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* Posts by g e

2785 posts • joined 16 Jul 2007

Tor users locked out of Facebook after wave of dodgy traffic

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Holmes

Mind you they're not allowed to say

That the NSA told them to lock out TOR because it would improve the quality of the data they claim they don't collect and is too vague to be of any use in the first place even if they did 'collect' it and put it in a database which doesn't exist and wouldn't be any good for tracking people if it were.

Natch.

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Icahn doubles down on Dell offer with $14 per share buyback scheme

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What a bullshitter

$13.65 is 2.5% less than $14 (13.65/14=0.975)so he wants folks to believe that 35c changes the offer from 'significantly undervalued' to a jolly fair price.

Assclown.

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Out with a bang: The Last of Us lets PS3 exit with head held high

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It is me or

Does the Last Of Us guy look suspiciously like Nathan Drake from ND's Uncharted?

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Washout 2012 summer, melty Greenland 'nothing to do with Arctic ice or warm oceans'

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"a deficiency in these models"

Really. Whodathunkit.

Just when we thought they'd finally got there models utterly perfect and the End of the World was official.

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BBC-featured call centre slapped with hefty fine for unwanted calls

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You know when they've finished the call

Cos your phone is going WEEEOOOOWEEEEOOOO on the other end of the sofa :oD

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Number of cops abusing Police National Computer access on the rise

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True...

Assuming that the stated purpose of the PNC is what it actually exists for...

Which is unlikely.

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"despite having a record on the PNC"

It's obviously not doing its job.

So delete the excess data.

I'm sneaking strong laxatives into the water supply at the next ACPO gathering...

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NSA whistleblower to tech firms, Obama: 'Grow a pair!'

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"Shut them down?"

No.

But I'm sure the CEO's lives could suddenly become extremely awkward with their personal assets frozen pending an 'investigation' of some sort.

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HP sacks English employees to bag Scots gov jobs cash

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FAIL

Classy

That must be one of the most openly cynical things I've read of a company doing in a good while.

Nice one HP, remind me not to buy your stuff.

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Boffins find evidence Atlantic Ocean has started closing

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Re: I Blame the EU

It's the bankers, I tell ya.

(Well, Global Warming had already been taken)

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MPs demand UK rates revamp after Google's 'extraordinary tax mismatch'

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What about an import tax then

Now I'm no accountant, as my accountant knows all too well, but seeing as these 'profits' are being eaten up by 'paying for stuff' from a parent/sibling company in a different tax domain, then presumably these 'purchases' the UK-based laundering operation makes to the elsewhere company are imports. Kinda like Hollywood accounting but cross-jurisdiction.

Therefore create an import good class of 'dodgy sibling company purchase' and tax the FUCK out of it, no?

Should I be in Whitehall instead billing £1500/day for coming up with shit like this for some working committee?

Pint for everyone as it's Friday.

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"pay its fair share of tax" - @ the goalpost-moving politicians:

Wrong. They do. You clowns set the laws under which they pay that.

Sort your shit out and they will continue to comply with the laws you set.

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Apple said to be 'exploring' 5.7-inch iPhone

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Just like

All that stuff Android has copied from IOS7 over the last X years.

Except the lower case keyboard.

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Badger bloodbath brouhaha brings 'bodge' bumpkin bank burgle bluster

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Can we all agree perhaps

That these Animal Rights Super Elite Sysops (ARSES) need to get out and cuddle some badgers then report back how fluffywuffy they are tooth face to face?

Assuming they ever really did what they claim which, given that Anonymous do this kind of thing on a daily basis and still never claim this depth of access (that I remember recently at least), seems like bullshit.

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Boffins fire up old dish to send interstellar SMS

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Joke

Or maybe, unwittingly...

Abundant tasty free-range meaty snacks, while stocks last

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Chinese software pirate gets 12 years in US slammer

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Re: What a pity...

Quite right too.

If only he'd simply just murdered someone.

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Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

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"XBOX Vista" already dead?

Given that the new XBOX is essentially a totally new machine with zero backward compatibility (at least PS4 will have something via Gaikai) and has all the control freakery going on then there's nothing to tempt 360 users into its ecosystem, even 2 years down the line as secondhand games bundled with secondhand consoles will be pointless.

Unless you're a confirmed SONY hater or an utter XBOX fanbod the PS4 just seems like the sane choice of where to put your cash. I know I won't be getting an XBOX One - probably ever, I'll leave that experience with my 360 - but I think I might just grab a PS4.

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Techies finger Bradley Manning for US secret files database breach

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It's scary how many Nazi quotes seem apposite to the USA

(Even the ones that can't be verified)

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.

- Goerring (allegedly)

Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.

