* Posts by terra

249 posts • joined 10 Aug 2007

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Tech firms reel from Leave's Brexit win

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Re: That giant sucking sound...

So if this is purely about being in Europe then why did they choose to base themselves in England instead of other parts of Europe at the time when we were in the EU? There's more to that choice than merely being in Europe. America isn't in Europe, China isn't in Europe, Japan isn't in Europe, etc. They all trade with Europe. We will too.

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Re: Really?

Imagine? And Greece didn't get a better deal to stay?

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Feds raid dental flaws dad

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Internet is public place. Computer with no password is for public entry. Sees sue ball about to be thrown at fbi.

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Dutch students serve up world's first 'drone café'

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after a few beers...

...i'm wondering what people would think when i raise my hand quickly and my drone flies into the top corner of the room and hovers there shivering and silent. does anyone else want to punch that drone or is this just my problem?

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Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic

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I've watched it

It started well but the plot evaporated at the end.

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Uber, Taskrabbit, other Silicon Valley darlings urge Europe not to screw their business

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But they are cheaper

And they feed their families too. In any case, OK I'm not in Montreal, but in Shanghai and in many other cities people hail with apps. If you don't have the app you are screwed, as I am in Shanghai can't use the app don't speak Chinese. So they don't stop because they already have a customer pickup even though it's empty. How is that any different from uber, except more expensive? If cab drivers weren't on their phones all day getting the next app pickup I might agree, but until then cabs are just uber by another name to me.

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Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

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I concur

Was in a similar boat a month ago, figured it was worth a shot, kids wouldn't even use the netbook, it was gathering dust, figured it was time to throw it away... but hang on let's see what happens?

End result, super impressed, and now the kids are on it all the time. Winner!

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Swiss try to wind up Apple with $25k dumb-watch

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Apple owns the rounded square (at least in America), and i've recently managed to patent the triangle (just the shape). You see the potential apple consumer might get confused between this watch and the real apple watch,since many of the users tend to be pretty fucking dumb.

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Chinese cyber chief plays down censorship concerns

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Internet censorship in China is far more about controlling what people can say, it restricts freedom of speech. In the west you can not visit some sites that allow you to download torrents for example but that isn't about restriction of speech as it is about protecting the rights of owners or the rights of victims (say if you wish to post a photo of a rape victim on facebook i'm sure it would be removed)

Here in China, when you use a messaging app, it is not unusual for a message to go missing if it contains certain keywords. It's generally actually ok to complain online about the government, the chinese have this to a great art form, and the government like to see it rather than suppress it because it gives a heads up on what they need to do to keep the people happy (suppressing that is not good), and therefore the next days headlines can quell any rising unhappiness with a nerw directive aimed to tackle just that.

Watching TV here (i don't anymore) well you watch the BBC, and a news article comes on about rioting in Hong Kong and the TV screen goes black. The moment the BBC moves to the next report it's back on. It happened once i imagined maybe just bad timing, then the same thing on a different channel about the same thing, in the same day, well for sure, it wasn't a fluke.

The internet here is appalling. Google, Facebook, Twitter; all blocked. So, i already know without even looking at the reg's source code that there are links to these sites because the page will not load for minutes on end (but break the connection and it all renders on the screen - read on for why). Most sites have code to only display when the scripts have all loaded. So here, just about every website from the west will not display properly because the browser waits and hangs to download those little icons or scripts from the banned sites. It's not fun, and i assure you you only know how much internet freedom you have enjoyed when you have lived here.

My actual feeling is that most of it is about the economy, it's all rather protectionist, since every service we have come to love or loathe has it's chinese counterpart (albeit with censorship built in), unhindered by international competition and free to go out spending all that cash to buy up internet companies in the west. That should be blocked from the western side since it is clearly using censorship laws to hide the underlying fact that quite simply they are unfairly protecting their IT industry.

Foreign companies attempting to do business in China face a nightmare, being blocked, corruption surrounding every deal, the Chinese government harassing them and imposing regulations on everything (and i mean everything). Harassment in the forms of raiding the offices and locking people up maybe because you didn't give the local mayor or police chief a backhander. The West should really impose very touch economic sanctions on China now that their economy is in a position that if undermined would have so many people up in arms that the government would have to capitulate. There's more money than political will now, and it's clear to me that economics alone would lift the veil.

