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863 posts • joined 28 Jul 2011

Carrie Fisher dusts off THAT bikini for Star Wars VII

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But you won't see them for Lens Flare.

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Google in the dock over elephant ivory ads

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Anti hunting hypothesis

What would happen if someone could flood the market with cheap imitation ivory? Would it be possible to devalue ivory to the point that it wouldn't be worth the hunter's time?

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Groupon CEO Mason sent packing as shares continue to plummet

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Re: I have to admire his honesty

We were talking about this the other day at work - what incentive is there in today's era of golden parachutes for CxO's to give a toss whether they succeed or fail? Paid if they do well, paid off with enough money to retire on if they don't, and no-one dare say a word against them in case it reflects badly on share prices. I'm honestly starting to suspect the likes of Gates and Ballmer know that they don't have a clue how to revitalise their cash cow businesses and don't care because they already have more money than they know what to do with.

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Nominet tosses plan for shorter .uk domains in the bin (for now)

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Domain levels

The only modern purpose I can see in domain levels would be for legal jusrisdiction e.g. purchases agreed to on a .uk site would be subject to UK law and taxes etc. Beyond that nowadays they are just that bit at the end you always forget and Google / your browser fills in for you.

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MasterCard tries to zap PayPal with own-brand mobe wallet

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Re: Flat broke

I'd be more interested in knowing how Apple plan to differentiate between punters with a genuine receipt and fraudsters trying to walk out with an iMac and a doctored photo of proof of purchase showing on their screen?

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It begins: Six-strikes copyright smackdown starts in US

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Re: So how long before

You joke, but if it's not out there already the black hats are working on it. If victims actually find a downloaded movie on their PC around the same time as the 'ransom' the thought of accidental guilt might just be enough to stress them into caving and paying the 'fine' without thinking it through.

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BBC World Service in a jam as China blocks broadcasts

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Wouldn't like to be

Those journalists detained by China after trying to film a PLA compound - I raise a glass to the balls of steel.

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France tries again, with EU20 billion broadband fund

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Re: Why the...?

I don't know...you have to remember to hold Ctrl AND Alt.... :)

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WTF is... Miracast?

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I want to go the other way...

I'd much prefer a quick and easy way to stream my TV feed to my tab so I can make dinner / wash up / shop online without pausing The Shield.

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Jerry Yang hired as fly on the wall at Lenovo

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Re: Very Special

Maybe they're going to try seeing what he recommends and then doing the exact opposite. It's the only reason I can think of for sane people to hire someone with his track record.

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Ad-titan Google blocks Adblock Plus in Android security tweak

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Re: No matter

Android is the one platform where I go to Firefox before Chrome. Partially because of Adblock and partly because they list tabbed pages down the side. Seems to be a much easier interface on a tablet.

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Meet the stealthiest UK startup's app Swiftkey - and its psychic* keyboard

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Re: Not typing. Fondling.

Depends how long you've used it, it seems to learn your commonly used words & phrases quite quickly.

"Are you coming out for a pint tonight?" can be done in nanoseconds.

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Good time for a retraction...

I slagged off Swiftkey last time it was discussed on here... Something must have gone wrong the first time I installed it because I recently tried it again and I couldn't have been more wrong to dismiss it. Psychic is the word - it is so much better than anything else I've tried. Definitely worth a couple of quid.

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Amazon ditches 'neo-Nazi' security firm over alleged harassment of workers

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Re: There's something

I don't know the facts myself, but I sort of assumed the "documentary" people would "document" some evidence before making any allegations?

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Facebook is off the IPOcalypse hook... for NOW

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Hurray!

I don't much care one way or the other what happens to Facebook, but it's nice to see some lawsuit trolls being promptly put in their place. If only the little guy/company could do it as easily as this multinational corporation just did...

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Soak up CO2 with sponges, says CSIRO

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Weren't there some other boffins who recently discovered a process for turning carbon + energy into biofuel? I'm sure el Reg had a recent article on it. If so, someone needs to put these two groups together.

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Every single Internet Explorer at risk of drive-by hacks until Patch Tuesday

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Re: moving to a system that DOESN'T need it.

Is there any actual point to Sharepoint beyond an attempt to drum up some cash for Microsoft? Beyond a few little bells and whistles it just seems to me to be a poor man's much slower shared drive.

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Space station 'naut supplies Reg with overhead snap of Vulture Central

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First ever space album?

Sounds like a nice idea, but I hope he takes his other expedition members into account and doesn't overdo it. cooped up in a cramped space station with a wannabe crooner for several months? There's definite potential for his guitar to 'fall' and break.*

*Yes, even in zero g. Call it a spatial anomaly if you want to.

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Jammy b*stards: Admen flog chocolate bars with 'Wi-Fi-free' zones

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Re: Even a Portable Faraday Cage?

"The use of any apparatus ... for the purpose of interfering with any wireless telegraphy, is an offence under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006"

Assuming AC's quote above is correct, it could be feasible to interpret the rules with focus on the 'interfering' part, i.e. if you're deliberately dicking around with someone else's wireless then you are breaking the law but nullifying your own connection doesn't qualify as interfering as it's your connection to do as you wish. If that's the case you could extend that to a not-spot with the disclaimer that users of the not-spot understand and consent that blocking will occur and hence no 'interference.'

