* Posts by Random Handle

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UK Home Secretary signs off on Lauri Love's extradition to US

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'Is Asperger's a "get out of jail free card"?'

Hardly. Feltham (young offenders) was the first institution to get NAS Accreditation - the research there found 4.5% of inmates had HF autistic spectrum disorders - so 16,000 are currently gaoled if that scales.

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Brexit judgment could be hit for six by those crazy Supreme Court judges, says barrister

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Re: Media and entertainment

>Perry Mason reruns?

Possibly it's "Incompetent, Irrelevant and Immaterial - not necessarily in that order"

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Why Apple's adaptive Touch Bar will flop

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Re: Worth $300 /400 extra?

>I like the tactile feedback of a physical switch when doing things like muting sound, changing screen brightness etc.

Definitely - I recently splodged almost a £100 on a mechanical keyboard (actually a 'gaming keyboard', though I don't play games). Most productive money I've spent in ages - I'm old enough to remember proper keyboards, but I'd somehow got used to the crap that gets peddled as quality these days.

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

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>I am sure that the Brexiter's will accept the High Courts decision and we can all move on

I suppose they could always appeal to the European Court of Justice.

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French programmers haul Apple into court over developer rules

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Re: Alternative solution

>So what. Chinese people don't pay for anything beyond the phone itself.

App sales were $8.7 billion in 2015 - sensible estimates circle around $30 billion by 2020.

The bulk of sales currently are via 3rd party Android stores - Play/iTunes combined account for less than 10% of revenue....so you're not alone in failing to understand the Chinese market ;)

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TalkTalk gets record £400k slap-slap from Brit watchdog

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>According to the Beeb, the maximum fine is £500,000.

Yep - it needs a amending to per user not incident. Where the 157,000 had their bank details leaked maybe £10K a head dropping to maybe £1K a head for email/hashword combo. Rising up to the full whack (or higher) when someone ends up dead or injured.

Unlikely to change or attract Government interest in changing it when the company is run by a Conservative Peer of course - which is why she is worth every penny of her £2.8 million

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Firefox to doctor Pepper so it can run Chrome's PDF, Flash plugins

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"NPAPI Flash in FF wasn't an issue for Win/MAC users but it certainly was for Linux. Stuck on V11 (another recent volta-face) and due for EOL next year. This left chromium or derivatives as your only option if you needed to interact with a site that required flash > V11"

Linux NPAPI Flash Player is riding again - Adobe quietly released a new beta of the Flash 23 runtime for Linux 5 days ago - although you'll still need to drop back to 11 and Google for HWA/DRM etc.

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TRUMP: ICANN'T EVEN! America won't hand over internet control to Russia on my watch

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It's gonna be Euge

We're gonna build a firewall and Kaspersky's gonna pay for it

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Non-doms pay 10 times more in income tax than average taxpayer group

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Re: What price credibility?

>A little bit of work in google news will turn up a set of these articles, exclusively from Pinsent Masons and mostly in the right wing end of the press, appearing on average about every 3 months or so.

Yep though the headline revenue figure they invent varies by a few hundred million each time - and they seem to be using the flakey IFS non-doms figure for 2012/13.

It's the kind of thing Pinsent Masons are paid to do - I guess El Reg are promoting it as part of their on-going drive to lose readers to SlashDot?

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Apple: Crisis? What innovation crisis? BTW, you like our toothbrush?

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Re: Analogue versus digital? FTW!

>Or does that flimsy piece of wire somehow magically includes a self-contained DAC and an amplifier? I wouldn't think so.

No need, analogue out is supported by Lightning - and the iPhone requires both anyway for its (finally stereo) speakers!

They've always hated the jack - requires a 'large' ugly flattened edge for the socket and so even the stumpy Apple jacks leave that awkward looking angled gap when plugged into most iDevices.

'Air Buds' are too much temptation for wags - I predict that launching them from unsuspecting ears with an artistic finger flick will be the new 'happy slap' by Xmas.

