* Posts by heyrick

2489 posts • joined 20 Dec 2009

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

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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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Otherwise:

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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"Perhaps IPO officials, keen to “stick it to the man”, were hoping people will blame the music industry rather than their own mean-spirited interpretation of European copyright law."

What evidence is there that the IPO officials were "keen to 'stick it to the man'"? The music industry would like us to buy the same thing numerous times in different formats which is as ridiculous today (CD->MP3) as it was when I was young (LP->tape). If you buy a copy for yourself, why should you pay per playback device? Could making a copy for your own use not be considered fair use?

I live in a country where blank media has a built-in levy. Oddly enough, most of the blank media I buy is for backups and such of my data, source codes, blah blah, but mostly my own video recordings (which, encoded 'live' are a lot larger in size than a codec that has the luxury of running at 10fps). Most of my MP3s live on a USB harddisc with a copy on an SD card and a DVD-R. That's one active copy and two backups, which might represent a decimal point in the blank media that I have bought. I'm not complaining, I'm just pointing out that a media levy is not necessarily the logical solution.

Finally, consider downloaded music. You have to put those somewhere, so you may end up in the interesting situation of buying a media (SD card, harddisc, etc) with a built-in levy applied, in order to use to store music that you have lawfully purchased. Not a copy for your convenience, the original copy.

Essentially - it seems that "the man" is complaining to be recompensed for his ability to sell the same thing multiple times; something that never should have been required in the first place.

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Right to be forgotten should apply to Google.com too: EU

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Re: As far as I can see....

Not quite. We can say and think all the nasty things we like.

Nobody else will be allowed to read it, though.

It kind of reminds me of The Daily Mail's approach to kiddie porn where they scream and shout at Google for indexing such things. Well, getting Google to remove the links to the content does not remove the content itself, so it seems a rather "out of sight, out of mind" approach.

Same thing here, nobody is dealing with the phones, we're just cutting random pieces out of the phonebook instead...

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Wait, what?

So if there was something on my website that somebody objected to and requested it to be "forgotten", this can take place and the person hosting the material is no longer to be informed?

I can understand this is perhaps to stop the website owner from changing the link or bringing it to everybody's attention; but the flip side of the coin is that without any sensible form of due process (person makes a request, search engine evaluates and decides (or something like that)), it would make it piss-easy to fire off requests to silence legitimate criticism and concerns.

It's nice to see the morons making these decisions have no grasp on how "that there internet thingy" actually works. There's no reason to approach Google at all (other than that they are big, American, slightly evil), if the problem is dealt with at source (the offending web page) then the Google problem takes care of itself. No page, nothing to index.

But, gee, that's all complicated and involves lawyers and stuff. It's much easier to fill out an online form and click a button, right?

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Your PHONE is slowly KILLING YOU

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Re: Oh wah.

Come visit the place I work sometime...

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Oh wah.

That looks like the standard posture of assembly line workers...

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Yes, UK. REST OF EUROPE has better mobe services than you

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I have good coverage in France, can get 3G in the middle of nowhere...

...but for my internet/phone/mobile combo, I pay €60/month. You do the maths...

[there are cheaper options, Sosh vs Orange; Free, etc etc]

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

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Interesting example, the motorbike one

As it implies that the motorbike (however bizarre the concept of a driverless bike is) is aware that it's rider is not wearing a helmet. Both science AND ethics ought to say that the motorbike never should have started its journey in that condition...

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Countdown contestant pays homage to IT Crowd's Moss

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Re: "Not available in your country. Sorry."

"Did you notice the ".co.uk" in your address bar?"

What, as in TheRegister.co.uk? (accessible everywhere) As in my own site, a .co.uk? (can be accessed anywhere) As in Amazon.co.uk? (can be used to order stuff to a French address)

Just because something says .co.uk doesn't automatically imply "Britain Only".

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Bang! You're dead. Who gets your email, iTunes and Facebook?

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Already done this.

A little notebook with passwords and brief instructions of how to delete content and whether or not deletion of the account is feasible. I don't have anything worth preserving that isn't also kept on USB harddisc backups, so there's no point wasting time recovering stuff.

As for the Ts&Cs and whether or not they permit this sort of thing...the agreement was with me. I'll be dead. Good luck suing a corpse.

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

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Re: Free Speech has not been censored

I believe the correct phrase is "chilling effect". Go look it up.

