* Posts by Stuart Harrison

44 posts • joined 4 Jun 2007

UK government rebuffs cries for free postcode database

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It already exists

http://freethepostcode.org/ - All Ernest Marples did was query this, and if a postcode wasn't listed, it used the Yahoo or Google APIs to get at the data. Not rocket science, but the Royal Mail took exception to it. It was an exceptional bit of trolling that was pretty effective in opening up the debate, albeit at the expense of a few useful sites.

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Hmmmm...

It seems to be a word for word copy of the response the Free PAF petition got earlier last year, as well as the letter I got from Lord Young, the minister for Postal Affairs and Employment Relations. Methinks some lackey at Number 10 has seen 'postcodes', reached for the file marked 'standard postcode rebuttal' and copied and pasted it without looking at the issues properly.

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Royal Mail promises 2nd class service on postcode data

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I don't think it'll be the full PAF

The dataset that's being talked about here is the Codepoint database, which ties postcodes into geographic locations (about 15 or so addresses). The PAF ties postcodes to addresses, which is exclusively owned by the Royal Mail. To be honest, I can't see Royal Mail hanging on to the PAF for much longer anyway, so it's only a matter of time before that's opened too.

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Council to crack down on Cracknuts Lane

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Waste money?

How is introducing one line to a policy a 'waste of council tax payer's money'? It takes two minutes to do. Surely the bigger waste of council tax payer's money is replacing signs that repeatedly get defaced?

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Microsoft's IE8 app dev survival guide

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@ Anon

Unfortunately this is the case at my place of employment, we were talking about rolling out Firefox across the organisation as the main web browser, but were stopped at the last hurdle when it was discovered that a few business critical web apps were designed to work with IE6 only. Grrr.

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Windows Live Web 2.0 facelift is go

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They just can't get it right can they?

Microsoft are like a 50-year-old man, trying desperately to be 'down with the kids', but failing miserably.

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Windows internet share drops below 90 per cent

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Pac Man pie chart?

OSX gobbling up market share perhaps?

/Coat

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Beeb to cut the f**king swearing

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Anybody who tried to count swearwords on the BBC...

Needs to get a f*cking life...

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Lords told to listen to science on cannabis

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Listen to reason? This government?

Nah, they'd much rather listen to the hysterical rantings of the right-wing press.

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Coppers nab more mobe-yapping drivers

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I suppose...

The Daily Fail and their like will see this as more evidence of a 'war on the motorist' and 'revenue raising' on the part of the police. Sigh.

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Jacqui Smith resurrects 42-days after Lords rejection

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What a surprise

Will our cryptofacist overlords stop at nothing to stomp all over our civil liberties? I'm guessing the next move is to start dismantling the upper house so they can push through any bill they damn well like. Sigh.

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I'm very sorry, says gay health warning clergyman

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Paris Hilton

"Promoters of gay culture"

How on earth can you 'promote' gay culture? You're either gay or you're not. It's not a lifestyle choice and the sooner people like Rev Mullen realise that, the better.

Paris because, oh, figure it out for yourselves...

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Quantum theme debuts on Radio 1

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@ Joseph

"I only want a teeny tiny bit of solace,

Before I shoot you"

To me, that :is: the Quantum of Solace theme.

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Street View operatives object to being snapped

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No2ID

I'm really disappointed that an otherwise fantastic organisation is getting themselves involved in this tabloid overreaction of a non-story. So, Google are taking pictures of people's faces in the street and publishing them on the internet, so what? Passers by are filmed and photographed on a daily basis and their visages are beamed all over the world - are all newspapers, TV stations etc therefore evil privacy invaders too? I think not. And don't get me started on the Daily Mail's 'Burglar's Charter' angle - talk about scraping the barrel...

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Commodore launches little laptop

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WANT

OK, judging by the photos, it's no Macbook Air, but for God's sake IT'S GOT A COMMODORE LOGO ON IT! Will definitely up my street cred with the retro computing commuter crowd. The beige plasticy look of it is a nice retro nod too...

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Google releases open source browser

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@ breakfast

The rendering engine is WebKit, so no extra layers of complexity here! Javascript might be an issue, but I doubt it as the Google devs are trying to make Javascript less of a pain, not more...

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Hackintosh maker bites back at Apple

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Interesting stuff

I can kind of see Apple's point and I can kind of see Psystar's point. On one hand, I can understand that Apple want to protect their brand by controlling what hardware is used with their software (and making more money from hardware sales to boot), but on the other hand I think they're missing a trick - Microsoft are starting to look a bit like a lumbering giant in the OS stakes - the Vista launch was a disaster that they're only just starting to get over, and people are keen for a change - the Linux distros aren't quite there to take up the mantle, so Apple could quite easily jump in and give MS a run for their money. Whichever way the ruling goes, Apple are going to win, no doubt...

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Facebook summarily denies undeniable user-menacing security hole

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@ Herby

I think that comment relates more to MySpace, not Facebook...

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Cops cuff anti-drug ninja vigilantes

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Shinobi...

Now there was a game! I'm going all misty-eyed as I type...

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Russell Crowe to play Bill Hicks?

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Hmmmmmmm...

If this project does come about, and Russell Crowe does a good job, who's to argue? If, as a result, more people become aware of the great man then it's a win win!

Although he could completely f*ck it up of course...

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Ofcom tailgates Google with radio usage map

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Knives, guns, drug dealing...

OFCOM using pathetic scare tactics to get the public on their side again I see. Yes, there are pirates out there that are involved in slightly underhand activities, but for every dodgy pirate station there are dozens more that act responsibly and provide a service to listeners who aren't catered for by the rampant commercialism of the major stations.

