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833 posts • joined 28 Jul 2011

EU: Let's cost financial traders $400m a day, because EVIL BANKERS. Right?

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"in order to prevent HFT traders from making money they're going to artificially increase the tick size. Thereby, inevitably, increasing the size of the spread."

Has it been conclusively established that they will INCREASE minimum tick size as opposed to locking it from going below a certain level? And if it has what will the increase be relative to the typical spread?

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True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras

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The HTC rep is talking like they have a specific something up their sleeve; I wonder if they're working on a deal with a big name in compact optics like the folk that do/did Nokia's camera's (Carl Zeiss?)

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New Facebook phone app allows you to stalk your mates

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Re: Bah, forget stalking. Consider the usability angle.

Get off the table and sit round it. This is a respectable establishment!

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Whoever you vote for, Google gets in

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Re: So, the EFF gets donations from Google.

Sometimes it's about having someone in their organisation knowing the names and faces of a few people in your organisation. That way next time the EFF or whoever discover a scandal at Google they just might phone up and call name & face out on it. This tips off big G that they need to kick the PR dept into top gear, and named face just might be able to spin that it is "something we are looking into, and would you mind giving us a few days to complete our investigation before you make a big announcement to the interwebs."

After a few years of cordial relationships, reps at your company are making speeches at EFF conference/shindigs (bankrolled by you) and there's a low-level indoctrination throughout their organisation that your lot are a decent bunch.

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APPLE FAILS to ditch class action suit over ebook PRICE-FIX fiasco

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Re: Useful ruling for the new Apple price fixing racket

Did they plead no contest? I thought the usual corporate bargain was that they'd pay a big settlement fine in return for dropping proceedings against them (hence no guilty verdict and no open floodgates for lawsuits.)

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Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

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Re: Danger Will Robinson

XP hasn't been transferred to a new computer, honest. This is the same computer, I've just upgraded the Motherboard, Ram, CPU, Graphics card, Hard Drive and chassis. It's the same power cable and screws I've always used.

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Nominet bins Optical Express' appeal against 'It ruined my life' website

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I'm occasionally tempted by laser surgery, but then I remember I'm a screaming sissy who can barely get contacts in without flinching. The idea of remaining calm and still while someone Clockwork Oranges my eyelids is not one I can realistically entertain.

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You never hear about these BranstonPickleruined my life sites until someone tries to shut them down and it makes the news. Someone should explain the Streisand effect to these companies.

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Technology is murdering customer service - legally

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I would happily never speak to 'customer service' if companies actually admitted they made mistakes and had protocol to fix it. If I could fill out a box saying 'I have been charged for X when X is included in my plan, please correct my account and refund the charges' and the company actually did it I would be ecstatic.

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Titanfall pits man against machine, Kiefer Sutherland Snakes into Metal Gear Solid V

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Re: 360 vs xb-one (vs PC)

If my POS PC can handle it, the 360 (and the PS3) should have had no problems. In fact they went out of their way to make sure it would run on older PC's - the audio files are installed uncompressed so that the rig doesn't have to unpack them during the match.

(The full install is 48Gig - roughly half of which is audio!)

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Re: I am with you on that ....

Even on UT the multiplayer wasn't stand alone; they always had a "campaign" mode that was basically a series of bot matches of escalating difficulty and challenge. You could have all the UT fun without ever going online if you really wanted to. As an added bonus you could explore the maps without letting your team down, and opponents of varying skill levels were always a click away regardless of your internet connection.

My biggest disappointment with Titanfall is that their "campaign" didn't go back to this well established method from decades ago. I had high hopes that botmatch functionality was making a comeback with the options in the latest CODs,

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Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER

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Just had an epiphany...

"it will cost manufacturers less to make a Windows Phone than an Android phone, all other things being equal."

Microsoft might be shooting themselves in the foot if they keep charging Android royalties now that WinPhone is cheaper; someone is bound to try to throw the various competition commissions at them.

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Where the HELL is my ROBOT BUTLER?

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Re: "Telepresence robots." Hmm.

That actually sounds like something that could really improve the 3rd world if it was possible and done properly, but I think it would take a lot of capital. You'd have to put in the technical and social infrastucture to support this - fibre optic data links to control the robot, and at least basic clean food, water, education in English and literacy and housing for the servants. The incidental benefits to your chosen cheap labour country would be immense even before you gave them the opportunity to earn a salary many times higher than locally available.

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BEHOLD the HOLY GRAIL of TECH: The REVERSIBLE USB plug

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Re: What about the Euro mandate?