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Re: Waiting for an iPhone with a Headphone jack

>Now that Apple have done this, all the other major players will be doing the same thing so (IMHO) in less than a year it will almost be impossible to buy any model of phone that has late 2016 specs or better that also includes a headphone jack.

Nah - Samsung and LG will instead release phones with two headphone jacks - citing the (very real) popularity of shared listening, cost, audio quality and the easy availability of BT cans for cable haters.

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iOS abandonware purge

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>They may not have got it right first time but they managed to get it right ages ago...

Each iOS major version or new device requires an update - albeit minor if you're any use.

>I could then see this as a way of forcing developers to renew their license to ensure that their App is available.

That's how it works already. Apps are only available to existing buyers once their devs stop paying Apple - Apple being the retailer and taking their 30% means they didn't ditch them from the store altogether (until now).

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Beauty site lets anyone read customers' personal information

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Re: This happens far too often

>> "In this country, it is wise to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others."

>There's a reason why the Napoleonic French fleet regularly got shot to pieces by the British Navy.....but at least we didn't shoot commanders on a whim

'this country' was England and we absolutely did shoot them on the whim of the pathetic George II - Voltaire was referring to the execution of Admiral Byng who made the reasonable decision not to sacrifice his fleet to a (numerically) superior French force as he knew reinforcement was pending.

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Watch hot 'stars' shower ... again. It's Perseid meteor showtime

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Re: Any money

>that the sky is cloudy throughout the entire spectacle.

>Only in the UK though....

Yep - was the fatal flaw in John Wyndham's thinking too.

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Softbank promises stronger ARM: Greater overseas reach and double the UK jobs

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Re: Can't see how this has anything to do with Brexit

>Can't see how this has anything to do with Brexit

It doesn't - the Pound crashing made it a lot cheaper, but the Softbank CEO said they were already committed to acquiring it either way....

>Luckily for us, the politicians aren't very good at spotting and 'protecting' (i.e. suffocating) the next ARM

UK politicians maybe - pretty sure the German Chancellor could rattle on at length about any technology you care to pick. The next ARM won't be developed in the UK - the company was a throwback to an era of British innovation which is gone forever - even in the 80s it was as anachronistic as it was wonderful.

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Re: Is this the double size already announced or double the double size...

>The engineers with the skills (which are NOT easily transferable) are not going to just up and move somewhere else.

Absolutely - ubergeeks given the choice of living through the recession in post-Brexit UK adjacent an imploding EU or getting a funded relocation to Tokyo with A1 healthcare and education for their families are going to think carefully about this for seconds - possibly even minutes.

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Hackers: Ditch the malware, we're in... Just act like a normal network admin. *Whistles*

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Re: Laser sharp techncal analysis from LightCyber.

>DOH! I would nave have figured that and get a load of the logo :)

Is it a huge bear shitting in the woods?

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Man killed in gruesome Tesla autopilot crash was saved by his car's software weeks earlier

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Re: Yes but ...

>But how many of those miles were on autopilot?

All of them - last time they released figures (AFAIK) was when customer autopilot activated miles hit 100 million in May. Probably higher as not all owners choose to share their logs with Tesla.

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Grim-faced 'naut Malenchenko prepares to return home

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Re: Russian

>That's just how Russians are. It's not that they're grim faced, it's a cultural thing that means they tend not to smile much in public.

It's a formal portrait photo too which adds another dimension - I've got my (British) family photos going back to the 1880s - people didn't start smiling for portraits until the late 1970s - seriously grim until then - even weddings, school photos etc

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'UnaPhone' promises Android privacy by binning Google Play

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Re: UnaPhone?

> UnaPhone? Seriously? With all the connotations that prefix carries?

Until I clicked your link I really was thinking 'Aunt Sally...????'

(and am over 40 - obviously)

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Huawei's P9 flagship: There's a lot to Leica

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Re: My misunderstanding?

>The software merges the two images and you can alter the focus afterwards.

Partly true - though bad reporting all round I think - the mono sensor improves low light performance - the 300% more light is as much down to coating/filter difference - IR I would presume - but details are not-specified in the release.

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Re: My misunderstanding?

