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* Posts by Richard 1

16 posts • joined 29 Jul 2011

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

Richard 1

Seriously?

Right. So we're going to ask the good ol' chaps at big advertising companies to grow a conscience and avoid sites that peddle pirate software, even if it brings in great click-throughs? Yeah, good luck with that one. What about companies with international holdings? Why would they care about a site in a different company with copyright infringing material?

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MtGox boss vows to keep going despite $429 MILLION Bitcoin 'theft'

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Got what they deserved.

Anyone stupid enough to 'invest' in something like Bitcoin has frankly got what they deserve. How many mathematically based applications have stood the test of time? MD5? DES? Even the seemingly best (mathematical) ideas have flaws that come to light and how can you base financial transactions on something that cannot be trusted? We've already seen a number of flaws in the past couple of years and even the anonymous nature of Bitcoin makes it inherently dangerous to use as a financial mechanism - if someone steals your money then how the hell do you ever prove who did it and get it back? I believe the phrased "a fool and his money are soon parted" fits well here.

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REVEALED: How YOU PAY extra for iPHONES - even if you DON'T HAVE ONE

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Re: Who is to blame here?

Erm... except that the iPhone 5c wasn't actually all that cheap? It looked cheap but was expensive. That needs to be the other way round, really - looks expensive, is cheap.

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Apple shoots self in foot?

As you've all pointed out, if a mobile carrier doesn't carry Apple products then customers will take their custom elsewhere to a carrier that does... except there will be a break over point whereby the loss of having to pay for phones that never get sold costs more than the lost customers through not carrying Apple products. If you alienate your market then you're going to find yourself in a terminal decline as other carriers decide not to carry your product through either excessive price gouging or lack of interest due to the declining availability of the iDevices.

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Supermodel Lily Cole in Impossible partnership with Jimbo Wales, YOU

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Not only that but it's a crap web site, too.

I actually went to the bother of registering to see what it's all about and the lame front page of wishy-washy 'wishes' with no discernible way to sort or filter doesn't get any better when you log in. The 'wishes' range from stupid to totally stupid. Freecycle is WAY better than this and even that isn't particularly well implemented. Can I have £200,000 to start a website that nobody will use and was written by a teenager in his bedroom over the weekend?

PS. I don't wish to promote the site myself as I'm ugly.

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Brit ISPs ordered to add more movie-streaming websites to block list

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El reg should be blocked, too!

I conclude that The Register should also be blocked by the UK ISPs for giving away the names of all the good pirate sites that whilst now (or soon to be) blocked. With this fresh list of sites good enough the garner the attention of the copyright holders I can now find the alternate DNS names for them or proxies. Free stuff for everyone! Is this a strange case of the Streisand Effect?

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'F-CK YOU GOOGLE+' ukelele missy scoops BIG WAD of $$ - for Google

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Who cares about the politics?

...the song plain sucks. I thought only ten-year old kids made up lyrics that didn't fit the song.

Writing songs she should qu-ii-i-i-iiit

Because is just plain sh-ii-ii-ii-i...

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Apple's shock treatment: An authentic charger-spotting guide

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Re: Electrocution = DEATH

I beg to differ, sir. A picture can be HUNG but not HANGED. A person can be HANGED (to death) but they can also be HUNG (from a harness - presumably alive.) Strictly speaking, I suppose it's possible to use HUNG if you managed to die whilst being held up on a rope by something other than your neck. Possibly it's more about intent than it is about which bodily appendage is inserted into the rope. I'll let the linguists argue about that one. ;)

http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/hang?q=hanged#hang__15

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Richard 1

Electrocution = DEATH

Seriously, how many seemingly intelligent people don't know that the word 'electrocution' means an electric shock that ENDS YOUR LIFE. That's like saying he had a nasty case of execution, but got better.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Pedant.

PS. On a similar vein, a person killing themselves with a noose is HANGED, not HUNG. ;)

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Apple iPhone 5 review

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FAIL

I agree with some of the other comments on here. Whatever my feelings on the iPhone 5 (or any other iPhone, for that matter) this review is abysmal. There's nothing tangible in there at all. It mentions a few sparse technical details and spends more time telling us about the feel of the plastic as though it were a naked woman. Just the kind of mindless drivel I would expect from an Apple Fanboi. It certainly didn't help me make an informed opinion on the new phone and glossed over a number of downsides.

Maybe failing to make the screen much bigger is a good idea? On what planet? The 16:9 aspect ratio seems weird as web sites want to be wide, not tall, but films look great? What is it? A phone or a media player?

Terrible review. Not sure about the phone.

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Turing Machine brought to life with Lego

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FAIL

Binary?

Are the right-angled logo pieces meant to denote binary? I'm assuming that they are. If so, how does two pieces flipped up mean '2' and four flipped up mean '4'. That's not how they would be represented in binary...

3 + 3 = 15?

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HTC torches forecasts as stock tsunami floods skint Europe

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Unhappy

Patent laws = tools for the bullies

I think it is absolutely scandalous how blatantly the bigger players are using patent laws to prevent competition in their markets. If we were talking about what I would deem significant patents, such as fundamental technologies, then you could understand it but when it comes down to 'swipe gestures' blocking the release of devices in countries then something has gone wrong.

Everyone should patent everything and then we could stop the free market functioning altogether.

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Russian upstart claims BitTorrent-killer

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FAIL

It sounds like it will be a server based denial system which would be stupidly easy to get rid of. Either you could block packets come from those servers (for example, Peer Guardian) or you will find that in the off chance it actually did any damage it would quickly be the victim of a major DDOS taking the servers effectively offline. Anonymous are willing to attack targets for much smaller crimes against the distribution of material, i.e. any ISP in the UK blocking Pirate Bay (even though they're only doing it because there is a court order telling them to!)

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The Register to publish other sites' blacked-out content in SOPA protest

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Facepalm

Wired.com

Doh! You don't need to use search engines to remove the censorship on Wired.com. There's an 'Uncensor this page" button at the bottom-left of the page that does just that...

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Google lands patent for, um, estimating shipment time

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WTF?

Let's all get in on the action!

It's all getting a little silly but I think that with this in mind I have an idea that I'm going to patent - delivering ordered items... WHILE FULLY CLOTHED! Yes, that's right. I'm going to patent wearing clothes while you deliver products. I think a number of logistics companies backed by some big names are going to be shelling out to use my idea or risk having their operatives turn up at people's houses stark naked!

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Ubisoft insists DRM 'a success'

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Facepalm

Making life better for the pirates.

Every game ever written will be pirated. Don't bother pretending that it won't because it will. There are hundreds of eager little bedroom jockeys just itching to break the thing that took your small team of developers months to create. Getting some credit and a minute of fame from 'the scene' is what makes them tick. Once cracked the game will be downloaded by the pirates with almost zero chance of being caught and costing them a few pence for the bandwidth. They will play the game wherever and whenever they want without your DRM giving them a moment of bother.

On the other hand, honest Joe (who lives just down the road to me) will shell out his hard earned cash for your game and be frustrated when his cable connection is down, his ADSL connection is slow, he is abroad and doesn't want to pay roaming charges, can't get access to wireless connection, the network driver on his computer has stopped working, the cat has knocked his network cable out, etc., etc.

So, the pirates get it easy and the legits get it hard. Nice one.

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