* Posts by O RLY

179 posts • joined 15 Dec 2010

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Microsoft quits giving us the silent treatment on Windows 10 updates

O RLY
Big Brother

Re: Fuck Off Microsoft

My two criteria for my TV purchase last year were a dumb TV with at least three HDMI ports. Beyond that, I was flexible about most other things, although I had a range of sizes and other features that needed to be met. I'd be trading horrid network security and an always listening Telescreen for apps that are barely functional poor facsimiles of what I can do with a Playstation, Roku, Apple TV, or Raspberry Pi.

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IRA’s former political wing takes aim at Apple over back tax

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Re: Republicans

AC who commented about epithets.

Yeah, I agree there are several others that are available and appropriate for the Shinners. I wanted to strike a narrow focus on whether republican was one of them and try to avoid the deeper, still present issues of Irish politics which create fluid and contradictory definitions of things like "Ireland" (see the 26+6 comment above as an example), "Sinn Féin", "IRA" and variants (this is a tech blog. "*IRA" a la "*NIX"?). And yes, I realise "republican" is one of those words that has a range of definitions as well. I probably should have just left it alone, haha.

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Re: Republicans

Sinn Féin are a party that spans the entire physical island of Ireland. The party's principal goal is a unified republican Ireland. As such, they seek election to both the Dáil in the Republic and UK Parliament. They used to boycott both legislative bodies in protest against the governments' perceived illegitimacy. It's only been since 2014 that SF ceased their abstention of the House of Commons. "Republican" is a perfectly acceptable epithet for Sinn Féin.

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Zes, zir, zank you, zir: Zerto zucks in 50 zillion zucks in zenture zapital

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Headline confusion

While I appreciate creative headlines, replacing starting letters with "z" affects readability. The! Yahoo! headlines! with! an! exclamation! point! at! the! end! of! every! word! are at least generally coherent (if harder to type). The votes I get will indicate whether I'm alone in this view.

Cheers

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Oracle promises 'next-gen' Texas cloud campus

O RLY

Re: University of Austin

Found a decent picture of the school's mascot species, but couldn't get the name right... At least he didn't conflate Texas A&M and UT. Them's fightin' words!

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Nimble CEO: When it comes to all-flash stars, there can be only... six

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Pint

Bacon and avocado

I realize this has nothing to do with with your post other than the complete nonsense about food choices.

Bacon and avocado go great together. Cisco execs and storage? No idea, but you mentioned food and and it's around time to eat here.

Here are just three awesome pairings:

* Guacamole bacon hamburgers

* Avocado halves filled with bacon and eggs

* Avocado slices on a bacon-turkey club sandwich

And all of those go well with a pint!

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Identifying terrorists: Let's find a value for needle in haystack

O RLY

Why not jail everyone? You still need to produce; someone's gotta pay for all this oppression.

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Apple's iBackDoor: Dodgy ad network code menaces iOS apps

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Mike,

While I agree, how does that apply to iOS? The article's not about the Mac.

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Scarface's explosive 'Little Friend' goes under the hammer

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Re: Probable Cause

A real M16, as in an actual automatic weapon, has to have been manufactured before the modification of the National Firearms Act in order for a non-military, non-police US person to buy one. NFA-compliant M16s are at least $15k these days. New ones are much cheaper, yes, but illegal to own unless the owner is the military or a police organisation.

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TalkTalk downplays extent of breach damage, gives extra details

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Headmaster

"Fewer than", not "less than".

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European Parliament votes to grant Snowden protection from US

O RLY

And "superpower" isn't synonymous with "benevolent". Standing up to a bully can look an awful lot like burning a bridge depending on what side one's on.

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The iPhone 6 doused in bromine - an incendiary mix or not?

O RLY

Re: Bah!

I imagine you'd get several phases (of matter) as the banana is changed ;)

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Apple may face $900m bill after A7 CPU in iPhones, iPads ripped off university's patent

O RLY

Re: By that standard, in other legal actions...

"An American court ruling for an American company"

quel surprise

Since both the plaintiff and defendant were American companies, the real trick would have been for the American court to rule for a non-participating Congolese firm. Now THAT would have been 'quel surprise'.

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O RLY

Re: A Wisconsin court rules for a Wisconsin University?

A FEDERAL court ruled for a Wisconsin University.

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Virtualisation blog 'of interest to Interpol'

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Why Interpol and not French Immigration? I wonder if Lam will write about it once he's back in the States.

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Ad-blocking super-weapon axed by maker for being TOO effective

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Re: Why ?

I find that most of the "exclusive content" that providers describe as "exclusive content" tends to be shit. Either the content itself is inane or it's delivered in the most obnoxious means necessary (i.e. a fifty-slide clickthrough with ads occupying 75% of the page, or a video recorded by shrill, vapid people).

Regarding mobile browsing, the experience has become much worse over the last year or two with ad services that redirect to App Store or Google Play, ads that cover the whole page with a four pixel close button, delayed-launch ads, and the sheer amount of noise (ads and related traffic) compared to signal (the stuff I actually wanted to see). It's enough to make me unplug. Especially as nearly everyone on mobile pays for data in terms of X currency for Y data quantity, adblocking is a great way to reclaim a useful mobile web. And get one's money's worth.

