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Look ma, no hands! The machines are speaking our language

Whitter
Boffin

Very positive slant

Which is all well and good, 'cos the tech is impressive.

But when it comes to helping dyslexics and so on: salesman says yes; answer: maybe yes, maybe no. A dyslexic has a tougher time writing, not an impossible one. And tougher needs more practise, which this would try to remove. Add to that the loss of ability to scan and pick up on the auto errors (trusting the tech to get it right more often than a dyslexic would) and it may not always be the thing to do.

Not that it isn't a help; it just might need a little more thought in some circumstances.

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SPLITTERS! Symantec cleft in twain

Whitter
Unhappy

More CEO illusionary "added value"

So all bonuses paid when acquiring Veritas were hokum?

Either that or the bonuses about to be paid for spinning them back out again are.

No? Really? Both were OK? Hmm...

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Adobe spies on reading habits over unencrypted web because your 'privacy is important'

Whitter
Boffin

The Sony payout

"...Sony backed down and ended up paying out millions of dollars in compensation to music buyers..."

Not really: they paid a pittance to some US music buyers and a tasty load to some US Lawyers.

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Staff unions call for removal of controversial UN patent agency chief

Whitter
Trollface

Re: One World Government Agency, Yah Right.

One world governing body to rule them all;

one world governing body to find them;

one world governing body to bring them all

and in the darkness bind them.

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European Court of Justice allows digitisation of library books

Whitter

Copyright and reformatting: not an easy thing to "rule" on.

It's an interesting aspect of copyright as there are obvious cases when reformatting is clearly fair use and others where it is clearly taking the p***. Something a bit middling then for mulling over?

e.g. Buy a 'cheap' A4 sized print of a local artist's work; then scan and up-sample to A1 rather than paying for the large print in the first place. Is this fair? Some will think so; others not. Some will think it is a matter for the artist to define fair/not in such a case; others will not. Probably exactly the same people (respectively).

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Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?

Whitter
Devil

Re unbending legs

It's a feature: you aren't meant to take them off. Ever.

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Hear ye, young cyber warriors of the realm: GCHQ wants you

Whitter
Joke

Programmers who won't talk about work?

Sounds ideal!

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Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3

Whitter

Pen input is niche, but isn't everyone niche these days?

I'm *still* using my TC-4200. Excellent pen action and holding solution!

As for the safety of using Win-XP, I just disabled updates and reGhost the machine every now-and-then. It isn't used for web browsing anyway.

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

Whitter
Boffin

Re: Anyone remember Dragon Warriors?

They revamped Dragon Warriors a few years back: adding exactly nowt as far as I could tell. A fun wee game with a good atmosphere.

It's still not Amber though... or even AD&D for that matter.

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Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?

Whitter

Not just what and why - but what, why and when

An app needs SMS access to allow it to send/receive authorisation codes for example: this may be a good thing to do. But the permission will let it access/send SMS any messages anytime. Dragons beware: even if the original app designer doesn't intend to abuse the privilege(s), a hacker piggybacking on it might. Or the big megacorp that buys out the designer with greedy eyes on the contact lists of its userbase.

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Whitter
Devil

El Reg story conjunction

"If you have a security hole, if no one else can help ... maybe you need the Google ZERO team"

Unless you are the Google App team it would appear...

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Printed diode can slurp power from phone signals

Whitter
Happy

Congrats for proper PhD research

Excellent work folks!

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BBC offers briefest of teasers for the next Doctor Who

Whitter
Boffin

Decor (Tardis and shirt)

They change the Tardis interior to allow the Who-ism "Oh, you've changed the décor... I don't like it" whenever an older Doctor pops by.

PS: The new look is Bowie derived (The Man Who Fell To Earth et al.)

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EXPOSED: Massive mobile malware network used by cops globally

Whitter
Black Helicopters

Re: Nokia 3310

You mean you don't wrap your phone in tinfoil when it is "off"? How quaint! ;)

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Euro judges: Copyright has NOT changed, you WON'T get sued for browsing the web

Whitter
Mushroom

Copyright madness

No remembering anything now mind you!

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Police at the door? Hit the PANIC button to erase your RAM

Whitter
Black Helicopters

This app will self destruct in 5 seconds...

Surely the existence of the app is telling itself and therefor it should "auto-wipe" itself by some means?

