exact same thing - sharing content from one browser session to another... I think Firefox can (optionally) do that as well these days.

I'm surprised Microsoft hasn't jumped on the bandwagon here. Then we could have all sorts of fun, like "looking at porno sites at home before bed? well, okay, let's just sync all of that onto your work computer..." ;)

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Landlines: The tech that just won't die

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and the total per quarter is £60.22

I pay that per month (France).

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I don't think you're ready for this Jelly: Google pulls support for Android WebView

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Re: WTF

"Translated as "normally" your OS isn't obsolete in less than the length of a phone contract."

Given normal carrier laziness, your OS is probably obsolete before you buy, and good luck if you think you'll ever see an upgrade.

My current phone is an Xperia U. It runs Android 2.3.7 (I think). That was on it when I bought it in 2013. To their credit, Sony did make a version of 4.something available for it. Have Orange? Not bloody likely. Still, my contract ends in a week and a bit. Time to look for something a little less ancient.

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US kills EU watchdog's probe into EU cops sharing EU citizens' data

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forcing the watchdog to end a probe into America's relationship with the Euro cops

Forcing? The only thing that should be forced is all such relationships should now be automatically annulled until such time as they can be demonstrated to be correct and legitimate.

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

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Re: It is a French car.

"why boring diesels had captured the French market"

Diesel is subsidised (here in France). I don't know the difference between how far a litre of 95/98 unleaded gets you vs how far a litre of diesel gets you; but I do know that diesel is generally €0,30ish per litre less expensive and back in the days when "Some nut blew up a pipe? That's €0,20 a litre extra, thank you!", unleaded was very sensitive to price rises(*) while diesel seemed to lag a bit.

* - not quite so quick at coming down, I note.

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"It took half an hour to find the bonnet (hood) release, passenger side? really?"

I feel inclined to point out that, since you drive on the other side of the road, having the bonnet release there is perfectly logical. It would be the driver side of any European model.

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Want to have your server pwned? Easy: Run PHP

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The latest releases of PHP 5.4, 5.5, and 5.6 are all thought to be secure.

all thought to be secure ? He actually wrote that?

You mean you think they are "safe" (term used loosely) today. Tomorrow may be an entirely different story...

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

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Re: yes, yes, no etc

"even checked the skies for the milion drones expected to be sold this year" - I noticed that. I want to get myself a drone. I live on an old farm in the middle of nowhere so it'd fall out of range and crash before it gets anywhere like interfering with other people. Might be useful for photography, checking the barn gutters, blah blah. I thought I could pick up one as a Christmas toy. Well, there was barely a helicopter, other than a little IR indoor model or two. Huh?

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Re: Elf and safety

"and chasing the quicksilver beads as they escaped across the lab bench."

When I started what would now be called High School, we used to poke our fingers in a beaker full of mercury and ping little blobs of it around the desk. I'm glad I got to do that, it's a really weird substance.

The year I finished High School, somebody dropped a thermometer. The classroom was evacuated and specialists in white suits had to be called in to clear it up. FFS, just give me a dustpan and a test tube to put the pieces in. What a flippin' over-reaction.

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God I feel old now.

That's all.

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Doctor Who's tangerine dream and Clara's death wish in Last Christmas

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Yippee-ki-yay

Okay, own up - how many of you followed that with the word that the BBC couldn't broadcast?

Now, own up - how many of you thought this episode would be utter crap but actually rather enjoyed it?

Sure, it isn't Who Gold, and I really really wish Danny would bugger off once and for all, but a lot of things worked well in this episode. The continual "It's a long story", the brilliant tracking shot in the "You're dying!" corridor. Santa being played exactly right. I was expecting a lot less, so this was pleasing.

I also suspect we might see Shona again. Why her? I mean she'd just watched a bunch of movies that pretty much set up the entire scene. Why her? Didn't the other three have things to add to the plot?

Yippee-ki-yay motherf.......

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Sony releases Nork flick The Interview straight to DVD (digital video download)

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Count to ten...

...and the information of everybody who downloads the film will end up on pastebin...

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Movie industry's evil plan to destroy the internet is going precisely nowhere

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Re: Control your media better.

"I imagine each theater gets a differently watermarked (and differently coded) movie, so that if it *does* escape then the studios know who to kill."

If I remember correctly, it is called something like "cinavia" and is some sort of ID code hidden in the soundtrack. As an added benefit, some domestic playback devices are designed to detect this and stop playing, so if stuff recorded in a cinema is downloaded, it won't work...well, that's the theory. Don't know how it plays out in real life.