The current Chinese president seems rather intent on making China a less corrupt place and has some mandate to make this place a land ruled by law. A place ruled by law? Anyone can run a red light in front of a policeman, (so everyone does - everyone = not an exageration), there are no automatic machines capturing these people and issuing automated tickets, they park anywhere (and i mean in the fast lane of the highway!) to save airport parking charges, and cars turn across traffic to cut the corner when the lights go green to cross the oncoming traffic such that oncoming traffic has no right of way (every junction, anytime of the day, that's just how it is), driving up one way streets, intimidating all other road users with constantly pipping the horns (i mean constant like imagine 1000 cars holding down their horns for 1 minute) to intimidate the one road user who wants to follow the real law, It's absolutely f'cked up! Well good luck to him, but i'd start with fixing the basics, like applying your concept of ordering things to the roads before you think you give order to the internet,. If the chinese roads are the goal, then the chinese internet is going to crumble all by itself.

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Surface Pro 4: Will you go the F**K to SLEEP?

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Re: All quiet on the western front

Top answer. If I could give you 10 upvotes I would.

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Windows 10: Major update on the Threshold as build 10586 hits Insiders

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Re: Too... much... unification...

nothing wrong with getting a familiar experience across devices. its only a mistake if they get it wrong, but i'm pretty sure it will come together over the next year or so.

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Re: *Sigh* windows 10 is quite good for a given value of good.

maybe time to let the younger set take over. nowt wrong with win10 that another major release can't fix.

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Top FBI lawyer: You win, we've given up on encryption backdoors

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Hmmm

All data starts out unencrypted. I'd start looking there.

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Playboy drops the butt-naked ladies

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No nudes because of the Internet? So now it's upto the Internet to fill that hole.

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Facebook's UK wing paid just £4k in corporation tax last year

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Surely a tax on the value of data is in order. Since it is valuable as everyone likes to say then transferring more than 10,000 USD out the country should be subject to money laundering law and also any data collected in the year be counted as taxable income. Oh well, maybe if they paid tax on data they might naturally rethink all those laws again.

How long before data blocks are bought and sold on the open market ready to be mined? Such a f'kd up world we live in.

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Scotland Yard pulls eyeballs off WikiLeaker-in-Chief Assange

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It's a management accounting trick. They factored in the lost revenue of renting the sidewalk to an Ecuadorian Street vendor, a proportion of unrecovered bank heists, and the extra budget on the donut fund.

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Re: The problem he has..

And you don't think it's weird that whistle blowers are usually rapists?

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Dot-gay bid fails again: This time because it is too gay

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I like to do it with women. Do you think I can register .mufflover so we have an inclusive group just like me.

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Don't panic, biz bods: A guide to data in the post-Safe Harbor world

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It's all an Act. They'll keep doing it anyway and blame it on a couple of software engineers.

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Google's .bro file format changed to .br after gender bother

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I name all my files .cok and my folders .vag

Does that make me sexist?

And here we are fighting the intolerant terrorists daily.

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Microsoft, Tesla, build battery that knows how much (energy) you suck

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Perhaps like the kindle the battery saving could come from not having to redraw the screen 50/60 times a second. I'd start there.

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Surface Book: Microsoft to turn unsuccessful tab into unsuccessful laptop

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just wait 3 years, then another 5 for os to reach win 95 level as it ascends from its current amigaOS look n feel.

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As an exceptionally proud owner of a surface 3 pro this is really great to hear. how many suppliers and customers have marvelled at my sleek device as i whip up visual studio, connect 2 monitors, and write and debug code in their office. i must have sold a 50 or more on this alone. imagine building the next generation media server anywhere and everywhere on any network and not even notice the immense compute power slung into a couple pounds in your bag. put it in tablet mode and you might as well be carrying a piece of technical paper around with you, again a sight to behold and marvel at. an amazing device, i shall not hesitate (when win 10 is actually ready) to take the next upgrade.

p.s yes i did upgrade it to win 10 and in the same day downgraded. but there is no faulting the hardware they made (save a few hiccups which hopefully they ironed out in surface 4 - i believe they have since most of mine disappeared in the last firmware update) and the stuff that ms makes which does work for sure packs every dollar spent into my own super amplified productivity.

