* Posts by Red Sceptic

7 posts • joined 28 Apr 2011

Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears

Red Sceptic

Takes me back ...

to when no bid for research funding from our university (or, at least, my bit of it) was complete without the inclusion of a "portable data storage device" for each member of the research team. I still have mine, in regular use - 60GB. Killed by the cloud, indeed. RIP.


Twitter blew $36m on patents to avoid death by lethal injunction

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Re: Come on IBM..

You beat me to it - an intellectually bankrupt business, allowing the intellectually-challenged to air their ignorance for one and all to see. Two great examples from the UK this week. Yes, David Cameron, I'm including YOU in this one ...


Microsoft joins the two-step verification party

Red Sceptic

User's accounts ...

They have only one user now?


UK Border Agency to create 'national allegations database'

Red Sceptic

Well, let's think, shall we?

The obvious things, like malicious complaints about people we don't like (or who "don't look/think/act like us"); the usual IT-based cock-ups, producing false trails/leads which have to be investigated; cost over-runs as the mega-specification provides the usual suspects with the excuse to up the budget for "unforeseen circumstances" - the list is endless.

Here's an idea - immigration control could check people's passports when they LEAVE the country as well as when they ARRIVE. That way, the UKBA would actually know how many "illegals" there are here instead of just guessing and going through this kind of silly charade where we're all encouraged to snitch on each other and be subject to constant surveillance ... or perhaps that's really what "they" want?


Sepaton plans to crush mid-range boxes

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You're quite right ...


"How will you do it, might I enquire to ask?"

"I will do it with my spear and magic helmet!"

They don't write 'em like that any more ...


New Earth-observing satellite snaps 'blue marble' shot

Red Sceptic

Nice picture, but ...

... to echo the comment by "Compound Eye" on Flickr:

It'd be nice if you had an image with the US, Europe, Asia going left to right - that way, even allowing for curvature, far more people would be able to gain a sense of enjoyment / pride from what they saw... There are other countries in the World besides the USA, not that the 96% of Americans without passports would care.


Russian security start-up kits up 30,000 state bank ATMs, terminals

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Not THAT bank ...

Think you'll find it's Sberbank ... not sure how you managed to come up with fberbank ...