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iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks

oddie

Re: You've never used a USB Type-A cable have you?

I don't want to come across all shouting "luxury!", but have you ever tried to plug in a PS/2 plug? or an older DIN6?

USB has (unless you try to put it in sideways or a tall plug into a wide socket) 2 ways of plugging in; sunny side up or down... you don't even really have to do much looking and aligning.. if it doesn't go in you just flip it over and boom - connected.

What really annoys me is that I have probably spent more time reading about this new reversable USB malackey than I have spent flipping USB plugs over.

Which means that so far; reversible USB plugs have wasted more of my time than non-reversible ones have :(

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Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people

oddie

One step closer...

to fully functioning Stillsuits :)

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Facebook: Want to stay in touch? Then it's Messenger or NOTHING

oddie

divergence...

I'd rather have everything in one place to be honest... realistically, if they move messaging off-app then I guess I'll do without it for a while, use skype in stead and see if it fills the same purpose in terms of keeping in touch with family and friends, maybe come back later on if I find that I am losing out by not installing the separate messenger app :/

I'm socialy/workflow-y invested enough in facebook that I'll care about this change.. but not very much.

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Audio tech upstart DTS takes on Wi-Fi speaker juggernaut Sonos

oddie

"Fine Sounds’ brands will now use DTS technology to provide its Play-Fi wireless streaming capability. Music sources, such as internet radio stations and music streaming sources, DLNA media servers and a listener’s own devices can stream music over standard Wi-Fi, using the DTS/Fine Sounds tech mashup, to speakers throughout a house."

wow... sounds amazing... truly revolutionary... never been done before.. *cough* squeezebox *cough*

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UK.gov's Open Source switch WON'T get rid of Microsoft, y'know

oddie

Re: It's not Open Source it's an open standard

Indeed.. there are of course open source software that can read the open standard, but they are 2 different things.

Its actually quite sad that by its very existence an 'Open Standard' indicates that there is such a thing as a 'closed' standard... how can it be a standard is only a few know what it is/how it works?

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oddie

I think the word you are looking for here is 'extend'... as in 'extending the format until only MS software can read it' :)

This is something which usually forms part of microsofts fall back strategy and which will be in everyones interest to fight against.

For those that didn't pay much attention in the 80s, 90's and nagthies, the microsoft fallback strategy is:

1. Embrace (java, html, and now ODF)

2. Extend (extra bits added in which only microsoft software can save/read.. still compatible with other software (for a given value) mind you)

3. Extinguish (leverage the extra extended bits to hinder/disadvantage/make life difficult for/destroy the competition)

oh, what do you know.. there's a wikipedia article :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embrace,_extend_and_extinguish

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Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

oddie

""hacking" seems to be in the list of categories that are filtered. What the fuck? How is information about hardware and software considered so harmful that it cannot touch the minds of our precious little children?

Where will the next generation of hackers come from? In 15 years, will we find that 99% of CS graduates only know how to prod .NET or Java?"

- I suspect that the next generation of hackers will come from the abusive households* that partially and/or arbitrarily blocks access to the internet? There is no greater motivator than being told you can't do something :) I imagine any teenager who was effectively told that there are pictures of naked people on the internet, but that they will only be able to look at them if they learn a fair bit about VPN, DNS and ISP filters would very soon be at the local library with their nose in a book reading about networks :)

*If you decide and filter what information/material members of your household are allowed or not allowed to see, read or learn then how can that not be an abusive household? Do you cut out articles from the newspaper you don't want them to see as well? Sit in on any meeting they have with their friends in case any of them has any forbidden knowledge? On a more pragmatic level; An 8 year old will likely not go looking for porn as they have no interest in it, whereas a 14 year old won't be scarred for life at the sight of boobies** :) Or the sight of a swear word on a page for that matter :S

**and if they go looking for tubgirl or lemonparty they will learn very quickly that there are a lot of very different people in this world..

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Black Hat anti-Tor talk smashed by lawyers' wrecking ball

oddie

Re: Black hat conferences

Oi! You there with all the consonants! I am challenging you to street countdown! :)

Bring a jacket, it can get very cold you know :)

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

oddie

Re: re : James 51

"Cycling through a red traffic light is against the law but I see a majority of cyclists doing it. For some reason they think the highway code does not apply to them."

