* Posts by Naich

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Australia to block piracy sites if Big Content asks nicely in court

Naich

Unless there will be representations from the owner of the site that is to be blocked, then any evidence given is worthless, as it cannot be challenged.

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Greenpeace rejoices after getting huge renewable powerplant CANCELLED

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http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn7046-hydroelectric-powers-dirty-secret-revealed.html#.U5l2LPldWD0

"Hydroelectric dams produce significant amounts of carbon dioxide and methane, and in some cases produce more of these greenhouse gases than power plants running on fossil fuels."

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Snowden's Big Brother isn't as Orwellian as you'd think

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What a load of apologetic nonsense. "You are reminded that under GCHQ’s offensive material policy, the dissemination of offensive material is a disciplinary offence,” oh, how nice of them not to upload the nudey pics they look at to /r/gonewild. That makes it perfectly OK for them to gawp at random people's webcam images. And so on. I was going to pick the whole article apart, but it's just more of the same hand-waving dismissals of perfectly valid concerns.

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Silverlight finally becomes popular ... with crims

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Netflix on Linux

There is a package to run Netflix which I've been using for a few months now and it works a treat: http://www.compholio.com/netflix-desktop/

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While the BBC drools over Twitter, look what UK's up to: Hospital superbug breakthrough

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Re: More science less Twitter

It's not a medical breakthrough. Phages have been having research done on them for their antibiotic properties for decades.

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Re: Phages in Russia

Phages have been around for a long time and there are fundamental problems when it comes to using them to fight infections. News that, effectively, "research is continuing" on the subject is not really anything new. It's certainly less of a news story than the Twitter one, no matter how crap it was.

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Ubuntu 13.10 lands on desktops, servers and (er, some) phones

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> I dumped that crap and installed Windows 7 Pro, and couldn't be happier.

Christ, that's going a bit far. Canonical would have to implement a feature that randomly jabbed me in the bollocks with a spike before it was worse than Windows for me. I don't mind the new stuff myself, but for those who dislike the direction Ubuntu is going, changing to Mint seems to make them happy.

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Former Microsoftie in AUTOMATIC BEER MAKER funding plea

Naich

As well as the generic piss, there is a large market for craft beer in America. They have invested a lot in developing new strains of hops which have revitalised the real ales available in this country.

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Ubuntu goes fishing for donations with new download page

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Happy Unity User here

What is actually so bad with Unity that it gets all this hate? I've been using it since April and it's fine. Not perfect, but certainly no worse than Gnome 2 or Windows 7. Everyone seems to be jumping on the hating Ubuntu bandwagon, but I'm perfectly happy with it and quite willing to donate to them.

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New British tax-cuts-for-patents scheme criticised

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Lesson learnt

It's pretty obvious, from looking at what is currently happening in the States, that what we all need is large corporations being encouraged to take out large quantities of hastily-assembled, shitty patents. What could possibly go wrong?

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Ice core shows Antarctic Peninsula warming is nothing unusual

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Meh

Mmmm. Pies...

Lewis Page must have a huge amount of pies in his house, with the amount of cherry picking he does.

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BBC gives itself a gold in 700Gbit-a-second Olympic vid sprint

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License fee

"...opposition to the licence fee seems ever increasing..."

Does it? The main place I've seen opposition to it is inside the Murdoch papers, and that's not surprising really, is it?

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Will Samsung's patent court doc leak backfire spectacularly?

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FAIL

Better sauce

Groklaw has better and fairer coverage of this case, for anyone who is interested.

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UK cybercops cuff abortion clinic web hack suspect

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A member of Anonymous?

I wasn't aware that Anonymous had members, as such? I'm pretty sure they aren't anti abortion extremists either.

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Freetard-friendly MP allegedly cuffed after scrap in Commons bar

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Debatable?

"It's highly debatable that downloading is theft" - that's a silly thing to say. It's not "highly debatable" at all, it's not theft by any stretch of the imagination or English language.

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China gets 64 quid Android 4.0 tablet

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Can I be the first

Can I be the first to say that I will happily do ainol for 64 quid.

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BBC One and bureaucracy spared in Auntie cuts

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"More than a fifth of the population never watches BBC One..." or to put it another way, "Over 48 Million people in the UK watch BBC 1..."

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No pain, some gain: Ubuntu Oneiric Ocelot examined

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Pint

Is it just me?

Or is anyone else wondering why no-one has called it "Onanistic Ocelot" yet? Other than that, I think I might actually try it out and see what it's actually like before declaring my undying hatred for it, or using it.

