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You've been arrested for computer crime: Here's what happens next

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To add to your list

How many "terrorists" get so annoyed at incompetent morons that they say "if you don't get your act together I'm going to blow this goddamn airport sky high" without any actual intention of committing an act of terrorism. I would like to say common sense prevailed in the end, but when you look at what it took to get there...

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Your kids' chances of becoming programmers? ZERO

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and, for the more adventurous, machine code.

Nah, machine code - with a system architecture that is both documented and can be understood by a teenager (unlike most of today's SoCs), the hardcore geeks ditched BASIC as soon as the advantages of assembler became apparent.

...it ran faster than anything else, the entire machine was your playground, and you could form an easy (not so) secret society because ordinary nerds couldn't understand any of it (so your code was generally not messed with).

Teacher icon, 'cos they didn't have a clue.

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The 10 most INHUMAN bosses you'll encounter: A Reg reader's guide

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"Make sure you have someone else to blame."

Isn't that just standard practice these days?

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'It's a joke!' ... Bill Gates slams Mark Zuckerberg's web-for-the-poor dream

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"Bill is still the worlds richest man," - no he isn't. It is a Mexican called Carlos Slim Helu. http://www.forbes.com/billionaires/list/

"you've fallen for the whole philanthropist PR thing" - better he attempt to make some sort of difference to people who need it, than be a prick about public beach access.

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Gates' PR handlers tried to get stricken from the interview

Bloody hell, grow a backbone.

He's right. There are some places in the world where people can exist quite happily without the slightest hint of IT in their day to day lives. But they might not live at all without vaccinations, sanitary water, and something resembling a stable food supply.

Oh, and Zuck, you going to roll out connectivity before or after you roll out electricity? Oh, didn't you realise? Not everywhere on the planet has a place you can plug into...

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Indestructible, badass rootkit BadBIOS: Is this tech world's Loch Ness Monster? VOTE NOW

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Re: I voted entirely plausible

Each vector on its own might have a degree of truth, although the ultrasonic one sounds fairly implausible to me. The problem is, this super virus is supposed to do it all, rewrite micro controller code and....you know, it was just too over the top, it stretched credulity too far. I voted "bullshit".

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Here's what YOU WON'T be able to do with your PlayStation 4

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Hands up who ever used a DVD or BD to play CD's...

I used to, before I got kit that can play mp3s. Even a twitchy AAA-powered gadget can store dozens of CDs in a thing smaller than a C cell, and when it comes to the capabilities of smartphones and tablets, there is no place for CDs there. But it wasn't always like that. Using a DVD player for music isn't unheard of.

My current stand-alone DVD player even has a CD ripping function. Insert CD, insert USB memory stick, let it get on with it. Okay, it is "only" 128kbps, but for times when I want to grab a selection of songs to listen to on a journey, it is acceptable. Oh, and nicely it encodes a far bit faster than real time.

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Have you reinstalled Windows yet? No, I just want to PRINT THIS DAMN PAGE

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The obvious video...

http://youtu.be/dLk-3HPS12Q

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Re: AND THE PRINTER WOULD STILL WORK!

"It wasn't so great back then" - while my little Panasonic KXP1180 is not cutting edge, it survived boarding school, it survived being dropped, it only jammed when the idiot user loaded paper incorrectly, it NEVER jammed on fanfold, and it was able to magically print when the ribbon had HOLES in it. Plus there was this nifty push-tab on the ribbon cartridge so that if the ink was running low, you poke this tab and it would press the ribbon against the ink roller a little bit harder. Shock horror - it is probably the only dot matrix I've ever used with a Beeb that didn't get # and £ mixed up. It is just a shame it is slow, noisy, and really low resolution. Inkjets are good for convenience and a trade off of cheap vs quality (tending more towards "cheap"), but I am sick of pointless cleaning cycles and "replace cyan" (WTF? There's half a tank of ink there!). I feed my printer exclusively clone inks because it wastes too much on cleaning and misprints and banding and other weirdness to justify blowing twice on ink what the printer itself cost. I did originally using branded ink, and it wasted a lot on cleaning and misprints and banding, so it isn't the ink at fault, it is probably the technology, trying to fake a >600dpi quality with budget parts. Mmm...

