* Posts by Evil Graham

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Scrapheap challenge: How Amazon and Google are dumbing down the gogglebox

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The reason

Seven years life isn't bad for a laptop, and it cost about the same as a high end TV set at the time. Why is it reasonable to have free updates on one, but none at all on the other?

Because margin, that's why. Apple makes a fat profit on every device it sells, so it can easily amortize the R&D costs of keeping the OS up to date. It can even afford to give major releases away for free as an incentive to get on board with the platform (although major updates weren't free in 2008 when your laptop was made).

TVs are a whole different market. The margins are wafer-thin or in some cases non existent, as you can see from the red ink in various manufacturers' financial results.

I'm not trying to excuse this short-termism, just pointing out the reasons for it..

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Krebs: I know who hacked Ashley Madison

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Re: Hmmmm

I was thinking similar things.

I'm sure Brian Krebs is very smart - and I'm no security expert - but I'm not sure he has really "identified" the hacker as such. He might be right about the Twitter handle but that's not quite the same as having a real name and address where you can rock up with squad cars and a warrant. You need evidence and stuff for that.

Still, there's a lot more to play out so let's see.

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Ashley Madison hacked potential competitor, leaked emails suggest

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They really do sound like a thoroughly horrid company!

Those who live by the pork sword...

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Oh no Wikiwon't: Russians plan own version of 'distorted' Wikiland

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Edited by "volunteers"

In the same way that the pro-Russians fighting in eastern Ukraine are also "volunteers".

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Should all Europeans be able to watch Estonian football? Consultation launched

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Re: Just buy a damn Freesat box and be done with it!

But - if you are talking about the UK Freesat service - that's exactly the point.

You won't find Freesat boxes on the shelves in Madrid or wherever because Freesat does not have a licence to broadcast its material outside the UK. There are probably multiple reasons for this, but content rights would be a major factor I'm sure. With around 800,000 British expats just in Spain it's likely that Freesat and others would love the opportunity to sell their stuff there.

Yes I know you can buy a box from popular auction sites or chuck one in the back of the car before setting off for your holiday home, but this is currently a grey market - and that's what the EU needs to address.

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Re: What do I think?

Have an upvote for the Flashing Blade reference.

More seriously, even if you don't care about subscription TV there are probably many other examples of artificial regional restrictions that do affect you. Breaking down trade barriers is a good thing IMHO.

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Net neutrality: How to spot an arts graduate in a tech debate

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"How you spot an arts graduate in a tech debate"

They're serving the coffee.

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Samsung smart fridge leaves Gmail logins open to attack

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Re: re Why?

Actually he'd be a fridge magnet magnate.

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Fancy a mile-high EARJOB? We've had five!

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Re: Preferred noise isolating... until bose 25s

+1 for Bose.

I've got a set of the older ones that have been round the world a few times with me and I can vouch for their build quality. They sound great, they are comfortable and the single AAA cell lasts for absolutely ages.

When I bought them I winced at the price but they have more than paid me back by preserving my sanity - and reading some of the silly prices in this review has made me feel a lot better about the £200-ish I paid for them.

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Even 'super hackers' leave entries in logs, so prepare to drown in data

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Not really surprising

Just as regular software engineering went from a waterfall to a continuous development model, so did malware and security breaches.

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The good burghers of Palo Alto are entirely insane

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Re: Surrey and its golf courses

Golf (and everything around it including doing biz whilst playing a round) is dropping in popularity.

Good.

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Spotify now officially even worse than the NSA

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Re: @ Evil Graham re: appropriate songs

"Brown-Eyed Curl"...

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"...at least they don't use the phones camera to know when I take a shit"

Although that could form the basis of a new smart playlist. Come on Reg readers, let's suggest some appropriate songs - I'll kick off with "Boom Shake The Room" and "Every Breath You Take".

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People bored of mobes, say magic quadrant wizards

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Bored "with"?

Perhaps I am getting old, but when did we stop saying "bored with" and move to "bored of"?

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UK's first 'DIY DAB' multiplex goes live in Brighton

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Well done El Reg

I think you have finally surpassed your legendary gratuitous technology-on-the-beach shot.

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And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

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Re: Bah!

Okay, Clarkson, you punched this bloke because you were tired and being a twat: That'll be 30,000 quid and the loss of your co-producer credit for a year.

The problem with that is that 30 grand is not really a punishment for someone like Jezza, who is really very wealthy. I guess that 30K to him is like 300 quid to me. I don't know about you, but if I could wander round my workplace battering people with impunity for 300 quid a time, I'd have to set up a direct debit.

So the BBC didn't really have a choice. Every workplace I know, whether you are a contractor or permie, if you twat someone you are out.

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12 Years a Wage Slave

At least they'll be free of the meddling old fuddy-duddy BBC, what with their outdated views on racism and hitting people.