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UK cookies cop changes own policy to ‘implied consent’

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At least they've backed down now, even if they didn't have the stones to admit it was pointless ineffective fiddling in the first place. If they're still determined now could be the time to politely ask them to consider a less intrusive cookie control strategy, like sponsoring Chrome/Firefox extensions that make it easy for the average user.

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Wii-U boat torpedoes Nintendo's '¥20bn profit' into ¥20bn loss

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Re: Novelty

"Something New" is just another name for novelty unless it gains a track record of being a worthwhile improvement. As you say Sony and Microsoft soon copied the movement bit leaving Nintendo with an underpowered console that didn't have a unique selling point.

Many people did indeed take a punt on the Wii at launch due to it's price (myself included) but the lack of interesting titles after the launch fuss died down is the main reason that Wii's accross the world gather dust in cupboards and no-one has any interest in the new one.

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Ofcom anoints broadcaster: Local TV is nearly here

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Aside from the obvious trainwreck of obsolete pointlessness this is going to be, has anyone ever heard their local accent on telly? Without immediately cringing and changing the channel?

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Panasonic: We'll save Earth by turning CO2 INTO BOOZE

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Re: Efficiently on par with real plants

Much easier to handle it as an industrial process. If you have a box that you can fill with liquid semiconductor and later drain the organic sludge that can be turned into fuel, you can scale up to huge boxes and handle the process with tanker lorries and one or two drivers. Getting the equivalent biomass ouput from plants would require manual planting, possibly watering and digging up etc.

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Re: V8

But surely if the price reduction/increased demand came about from the sequestration/conversion process, economic pressure would push more and more towards sequestration? Barring a total shift in the way oil is sucked out of the ground, it keeps getting more and more expensive to get at.

There will definitely be unexpected consequences, but if it becomes realistically possible to close the loop and turn our waste fuel products back into fuel with sunlight, then it could be a massive leap forward. Unfortunately this all sounds too good to be true to my ears, I'm still waiting for the other shoe to drop.

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Microsoft acknowledges the long and winding road ahead

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Re: Touch Screens in the office? Forget it.

Maybe instead of touch screens, the next big thing in Hardware should be No-Touch screens: screens that are configured to deliver a nasty electric shock to anyone putting their greasy sausages on your display area.

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Germany's RTL pulls free-to-air channels off terrestrial TV

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Re: plenty of bush

The beauty of that post is that it could be a pun OR a euphemism. For what, I don't (want to) know.

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'End of passwords' predictions are premature - Cambridge boffin

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Re: Biometrics?

Out of curiousity, is there a backup way in if the scanner packs up?

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You're not cool enough for some malware

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I don't know, I've been seeing some really well formatted and worded phishing emails of late pretending to be Paypal; the only clues were the lack of use of my name and the attempt to get me to click on a link in the email. It was worryingly convincing enough that I thought I could have fallen for it if I'd been sleepy or having an off day. It makes me concerned that the amount of less aware tech users amongst us being scammed could increase.

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RIM gets thumbs up from Visa for pay-by-bonk security tech

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You may be the only person to think bonk in any context other than sexual is an Americanism...

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Pubic louse falls victim to eager Brazilian strippers

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Re: We need to save them crawlies!

I nominate Frankie Boyle's beard.

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Live blog: Facebook's 'screw you' to Google revealed at last

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Re: Isn't there a law against ...

That's probably why Zuck's suddenly got a stiffy for privacy with the repeated emphasis on only searching stuff that is publicly viewable. Although how long that'll last before someone pulls some supposedly private stuff through hacking/social engineering/incompetent security is anyone's guess.

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Amazon-bashed HMV calls in administrators, seeks buyer

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Re: You could browse, but they made paying difficult.

Not to mention loyalty cards and trying to upsell insurance on games/shite old DVD's at the counter. Just ring up what I want to buy and let me get on with my Saturday.

I will be sad to see them go, but I won't pretend to scratch my head in puzzlement.

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BT's shock new wheeze: Make phone calls from smartphones

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"Suits me fine. On PAYG with Three which gives me unlimited data and now I can use this app to call 0800 numbers with no charge whatsoever."

That'll be the death knell for Three's unlimited data plan then.

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All your audio, video kit is about to become OBSOLETE

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The technology revolution is here

3D is the future

BluRays will replace DVDs in a few years

No one should need more than 128K

We have always been at war with Oceania

Etc etc.

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Just what the world needs: Android in the rice cooker

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Re: So

Special offer in the Daily Mail; Collect tokens, get your free EDL pot. Comes pre-programmed with a rich vocabulary for describing non-whites, Eastern Europeans and appliances made in Asia.

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5,000 UK pubs get free Wi-Fi... and they're not even all in London

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Re: You get what you pay for

And of course the filter for family friendly content will likely block any blog, news or enteratainment site that has ever done a swear (i.e. the ones worth reading)

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A pre-ticked box in web forms should NOT mean consent - EU report

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I thought we'd thrashed this out years ago and decided that opt-in by default was not on. Did the lobbyists bury it last time?

