* Posts by JustaKOS

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Judge kills Facebook's bid to dismiss private message sniffing case

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...ok

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Space Commanders lock missiles on Elite's Frontier Devs

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@breakfast - Seems to me a lot of people would only be happy if they could load ED off a 5 1/4" disk on their BBC

Actually, I was rather hoping for a cassette tape version.

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TRAGEDY STRIKES Vulture News Central but details remain scrambled

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A failure to communicate

Reeling from the loss of advertising revenue due to the poorly-received site re-design, ElReg management met to decide how to cut costs.

It was decided that Regina was really rather egspensive and was only re-hatching news that had already been published. So it was decided to let her go.

Unfortunately, one of the less bright Reg staff took that literally, and 'let her go' from 4ft.

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Re: Sorry ...

Unless, of course, she was behind it.

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Google sues Mississippi Attorney General 'for doing MPAA's dirty work'

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Holmes

Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood in the pay of the MPAA?

Please tell me it isn't so!

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V. R. R. Stob's magnificent saga A Game Of Dog-and-Bones

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Thank you, Verity

I was just about to comment on the re-design thread on the seeming (coincidental?) lack of stories worth reading, when I saw yours. Perhaps I'll wait until after Christmas before complaining.

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I am in two minds

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Re: I am in two minds

Some might say it's wrong, but I don't. As long as no people or fluffy bunnies are harmed, I can't help but think such things are cool.

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Are you a Geek Dad/Uncle/Mum/Aunt? Ten Techy Gifts for kids this Xmas

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FUZE T2

"Inspired by the BBC Micro"

At £230, I would say it definitely is.

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Google says NYET! to Putin, pulls techies out of Russia – report

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Re: What total rubbish!!

I'm inclined to agree, at least with respect to the common use of 'principles'.

I think, though, that there is one principle that might win over profit, and that is the principle of 'continuous market growth with no backsliding'. that principle might see them come to an accommodation with the Russians.

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Tor takes off the gloves after sustained staffer harassment

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Re: Love Handles....

@AC - are you the same as the earlier AC? I really do hope that there aren't two such loathsome specimens around.

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UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

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Re: Pointless latest update

@YAPtoR - beat me to it. I too wonder why the repeated mention of Microsoft and Windows, when the situation was apparently caused by power failure - ie failure to supply the equipment and the MS software with sufficient electrons to operate.

It might have been better to point a finger or two at whoever was responsible for providing the power infrastructure.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Aaaargh

I didn't think it was too bad to start with - text seemed larger/wider spaced and some pics a little too large.

Then I decided to turn Noscript off : fuck me that was awful! Way too much non-info and some of it moves as well.

I had to wash my eyes out with bleach before I was able to come back after restoring Noscript.

Please, please, please tone it down and consider that we don't necessarily respond well to the 'modern' styles. Unless, of course, this is all about satisfying the casual reader and not the commentards?

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Spanish scraper scrapped: Google axes Google News

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Definitely worth reading, I agree.

@AC - expresses very clearly the perspective of organisations such as his - I think he goes a lot further than that and raises the prospect that the difficulties of organisations such as his will be felt by the rest of us sooner or later.

You could read the letter as being simply paranoia, but I think there is much in it that should give cause for concern for all of us.

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Re: A message

I think you're right. Not that I'm quaking in my boots about it, mind.

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Bernie Madoff's coders jailed for role in $65bn ponzi scheme fiasco

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"I'm terribly sorry for the role my work played."

Note the total lack of apology for his intentional actions - as if he was one step removed from the use that his software was put to.

I don't have an opinion on the length of the sentences, but it pleases me to see at least two people finding that, actually, morals and ethics do apply to software development.

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Govt spaffs £170k to develop the INTERNET OF SHEEP

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Who pays?

I gather farmers make bugger-all per sheep as it is, so I doubt they'd be able to afford to pay for the trackers and, I presume, the infrastructure needed to support them.

Pet sheep, on the other hand, might benefit from it, I suppose.

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Review mass-snoop laws regularly, says RIPA daddy Blunkett

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"..expansion of the act’s powers to include snooping on journalists.."

I don't think the problem is in an expansion of the act's powers. Rather, it is in the predictable abuse of the powers originally incorporated in the act, which is why it was such a bad bit of legislation.

Mr B can't hide from the fact that he bears a significant level of responsibility for this abuse.

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Facebook injects CREEPY search engine into mobile app

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".. tap into the experiences and wisdom that your network .. has shared"

Ho ho ho! That's a good'un.

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So - you thought you knew all about the INSTANT COFFEE DUNES of TITAN?

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"What exactly it is made from remains uncertain"

Ball-point pens?

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MP caught playing Candy Crush at committee meeting: I'll ‘try’ not to do it again

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"The lawmaker was apologetic..."

