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Nominet bins Optical Express' appeal against 'It ruined my life' website

durandal

Waking up and being able to see without scrabbling for glasses, or being able to go to bed pissed and not worry about pawing a set of contacts out is a hitherto unrealised pleasure.

I had it done, and I can't praise it enough - I couldn't function without glasses, let alone get behind the wheel of a car.

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Bosses to be banned from forcing new hires to pull personal records

durandal

Re: Explanation?

You're thinking of Germany. Here, your conviction data stays on until you hit 100 years of age.

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durandal

Re: Explanation?

No it wasn't. The two have been cheerfully exchanging data since the ISA came into being.

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EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

durandal

Re: False sense of achievement maxed out...

Buy each other a pint and sit in the boozer talking shite about it. Which is how most of my gaming-meets-real-life things go.

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It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub

durandal

Re: de-oxygenated copper

When D&B were exhibiting their speakers at conventions they'd often challenge a speaker cable manufacturer to a listening contest between the premium product and any old mains cable that was kicking about.

Funnily enough, there were no takers.

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How the UK's national memory lives in a ROBOT in Kew

durandal

Re: Slightly off topic

I enjoy the fact that Hansard has been archived on the slightly scary sounding 'millbanksystems.com', like some sort of black operation based out of the bowels of Thames House.

(http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/)

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You've been arrested for computer crime: Here's what happens next

durandal

Re: The only part of this that bothers me is

However, had you looked at the farmer funny, they'd have nicked you for a breach and questioned you without access to legal representation.

It's not all honey and clover north of the border.

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durandal

Re: Or, to put it a bit less eloquently,

>You cannot do your job, because you have restricted computer access restraint placed upon you.

This is a bit misleading - you're unlikely to have that condition placed upon you during police bail (as distinct from court bail) as it is practically unenforceable.

Even if plod decides to give it a punt, you can ask that free lawyer you were given to appeal it to the magistrates court, who can vary or remove police bail conditions. If the condition is so onerous as to not let you earn a living, then it's more likely than not to be removed unless you not working outweighs the risk that you might pose whilst on bail.

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

durandal

Godwin refers to the tendency of any internet discussion to, in due course, make a comparison between the opposing view and nazis.

It's got nothing to with the mention of things like "little hitler" - it shouldn't be used as shorthand for political correctness.

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Met Police spaffs £250m keeping 'ineffective' IT systems running - report

durandal

Re: "one core operating system dates back to a 1970s baggage handling system"

From an earlier post, it appears they're talking about about the dispatch system (CAD), which is based on a mainframe airline reservation system.

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The FLOATING mobile phone shop on the edge of the Internet

durandal

Given that mobiles are leapfrogging fixed lines across the developing world and doing some frankly astounding good, no.

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BlackBerry BB10 devices refuse to leap off shelves

durandal

Re: BlackBerry nixes BlackBerry 10 on PlayBooks

That was my reasoning, although given my purchasing habits, I may as well have just bought a betamax and be done with it.

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Facebook RSS reader said to uncloak June 20

durandal

Find me a way to sync my various different rss clients across my phone and various computers, for nowt, and I'd agree with you.

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BlackBerry's Q5 QWERTY gets flirty with buy-curious teens

durandal

Looks all right, actually!

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Gaming app ENSLAVES punter PCs in Bitcoin mining ring

durandal

Re: In a word...

What, exactly, has been stolen?

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Get lost, drivers: Google Maps is not for you – US judge

durandal

Re: I always use my phone for Google's GPS when I'm in California

The big problem is that, to date, there's been no appeals to the crown court so its relying on the fairly varied judgement of magistrates to define 'using'.

This isn't a bad thing as such, but it means that there are a lot of prosecutions that are being succesfully defended on the basis of some fairly sketchy arguments. Equally, there're a lot of prosecutions going forward that shouldn't (some over zealous traffic officers extending the definition of handheld to units firmly affixed to cradles, for example).

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Dongle smut Twitstorm claims second scalp

durandal

Re: Richard's has form manufacturing drama...

'under siege'? Or do you mean 'someone's got worked and is writing stuff that nobody's paying attention to unless they're interested in that kind of thing'?

I'm firmly of the opinion that if people simply didn't engage with trolls, they'll get bored and find something else to do. Honestly, internet drama only works if it's reciprocated.

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Can BlackBerry survive? Well, the woods are still full of bear poo

durandal

Re: Doing the same!

I'm tied in to an android, (via an iphone) but do miss the BB I used to have, so will be interested to see how it pans out with a view to upgrade when I've shaken the shackles of my s3 contract.

That said, the Playbook is currently excellent value (£99? 64gb? Yes please!) and due to see the new OS, so might be a cheap way to have a play without committing to phone contract.

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OMG: RIM adds VoIP to its stealth social network

durandal

Re: Hmm, sounds like Google Talk

The kids who use BBM don't care about android. They want BBM, in part because it's cheaper and more interactive than SMS and doesn't use up their PAYG minutes. Stick a voice component into the proposition, and I can't see it exactly hurting sales.