As both a cyclist and a motorist I mostly agree with you.. (I don't know if its the majority that jump red lights)... when cyclists jump red lights (even if it is 'safe' to do so) it creates the idea that they don't follow traffic rules and are somehow different to the other parts of the traffic. As a cyclist I disslike it when they do as it just re-inforces the idea that if you are on a bike you don't really follow the traffic rules and it generates animosity between cyclists and other members of traffic. When I'm driving I disslike it as I don't know what they are going to do next.. sverve into another lane without indicating? I'm afraid I could hit and hurt someone :(

I don't jump red lights on my bike (or in my car), and usually if I am standing at a junction (with my bike) other cyclicts won't jump either if I get there first.. but every so often I will see someone standing at the front, waiting; not for the lights to change, but for the road to empty so they can pedal across while it is still red. I don't think its the majority, BUT.. I cycle on a fairly busy road, so less chance of 'safe' jumps and I probably don't see as many as I would if I was on 'empty' roads.. but it certainly is enough to be a 'thing'.

Long way of saying that there are cyclists that don't like cyclists that jump red lights either :(

The solution is very simple: red means stop, yellow means get ready (at least on driving tests), green means go :)

edit: forgot to quote post.

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Sony CEO forced to shush shareholder heckling at fiery AGM

oddie

going forward...

they should make another memory schtick... one that is incompatible with all previous ones and come in a different form factor. the lack of industry takeup and high pricing will ensure success and riches.

Or they could make it so that their various hardware platforms could interact and become more than the sum of their parts, and then make sure that the functionality was never used... the hidden potential would be a market differentiator and drive sales for sure.

Or they could yet again take an industry standard, improve it in un-measurable and only known to themselves ways, make sure its changed enough to be incompatible with everything else, sprinkle some DRM on it and then sit back and watch the hordes of customers walk past.

or they could start stealing underpants.

either way; its profits ahead.

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PICS ON GROUND: Cabbies PARALYZE London in Uber rebellion

oddie

Re: But

Indeed they do charge a premium price, the fact that it is all set in rules and added to the meter before the journey has even begun makes all the difference I am sure... unless you are paying by card obviously, in which case you get to pay a little bit more than EXACTLY what the meter says... from the lovely TFL webpage itself:

Taxi fares:

Extra charges

Extra charges must be added on the meter at the start of the journey. There are no extra charges for luggage, additional passengers or carrying of assistance dogs.

Telephone and online bookings

There is an extra charge of up to £2 if the taxi is booked by phone or online. When booking a taxi, other charges may also apply and terms and conditions may vary so please check when you book.

Heathrow Airport

There is an extra charge of £2.80 for journeys that start from Heathrow Airport ranks.

Christmas and New Year

There is an extra charge of £4 for journeys made between 20:00 on 24 December and 06:00 on 27 December and between 20:00 on 31 December and 06:00 on 2 January 2015.

Bank cards

Some taxis accept credit or debit cards and there is a maximum charge of £1 or 10% of the metered fare, whichever is higher.

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I'm not sure quite how they add "£1 or 10% of the metered fare, whichever is higher" for using bank cards, if extra charges "must be added on the meter at the start of the journey", but I'm sure I am not supposed to ask :)

here's another link.. seems london cabbies change their pricing based on the clock, not if it is raining or not :)

http://www.londonblacktaxis.net/faretariiff.htm

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

oddie

Re: He is giving a talk about mavern

I did read it several times before I posted, to try to understand what you were saying.. even after reading it again now it still seems to be

1. this was not a good joke as it plays on certain stereotypes, which is bad

2. if hypothetical women laugh at him because he is a virgin because he works with computers (stereotype), then that is just as bad as the joke he told

3. your own view is that the joke is bad because it is full of stereotypes, and that he doesn't have a gf because he works with computers.

to be honest not all my posts make sense all the time either, sometimes stuff I say or type doesn't come out the way I meant it to; your post just seems contradictory... maybe you meant it to come out differently?

edit: just read your third post.... I think maybe the issue here might be that sarcasm doesn't translate well into ASCII...

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oddie

Re: He is giving a talk about mavern

"He is a computer nerd giving a talk to other computer nerds, has he even popped his cherry? I wonder how many women would laugh if someone said that after the slide went viral.. " -probably none, its not really a very good joke...

