* Posts by Evil Graham

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How good a techie are you? Objective about yourself and your skills?

Evil Graham
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To sign, or not to sign...

... that is the question.

Whether you do or not is a matter for your own personal conscience. But for what it's worth, I enjoy the clarity and passion of your writing. Whatever you do, keep that up at least.

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Marconi: The West of England's very own Italian wireless pioneer

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Re: I think I may have family involved

@jeffdyer

The thing with pedantry is that it can bite you in the arse.

It should be "the 1930s" and "his 90s" (without apostrophes).

Normally I wouldn't care, but he who lives in glass houses and all that.

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Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

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Re: Astouded!!

"How was Bletchley Park right and this wrong?"

One of them cracked codes to shorten a horrific war and restore liberty to millions of people. The other did the opposite. You work out which was which.

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Re: Does anyone still think this is only about terrorism? ...Its just too big a dragnet...

Actually I think the US and UK administrations find all this terrorism convenient, because it gives them a warped justification for all the snooping.

A cynical person might even suggest that their actions are deliberately stirring it up.

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Jamie Oliver serves up steaming pile of malware

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Re: My windows got wiped out by a bad windows update.

Step 3. That's where your problem is.

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Game of Moans: Sky coughs to BORKED set top box BALLS-UP

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Re: WOW!

The key word here is "promised". That's not quite the same as "fixed".

Promises are cheap, like Greek government bonds.

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This optical disc will keep your gumble safe for 2,000 YEARS

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Re: Reminds me

"1980: tidy = really good"

I'm happy to report that one hasn't changed in Wales.

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Re: Reminds me

"They were trying to think of monuments they could build that would last and would clearly indicate, regardless of language, 'danger'."

Maybe they should try a different approach - build a fake RadioShack store on it. No one seems to be interested in those.

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Bankruptcy could see RadioShack close doors for good – report

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Before you get too critical of the staff

Check out this insider's story about what it's actually like to work there:

http://www.sbnation.com/2014/11/26/7281129/radioshack-eulogy-stories

It's a bit long, but a good read. I will never moan about my job again.

OK that's an exaggeration. I might not moan about it today.

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Enough is ENOUGH: It's time to flush Flash back to where it came from – Hell

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Re: Plugins are actually the symptom, not the root problem

"... it was useless but I never got a virus from it!"

Ignorance, as they say, is bliss.

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Tough at the top: IBM CEO Ginni Rometty troughs $10 MEELLION+

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Re: A mockery of performance related pay

"Has this pay been approved by the shareholders as yet?"

Unfortunately, shareholders love it when CEOs start laying people off - because it makes everyone think there's a plan.

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'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment

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Re: Not sure who is being punished the most here...

I'm not a violent person, but that surely is one punchable face isn't it?

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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People just aren't angry enough

I imagine like many of us I have friends who are techies and probably more friends who are not.

My technically-aware friends get angry about these rampant abuses of technology that infringe our human rights, but the non-tech people generally don't because they just don't understand it.

And here's the problem. Imagine the government presented a new bill saying that all cars had to be fitted with GPS trackers so that we know where they all are (because terrorists use cars - and it's fine, because we aren't going to look *in* the car, just see where it's going). Naturally there would be uproar and such a law would have no chance of being passed, because people understand the implications.

But when it's applied to something less tangible like the interwebz - well that's just a murky pool of jargon and complexity. And anyway it's only my cat videos and Skype sessions with family in Australia. If I've done nothing wrong, I've got nothing to fear and all that.

These are the attitudes we are facing.

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Dark Fibre: Reg man plunges into London's sewers to see how pipe is laid

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Gives new meaning...

... to the phrase "laying a cable".

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Re: I always

Have an upvote for Girl on a Motorcycle. I was very young when I watched it but it stirred something in my loins for both girls and motorcycles.

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Microsoft: Flunked our test? Fear not, techies...

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Re: @Evile Graham Second time?

In my defence:

- I found the article via Google.

- The Telegraph didn't do the survey, Continental Tyres did.

- The first search result was actually the same story in the Daily Mail, so I spared you that at least.

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Second time?

