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* Posts by Cameron Colley

2093 posts • joined 13 Jun 2007

eBay shill bidder gets £5,000 fine

Cameron Colley

@Danny 14

So, are you admitting to shill bidding for your wife or saying that eBay not detecting you and your wife have the same details means that their anti-shill bidding software is working?

I think what is being said is that if two people with the same IP address, email address, IP address or (especially) PayPay account bid on each other's auctions then that has to be grounds for some kind of suspicion.

Nothing wrong with having two accounts with the same details (assuming it's not against the Ts&Cs) -- but using them for financial gain is likely to be illegal.

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Exciting company seeks Linux engineer

Cameron Colley
Coat

Linux support/plumming -- the same thing.

Either way you'll be dealing with dumps, flushing pipes and dealing with overflow conditions.

I am deeply sorry but I had to post that.

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Scroogle's future in doubt

Cameron Colley

Six words and a paragraph.

Then

Who

Can

We

Use

Smartass?

If you say "Bing" then you're just swapping one bunch of control-freaks for another -- which may be OK to you but isn't really an answer.

I'll admit Wolfram Alfa sounds good, but it's hardly useful for finding hotels or flights, for example.

It's all well and good saying "don't use google" but when it's the best search engine for a lot of things then deciding not to is just cutting off your nose to spite your face.

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Cameron Colley

Please expand on "compulsory 40-year cookie"?

Does google use a different type of cookie than the usual browser cookie, or is Firefox lying to me about not having any cookies stored that relate to google (or any other site)?

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Why we love to hate Microsoft

Cameron Colley

in that respect, at least, they are right.

I know lots of users and very few have the knowledge that would enable them to administrate their machines correctly. MS just spent a lot of time and money convincing people they can.

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Cameron Colley

OK, so I'm in a minority.

Personally: if they opened up FAT* and stopped threatening Linux then I might think about not hating them.

As it stands I will not pay someone to hold a[n imaginary or otherwise] gun to manufacturers heads if they chose to use Linux or, indeed, any other open-source software.

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Euro mobile data best buys

Cameron Colley

Colour me ambivalent.

Initially when I received the message "For data roaming please buy a topup" I had visions of having to register my credit card or mess around with the T-Mobile website to pay £50 for 10MB of data but, thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised to find a painless procedure to add £10 to my phone bill and get as much data allowance as I needed to check email and do a little light browsing. So, in all, much better than a previous trip where I returned to a £100 bill because I used data at £7.50/Mb (T-Mobile's listed it in Mb) -- I should point out I knew what I was doing and thought it a necessary evil.

However, when you think about it the situation is still terrible -- mobile data roaming should be included in your UK allowance. After all, it's the same network you're using.

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Amazon Kindle DX drops price, improves display

Cameron Colley

RE: EeePC... ...just as easy to read off

Are you sure?

I have an EEEPC and I love it -- but as something to read a book from it sucks. However, the "electronic paper" devices I have played with have displays that look like paper, can be read from an angle, and don't emit light to dazzle tired eyes.

Is the Kindle worth more than $200? Not sure.

Is it better to red off than <insert laptop here>? Definitely, at least to my eyes.

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Adobe auto-launch peril not fully purged, researcher says

Cameron Colley

@Eddie Johnson

"Why would you still have Adobe software on your computer?"

How about because if I don't it becomes useless at one of the main tasks I use it for -- watching 4OD/iPlayer/etc. ...

Yes, youtube can now be had in "HTML5 Beta" mode but, as someone pointed out in a thread related to this, that has some niggles (like the inability to select a place in the stream to play from) which mean it doesn't quite match up to Flash for usability yet.

Once web developers have started using <video> tags instead of Flash and started writing games like Fantastic Contraption in JavaScript (or whatever)* I'll gladly uninstall flash. As, I'm sure, would many others.

*OK, this is not a dealbreaker

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Medical diagnoses for 130,000 people vanish into thin air

Cameron Colley

@Fraser

I wasn't referring to paper files, I was referring to data of this type (i.e. Digital information).

For paper files I would expect a secure courier of the attaché-case-cuffed-to-wrist type or a security company armoured van to be hired for large amounts of data -- obviously depending on distance between sites and the likelihood of robbery so, at the very least, you would expect sealed boxes and a site-to-site courier rather than an envelope through a sorting office.

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RE: jail

Agreed. By now anyone sending unencrypted data in this way, or storing it outside of a secure facility, must be guilty of deliberate data theft. There is no excuse any more.

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Nokia snaffles user data on the down-low

Cameron Colley
Unhappy

Great, so now I there are no smart phones I want.

