* Posts by nijam

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iHump? Apple buys Camel Audio – report

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A quick search reveals that Camel essentially shut down at the beginning of the year. Apple may have bought it - probably for peanuts - to get a brand-name, a patent ($DEITY forbid), software to build into one of their own products, or simply a (small, admittedly) user base.

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Give us a week to GUT Superfish, begs Lenovo CTO

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Re: Exploring a wide range of options..

> "... Superfish was only installed on kit aimed at consumers"

meaning

"Superfish was only installed for customers who were unlikely to be able to defend themselves."

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Didn't the Left once want the WORKERS to get all the dosh?

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Re: Captialism got rid of Racism!!

> Do you really think dividing the world into good guys and bad guys is a good way to understand it? Do you really think it's that simple?

No, but Marx did. That's why Marxism is, as previously mentioend, stupid.

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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...and Godzilla isn't a jet-setting "do as I say, not as I do" doom-monger

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It's not the cloud: The problem lies between the chair and the computer – Gartner

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Re: I read that as.

> The key benefits of cloud ... are around on-demand scaling and cost transparency...

Very, very few businesses need a significant amount of on-demand scaling. And cost transparency? On the one hand, it's the exact opposite of transparency, you really have no idea your money will be spent. On the other, it's transparent because you get a trivial invoice saying what you've bought and how much you have to pay. But you're likely to pay dearly for that budgetary simplicity.

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SWINGBELLIES! Take heed AGAIN: Booze shortens your life

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Re: Sadly

Unfortunately the same criticism can be made of the studies that show moderate drinking is OK. The most notorious example being the study that counted ex-alcoholics as teetotallers, but all papers of this type suffer from similar, if subtler, errors.

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Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to EAT ITSELF

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destroying jobs?

> For half a century IT has been destroying jobs. The legions of clerks and secretaries responsible for the maintenance of post-War ‘Organisational Man’...

I'm not convinced by this. All the "clerks and secretaries" have simply moved into adminstration, where they cope with a lack of useful work by the simple expedient of creating useless work, writing it up as "policies", and getting the rest of us to waste our time in turn by writing up how we are complying with the policies. At least, that's what seems to be happening in every organisation I deal with.

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Back seat drivers fear lead-footed autonomous cars, say boffins

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Re: Oh dear

You can absolutely guarantee that no matter what the technology is capable of, these vehicles will not make any journey faster than a human driver would make the same journey. They will not be permitted to, because our government is obsessed with public transport, and will continue to make roads less usable for other vehicles. In that context, they will be seen as a way of slowing down all traffic (except buses, in places where they get their own lanes). In fact, I predict we'll start seeing local government introducing regulations making it illegal to overtake self-driving vehicles.

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Keyless vehicle theft suspects cuffed after key Met Police, er, 'lockdown'

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> Professional gangs dress up as recovery trucks...

Yes, they even stole a recovery truck from a local garage a couple of years back, presumably for that very reason.

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World's mega-rich tax dodge exposed: Meet the HSBC IT bloke at the heart of damning leak

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Re: Missing the big picture.

I think you meant:

It's a government, man. That is the only actor in the economy who can legallly do with your money what it damn well pleases - in particular, give to to other people...

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Microsoft: Even cheapo Lumias to get slimmed down Windows 10

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Re: Wait,,,,What?

> Windows Phone 8 - Zero known vulnerabilities. Zero known malware.

Yes, but you missed off "Zero known users. Zero known apps."

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Hey kids! If you vote Facebook will give you EXTRA LIKES*

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Re: bad idea

Presumably you omitted "social media users" from your list because it is implicit. I hope so, anyway.

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'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

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Re: Copyright "strength" is irrelevant

> but in this case you have made an assertion that you cannot support - that copyright strength is irrelevant

Actually, the case was clearly stated. In the "old days", the record company said "assign me your copyright or else", nowadays you're complaining that Google are doing exactly that. Neither of those situations would be affected one way or the other by any definition of copyright.

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Actually, awful as this is, record companies were worse. Why? Because if you didn't sign up to their deal, your music would never be heard on record, and if you did, you were not only signing all your rights over to them, but also usually the next few albums (aka years of work) over to them as well.

I know a lot of people hate Google (it's no surprise this was another Orlowski piece), but it's too easy to forget that they seem bad because you can see what they are doing, whereas when it was record companies / publishers / ..., all that stuff was much less widely known.

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Intel offers big bucks for black women

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> Any successful organisation will have a make up that reflects the make up of the community in which it conducts its business.

Not necessarily. The only way to achieve balance is to appoint/promote exclusively on ability/performance, by some pre-defined objective measure. Doing so might achieve the same balance as the wider community, but might not, for reasons quite outside the organisation's control. And, of course it would be a slow process, which is the kind of thing that motivates the calls for quotas - but quotas are always guaranteed to be discriminatory.

