* Posts by Dazed and Confused

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LA schools want multi-million Apple refund after kids hack iPads

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Re: So the kids have learned more than ...

> The suppliers (Apple, et al) made a profit!!!! Surely that counts....

Only before the lawyers got involved.

Rule 1 of life, once the lawyers are involved only the lawyers make a profit.

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So the kids have learned more than ...

The suppliers

Looks like a good result for the education system to me

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Sysadmins, patch now: HTTP 'pings of death' are spewing across web to kill Windows servers

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Re: fewer context switches.

Well you still need a state save and restore whether you're switching from usermode to another usermode or switching from usermode to kernel mode. But if you're going to apply that argument why bother have a OS in the first place, just run everything bare arsed on the CPU?

The idea of, well at least 1 idea of, having an OS is that bugs in something as externally attackable as a web server can't bring down the whole system.

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'Why don't you buy from foreign sites?' asks Commish, snapping on the gloves

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is she daft?

Well, on the balance of probability I'd say yes :-)

But what she is saying is in direct contradiction of of the policy implemented by her predecessors. When I complain that Amazon France or Germany wouldn't see me things that were in stock in France or German but not in stock in the UK, whereas car companies have been fined millions for refusing cross border sales I was told that the commission didn't feel there was anything wrong with Amazon helping to create an artificial shortage in the UK for marketing reason. Go figure.

Fortunately other companies in German where more than happy to help me out and sell me what they had in stock.

So, please put your own house in order before giving the public a hard time for this.

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No, really, the $17,000 Apple Watch IS all about getting your leg over

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Getting your leg over

Look life is all about getting your leg over.

This $17K might be all about sex too, but it probably won't involve anyone else now will it.

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Complaints against ISPs and mobe firms are up by a fifth — reports

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Re: John Lewis? An ISP?

It might be OpenReach or NTL that owns and runs the string that connects to your premises, but a lot of the SP part of ISP happens after that.

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Ten things you always wanted to know about IP Voice

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Re: Really?

SIP over the Internet seem to normally give very good quality.

I'm using A&A as both my ISP and SIP provider. I can't say I've never had problems, but normally the quality is very good. I've had lectures I give recorded and the sound engineers have always commented on how good the quality is.

I have a VoIP gateway to POTS as a backup but the quality of that isn't so good. I hear a 50Hz mains hum on my end but the customers say it sounds fine at their end.

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Web geeks grant immortality to Sir Terry Pratchett – using smuggled web code

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Re: I guess you parents failed your first 7 years

> The more garbage people add to their internet traffic, the worse the Internet performs for everyone.

Hence the proposal to put it inside otherwise wasted space such in the unused bytes of the typical 64byte ping packet.

BTW rejecting requests that contain correctly formatted information is a violation of RFCs. If nothing else it violates the rule that you should be precise with what you send and generous with what you receive. Which is why the Internet more or less works most of the time rather than some of the more formally proposed networks like X.400 where so many implementations effectively sent garbage and rejected everyone else's garbage.

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Re: Clacks

> UK started having copies of all International telegrams (via UK, which was a major hub) before WWI.

Hence just about the first action of WW1 was the navy cut the German telegraph cables so that Germany had to sent its telegrams via the UK.

I'm sure El'Reg published a map of major sub-sea comms fibre a year or so back which looked incredibly similar to the early 20th century map of mostly British run cables.

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Join The Rev's RFC campaign.

http://www.me.uk/draft-kennard-padding.txt

Use it as the padding in ping packets.

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Samsung puts eight-core processor IN A WATCH

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Does it keep you hands warm?

I might buy the Misses one.

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Brute force box lets researchers, Cops, pop iDevice locks

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Re: PIN over USB?

It would be trivial to have electronic fingers that fooled the touch screen circuits.

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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Re: "He annoyed other authors with his writing style"

> He annoyed English teachers

He both annoyed and delighted English teachers because after years of their efforts boys (perhaps more than girls) would discover Pratchett and suddenly start to read.

