* Posts by auburnman

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The Breakfast (Table) of Champions: Micro Machines

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Also in top-down rally antics, Rock 'N' Roll Racing from around the same era was great fun.

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Google turns cookie monster on AdSense, DoubleClick clients

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Re: Cookies now non negotiable...

Yeah it's a pretty bad own goal for the EU here. Worse, once the general public is attuned to tolerating these sort of extra conditions for site access, along will come "Turn off AdBlock or GTFO."

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Bloke cuffed for blasting low-flying drone with shotgun

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Re: It's time

Net Gun. Job done.

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The shooter just needs to spin this right to walk free: This was a home invasion, just so happens to be the first unmanned variant thereof we have heard about. Since a drone has spinning blades he should easily be able to claim self-defence if it was within range to be brought down by a shotgun. How high the drone was will come down to his word vs. theirs unless the camera footage survived. I was expecting something like this to happen way back when animal rights groups in the UK said they'd start using drones to monitor farmers livestock.

I'm no gun fan, but the new wave of drone owners need to learn some acceptable limits and fast.

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Hurrah! Uber does work (in the broadest sense of the word) after all

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I think that's the slightly schizophrenic thing about Uber - in one country they may be unpopular but they are working with licenced drivers under minicab regulations, but in the next country over they appear to be shitting on everyone and doing as they please. This could be what is polarizing the debate into leave 'em be vs. Lock 'em up.

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Re: @Spartacus

But if the method of enforcing standards includes training and testing upfront as in the London system, and those costs are passed onto prospective drivers, then the taxi fee can't be nominal, and the enforcement budget can scale in relation to the amount of taxi hopefuls. The scarcity argument assumes enforcement has failed from the get-go.

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@Spartacus

"You probably do need a bit of scarcity.You can't reasonably enforce standards if everyone can run a taxi for a £5 charge"

I'm not following your logic there; if you enforce standards then people can't run a taxi for a £5 charge (unless somehow complying with standards were cheap enough that you could still profit) so I can't see it making an argument for deliberate scarcity. Unless you mean you can't enforce standards in regulated taxis if Uber are wilfully sidestepping them going "LA LA LA NOT A TAXI" ?

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Potential topic for Worstal...

Was there ever a serious rationale for the limitation on taxi licences/medallions or whatever, or has it always been a naked attempt to force scarcity and enable rent-seeking?

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Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

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Shit shit shit

I don't think I nuked the 'helpful' upgrade reminder on Mum and Dad's PC...

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Hacked US Census Bureau staff to take anti-phishing classes

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I'd like to see the trainer actively try to fish the users he's training, along the lines of "my laptop is broken, can I run the presentation from yours? I'll just need your user ID and password." Would be interesting to see how many people would have the wisdom to know that's not a good idea and the balls to say no in front of a group.

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Hole in (Number) Two: MYSTERY golf-course pooper strikes again

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If only Donald Trumps course in Aberdeen wasn't so far out of town, "the turtle" could have ended up with a copycat. Back on topic, no-one keeps up a vendetta this long without a personal connection; my money is on one of the groundskeepers. Either that or it has become a traditional dare/rite of passage at a local school to go for a midnight 'hole in one'.

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Game over, Ouya, the Android gaming console

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"[T]hat Ouya is giving up the hardware so soon after release must be disappointing to those who had backed the company in its early days."

No it isn't. Early backers wanted and (eventually) received a cheap console box that could be tinkered with for pet projects and emulate megadrive/SNES classics in the living room. During the wait for delivery, the arrogance and shoddiness of OUYA the company convinced me to never risk giving my credit card details to their store. So despite playing a number of demos for games I could have bought, the developers didn't get my money.

Long story short slowly divorcing OUYA from the company that made it could be the best thing to happen for OUYA in a while. It might even lead to the development of an independent OUYA-centric Android OS that makes loading non-store apps easier.

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Take off, eh, you Uber: Ontario lobs $300m lawsuit at cab app biz

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Re: If it's illegal, it's trivial to stamp out

Summoning the people you planned to book/arrest etc with the app would likely be seen as Agent Provocateur and therefore a no no.

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Bitcoin fixes a Greek problem – but not the Greek debt problem

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Re: no control [...] over the amount of Bitcoin in circulation

I don't think you can fiddle with the difficulty curve outside the established parameters. It's already tied to ensuring a steady stable trickle of BitCoins into the system; the calculations only become more difficult when new coins are being mined too quickly. Because this is one of the underlying assumptions the BC system is built on, any change would likely lead to a panic 'run' on BitCoins and possibly a crash in value.

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As I understand it the billions of uncollected tax is a fiction at this point, as it is an accumulation of uncollected receipts going back decades that has just piled up. The idea that debt this old can be tracked down, proven and collected is pure fantasy. It's only still on the books because no-one wants to write it off (and presumably to the inattentive eye it makes Greece look slightly less bust than they really are.

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HTC in crisis: How did it get to this point? How did it get this bad?