"or would have made such a comment themselves... just as bad." - again probably none.. talking about computer geeks sexual provess or the stereotypical lack thereof if usually the domain of non-tech guys.

"It is stupid, and wasn't that funny, and yeah.... I have trouble believing he has a girlfriend... but it was a joke, a bad one, but still a joke... keep the reaction in proportion!" - you list negative stereotypes, then lament the people that would laugh at such negative stereotypes.. then go on to assert those very same negative stereotypes yourself?

your post confuses me :S

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SAP NetWeaver flaw spews user tables

oddie

Re: Slow And Painful

Not to mention that anyone foolish enough to apply updates in a production system, without testing them thoroughly first in a test/acceptance instance, risks breaking custom SAP Transaction/functionality all over the place (and costing their company a significant amount of money / themselves their job).

SAP Updates - needs done, never done on release day.

edit: re-reading your post I just realised that my entire post is pretty redundant.. I guess I could put something down about also having to factor in the time taken to resolve conflicts between the custom code and the updates before it finally gets to go to production? SAP - Doesn't update well.

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Poll: Climate change now more divisive than abortion, gun control

oddie

Scientists, men, women, true scotsmen... truly homogenous groups that I feel completely comfortable assuming they are all the same.. trust them all or none at all!

Seriously.. a poll if one trusts 'scientists'?

Despair in the human race at -57 and falling fast :D

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NOT APPY: Black cab drivers enraged by Hailo as taxi tech wars rage on

oddie

Re: Monopoly

I've upvoted you as I think your reply to my reply makes things a bit clearer :)

1. I interpreted the post I responded to as a troll trying to make the point that he/she had a experience with a private hire, where they got lost and had to stop and look at a map to find out where they were/where they were going.. and that they got charged for this extra time of sitting still and looking at maps (at which point I thought; troll.. with a private that wouldn't happen, just with a hackney.. someone is obviously trying to create arguements out of thin air).

2. You pointed out that he might have meant that he got charged for the time/distance it took to get lost in the first place. which is a fair point and could be what the original poster meant, in which case my comment is wrong as it assumed a different opinion/fact.. and the poster might not have been trolling, just upset that someone didn't know where they were going and that they charged them for the longer ride due to getting lost.

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oddie

Re: Monopoly

"...I was also charged for the time it took to get lost."

Then you must have been in a hackney surely? Privates only charge for distance, at least in my neck of the woods. lesson: don't ride in hackneys.

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Toshiba pushes out 5TB spinner for cloudy types

oddie

never mind the enterprise

where is my consumer 6tb drive?

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You know all those resources we're about to run out of? No, we aren't

oddie

recycling of metals

Recycling isn't always a good thing

it isn't just 're-using' the metal, it requires obtaining the thing that the metal is in (logistics), stripping it out of the thing, isolating the metal you want, processing it for new use (simplified).

So, you then have 2 scenarios:

1. Recycling/Reprocessing metal A requires less resources / pollutes less than digging up and refining from scratch.

2. Recycling metal A requires MORE resources / pollutes MORE than digging up and refining from scratch.

If its 1, then recycle away :D.

If its 2, then be careful of recycling away, as you are polluting more than you have to, but at the same time you get that warm fuzzy feeling from recycling and saving the planet (so you think you are doing good, but you aren't).

There is a question of where to put the thing with the metal in it after it is no longer required wanted (like an iphone 4s now that iphone 5 is out).. if scenario 1 and 2 are roughtly the same you may make the suggestion that scenario 1 is better as it cuts down on needed space for landfills. Or you could make the point that if we put it somewhere with others like it then we will have a known source of materials in the future...

Philosophical question: If at some point in the future we start to mine landfills for materials, are we then recycling previously abandoned waste, or are we extracting ore from the ground, or both?

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'Executed ex' of Norkers' bonkers Kim Jong-un rises FROM THE GRAVE

oddie

Re: Questions, lots of...

based on their previous venture into 'not enough rockets, photoshop more in', if its only 1 girl in the film then its probably true... still alive.. if there was a crowd of her as evidence of her rude health... then she is probably brown bread.

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Yes, there is now BITCOIN-MINING MALWARE for Android

oddie

"...the malware spreads from a series of applications that have since been removed from the Google Play store."

".....users can help avoid infections on the smartphones by disabling "unknown source" installations in their smartphone settings and only installing apps from trusted vendors and stores."

