* Posts by Rob Crawford

626 posts • joined 21 Mar 2007


How bin Laden thwarted US electronic surveillance

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At least it made him less likely to send a spur of the moment angry email to anybody

Mozilla refuses US request to ban Firefox add-on

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Hmmm, thats good

so the makers of browsers are now responsible for the actions of the browsers users?

Oracle subpoenas Apache in search of Google smoking gun

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What is the definition of mobile.

I mean what is the cut off point between mobile & desktop

My laptop is pretty damned mobile and my android phone has more power and ram than one of the desktop machines which is running as a firewall.

Iomega Home Media Network Cloud Edition 1TB drive

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Hate to say this

But the difference between an external USB drive adn a NAS is more than a bit of software and a network card.

What for example would the 'bit of software' run on ?

One-armed Maine residents whip out switchblades

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Not nessicary

considering there is no issues opening knives which either use thumb studs or are laid out in a similar a fashion to thecurrent version of the Leatherman Wave

Operation Ore was based on flawed evidence from the start

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<sigh> Grow up and learn to read Mr Anon coward

Considering the flawed evidence (actually lies) from the US investigator who faked the portal page.

No doubt the perfection of the US legal system prevented any innocents from being targeted?

Lets face it in the US anybody who is NOT rich & white who pleads non guilty is completely fucked.

Due to the plea bargain culture many US citizens believe that anybody brought before the courts must be guilty, after all (who would plea bargain if they where innocent and) the conviction rates say so. The prevalent view really is you are blamed for wasting the courts time if you plead not guilty and will be punished to the maximum extent.

At one point due to the number of UK citizens who accepted cautions (/me waves Pete Townsend) the operation was considered a great success at the time.

Considering the number of people in the UK who accepted cautions (without realising (or it being fully explained) that they where essentially pleading guilty) because their credit card details where found on a porn gateway (which (ironically) was only created to comply with US legislation)

Human heart could power an iPod

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Jobs Halo

No Doubt

that nice Mr Jobs will now lay claim to out internal orgams

Apple lands patent blow, but the slugfest continues

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Oh what a surprise

A US judge rules that a US company isn't infringing a foreign company patents.

Now that is a surprise.

BTW I do realise that the US patient system is a load of crap seemingly being able to patient anything (and seemingly prior art counting for nothing)

I want a Gallic shrug icon

Phantom Menace to be released in 3D next Feb

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Obi Wan: This is not the film you are looking for

Apple: If you're under 17, you can't use Opera

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Jobs Horns

According to Snapple

Opera have

Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes on Opera

I think they're actually referring to the internet not actually Opera

Europe confirms raids on ebook publishers

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ePub vs .mobi

I have a kindle & I don't feel locked in with it

If I get an ePub book I simple run it through kindlegen (supplied free by Amazon) and it converts, unless somebody has passed it through Calibre (because Calibre screws up the metatags)

I have shed loads of .pdf files and so far haven't had a single failure after passing it through free.kindle.com

No I'm not a fanboi I just have something that works and is easier on my eyes than any other ebook.

Anyway don't feed the trolls they can't even read

iTunes privacy hole shares library content with world+dog

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So iTunes for windows dosn't exist then

Well ok that saves me from the nightmares then

Man stabbed to death by chicken

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Hitchcock didn't use that plot twist

I must admit that the prospect of being killed by a another persons cock is a little more worrying than being killed by your own

Pavement hogging Segway rider convicted

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Since when

do cyclists ride on the road?

Never mind allowing segways on the road, how about prosecuting those ignorant two wheeled bastards that ride on the footpath, ignore traffic lights and pedestrian crossings.

Same as the fatability scooters that you see the old fat chavs crushing under their lardy arses, if they where disabled they wouldn't be able to shovel so much food down their gullets.

BTW I am all for cyclists as long as they actually pay some attention to other people (especially those who are not sitting in cars)

Prisoners cannibalise mice for mobile power

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Oh great glad to see my tax money isn't being wasted

I wish I has a PS3, a HD TV and the time to play with them

The Girl with the NSObject Class Reference tattoo

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Is there anything wrong with programme?

