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32 posts • joined 29 Aug 2011

Oz biz regulator discovers shared servers in EPIC FACEPALM

crediblywitless

Same solution applies here as applies to the judges that brought in the 'right to be forgotten'. To find out whether it made sense, all they really needed to do was to ask the people that run their IT for them.

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Pedals and wheel in that Google robo-car or it's off the road – Cali DMV

crediblywitless

Google will presumably be looking at buying a motor insurance company, then.

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Totes AMAZEBALLS! Side boob, binge-watch and clickbait added to Oxford Dictionary

crediblywitless

'second screen' isn't a word. It's two words, 'second' and 'screen', both of which have well-known meanings.

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If Google remembers whom it has forgotten, has it complied with the ECJ judgment?

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Given that this whole business is completely and utterly ridiculous, it shouldn't come as any surprise that the response is ridiculous as well. When the judges were considering it, they could just have asked whoever it is keeps their computers going if it would work. As it is, we now have a legally-founded general-purpose implementation of the Streisand Effect. Idiots.

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L337 crackrz use dumb passwords too

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Someone should research what sysadmins use for passwords...

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Freeview's rumoured '£100m YouView killer' is real – and it's yet another digital TV thing

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Will the audio/video synch be right?

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Plastic is the new rock, say Geologists

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I'm reminded of the geological layer of shoes described in the original radio H2G2.

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Microsoft walks into a bar. China screams: 'Eww is that Windows 8? GET OUT OF HERE'

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Superstition

What with the Chinese thing about 8 being a lucky number, you'd think they'd go for Windows 8 enthusiastically.

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Boffins suggest storage be baked into mobile base stations

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So, then, attacking base stations near celebrities' homes will become the cloud-based equivalent of bin-raking?

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Oscars backer Samsung can't catch a break: Host Ellen snaps stars on iOS

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The famous one wasn't taken by Ellen Degeneres, it was taken by Bradley Cooper.

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Mosaic turns 20: Let's fire up the old girl, show her the web today

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JumpStation

If anyone's interested, on 21st Dec 2013, it'll be 20 years since the first web-search engine first became available. We didn't think it was first---we thought everyone had one. Sigh. Hi, Jon!

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Mars orbiter finds remains of pioneering Soviet Mars 3 probe

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Musing...

Do they have similar pictures of the Cydonia region yet?

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Potty-mouthed Watson supercomputer needed filth filter

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"As humans, we don't realize just how ambiguous our communication is". Er, no, we all realise that perfectly well. That's why we don't let the computers do it for us. Duh.

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What Compsci textbooks don't tell you: Real world code sucks

crediblywitless

There are two things a man must do, before his life is done:

Write two lines in APL, and make the buggers run.

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Search engines we have known ... before Google crushed them

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The First One

I haven't seen any mention of JumpStation yet: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JumpStation

Where I am, we used that, to start with, and the killer blow was that we thought everyone had one. 20 years old next Christmas, and the WWW search engine was yet another of those forgotten-about British inventions. That's at least partly my fault. Sorry, everyone.

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It pays to study the habits of your email users

crediblywitless

I aim at an empty inbox. It's what works. Deal with it _now_ and throw it away. If there's more than about a dozen attention-needing messages waiting, that's a concern. But I also copy every incoming message to another mailbox and archive that, alongside sent mail, weekly. Been doing that for 16 years now. Several gigabytes of archive searchable by script, and if I can remember some notion of when the thing I'm looking for happened I can narrow the scope of the search.

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Littlest pirate’s Winnie-the-Pooh laptop on the way home

crediblywitless

Presumably there's nothing to stop the artist sending the father that money back?

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Wi-Fi routers able to manage bandwidth by app are offered

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Once the bosses discover it, they'll all want their traffic prioritised over everyone else's. Instant statuf inflation, like the wastes of space that put "Priority: Urgent" on every last email message.

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Motörheadphönes Overkill earphones review

crediblywitless

What is going on with that plug? If you're using the phones while the player they're connected to is in a pocket, you need as little sticking out of the player as possible. Over time, something's going to break, there. Needs a low-profile right-angle plug, and it looks like central-heating piping. This stuff (low-profile plugs) is something Apple are really good at; presumably they hold all the patents, then?

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Sandy Island does exist - on a 1908 chart

crediblywitless

I'm suspicious of its fairly flawless north-south orientation; it seems to me that it might be a fold/stain artefact from an earlier chart.

