* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

5480 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009

David Cameron defends BT's taxpayer-funded broadband 'monopoly': It's a 'success story'

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Re: This is a real success story for our country

That's the real genius of BT - only they have the infrastructure investment and technical knowledge to achieve ADSL speeds over fibre.

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Dimwit hackers use security camera DVRs as SUPER-SLOW Bitcoin-mining rig

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Re: Correction:

>Bitcoin mining on a GPU now would be a mug's game

Unless you aren't paying for the GPU or electricity.

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How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

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Re: Mr. Trevor Pott's analysis is correct

And would they have been told that newer versions of Windows would stop netbui, or direct access to the parralel port, or support for x?

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Re: XP will only be insecure if connected

>Procedure: Securely fasten CNC machine USB devices to 15 cm mild steel angle iron. Fixed.

Is WindowsXP compatible with 6in mild steel?

I know for Windows8 you need to use Titanium

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Intel's DIY MinnowBoard goes Max: More oomph for half the price

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Re: Why?

You want to be able to use any Linux distribution "off the shelf" without wondering if somebody has ported package X to ARM (most performance critical apps aren't just autoconf+make)

This also has twice the RAM, more CPU (for most tasks) and USB3

Doesn't mean it's better for everything, but "ARM good Intel bad" is just as silly as the other way around.

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OkCupid falls out of love with 'anti-gay' Firefox, tells people to see other browsers

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Re: Product != CEO @ NomNomNom

> Imagine if some CEO said it was their opinion that people of different races should not be allowed to marry. And paid towards a campaign to prevent it.

Eric Raymond is a vocal pro-gun supporter. Suppose after the next school shooting Microsoft ran something similar on their website saying if you used an opensource browser or OS you were in favour of killing children.

If the product is the CEO we should all give up linux to embrace Windows and enable BillG to fund more humanitarian causes

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MPs attack BT's 'monopolistic' grip on gov-subsidised £1.2bn rural broadband rollout

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Re: Incumbent get more cash from incumbent fund

Yes - there was a startup in cambridge doing to-the-house microwave links with tiny antennae

But it only made sense in volume and since BT was required to run a copper line for your fixed phone - whatever the cost - there was no market for a more expensive (to the home owner) link. Even though it would have actually cost less overall.

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BT Tower to be replaced by 3D printed BT Tower

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Re: Re too obvious

As a compromise the Scots will be allowed to keep the pound - so long as they never spend any.

Traditional Scots are said to be delighted with the idea

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UK cops: Keep yer golden doubloons, ad folk. Yon websites belong ta PIRATES

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Re: Oh Yeah ?

What about all those advertisers who pay for ads on the sites and in print of tabloid newspapers?

If the advetisers don't read the Guardian/Private Eye they might not have heard of the illegal phone hacking activities by the newspapers. With this legislation the CoLP will be able to warn people not to advertise in the Sun.

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Re: 'Evidenced and verified'

But the CoLP are in charge of policing the city. And we know what a great job they have done making sure that none of the financial institutions in their jurisdiction never do anything criminal.

Shouldn't they be allowed to spread their expertise further?

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Snowden files latest: NSA and GCHQ targeted German satcomms

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Re: encrypt everything?

It shows that conventional encryption works very well - otherwise they wouldn't have needed to hack/pwn and generally invade peoples computers.

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US to strengthen privacy rights for Euro bods' personal data transfers

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Re: Too little too late.

It's not about NSA/GCHQ spying on you - as soon as the data is in the UK you can be sure it's in Fort Meade.

It's about having your Doctors surgery using software from a US company to process your records and finding that the T&C allow the company to sell all your details to the US arm of your pension provider.

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Microsoft: Let's be clear, WE won't read your email – but the cops will

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An ex-Ford employee is believed to have leaked info - so Ford use a master to key to open all Fords in the UK and search through them for evidence ?

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Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

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Re: Head to head

>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_operating_systems

Get malaria/bilharzia - a billion users can't be wrong.

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Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month

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Re: Does not add up!

You would simply need to block all naughty sites coming into the country.

Some sort of great firewall, perhaps the Chinese could bid on it.

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China's rare earth supply crimp plan ruled to be illegal

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Re: If you join the club, you keep to the rules

So just claim that their are security reasons for restricting exports - just like we do with anything going to china. Then you can also restrict other people exporting their own rare earths as well.

