* Posts by g e

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IT'S OFFICIAL: Hipster era is OVER – sorry, beanie boiz...

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Re: What about the religious nutheads?

Maybe they're just not 'seen at church' on Sunday...

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Apple asked me for my BANK statements, says outraged reader

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"They've basically turned me into a future Android user"

No shit.

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Analysts brawl over 'death' of markup language

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Re: huh...

seconded

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China: Online predator or hapless host?

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Re: Whatever.

Same here, I block all /16's and larger from China based on maxmind's geoip DB, plus a few Romanian and Kuwaiti networks.

/24's? There's plenty of them but I really couldn't be arsed going that far ;o)

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Perfect false flag system

Cyber attack 'emanating from within your borders'. Right..

Doesn't mean the payloads were originally created there, though. Not that China isn't indeed very naughty but it's the Kettle to the USA's Pot.

And I don't mean the MaryJ kind, either.

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Israeli activists tell Hawking to yank his Intel chips over Palestine

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Or perhaps, just maybe...

Israel could just fuck off and take their pathetic incessant and disingenuous whining with them

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3D printed gun plans pulled after US State Department objects

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Re: Good god!

I hope to fuck he doesn't put up a file for a 3d printed knife or pointed stick.

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Retro-tech fan seeks cash for Commodore 64 clones

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Ummmmmm but

If it's not going to be an emulator then he'll be wanting a 2MHz 6502 (IIRC)? And that's before you deal with the ROM (c) issues.

So it's not exactly going to fly, is it. Better off with a Raspberry Pi and an emu (not the feathery/RodHull sort)

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Snoopers' charter rests in shallow grave - likely to rise again

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Sounds like a doorslammer to me

Is that the right negotiation phrase? Something like that...

Ask for something outrageous in order to allow yourself to be negotiated back to where you wanted to actually be in the first place.

Rinse and repeat.

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New Zealand to bar software patents, again

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Re: Common sense Down Under

What beggars belief is that it was partially based on *UK* case law which implies we still have some sensible laws in this green and pleasant land place when it comes to big business

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New 'BLOCKBUSTER' APPLE iTHING imminent - billionaire Einhorn

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Re: Am I just cynical?

Plus do you reckon Apple gave him some shutup cash / info... this just reads like a U-Turn of greased-palm-politician proportion

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Secret UN 'ZOD' climate deliberations: UK battles to suppress details

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Re: Would have been a hell of a lot more interesting if...

I was kinda hoping General Zod was involved somewhere.

But no. Just more shady IPCC bullshit, alas.

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And yet the warmologists will defend them

Despite the High Church of Warmology being nothing more than a self elected certified bunch of self-interested pocket-stuffers with an agenda likely so far removed from what people generally assume they do that they need a paranoid shroud of secrecy which it looks like they're almost trying to get mandated into policy in the same way media co's want their right to profit enshrined into law.

The apologists for these clowns make fanbois look utterly rational. Every thumb down is simple confirmation of that, so I thank the downvoting faithful in advance.

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Senate passes Marketplace Fairness Act by wide margin

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Got to $900k turnover?

Start another company before it gets to $1M, put them under a holdings company, transfer profit to that one in one state.

Sounds like the way forward.

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EC: Motorola abused its patents in Apple iPhone spat

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Perhaps they could have avoided it in the first place

If Apple & MS had just paid for the patents which, presumably, they still haven't, cynically assuming they could out-manouevre Moto in this manner. If they get away with this then you can expect a lot more of FRAND trolling one way or another.

Though over time I suppose lawyers are cheaper than paying a fair cut from the outset and risking a negative judgement for damages should you lose and have to cough up.

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Google Glass eye-cam to turn us all into right little winkers

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How does it know you're not blinking

Cos it has no idea what the other eye is doing, does it.

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Twitter snaps up ex-banker IPO expert - CAN'T THINK WHY

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OMG IT'LL BE WORTH BEEEEELIONS!

For at least 25 minutes.

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Dunkin' Donuts temps S Korea with ultrasonic tags

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Strange this works

It implies the sampling frequency of most smartphone mics is extremely high. Say they use a 25kHz tone the mic would have to be sampling at around 60kHz or more.

Given their application, I'd have thought they'd be sampling around 32kHz or less to save CPU cycles and data bandwidth.

Granted, I'm not a mobile phone design engineer

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Impoverished net user slams 'disgusting' quid-a-day hack

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Eh?

In poverty but still with Internet access, eh?

Probably the kind of person that thinks the £1 a day thing is stupid while it's a brilliant idea to, say, sit for 24 hours in a bathtub full of baked beans to help the starving of the world.

