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Yosemite Siri? Apple might plonk chatty assistant on your desktop - report

Sarev

Presumably processed in the cloud...

I'm guessing the Siri function would be passing your audio (or some representation thereof) to the cloud in order to calculate what you've actually said, giving the potential for Apple to be tracking what you're asking Siri to do. I imagine that's just another seam of personal data to be mined.

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LG unfurls flexible SEE-THROUGH 18-inch display

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Rollable touchscreen

I've been waiting a while for a roll-up touchscreen that can connect wirelessly to my phone. Leave the phone in my pocket and I can easily unroll the screen to do a bit of work (tablet style) then roll it back into its protective tube when I'm done. Nice.

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LG drops G3 quad HD Android mobe with FRIGGIN' LASER camera

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Why 3000mAh?

Why do people insist on writing 3000mAh - why not 3Ah? It'd save all that extra typing - phew - I need a brew after that.

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S is for SMACKDOWN: Samsung takes Galaxy Tab slab war fruit-side

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Photoshop

A photo worthy of Photoshop disasters there... must've taken, ooo, 20 seconds to create that one.

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Patch NOW: Six new bugs found in OpenSSL – including spying hole

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Re: @LDS Quick to fix in Open Source, but it leaves questions.

Just a stab in the dark here, you got downvotes from all the single devs and upvotes from those with a real life. I await my downvotes...

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Chap rebuilds BBC Micro in JavaScript

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RISC OS Pico

If you like JSBeeb, then you're bound to like RISC OS Pico - so you can boot your Raspberry Pi directly into BBC BASIC.

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10 PRINT "Happy 50th Birthday, BASIC" : GOTO 10

Sarev

Try BBC BASIC on your Raspberry Pi

Free download or pre-installed on an SD card for a fiver. What's not to love? https://www.riscosopen.org/content/sales/risc-os-pico

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Amazon loads Docker app containerization into its cloud

Sarev

For someone with an HTML 2 understanding of web technologies, I cannot for the life of me get my head around what Docker is or how it works. :( Nor can I get my head around what adding it to Amazon Elastic Beanstalk means... I grok a VM. And a "cloud server" is just a VM on a remote machine (like most VMs then). I can run Docker in a VM (so I'm lead to believe). But I can't quite understand from the flowery language what things like Docker and Elastic Beanstalk _actually do_ and why they need to be integrated. I must be a dinosaur.

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Ubuntu N-ONE: 'Storage war' with Dropbox et al annihilates cloud service

Sarev

25 and 50GB free - erm, who?

The headline and subheadline state that Ubuntu can't compete with "Dropbox et al" and we've got their statement saying "particularly with other services now regularly offering 25GB to 50GB free storage."

Genuine question here from a Dropbox user who regularly hits the top of his free 6.25GB quota - who are these mythical(?) providers offering 25 to 50GB free? All I've found is:

* Dropbox - you start at 2GB free and earn extra by inviting other people

* Amazon Cloud Drive is 5GB free - but it's Amazon :(

* Google Drive is 15GB free - but it's Google :(

Oh, and I'd still be needing/expecting the desktop client integration on Linux, as per Dropbox...

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Blinking good: LG launches smart light bulb for Android/iOS

Sarev

Lights flash when your phone rings

Right, so even the lightbulb manufacturers are getting in on the act of syphoning their customers' call logs. Or am I the only one who immediately connects hearing "we have an app" with "we're grabbing as much data from you as we can"?

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'Disruptive, irritating' in-flight cellphone call ban mulled by US Senate

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Commercial flight

Of course, the Senators will be permitted to continue using their phones on their private jets, but that's because rich people are better than us therefore deserve more freedom. Yes, what the plebs need is more laws to tell them how to better to behave like the unthinking cattle they are.

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Falkland Islands almost BLITZED from space by plunging European ion-rocket craft

Sarev

Good news!

You weren't KILLED by doomed GOCE satellite's fiery reentry

Er, I was.

Oh no, no I wasn't. False alarm. Sorry.

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Tough luck, bumpkins! Blighty broadband speed gap misery worsens

Sarev

Re: RFC 1149

> At the present moment in time, what are you planning on shoving down a pipe bigger than 10Mbps that is worth looking at?