-The Google play store is now both an unknown source and an untrusted vendor? who knew!

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Lost artworks by Andy Warhol found on 80s-era FLOPPY DISKS

oddie

Re: Sorry Neil McAllister.

agreed.. I still have GCR encoded C64 floppies... read just fine (some don't)

I read on another side (guardian? bbc? can't effing remember) that part of the problem was that warhol had been kitted out with pre-release hardware and software.. so the image formats themselves weren't even (directly/easily) readable by anything that was ever released...

ah, yes, here it is: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27141201

how much is propaganda when it comes to anything warhol related is questionable though..

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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

oddie

I have a Dell netbook from about 3 years ago that has been on pretty much 24/7 since it was bought.. uptime is usually about a month or so, before a forced restart to install win7 patches... i could probably uncheck the auto-restart but can't be bothered to spend time on it to be honest.. besides at least it means my win7 installation is kept up to date...

have a triple head monitor setup of Dell Screens as well... more inputs than you can shake a stick at (including component, hdmi, dvi, displayport, vga, composite.. can't remember if they have S-Video or not...), wide gamuts, even colours, never had a problem with a single one of them.. they _are_ getting a bit old now, but as long as nothing breaks Im happy?

Now I might be the only person in the world who's Dell kit works without a hitch, but at least the anecdotal evidence for the quality of their goods goes both ways...

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CEO Tim Cook sweeps Apple's inconvenient truths under a solar panel

oddie

Re: Greenwashing

Sleep mode: instantly on again when laptop lid raised/front button pushed on desktop... its instant because memory is still in RAM, which needs constant electricity to keep it there...

Hibernate mode: slow on again, but to where you were working on, because RAM had been dumped to harddrive, and then read back into RAM again when you lifted the laptop lid/pressed the aformentioned button.

Hibernation should be able to use 0 watt (or at least as close to it as possible.. non-mechanical on-buttons need powering to know they have been pressed), Sleep mode won't run on 0 watts until we get RAM that doesn't need a charge to retain the bits in it.

You probably already knew that though.. consider it public service to any commentard that didn't :P

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Want a free Bosch steam iron? You'll have to TALK TO THE DEAD

oddie

Re: Other companies

I thought the founding fathers of MS were all alive and kicking? you sure you are not thinking of Steve "the ouija board is not broken, you're just holding it wrong" Jobs? :)

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

oddie

what to do if you want to arrest someone who annoyingly keeps not comitting a crime?

"Forgive my ignorance but would it just not be easier to block the domain from being accessed in the UK?"

-but what if the site in question isn't actually doing anything _illegal_, or even dodgy enough to get it blocked.. or even worse.. it IS illegal/unlawful/could potentially be used to commit something which technically isn't actually a crime, and you CAN have it blocked, but outside of the UK, somewhere, someone is viewing said adds?

What is needed her is obviously the online equivalent of being able to arrest someone for wearing a loud shirt in a built-up area :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO8EpfyCG2Y

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oddie

Re: Great.!

Nonono, not the companies that advertise, the companies that are advertised ON..

I agree though.. if only this was a list over all IP's from ad-slingers :)

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

oddie

Re: Don't tell them about...

you forgot semi transparent ones for invisibles :)

anyway, you'd be surprised.. just because they aren't readily available in majority-white countries doens't mean that they don't exist :) google 'brown plasters'.

in fact, have a link :D

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fortuna-Assorted-Skin-Plasters-Dark/dp/B00ENF075Q

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Europe approves common charger standard for mobe-makers

oddie

Which is better...

I think from an engineering aspect the apple lightning connector is better than micro USB. However it seems to only be on apple devices, and only recent ones.

From from a practical point of view I have many devices with USB ports on them (for power and sometimes for data), many micro USB cables, and many devices from different manufacturers who all support micro USB both for charging and for transfer of data.

One day I am sure the standard for charging in the EU will change from micro USB to > the next thing agreed on. Until then 'most' of the wallplugs/usb A connectors in my house will connect through standard micro USB cables into 'most' devices. The only real exceptions is my partners old ipod which uses the apple 30 pin connector, her iphone which uses a lightning connector and my ipod shuffle which uses jack2USB.

MicroUSB compatability means that my old blackberry charger happily charges my android phone, as does the charger that came with the phone, the usb micro cable that I have in work, etc.

