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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

Gerard Krupa

Re: In a couple of years

"Echo, what's the weather like?"

*creepy child's voice* "Are you my mummy?"

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

Gerard Krupa

Re: I haven't seen the episode yet, but...

'...from the comments it sounds as if the script writer was heavily influenced by Terry Pratchett's "The Light Fantastic"?'

That episode would not have been made any less credible or entertaining by the addition of the grim reaper or a barbarian astronaut complaining he could only eat "shoup".

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Fed-up bloke takes email spammers to court – and WINS PILE of CASH

Gerard Krupa

Re: ICO and ASA seem to be backing off in this area...

Not validating my addresses with spammers has never seemed to do anything to stem the tide. I've often heard suggestions that confirming a working address makes it a more valuable commodity but I'm skeptical about the whole thing since I suspect blanketing every address available is more cost effective than being picky.

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TrueCrypt hooked to life support in Switzerland: 'It must not die' say pair

Gerard Krupa

Re: Cthulhucrypt

TrueCrypt Fhtagn

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Gerard Krupa

You can't be serious

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The enemy of my enemy is my, well, temporary ally: Apple and Microsoft in pact against Google

Gerard Krupa

The technical name for something like this...

...is a twact.

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Google clamps down on rogue Chrome plugins and extensions

Gerard Krupa

Just sanctioned malware

Every complaint I've seen about malicious extensions were all fully sanctioned and available from the Chrome Web Store. Particularly unpalatable are those that are funded by anonymously overlaying every site you visit with ads masquerading as coupons from the insidious Superfish service.

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/chrome/mcRFCUAK1hw%5B276-300-false%5D

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'Copyrighted' Java APIs deserve same protection as HARRY POTTER, Oracle tells court

Gerard Krupa

APIs, clearly as secret as an advance book copy

"Google’s argument was akin to an author copying the chapter titles and topic sentences of an advance copy of a Harry Potter book and then paraphrasing the rest and claiming it as fair use"

But only if J K Rowling was shouting these at every other author at the top of her voice.

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Google Chrome: Extensions now ONLY from the Company Store

Gerard Krupa

Great...

So I'm sitting behind a proxy that blocks access to the Chrome Store and soon I'll no longer be able to download select developer-friendly extensions, email them to myself and install them to help me work. It's not as if downloading from there is a guarantee of integrity to begin with. The Store's littered with adware-funded extensions that violate Google's own Ts and Cs (Superfish e.g. is spreading like a virus through the Store and causes fake 'voucher' offers to be injected into nearly every page).

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Gerard Krupa

If they wanted to, they could already have decimated the Chrome user base by blocking it from the Chrome store. I suspect they won't because the loss of users to Firefox would be more damaging than the loss of ad revenue, a migration that won't happen with Android.

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Virgin Media only puts limited limits on its Unlimited service

Gerard Krupa

Re: Anyone here using Virginmedia?

Their email service is provided by Google. This was well-publicised at the time of the switch and is clearly stated in several places including the Web Mail client itself.

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Finally! How to make Android USABLE: Install BlackBerry OS 10.2

Gerard Krupa

Smooth

Blackberry... smooth. Are you one of those bots that's been commenting on the BBM app?

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Ubisoft's Watch Dogs muzzled by delays

Gerard Krupa

Re: THALES

Usually in French the trailing S is silent and the E wouldn't be pronounced that way without an acute accent so as written it would be something like Tal (with an elongated L). Ta-lez is a French variant on its original Greek pronunciation.

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Happy Friday the 13th! It's Programmers' Day

Gerard Krupa

If you want parity and stop bits you'll have to go write software on one of Jupiter's moons

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Apple’s iOS 64-bit iUpgrade: Don't expect a 2x performance leap

Gerard Krupa

Re: LaeMing

What it does mean is that when you need to push all of your registers onto the stack (e.g. calling a function or switching thread context) that will take up much more space.

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Doctors face tribunal over claims of plagiarism in iPhone app

Gerard Krupa

Re: Biggest Worry

You mean the punishment of putting them in the top 10? As far as I can see that's what happens to apps that get fake reviews.

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Galaxy S4 FIREBALL ATE MY HOUSE, claims Hong Kong man

Gerard Krupa
Trollface

The best advice to give when your phone explodes?

Mr Du, run run run. Mr Du, run run.

Sorry.

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IQ test: 'Artificial intelligence system as smart as a four year-old'

Gerard Krupa

Rival solution

while (true) {

hands.becomeSticky();

hands.touch(items.getAllNearby());

nose.dribble();

voice.yell("Are we there yet?", Volume.MAXIMUM);

}

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UK Post Office admits false accusations after computer system cockup

Gerard Krupa
Facepalm

Re: Keeping the beaurocracy alive...

