* Posts by Cameron Colley

2172 posts • joined 13 Jun 2007

Iceland thinks long and hard over extreme smut web ban law

Cameron Colley

Re: Tell me how to stop them surfing for whatever they want on their (or their mate's) smartphone?

On their own surely you just tell the network not to allow porn? I know I and to sign up to a "dirty old man list" when I started using my phone to browse the internet.

Their mates' phones are different, of course, but a conversation with their mates' parents might let them know of the restrictions also. That's "society" and "community" right there...

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Singaporean men in naked web cam extortion scam

Cameron Colley
Headmaster

Re: You may not care, but others might.

I will not type "whose" instead of "who's" again.

I will not type "whose" instead of "who's" again.

I will not type "whose" instead of "who's" again.

I will not type "whose" instead of "who's" again.

I will not type "whose" instead of "who's" again.

I will not type "whose" instead of "who's" again.

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Cameron Colley

You may not care, but others might.

Might not go down well at your grandmother's bible study group, for example. How about that prospective employer whose a stickler for respectability? Perhaps a prospective wife may not be able to trust somebody who would do such a thing? How about if one of the kids in the class or soccer team you teach got hold of it - do you think the parents would like that?

Just because in your particular position in your particular culture it wouldn't be a problem doesn't mean somebody else is a prude because they see it as a problem.

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BBC Vision and Audio tossed on bonfire, replaced by 'TV', 'Radio'

Cameron Colley

Re: What's a radio?

Why would anyone watch video on a laptop in my living room? Have you never heard of monitors and projectors? I mentioned the laptop because it, and my phone, are the only radio devices I tend to use regularly so I took it that when watching a video in bed I'm using this "radio" they talk about.

I do think that Video and Audio (possibly Video Programming and Audio Programming) are much better than the silly Vision though.

As to the strict definition of television since it's essentially a brand name it can mean what you want it to. I've no problem with extending it to include YouTube but what about downloaded films? I wasn't in the studio then either. I also saw the moon on television once through a telescope?

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Cameron Colley
IT Angle

What's a radio?

Do you mean the programming I sometimes watch or listen to on my laptop?

I take it TV is the new name for YouTube, iPlayer, Netflix and other video services?

Yes, I know most people probably do still have a traditional television and, possibly, still listen to traditional radios (well DAB ones soon, perhaps) but surely I'm not the only person for whom a "TV" and "radio" don't exist any more?

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Pope resigns months after launching social networking effort

Cameron Colley

He was just upset about his team missing a star player.

Knowing the church never recruited Mr Saville must be a constant source of embarassment. My guess is he now wants to work for the BBC.

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Paper computers: Not mere pulp fiction

Cameron Colley

Rock, paper, scissors.

Which one is it? It's your decision

And no matter what you chose

You gonna live it

I've a few kilos of dead tree which I have read, and also a new collection of a few hundred MB. I love real books butt, like a lot of people, I cannot afford the huge storage space. Also when travelling it is much easier to carry one thing, or even log into one account, than try to move a lot of dead paper.

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BlackBerry Q10: This quirky QWERTY will keep loyalists perky

Cameron Colley

A few questions:

Is there a way to turn the touchscreen off or do you just lock the whole thing? Do you have to use the touchscreen to lock it or is there a button or a key shortcut?

Does it take a normal-sized SIM?

This is looking like almost my perfect phone and will hopefully be the replacement for my now ancient E71.

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BIS, bash, bosh: El Reg solves BlackBerry 10 email bafflement

Cameron Colley

Now I want one.

Been wanting a Blackberry for the last few years but refused to pay a fiver a month more for something that isn't that much better than the IMAP I already use.

Glad that my next phone doesn't have to mean giving all my data to Google or paying Apple's lawyeers to talk shit.

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Victims of 'revenge pr0n' sue GoDaddy, smut site

Cameron Colley

This is why I hate the photo obsessed.

Why is it that nowadays everyone seems to want to photograph everything? Is it because they can? Is it because they're morons?

Anyone pulling a camera on me in a "compromising position" or dressed in a way I'd not go out in public is asked politely not to take a photo, then more direct action is taken. Once a digital photograph exists there exists the possibility that some piece of shit will publish it.

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Fatty French Kilogram needs a new-year diet, say Brit boffins

Cameron Colley

Re: Post vanished into the ether.

And how do you propose to keep exactly one litre of water, free of containments, at precisely STP?

Or is this a joke I don't understand?