Can we please stop calling them 'Lawmakers'? It's way to grand a title for the trough-snorklers that infest the place.

'Members' is accurate and sufficient.

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Plusnet customers SWAMPED by spam but BT-owned ISP dismisses data breach claims

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"...we are comfortable there has been no compromise"

OK, so they have found no evidence of a breach of their systems.

That still allows for a more obvious and simple cause : a Plusnet employee with access to the data has taken a copy and sold it on. What news on the investigation into that possibility?

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GOOGLE is COMING FOR YOUR CHILDREN

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@ratfox - Re: Scary prospect

Now, the question is how much non-Google web sites will be included in this walled garden.

Why, none of course.

Google seems to only have one driver : Growth. Why (whether for the benefit of humans or just for money/influence) seems to be immaterial. Like a Blob consuming everything in its path, growing larger and more unstopable as it goes.

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Scary prospect

One day, while showing my toddlers Thomas The Tank Engine on YouTube, I was greeted with a pre-roll advertisement for the Church of Scientology. And one of the suggested clips was a dead Bin Laden.

That says it all, really. While the www can be beneficial to young children as a small part of their developing lives that only makes sense under supervision. What google are after seems to go way beyond that.

For Google, I think the icon is very appropriate.

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Boffins unearth the ultimate antique art - 500,000 years old

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"If you don't know the intention of the person who made it, it's impossible to call it art,"

I think that given it's 500,000 years old, it doesn't really matter a bugger what it means. Just the fact of it alone is awesome.

For my part, I think it reflects the existence of commerce at the time. The engravings probably translate into Best before ...

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Double hammer blow to ICANN and pals' internet power grab bid

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ICANN't

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Fort Lauderdale websites DDoSed after Anonymous threats over feeding ban

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"...the city fathers needed to sit down with Mr. Abbott and his group ..."

No, they just need to learn what "humanity" means and stop treating homeless people like feral pigeons.

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Microsoft CAL licensing

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Re: Microsoft CAL licensing

Have they gone barmy?

Totally bonkers, if you ask me.

The logic is clear, but I would suggest that a system which requires a further license just to use an attached printer is clearly incomplete and not fit for purpose.

I had the misfortune to have to understand this shit about 10 years ago, and I don't think it was quite as barmy. Still nuts though.

The web server bit raises an interesting question. If you have a site hosted externally on a microsoft server and you implement a shop (or indeed any function that involves user accounts and stored user information), is the hosting company paying for the user CALs required?

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Hominid ancestors beat humans to the drinks cabinet, say boffins

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Temptation

So the Bible didn't get it quite right, then? Adam didn't eat a special apple but, rather, left for some booze and forgot to come home to the Garden of Eden.

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Boffins challenge Internet of Things' lust for power

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Solutions looking for problems

This article seems to go very well with the other one today - "Government funds effort to secure wearable data pulses"

Why don't they all save some money and go holistic. Come up with a complete solution and then file it under 'pending'.

I can save plenty of power in my home life by just ignoring this craze.

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Australian Government funds effort to secure wearable data pulses

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Re: Solution to a non problem

"Tracking bracelet"

For these things to be useful, especially when worn by children or the mentally infirm, they'll need to be difficult to remove. I think therefore that you didn't need to put the quotes around Tracking bracelet, because that's surely what they would be if implemented.

Scary world, I'm beginning to think.

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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Re: Hilarious maybe

More like e than π really

Or, perhaps, more like 22/7?

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

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Origins

That the Mechanism was found in Greek waters and bears Greek inscriptions does hint at Greek origins

Or maybe a Greek customer, who ended up complaining to the post office about a very expensive bespoke Babylonian <whateveritwas> disappearing in transit?

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Author fined $500k in first US spyware conviction

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Re: Slap on the wrist?

hand over the source code

Perhaps the FBI believe that once he hands it over the source code isn't available for further misuse (!). Maybe no jail time because the FBI will want product support.

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Beyond the genome: YOU'VE BEEN DECODED, again

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@Voland's right hand - Re: A damn fine article

As to the usefulness of proteomics at the moment, I think I see your point and defer to your greater experience in the subject area. Maybe it's only beginning. I have no experience beyond A-Level Biology, but have found DNA and protein synthesis sufficiently interesting for me to pay attention to articles on those subjects.

For me, the subject of proteomics was new and I was particularly struck by how well the author explained it all. I find that sort of writing extremely rare, hence my praise.

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A damn fine article

Very well written and managing to make what could be a very dry subject quite readable, without being patronising.

+1

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UK.gov mulls three-point turn on three-point turn thanks to satnav. Weeeeeeee. THUD

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Are they mad?