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Are MPs smarter than 5-year-olds? We'll soon find out at coding school – Berners-Lee

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they have got to understand how powerful a weapon it is

Jesus - absolutely do NOT give them ideas!

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VXers Shellshocking embedded BusyBox boxen

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Re: Bash + Busybox

@ Flocke: How does one tell easily if the command processor is bash?

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Japanese boffins build rounders-playing ROBOT SCHOOLGIRL

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Impressive stuff (I liked it being able to hit the ball into a basket), but that only resembles a schoolgirl in the sense of the Terminator's post-apocalyptic nightmare world. Still, put these mechanics into the DER2 Actroid (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3tcSlWLS_g) and then we'll be getting somewhere interesting!

Edit: this as well - http://youtu.be/V7TKBFJMbi0

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Jony Ive: Apple isn't here to make money. And students shouldn't use computers so much

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Bad design offends him?

Then why don't you fix your own products? I live in the country (so no passing iPhone is going to scan my AP), my iPad is WiFi only. So why over successive versions of iOS is Location Services fundamentally broken? I cannot instruct iOS as to my location, the WiFi AP is not "known", and several discussions with so-called support failed to come up with any sort of resolution. It seems impossible for me (or Apple support staff) to associate an AP with a location. It needs an iOS device with GPS.

There are other flaws, but that is the one that really bugs me. Bad design, pure and simple.

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'Yes, yes... YES!' Philae lands on COMET 67P

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"The ESA has succeeded in humanity’s first ever attempt to land a man-made probe on a comet"

...so what was Hayabusa?

(took off a decade ago, landed on a remote lump of rock, got lost in space, found, and managed to bring back a sample which arrived in 2010)

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What kind of generation doesn't stick it to the Man, but to Taylor Swift instead?

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Re: If you want to make a million from playing music...

That's it, isn't it? Perform to people. Meet those people. Sell them your CDs (directly). List your music on places like Amazon for others to find (and existing fans to keep up to date if you aren't playing near them). And play. Lots. Being a musician is a job. A career even. For every sold out venue (and I'm not talking stadium size), there's a massive amount of work that has gone to make it possible.

Personally, I think the X-Factor/PopIdol way makes a mess of things. Sure, it might "discover" some talent, but it is a discovery made by the industrial treadmill. Some artists carve out a niche for themselves, others? Long forgotten.

So, basically, what Vinyl-Junkie says.

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I asked the audience if they really wanted to live in a country that does this to its fellow citizens to benefit a few very wealthy corporations.

Isn't that pretty much how a capitalist country rolls?

Why not remove all of the DoJ stuff and ask about the rich and the people with money (and the job-for-life public service employees) if they feel right about having to pay for those who are poor and don't have money (re. ObamaCare). It is a rather different set of responses, to the point where I strongly believe that if a Republican wins the next election (as they are likely to do), one of the first changes will be to get rid of ObamaCare. Do you really want to live in a country that does this to its fellow poorer citizens to benefit the wealthier ones?

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Are open Wi-Fi network bods liable for users' copyright badness?

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Please don't fuck this up

At the moment, the only safe public WiFi that I can use is in McDonalds (here in France). It is reasonably unrestricted, enough that I can connect up and then set a VPN connection running so my comms will be encrypted even over a public AP. Useful for stuff using older send-password-in-the-clear protocols like POP3.

The alternative? Go to a KFC. Not only is their WiFi AP so locked down that only the common protocols work , any attempt to visit an SSL site throws an error on my iPad because KFC are trying to pass off a fake certificate. Always the same one, no matter what https address I go to. It is an active, deliberate, MITM which completely undermines any end-user security whatsoever. Essentially my communications would go to KFC's box, be decrypted, then re-encrypted for the journey out. But what happens in the middle? Oh, sure, they'll probably give some spin about piracy and paedos, while glossing over the part where they would have full access to all data passing. Online banking? Cheers, thanks for your full login details. Checking your Amazon or eBay sales? Thanks for the username and password.[1]

I fear that if public providers are made to be liable for what passes through their network (as dumb as this is, refer to the hyperbole examples above), then we will see less openness, less willingness to permit VPN and the like, and more attempts to pass off fake certificates. One must already assume that any communication on a public AP is available to be read by anybody else in the room; therefore if opportunities to privacy are removed in order to satisfy liability, it will make public APs less and less useful, possibly to the point where they aren't useful at all.[1]

1 - while at KFC, I switch on my Bouygues phone. They permit tethering on a pay-as-you-go card, so I go online via Bouygues. Can't VPN, but at least my mail password is not available to everybody in the room and SSL is not messed with.

