* Posts by Semaj

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Cable thieves cost UK rail £15m a year

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Scum

'angin's too good for the buggers. Many a cold, wet day I've spent in some god-forsaken hell hole (Derby) because some scumbag decided that they couldn't do without Xmas gifts for their spawn (or enough Stella to get so blotto that they don't care about the tears).

I can only image the overall loss to our economy because of delayed and cancelled trains that these selfish gits cause.

I propose very high current electric fences to keep people away from the target areas or some kind of automated laser turret system.

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Bletchley Park opens U-110 Enigma exhibit

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Headmaster

Coventry

He's talking about Coventry. It's well known that Churchill knew in advance of one of the big attacks on that city and couldn't tell anyone because of the source of the info.

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Boffins herald end of stiff screens

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Go

Colour

eInk will not really be seen as anything other than crap by the general populace (as in people who read magazines, not books) until it can do colour.

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DARPA, NASA look to spawn STARSHIP enterprise

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Troll

Live under your bridge forever

1 - Nearest star with likely habitable planets

2 - Enslave them

3 - Simple probability that even I can understand - we'd be hedging our bets if we had 2 planets to live on. The more planets the more likely we are to survive

4 - No need for several thousand as inbreeding isn't as instantly destructive as it's seen to be (look at other creatures in the animal kingdom to see this). Obviously more (and fitter) would be better though.

5 - You can spend your money on Earth if you want but those of us who can see a future where the descendants of thee pioneers are as gods to those of the plebs who stayed would not begrudge a penny. In fact I would much rather all our aid money went into this kind of venture than to Pakistan.

Troll icon because I expect you probably are one.

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Apple tops Microsoft market cap, revenue, and profits

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Jobs Horns

Goodgood

OK, Apple are doing pretty well now. Cool. So now do they have to play by the same rules as everyone else or are they still going to be allowed to get away with forcing people to use iTunes and all the other anticompetitive crap that they do?

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WTF is... cloud gaming?

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Never gonna work

It's a nice idea but it's never going to work.

First, most people still have very slow broadband connections and those that don't still have usage caps. This is not gonna change any time soon.

Second, gaming is pretty much always at the cutting edge when it comes to technology in terms of graphics, AI, physics, etc and for that you need a local high end piece of kit if there are a lot of concurrent users, if only to avoid the lag.

The only way I can see this sort of service working is to offer old games to casual gamers (think like those plug into your TV gizmos that you can buy from Argos). It just doesn't appeal to the hardcore market.

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God-game creator granted Bafta gong

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Just Like Mr. Lucas

He made some truly great things but the latest efforts are awful :(

Fable II was acceptable - barely. Seemed to care a lot about banning people from their forums and bringing out expansion packs, not to mention putting in achievements that you needed to buy extra stuff to get but didn't much care for actually fixing the game breaking glitches - oh and of course you can't back up the save files easily either.

Fable III - yuck. Dumbed down kiddy rubbish.

Stop - making games dude, you had it once but you've lost it.

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Winamp advises forum password reset after mystery hack

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How Retro

Oh, Winamp still exists? I haven't used that in years, I wonder what it's like nowadays.

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One-third of Aussies 'are pirates'

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Good Point!

You should be a consultant for them.

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Apple suppliers: Child labor, bribery, suicides

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On the other hand

So it seems good that Apple is sorting out this nastyness but if you think about it, forcing suppliers to close down by cancelling the contracts is surely going to make their workers unemployed and die of starvation or have to get even worse jobs.

I don't know what the answer is but surely in the eyes of the workers they would rather work somewhere bad than not be able to afford food at all?

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Binatone HomeSurf 7 Android tablet

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Can it be upgraded?

Looks like the kind of cheap and cheerful device Binatone seem to make for those who really don't care much about a product other than to get basic functionality (my only home phone is by them and still going strong after about 7 years).

My only query is, is it possible to upgrade the OS to a later Android version or is it totally locked down?

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Humanity's stored data measured in CDs to the Moon

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"a zettabyte is 1000 exabytes"

Oh cool, thanks for clearing that up for me.

