* Posts by Old Handle

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UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

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Re: "Voluntary"

I'm not sure about "most sites", but honestly there are loads that give it away for free (with ads) including a number of large sites with "porn" and/or "tube" in their name.

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Re: Thanks, Internet

Hey, hey, wait a minute! Whose country banned spanking videos again?

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

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Re: Scary efor small business

Or you could jump keep using Windows 7 forever since it already does what you need.

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Re: No Control of Updating

What if it's a small building and has only one?

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Amazon comes up with delivery-drone zones after watching Fifth Element all night

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All I can say is I think something like this is inevitable. So if Amazon is serious about their drone delivery plans (I've always had my doubts) pressing for a framework like that is a good strategy. Whether they'll get anywhere with it in the short term remains to be seen though.

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NSA: We'll move your metadata into /dev/null when you stop suing us

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Re: Sigh, I so hate to have to do this.

That excuse might work for people who have a history of caring about the law.

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Happy 30th anniversary, Tengen! Your anti-DRM NES chip fought the law, and the law won

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So that's where it all went wrong huh? I sure wish I lived the the alternate reality where the court had agreed proto-DRM was anticompetitive.

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Disaster-gawping cam drones to be blasted out of the sky in California

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Shooting them down doesn't strike me as a real good idea, due to the various potential accidents it could cause. Ideally some kind of "drones, stay away" beacon could be used, but obviously that would have to be standardized so it's a ways down the line. But in the mean time I think jamming would be viable. My understanding is that many drones are already programed to return to the take-off position and land in the event the lose contact, so it should be a safe and effective way to clear them out of the air.

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Security tool bod's hell: People think I wrote code for Hacking Team!

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Re: Easy...

You could, but than it wouldn't be "free software" and open source projects might not want to use it. So there's a definite down side.

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Google dumps ISP email support. Virgin Media takes ball, stomps home

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Who designs this crap?

They claim the new layout is "simple" but at the same time it requires a cutting edge browser. Ugh! Web mail interfaces are some of the worst web sites I've ever had the misfortune to use. At least gmail is actually able to fall back on a simple, usable interface when confronted with an older browser.

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STARS SNUFFED in massive galactic whodunit

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Personally I suspect "dark matter" isn't just one thing. It's a catch-all term for any kind for any matter we can't currently identify, so if/when we do start to identify it, it'll be more like hey X looks like it could account for 45% of the extra mass! ...now the universe is only 15% dark mater. Etc.

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eBay flogs off eBay chunk for $925m as 'uncoupling' gets closer

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Re: A good thing for all one hopes.

If so I'll be willing to start using eBay again. I know I'm not alone in wanting nothing to do with PayPal, but I don't know if there are enough would-be eBayers who feel that way to help their bottom line much, but it's something.

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Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

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Joke

To be fair, he didn't mention bit depth or sampling rate in any of the direct quotes. He basically just said "streaming sounds terrible". So perhaps he simply has a bad internet connection and doesn't like all the pauses for buffering.

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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Deal breaker

Well, to be honest I probably wasn't going to install Windows 10 anyway, though I've certainly considered it, since a no-cost upgrade is theoretically a sweet deal. But that settles it. No thanks. I might try getting it running in a VM or something, but there's no way I'm handing complete control over my computer to Microsoft, which is exactly what mandatory automatic updates does.

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Sixty-five THOUSAND Range Rovers recalled over DOOR software glitch

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Call me a Luddite, but I'm glad my car still uses conventional hardware-based doors.

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What do you MEAN, 'Click on the thing which looks like a Mondrian?'

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Re: Rule one of user interface design

No, you design one of those horrible modern interfaces where everything is represented by inexplicable Tetris icons.

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Bitcoin, schmitcoin. Let's play piggyback on the blockchain

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Re: It's self-limiting

The cost of mining bitcoin only goes up as fast as people keep throwing more resources at it. If we assume people are rational (I know, right? But on average it seems to work) difficulty should never increase beyond the point of profitability.

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Hacking Team hacked: Spyware source code torrent blurts govt customers

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Re: Spin that

They'll get a free code audit.

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WHY did NASA probe go suddenly SILENT - JUST as it was about to send pics of remote ice-world?

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The Mi-go value their privacy.

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Rampaging fox terrorises rural sports club, victim sustains ‘tweaked groin’

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Did this fox...

happen to have fur the color of the starless night and eyes like burning coals?