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Danes debut Bluetooth-connected 'made for iPhone' hearing aids

Whitter
Boffin

I smell...

Noise cancelling - from a different device at an unknown and highly variable distance to the anti-phase speaker and a variable wireless delay. Hmmm...

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FCA drafts new rules to protect crowdfunders' lenders

Whitter

Where?

What are the odds the FCA will have any jurisdiction?

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ICO to focus only on 'serious, repeat' data-protection offenders

Whitter
FAIL

A.k.a. IPO to intensionally disregard an act of parliament?

They have a statutory duty to enforce the data protection act but seemingly they won't: are we to assume nobody will prosecute the ICO for what is an intentional breach of an act of parliament (i.e. breaking the law)? Or are we getting to the point that acts (laws) are really just for the newspaper headlines? Is that a valid defence for any breach of an act of parliament then: "well, I didn't think parliament really meant it"?!

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Massive! Yahoo! Mail! outage! going! on! FOURTH! straight! day!

Whitter

It's only a matter of time.

The difficulty in moving email address is the only reason Yahoo! still exists.

How long can it carry on?

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Samsung hauls in chiefs for 'CRISIS awareness' confab – report

Whitter
Unhappy

Advert

Dear Register: I don't run any ad blockers 'cos I realise what your revenue stream is.

That's my side of the deal: your side: NO embedded streaming adverts.

If it happens again, the blocker will be activated.

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What a plot of nonsense: Ten Master master plan FAILS

Whitter

The Colony in Space

Or The Doomsday Weapon if you'd rather.

A decent enough Master-plan with quite a sad ending as I recall.

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Google SO CAN scan ALL BOOKS onto its sites - judge

Whitter
Thumb Down

Small and juicy

An excerpt from a book of poetry or photographs can easily stand as a complete work in its own right. Its a shoddy affair.

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Wikipedia sockpuppetry probe puts a sock in hundreds of accounts

Whitter

Wiki-PR a "misnomer"

A PR firm that thinks it got their own name wrong?

So either they are very bad at PR or they are lying.

Or both of course.

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Why a Robin Hood tax on filthy rich City types is the very LAST thing needed

Whitter

A sick market needs some medicine

I've always thought that we should slow down the buy/sell system to allow some rationality back in. However, how to do so in our madcap multi-company, multi-financial market world?

My initial stab would be that if you buy a share in stock "X", you can't sell any shares in "X" for a period of time: enough time that you should have truly analysed the stock in question before making such choices.

I'm assuming a simple rule will be gamed almost immediately - and that's one of the main problems: the stock market has become a gamed system through hand through - so much so that large companies make deliberate buy/sell patterns in the hope of triggering automatic algorithms in the competitors to do silly things. What value does that have to the companies who's shares are the exploit tool of such behaviour?

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The legacy IE survivor's guide: Firefox, Chrome... more IE?

Whitter
Facepalm

Deadline mentality

"...it's just not possible to do everything at once..."

You could have planned for it some time in the last decade, but didn't.

You reap what you sow (which includes a failure to sow).

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Yahoo! Pays! Paltry! $12.50! Bug! Bounty! For! Nasty! Email! Vuln!

Whitter
Unhappy

Bug?

More like "we know about this security hole but don't really care"

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EU move to standardise phone chargers is bad news for Apple

Whitter
Boffin

Micro USB 3

That's three folks saying they hate it: no reasons as yet.

Care to share?

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Ghastly! Yahoo! Groups! gripes! grip! grumpy! gremlin! grumblers!

Whitter
Holmes

Reminder

Can somebody remind me: why do Yahoo! exist again?

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OK, so we paid a bill late, but did BT have to do this?

Whitter

Harrassment

Happened on multiple occasions to multiple people? Unsolicited and without justification (not late yet). That's harassment.

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Brazilian TV show accuses NSA of spying on oil firm based on leaked docs

Whitter
Unhappy

Re: Kissinger

Enemies aplenty rather, especially as it seems to consider its own population in that light.

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Don't tell the D-G! BBC-funded study says Beeb is 'too right wing'

Whitter
Megaphone

The researcher has a clear POV: are the findings to be ignored then?