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Apple cultists slaver as Mothership landing now foretold in 2016

crediblywitless

Form over function, as always, yes. And of course they'll be replacing it with something else before it's properly finished. It's a two-dimensional Death Star.

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SECRET 28 'scientific experts' who Greened the BBC - Revealed!

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Everyone at the BBC is utterly convinced that they are "considerably smarter than you" (Harry Enfield, was it?) and therefore almost none of the normal rules of human discourse apply to them. They will always have an explanation, but may not tell you what it is because your tiny brain will be unable to handle it. Institutional arrogance, writ large. The notion that their mega-expensive lawyers didn't know that the list was actually available is pretty damning. Mind, it might just be that the legal researchers were looking for a panel of "the best scientific experts", saw that list, and decided that that couldn't possibly be it.

I'm a big fan of the specification and design of the BBC, but I have a few problems with its current implementation. It needs some serious debugging and refeaturing. BBC2.0?

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State of Minnesota bans free online education

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Gopher, revisited?

Slightly spookily, UMinn's attempt to collect licensing fees for Gopher helped to give us WWW. So, really, is Minnesota just driving technological development in the same way here?

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BBC Watchdog crew sink teeth into dodgy PC repair shops

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Unfair fault report

They scammed the tech. The "customer" reported that the computer was just going slower, and slower, but it was clearly showing a "no boot device found" message. Given that the tech is allowed to assume a) the customer is not demented, b) the customer is not flat-out lying, c) the customer can tell the difference between a computer that does _something_ and one that won't even boot, the tech has little choice to conclude from that message that the drive was failing, and has on this occasion failed completely. The jumper misplacement rendered the PC unbootable; completely at odds with the reported behaviour. All he had to say was "a friend installed a second drive for me, and it hasn't worked since" and had the tech could have looked in the right place, sorted out the jumpers, and left---and, as commented elsewhere, probably without charging.

That said, the rest of the piece was entirely fair. The front end of it, involving a "security expert" setting up a fault but not coaching the "customer" on what to report, was unfair.

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Crucial v4 256GB budget SSD review

crediblywitless

Doesn't this device fall foul of the Rectangles With Rounded Corners patent?

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NASA funds sexy, stealthy, sideways supersonic flying wing

crediblywitless

Why not just go all the way and make the aircraft circular? Oh, er, hang on...

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O2 joins pocket hotspot party

crediblywitless

Or you could just go to the market and spend roughly the same amount on a ZTE MF60, which is what that is. Other mobile routers are available.

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IOC asks Olympic spectators to cut back TXTs and tweets

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Presumably the IOC is going to start demanding Olympic data lanes as well, in future. Everything that goes wrong at the Olympics seems to be astonishingly, gob-smackingly, mind-numbingly predictable, and the attitude of everyone organising assumes that everything will work perfectly when it absolutely has to. Hello trees, hello sky...

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Outside-the-box thinking literally can't be done inside a box, say profs

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Double-take

This really does read like a Daily Mash article. I take it that was deliberate? I fully expected to see a quote from Nicky Hollis or Tom Logan.

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Seven lessons from the HP Touchpad fire sale

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Other lost devices

Anyone else remember the Tapwave Zodiac? Best PalmOS device there ever was. Went the same way; no-one wanted it until it was barely there any more. Lessons of history, and all that.

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IDLENESS sees Brits haemorrhage cash to mobe firms

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Coverage, coverage, coverage...

...are the reasons to put up with a particular provider. None of them seem to care about improving coverage, over many years, so it stays pretty much the same these days. I spent a while on the phone to Vodafone's retentions office many times when I dumped them, often demonstrating that they'd been lucky to contact me by moving a few feet and having the call drop. I don't like my current provider much, but in five years I've done nothing with voicemail but set a PIN, because I don't miss calls.

I'm guessing the Which article doesn't look at, or only barely touches on, coverage. This is not a surprise. It's rarely even mentioned these days, by anyone involved.

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Worm spreads via RDP

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Depressing...

...that a worm can spread via an admin login using such a pathetic list of passwords. It is tempting to conclude that anyone with unprotected RDP, enabled local Administrator account, and a password for that account that's on that list, deserves what they get. "Why bother?" asks the article. To make the above point, perhaps?

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