"We are carrying out initial research to explore how the driving test could better reflect real-life driving,"

I look forward to watching candidates perform the "Enter the roundabout at 40mph without looking, cut up on the inside of the car already on the roundabout and exit in front of them, having caused them to slam on their brakes" manoeuvre. Should be fun.

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Sony employees face 'weeks of pen and paper' after crippling network hack

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"pen and paper"?

Luxury!

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The gender imbalance in IT is real, ongoing and ridiculous

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@AC - "Yup, because they should have been there to be interested in you, not the computers"

You read a sad tale from someone bemoaning the fact that girls weren't interested in what he and his friends were into and somehow conclude that he was a sexist only interested in eye-candy? Weird.

According to your logic, any man who says that there should be more women in his working enviornment is only interested in them for their bodies. So, no matter what we say, no matter what we do, we are the problem. Born evil, I guess.

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@xerocred - Re: Stop blaming us, please

You make a good point about 95% of the population not being interested in it at all. That is about what I would expect, which is why I think government moves to get more children into IT are doomed to failure.

Whether the lack of women in IT is due in any significant part to them just not being interested is a question that I don't know the answer to. It is certainly conceivable that there is a gender-related bias, but that doesn't account for all of the discrepancy - I agree with others here that societal expectations of girls have a lot to answer for in relation to the proportion of women entering the field.

If the IT working environment needs a cultural change then I think, as with all revolutions, it needs to start with removal of the top layers of control, allowing the more civilised lower layers the freedom to be decent human beings. I am not holding my breath.

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Stop blaming us, please

So have a look around your office. Seeing mostly men? Then you’re the problem.

I guess I fit the bill for this article - 50s and male. Much of what the article says is a reasonable description of the reality of the industry from the 80s on, but I'll be buggered if I'll accept the author or anyone else blaming me for this.

Seek out bright young women. Mentor them. Given them the access they want and the environment they need to flourish.

Good advice. I did that at the time and so did my managers. The lack of women in the industry at the time was a limiting factor, but how we were supposed to do something about that, I don't know - if anything was wrong it was in the whole of society.

Something went badly wrong from around the mid-80s, and working culture became more adversarial than cooperative, and that badly affected not just women but a large part of the male workforce, because the rewards and influence began to depend one's skill in and appetite for career advancement above achievement.

It sure is a mess and something needs to be done about it, but it does not help at all to (almost) label all of us misogynists. The heart of the problem is the demand-driven performance-related I'm-alright-jack working ethos that has grown like a cancer and wrecked what was an enjoyable field of endeavour. Cure that, and the problem will be taken care of. Go for the easy 'misogynist' insults, and it won't.

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Chromecast video on UK, Euro TVs hertz so badly it makes us judder – but Google 'won't fix'

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Arrogant

You shall have inappropriate US kit and like it. No, Google, I won't.

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Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix

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Re: I'm reminded of the bit in Men in Black

I found my bought cassette copy of the album the other day. I could play the tapes on my music centre, but I rather prefer to transfer the music to mp3 for my own convenience.

I'm pleased to see that the government have decided that this action is not to be considered a crime. I'm further pleased to see that they rightly consider there to be no need to compensate the publishers for my actions. Well done. For a change.

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Right to be forgotten should apply to Google.com too: EU

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Puzzling

... no need for Google to notify webmasters when it de-lists a page

So the webmasters concerned aren't to be told that they are holding content which is offensive to someone? I'm sure some would be upset about that.

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Google turns on shiny new .google top-level domain – but WHY?

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All part of the plan

Ultimately I'm sure they'd like to see everything in the world apart from 'Google' shift left one place so that ".google" is synonymous with 'Earth'.

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Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT

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8/12

At least 4 of the questions had f-all to do with IT knowledge. That's my excuse, anyway.

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BT said to have pulled patent-infringing boxes from DSL network

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Crowing a bit, aren't they?

... the carrier is harming customers' service levels and speeds.

It seems to me that BT are doing the logical thing given ASSIA's victory. Why on earth do ASSIA now think it is OK to try to blacken BT's name? To my mind any negative consequences for the customer are as much due to ASSIA's actions as to BT's.

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Disturbance in the force lets phones detect gestures with Wi-Fi

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Sounds familiar

Wax on, wax off.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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@Voland's right hand - Re: Oh dear me no.

Our daughters played with Barbie but were also impervious to indoctrination - for the same reason as yours, I think - instant No to anything on an advert. Eldest is quite happy to take a laptop apart to replace the screen. I'm only daring enough to replace a hard drive or memory.

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Oh dear me no.

I have to agree with the outraged on this one. The doll itself seemed to be a reasonably positive effort on Mattel's part, but the book totally undermines that.

getting boys to do the hard stuff and then claiming all the credit, although we can all think of a few bosses (male and female) who've turned this into a successful management strategy - perhaps the author cocked up and accidentally submitted his work on a management training manual to Mattel.

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