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German ebook firm pushes cheapo ereaders into US drug stores

Cameron Colley

Re: "do it properly with an iPad Mini / Nexus 7"

Paperwhite may technically be "backlit" ((I've not taken it apart) but when it comes to reading it is a world away from a traditional backlit display. Personally I don't even notice that it's lit unless it's pitch dark but, then, I do have the brightness turned to minimum (though I'll admit I wish I could turn it off completely to save battery).

I used to read from my iPad on my commute and my eyes certainly prefer the paperwhite.

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Review: Dell XPS 12 Windows 8 tablet-cum-Ultrabook

Cameron Colley

Re: There are other Linux distros besides Ubuntu...

I suspect the inability to boot Ubuntu is due to UEFI and/or Secure Boot (more likely the latter) as mandated by Microsoft for Windows 8.

AFAIK it's not yet possible to boot Linux without disabling Secure Boot, which then prevents Windows 8 from installing.

I dare say someone has done it, but until Canonical, RedHat, the Linux foundation et. al. get around to adding it to the installers "normal" users are out of luck.

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John McAfee the Belize spymaster uncovers 'ricin, terrorist plots'

Cameron Colley

Perhaps he went to a special company.

They may have remembered it for him wholesale?

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Ofcom looks at contract opt-outs as users rage over price hikes

Cameron Colley

Re: How about...

If loans weren't so expensive nowadays (I swear the APRs have doubled in the last couple of years) then it would probably pay to do this yourself. It may still do if you shop around for a decent loan deal. (I've not looked seriously so they might be out there) .

If you can pass the credit rating to get a 24 month phone contract I doubt you'd have much trouble securing ~£500 over, say, 12 months. Certainly what I would [will] do if I couldn't [can't] afford a to buy a new phone outright and need one for some reason.

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Hm, nice idea that. But somebody's already doing it less well

Cameron Colley

Re: "I call Godwin's!"

The you perhaps missed the point of my post -- somewhat making my point even stronger.

Please stop with this left/right bollocks as it has no meaning outside of a specifically defined context which takes longer to explain than the point you're trying to make saying "Left" or "Right".

If you mean "Socialist" then say it, or if you mean "Capitalist" or "Liberal" then say them. Enough with the meaningless "Left" or "Right".

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Cameron Colley

The Right?

I'm afraid I, for one, have no idea what you mean by that in this context. Are you suggesting that "The Right" wants decentralisation because they're Capitalist Pigdogs and believe in the small-state or that The Right are against decentralisations because they're Fascist Pigdogs and believe in a united Riech?

Perhaps you mean The Right like Stalin, or The Right like his friend Hitler? Or do you mean The Right like Bush with his fascistic anti-terror measures, or The Right like Obama with his fascistic policies forcing everyone to pay their money to health care or he'll send his jackbooted thugs to them?

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Yes, hundreds upon hundreds of websites CAN all be wrong

Cameron Colley

Re: "Kiss this guy... "

There's a live recording (the Isle of Mann?) where he sung "'scuse me while I kiss this police man..."?

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The LINUX TABLET IS THE FUTURE - and it always will be

Cameron Colley

I want a modernised HTC Universal running Maemo.

Though I'd take Android. Worked as both a touch-screen and keyboard-based device. E eryone who saw me use it asked what it was and they were all impressed -- until I mentioed the price and that it ran Windows Phone.

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Canadian man: I solved WWII WAR HERO pigeon code!

Cameron Colley

F U N E X?

F U E 10 D M?

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John McAfee rushed to hospital over heart attack fears

Cameron Colley

Wow, that is good coffee!

Though he is, perhaps, overdoing it a little.

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E-reader demand slumps, slapped down by slates

Cameron Colley

It's always the same.

Dedicated devices are generally better at the thing they are bought for for but only those who spend a lot of time doing that truly appreciate them. The rest want a device which will do lots of things passably. See cameras, media players and phones -- a modern smart phone does all three in a compromised manner but most people put up with it for convenience.

Personally I have an netbook, and iPad and a Kindle and I know that the netbook and Kindle will be going on holiday with me -- despite the iPad supposedly being able to do the job of both. I'm sure as many people will understand why as don't.

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BOFH: Cannot terminate PFY instance... ACCESS DENIED

Cameron Colley

RE: Re: @Amonynous

Not so sure the staff would be "somewhere cheap" in my experience the back office staff are situated in the same office buildings, or ones nearby, the fee earners. Staff who do that kind of work are generally secretaries or skilled document production personnel rather than someone hired on the cheap.

