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German brain surgeon flies in for vital LOHAN operation

jonathan keith

Edge

I noticed the Edge whosit sponsorship logo at the bottom of the report and my kneejerk reaction - glad that Tim Langdell's no longer in business.

That's all - carry on.

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

jonathan keith

hi-res audio bullshit

I'm royally sick of this hi-res audio crap that manufacturers are now flogging - and "audiophiles" are buying into . As has been discussed in these pages previously, the science *proves* that as a *playback* format 16 bit 44.1kHz can't be improved upon. "Hi-res" audio belongs solely in the studio, not in the home.

Fuck these people. If you want to listen to great-sounding music, badger the studios to engineer their recordings properly, shoot anyone who insists on compressing the shit out of the master to make it sound louder, buy some half-decent speakers and ignore the snake oil.

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Google: Why should we pay tax when we make 'intangibles'?

jonathan keith

I might be being a simpleton here, but what's to stop a government from simply making it illegal to funnel revenues out of the country (call it tax evasion if you like) and basically say "all revenue raised from business activity in this country is liable for tax"? So with Amazon for example, prevent them using their "Sold by Amazon SARL" wheeze when you buy something from Amazon.co.uk?

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DAMN you El Reg, CALL ME A BOFFIN, demands enraged boffin

jonathan keith

Down With Skool

The term "boffin" was always used by thick sporty kids at school to insult the weedy academic ones. Usually pronounced "boffeeeeeeeen" for some unfathomable reason.

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EU privacy A-Team tells Google: Get a grip and obey OUR laws

jonathan keith

The EU power structure does have (IMHO) fatally flawed power structures and ambition, but nonetheless, there are some people in positions of authority who do their jobs properly. Guarding the rights of European citizens is taken very seriously indeed, and rightly so.

The global corporations that simply view people as nothing more than wallets to be emptied and product to be monetised should be *made* to behave in a civilised way, if they want to carry out their operations in civilised countries.

There's a lot wrong with the EU, but on this they're spot on.

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Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

jonathan keith

Re: Coming soon to a customer service experience near you...

"My Mother? Let me tell you about my Mother."

*kablam*

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Indie record labels to haul YouTube before the European Commission

jonathan keith

Re: Google and Amazon are both trying to bully using their market power

We are discussing this within the context of abuse of power within a monopoly. Specifically YouTube. At least, everyone else is. You seem to be upset simply by the idea that corporate monoliths should be prevented from doing whatever they like.

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jonathan keith

Re: Google and Amazon are both trying to bully using their market power

Alternatively, god forbid that we should live in a society without any rule of law, where businesses are free to operate in any way they choose with complete disregard for responsibility, ethical behaviour or anything other than their bottom line.

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jonathan keith

No.

Read this slowly to aid comprehension:

Because of the vagaries of chance, YouTube has become the dominant player in online music distribution. It's THE website that people go to to play music.

It is unacceptable for a business that has a monopolistic position to abuse that position by forcing smaller customers to accept terms that larger, more powerful, customers will not tolerate. This is recognised in law.

Businesses are free to operate however they choose within the confines of the law. Only when the law is broken do authorities take an interest, and generally only after an aggrieved party has made a complaint.

I don't know what your animus is towards independent record companies or musicians, but they're not the ones who are behaving badly in this situation. Google is. Further, the EU isn't telling Google how to run each and every aspect of its business, and never will. What they are doing is making Google operate within the law.

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jonathan keith

new, shiny, edited, non-abusive version

No, they're complaining that Google is abusing its power and offering them less favourable contracts (and therefore less revenue) than their larger and more powerful competitors.

Foul, monopolistic behaviour, when YouTube is the largest platform for such material and the small fish in the pond don't have a realistic alternative to move to.

Much like Amazon are doing to Hachette and their writers at the moment.

That's what the anger is about, and quite right too.

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New software nasty encrypts Android PHONE files and demands a ransom

jonathan keith

"legit smut-viewing app"

What, you mean a web browser?

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Please be seated at your FOUR-LEGGED PC

jonathan keith

Re: Next project, build one of these for <$100

Was it the Spinal Tap "Smell The Glove" worktop?

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Brunner does a runner: Beats designer must hand the brand to Apple

jonathan keith

Come, friendly bombs...