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Speaking in Tech: A Kardashian wearing the Apple Watch? Now that's success

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Re: So what you are saying

No what I'm say is that it doesn't matter one jot whether she's minging or gorgeous, she gets a lot of attention from certain types of people. No one feels the need to post that say Bernie Ecclestone is "minging" and yet look at some of the people he's hung about with, how many women would find him attractive if he wasn't loaded? As soon as comments are made about someone who happens to be female then it suddenly becomes open season on what she may or may not look like.

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Re: Am I the only person

Look rich men having been getting away with being "minging" since the dawn of money, so I guess this shouldn't be an issue.

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Re: What's a Kardashian

And where's the Paris Hilton angle?

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Re: None

That's it give them ideas.

Now with no ports, not even a power one? Mmmm then when the battery goes flat the customer will need to buy a new one. Wow we won't even have to wait till the next model comes out before the customer comes back to buy their next fix. Kerching....

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United Nations: For pity's sake don't use your iPhone in your car

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Re: No mention of the fact driving with a hand-free mobe isn't really safer

> One of the problems frequently mentioned is that the passengers in the car with you are aware when something occurs that demands the driver's attention and stop talking.

Sorry but this bollocks is dragged out all the time by people who claim that talking to people in the car is safe and talking to people on a hands free is tantamount to premeditated murder. It shows a total lack of knowledge of passengers in the real world.

These people have clearly never had children or at least have never driven with kids in a car.

Lots of passengers, even ones who hold a drivers license take no notice of the road ahead and don't stop talking when the driver needs to concentrate.

Passengers often say things like "Ooo look at that" or point things out on the map/newspaper/mag..., directing the drivers eyes away from the road. People on the other end of a phone like rarely ask you to look at things, well apart from "have you read the email I just sent you..."

Lots of people find it hard to realise that while it is polite to look at someone you are talking to under normal circumstances it isn't a great idea when driving.

Sorry, but that line is total bollocks from people who quite rightly want the use of phones in cars banned but realise that banning drivers from talking to passengers isn't going to work.

While you're at it you may as well ban the radio, lots of people find it impossible to listen to the radio without shouting at the presenter and indulging in hand gestures at the same time.

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VMware sued, accused of ripping off Linux kernel source code

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Re: Case..

So why do you feel the terms of the GPL should have any less significance than the terms of any other license?

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Euro ministers ditch plan to ban roaming charges

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Re: single market? my AR*E

There is a single market for people who can afford lobbyist, it doesn't apply to us.

A few years back Nintendo had decided that the number 1 marketing tool in the UK was to create a scarcity. Every Christmas it's the same, some toy manufacture hypes up their wares and then tells the press that there won't be enough to go around. Suddenly all the kids want one. So UK has no Wii consoles (well apart from the warehouses full but we mustn't talk about those). So hop on the the Amazon site for France, not problems with getting a Wii but as soon as you put in a UK shipping address - NO Can't deliver to that address. Try Germany same story. Try giving an address in France to the German website, no problems, UK address NINE!

So I put in a complaint to the EU commission and was told that they felt that Nintendo were allowed to do this if they wanted, even though I'd pointed out that car makers had been fined €Ms for doing the same type of thing.

Nope consumers don't count

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Oh well

3mobile here I come then.

I was in Austria a couple of weeks back, the Mrs and the kids got free roaming and a great signal, I was on Vodafone who charged me a few quid a day for an unusable connection.

Contract up for renewal later this month.

Guess it's time to let market forces kick in.

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FREAK show: Apple and Android SSL WIDE OPEN to snoopers

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Re: Stuck on old Android

No just an issue for people with locked phones with nabbled SW, unlocked phones can have this too.

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Why was that down voted?

Pointing my SGS4 with Android 4.4.2 at the site says it's vulnerable.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: A side swipe at smartphone design

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Re: I want to love it

> but I can't help feeling... a convex glass surface which you can't cover? How much more fragility does this introduce?

How much more fragile are bottles than windows?

