* Posts by plrndl

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Android gives Google a search monopoly? Not so fast, says judge

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Search for Search

If you don't know how to install an alternative search engine, just Google it!

Simples.

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Fedora 21: Linux fans will LOVE it - after the install woes

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Re: Gave Gnome another go

Fedora + Cinnamon might be worth a look.

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UK cops caught using 12 MILLION Brits' mugshots on pic database

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Big Brother

Deus Ex Machina

If the computer says “it's him” most people, plods included, will believe the computer against all other evidence, no matter how irrational that may appear to the knowledgeable outside observer. You'd have no chance ina jury trial.

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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Re: Dunno about warming

@ToddR

Can you read English? "Let's take Southern and South Eastern Europe, shall we? "

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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We read El Reg for the content, not the presentation. Don't let the marketing morons get anywhere near. PLEASE!

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Re: GIMP

In a world where everyone carries a camera phone, and "photoshop" has entered the dictionary, GIMP is hardly a niche app.

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MEPs want 'unbiased search', whatever that is – they're not sure either

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Google is successful because it provides better results than its many rivals. “Better” as perceived by its users.

A key part of this is decoding the garbage that a typical user types, and converting it into something a computer can search for.

Another key part is downgrading the dross that arises from search engine optimisation.

If Google biased its results for any purpose other than that of the users, it would soon be replaced by a competitor that was providing the wanted results.

An unbiased search would simply turn up all 200 million sites that match your query, in random order. This would render the service, and the WWW, useless.

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By the Rivers of Babylon, where the Antikythera Mechanism laid down

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Re: Been in the museum where they have this object

@ZanzibarRastapopulous

"Basically, there are some people who want to control all the other people."

They're called "politicians", or "religious leaders".

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Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then

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Re: How are they bundled?

@ sabroni

Google's success amongst a miriad of search engines is a result of providing the best answers to user's queries. If they didn't provide the answers that users want, Bing (is that still going?) and others are only a few clicks away.

Only a moron would fail to distinguish between the ads and the answers.

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PROFESSORS! PROFESSORS! PROFESSORS!

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He always did like throwing chairs around.

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Microsoft snorefest: For crying out loud, Nadella – just channel Ballmer!

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Linux

Re: "They gave us windows 8"

Can they please take it back now.

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GOD particle MAY NOT BE GOD particle: Scientists in shock claim

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Re: While I agree with your post...

"Give us your forking money" (C) 1984 Bob Geldof

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DROIDS - everywhere! Is Apple really even in the game any more?

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Re: Betamax v VHS

What killed Betamax was Sony trying to ban porn, which is always the first driver of new technology.

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Spanish 'Google tax' could end up like Germany's everyone-BUT-Google tax

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Re: These sites just have to face reality

Google should start charging the publishers for promoting their wares.

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NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine

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Re: "80 million people in Britain"

So now we know the real number of illegal immigrants.

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Nokia Lumia 530: A Windows Phone... for under £50

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So it's a smart phone without the smart?

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New Snowden leak: How NSA shared 850-billion-plus metadata records

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Re: Curious?

They don't trust anyone who doesn't speak English as a native language.

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Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can

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Linux

Re: 23 Years

"And still waiting for it to hit the mainstream."

Over 85% of smartphones sold in the last quarter are running Linux. You can't get much more mainstream than that.

I could go on about super-computers, set top-boxes etc etc, but I can't be bothered.

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Linux

Mosaic

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£100m DMI omnifail: BBC managers' emails trawled by employment tribunal

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Re: Politicians are to blame, not the BBC.

"but for things like production and studio areas you do not need to be London based."

"Manchester... Its a few hours on a train "

Not everyone who works in production and studio areas is a full time BBC employee. Most producers, engineers and actors are freelance professionals who work for a range of clients and are based in London, where the vast majority of facilites and work are also based.

How would you like the cost and aggravation of a 4-hour plus round journey commute, possibly carrying bulky and/or expensive equipment?

(Former freelance recording engineer.)

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Re: At least it's not my money these buffoons are burning

"I like the idea of free to view telly with no advertising..."

The BBC carries a vast amount of advertising, mostly for BBC channels and products, but none of it is paid for, and its commercial activities are so badly run and overstaffed that the make very litle money.

Incidentally the last time I listened to BBC Radio London, the most commonly heard phrase was "sponsored by HMV".

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Vulture 2 spaceplane autopilot brain surgery a total success

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Nice shed.

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Pop-up ad man: SORRY we made such a 'hated tool', netizens

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Maybe he could atone by creating an ad blocker that works.

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Intel disables hot new TSX tech in early Broadwells and Haswells

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Re: “unpredictable system behavior”

It's those pesky users at it again.

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Time to move away from Windows 7 ... whoa, whoa, who said anything about Windows 8?

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Re: Gartner is, as usual, smoking crack.

Maybe you need to get a proper operating system.

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Secretive Apple's super-secret university is full of BULL chic – leakers

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No surprise that the first thing Apple staff learn is bull.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: 4G Android tablet is easy to swallow

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Re: Storage costs aren't always commutable @ Kubla Cant

My Mint 17 box mounts my Android 4.4.4 phone as a media device, which has 2 sub-directories, "Internal storage" and "SD card". These can be accessed identically to the USB HD that was detected by earlier versions of Android.