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Does Father Christmas expect a happy ending with Clara in Doctor Who?

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Here's betting...

...that in an attempt to create a workable episode of Dr. Who, Moffat and Co. will destroy Santa for millions of children.

"Santa, which everybody knows is an anagram of Satan, is really a Dalek encased in a Cyberman body, with glue-on facial hair and oversized red clothing. Etc. Etc. The huggy-feely-cryy Doctor is rendered useless by its very presence. Well, then, it's lucky we have Strax, who doesn't give a toss about fairy tales but would rather just blow something up. BANG! Bits of red cloth fall through the sky (and, look, it isn't Total Eclipse Of The Heart), it is SatanSanta, now very dead. Merry Christmas you little bastards, now do what your parents tell you and shut it."

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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

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Re: Clara as The Doctor...

"If you don't like it, don't watch it then." - I watch in the hope that it will surprise me and come up with some stories akin to the Dr Who of my childhood instead of this touchy-feely-timey-wimey rubbish. There are some good moments, enough to keep me from entirely walking away, but ... for goodness sake, just pick an angle for the Doctor and go with it, don't keep yoyoing around. Here's a hint. Watch him-with-the-boggle-eyes-and-the-scarf or him-with-the-poncey-cricket-outfit. The stories were kinda cheesy, the effects hammy, and a certain charming innocence (Romana in Paris, anyone?) but above all the stories were (usually) watchable. They made sense. They could exist with a zany half-sci-fi and half comedy blend but didn't depend upon big friendly reset buttons or retconning entire swathes of backstory for this week's plot development...

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Clara as The Doctor...

I was like "OH HELL YES!", but - oh - what a let-down. Oh well.

As for the episode, bizarre. The best character (Osgood) is cruelly slaughtered, the plot is about as insane as Missy, and there are some Big Speeches and Special Moments shoehorned in, as if this is supposed to be some sort of emotional rollercoaster, but... I'm wondering if the payoff was really there. I mean, the ending. As said, Clara is broken, the Doctor is broken, Danny is dead, and Earthlings have to recover from the dead rising in cyberman form. It's no surprise that the Tardis can vanish from a city centre and nobody notices. All of humanity is broken. Great going, Moffat.

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If you're suing the UK govt, Brit spies will snoop on your briefs

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Re: It is not despicable - it is Soviet Standard

" From there on the only right we the plebs have remaining is the right to shut up. "

I thought they took that one away from us too.

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Hide your Macs, iPhones and iPads: WireLurker nasty 'heralds new era'

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Re: Ah but......

" Its one reason they are happy with the walled garden, its totally safe from the worlds nasties....." - if you read the article, it isn't an iOS virus. It is a Trojan in apps for OSX (a big Mac) that then compromises the big computer to look for tablets and such being connected, and they in turn are compromised by abusing, I presume, the update protocols. Clever stuff, but totally bypasses iOS, the walled garden, everything.

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Not even 60,000 of you want an ethically-sourced smartphone

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It might be created ethically, but it still runs Android

So doesn't that sort of defeat the purpose?

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

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Ethical business?

Look for some more obscure stuff, you'll quickly find that Amazon has a different selection of MP3s in each country's store. Oh, but wait, this isn't like buying a CD. This stuff is "licenced", so places where you aren't? They don't wanna know.

Take my goddamn money and give me my goddamn MP3. Until that can happen without "country" or "region" crap, talk of ethics is worthless. I get to pick what supermarket I buy things from, why should this be any different?

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France KICKS UK into THIRD PLACE for public Wi-Fi hotspots

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WiFi in France

From my experience - if you want open and useful public WiFi, find a McDonald's or a Buffalo Grill. The ones I have visited offer open WiFi that will let you connect simply by clicking the "I accept the terms" button and they'll (usually, not always) permit VPN.

Avoid KFC. Any attempt to access an https site will throw weird certificates at you. I'm sure there's a canned excuse there, but basically it is a MITM that utterly compromises any semblance of security. VPN is blocked, as is, well, pretty much everything.

