* Posts by auburnman

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Microsoft 'showers gold' on anti-Google Cyanogen and its Android alternative

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That'll please Google

Saves them from funding Cyanogen like they do with Firefox. Keeping another player in the game should help to keep the various competition commissions away for a bit.

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'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

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Re: @auburnman The new man

Any competitor that has a UI that isn't total shit has a chance, but the tricky part is getting momentum. It would likely need marketing/backing from someone like Amazon or Facebook, or a load of content creators rebelling at once. I mention the last one as I can see it as a possibility in the not too distant future; many game reviewers have videos slamming Youtube's overreaching policies and automatic takedowns that assume guilt on the part of the Youtuber.

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Re: The new man

The thing about Google at the minute is it's a dominant force in search - but it has very low lock-in for the average guy in the street. If they keep on this path of screwing content creators and burning goodwill they could be in for a massive disruptive shock.

To take Youtube as an example, there is nothing stopping a rival video service gaining massive traction overnight. If my favourite Youtubers were to rebel en masse and defect to some new service started by Amazon or NetFlix for example I'd follow them in a heartbeat - beyond the content it hosts there is nothing keeping me loyal to Youtube.*

*And even a fair few reasons that would push me to switch - the video player itself is good, but the rest of Youtube's layout can be a confusing PITA

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The issue is not that copyright is weak; try telling that to Disney who still retain Mickey after god knows how long.

The issue is that it's becoming nigh impossible for a regular Joe/Jane to interact with massive international organisations on anything other than their terms. Whether it's cutting a deal you can live off for your music or suing them for just taking your stuff without permission, it will always be an uphill battle against an entity that can afford dozens of lawyers and scores of employees to deal with your case if they don't feel like backing down.

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SamSUNK! Korean giant's electronics biz takes punch to the smartphone profits

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5. Pull out of the anorexia wars and stop trying to make the latest model thinner than Apple's. Make it light enough to hold but hefty enough you don't accidentally fling it when moving. Make up the weight with a BIGGER BATTERY.

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HMRC fails to plan for £10.4bn contract exit... because it's 'too risky'

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Re: just remember...

~A corporation needs to be efficient to exist - unless their customer is a government.

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Dark Fibre: Reg man plunges into London's sewers to see how pipe is laid

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I was about to ask what a fatberg was; then I worked it out and immediately wished I hadn't.

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Landlines: The tech that just won't die

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I would speculate that because your mobile can go abroad there's a risk to the scammers of accidentally running up hefty international charges.

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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I remember going to see the original 'Night at the museum' in the cinema. It was absolutely droll but I couldn't walk out as I needed to wait for a lift home. Halfway through I went to the bogs, on the way back I started checking the other screens to see if there was anything we could switch to. Unfortunately the only other thing on the go was some dire Jessica Simpson vehicle.

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Re: Victor Meldrew

As a completely off topic aside, I liked my first mobile phone number because it ended in 4291 and was thus much easier to memorise.

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Google spent record cash lobbying Congress in 2014 – report

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You've had No Taxation without Representation, now it's time for No Representation without Taxation.

Tax Lobbying at 500% for companies, 1000% for companies with Parent company headquarters in an offshore tax Haven.

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

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I have to say Microsoft's tick tock has been less Feature expand, consolidate than GUI replace, OH SHIT RETREAT over the last couple of iterations.

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'It's NOT FAIR!' yell RICH KIDS ... and that's a GOOD THING

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It's not necessarily spite to refuse a weighted split; it could be a matter of saving face, or the second person might place a higher value on having a reputation of rebuffing unfair deals than the trivial amount at stake.

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Lloyds supplier payments TITSUP: What, you want MONEY from a BANK?

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And you expect them to pay that? They wont. What's that? You'll take them to court if they don't? I hope you sent your invoices recorded delivery and had an independent witness verify the invoices were correct in the format you sent, because if you can't prove when you sent correct invoices you can't prove they were paid late. I would love if this was not the case, but reality isn't so kind.