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Wait, an actual QR code use case? TGI Friday's builds techno-restaurant

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Joke

"and leave by using your mobile phone."

So they're doing away with the trains too?

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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Facepalm

The reason our High Streets are filled the same names pretty much everywhere, is that a small number of companies master the art of performing their function reasonably well, and prosper, while a large number cannot manage to put together the basics consistently, and perish.

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GCHQ names the Hogwarts for Hackers

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@Christoph

"So if you pass one of these courses and don't go to work for them or for someone they approve of, they will keep a permanent eye on you..."

...just like everyone else.

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Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

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Re: No Surprise

"I'm still waiting for the people with the supposed knowledge to come to some consensus as to what is really happening."

One of the major problems with "climate science" is that there's no such thing. The drivers of climate that we know about cover a great many different disciplines. There could be many other that we don't even know about, other “butterfly in Beijing” effects.

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Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart

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1. Anyone who is smart enough and concerned enough to make use of consumption and costing data is smart enough to use the data that is already available.

2. Anyone who thinks smart meters will lead to reduced energy costs or use is naïve to the point of stupidity.

3. The meters will be hacked within days of going live, putting them within the control of any bad-hat who wants to use them for their own ends.

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iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms

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Re: Ipad only a content consumption device

The number of people who consume content is many orders of magnitude greater than the number who create it. A modern PC is massively over-specced for the vast majority of users.

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Home Office threw £347m in the bin on failed asylum processing IT project

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Re: WTF

“How the Hell, can you not manage to computerise a paper based system with that level of funding.”

Actually it's trivial. Paper based systems are never complete systems, particularly in bureaucratic “organisations”. These “systems” rely on the existence of a small proportion of operatives who are smart enough and willing enough to add functionality to the system. When you remove the smart element and make the system run at GHz clock speeds, you get a solid lock-up.

The only way to get a working computer system, is to create a perfect system, then computerise it, as any fule kno.

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X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

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Re: why does this remind me of IBM

Microsoft(ies) should note that IBM had to lose $7.5 billion, two years in a row, before it came to its senses and started to change into a sustainable business, and it came out on a much smaller scale.

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Re: Buzzword bingo

Nadella probably writes in plain English, then runs it through Bing translate.

http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1992-12-21/

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Microsoft: You NEED bad passwords and should re-use them a lot

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Re: Unique Passwords

@Neil Barnes

Be grateful you weren't born in Scunthorpe!

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Microsoft's Lumia 930... a real HANDFUL

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Re: What, no whiny "Pity it runs Windows" comments?

Perhaps because for that money, you have a huge range of Android phones from which to choose.

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FBI: We found US MILITARY AIRCRAFT INTEL during raid on alleged Chinese hacker

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Re: I am amazed

If this data is supposed to be so secret, what is it doing on internet connected servers in the first place?

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UK's emergency data slurp: IT giants panicked over 'legal uncertainty'

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Re: The draft bill says they can require the ISPs keep EVERYTHING FOREVER

"A retention notice may—

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(e) make different provision for different purposes"

Surely that makes ALL other laws redundant!

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Re: Overseas firms

re Huawei

It should be obvious by now, that the "problem" with Huawei gear is that it DOESN'T have backdoors.

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Report: UK.gov wants to legislate on comms data BEFORE next election

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"Communications data is now used in more than 90 per cent of serious and organised crime investigations..."

because playing with a computer is much easier than getting off your arse and doing proper police work.

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USA to insist on pre-flight mobe power probe

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Re: I wonder how they got this information?

I'd rather have my freedom back, and run the risk of getting blown to smithereens. We're all going to die sometime, but I want to enjoy the time I have here.

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BOFH: You can take our lives, but you'll never take OUR MACROS

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Re: Bane of my life

If MS produced a version of Excel that fixed all the bugs that have previously been reclassified as features, that would be the end.

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'World’s dumbest' suspect collared in Facebook sting

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Re: Elephant in the room

Maybe it was running XP.

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Microsoft is still touting Android smartphones – meet the new Nokia X2

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Re: Target Market ?

I'm sure the good folks at Cyanogenmod will have a version of kit kat running on this soon.

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DISPLAY DESTRUCTION D'OH! Teardown cracks Surface Pro 3 screen

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Re: Sad

The Surface 3 is not sold in the EU.

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Microsoft ups OneDrive storage, slashes prices to match Google Drive

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Deja Vu

This is a mistake the phone companies made when they offered unlimited data contracts, at a time when "no-one" was using data on their phones.

It won't be long before someone invents a use for all this "free" storage, and MS will have to start charging customers for this, after they've become committed to the data use.

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Android to drop Dalvik VM for high-performance ART in next version

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"I'd love to run KitKat on my Galaxy S3"

Why not try Cyanogenmod 11? I'm running an unofficial build of it on my rather more modest Huawei Y300 and after 2 weeks it's proved to be stable and reliable.

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9 Dark Social Truths That Will Totally Blow Your Bowels!

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Pint

I'll have some of what he's on, please.

(Whatever it is I'm sure it'll fit in a pint glass.)

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