* Posts by Anonymous Blowhard

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Judge spanks SCO in ancient ownership of Unix lawsuit

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Roll on cryonics

Warning to would-be corpsicles: Don't specify "Revive after SCO lawsuit is over" in your will.

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Hack hijacks electric skateboards, dumps hipsters in the gutter

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Re: ".. you could also just hit them with a car."

Grand piano, surely?

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Forget Google's robot cars, now it's on to ANDROID cars

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Re: crap

"rather than this sort of crap we need manufactures to develop standardised systems for cars."

Trouble is, Android is a proven system for what they want to do; it has all the basic O/S functionality for touch and voice driven UI and handling mobile communications as well as lots of applications for navigation and other stuff that consumers might want like finding things using internet searches with location services to help (where's the nearest petrol station type questions).

The alternative is to try and build all this themselves, and do it faster than their competitors so as not to get killed in the market. Looking at how successful other companies have been at developing this level of functionality (e.g. Nokia) they would be insane to even contemplate doing it themselves.

Their viable alternatives are:

Android - Googles walled garden (low cost and low walls)

IOS - Apples walled garden (higher cost and walls)

Windows Mobile - Microsoft's walled patch of grass that might become a nice garden if they keep at it long enough and resist the urge to implement SharePoint on it (thanks Stob).

Which would you choose if it was your arse/money?

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Nork-ribbing flick The Interview AXED: Sony caves under hack terror 'menace'

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Re: 'Flashmob' screening

"maybe they just blow a nuke 25 miles over South Dakota"

I can see why you're AC...

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Not exactly killing

"making films about killing living people"

Didn't Leslie Nielson beat up the "Axis of Evil" in the first Naked Gun film? What's different now?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Naked_Gun:_From_the_Files_of_Police_Squad!#Plot

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V. R. R. Stob's magnificent saga A Game Of Dog-and-Bones

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Rose Tinted?

"a pair of spectacles that nearly runs SharePoint"

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Unlock your mobe by STROKING it with your PEARL

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Coffee/keyboard

I like cheese

...this seems more like saccharine; blech!

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Next gen ransomware: Elliptic cryptic, talks on Tor, demands Bitcoin

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Malicious Advertising?

Is there another kind?

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Robot deputy blasts possibly explosive Mexican beans with CANNON in 'controlled explosion'

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"Would the X-ray machine not have killed the bugs anyway?"

Depends if it's set to "look" or "kill"...

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Re: Overt paranoia.

"Having said that, though, one of our guys is very late in this morning as he takes the train"

Implied question is answered in statement.

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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

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Re: "E&OE" exists for this very purpose

"This is a significant qualification and should not be accepted by the buyer."

This is fine for B2B contracts; but for consumers the only way that this could "not be accepted by the buyer" is to not use that particular seller's service; for retail purchases you are protected by the Sale of Goods Act (and various others like Distance Selling Regulations) so as long as you're dealing with UK based companies and using a credit card with fraud protection then you are pretty safe.

As always, if it looks too good to be true then it probably isn't.

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Uber? Worth $40 BEEELLION? Hey, actually, hold on ...

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Terminator

Re: Maintenance

"The first company to market with robot taxis will make a killing"

If they do, then that will be the end of robot taxis...

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Brit boffins debunk 'magnetic field and cancer' link

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Re: pokerface

"The scientists are just in it for the money"

Did you mean "Scientologists"?

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Keep your court orders to YOURSELF – human rights chief slaps US

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Re: Gottalottaballs here...

The Council of Europe is concerned with human rights, it is not a part of the European Union.

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

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

The Council of Europe has no power over individuals, only the governments that are supposed to be upholding, and occasionally abusing, their citizens' human rights.

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Nothing illegal to see here: Tribunal says TEMPORA spying is OK

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Behind Closed Doors

"six days of hearings - five in open court and one in secret behind closed doors -"

The one behind closed doors is the one where GCHQ tells the tribunal what dirt they found on them...

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UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals

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VAT for Dummies

"VAT is chargeable on advertising however it is the "customer" of Google who pays the VAT. They would then reclaim it back."

VAT is Value Added Tax; businesses can only claim VAT relief on VAT they pay on goods and services they buy, not the VAT on what they sell. The real fiddle here is to make it look like you're paying out more VAT than you charge yourself, then HMRC will be paying you!

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

The real problem is that by making it look as if they make no profit (so no value added) they get away with hardly any corporation tax and hardly any VAT; two for one!

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Orion: To Mars, the Moon and beyond... but first, a TEST FLIGHT through Van Allen belt

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Jack of all trades?

I'm not so sure that trying to incorporate features for re-entry and interplanetary space into the same vehicle is the best way forwards.

Orion may be a "big" Apollo capsule, but it is way too small for a Mars mission (unless they can get there in less than a month).