"The best drivers are generally considered to be those who passed their test on the second time of asking (ahem, this writer included)..."

Being a cynical person, that sounded to me like an urban myth propagated by people who failed their first driving test.

However, there does seem to be some evidence behind it: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/7260489/Safe-drivers-have-already-failed-a-driving-test.html

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SECRETS of the LOST SCROLLS unlocked by key to HEALTHY BOOBS

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Re: Wouldn't it be great....

I bet it says "ROMANES EUNT DOMUS".

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MYSTERY RADIO SIGNAL picked up from BEYOND our GALAXY

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Re: Contact

"Ever seen a didgeridoo?"

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"Unless the event is traveling towards us very very very quickly?"

That would be news in itself, as everything else in the universe is moving away.

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Facebook poaches design talent from Toronto firm – fate of staff unknown

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"Oh don't come over all high and mighty. I'd do the same..."

I'm sure a lot of people would. The point here though is the generic PR-speak that tries to pretend the move was made for higher goals, rather than just a massive bucket of cash.

I tried to read it all, but it seemed to be written in "wank".

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Amazon's tax deal in Luxembourg BROKE the LAW, says EU

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Re: EU "law"

"When I were a lad, you needed some kind of democratic legitimacy to create law."

On the contrary, I would like to see *more* separation between our government and the judiciary.

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US and UK declare red-team CYBER WAR – on EACH OTHER

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Will it be like the pwn2own contest?

Like, if you successfully break in to a bank you get to keep it?

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Missing defective BEAGLE FOUND ON MARS! Amazing claim

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Re: Next step

It's been there a while now, so it's probably acquired a wheel clamp and a "Council Aware" sticker.

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Preserve the concinnity of English, caterwauls American university

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"I assume you had the teacher taken out and shot?"

He certainly should have.

Come to think of it, if we are to accept that modern usage replaces "have" with "of" (and I am having a bit of trouble accepting that, but never mind), how are we supposed to indicate the abbreviated form in written English?

For example, I can write "she should've been shot" and that would be fine, but I have yet to see anyone write "she should'f been shot".

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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"Yup, and we voted them in."

This is only true for some values of "we".

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India digs deep to bury neutrino-hunting chamber

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Re: mutated neutrinos

Perhaps your downvoter didn't get that this is a reference to the risible Hollywood disaster movie "2012", in which that very thing happens.

Look out for Dara O'Briain's critique of this awful film, which was part of his live stand up routine a while ago. Very funny.

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Lube company merger receiving second 'in-depth' probe

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Real concerns

Sheldon Mills, CMA director of mergers, said: "Durex and K-Y are two very well-known personal lubricant brands.."

He's right. Everyone else is just a johnny-come-lately.

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BILL GATES DRINKS 'boiled and treated' POO. Ah, 'delicious'

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Re: nothing new here

"Only one of the class took up his offer to do the same. Ironically, that person went on to get a Phd in Chemistry."

I shared a flat with some medical students once. I'm pretty sure they would have drunk it on the way in.

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Hire and hold IT staff in 2015: The Reg's how-to guide

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Ooh, get you and your bonus

"I’m reminded of the cheque for £100 I once received from an employer for 10 years’ service"

My missus got £100 from the NHS for 30 years service. I think it was one of those cases where "nothing" would have been the better option.

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DON'T PANIC! Latest Anonymous data dump looks old hat

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"Okay, I am back on board with the images in stories now."

I fully agree. In fact I think *all* stories about any kind of hacking should be attributed initially to Anonymous, at least until we know for sure it isn't.

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You have a 'SIMPLE QUESTION'? Well, the answer is NO

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Lost train passengers

The reason you attract hordes of needy travellers at train stations is simple: you can't possibly be less helpful than the people who work there.

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Untangling .NET Core: Open source for Windows, Mac, Linux

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<whatever> is the future

None of this sounds like a terribly bad idea, but Microsoft have had too many of these epiphanies. Every time they change direction, they leave behind armies of developers who have invested sweat and money in the last-greatest-thing.

People are going to take a lot of convincing this time.

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Tor takes off the gloves after sustained staffer harassment

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Anyway, back to the point

I read the statement a few times and as far as I can tell, the main thing that they are going to do is "fuck all".