Ah, just looked it up. Here you go: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinavia (looks like it should be quite resilient)

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Re: better movies

" total waste of $1.50 "

Only a dollar fifty? Maybe the price should have been a clue...

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Welsh council rapped for covert spying on sick leave worker

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The employee had only been off work with a sick note for anxiety and stress

To all the people who think meh "stress", ask yourselves, if this is an indication of how they value (and trust) their staff, what do you think it's like working for them?

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Random comments

[this long post represents my meandering thoughts - if you have a short attention span, just hit Page Down a bunch of times...]

First up, comparing yourself against Amazon "because both have lots of white" is a bit dumb. People don't go to Amazon to read stuff. It isn't like El Reg and - to be honest - thank god for the accessibility option on my iPad where pressing the button three times inverts the colours. White on black is a bit old-school, but at least I can read without eye pain.

Secondly, comparing yourself against Amazon is a bit dumb because Amazon makes good use of available screen space (their webdev mission statement probably says "a wasted area of screen is a missed sale"). You? You have huge swathes of white on either side. It looks... amateurish. Like somebody playing with <table> layouts not realising the difference between px and % because "it looks okay on my screen".

Thirdly - http://m.theregister.co.uk/Week is a 404. Any plans to fix it, or are we going to be stuck with the arbitrary order? How about give us an option - "most recent first" vs "stories we think you'd like" (or something). After all, Amazon lets you choose what order to see things in. <nudge><nudge>

Could we have an "age" indication on the mobile version, please? It is useful to see if something is "X hours old" so you can quickly scan through for items that have been posted since the last visit.

I notice that you said that you don't have in-house resources to develop, and that nobody likes change. Actually, change can be good. But to handwave concerns with "nobody likes change" is a bit churlish, especially when the change is to something that does not look or feel as nice as it was before. Here's a bit in bold, please read it twice: YOUR SITE WAS NOT BROKEN. NOW IT IS. Clear enough? Would it not have been an idea to develop this in-house, run it alongside for some feedback (maybe of your gold-shield commentators) and tweak it accordingly prior to a public release? Wouldn't that have been better than a "here's shiny new whiteness, now beta test it, oh and there's no downgrade". Reminds me of Orange with their Livebox firmware (every update looks nicer but makes simple actions tedious and breaks loads of stuff along the way - thank God they only update like once every two years).

I read the link. I find it interesting that desktop advertising brings in more revenue than mobile, given that it isn't hard to remove advertising from a desktop browser, but generally mobile devices do not have this sort of functionality. What you may actually be seeing is that advertising on a desktop machine is "tolerated" because it loads quickly (even at slow ADSL speeds) and there isn't much in the way of technical restriction. On the other hand, I completely avoid visiting advertising-heavy sites on my mobile device as it takes longer to load (an eternity if on EDGE instead of 3G), most of the browsers I have used on phones have a really annoying habit of throwing away all content and refetching it if you switch to another app (even something as simple as reading an SMS), and phone contracts tend to come with a data allowance. Some have gigabytes, some have hundreds of megabytes, some have less. I have 500MiB/month, which works out to be about 16MiB a day. Not enough to mess around with advertising I am not going to read. And, some sites, sadly, accept to receive revenue from advertisers that do really shitty things like "oh, you're on Android, here's a 400KiB apk file every bloody time" - animelyrics.com I'm naming YOU, or you visit a webpage and suddenly you are staring at some game you wouldn't look at in a million years in the app store. Behaviour like that, and the fact that bandwidth is restricted (moreso if your contract is one that will let you go over and hit you with ££££ for it) mean that people are likely to be less tolerant of advertising on a mobile platform (despite Google's best attempts to insert advertising everywhere possible). As it is, I have reprogrammed my ElReg bookmark to the mobile version as the main page is massive. I can't justify >200K every time the browser decides to reload the page. But, if it continues to be difficult to sort new stories from things that I have already noticed, I'll just stop reading it during my break at work (when I read most stuff on ElReg).