... and fall on Cupertino. Apple and Beats: a match made in hell.

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

jonathan keith

Re: A fool and his money are easily parted.

Even better is the explanation of how it works.

http://www.machinadynamica.com/machina42.htm

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Super-heavy element 117 DOES exist – albeit briefly. Got any berkelium handy?

jonathan keith

Hats off

... to a fellow X-Com fan.

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

jonathan keith

Preying of the foolish

Hurrah for marketing.

"I know - everyone's shouting about sample rates and bit depth and other technical stuff that they don't really understand. Well, let's sell them old material in a new 'high-def' format that they won't be able to actually physically gain any benefit from and actually just tinker with the music so it sounds a bit different."

Worth reading:

http://people.xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html

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USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan

jonathan keith

"USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan"

Well they would, wouldn't they?

I have a whole "Yes Minister" Sir Humphrey speech going on in my head about this.

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Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

jonathan keith

Is it that time already?

I suppose I'll just have to post to this again then.

http://people.xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html

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DARPA: You didn't think we could make a Mach 6 spaceplane, so let us have this MACH TEN job

jonathan keith

*sigh*

An article about scramjets and no mention of lighting matches in hurricanes? I tell you, the quality of reporting here is going downhill rapidly. I may have to cancel my subscription.

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BBC releases MYSTERY RIDDLE poster for Doctor Who anniversary episode

jonathan keith

Doctor X

So is John Hurt going to build a creature whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh?

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Giant human-powered quadricopter wins $250,000 Sikorsky Prize

jonathan keith

Bloody Hipsters

...with their bloody fixie bikes.

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El Reg rocket squad poised to select Ultimate Cuppa teabag

jonathan keith
Happy

Twinings Assam

No contest.

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

jonathan keith
Black Helicopters

Re: GCHQ

That would be the UKUSA Agreement.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UKUSA_Agreement

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Move over Radeon, GeForce – Intel has a new graphics brand: Iris

jonathan keith

Yeah, right

Have they hired some new coders to replace the bunch who write their legendarily awful drivers?

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

jonathan keith
Mushroom

Replace Zardoz...

with Logan's Run and you're nearly there.

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YouTube and Netflix take on AirPlay, DIAL up the big-screen goodness

jonathan keith
FAIL

Er, no

So what about my media library on my home server? DNLA will quite happily handle any and all content I have locally. Doesn't sound like DIAL will.

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Swedish teens GO BERSERK in Instagram sex pic slut riot

jonathan keith
Headmaster

Headline

Berserk.

That is all.

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Boffins spot planet that could support life... just 12 light years away

jonathan keith
Alien

Looks like Pete Cooke

I was wandering around on the surface of Tau Ceti III in 1985. Admittedly, I was doing this on a ZX Spectrum.

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Instagram back-pedals in face of user outrage

jonathan keith

Er, did I miss something?

"Instagram users own their content and Instagram does not claim any ownership rights over your photos. Nothing about this has changed."

Indeed. In fact, as I recall, the problem wasn't that Instagram were trying to claim ownership of one's photos, it was that they wanted to claim a license to monetise those photos without having to make any payment to the owner.

I don't see that the PR fluff from Systrom does anything to change that particular point of contention.

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Frack me! UK shale gas bonanza 'bigger than North Sea oil'

jonathan keith
Flame

Here's a mad, crazy idea.

How about the government use the 15 years worth of breathing space - and some of the revenues - that fracking offers to develop and build a sensible and effective renewables infrastructure, so that the lights won't once again go out when another of our limited resources is all used up?

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America planned to NUKE THE MOON

jonathan keith
Mushroom

Nuke the moon... from orbit?

After all, it's the only way to be sure.

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Ex-Nokians fish MeeGo out of bin, launch Sailfish OS

jonathan keith
Paris Hilton

Lovely

Can't find the answer to this - does anyone know if it's going to work on a Nokia N900?

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SpaceX satellite burns up on re-entry after Falcon FAIL

jonathan keith
Alien

Re: Merlin engines?

But they do, if you're watching Doctor Who...

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review

jonathan keith
Big Brother

Tizen

Put this out running Tizen and I'll have one as soon as I can get to the shop.