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Apple: SCREW YOU, BRITS ... no unlocked iPhones for you

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"In Europe, the telcos are understood to have less of a stranglehold on iPhone sales."

I can't speak for Germany, but here in France you have the right to demand the SIM unlock code after a certain period of time (three months, I think). All of my phones are unlocked. While I have remained with Orange, other family members are with different networks, so it is useful to have the option - if one of their phones should fail - to pick up one of mine.

Does this unlock hurt Orange? In my case, no. I don't max out what is provided as a part of my contract (free calls from a mobile to landline? any French landline? free calls and texts to three nominated mobiles on any French network? I guess I could swap out the SIM for another provider, but with an offer like that, I really don't see the point...).

Anyway, if the customer has the legal option to unlock their phone from the network, then it is perhaps a more attractive market in which to offer unlocked phones?

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DON'T BREW THAT CUPPA! Your kettle could be a SPAMBOT

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Oh dear

I unplug my kettle when I'm not using it. ;-)

On a more serious note, this could be a neat thing to find in a kettle. Pull it out, look for the JTAG, little WiFi board for free.

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'Thousands of iPhone, iPad apps' vulnerable to simple redirect joyriders

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Thought about this years ago with my software.

I decided if my site is not available, then there would be nothing to fetch. So anything that isn't a 200 K is treated as a 404.

But this is bollocks anyway. If something can sit and fake a 301 response, surely it can just as easily alter the original http fetch to point to something else in the first place.

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The Raspberry Pi: Is it REALLY the saviour of British computing?

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Corrections?

The Pi needs a keyboard and mouse. You can get a pack with bog standard ones for under a tenner from a supermarket. Or scrounge - the optical mouse I am using was being thrown out at work. I opened it up, cleaned out the coffee, now it works fine. SD card? You can get going with RISC OS on a 2Gb card. Or a 4Gb card for the NOOBS. What is it, about a quid per gigabyte or something? HDMI monitor? You can start with an old television, and upgrade to something better later. I am using a 1280x1024 monitor (cost three quid) and an HDMI to VGA adaptor (a tenner off eBay). Power supply? Actually I cannot tell you, it runs quite happily from the USB port on my eeePC. So, a Pi setup can cost under fifty quid if you keep your eyes open.

Oh, and the reset button? My Pi has a two pin header just to the left of the HDMI socket (with the USB power connector on the left and the USB on the right). Short this with a screwdriver, spoon, hair clip, or anything else metal that you can reach [*], the Pi will reset itself. Very useful if you cock up writing an interrupt handler! No need to unplug stuff.

* - I even once reset my Pi by gently tapping the pins with the bottom of a can of soup that I was eating (cold)! If there is a competition for "strangest thing you've used to reset a Pi", count me in!

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Brit bloke busted over backdoor blagging of US troops' data

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Apology rejected, please reinsert and try again.

"I humbly apologize on behalf of America to all of those lilly-white, would-never-spy-on-anyone, oh-so wonderful and squeaky clean governments that we've wronged." - I live in France. I expect the French to spy on me if they think I am likely to be a security risk or the like. I do not expect the Americans to be watching me "just because". There is the big difference. The Americans were not keeping tabs on international suspects, they were attempting to keep tabs on everybody everywhere. And for what? To find out I'm a boring single guy who wants to marry a cute Japanese girl? Jeez, that's on my blog! Instead, I think the Americans risk failing to see the forest for the trees. All this spying, all this information, and it did exactly bugger all to stop the DIY bomb at the Boston Marathon (even after, apparently, Russia warned the US about the two involved).

