* Posts by The FunkeyGibbon

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Ordnance Survey intern plonks houses, trees, rivers and roads on GB Minecraft map

The FunkeyGibbon

Re: I'M NOT BEING FUNNY BUT...

It's fun.

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Icahn trousered $700m from Netflix stock sale?! Er, it would appear so

The FunkeyGibbon
Meh

Rich man makes money...

Woo yeah. *yawn*

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Microsoft plugs Xbox One consoles into its cloud - what could go wrong?

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Alien

Re: Super Computer?

Run SETI@HOME while shooting aliens on-line for an irony achievement?

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Send dosh (insecurely) via email, Jack Dorsey's Square tells punters

The FunkeyGibbon

You're kidding, right?

This is either too early or too late for a April Fools.

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Cannabis can CURE CANCER - cheaply and without getting you high

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Happy

Hmmmm

Maybe, just maybe, this explains Keith Richards longevity. Then again...

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Assange: 'Ecuadorian embassy staff are like my family'

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Boffin

Re: Deluded

Speaking of deluded...

"that would not be even a punishable or fine-able offence in the rest of the civilized world."

You don't get to select the rules you live by, the countries In large parts of Africa homosexuality is illegal. This is a morally repugnant and regressive set of laws that would not be even a punishable or fine-able offence in the rest of the civilized world. But if you go to Cameroon and have sex with your same sex partner and are caught, then you don't have much right to complain, that's the law. It might not be morally defensible in the eyes of most people but if that's the rules they have chosen to set you have to respect them.

Assange has to accept he has committed a crime in the country where the act took place. Unless he thinks he is above the law...?

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The FunkeyGibbon
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Deluded

"I assume the Swedish case will disappear of its own accord in due course,"

Sure, because two women who accused you of rape will just wake up one morning and think "I'd quite like to be arrested for making a false accusation and spend the rest of my life vilified by other women for making up a claim that I'd been raped thus causing doubt for the next person who comes forward."

No Julian, this isn't going to disappear, you are just kidding yourself. Face it you are either going to have to live in that embassy for another 30+ years or you're going to have to be a man and fight your way out of this situation.

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PLEASE let us build Fruit Loop Central, Apple begs Cupertino City

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Black Helicopters

Is it me or...?

Is it looking like the top of a massive Mac Pro? Could they be building the biggest super computer ever?!?

http://images.apple.com/mac/home/images/promo_lead_mac_pro.jpg

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Oz bookshop to deliver by drone

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Joke

Re: cool.

Exactly. There is a website the once started by delivering books and branched out a bit and they've done ok. What were they called? Oh yeah, Amazon. :-)

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Control panel backdoor found in D-Link home routers

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Terminator

SHODAN

"Welcome to my world, insect."

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Murdoch calls for world+dog to 'expose' Google

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Anyway...

It's not as if anybody in Murdoch's empire has ever cynically deleted voicemails on a phone of a dead girl thus making her parents think she is alive, is it? After all that would be really evil, no?

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Joke

Re: I don't want him to do a Maxwell

Andy Coulson is going to get John Culshaw to impersonate him and do his time under then name Mr Coulshore? The devious bugger!

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Assange: 'I'm fond of your work, Cumberbatch, but let's leave it at that'

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Re: It's a movie

Not the ultimate truth, no .That would be impossible. What I think it will do is bring up the subject of Assange's ego which is uncomfortable for him and is at least a facet of the truth that I think his is 'uncomfortable' with.

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The FunkeyGibbon

ASSANGE: 'I'm fond of the truth but only when it's the truth I approve of."

Regardless of what WikiLeaks did or did not do Assange has a very different stance on truth when it comes to himself. Strangely he quite likes to control what is or isn't seen as true about him and seems to value privacy.

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Facebook RIPS away your veil of privacy, declares NO MORE HIDING

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Would I miss it?