Your basic premise is correct though -- the work is automated and isn't classed as lawyers' time.

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Assault on battery

Cameron Colley

Wireless in the office is jsut a waste of resources.

You either need a lot of rechargeable batteries (since they can't be used whilst charging) or a stock of ordinary "let's ruin the environment pointlessly" batteries.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not an eco-nut or anything and I do use a wireless keyboard on a PC used as an entertainment centre but using batteries in an office is just a waste of energy for no real gain.

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Asus VivoBook S200 11.6in touchscreen notebook review

Cameron Colley

@b166er

The "wall of desktop icons" can be arranged in the corner so they can be accessed without covering an application's window.

That said, it's the Start Menu that the stupid tile screen replaces, and that only covered a small amount of space in the corner so one could still see an open application (or applications on a bigger screen) when using it.

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Microsoft and Skype to axe world's most popular IM client early 2013

Cameron Colley

Apple Talk now works on Windows, Android, and Linux does it?

I missed the announcement somehow. I also missed how it can work over WiFi or 3G.

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Debenhams cafes ban outré terms like 'espresso' and 'cappuccino'

Cameron Colley

@James Micallef

But if you ask for "a black coffee" they flog you an "americano" which isn't a "normal black coffee" it's an espresso with water added. If you want a "normal" cup of coffee as I grew up with you have to ask for a filter coffee.

I'll admit if you ask for "a beer", in the UK at least, you may be asked to be more specific but if you ask for a lager or a bitter or a white or red wine there's usually a "house" one. They don't then ask you how many shots you want in it or whether you want sprinkles (OK, so i made up the sprinkles).

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Cameron Colley

Sounds fair enough to me.

I hate Starosta coffee places where you have to piss around translating faux-italian names just to order a simple coffee. What's wrong with "small, medium, large" or, if they must, "regular, large, extra"?

I've not problem ordering foodstuffs and drinks in other languages when in that country or ordering a dish from there but the made-up bollocks associated with coffee is a language I can't be arsed to learn.

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California begins crackdown on mobile app developers

Cameron Colley

Re: An idea

It's Arizona Bay I want to see...

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Young Frenchwoman desperate for fat pipe tumbles out of window

Cameron Colley

Re: The other first

I'm not convinced ALL USians start at one. I had a discussion with a colleague from the US about this and he told me some buildings there (Baltimore) had a ground or zero floor.

Can any other USians confirm this?

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Microsoft sues Google directly in German Maps-on-Moto lawsuit

Cameron Colley

Another day another reason to despise Microsoft.

Anyone who bought a Microsoft product should hang their head in shame for helping the lawyers' club remove yet another choice from the consumer.

Keep buying Microsoft, or Apple for that matter, and you're a selfish fool helping ruin software and consumer electronics.

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Sites can slurp browser history right out of Firefox 16

Cameron Colley

Re: 16 now?

19.0a1 here...

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JK Rowling's adult novel arrives on ebook full of FAIL

Cameron Colley

@sequester Re: Poppers.

Well, I have a paper textbook that backs that one up too. I believe its use as a sexual stimulant is due to the increased blood flow through [into] sexual organs and the relaxation of the anal sphincter -- hence its use being more prevalent in the gay scene (from what I can gather).

I take it, though, that The Torygraph are referring to the feeling of dizziness and the thumping in the temples it produces as well as the felt increase in heart rate. However, I'd love to think they were, instead, referring to Stephen Fry's description of Dan Brown's canon.

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Cameron Colley

Re: Poppers.

I've seen poppers labelled as amyl nitrate, alkyl nitrate, amyl nitrite and alkyl nitrite as well as a couple of others I forget (Wikipedia suggests butyl versions). So, perhaps the Torygraph writer took their information from the ingredients list of the product. You can hardly blame someone for that, especially given the tendency of nomenclature to change over the decades.

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Icelandic town demands vulva museum

Cameron Colley
Thumb Up

Thanks for not giving it away in the URL.

Good to be able to send it to friends without it being immediately obvious, thanks.

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Vote now for the ULTIMATE BACON SARNIE

Cameron Colley

Most aren't bacon sandwiches!

They're bacon & something else sandwiches.

With the possible exception of cheese adding anything that you would ordinarily have in a sandwich on its own to a bacon sandwich stops it being a bacon sandwich. Yes, tastes vary and tomato or not, brown sauce or not, etc. are valid arguments but adding black pudding, egg or anything else stops it being a bacon sandwich.

