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* Posts by Ian Yates

878 posts • joined 12 Jun 2007

Assange calls for help from … Quakers?

Ian Yates
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Re: Flogging round the fleet

"bring down on our heads everything we hold precious about civilization"

Not the sneezing cats on YouTube?!

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Disney sitcom says open source is insecure

Ian Yates

Re: I would care...

I'm not even sure his comment is the worse thing about this budget-deprived and poorly written... "comedy" (I assume that's what the canned laughter was meant to imply).

I was more offended by the enforcement of stereotypes and I cringed more when the token Asian couple "have the code to fix it"...

I can only hope that the average attention span of the target audience mean that they only noticed the pretty colours and points when they were expected to laugh. Is this clip typical of USA kids TV?

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Curiosity's laser turns Mars rocks to 'glowing plasma'

Ian Yates

Re: We have had to destroy this rock..

I love the idea that all of the time, money, and effort for this mission was spent to burn a hole in a small rock ;)

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Three extends data use with Sim-only tariff tweak

Ian Yates
WTF?

Re: Bits are bits

"the fact tethering doesn't work at all on the iPhone ... is one factor in my planned jump to Orange"

How is changing carrier going to fix your iPhone; unless you're getting a new one, I suppose? I tether through GiffGaff without any problems.

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Ian Yates

Re: All I want is ...

I can't say I've ever seen that option. TelCo's seem to assume that if you want unlimited data you aren't using a phone so they should then charge more for the data.

It's some kind of weird paradox.

In the end I went with GiffGaff's £10 offering, since I was the same as you and only interested in the data.

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Ten apps to install on your Nexus 7 first

Ian Yates

Re: What about...

+1 for MX Player

I also use BubbleUPnP for network streaming, but Skifta does look like it's improved since I last tried it.

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Office 2013 to eat own file-format dog food

Ian Yates
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Re: Standards

Because that's the wonderful thing about them, there are so many to choose from!

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Designer punked fanbois with asymmetric screw

Ian Yates

Re: The real Apple screw is being patented elsewhere

They've already done it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentalobe

Reusable tamper-resistant screws are a mythical creature.

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Reg readers scrap over ultimate bacon sarnie

Ian Yates

Re: BBQ Sauce

I'm definitely HP over BBQ, but I'll let it pass as I agree on the rest.

All this talk of no butter is just madness; the butter goes on cold bread and is melted by the bacon.

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Don't get sued or cuffed on Twitter: Read these top 10 pitfalls

Ian Yates

Or, you know, don't say anything you wouldn't say to someone's face in public (i.e., with witnesses).

And it's also worth remembering that sarcasm/irony/etc. are difficult to express through text - especially when u dnt spl prply

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NASA’s new lander CRASHES AND BURNS

Ian Yates
Boffin

Re: doh

"oh look,a manky dead worn out planet,just like we knew a century ago,brilant"

Even ignoring the rest of your ignorant tripe, have you really not understood that NASA have actually found liquid water on Mars?

Seriously, look in to the research and engineering they fund some time, and check out their motto.

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Ian Yates

They're aiming for understanding more of our solar system and what was/is in it with the goal of expanding our tiny biological accident of a species on to other planet(s) before it's too late.

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Android app DRM quietly disabled due to bug

Ian Yates

Re: *If* I can download to multiple devices, what's the problem?

The new DRM is just to encrypt the local app download to the current device. You'll still be able to download to extra devices and future ones.

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Ian Yates
WTF?

Re: Entitlement is part of device OWNERSHIP

"Being free of a walled garden is WHY I chose Android"

Ditto, and I don't see how it's relevant to this article. Android already has DRM for paid apps, albeit easy to circumvent.

DRM != walled garden; you can still choose the Amazon store instead of Google Play.

