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2266 posts • joined 15 Jul 2010

FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on

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My goodness!

An awful lot of downvotes for commetards expressing support for end user customers' rights.

Afraid of lawsuits, are we?

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Re: Chinese manufacturing

TA DA.

Exactly. Simples.

Upvoted.

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Re: Should just

Downvote? For supporting customers' rights?

Good to know the corp shills are reading El Reg and the comments as well! Good on ya El Reg!

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Exactly Ben Birch. Because it IS a violation of the law.

Yet once again, this will be a case of "you break the law, you go to jail." Big corporation breaks the law? "Oops, my bad."

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Re: Should just

"It seems legitimate that they should try to interfere with those who seek to freeload on that hard work."

Yes, through legal proceedings against the counterfeiters, NOT the end customer who has no idea what any of it even means except now their stuff has stopped working through no fault of their own.

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Re: Should just

"All this seems like punishing the customer for the vendor's chicanery, which I find to be bad form."

It is indeed both. But that's business as usual these days. If the average punter/customer knew how bad they were getting screwed everyday, there would be riots in the streets for weeks.

Oh wait... that's already happening in some parts of the world.

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CBS goes OTT, releases EVERY EPISODE of Star Trek EVER MADE

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Hulu

Hulu's got my name. I've been using the free version for several years now. Aside from a fairly quickly resolved account glitch, (3 days, but to be fair it was a tough one and I got an ad free week out of it) I love it and the ads aren't really that annoying. In fact, they are few enough that they serve the lost and time honored purpose of making me take a break.

News and entertainment everywhere and back to free.

The game is almost over for cable companies as entertainers and gatekeepers. Another walled garden is disappearing. Thank god.

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Kip Thorne explains how he created the black hole for Interstellar

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Re: That reminds me...

Are you sure it wasn't blue?

Seriously, I seem to remember that screensaver. Vaguely. There sure were a lot of cool screen savers back in the day. To bad they went malware-for-money. *sigh*

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Adobe spies on readers: EVERY DRM page turn leaked to base over SSL

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Re: How does Adobe stay in business?

Dreamweaver doesn't cause bloat, developers and designers do. (Bob save us!)

Texted based website building? This ain't the 1990s anymore, Old School Steve.

Ralio? Good to hear. Never used but thanks for the heads up.

Kompozer? Don't make me laugh. It's just Navigator Composer all over again.

Confusing Java with Javascript? You're projecting. I did no such thing. I merely pointed out that Flash was once the defacto video compression tool of choice and no longer is and that STRAIGHT Java itself was and is taking the place of the interactive menus that were once created in Flash as well. Which oddly enough, you just repeated in a different way. Because I am well aware the Flash Action Script is a VERY close cousin to Javascript, (some even say a superset of ECMAScript ) but BOTH Java and Javascript are still used to good effect.

Please take your hobby horse somewhere else. It's got pet peeves.

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Thank god for the library and bookstores

Outside of tech report, white papers or anything else I need to my day job and read the daily news, all my reading is done from real paper.

E-readers? Why? It's redundant at best and as others have pointed out, subject to the the whims of the software makers.

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Re: How does Adobe stay in business?

How? Because nobody has come up with any real alternative to their products.

Sure, there are PS and Illustrator clones out there, so why aren't people using them?

Also, as far as I know, there NO alternative to Dreamweaver or Coldfusion or Flash, although Flash is fading away now that enough people have the bandwidth for real video and sophisticated interactive can now be done with Java.

That's how and yes, it sucks.

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Revealed: The amazing magical innovation in the iPad Mini 3 – a lick of paint

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So....

More landfill then?

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France to draft blacklist banning alleged piracy websites – what could POSSIBLY go wrong?

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Re: The NSA wiretap is only for Europe...@Vociferous

"Surely that's already filled with Republicans?"

Don't worry, they're already contracting out for expansion.

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Re: France, UK, Sweden...

"Yeah. Because stealing a movie is free speech."