#FirstWorldProblems

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Thousands rally behind teen girl cuffed, expelled in harmless 'explosion'

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Re: Just like you Lewis!

My first experiment with sulphur, salt petre and carbon was a fizzle too.

Then I realised one day that mixing by _weight_, not volume in the 75-15-10 ratio I'd read about was more effective ;o)

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Re: Police State

Maybe, but maybe the cretin teacher phoned them and said a kid was bomb-making so they have to turn up.

Then maybe they said "Look, teach, this is a kid with an inquiring mind, not the Zodiac Killer", and the moron teacher insisted on pressing charges.

The cops would have no choice but to do their job in that case, do we know any facts to the contrary?

Primary fault is with the moron teacher who hopefully will be a jobless statistic next month. To any pedants who think primary fault is with the kid for experimenting then may karma visit you soon cos I'm fairly sure it must owe you by now.

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Stupid Fucking Americans

Not the ones blessed with that rarest of virtues, common sense, of course.

Just the Stupid Fucking Americans that even think embarking on a judicial course of action such as this for a kid's pop-bottle experiment is even within three galaxies of sane. I truly hope that principal's underling gets a torch-n-pitchfork experience this weekend, commensurate with their retarded life-view.

God forbid they'd have a magnifying glass on a sunny day. It's people like this that make your country look like a bunch of backward nutters who'd still wave sticks at an eclipse. Get it sorted.

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Facebook: Yeah, we'll ban chainsaw beheading vids - when journos call us

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Presumably they didn't take it down

Because they get a cut of the £1.47

Need a middle-finger icon entitled 'Won't someone think of the shareholders'

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BT unleashes SIP licensing troll army

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Re: Hi! If you come back to BT we have a great offer for you!

I was thinking more of all those home users who also punt money into BT's coffers whether through line rental only or line+calls+internet+everything.

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Hi! If you come back to BT we have a great offer for you!

"Oh, I see, and is there a reason why you'd never use BT services again?"

"Yes. You're a fucking patent troll. I want you to know BT's behaviour with the SIP patents is losing you my money RIGHT NOW forever. Don't call back."

"I'm very sorry to hear that, are you sure you..." CLICK

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Another negative climate feedback: Warmer plants cool the planet

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Re: Albedo

Hence his stating " whole AGW thing is an artefact"

'WHOLE' being your clue as to the inclusivity of the closing statement instead of restricting it to previous alluded-to electric fires and the friction of gleeful Quango hand-rubbing when government pork is received.

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UK.Gov passes Instagram Act: All your pics belong to everyone now

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So.. if I just...

Convert The Hobbit part 1 into many still images stripped of any meta info I can legally distribute it for free as long as my diligent search, unfortunately typo'd as 'Film about a small jolly fellow' didn't turn up The Hobbit.

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Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?

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Twatological

Gimungous stupid big earcans.. I'm sure they exist to keep hipsters' brains from leaking out of their paper-thin skulls while making them think they look individual and interesting.

You know when someone gives a shit about their headphone audio when they're using Shure Isolators or similar... approx 1/8th the size of those recycled oildrums though you do look a tad like Lieutenant Uhura though fuck me that's better than a 50's sci fi alien...

In fact I have a pair of £2 poundshop - yeah I didn't get that either - earbuds that actually sound bloody great, surprisingly extended bass, full middle and airy tops, though I have to prefer the car audio system for music on the move - OK, perhaps not in pedestrian areas ;o)

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Apple fanbois get one last chance to see spectre of Steve Jobs

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@jediben

Dude. You said paroxysms. On a Friday.

PINT!

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

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WTF?

There's been 'where did I park' style apps since well before 2011.

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Apple loses again in Chinese App Store copyright case

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So much for the much-vaunted app store checks then.

Doesn't take a 'Genius' to see that's not what it's cracked up to be.

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Climate-cooling effect 'stronger than volcanoes' is looking solid

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Re: So in other words (warning, Heretical thinking within)

Actually you don't know that the 'regulation failure' you've been told is happening isn't actually normal.

Again I refer you to geological timescales, not the last 60 years or whatever of 'science' on the matter. The doomsayers confuse the end of the world with the actual destruction of the planet. One is human extinction, the planet doesn't give a toss and will correct itself when we're gone.

Conversely you put too much faith in climatology being some new infallible gospel of doom.

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Re: So what's changed?

I should imagine the answer lies somewhere along the lines of ...

