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* Posts by Matthew Glubb

46 posts • joined 30 May 2007

I, for one, welcome our robotic communist jobless future

Matthew Glubb

Sounds like automated farming of humans

This article assumes that all humans will be content with leisure, consumption and procreation. It glosses over the fact that some people may want to have influence beyond their domestic spheres. The rules of the game will be carefully guarded by the capitalist robot wielding classes and woe betide any individual who wishes to challenge them. They'll come down on them like a ton of robots.

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Girl gang targets Microsoft's Seattle stores for $5,000 theft spree

Matthew Glubb
Headmaster

Recidivist

How do you know the gang have previous convictions?

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Cornwall chokes on £300m local gov deal with IT kingpins

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Re: Multiple Choice Quiz

I agree with you. Option 2 all the way for me :)

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Matthew Glubb
Meh

Multiple Choice Quiz

Select one answer:

costs + profit = £N = privately owned and controlled public services

costs + inefficiencies = £N = publicly owned and controlled public services

Answers on a postcard please...

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Chinese man's six-ton balls save lives

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Meh

Prior Art

Just watch Escape From New York.

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New lightest-ever material: Ideal power for electric car

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Meh

Hotblack

This is probably what Hotblack Desiato's stuntship was made of.

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Expert: BA doesn't need permission to google your face

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Stop

Image Author's Consent?

Notwithstanding proposed orphaned works legislation, rather than the subject's consent, I would have thought that BA would be required to gain consent from the image rights holder before 'processing' (ie. copying into their database) the image.

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Wraps come off UK super-snooper draft plans

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Boffin

Re: Doesn't Really Help

"you don't send the web-sites name to the web-site you're accessing, you send it a DNS server"

Errr. Most HTTP1.1 clients do:

http://www.w3.org/Protocols/rfc2616/rfc2616-sec14.html#sec14.23

It's why you can host multiple domains on a single IP.

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Road deaths spark crackdown on jaywalking texter menace

Matthew Glubb
Unhappy

Offensive

"Although it's an offence in the US"

Walking is practically an offence in the US. Any time I have walked along a road that isn't in a city centre, I have been stopped by a patrol car and they've asked me what I'm doing.

Or maybe I just have a suspicious gait...

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Hanging's too good for 'em - so what do you suggest?

Matthew Glubb
Trollface

Escape from the Isle of Man

Turn it into a lawless maximum security prison. For an added bonus, crash land your favourite world leader onto it and be thankful that Snake isn't around to save them.

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Floppy disk drives jam James Bond theme

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Happy

That's Nothing

http://vimeo.com/1109226

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Google juices Chrome OS with fondleslab smarts

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Coat

Bad Application of Technology

I can't help feeling that the levitation tech obviously present in the first device would have far greater benefit in other fields of human endeavour...

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'Looking and acting like an employee' didn't make him one

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Thumb Down

Reap what ye shall sow...

All this because he probably wanted to pay less tax...

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Falklands hero Marine: Save the Harrier, scrap the Tornado

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FAIL

PLEASE

When you add footnotes, add them to the page for which they apply.

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Intrepid Vulture 1 spaceplane pilot arrives at PARIS project

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Black Helicopters

Fake

That moon landing photo is, as any fule kno, a fake.

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Germans develop sleepy-driver car 'warning' system

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FAIL

One word

Sunglasses

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Raising the roof on the shingled write problem

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Coat

Unfortunate Terminology

Anything with shingles should be avoided.

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US Navy SEALs' new airlock minisub - made in Blighty

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Unhappy

Makes me sad

"At any rate, it's a nice success story to round off the week with - and perhaps a further illustration of just why British engineering and manufacturing is so far from dead, and of the type of jobs we should nationally be looking to do."

What? Building hi-tech delivery craft for neoprene clad assassins?

I thought El Reg was above supporting the military-industrial-entertainment complex.

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Next from Apple: The Pocket iPad

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Joke

Joke Alert

Nuff said.

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Euro astro biz: It's time for solar panels in Spaaace

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Thumb Up

Elevators

Just use the elevators as a conduit for the energy. No nasty death star like dangers plus we all get to holiday in orbit...

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MS store staff in spontaneous electric boogie

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WTF?

@rogue Ij

I made 1.51. Do we have any advances?

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Watford council punts parents from playground

Matthew Glubb
Stop

Play

I guess the fact that I might want to do something as radical as actually play with my child is irrelevant.

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US cedes control of net governance

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Flame

@Woo Hoo!

How is that any different from when the US Government was controlling ICANN?

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(Former) IT consultant confesses to SCADA tampering

Matthew Glubb
Unhappy

@Juilen

You are right. But it will never happen. Managment refuse to accept that a mere technician could have a similar or higher status to themselves. In Britain we call this the class system. I'm not sure what you'd call it in the rest of the world. Probably just plain snobbery.

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Israelis offer unmanned robo smart-missile 8-pack

Matthew Glubb
Flame

Unguarded?

Just turn the f**ker upside down.