Thanks Nokia, you pricks, now I'll have to hold onto my old E71 forever. I had hoped to get a new smart phone in the next 12 months -- but now the only choice that wasn't spywared to the hilt or vendor-deadlocked has gone sour.

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iPhone consumed by solar 'death ray'

Cameron Colley

@Those wanting something useful done.

For fuck's sake lighten up!

Considering some cock-ends are presently filling the oceans with tons of crude oil and the governments of the world are doing fuck all about it, and the fact that the amount of money spent by the UK and US on killing people for no reason in Afghanistan could pay for a fuck of a lot of aid in Africa (assuming that some twat doesn't steal it like they do the majority of aid meant for the poor), I think that bleating on about one fucking phone being destroyed for a bit of a laugh is a little silly.

Hell, it's not like everyone is going to do this -- but plenty of people want to see it. So, perhaps, this person is doing us all a favour by disseminating this film so we don't have to waste any more phones?

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Phorm's losses top $100m

Cameron Colley
Happy

Damn shame.

That the company hasn't folded yet. With any luck the investigations will find them guilty of various data breaches and the investors will loose all their money. With any luck the founders will be depressed enough to top themselves -- well, we can only hope...

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Job club firm loses thousands of details

Cameron Colley

So, who is going to prison?

Please tell me someone is to be jailed for giving out* the personal details of all these people.

*Having data like this on a laptop goes beyond negligence -- there is no excuse for it and everyone involved with data like this should know that by now or their management should be fired and/or jailed.

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Russian spy ring bust uncovers tech toolkit

Cameron Colley

Ah, so we are all America's bitches?

It's a shame when one country gets to decide its national interests are important to everyone.

Not that I condone what Ronnie Biggs did -- but at least, unlike a lot of other criminals, we didn't have to pay to keep him here. Is it cheaper to jail someone for life than to let them get away with it?

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Cameron Colley

More to the point: What did he do wrong?

Is it illegal to board planes in Cyprus now?

Why is everyone in the world America's bitch? Unless he was spying against Cyprus or harming their citizens they should have let him go on his way.

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Seagate's 3TB external drive

Cameron Colley
Linux

Linux? ESATA?

Since it requires 64bit Win or Mac does that mean 64bit Linux will handle it too?

Also, any word on an ESATA version?

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Nasa returns to the moon... in 3D game

Cameron Colley

Pretty much what I thoiught.

What about those of us without a steam valve, how are we supposed to get it?

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Observer columnist in online porn mixup

Cameron Colley

@So what, might have been a typo.

Which part is the typo? The part where she thinks that xxx is replacing www or the part where she correctly says that xxx will be a suffix then says it goes at the beginning?

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Sex offender downloads child pr0n to get back into prison

Cameron Colley

So don't they beat sex offenders any more?

I was always under the impression that people who were in prison for sex offences were beaten and abused by the other inmates and the guards -- is this no longer the case? If so it seems odd that someone, even if homeless, would rather face that than another night on the street -- especially when they could just shoplift or something.

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Microsoft unveils – wait for it – another mobile OS

Cameron Colley

RE: Silverlight rocks

Does it? I doubt it.

Flash is bad enough but some of us don't want Microsoft's dodgy "intellectual property" running on hardware we own.

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Bigfoot Networks Killer 2100 gaming network card

Cameron Colley

I'm sceptical.

Does the local network card really make that much difference to ping times? Surely most of the lag comes from routers and switches making decisions rather than from your network card?

Also, does this mean ping is not cumulative? Because if your ping time to your router is really in the order of 40ms then I'd be asking why...

(I am no networking or electronics expert so feel free to correct my logic)

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Burger van busted offering free takeaway porn

Cameron Colley

Oh, for fuck's sake.

"Won't someone think of the children!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" is turning this country into a nursery school.

Who the hell is it harming that a these people are giving out porn DVDs to people who buy burgers after they've been clubbing? OK, so they should probably be shut down for selling alcohol without a license or something, but prosecuted? Give me a break.

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Microsoft throws Office 2010 at shoppers

Cameron Colley

Does anyone need this at home?

For businesses with a lot of investment in MS infrastructure I can kind of understand why they would continue with MS Office. But, for the home user who doesn't need exchange integration (not that they get outlook) or any DMS integration and the like this seems like overkill.

Surely for the majority of people the adequate-if-slightly-flaky OpenOffice.org with a price of zero is a better option? It allows the opening of MS Office documents and the ability to write letters/CVs etc. which can be read by MS Office if necessary.

So, is there any reason anyone but a Corporate user needs MS Office?

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Internet 1 - England goalkeeper 0

Cameron Colley

@Pascal Monett

I agree to some extent, but if you';re stupid enough to pay FIFA and waive your rights to see a bunch of kids kicking a ball around then I don't have much sympathy for you.

