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* Posts by Silverburn

1604 posts • joined 24 May 2011

Apple ordered to surrender coveted docs in iOS privacy lawsuit

Silverburn

Re: Prove it...

Typical apple...

Typical lawyers more like. Only in Lawyer-land would this make sense.

Though I hardly see Apple resisting the use of this tactic.

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Virgin Mobile doffs its cap: Web speed limit axed after outrage

Silverburn

Virgin Mobile UK has suspended its internet speed cap while it tries to get its network reliability back up to scratch

Don't rush on my behalf. Please. Leave the cap off as long as you like...so far the speed has outweighed the reliability issues.

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Photoshop fakery exposed by fake Photoshop tool

Silverburn

Where is the line drawn?

Personally, I see no issue with the attached images...a bit of hue, lighting effects and saturation? Still "looks" like the same woman. It's still valid "digital enhancement". Girl in image looks "normal" before or after tweakery.

But what about a mole? One might be ok...but two? or ten? Freckles? freckles come and go naturally, depending on exposure to sunlight...can they be edited back to the "winter" setting?

And what about models who do their own "internal" modifications? Bulgarian airbags being the most notable? Is that still cheating - there wouldn't need to be any digital tweaking, so Dove's criteria could still be met?

Where you actually change the physical characteristic of the model though (digitally or surgically)...that's where the line should be drawn IMO. But I suspect regulation will be near impossible...

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World's 'smallest' mobe unveiled in Japan

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Happy

Re: £252!

But the "pounds per inch" figures are excellent.

Apple would use that in their pitch (oh wait, they did...except they called it "DPI")

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Amazon yanks SimCity download from store

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Headmaster

It's sentences like this that get deleted three or four times for just these reasons. Only to be replaced with:

"Both Amazon and EA have not responded at this time."

You can never have enough pedantry. It's self-perpetuating in most cases. Including mine, probably.

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'Mainframe blowout' knackered millions of RBS, NatWest accounts

Silverburn

Re: Prevented millions from accessing their accounts?

9pm at night with no card transactions and no ATM. Anyone out for dinner or drinks using RBS was knackered.

That would limit it to politicians and Traders, as everyone else in the country is too skint to eat out midweek. Then again, the politicians probably wouldn't be paying for it anyway - it's all on "expenses". So it's just the traders then. No biggie.

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BRITAIN MUST DECLARE WAR on Cervinaean menace

Silverburn

Tasty indeed...but on my honeymoon I pretty much had venison every night. Chef did a spectacular job, no question there...but after 7 nights of it, I needed "a rest". Venison is not a "consume daily" food - it's quite rich.

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Silverburn

Re: Lock and load

That's what you told the Austrians, Czechs and Poles.

I think they all accepted the generous offer, but something went drastically wrong in the translation if I recall...

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Mushroom

Re: Contraceptive dart guns?

Darts? How will matches of 501 help reduce their numbers exactly?

sarcasm: on

And no shooting? So...poison, snaring, castration, habitat burning, disease introduction, germ warfare and introduction of brutal predators are probably still all ok, right...?

<-- The only way to guarantee rapid numbers reduction is this. There are a few unpleasant side affects mind.

sarcasm:off

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Bacon sarnies can kill: Official

Silverburn

Re: Death

and some weird worm thing which have been found to be politically biologically immortal

Peter Mandelson?

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Reg readers brew up the ultimate cuppa

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Flame

No Fanboi war?

Wait...I thought it was traditional for El Reg threads to descend into a fanboi slagging match?

2 pages in (at time of post) and where's the cafeboi's expletive-ridden "FAIL" messages, and the resulting counter-salvo from the Teatards?

Flame on chaps!

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Alien

Re: Not everyone wants builders tea

errm....just to be clear...the coffee and sugar killed 2/3rds of your kidneys?

Luckily that won't be a problem for me because I have 6 kidneys.

Wait...I don't?