The FM band needs to be liberalised so you don't need a six figure bank balance to get a licence, especially with the advent of digital and online radio...

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Hacker murders Facebook word game

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IT Angle

Why...

... Didn't Hasbro enter into a revenue sharing / licensing agreement with the Scrabulous creators rather than setting the lawyers on them? That way everyone would've been happy surely?

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UK.gov tells throttling petition: Choke on it

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@ Anonymous Coward

Another example of how stupid the Great British Public are - people are still signing the Red Arrows petition despite the response that it's all a load of bull:

http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/RedArrows2012/

Paris, because she represents the level of intelligence that most of the petition signers posses

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El Reg nails Street View spycars to Google Maps

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Black Helicopters

Re: Black Cars?

Even Google can't afford Black Helicopters

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David Davis tells El Reg that Labour is 'mesmerised' by tech

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@ Anonymous Coward

Labour? Socialist? Don't make me laugh.

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easyJet warns 'several websites' to stop selling its flights

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@ Jolyon

Ah, but if you display key information as images, you're making your site inaccessible to blind people who use screenreaders, therefore effectively breaking the law under the Disability Discrimination Act!

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Asus announces 10in, HDD-equipped Eee PC

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Is this a first?

An article about the Eee PC and no picture of the Eee PC's beach friend? El Reg, I'm disappointed!

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Ofcom sharpens cutlasses for pirate radio assault

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1xtra...

... Used to be good until Lorna Clarke got her claws into it, turning it from an exciting, vibrant station that catered for all sorts of underground 'urban' music forms into a carbon copy of Kiss. No wonder people are listening to the pirates. 1xtra's has its finger so off the pulse of urban music it doesn't even have a dedicated dubstep show.

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SQL string in URL exposes sex offender data

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Unbelievable

It's one thing not to sanitise user data, but to put the ENTIRE SQL QUERY IN A URL?!?!? That's just next level stupidity right there. I'm sure you have to try to get it that wrong.

Paris, because only she'd be this dumb to get it this wrong.

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Asus to offer Linux-less Eee PCs globally

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Sounds good to me

As keen as I am on open source technology, I'm now tempted to buy an Eeeeeeee, as a DJ I use timecoded vinyl to play digital stuff live, and am in the market for a cheap low spec PC for when I play out. There's currently no Linux-based software that meets my needs, so this might be just what I'm looking for!

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Image uploader bug blights MySpace

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Serves them right...

... for using proprietary Microsoft technology in the first place. And who uses MySpace these days anyway?

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Wii shortage costs Nintendo dear, analyst claims

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Eye Toy

"everything the Wii is doing today, the PS2 was doing 4 years ago with the Eye Toy..."

Yes, but without any of the innovation, gameplay quality or style of Nintendo. Other than that, exactly the same.

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Fasthosts customers still frozen out of websites

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Re: Selfishness

The point is that it wasn't just people who didn't change their passwords who got hit, people with the good sense to do what Fasthosts told them in the first place suffered too.

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Sidcup massive threatens Reg hack

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Re: hoax

"No-one (from anywhere, let alone Sidcup) could be so stupid as to come out with that stream of gibberish and be able to use email and a PC. Surely?"

You've obviously never read YouTube comments

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Facebook and ABC News get political

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@ Mr P Hilton

It's exactly the same in this country, if not worse. Anything that attempts to get people (especially young people) interested in politics is a welcome move.

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Commuters shouting into their mobiles? Just jam 'em

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I swear they have jammers in Tesco

No matter which Tesco I go to, in any part of the country I can never get a phone signal. It's very annoying, especially when I need to check something with She Who Must Be Obeyed. Grrrr.

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Croydon unleashes cyberwar on barking dogs

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Erm...

Are you sure this isn't part of a much bigger forms system? Granted, it'd be a bit of a waste of time to spend ages developing a system to report a barking dog, but this could've been created by a system that creates forms on the fly so people could report fly tipping, roads problems etc, which would be very useful. Hell, I've used a similar system to report problems like the above a few times...

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Cathedral gun battle game not blessed with gaming award

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Football Manager 2007???!

Ah well, whatever floats your boat I guess. Personally, I find Football Management simulations to be one of the dullest genres of games ever conceived. There must be some boring people in the world, that's for sure...

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BBC spreads free Wi-Fi Cloud over iPlayer delay

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If the flash player works with Opera on the Wii...

I will literally wet myself with excitement. I've never been a fan of watching the telly on my computer. I'm hoping Opera was omitted from the article by accident...

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MS drops nagware validation for IE7 installs

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Exciting news

I echo Mo's sentiments, as a web designer / developer, the sooner IE6 and its buggy CSS rendering is dead, the sooner my life can be made a hell of a lot easier!

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First RIAA file-sharing trial begins

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Good luck to her

And I hope the bullyboy RIAA rack up thousands, if not millions, of dollars in legal fees.

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Microsoft shouts 'Long Live XP'

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Vista = The new Windows ME?

It certainly seems that way. Thank God I've got a Mac.

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Patientline looks for debt help

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Excuse me...

A ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

But seriously, it's a crying shame.

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Killer Wi-Fi panics London's chattering classes

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Oh lordy.

The Panorama programme spent so much time harping on about the 'independence' of contributors, but neglected to mention that one of the prime contributors, one Alasdair Phillips, stands to make a lot of money from selling various gadgets and gizmos designed to 'protect' people from the menace of WiFi (See Ben Goldacre's blog entry at http://www.badscience.net/?p=418 )

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