Yes there most certainly is if you watched a computer programme it would be set in the 1980s feature a BBC micro and have Lesley Judd presenting it

MOSSAD SPY VULTURE seized in Saudi Arabia

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Bloody titles


Hacker warning over internet-connected HDTVs

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Seems you are relatively uninformed then

I know the Sony Bravia range needed a software update when they used to refuse to come out of standby mode (apparently an overflow problem in a counter)

My Samsung certainly has the option for a software update and if I used the built in Freeview tuner I would probably carry out the update just to try and get something more usable (but I don't so I wont)

Mass mind control artist condemns El Reg to obscurity

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so you got the family round to help.

I mean really some of the nicest (and cleverest) people I have met have been fro the US but they have a healthy loathing for the right wing nutters

He's as bad as listening to some of the people (loosely used term) they have on CSPAN

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While the danger of being accused of a personal attack

To whoever gave the thumbs down for my comment:

Did you have to get somebody to explain my comment and to sign you in to click the button?

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Oh yeah

He's that guy that suffered from ritual self abuse

Top Ten Arcade Classics

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Sod Mortal Combat

it should have been Double Dragon, Donkey King, Spy Hunter, Xevious, Lunar Lander or Asteroids

But with the presence of Battle Zone and Defender I will mostly forgive you

Apple files patent for iPad weight loss

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And now for the traditional

/me shouts prior art

Where is the prior art icon/avatar/graphic/waste of space

Virgin demands ISPs end broadband speed 'con'

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Mr Branson!

As far as I am aware Virgin Media are not actually part of the Virgin Group, and that NTL paid the Virgin Group to allow use of the Virgin brand (Bransons group probably now have some minority stake in VM)

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I would ask the question

What is the bandwidth if the site you are trying to download from and how many users are downloading from it?

I often get users complaining that the internet is slow, and it turns out that there's 50 users (on our site alone) trying to connect to some obscure webcam which is connected to the internet via some tiny link.

Then the user states that they saw the link to the webcam from BoingBoing or something.

Even then the user will still insist that it's our corporate internet connection is crap.

<grumble> most users shouldn't be allowed to have machines, and that includes most IT depts <sulk>

Blogger faces terror charges for 'naming MPs'

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Dunno about a terrorist

but he does seem to be a bit of a nob.

But then by that thinking the staff of The Daily Mail, Express & Telegraph along with the majority of MPs would also be in the dock

So did Windows Phone 7 'bomb in US'?

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I would prefer the phrase

Devices with working encryption (of course I'm not thinking of the Apple VPN for example)

Firesheep developer poohpoohs mitigation tools

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You forgot about 'think of the children'

Americans whisk up 106 software jobs in Northern Ireland

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Yeah right

well do us a favour don't come back (if you where ever here in the first place)

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Err let me think

apart from getting away from the 'but nobody outside the home counties can do anything' attitude that exists?

How about educated and capable people who actually earn their money?

Sadly the mention of money also does also introduce the fact that people in NI are paid less.

Daily Mail rails at Street View in women's refuge wrongness

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I'm confused

How does streetview give away the location of womens refuges?

No I'm seriously wondering how.

I assume that very few refuges have banners or signs declaring that it's a refuge.

Faces are blurred and I certainly wouldn't know hw to tell if the blurred individuals where women requiring protection from an abusive partner (or family member) or a woman who isn't.

I assume that anybody who would recognise the refuge would already know where the said refuge is located.

I however am pleased that google have put some thought into the matter (unlike the Mail).

Surely a blank spot on a map is a pointer that there is something of interest (like the blank sections of the OS maps to keep military establishments secret)

3 bigs self up as biggest 3G network

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T-Mobile & Orange

I'm afraid Orange are only sharing 2G coverage with T-Mobile at the minute.

Which is Irritating as I have seldom have 3G with T-Mobile in Belfast (on the motorway is not a particularly useful location either).