Your linked article finishes with "This is why the media industry's crumbling fortunes cannot be ignored." What was ignored for too long was the media industry publishing generic mass produced junk that alienated the readership. Take, for instance, Dr. Dobb's - a recent story here on ElReg. It started being hardcore, then it went commercial, then it went through long protracted death throes due to having lost the readership that it had in the beginning, and having lost the essence of what made it different. It might do for the publishing industry to start making things that people are willing to pay for, instead of trying to "make a killing" by publishing things that some clueless marketing twat thinks the readership might like. There's a magazine I buy from time to time. The subject matter is Japan. Things to see, interviews, lots of J-Pop, reviews of manga and such. Somewhere along the way, it started taking on a lot of stories about K-Pop. Now, I understand that maybe to a clueless Westerner, Japan and Korea are kind of the same place, but to those of us who can actually find them both on a map, they're not the same, their language isn't the same, and don't they kind of dislike each other anyway? My knowledge of Korea is a few seriously bad-ass films and That Song That Broke YouTube. Obviously, I haven't bought the last two issues, and judging by the fake sticker on the front saying "100% Japan" on the latest issue, I'm not the only one to think that. If they want to promote Korea, go for it. In a magazine all about Korea. Simple! It's really the same sort of story as Dobbs, isn't it? It's a balancing act between satisfying a potentially smaller readership versus attracting new readers while not alienating the ones they have, and not becoming so generic that their publication has nothing to make it stand out of the crowd. Perhaps, instead of whining about how mobile pays less, publishers might want to think of things that people would actually pay for...

"This may sound lame to you but we have 50 mouths to feed." - fair enough. I can't say I agree, but it's your site, your decision. You've already pretty much lost a mobile-device reader and you're in danger of making a regular become a part time lurker. Is this what you intended?

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Expensive!

I prefer to use full sites on my Android phone (ancient firmware, stock browser) as mobile sites often have reduced functionality (long-tap to open in a new window doesn't work, fixed scale can't zoom, gross weird looks-like-WAP colour scheme, etc etc).

Your site? It is "expensive" in terms of data allocation and in terms of fetch speed. The main index document (today) is 200KiB. The associated images amount to just under 2MiB for yours alone. So many pictures.

I think I'd probably cry if I itemised the advertising as well.

So, sorry, I will give the mobile version a view and I hope it works well, but I don't think I'll be interacting with your site while "out" through the front door any more.

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Too damn much white. It's like bloody YouTube. It also hurts to read at night in low light.

My VGA monitor is 1440x900. There are enormous white margins down each side. Why? Too hard to resize the new layout to fit the screen? The comments are even worse. Seriously, I think you're using maybe a little under half of the screen width. A high school girl could create a website like looks like this...

What's with continually bumping the "Do you know who your customers actually ARE?" story? Shouldn't the stories listed be shown by time/date, and the insert bar for ones you want to 'bump'?

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EU VAT law could kill THOUSANDS of online businesses

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Re: This is entirely UNreasonable

"Your foreigner can be quite tricky, some of them even speak English. You could insist that they explain how to bowl a Yorker or play a few rounds of Mornington crescent, that should catch Jerry out."

Your foreigner could be me. I live in France. As a Brit, those questions wouldn't faze me. But send something to me, it's an export.

Oh, and for what it's worth, this is a really dumb way to approach the problem. I thought the point of the EU was to try to remove trade barriers, not erect one so massive that a fair number of people will simply refuse to trade internationally. I can understand wanting to deal with the megacorps paying a pittance in tax, but I can't help but feel that the potential collateral damage is going to be more disastrous than the problem that they were trying to fix.

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ESA: Venus probe doomed to fiery death on weird planet's surface

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<description of atmosphere> - Gaviscon, anybody?

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American bacon cured with AR-15 assault rifle

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God bless America

You don't like the bacon? You're free to put bullet holes in it.

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Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

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So you end your life...

...by crawling inside your mother and dissolving inside her body? That's comic and horrific in equal measure.

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Google vows: Earth will VANISH in 2015

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Oh look, something else Google got "bored with".

(see title)

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

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Re: Digital toss

"explainers" ? Are they finally admitting that the so-called "experts" weren't, so now they're just random-people-that-explain-stuff-that-only-retards-wouldn't-already-know?

Thankfully, I've not heard that phrase yet, I don't tend to pay much attention to BBC News now that each story seems to be accompanied with a picture or diagram designed to cause the most irritation possible. Like, let's see, something happened in Syria. So there's a map showing where Syria is, in case we utterly failed to pay attention over the past four or so years.

Frankly, I'd rather they put news programming on CBeebies. At least young children wouldn't put up with this shit...

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Mom and daughter SUE Comcast for 'smuggling' public Wi-Fi hotspot into their home

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Re: quick question

"What's the homeowners rights/responsibilities?"

I would fully expect to have no responsibilities. The "orange" public AP requires the user to log into it in some method (usually mobile phone number and some short passphrase that was texted to you when you first set up the phone), and that done, it provides a completely separate IP address to the public connection. So if a person logged in to my AP and ripped off Frozen (or whatever is hot), the IP address would not match mine. Furthermore, Orange should be able to tell from the login credentials who was connected at that time. It may be a borrowed identity, but I don't care, it isn't me, anything beyond that is their problem.

