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2084 posts • joined 13 Jun 2007

Did your iPhone 'just stop working' - or did you drop it in your BEER?

Cameron Colley

Who in the US patent office is taking bribes?

Other companies have been adding water detection to electronics for years.

Other people have made all sorts of multi-window systems using all sorts of concepts.

Playing songs in order in a shuffled playlist -- isn't that just "add to queue".

Even assuming they're doing something slightly novel in these cases I really fail to beleive that there is anything _that different_ to current technologies that it wouldn't be obvious.

So, either the US Patent Office just pass anything without any checks or Apple are paying someone to do that for them.

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Ten... alien invasions

Cameron Colley

What about Chocky?

It was a little frightening to watch as a child and the plot has been pinched by at least one sci-fi TV show.

The book, of course, was even better.

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Can you judge a man by his Twitter followers?

Cameron Colley

Re: Why would following constitute endorsement?

You raise a good point that the author missed: Who is to say you only follow those you like? If I follow Microsoft, for example, I would likely do it to keep up with developments regarding my work -- despite actually being unimpressed by their software and being a Linux advocate. If I spent more time on Twitter I may well follow the EDF or BNP but should anyone suggest I supported either I would sue for libel if able -- I would follow them to see just how ignorant people can become as that kind of knowledge interess me.

As a lesser example, wouldn't a sensible marketing department follow and friend the competitor to see how they do it?

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Cameron Colley

The problem are the idiots who expect you to be on Facebook.

I have no problem with anyone wanting to use any social media or any other website (certain illegalities aside) . However, when they then expect you to have to sign up to, for example, see the pictures they took of their new baby or to organise a party -- then I have a problem.

As somebody who is opinionated and interested in contentious subjects I am as careful as possible never to use my real name or the real name of my employer (or anyone else) on the internet. This is so that if, for example, I post on El Reg something critical of the Pope I'm not then in the slightest bit worried if I happen to apply for a job which involves mowing some church lawns.

It could be said I could sign up to Facebook and only use it to view baby photographs and check event times but what happens when I don't use it for a year and it's hacked, the privacy settings change, or similar? You also have problems off cross-linking with other things if some twunt uses your handle along with your name or some such which are a lot less likely to happen when real names aren't part of the medium at all.

It also seems the height of pointlessness to sign up to something to not use it.

I love online discussion and find it actually helpful knowing the extent of views and opinions -- online debate has both changed and strengthened my views on many subjects. I doubt, however, that some subjects would even have been discussed with real names attached.

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So, that vast IT disaster you may have caused? Come in, sit down

Cameron Colley

Am I missing something?

My impression from the article was this is about determining whether it is likely to be accident or malice?

I realise the two are hard to separate but, as others have alluded to, things like having somebody else check your work mean you're less likely to the the guy who accidentally removed a disk from the RAID5, went to fix it and hot-swapped the wrong drive, rebuilt it, then tried to restore from a tape you accidentally kept appending to for ten years and have been storing next to a speaker.*

If Dominic Connor's job is merely to "find who is to blame" then it is, indeed, a very sad reflection of corporate culture and a chilling reminder that IT staff are not the ones who get golden parachutes. However, if he's called in to give some indication as to whether an individual responsible for a chain of cock-ups is unlucky, an incompetent liar or bent on destruction I'd say there's less to fear and more articles like this are needed.

*yes, I know, data centres aren't like that.

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Brit anti-terror hotline hacker teen pleads guilty

Cameron Colley

Re: Cornish electro-geek

According to a couple of articles he's a submarine captain. I do wonder though if he's just bought a nuclear one so he can use the generator to power his GX1.

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Cameron Colley

Re: ..said to have prevented legitimate callers..

It's the lizzards coming from the TV you ought to worry about. Well, that and the screaming, skinny effigy of a Cornish electro-geek.

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Google Chrome serves up only emptiness, for many users

Cameron Colley

Re: Re: This wouldn't happen

I prefer netcat to ping for viewing web pages, it formats the content better ;)

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Sony SmartWatch Android remote

Cameron Colley

@CCCP

"good self winders 'adapt' to your wearing pattern" Citation needed.

If you are correct about the time keeping then you are very, very lucky. I suspect, however, you are mistaken and really ought to pay attention next time you change the date or correct for daylight saving.

There isn't a mechanical watch in the world that can compare in accuracy to a cheap quartz -- and cheap quartz tend to need adjusting every month or so when they're a few seconds out.

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Re: USB Charging

Oh, of course, because that £2K Swiss bracelet that you have to be careful not to scratch, get serviced every year and set the time on every couple of months is much better at the job of telling the time than a £40 Japanese digital which will set itself and take a few knocks...

