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Copyright thieves' cyberlockers slurp MILLIONS from honest creators, study finds

gazthejourno
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Re: Hmm

You got the meaning, though.

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Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM

gazthejourno
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Re: "NAE, Jimmy"?

Och aye the noo, etc.

Fair point.

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Aggressive HGST hurls flashy humdingers at online archiving

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Pedant/Correction Alert

Er, yes, about that. Brain/finger interface malfunction between ms and µs when abbrev'ing the units. Mea culpa.

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I saved Bitcoin and the PERFECT DRAFT OF HISTORY, says Assange

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

And your point, because I'm sure you have one?

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Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Apologies for not arguing at all

Actually no - we're not cool with people being personal about Reg scribes. Your previous comment was just over the line from fair comment into a personal jibe, which ain't cool.

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New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Bytes?

Next time why not use the "tips and corrections" link bottom right of the article?

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Stonehenge's HUMAN ABATTOIR was just a prehistoric Burning Man hippyfest site

gazthejourno

Re: Not bad enough...

This IS CoTW ...

Sigh. Clearly my work here is unappreciated.

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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

gazthejourno
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General moderator comment

Keep it civil, please, folks.

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Go home Google, you're drunk! Desktop Maps says The Shard's TWO MILES from actual loc

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: So if you find any errors or omissions...

Indeed it does - though it also seems to think HMS Belfast is a street running along the South Bank and not the WW2 cruiser moored alongside it.

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gazthejourno
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Re: It is the defined centre of London

Ah, the danger of Wiki. The statue is not the centre point of London, although it is very close - there is, in fact, a small brass plate let into the road surface which defines the true centre of London. Which, incidentally, was the original location of the Charing Cross monument. The one outside Charing Cross station, in the forecourt, was a tourist gimmick erected by the owners of the hotel which sits on top of the station.

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Boffins: Behold the SILICON CHEAPNESS of our tiny, radio-signal-munching IoT sensor

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: How long until the lawsuits?

Strangely enough, "abstracting electricity" is a criminal offence in England and Wales. http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/s_to_u/sentencing_manual/abstracting_electricity/

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BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Independence?

Are you for real?

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City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub

gazthejourno

Re: So basically, Lovecraft was right?

I read The Rats in the Walls years and years ago but never did remember the title. Thanks for triggering my memory, I've been looking out it for it ever since.

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Oi, you don't work here, MR ANYTHING BUT incisive – get your grubby mitts off our commentards

gazthejourno
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Re: whyboner.jpg

It's all done at top secret level so we can't discuss it further. You didn't think we'd reveal ALL the secrets of the Great Register Machine of Tardmangling in one screencap, did you?

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

gazthejourno
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Re: Just went to log in to upvote a comment

I really hope you have changed your password in the two hours between your posting this and me approving it...

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What do you mean, I have to POST a PHYSICAL CHEQUE to get my gun licence?

gazthejourno

Re: Rich toffs?

"£10 a year" is a bit of a reductio ad absurdum comparison - you don't say that your annual rail season ticket costs £14.30 a day when you're actually coughing up £5,000 upfront. It's a fixed statutory cost that must be met in full; shooters don't have the luxury of depreciating it over a number of years.

Ammo - for competition grade ammunition that I shoot in county level matches I'm looking at between 96p and £1.01 per round for top-grade factory stuff. By shopping around and compromising a bit on quality I could probably knock 10 or 15p per round off that price; more if I handloaded my own ammunition. Practice ammunition runs at anything between 35p/rd for dodgy ex-military stuff recycled from machine gun belts and 40-50p/rd for ammo that will at least hit the target reliably, if with little consistency.

A typical match for me is between 24rds and 50rds fired in a day, and some matches last for a full weekend; that could be up to £100+ that literally goes up (off) in smoke.

Even for pottering with my old Enfield, I'm still paying 45p+ per round. That adds up quite quickly when you're playing with the world's fastest bolt-action rifle...

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MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Did you read this?

Have you read beyond the headlines?

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HP Storage results: Gloomy, but there's light at the end of the tunnel

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: HP Storage ROCKS!!!!

Well, at least you're open about your affiliation.

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'Blow it up': Plods pop round for chat with Commonwealth Games tweeter

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Here is a hypothetical for you

It's not often I feel driven to say this with my work hat on...

You, sir, are talking complete horseshit. Kindly do not accuse Reg staffers of fabricating stories again.

In the interests of transparency, I spotted the tweets and tipped off Jasper myself. He then did all the legwork, contacted Neil Cooper and wrote the story. The "bomb" tweet is very clearly screencapped in the article itself. Cooper seems to have protected his account just after we published the story.

Enjoy permanent pre-moderation, by the way. You don't get away with making accusations like that about us in our own house.

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Manufactured story

Your tinfoil hat's slipping, AC. You seem to have confused El Reg with the Guardian.

No Register journalist manufactures stories. If they were (bearing in mind we have a subs' desk precisely to interrogate and corroborate everything we publish - there's no unverified/subless publishing here), they would cease to be a Register journalist in short order. Easy as that.

Please feel free to continue posting your conspiracy theories on a website whose URL doesn't end in theregister.co.uk.

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gazthejourno

I can confirm that's pretty much the same as what I heard him ask the plod press office down the phone.

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Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Quit news period!?

And the IT angle for those is what, exactly?

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gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: And the point is?

You have to remember that senior police employees are obsessed with image and reputation management. A bit of lighthearted fun by the troops distracts the media from the deadly serious PR battle for control of the pages and airwaves. Such distractions could result in a missed promotion opportunity or a smaller pension ... and that just isn't acceptable in modern British policing.

