* Posts by Smithson

31 posts • joined 30 Sep 2011

Japan enacts two-year jail terms for illegal downloading

Smithson
Unhappy

Re: Blame Sony

They did indeed. According to the BBC:

"This revision will reduce the spread of copyright infringement activities on the internet," said the body's [The Recording Industry Association of Japan] chairman Naoki Kitagawa, who is also chief executive of Sony Music Entertainment Japan, earlier this year."

A truly shitty law, pushed by a truly shitty company.

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McFlurry McMisdemeanour costs Welsh lass McJob

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Re: McDs and franchising

"customer food poisoning events"

I must remember not to go to one of those.

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Microsoft Research man: It all starts with touch

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Facepalm

It all starts with touch

Sadly for Microsoft and their Windows 8 dream/delusion, it probably all ends with touch.

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French Skyper freed after accidentally hacking bank's phone system

Smithson
Trollface

Re: At least France doesn't surrender it's own, unlike the UK

Paris, 1940?

Sorry, couldn't resist.

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Fans rap Apple's 'crap' Map app

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Facepalm

Re: Shit-for-brains Archeaologist

He's a charming one isn't he? Far from being the domain of people with shit for brains, aerial archeology is widely used for locating buried features that are not visible from the ground, and is a technique that even predates the invention of the aeroplane.

As for Google maps, only last year about 2,000 potential archaeological sites in Saudi Arabia were identified by a chap using Google Earth.

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Reg hack uncovers perfect antidote to internet

Smithson

"Two of the most dangerous things on building sites: Things falling on people, and trench collapses"

Health and safety - it benefits potential victims of Trench Collapse. We could wipe out TC in our lifetime.

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HP preps designer desktops for Windows 8

Smithson

Is slimness really important in this kind of machine? Personally I'd rather have it thicker but without that massive foot/leg where all its laptop components are undoubtedly crammed.

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Android dev smacked with £50k fine over premium rate SMS scam

Smithson

"PhonepayPlus"? The regulator sounds more like a scamming app than the scamming app.

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Shove off Prince Harry, now Norway's teen royal in fresh photo uproar

Smithson

Re: Teens are dumb shits ...

You forgot the "or so I hear" on the end there.

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Size does matter: Outlook.com punters want meatier passwords

Smithson
WTF?

Wingdings?

@Nomnomnom

I have come to the conclusion that if you're "Head of Security for a medium sized firm", then I'm Head of Security for the Queen of Sheba.

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Assange takes refuge in Ecuadorian embassy

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FAIL

Seeing as this whole deportation thing was BECAUSE he did a runner the last time the law didn't quite meet his own personal standards, wouldn't it have been a good idea to continue to keep him under lock and key until the date of his deportation?

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Kogan 'taxes' IE7 users

Smithson

They make it look like a broader anti-IE whinge when they don't include later version/s of IE in their "better browser" box. And while I'd occasionally like to tell a customer that they "appear to have been in a coma for five years", even I know that talking to customers, especially prospective ones, like that is liable to make them go elsewhere. To say nothing of adding a "tax" to their bill for using a browser I don't like. Publicity stunt maybe, but it does make them look a bit wanky.

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'Call Corporate Of Apple and tell them to stop there persuit!!'

Smithson
Headmaster

Come on commentards, how can you analyse the headline for every grammatical error yet NOT notice the bloomin' quote marks!

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Microsoft ejects DVD playback from Windows 8

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Facepalm

Wow, I wasn't even aware that Vista/7 could play DVDs without additional software! Knew that WMP couldn't play a DVD on 98 or XP until I installed PowerDVD -- and even then only in a slower, less customisable, and generally crappier way than PowerDVD itself, thereby rendering said WMP functionality entirely pointless. However given that various manufacturers (e.g. Acer, Sony) include extra media player crapware on their current Win7 machines anyway, I don't think the removal of in-built functionality that's only been there since Vista is going to affect the end user too much. And anyone buying and installing a retail copy of Win8 is going to be literate enough to download VLC. But either way, I think anyone using WMP for watching DVDs is doing themselves a disservice.

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iTunes fanbois outraged by Apple's sex-life quiz probe

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I fell afoul of this change myself a couple of weeks back, and despite the disbelief of several commentards above, I also had a selection of questions for which I had no answer. Don't drive, didn't hate a teacher (more than any other), wouldn't describe any particular friend as being "better" than the others, don't remember where I was on 1st Jan 2000, etc. But then if you remember it, you weren't really there, or so I hear.

