* Posts by Cameron Colley

2129 posts • joined 13 Jun 2007

Voting reform finally on the agenda

Cameron Colley

@lglethal

I'll be a little more clear:

I cannot vote for the party because they have no candidate in my area.

A party can have more votes than another but still not be in government because the came second in the biggest regions and first only in some small ones.

Both of which mean that we do not have "one person one vote" in the true sense but, instead, have a strange system in which one must vote "tactically" or ones vote makes no difference. It also seems to mean that all we do in this country is, to misquote someone (I don't recall who), "vote the last lot out".

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Cameron Colley

I've never understood the voting system.

Does anyone know of a brief explanation as to why we don't have one man one vote (proportional representation)? The only reasons I can think of is that the present system pretty much guarantees that only long established parties (particularly the big 3) ever get into parliament and forces people to move to areas where there are "more of their kind" -- possibly an old Conservative trick to create Labour ghettos or something?

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Google tests (semi) HTML5 YouTube embed code

Cameron Colley

Which dozen linux platforms?

I'm not sure where you get this idea that Adobe would have to go about "Supporting what amounts to dozens of Linux platforms...".

Last time I checked there was one Kernel with several versions -- and a binary compiled against one will most likely work with any later version.

Either that or I'm imagining that the 64bit Flash plugin I am currently using has worked with at least 3 different kernels and has been reported to work on all the major distributions?

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Microsoft's ARM deal fuels hope of a chilled-out Xbox

Cameron Colley

My tinfoil hat tells me.

This is about making a custom ARM chip for Windows Netbooks and Tablet PCs -- that way MS can say to people like Dell "want to use Windows on a cheap ARM netbook? Then you will have to use MS certified ARM chips." - that will stop them mucking around with that horrible Linux stuff.

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MPs call for crackdown on pre-paid credit cards

Cameron Colley

I want one!

I had heard about these things but thought they were only available to customers of some online banks as numbers to be used for online transactions. I had heard about them in the US too.

Now I know they're in the UK I wonder how I've missed them and where I can get one. There are plenty of places, from untrustworthy looking fuel stations to overseas online retailers where I wouldn't want to give my real credit card details for fear of being wiped out -- but one of these would be ideal.

So, before they go, does anyone know where I could buy one?

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Imitate Real Ale quaffers, save the economy, says biz prof

Cameron Colley

It depends on the Wetherspoons.

As has been mentioned some stock a number of Cask Marque approved ales and they do win awards for this.

Perhaps most real ale drinkers aren't snobs and drink at times other than Friday nights when everyone is "getting tanked up" on the cheap booze.

Then again, perhaps some Wetherspoons are worse than others and I've only been to good ones.

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Zuckerberg admits working for man claiming Facebook ownership

Cameron Colley

Please let this guy win.

Would also be funny if, on winning, he had a business card made along the lines of "Zuckerberg is my bitch!".

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Oakland green lights 'industrial' marijuana cultivation

Cameron Colley

THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How can they allow anyone anywhere near this drug which we know causes leprosy, schizophrenia, sexsomnia, paedophillia, geriatrophilia*, narcolepsy, insomnia, paranoia, agoraphobia, claustrophobia, gangrene, crack addiction and the ability to snowboard better than anyone else in the world?!?!?!?

This should be outlawed now and Prozac or Ethanol should be used instead!

*Or whatever it's called.

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IE and Safari lets attackers steal user names and addresses

Cameron Colley

RE: and Opera unaffected as usual...

But, in my experience at least, Opera is a bugger to use. I still can't find the cookie whitelist feature (if it has it) and blocking scripts and images seems needlessly complex.

Perhaps I've just got too used to Firefox, but whenever I've tried to give Opera a go I've ended up returning to Firefox.

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FileMaker Pro squeezes onto an iPhone

Cameron Colley

@Maliciously Crafted Packet

Not in the industry I work for they're not. Well, unless they want to loose multi-million dollar clients that is. They will use devices which can have policy applied and they will use approved encryption on all mobile devices, they will not use their own devices to store any data of any importance to clients -- failure to do so will result in crosses on auditors reports and failure of the business entirely due to lack of clients.

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Cameron Colley

@AC

"As opposed to working on a laptop which is obviously impossible to leave lying around?" Having the database on a Laptop is a no-no too. Users should VPN in and use a front end app which retrieves only small amounts of the dataset or use a web portal from a machine with good security apps (firewall, AV, ...) which are checked regularly by someone who knows what they are doing. Developers and those tasked to work on large amounts of data should be VPNing in and using Citrix or other remote software to work on a machine which is safely locked away.