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Google leaves STUPID vuln on Nest devices

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Errr neither post was criticising El Reg

Calling something on the Register a "complete non-story" is criticism, my dear chap.

End of correspondence. Have a nice day.

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gazthejourno
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Re: Why are you not allowing me to comment on this story

Because you're a) a new user, and so subject to manual pre-moderation on all posts, and b) you're directly criticising El Reg, which is not permitted hereabouts. Read the comment guidelines to learn more: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/02/01/register_comments_guidelines/

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GCHQ recruits spotty teens – for upcoming Hack Idol

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: GCHQ

Let's hope so.

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Intel forced to shoot down viral 'Israeli boycott' whopper

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Quite a few times, though admittedly it's the version that begins "A Frenchman went to the lavatory..."

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Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Not wanting to defend plod, but

This sounds like advice borne of experience...

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BSkyB slurps Murdoch's Italian and German Sky assets to beef up European pay-TV biz

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

"Massively popular consumer thing is DEAD!" - once, er, it's no longer massively popular with consumers.

I won't be holding my breath.

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NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: and Ghostery tells me,

We're actually slurping all this data so we can build a digital copy of everyone's first-born children and sell them to narco-traffickers, because EVIL CORPORATION.

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Microsoft unsheathes cheap Android-killer: Behold, the Lumia 530

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

ZOMG BITCHSLAP

/quiet afternoon of moderation

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MPs to sue UK.gov over 'ridiculous' EMERGENCY data snooping law

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Oz Re: Erroneous Cowherd Contempt

Be less abusive. Easy as that.

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Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Confusing wording indeed

Chaps, if you've problems with the wording, please use the "send corrections" link at the bottom of the article rather than posting about it publicly. Not all comments get read by us and we're far more likely to spot and make the correction if you send it to the appropriate place.

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Don't look, Snowden: Security biz chases Tails with zero-day flaws alert

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: What fools

Says the user with almost 700 posts and who never once appears to have posted without the "anonymous coward" tag.

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SAP: It was our Big Data software wot won it for Germany

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: "Vorsprung durch grossendatatechnik"

Was? Sagst du, dass unser Deutsch unleserlich ist? Quatsch!

(It's one of our things to deliberately mangle foreign tongues. We are British, after all)

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New Forum Wishlist - but read roadmap first

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Feature request: Per-Author pre-moderation setting.

We see posts that trip the moderation filters individually, without the context of the ongoing discussion. Hence something with lots of characters and few words looks like spammy gibberish (which, of course, your post wasn't) and gets canned.

I'm feeling charitable this afternoon so I've unfiltered that particular post.

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gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Feature request: Per-Author pre-moderation setting.

Or you could try, you know, obeying the forum rules. They're hardly onerous.

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US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: What's the problem?

That's certainly what PACE says about searches, though bear in mind that PACE has been buggered about with so many times by various governments that there's probably a loophole the police use instead of the authorised procedure.

A little-known fact for you: police must apply for a warrant whenever they want to search premises - unless the occupier is under arrest. So all they do is cook up a vaguely plausible, if false, reason to nick their mark and then they can go to town without oversight.

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Boeing to start work on most powerful rocket ... EVER!

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: OVERSIGHT

Good point, well made - and added to the article.

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Computing student jailed after failing to hand over crypto keys

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Arrests

All spot on. The abolition of non-arrestable offences was a cunning move by New Labour to circumvent the protections of section 15 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act. Why bother applying for a court warrant, running the risk of being told to wind your neck in, when you can arrest someone for an imaginary offence and then turn their home and possessions over at your leisure in the hope of finding something that'll stick?

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Google YouTube U-turn: Indie music doomsday 'postponed'

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Alternative to YouTube

Whenever I read the word "Dailymotion" it always makes me think of a regular bowel movement.

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El Reg is looking for a new London sub-editor

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Sir

My first journalism job (in London) paid the grand sum of £18k equivalent, while my desk editor at that place was earning a whopping £22k. Starting salaries of £14k-£15k are fairly typical for trainee reporters on local papers.

Happily I can report El Reg is a darn sight more reasonable than that.

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NetApp gives its FAS range a 4 MILLION IOPS dose of spit'n'polish

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: RE: People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones

Would you care to disclose the nature of your relationship with NetApp, given that your posting history features little except stout defences of that poor, downtrodden firm?

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NASA's Curiosity rover brought Earth BUG to Mars

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Off topic

We're a multinational publication. Bite us.

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Black hole three-way: Supermassive trio are 'rippling' space

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: different terminology please

You're not familiar with the Register's style or tone, are you?

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Super-snoop bid: UK government hits panic button on EU data retention ruling

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Help!

People still vote Lib Dem? How quaint.

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gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Are *any* of them qualified to talk about this?

They aren't a libertarian party by any means, despite their constitution. They've purged the higher profile ones they used to have and the rest just walked away. Party officials still use the label in the hope of attracting fresh votes, though.

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David Cameron wants mobe network roaming INSIDE the UK

gazthejourno
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Re: Whatever the answer may be......

I know of at least one mobile operator with a detailed 3G/4G coverage map which claimed accuracy to within 100 metres. It does so across large expanses of rural England - including the danger/impact areas for MoD training estates. Given that the impact areas are permanently off limits to everyone, meaning nobody could have got in there to measure the signal, I conclude the operator's coverage map is a steaming pile of horse manure.

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Blame WWI, not Bin Laden, for NSA's post-9/11 intel suck

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Mephhead Maphhead All Governments are ...(@ MasterBollocks)

Matt Bryant, you have earned yourself a place on the pre-moderation naughty step - again - for misusing the report button in relation to the above post at 18.52.

This time I won't be limiting it to a week.

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