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Evildoers can now turn all sites on a Linux server into silent hell-pits

durandal

Re: security STARTUP CrowdStrike

They've clearly spent the cash on a half decent PR bot instead.

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Universal Credit dole 'liable to be paralysed by IT cockups'

durandal

Re: "I still wish people on JSA were forced to do some kind of work to earn the JSA."

<quote>I'm sorry but if your getting money because you can't find a job, you can work for it and have money for then working instead.</quote>

If you're going to force people to work, then it should be for minimum wage.

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UK govt to KILL OFF Directgov within weeks

durandal

It's a bit of a shame

Back when I was contracting (swings lamp, etc.) in government, I had a lot of content that needed to go on directgov.

The web design may have been apalling, but the editors were very firm on making sure that the wording avoided the worst of the civil service's tendency towards buzzwords and the use of words like 'tranche', as well as the use of eight words where one would do.

Oh, the fights we had, trying to convince policy wallahs that it was alright to start leaving some of the footnotes out.

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Hotel keycard firm issues fixes after Black Hat hacker breaks locks

durandal

Re: Job opportunity -

Or dwarf bar-tenders. I think there's a clear need to expand the 'poorly stocked fridge' definition of a 'mini bar'.

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So, that vast IT disaster you may have caused? Come in, sit down

durandal

Re: Tape?

You'd be very surprised at what can be entered as evidence and, more germanely, what might well prompt an out-of-court settlement.

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RBS IT cockup: This sort of thing can destroy a bank, normally

durandal

Re: Uncloseable account

If they're paying interest, that's your meal at the Restaurant at The End of The Universe sorted!

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durandal

Re: One tactic

And Barclays hoovered up the Woolwich. Granted, the latter only had about ten account holders, but the principle still stands.

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Met bobbies get CSI kit to probe perps' mobes

durandal

Re: Problem is...

Probably because 'They' are GCHQ/Mi5/SOCA rather than CID down the local nick, who'd be going nowhere near that data even if they wanted to. And they probably wouldn't want to, as the local slag'll be using nicked PAYG blackberries, for which traffic analysis is about as useful as a chocolate fireguard, seeing as you've no idea who has what number anyway.

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Graphics shocker: Nvidia virtualizes Kepler GPUs

durandal
Windows

Re: I call bullshit

150ms? Luxury, kids today don't know they're born. When I were a lad, we were up at half five, tying the packets to rats, 'cause we couldn't afford pigeons and even if we could the rats would've et 'em.

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Inside the Skynet ghost town built by bunker-based boffins

durandal

stay for the lasers!

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GCHQ's spy death riddle shines light on UK hacker war

durandal

Re: Sex play gone wrong?

or possibly some difficulties with their short term memory!

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Virgin Media cuts Pirate Bay access for millions of punters

durandal
Holmes

Re: No, You need to get real.

Not being an OED subscriber, I can't comment on their entry. However, I note with interest that the Cambridge University Press dictionary sayeth that theft is "(the act of) dishonestly taking something which belongs to someone else and keeping it" and dictionary.com (Random House's offering) says "the act of stealing; the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods or property of another; larceny."

Both definitions are heavy on the "taking" and "property" and very thin on the "copying" or "getting something for free" which you assert to be the common parlance for theft.

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durandal
Headmaster

Re: No, You need to get real.

It's not a semantic argument. Theft (as defined by the helpfully named Theft Act 1968 in the UK) tells us that "A person is guilty of theft if he dishonestly appropriates property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it"

When you accuse someone of theft, you're accusing them of a very specific offence. An indictable one, at that. Copyright infringement is, simply put, not the same as theft. This is a matter of fact, not opinion.

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Raspberry Pi supplier coughs to ship date delay glitch

durandal
Coat

Re: CE is Self-Certified

The problem is not PLT, it's cheap, badly built and non-conforming PLT.

Ofcom shouldn't take a pragmatic view - it's in no one's favour to permit shoddy kit to come onto market (and be distributed by BT).

PLT is not some 'great enabler', getting the great unwashed onto t'internets. There's no excuse for Ofcom to ignore their statutory duties; part of which are protecting the primary users of the spectrum, whether that's the military, or radio amateurs. In fact, the risk from an uncertified device like the pi is, in comparison, tiny!

Even if the pi turned out to be a spark-gap transmitter in disguise, you could fix the issue by putting it in a shielded box.

/Mine's the one with the two-part RAE in the pocket

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Paedophiles ‘disguise’ child abuse pages as legit websites

durandal
Coat

Re: Good old VBS & IBB

At risk of going off-topic slightly, the issue is with CRB's is down (mainly) to OFSTED and other mentals.

A CRB disclosure has never been either a certificate of good conduct, or 'clearance' to work with kids and oldies.