Are the points raised are utterly without merit because one doesn't like the POV of those giving them? The ideal would have been to commission a second report at the same time from one of the plethora of right-wing-think-tanks ('charities' apparently!) and then compare and contrast the two.

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Three used cheap deal to lure me into buying expensive slab, chap tells ASA

Whitter
Unhappy

Why bother?

In "The Age of Austerity", do we really need any toothless (or muzzled) regulators?

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Bionym bracelet promises to replace passwords with ECG biometrics

Whitter
FAIL

What exactly does it do?

As the description in El Reg reads, this is not really a biometric ID, as you will never be able to reproduce that value yourself ever again - it's just a sexed-up really-hot-cup-of-tea to generate a suitably random number that is used from then-on (i.e. "once it has been established").

Ghastly too.

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ISPs scramble to explain mouse-sniffing tool

Whitter

If only they asked first

For validating (and improving) decent page layout, following user mouse positions (or even just button presses) to determine what paths users actually use and trying to minimise the required mouse-movement for most users is an old technique. But please ask first!

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BILLION DOLLAR BALLMER: Microsoft chief makes $1bn simply by quitting

Whitter

The market gives a clear comment on his abilities

A big ego-knock, but I guess $1 billion makes it a tad less difficult to swallow...

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Legal bible Groklaw pulls plug in wake of Lavabit shutdown, NSA firestorm

Whitter

But what to do? Politics is broken and the state is corrupt.

The security state is ever growing. You can't stop it, as there is no vote you can cast in our 'democracy' that actually represents your point of view, certainly no vote that will be count. Now what?

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Can't agree on a coding style? Maybe the NEW YORK TIMES can help

Whitter
Boffin

Re: Indentation

If you are three scope-branches deep or more in a single method, seriously consider refactoring the method to have a few clear-cut early returns at the top, or to call other methods / worker classes instead.

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You're 30 years old and your PIN is '1983'. DAMMIT, biz mobe user

Whitter
Holmes

Re: Alphanumeric passwords on a phone?!

And on any website with a password you tend to browse on a phone.

In my case, for such sites I use "random" letters rather than numbers but it is still weak as hell.

Such are the limitations of using a touch screen to enter a password.

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Boffins, Tunnel Tigers and Scotland's world-first power mountain

Whitter
Thumb Up

Splendid!

Enjoyed this article very much!

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Boston U claims LED patent, files against tech giants

Whitter
Boffin

Method patents

If the patents are of fabrication methods, and the methods were applied outwith the patented zone, would there be any infraction?

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Rest your head against a train window, hear VOICES in your SKULL

Whitter
Mushroom

The anti-web 2.0 pattern

We all know the web 2.0: if you are not paying, then they are selling you.

Alas that's not enough for some: even when you do pay, you are still their property to sell.

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The future of cinema and TV: It’s game over for the hi-res hype

Whitter
Boffin

It's not just pixel size and refresh rate

Don't forget colour resolution while we're at it.

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Bjarne Again: Hallelujah for C++

Whitter
Flame

The usual non-USA cost bias.

On amazon; $50 in the USA; £42 in the UK. After taking postal rates into account, I'll still be ordering from the USA.

Nobody's going to spin that there's an overt difference in marketing budgets or support costs in a book,. Or if they do, can somebody please shoot them?

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Who's to be the next Dr Who? Sherlock beats Maurice - says you

Whitter

A win from the outliers!

If we remove those who won't accept being Who and the comedians who won't be asked - what do the results look like?

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What do you mean WHY is Sony PS4 so pricey in Oz?

Whitter
Stop

Two reasons

On the first reason, you're spot on: charge what the market will bear. The second is to wall-up "the" market so it has no alternative via anti-free-market laws: i.e. ban grey imports.

So free-market pricing set the price, but requires non-free-market laws to maintain it.

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Facebook, Microsoft beg Feds: Let us tell users what YOU asked for...

Whitter
Devil

Probably true on the legal writs but...

Wasn't the point of PRISM that they didn't have to ask?

And if they don't have to ask, they most certainly won't.

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Asus FonePad: You may feel a bit of a spanner

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Gold Star

"As for looking a berk when using it in public, well, as a matter of principle I try not to use my phone when other people are nearby because I prefer not to inflict my conversations on complete strangers so it really wasn’t an issue."

You sir are a Gentleman!

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