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* Posts by Richard Crossley

45 posts • joined 24 May 2007

Google's tax returns are trop petite says Hollande

Richard Crossley
Stop

Tax Harmonisation

When the French speak about tax harmonisation, they want the rest of of the world to have the same taxes as the French. How about having competitive taxes that attract business rather than victimise it?

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How many keys can one keyboard have? Do I hear 200? 300? More?

Richard Crossley
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Re: A dedicated keyboard for a single app?

You mean like this one from 198x

http://acorn.chriswhy.co.uk/8bit_Upgrades/ConceptKbd_A4-128.html

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BBC Trust: 'LA LA LA I'M NOT LISTENING' to this DMI mega-tech FAIL

Richard Crossley

Fully Buzzword Compliant

...And no onecwas really in charge that's convenient because no will be fired.

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Hong Kong’s mobile-mad cabbies told to ditch dashboard devices

Richard Crossley

Try taking one in China

Multiple phones and they drive as if they are walking. If a vehicle pulls in front of you, you swerve to avoid them. If you are hit in the side it's the 3rd party's, the one who hit you, fault. Ignore the fact there were no signals or communication and you were possibly on the wrong side of tge road. This in the reasonbly sensible city if Shenzhen. YMMV in more remote areas.

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Here's what YOU WON'T be able to do with your PlayStation 4

Richard Crossley
FAIL

No clouds in my sky

Sony is still on my "Don't Buy" list. The PS4 might have been granted an exception, but this isn't likely now.

1) I don't put my personal stuff (mp3, videos etc) in a cloud where they can be inspected by corps, govs etc.

2) Why would a buy a machine that does significantly less than the one I have

3) I still haven't forgiven Sony for removing "Other OS" from the PS3

4) Rootkit!

5) Owning the content and the delivery mechanism could be a conflict of interests.

Sony peaked with decent hifi and the Walkman 25 years ago, it's been largely down hill from there. Blu Ray and the PS2 & 3 are the exceptions.

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Pimp my office: 10 cubicle comforts

Richard Crossley
Mushroom

It's My Mouse

One day "They" gave me a new PC, ooo goodie, squeels of delight my 5 year old Dell (Core 2 duo) was swapped for a HP i5. They even made sure to move the extra graphics cards (4 screens, 1280x1024). It was delivered to my desk with the usual service, it has Windows and Office. Wonderful! Now I can spend 2 days installing software.

What did become apparent, within about 2 hours was my right wrist was beginning to hurt (no sniggering at the back!). Along with swapping out the PC the keyboard and mouse had been swapped. Until that point I hadn't given the previous one much thought. After 5 years it was looking used, the silver paint on the buttons had warn off and the beige plastic was visible underneath, but it was still usable.

This new fangled HP mouse must have been the cheapest mouse on the list. Some quick googling led me to a reasonably ergonomic Logitech jobby (M500) with a funky wheel that could go click-click-click or at the press of a button it could just spin wildly and my wrist was much happier.

Whilst I appreciate, that delivering stuff for a price is king and I could have argued about the mouse with HR / Occupational Health / <insert relative dept here>, I just invested 35 GBP of my own money and bought what I wanted. When I relocated, my mouse came with me, no arguments or bother.

Given this, if I found the need, I would willingly swap out anything I found particularly annoying. The human-computer interface is the one you need to have working. It doesn't need to work for HR or the IT dept. Fine if they can help, but you're the one in pain.

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PlayStation 4 is FreeBSD inside

Richard Crossley
Linux

Re: Some people need a life

Thanks for the brief intro. I've never really taken a look at FreeBSD. I sort of know it exists and is "similar" to Linux in that's its a Unix based OS with a different licence.

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Samsung's new Galaxy S 4: iPhone assassin or Android also-ran?

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Chinese web company faked Microsoft patch to force download

Richard Crossley

I know this

My Fiancée's desktop PC has it. There's tons of crud on it and I'm not sure what is what because it's all in Chinese.

Until now it thought this was a re-skinned version IE.

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'Leccy-starved Reg hack: 'How I survive on 1.5kW'

Richard Crossley
Joke

Why do Reg Hacks live on the edge of society?

There's one who seems live up a mountain in Scotland and now Lester lives up a mountain in Spain. Are they trying to hide from someone?

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Open-source attack dog enters Ballmer's inner ring

Richard Crossley
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Yawn

"Sharepoint is SVN/GIT for management"

Thank you, that cheered up my afternoon.

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2012: The year that netbooks DIED

Richard Crossley
Unhappy

Cattle Class

I hadn't noticed the width of cattle class seats (trains or planes) getting wider. My netbook fitted nicely on the tray tables found in cattle class. My old school 15 inch laptop was a total failure for that. I shall mourn the passing of these little wonders.

