* Posts by David 132

33 posts • joined 1 Mar 2010

Denmark BANNED from viewing UK furniture website in copyright spat

David 132

Re: Arkell v. Pressdram

I really should read to the end of comments before posting.

...said no-one on the Internet, ever.

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Culture CLASH: Wuzhen Declaration spurned at World Internet Conference in China

David 132
Big Brother

> So I wonder quite how sanctimonious we in the west look to the Chinese when we preach about internet freedom.

Good point, within reason, but that's like saying that we have no right to criticize North Korea's prison labor camps because we have prisons of our own. Shades of gray.

I left the UK a while ago, but tell me - are people being dragged away by the police in the middle of the night for calling David Cameron a hypocritical, arrogant two-faced tosser?

No?

Then let's continue to criticize China, and recognize that the West, though by no means beyond reproach, is still a goddamn beacon of freedom and liberty compared to there.

And just to earn my share of downvotes for the day I'll throw this thought in - if there's a threat to free speech in the West, it comes not from governments, but from the new authoritarian Left - "you can say what you want as long as it meets our standards of right-on Groupthink. And you can only have a valid opinion on /anything/ if you're not a heterosexual white male."

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

David 132
Coat

Re: I no what it is

> I'm aware that I may have upset the bourbon taliban

Led, I believe, by General Garibaldi.

Who is apparently one tough cookie.

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Online tat bazaar eBay collapses in UK

David 132
Stop

Re: Some people took to Twitter to grumble after noticing the auction site had been hammered.

> Giving us opportunity to pad out an otherwise short article.

This.

What's the point of news sites embedding random twits into stories?

I have zero interest in Twitter, and even less in knowing that whatever-the-happening has disrupted @somerandomnonentity's day.

Grr. Going to get my morning coffee now. Sorry kids, I will not snapchat, instagram, tweet, or liveblog it.

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Virgin Media CUTS OFF weekend 'net surfers after embarrassing smut-filtering snafu

David 132
Coffee/keyboard

Re: "What the hell have you done with all the tits!!!"...

> Re: "What the hell have you done with all the tits!!!"...

> They went vertical.

Bravo, sir. A (subtle) COTW.

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

David 132

Oblig. Penny Arcade

I am immediately reminded of this old PA strip:

http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/08/18

Seriously though. DAB? In a modern cellphone? Why not mandate the inclusion of a minidisc player while they're at it? After all, people love listening to music, and what more convenient way could there be to put music on their phones?

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Economics prof denies digital pirates plundered €20bn from EU coffers

David 132
Headmaster

Re: Freetardonomics

Question. Is a cogent and well-reasoned argument any less so because of an author who can't tell the difference between "lose" and "loose"?

*twitch*

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HP: We will eradicate the colour grey from our market

David 132
Flame

They want it both ways on globalization

Moving production to 3rd-world holes to take advantage of pennies-per-day workforce - great! Brilliant management! Shrewd financial planning to gain a competitive advantage!

Allowing Western customers to buy kit that's sold at cheaper prices in those same cheaper countries - grey market! Criminal! Shut it down! Fiduciary duty to our shareholders, lobbying government to get this dangerous practice outlawed, safety of our milk cows^H^H^Hcustomers is our primary concern yadayada...

I consider myself a free-market libertarian. What we're seeing here is a perversion and distortion of the free market principle.

TL;DR: Down with this sort of thing!

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Your move, sucker! Microsoft tests cloud gaming system that cuts through network lag

David 132
Unhappy

Amen to that.

Sunday evenings are LAN parties for my friends and I - we like PC games that

a) have a LAN-only mode (no connecting to the Internet if all hosts are on the same subnet), and

b) have a co-op mode against bots - I want to play alongside my friends, not against them.

Sadly, all the modern games are of the "play against random potty-mouthed 10-year-olds in France" variety, so we're STILL playing Age of Mythology and Battlefield 1942 - ancient games that are increasingly flaky on modern hardware. I refuse to get a console and have an aversion to Steam/Origin type spyware.

Segueing slightly off the topic of this article, can any Reg readers suggest suitable modern replacements that meet my criteria?

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Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD

David 132
IT Angle

Re: Just don't hit a skunk

True dat.

I moved from the UK to Oregon recently and that was one of the very first things I learned (my Oregonian in-laws explained it to me, prompted by my cry of OH JEEZ WHAT IS THAT SMELL GAAAAAAAK)

We brought our dog over from the UK and he has no awareness of such things. Any day now he'll bounce on a skunk or coyote expecting it to play with him.

Also, not surprised this happened in Portland. The place is delightfully - although I must admit, a trifle self-consciously - weird. Would I swerve to avoid a skunk? Certainly. A hipster? Hmm, let me get back to you on that one...

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END your Macbook SHAME: Convert it into a Microsoft SURFACE

David 132

@Trevor

Great points, well made with humour that made me laugh out loud, and if you don't mind I'm going to borrow the phrase "bucket of warm ebola®" as my preferred description of Windows 8. Work just gave me a lovely new Thinkpad, ruined by 8 so I am not feeling very charitable towards that OS right now.