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Brit game devs WILL get tax relief for, er, EastEnders Game and Legend of Slough

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Elite?

The original British computer game success and what sums up British culture more than "elite"?

Alternatively - rewrite "frogger" with badgers where the aim is to get squashed

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Facebook Oculus VR buyout: IT WANTS your EYEBALLS

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Re: wow

>Did you get the listed reward for being a backer? Yes? Then you you got what you paid for,

Or, I paid for a dev kit for a new VR eco-system which I now find is owned by Facebook.

It's like buying an ARM dev kit, funding the development of ARM, and then being told that all ARM devices were now sold to company X and only company X's software would run on them.

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ISPs CAN be ordered to police pirates by blocking sites, says ECJ

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Re: Next up.....

>this is like informing a courier that they may no longer deliver parcels from a particular company because they are known to distribute pirated materials.

If they only deliver pirate materials or have occasionally delivered pirate materials?

The BBC have illegally used stock photos without accreditation and stripped the meta info - should BBC.co.uk be banned by all ISP's in Britain?

Microsoft, Sony, Apple etc have been caught using FOSS code in some products without proper distribution - do they all get banned?

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Putin and pals dump Apple's iPads for Samsung slabs... over security concerns

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Re: At least one US President

Quite sweet really that any body in the US military-industrial complex thinks Carter is a threat to the status quo.

Rather like finding that MI5 is spying on Tony Blair in case he is a a KGB agent

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Passport PIN tech could have SAVED MH370 ID fraudsters

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Re: Why mess around?

Totally unecessary - in fact there is no need for a passport at all.

If you are British, by God, the only reason to leave the country is the occasional need to teach johnny foreigner a lesson - and invasions normally entail a minimum of customs formalities.

If you are a foreigner you should jolly well stay there.

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Re: Is there electricity and a network connection at your border entry points?

This is a brilliant idea.

In order to make this work every country is going to have to agree on a single standard and share their databases. The USA, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Russia, Ukraine, Britain and France - all working together in a spirit of cooperation and international brotherhood

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NASA: Vote now to put FLASHY LIGHTS on future spacesuits

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Re: Electrocution Wire

But remember that the nearest this is getting to space is being shown at a science fair in Colorado

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Re: The big issue

Wait till you see the new space shop-mobility scooter

Coming soon to a Walmart in a Galaxy near you

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Returning a laptop to PC World ruined this bloke's credit score. Today the Supreme Court ended his 15-year nightmare

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Not just PC World. I don't remember the details but there was a similar case with a BMW

Car was a lemon and the buyer took it back to the dealer who claimed they didn't sell the car to him, BMW Finance ltd (in the Cayman islands or wherever) sold the car - and the dealer had nothing to do with it.

So a long and expensive legal argument between the BMW dealer, BMW UK who imported it, BMW Germany who built it, BMW finance etc etc about whose car it was.

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Apple vows to add racially diverse EMOJIS after MILEY CYRUS TWITTER outrage

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Re: Wait a minute there......

All the ones I type come out green on a black background.

2014 - the year of VMS on the desktop

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Re: Well-

Well certainly all emojis that represent living beings, people or animals should be banned as Allah demands. I'm not sure of the Hadith position on "Smiling Turd" or Godzilla.

Personally I just want to see the tories and the Daily Mail demanding a fatwa.

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Hold on, everyone ... Prez Obama thinks he's cracked this NSA super-snooping problem

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Re: NSA has no boundaries

>but you think this all started when Obama took office? Really?

He's had 2 terms to stop it - just like Guantanamo.

It's as if Konrad Adenauer kept Auschwitz operating into the 1960s claiming he was investigating options for starting a program to wind down the Holocaust.

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Re: If you believe that...

When Gen Alexander is tried for treason and imprisoned.

When Snowden is welcomed back and put in charge of the oversight agency

then we can start to believe things are changing.

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Re: I fail to see how any of these platitudes ...

The programs will be renamed and reclassified

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BOYCOTT FIREFOX, rage gay devs as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

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>wonder if they boycott everyone they disagree with?

Surely they must - someone as principled as they are.