Let's hop someone takes a leaf out of the Raspberry Pi (and similar), ups the RAM, adds a screen and keyboard. I'll happily run Linux on ARM.

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Why is 4G so expensive? Answer: The Post-Voice Era is coming

Richard Crossley
Stop

In a few short years

The EU will investigate an impose tariff limits.

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'Regular' PS3 gamers who've cancelled credit cards? You FOOLS!

Richard Crossley
Devil

Re: So long and thanks for all the phish.

In a similar manner I have chosen not buy any more Sony hardware. They decided what I could use my hardware for, after the fact I had purchased it. These decisions have implications. Sony are no longer trusted enough to provide hardware and services. Generally speaking, if I can avoid Sony, I will.

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No GPS in the iPad Mini Wi-Fi: People are right to criticise

Richard Crossley
Devil

Apple, buy it more than once

That's so you buy another device, iPhone that has the GPS, but a rubbish maps app. Are the maps the same in the mini iPad?

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Most Hong Kong iPhone 5s to be smuggled into China

Richard Crossley

Re: Why?

Because someone will pay money for it and you can take a cut.

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Google suspends 16GB Nexus 7 orders

Richard Crossley
Facepalm

Re: Does Google not know why people want local storage?

I've flown a good few miles in the last year or so. Radio transmitter must be switched off. Specifically mentioned are devices using WIFI and cellular phones.

Is it possible to store 13 hours (LHR to HKG) of video in 8 GB?

Back in the real world, local storage is much more important than Google give credit. Local sorage allows you to do stuf away from the internet. Chromebooks are simularly limited.

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Skype: Nearly half of adults don't install software updates

Richard Crossley
Linux

Not just Windows

I once had an update for Linux Mint that removed the nVidia drivers for my desktop (double headed) PC. After a fresh install Mint repeated the update with the same effect. Sometimes being a ludite is the best option. After that debarcle, I switched to Debian Squeeze (Stable)

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Richard Crossley
WTF?

Re: Ha, that's arssing ironic

Neil Greatorex,

All of my calls to my Fianceé are important and all of them are conducted over Skype. I live in the UK and she lives in Hong Kong. Other family members are also geographically distributed, my Sister lives in New Zealand and my parents in South Wales and using Skype as become as important as the regular telephone or snail mail.

If for some reason Skype doesn't work; I use Linux, my Fianceé uses iOS then we resort to alternative options.

I don't describe DSL as mission critical, I describe it as the cheapest available option, but it is not the only option. I seem to manage quite well with Lebara Sim card for DR/BCP.

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Facebook phone app attempts to seize ALL YOUR MAIL

Richard Crossley
Stop

Re: Computer misuse

Computer Misuse Act, 1990. Section 1

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1990/18/section/1

Unauthorised access to computer material.

(1)A person is guilty of an offence if—

(a)he causes a computer to perform any function with intent to secure access to any program or data held in any computer [F1, or to enable any such access to be secured] ;

(b)the access he intends to secure [F2, or to enable to be secured,] is unauthorised; and

(c)he knows at the time when he causes the computer to perform the function that that is the case.

(2)The intent a person has to have to commit an offence under this section need not be directed at—

(a)any particular program or data;

(b)a program or data of any particular kind; or

(c)a program or data held in any particular computer.

Possibly section 3 as well, but that may depend on the EULA

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1990/18/section/3

I must admit, I deleted the Facebook App sometime ago and despite their nagging website I refuse to install it.

IANAL - I wish I was though!

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ISP kills off country-ban dodge after just 48 hours

Richard Crossley
Go

Re: Action against GeoIP

Yes if they stump up the Tele Tax.

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Intel plans massive push around touchy-feely Ultrabooks

Richard Crossley

Shorter refresh cycle

Having a shorter refresh cycle increases Intel's revenue, but only because it hurts mine.

My 2004 era laptop is working fine and has 1040 vertical pixels.

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Mobee Magic Numpad

Richard Crossley
Pirate

Two Words

Concept Keyboard

I wonder if they patented it?

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Intel pushes Ivy Bridge out a little further

Richard Crossley
FAIL

Re: Pure marketing ploy

and my money stays in my bank account until they're released.

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Microsoft spoons news to punters with Facebook, Twitter-slurp

Richard Crossley
Boffin

Re: Re: I read that as.

It means "We're going to look at what people are discussing between themselves and publish that as if it were news."

It sounds so less fun and hip when the Mediaspeak is removed.

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TalkTalk loses 43,000 customers, chunk o' revenue in Q3

Richard Crossley
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ADSL Recommendation

Zen ADSL

http://www.zen.co.uk/business/broadband/business-broadband.aspx?page=53

They cost a bit, but their technical staff are pretty good. They don't do unbundled.