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Windows 8: Never mind Office, it's for GAMING

jonathan keith
FAIL

MS and Windows gaming

Microsoft have managed to fuck up every aspect of gaming on windows machines that they are able to. For example;

Closing their MS Flight Simulator studio and killing Flight Sim, putting out a pitiful free-to-play microtransaction-driven "game with aeroplanes in it", wondering why no-one used it and then killing that too.

"Games For Windows Live". A cataclysmic fuck up that still, after years, is an abomination. The conspiracy theory is that MS wanted to make PC gaming such an unpleasant experience that everyone would end up buying Xboxes.

Having the rights to magnificent titles such as the MechWarrior series that they just sat on for years and didn't use.

And a million and one other bits of PC games-related fuckwittery. The people who make their strategic decisions are just clueless, which is tragic because there have been some genuine masterpieces released from their studios.

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Now Apple wants Samsung S III, Galaxy Notes off the shelves too

jonathan keith
Mushroom

The only way to be sure...

Can't we just nuke Apple from orbit?

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Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' beardy Bolt boast BANNED

jonathan keith
Alert

Balls.

"It's an expensive mistake for VM, which spent a whopping £52.6m on marketing costs in its first quarter."

It would have been an expensive mistake if they'd been fined that much money for running a 'misleading' ad (i.e. lying through their teeth) but they weren't.

If, however, they had been, perhaps these lying liars and all their lying friends would stop lying to us.

Looking forward to the future of advertising: "buy our cake, it's cake".

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The Higgs boson search continues ... into ANOTHER dimension

jonathan keith
Paris Hilton

Paris!

She's working at CERN too now? Is there no end to her talents?

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Crazy Geckos: Nitot on Mozilla's post-Firefox mobile crusade

jonathan keith

And what about...?

Maemo? Excellent, and killed by Nokia. Meego? Equally excellent and ...killed by Nokia.

Good luck to the Mozilla boys and girls, but in the meantime I'm looking forward to the first bach of Tizen phones from Samsung. If they will fully support a properly open-source OS with a great range of handsets then android and all of google's "right up to the creepy line" nonsense will have some proper competiton, never mind the Jobs' mob walled-garden control-freakery.

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Apple drops 'thermonuclear' patent bombshell

jonathan keith

Totally unbelievable

An Apple flack talking to The Reg? Come on, what do you take us for?

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Disappearing bees mystery: Boffins finger regicide pesticides

jonathan keith
Holmes

Shocking news

Insecticides harm insects. Who could possibly have forseen such a thing?

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MICRORAPTOR dino-pigeon lured mates with glowing feathers

jonathan keith
Boffin

Just to say...

... I love science. Go, boffins.

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It's game over for pinball pioneer

jonathan keith
Happy

Pinball

Still the best way to teach shoolboys about Newtonian physics.

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Swiss space-cleaning bot grabs flying junk, hurls itself into furnace

jonathan keith
Paris Hilton

Reg Special Projects Bureau

I suggest that the El Reg Gentlemen Amateurs solve this over tea and pipe tobacco in their shed following LOHAN's glorious success.

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Airbrushed Rachel Weisz gets watchdog hot under the collar

jonathan keith

"I'd still hit it"

That is such a grotesquely ugly phrase. In fact, I can't think of another phrase that's more demeaning to a woman.

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Dumb salesmen are hurting us – Nokia CEO

jonathan keith

Who?

I'm waiting for Samsung's new phones that run Tizen (Meego's successor) to appear. Then I'll replace my N900.

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Tiny frog claimed as smallest vertebrate ever

jonathan keith
Flame

Paedophryne amauensis

I expect there are mobs of angry, thick tabloid readers heading to the rainforest right now.

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Ford unwraps '2013 Mondeo'

jonathan keith

Does that mean that the new car that Aston are unveiling this year to replace the DB9 will look like a Ford?

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Not so fast: Italian boffins say neutrinos not faster than light

jonathan keith
Pint

Or...

I think it's because they've just been reminded by the other particles that it's their round.

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The Register Guide on how to stay anonymous (part 1)

jonathan keith
Big Brother

Hosts blocking

If you're comfortable editing your hosts file, there are several good lists available for download that block huge numbers of URLs, including advertisers and tracking servers.

Very, very useful. There's one here:

http://someonewhocares.org/hosts/

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