I agree with your sentiment on this. Stealing is not free speech.

"Are you Russell Brand?"

And then you blew it right there.

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Hello, Ello. Still no ads and no features to sell. What do? Bag $5.5m

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Yep, who you know

Proving yet again it's not what you know, but who you know.

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NOT OK GOOGLE: Android images can conceal code

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Re: @Sony

Sony is an overpriced brand riding on their years decades past accomplishments and name recognition.

It is really very sad. I remember when they broke into the western market with superior and cheaper radios and TVs back in the late 1960s and early 1970s and dominated for the next 30 years, then lost their way in the late 1990s.

"No baloney, it's a Sony!"

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Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences

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Re: <s>Penetration</s> Testing the System .... Out of this World Style

Exactly Jack. Exactly.

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Re: Mightier than the sword

Exactly Pete 2. Privatize the profits, socialize the losses.

Same old story.

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Pagers shout data center creds, pop star airport arrivals

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Good find.

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Really... an iKeyfob? Apple continues war on fanbois' pockets

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Re: improvement?

"The same functionality, except now your car plays U2 songs whenever you try to unlock it."

POTD!

Upvoted.

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Re: Revenge

It will be the natural course of events.

I refer you to: Already Been Proven Practical

http://www.zdnet.com/hackers-steal-keyless-bmw-in-under-3-minutes-video-7000000507/

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2011/08/19/hacked-in-60-seconds-thieves-could-steal-cars-via-text-messages/

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/thieves-steals-cars-with-a-click-of-the-computer-instead-of-force/story-fni0fit3-1227055881485?nk=74f952d29eb2b781fea3deaec80e90ec

The search results already run into several pages with mostly unique returns.

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Still holding to my prediciton

When I predicted that the more cars become part of the Internet of Stupid Things the easier they will be to steal and burgle, I didn't realize some fucking dumbasses would try to make it even easier.

Yes, I know keyless entry and start have been around for a few years now, but this IS Apple we're talking about. You know, iCloud, China? Those guys.

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Warning to those who covet the data of Internet of Precious Things

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Re: Here are the latest headlines at ten.

You jest, but the probability approaches 100%.

And that's NO joke.

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APPLE support doc CONFIRMS 'ORGANIZED NETWORK ATTACKS'

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How do you say?

"pwned" in Chinese?

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Lufthansa tosses IT biz to Big Blue, inks outsource deal with IBM

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FAIL

Tell me this a joke.

Please tell me this a joke.

They are so fucked. Even with Germany's strong regulations on corporations, IBM will still screw them.

I hope I'm wrong. Lufthansa was once a well repsected company by its customers.

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Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012

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Re: Why ?

Simple: Ireland doesn't, but the stockholders in Ireland do, not to mention offbook, under-the-table kickbacks and other "perks" and favors to the politicians.

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Re: @AC "one-man show"

Alistair nails it.

If I could only upvote you more than once.

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Guns don't scare people, hackers do: Americans fear identity theft more than shooting sprees

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Re: The media strikes again!

"Many would see living in helplessness as being worse than death."

Because it is.

As for the fear of identity theft, it's quite real. As we've seen, this happens literally millions of times each year.

Even in the US, being shot by a gun in ANY situation only happens thousands of times each year. That's still a high number, but only a small fraction compared to identity theft. It takes weeks and often months to get it sorted out. Meanwhile, there are bills to be paid and they don't care about your problems, no matter who caused them.

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OnePlus One cut-price Android phone on sale to all... for 1 HOUR

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Created by the same marketing droids that think "affordable" doesn't mean "still overpriced" to the rest of us peons

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Peak Stupid?

"Some gleefully destroyed their current, only to find they hadn't won the replacement.

Oh we went WAY past peak stupid a long, long time ago. It was sometime around the Thatcher/Reagan era, I believe.

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Whisper tracks its users. So we tracked down its LA office. This is what happened next

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Re: Whisper?

Remember PointCast? MySpacce?

