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* Posts by g e

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

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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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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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How long will it take Facebook Home to hit 1bn downloads? 76 years

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500,000 Downloads

Uh-huh

And how many uninstalled after ten minutes? I know of one for certain sitting two desks behind me.

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Hedge fund invests $2bn in Microsoft, thinks Redmond is undervalued

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WTF?

Do you think they know something we don't?

And that Microsoft don't seem to know, either...

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New poll says Assange could win Australian Senate seat

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So. As an Aussie senator

Would he get automatic diplomatic immunity?

He could just stroll out of the Ecuadorean Embassy and give two fingers to the USA and it's spineless lapdog UK government.

Popcorn!

Edit: Give them the bird instead, they weren't around in Agincourt times to understand two fingers

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Weak iPad, iPhone demand hits LG Display in the wallet

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Maybe Samsung know something

They must have known that upping chip prices would ultimately drive apple away so they didn't care that they'd lose apple as a chip customer and maybe displays, too.

Samsung are possibly the best display manufacturer to source screens from as in they have quality *and* yield (so they can afford to snigger if apple comes crawling back to them) but as for chips?

Well if Samsung knew that the importance of apple as a customer was going to sharply diminish - which we seem to be seeing via Foxconn and LG quarterly reports - then perhaps they're onto something. Or up to something. Either way they seem to have predicted right so far.

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iPhone too heavy? Volkswagen brings out motorised ride-on dock

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What a pity...

All that effort just as people are getting bored of apple products

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Report: Apple returned 8M shoddy iPhones to Foxconn

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Re: Shows

@MrXavia -

Maybe they were QA'ing it the wrong way ;o)

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Re: Shows

@AC (they're all AC when it's an Apple post these days it seems?)

"not sending out a substandard product"

Maps. Not even substandard, actually unfit for purpose.

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Japanese Feds urge ISPs to support Tor ban plan

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Typical government response

If you can't control it then outlaw it.

Bitcoin next. Assuming the current DDOS isn't actually the CIA, Swiss bankers or the Mafia (I leave you to draw your own distinctions between them)

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Harassed Oracle employee wins case, cops huge legal bill

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WTF?

We rule in your favour now we're going to turn your life to shit materially on top of your emotional harm.

How the hell is that justice under any system.

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More and more likely that double CO2 means <2°C: New study

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"over-estimated by the IPCC"

No shit. They have lifestyles to pay for.

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YouTube beats off $1bn Viacom copyright case once AGAIN

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Oh, by the way, Viacom..

FUCK OFF.

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Applicants sought for one-way trip to Martian Big Brother house

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"In 15 years people will still be watching"

So long as you don't get IKEA to design your habitat modules or EDS HP to do IT

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Foxconn must pay Microsoft for EVERY Android thing it makes

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I think that's why NEXUS have no sd card slot

Then the internal memory can be EXT3 or whatever, not FAT/FAT16/FAT32

Hence no MickeySoft tax.

Everyone should just move to EXT3/4 or something and then microsoft can get flak about how they don't support the standards that linux, apple, canon, nikon and everyone else do.

There's probably more than FAT in that 'broad license' but I bet it's a good chunk of money that MS could be denied just by changing the filesystem

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Angry Birds fire back: Vulture cousins menace UK city's mobiles

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But surely

The eggs will be cooked and the parent birds have horrific cancers?

Kinder to move them surely!

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NZ plans interception law refresh

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Headline sounded like

"Spineless Kiwi Government agrees to make policy at behest of Big Media" inside my head though admittedly that could well be unfair.

It just conjured up an image of a Mandelson-esque figure in Kiwi politics doing an abrupt U-turn on their own policy after an free all-inclusive weekend at a super-luxury Italian Hotel with David Geffen.

Coat got in case I actually am being unfair to our Kiwi cousins ;o)

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Samsung vs Apple: which smartphone do Reg readers prefer?

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Re: When it comes time to change, I'll see what there is..

Same here. Will be an Android but that's all I know.

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SWARMS of ZOMBIES unleashed on innocent bloggers

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Re: Having used Wordpress for the last 6+ months with my current client

Works for multisite, too? I'll give it a look if so, cheers.

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Having used Wordpress for the last 6+ months with my current client

I can safely say I am SO glad I use Concrete5 for my own projects.

WP is hideous and has so little out-of-the-box get-stuff-done functionality with any plugins you may want to install having never been code-reviewed or security-checked by anyone other than the person (and their commensurate skills) that coded it. God forbid you ever want to move it onto another server as its own import/export stuff cannot be relied upon so you even need a third party plugin to achieve that (which I'm spending today evaluating), unless you really like having to go through the database to do string replaces where it's written its damned site domain into data.