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So, how many rhinos does a tram weigh?

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Gets to the heart of the problem

The advert seems to be addressing the widespread misconception of people thinking that being run over by a tram isn't that bad. Until I saw it I have to say that I saw being run over by a tram as about as serious as getting a paper cut. Thank goodness I've been properly informed now.

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Citigroup hack exploited easy-to-detect web flaw

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WTF?

The article is wrong too

The problem here is not that the account numbers were unencrypted - after all, account numbers are public knowledge once you write a cheque or do a bank transfer. The problem is that the account details could be requested by an unauthenticated person. This is gobsmackingly, unbelievably stupid.

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Brit expats aghast as Denmark bans Marmite

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The Mail

So the Mail is complaining that the EU can't force one of its laws onto a country that has unilaterally decided against it? There's consistency for you.

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Linux kernel runs inside web browser

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Useful

It's got emacs, vi and a compiler. This could actually be useful. It's a shame there is no permanent storage or working network stack.

Also, you can get a cheap thrill by "rm -rf /"ing and watching the poor thing eat itself.

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Judge approves handover of BitTorrent IP addresses

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Dead Vulture

Really?

"The US Copyright Group is the target of a class action lawsuit by file-sharers..."

Really? Has it been proven that they were file sharers? Or is that precisely the reason why USCG are being sued by these people?

Of course sharing files is not illegal. Lots of people would like to perpetuate the idea that the act of sharing in itself is wrong, and it's sad to see the Reg lazily conforming to this idea.

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Anti-religious campaigners smack down census Jedis

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This is a title

"In any case, the British people are quite capable of judging for themselves what box they should tick."

Except that the question "What religion are you" will often be casually interpreted as "what religion were you born into?", rather than "do you follow a religion now?". People might not know that policies are made based on the latter interpretation of the question, rather than the former, so that is the one to use.

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German Foreign Office kills desktop Linux, hugs Windows XP

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Pint

Buggy eh?

I'm no fan of Open Office, and I use both it and MS Office, but when it comes to crashes, I find OO to be more stable. This is using Excel/OO Spreadsheet. In terms of usability, Excel is slightly better but the word processors are equally bad - probably because OO assumed that people wanted a Word clone.

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Facebook revamp gives away even more info, warn pros

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Don't get it

So you put all your information onto a social networking site so that people can see it, and then act surprised when people can see it? If you want to put information on there but don't want people to know about you then just do what I do - make it all up. My interests are necrophilia and cross stitch needlework.

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Prince Wills and Cameron push England World Cup bid

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Obvious?

In the light of the recent Panorama investigation, surely all they have to do is bung them a wedge of cash and the tournament is ours.

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Microsoft picks over Google's Windows exit strategy

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Linux

This is a title

Petur - you are best off having some sort of firewall, even with Linux. It's easy to forget services you have running. Just being behind a NAT box is better than nothing, but if your PC is connected directly to the interwebs, it's safest to use a firewall - https://help.ubuntu.com/10.04/keeping-safe/C/firewall.html

2 and 3 are right though.

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Blogging vicar casts Tina Turner into hell

Naich
Unhappy

Ressurection?

No thanks. Just think - an eternity of doing stuff you've done an infinite number of times before. You would get bored of absolutely everything. Imagine getting bored of wanking! Sounds like my version of hell.

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Microsoft sees no silver lining in Sidekick server snafu

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The clue is in the name?

Surely? Do I get an award for being the 1,000,000th commentard to point this out?

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Hotmail phish exposes most common passwords

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Not representative

These are the passwords of people who have been successfully phished, i.e. people who aren't exactly shit-hot when it comes to security matters, so it's not surprising they are piss-poor security-wise.

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Ads watchdog underclocks reseller's 9.2GHz AMD CPU claim

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Was it just me?

Or did anyone else read the name of the firm concerned as "P-Cones Top Shop" and briefly thought it was a clothing shop for pine cones? I think I've been drinking too much cofffee.

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Microsoft offers online tools for Swine Flu infected kids

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Does it work with Linux?

Does it fuck.

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James Martin apologises for cyclist outrage

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Hello

To all the people who don't want me to cycle to work tomorrow - tell you what, I'll take the car instead and rather than being held up for a few seconds, you can sit behind me all the way. Morons.

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Blur Switzerland more, Google ordered

Naich

What I'd do

If I was Google I'd run every single image through a gaussian blur filter and reduce the whole street view experience to a fuzzy blob.

But I'm a small and petty man.