"better" is relative. The new model will be better in terms of occasionally saving people five seconds plugging it in. Micro USB is better in terms of millions of chargers already being in circulation saving significant manufacturing and shipping costs.

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Hey, Michael Lewis: Stop DEMONISING Wall Street’s SUPERHUMAN high-speed trading

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Re: Feedback

I think what he meant was that valuable economic activity takes place outwith the realm of milliseconds, not that slowness is inherently good.

Although I think you could make the argument that Ford speeding up the car process could have made it less good for the economy in terms of lowering the flow of money from wealthy industrialists to factory workers & taking jobs out of the economy. Not that I'm making that argument as I don't have the facts, I just think it could be debated.

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Apple: You're a copycat! Samsung: This is really about Google, isn't it?

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This is where the Samsung-Google cross licencing alliance will start to bear fruit: Sue either of them and you could well end up taking on two tech giants in a war on two fronts.

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Soccer's dull? A MIND-CONTROLLED robo-suit will be used to take first World Cup 2014 kick

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Re: Robotics will be great...

But just think! This could be the first step towards an all-robot football league. This could be something your average nerd could actually get behind.

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How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

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Liability mentality

Microsoft will never* reverse course and decide to continue supporting XP for cash. That will keep them on the hook if/when in future a big company gets hacked or loses valuable data and an XP vulnerability can be proven as the root cause. Currently they have a fairly strong defence if this happened, but if they were still making money supporting XP? Lawsuit.

*Obviously the overpriced support available to big players is an exception to the rule. This is basically keeping big government departments sweet and should be low risk in lawsuit terms as big organisations still widely using XP can safely assumed to be too poorly managed to consider launching lawsuits.

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NSA plans to FREE YOUR DATA with range of cloud services, analytics

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Re: Oh come on...

I think with high quality spoof sites like theOnion and theDailyMash putting out top notch spoofs daily it must be hard nowadays to put out a standout gag article that, well, stands out.

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Re: Oh come on...

Do tell when you get back. I'm a bit disappointed with Google's offering this year. Automatically photobombing the Hoff into your pictures is good, but it's not up there with the multiple cursor gag of years back.

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Oh come on...

...You're not even trying. And putting HOLD DO NOT PUBLISH in the headline to make it look accidental?

EDIT: Full marks for the 3 page level of commitment though.

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UK cops: Keep yer golden doubloons, ad folk. Yon websites belong ta PIRATES

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Re: Perfect, just waiting...

Pint to the clever plod who convinced his/her bosses that compiling this list and putting it online would be a good idea. BOFH would be proud.

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Oculus Rift? Tchah, try 'Oculus Thrift' ... You bet your vrAse we tested these bargain VR specs

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Re: Might want to re-think the name

Agreed, I kept seeing vrArse.

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It's not you, it's EE: UK mobile network goes titsup, blames gremlins

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All the networks seem to be bloody awful at doing anything nowadays. If it's anything that can't be done without phoning customer services you are buggered. They have been spoiled for far too long with public acceptance of long-term lock in contracts.

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ROBO-SNOWDEN: Iraq, the internet – two places the US govt invaded that weren't a threat

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Comparatively, yes. That's the entire point. The US has degraded to the stage that asylum in Russia is necessary.

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WhatsApp founder: Privacy WON'T vanish under Facebook

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Re: Surrendered Control

Strictly speaking, as long as he's CEO he can run the company how he likes until the owners fire him. If I were in his shoes, I'd be tempted to piss off Facebook enough that they paid me to retire.

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Bitcoin bust litigants fling sueballs at Japanese bank

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Re: Justified?

I think it'll all depend on how easily the Japanese bank brushes this off. Unless the lawsuit-flingers have proper evidence that the bank really did do something wrong, I can't see this sticking. I would imagine other banks around the world are in "wait and see" mode, much like the rest of us (possibly +/- popcorn.)

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That NSA denial in full: As of right now, we're not pretending to be Facebook or Twitter

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Re: "Everyone knows the NSA can legally eavesdrop on foreigners outside US soil"

Yeah I worded that pretty poorly. Didn't mean to imply Europe could tell the Commonwealth what to do.

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Re: "Everyone knows the NSA can legally eavesdrop on foreigners outside US soil"

Europe should pass laws saying that hacking spy organisations outside Europe (and the Commonwealth) is explicitly legal. See how the NSA like it.

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Scam emails tell people they have cancer to trick them into installing a money-stealing Trojan

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That's pretty low...

...it's definitely not Nice.

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Backdoor snoops can access files on your Samsung phone via the cell network – claim

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Re: "Back door" = "Security weakness"

"Back Door" implies it was deliberately designed in for illicit access, which is not an allegation which the currently available facts can support.