"And if you hate us so much" - I don't hate you, I just now think of you as extremely childish - in other words, you (at least, the perception of "you" as seen through your foreign policy) always want your own way and throw a tantrum when that doesn't happen. The recent "furlough" (I had to look that up in a dictionary) has done very little to improve my perceptions of America. I mean, seriously, aren't you guys embarrassed by all of this?

"by the way, please stop using the operating systems we make" - I'm stuck using iOS on this device. As for the other one, when it is no longer viable to keep XP running, I'll be moving to Linux...which is not American.

"the computer chips we fab" - what would that be? My SD card says "Taiwan" on the back. The big chip in my satellite decoder says "Philippines". The SoDIMM on the shelf says it is Samsung, so probably not made in the US. The iPad Mini I am writing this on says on the back how it is lovingly designed by awesome dudes in California...and Made in China. And that's it, isn't it? Stuff is designed by American companies (Intel and Texas Instruments come to mind), but it is likely actually fabbed somewhere else, most likely for economic reasons (in other words, better for shareholders), but how much tech is uniquely American these days?

"the network we started," - yup, the internet is pretty good, but do be aware that it is a British bloke who took the genesis of a military/educational communications network and made it something that the public might have interest in. YOU made the network, WE made the World Wide Web. (^_^)

"and all of that good stuff." - okay, true, I have a soft spot for root beer (not beer at all) and movies in which Bruce Willis blows up stuff. But, then, I also like Yakitori sauce and Takeshi Kitano. So, it's a bit of everything, from everywhere.

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"Such conduct endangers the security of our country and is an affront to those who serve."

Fuck you and the horse you rode in on.

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Hate data fees but love your HD slab? Here's a better way to pay for bytes

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Random musings

Yeah, I noticed the non-megabytes megabytes when trying to work out why my iPad didn't have enough space to copy a video onto it. Finally determined by deleting a video of known size and seeing how much free space appeared, followed by obscene mutterings as I figured out they were using the bullshit decimal-friendly definition. [when we have ten bit bytes and disc sectors are 1000 bytes in size, then it would make sense; otherwise it is pedantic rubbish to use an "official" definition devised decades after computer science used the technical definition, done purely for the purposes of marking less appear as more - your shiny 500GB harddisc will be around 34GB shy of what you would expect if you didn't realise that the writing on the box is basically a justified lie - the drive is not decimal, the drive addressing is not decimal, so why is the size?]

When my Orange plan included Deezer (back when you used to get extras like that), the Deezer traffic was not counted as part of the data plan. I think it maxed out / slowed down at around the 500Mb/month mark; but since my allocation is also 500Mb/month, it was nice to think "I haven't listened to X in ages" and download it without eating any of my data.

Orange have a nifty little TV feature which (finally) works; but sadly (stupidly?) the data involved comes out of your data allocation. I can imagine a half hour TV program at mobile resolution eating a fair old amount of data, so this doesn't make the thing particularly attractive except on wifi.

And, while on the topic of Orange, why do we need to pay extra for tethering? It would be convenient to hook my iPad up to the mobile network, but not at ~€10/month given internet/mobile is already obscenely expensive in France. I am not looking for a separate so-many-Gb allocation, just whack the tiny amount my tablet would use from my current plan. Frankly, the only reason I would want to do this is because a tablet is a lot nicer to look at than a phone a fifth of the size.....

Here is a question for a service provider: I did an experiment a few years back. I opened common ports on my Livebox and I wrote a program for RISC OS to respond to, record, then drop, such connections. The result was shocking, the attempted connections from Lithuania were dwarfed by the amount of connection attempts from Shenzhen (in China's Guangdong Province, or otherwise just above Hong Kong). I am guessing these connection attempts are routinely firewalled by the Livebox in normal operation. Do these unwanted and unsolicited connection attempts count as part of your data allocation?

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Coding: 'suitable for exceptionally dull weirdos'

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Re: That guy doesn't even know what an ID10T error is

"I have been called exceptionally loud/weird/funny/smart/tiresome and a whole lot of other things"

Being an introvert, I fall into the boring weirdo category, however I and my friends can be somewhat more lively with things in our sphere of interest. I've laughed and shared xkcd only to be met with blank stares.