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Re: Their (lack of) support killed my interest in HTC

"I suffered from the random turn off bug (not widespread but I found various other users with the same problem)"

I had that! Didn't even realise it was a bug, I had assumed I'd damaged it or wonked the battery somehow. Same net result - I also dropped HTC - but on the erroneous rationale that their phones couldn't take the punishment of day-to-day life.

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Re: Don't install it !

I think most of us have a painful "what harm could it do?" Story that snowballs into a stupidly complex rebuild somewhere in a mental folder marked "OH GOD WHY I DO THIS?"

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Unions call for strike action over 'unusable' Universal Credit IT

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I dunno, you get continuous smooth runs from a bout of the skitters, so this could well describe an IDS project to a T without having to twist meanings.

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NSA continues mass slurping of Americans' phone metadata

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They probably arrange for one of those spam robocall companies to call any two numbers they want to link. Once you've got the rationale to track the second number by 'association' with the primary, sift through the data until you can justify tracking it independently and boom, another root to grow out through the system.

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Chap slapped in Dogecoin crap app flap

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Re: Blah blah "no wrongdoing"

Of course there was wrongdoing, but to admit that would utterly finish them because they would almost automatically lose any further lawsuits against them. Therefore the company offers up whatever else the prosecution want.

The prosecution don't have getting a courtroom verdict as their main motivation though: they want a win on their track record (and a one-sided settlement is the best kind of win because you don't have to waste countless hours in court) especially when it comes with a nice fat payout for the state coffers and the company surrendering to government audits for X years (jobs for the boys.)

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WikiLeaks docs show NSA's 10-year economic espionage campaign against France

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Wonder if Assange is angling for asylum in France? From his viewpoint of the world it makes sense. Sneak out of the embassy dressed as a delivery guy or somesuch, then sneak on the Eurostar or more likely bribe someone with a small boat to cross the channel. Then jolly it up in a nice château, stirring it up occasionally to keep his name in the papers and everyone pissed off.

Only question is, would France buy into the conspiracy theory that the charges against him have been orchestrated by America? And if they did, would they be willing to defy Sweden just to piss off the US?

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

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Re: Thoughts

"That the nationalised industries provided many more well paid jobs than the privatised ones is all the proof we need to show that the nationalised industries were inefficient."

False: You also need to show that the lower number of jobs in the privatised scenario are shouldering the same or higher workload (of actual work, not busywork) rather than just slicing everything to the bone.

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We forget NOTHING, the Beeb thunders at Europe

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Re: BBC - "We forget nothing"

Dad's Army.

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BBC - "We forget nothing"

Wish they had this attitude decades ago before they started taping over bits of our national heritage...

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As the US realises it's been PWNED, when will OPM heads roll?

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Archuleta sounds like the name of a mole working for Ming the Merciless. When the attack from space begins, her spider-minions will reveal themselves and strike at key targets throughout the globe!

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Indiana Jones whips Bond in greatest movie character poll

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The TV list seems to be heavily biased towards most recent shows getting the most votes. With a few exceptions like Frank and Homer it looks more or less like a roll call of memorable characters time ordered based on their show airing date.

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Gaming's favourite fly by night. Batman: Arkham Knight reviewed

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Re: Darkness. No Parents.

Not just PC games. Arkham City was borderline unplayable shortly after release on PS3 due to some insane slowdown if you tripped certain conditions (Gliding too long, using fast travel? Can't remember now but it was fairly easy to fall foul of.) Luckily a prompt patch fixed it, but putting up with this sort of day 1 bullshit appears to be par for the course now.

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Arkham Origins was not developed by RockSteady FYI, it may be why some parts of it were not up to par with the rest of the franchise. I have to say I'm looking forward to a Batman game where the Clown Prince of Crime has ceded the spotlight to allow one of the other superlative villains a crack at being the main baddie.

I'm sure I'm going to be raging when the whole thing turns out to have been staged by the Joker and he comes back from the dead though.

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E3 2015 in a nutshell: Hurry up Hoth, and plenty to Unravel

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Re: I hope Doom is due out well into 2Q2016

The people who still want to play DOOM are already playing DOOM. The original is still being supported with hi-res texture packs, top notch map packs and mods by the community.

The 'modern' era graphic DOOM games can't hold a candle to them, especially when they discard the original virtue of throwing you straight into the action for various cutscenes with various people you don't care about gurning at the camera, trying to lay down story rationales more complicated than 'Kill all the baddies.'

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Oh bollocks, Batman comes out tomorrow! There's no way I'm going to beat the last boss of BloodBorne in only a day.

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Ubuntu daddy Mark Shuttleworth loses fight to cancel $20m bank fee

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Multimillionaire loses pocket change

The main thing I'm taking away from this article is that a flash pad in New York can be more expensive than a holiday IN SPACE.

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DuckDuckGrow: Privacy search soars 600% after Snowden dumps

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"Which means they are essentially piggybacking on the work of others?"

If they are (making no judgement here) Google will have a hard time doing anything about it. They can't make Google search harder to access without shooting the golden goose that's made them billions over all these years, and I don't think they want to open the can of worms that any sort of lawsuit around profiting off the work of others would bring (people in glass houses and all that.)

