* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

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Windows XP market share FELL OFF A CLIFF in October

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"Net" marketshare

So the number of XP machines being used to browse whatever sites are signed up to their ads is down compared to Win8.

The number of XP machines being used for real work inside corporate firewalls and not browsing ad-packed websites is .....

In other news Halfords announce that the worlds most popular car is a 10year old Fiesta with fake XR3i badges and dummy turbo exhausts.

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UN: Fossil fuels should be TERMINATED 86 years from now

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Re: "...throw away cash..."

That unfortunately is the problem with ITER.

Imagine a consortium of all the Eu, Russia, USA, Japan, Korea, China trying to build something insanely complex, but instead of contributing money they all chip in the bits that they want to build - if there is any part that nobody wants to build it doesn't get built.

And almost all the companies building the parts in those countries are defence linked so don't even trust themselves never mind the other partners.

Then you site it in France so French govt bureaucracy gets to do the permits for everything.

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Re: I hate to sound like a broken record...

Whereas all new oil and gas production has to fund the costs of removing all that CO2 from the atmosphere ?

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Re: I hate to sound like a broken record...

There is no need to build any new nuclear power stations in Britain.

We can simply buy reliable French nuclear power while in turn selling them decent hard cheese and proper beer.

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Re: IPCC Credibility

Whereas his opposite number is a former kindergarten student who used to soil his own nappies

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Re: Hydrogen?

In the case of glass milk bottles it is almost 100 times more energy intensive to make them, transport them, wash them out, collect and transport them back to the plant, wash and sterilise them and use them again - than it is to use plastic pouches.

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Branson on Virgin Galactic fatal crash: 'Space is hard – but worth it'

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Re: Oh no it is

I wasn't saying anything about the pilot - if anything their PR dept + beardie were being disrespectful by putting out an overblown "The Right Stuff" hero type statements with an eye to the share price.

The pilot died testing an prototype aircraft that was very clever, very novel and an excellent piece of engineering and everybody is rightfully sad about that but it is the same as if a driver had died testing a formula 1 car.

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Re: Oh no it is

>How did you work that out?

The virgin "spacecraft" isn't a step to space like SpaceX or even the shuttle.

It is a sub-orbital ballistic flight to get somebody to an official definition of "space" so they can say they have done it. It is more like designing and building a helicopter that can reach 30,000ft so you can run tourist trips to the top of Everest. Technically challenging - yes, dangerous - yes, profitable - yes, but a breakthrough in mountaineering - no.

Frankly the "he died for the future of the human race in space" PR releases are like comparing somebody being killed on a jet ski accident on holiday to the sailors that died on Atlantic convoys in WWII.

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Except he isn't doing "space travel" - he is doing a brief sub-orbital hop for people who either don't understand the difference or just want to say they have done it.

It isn't advancing human-whatsit anymore than millionaires having a flight in a jet fighter.

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Yes, Samaritans, the law DOES apply to you. Even if you mean well

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Re: They don't miss a trick

You don't know the lengths InPark will goto to collect on penalty notices - Orpheus has nothing on them.

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Re: stop their Radar app from processing your tweets

Then it is upto them to defend this view in court.

It is reasonable to trespass to save a life.

That means I can jump over your fence to pull you out of a river.

It doesn't mean I can break into your house to PATT test your kettle.

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Curious to know if the UK's Tory-led government is a MEGA SPY? Answer: Yes

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Re: Well of course...

>anti-corruption investigations".

I thought they weren't allowed to spy on MPs ?

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Re: I say good

This could be the flaw in their plans.

If evil foreigners in Iraq are planning to behead westerners then perhaps spying on evil foreigners in Iraq might be an optimal strategy?

Of course when we faced imminent annihilation from 20,000 soviet nulcear warheads - the same agencies concentrated on spying on the Bishop of Durham and Peter Sellers so perhaps they know best

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Re: "Hello" lied the politician

Roll-back / Roll-out

Damn autocomplete.