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Contractors who used Employee Beneficiary Trusts are in HMRC's sights

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Re: Pay your tax like everyone else

@Ian7 - They're having a go at how some of them have used clearly dubious schemes to avoid tax.

Exactly. The lesson is, if you are ever sitting in a meeting with your accountant and he mentions Gibraltar, the Isle of Man or any of those other haven-y places - it's time to get a new accountant.

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Hurrah! Uber does work (in the broadest sense of the word) after all

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Yeah, Uber changes the game a bit by "doing it on a computer", but the fact is they are facing an opposition that has become complacent and indifferent to its customers.

I've been in a few New York yellow cabs and it is a generally miserable experience. The driver doesn't have any real knowledge of the city, so you have to know where you are going. The cabs are small, uncomfortable, usually dog-eared, often dirty and always expensive. The driving style can vary from indifferent to reckless.

Obviously a lot of this is because the driver's resources are focussed on paying back his artificially high costs, but as a customer you don't really care about that. So it's hardly surprising that Uber and the like can come in and do well, because entry barriers are so low.

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Happy birthday, Amiga: The 'other' home computer turns 30

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Anyone remember the signatures?

My boss bought an A1000 shortly after they came out. We took it apart to see what was in it (naturally), and were pleasantly surprised to see the development team's signatures moulded into the underside of the upper case lid.

That was a classy touch.

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Happy birthday Alf Garnett, you daft, reactionary old git

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Re: @Little Mouse - "Alf said what most people were thinking"

Speight's intention was for people to laugh AT Alf Garnett, not with him.

Very true. I recall an interview with Warren Mitchell where he expressed his frustration at the number of people who identified with Alf and thought he was in the right.

This is a perennial problem with satirical characters - a lot of people identify with them instead of seeing their flaws. I'm sure you could say the same about Harry Enfield's Loadsamoney, Ricky Gervais' David Brent or Al Murray's Pub Landlord.

That doesn't make the satire any less valid or funny. I was only a kid when Alf Garnett hit the screens but some of those shows were works of comic genius.

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NASA: 'Closest thing yet to ANOTHER EARTH' - FOUND

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@safari: Re: Bad news for God

Just curious to know what part you don't agree with. That there are other planets outside the solar system? That the universe is about 13 billion years old? The age of the earth?

It's getting pretty hard to make coherent arguments against these things nowadays, so I wonder what part of this you think is not scientific.

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Antitrust this! EU Commish goes after HOLLYWOOD’s big guns

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What's not to like?

At the risk of coming over all Tim Worstall, a bigger market with more competing suppliers should lead to wider choice and lower prices ... right?

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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Company in trouble

I could spend time Googling for a real world example of a technology company being rescued from doom by having its techies dress better.

But somehow I doubt it is worth it.

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Ashley Madison hack: Site for people who can't be trusted can't be trusted

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Re: "Any and all parties responsible for this act of cyber-terrorism will be held responsible"

Some other news sites are reporting that it could be an inside job.

I think this story is going to be the gift that keeps on giving.

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Minister for Fun opens consultation on future of the BBC

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"House Party was just great TV"

I can only assume that you left your PC unattended for a while and a "friend" wrote this as a prank.

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Swimming in smartmobe profit? Let us guess, you're Tim Cook?

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Re: It is the Brand silly

I can agree with that. I use Windows and Linux all day at work, but when I get home I have a MacBook.

I have an Android phone because work gives me one, but if it was my own money I would probably buy an iPhone. I don't hate my Android phone though, it's fine.

If people are spending their own money on something that does what they want and makes them happy, what's the problem? That's the beauty of a (mostly) free market, you have choices.

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Dodgy mobe dealer jumps on VAT carousel, gets 13-year ban

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Re: No jail?

"I suspect that the CPS would prefer to recover the proceeds of the crime rather than impose a custodial sentence.."

Here's a suggestion - how about doing both?

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Nissan Juke Nismo RS: Family hot-hatch SUV that looks a bit like Darth Vader's hat

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Re: Pretty - Not Very!

I think it looks like a big running shoe.

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Microsoft rains cash on OpenBSD Foundation, becomes top 2015 donor

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Re: @Jack of Shadows - PESI

"So we're going to ignore the code contributions?"

Well the article is entitled "Microsoft rains cash on OpenBSD..." so we are talking about money. Code contributions are lovely of course, but they aren't much use if you can't pay the bills to keep the server running.

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Re: @Jack of Shadows - PESI

Apple's contribution to FreeBSD in 2015 is somewhere between $100 and $249 according to:

https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/donate/sponsors (see "Apple Matching Gifts").

I can't find any mention of Apple contributing financially to OpenBSD.

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Black and Latina boffins regularly mistaken for janitors, study finds

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Re: More Pay?

you do not want to be working on a team made mostly of folks who got into the field for the pay

Have an upvote.

