* Posts by heyrick

2597 posts • joined 20 Dec 2009

Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

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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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[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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"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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