Erm, you do remember this is Reg readers? We mostly work in computers, therefore we mostly use computers heavily, therefore we probably have lots of important stuff on large hard drives (build trees, databases, etc) never mind photos and videos - one RAW file from my camera is 17 MiB.

So, exhibit A: Off-site backups that take less than a lifetime to finish uploading?

No chance of me using cloud backup here with 3 Mbps down, 320 Kbps up. Yes, that single RAW file takes around 7 minutes for me to upload to a cloud backup server. If I go out for the day and take 200 photos, it'd take the best part of 24 hours to upload the sodding backups...

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Worldwide smartwatch shipments predicted to top 5 million next year

Sarev

Ah, just like 3D TV

Massive increase in sales predicted? Bound to be a runaway success story then.

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Tea, Earl Grey, hot! NASA blows $125k on Star Trek 3D FOOD PRINTER

Sarev

Re: Just like inkjet printers...

If it's anything like my printer, I'm betting you'll order a pizza and get 50 blank bases followed by the bottom third of a pizza.

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UK.Gov passes Instagram Act: All your pics belong to everyone now

Sarev

How about protecting metadata...?

It should be your right to not have third parties strip your metadata out of your works. If I upload a photo onto Facebook, they shouldn't be permitted to strip out my EXIF data (at least by default).

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

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Donny Darko

I'd say it's one of my favourite sci-fi films - certainly one of those films I find myself thinking back to the most.

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Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

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Zap on RISC OS

It's worth using RISC OS just to use Zap. Mind you, it's probably as hard as vi to the uninitiated.

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Boffins implant almost-cellphone in the BRAIN

Sarev

Re: 5cm!!!

Agreed! When the caption said "tiny" I assumed an error in the diagram. 5cm is huge - the average mouse brain is less than 2cm in its longest axis. There was me expecting to see a 2 x 2mm bit of silicon...

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Samsung Wallet slavishly copies inspired by Apple Passbook

Sarev
Holmes

I can only assume

that some of the Samsung execs are non-execs on the board for some legal firms so they'd love nothing more than a good old multi-million dollar Copyright/patent smack-down.

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Why you need a home lab to keep your job

Sarev
Stop

Good plan

Most of us can barely afford to pay our heating bills, but yes, let's all change employer perceptions that it's OK to offload equipment and training expenses onto the employees.

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'Silent but deadly' Java security update breaks legacy apps - dev

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Thumb Down

Re: Just one more thing....!

> Please help me understand why Java and .NET really need so many damn versions and different libraries to begin with? Why should I have Dot Net 1.1, 2, 3.5 and 4

Because API designers (especially those for the sprawling, monolithic frameworks that are the current de rigueur) don't seem to give a shite about backwards compatibility.

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Boffins prep tasty data-cramming 3D metal-sandwich chip

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Paris Hilton

Eh?

So is this article talking about processors or memory chips or both? It seems confused.

It also seems to say moving electrons 'vertically' is difficult and costly. Is the implication here that this new process solves those issues, or was that an observation about some remaining known issues here?

I get the feeling Gavin didn't fully understand whatever source material this article was based upon. Either that or I'm having a slow brain day (i.e. a normal day).

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Liferay's not dead yet - but what's keeping it alive?

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Unhappy

What is Liferay?

Liferay is supposed to be the answer to your traditional corporate problems, such as: how can we store our documents in a shared, central repository that's easy to access direct from the desktop? And how can we have a central per-project calendar which everyone can easily sync with and update? All the stuff I'm pretty sure Sharepoint has solved (but don't get me started on that!).

We use Liferay and it was my misfortune to be the one who had to set it up and maintain it. There are a billion configuration options, the documentation is poor, there are so many different permissions and attributes on everything with so many ways they can interact I'd be amazed if there aren't massive security holes everywhere from my misconfiguring it all.

On top of that, the fundamentals we want to use it for never actually a) work well or b) work at all. For example, WebDAV is quite unreliable from various flavours of Windows - I'm sure that's Windows' fault, but most people (non-engineers) use that so it's a bit of a bummer.