I wonder how much I'd miss Facebook if I closed my account. I get the feeling it wouldn't be much. What frustrates me is that there are pictures of me with the ex-wife out there that other people have taken and I'd quite like to see gone but I can't ask them to get rid of them because it'd look bitter and petty. So even if I leave it's too little too late for at least some of my data. :-(

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NHS tears out its Oracle Spine in favour of open source

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Can anybody explain to me...

Why Open Source is automatically fêted as the best solution with little or no opposition? Surely there are as many terrible Open Source projects as there are great ones? I'm not saying there *are* or that FOSS\GNU\GPL\whatever is bad just that I'm surprised how many people seem to assume that it's the right choice because 'Oracle = Bad and FOSS = Good' without seeming to question if this is truly the case.

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Brew me up, bro: 11-year-old plans to make BEER IN SPACE

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Re: Interesting

My God, Richard Garriott de Cayeux! I wondered what he'd been doing since he gave up trying to replace WoW...

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Instagram: You'll LOVE our 'enjoyable' new feature. Yes, it's adverts

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Whatever happened to...

Having a business model that worked and then building a rep on it rather than having it the other way around?!?

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Samsung: Sod off Apple, we've made gold mobes for way longer than you

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Samsung vs Apple!

It's like Coke vs Pepsi but with 100% less Michael Jackson (sadly).

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The FunkeyGibbon
Boffin

Re: Not unlike real gold

Mechanical property advantages, no. But there are certainly advantages to using it such as it being a highly efficient conductor and the fact that it doesn't suffer from corrosion.

Well that and showing the owner of a gold phone as somebody with immensely poor taste...

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Full Steam Ahead: Valve unwraps plans for gaming hardware

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Linux based AND upgradable?

What, Steam are going to write a driver for every bit of hardware on the market? No? Then it's doomed. There isn't a disto available that 'just works' (dons flameproof suit) and all that will happen is that users will install SteamOS on their Franken-PC and then find that there isn't a SteamOS or Linux driver for their specific hardware and that's game over.

It's Moblin\Maemo all over again...

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Fanbois shun 'crappy plastic' iPhone 5C

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It never ceases to amaze me

I never understand why people want to be 'first' with these things.

[OldMan] Back in my day we called 'em early adopters and they worked out the bugs for the rest of us, hehe![/OldMan]

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You thought NFC tags were Not For Consumers? Well, they're in Maplin's

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I don't suppose...

NFC could be used to set phones to turn off, say in a Cinema or Theater?

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New iPhones: C certainly DOESN'T stand for 'Cheap'

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Meh

Neither of these make me want them and that's a problem for Apple as their business is driven by desirability.

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It's the software, stupid: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch bags big apps

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Other than pretending to be Dick Tracy...

... I am not seeing much use for this. It'll be gathering dust in the cupboard next to the pager, Flip video camera, Apple Newton and Zip Disks before too long.

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

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Black Helicopters

Conspiracy?

I love how everybody seems to think that this is one big conspiracy rather than a company that made a number of miss-steps despite once being a leader in the market being eaten by a partner.

Nokia are just Palm all over again, it's not like this story is without precedent.

Choppers coming to take away the nutters (hopefully).

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Myst: 20 years of point-and-click adventuring

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Myst was the game Michael Bay would have made...

Full of the best effects achievable but utterly devoid of any content of any note. Lucas Arts games didn't look this good but they were far more entertaining.

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'World's worst director' plans Snowden-inspired movie comedy

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Facepalm

"Children getting shot? that's comedy gold!"

*Shakes head sadly* Oh dear.

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Microsoft takes second run at platform cloud

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Re: I'd prefer the term 'Faffing'

"VMWare are likely to end up as a niche player"

Care to put money on that? I don't disagree that there is a fight in the marketplace but unless you can see the future, I think you're prediction of marginalisation of VMWare seems a little premature.