Databases themselves should remain on servers in data centres with controlled access or, at the very least, PCs in offices with controlled access on a machine with an encrypted drive. Heck, at absolute worst they should be on a laptop with full drive encryption and a sensible strength password.

This, on the other hand, is encouraging anyone to carry databases around with them on their latest tech toy. That's called being irresponsible and, in some cases, borderline illegal.

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Cameron Colley

Just encouraging idiocy.

If you can download a database and store it on the device you're just asking to loose it on the train -- leaving customer records or personal details exposed.

Play with your iToy all you want -- but using stupid applications like this just leaves you open to compliance issues and other data protection issues.

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Mobile phones cause tinnitus, says study

Cameron Colley

Erm, couldn't it be caused by sound?

I may be being Mr Thicky here but couldn't this be caused by having a phone hissing in your ear for a good part of each day? That, and a possible change of blood flow due to pressing your phone to your ear too hard, ought to be enough reasons, shouldn't it?

@pengwyn Sounds like the Ultra Sonics are targeting you... Or, it may be schizophrenia...

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Yellow alert over Windows shortcut flaw

Cameron Colley

How can it affect all versions of Windows?

Didn't Microsoft rewrite Windows from the ground up to make it more secure at around the time Vista was released?

MS bashing aside -- what is surprising is that it took so long for someone to discover this flaw.

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NHS loses massive Microsoft licensing rebate

Cameron Colley

RE: Training.

Training? My dear old mom received some IT training for Windows 98 and Office back in the day -- she's gone on to use Kubuntu and Windows7 with Open Office without any additional training, not even "IT Support" from me. Office suites might change where they put things but people who use them tend to, in my experience, find where those things are as and when they need them. So, apart from the odd bit of confusion, I can't see much Office training being needed.

Then you have any browser-based forms and applications -- provided they'll work in Firefox or Chrome or whatever then it doesn't matter which OS the users of these are on because they never need to touch the OS. Same goes for anything terminal based -- will work through any old terminal client.

So, training going to Linux should be minimal fro a lot of organisations -- it's only those installing and configuring the software who need to know the differences. Anyone else should never touch the OS anyhow.

I'd say the only expensive barrier is replacing any proprietary or bespoke systems which rely on Windows -- in fact, that may make it cheaper to stay with Windows even under very expensive licenses.

There's an interesting, if old, article about Ernie Ball moving to Linux which seems to agree with my assessment also.

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Cameron Colley

Is anyone surprised?

Thanks to the gullibility of some tosser in NHS management we'll all be paying Microsoft a lot more money over the next few years.

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So long then, Windows 2000

Cameron Colley

Everything you needed in a desktop.

2K got the job done with minimal fuss and little in the way of eye candy. As far as I am concerned, barring the odd nice little touch, desktop OSs haven't got any more usable since the days of 2K.

All I need are Windows, menus and task bars -- works as well for me under XP, KDE or Gnome.

You can keep your flashy Fisher-Price graphics and effects, your processor hungry Emerald, your bloated Aero or your comedy OSX. I want a desktop where I can just get on with it -- no distractions and no bloat.

It could be argued, of course, that once configured correctly NT4 did all that -- but I have to admit I wouldn't want to do without plug-and-play USB device support.

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Cable lays plan for graduate tax

Cameron Colley

Perhaps you sholuld have tried harder?

Or done a better course at a better university?

Your plumber didn't get funded by the tax payer for three years of extra education.

The only point in getting a "better education" is to make you a more productive member of society or make you rich -- you should decide which you want to be the case before you get your education.

Lawyers generally get paid more than teachers, for example, it may be sad but both chose their career knowing that -- and the teacher will likely get a lot more piece of mind and a lot more leisure time.

Apologies if I don't sound sympathetic, I am, but the real world is a harsh place and it's not the government's fault that you didn't choose to become a plumber.

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Miracle-tech that could fix almost everything: Major advance

Cameron Colley
Joke

Someone tell the Audiophiles!

Turns out Oxygen free Copper isn't the best medium for signal transmission after all.

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LaCie touts tough truck-resistant flash drive for tough guys

Cameron Colley

Just use Titanium.

For the price they're asking for these things you ought to be getting a lump of Titanium.

That said, a certain "Mag" light manufacturer seems to be able to make fairly strong Aluminium flashlights -- so that may work also..

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Symbian Titanic heading for iceberg

Cameron Colley

Another thumbs up for Symbian.

While not the most exciting phone in the world my now-ageing E71 does everything modern smart phones do, and does so for longer on a single charge.

Admittedly, if I had the money I may have bought an N900 by now -- but I know that, while it would be more fun than my current phone, I would miss the battery life if nothing else.

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Apple MacBook mid-2010

Cameron Colley
FAIL

"committed PC nerd"

So, if the MacBook isn't a Personal Computer, what is it? A fridge? Perhaps you require a dictionary?