Don't get me wrong, there are some nice pieces of Swiss jewellery out there but in reality they are just that -- nice, fairly functional jewellery.

Of course, the product being reviewed isn't particularly good at being a watch either and given the choice I would pick the Swiss bracelet.

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Net publishing happens in the server AND the eyeball, says EU Bot

Cameron Colley

@Crisp

I couldn't care less about the purity of anything, I'm wondering out loud why people who profess to love football pay these leaches and show brand loyalty to something which stopped being a "local team" years ago.

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Cameron Colley

So why does anyone put up with the "football authorities"

It seems they want their match information to be known to all, yet they still want it kept secret so that they can extract more money from people.

They're useless parasites extracting as much money as they can from a game they know people will pay outrageous fees to watch being played both live and broadcast. Why does anyone bother with their product? Imagine if the music industry gave sole "performance listing rights" to one company and sued anyone else who published a list of concerts.

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Larry Ellison buys island 1000x bigger than Branson's

Cameron Colley

Bloody hell.

I was about to suggest that Tristan da Cunha is a more villainous-hideout shape and Deception island has a better name, but looking at Lanai it looks like the real-deal!

Perhaps his meddlesome nemesis will be Dog The Bounty Hunter.

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Vatican subtly shifts its position on The Blues Brothers

Cameron Colley

Am I the only one who doesn't like the film?

Could never see the attraction. Think I'd rather go to mass and that's saying something.

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Top US Senator to Apple, Google: 'Curb your spy planes'

Cameron Colley

Am I the only one wondering...

What does the senator have or do in his back yard that he's so worried people will see?

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Ten... celeb headphones

Cameron Colley

I'm too poor.

So I went for the ATH-M50.

IEMs seem to be more expensive, or perhaps I'm manipulated enough, so I went for some Ultimate Ears -- other manufacturers produce good products also.

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Rogue kebab provokes Carlisle post-pub car deathmatch

Cameron Colley

Could have been worse.

He could have walked to a friend's and posted racist comments on Twitter.

Remember kids: Drinking and driving costs lives: but it's preferable to being a twat on Twitter.

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UK websites: No one bothers with cookie law, why should we?

Cameron Colley
FAIL

Re: Message to El Reg

Further to that the "normal" site which used to be browsable on my old "feature phone" is now unusable on it due to a huge popup which will has no button to dismiss it and blocks up to 90% of the page.

My phone shows me your adverts too (PCs always have AdBlock) and I used to use it to browse your site at least as much as my PCs so you'll be losing all my "ad impressions" if you care.

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UK cookie law compliance takes effect today

Cameron Colley

Just bloody annoying.

Now I have to put up with a stupid banner every time I visit El Reg, and other sites, because some twat in Brussels was told it was a good idea?

Wow, yeah, great, way to save the world Eurocrats. Shouldn't you be, I don't know, trying to find a way out of the economic crisis rather than this bullshit?

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Mars rover Opportunity spots WALL-E in crater ramble

Cameron Colley

Re: Where's all the red????

Unless I'm very much mistaken the spiel chocker is built in to your browser. If you're using Firefox then I seem to recall that US English is the default but you can add proper English by right-clicking and selecting Add Dictionaries form the Languages menu.

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Greene King pubs to offer free beer Wi-Fi

Cameron Colley

Re: Re: Cloud is not that useful compared to an open hotspot

@AC: Please provide a citation that this service is not free to the end user.

Fine, you're miffed at having to use a disposable email address but that does not mean the service costs money.

I have no love for any brewery or any other company, neither have I any particular fondness for signing in to WiFi but as fas as I can tell you are talking bollocks. That is unless you have specific information that the company in question is not providing the free service, in which case it might be a good idea to provide that information to the ASA (and the rest of us) rather than just posting anonymous comments.

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Cameron Colley

Re: But it's not "free" is it?

It's "free as in beer", at least the Wetherspoons is where I sign in as Pubby Mcpubson from Stonybridge with password "ThePub".

Granted it is a PITA to have to remember a disposable email address and password, but it's still provided free of charge.

That said, I'm more impressed by places which offer it without login.

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Smoke-belching flash drive self-destructs on command

Cameron Colley

Do se need a new error message?

"sda is on fire"?

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Real-time drone videos get GPU-tastic

Cameron Colley

Re: Tsk

The last shaved what belonging to the guy? Or do you mean "... you can see when the guy has last shaved." is the correct English?

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Mobile fee dodgers will get away with enough cash to bail out Greece

Cameron Colley

Re: DAMN RIGHT WERE PARANOID

How dare you sell my country of birth short!!

It's full of drunk _teenage mothers_.

