* Posts by nijam

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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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Get ready for LAYOFFS: Nadella's coma-inducing memo, with subtitles

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Re: Interesting focus

Worrying? No, you should be very, very pleased.

Let's look forward to Elop getting in charge, and burning a few more platforms.

Microsoft and Nokia ... two buttocks of the same arse.

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Facebook didn't infringe Dutch inventor's patents: Jury

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Re: US patent court? Shabby??

Shabby? Perhaps they meant to say "foreign".

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British boffin tells Obama's science advisor: You're wrong on climate change

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Re: Bah!

Actually, "climate" == "weather" (how could it be otherwise, after all?), although "climate" is usually at a lower level of detail. It is thus one of life's little drolleries that climate predictions are typically specified with greater precision than weather predictions.

On the subject of climate models, the most worrying aspect for me is that scarcely a month goes by without the reported discovery of some allegedly-significant factor, which when incorporated into the climate models, nonetheless produces no political consequences whatsoever. Of course, computer models often tell you more about the modeller than the problem being modelled, but that's not news either.

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Oh, wow. US Secret Service wants a Twitter sarcasm-spotter

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Re: The Pun is the lowest form of Wit

Whereas spoonerisms are the wowest form of lit.

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

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> It'll just block our roads and make life WORSE

Isn't that the job of public transport?

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Mozilla agrees to add DRM support to Firefox – under protest

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Re: Sandbox? How does that work?

But that's valuable information! How do I go about billing this Mr. D.R.M. Plugin for the information he asks of me?

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

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> According to Peter Melchett ... the study is flawed because

... he disgreed with the result, actually

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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And will they also stop using Javascript?

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

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Re: More crimes against English.

Not to mention using "reach out to" to mean "ask". What is wrong with these people?

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Women crap at parking: Official

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Multitasking

Based on my observations of friends, relatives, and colleagues, "multitasking" in this context means "lack of concentration".

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Richard Stallman decides Emacs should go WYSIWYG

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Re: @ Rampant Spaniel (was: I use VI! ;-))

Well,, I thought ed was the actual standard *nix text editor, has been since before vi - a half-baked abomination if ever there was one - was developed.

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Android in FOUR out of 5 new smartphones. How d'ya like dem Apples?

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Re: Depressing

My phone company has just dumped a new Nokia on me. Great hardware, shite OS. And full of MS spyware, of course. So much the same, really. I'm not convinced Google is any worse than MS or Apple.

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You're more likely to get a job if you study 'social' sciences, say fuzzy-studies profs

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A collegaue of mine has a sign on his office wall reading

The science graduate asks "How does it work?"

The engineering graduate asks "How is it made?"

The economics gradute asks "How much does it cost?"

The social science gradute asks "Would you like fries with that?"

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The business mullet: Cool or tool?

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As a techie, I'm employed for what's in my head, not what's in my wardrobe. I naturally feel some level of contempt for anyone who can't understand that. The fact that managers, administrators, etc. all dress as if they've just popped in from their main job as a used-car salesman in no way implies I should.

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Raise a beer: Titans of tech fill out 'Worst CEOs' list

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Re: I like wearing suits, although the opportunity rarely presents itself.

A decision maker who is so superficial as to judge someone by their clothes - and prefers colleagues to dress like a used-car salesman - should be sacked. Today.

If you're trying to impress them with your technical competence, the way to do it is surely *not* to start by dressing like someone whose skill-set is totally different.

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Google's ethics, cosy UK.gov chats under Westminster scrutiny

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Creative industies - bollocks.

The ones that are industries aren't creative. The ones that are creative aren't industries. The whole of the 'music business' exists to gouge consumers and creators alike, for example.

What they're complaining about is essentially that their once-tame politicians are now listening to someone else as well.

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Texan schoolgirl expelled for refusing to wear RFID tag

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Of course the teachers were the first to sign up to wearing these gadgets, not.

For some reason teachers seem to think they're exempt from all the sh:t they foist on students.

By the same token, I'd suggest all new legislation be tested for a couple of years on MPs and the police, before it could be enforced on the rest of us.

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Just how do you build the perfect Olympic stadium?

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I wonder who they asked about the stewards? Most people think anyone wearing hi-vis is an annoying and obstructive jobsworth. (Even when the law says they have to wear hi-vis.)

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