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Two councils hit with big fines for laptop blunder

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Bad

And the fine will of course be paid for by the tax payer. Thanks guys.

I'd much rather the idiot with the laptop and the idiot who gave them it were sacked.

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Stephen Fry cans Japan trip over nuke survivor quip

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Send him somewhere ...

Preferably somewhere without a net connection ... or a way out.

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True

Definitely was to scare the Russians and (horribly) it probably worked out better for the Japanese culture as a whole because had the Russians invaded (which they would have, having been at war with Japan previously) their culture would have been totally obliterated with them becoming part of the USSR.

One thing that people never mention either was that although the targets were military with a lot of civilian workers, much of the population of Hiroshima were actually foreign POWs.

It was a horrible thing to happen, lots of horrible things happen in wars. It doesn't "cancel it out" in any way, everything about it is horrible and no one really won or was in the right. We just have to make sure to remember the things that happened and learn from them so they never happen again.

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ISPs and Vaizey set to bump heads over default porn filter

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Unhappy

Yes

"Are the people making these proposals really so stupid that they think sex is the worst possible thing that a child (or adult come to that) could see on the internet?"

Yes. Yes they are.

Notice that in films you can have as much gore and shocking scenes as you like (as long as it's a "fantasy" setting) but anything even remotely sexual is an instant 18.

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UK police crime map website: Who's the victim here?

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Unhappy

Not that much

It's quite sad really but when I hear £300k and government IT project I actually feel like it's a bargain :/

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Documents in Assange rape probe leak onto the net

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Dead Vulture

Jealousy is my Guess

He got instant fame where as no one's really ever heard of The Register outside IT circles.

Or maybe it's because the documents didn't get leaked here but to the lowly tabloids.

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Photo loss blogger to Flickr: You're f*cking kidding

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FAIL

This

He's a fool for not having a local backup yeah but they should have backups too, plus they shouldn't go around deleting people's accounts without suspension first, they could clearly have a much better process in place to avoid screw ups like this.

They both failed.

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Gates: Killing the internet is easy

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Big Brother

True

But the genie is out of the bottle in terms of people knowing that it is possible to communicate with the outside world through technology.

If this kind of thing becomes commonplace someone will come along with a "cool idea" (patent pending) which will take the weak link (the government accessible infrastructure) out of the picture.

Plus you have to remember that information IS still leaking out of their country, mostly facilitated by technology.

Basically I think that now people have had "free" communication they will circumvent attempts to revoke it. It won't happen overnight or after one clampdown but if they become commonplace it will.

You can't kill an idea.

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US lawmakers eye internet 'kill switch'

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Big Brother

Competition

Well we can't have those undemocratic countries outdoing us in the taking away freedoms race can we.

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Ofcom to review Digital Economy Act site-blocking measures

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Big Brother

hjyhki

Government and media order of preference for a nice story with lots of controversy:

Pedos

Terrorists

Illegal Downloaders

If you can combine them then extra bonus points!

Keep em scared and angry and they are easy to control.

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Indonesian pop star jailed over sex videos

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The real way to put religion in it's coffin where it belongs.

Porn and mockery.

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UK.gov taps up DWP's IT boss for all of Whitehall

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Job description

Wow that job description in the last paragraph isn't really adequate. It needs MORE buzzwords!

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Man demands police protection from sex-mad missus

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man make snoosnoo

Be careful what you wish for.

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Single complaint sparks police raid and total ban on rental movie

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Big Brother

Unintentional Consequences

I'm all for art pushing the boundaries. I'd argue that that's one of the reasons it should exist. It makes people think of stuff they wouldn't want to ordinarily, which can only be a good thing.

I do wonder whether an unintended consequence of this film though will be that people think it's a documentary so end up believing the BS about there actually being a global snuff film industry, which ironically could lead to it being banned after all.

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UK tech retailers are rubbish

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Definitely

So true.