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Thumb Up

Re: Critical fail

Not just sugar...*lots* of sugar.

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Silverburn
Happy

Critical fail

It's not tea until it's got at least six sugars in it, and I'm bouncing off the walls for an hour afterwards.

And semi-skimmed milk??? Good lord, no. Full fat please, with the "straight from the cow" cream-on-top version preferred.

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'Quantum fridge' gets close to absolute zero

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Joke

printer ports?

I'm interested in why it's got what looks like old skool LPT printer ports on the right side. The mind boggles as to how near zero temperatures will make this print server(?) work any faster.

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Redmond slashing Win8, Office OEM rates for small devices

Silverburn

Re: Cut the price as far as you want

Similarly:

My main PC is an IMac

My office app is OO & iworks

My photoediting app is Apeture

My browser is firefox

My email client is imail

My current tablet is an iPad

My current phones are iphone and Galaxy Note 1.

For gaming I have a PS3

My PC runs my turbo trainer, and is win7. I have a XP VM, but haven't opened or needed it in 6 months. I don't even have an MS mouse or keyboard.

I haven't bought anything new from MS in many, many months, nor do I see any reason to in the future either. Worse still - I build my family's IT the same way, and MS won't be getting any future business from them either.

This is MS's problem - all traditional *consumer* revenue channels are drying up, as educated people (and their families) find better and/or cheaper alternatives. And with win8/TIKFAM, now the corporates are starting to think that way too.

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Re: ..verry funny article...@ Neil.

Have you used TIFKAM? particularly on a nontouch PC? There are so many fundamental interface/UI fails it beggars belief.

To extend the gas cooker analogy...TIKFAM is a gas cooker that has the main ignite control hidden down the side of the cooker, the gas control dials are hidden under flaps, which themselves have no visible means of operation, and you can only use one hob at a time, unless you lift up the cooker top surface, and attach your own hobs underneath. And there are absolutely no labels or instructions on anything.

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Farewell, Reg: This hack is hanging up her Apple jacket

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FAIL

errr...that would be the WSJ?

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Happy

Re: Good luck

I'll get your coat.

"You have already activated this jacket the maximum of five times. Please purchase a new jacket, or log onto itunes and deactivate an existing installation before...."

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Happy

Wall Street Journal?

Aren't they huge Apple fans...? Enjoy your new/old job...;-)

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Next Windows 8 version can ditch bits of Metro

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Coat

TIFKAM

Why do I always read that as TIT CAM?

The classic, suspiciously-stained trenchcoat please.

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Europe tickles Microsoft with €561m fine for browser choice gaffe

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Happy

I must try this tactic on my parking tickets I've "forgotten" to pay. I wonder if it will work...

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Silverburn

Nothing to see here...

If you forget or refuse to pay a parking ticket, you might find the subsequent admin and penalty fees can equal or exceed the original amount. Forget/refuse again, and expect even bigger penalties.

Admittedly the decimal point moved a few places along the fee figure, but MS is equally is guilty - it got a fine, and "forgot" to pay that fine. So it got penalised. If it forgets again, the next figure will be even larger.

It's all a very simple concept...even if the scale of the figures are considerably larger. Not really a big deal.

However, it is going to be funny seeing how ineffective a popup box will be, given how much the market (and browser shares) have moved on since the original judgement.

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Silverburn

Re: The very simple point that everyone has missed...

Re. the amount - IIRC this was decided via a complicated equation involving % market share, MS' declared EU turnover and approximate losses incurred by competitors since the monopoly was established. Though I'm sure the judges will say that's what they did...they probably actually did the "finger-in-the-air-then-double-it" estimation.

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Bank whips out palm-recognition kit - and a severed hand won't work

Silverburn

Re: Contactless

Thank you Larry - my downvoters be aware - contactless does not always mean that, nor does it mean germ-free, what with sweat evaporation and air flow. it just needs close proximity. See also telephone microphone speakers - you don't touch that (merely breathe on it), but it's germ heaven.