>I believe they're going for noise averaging.

More to it than that only one sensor is colour - in the press release they say it's colourblind Ernie which is letting in 300% more light than full RGB Eric. Don't think it's a reference to the pixel size at all.

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Space archeologist discovers new evidence of Vikings invading America

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Re: HOGWASH!

>Valhalla sounds like more fun than heaven where there is only harp playing

But heavenly harping is eternal - Valhalla is only temporary respite while you wait for another final glorious death and cold oblivion. Some versions have an Earth reboot, but only for two survivors - imagine how annoying Jehovah's Witnesses would be with those odds.

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Booming Ballmer bellows 'bulls**t' over Microsoft's cloud revenue run rate

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Re: Hang on, is Ballmer starting to have a vision ?

>Microsoft made hand-over-fist during Ballmer's tenure. As a sales guy he really understood revenue and how to maximise it.

Short memory. They're still paying the price of his last 10 or 15 years - or maybe have paid the price. Android probably wouldn't exist were it not for Mr B - probably good for the masses but from an MS PoV it's sitting in their seat. Likewise Google's position in general owes much to his absolute failure to grasp fairly basic trends and concepts.

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If NatWest texts you about online banking fraud, don't click the link

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Re: OT: NatWest again

>Get your facts right.

>The BBC report DOES NOT say money was paid away - only that someone accessed an account of a colleague.

Your facts are wrong I heard this go out - she added new payee and made a payment to her account (she just needed to click 'I've lost my card reader' and the new payee process was reset by SMS). The other journo checked her account and the payment was received a few seconds later.

Natwest have made changes in response but there have already been several other cases with much larger sums being lost - the piece was a response to this as Natwest had told other victims that they were at fault since the system was secure.

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Microsoft buys SwiftKey, Britain's 'stealthiest software startup'

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Re: Hmm, the usual comments.

>The software was written by Rare in the UK. Microsoft bought them, too.

No idea where you got that from, this paper was widely publicised and details the MS Research Labs work the tracking system was built on.

http://research.microsoft.com/pubs/145347/BodyPartRecognition.pdf

MS' problems are legion, but they aren't down to lack of original research and mind-boggling engineering talent.

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Re: Hmm, the usual comments.

>They bought the Israeli company that developed Kinect, kit and kaboodle. MS practically did nothing but limit that device's utility to a single platform.

They licensed the sensor but the SDK was all them and roundly caned PrimeSense's (since bought kit and kaboodle by Apple BTW). MS have won pretty much every prize in computer vision research over the past few years - but they do a little bit of other stuff too:

http://research.microsoft.com/apps/catalog/default.aspx?t=publications

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UK energy minister rejects 'waste of money' smart meters claim

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Re: I think it *will* be a ghastly mess

>Speaking as somebody working for a company obligated to install millions of these meters, I can confirm that they often don't work.

What does this mean for consumers...is the only issue that they need to send a reader round? - or will it eventually nobble the power if it can't phone home?

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Man faces 37 years for sarcastic post insulting royal dog

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Re: This sounds like an excerpt from a Neal Stephenson novel

>I can't imagine it will be long before "our" duhmucratic "leaders" decide to take a page or two from that particular book..

Too late. 10 years ago in the UK a student was charged for calling a police horse 'gay' - granted the cops were only hoping for a few days in prison (non-payment of fine) rather than years.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/oxfordshire/4606022.stm

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Hacked TalkTalk CEO: Dead as a Dido? Nope, she refuses to quit

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Re: isn't she connected?

Some work history - Thomas Cook, Woolworths, Tesco, Talk Talk :)

Should say 'Corporate Nemesis' on her business card....

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As US$12bn is wiped off Apple's value in one day, iOS 9, OS X 10.11 and Watch OS 2 dates set

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Re: Sell on good news, idiots

>Do any of you at Vulture droppings central actually have degrees in journalism?

God I hope not - STEM should be mandatory - else anything but journalism, media studies and their ilk.

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This box beams cafes' Wi-Fi over 4kms so you can surf in obscurity

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Re: Fail of fails.