I'd go so far as to say you don't want to be working anywhere that people are only in it for the money, STEM subject or not.

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Chinese takeaway, hold the Google: Xiaomi Mi4 LTE Android

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Another caution

Getting a broken Mi4 fixed in Blighty is going to be a challenge.

Getting insurance for your device may not be straightforward either. I've been shopping around recently for device cover (for my clumsy offspring) and many policies won't cover eBay imports. Worth checking the fine print before you buy.

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China hacks 'everything that doesn't move' says Hilary Clinton

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She's not quite right though

I doubt that the Chinese are restricting their hackery only to stationary objects.

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SEX-starved worm can GIVE HEAD to ITSELF to reproduce

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"I wish I could do that."

Give him a biscuit, he'll probably let you.

[The old ones are still good]

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Teaching people to speak English? You just need Chatroulette without the dick pics

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Vodafone are already doing this

They might call it "customer support" - but now I've read this article, I've seen through their ruse.

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Subaru Outback Lineartronic: The thinking person’s 4x4

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Re: I have

"One (other) thing that I do not miss at all about the UK is the rampant jealousy and disdain for anyone who's actually done better than you, regardless of how much harder they worked for it."

Yeah, but I'd miss the sense of humour if I moved. Obviously that's less of an issue for some people.

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Re: I have An Audi...

That's why your comment is first. It was probably behind our comments, then cut in front of them at the last moment.

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Github's 'Atom' text editor hits version 1.0

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Re: Still no print capability?

"You print code out?"

- Of course not. But I want to be able to.

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Still no print capability?

I've tried it out a few times and it seems like a reasonable editor, but it doesn't have a print function.

Now I know it's the 21st century, and we are all supposed to be hacking our Next Big Idea together in a trendy Shoreditch coffee bar, but I would have thought that a user might occasionally want to put something on paper.

Call me old fashioned (because I am), but this seems like a strange omission for a text editor.

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Tech Mahindra posts profit warning: The end for Indian outsourcing?

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Strange picture

Are those actually Tech Mahindra employees, or a random group of middle aged Indian people sitting on plastic chairs looking vaguely grumpy?

Perhaps they are shareholders.

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Giant male member spontaneously ejaculates over Norway

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Easy solution

Put a bag over his head.

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Ditching political Elop makes for a more Nadella Microsoft

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Technocodger

"...the "old farts" who cut their teeth on Computer Science in the mid 80s had to learn a heck of a lot more about the actual iron than the web junkies cranked out today"

Amen.

If "technocodger" is not yet in El Reg's lexicon, I hereby nominate it for inclusion. It is at least as good as "commentard" and could even be the next "twatdangle".

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Foxconn's going to 'exploit' Indian labour? SCORE! Bye, poverty

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Re: OK, then... (@John Brown)

"IIRC, it has been shown that the ratio of number of suicides to number of employees was about the sameas any other similarly sized large group and therefore a non-story"

I agree, and I've posted about this before. I was in China at the time that story was current, and the press there made exactly that point - Foxconn employs hundreds of thousands of people and in a population that large you will get some problems.

I think Tim's point in the article is a good one. It's easy for us with relatively affluent western lifestyles to look at a foreign electronics factory and find the conditions harsh, but it's all relative. If you've moved from the remote countryside where the roof on your shack always leaks and you can't feed your family, then it might be a step up.

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Ed Snowden should be pardoned, thunders Amnesty Int'l

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Re: Sometimes it helps to be old

"To me, what he did was just as brave and praiseworthy as signing the Declaration of Independence. He stood up against wrongful practices of his government."

I fully agree. In my opinion, he should not only be getting a pardon, but a Nobel Peace Prize.

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GCHQ gros fromage stays schtum on Snowden and snooping

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Re: An intelligent Intelligence boss?

"I feel slightly reassured that the person in charge of the bin sniffers isn't easily outwitted by a direct question."

Maybe the questioner had drafted the question on his laptop before the meeting...

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (of the net). Make your vote count

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Take GCHQ's crown?

Are you implying that they can't win it again this year? Because they'd be top of my list pretty much all the time.

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Trial halted as Kartoon defence attorney arrested after warrant discovery

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Re: "There’s going to be smarter lawyers out there, but no one’s going to work harder than I will."

It's not the best advertising slogan, I'll give you that.

Even worse is the possibility that his perception of time has been warped by all the illicit substances, so that he just *thinks* he's working harder.

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Naked cyclists take a hard line on 'aroused' protest participant

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Re: Where are the police?

They are busy downloading all our metadata.

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There's data in your dashboard, so liberate it from Big Auto's grasp

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Re: can't listen to it

You commute 1 mile each way, at 19mpg? And we wonder why the planet is fucked.

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