I remember years back when Dixon's still had high street stores all over the place and my friends noticing a computer advertised as having 512MB of RAM (unheard of in those days other than really high end stuff - what they actually meant was the PC had 512 MB of RAM).

We politely pointed out the obvious typo but the sales guy was adamant we were totally wrong and clearly didn't know what we were talking about.

Though the next day the sign had the section scribbled out with marker pen and the much more sensible 64MB written instead :) The guy just couldn't admit he was wrong to a bunch of college kids.

The same shop also sold me a USB cable to go with my parallel port scanner ... not really useful!

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Scotland bans smut. What smut? Won't say

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Terminator

Arms Race

Is this like some kind of weird "I can do a better law than you" competition between all the Western nations or something? It's getting absolutely ridiculous now.

Machines cause it's getting to the point where we'd be better off with them in charge.

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Apple patents miracle combo mouse-keyboard

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not used one

I've not used one but if that's the case then Sony will obviously sue them because yeah, it sounds exactly the same.

Surely Sony would have patented it already though?

Still horrible that you can patent a concept like this in my opinion anyway, fair enough the exact tech specs but the concepts? Thumbs down cause these guys really need to stop being so small minded.

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UK short 100K tech recruits this year

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Happy

Not Surprising

Despite the social acceptance of gadgetry nowadays (and the obvious demand that brings), being a geek is still being a geek and we don't get the respect of those in other industries. That and the work we do is often tedious and difficult - it's definitely not for everyone.

Good news for those of us already here though.

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Apple's Jobs stand-in touts iPad's enterprise reach

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BS

Hmm, I think frymaster is right.

When the iPhone came out I saw a lot of "business types" using them in my daily commute to and from work. I've seen 1 man using an iPad and he was only reading an ebook, not doing work. In fact he had his laptop with him (though he wasn't using it at the time).

What I have seen in use by the "business types" are a lot more new netbooks.

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Hackers eyed sale of celebrity iPad data

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Joke

Collective

"Goatse, the collective of trolls"

Goatse - collective noun, a group of trolls. "I saw a goatse of trolls the other day, they were all fat and ugly" Nice :)

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ISPs battle EU child pornography filter laws

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Exactly

Child abuse (including regular violence, which is at least as bad as sex) is going to happen regardless and more often than not will be done by a relative or close family friend (male AND female by the way, not just men, ask anyone who works with abused kids).

All filtering does is extend the delusion that this kind of thing doesn't happen, it's saying "we don't care if it happens as long as we can't tell". It's hiding the symptom, not solving the problem. And that's assuming it could even work, which it wouldn't.

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Kinect blamed for Red Ring of Death outbreak

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FAIL

sdfdsgrdg

Well ours hasn't broke (thankfully) but the upgrade has made the interface a lot slower. I've not talked to anyone who has said they like it yet.

I have the feeling that this may be just as coincidental as there was no antennagate ;)

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DARPA working on eyes-in-the-back-of-your-head hat

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Alien

Predator Helmet

I want one.

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Enormous 1km ice-cube machine fashioned at South Pole

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Troll

AVP?

Strange, I don't recall there being anything to do with ice or Antarctica in those 2 fantastic games.

They should really make a film about them some day, I can't see how it could possibly be done badly, especially when the cannon is so easy to stick to.

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Microsoft says no to Kinect sex game

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WTF?

Lies

"Xbox is a family friendly games and entertainment console and does not allow Adults Only content to be certified for use on its platform, and would not condone this type of game for Kinect."

So GTA isn't adult only then?

Course callously mowing down pedestrians, hiring then blowing the brains out of prostitutes is fun for the whole family.

That's our culture though isn't it - violence is fine and a bit of consensual kinky fun is evil.

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Sheriff's Department database leak puts snitches at risk

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Grenade

Shiiiiiiiiit

String

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Judges reject Operation Ore appeal

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No one cares

The public have been brainwashed into thinking that having a single image of a 17 year old = having child porn = making child porn = making child porn = raping babies thanks to the hysterical reporting by the media.