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Bill Gates, Harry Evans and the smearing of a computer legend

Ian Yates
Coat

Re: I am thoroughly confused by it all

"I don't see anything wrong with looking at someone elses software and thinking "I can do a better job than that." and then going off and writing a similar piece of software."

Then you clearly aren't a lawyer, sir! Dontchaknow there's plenty of money to be made around patenting such things?!

Protect their... err... innovation... or something

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Why women won't apply for IT jobs

Ian Yates
Headmaster

Re: I must of missed

Try harder. I found 6 in the first paragraph alone.

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Iran’s ‘domestic Internet’ schedule slips

Ian Yates
Trollface

Quite right. I've suddenly realised how foolish of me it is to expect that every person on this planet has basic rights that should be protected by those in power.

Certainly most are just pointless: education, health care, not being detained without reason, freedom of thought... why should we demand that everyone have access to these?! They are clearly "Western" ideologies with no place in countries such as Iran.

Power to the few!

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Success! Curiosity Mars lander arrives precisely on schedule

Ian Yates

Re: "Hmm... Another indication of which OS is preferred by The Best and the Brightest™"

The screenshots I've seen (possibly not from those laptops, however) are not OSX, so possibly they're just using the hardware.

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Microsoft dumps Metro from Windows 8

Ian Yates
Facepalm

Re: You got me

Ditto. I was actually thinking "at last, they understand!"... shame

The "Classic" Win8 desktop seems quite reasonable, but I just found the Metro (or whatever) stuff a huge waste of my time...

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Google+ mission creep continues with Hangouts slotted into Gmail

Ian Yates

Re: Gmail will eventually lock-in its users to Google+

"spamming G+ users with weekly emails"

Hmm... I'm not getting those. Am I missing out?

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Ian Yates

Re: I wonder..

I doubt they will. Right now you can have a G+ account associated to any email address (in fact, if you've registered with any G service you probably have a G+ account waiting). But, and this is quite important to a lot of people, you do have the option to disable G+ from within your account settings.

Unless Google became the dominant social network and decided they could abuse such trust, I can't see them changing this.

Incidentally, you can also download all of your Google data (not just G+) from the same settings.

(need a tinfoil-hat icon)

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Jackson’s Hobbit becomes a trilogy

Ian Yates

Re: I wonder why...

Don't get too enthused: he's clearly incorporating an entirely new set of substories alongside the main Hobbit one, so how much of each he uses is unclear.

I think six hours would be enough to do The Hobbit a lot of justice, but nine hours means he's planning a lot of new material.

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Google adds handwriting to mobile search site

Ian Yates
Trollface

Sounds innovative...

so who holds the patent?

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Galaxy S III dumps universal search, tries to dodge Apple's sueballs

Ian Yates
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Re: Fuck you google!

"Universal search? Someone paid to create that."

You've missed a massive point here: the patent (like other software patents) doesn't cover /how/ you do universal search just /if/ you do it. Compare this to, for instance, real patents that specifically cover the invention itself and not the purpose of it, allowing others to do their own R&D to come up with alternative approaches.

One of these promotes innovation, one stifles it.

In short:

1. Imagine something useful that could be done with a computer (or event a specific form-factor of a computer);

2. Patent the idea, nothing more, you don't need to prove it or think about it too much;

3. Profit when someone actually does it.

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Google Nexus 7 blighted by brightness blunder

Ian Yates
Gimp

Re: Typical lazy Google...

"I think the 7" tab market is no-mans land gumpth and this will be temporary hot-air"

Will you say the same if the much-vaunted iPad Mini appears?

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Ian Yates

Re: Hmmm....

And that's not even going in to their online services.

I'm a G+ fan, but the number of different interfaces for uploading photos is bordering on insanity. The worst part is that you can tag a person using some ways but not others, so you have to remember how to share the photo.

That said, the chocolate factory is pretty good at reacting to users' opinions (especially if you get a "celebrity" to say it publicly.