Surely the convex piece of glass should be stronger.

This might also help with some of the flexy problems that some manufactures have experienced. My old SGS2 would occasionally reset when I squatted down with it in my back pocket and I know friends who also had the same issue, no lasting damage,the phone just used to reboot.

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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Re: John the nay sayer

I for one don't believe you.

I think the only way it would be possible to avoid using BBC services would be cut yourself off entirely from every form of media. This website included.

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EasyGroup continues bizarre, time-travelling domain crusade

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Now that the Hong Kong company have demonstrated that they have a prior claim on the usage of the word "Easy" and they have evidence of possible confusion over the names, Easy UK's submission must count as evidence, they should turn the tables and demand that the UK companies domain names are handed over to them.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Back in 1992 a Philips ...

Back in 91 or 92 Sony loaned my company a 40" HD CRT (1920x1200 not the low res final format) for the computer graphics show at Ali Pali. I remember it being so heavy and so valuable that they would only lend it to us if we used their own special furniture to stand it on.

Looked bloody good though and brought no end of people onto the stand.

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

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Re: Only if they happened to be for sale.

If Intel are buying up Intel stock then it still means that 100% of Intel is up for sale, it just means that there are less shares out there that you need to collect to make a full house.

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Re: Only if they happened to be for sale.

Aren't they listed on the stock market?

That means they are permanently up for sale to anyone with the readies.

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Re: If there is to be any hope ...

Except that Apple it one of the biggest abusers of the US Patent system, so they are hardly likely to want to see a meaningful fix are they.

Do I see slide to unlock being mentioned? Hardly an innovation, the builders of Stone Henge knew that one.

Do I see things that go bounce? well that just happens naturally.

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Linux clockpocalypse in 2038 is looming and there's no 'serious plan'

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Re: Testing is too expensive !!!

Shouldn't that be "Management is too expensive !!!"

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Online retail giant Amazon GOES TITSUP ACROSS EUROPE

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So it wasn't just me then

And I was ready to go and kick my end thinking that was were things were broken.

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Samsung: Our TVs? SPYING on you? HA HA! Whee! Just a JOKE of course

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Re: Is this at all surprising?

Yeah it's hardly surprising that a voice activated system needs to keep it's ears open.

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Linux 3.19 released for your computing pleasure

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KVM on IA64

I didn't think there were any drivers for the more recent IA64 systems anyway, so IA64 Linux boxes are probably still stuff at the Montvale level. I've not seen it on any of the 4 or 8 core chips.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The Red Dwarf chilli chutney egg sarnie

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Re: Oversold it, major fail!

But the Mrs is a Red Dwarf fan too, I know she must be she bought me all the boxed sets and she never buys my videos that she isn't keener to see than me. She even introduced the kids to Red Dwarf.

As for post beer munchies, back in the pre-married days the favourite was the good old cheese toasty. The question is how much cheese can you actually get to cook under the grill? How many times do you need to cook a layer before removing it from the grill, adding the next layer of cheese and toasting the next layer? How much thicker can you make the cheese layer than the bread? And I like doorsteps when it comes to bread.

Of course you can't transport good cheese is the ex-Sellafield transporters, it eats it's way out before it gets to Drigg.

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Behold: The touchy-feely future of Office on Windows 10 fondleslabs

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Re: It won't bloody help

> It's more efficient to use the mouse as little as possible as moving hands from keyboard to elsewhere slows you down.

:-)

And I complained about HP's abandonment of the IFS keyboard to switch to the PC keyboard layout as the Esc key is so damn far away and I used it all the time.

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It won't bloody help

I'm typing this on a 32" monitor and its at least 18" further away than the end of my fingers.

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Ubuntu smartphone to go on sale: It'll be harder to get than a new iPhone

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Harder to get than a new iPhone

That could be because its so much more desirable

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Zimmermann slams Cameron’s ‘absurd’ plans for crypto ban

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> So tell me Dave,

I think this is a question of ignorance on their part. They don't understand that it is not possible to have a secure conversation with your bank while not being able to have a secure conversation with other people. They don't understand that having a back door that GCHQ can open means that every other government around the world and half the criminal gangs too can also open at will.