- Goering again (true, apparently)

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Cold, dead hands of Steve Jobs slip from iPhones: The Cult of Ive is upon us

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Re: 8 year old with paint

Maybe Ive's kids designed it then

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Re: Put an iPhone beside a...

They look like a phone from 7 years ago. Mostly because they still look like a phone from 7 years ago with different degerees of rounded corners.

IOS version 7 and they still can't display a lower case keyboard, either.

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Re: Apple Invents

You could always post one to Cupertino to see...

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Apple at WWDC: Sleek new iOS, death of the big cats, pint-sized Mac Pro

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Re: Ah, that takes me back

Jack Tramiel (sp?) will be suing from his grave

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Re: Mac Pro is now Mac Pro minus

Because of the mearest Mac store is (say) 20 miles away from your trendy rural-setting studio, then you're gonna be 10 mins disconnecting and packing then thing, 5 mins getting it to the car, 40 mins driving it into town unless you're really lucky with the traffic, at least an hour in the store while they muck about about then reverse all that back again to get back into the office. Which is the best part of three hours assuming it all goes right first time.

Which is also the best part of £300 in time to most studios when they could spend 20 mins just sorting it on the desk in the office there and then.

That's why not.

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Re: Let me get this straight...

I thought that was gonna end 'Apple is the new uncool'...

Maybe that was a torch n pitchfork moment too far in case the AC's (Apple Cultists) know where you live!

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Tim Cook: Android version fragmentation is 'terrible for developers'

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Re: iOS users use their phones 50% more than Android users...

Or Android users work 33% harder than AC's (Apple Cultists) with much less hipster-esque cocking around.

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Re: RIght...

AC - Apple Cultist

See?? It's true I tell ya!

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Re: CEO of company slags off major competitor

That'll be the Apple Cultists then (usually AC here)

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We're losing the battle with a government seduced by surveillance

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Re: It's the gagging order that's the problem

Though they could presumably say, legally...

'We are not doing any tapping but please bear in mind that if we were it would be illegal for us to say that were were and would would have to say we were not'

Y'know, just to keep it uppermost in voters' minds...

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US spyboss: Yes, we ARE snooping on you, but think of the TERRORISTS

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You know your country is f*cked when...

Your government is more concerned about its electorate knowing what it's doing than what it's doing.

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

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Same as SONY then?

First time I've heard of this from M$, maybe they're back-tracking.

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Re: Sony will do exactly the same .....

So far SONY have said they'll leave secondhand game-locking up to the publishers. Eminently sensible, makes the publisher look like a dick instead. They've also tempted folk with the idea of the online streaming of older titles for compatibility, which if they offer sensible access (e.g. original disk = pass to play for free) then excellent.

If these statements are true and this is how the PS4 is going to launch then SONY must be checking the insurance on their execs to see if 'dying from laughter' gets a payout, right about now, as XBOX Vista has pretty much handed the next gen market to PS4 with sparklers, an umbrella and a little cherry on a stick.

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Which, incidentally

Also destroys the second hand XBOX One market as now who gives a flying *%&£ if it 'comes with fifty games' cos all those games are now useless unless you pay £35/pop or whatever to activate each individual item.

Which means that in two years' time, unless M$ truly have a cunning plan (let's face it, they've not had one in the last decade), the XBOX One is already kaput. Think about how many people you know who waited a coupla years to buy a new gen console at a lower price and with some thrown in game library, those people have now pretty much been told to go to Playstation, effectively, as there's no legacy compatibility to tie them in to previous gaming purchases either.

They should have called it XBOX Vista. In fact I'll be calling it that now, going forward.

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All major UK ISPs prepping network-level porn 'n' violence filters

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Re: A parental issue, true

Two thumbs down?

Bet they occurred in the advert break in Jeremy Kyle...

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A parental issue, true

But given that around 50% of UK parents these days seem to expect the gubbmint to raise their children for them while they flop on the sofa watching jeremy kyle with 40 B&H and a six pack of carling I fear the only reasonable recourse is to win the lotto and emigrate.

As they say ... good luck with that :o/

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Wikimedia edges closer to banishing Wikitext

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Devil

With any luck

We can all throw away TinyMCE soon, then.

I wish Google or someone would make a replacement for that devilspawn, maybe Wikimedia will achieve it.

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Whitehall grants freetards safe haven until 2015

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I reckon that, secretly...

The MP's are actually sick and tired of the disingenuous whining and the crocodile tears from the big media lobbies and, while giving them a semblance of compliance, are actually buggering them about until such time as they reckon piracy will be mostly redundant due to offerings like netflix and others. Which probably isn't that far-fetched an idea or that far off, either.

At every step they seem to have capitulated to the corporate wallet-stuffers and yet only enacted the feeblest implementations in policy. I do actually think they might be on the side of common sense (in secret, natch) in this and just stringing the media corps along.