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No, Microsoft: Your one-billion Windows 10 goal is just sad ... really sad

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Re: Phones and tablets are not PCs

Not true. Software controls hardware. As new hardware with big screens and overlays in the augmented world come of age windows will become more relevant, not less.

That is where Microsoft is heading.

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Same

Linux is unnoticeable except when it crashes too. Not sure I follow your point.

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Oh

Does it?

Must have missed that one. And open source software rules too! Yeah!

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FATTIES have most SUCCESS with opposite SEX! Have some pies and SCORE

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"Why can't people just love me for who I am and not care how fat I am?", regular complaint of fat north American women.

Obviously it's not just that, it's the fact you are far more likely to f around that puts me off further. Science says.

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Pixel C: Google has a crack at the fondleslab-with-keyboard game

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Very well researched

Because the surface doesn't have a snap on magnetic keyboard. Nah, I'd rather stick with the surface thanks. It's clear you never used one.

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'Steve Jobs filmmakers opportunistic? Apple, you've got a factory of children making phones'

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Foxconn

Of course if they stop paying children then do you magically assume they'll up the wage of the parents? In reality the family will take the hit.

Living in China I can assure you there is enough money here to make you back home feel very very poor. Foxconn could easily pay more, but when your biggest natural resource is the largest population on the planet then they pay the market rate else someone else steps in and takes your job.

Likely you'll find that the reality is that the parents take the children with them to save on childcare costs if they moved into the city to take in work and they don't have family there. Often the children live far away from the parents with their grandparents raising then since the parents move away to find work. It's very common that after marriage the husband and wife go to different cities and only see each other in holidays.

As for the work? There are so so so many non jobs here in China, because they need to keep the population working at doing anything and as such the work rate is pitiful. Each checkout aisle has 5 people guiding you to products, there are more workers than customers. For sure they will not be worked to death, don't imagine it is like 100s years ago in England.

Here it is the parents choice to take them to work. It's not right, but it is their way. Changing it will likely see them employ people without kids.

And why do they move away? It's not how we do it but the distances here are vast. When I lived in Nottingham for sure my ex wife took a job in Sheffield and I took one in Derby. You can't do that over here and still be home in time for tea.

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Let's Encrypt certificate authority signs first cert

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Re: It's free! It's automated! It's open-source!

What an odd bunch of thumbs down. Guess you like submitting your username, password and personal details on the registers unencrypted pages, or you just lack a sense of sarcasm.

Oh well.

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Re: Certificates are not for encryption only.

Its odd they replied to you after you asked them. I got EFF all.

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Re: It's free! It's automated! It's open-source!

The reg doesn't need it anymore. Anyone who was interested in the readership back when we were all new already has your un-encrypted Register username, password, name, address, email and telephone. Now there is no value in us. We whine too much.

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Re: Anyone for a driving licence?

Surely there is a simpler way. After all i don't need to prove who i am and you don't need to prove who you are. Can't you just leave them somewhere and let me pick one up and attach my own photo and name.

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Confession: I was a teenage computer virus writer

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Re: I suspect a lot of us did this back in the day...

In 94 or 95 I wrote a word macro that surreptitiously when opened printed 1000 letters to the default printer without you being able to cancel it. Once emailed to a person it had the effect you can imagine of printing what seemed like a private letter to the the rest of the room since printers are usually shared beasts and spew out paper so anyone can read them.

At the time i would have said it was the first macro virus ever, but it was not designed to replicate except on paper. Such were the days. Kid renegade. Of course now i know it was not clever and not smart, but in the day it felt like quite an achievement.

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The ONE WEIRD TRICK which could END OBESITY

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I once reduced my weight by a whopping 10kg drinking a blended smoothie of wheat and hops. Trouble is they stopped serving them after 11 and i quickly put the weight back on.

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Re: craft it smaller

There's a correlation with how much hair you have on your chest. One begets the other.

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Facebook gains power to Like any word ever written

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Unicode (not to be confused with Unabomber) is awesome, The fact that facebook is now on board only makes me wish we had it when i was at school 40 years ago. Imagine writing your homework in Cherokee using 16 bit or 32 bit variants and telling your teacher it was Big Endian. What a laaaaarf we would have had.