But since they haven't called for a boycott of Intel chips made in Israel - we know that they support Israali oppression of Palestinians. They haven't demanded a removal of code submitted by Russian programmers - so they obviously support Russia's little adventure in the crimea. They haven't said anything about the snowden leaks so they are obviously puppets of the NSA

... etc ..etc free range eggs.. save the whales ... save whales ... band seal clubbing... ban Seal in clubs etc etc

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MPs blast HMRC for using anti-terrorism laws against whistleblower

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Re: Lawmakers and the law

>Look at the track record of the fragrant & delightful Ms Homer...

So all those people who claim you have to go to Eton to succeed in this government only have to look at the shining example of Ms Homer,

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Re: We want action @Mad Mike

We have a plan - we just need a few hundred barrels of gunpowder, a cellar and somebody to set them off.

You have the mask, can you help?

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British trolls to face 'tougher penalties' over online abuse

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Re: Bah!

Well sir you are a practicing Homo-sapien, you matriculated with young women at college and your sister is a thespian. I believe you also practiced celibacy as a teenager.

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Re: Political Posturing

For a "crime" that would be perfectly legal if they had stood outside parliament and shouted it?

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GSMA: EU net neutrality reforms are the enemy of business

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Re: As a 'lady' famously said...

It must be the easiest and cheapest way of deciding if a new rule is good

Does an industry cartel immediately oppose it?

It's like automatically being in favour of anything the Daily Mail opposes.

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Schoolkids given WORLD'S CHEAPEST TABLETS: Is it really that hard to swallow?

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Re: All the world's knowledge

When I wor a lad - I lived in a town where the only bookshop was the corner newsagent.

A bus ride away was a town with a WH-Smith that sometimes had a computer magazine with programs I could type in on my Vic20

Now a kid in rural India has MIT computer science lectures on their tablet, all the source code to an operating system free for the download and sites to ask millions of other people questions and learn from them.

If that doesn't make a difference then I'm an Anonymous Coward

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It's 2014 and you can pwn a PC by opening a .RTF in Word, Outlook

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This is the company that created a vector graphic format that you could embed executable commands in - as a "feature"

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Re: Microsoft Word 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013

Fortunately I stuck with WindowsXP and OfficeXP so I'm safe

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The plot to kill Google cloud: We'll rename Windows Azure to MICROSOFT Azure

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Don't forget that if you like having a 3x3 grid of your favorite apps on your phone - you would like a similar grid with every last little utility that visual studio installs.

Want to be able to single touch and launch the windows foxpro resource toolkit compiler linker librarian - no problem.

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Re: What a career!

The great Bill Hicks line: -

If you work in marketing or advertising, just kill yourself. No joke here, really. Seriously, kill yourself, you have no rationalisation for what you do, you are Satan's little helpers. Kill yourself, kill yourself, kill yourself now.

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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Re: Getting beer too weak or strong is not as bad a fault as crashing a spaceship

It was an American spaceship so its design would have been fueled by American 'beer' - it was probably a mercy that it crashed

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Or possibly failing to find theodolites and GIS packages that work in medieval

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Bletchley boffins go to battle again: You said WHAT about Colossus?

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So why not

Move Colossus and all the computing museum to the Science Museum and let Bletchley Park Consolidated Global Holdings Inc Ltd try and continue on their own as a Community Catalyst Catapult funded conference center - as they obviously want to.

We don't insists that every WWII aircraft at Duxford is housed in a museum on the site of the airfield it served from or the factory it was built in

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China demands answers from US after 'I spy on one little Huawei' report

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A brilliant solution

China spies on the NSA to see if they are spying on China to see if they are spying on the NSA ...

An in the meantime leave the rest of us alone

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Boffins working on debris float models to track MH370 wreckage

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Re: Looking for what isn't there?

>what I absolutely cannot understand is the crazy lack of continuous and uninterruptable remote telemetry from such planes.

Plane crashes are rare, fleets of satelites to continually relay data for perfectly normal flights are expensive. Adding redundant transmitters, batteries, antennae so that planes keep transmitting when in difficulties is even more expensive.

Remember that 7E7 that burst into flames at Heathrow - due to faulty wiring in a emergency beacon? There isn't just a cash cost in cutting holes in 1000s of planes and adding lots of extra batteries.

>Can anyone count how many times they have had these desperate (and expensive) searches for the black boxes?

About 2 - the Air France one and this, and even if they had the crash position of the Air France flight it was till a bit of search to find a black box in miles deep ocean.

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They want me to install CCTV to see what YOU did in the TOILET

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Re: Hang on a second

Yes, Lovely shiny blonde hair - but all she said was "sausages"

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