I would still be using them if BT could have fixed their infrastructure. My line = 1500 Mbs, next door = 4500 Mbs

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Analyst touts iPad 'transformer' after CEO confab

Richard Crossley
Pirate

Message to Asus

Photograph the original transformer next to today's new paper as proof of Pior Art.

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Alcohol DOUBLES LIFESPAN, helps resist stress

Richard Crossley
Pint

Stressed Worms?

Do they suffer from hypertension?

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Virgin Media broadband goes titsup for 3 hours

Richard Crossley
Pint

Nice one Virgin.

I went to the pub and interacted with real people.

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Durban failed: Relax, everyone

Richard Crossley

I deliver more

with a greater degree of success using far fewer resources.

We send Chris Hune and is clunkiest around the world at great expense, to agree nothing except to have another meeting. If that had been me, I would make them pay their expenses and the fire them.

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Attention swingbellies: Pizza sauce is a healthy vegetable

Richard Crossley
Pint

EU doctors say...

...drinking water doesn't reduce dehydration, or some such...

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/doc/1982.pdf

Maybe if I stick the 95% pure stuff my thirst will be quenched.

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Compact Disc death foretold for 2012

Richard Crossley
Happy

My oldest CD still plays perfectly...

and I'm listening to it right now.

Purchased in 1987 it has travelled with me to University, overseas and has moved house countless times. It's still in it's original jewel case with sleeve notes and lyrics.

Actually I can't think of any purchased music CDs that have become unusable.

As for downloads, I have never purchased any music that way, preferring CDs. One CDs may no longer be produced, but I doubt it will be in 2012.

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Crap alchemist jailed for poo-into-gold experiment

Richard Crossley
Coat

I bet...

...that caused a stink!

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Rogue toilet takes out Norfolk server

Richard Crossley

Pub o'clock has come and gone

Thx for the laughs,

Clearly the log had been truncated.

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Entire London 2012 Olympics' cultural events database held on Excel

Richard Crossley
Coat

IT = Excel + Word

or "EW".

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Death of netbook exaggerated, says researcher

Richard Crossley
Coffee/keyboard

Lurid Limpet

I do wish Canonical would call them something like.

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BT to push fibre to 1.5m more homes and businesses

Richard Crossley
Flame

You chose to live there....

...you could always move to an area with decent connectivity, I did!

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Sony's Windows 7 virtualization switch-off (partly) reversed

Richard Crossley
FAIL

Is see this...

...being hacked!

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Open-source .NET splits for extra Microsoft protection

Richard Crossley
Jobs Horns

Not Yet

@Homard,

"Surely they would have done so by now if it wasn't in their interests ?"

Mono is probably still small enough to be an itch that isn't worth scratching. If someone produces a competing killer application that starts to take business from MS, I'm sure they will pursue.

Remember the mantra; Embrace, Extend, Exterminate.

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Philips prices up 21:9 ratio 'cinema' TV

Richard Crossley
Joke

Black bars

They're going to be used for in advertising whilst you're watching the programme.

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Tens of thousands of kids need to be protected from ContactPoint users

Richard Crossley
Stop

Re: By the way what happens to your data once you do become an adult?

Your data will be migrated to the ID cards database as you turn 18.

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Iowa: How the vote was won

Richard Crossley
Thumb Up

Why can they do that?

Why can US parties purge the voters from the electoral register (or whatever it's called Stateside). Shouldn't that be handled by the local authorities?

In the UK you have to complete a voter registration form every year. Updates can be made to it and provided you're registered by a certain date you can vote. The parties can't say, "We don't like this person because they might vote against us." and remove them from the register.

Well done for rescuing the voting rights of so many.

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Home Office preps fudgetastic ISP data rules

Richard Crossley
Stop

Home knows what it's doing

"It's left some in the internet industry wondering if the Home Office knows what it's doing,..."

It will be news when the Home Office does know what it's doing.

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New taskforce to discuss why more people aren't turning to digital

Richard Crossley

Just how many radios do you have?

If the digital switch for radio is handled as badly as the digital switch for TV, we'll all have to buy new radios.

Without including those provided by Sky or Freeview I have 5,

Car Radio

Lounge Radio

Study Radio

Kitchen Radio

Clock Radio

I'm sure some people have many more, for example MP3 players, mobile phones etc. No doubt the Government would like us all to replace our fully functional analogue radios with digital ones. Allowing us to give the Government another wedge of VAT.

Can we have a picture of Parliament in flames?

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Expel the IT bodgers, says Microsoft

Richard Crossley

No experience necessary

I see on TV companies advertising training courses to become MSCE, with "No experience necessary". Doesn't this take the gloss off the whole certification/accreditation process?

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