People, note well, we geeks are not boring weirdos at all. We just appear that way because it is US that find YOU boring.

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Does Apple make you puke? Take this iOS 7.0.3 update with your tablets

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Re: re: "Yes"

"much less having run its dysfunctional software" - having had three different Android phones and then using iOS, I can say that the iPad is the only bog-standard out-of-the-box email client that supports in line quoting instead of a binary choice of quoting the entire message at the end. So, it's not all dysfunctional.

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Call yourself a 'hacker', watch your ex-boss seize your PC without warning

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What you call yourself can change your basic rights?

Right - that's it. From now on I am calling myself the President. I expect to joyride Air Force One, prat about on the White House lawn in an armoured car, and saving the world from an alien invasion. NSA, you already know where I live, come hook me up...

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Nice job, technology. Now we have to work FIVE TIMES HARDER

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People aren't livestock

You'll be smiling right up until a burned out ex employee whose life has crashed and burned train wreck style turns up at work with a backpack and a semi automatic...

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Microsoft pulls Win 8.1 RT code which upgraded Surface 'slabs into BRICKS

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Re: Bricked or somewhat confused. @Khaptain

"but I don't believe that there is really any hard-and-fast definition of bricked"

If the end user can follow some moderately simple steps on a website to breathe life into their device, it got messed up, but not bricked.

Bricked implies that the average end user CANNOT fix it themselves unless they have some specialist knowledge and/or tools ( JTAG for example), but then this would make them no longer "average".

Or to put it another way, if you can kick it into recovery mode, it isn't bricked. If you have to open it up and start attaching stuff to it, it is.

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Furious French choke on chardonnay over NSA's phone spying in France

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Re: No! No!! You've got it backwards!!

"maxi" is the meal, for some reason called "best of" and "maxi best of" (dear McDo France, I don't think that means what you think it means).

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Apple handed Samsung-busting nuke after Steve Jobs patent U-turn

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Your starter for ten...

...dig up prior art for this. Shouldn't be hard.

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Feline OVERLORDS ditch camera-toting human servants, film selfie vids

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Bird massacres

Our cats have given up on the birds, the cats didn't appreciate the whole 3D aspect.

So by day the local wildlife is hunted by hawk-like birds, or taken down in a territorial fight with rowdy crows, and at night the land is the domain of an owl family. In my experience, the biggest killer of birds are.....other birds.

The cat? Small lizards, field mice, voles, moles (which are not eaten) and from time to time a small wabbit.

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ECHR rejects free speech plea over offensive online comments

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Re: The European Court of Human Rights are ..

"who'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes" - how little imagination you have. The mindless jerks of the ECHR are so far down my list of who to pin to the wall I'd run out of pins long beforehand. Now, that smug (censored) (censored) (censored) that runs the bank and sets fiscal policy, he's the one the wall was built for. Theresa May, for so many reasons I'm surprised she has the courage to show her face, and Edwina Curry as basic revenge on behalf of a hundred million disgruntled eggs.

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Be prepared... to give heathens a badge: UK Scouts open doors to unbelievers

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Re: Nice to see them catch up with the girls

"Given that the last Census shows that 59% of the country is Christian"

I was raised CofE. I very much DO NOT believe, and after debacle following debacle, I don't want to know.

However, that is the box that I tick as there is nothing else that comes close to describing what I think, and the other categories apply even less.

Before you say that so many people are Christian, let's start with - how many actually go to church?

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NASA Juno probe HOWLS past Earth - and goes into HIBERNATION

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Re: Ham radio

I have a feeling there will be a loud protest by busybodies who think some Islamists, somewhere, might be offended.

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Brit inventor Dyson challenges EU ruling on his hoover's energy efficiency ratings

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Dear Dyson

While I have not bought a Dyson, I have bagless cleaners and I HATE the mess it makes when it is time to empty it. My next model will have a bag. Too bad for "the environment", I'm going to worry about my own lungs first.