Have an upvote from me.

Cheers,

-an Intel guy who's dealt with you in the past

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Windows 8 market share stalls, XP at record low

David 132
Headmaster

Re: Why won't they sort it out?

@Michael Habel:

Good points. But why The random Capitalization? "MicroSoft", really? It makes It all really Difficult To read, you Know.

Tip: Amanfrommars is NOT a good role-model.

:)

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Yet another reason to skip commercials: Microsoft ad TURNS ON your Xbox One

David 132
Trollface

Re: When did you last misplace your vocal cords?

For most people, their voice is always available and doesn't need new batteries at inconvenient moments.

I'm Marcel Marceau and I find this post discriminatory and offensive.

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Brit chap weaves silver bullet for wireless health scare bollocks

David 132

Re: WTF

Are you THE Lincard who used to post frequently and outrageously on a.t, back in the mid 90's? Man, good times, consider this a "hi" from someone who remembers you (even if you never knew me. I think I posted a grand total of once.) I lurked there all through my student days and have never, ever laughed so hard as I did then. Saved many of the posts to my hard drive and they've been carefully migrated from system to system over the last 20 years or so. I always particularly enjoyed the stories from Tae Kim the paramedic. Wow. Thanks for the memories.

*wanders off mumbling about things definitely NSFW*

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Never mind the HORSE MEAT, trading standards cuts'll hurt IT crowd, too

David 132

Re: Warm and cuddly

Bravo, sir. Most droll. I tip my hat to you.

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Judge rules Baidu political censorship was an editorial right

David 132

@sisk

"I'll need some time to consider and properly form an informed opinion on the matter."

You're not allowed to do that, this is the INTERNET. We demand your snap judgements and knee-jerk reaction based on group-think and a poorly-informed understanding of the topic NOW!

I do, however, agree with you, although I'm leaning towards the judge's side of the argument. As someone has said below, there's a difference between a government telling people what they can say (suppressing free speech under coercion of law-enforcement) and a private entity doing the same - the latter could be described as editorial licence, or more simply "my house/website/premises, my rules". As the judge mentioned, those wishing to make/hear a different speech viewpoint have a choice of search engines; of government, not so much.

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Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

David 132

Meh. Roku barely more expensive, and much better.

I bought a couple of Roku3 boxes late last year - OK, they're more expensive than this, but the Roku1 is in the same ballpark ($50) if you don't want the waggly controller thing (oo-er). Combined with the Plex media server they work brilliantly AND do 1080p, AND can be controlled from a smartphone if for some reason you don't like the supplied remote.

Not tempted by this, myself. But each to their own.

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Symantec fires CEO Steve Bennett: To lose 1 chief is unfortunate, to lose 2 is OK, apparently

David 132

Have they actually gotten rid of him yet?

My prediction is that actually removing him from the role will take a surprisingly long amount of time, there'll be lots of Googling for "how to uninstall Symantec CEO", and eventually they'll just give up and start the company afresh.

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

David 132

Re: Unnecessary Windows 8.1 Hate

For me, the problem with Windows 8 was summed up by a quote I encountered recently - can't remember if it was here on El Reg, or on Slashdot. With acknowledgements to the original (unknown) author:

"Microsoft have given us new ways to do familiar things. The problem is, we wanted familiar ways to do new things."

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Haswell micro: Intel’s Next Unit of Computing desktop PC

David 132

Not on the Haswell generation, to the chagrin of many. The previous (3rd-gen) NUC product was available in a vPro variant, and I'm sure the next generation product after this will be capable - vPro is too important for Intel to pass up the opportunity...

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Bendy screens are the future, screams maker of bendy screens

David 132
IT Angle

Re: Remember...

...but Curvy is Pervy!

Ah, the late lamented Chelmsford 123 ("One for the Road" episode, IIRC)

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Museum of Computing recognised as PROPER MUSEUM

David 132
Thumb Up

It's worth a visit

I'm glad that the Swindon MoC has achieved this - Simon and the volunteers put in a LOT of effort to keep it running. It's well worth a visit if you're ever in Swindon, they have a fine collection of old computers and consoles, many of them in full working order.

Full disclosure... I (far too seldom) help out with activities and teaching at the MoC!

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Polaroid develops Android camera combo

David 132
Boffin

Second picture in the article

What's with the dodgy Photoshoppery in the second article image? Looks like a strip of the faux-leather texture has been duplicated & pasted several times towards the top of the camera (well, that's how it appears on my webbrowser, at least). If I were of a suspicious turn of mind, I'd suggest that there was some other ODM logo in that part of the original picture, and Polaroid "re-badged" it... Sorry. I'm pedantic.
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Apple TV tops connected set-top box chart

David 132
Boffin

putting ATV to Standby

> Putting it back into standby requires turning on the TV, selecting the correct input, using the too-simple-by-far remote control to manually move through several menus to eventually reach the 'Stand By' setting.

Or you could just press Select on the remote control for 5 seconds, assuming it's the newer Alumin(i)um type controller.