"The Earth refuses to behave the way we say it should"

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So in other words (warning, Heretical thinking within)

A several billion year old planet's environment actually seems to be able to largely regulate itself from the effects of 4000 years or so of scurrying monkeys burning stuff.

Given that it survived the creation of the moon (assuming that impact theory is correct) and the Chixculub (sp?) extinction impact and still balanced itself back out, who'da thunkit.

Golly.

Mind you there are certain breeds of scientists who can't accept that no matter how clever they think they are they actually have virtually nil impact on the planet never mind the universe on the sort of geological timescales that makes up those kind of lifecycles. We're all just blips on a timeline. Even warmologists and climate quangos.

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Microsoft to unveil new Xbox console on May 21

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Stop

I won't be supporting *any* console with my money

If it doesn't support second hand games.

Always-online is no biggie for me yet still a disincentive as well.

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Court orders Visa partner to allow donations to WikiLeaks

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Re: Not so fast

I'm sure Mastercard would be happy to get an entire country to itself on the back of Visa withdrawing from iceland. And allow Wikileaks payments as a hoop to jump through to get it.

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Re: ratfox Makes sense to me

That's only illegal in the US, methinks. Not Iceland.

Regardless of how much the US thinks it's the Stasi World Police and acts like it.

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Got a Windows XP end-of-life plan? Neither does anyone else

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If they're holding off upgrading from XP

Then it's because they didn't/don't want Vista, 7 or 8 either because of the pain of upgrade or because some of their shit would stop working. Which presumably hasn't changed with time.

What's the betting that, faced with a stout upgrade license cost and the fact that the apps will have to be re-written regardless, they look at a Linux distro as their XP upgrade path.

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Free French app app booted by Apple, triggers 1m-strong petition

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If they have any sense

So. Lawyers at dawn, then.

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In tomorrow's news...

Samsung announces record 12M-strong surge of orders for Galaxy SIV in France as eBay claims huge uptick in iphone listings.

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God forbid you should promote free apps

Cos 30% of nothing is fuck all.

I wish them the very best of Apple-irritating luck in their HTML5 version.

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Apple slips Antennagate victims $15 each. The lawyers get $16m

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Re: Hmmm

Wasn't that why the bumpers were given out to pre-empt people sending a shitload of faulty devices back to them?

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So. Jobs was wrong.

Punters weren't holding it the wrong way after all.

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Review: Corsair Voyager Air 1TB wireless hard drive

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Wow. £174???

Not as convenient as an all-in-one boxette widget but...

External 1TB USB drive from Ebay - £55

Raspberry Pi - £30

Wifi Dongle - £3.50

Might need a powered USB hub depending on the drive, but then you can just keep adding them at around £55 a pop and almost get 3TB for the same price ;o)

Of course the all-in-one is handy if you're carrying data around to different places but not everyone is, though you'd just take the USB drive with you in that case and leave the pi at home.

Just sayin' ;o)

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Reddit: So very sorry for naming innocent man as Boston bomber

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Re: Call me sceptical if you will, but...

And preferably a memorable (for the accuser) act of contrition to help remind them not to be such an assclown next time the opportunity presents itself.

Like posting their photo publicly saying 'I am a stupid asshole torch-bearing pitchfork-waving dickhead and I deserve your derision' at the very minimum.

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Google's teeny UK tax bill 'just not right', thunders senior MP

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Yep

And those people at least put some Google money back into HMRC via their PAYE each month.

Well, unless they're directors I suppose ;o)

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Re: Can we check one thing?

Lucky she's in the UK, in other countries she'd be lucky to have hands to throw anything, the amount of thievery politicians get up to.

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Re: Is not the legal first duty of a company to its shareholders?

Yeah but if they were being fluffy and behaving like a charidee and paying taxes as uk.gov would like then how long would it be before a shareholder, who happened to be an offshore accounty type, put his hand up and said

'Why aren't you moving your tax burden to the Dominican Republic/wherever, thereby retaining an extra 1.2 Billion in profit?'

And then the other shareholders would start rumbling, eyeballs would spin with dollar signs and then they'd end up doing it.

I'd actually rather Google spent the money saved on building the University of Google (or something useful) in the UK as a real technology-oriented academic institution than just handed the damned cash over to the idiot politicians to evaporate away on anything _but_ the benefit of the electorate as per usual.

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Is not the legal first duty of a company to its shareholders?

Whether HMRC like it or not. Whether it results in ethical behaviour or not.

Don't like they way they use your rules? Then change them.

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Peak Apple: First 'profit slip' in a decade - and, boy, it's gonna be BIG

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Today's Stock trading advice comes from Tyrion Lannister

Short.

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