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Apple Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion review

Ian Yates

Re: Hmm

You've summed up my thoughts on why OSX (and IOS, and Android, etc.) bundle so much non-OS stuff as an OS upgrade.

I'm sure there are upgraded OS features in here, but what's the technical limitation on not having all the Notes, etc., things available as individual software upgrades?

Being such a minor incremental update, my point might not sound so relevant here.

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Apple seeks whopping $2.525bn Samsung patent payout

Ian Yates
Stop

Re: bloody ridiculous...

"Apple invented a slick device which was the thinnest smartphone device when it came out. The big novelty was that it hardly had any buttons and that the few there were were hidden."

Granted it has three buttons on the front instead of one and is 0.6mm thicker (but 50g lighter), but the LG Prada was announced and released before the original iPhone. So who copied whom?

Every time I read these patent throwing stories, I'm amazed that this stuff can even be patented. Who would ever produce a handheld device with non-rounded corners? Even the original Gameboy had them.

Calling any of the devices "carbon-copy" is disingenuous: Apple have the iconic single button with square symbol; how could anyone not recognise an Apple product by that alone? I've never seen that copied.

They should all grow up and stop!

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Russian cargoship fluffs Space Station docking test

Ian Yates

Re: Not quite

Understood, but Dragon got a lot closer without any issues than Progress did ;)

I don't think it will be long before Musk & Co. have a fully automated docking vehicle, given their progress to date.

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I was just thinking that it highlighted how far SpaceX had come in such a short time.

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Blizzard faces court battle for 'misleading Diablo III fans'

Ian Yates

Re: Was interested in this..

I made this mistake with StarCraft ][ and find it almost unplayable with the current level of DRM. The Blizzard servers just seem so slow to authenticate me, and I lost connection mid-game (and thus progress) enough times for me to just give up.

I should have just pirated it.

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Windows 8 'bad' for desktop users - Gartner's one-word review

Ian Yates
Joke

Re: Well Duh!

Behind you?! I think you're doing it wrong: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reverse_Cowgirl_(South_Park)

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Ian Yates

Re: I smell BS

I think that's where his "replacing my laptop and iPad" comment came in: Win8 desktop for enterprise (laptop) usage and Metro for lighter iPad-esque usage.

I've only played with Win8 on a desktop, but I could see how Metro would work well for a touch-based interface.

I'll stick with my Transformer and ThinkPad, though. I don't want to mix personal and business usages and accounts.

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Ian Yates

Re: Fixed with a fracking start icon

Massively agree.

I tried Win8 preview and really didn't care about Metro except that it replaces the quick-to-use orb. While I might eventually get used to the Metro way of doing everything, why do I want to see a bunch of widgets every time I want to run an application?

@AC: "full" Win8 is just Win7 with Metro; I think you're talking about Win8 RT (or Windows on ARM), which only runs Metro applications.

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Ian Yates
WTF?

Re: Well Duh!

Good for you. Now what about the rest of us who sit at a /desk/ to get our daily job done?

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'Sacrifice another goat!: iCloud is Apple's biggest failure before Google

Ian Yates

Re: android syncs across devices?

What exactly happens for you? Assuming you have your Google account registered on your phone (Settings > Accounts) and marked to background sync, anything you add to the calendar for that account should be "instantly" available in your online Google Calendar and any other Google-powered devices.

I've had this across three Android devices for years and have aways found it to be completely hassle free.

I'm not saying it works 100% of the time, but I've not head before of it not working at all...

I'm looking forward to Google Music coming to the UK, to complete the multimedia cloud experience on Android.

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USB charges up to 100 watts

Ian Yates

Re: Great idea!

USB-powered printers and monitors (good ones, that is). Boom! Only one PSU under my desk.

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Ebuyer on the naughty step for fondleslab promo cock-up

Ian Yates
Headmaster

Re: If DFS can get away with it

The curse of the homophone!

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Is the Higgs boson an imposter?