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FAVI smacks your dumb TV with £30 Android SmartStick

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Next step

Device you can plug your aerial into - with improved Wifi over the review version, access to a NAS or higher internal memory capacity and a half decent channel browsing/taping interface, I can see cheapo Android boxes eating into the market for Sky+/TiVo boxes (what's their generic name again?)

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Samsung ordered to cough mobe sales figures to world+dog

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Re: Long-suffering Judge Lucy Koh

I wonder what the legal mechanisms/options are for requesting a new Judge in the jurisdiction? She clearly wants to put the case behind her and can't seem to comprehend that every point will be fought bitterly at this financial scale.

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

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Re: Bucking the trend

"leaving network operators in the impossible position of being unable to raise prices against rising costs"

Or simply locking in their price for as long as the contract term is fixed/accepting the contract is void if they change the amount of compensation they want? It can't be that hard surely. A smart operator would use it as a marketing opportunity "our contract prices are guaranteed for the minimum term of the contract" and a sales opportunity (make it widely known the price hikes happen every e.g. June and reap the benefits of people jumping onto contracts in May before the rise.)

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Rocket 'Grasshopper' leaps higher than tall building in single bound

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I must admit

I didn't realise NASA recovered the shuttle boosters. Seems obvious in hindsight, but I didn't think they would have survived the fall in reusable conditions.

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Christmas ruined for 2,100 sex offenders booted off online games

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Re: Same article

I thought a few weeks back the news was that this was going to happen. Now that it has happened, it's news again.

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Taxpayers to cough for Comet staff redundo

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Re: Here's a thought...

"Really - care to articulate one"

Theoretical company A has gone into administration with total debts of £10Million. Even split £5M each secured and unsecured. Theoretical administrator B has a potential buyer in theoretical consortium C who are willing to buy the majority of the assets for £8M, totally paying off the secured debt and leaving a good chunk for the unsecured portion if they can pull together the funding to buy.

Into this scenario comes Fatcat D who makes an offer of £5.1M for only the very best assets of the dead company - but he is willing to sign on the bottom line today. This deal will collapse the value of any remaining assets as the best have been stripped off, but it will settle all secured amounts while leaving the unsecured creditors scrapping over change. Both deals have merit, and although C does not currently have the funding it is not unrealistic that they could get it within say a week. Is there anything to stop B taking the immediate, less work option that screws over the unsecured creditors?

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Here's a thought...

Isn't Deloitte's status as a preferred creditor a potential conflict of interest? It's not unreasonable to suppose there could be a situation where they are faced with a deal that offers a decent chance of paying off a large number of creditors vs. one with a slightly better chance of being able to pay off the preferred creditors only.

Obviously they do have to have preferred status or no-one would get paid for doing what I'm sure is a hard and skilled job, but are there any oversight safeguards to make sure they don't pull stunts like selling stores to friendly companies at below-market prices?

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UN telecoms talks FOUNDER as US, UK, Canada and Aussies quit

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Re: Further marks down

Her too. Couldn't remember her name.

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Further marks down

for dissing Home and Away. Isla Fisher got me through my 'formative years.'

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File-sharing mom begs US Supremes to void bloated RIAA fine

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I wonder what punishment...

... she would have received if she had shoplifted three albums?

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Schmidt 'very proud' of Google's tiny tax bill: 'It's called capitalism'

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Re: weird

Couldn't agree more. No-one likes it and mostly everyone thinks it's a sneaky thing to do, but they didn't break any laws so hounding them for legal conduct will only ensure less cooperation in the future. And it's the future we should be looking to by closing these loopholes. In the modern business world, no CEO or CFO REALLY has any choice in the matter - if word got out they were planning to pay millions more in tax than they could legally get away with, they would be booted out and replaced with someone else.

For my money the only long term workable plan is to have a mandatory percentage of tax applied in the jurisdiction of the consumer, before whatever tax haven Amagoog is in this week gets a look in. It's the only way tax revenues will have a hope of rising or falling proportional to the population the taxes are collected to support. The big problems with this are implementing such a shift without violating international agreements, the risk of corporations sneaking on a stealthy price rise when they can blame it on the government, and the risk of smaller businesses suffering from increased complexity/costs.

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MPs: 'Chilling' new libel law will CENSOR THE TRUTH online

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Re: One tiny little country

Sounds like I'm getting mixed up with some other privacy law. Thanks for the correction, and sorry to the good photographers out there for confusing the issue.

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Re: One tiny little country

As I understand it you always have the right to not have photos of you published, unless there is a potential defence that publishing the photos is in the public interest (eg someone caught in the act of committing a crime).

The paparazzi and gutter press operate on a schedule that allows them to publish the photos before anyone can object to them, and once they're out there the damage is done. Celebrities put up with most of it partially because they need the attention of the public to further their career and because they are just as put off by the convoluted rigmarole of legal action as the rest of us.

You do see the odd lawsuit when the buggers go too far to let slide though, and it usually ends up going against the paps/redtops.

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