* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

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

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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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Re: What do they care if you run linux?

They will simply charge you a per-seat not-using-SQL-server licence fee, the same way that Dell charge you more for buying a laptop without Windows

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Re: What do they care if you run linux?

Will they be suing any of their customers that use Linux for patent infringement?

How many hundreds of undisclosed patents was it that Linux infringed?

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Retraining

Memo from bill.g to nadella.s

Remember; Women=Good, Linux=bad, you seem to have got things confused

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ICO warns UK broadcasters over filming using drones

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Re: Where's me 12-bore?

> I'm not worried about people spying on me

But what about when you commit terrorism-related offences, like watering your garden during a hosepipe ban or putting out your recycling bin before 7:00am ?

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Re: Where's me 12-bore?

The obvious British solution is for you to have a model aircraft (note a flying model aircraft not a UAV) - say a large petrol engined Spitfire, with working guns, and send that up to deal with the blighters.

tally-ho

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China is ALREADY spying on Apple iCloud users, claims watchdog

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It would probably be against the law - unless you are a law enforcement agency, or involved in national security. Or, in the uk, a local allotments committee with a copy of RIPA

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Post-PC era? PAH! Apple says Macs OUTSOLD iPads in Q4

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Share repurchase

I assume there are legal/accounting reasons but

Does it really make sense to announce record profits, record growth and then go out and buy your own shares?

Shouldn't you say you are going to hire Balmer as CEO, license Clippy as new Apple logo, that you are switching to VMS - and then go out and buy your shares?

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The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?

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Re: I believe the saying is

How much do ox-bow lakes or the causes of the civil war come up in everyday life ?

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Baby Beebers

So the reason that software engineering hasn't reached the same level as civil engineering isn't that it is a lot more complicated than looking up the standard beam profile from the standards book to bolt to the standard bolt from the standards books - it's because of the BBC micro?

So that will explain why it is completely professional in other countries and no US software project ever overruns, why Japanese software has taken over the world and why Swedish code is as reliable as a Volvo.

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'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'

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Re: Marmite

You can make a solution of quinine in ethanol lase.

The gin and tonic laser was invented 50 years ago

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'George Orwell was an OPTIMIST. Show me a search history, I'll show you a perv or a crook'

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Re: Why does Microsoft want people to stop talking about Windows?

"And since no human being has any QA input into these processes these days, computer says "boop" and nixed all the content."

So the (almost) monopoly supplier of operating systems and business packages is merely incompetent rather than malicious - that's good to know.

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Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...

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Re: Misery

"but there's nothing much we can do about the "happiness" parameter and that's why it never really changes".

Religion, drugs, drink - the drop in the usage of these is the reason that happiness as fallen for the peasants in the last 1000years

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Re: It can be done

Growing up in a less-than-picturesque mining village near Sheffield in the 80s I believe you - funnily enough the only place I have lived where the people were happier and friendlier was Belfast.

I think it's the anywhere is better than London phenomena

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Re: I attempt to maximise the length time I get to spend lying on my arse.

Energy efficiency - lying on your arse is a minimum energy configuration.

Any arse raising movement involves expenditure of energy, increase in entropy, waste heat into the environment, global warming and the eventual heat death of the universe.

For your valiant fight to remain lying on your arse and saving the planet - we salute you.

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Re: Declaration of Independence

"Life, liberty and the pursuit of cheeseburgers" was the first attempt, but was blocked by a lobbyist from the booze industry

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Re: Too much of a good thing

Anything is better than GDP.

When the best thing you can do to boost your per-capita GDP is have a car crash - people buy 2 new cars, have expensive medical treatment, sue each other, pay higher insurance premiums = all GDP.

Or smoke all your life, get lung cancer and have a transplant, preferably at US healthcare hospital rates. Then you need to think of a better economic metric.

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Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

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The police have often been criticised for the way they treat certain inner city ethnic minority youth compared to the deference shown by the village bobby to the local squire.

4am raids by tactical firearm units on the landed gentry to check their shotgun cabinets are merely a new equal opportunity policy aimed at treating everyone the same.

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