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Billionaire dumps Apple stock because Steve Jobs was 'really awful' guy

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We're already seeing the change

An Apple without Steve - just look at the visual regression in iOS7. Steve and the top nerd both shared the same ideas for how the thing should look. Both are now gone.

What we're looking at now is somebody else's company and somebody else's vision.

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Young? Been online five years? Congrats, you are the ELITE MINORITY

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FIVE years?

I must be practically a digital grandfather.

Or maybe a digital corpse.

I was around before The Browser Wars, before Google, before Web2.0, before electricity, etc...

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Steve Jobs AIRBRUSHED from history by APPLE months before his death

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Oh, the door already exists? Well, don't bother to file a patent over here...it will be its own prior art.

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Fondling slabs during takeoff WON'T end in a fireball of death - report

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Re: Better to have no gadgets during take off

Rant deserves an upvote.

And, for what it is worth, I carry a mobile in my pocket as I go home from work. And I have frequently put petrol into the car. I'm still here, nothing blew up, and I'm not aware of petrol stations randomly exploding due to mobile phones. So where did these rumours and myths originate?

To my mind, if delicate devices explode David Lynch style just because a mobile phone is nearby, God help them in a thunderstorm or doing a solar flare...

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'200 million' fanbois using iOS 7 just a week after release - study

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Yes, thanks...

Updated to iOS7. Runs okay, looks terrible and has *no* sense of style. I'd go back to iOS6 if I could - and maybe this is why Apple have nobbled the ability to roll back? It would tarnish their image to have percentages who "just think different" and say no?

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Revolting peasants force Wikipedia to cut'n'paste Visual Editor into the bin

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" It was intended to expand the dwindling number of volunteer editors by making it easier to contribute to the site, thus making Wikipedia more inclusive. "

Guys, I think you'll find that the editor is NOT the problem.

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iOS 7 SPANKS Samsung's Android in user-experience rating

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Obvious balls

One specific version of Android and TWO of iOS?

Here - try this. iOS7 looks like crap compared to 6. Neither can multitask correctly, which is jarring when you are used to Android apps being capable of doing stuff in the background. The iOS onscreen keyboard is quite nice on an iPad Mini, but the inability to reflect upper and lower case is startling, and I'm surprised there is no swipey-typey. The other day I "lost" a 1Gb file. I used Open In but made the mistake of assuming I could do something else while iOS copied the file. The software didn't look in Inbox so I needed iTunes to sort it out. ITunes is a huge bloated turd in a cesspool of like. It would be much better to be able to plug the thing in as an MTP device. There is Bluetooth but it only talks to Apple. Otherwise I have to email photos to myself. It is 2013, this is ridiculous.

If I had to pick, my favourite would be iOS6, but I think that is note due to how I use the iPad than the OS itself. Certainly, itisn't perfect.

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Google tentacle slips over YouTube comments: Now YOUR MUM is at the top

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" Previously, moderation was a power only granted to certain users during special events. "

? I've been able to moderate my comments for ages, or did this change recently? Given the level of most YouTube comments, I tend to just reach for the disable icon these days...

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Facebook Frankenphoto morgue will store cold, dead selfies FOREVER

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That's 1.38 exabytes of raw capacity. Wow!

Isn't this sort of what YouTube gets every couple of days?

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App Store ratings mess: What do we like? Sigh, we dunno – fanbois

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Re: Commentard reading comprehension service

Screenshot here - http://i.imgur.com/8ayJbk4.jpg

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Space truck Cygnus left idling outside ISS after data format snafu borks docking

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while engineers worked on fixing the problem

Just turn it off and back on again.

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Google smacks Surface with free Quickoffice for Android, iOS

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"Also, Microsoft would have to answer why they didn't" ...

Not to mention them trying it on by using the word "Office" to describe a productivity suite. Somewhere around here I have MicroOffice on a tape. If the tape is any good, it'll load right into the nearest Beeb.