Ian Yates
Boffin

"this sounds like a bunch of scientists shouting "me too!!!!" and trying to get on the HiggsBosun press band wagon"

That's funny, because to me this sounds like good science being done by good scientists.

Institute 1 (CERN) performs an experiment and makes a conditional claim of success to their original hypothesis; Institutes 2+ (everyone else) take that same data and propose possible alternatives to the original conclusions, normally adding some confirmation/skepticism around the original claim.

This is real science in action, even if the media find it boring because there is almost never (especially at this level of physics) a "oh, definitely" response from scientists.

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Mozilla shoots down Thunderbird, hatches new release model

Ian Yates

Re: 'Most issues solved years ago'

It'll sound cliche, but Opera Mail also uses tabs.

I use Thunderbird at home and can't say that there's anything major that I think is missing and it's been stable for me for years. This sounds like a sensible solution, as long as they are committed to fixing any discovered security issues.

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Chess algorithm written by Alan Turing goes up against Kasparov

Ian Yates
Joke

Re: I think I'm hungry

I have it in Perl, but the comments won't accept the syntax and you wouldn't be able to read it even if it did.

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Android Firefox: Screaming, awesome, you'll go blind etc

Ian Yates

Re: Hello? Anyone there?

What's that? Oh, sorry. Yep, I use Opera Mobile on my Sensation, but I've found the vanilla Browser is better on my Transformer.

I'll just go and do some flagellation to cleanse myself.

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Be co-founder mows BT's long grass in bid for fibre success

Ian Yates

I'll give you another high horse: I'm in SE5 (zone 2) and don't even have Infinity, with no plans to get it.

I had a discussion with BTCare on Twitter yesterday about the fact that they've been telling me that it's three months away for two years now. On Monday it was 30th June, yesterday 30th September.

Go figure.

My friend in Scarborough is expecting his connection in the next week. I'm not saying that Londoners should get everything first, but the infrastructure cost must be lower in a city.

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Google orders spontaneous support for Parliamentary motion

Ian Yates
Headmaster

Re: astroturfing

Surely "(v.)"?

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Surface: Because Microsoft does so well making hardware?

Ian Yates
FAIL

Re: Who is going to sell it?

Brilliant paraphrasing. Let me help:

"__Initially__, Microsoft says Surface will be sold in its retail stores and via Microsoft’s online stores." (emphasis mine)

Since they don't even have any UK stores, this would have been the most obvious gun-to-foot statement, had it been true.

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Assange takes refuge in Ecuadorian embassy

Ian Yates

I'm with skelband. I don't know whether Assange is delusional or actual being persecuted by mysterious forces, but I thought he got a reasonably fair hearing (though, I did get his lawyer's point about the Vienna Convention).

As my post history will show, I think he should go back to Sweden to face those charges, but if that was used to then get him to the USA it would be an international incident.

Can we replace the black helicopter icon with Assange?

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Microsoft takes on tablets with keyboard-equipped Surface

Ian Yates

Re: Microsoft has worked hard to up the hype this launch.

"the devices brought its software to the surface for users"

I threw up a little

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Vodafone's small, controversial tax bill validated by UK.gov

Ian Yates

Re: We can negotiate for a lower tax bill!?

I think the rule is that you have to owe A LOT of tax. So consider refusing to pay for a few years and then writing to HMRC.

Equality for all.

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Reborn UK internet super-snooper charter to be unveiled today

Ian Yates

Re: What could possibly go wrong?

We can trust that the system will be infallible and produce no false-positives.

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£CHING: ICANN bags $357m from 1,930 dot-word domains

Ian Yates
Stop

Re: Unacceptable face of capitalism?

The whole thing is a scam. Why do we need these? Why not just allow multilingual equivalents of the current TLDs?

What's the chance Mr A. Non. Phisher has asked for ".corn"?

Madness. I can see no benefit to the Internet from any of this.

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