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Dell puts Sputnik open-source laptop on launch pad

Cameron Colley

Re: Don't you love when Linux elitists

I think you'll find Linux users who dislike Ubuntu do so for a variety of reasons including not liking Unity, objecting to Canonical dropping "Linux" from its site and seeming to take credit for the work of others, and disliking how some things are automated in such a way that problems occur in slightly out of the ordinary cases.

That said, I've seen very little evidence of people "hating" Ubuntu. Many people still recommend it to new users, though other distros like Mint get a lot of mentions too.

You may not find all that many long-term Linux users, or professional Linux users, running Ubuntu themselves but that is generally because they either want something more stable or they want something lighter or more tweakable with less hand-holding.

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Teufel Audio iTeufel Air

Cameron Colley

Re: £430 for a mono speaker?

Stereo is unfasionable nowadays. You just have to look at all DAB radios and a lot of iPad/iPhone/iPod docks to see that.

Anyone who cares about sound quality will buy an Airport and a pair of decent powered monitors, or similar.

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Microsoft ejects DVD playback from Windows 8

Cameron Colley

Re: Windows 8 = Downgrade

This is DVD video playback, with CSS and the like, they're talking about and not the ability to read DVDs.

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Telly is becoming moving wallpaper for constantly online Brits

Cameron Colley

Re: Price of 3D?

I disagree because "Any TV capable of a refresh of 200Hz or greater..." is not a cheap TV by any means. Another way of looking at it is that you have to buy a higher priced TV to get a 3D capable one.

OK, so it's not "adding 3D" that's making the TV more expensive but to somebody on a budget a TV capable of 3D is still too expensive.

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Moon at annual perigee this weekend

Cameron Colley

Re: Sole satellite?

Only one natural satellite, QI are being silly and playing with definitions. The other objects they refer to are satellites of the sun.

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'Geek' image scares women away from tech industry

Cameron Colley

I thought the geeks went ages ago?

Perhaps in my not so varied career I've worked somewhere that's fundamentally different to most but in my last place of employment I could count the number of geeks on the fingers of one hand. I've come across far more women in IT than geeks.

I thought nowadays IT was a service industry like any other and "soft skills" were what mattered.

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Gaia scientist Lovelock: 'I was WRONG and alarmist on climate'

Cameron Colley

AGW has done its job now anyhow.

The profit making mechanisms have been set up by governments and those who offer them a cut of the action and Carbon Trading is likely here to stay. People like Lovelock have their small share of the plunder so can retire comfortably and enjoy it.

Now that things are in place the terrifying AGW predictions will dry up and perhaps we'll have another scare..

The problem then is that nothing is actally being done to help plan for climate change, to ensure that energy production meets demand or to ensure our negative impact on the environment is kept to a minimum.

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Apple sued for every touchscreen device by Flatworld prof

Cameron Colley

Re: Read the Patent

Doesn't that describe the way you switch "desktops" under Android? I know that's how it works under iOS and I seem to recall it's like that under Android also.

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Workers' comp covers sex-related injuries, judge rules

Cameron Colley

What a strange decision.

Shouldn't the hotel be liable for the injuries due to its fittings not being so fitted, rather than having to claim from the employer? Or is this about missed wages being paid whilst unable to work due to sickness? Either way, I would expect the hotel to be the ones claimed against by either the employee, employer or both.

As for "psychological injuries" why? Of course being injured isn't pleasant but if she dropped something on your foot at work would she suffer from "psychological injuries" also?

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Rogue IT employees - give us the down and dirty

Cameron Colley

Re: Probably wouldn't help the governments either

I think I've read stories on here about people begin prosecuted because of this very data. I believe it was admissible because the evidence wasn't gathered by breaking the law on UK soil and because when it comes to money laundering and tax evasion uk.gov get to keep all the money.

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FCO splashes millions on Johnny Foreigner's energy 'awareness'

Cameron Colley

The propoganda is irrelevant.

These people aren't been payed to try to persuade the Russians, or any other country or government, to change their policy. These people are being paid because they're mates with someone who has access to our tax money.

This is nothing but blatent theft of tax money.

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Watchdog sniffs David Beckham's wedding tackle

Cameron Colley

Who are these strange, prudish people?

Why on earth would anybody think that a picture of Mr Beckham in his smalls would upset a child? Why would a child think anything of it at all?

Granted, the odd teenager may think "fwwouar, he's hench*" but it's hardly traumatic for them and isn't going to make any difference to the way they're thinking.

*I think that's the term currently in use to describe someone who's attractive.

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Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 Android media player

Cameron Colley

Re: "The Galaxy S 5.0 makes do with Android 2.2". Pardon? Are they serious?