*awaits the irony of the grammar police*

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NASA, Microsoft offer new 3D Mars maps

Cameron Colley

RE: My guess is you don't want to use anything Microsoft was involved in anyway....

True for me at least. I don't want any software from a company that's attempting to blackmail anyone who uses my OS of choice in a commercial venture. Moonlight is a trojan horse to get more "Microsoft Patents" into Linux.

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Apple bars radiation nanny from App Store

Cameron Colley

I thought Geiger counters detected Beta Particles?

My recollection of A-Level physics (and a quick look at Wikipedia) tells me that they usually detect beta particles but can be modified for Gamma radiation or Alpha particles by having thicker walls or different windows.

For gamma I thought the usual method was photographic film, covered by a specially-designed shield if Beta particles needed to be discounted?

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Waterfall Niagara speakers

Cameron Colley

Originally recorded on what?

In the days of simply taking an old Jazz recording and shifting it onto CD I can understand how you could -- but seeing as most modern recordings will be digital form the get-go there won't be any ultra-high or ultra-low frequencies which vinyl may or may not produce better. Or do you think that the CD remastered to sound better on vinyl somehow has a better ambiance?

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Cameron Colley

Bucephalus Bouncing Ball?

I'd love to know if it resonates on these.

Michael 82: If you haven't already got it I recommend Alarm Will Sound's Aphex covers album.

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Telco sets honey pot for nuisance marketers

Cameron Colley

Maybe, maybe not.

If they have their own "area code" then they may have 9999999 numbers to allocate -- so it's not infeasible.

Does anyone know whether they do?

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'Bitter' priest blows $1.3m of church funds

Cameron Colley

It was just resting in his account!

He could have at least had the decency to spend it on GIRLS! and DRINK! though the ARSE!.

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Piles for Windows - a pain in the arse?

Cameron Colley

I still don't quite get what it's for...

It just looks like shortcuts to directories to me -- with files ordered with most recent on top. I thought most windowing systems allowed that now?

Also, how do you shear a dragon?

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Hup Holland, viva España

Cameron Colley

Doesn't this just mean they need another factor?

OK, so I scraped through A-Level stats, but it seems to me that they should, perhaps, just add a way of decreasing the effect of early scores as tournaments go on -- as I suspect that his happens often as teams "warm up" at different rates.

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Wikileaks US Army mole Manning charged

Cameron Colley

I don't think Lamo had a choice.

The guy made Lamo complicit in his actions so the only way Lamo himself could get out of being sent to orange jumpsuit land was to go to the feds with what he knew.

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UK.gov scraps stop'n'search terror power

Cameron Colley

I suggest you read the Home Office guidlines.

"The power conferred allows an officer to search for articles of a kind which could be used in connection with terrorism, whether or not there are grounds for suspecting the presence of such articles (sections 45(1) and (2))."

This was found under "Summary of section 44 provisions" on this page: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/about-us/home-office-circulars/circulars-2008/027-2008/

I tend to agree with your cynicism, but the law did state that no suspicion was required -- at least now there will have to be a recorded reason if you're stopped.

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Amazon.co.uk takes on Tesco

Cameron Colley

I can see a viscous circle here.

Buy beer, drink beer, get "tipsy", order more beer, forget you ordered beer so order more...

At least you don't have to order wine by the dozen bottles like you do at Tesco.

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Cowon iAudio J3 personal media player

Cameron Colley

I'm in a similar position.

I've a now long-in-the-tooth A3 80GB which has about 60GB on it. I was worried I couldn't be able to replace it but now I know I can just buy one of these, stick a 32GB card in, and have 64GB of storage -- which ought to be just enough.

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Hack forces Flash onto iPad

Cameron Colley

RE: RE: RE: Erm

""sing as most games that are available free on Flash sites are probably also available free from the AppStore."

Probably? You don't even KNOW!"

No, I don't know because I don't own any Apple products or have any Apple software installed on any machine I own. I was basing that upon comments made here when people suggest that Apple devices can only install from the app store for financial reasons -- someone will always post to say that "games are all free so Steve can't be making any money". I was merely suggesting a way Steve could be making some money from those games.

I'm sure there are other reasons for Apple devices being tied to the Apple store, but I was pointing out that even free games could make Apple some money.

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Cameron Colley

RE: Erm...

You're right, of course, that the OP misses the point -- sing as most games that are available free on Flash sites are probably also available free from the AppStore.

But, what people forget is that for every app writer in the store there's at least one Mac, one iPhone (if not one of each generation, and a developer's fee paid to Apple. I wonder if that's why Apple want the store used?

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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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Cameron Colley

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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