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Hilton, Marriott and co want permission to JAM guests' personal Wi-Fi

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Re: Hilton, Marriott et al market themselves to business travellers

> Hilton, Marriott et al market themselves to business travellers yet want to charge (a lot) extra for wifi...

Business travellers don't care, their company pays.

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Norks: FBI's Sony Pictures' hacking allegations are 'groundless slander'

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> We cannot have a society in which some dictators someplace can start imposing censorship here ...

It's just an example of imposing your own laws on other countres, a process that White House incumbents traditionally approve of.

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Pick a superior Christmas No. 1 from El Reg's computer crooning compilation

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You've inexplicably missed "Piece Of Crap" - Neil Young's tribute to modern technology - off your list. Out of politeness, I shall assume it was an oversight.

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Sony Pictures email hack: The bitter 'piracy war' between Google and Hollywood laid bare

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On a slightly-related topic (well, only-a-bit related, but never mind), is there any news on whether the the movie studios' tax-avoiding antics are going to come under the same spotlight as iwa being shone on Google, Apple, at al?

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

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Re: What The F...?!

That's because HDR photography isn't actually HDR, it's 2 (or 10, or whatever) ordinary DR photographs munged together, then printed to look HDR, or maybe just H-ish DR.

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

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Re: Pointless and dangerous fads

Actually, the document only specifies 80% coverage *after cost-benefit analysis confirms it's worthwhile*. It isn't worthwhile, so there's no requirement at all, in reality.

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> How do I know nearly no-one cares about smart meters saving on their bills?

It's not that they don't care. It's that the usage monitoring devices reveal very obviously that knowing what you are using makes no difference. (Plus, how many KwH do you need to save to cover the cost of 4 Duracell AAs?)

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Furious GTA V gamers seek similar ban on violent, misogynistic title: the Holy Bible

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Re: GTA V is a blast

You may be unimpressed by Dan Brown, but he's no worse than the authors/editors of the religious tracts in question.

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Sony cuff-puter to do one thing smartwatches can't: Give you DAYS of hot wrist action

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Re: Interesting

> The iPad was something people said "I can't see the point of it" etc... at the time. Tablets are now everywhere.

And we still can't see the point of them...

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UK.gov quietly slips extra cash to AUTO ROBOTICA bods

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Re: Turning complete?

Why bother with driverless cars, when MK already has passengerless cars (aka buses), whose sole purpose is to cause congestion by justifying the creation of bus lanes.

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Is EU right to expand 'right to be forgotten' to Google.com?

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Re: Completely missing the point (don't worry, you're not alone)

>This is about data protection. Google have data on people (the associations between names

> and.search results). Those people, by right, can ask that that Google remove irrelevant and/or

> incorrect parts of that data. Google have a legal responsibility to delete that data where it is irrelevant

> and/or incorrect. Not "hide" or "censor"; delete.

But if what Google has is just an association between names and search results (i.e. other websites), none of it is irrelevant or incorrect, in fact.

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Australia to social media: self-censor or face AU$17,000 FINES

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Out of interest, is there a definition of bullying which wouldn't also encompass this idiotic legislation?

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MEPs want 'unbiased search', whatever that is – they're not sure either

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Re: unbiased results?

> Aren't these the same people - No. That was an EU court. Read up!

Actually, yes. It's the EU, end of.

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Re: LibreOffice

> Still waiting for it to open docx files without completely messing the layout...

I use LibreOffice a lot and it hasn't messed up any docx files. Can't say the same about MS Word, of course.

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UK.gov mulls three-point turn on three-point turn thanks to satnav. Weeeeeeee. THUD

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Re: "there's no time limit on the test"

The more people you can shoe-horn into a day, the more thay can increase the daily quota of fails (= re-test fees). And yes, I know that they deny that there's a failure quota... and you know how much you can believe them.

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Azure has put new life into Active Directory

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Meanwhile, "My nightmare scenario is" some dimwit in IT who doesn't understand our business and obstructs nearly every activity of the organisation. If it's a no-hoper on the helpdesk it just slows everyone down and causes annoyance; if it's the CIO we're dead.

Just saying.

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What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight

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All in all, you make it sound like a Lumia.

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SHOW ME THE MONEY! Ballmer on Amazon: 'They're not a real biz, they make NO cash'

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Like Microsoft China, then?

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Google turns on shiny new .google top-level domain – but WHY?

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Re: Seems useless to me

Don't the colonials use 'zip' to mean 'nothing'?

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European Commission decides it won't have a science advisor after Greenpeace pressure

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>Well, some modern GMO's...