Surely the best plan is to develop Orion as a launch and re-entry capsule and develop a "proper" interplanetary vehicle, no aerodynamics to worry about, for the journey to Mars** And they will need a separate lander/launcher system if they want to go to the surface of Mars, so you're looking at a fairly large composite vehicle anyway.

They don't even need to take their launch capsule to Mars, it can be left in Low earth Orbit, and the astronauts can transfer to it on their return, possibly via the ISS.

**This doesn't take into account any aero-braking at either end of the trip (particularly the return), but I'm not sure I'd fancy my chances of living based on being fired at high speed at Mars and then aero-braked into orbit followed by a similar, but slightly faster, encounter with Earth's atmosphere.

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@Dalek Dave

You're forgetting that the Apollo astronauts were working in a less risk-averse culture than we have today; and that their total exposure was a few days.

I hope your comments were intended as a joke though; otherwise it's a poor trolling effort for this site.

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Author fined $500k in first US spyware conviction

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Just to be clear:

US Government's definition of legal spyware: ours.

US Government's definition of illegal spyware: everyone else's.

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Brits to teach Norks hacks about 'multimedia websites'. 5% of DPRK is in for a TREAT

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Re: errrm....

"Why is our government spending money on helping the norks"

It's obviously an exchange of ideas; the Norks want to get hold of western technology and the British Government wants to know how to make the UK as attractive to immigrants as the DPRK.

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Yes, UK. REST OF EUROPE has better mobe services than you

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Re: Can't trust the survey

For Manchester, did they include 215,000 for Salford as well?

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AWS CloudFront wobbles at worst possible time

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Re: This confirms my theory

@Destroy All monsters

Good idea! I didn't know this was done; I wonder if the spot price is based only on demand vs. availability or other factors e.g. competitor pricing and time of day in major markets?

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This confirms my theory

that AWS is a way for Amazon to have excess server capacity paid for by by AWS customers and when Amazon needs the servers for peak load (e.g. Black Friday) they can claw back the resources for themselves (this still gives a service level of 99% to AWS customers if they only do this for three days a year).

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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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Interesting

I like the idea of the fast-track idea-pitching to management; this has to be a better route to innovative products than using market analysts who can only suggest things that have already been done.

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Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix

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People won't know who to hate in this one...

You have a choice of:

Musicians

Record Companies

UK Government

The European Union

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

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Vehicle Excise Duty

Do you tax the car as a "classic vehicle" based on the age of the components, or is it CO2 based? I'd imagine the CO2 output to be similar to Drax Power Station...

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Floody hell! Brits cram Internet of Things into tight White Spaces

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LoveHz

Great name for the company!

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Woman who stung Tinder with sex-pest sueball stings again – with rival Bumble app

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Re: No creepy guys, eh?

You'd also need to ask "Are you a guy?"

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MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'

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Re: False Positives?

@phuzz

Exactly my point; unless there is a new tag in HTML 6 like <explicit_real_threat> then it's going to be impossible to pick up the "real terrorist" threats from the innocent "I'm blowing off steam" posts.

(Feel free to argue if "explicit_real_threat" should be implemented in CSS, but mind your manners or we'll be in Gitmo before you can say "orange onesie")

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False Positives?

The "significant" messages were only seen after the crime had been committed; but assuming the Security Services (I'll abbreviate to SS from now) had access to *ALL OF THE INTERWEBS* what would have happened? Here are the options:

1) These criminals were the only people on earth muttering about "killing a soldier", so they're easily spotted online and the SS saves the day!

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2) There are thousands of similar threats made all the time, but most of these are idle bluster, so the SS doesn't have the manpower to follow them all up and the result for the unfortunate victim is the same as if we had never relinquished our right to privacy.

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3) Same as 2) and the criminals realise they need to communicate secretly, so they migrate away from the mainstream services, or even not bother advertising their plans online at all?

Which scenario is most likely?

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Mighty Blighty broadbanders beg: Let us lay cable in BT's, er, ducts

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Re: Are Ofcom a complete waste of space?

You say:

"These contractors aren't on salary/hourly rates like proper openreach chaps, but are rather paid per connection/per job."

And then:

"I've had my run-ins and issues with openreach guys in the past (no IT pro hasn't), but they're still a country mile better than the subbies."

The issue here is that BT's guys are given enough time to do a proper job but the subcontractors aren't, so you can't really complain (other than to BT who are in control of this) that some contractors want to save time on the installation.

My Infinity 2 connection was installed by a subcontractor from Quinn, and he was happy enough to reroute the Master Socket from its original position in my hall (no use to me there) up to my office via the existing extension wiring.

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The IT Crowd's internet in a box gets $240k of crowdcash for a cause

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Kim Jong-un Wants One For Christmas!

** Christmas in NK is the day that Jesus celebrates the birth of the Glorious Leader

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

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They aren't a problem; they're a solution!