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Sonic BOOM: 10 blast-tastic soundbars

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Re: £800 for a SOUNDBAR!

That's more than I spent on the telly.

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Europe's top court mulls vandal's right to privacy after bloke catches thug on home CCTV

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"Well, you probably aren't going home any time soon... ;-)"

Or you might be going to a lovely new home, where the weather is much hotter and everyone wears an orange jumpsuit.

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Put me through to Buffy's room, please. Sony hackers leak stars' numbers, travel aliases

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Re: Just wondering

I do this in reverse, and travel everywhere under the name of "Sarah Michelle Gellar".

You should see the the looks of disappointment when I turn up.

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Plusnet customers SWAMPED by spam but BT-owned ISP dismisses data breach claims

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Re: Multiple addresses are a doddle

"NAH, not that easy for most... going to gmail or yahoo is much easier"

FWIW you can do it with Google mail as well. Gmail supports aliases with a + separator, so if you are myname@gmail.com you can also be myname+plusnetarebastards@gmail.com

Not nuclear-hard, but it tells you who's leaking your stuff.

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Adobe appoints former Reg man as open-source chief mobile lead

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Re: The shame. The shame.

Damn. I needed "synergy" for a line.

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Sky: We're no longer calling ourselves British. Yep. And Broadcasting can do one, too

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I'm waiting for BBC to follow suit

Wouldn't it be great if they were just called "C"?

"The Corporation". Cool.

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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Re: The Bible

You can't deny it shifted a load of copies though. With that level of success I'm surprised they didn't do a sequel.

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Redmond aims to outshine Eclipse with FREE Visual Studio

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It's not really competing with Eclipse though

Eclipse may not be perfect, but its openness takes some beating. I can develop in pretty much any language I want, on any of the major platforms (and some quite minor ones), and target everything from an Arduino upwards.

So not the same thing at all really.

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My HOUSE used to be a PUB: How to save the UK high street

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Re: Pubs already being converted

Ditto. Many pubs being converted to flats round my way.

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Hacker Hammond's laptop protected by pet password

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Not much of a deal was it?

"Hammond [...] was sentenced to the maximum 10 years prison under his guilty plea deal"

I'm not all that familiar with the US legal system, but this implies that he did a deal and pleaded guilty, which is usually done in exchange for a lighter sentence.

So how come he got the maximum stretch? What would they have done if he pleaded not guilty, sentence him to more than the maximum?

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Samsung slams door on OLED TVs, makes QUANTUM dot LEAP

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This argument has been made before

About cinema and television.

Why would people troop off down to the flicks to watch a big screen, when they could all have small personal TVs at home?

Sure, cinema attendances declined for a while and people changed their viewing habits, but the essential big screen experience didn't disappear. It just got augmented by other formats.

You can rinse and repeat for many other "new" technologies.

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Interstellar: An awesome sci-fi spectacle – just cut the hamminess, please

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Re: Why does humanity deserve to survive?

It must be Lager Loving Lesbians then.

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I am POLICE SERGEANT L. TORVALDS! Stop or I'll SHOOT

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You have the right to remain silent

But anything you do say may be distributed widely on various forums and used to beat you up until you write some decent code, or die a horrible death. Whichever comes first.

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Virgin 'spaceship' pilot 'UNLOCKED tailbooms' going through SOUND BARRIER

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Re: "Wealthy customers have signed up in large numbers to see a black sky "

They could just stand on their money...

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

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Re: Straight vs Gay

"...the experience that is my first prostate exam"

In an amazing coincidence I had one this year on the same day that the vet had to rectally insert a digit into our dog.

Judging by the look on the dog's face, we both felt the same way about it.

On the plus side I feel our shared trauma has bonded us in a way that outsiders wouldn't understand.

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iPad Air 2: Vulture chews on new Apple tablet

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Yay - death to glossy

I haven't got an iPad but this gave me hope:

"There’s an extra anti-reflective coating on the surface now which goes a long way to answering the age-old criticism of all and every glass screen – the glare from reflected ambient light."

Maybe our laptop screens will get some antireflective love now.

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