The whole political class just doesn't seem to have the faintest clue about how technology works and they seem to be determined to listen to "advisers" who will tell them what they want to hear. This week it might be Dave, in a few weeks it might be Ed or Nigel or Nick, they all seem to act in the same way once they get a whiff of power.

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Supersonic Bloodhound car techies in screaming 650mph comms test

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Re: "Live HD Video"

> Too many engineers fail to consider latency.

It's all bandwidth bandwidth bandwidth and so often its latency that counts.

No putting the proxy server for the Sydney office in London is not a good idea, really it isn't. No I know you think you've got a fast Internet connection, but...

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Now we know why they aren't doing it in Blighty

The BiB would be after them for talking on the phone while driving.

At 1000MPH I'd have thought the drivers attention was needed rather a lot without getting junk phone calls. "Our records indicate you're been involved in a crash..."

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Tesla bumps up Model S P85D acceleration – with software update

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P85D

Is it only me or does calling it a P85D make it sound like some piece of HMRC paperwork?

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ICANN CEO criticizes domain 'hoggers'

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Would someone like to explain to me please

Just what is the difference between a cybersquatter and a domain investor?

Is it the price of their suits?

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Why so tax-shy, big tech firms? – Bank of England governor

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Re: What about the workers

Believe me, I chose those words very carefully. I wasn't trying to be tactful there. If you think of people as human resourses and you can see that an alternative cheaper resource can be used instead, then the business decision has to be to take out the costs. This has been being done for years, firstly it was people who used to do calculations by hand. Later we saw many people on assembly lines being replaced by automated equipment and if that didn't work, well there are cheaper people in another countries. But many tradishional "white collar" jobs have thought themselves safe. What Mark Carney was warning about was that those types of jobs will be in the firing line next and he finds the thought too close to home for comfort. Others have been in the firing line for years.

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Who's to blame?

If companies are not paying as much tax as people think they should then the politicians have failed. It is their responsibly to write laws to ensure that people and companies are charged the appropriate amounts of tax. It is then people and companies responsibility to abide by these laws. You can not blame someone for obeying the laws you wrote just because you don't like the result, you wrote the rules.

Clearly the international taxation system is no longer fit for purpose when the laws in place allow companies to avoid paying taxes that others have to pay.

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What about the workers

During the session Carney also expressed concerns over artificial intelligence and its "ability to displace cognitive jobs."

No one seemed to complain, or at least no one who really mattered, when computers/robot tools displaced humans performing manual tasks. Why should the world care if computers are allowed to displace bankers?

Get used to it.

If some programmer can work out how to do your job they'll find a way of getting a computer to do it and you can bet that some company will pay them to take you out.

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LEAKED: Samsung's iPHONE 6 KILLER... the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Ah, but will they

Have tossed out the bleeding S-Cal shit or at least allowed .ics files to be fed to Google calendar. S-Cal won't believe that I know people in timezones other than my own. My S4 is lucky never to have been thrown out the window/at the wall/...

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Windows 10: The Microsoft rule-o-three holds, THIS time it's looking DECENT

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Re: YOU WILL LOVE ME!!!

> We want people to love Windows on a daily basis,"

I think someone is seriously misunderstanding when I scream "F*&^ YOU!" at my computer

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US military finds F-35 software is a buggy mess

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Re: Skipping tests?

How familiar is that then?

We're running late, what's next of the schedule?

Testing.

Oh, let's skip that we don't want to miss a project date.

What happens if this critical system doesn't work then?

Oh, that'll be a new project

So we'll have to fix it later then?

Well someone will, I'll have got promoted because I brought this project in on time and on budget, so fixing it will be someone else problem.

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Facebook is MORE IMPORTANT to humanity than PORTUGAL

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Re: Self Importance?

Sod Benfica and pass the port my good man.

They make some mighty fine wines too.

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