Yeah. I'm with you. Most of them are just pump and dump vehicles for the well connected.

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BRAVO!!!

Command performance right there!

STANDING OVATION!

Oh, and fuck them.

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Carders punch holes through Staples

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Re: Bought something at Staples

Did you try Shelly's Sea Shells by the seashore? Sometime they carry shtaples.

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Re: Simple solution

There's something about "progress" that screams "commie plot" to the average American and "capital expenditure with no immediate profit to me, er, the shareholders" to the average CEO.

Too bad that wasn't sarcasm.

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How dare you disparage them! They paid good money for that stock response!

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The fun never ends!

Alrighty! Any bets on next week's victim(s)?

The categories are: gov, retail, financial

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MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less

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Outstanding title!

What a classic title!

"Greene, the crew writer for one of NASA’s HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation)"

Nice work if you can it.

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Migrate to the cloud and watch your business take flight

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Re: Oops?

Yeah, Kev beat me too it as well.

First thing that came to mind. "Take flight" indeed.

Everyone upvoted.

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Reg man has the cure for IBM storage: Just swallow 10 firms

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Ossified

They are ossified.

Of course it's well known I have very little respect for IBM these days, along with thousands of others.

The only bright spot I see at IBM is their Tivoli family of software. From storage to desktop support tools, it's pretty decent kit. Is there better? Of course, but Tivoli tools are actually not bad at all for general everyday use. These days, that's saying a lot.

Oh, and the fact that they've switched their employees' desktops to Linux. That really quite surprised and impressed me.

Other than that, they are a petrified turd.

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How to get $542m from Google: Dress as a SPACEMAN with dayglo dancers – Magic Leap

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Re: "wearable computing systems"

POTD, Cliff.

Upvoted.

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No product or revenue?

"Magic Leap is based down in Florida, and has no products, revenue, or public business plan, as far as we can tell."

Hmmm, this somehow sounds familiar. Where I heard of this before?

Oh! But why would they need any of those things when all you really need in this life is the right connections? Which apparently they have.

Wait. What?! Florida? Uh oh. You might want to keep an eye on this one, El Reg. Florida is known as the scam capital of the nation in the US. (outside of Wall St and Hollywood that is)

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China is ALREADY spying on Apple iCloud users, claims watchdog

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Surprise Surprise

Surprise Surprise

(go on, click it)

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The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?

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Much ado about nothing

Learning is always more effective and attractive when it's fun (barring life and death lessons that need to be learned)

I'm all for opening up the potential pool of techs and programmers any way that can be done. Anything, ANYTHING, to lessen the numbers of alpha basement bois and programmer hacks. ("hacks" as in bad writers)

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Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...

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Re: Econimics as a fashion item?

I worship no deity nor cult of personality. Yes, I know. I'm odd.

Buddha was wrong. But if I remember Siddhartha correctly, wasn't he very, very rich at one time? Ah. So.

But hey, if you think he was right, go ahead try to feed and shelter yourself relying solely on the generosity of your fellow humans for more than a few days or weeks. I dare you. It can be done, but you would still be a statistical outlier. A very FAR outlier.

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Human spacecraft dodge COMET CHUNKS pelting off Mars

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Dodgeball!

INNN. SSSPPAACCEE!!!

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'LulzSec leader Aush0k' found to be naughty boy not worthy of jail

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AFP?

It took me a couple of reads to realize it was the AFP, not the FBI, although I still don't see any difference.

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You can crunch it all you like, but the answer is NOT always in the data

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Holmes

There is phrase for this

A perfectly apt phrase. Coined long before all things digital. IIRC, even before all things electric.

"The map is not the terrain."

How simple is that?

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Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know

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Re: That had me worried

So THAT'S all those UFOs were! Maintenance 'bots! Well now we know!

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IBM storage revenues sink: 'We are disappointed,' says CEO

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Re: whisper words

Exactly, Speltier. Exactly.

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

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Re: Out of proportion

Well said, calumg.

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