However it has cleared up a couple of irritating 2G blind spots which I was suffering

Philip Green discovers ugly truth of government incompetence

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Some of the savings may not be so simple

I know the £2000 laptop price looks ridiculous but what spec are they:

If it's a laptop with a Flagstone drive installed then the machine will be bloody expensive, more so if there are any hardware keys required for the device.

Not quite so simple, same for the printer paper as you can't get your 'secure paper' in the local office supplies store.

Mind you such exceptions will not be that common in the overpriced government departments.

Fruitcake profs demand strict curbs on killer robots

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I think they left the k off the end

or perhaps it should be iCRAP

<sigh> kill them all (dear Public Prosecution service I of course mean kill all the killer robots that may be created and not the assholes being referred to in the article

Iran boasts of Stuxnet 'nuclear spies' arrests

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William Gibsons comments

on radio 4 this morning entertained me.

Basically stating that Iran didn't have a suitable infrastructure to protect it's equipment, unhappily it is also true of the west.

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myrtus ?

Alternatively it could refer to My RTUs where RTU means Remote Terminal Units which amazing enough is what the remote Siemens devices are known as.

Perhaps it was the Myans due to the date the worm is coded to self terminate.

Theres a few analyses out there

Cabinet Office agrees GCSx local council access terms

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Why in the name of god would anybody consult local government (or national government for that matter) about security?

It's like

Actually I can't think of a suitable simile without stealing from Blackadder.

This will probably alienate some public sector workers but they are either

1: the exception to the rule

2: simply don't know that they're crap

Intel confirms HDCP copy-protection crack

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Software isn't fast enough

Of course coming from an industry so in love with click & drag and the speedy applications java produces.

Even then theres always hardware or non realtime processing

Twitter airport bomb joker loses second job

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Personally I'm more worried about

the threat from the Muslin community.

I mean those cheesecloth guys are so dangerous.

Apple goes social with musical Ping

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Jobs Horns

Available immediately

unless you try to download it and then it says that I already have the newest version.

And that's when I follow the iTunes 10 link (and it's not even the Windows version I'm trying to get)

Good old apple (it's also fairly safe to assume that v10 will be even bigger and slower than ever)

Ellison wrestles Google to strangle 'unofficial' Java

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I'm confused

If Java is for non portable machines (specified in the article as desktops) then surely I should be running J2ME on this laptop.

Considering the awful shite Oracle inflict upon people with their java clients I hope oracle get completely fucked over

Germany bans BlackBerrys and iPhones on snooping fears

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Begs the question

will the 'elite' who have their communication devices actually consent to use a phone which has had camera, bluetooth, gps & wifi removed.

I understand the point of removing 3 out of 4 of these features, but the 'movers and shakers' want their premium features installed.

iTunes disses doctorates

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Ok you have a PhD get over it

Ton-up speed merchant blames dyslexia

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You sir are an arse

Yeah Mr Anon,

it would be trivial until somebody was killed by the afore mentioned cock and then you would have been whinging about where all the traffic cops where.

A car like a [more obvious item here] is a lethal weapon in the hands of an arsehole.

Personally I think he got off too lightly (terminal condition or not)

Pentagon Wikileaks probe reaches MIT

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That Lamo guy sounds like a bit of a tit

Certainly the Channel 4 presenter got a bit irritated listening a very tired and emotional Mr Lamo.

But does tired and emotion man medicated or pissed as a fart?

Satnav leaves family stranded in Outback for three days

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Next time

they should let the dogs to the driving & navigation

Futurologist defends 'malevolent dust' warning

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Well he would say that

If all else fails I suppose he could move into the alternative medicine market, they don't have to back their thought up with anything vaguely like reality either.

Czechs toast Bud-beating beer win

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A sensible decision for once

now is there any way they can have the US version classified as something other than beer?

There are decent American beers but Budweiser isn't one of them.

Papal crackdown on bare-kneed tourists sparks hypocrisy claims

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Well they have covered everything else up

Yeah the one with the Bumper Book of Snide Comments in the pocket

Apple patent seeks to reinvent retail

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to keep up with the travel theme

I'm going to patent feet and wheels

Oh bugger it I will just patent circles in general then I sue that smug moon that looks down at me.


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