* Posts by jonathan keith

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Cheer up songwriters, there's shedloads of money rolling in

jonathan keith

Money

This

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bf1jocbm2M

and this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC1Vfoq3PvU

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Drones to bring DEBT FROM ABOVE in Switzerland

jonathan keith

10/10

Bugger the story, top marks to that sub.

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Googley TENTACLES reach towards YOUR email

jonathan keith

Re: Isn't there a rival product

If you really know what you're talking about though, you use Pulp.

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TTIP: Protect our privacy in EU-US trade deal or ELSE, snarl MEPs

jonathan keith

Really?

That is absolutely the last of the problems with TTIP.

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To defend offshore finance bods looting developing countries of their tax cash

jonathan keith

Re: Must be like Quantum Mechanics

I'd love that to be true, Tim, but my lefty gut reaction is that the workers are simply paid as little as the corporations can possibly get away with, and the money spirited away offshore is instead used to increase the rewards to the shareholders and the executives.

So it's not as if the workers have anything less that can be taken away from them if as you contest they would end up paying the corporation's tax burden.

However, I would be happy if you can prove me wrong!

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Minecraft debuts new block – one that blocks Java crapware, that is

jonathan keith

Gosh.

That might just get me playing some Minecraft again.

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Nokia boss smashes net neutrality activists

jonathan keith

From the "consumer's" POV...

... the main problem is that the "two speed internet" is seen simply - and rightly - as simply a method for corporate interests to rip everybody off. Again.

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Nokia blasts Ericsson out of water, demos 600Mbps data speeds

jonathan keith

Re: COVERAGE FFS

I'll see your 4g and raise you 3g. Rural high speed broadband? Fixed line or mobile, don't make me laugh.

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It's not easy being Green. But WHY insist we knit our own ties?

jonathan keith

Re: The problem with markets

No, Tim needs to change his view of the market :)

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jonathan keith

Comment isn't free

I think the fundamental problem with Tim's argument is that he sees "the market" as perfect when in real life it isn't. Much as it would be lovely to ignore the fact that, for example, "Big Agriculture" fills our meat with steroids and antibiotics, and kills our pollinators with neonicotinoids, in the real world we can't. That's my problem with free market fundamentalists - the clarion call to just deregulate and let the market sort it out is wilfully blind to the human failings of greed etc. which distort the perfect market through monopoly abuse, cartels, unsafe products that we don't know about and all the other underhand goings on that businesses use for competitive advantage.

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Tiger Moth: Old school flying without all those pesky flaps, brakes and instruments

jonathan keith

Nothng like it

I flew from Duxford in one of these a while back. One of the finest experiences of my life, without a shadow of a doubt.

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Enough is ENOUGH: It's time to flush Flash back to where it came from – Hell

jonathan keith

Re: Obligatory "Aliens" reference

That's a little harsh. What about everyone else who lives in San Jose?

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Magic streaming beans? Sure, have my cow - music biz

jonathan keith

Don't forget quality

There's also the not insignificant matter of CD's (if decently engineered) sounding a damned sight better than most downloads.

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Deprivation Britain: 1930s all over again? Codswallop!

jonathan keith

I'm not going to argue about relative or absolute poverty here. What I am going to say is that it is inequality that is the pernicious evil in society. People may not actually *be* poor, according to some arbitrary chart, but if they see that those at the top of the ladder are vastly wealthier than they are, and that those people are getting more and more of the pie each day, as inequality grows, then those people *feel* poor, and angry to boot.

I'm talking here about the behaviour of CEOs, bankers, the city "wealth creators" who are seemingly only creating wealth for themselves these days, shipping their profits offshore, avoiding tax and therefore placing a larger burden on everyone else. Philip Green and his Monaco-resident wife are splendid examples.

Societies that are more equal are entirely happier and more pleasant places to live. A multitude of studies demonstrate this. Growing social inequality tends to result in civil unpleasantness.

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ARM heads: Our cores still have legs ... as shares tumble amid 'peak smartphone' fears

jonathan keith

MOAR MONEY

Where's my MONEY? I want ALL the money NOW!

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Particle that behaves like matter AND antimatter found: Majorana fermion

jonathan keith

Desktop quantum computing?

I'm certainly looking forward to seeing the CPU coolers they'll need...

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Adobe swallows Aviary, hopes to stuff Creative Cloud into mobes

jonathan keith

Oh fuck.

That is all.

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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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