Hence whenever any man is accused of having child porn, he may as well kill himself (I say man specifically because they are STILL of the opinion that it's mostly a man thing). Even if he is found innocent, the accusation is worse than any punishment that could be given.

And no one cares because "if it saves the life of one child ..."

Notice that the press hailed Ore as a massive success and didn't even mention all of the men that killed themselves.

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Minister 'C*nt' promises £50m to get fabtastic fibre for all

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Show Off

Dude, I long for the speeds I got back in my old city centre flat (though not the flat itself).

Complaining that you are losing 6Mb out of 20? You don't know you are born. My connection is meant to be getting upgraded to the 20Mb one in February but I already asked if it'll improve the 3Mb speed I ACTUALLY get and was told it won't because I'm too far away :(

As for cable? Virgin don't seem to have any interest in building new infrastructure at all.

Either way it's all a bit crap really.

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sfdgdfg

I'll believe it when I see it.

What's the chances that BT will happily take the £50m and spend it on consultants and putting new fibre down in areas like London, which already have it, ignoring any non-city location.

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Gov decides not to have scientific advice on drugs any more

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Not surprising

They never listened to them anyway.

And since when did the government ever care whether what they were proposing made sense? Nah it's much easier to allow the tabloids to decide what the government should do. At least then the proles will be happy.

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Gov pays Greens to lobby it, says report

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Black Helicopters

Not just Environmentalists

Look at the amount of cash given to "child protection" charities like the NSPCC or whatever as well.

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ISPs under pressure to control online porn

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ssfsdfes

Posts like yours give me hope.

Got to remember though - it's not JUST your responsibility as parents, it's his too. Just like it'd be his responsibility if he was being a fool and fell over and hurt himself. Completely shielding kids from everything bad seems just as bad as letting them get on with it themselves (just look at the stupid 13 year old who thought it'd be a really great idea to jet off to Gatwick without telling anyone).

I'm sure that you guys will do fine though :)

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Stop

No

This is getting beyond a joke now.

How do these lobbying groups get formed? Is it possible to set up a sensible lobby group to counter these ones? I think we need it because it seems to me like the common sense message is being drowned out by the insanity. I'm thinking along the lines of what the ASP have done in Australia.

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Plasma space-drive aces efficiency numbers: Set for ISS in 2014

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Coat

screw that

Let the space wizard worshippers stay here while us sensible humans jet off into the stars. They seem quite happy for everything to stay exactly as it is or even better - regress back to medieval times.

They hate new technology so I think they would probably be happy if we all left them to it.

Maybe we'll check in on them after a couple of hundred years if we fancy a laugh.

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Xbox modder can't claim fair use, says judge

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Flame

Difficult to find an appropriate analogy

The car one doesn't work because in that case you would not be breaking a law about modding your car, you would be breaking the law for driving an unsafe car and dangerous driving, maybe manslaughter.

It's perfectly legal to mod a car to be unroadworthy. If you take it on the road, that is the crime.

I'd say a closer analogy is if you found a way to modify the engine to run on ambient pollution from other people's cars (far fetched I know). Would that be a crime? I don't think it would as long as the technique didn't break safety laws.

(Flames cause it would probably explode.)

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Turing papers could be saved after auction fail

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Dead Vulture

Gah

If it were possible to donate and if this had been publicised then I for one would have given cash to support Bletchley Park's bid.

I hope the Reg ran a story earlier and I missed it when I was away otherwise I'm highly disappointed.

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Super Meat Boy

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Controls Like Crap

I'm sorry but for me there is only 1 thing that makes or breaks a platformer and that is how "slidey" it is and Super Meat Boy is worse than McKids. No amount of silly "awesome" gimmicks make up for that.

I'd rank this one as unplayable.

Spend your cash on Scott Pilgrim instead.

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Duracell MyGrid cable-free gadget charger

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FAIL

a

Until this tech starts appearing by default in lots of different devices (in a standard way) all these things will flop.

As "It wasn't me" said. You'd have to be an idiot to spend about £100 on a gizmo that does a worse job than the cable you got for free.

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