[thought: if Orange have upgraded all the Liveboxes to support public AP functions, and they can all now have two IP(v4) addresses....um....]

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Orange (France) does exactly this

A recent(ish, 2012) update to the Livebox added hotspot support and turned it on by default.

You can elect to turn it off, but if you do this, you will not be eligible to use any other public hotspot. It's a sort of share-alike applied to hotspots...

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Apple lawyers fight to silence dead Steve Jobs: 'No right' to hear him from beyond the grave

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Re: Not strange to me...

" “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” "

And what stages do lies pass through? [mmm, peristalsis ?]

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Re: Not strange to me...

"An aluminium bodied aircraft cannot physically fly through concrete and steel, it's just structually impossible."

You could break a window with a pot of yogurt if you put enough force behind it. Same thing here, a plane would touch the building and crumple if you drove it into the building. Now, put it in the air, move it at flight speeds, throw in a shitload of fuel for a big bang and...different story.

But, hey, keep on collecting the downvotes. If you get enough, maybe you'll get a stuffed toy...

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Re: Not strange to me...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/8739384/911-anniversary-in-pictures-the-attack-on-the-World-Trade-Center-in-New-York.html - and there is plenty of video of this on YouTube.

Looks like a plane, smells like a plane, feels like a plane. Could it be faked? Possibly. But then so could the "oh my god it was a military plane" recording. Actually, dubbing in an extra voice would be simpler than convincingly faking a jumbo of some sort flying into the building instead of, you know, that military plane wot did it......

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Microsoft: Hey, don’t forget Visual Basic! Open source and new features coming

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VB5/6 was nice

Didn't get what problem VB.Net was trying to solve, other than "let's take VB and cock it all up" so I stuck with old-school VB for a while, then I just gave up writing stuff for Windows. My job doesn't require any IT knowledge, so I 'hack'[term used loosely] for RISC OS in C and ARM for amusement, like when there's nothing on TV. I grew up with it, it's nice to keep the old ways going.

If VB6 was open sourced and updated for modern platforms, I might give it a try; especially if it could be brought to a stage that could assemble stand-alone executables (instead of needing a pile of DLLs). But I'm not particularly interested in the oddity that VB-but-only-in-name has become.

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EU bangs drum over its openness rules – from which it is exempt

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"It further adds that merely having a legal basis for publication is not sufficient; institutions must show that publication is “truly necessary”." - if there is a legal basis for publication, is attempting to override the law not in itself unlawful?

"In all cases, institutions should document how they reached a decision." - let's see... we can engage forty columnists to rant for twenty pages, to stir up our readership and ultimately sell twice as many copies. There. It's good for the economy, see? Job done.

Or maybe just be like a certain French publication and "publish now, apologise later".

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This Christmas, demand the right to a silent night

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When I'm at home, my mobile is in WiFi only mode, like a little tablet. If people want me urgently, they can email, otherwise leave a message. My home phone? That is on silent ring, it is there for my convenience, not anybody else's.

I am not paid for being on call and I'm not the poor bloke in charge of the RBS's computers, so there is nothing that can't wait until tomorrow...

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Is EU right to expand 'right to be forgotten' to Google.com?

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Re: Um... What Gonzalez vs Google Sp. actually said:

" The legal jurisdiction something takes place in is the legal jurisdiction where the browser being used to view the intertubes is. " - there is a danger in this idea.

1, American law has already stated that stuff published online is published "in America" for copyright purposes, which poo-poos on that idea.

2, take kingjamesonline (or something of that ilk). Now read it in Iran.

Are you sure you want to subject yourself to the caprices of some arbitrary legal process in some other country that might not even understand the concept of human rights.

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MEPs want 'unbiased search', whatever that is – they're not sure either

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unbiased results?

Aren't these the same people that demanded Google (etc) to (seemingly arbitrarily and with no oversight) "forget" stuff, and more recently have suggested that Google doesn't even need to tell the content owner when stuff is to be "forgotten"? Now they want unbiased results? Huh?

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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typically with a top and base of pastry

A good lawyer would argue that there's enough leeway in "typically" to include the sort of so-called pies that this petition is intending to fight.

As for criminal sanctions, aren't the prisons already full?

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Pay with your credit card at station kiosk? 'Dare Devil' is targeting YOU

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Our local supermarket...

...runs XP systems. They updated the automatic scan-it-yourself terminals earlier in the month. Reboot. Reboot. Reboot. Reboot.

Um...

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Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix

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Re: Money for nothing

As a Brit expat in Europe, I am pretty disillusioned by the current UK government.

That's not to say "whoo-hoo EU", but, come on, we're comparing turds here, aren't we?

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