While taking those juicy cash-for-policy backhanders, obviously, and laughing all the way to the bank ;o)

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Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!

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Re: I vote for ...

PAAAARTYYYY!

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Sean Pertwee

Just 'cos

Though he's likely too old for the yoof and probably doesn't want the gig.

Doesn't mean he shouldn't be, though...

There's also David Troughton (on the offspring basis) though Pertwee would make an excellent gritty badass Doctor.

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Apple in Big Apple dock: iPhone goliath starts ebook price-fix trial

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Pride comes before a fall

Hopefully their is a linear (exponential if we're lucky) relationship between arrogance pride and altitude.

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Twitter, Facebook are 'a MENACE to society', says Turkey's PM

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The difference is...

Turkey

You can't malign or incite harm to him or his religion-of-the-day online

UK

You can't malign or incite harm to financial interests or politicians' financial interests online

Subtle, but the difference is there ;o)

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Doctor Who? 12th incarnation sought after Matt Smith quits

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Re: Pertwee

Tom Cruise? _REALLY_?

Bloody hell, are they trying to get everyone to save electricity by turning the box off?

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Re: Pertwee

I was gonna post 'Sean Pertwee' but as you beat me to it....

He'd make a superb gritty badass Doctor for sure, though I think he was offered the job around the tennant (maybe smith) selection time and wasn't up for it.

Anyway the bigwigs in production will want someone who can appeal to the yoof and won't want anyone getting duffed up by a gritty Pertwee (Tom Baker was the most physical Doctor IIRC and that was like 30+ years ago).

Grint and Tovey. Not Doctor material. Though nor was Sylvester McCoy...

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Re: New Dr.

Too much knees-bent-running-around for Hurt I fear.

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Netherlands Supremes squash iPad design patent

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@ Apple Cultist

I thought that was Apple's lawyer, actually?

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Quantum boffins send data ACROSS TIME AND SPACE

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Fear not the paradox is, paradoxically, not going to happen.

I think time paradoxes don't exist - they're just a sci-fi idea... cos, if every decision, even down to the quantum level, creates a new alternate reality then....

Israeli scientist creates time travel.

Mossad think it's fab opportunity to convert the planet to Judaism.

Chap travels back in time and meddles.

BUT

Chap has now create a new 'spur' of reality at the point of devious meddlesomeness which means he's now careened off down another alternate rabbit hole in which he came back from the future to meddle.

Original timeline is secure, he's just now created a new one in which he can move freely back and forth but it's separate and distinct from the timeline he spliced himself from at the point of meddling (likely at the point of his departure in that original 'present' when he pressed the GO button on his time machine).

So the dodgy time-traveller has actually irreversibly left his original timeline/causailty-stream and created a new alternate one by his own actions in which he's now trapped, i.e. he can't 'undo' his own time travel to revert to where he used to be as he can only go back further into the parent of his timeline, creating further splices which may or may not work out more like the original one he left behind.

Hence we don't need to worry about temporal paradoxes, happily.

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WTF?

Sounds to me like

They copied 1 > 2, then 2 > 3 then 3 > 4

So 4, being copied from earlier data naturally exists in the future, just sounds like a quantum bucket brigade.

IANAQP, however.

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EFF files objections with W3C decrying addition of DRM to HTML5

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I still don't see the problem

If there's a DRM standard then it's widely understood and used, so, when it's cracked then it'll be (again) too late for big meeja to put the cat back in the bag. So a win for the anti-DRM argument?

It depends largely on whether you want flash or silverlight to perpetuate ad infinitum or not, too. I'd rather they went away to be honest. A DRM standard also gives non-silverlight platforms like Linux a chance of being able to use netflix, etc, too.

No-one's forcing anyone to employ DRM in their streams but there's no way the swivel-eyed lunatics in Hollywood are going to license anything to anyone without some form of the stuff so you're gonna need it to consume the output without physical media. Not until they have their right-to-profit mandated into law as some form of blanket media tax, anyway, which would be far, FAR worse and is their ultimate goal.

I'd rather big meeja clawed its way out of the 1950's, personally, but that's not happening any time soon and the customers don't care enough about forcing them into line by e.g. staying away from cinemas for 6 months.

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PayPal denies stiffing bug-hunting teen on bounty

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"strange behaviour from PayPal"

Nope. Sounds absolutely par for the paypal course to me.

Perhaps the person who _did_ get the bounty could step forward?

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Microsoft links Skype to Lync

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FAIL

My sole experience of Lync

You phone only works if your PC is turned on.

Fail. A good match for Skype, then.

I think Cisco have a point though, even if it does sound like a very whiny one.

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Kettle 'which looks like HITLER' brews up sturm in a teacup

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Re: @ Jake

Whereas Scotland is probably proof that individuals can achieve greatness (have you seen how many legendary inventors are Scots..???)

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