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I, for one, welcome our robotic communist jobless future

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Smoking what?

You're right. Work sucks. I'd rather sit on my ass and watch animé and write pointless messages on forums.

However you miss one critical thing, and it is nothing to do with robots.

How does one expect to pay for stuff? Think about it - if I am to watch animé, I need something to watch it on. That isn't free. I will need a working internet connection to download, and that isn't free. Then there will be the electricity to run the equipment, plus heat me up in the winter. That isn't free. Then a building of some sort to call home, whether a castle or a garden shed, it won't be free. Plus, perhaps the most important of all, some sustenance for my increasing fat ass sitting there. That too will carry a price tag.

How do you think these things will be paid for? Don't bullshit me about some future utopia where robots do everything and everything is free. That won't happen, not least because it is comically unrealistic.

This is where work comes in. I trade an amount of my time for the services I provide, in return for an amount of money. Given the number of jobs versus the number of people, the situation is weighted evermore in favour of the employer, however it is still a trade off - I give time and ability, they give me numbers.

And with that, I can live. I can pay for services, I can buy the latest Kalafina CD, I can do a lot of things with freedom within the scope of how much I am willing to spend. I could even go out and buy ten pairs of ballet-style shoes (I think they are called "pumps", for some reason...). Okay, people will think I'm pretty damn weird, but the point is, it is my money and it isn't illegal, so I could if I wanted to. Or blow the money on big speakers. Or an ancient 8 track off eBay. Or cupcakes. With Hello Kitty design. Yes, cupcakes are always good. Do you understand? My disposable cash is limited only by the crazy stuff I can dream up. I could even do something as esoteric as crawling the bakers all around looking for The Perfect Croissant.

It is asked - do you live to work or do you work to live? I think the two are intertwined. The alternative, I guess, is to either live off rich parents or live off handouts. And it might come to handouts of robots do everything and there is no work any more but things still cost money. And where, I ask, is the handout money from? And how much? I can see this turning into a social disaster much worse than that which surrounds us today.

If the things you write are an idea for a future utopia, then please count me out. Ultimately going to work, although it consumes huge amounts of my time, rewards me with freedoms and abilities that wouldn't be possible if I had no work to go to. It is a trade off that I am happy to make.

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Rotten Apple iOS 7 fury: Glitchy audio or is today's music really that bad?

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Sucks balls

Really. The flat style UI is horrible, amateurish, and looks like something of the GEM/Windows3 era on a better quality display.

The pull up control panel is nice. The huge pull down notification bar is awful. And the crappy thing STILL cannot work out where I am (I submitted my AP to SkyHook a week or two ago). Why is the iPad incapable of having the ability to stick a pin on the map and say "I am here"?

It would be nice to have a keyboard reflect reality and show capitals and small as such. For an easy-to-use device, the lack of visual change is astonishing. Still can't send photos via Bluetooth to non-Apple devices. The music player seems okay on earphones. Still don't have options for photo size/quality. Ditto video.

Downloading iOS 7 last night claimed it would take 4 hours at 9pm CEST. I think it took about three and a half, plus about 40 minutes to unpack, plus 25-30 to reflash. I started at 9pm, checked the configuration/settings at half one before crashing for the night. I have not had an in depth look, but I'm really not a fan of the new look. It's a shame iOS doesn't support skins so we could choose the UI.

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Google driver flees after Street View car crashes

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Huh?

I'm leaning with those who suggest that there might have been some sort of threat situation. I mean, who is dumb enough to try to escape in a car that tracks your every move...takes regular photos of it...and manages to lose control and hit something else (implying a level of distraction). Hopefully the photos taken will point Google to what happened.

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Life … moves … in … slow … motion … for … little … critters … like … flies

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We move in slow motion for bugs?

Anybody else reminded of the recent animated film "Epic"?

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Phil Collins' daughter 'will give you A VIRUS' – security bods

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Oh well...

I guess I'm safe looking up Chihiro Onitsuka and others that the majority have likely never heard of...