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Hey, Bill Gates! We've found 14 IT HOTSHOTS to be the next Steve Ballmer

The FunkeyGibbon

This is the perfect time to split up

Microsoft should consider having separate companies that focus on their own strategies. Trying to make everything have one interface (Surface, Windows, Phone and Xbox) has looked forced and unwieldy. The best thing they could do is separate certain arms of the company (Phone, Windows, Xbox) and get the appropriate leader for each.

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Nintendo is FLATLY UNHINGED: New 2DS is a handful of game

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Fugly

It also won't fit in a pocket. The mis-matched screens are more prominent now and the whole thing looks like somebody at Fisher-Price threw away an idea and 'Ninty' (hateful word) dusted it off.

I hope this crashes and burns and Nintendo actually start to try again....

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Bit9 hacked after it forgot to install ITS OWN security product

The FunkeyGibbon

Oh bravo!

http://i.imgur.com/5zKXz.gif

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Montana TV warns of ZOMBIE ATTACK in epic prank hack

The FunkeyGibbon
Facepalm

And then I thought, 'Wait. What if?'”

Yeah, what if?!? Imagine if THE LAWS OF PHYSICS WERE BROKEN! Dumb ass! :-D

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Michelin critics to football blogger: Salaud! Unhand that URL

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Gotta agree with the majority here

If Mchelin were so slack as to miss this then it's their fault and they need to make a reasonable offer for the domain.

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Paper computers: Not mere pulp fiction

The FunkeyGibbon
Happy

I like both - Shocker!

My Kindle is a very nice and convenient device. My paper copy of Good Omens (signed by Terry Pratchett but sadly as yet not Neil Gaiman) also makes me very happy and I love the fact that I have both.

What is it about humans that means we always have to polarise into opposing factions? I think it's pretty obvious there are advantages and disadvantages to both paper and electronic books, so why not enjoy them both as different? Arguing about a content delivery method seems to be futile.

I don't remember the argument for printed pictures vs Flickr et all.....

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'Depression-era grandma' Apple responds to bolshy investor

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Joke

$137 BEEELLION?

Wow with that kinda dough they could, y'know, develop some new products...

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The FunkeyGibbon

That worked well. Maybe it should say "Mr Einhorn has a history of unsuccessful activism."

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British games company says it owns the idea of space marines

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Re: They've got previous

Indeed:

Moorcock: "Games Workshop couldn't exist without the things they've ripped off from me and Tolkien. If they'd made more of the material, I wouldn't mind. But they've dumbed it down, too. Sometimes I get weary of this crap. Other times, people remind me, that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. A more sincere form of flattery than that, of course, is when they ask you first. As I've often said -- they can say it's flattery, but that's the flattery of the guy you catch in your apartment when you come home at night and he's just heading for the fire escape with your new TV. 'Great taste in TVs, man,' he says...."

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BlackBerry Q10: This quirky QWERTY will keep loyalists perky

The FunkeyGibbon
Happy

Looks like a good handset

A proper business focused device. Shame it's a Blackberry. Mind you now it uses ActiveSync it might actually work instead of having all the old problems associated with BBs including my favourites, the utter inability to handle hard deletes and the inability to manage e-mails that are filed by a rule.

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LibreOffice 4.0 ships with new features, better looks

The FunkeyGibbon
Unhappy

Sometimes it's not an option.

Do you know what would happen if I suggested some of our customers switched to LO from MO? They'd look puzzled and ask why. I'd tell them the cost benefits. They'd say that they have to retrain users. Business fears change and some of them would rather piss away money on Microsoft's evil licencing than make a change for the better...

Nobody ever got fired for buying Microsoft Office... :-(

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Why you need a home lab to keep your job

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Re: Loooooooser

I can't upvote this enough. Given a choice between 4 hours of research and practice in SharePoint Development or running about trying to give myself a heart-attack in the local softplay emporium with my son the latter will always win. I read, I write (a bit) and I play games. I drink and have social interaction. What I don't do is take work home with me. When I leave for the day my work phone goes off.