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Unfortunately that's more hassle than it's worth in the vast majority of cases. When you're desperate to get the cashflow in, tacking additional charges on is not a good idea as it WILL increase delays - the law being on your side doesn't stop them fucking you over.

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Jammin', we know you hate jammin' too: Marriott U-turns on guest Wi-Fi ban

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Let them go extinct

More and more hotels are wising up to the fact that easy internet access is fast becoming as expected of the room as a bed is. I would say the day is approaching where discovering the net connection is not included is looked on with the same disdain as finding out there's no en suite in your room.

If they want to keep charging for Wifi and signal jamming, I say let them and watch the customers vote with their wallets.

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

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'James Comey went as far as to describe encrypted communications as "something expressly to allow people to place themselves above the law."'

Perhaps the companies being discussed would care to sue the FBI for slander? They've got the legal muscle from the patent wars, and this could be a rare case where public opinion would be likely to be behind the corporate monoliths. If they did get a backdown from the G-Men, it would send a strong message to the politicians determined to go down this road.

As an aside, shouldn't Cameron be sucking up to the corporate monoliths and their big coffers in an election year?* It's not like the oil companies or banks are going to have a lot of funds in 2015, I'm surprised he's still going after the internet mob.

*In terms of typical behaviour, not the right thing to do

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Grand Theft Auto 1997: 'Sick, deluded and beneath contempt'

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Re: Awesome Soundtrack too!

Oh god, the soundtrack! I'd forgotten all about that!

#The menfolk found their women scary,

# 'cos they were so big and hairy...

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Bloke in Belgium tries to trademark Je Suis Charlie slogan

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I think you'll find Birmingham is in fact 100% Klingon.

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HTC Desire Eye: The Android superior selfie shooter

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Why has HTC’s flagship M8 One not been more popular?

I think HTC have previously burned some of their reputation with some so-so phones in the past; I think of them as a bit hit-and-miss now, and I don't want to gamble on accidentally getting one of the misses.

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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Re: WTF?

It's a bit early for banks and Govs to adopt win 7 - I would say they'll be starting their rollouts, oh say around 2020 sometime...

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What an ACE-HOLE! This super-software will whip you at poker, hands down

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Re: There's a problem with research in this area

Casinos tend to take a very dim view of you bringing a supercomputing cluster to the Poker tables. If you genuinely 'solved' a Poker variant you'd be better off teaming up with casinos to either prevent their marks from exploiting your method or putting on a spectacle game where punters line up to try their luck at beating the 'infallible' computer.

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Re: What am I missing?

Because creating a system that can "learn" is the objective of the exercise. Sure it would be much easier to strap a decision tree to a probability calculator and call it a day, but that's not what they're after. The poker game is nothing more than a simplified field of play for them to prove their concept on. A framework for a true "learning" program could be ported to boundless applications and possibly earn someone some serious $£$£.

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Tesco preps for Big Data Engine dump: Laters, Clubcard dev

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If your game plan is to be the kind of shop that stocks everything, you suffer from all directions when recession bites and the public cut back their spending.

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Tesco tosses loss-making Blinkbox into TalkTalk's basket

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Eurgh! Can you imagine getting a letter in the post and finding out your internet depended on TalkTalk? Mind you, the people who get their broadband from the supermarket probably aren't the most discerning group.

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Toyota to Tesla: we can play the free patent game as well

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I would imagine the most benefit will potentially be seen in completely different industries that use related technology, e.g. the treasure trove of pressurized tank knowledge going to make better SCUBA gear or something.

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Double-digit tablet growth spurt is OVER, say pundits

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Re: Short Pedantic Rant

But they're negating that range by saying that scope of growth is over, so the broader it is the better the measure. I can infer they expect future growth to be single digit or negative (or technically triple-digit or more if I wanted to be ultra-pedantic.) It's more like saying "Below 1000 feet" as a measure of altitude.