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Me GIVE you $14 SQUILLION gadziddly-DILLION

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Re: IT

The crap English is deliberate - or at least in their favour.

They are fishing for idiots - every email that initially fools a smart person who replies is a cost for them with no pay off when the smart person eventually fails to send them the processing fee or credit card.

With the bad English, smart people never reply, but the idiots do. Those people are much more likely to eventually cough up cash

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The Imitation Game: Bringing Alan Turing's classified life to light

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Re: RIGHT!

If you want to read the paper take a look at Petzold's book on turing's work

Even if you understand the maths it's useful to have the 1930s fonts and notation explained.

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Or it's because a sex scene lets you show some tit and so boosts your audience.

Most "straight" sex scenes in movies don't tend to concentrate on the leading man's dangly bits.

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Re: Really?

Not quite. The polish and the french both broke (or rather developed the techniques to attack) the original version of the enigma. The poles after the Germans accidentally shipped a machine to them instead of the German embassy.

Bletchley park cracked the more complex version with rotors and developed ways to do so in useful time - there is little tactical benefit in taking 3months to crack a code that changes daily.

The real unknown genius of Bletchley is Tutte who cracked the far more complex Lorenz system without anyone ever having seen one.

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Seth Rogen bags Woz role in Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic

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Re: Well Done

The good news is - we are making a major Holywood motion picture about your life

The bad news is - Seth Rogen is the best person to play you .....

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Brazil greenlights $200m internet cable to Europe in bid to outfox NSA

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Re: Another reason it might be pointless

>Have you not been watching the news lately?

And we will go to war with Russia over Ukraine?

When they can plunge the whole of western europe into darkness by turning off the gas?

>I think you'd rather have the state of the art military equipment and never need it,

What kit do we need to go to war with China?

A robot army of a billion terminators?

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Re: Another reason it might be pointless

It's pretty pointless Britain and Germany spending billions on an air superiority fighter to defend us originally against the East German airforce and now aginst Al Queda - but it makes everyone feel good

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Netflix and other OTT giants use 'net neutrality' rules to clobber EU rivals

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limits operators’ ability to ... recover costs

Like security guards limit bank robbers ability to recover costs

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Re: Netflix don't peer

Netflix aren't an ISP or a telco or a peer. They are a website.

Connections to the reg aren't peered either and I read a lot more than I comment - should the reg have to pay my ISP as well as me paying them ?

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Even a broken watch is right twice a day: Not an un-charged Apple Watch

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Re: Chinese

My understanding was that the watch enabled precisely this "writing on your hand" functionality.

You start to write a message to somebody and it pings their watch and shows the character being drawn as you draw it.

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Chinese

The market for iWatch is supposedly China and handwritten tweets

To read short messages in chinese easily without a lot of context you need to know the order the strokes were made in. The iWatch has a messaging app where you can draw a chinese character and it is sent to the recipient a stroke at a time in real time, so they can get your tweet and understand it quickly.

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HUGE SHARK as big as a WWII SUBMARINE died out, allowing whales to exist

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Re: Oh no! // Another crappy SciFi channel movie

But in the new Holywood version the Americans would single-handedly defeat the submarine sized shark - possibly by Jeff Goldblum installing a virus

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Re: Perhaps whales killed them off?

By cracking their secret codes ?

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‘For the love of Pete, America, learn about decent chocolate’

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But the expats know things that the locals would never know.

How to get an XYZ visa, or if you need one. How to get a local bank account if you only have a foreign credit history. Which insurance companies accept your UK no-claims history,

And where to buy marmite

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The DRUGSTORES DON'T WORK, CVS makes IT WORSE ... for Apple Pay

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Re: modern technology bringing convenience to our lives!

Where pay-per-bonk has a whole new meaning

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SKYPE has the HOTS for my NAKED WIFE

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Re: Disable it.

But that only works with modules that declare themselves to be video drivers.