So what you're saying is that because misplace trust in an entirely electronic accounting system resulted in false criminal convictions it follows that keeping information on paper is irrelevant and obsolete?

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EE turns up speed knob EVEN FASTER on 4G spectrum

Gerard Krupa

Re: Hmmm.

It could go either way but they have also announced that from September they will be introducing multiple speed tiers. Could be that half speed will get cheaper or the new double speed service will get even more expensive.

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Report: Android malware up 614% as smartphone scams go industrial

Gerard Krupa
Black Helicopters

Re: So who paid Juniper for this "research"?

Nobody needed to pay them - like most companies that have made similar announcements they conveniently just happen to have their own Android anti-malware solution for you to download. In this case it's called Junos Pulse and isn't going to gain momentum with its very poor reviews on Google Play unless they push it down our throats.

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Did Kim Dotcom invent 2-factor authentication? Er, not exactly...

Gerard Krupa

Re: I think he holds both patent and prior art ...

"Also, he's a hero. People hate, but effectively he's living the dream. Doesn't matter how he got there."

I'm not aware of this new definition of hero. Usually the dictionary suggest selflessness rather than convictions for fraud and blatant attempts at IP theft as criteria for the honorific.

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Adobe price hike: Your money or your files, frappuccino sippers

Gerard Krupa

Re: Autodesk have been doing something similar for years

The difference is that if you don't pay the sub to Autodesk you still have access to the product you initially purchased. For people who want to be always on the current release it works out the same but if you don't need that you're going to get it and have to pay for it anyway.

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What freetard are you: Justified, transgressor or just honest?

Gerard Krupa

Re: What sort am I ?

So essentially what you're saying is that you have a right to these items and therefore you'll obtain them by whatever means are available. When did luxury entertainment media turn from a luxury into a basic human right? Most telling is how your point 3 craps on your excuse in point 1 though. You'd be willing to pay for a service providing this level of this choice but you're happy that the primary alternative means of paying for media isn't available to you.

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Gerard Krupa

Re: They missed "Impatient Bastard"

I could understand that if you'd said you wanted the bundled artwork or the higher quality uncompressed audio on the CD but the hardware and software required to produce your own more permanent media is all but ubiquitous.

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'Facebook, Twitter, Google: Ad companies masquerading as tech ones'

Gerard Krupa

Are any of them just one thing?

What he means is "we aren't doing any kind of tech innovation to remotely compete with them so we'll try to bring them down to our level instead".

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Can't find your motor? Apple patents solve car park conundrums

Gerard Krupa

Re: WTF?

Yes, but they use the old fashioned over-simple method of "remembering where I parked" whereas this proposes something much more complicated, error-prone and time-consuming i.e. "asking the car where it is but only if you're already within 20m of that location and have reasonable line of sight" which is what mobile technology is all about (ever compared transferring your contact info by Bluetooth vs. just telling someone your phone number?).

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jQuery 2.0 kicks old Internet Explorer versions to the curb

Gerard Krupa

Re: IE8 / XP

"When you say real-world, what you actually mean is for public web sites. If you RTFRN, that's not what jQuery 2 is intended for as yet. It's largely for apps and other controlled environments."

If only older versions of IE were restricted to such environments but I'm currently working for a client that requires support for IE8 and even DUN speeds on a new public site. It's not just corporate environments that lag behind on technology; there are some groups of the general public that by-and-large don't upgrade unless they have a very compelling reason.

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TomTom brandishes new strap-on in Amsterdam: The wristnav

Gerard Krupa

Re: TomTom are first with the smartwatch, not Apple or Microsoft

That's first written as third behind Motorola MotoActv and I'm Watch?

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Gerard Krupa

Traffic Tracking

SatNav software for phones already provides traffic information and alternative routes but they do so very badly, not least because they can often only track traffic congestion on the primary (major) route and lead you into worse traffic through urban areas. Until that is solved, this commuter 'concept' is more of a sales gimmick than a useful tool.

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Google Apps goes TITSUP for millions - users REJOICE on Twitter

Gerard Krupa

Re: A Year To The Day.

Is it the fourth of Febtober already?

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'I've read all the Harry Potters - and I'm proud to have done so for adverts'

Gerard Krupa

Twat?

He called Andrew Orlowski a twat? It may not be original, eloquent or perspicacious but it does have the merit of accuracy.

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Congress plans to make computer crime law much, much worse

Gerard Krupa
Black Helicopters

Missing Part

Where's the part that gives them worldwide jurisdiction that we've come to expect after PIPA?