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FREE EBOOKS: Apple falls into line with EU refund laws

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If you're that determined to read books and return them within a time limit to avoid paying a fee, I recommend you look up these things called "Libraries." I'm sure they're still around...

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Cheap Android phones? Bah! How about a $29 mobe from Microsoft?

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I can see the potential for phones and mobile internet diverging again for some users - snap up an old school 'dumb' phone like this one if days of standby are important to you, and a small tablet or smartphone for your internet needs. With them separate you can hammer the battery on the internet device and not worry about losing your communication capacity.

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Healthcare: Look anywhere you like for answers, just not the US

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Re: A different model …

In theory, Fundamental rights cannot be signed away, full stop. In practice there are grey areas like the ones mentioned above. The key is with these clauses being in civil contracts, all the other party has on you is - potentially - breach of contract if you sue without the agreed arbitration or break an NDA.

In the example of suing before going to arbitration, assuming you have a semi-valid sounding grievance a decent lawyer could argue this shows the other party has breached the contract first and you have no reason or obligation to honour a contract when the other side isn't holding up their end*.

Queue the legal Merry-go-round.

*However this means time & cost to construct the argument on sound legal footing & opens up more options for counter-attack in the courtroom, so you could equally argue it still serves well as a deterrent.

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*HIC*... tweet: Sloshed birdsh shlur songs, boffins say

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Re: This is the kind of research the world needs.

Yeah, Reg missed the chance for a headline of

"Scientists get birds PISSED at work: 'It's our job, honestly' cry boffins"

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The Reg's review of 2014: Naked JLaw selfies, Uber and monkey madness

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Re: I know it's a long article...

Glad I'm not the only one to notice. For the love of the Emperor, please hire a proofreader El Reg. Most of us don't mind the odd slip but this is just embarrassing.

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Frustration with Elite:Dangerous boils over into 'Refund Quest'

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Re: 'bait-and-switch'

I don't think you're entirely right there. You can easily have a bait-and-switch where the bait was an ephemeral promise that never existed in the first place - having the bait technically available (but with the highly ineligible/tiny stock amount 'get out' of your choice) is just a loophole that stops the particular example of bait-and-switch being discussed from also being Fraud and/or False Advertising.

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URL LOL: Delta splats web flight boarding pass snoop bug

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I think more worrying than someone scamming a seat upgrade would be someone compiling a list of people wealthy enough to travel who are leaving the country for a few days.

Is your passport number shown on your boarding pass?

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London teen pleads guilty to Spamhaus DDoS

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Re: going down

I'm not saying what he did wasn't wrong*, I'm saying his life is fucked out of all proportion to the harm caused.

*Incidentally neither did he - he plead guilty - so all the comments claiming he is denying responsibility are misinformed.

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Re: going down

I downvoted, not because I'm "another angry loner who thinks script kiddies should be allowed to DDOS anything on the internet", but because the original commenter is exactly right: that kid's life is completely fucked. On top of whatever punishment the courts dish out, he has a criminal record, probably an entry in the sex offenders register, and no work experience. AT BEST his future is shelf stacking or some other minimum wage menial job, more likely a life of crime as no one will touch him with a barge pole. All stemming from some petty vandalism when he was 16? Excuse me if I can't feel good about that.

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BOFH: Capo di tutti capi, bah. I'm having CHICKEN JALFREZI

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BOFH will lose the Battle, but win the War eventually. Now that Gina is his boss we may see a sexual harrassment angle in upcoming episodes, although whether or not that will backfire I couldn't say. It's even possible that Simon will retreat/resign/fake his own death (again) and leave Gina running the show while he takes an extended holiday, like the brief era of the PFY's ascendance to the throne.

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Hooker beating: What if you read the Bible AND play GTA5?

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Re: Player morality

Have to tack my agreement on here. Indeed if the petition really does include the phrase "The incentive is to commit sexual violence against women, then abuse or kill them to proceed or get 'health' points" then I think Rockstar could have a fairly solid Libel/Slander case.