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Microsoft: This Windows 10 build has 'NO significant known issues'

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Re: I must have been asleep...

Don't you know the rule? Every other version of windows is crap. That's why people hung on to Windows XP for ages, and moving people from Windows 7 to 8 has been challenging as well. This time Microsoft planned ahead and avoided that problem by skipping the good version.

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SEX-starved worm can GIVE HEAD to ITSELF to reproduce

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Despite the appeal of being a hermaphrodite, it doesn't seem worth it. Having ready made holes for sex is just a better deal all round.

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US police to throw big balls in criminals' faces

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I remember these, you could get them in Thief II. They were fun.

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Get READY: Scientists set to make TIME STAND STILL tonight

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How about a compromise?

Drop the leap seconds, but insert a leap minute whenever it drifts that far (should be every hundred years or so.) Considering almost all time zones are only accurate to the closest hour anyway, there's no real need to try and pin them precisely to solar time, approximate is good enough.

The only downside I see (which might be significant) is this would make it a once-in-a-lifetime event for most people, meaning we're even less prepared for it when it happens.

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As the US realises it's been PWNED, when will OPM heads roll?

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Re: Ha

I guess it depends on whether you interpret "tackling" as implying a successful action, or merely an attempt.

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CIA-funded spy data safe Palantir doubles in value in 18 months

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But can you talk to Sauron with it?

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Wake up, sheeple! If you ask Siri about 9/11 it will rat you out to the police!

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OK, from now on, I'll call you "An Ambulance".

It does seem like a somewhat questionable design decision. I'd say anything short of an unambiguous "call 9-1-1" or "dial 9-1-1" should be met with a request for confirmation. Maybe even then, given how iffy speech recognition can be.

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I have at least once heard 911 referred to as "nine-eleven", by someone who I guess you could call a country girl. So it may be that was common in some regions. I would think that post twin towers attack that usage has pretty much died out though.

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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Re: AN OUTRAGEOUS ERROR!!

You're not familiar with Kelvin-Hertz? It's a measure of how much a computer heats up per cycle. Although at 20 Kelvin-Hertz this design does seem fairly impractical.

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Heinz cockup sees Ketchup's QR codes spurt saucy sites

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Re: lax domain name maintenance

I donno how much a .de domain costs, but in general anything other than fancy .word domains are cheap. About the price of... say five bottles of ketchup. Registering a domain for a few extra years just to make sure no one snags it while your promotional materials are still in circulation seems like a very reasonable precaution to me.

Ten years would probably be overkill, but at least it should expire no sooner than the ketchup in the bottle it's printed on.

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A sensible QR reader will sure the the URL first and ask if you want to go there or not. If yours doesn't do this, try a different one.

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Google: Help us! Our search engine is STUFFED FULL of your 'revenge smut' pics

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What? It's right here: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/submit-url

And it wasn't hard to find at all, I just googled it.

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Verizon promised to wire up NYC with fiber... and failed miserably – audit

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Re: Can It Really Do That?

I hear web camming can pay pretty well...

Or along more conventional lines, I suppose if you're planning to open certain types of business, internet access could be a factor in where you choose to locate. So in that way it could bring jobs to the city.

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Sprint: Net neutrality means we can't stamp out download hogs

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I think what they said is that it wasn't allowed because it wasn't necessary. Which might actually be close to the truth. I can't recall the exactly language or anything, but don't the new rules say something to the effect that traffic shaping necessary to ensure reliable service is OK? But if it wasn't really required, then it become suspect.

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British banks consider emoji as password replacement

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Re: Square Underscore Square

Evidently you don't have the right font.

It should look like this.

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YOU ARE THE DRONE in Amazon's rumoured new parcel delivery plan

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It all depends on how much they pay. I mean conventional same-day or next day delivery service isn't exactly cheap. It doesn't seem fair to just assume it won't be worth the price of gas.

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Sun's out, guns out: Plucky Philae probot WAKES UP ... hits 'snooze'

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Gimp

Alright. That does make more sense. Although I still don't understand why it was punctuated like that.

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This is beside the point, but I'm having a really hard time parsing this:

We have also received historical data – so far, however, the lander had not been able to contact us earlier.

The way I'm reading it, it almost gives the impression he expects it may be able to have contacted us earlier in the future... which surely can't be right. Best I can come up with is "According to the historical data we received so far, this was its first chance to contact us." Or something like that. Would that make any sense?