You say "common sense", I hear "uninformed guesswork".

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Re: Greenpeace is neither green, nor peaceful.

Because I'm old enough to remember 50 years ago, I have to say that all today's main political parties are centre-left.

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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Re: There is at least one upside to vinyl.

Not true, I'm afraid. CBS (now part of Sony, of course) came up with a variety of analogue botches to prevent home taping (which as we all recall, killed music... but that's another story).

They tried inaudible high frequency tones that they expected would interfere with the tape recorder bias frequency to produce an auible whistle on the copy - didn't work.

They tried notching out part of the audible spectrum with a very steep filter - very audible, and I can't for the life of me remember how it was supposed to make the copy unusable (any more than it made the original unusable).

And so on ... they kept trying various (and pretty well all entirely daft) ideas right up until the arrival of CD, then stopped because CD was so good that copies would be obviously inferior, so no-one would bother.

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Met Office: 2014 was FIFTEENTH WARMEST UK SUMMER on record

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Re: Weather ?

Actually, there is no real distinction, climate is just weather with the details removed. Which might leave you asking whether climate is a real thing at all.

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Trickle-down economics WORKS: SpaceShipTwo is a PRIME EXAMPLE

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Re: Not Trickle-down economics...

Maybe not trickle-down economics, but perhaps "splash it all over economics" would be a better description. After all, the money spent buying trips in space doesn't vanish, it goes back into the economy via whatever Virgin Galactic (or whoever) spends it on. The point about money that the Grauniad and its ilk miss is that it only really functions when it's moving.

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7 questions we're dying to ask the internet's MOST EXCITING BLOKE

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> 5. Only two of the five key elections were uncontested this year – is this a sign that the ITU is stagnant?

uncontested => contested, surely?

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Given my normal commute, two external parameters have a significant effect on fuel consumption: ambient temperature (lower temperature -> worse fuel economy) and other traffic (more traffic -> worse fuel economy). Regrettably, I still can't control the weather, but I do have enough freedom to avoid travelling at the worst of rush hour.

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

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Re: Ofcom .. concluding that it would be unfair to make the UK’s then 4.6 million receivers obsolete

As I understand it, many vehicles would require not only the radio, but the aerial and its wiring, to be replaced. Cue installation costs in excess of, say, £500 (unless you want the cable lying loose in the passenger compartment).

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Ada Lovelace Day: Meet the 6 women who gave you the 'computer'

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Re: I don't think it means what you think it means

Although you're right, as you describe it, the institution that is "Institutionally Sexist" isn't the IT industry itself but the education system, and quite probably society in general. Certainly it would be good to fix that, but I *still* can't employ someone who doesn't apply for a job. Employing individuals, not on merit but as tokens for whatever reason, is itself discriminatory, and worse, is deliberately so.

PS couldn't resist slipping a "quite probably" in there, mealy-mouthed or not.

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Internet Explorer stars in monster October Patch Tuesday

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Not quite right... the files are updated, and the new version will be used as soon as the application (not the OS) is restarted. And for goodness sake why would the OS need an HTML rendering engine *built-in*? (If it's not built-in, an update doesn't warrant a reboot, you realise.)

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Tesla's Elon Musk shows the world his D ... and it's a MONSTER

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Re: I dont get it.

> And no engine noise. :)

In my experience, the engine noise for most vehicles is not the issue; in normal driving road/tyre noise produces more sound pollution, except for occupants. There are electric buses on trial near where I live and they are no quieter than diesels, though the engines make a more whiny noise which is often more irritating in character.

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Re: Charging issues? Range?

> A steady trebling in size implemented over the next 25 years is not far fetched.

A trebling of generating capacity, though...

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Pen-testers outline golden rules to make hacks more €xpen$ive

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Re: S.O.P for IT departments

Too often, in the real world, the IT department is not competent to know what any given workflow needs, or to understand the business case made for subsequently reinstating services/access/whatever. So you end up in a situation (my organisation is just arriving there) where the question becomes "turn off or disable the IT department?" which is a quite different way to read your post.

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Was Nokia's Elop history's worst CEO?

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But... would anything different have happened if Elop were an MS mole, as some people assumed from the outset? Of course not. At best his actions failed to help Nokia, at worst they created new problems ("burning platform-gate" being the most famous).

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Adobe spies on readers: 'EVERY page you turn, EVERY book you own' leaked back to base

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Re: Surprised this still happens

... and I'm assuming that (a) they're too stupid to write good software; (b) too stupid to understand they're breaking the law; and (c) too stupid to hide (a) and (b).

Actually, (a) is an observation, not an assumption.

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Can I get that software and delete goals (or whole matches) from their websites (or streams, or broadcasts, or wherever else they put them)? Seems fair to me.

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