As for missing features, the calendar portlet is next to useless with no sensible integration to people's own calendars or central iCal servers. The document library is next to useless with no ability to put commit comments next to a revision of a document and no way to control the version number for a given commit. Oh, and you can't recursively set permissions and the like on a folder and all its contents!

And yes we did raise all of these on the Liferay forums/bug trackers over the years but nothing ever changed.

Oh, and it's veeery slow, too. But that seems to be the norm for server-side stuff nowadays. Hey ho. So we keep using it and it keeps limping along but it's a shadow of what I was hoping it would be when I first read about it. Maybe it's all sunshine and rainbows in the latest Liferay but after going around the painful upgrade cycle a few times, I have no idea what the latest version is like.

I should temper all of this by saying I'm no sys admin and my company is too cheap to a) hire one and b) go for the commercial Liferay package. Still, let the downvotes roll in for one poor sod voicing his real world experience...

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VIA bakes a fruitier Rock cake to rival the Brit Raspberry Pi

Sarev
Meh

Wake me up when it has SATA and GigE.

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It's official: Mac users are morally superior to Windows users

Sarev
Meh

People with more expensive PCs...

have more disposable income. Shock.

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Just bought an Apple product? Need support NOW? Drop an F-BOMB

Sarev
Mushroom

Doesn't work with HMRC

I was swearing for Britain on a recent call to the thieving b*stards at HMRC recently. Didn't work, but I could've sworn the recorded message was laughing at me with the "and I repeat, that number is 0845..."

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Automatic Facebook couple pages: Nauseating sign of desperation

Sarev
Meh

Meh

Not quite sure what all the vitriol is about with this. It's just a search filter. Ooo. Now, if I could only search for any of the other stuff in my timeline...

My biggest complaint about Facebook is that it's so impossible to search _your own data_. How can you find posts you made four years ago? Even the friend search thing is the crappest search imaginable. That's its most cynical aspect, I find; they are using your data six ways 'til Sunday but they don't seem to want _you_ to be able to use it.

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Motorola, Samsung smash Apple's touchscreen patent claim

Sarev

What is patentable?

Serious question here: how can something like "over scroll bounce" be patented? Last time I looked, admittedly this was UK patent law, it wasn't even possible to patent software - you had to rephrase it as a 'device' - let alone patenting an animation effect.

Putting all of the "the patent system is broken" arguments to one side, has something changed in the past five to ten years that means little bits of artistic fluff now count as an invention that can be patented?

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BIG BOOBS banished from Linux kernel

Sarev
Joke

How do you write "GROWSOME" in hex...?

As above.

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Phishers jailed for lifting over £300k from student loan applicants

Sarev
Paris Hilton

Something doesn't add up...

Perhaps I'm having a blonde moment, but...

> obtain the login details of 1,300 student accounts

Right.

> with amounts ranging from £1,000 to £5,000 slurped from compromised accounts

OK.

> convicted of fraud worth £304,000 and attempted fraud of £162,000

Erm. And the rest...? Why do I get the feeling that the second quote cherry-picks the biggest numbers and is missing the word "some"?

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US military gives NASA two better-than-Hubble telescopes

Sarev
Unhappy

Is it just me...

...or is it a bit depressing that the military's sloppy seconds are 100x better than the best science has available? Oh, and there are two of them going spare, by the way.

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Universe has more hydrogen than we thought

Sarev

So he could've compared a horse to a dog or cat or something, but no, he has to pick an animal 95% of the population haven't heard of - hence even El Reg feeling the need for a link. That's a really helpful analogy.

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Top Facebook exec begs students: 'Click on an ad or two'

Sarev
Mushroom

Re: What adverts?

OK, I'm prepared for the down-votes but...

Hang on, people piss and moan about us taking money away from our favourite sites by blocking the ads with adblock or similar. Fair enough. But I've _never_ ever clicked on an ad on a web site. I don't watch ads on TV. Don't ads make money for the host site via a click-through? If so, what difference does it make whether I've blocked the ads or not? I'm not clicking through. I'll answer my own question: the only difference is I don't get a migraine from all the bloody Flash and animated GIFs.

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New Apple keyboard patent may spell trouble for Android

Sarev
FAIL

RISC OS had this in the 90's

See title.

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Hyundai Veloster coupé

Sarev

Re: Any chance of a photo of THE OTHER side?