The sole purpose of a CRB disclosure is to allow employers/volunteer organisers considering whether or not to place someone in certain activities to have full sight of certain information to allow them to make an informed employment decision. That's it. You could have a string of motoring convictions as long as your arm, and there'd be nothing to stop an employer taking you on as a school minibus driver if they especially liked the cut of your gib.

Then ofsted went 'kin mental and deemed that every man and his dog needed a CRB check in some sort of half-arsed bid to enforce some sort of gold standard, despite the DSCF guidance at the time being crystal clear that they didn't. As one civil servant pointed out to me, "If we wanted to enforce a higher standard, we'd have put in the guidance!"

As I pointed out to many a journalist, the simplest way to cut down on CRB checks was for people to simply stop doing them.

Funnily enough, no one ever printed that bit...

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Record-breaking laser pulse boosts fusion power hopes

durandal
Boffin

Re: Boring arrogant factoidery

but I like to think that in the deepest, darkest part of the night shift, someone stood there thinking "what would happen if I put my finger in there?"

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GiffGaff gaffe charity spaff to quell miffed riffraff

durandal

Re: Thanks (!)

So am I. However, being on £10 goodybag, my sums suggest that GG owe me about 35p.

I think I can probably afford to take the hit on this one...

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Met plod will use 1980s software to police Olympics

durandal

Re: "rampack wobble"

Repeatedly.

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GiffGaff goes titsup again in 'leccy cable gaffe

durandal
Windows

Re: Giffgaff is fine normally

It's not just GG that's slow in London. Vodafone was chronically bad, which is why I switched. I'm a bit miffed, but I'm not too upset considering that my jésusphone now costs me a princely £10/mo to run (and I can use Spotify on the mobile without the terror that comes from an overage charge).

Besides, the only time I ever contacted voda's support was when their billing went up the swanny, at least GG don't charge me for freefone calls.

I am a little bit surprised that there appears to be a single point of failiure for both voice and data - given O2's involvement, I would have expected some more resilience. That said, I'm so not a mobile telecoms infrastructure expert (but that doesn't stop me pretending to be one on the internet!)

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Ten... top iOS games

durandal
Coat

Re: Magnetic Billiards

Thanks, there goes my productivity!

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Wireless breakthrough: one frequency, multiple signals

durandal
Stop

Re: It'll never catch on*

Yes, but Light Squared rely on being allowed to go mental next to the GPS allocation. Oddly enough, the rest of us aren't too keen on that

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Do vultures actually 'chew' the fat?

durandal

Do vultures actually 'chew' the fat?

I thought it was more a case of tearing off gobbets of flesh and swallowing it whole!

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Drew's Cookie Jar - psst. want a forum upgrade

durandal
Holmes

I'll have a go!

in the spirit of curiosity, of course!

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Jedi light-sabre beats Taser in Oregon parking-lot fracas

durandal

Not quite

If you get it right (firing from more than 4' to get the separation, barbs penetrate) then you get the involuntary muscle spasm - you might be fine to fight through the pain, but you won't get your muscles to do what you want them to do!

Anything else and you're in pain-compliance territory. This you can fight through, with enough incentive, and actually getting the barbs to penetrate (as you rightly point out) is another matter entirely!

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PROVEN: Violent video games mess with your head

durandal
Boffin

"And hell, I'm the most passive, non-violent, agreeable chap you could hope to meet, aside from that sticky incident with the crowbar, never put a foot wrong."

Dr Freeman, I presume?

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As iPhone 4S battery suckage spreads, fixes appear

durandal
WTF?

Navigating from London to Portsmouth?

A3, point south. If you've got issues going south of the river, down to the bottom of the M25 and point south.

This didn't need a satnav, it barely needed a post-it!

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Biker gang plunders Covent Garden Apple Store

durandal

Yeah but

this is a 'gang', who happen to be on bikes. (Albeit of the 50-125cc) variety.

With respect to the leather-clad-and-harley-riding lawyers and accountants, there's a big issue with the islington gangs who've worked out that scoots n' tings are nippy, nickable and disposable, and ideal for this kind of shenanigan.

(Given that my commute to Covent Garden takes as long on the 1L bike as it does on the 90cc, I think they've got a point...)

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Virgin Media finally offers network options on SuperHub

durandal
Flame

They can pry my modem

out of my cold, dead hands.

Until they start bundling a modem-only option, I'm staying on 20mb until they serve a court order requiring me to surrender to an upgrade!

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iRobot Roomba 780 automated vacuum cleaner

durandal
Coat

You mean there is a moment when pets *stop* moulting?

Blimey, I'm going to mark that in the calendar if I ever see it!

/mine's the one covered in cat hair, with the eviscerated rat in the pocket

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Sun rises over .xxx smut domain

durandal
Coat

I think you mean

PFY

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'Satnavs are definitely not doomed', insists TomTom man

durandal
Windows

I swear

My satnav is out to kill me. First it directs me into an EDL 'static demonstration', the next thing I know, I'm half an hour round the south circular! Laugh? I nearly bought an oyster card...

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