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Partially blind albino porn pirate nabbed for £300k bedroom streaming site

O RLY

If he's hiding the money in cash and in his own bank account, what are the money laundering charges for? Did he try to mask the funds' provenance in some way not listed in the article? If not, I'm not sure I understand the charges.

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Vote now: Who can solve a problem like Ashley Madison?

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Where are the bankruptcy lawyers on the list?

Oh you meant BEFORE something like this happens. Right, carry on.

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Apple, Google should give FBI every last drop of user information, says ex-HP CEO and wannabe US prez Carly Fiorina

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Re: I'm voting Libertarian

"The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it." - P.J O'Rourke.

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STOP! You – away from the keyboard. There's no free speech in our China

O RLY
Big Brother

Re: FREE SPEECH CRIMES!

And we thought '1984' was only for fascists.

We did? The government of Oceania (or at least in Airstrip One) was Ingsoc, or English Socialism.

That said, I completely agree that dictatorship is horrible regardless of the slogans.

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Hey, Apple! 1999 just called and it wants its voicemail avatar back

O RLY

"You might be a tad out of date. And or out of touch.

I don't pay for incoming calls – I have an unlimited plan – as, I suspect many of us do."

No, not out of date or out of touch. US mobile carriers charge for incoming calls. That you pay a flat rate for your voice service doesn't change that fact; it's merely obfuscated in your bill.

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"If that then ends up costing the PPI-scum money in phone charges, and ties up their resources so they can't pester as many people... surely that's a good thing??"

Except in the States where punters pay for incoming calls as well.

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Facebook is raking in so much filthy lucre, it can't spend it fast enough

O RLY

Re: R&D Spending Up?

Regarding the "vulture investors" (sorry el Reg), the Zuck controls more than half of the voting rights thanks to the irrevocable proxy agreements he made. Until that changes, Elliot and Icahn would be tilting at windmills.

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BURN ALL BLOGS! WordPress has a critical cross-site scripting flaw

O RLY
Headmaster

Re: "WordPress has a critical XSS flaw"

*Freitag

Sorry, couldn't resist.

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EMC's turbulent trifecta temporarily ties Tucci to top table

O RLY

Valuations questions.

In this article, the author lists EMC market cap at $26B so a combined HP-E and EMC would be $84B. That logic makes sense until he then says VMware and Pivotal would join the software business of HP Enterprise. That would only happen if the full $50.44B valuation of EMC were consumed. That value includes 80% ownership stake of VMware, currently valued at $29.54B (80% of 36.92B market cap of VMW), so either Mellor thinks that full EMC is overvalued by ~2x or he didn't consider the market value of VMware. I don't see a takeover of EMC by HP-E happening if it includes VMW. I think that's also Elliott's point and why they're pushing for a full spinoff. They couch it terms of ROI (and cashing out ~$30B more on the original $640M purchase of VMware). Either way, that's a ton of scratch not addressed in the article. If EMC sell the rest of VMware and pay the value out as a dividend, then VMware does not join HP-E in a merger. If EMC don't, then the $26B is short by a lot.

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Happy NukeDay to you! 70 years in the shadow of the bomb post-Trinity

O RLY

Re: No Joke

Are you sure he didn't mean Las Vegas, New Mexico? A lot shorter trip and more reasonable place to evacuate Los Alamos. And more likely to have heard it from there.

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Apple Music available on Sonos by end of this year

O RLY

Re: FU UK?

Typical of IT pricing, I'm afraid. Although the UK price includes VAT where the US price does not. Still doesn't overcome the exchange rate...

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AT&T fined about 3 days of profit ($100m) for limiting 'unlimited' plans

O RLY

Didn't they get fined before?

I'm commenting before checking, but it feels like I've read this article before. And yet, AT&T continue to defy the FCC and the dictionary with their "unlimited" data plan.

EDITED AFTER CHECKING: The FTC ruled AT&T's throttling was a bad trade practice; AT&T argued the FTC didn't have jurisdiction and the FCC should rule instead. I wonder what next agency AT&T hopes will save them.

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Ruskies behind German govt cyber attack — report

O RLY

First, Der Spiegel is a weekly, with some daily website updates.

Second, they're usually very well sourced and have a history of pissing off their own governments as well as foreign, so not likely to be the route of a false-flag alert. From the 1962 Spiegel Affair to the Snowden disclosures, Spiegel has had a long run of publishing unpopular truths.

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Facebook is VIOLATING your SEXUAL privacy, warn Belgian data cops

O RLY

The first sentence of the article: "Belgium’s privacy watchdog has slammed Facebook for its tracking of users and non-users" (emphasis mine). Your reading comprehension is nearly as good as your spelling.

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Age guessing with Microsoft is FUN! Now give us your metadata

O RLY
Paris Hilton

Re: Really, there were no other massive photos?