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Wikipedia to go all HTTPS, all the time

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Censorship Angle

So, if this had been place however many years ago that was, would it have stopped IWF from meddling with album art?

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Japanese female fish in sperm-producing strangeness

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Headmaster

Not in this case. Even under the mistaken interpretation that "Japanese fish" and "sex boffins" are separate, the Oxford comma wouldn't be used because there are less than three items in the list.

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Teaching kids to code is self-defence, not a vocational skill

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Re: All very well....

What gets dropped? Useless busywork. Do you know how long a typical child spends in school (in the US since that's that I'm familiar with)? Around eleven thousand hours. I don't know exactly what they're filling that with nowadays, but I know that 1000 hours is about how long you'd expect to spend training for an entry-level skilled labor job. So clearly they have time to teach reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic, 'rograming and seven other skills which may or may not have an R near the begging at moderate to high level of competency. If that isn't happening it's because much of the time is being wasted.

Is that an over simplification? Hell yeah. But I think my point stands, there's plenty of room for improvement without bumping anything that matters.

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Women are fleeing from the digital sector, reckons UK.gov report

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Re: cultural marxism

I think efestnetz is referring to the Frankfurt School and Critical Theory. Some regard this as a conspiracy theory, but it's not completely illogical. There is if nothing else a certain similarity between their views and those of the least likable branches of feminism. The type who would say "You think you're happy with that receptionist job, but you're actually being oppressed and just don't know it yet."

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Facebook ditches HTML mobe future in favour of Zuck-style JavaScript

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@ theodore

I like how The Register makes this comment fade off into the distance. So much better than actually seeing the end of it.

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I block, you block, we all block Twitter shock schlock

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better and simpler

No, that's what the report abuse feature if for. Blocking is for accounts you find annoying or offensive, not necessarily accounts that have done anything illegal or objectively wrong. If I were to start replying to @SundayGospel's tweets with "Wake up! God isn't real." I would fully expect to get blocked, and they can now easily recommend their religious friends do the same, which is fine by me. But it's not Twitter's job to intervene in something like that.

If people want to put themselves in a "filter bubble" as another comment put it, I say let 'em. It might even cut down on false abuse reports somewhat.

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Latest Snowden leak: NSA can snoop internet to catch 'hackers' – no warrants needed

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Cutting corners on security to make a buck? Surely not?!

It's worth remembering that he didn't actually work for the NSA. He worked for a company that worked for the NSA. While they doubtless assured the NSA they had top of line protections, ultimately any money spent on that is just overhead to them. Maybe it's not so surprising if their security wasn't up to par.

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Camgirls, crypto currency and beer: The Register tours the Dark Net

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Seems like the "Dark Web" label was slightly misleading (though he admitted as much at the start of the talk). Only the drugs part was actually on the on what people usually call the dark web. I could also quibbled with calling Tor a web browser, which isn't strictly true and was even less true back back when it was first invented.

But all-in-all it was very entertaining and maybe even a little insightful. Good show.

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US Senate passes USA Freedom Act – a long lip service to NSA reforms

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Re: @fruitoftheloon

I believe the US also used census records in rounding up and imprisoning innocent Japanese people (many of them US citizens) around the same time. Better than being gassed, to be sure, but not exactly a pound moment in our history.

I'd like to think nothing similar could happen again, but you never know.

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Dodgy colon bug is a total pain in the butt for Skype users today

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Maybe Skype shouldn't be scrapping addresses you receive in the first place. If it just presented the text as sent, surely this couldn't happen. Even if it automatically turns addresses into links as a convenience, I find it unlikely it would fail that bad. I suspect it's actually trying to visit the addresses for goodness only knows what purpose.

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Android Bitcoin wallet Blockchain was briefly borked

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Somewhat sloppy explanation

It wasn't that "one lucky account holder" got sent 34 stray Bitcoins. It was that everyone who used the defective version of the app shared the same account, and as you can see it's been fairly active. So 34 BTC is the total amount that has passed through it. It's unlikely that one person was responsible for transferring all of it out.

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Amazon reveals KiddieKindle and pocket money scheme

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Re: “unlike tablets, Kindle is designed just for reading”

You most certainly can get a tablet for a similar price (with no contract). There are advantages to the e-ink devices (battery life and better readability in daylight) but I don't think the price is really one of them.

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