So if I ever come to forget my iTunes password, or whatever circumstance where you're expected to answer these questions, I'll have to guess at what my fictional answer/s were, undoubtedly get them wrong, and get banned for being no better than a News of the World account "hacker". There are several better ways to prevent children from running up big bills on iTunes. "Don't give them your sodding credit card number, you lunatic" being quite high on the list.

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Intel bakes palm-sized Core i5 NUC to rival Raspberry Pi

Smithson
Holmes

"Birang said the price wouldn't be in the "hundreds of thousands""

I asked Mr Birang how long I'll live for and he said "less than 700 years". He's bloody good at this predicting lark.

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Bit9 wants to bin 'broken' antivirus, install whitelisting tech

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""Antivirus doesn't work and it's only the addition of anti-spam, firewall, data loss prevention and other technologies that have kept customers buying it," Morley told El Reg."

So that's why every AV is getting increasingly crammed with useless shite - people like him think that we actually want all the bloat. By my own experience VERY few people know about, care about, or want all that. They want an antivirus simply to stop viruses, keep out of their way the rest of the time, and not make their machine unreasonably slow.

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'I'm no visionary': Torvalds up for $1.3m life-changing gong

Smithson

"I'd tend to agree, but then statrted thinking "I wonder if stem-cell guy has access to super-computers for his research?""

If you're going to do it that way you may as well give the award to the guy who invented electricity, or the guy who invented coming down from the trees. Neither Torvalds or Yamanaka could have done their thing without the work of others.

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German scientists link two labs with ‘universal quantum network’

Smithson

Question

I don't have the best understanding of this quantum stuff so forgive the stupid question, but if the two atoms have to be physically connected by fibre before they can become entangled, it wouldn't be possible to do so over the kind of distances where FTL communication would be necessary.* So what's the point? Or is the "communication" aspect being overplayed, with other uses more likely?

*And how much would a cable 4.3 light years long cost anyway? ;)

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Jazz Jackrabbit

Smithson

Nice, but...

Not sure I'd describe the graphics as "innovative". Second shot there bears more than a passing resemblance to: http://images.wikia.com/sonic/images/b/b0/Sonic2HillTop.png

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IT urine bandit fired and charged

Smithson
Happy

Re: Re: "rubbish mate"

"Installation and training included"

Why would you need to be trained in how to sit in a chair? I learned that when I was six months old. Maybe I was some kind of chair-sitting prodigy and never knew it? Better put that on my CV quick -- "1981 - learned how to sit in chair, no further training required".

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Commodore outs Linux-running Amiga Mini desktop

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Facepalm

I'd love a new Amiga, but that's not one - it's a cheap Mac Mini clone case with some logos Photoshopped on by someone who doesn't care enough to get the perspective right.

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Amazon France leaks iPad 3 release date?

Smithson
Unhappy

Amazon listing stuff

I remember when Amazon UK listed Elite 4, and a decade later I'm still waiting for it... Knew I shouldn't have gone for the free postage option.

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Apple legal threat to Steve Jobs doll deemed 'bogus'

Smithson
Trollface

Thank god Apple weren't able to patent jobs or we'd all be down the dole office

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Brit boffins' bendy bamboo bike breakthrough

Smithson

But how do they grow it in that shape?!

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Laptop shoots spike into owner's hand

Smithson
WTF?

Have YOU had an accident with your laptop? Then call... Laptops Direct! No, wait...

A nasty injury with possibly permanent effects according to the source article, but... I just can't reconcile the internal construction of a laptop DVD drive with this kind of injury. He was apparently closing the drawer when it happened, so there was no mechanical movement happening inside the drive at the time. An 11cm piece of metal suddenly flying out with force enough to IMPALE the user at that, or any other point, just doesn't make any sense. Does it?

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BBC iPlayer, Lovefilm, 4OD aim for Xbox

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Loads of TV services to be added via a dashboard update on 15th November. iPlayer doesn't require a gold account and hardly any of the others do either:

http://www.gamesradar.com/microsoft-wants-xbox-360-be-your-new-tv/

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October 14 declared 'Steve Jobs Day'

Smithson
Trollface

I've Just Seen a Face

Looking at that pic of Jobs it strikes me that while he was relieving the Beatles of their record label's name and logo, he pilfered Lennon's jumper and specs too. Can't that thieving so-and-so come up with ANYTHING original..?

[pulls on asbestos long johns]

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Samsung offers Apple TOP-SECRET peace deal in Australia

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Go

Strewth, Appo and Sammo finally getting round the barbie for a few tinnies and a yabber in the fortunate country. Bonzer!

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Chinese fuzz bust faux iPhone racket

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"Police in Shanghai have arrested five suspects in a phony iPhone case"

Must have been a pretty big iPhone case.

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