Who cares? Ice Cream Sandwich a steaming pile of old, slow, buggy, insecure crap. Or, rather , in six months it will be.

In the mean time people who don't base thngs on version numbers being higer will buy devices which do what they want, use them and enjoy them. Some may not even notice that Amdroid 2.2 is a slow, old, buggy, insecure pile of shit.

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Ice Cream Sandwich gives Android mobes brainfreeze – Sony

Cameron Colley

So nobody has a real answer to my question then?

If ASUS, or whomever, push the update out that's not related to what I'm asking about.

What I am asking about is why people with perfectly useable devices suddenly decide they don't work any more because a new OS is out? Also why are Google not providing security and bug fixes to anything but the latest Android version or, if they are, what does it matter if a new device doesn't have the cutting-edge OS installed?

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Cameron Colley

So why are people obsessed with getting the latest Android?

There was a review on is very site slagging a tablet because it wasn't running ICS. Yet if Sony and an above poster are to be believed it's probably bets not to have ICS unless you have some pressing need for something not available without it.

Also, this surely means that Google must continue to provide security updates and bug fixes for previous Android versions since not all devices can run ICS?

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HTC sues fans for premature unboxing

Cameron Colley

So, HTC hate their fans.

I assume they treat their less enthusiastic customers with even more contempt, so I'll give them a miss in future and advise others to do the same.

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UK.gov to unveil reborn, renamed net-snoop plans in Queen's Speech

Cameron Colley

Re: Pure stupidity

Of course it won't prevent terrorist attacks the government like them because they're a good excuse to piss more tax money away on the IT systems they've been bribed to implement.

Anybody who still thinks that the govenrnent want to stop terrorism probably also think that Dr Mbenge Ngobo from Nigeria really does want to send them SIX MILLION DOLLARS US.

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Sky boffins: The Moon is not Earth's only natural satellite

Cameron Colley

Re: @Cameron

For the most part I think you will find that the questions on University Challenge were "trivia" so, frankly, I am as unimpressed that Mr Gascoigne researched the questions as I am by Mr Fry's technical ability. They are [were] television programmes made to entertain and, sometimes, impart a little knowledge or get one thinking.

If I want dry science I know where to find it, but reading Scientific American from cover to cover doesn't particularly interest me any more -- I hope that doesn't make me a bad person? I gave up on New Scientist when it turned into "Politics Today" a decade or so ago.

As for venerating Mr Fry's technical knowledge, I would never do such a thing as I know that he is not a technical man and doesn't profess to be -- he's a presenter of an entertainment program. I mentioned the GPS debacle because those were words "put into his mouth" and I feel that people judging him by them are as ignorant of how things work as those who think he's a genius.

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Cameron Colley

@Symon

I don't understand this negativity.

The GPS thing was stupid, admittedly, but how many people knew what Cruithne before they watched QI? I'd not consider myself overly educated but I'm by no means uneducated and I'd not heard of it. Once I had, of course, I realised it wasn't a moon but I think that's part of the fun of QI.

QI is an entertainment programme which makes one think, why is that irksome?

As to Mr Fry, I don't see that the GPS explanation has anything to do with him. They will likely have script writers fro that kind of thing but if it was an off-the-cuff remark on his part the blame lays with whoever decided to broadcast it. I'm not suggesting that Mr Fry necessarily does know how GPS works but referring to an edited television programme as evidence is stupid.

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Cameron Colley

When do they become "mini moons"?

How many times do they have to go around the Earth to be classed as a moon then? Is a meteorite a moon, or a comet? Do they have to make at least one full revolution?

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High school student expelled for dropping F-bomb in tweet

Cameron Colley

Not really surprising.

Coming from a country where it's legal for schools to spy on their pupils getting undressed via a webcam.

Why has the US decided that schools own their pupils? Is it a cultural thing, or are good schools so hard to get into that parents will give up their children's rights wholesale to get into them?

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Harry Potter e-books go on sale

Cameron Colley

Re: Thank goodness for that @JDX

You tell them!!!! Some kid can't read a Harry Potter book because somebody downloaded it!!!!!!!

Next thing you know they'll be killing police officers and defecating in their helmets. It's the same thing, after all.

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Bio student thrown in the clink for Muamba Twitter rant

Cameron Colley

I was going to comment about this.

But after checking the relative sentences I decided it's safer to go get drunk and drive around to let off steam instead.

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Facebook: Your boss asks for your password, we'll sue him! Maybe

Cameron Colley

Re: But but but...

I'd guess some kind of fraud or passing off. The company would be misrepresenting itself as that user to gain information. I imagine it is similar to if you gave away your work password and someone logged in as you.

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