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Apple beckons fanbois back into its golden era... of, er, 2010

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Re: Apple support versus an Android

"iPhone - if the iPhone stops working (my 3GS did once brick) I can walk to the Apple store and walk out with a replacement, free of charge if the phone is less than a year old. Also Apple does seem to provide iOS support for phones several generations old, and of course updates can be rolled out quickly from Apple to me. This story just adds more evidence that Apple's long term support is dependable."

I could get that with my phone, and more. But I don't figure the cost of fancy insurance is really justified with a €30 device! Yes, you'll say I'm paying extra, but how do you know that such service costs aren't rolled in to iPhone pricing? At least I can choose.

I'm quite pleased that iOS7 will be available for my iPad Mini. It is a nice touch to get the updated firmware "for free". While Android should offer likewise, the fact of the matter is that it rarely works out like that. Google has interest, manufacturers have less interest, and the carriers could care less. All of my phones are 2.3.x and the most recent was bought this January.

On the other hand, there is plenty of choice when it comes to Android. From the cheap and cheerful to the deplorable at one end of the scale, to the ultra sexy high flying high priced at the other end. With the iPhone, your range is what Apple makes, and since nobody clones them, you are limited to that which they make and no more. Furthermore, where will you be if Apple goes bust? Or decides to jack in the phone biz and make intelligent cookers instead. Support? Updates? They might come as Apple has many fans. But they might not. At least with Android you are not tied to any one company. This is one of the strengths, but as you can see from the update nightmare, one of its weakness. I don't really expect updates, and given how it seems each new version is more deeply tied to Face-sodding-book, I'm not sure I'd want it (but this might be manufacturer and/or carrier pollution).

There isn't one answer that is correct and one that is wrong. To be honest, I'm not even sure iThingies and Androids are even targeting the same demographic. Regardless, the device is just that. A device. That does stuff. You just need to play with both and see which you would prefer to use. They are fundamentally identical, only different in how you do stuff upon them. People should pick what they like and quit whinging about the other choices.

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Google cooks web dev teaching tool for Raspberry Pi

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You what?

"Coder is a second signal that the Pi may be a little more confronting than its makers intended."

Getting RaspBMC running off the NOOBS setup was worryingly simple. Frankly after the trauma of building a boot card for the Beagle, I didn't actually expect to unzip stuff to a fresh SD and have it work.

It did. I was impressed. It also coped with an HDMI to VGA dongle. Really, it couldn't have been simpler.

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iPhone 5S: Apple, you're BORING us to DEATH (And you too, Samsung)

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Re: Meh.

"I like windows 8, but touch is what brings it to life. The interface makes other point and click GUIs aged." - that may be so, but somehow I don't see myself jacking in my LCD monitor for a new one just to support touch controls, neither do I see people spending long with a touch-based UI on a DESKTOP machine. Maybe you're too young? Us old farts have been there, seen it, built it, used it, and suffered arm ache. Hint - light sensor and a BBC Micro; plus a number of bespoke solutions for pricier kit because using a pen or stylus on the screen was all the rage for a short period of time. It came back a little bit later when somebody realised you could mount the monitor into the desk and use the pen/stylus in a more natural position, only it kinda failed when the big keyboard was required. Touch UIs are suited to touch devices, tablets and phones, process controllers on industrial machines, and print-your-own-porn booths in supermarkets. Touch UIs don't belong on desktop PCs unless you are planning on reinventing those as tablets, but that's a fail as people will just buy a tablet if that is what they want...

For the record, I'm still on XP. Never saw a convincing enough reason to ditch that which works perfectly well. My non-Internet-connected boxes will probably remain on XP until the day they die.

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Re: All right

"I mean look at us, tapping away at our keyboards, arguing back and forth about a goddamned mobile device. F*ck me."

Uhhhh... It's a forum. On the Internet. Isn't this what is supposed to happen?

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Re: From the X Labs

Writing this on an iPad Mini, my first foray into the fruity ecosystem.