Not that I think they'd take that route, I'm sure they just want to walk away from all this idiocy after the Hot Coffee fiasco.

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Inside the EYE of the TORnado: From Navy spooks to Silk Road

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Re: huh?

Why don't you trial a flag/checkbox for the comments like "This comment contains corrections to the article?" and have those comments automatically emailed to the duty editor when posted? Much easier/more natural from a commentard standpoint. And having it linked to a profile means you could revoke the ability to submit corrections if you get nutters correcting every article with "9-11 WAS AN INSIDE JOB ORCHESTRATED BY ELVIS BECAUSE WALL STREET FOUND OUT THE TRUTH ABOUT THE MOON LANDINGS" or somesuch.

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Google+ to offer 'infinite' gender identity options

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I'd be tempted to change my gender identity to "Helicopter Gunship" just to see what sort of ads I get.

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Australia to block piracy sites if Big Content asks nicely in court

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"shown to be primarily for the purpose of facilitating online copyright infringement"

Okay, that doesn't actually use the word prove, but it's strongly implied the intent is to have some due process. Of course what the law will actually say once the politicians and lobbyists finish warping it will likely be a different story.

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DoJ's extra-territorial data demands: now Ireland is baulking

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Re: what happens

Or possibly the DoJ out for Microsoft's blood. It's entirely plausible that the organisation has an undercurrent of resentment from when Microsoft wriggled out of being broken up.

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Sacre block! French publishers to sue Adblock maker – report

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Re: Money speaks, as usual

Good Lord - maybe this is Google's long term strategy; fragment AdBlock until you wind up with AdBlock plus, AdBlock Edge, AdBlock Pure, AdBlock Super ad infinitum and no one knows which one is best to install and the coding talent is diluted between dozens of competing efforts.

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Meet Jack and Jill: Google’s new Android compilers

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"bypassing Oracle’s compiler"

Were Oracle the ones suing Google over Android a while back? Colour me surprised that big G are positioning to stop using their wares.

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Men, Women and Children: Shows how crap the internet is via the medium of crap film

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Re: A confession

I have a lot of sympathy for Jim Carrey. He desperately wants to be a serious actor, but no-one is interested in going to see him in a film where he is not making use of his rubber face or pretending to talk out of his arse.

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BOFH: Everyone deserves a little DOWNTIME

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Re: Best one...

I'm sure one or two names will have wound up in BOFH's 'dish served cold' file as a result of today's episode. And with the inevitable Christmas party episode coming up they'll surely be on the hit list.

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Cryptocurrency cruncher cranks prime number constellation

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If bitcoin mining is basically a distributed brute force attack, how long until the NSA come up with a system that rewards cryptocurrency in exchange for throwing your PC muscle behind cracking 'communications of interest'?

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Anti-download biz sued for 'abusive' robo-call demands for money

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It occurs to me that this is basically Extortion Racketeering where the threat is the stress, drain & possible financial ruin instead of good old fashioned violence. They shouldn't be sued, they should be investigated by the police and possibly put in bracelets.

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I suspect the trolls would never actually initiate court action, aside from being far too expensive they wouldn't want to push their victims to seek professional representation or to put their case in front of a Judge. Either scenario would see them ripped to shreds.

The only way they'll end up in court is with a suit against them, either a class action like this or if they balls up and target someone with money or legal qualifications.

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Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned

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@Persona non grata

"So, like to admit you got that wrong then?"

Not particularly.

The Swedish courts have a warrant for his arrest. (which has just been upheld)

Interpol has a warrant for his arrest.

The UK courts agree that there is sufficient grounds to extradite him to Sweden.

I would imagine they also have a warrant for his arrest out given he skipped bail.

Ergo, he is going to be arrested and held as soon as he leaves the embassy, for bail-jumping at least even if the Swedish charges were to magically melt away. Questioning him in the embassy accomplishes the square root of fuck all for the Swedish prosecutors, so why would they bother? It would be bad precedent to pander to a fugitive in this way.

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