More or less ALL Liveboxes of the v2 or later have the ability to act as a hotspot. The basis of how this works is that in order to have the right to connect to hotspots, you must provide a hotspot yourself. As a subscriber, you can sign in (provided you, yourself, provide a hotspot). Other networks? I think the hassles with the credits and such are so that if you email whitehouse.gov with a death threat to Obama, the telco can say "yeah, it was him wot did it", although given his approval ratings, maybe the Democrats would actually want somebody to conveniently deal with the issue. ;-) From some brief tests, the public AP provides a completely different IP address. It appears to be segregated from the home AP traffic (though, both use the same frequency). I have not conducted any tests on speed and quality of service. Orange assure me that public AP use won't impact my internet use, which I find hard to believe given that it is a 2mbit line, so anything over maybe 20-30K/sec when I'm downloading will be noticed. I have no problem with providing a public AP. I can barely receive WiFi in the next room because of the metre-plus-wide (!) stone walls, and the neighbours are, like, a mile away. The road is private and comes here only. So, hey, it's an access point for the bunnies and owls.

That said, my Livebox runs at 2mbit down, about 700kbit up. If I walk outside and stand in the middle of a muddy field and wait for my phone to sync to 3G+, the result on SpeedTest is approx. 2.5mbit both ways. Well, maybe only one way at a time, but it can outpace the wired network however you look at it. EDGE, on the other hand, is supposed to run at an exciting 17K/sec (ish), but I don't know if my phone is crappy or if Orange is crappy, because when my phone reverts to EDGE, it frequently can't handle any sort of transmission unless I can practically see the mobile tower (and by then it will have kicked up to 3G+). Go figure.

Anyway, this "you must be a public AP to have the right to use public APs" coupled with slipping this into a firmware update a year or two back and switching it on by default....this might explain why there are so many access points. I've seen Free and Neuf boxes offering logins to their subscribers upon connecting to them, so perhaps those companies do the same sort of thing?

Just looked at the login page for my public AP - you can buy a WiFi pass if you are a non-subscriber, and this might be useful to some - BT Openzone customers can now use French Orange public APs - you need your Openzone username and password (same as in the UK). I've dropped a screenshot here (imgur).

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Samaritans 'suicide Twitter-sniffer' BACKFIRES over privacy concerns

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Re: @Martin-73 -- With all due respect

@ Someone Else: Your downvotes may be because...

"Who the bloody fuck are the Samaratans?" - would have been quicker to Google than to type that.

"Well lah-dee-fuckin-dah! A bunch of fucking busybodies," - and now you're making judgements without even knowing anything about the organisation. <slow clap>

"probably driven by some charismatic fundamentalist "leader"" - your lack of knowledge here is actually painful.

"'cuz their website is blocked here" - what are you, at some weirdo American school that censors anything that might be controversial such as the word "suicide"? Go look up the words to the theme song of M*A*S*H, if you can, that is.

"But it is pointedly not the business of some self-appointed group of goody-two-shoes" - it is a charity with trained volunteers. Perhaps something of an indictment of our times, that they may be the only people that somebody with issues can turn to. Thanks to the Internet, trolls, and the way daily life works, it can be hard to find somebody to open up to. If you have a mental health issue (or think you might), the last thing many people would want is to talk to family, friends, or coworkers. If you are feeling suicidal, you never ever mention it on the internet or you'd get a chorus of "hurry up and kill yourself you sad bastard" messages. So who does a person talk to, huh?

""Samaratans"? Really?!? How pompously self-serving!" - actually, the name was coined by a newspaper reporting on the, then unnamed, organisation. This was back in the '50s.

"to intervene unasked and unannounced into what is clearly a very private and personal issue" - it certainly is private and personal, and too many people take it to their graves. When you get depressed, it is all to easy to believe that telling anybody will just make things worse, and in many situations, they're right. We're all bastards. But if somebody somewhere makes an effort, maybe the affected person will realise that, yeah, life can be shitty, but it's something they are far from alone in experiencing. So if the right person intervenes, even unannounced, it could be a better outcome than eternal silence.

"And more importantly, it is not their business to cut a wide swath through the Twittersphere" - true, this was a bit misguided. Not to mention the potential numbers of false positives. Moreso given that this news has broken so I reckon some trolls will be out to game the app.

"My business is not your business until/unless I say it is. Kindly keep that straight." - err, yeah, your business kind of is my business if you blab it all over Twitter and I'm reading. If you have those sorts of ideas regarding privacy, social media isn't for you...

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