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Linux guru: interface innovation is the challenge

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Linux

Focus on the positive

In my experience, the things that Linux (word used in it's all-encompassing mode) does best are the things that it does differently from Windows. Take Office software - Open Office tries to copy MS Office and is just as big a PITA to use. On the other hand, look at installing software. Using software depositories in Linux is a joy, despite what the trolls say. Open the package manager, search for what you want to do, tick the package you want and your PC nips off, finds it, downloads it and installs it. No hunting round web sites, no registration, no nag screens, no unwanted extras installed that you then spend hours trying to remove. I could go on with similar examples of things done right in Linux (filesystem, updates, Compiz, scripting...), but I won't.

Basically, what I'm saying is, please don't make Linux like Windows to try to lure away people who don't really want to be lured. I moved away from Windows because I wanted something different. Give people a real alternative, let them see that it's better for themselves and let them migrate, if they want to.

And ignore the trolls. Come on - if Linux really was as bad as they say, no-one would use it, would they?

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Pirate Bay mouthpiece puts a zip on it

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biological dispersal?

A euphemism for having kids or having a wank?

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Hollywood prepares to battle Asteroids

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Coming soon

I thought they were taking the piss with this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHY8NKj3RKs

But it seems Hollywood has gone one better.

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Blog homeopathy horror hammers hippy herbalists

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Unhappy

@Dan re: Left hand...

The recent rise of measles cases, following decades of decline, might suggest the latter.

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UK transport minister's website pwned

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Platform

The server string is:

Server: Apache/2.2.11 (Unix) mod_ssl/2.2.11 OpenSSL/0.9.8i DAV/2 mod_auth_passthrough/2.1 mod_bwlimited/1.4 FrontPage/5.0.2.2635

so the platform looks like some kind of *nix.

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Dominican lad suffers six-day stiffy

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Alien

The usual treatment

I've heard about this "treatment". They get a really ugly fat nurse to whack it with a cold spoon.

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Virgin Media boosts bottom tier broadband

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Contention

I would have preferred to keep a lower maximum speed and to have the contention reduced. It doesn't matter what the top speed is if the available bandwidth runs out at 7.30pm when everyone wants to use the internet at once.

Of course, marketing would never agree to that because you don't get big, sexy numbers to throw around.

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Parcelforce website cold-shoulders Linux lovers

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This is a good thing

This is streamlining their service by focusing their efforts in the important areas. Their drivers also do it by leaving your parcel at the depot, quietly popping a "you were out" card through your door and sprinting back to the van before you can get to the door. The benefits of this are that it's quicker, easier and better for the environment. No-one loses out except the poor fucker who wanted to actually get their parcel delivered.

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US woman says Ubuntu can't access internet

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No one reads comments this far down

But I'll say it anyway. Linux is far easier to fix than Windows is. Why? Because with Linux you get very descriptive error messages that you plug into Google, find other people who had the same problem and see what they did to fix it. I hate fixing problems with Windows because you have so little information to go on.

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YouTube 'poisoned baby food' hoaxer pleads guilty

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Paris Hilton

Not the sharpest hammer at the picnic

I'm not sure why he bothered with the mask, given that he used his own PC and email address to post the videos.

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Vote now for your worst net neologism

Naich
Dead Vulture

OMFG! Pot, kettle...

Does this mean that if *tard is binned then you'll stop using the rather lame "Freetard"?

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Google OS gOS - if at first you don't succeed...

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Linux

...troll troll again?

As far as I can tell, this is El Reg publishing another linux baiting article to gather hits. And why not? As for failing, I'm seeing these Linux UMPCs everywhere and The Wife's dad was complaining to me the other day, that he couldn't find anywhere that sold the Windows version of that eeeeeeeePC thingy.

The obvious icon for a bit of a fanboy like me.

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Royal Society of Chemistry requests 'Italian Job' ending

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Linux

Whoosh

"Science just has a way of trampling over the unexplained" - yeah, that's sort of the whole point of science. Otherwise it would be no better than a collection of people sitting round going "dunno, god probably did it".

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PayPal glitch freezes sellers' cash for weeks

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Unhappy

Me too!

Happened to me too. Useless gits. I would have a good rant here, but I've already done that on me blog. http://naich.net

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Postman Pat goes postal

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Unhappy

Why not do it properly?

They should make it a bit more realistic and equip him with a pile of "you were out" cards. He could then spend each episode tip-toeing up to the door, popping a card through and then sprinting back to his van before the homeowner can get to the door.

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