"Good enough hardware with interesting design." - I quite like the design of the Mini, though I find its so-called multitasking to be rather odd. Some stuff can be left to work in the background, other stuff just pauses if its display isn't active and on-screen. Having said that, the hardware in the Mini is not that much different to that which is in my (Android) phone, yet it feels a fair bit faster and copes with 1080P recording without problems; more than could be said for my phone.

"Availability of the latest updates to the OS. No, I will not root my phone for this feature, I shouldn't have to." - well, yeah. This is Android's biggest pile of fail. Granted, it is easier for Apple given that they make the OS and the hardware it runs on, but shame on Google for not building in, from the outset, a way to patch/update the OS itself without requiring all the intervention necessary. Yeah, some stuff might need vendor support code, but bug fixes and the like ought to be possible on the fly. You know, there are phones still selling "new" with Android 2.3.x onboard.

"Large music catalog." - got that, it is called Amazon.

"The ability to buy and manage my content in an easy to use way" - funny, I would say the Android drive-letter-flash-drive or MTP approach is easier. I prefer the drive letter option as it means I can plug my phone into just about anything and it will appear as a removable drive. Can I hook my iPad to RISC OS? Nope. To Linux? Maybe (libimobiledevice). To my PVR? To the NAS? Etc... No, at the moment I pretty much have to use that god-awful concoction that is iTunes. It would be okay if Apple offered a utility to put files on the device, and one to mangle CDs and such into something best suited for the device, and one to deal with the music downloading and... But no, it is everything all rolled in together. It takes an age to get itself going and it is slow and clumsy and all I expect it to do is to move files to and from the iPad. Oh, and I'll also add that if I drop a video into a video player app's space and the player doesn't like the file, I cannot just move the file to a different player app, nor can I store my videos in one place and point both players at it. It is best to imagine that the iPad has NO filesystem, but rather a "pool of space" which apps can claim for themselves.

"I want my technology to just work." - agreed, and my rant isn't over yet. Photos. Plug in the iPad, they are NOT available through iTunes but instead the thing appears as a sort of digital camera media device. Going to it in Explorer will give simple draggy-droppy access to your photos. Um, sometimes. At least as often it'll tell you that there aren't any files. Oh, no worries, I'll just Bluetooth the photo across. Oh, wait, it's an iPad. It has super-sexy Bluetooth baked in, yet it is singularly incapable of the simple act of pushing a file out. Instead, I am in the ridiculous situation of either having to reboot everything (simplest way of getting the photos back) OR to email the photos to myself and pick up the email on a different device. Like an Android phone, which will Bluetooth them to the PC without any trouble (sounds a hassle but it is quicker than starting Thunderbird).

There are many things I like about the iPad Mini, and I am surprised that I can write entire messages (such as this one) fluidly and easily by poking a piece of glass; but I think you will have to agree that Apple kit talking to anything that isn't Apple is more difficult than it should be. I wonder if, in the future years, this will come and bite Apple in the ass. As the article states, it is going to be come less important which smartphone you have, so long as it is capable of doing the things you want to get done at a price you're willing to pay. If this comes to be, the watchword will surely be interoperability, in that a device you can plug into other stuff will be more useful than one that talks a specific protocol.

This is not to say that life is rosy in the Android world. Hardware varies from pisspoor to excellent. OS update/support likewise. Music catalogue is irrelevant, your catalogue should not need to be tied to any specific device. As for file support, the Apple way might be great for people who don't really like or understand what a file system is so "this file belongs to this app" will do. For those who grew up with filing systems and directories and all that nerdy stuff, the Apple method seems....somewhat restrictive. It might be lessened somewhat if iOS permitted you to view a list of files associated with an app and to copy/move/delete, but no, that requires iTunes. With Android, most of the root filesystem is locked off in an unrooted device, but you can access /sdcard and there are various file manager apps designed for the task. This, of course, means that an app that can access the SD card can access anything on it. Double-edged sword.

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