Would you include a McThungumy with bacon or a King Watsit with bacon also? How about if it's vegetarian bacon?

Myself: I voted The Classic Jumbo.

However, I prefer bacon, egg, sausage and brown sauce. I'm also partial to the full English (black pudding in there too and perhaps beans) but they're not bacon sandwiches, for fuck's sake.

Oh, and bacon and brie in a baguette is a fine sandwich. Not an English "bacon butty" though so not really relevant.

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Microsoft to comply with Brussels over browser choice gaffe

Cameron Colley

Re: somewhere someone is missing the point....

I think you are missing the point. The fact that "nobody noticed" is the point and the problem.

The decision and Microsoft's penalty are a little outdated now, since bureaucracy is glacial in its pace, but that is irrelevant. Microsoft are being made to do this because they abused their position to force their own standards upon the internet -- the results of which are still being suffered in businesses across the world including those who just wish to upgrade from IE6 to IE9.

Please do not forget history lest we be forced to repeat it.

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Valve reiterates games hardware gambit

Cameron Colley

I'm more of a philistine.

I like keyboard plus touchpad. Then use cursors with the right hand and touchpad with left. Weapon selection and other things can then be done with the most appropriate hand.

Not that I'm any good at FPSs -- that may be telling but I am worse with a mouse.

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Pret-a-porter: LG boffins' bendy battery can be worn as PANTS

Cameron Colley

Worn around the neck, really?

Running Man anyone?

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Hotel keycard firm issues fixes after Black Hat hacker breaks locks

Cameron Colley

I was about to say just this.

In fact in one hotel I stayed at the maid seemed to leave a new key in there every day -- I ended up leaving two master keys* on the bed when I left and I'd left others previously.

Must admit I tend to chance it and leave valuables in the room and haven't lost anything yet but I really think all hotels should provide a safe in every room nowadays.

*I assume, didn't check as I was there with a friend who wouldn't let me do the "Oh, shit, sorry, thought it was my room." trick.

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Train crash knocks out fibre cables, delays 9/11 hearing

Cameron Colley
Facepalm

@Psyx

I realise not everyone here works in IT but I would expect most to know what a VPN was. The internet is not just the World Wide Web you know.

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Cameron Colley
FAIL

If only the US had access to US technology.

It's a shame the US don't have access to that technology called "the internet" that the US invented to allow communications systems to divert around points of failure. Aren't the US friendly enough with the US to have access to their technology?

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Shove off Prince Harry, now Norway's teen royal in fresh photo uproar

Cameron Colley

Re: Anders Breivik

I severely doubt he will be in a prison like that. Whilst I'm not sure of it that looks like a minimum security prison or, at least, it's not as severe looking as the ones I've seen in Oslo, which from the outside at least look the same as the ones we have in the UK.

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Want a Windows 8 Start Button? Open source to the rescue!

Cameron Colley

Re: Luddites

"It's just an interface, so you don't like it, move on."

So you're recommending everyone who doesn't like Metro change job as soon as it's introduced? I'm not sure how else people can "move on" when this monstrosity is forced upon us.

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REVEALED: Everything Everywhere new 4G logo ... a SNAIL?

Cameron Colley

Isn't that a sarc mark?

Perhaps they're trying to admit something?

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SHOCK: Brainwave readers work as advertised

Cameron Colley
Joke

I'm not worried.

I only even think about Linux, so I'm immune.

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Sacrebleu! Googleplex insists Bush is still le président américain

Cameron Colley

Sadly my favourite Google mistranslation is gone now.

A famous Dutch Christmas-time character was translated as Hilary Duff.

I'm not sure who'd the most creepy.

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SurfTheChannel Brit movie pirate gets 4 YEARS' PORRIDGE

Cameron Colley

I don't understand where fraud comes into it?

Surely the people using the site know it's not legitimate, so how is it fraud?

I have no sympathy for the guy, by the way, other than thinking the sentence a little odd. I just don't understand how these cases are prosecuted as fraud when nobody is being defrauded.

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Flash Player to vanish from Android store on Wednesday

Cameron Colley

Re: Yay

Yup, Silverlight:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/12/01/lovefilm_dumps_flash/

Seems the "cure" is of the medieval variety.

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Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 64GB Android tablet review

Cameron Colley

Yeah, nice screen.

Now wake me up when you can see more than one [native, not RDP] app on it at a time.

Seriously, why the hell can't tablets multi-task properly yet?

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