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Brown kid with Arab name arrested for bringing home-made clock to school

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“We have no information that he claimed it was a bomb. He kept maintaining it was a clock, but there was no broader explanation”

Let me fill in the blanks. "A clock is a device for indicating the passing of time." Broad enough?

Of course had he brought in TNT or an Apple watch (i heard somewhere they might make great detonators in the wrong hands) then the broad answer would not apply because it is obvious they are used by terrorists and fanbois alike.

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WinPhone community descends into CANNIBALISM and WOE

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They got it right...

Microsoft has the right strategy. As a surface pro 3 user if I could shrink it to the size of a phone with the same port connectivity and have a similarly sized docking station I'd never look back. Doing my work, programming visual studio on my phone hooked up to a large monitor, mouse, keyboard and camera then undocking it and hitting the road makes perfect sense to me. Add to that taking phone calls and using GPS in the same device and it's Nirvana tech for me.

The only improvement on that is to put on some hololens goggles and use the phone screen as a controller and you are set.

My Samsung phone can detect my finger above the screen. It's not hard to imagine a hololens view that as my fingers near the phone up pops a virtual keyboard which shows my finger location so I can strike the key. Prior art right here in case anyone thinks this is good ;-)

Anyway that's my idea of the future. And it's centred in the phone as desktop. That would be the holy grail for me.

What's really killing Microsoft? Lousy Lousy support from app vendors. I'd suggest Microsoft scrap app vendor fees entirely for the foreseeable and let them keep 100% of the takings. This would work well for content vendors for sure.

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Look! Up in the sky! It's letters on a plane read with a 250MP camera

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Hmm

What a shame the world is round. Imagine the pron.

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How did jihadists hack into top UK ministerial emails if no security breach took place?

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Re: Quality mps

... Addendum. Let me check that Ashley Madison database I downloaded.

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Quality mps

The culprit was voted in, hence no security breach.

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You want to DISRUPT my TECH? How about I DISRUPT your FACE?

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Re: >the rate of change is fast and it is getting faster.

Good point. But I'd go further and not see change as a cost per se. The system in place *is* the business. Change it incorrectly and your profit and your business may no longer exist. What is a bank these days without an Internet site?

As such the need for change is usually based on newcomers entering the market with a better product which hurts your business (e.g egg bank remember them?)

Of course keeping current and doing R&D to invent the next business upgrade is useful, but actually deploying it merely to steal an extra 5% of the market and risk losing the 40% you hold is what counts against disruption.

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Windows 10 on Mobile under the scope: Flaws, confusion, and going nowhere fast

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made my living from microsoft. i'll buy one, since working on their stuff paid for my house. as for the sufrace pro 3 i recently got, wow, wow oh wow.

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Microsoft has RECORD quarter, in a BAD way - Sad Nad slashes phone biz

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This is an accounting trick and it's not that he is copping the flak, it's likely his idea. Of course a loss counts against profit and therefore tax bill is lower. Not only that, but how can you not beat last years profits next year and look good. That is how it always works. New guy comes in, makes some bad write offs in every company, previous management take the hit, and from there on in he is set to year on year get growth. Not much news there.

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

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I'll stick with spotify till the bitter end. I do hate the greed of these "artists" who often don't even write their own music and lyrics . Another streaming service this time set up to ensure they get even more money makes me want to put a bullet in societies head.

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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Actually it's likely prosecco but you southerners can't tell the difference.

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Re: @Terra

Mansfield, land of the gods. nobend is the correct street spelling here for the male part, whereas a nob (up your end, no doubt, and so to speak - see what I did there) would more likely be a posh person. Mansfieldians are all too well aware that a nob is more of a person and part reference than a knob which is merely part. Nob, with both reference to class and to penis, such that the two are combined, therefore suggests an upper class nob is likely also a penis. See we have a history of grating on the Lords and ladies and governments of the day round here (note I also dropped the a in around but I leave the A for you since that has another meaning here too). A door knob does not a penis make, though I'm aware you might have been called stumpy at some point. So if you are a nob, make no mistake, you are a penis. If you are a knob, you may well be a door handle. See the difference? Mansfield folk thought of it all :-)

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=nob+end

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