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Zionists stole my SHOE, claims Muslim campaigner

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Re: auburnman gloabl? Come on.

It's all worth it to see something as rare as rocking horse shit - a Matt Bryant post with no downvotes and not insulting anyone (if we let 'a bit tragic' slide.) :)

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gloabl? Come on.

I realise deadline and money pressures are squeezing the proofreading process, but this clearly hasn't even been spell-checked.

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Cortana threatens to blow away ESC key

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Re: Cortana lived a VERY

As I understood it voice recognition is not quite ready to be standalone with the oomph available on portable devices, although this information might be out of date. But if you were serious about using it as a personal assistant you'd have to tolerate Siri/Cortana/whatever having network access if only to answer questions like "Find out when the local B&Q shuts tonight".

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Re: Cortana lived a VERY

It's the nature of the beast that if you want a digital assistant you give up privacy. Not just because the corporate monoliths want to know everything about you, but an assistant will HAVE to track your speech patterns, habits, friends and generally 'know' a ton about you to even get close to being as good as a human PA.

The cynic in me wonders if the big 3 are pushing assistants so heavily precisely because you can't have a good assistant without surrendering data.

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I block, you block, we all block Twitter shock schlock

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Everyone gets blocked on Twitter, I'm talking about a single account being blocked multiple times triggering a flag. If one guy blocks you, he might just be a bellend who doesn't want to hear an opinion from outside his echo chamber. If ten people block you in a month, someone at Twitter needs to take a look at what you're posting.

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Wouldn't it be much better and simpler for Twitter to proactively review accounts that are blocked over a threshhold number of times? I can see this backfiring if it's possible for blackhats to game the system. Easy money for them if they can extort it from corporate twitter accounts.

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Toothless Ofcom: C'mon consumers, show your teeth on broadband speeds

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I'd much rather OfCom looked into 'Activation dates' if they want to crack down on broadband. It's a pain in the arse when you get into a property that is clearly wired up, you've got your own kit and you're willing to pay only to be told BT 'needs' to send (bill you for) an engineer round. Especially when your connection typically fires up at 12.01am on activation day.

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You won't have the power to walk away

We 'have' the power to walk away from shonky contracts currently and it doesn't do us any good; there are enough ways for companies to ruin customers days (i.e. poor credit records) to provide a chilling effect.

I remember years ago I returned a broadband dongle the day after getting it because it was nowhere near as good as described in the shop. Queue retailer and provider ping-ponging me back and forth saying I could only cancel with the other until the cooloff period ran out, and when their invoice went unpaid they bounced me along a chain of debt collection agencies in the hope I'd give in and pay them.

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

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Re: Good luck in getting a response from Youchip

That's okay, the dealers & punters can trade in BitCoin!

Come to think of it, this whole RFID debacle sounds like someone tried to explain digital currency to a PHB who then tried to implement their 'vision' of it.

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Re: The RFID braclets don't infact work

I would say 'called it' but I neglected to include 'don't even work in the first place' in my list of failure states.

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Re: theft

This is assuming they get paid on time and that they are not being charged for the 'privilege' of using the RFID payment system. And that it doesn't cost them to integrate with their tills.

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Disaster waiting to happen

Revellers at a festival WILL lose and/or break these on an industrial scale. Anyone willing to bet the process or stock for replacements are nonexistent or woefully inadequate? What's the reaction going to be when someone who has paid good money to be there resigns themselves to paying £18.50 for a burger only to be told they can't eat because the dog tag isn't working and the vendor isn't allowed to take cash or card?

While we're on the subject, how secure is paying for things with the RFID, is there an identity verification measure or are they as good as cash if you nick one?

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Trustwave: Here's how to earn $84,000 A MONTH as a blackhat

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It's almost as if someone at Trustwave is subconsciously willing IT professionals to go rogue as vengeance on the masses for years in HellDesk trenches somewhere...

"That’s an exceptional, albeit unethical and illegal, investment," NUDGE NUDGE WINK WINK

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Re: Seriously?

Why not? It's how they got Capone...

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Capita wins four out of five stars for 'good', 'inexpensive' service

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Re: Advice for Government

I don't know, then you'd have to trust them to keep food in date and in stock...

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HP coughs up $100 MEEELLION to settle Autonomy lawsuit

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A payoff of this size is surely just blood in the water isn't it? Practically begging for more lawsuits while at the same time looking guilty as sin. You can't look at a settlement that big and not think something's up.

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DARPA unTerminators gather for Robotics Challenge finals in Hell*

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Re: Observations

The bot can't be engine powered if it's intended to go into buildings and rescue people. And I'm just speculating but I would imagine the engine wouldn't be able to scale up & down in power supply fast enough for the balance adjustments needed to stay upright on two legs.

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We stand on the brink of global cyber war, warns encryption guru

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I suppose if you look at it in a certain light* hacker attacks are sort of a spiritual successor to the commando raids tactics developed in WWII: Get in, do some damage well behind enemy lines, and leave. With the added bonuses of not having to risk lives or physically penetrate enemy territory in the first place.

*eg maybe after a few pints or a herbal cigarette

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