I was wondering if it was just me thinking this... :)

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Hated Visual Studio 11 beta in HIGH-ENERGY colour blast

Sarev
FAIL

Missing the point again...

So, when the complaint is that the lack of colour (especially in icons) makes it harder to navigate, MS in its infinite wisdom adds a splash of _the same_ colour for the _same little design_ to a load of icons, this improving navigability not at all.

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Indian callers could see bills DOUBLE after spectrum auction chaos

Sarev
Paris Hilton

Re: Dare Bribing in the first world Countries

What's with all the random Capital letters? My boss does this and it Drives me nuts.

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Ten... two-bay Nas boxes

Sarev

Re: Synology all the way

Seconded. The management software is amazing for a bit of HTML/JS. Feature rich and simple to use. The only negative I have is that it's a bugger to find a replacement fan here in the UK. I've a DS209+II and I only found two distributors in Europe - both of whom appear to be the same person who was out of stock indefinitely. :(

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Toshiba to demo vid streaming without any work by the CPU

Sarev
Headmaster

I think you mean...

> delivers up to 64,000 x 40Gbit/sec video streams

Jesus - a 40Gbit/sec video stream - it that UltraHD or something?! I think you mean it can deliver up to 64,000 streams over its up to four 10Gbit/sec network interfaces. The streams themselves are likely to be somewhat lower bandwidth.

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TITANIC 'UNLIKELY' TO SINK AGAIN, says prof - apparently

Sarev
Joke

and just as I was about...

...to publish a paper about how the Columbia shuttle disaster was unlikely to happen again.

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Home Sec: Web snoop law will snare PAEDOS, TERRORISTS

Sarev
Stop

I know how to make us all safer...

...we should handcuff all our citizens to radiators in their houses and place them all under 24/7 CCTV supervision. I bet that'd cut the crime rates massively and we're half way there already...

I can't help but be aghast at the utter contempt displayed towards us by anyone who attempts to justify some crackpot legislation by saying it will "help to catch criminals". Yes, it's easy to think of ways to cut crime - the trick is doing so without pissing all over everyone else's freedom.

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Star's guts turned INSIDE OUT in supernova mega-blast

Sarev

Re: The moral of this story?

But it might be a good site for a spot of mining... :)

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Climate change linked to EXTREME weather surge

Sarev
Meh

Re: Whatever the reason , another heatwave in europe this summer...

> I am also suspecting a very hot summer this year. no science just a hunch

I tell you what, I'll book a camping holiday. That usually does the trick in guaranteeing me torrential rain, high winds and knee-deep mud.

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Giant paper plane thunders across Arizona sky

Sarev
Mushroom

Looked a lot like it was about to go into a nose-diving spiral to me...

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

Sarev

Batman & Robin

Possibly not the worst ever, but deserving of an honourable mention all the same...

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Google Goggle glasses ARE WATCHING YOU

Sarev

Re: Re: What has the internet done for us

Oh, and the online maps.

But apart from the maps, the cat pictures, the videos and the porn, what has the Internet done for us?

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Ten... Valentine's Day gifts for her

Sarev
Facepalm

> that white radio looks good

Are you kidding me? It looks like something I'd've bought on the market twenty years ago for £2. As far as I can tell, the only reason for DAB is to multiply the price of radios by 10.

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IT crowd sorts out the Mars Science Lab

Sarev
FAIL

> "In rare sets of circumstances unique to how this mission uses the processor, cache access errors could occur, resulting in instructions not being executed properly," the agency said in a canned statement.

So it's got a separate instruction and data cache but some muppet included some self-modifying code and didn't think to flush the instruction cache... Doh!

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Google goggles with Terminator HUD 'coming soon'

Sarev

Not content with knowing everything we search the web for...

...Google would also like to know everywhere we go, everything we see and say, as well as everything we hear - for good measure.

On the one hand, I'd say fuck off. But on the other, this sort of technology is inevitable. What we really need are some equally visionary law-makers to bolster our privacy rights so that companies like Google can only use the data they slurp for the things we say they can (without making it a choice between accepting everything or being excluded from what will become fundamental to interacting with society as a whole). You know; in the same way they haven't done with the Internet... muppets.

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