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3176

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Fukushima is a triumph for nuke power: Build more reactors now!

David 132
Thumb Up

Thank you - a lone voice of common sense in a sea of eco-hysteria

Thank you Lewis for a cogent, well-reasoned and above all rational (in the Enlightenment sense) defence of nuclear power. Already the greenies and watermelons in the media are seizing upon the tragedy in Japan as an argument AGAINST nuclear energy - as you've explained, this is 180 degrees out from the rational interpretation of events, but we all know how quickly lies can get around the world. A particularly impressive example of the "this is the final nail in the coffin of the nukular industry" genre from Geoffrey Lean in the Telegraph, here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/nuclearpower/8379926/Japan-earthquake-Nuclear-power-under-fire.html

...although somewhat gratifyingly, the comments below his article show he hasn't convinced many readers!

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AMD laughs at Intel with Opteron Bulldozers

David 132
Stop

Turbo on Intel chips

From the article:

"(To use Turbo Core mode on Intel chips, you have to shut down all the cores but one on the chip, and you only get a nominal increase in clock speed during the time the cores are sleeping)."

I think this is incorrect, you may want to double-check your facts (or perhaps, take press releases from AMD with a pinch more salt?). My understanding is that on the Intel processors, the core(s)' speed(s) will be automatically increased, the only constraint being that the power consumption/thermal dissipation must remain below the maximum allowed for that processor. It doesn't matter how many cores are in use at the time, and no cores will be shut down whilst others are getting the speed boost. There's a summary page for the Xeon X7560 processor here (http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=46499&processor=X7560&spec-codes=SLBRD) that shows a 400MHz / 18% clock speed boost - I wouldn't call that "nominal", and in my experience it leads to a commensurate improvement in performance for workloads running on the faster cores.

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Yorks cops charge Segway rider under 1835 road law

David 132
Happy

@AC "Oh the legality"

> "But we already knew how much integrity the plod has. I mean, really, why didn't they bring terrorism allegations?"

Because they couldn't pin "trying to take photos in a public place with an SLR camera" on him, I guess... :P

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Belkin Play Max dual-band wireless router

David 132
FAIL

Belkin? No thanks.

A Belkin product with serious issues out-of-the-box? Say it ain't so!

My score-card with Belkin so far:

-USB 802.11G dongle - brand new, latest drivers, but wouldn't keep a connection for more than 30 seconds and kept losing the SSID completely. Could have returned it to the store but in the end I just snapped it in half in frustration and threw the remnants against the wall. Yes, I have anger management problems :)

-ADSL router - wouldn't work with AOL-over-BT-ADSL. My ol' trustworthy D-link one worked fine in its place. Advised the friends in question to a) take the router back to PC World and b) switch their ISP.

After that, I started avoiding Belkin, a strategy that's worked well since. Your experiences with this router just don't surprise me.

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Why we love to hate Microsoft

David 132
Unhappy

a title? really? when I clicked the REPLY TO POST button?

4) Installing .Net Framework whatever-it-is for Firefox, and then re-installing it every time I go to Windows Update. What is this, a dastardly attempt to make the use of Firefox just as much of an upkeep and security hassle as IE? Hmmm, yeah, if I wanted all that crud I'd still be using IE. Microsoft, how about you keep your sticky hands off software that isn't anything to do with you?

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The Remote Access arsenal

David 132
Boffin

VNC and Intel vPro

It's perhaps worth mentioning here that the latest version of Intel's vPro business PC platform has VNC server technology built-in to the desktop/notebook computer hardware - so you can view / control a machine even before it's got to the operating system. BIOS setup screen, BSOD screen, Windows Safe Mode - it handles them all rather well, across the LAN or even the Internet, using any standard VNC client at the other end.

Full disclosure - I work for Intel (but am speaking here in a personal capacity).

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Labour manifesto: More ID cards, less NHS IT

David 132
Thumb Down

Oooh, compelling

7 new quangos/schemes (Life Sciences Super Cluster, Patent Box, Green Investment Bank...) all of which will be funded at vast expense to the taxpayer; lots of new laws to make more things illegal; compulsory ID cards; heavy taxation on the segment of the population that a) makes the money and employs people and b) is best-placed to emigrate to lower-tax locations; oh, and "we'll make all your existing radios redundant purely so we can flog off another public resource and pi** the proceeds away on our pensions". Mmm. Tempting. Gets my vote.

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Giant flying pliers menace West Bromwich

David 132
WTF?

Someone at Google's a "Look Around You" fan?

Any fan of "Look Around You" knows that this is what happens when you put AC and DC current through an iron pyramid.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eVN55NEREo

It could be a bizarre photo-stitching accident after a Google Earth operative left a pair of pliers on the spymobile camera.. but I prefer the first explanation!

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Microsoft stokes Google 'antitrust concerns' fire

David 132
Grenade

Ciao? Really?

"Microsoft-owned outfit, Ciao!"

Really? Ciao.co.uk? That nuisance site that's all over the first page of my Google results whenever I search for anything, even motherboard spec documents or technical references? Bah!

I say take off and nuke them from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.

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