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Devil

if done poorly, a severed hand would not contain blood, so most vessels would be empty, and thus thinner than expected. Or perhaps it's simply looking for body temperature.

You would need to kill the victim via poison (puncture wounds may cause excess blood loss), then sever the hand fingers down. Then flash freeze to ensure the veins are frozen in their "open" state. For use, it will be thawed, then you would need to transport the hand fingers down, and perhaps with a wax seal over the stump. You would then need to microwave it back to *exactly* body temperature a few seconds before scanning.

Next disturbing thought exercise please...

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Silverburn

As with all things Biometric..there's a problem...

The man in front of your at the same airport boarding gate does one or all of the following:

- Has bird flu, and sneezes into hand

- "re-arranges" himself

- picks his nose

- picks his arse

- puts his hand on the scanner to board

...would you put your hand on the same scanner immediately after him? Would you be entitled to ask for a disinfected scanner first, or a backup boarding identification method?

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Google offers limited data on National Security Letters

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Black Helicopters

semiannual Transparency Report

You mean Annual semi-transparency Report, surely...?

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O2 flogs new GPS mobile-based telecare to sick and elderly

Silverburn

O2 refused to be drawn on targets but it’s very much a commercial venture and not a corporate social responsibility play

Why am I not surprised, even in the slightest.

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Silverburn
Terminator

How long before we get to:

Pensioner: "Machine doohikey says I'm having a heart attack!"

Machine: "Just defibrilate yourself"

(then secretly chalked another success for RoTM)

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No.10 guru: UK tech scene is AN EXPLODING CHEESE

Silverburn
Happy

Re: I think the answer is....

On the upside at least it doesn't contain horse.

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iPhone 5S and lower-cost sibling coming this summer?

Silverburn
Facepalm

Re: Fingerprint sensor...

You fool - giving away such a stellar idea without patenting it!

<-- Doh...

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Happy

Rumour tri-fection

FFS...more rumours...

I'm surprised nobody has gone the whole hog and come up with "Apple rumour trifecta". eg:

"Apple's new 5S will automagically syncronise music and apps with iwatch via bluetooth 5, and enable you to take facetime and skype calls using your Apple TV, while simultanously streaming 2K content from your iTV gen 5."

There. Now *that's* a rumour.

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Silverburn
Happy

Re: Fingerprint sensor...

Fingerprint sensor...

it's not what you think. It's actually a sensor which tells you that there's a mark on your iphone and you need to clean it.

While said in jest, I suspect that for the target audience of iphones this would actually be a good feature...

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Boffins implant almost-cellphone in the BRAIN

Silverburn

Re: The original for this tech dates from the late 1960s

What's slightly annoying is that the ethical concerns were that the effects *permanently* modified a patients behaviour or personality (even after refinement of the process, there was still overspill into other parts of the brain), even when the evidence was it was only temporary and only lasted as long as stimulation occured.

eg: http://www.macalester.edu/psychology/whathap/UBNRP/tle09/artificial_stim2.html

The process - IMO - is sound, but it's very much a sledgehammer to crack a nut, and the overspill causes the alarming (in the publics eyes) side effects. Much more refinement and accuracy is required.

Edit: Note - link is for TLE only.

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Silverburn

to help produce better computer models of the brain

ok, so how does that work? How do you model one system onto another completely incompatible one?

ie:

Brain - extremely slow (19-15hz), massively parallel, "analogue", self-repairing and self-adapting, poor compartmentalisation, with pattern detection bias and high error ratio

Computer - extremely fast, not very parallel, "digital", strict compartmentalisation with bit level processing bias and low error ratio.

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US lawmaker blames bicycle breath for global warming gas

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Re: Wrong, but not ridiculous?

Anyway - I guess this is going a long way away from talking about an average Joe cycling to work, which is a good thing to be encouraging anyway.

Agreed. Things would be a lot less stressful if more of them rode than drove.