I'm utterly unsurprised it's a popular attack vector and would never ever dare recommend a client used it for anything.

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Antarctic ice sheet melt 'not that unusual', latest ice core shows

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Re: Forty three feet! Golly.

LMAO @Matthew !!

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Forty three feet! Golly.

Any news on the altitude of the Greenpeace HQ ?

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Ofcom: Parents, here's how to keep grubby tots from buying Smurfberries

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OMG really?

Maybe I should stop bitching about the Android permissions, then.

I want the ability to personally grant or revoke the requested permissions for apps (e.g. permanently revoke location for the facebook app but allow others it wants).

But at least Android _has_ those permissions and you can choose not to install when it displays what the app wants.

Amazed ios can't (won't) do that

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Wales slams Amazon over lack of Kindle support

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Re: Did anyone else

@Richard

'Wanked on'

Sorry.. coat got.

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WTF?

Actually, if they designed their admin software properly

They should be able to add 'Welsh' or 'Cymraig' (or whatever it is) to the list of supported languages in one place.

I notice you can get Principia in Latin and there's not many 'deader' languages...

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Movie review: Oblivion

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Nothing puts me off a film more

Than Tom Cruise.

Presumably his continued theatrical existence is perpetuated only by the Friends of Hubbard as I can't believe anyone would ever say 'Shit we SO need to get Tom Cruise for this role. Fuck YEAH'

#ThingsYouNeverHearInCastingMeetings

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'You can keep it' - Brit's nicked laptop turns up on Iranians' sofa

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They'll probably be on the wrong end of some state-sanctioned disfigurement

Seeing as they demonstrated they accessed Western blogs on the intertubes.

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'North Korea Has Launched a Missile' tweet sent by mistake

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Maybe to help their missile-launching celebrations

Some humorous japester could demonstrate rest-of-world's military prowess by shooting it down with a laser 5 seconds after launch.

From 300km away. Or space.

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Half of US smartphone owners have no idea which mobe to buy next

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It'll be Android but that's all I know

Like jb99 I'll not buy Apple because they're Apple, they're always playing technology catchup (yes they are) and they don't actually make anything I want, either, which is the main influencer.

Heard the Z10 is surprisingly laggy in the UI from a colleague who tried one and you'll not find me supporting Microsoft.

Plus I'm more than happy with Android, anyway. HTC One looks nice, the S4 is a bit of an anti-climax though has massive CPU grunt like the One does and a fine screen. Most likely will be a Samsung or an HTC, really don't know and not even sure if I care that much any more, either. Not due an upgrade until the next raft of smartphones is released anyway and I suspect that this time next year, maybe end of this year, Samsung, SONY, LG or HTC will be putting something out that shifts the paradigm again for The Next Best Thing so happy to wait, really,

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Remember Streetmap? It's suing Google in a UK court

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Re: Streetmap is superior

Even when you click on the 'Person walking' icon when finding directions?

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P2P badboys The Pirate Bay kicked out of Greenland: Took under 48 hours

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Re: .so

But then a GTLD is going to be under the control of Americaland, so no good.

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Researcher hacks aircraft controls with Android smartphone

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Re: If the Daily Mail cover this story...

If the DM cover it the headline will be

TERRORISTS TAKE OVER PLANE WITH AN IPAD

Despite (a) it not having happened (b) it only being the newest proof of concept right now and (c) you can't do it with an ipad

The really scary part is DM readers won't question it - that's why they read the DM in the first place, to be told what to think, to save the effort of having to do it for themselves.

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Google brings in blue-chip VC firms for 'Glass Collective'

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Telepathy One instead, please

Assuming the T1 works as advertised then Google need to at least make Glass look like this or give up now.

http://tele-pathy.org/

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Microsoft leads charge against Google's Android in EU antitrust complaint

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Re: Hang On

Only if Google are ruled to have a dominant position they're abusing and it's not exactly like ios is doing badly so that's not a given result. 'Dominant' does not equal 'monopoly'.

50% Android, 35% IOS, 14.9% RIM, 0.1% Nokrosoft isn't actually that dominant (made up numbers). 80% android would be though, i'd think.

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XBOX not a disaster

If you only play games on it.

Anything else it tries to do is mind-bendingly stupid to use, though, like paying again to MS for being able to use Netflix, needing an internet connection to play a movie off a USB stick, horrendous DLNA compatibility (never did get it to work), and so on, and so on.

They'll need to have a seriously stunning product for the '720 though I'll not be getting one regardless. (Nor a PS4 if they lock out secondhand games)

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Yeah but

When it's cheaper to litigate than innovate whaddya expect from big unimaginative companies

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