Two words: Carbon Capture

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Young Germans: PLEASE! ANYTHING BUT a digital STARTUP

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The ICT Crowd

"Nearly 40 per cent of the 6,000 respondents in the UK and 33 per cent in Germany said they are definitely not willing to work in the ICT sector, while only eight per cent of respondents in Spain and 11 per cent in Italy said they definitely did not want careers in ICT."

I think the obvious explanation for the "North south Divide" on this is the state of the economy in the countries mentioned; the UK and Germany have relatively good employment, compared to Italy and Spain, so people there have more choice. This probably just indicates that Italian and Spanish people surveyed would be willing to take any job, even ICT (poor sods), just to have a job.

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Hey, it's ... Gecko man, Gecko man, does almost whatever a GECKO can

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Cat Burglars Union Objects to This!

Takes the skill out of the job.

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Countdown contestant pays homage to IT Crowd's Moss

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Re: "Not available in your country. Sorry."

"I don't think there's any intention to be a British publication for British people."

What's the TLD for Royston Vasey?

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Hackers seize Detroit's database, demand $800k. Motor City shrugs: OK, take it

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Re: Anyone seen "Burn After Reading" ?

I burned mine before watching, so no.

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Bang! You're dead. Who gets your email, iTunes and Facebook?

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Re: Apple's view

"digital formats are ephemeral, dead tree isn't"

See icon >

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UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

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"Back in the 1980s your equally small minded predecessors sought to make life difficult for Russia you created the Taliban, and I think there will be considerable agreement that policy didn't work out very well in the end."

It worked out very well for the UK/US guns'n'ammo biz; first they got taxpayers' money to arm the Taliban, then they got taxpayers' money to fight the Taliban, and next they'll get taxpayers' money to fuck up the internet so we can't hear that the Taliban are still around.

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Exit the dragon: US govt blows $325m on China-beating 300PFLOPS monster computer

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Joke

Well, they had to call it "Summit"

(Sorry, the "joke" icon may be inappropriate in this case)

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'You village peasants: Do you want broadband? Then give up your freedom'

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he “goes on the internet every day” (whether he needs to or not)

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Moshi Monsters' daddy Mind Candy: Falling sales, £2.2m loss...

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Did they call in Steve Bong?

It sounds like they've managed to migrate to his Business 3.0 world where outmoded concepts like "profit" have been eliminated!

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Cold? Cuddle these HOT GERMAN RACKS, yours for only 12,000 euro – we swear there's an IT angle

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Business model could catch on

My kids have just sent me an invoice for "home heating" and "draining hot water tank"...

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Poll trolls' GCHQ script sock puppets manipulate muppets

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I wish I was a real boy.

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Is your kid ADDICTED to web porn? Twitter? Hint: Don't blame the internet

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My kid?

I'm more worried about me!

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BOING, BOING! Philae BOUNCED TWICE on Comet 67P

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Typical!

You wait ten years for a comet landing, and then three come along at once!

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Ethernet patents claim smacked down by US judge

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Re: Judge invalidates two expired patents??? (July 1992 + 20 yrs = July 2012)

"Perhaps it was claimed that the patents were infringed prior to the expiry date?"

Don't try to confuse us with your fancy "arithmetic"; burn the patent heretics!

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SUPER-JAMMY Philae comet probe got down WITHOUT harpoons

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You can't beat a good screw!

'nuff said

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What kind of generation doesn't stick it to the Man, but to Taylor Swift instead?

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Re: market value

"For hundreds of years musicians have survived by touring the country and playing for tips."

Good luck doing that now, back then they were one a very few sources of entertainment; and if we won't pay fractions of a pence for the artists cut of a digital download what chance do they really have of making a living like this?

"If they were lucky and talented they could get patronage from a wealthy supporter of the arts."

So if they appeal to a few rich people, they're OK?

"All that is happening is that we are returning to this tried and tested model."

By "tried and tested" you mean one that gave us a limited range of folk-songs and a small number of classical composers? What about Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones and everything else since the 1940's? I can't see the next Billy Bragg coming from aristocratic patronage.

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Re: market value

"We are also drowning in crap because of this system."

I think the converse is true; these days great musicians are less valuable to "music" corporations than average musicians who look good and can endorse products. This is because music has been devalued and the corporations have to supplement income from record* sales with other sources of income (X-Factor anyone?). IMHO this is why we have a proliferation of boy-bands and singer-songwriters and no "proper" bands; because they cost more to support in the early stages of their career. The "crap" to which you refer has been developed to survive in the current music economy where money comes from TV talent show viewer-voting and then, if success is indicated by the viewer-vote, from concert tours and product endorsements.

Yes, there are new bands out there, but they aren't making headlines and their share of the, reduced, market for music is getting squeezed out by acts that fit in with the New Music Economy.

* record means CD, vinyl, paid downloads or whatever.

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