>In the UK librarians (as opposed to volunteers) are increasingly rare in libraries

In the UK libraries are increasingly rare.

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Lawyers mobilise angry mob against Apple over alleged 2011 Macbook Pro crapness

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Re: eco-friendly lead-free solder, heh?

>Not sure why a big company like Apple still uses a solder that means people will have to buy replacement computers every 2 years. Oh wait a minute...

In England and Wales we have the Sale of Goods Act which is rather more generous than EU minimums....Apple computers (also iPhones & iPads) have a Statutory Warranty of 6 years in respect of hardware failure - except batteries which they can charge you to replace after a 'reasonable' period.

In a true masterpiece of jujitsu marketing they point this out to UK consumers (the law requires it) before going on to sell them AppleCare anyway: http://www.apple.com/uk/legal/statutory-warranty/

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Apple grapple: Congress kills FBI's Cupertino crypto kybosh plan

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Re: I have just one thing to say to Mr Comey

Correct me if I'm wrong, but that's two things....

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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Re: And who hasn't had to indulge in an orgy of gold contact cleaning

>Do you spit on your SIM before you install it?

Are you implying he is remiss for not doing so? ...or that this could be the underlying cause?

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Google AXES AndroidScript app used by 20,000 STEM coders WITHOUT WARNING

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>No human approval needed.

True for vanilla Google Play, but Google Play for Education has a human review process..... in-house technical review App Store style with the educational value assessed and metadata written by some kind of co-opted teacher panel.

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Bash bug flung against NAS boxes

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Re: Miscreants?

>If not, why not?

They may as well have a bash?

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Microsoft compliance police to NHS: We want your money

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Re: Time to say you're looking at those RedHat/SUSE/Ubuntu install DVDs?

>The NHS is the 4th largest employer in the world,

It employs 1.3 million currently and is not even in the top 10 if you count other public sectors - it's less than half the size of the US DoD for instance.

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Amazon's not-actually-3D Fire: Bezos' cash register in YOUR pocket

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Re: Prime service, which includes ... free two-day shipping

>I think whether you get 1 or 2 day delivery with prime depends

I use it a lot in the NW UK - it's very fast - orders at 6PM turn up at 9AM - I've done this with RAM, cables & books.... they also deliver on Sundays here, so it really is next-day.

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Tom Hanks NICKED my COPYRIGHTED PIC, claims Brit photog

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Re: Humbug

>The official position is that you should not wear medals other than your own.

...... the official position is that they should be worn on the right.

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Boffins tag Android app privacy fails

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..and which Android Stores?

>randomly selected from the Google Play store as well other third-party markets

> only a dozen apps out of the 3,000 tested actually revealed privacy leaks

How many of these 12 apps were actually sourced from Google Play?

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Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

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Re: RCJ misses the point, again.

>Why add the C to IT? Information implies communication

Stevenson - another self-confessed technical illiterate who was charged with fixing what was IT in schools until the late 1990s....largely forgotten here, but they have statues of him all over Bangalore (probably).

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Google's SECRET contracts: Android lock-in REVEALED!

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Re: He does understand it

>this means that no other applications, lets say a map application will have the same prominence as the Google app. It's a clever yet subtle way to ensure that Google remains top in other markets.

How prominent was the Google Maps App on the iPhone's home screen?

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'Eventful but positive' year for RM as it quits the PC-making world

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>The well-signalled decline in the BSF programme.......but was equally a valuable source of profit and cash

I wonder if that's why the previous Labour Government's Schools' Minister responsible for BSF is now a Director of RM......probably just coincidence.

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Gay hero super-boffin Turing 'may have been murdered by MI5'

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>and that he'd accidentally got cyanide from his home laboratory

IIRC they called it a lab @ inquest - but he'd actually been gold plating his cutlery in the spare bedroom.

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Rogue US-Israeli cyberwar weapon 'infected Russian nuclear plant'

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Is nothing compared to the epidemic of tcpip.sys - which is everywhere it seems....thankfully Kaspersky is well on top of it...

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