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Gamer embezzles virtual cash to settle real debts

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Pirate

@Richard Drysdall

Haven't you heard of quantitative easing? Real banks print money too...

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Opera to take web back to the old days

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Stop

Planet Saving Technology

One more reason for people to leave their computers on when they aren't using them...

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FBI and US Marshals laid low by mystery virus

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Stop

Really?

If operations are continuing as normal, wouldn't that indicate that the entire computer system affected is redundant?

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Women coppers eager to drop trousers

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@sarah bee

Presumably that won't be much of a forfeit then?

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Microsoft's TomTom patents under scrutiny

Matthew Glubb
Paris Hilton

@James O 'Brien

Why not just say 'screw everyone'?

Or would that make you seem too much like a sexual predator?

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How you pay for tomorrow's scares, today

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Thumb Down

I'll take my chances

'It's quite a thing to live in fear, isn't it? That's what it means to be a slave.'

'Fear is the mind killer. Fear is the little death...'

If I'm not legally oblidged to have insurance, I won't get it. I refuse to help maintain an industry that shouts death, destruction and despair at people - just listen to their sales pitches. For the same reason, I won't buy or read the Daily Mail.

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Armed robbers take Paris jewellers for £70m

Matthew Glubb
Pirate

Credit Crunch

Insurance job

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Still sending naked email? Get your protection here

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Thumb Down

Bad Analogy

To the best of my knowledge, I have never used a seat belt that only works if every passenger on the road is also wearing one.

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Ballerinas and fish-gutters beat techies in UK immigration race

Matthew Glubb
Unhappy

Lack of officially recognised qualifications?

In the case of most of the other professions mentioned, they all have long standing qualifications that are recognised by law / employers / government. In the case of IT, it's all too easy to claim to be competent in your field, by the time your employer finds out you aren't, you are already in the country.

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Concrete-jet 'printers' to build houses, Moonbases in hours

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Stop

Looks like someone's beaten you to the playmobil mock up

Linked from their site:

http://www.contourcrafting.org/

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Apache rules web server landscape

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Stop

Security...

...through obscurity.

I've heard that before somewhere...

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Arthur C. Clarke dead at 90

Matthew Glubb

City and the Stars

@all of you who mentioned the City and the Stars, 'nuff 'spect.

It's rarely mentioned. I think it's probably the best sci-fi I have ever read.

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Google mistakes search for teleportation

Matthew Glubb
Coat

Re: No Ebay?

I am suprised that Google don't provide an Ebay search. Google could make a good living from Ebay by driving traffic to their site via searches. Oh, wait...

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Filesharers petition Downing Street on 'three strikes'

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Happy

Love & Affection?

Do I detect a reference to a certain Joan Armatrading song in this article?

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Hacker defaces temples to OS X

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Paris Hilton

Growing Pains

Poor old Glenn. He's only 15 years old.

http://www.glennwolsey.com/colophon/

He'll learn with experience that cheap marketing tricks always blow up in your face.

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Genetics boffins on the verge of artificial bacteria

Matthew Glubb
Dead Vulture

Our Dark Future Foretold Here...

<http://www.head-space.com/virus/frameset.html>

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Ofcom: the internet is for coffin dodgers and girls

Matthew Glubb

I don't trust Ofcom anymore

After trying to find out from them whether there are any companies that will reconnect a BT line and then offer line rental (lots offer line rental but you have to have a BT connected line).

When I asked them if they were at all concerned that the consumer does not have any choice in getting lines reconnected, they said 'No. Its a commercial decision taken by other companies not to offer reconnection'. I was rather shocked considering that they are concerned with telecoms being a free, fair and competitive market.

I phoned around Toucan, Tiscali, Talk Talk, etc and they all said that they weren't physically / legally able to offer reconnection services and if they could they'd love to.

Not sure who has their information wrong here but my opinion about Ofcom stands. They made it perfectly clear that they didn't care and they couldn't point me in the direction of anyone at Ofcom who may have even been *researching* the matter.

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Management vs. the virtual server

Matthew Glubb

Testing

In all of the articles I have read in recent time on virtualisation, I don't recall any that present the benefits of virtualisation in a test environment. So far, its the only thing that I have used virtualisation for. Xen, in conjunction with LVM and a few simple shell scripts allows me to very rapidly set up, boot, configure and check out source for a virtual test machine. tearDown is even easier ;)

I can't be the only one, can I?

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T-Mobile wants our phones

Matthew Glubb

For the less charitably minded...

You can sell you second hand phones (including broken) at the mopay website. My Sony Ericsson K800i is worth just over £60. Interestingly, more PDA like phones seem to have a lower second hand value...

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Pentagon's raygun-packing 747 to visit DC

Matthew Glubb

ICBM Bling Anyone?

I predict the rapid makeovers of all axis of evil ICBMs to have trendy mirrored exterior surfaces!

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MIT eggheads build 'human-robot relationships'

Matthew Glubb

Fraud?

How did it know what he was looking for when the light turned red? Or did I misinterpret that bit...

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