I will entertain the lightning connector when it becomes standard across the majority of devices and suppliers/brands.. until then i'll stick with microUSB or whatever comes after it.

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oddie

Re: Suck it, Apple.

"Every time I plug my iPhone in to charge, I thank to high heaven that I'm not using one of those shitty micro-USB jokey connectors."

-Evert time I plug my android phone in to charge I just plug it in and don't really think anymore about it...

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Seagate links hands with German BOSS, stomps its BigFoot

oddie

Quantum

I was hoping for a return to the 5.24 spinners as well when I read the headline... they wouldn't fit in my media player, but my desktop comp would welcome it easily... and I could easily live with a slightly bigger USB3 harddrive storage thing...

161% _increase_ in surface area? as long as anyone is crazy enough to build it I would be crazy enough to buy it :) (as long as they went with the old quantum strategy and also made it cheap... oh well, one can dream)

Never mind tomorrows tech, we could have 10.5tb drives right now in stead of 4tb ones :)

edit: splleling

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Facebook adds 50+ gender options: Stalking your 'Friends' just got more LGBT-friendly

oddie

the amazing race

I think it's sometimes asked to make sure there is no discrimination or something like that.. not entirely sure on the details... like the details of how it helps determine that they aren't discriminating.. maybe its like - if I put out adds for a job-position, and then maybe I had a review bit of the application process (for next time or whatever) to see what genders/races replied to ensure that I had put out the adverticements in areas sure to reach a wide demographic.. to avoid situations where I would be left with applicants from only a certain subsection of genders/races/nationalities/all people from the same pub.

edit: spelling and clarity.

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Drug dealer demands jail to escape 'unbearable' missus after NYE row

oddie

Re: Blame?

Sadly the only solution is eternal vigilance.. by arguing.. if you don't argue back every time that a partner steps out of line (and this refers as much to men as it does to women) you transfer the 'power' of a relationship to one person only, and whoops.. you're now in an abusive relationship :D

been there, done that, got the scars to prove it. Rolling with the proverbial punches just makes the punches more frequent I'm afraid.

the only thing that works is to stand up and argue whenever needed.. and remembering that 'whenever' isn't 'always'. 'Arguing' can even be something as simple as to tell someone who is trying to be the 2nd driver in a car with one stearing wheel to shut up.

What im saying is that in my experience arguements done right can actually be constructive to a relationship dynamic.

In 25 years time I might come back and ammend this comment with further insight :)

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How much did NSA pay to put a backdoor in RSA crypto? Try $10m – report

oddie

Re: Re Mr Snowden

Mr Snowden is a self-indulgent pompous prig who has no idea what it means to live in a genuinely repressive regime. But perhaps he will learn something from his year in Moscow.

-Do you mean that not being able to return to the US for a year will teach him that the US is not a genuinly repressive regime, or that by spending a year in moscow he will realise that the US doesn't look as bad if you compare it with someone worse?

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Google Glass pics will BAFFLE admirers: Nudge nudge, WINK WINK

oddie

Re: So...

well, at first just really large photo albums...

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oddie

whatever next?

phones that you can carry with you? with cameras built in? or some sort of global search tool where you can put in someones name and see all the dodgy websites they take part in?

shurely one can think of at least 50 potential scenario where this tech could overturn the very fabric of society?

Can you imagine what would happen if peadophiles got hold of desktop printers and started to carpetbomb every city on earth with cheaply printed child pornography?

Nothing bears thinking of anymore... any tech on top of what we have today will lead us into our own destruction.

PS. If someone wears their google glasses to bed, or sets up a camera on a tripod next to it; assume that they want to film you having sex, and either agree to be filmed in the heat of the moment or make your displeasure at the prospect known before the carnal activities commence.

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China turns screws on Bitcoin with third party payments ban

oddie

relevant?

I'm wondering just how relevant it will be soon to be able to change your bitcoins into any other currency... its like being able to convert the 'pretend' money in my bank account into paper and metal version.. I get paid in digital pounds, and I spend most of my digital pounds digitally, never coming into a physical form.. apart from when I go to the pub or buy bus tickets... and some pubs now take bitcoin...

I'd like to think one of the goals of bitcoin is to make national currencies irrelevant and make them go the way of the franc, the mark and the drachma.