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Bullfighter cuffed for lack of cojones

Cameron Colley

Doesn't do much for Mexico's image.

"Man arrested for non-cruelty to animals"

Perhaps the judge should get into the ring with a bull and take it on bare-handed.

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Linux IRC server leaves backdoor open

Cameron Colley

Good to have a heads-up.

Though what this is really about is trusting your software sources, not trusting your OS.

If you install a program on your machine then, of course, it will have at least as many permissions are you (or as you explicitly allow) -- so given that this is a IRC server it's hardly any kind of vulnerability.

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Hacker charged with threatening US VP using neighbour's PC

Cameron Colley
FAIL

My thoughts exactly.

Am I a computer expert? I use them all day (and sometimes most of the night) -- is that enough?

Just how good do you have to be to be a "computer expert"?

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French judiciary makes transgender boob

Cameron Colley

I'm with the courts on this one.

Without some kind of permanent (only reversible by surgery) change taking place then I don't see that a person has changed sex. According to what this male seems to want people should just be able to change the sex recorded on their identification any time they feel -- taking this to its logical conclusion that would mean many people should be able to change their ID from one sex to another just for the weekend, or the night, depending on their lifestyle. Or, for example, leave one country as a man and enter another as a woman.

Be whomever you want to be -- but I'm afraid you are not a man unless you have male sexual organs and you are not a woman without female ones or, at least, a close enough approximation that someone seeing you naked would take you for that sex.

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Canonical: Ubuntu tablets due early 2011

Cameron Colley

RE: Yet more Jobs-inspired Snake Oil...

What they can't do that any old generic netbook can't is look flashy and be "fun" to use.

If you ask someone who owns an Apple device what it can do that any other generic device of that type can't they just show you the flashy interface and a couple of games that take advantage of the accelerometer to make things move around the screen.

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Samsung NB30 touchscreen durable netbook

Cameron Colley

SSD option?

While I realise that HDDs are actually pretty robust nowadays and the accelerometer-controlled head-parking will likely prevent disasters I can't help but think that a device like this is crying out of SSD. Only recently we've seen reports that just the vibration from other equipment in data centres is supposed to slow down HDD performance and I know from experience that HDDs in portable devices cause "stalls" -- but with SSD you have vibration-resistant storage meaning your hard drive doesn't have to stop when you drop it on the bed or the bus or car journey is particularly bumpy.

Surely this is _the_ application, outside of high-speed situations, where SSD comes into its own?

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World Cup streaming to choke corporate networks, doomsayers predict

Cameron Colley

@Micky 1

I may be wrong, but I don't think the BBC will have to do anything to cope with the demand -- they'll just broadcast over the internet live in a similar way to over the airways. Yes, OK, that's a slightly simplistic way of putting it but the congesting this will cause will be at the various routers between the BBC's network and the viewers.

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Wireless signals to be jammed in Canada for G8 summit

Cameron Colley

How about moving the conference?

Rather than blocking the wireless communication of the people they serve why don't governments simply hold conferences in places with no mobile phone of WiFi signals? I'm sure there's enough room in Canada and the US (though you could struggle in the UK) to simply hold these things with a ten-mile exclusion radius or something?

It's about time these wankers stopped disrupting the lives of the people they are paid to serve.

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Penguin chief: Linux must 'out fabulous' Apple's iPhone

Cameron Colley

@Rob Crawford

Indeed.

My E71 does everything I need it to (and most things that the Jesus Phone and Android ones do) -- and it has about twice the battery life.

Don't get me wrong, Symbian is of course clunky and the screen doesn't look as flashy because it has a hardware keyboard -- but for email and internet it's great and it will multi-task so I can leave my FTP client or puTTY and web browser open and just switch between the two to test updates (for example).

Yes, the iPhone has a flashy interface that is, I'm sure, easy to use -- but as tools go it's not the only choice.

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Cameron Colley

I just tried Meego today.

I like it! Well, with a qualifier that I only spent a few minutes on it and couldn't work out how/if you could multitask (I'm sure it's simple).

The colours I can agree on -- but I'm generally colour agnostic so they don't bother me as a day-to-day thing.

Meego seems to me to be a nice, straighforward, menu system on top of Linux -- which is about all it needs to be.

Doesn't mean I'll be changing to it from Easy Peasy any time soon -- but that's because I'd a .deb fan and not for any interface worries.

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Conroy pledges to stop spams infecting Aussies' portals

Cameron Colley

They want our precious bodily fliuds!

This moron has influence?

My condolences Australia, it seems you too are suffering.