The picture is of el Reg's muse, siren, belle, lady of enchantment in her typical state. That's not just any woman clad in next to nothing.

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ESPN sues Verizon: People picking their own TV channels? NOOoo!

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Goodbye ESPN

ESPN would be one of the networks I'd choose to leave out if I were a Verizon cable customer. When I canceled my cable, several friends said they'd miss live sport and ESPN SportsCenter and that's why they wouldn't cancel cable. For me, ESPN is one of the reasons I was happy to cancel.

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

O RLY

Re: "...simply called Watch..."

I suspect they'll fail on the trademark based on Microsoft's history. Microsoft Excel is trademarked; Microsoft Word is not.

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Intel, Cray bag $200m to build 180PFLOPS super for US nuke boffins

O RLY

Got to use one in uni. Not sure I fully appreciated it at the time. Getting three-phase at the house would be a rounding error in the total cost of buying one though :)

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Clinton defence of personal email server fails to placate critics

O RLY

Re: Strange assumption

President Clinton did not lie to Congress under oath. He lied under oath to a grand jury investigating sexual harassment in the Clinton administration of Arkansas. Congress impeached him for perjury before a grand jury and obstruction of justice. If he HAD admitted his "sexual relations with that woman, Ms Lewinksy", then his Republican opponents wouldn't have had criminal grounds to impeach. Mr Clinton lied under oath about a blowjob. He was impeached for lying under oath, not the blowjob.

On a different topic, but related to secrets and perjury by high government officials, where is the indictment of James Clapper for perjury for his "least untruthful" answers to Congress while under oath?

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

O RLY

Nixie Watch

The privacy policy of the Nixie Watch company is a thing of beauty. If I were looking for a $500 watch, I would consider this one just to do business with the company.

"Cathode Corner does not ever see your credit card information, much less store it. We retain your shipping information for warranty purposes only. Your information is never divulged to anyone except the letter carrier."

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Would you trust 'spyproof' mobes made in Putin's Russia?

O RLY

Re: Who do you fear most ?

Exactly right. And Pooty Poot was FSB's second director...

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Reg hacks (and rest of 'Frisco) in LinkedIn measles contagion scare

O RLY

When a disease that had been all-but-eliminated in the developed world pops back up in a major metropolis with a large tech presence, it makes sense for a tech paper with an office in that city to write an article. Especially since there were several large tech events in San Francisco last week including Developer Week and VMware PEX with global attendees who might have used the BART, it's a relevant article.

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Silicon Valley WAGE-FIX: Tech firms mull new deal to kill staff lawsuit

O RLY

Re: Kinda small

They are unenforceable as a legal document, but they are easy to enforce when a company simply refuses to hire from a list of companies who have colluded to suppress employee wages and flexibility. Thus the lawsuit.

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O RLY

Re: Kinda small

It's funny you mention the non-competes. The C-level people enforce them by collusion for the peons, but then break them using lawyers to hire execs from other companies. "Good for thee but not for me"

http://www.reuters.com/article/2009/06/26/ibm-dell-idUSN2633975020090626

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Randall Munroe: The root nerd talks to The Register

O RLY

He's had several games in his cartoons. Which was yours? Just curious :)

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Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray

O RLY

I own one (1.7W blue laser), and thought I'd have a lot of fun, sciency uses for it (read: burn things and melt things), but I find I don't use it all. Indoors, it marks the walls (which upsets domestic tranquility) and outdoors, I don't trust the fence with its gaps to keep the beam from inadvertently hurting someone down the street. So it stays locked up.

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Pixel mania: Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display

O RLY

Re: Value for money?

From the article, which I'll concede is stated as an estimate: "The 5K display recently announced by Dell is expected to sell for around $2,500 (approx £1,800 inc VAT) when it ships at the end of this year."

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O RLY

Re: Value for money?

It also brings out the logic zealots. Car:computer analogies fail because cars travel on the same network of roads so a BMW must contend with the same speed limits and traffic conditions as a Skoda and the monies spent on the performance specs of cars are wasted for the basic task of transit from point A to B. Also, there is generally not a correlation between the price/performance of the BMW and that of the Skoda, so your implication is that the Apple is merely a status symbol the performance of which could be met by something much less costly. The performance benchmarks indicate otherwise. The "Skoda" PC does not compare favorably to the "BMW" iMac.

I'm glad you recognize that 5 is bigger than 4 and £396 is ~1/5 of £1999. You missed the fact that the relevant numbers for the monitor are 14.7 million pixels vs 8.3 million and a comparable 5K screen for a PC costs as much as the iMac does total without also including a nice computer.

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Verizon punches RED button on Redbox Instant video-streaming service

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Will the Redbox application be removed from the PS3 and PS4 menus?

I didn't want it there in the first place because I didn't use it. Now that it's useless, I really don't want it there.

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Man buys iPHONE 6 and DROPS IT to SMASH on PURPOSE

O RLY

Re: He will now have to book an appointment online with apple to fix it.

Unlikely, since his company's raison d'être is fixing iPhones

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