The major hurdle will be being able to receive your salary in bitcoin... although I don't think this is very practical just now with the large currency fluctuations going on.. maybe later when it is settled and someone finds a way around restrictive regimes trying to mandate their national currency...

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Mandela memorial. Yup, let's SNAP A SELFIE, say grinning Obama, Cameron

oddie

Re: Context is everything....

...Indeed, Bishop Tutu berated the crowd on their rowdiness , saying “You must show the world that we are disciplined. I want to hear a pin drop.”

-that was about the booing that came when the declared-innocent of rape current south african president zuma took the stage.

Pity the overseas guests didn't set an example for the crowds to follow.

-which example woudl that be? leaders from all other the world coming together in a way they normally would never do and create connections and learn about each other during the memorial of a man now remembered as a great facilitator and bringer-together of people? why would it have been so much better if they all just sat on their arses and stared blankly ahead until it was time to go home and continue the status quo?

Is it unreasonable to expect someone chosen to represent you and your nation to be able to act with dignity and decorum (no burping) for four hours without the need for "breaks"?

-if someone representing me and my nation went to such a comming together of world leaders during such a bringing-everyone-together event and all they did was act with dignity and decorum then i'd expect them to be voted out of office before their return flight landed.

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PlayStation 4 BLUE LIGHT OF DEATH blamed on power cords, TV sets, butterflies in China

oddie

Re: "Blue light of death" is boring...

needs to have a more snappy catchphrase....

like something a mechanic would tell you after doing a long whistling sound and getting his calculator out...

this is going to cost you son... this machine is blue blink'd ;)

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Company selling you out? You've been TUPE-ed

oddie

workers are born with 100% experience in all matters, except legal advice for TUP'eing.

Hence, if they don't take legal advice before the TUP happens, they will for the first time in their life (probably) be facing something new and 'unfaced before'

simple :)

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NO! Radio broadcasters snub 'end of FM' DAB radio changeover

oddie

Re: Technoluddites

speaking only for myself: I don't hate DAB, who knows, at some point I might even get a dab radio.. if I can get one for a fiver or something like that...

The point that most people have issue with is the shutting down of the FM transmitters.. which everyone seems to be quite happy with.

By all means keep DAB, no point in making all those sets _completely_ useless, but don't touch my FM waves :(

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oddie

Re: Local listening

There is a wonderful local radio station in Glasgow called Sunny Govan, complete with interesting characters, random banter and superb music (and sometimes music I don't like.. but its never bland... if you drive into work you sometimes get hiphop, othertimes led zeppelin) their signal is quite strong for a local radio, so I can (and usually do) switch over to them as soon as I get close to the city... or keep myself tuned to 103.5FM until all reception is gone.

I hope this digital switchover nonsense don't kill them off, as they are one of the few reasons I listen to radio at all :)

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We've invented the FONBLET, says Samsung

oddie

Re: Used by the beautiful, famous or especially athletic.

"I can't help you on the fame angle, though, short of suggesting you commit some heinous crime."

-just stop posting anon and at least (some) people will know who you are... a known, beautiful, athletic person (you, not me, I don't play lotto) :)

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HELIUM-FILLED disks lift off: You can't keep these 6TB BEASTS down

oddie

now available today...

and not available anywhere that I have checked.. does anyone know when the 'launch' will turn into 'can buy'? guessing the price will be around 300 quid for a while...

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Swedish teen's sex video fine slashed: Unwilling co-star girlfriend furious

oddie

I don't know the current attitudes to sex and pornography in sweden, and nor do I know the full details of the case.. I also don't reside in the swedish culture, so I don't really know how to feel about what happened :/

I guess the other comments of other people highlight that this would not be viewed in the same context in the UK, should the incident have happened here, and then commented on by Register readers?

I wonder what the general swedish opinion on the matter is :/

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Cannabis can CURE CANCER - cheaply and without getting you high

oddie

jokes that require thinking...

Think of the Paedos!

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Ofcom, it's WAR! Mobe networks fire broadside over 2G spectrum pricing

oddie

lies, damned lies and then statistics (and then PR campaigns by telecom companies)

1. Spectrum is charged for because:

a) if you give it away for free it will be like asda giving away free waterbaloons.. I have no use for them, but I will take 2 million of them please, to keep in my shed, forever, without using them (or giving some away or whatever.. they were free.. I don't feel obliged to use them). Also can I please have half the available spectrum allocated to then never use again?

b) it raises money for government / raises money that the government can chose how the country should spend.