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Windows Phone beats BLACKBERRY in mobe OS popularity stakes

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I would prefer Pandora over Spotify too if it was still easily available over here. The whole music genome thing was really could at predicting music I'd want to listen to.

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Barclays warns freelance techies of DOUBLE DIGIT rate cut

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The contractors should simply reduce the level of service they provide by an equal percentage in turn.

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Review of UK data protection: Should fines go OVER HALF A MIL?

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Re: Use the fine to help them become compliant

That puts the practice of fining government agencies into a whole new light. I previously thought they were trying their best with the tools available, but if they've had this capacity all this time...

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Use the fine to help them become compliant

For my money, the ICO should get the power to appoint an auditor/advisor to oversee data breach offenders, helping/forcing reforms until they are compliant. Ideally a similar model to the court appointed auditor that Apple are fighting tooth and nail with at the moment.

If a company can shrug off £500K fines, perhaps an independent government employee doing rigorous penetration testing of their networks should send the requisite shivers down spines, especially when they realise the auditor could stumble across more naughty activity that they'd have a legal duty to report. As an added benefit the Directors would get a first hand taste of how important it is to protect data.

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Bitcoin ban row latest: 'Unstable, loved by criminals' Yup, that's the US dollar – Colorado rep

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Re: On the upside...

The other downside is the possibility that his colleagues will take him seriously. I'm sure governments would love to move to electronic transactions only instead of untrackable physical cash.

I would put the joke icon up, put I'm not sure if I'm joking or not.

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Ever get the impression a telesales op was being held prisoner?

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Re: call center work?

They don't have to be a fraudster themselves, they just have to know a fraudster through the prison network who is willing to trade them contraband for personal data.

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Europe: Apple. Google. Yes, you. Get in here. It's about these in-app bills

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For my money, they should have a pin code on the Google/Apple account which you have to enter unless you've just provided your card details. Maybe allow purchases of up to £10 to authorise without pin unless they are occurring frequently.

Boom, no liability for Google / Apple, user isn't overcharged unless they are negligent in protecting their account, and the freemium sharks have to move on to easier prey.

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Lenovo banks on $1 BEELLION Moto turnaround in SIX quarters

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No it doesn't. I got one for my dad thinking exactly this at the weekend only to find lots of Motorola cruft that won't uninstall.

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I wonder if they could make Motorola give up the 'lockdown' mentality and release a mobile with stock android sans uninstallable apps? I think there's a gap in the market for a decent hardware manufacturer willing to put out something that isn't bogged down with shite by default if they could undercut the latest Nexus a little.

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Energy firms' security so POOR, insurers REFUSE to take their cash

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"Legacy systems, often built before the internet existed, were simply not designed with the levels of interconnection and security threat we see today."

While I'm sure it's theoretically possible to compromise them, surely legacy systems that predate the internet (Jesus Christ critical infrastructure is practically running on abaci btw) have a strong level of inherent security unless they have been specifically modified to take remote instruction?

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Hey, Apple. THIS is how you flog iPhones in new markets

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Re: Avarice ?

High end phones are £400 and up these days, and the mid range ones are hardly cheap either. You can't call people out for not writing off something that cost them a fair chunk of change. Unless I misread the article, the recycling company is just that - a company, not a charity.

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Nokia to Devs: PLEASE DON'T make Nokiadroid apps look like WinPho

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Re: Confused

I'm picturing a civil war within Nokia as certain factions resist being borged with their dying breaths.

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Not so FAST: Another discount software broker BOOTED OUT

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I am shocked and astounded that a former Microsoft employee is shaping his new organisation in Microsoft's favour now that he's CEO. I did Nokia see that coming

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Steelie Neelie 'shocked' that EU tourists turn mobes off when abroad

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Re: You never realise

Did you mean to put "without a data connection" somewhere in there?

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Samsung flings sueball at Dyson for 'intolerable' IP copycat claim

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Re: but...Dyson sphere

Stashing it in the cupboard would be murder though

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Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan

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I'd be willing to bet that there will still be organisations paying the $800 in year 3. It will be interesting to see if anyone tries to stop Microsoft from charging fees that are deliberately punitive. Not that I think they'd succeed, but it could be interesting to watch.

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Nokia and HTC throw down swords, sign patent war peace treaty

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Weren't HTC bullied into a royalty agreement with Microsoft over Android? I wonder if the Nokia agreement replaces it or amends it?

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James Dyson plans ROBOT ARMY to take over the world

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Re: In the UK?!

"The NSA and GCHQ are listening to the inside of your colon as we speak."

They have a nice little sideline selling the output of this on to the Pop music industry.

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