Home lab? Pffft.

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Seagate squeezes out 4TB desktop monster

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Poor old Barracuda...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpkitLUbeEg

Desktop HDD is the kind of terribly dull name that gives the world of computers a dull image.

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Could this be Google's slick new touchscreen Chromebook?

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Re: Company behind the video looks unlikely to actually be working with Google

He's bang on. I've not been able to see the video so I can't comment on it but the points yer man makes just add up to a hoax.

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A new Mac Pro coming this spring? 'Mais oui!'

The FunkeyGibbon

The lack of a new Mac Pro

Just shows how superficial Apple have got with their product line. It's all glitz and surface. That's not to say that the products are bad just that they are not competing on performance like they used to. The new Macbook Pro? That's sold on it's flashy screen. Why? Because the CPU, RAM and HDDs are all stock components that are found in loads of PCs from any number of manufacturers or system builders.

I agree with the poster above, -tim, that the change from PPC to x86 has cost Apple their 'power' crown.

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Tracy brothers are back: Thunderbirds Are Go! again in 5... 4... 3...

The FunkeyGibbon
Unhappy

Kid's will watch it.

They'll watch any old crap. My girlfriend's 6 year old is addicted to Inspector Gadget on Netflix and that's an unmitigated pile o'shite.

Personally I think the problem is that nobody is prepared to take a chance on something new. Much easier to resurrect stuff for which there is at least some brand recognition. Inception proved that movies need not be dumb to make money and the same is true of TV, but who is going to be responsible if they take a chance and bomb? The fear of failure is too high, so nobody will risk it.

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BlackBerry 10: Good news, there's still time to fix this disaster

The FunkeyGibbon

Obviously this is a first look at the handset

But for me the killer will be this:

BES10 cannot manage old devices. So I will have to maintain a separate BES and BES10 install. Since the BB10 uses ActiveSync, now is the ideal time for me to switch to an alternative. Yes BES10 can apparently manage multiple devices (BB, 'Droid, iPhone) but in the SME environment I've no need to spend that kind of money to get features that I'm largely not using. The whole point of BES has been lost because it now doesn't do anything different other than off expensive management software.

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Japan hides anti-piracy warning on P2P networks

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Happy

While I doubt it's effectiveness

I have to say that I rather like the idea. It's not going to stop mass pirates but if it discourages even the casual downloader then that's something. Just because it's not a panacea doesn't mean that it's not worth doing. It's not like it's costing them a lot to do it.

Also this:

That new legislation was enough to earn the ire of Anonymous, which launched its low orbit ION cannons at various government and political party web sites in retaliation.

They are *very* tiresome now aren't they? Like spoilt children who think that it's okay to sulk when somebody has the temerity to tell them it's not okay to steal...

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US diplomat: If EU allows 'right to be forgotten' ... it might spark TRADE WAR

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Terminator

Re: I suppose we should be happy big corp wants our data

I need your clothes, your boots and your motorcycle.

My 'laws' say I can have them so please comply.

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Black Helicopters

Trade War?

This assertion is made but forgive me for being thick, it's not actually explained how this might be the case. Will the US or US companies actually refuse to do business in the EU if they can't have the right to do as they please with your data? Seems far fetched.

Microsoft have already admitted that the Patriot Act can be used to access your data on the 365 platform because they are an American company and the legislation says that it applies to them no matter where they operate. The same applies, presumably, to Amazon and Google too. So how does the right to be forgotten sit with the 'right' to 'do what we want to, where we want to, when we want to' in the Patriot Act?

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GNOME project picks JavaScript as sole app dev language

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How does this affect Unity?

Canonical have bought into the Gnome thing in a large way by using it as the basis for Unity. Does this mean that they are on board with this or are they going to wade in and start throwing their weight around?

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