2. This is better than the alternative, because although it pushes up prices a bit, it means that the goods (in this case wireless spectrum) are obtained only by those that are willing to use it.. no one will pay good money for spectrum that they are not going to use (unless they have very very poor management practices). its an even better idea to charge rent for it, because then, if you no longer need the spectrum then you can stop renting it... no need to keep paying for gym memberships that you don't use.. like if there was a gym with only 10 places at any given time.. and the memberships were free.. and the 10 current members never went, but also never canceled their hoarding of the memberships because they were free.. or they had just paid a lump sum up front for them, so they really had no reason to ever stop hoarding and never doing anything else with them?

3. This will drive up prices: companies and corporations are constructs that are created / allowed to exist because they provide goods and services to the population. In stead of the state supplying all our needs and requesting all the work to be done this function is passed on to legal entities (companies/corporations) who then supply a service/goods and that the population then pay them for. they are allowed to make a profit doing this, but is taxed to skim some of that money off for the government to spend on services that they deem inefficient to be ran by companies (fewer and fewer these days, good bye royal mail). Companies and corporations do what makes them the most money: If a specific outcome is preferred (better services?) then through taxes and tarrifs the palying field can be altered so that the best economic outcome for these legal entities also happen to be the one where the population gets better services.

a) if you make it more expensive for these companies to deliver services/goods to the population then they will have to charge more for those services. simple.

b) for the population it is better to have a service that works, even if it is slightly more expensive to make it more efficient (so that our telecoms companies aren't all providing 1g services, while hoarding spectrum, because there is no incentive to invest to do stuff with that spectrum)...

c) compare that with a service where we pay inflation increases, that never improves and never has to improve, like a theoretical british telecom who have a monopoly on landlines and don't see anything wrong with keeping the old switched telephone network exactly as it is for another 200 years (exageration - even under BT monopoly there was innovation.. just very slow)

4. taxes and tariffs designed to improve competition and innovation should be plowed back into lowering general taxes for corporations/companies/individuals. This is rarely done, governments generally like to spend money, and are not usually interested in increasing the purchasing power and prosperity of their country by lowering taxes. In stead it will be spent on spent on invented projects which sometimes pay off in terms of improving society, and sometimes are just wasted.

5. It is a good thing that offcom has done this. in the long term if will benefit us as consumers. it is a bad thing that the government will missuse the money raised from it.

6. Most people fail to see how all these things are connected, and companies/offcom/the government can therefore pretend that these issues are onesided... like telecoms convincing the population that what they really want is a a lower priced service that stays the same and where they (telecoms) don't have to invest anything to improve anything ever again :)

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Scottish leader splurged £20k appealing disclosure of EU membership legal bungle

oddie

Re: As an English Taxpayer

Depends... without scotland you might find that David Cameron/Ed Miliband have much easier time of it spending all your money on more nukes :/

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oddie

the fact that he is tripple chinned and/or a walrus should have nothing to do with our opinion of him.. dislike him for his weasely politics and his aparent lack of capabilities.. no reason to resort to namecalling over physical appearance... his idiocy stands perfectly well on its own without it.

I hope Scotland does declare itself independent, but probably not with mr.Salmond at the helm.. which is what elections are for :)

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Ministry of Sound sues Spotify over user playlists

oddie
Unhappy

This is the beginning of the end for content...

"But if copyright laws were used, how would MoS go about it? Copyright has become significantly weaker in the digital era, as the law has failed to keep pace with technology, eroding the ability of an individual to protect their property."

- I'd go further and venture that the rights to ones own material has been degrading ever since this new-fangled 'writing things down' came about...

ok, fair enough, at first everything was in latin and whatnot, so that people coudln't just read these books back on any person that they wanted (and so the industry of only passing information on orally was protected - Analogue Rights Management), but in the end people started to format-shift things about so that you could read one of these 'books' on any person... which meant that the big media companies couldn't dictate what kind of person you could read the book back on: freetardians could just buy a book once and read it as many times as they wanted.. no need to pay a story teller every time...and no one made a new story... ever again.

It has been a dark century or two for these media types indeed :(

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