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Silverburn

Re: This is it!

Yyyyyeeeessss....of course it is...

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Silverburn

Re: Wrong, but not ridiculous?

Oh yes - nearly forgot...

"the wind assistance of passing traffic"

WTF ?

Yep - it's true. Ask any competitive roadie if you like - there is a definite effect. The fact that some of the fastest Time Trial courses use busy roads is no coincidence.

And re: 500watts...yes, that pretty close. However, aerodynamics are crucial here. At that speed you won't be sitting bolt upright like Mary Poppins...Think closer to 350watts with traffic assist, which most amateur riders can hold for extended periods.

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Silverburn

Re: Facepalm...

Cyclists think they're precious little jewels who don't need to follow the same rules as everyone else (like coughing up money or obeying the rules of the road) and throw a hissy fit if you hold them to the same standards they hold others

Whereas car owners who think they're better than everything else on the road is ok is it? And that all other road users are inferior or that rulings and amenities to provide safety to other road users is somehow a discrimination against them? Well, well...

It should be noted, I despise the red light and pavement riders as well. Really doesn''t do the image of cyclists any favours. And i'm a cyclist!

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Happy

You haven't seen me cycling...

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Silverburn

Re: UK: Cyclists already pay for the upkeep of roads, as do pedestrians

I'm a cyclist and a car driver (as most are btw Mr Troll), and I have the following suggestion.

To save having to listen to the ill educated whiners going on about "oh cyclists don't pay tax"...I propose that VED version 1.0 is scrapped, and VED version 2.0 taxes applied to all road using vehicles, based on the vehicle's kerb weight x by the number of wheels (as weight is what damages roads).

2.5p per kilo is about right. So a 1,200kg car will pay around the same as now - £120. A 3.5t van...£525.

So my 8kg bike will pay...40p. It's a fair cop. Apart from the bit where it will probably cost the Government at least £1 to process every application and it's payment...

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Silverburn

Re: This is it!

This means that for the 2 hours or so of cycling to work, I may output a little more CO2

Pfft...20 miles in 48 minutes for me (53 mins is the 12 month average) ...which must mean I'd be paying £125,000 a year in tax...

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Joke

Re: What about stairs?

And that's not to mention the CO2 produced by people having sex.....

It's worse than that. If the sex results in pregnancy it means elevated metabolic requirements for 9 months, followed by an additional and parrallel aerobic system being started, which is likely to be constantly producing CO2 for another 85 years afterwards.

So much, much worse than cycling. Time for Dr Breen's supression field, methinks...

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Happy

Re: Wrong, but not ridiculous?

I'm not sure I'd manage a steady 35km/h - I'm probably ambling making about 15km/h through the city. Maybe you are wasted in front of computer and a career in cycle couriership might be beckoning.

Actually, that's only < 22mph. With flat roads and the wind assistance of passing traffic, this is easily achievable with a modicum of effort. With a bit of training on a road bike/"racer", 27-28mph is perfectly possible to maintain on more open sections.

One might ask why you're going so slow...

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Silverburn

..and if comparisons with American gas guzzlers are allowed, it should be noted that one particular American rider definitely produced more "CO2" than others...

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Facepalm

Re: Cyclists are not 'required' to wear anything

Different countries: different rules.

Naturally, it would help your case if you ACTUALLY DISCLOSED WHICH COUNTRY YOU'RE FROM...

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Silverburn

Re: And you're stuck behind a bicycle?

a) Cyclists are not allowed on Freeways (assuming US)

b) Even a cyclist mental enough to do this, Freeways have hard shoulders. They would not ride in the traffic unless they wanted to die

c) Freeways are 2 lanes wide and fast, and if you're approaching at your 120kph, the last thing you would be doing is slowing down to follow a cyclist. If you are, please - walk - to the nearest Police station and hand in your licence.

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Silverburn

Re: Shaking head....

He's certifiable alright.

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