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Canonical rejigs Ubuntu support services

Cameron Colley

But can I choose not to pay Microsoft?

As Mr Shuttleworth has now decided to pay Apple and Microsoft their pound of flesh (CODECs) -- am I able to buy support with the assurance I'll not be paying them?

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Final Fantasy XIII ate my Playstation

Cameron Colley

If they can mong the firmware then the console is at fault.

All Sony had to do was put in a couple of thermal cut-outs, if it's heat, or make the firmware non-writeable without holding down a button or something (I'm sure there are more technical ways to do it). Unless you are explicitly telling a device "I am writing to firmware now and nothing else" it should not write to firmware.

A locked down piece of consumer brown goods should not be able to destroy itself. What's next, TVs that explode because you change their refresh rate?

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Cameron Colley

The problem is the Playstation.

You should never be able to destroy a piece of tech by installing software unless it's some form of robot and you can get it to beat itself to death.

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Bebo rave becalmed by waves

Cameron Colley

I think the idiots should pay for their own rescues.

But I still think that the organisers are idiots and should at least pay to have the island cleaned -- possible as community service for "aiding and abetting morons".

Anyone not taking something warm to wrap up in and not realising that a tidal causeway is just that is stupid.

But -- the reason sensible people don't arrange "free events" is because they realise that, in organising something like this, you are taking some responsibility for it.

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Wikileaks' US army 'leaker' arrested

Cameron Colley

Fine.

But then let's put the badly-trained shit-for-brains butchers who decided to "light up" a bunch of civilians in prison too.

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Is your office World Cup sweepstake legal?

Cameron Colley

RE: Lying not laying

I think he meant laying as in laying down. Yes, lawyers lie so they would have been lying also.

Though, personally, I always thought the above should be lying and lieing.

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Cameron Colley

Just thought of another group who could take advantage.

HR departments and/or bosses. You have an employee who you don't want/like and they happen to run a sweepstake -- now you can just sack them for gross misconduct.

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Cameron Colley

RE: Fuck 'em and their law.

It could be interesting to report someone to the police for this, then see them do nothing.

Are the police really able to ignore a reported crime?

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Cameron Colley

@Those who think this article is in some way irrelevant.

While it is true that, in most cases, you'll be fine carrying on with whatever it is you're doing regarding sweepstakes and the like you should not laugh this off.

If you own a business, think carefully about this next time you fire someone around the time of the world cup, for example. I'm sure a disgruntled ex-employee who knows about this will try to use it to their advantage.

If you happen to be a law firm, or in another other highly regulated industry I am sure that your regulatory body will not take kindly to you breaking the law -- should a client, employee or competitor decide to report you to the police.

There are probably many other situations where this will get you into some kind of trouble -- even if you're never actually charged with the offence in the end.

So, yes, this may be irrelevant to you at this moment -- but, like many other minor laws we all break from time to time, there are situations where this could bite you in the arse.

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Verizon leads race for (the real) iPhone 4G

Cameron Colley

I recall a colleague got some free video call minutes from 3.

He used to video call his friends then they'd both either (if using a headset) put the phone in their pocket or put the phone up to their ear. I'm sure he isn't the only person to have done that.

So -- we've had video calling for a good few years now and I bet most of the calls are either 30 second demonstrations or the image being transmitted is of the side of the caller's head or similar.

I would guess the only time people have used this "in earnest" is fro the purposes of mutual masturbation.

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EU Parliament plans Google-powered paedo detector

Cameron Colley
FAIL

What is it with these pricks?

"catching nascent paedophiles before they become a threat to children." What the fuck do you do then Mr Eurocrat?

Someone googles a few slightly dodgy things, but commits no crime, and you're going to do what?

Perhaps you ought to administer hormone treatment -- it worked so well on that queer fellow who used to break codes or something or other.

Or will you just ostracise them? Worked well for that McCarthy prick in the US.

I would also like to see the evidence that viewing paedophilic imagery actually causes paedophillia, or that someone who views the images necessarily has to enact them. I'm very concerned about the last part because it suggests that people who watch look at other forms of pornography enact them -- I hope to fuck I don't know anyone who has seen two girls one cup!

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Google readies 'late fall' Chrome OS release

Cameron Colley

I've already played with an early version.

Installed an image in VirtualBox. It is just Chrome browser with an extra settings tab and an always-open GMail tab.

My reaction was "meh" -- I can see it being used on very cheap hardware but it's even less exciting than the iPad.

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PARIS pops down to QinetiQ

Cameron Colley

Vaseline?

Some Vaseline, or similar, should allow the plunger to slide more easily and make a gas-tight seal.

Alternatively -- put a water balloon filed with air in the syringe?

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