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Not got 4G? There's a reason we aren't called 'Four', sniffs Three

Gerard Krupa

Re: 4G - what is the point...

And more reliable switching between cells when travelling at speed (e.g. when you have to work on a train), more consistent signal quality in general. If you think that mobile data use is limited to social media and video streaming that probably says more about how you use it than what anyone else is doing. Some of us have to rely on mobile data as our primary Internet connection when, for example, working away from home.

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Bacon sarnies can kill: Official

Gerard Krupa

Re: Decisions decisions

If it's B then I'd suggest you eat plenty of cranberries so you can make a nice big puddle.

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Gerard Krupa

Re: Hang on...

Yes I noticed several places in the article where statistician was accidentally spelled like scientist.

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Over 100,000 sign White House petition for handset unlocking

Gerard Krupa

Stupid Question

What has this got to do with copyright, patents or intellectual property of any kind that makes it reasonable to enforce under the DMCA? Is my telco able to claim copyright on things I say over the phone as longs as I have a contract with them? The DMCA is supposed to prevent people from circumventing anti-piracy measures not have Carte Blanche jurisdiction over every kind of digital lock-in mechanism.

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Mind out, Apple: Ericsson leads charge against the SIM

Gerard Krupa

Much nicer project

What I'd much rather see is an effort towards giving people a single personal access point through which all their devices (phones, cars, fridges) operate instead of providing people with yet more ways to pay five times for data for which they should only need to pay once.

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Apple blocks Java on the Mac over security concerns

Gerard Krupa

That's fine...

...until you need to work remotely using a Juniper VPN. I'd much rather be given the choice than have it thrust upon me by a manufacturer that never knowingly lets its users think for themselves.

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LIVE TODAY: Windows 8 licensing - Speak your brains, believe your eyes

Gerard Krupa

Brand new PC?

Or buy the system builder edition.

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Mozilla to Adobe: PDFs don't need no more steenking plugins

Gerard Krupa

Fine for Static PDFs

The alternatives work well for static PDFs and some of them even support Acrobat forms but so far there are no third-party replacements for Adobe's own reader for filling in XML-based PDF forms generated by Adobe LiveCycle.

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US patent office: Nice try Apple, but pinch-to-zoom is NOT a new invention

Gerard Krupa

Re: Fed up with them all

Perhaps Apple will get a bad cold and Samsung will come round with flowers to make it feel better then at the end Apple will find out that SK152 with whom it's been corresponding is actually Samsung after all and it isn't really an evil corporation that tried to destroy its little pseudo-intellectual hipster book shop by selling millions of mass-produced, cheaper and more popular alternatives.

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Mark Zuckerberg doesn't know how to use HTML5

Gerard Krupa

Sleight of Hand

The whole thing looks like a lot of smoke and mirrors to me. Setting faster animation speeds at the cost of smoothness, caching more data sacrificing memory for speed and that pull-down to update test didn't look like it updated on the Sencha version, it just scrolled down to the next item.

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New Year's resolution: Don't use Instagram, it'll sell YOUR photos

Gerard Krupa

Not just your photos

The terms say they can use your name and likeness in advertising. I suspect this is going to help Facebook's best bud Zoosk sell their paid communication service by providing them with a better class of fake online dating profiles.

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Won't follow Apple Store rules? How 'bout an iTASER TREAT!

Gerard Krupa

Re: OTT..

It is frequently mandatory for police officers who are required to carry Tasers to experience the effects of the device first hand during their training. Given how many dodgy Taser incidents there have been in New Hampshire (including one "medical homicide" due to an officer firing the device at someone's chest and one mass zapping of a wayward cow) it doesn't seem to be getting the message across.

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Apple TV demand may drive Samsung-sapping sales

Gerard Krupa

Re: pay more just coz its from crapple?

The Apple TV STB doesn't actually have that nice a user interface. Compared to, say, a WD TV Live or a Samsung of Panasonic connected TV it's a bit clunky. I have to wonder if people are fooled just because it's got lots of black and a sleek remote control with very few buttons. The Netflix app is a great benchmark since it exists on a lot of platforms and the Apple TV version is by far the most unhelpful one I've used, lacking simple things like automatically following on to the next episode instead requiring 4 or 5 button presses to get there.

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This is out of hand now: Apple attempts to trademark the LEAF

Gerard Krupa

Re: Not an oval

It's known as a Vesica Piscis or Fish Bladder

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vesica_piscis

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TVShack's Richard O'Dwyer sent home with £20,000 fine

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Bungie talks up 'genre-defining' Destiny shooter

Gerard Krupa

Early over-hyped announcements about genre-changing games

Perhaps they hired Peter Molyneux

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