Whats to stop the milk marketing board (other secret government organisations are available) subverting a filesystem driver to also have access to your webcam?

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Re: Disable it.

And you check every line of all the other kernel modules to make sure none of then sneakily include a webcam driver - or you could put a bit of black tape over it.

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Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring

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Re: Sold

But you might be better if the person is driving a caterham or even a 2CV, without ABS, rather than a 4ton SUV with the driver playing with the touch screen.

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Re: Prices

All cars are born with the steering wheel on the left - even those built in Britain. Cars destined for Britain must be taken to a secret monastery in the Himalayas where saffron robbed monks change the wheel over for right hand drive. This is an expensive process.

This is why even cars built in Britain for foreigners are cheaper to buy on the continent than at home.

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Re: Sold

Just bought my first American car (not my fault)

It locks all the doors when you go above 10mph and they stay locked even when you stop and turn the engine off. The drivers door opens but you have to press a button to release the passengers, I keep walking off to see my wife fuming at being kept prisoner.

And for some reason I don't understand, the remote unlock doesn't do the driver's door - you have to use the key to get in.

If I wasn't a programmer I would RTFM and find out how to stop it.

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Re: What, no cupholders?

More people used cupholders instead of wedging the cup between their legs - or more people used cars without cupholders and concentrated on driving ?

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FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on

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@chris17 - they aren't tampering, you are. You are trying to use an FTDI driver with someone else's chip. If you used the fake's own driver with the fake part there is no issue.

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Silicon Valley scrooges paid staff $1.21 an hour in a 122-hour week

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you better hope that nobody at the NSA knows anything about history or France - so you're probably safe

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Re: By the numbers...

The 14th amendment and a civil war ?

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Jeff Bezos rolls up another $437m, lights Amazon's cigar with it

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I said running cloud servers wasn't Google's core business. They do a lot of it, but mostly because they already have data centers, they wouldn't sacrifice the ad business for it

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Last man standing.

You know all that money they lost competing with bricks+mortar bookstores and other online book sellers? Where are their book competitors now?

And the $14Bn they are making selling electronics. Radio shack are gone, Best Buy won't be long, even ebay is looking bad.

They can spend a lot more than Rackspace, Google don't have cloud as a core business - their only real competition is Microsoft.

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Microsoft EU warns: If you have ties to the US, Feds can get your data

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Re: @kmac499

How does not being offshore help?

The US govt can demand data held on Microsoft (Or IBM, or Amazon or Oracle or any other US corp) owned servers in Britain just as easily

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Guns don't scare people, hackers do: Americans fear identity theft more than shooting sprees

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Re: People hate facts

Presumably if the responses were sufficiently angry (and violent) the problem would solve itself ?

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Warning to those who covet the data of Internet of Precious Things

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Re: "Consent on the basis of such policies can hardly be considered to be informed"

They just replaced the electric meters here with ones which constantly phone home with your usage. There was informed consent on the new smart meters - you could have one, or you could use candles.

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Preview redux: Microsoft ships new Windows 10 build with 7,000 changes

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And the "not getting the joke award goes to ....."

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Windows 10 ?

Did I miss 9?

Or instead of skipping to every 2nd release are we now waiting for it to double?

When do I update to Windows 14

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Apple grapple: Congress kills FBI's Cupertino crypto kybosh plan

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Re: Odd

When the FBI contributes as much to re-election campaigns as the movie studios - then they can get their own laws passed

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NSA approves Samsung Knox for use by TOP SECRET g-men

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Re: I would have hoped

How are they going to make their own Android when anybody who dabbles in Linux or opensource is a commie terrorist ? http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/07/03/nsa_xkeyscore_stasi_scandal/

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Won't somebody think of the children

Won't kidnappers now all switch to this phone?

And without a front-door the legitimate law enforcement authorites won't be able to protect us from kidnapper terrorists

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Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'

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Re: Well, unless you count prostitutes.

Or the more traditional: "If it flies, floats or fscks - lease it"

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