* Posts by Fibbles

1421 posts • joined 28 Jan 2008

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Eggheads identify the last animal that will survive on Earth until the Sun dies

Fibbles

Re: Pfft, the last living thing on Earth will be lawyers...

Have you been exposed to a gamma ray burst that wasn't your fault?

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Windows Insiders with SD cards turn into OneDrive outsiders

Fibbles

Re: Sky blue, water wet, MS fucking over customers...

You forgot the anniversary update that messed up the partition table on dual boot systems. They subdivided the Windows partition to create a recovery partition but when rebuilding the partition table assumed anything with a filesystem that Windows doesn't native support was just empty space. Goodbye grub, goodbye Linux.

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Europe-wide BitTorrent indexer blockade looms after Pirate Bay blow

Fibbles

Re: Hi Andrew

Andrew and everyone who grew out of their teenage stick-it-to-the-man phase.

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Atlassian wants you to put all your eggs in one Bitbucket and beyond

Fibbles

Re: Atlassian's still happy for organisations to shop à la carte

You are Bryan Rollins and I claim my 5 pounds.

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EU axes geo-blocking: Upsets studios, delights consumers

Fibbles

Re: hurting pirates

As I pointed out in my post, we are by definition "pirates" when we format shift; therefore all that we paid for is "pirated".

While I'll admit the courts have confused the issue by bringing format shifting under the umbrella term of 'piracy' I doubt it is the definition most people would use. Piracy for myself, and I imagine most other people would be described as "obtaining copyrighted material you don't have a license for".

The idea that the masses of torrent sites exist mostly because of format shifters is ridiculous. As I said before, they exist because people want free shit.

You are assuming we don't pay for what we pirate.

It's a fairly valid assumption when you go on to say only a few lines later:

It is certainly true that I don't pay for all that I "pirate" but that's because ever so much that I download isn't worth paying for.

Another favourite shield excuse of the freetard. It completely ignores the fact that the value proposition of a movie, book, game, etc changes after the first use. Usually a film is worth less to the viewer on the second viewing because they already know what's going to happen. People are much less likely to pay for content they've already consumed, regardless of how much they enjoyed it the first time. That doesn't mean the first viewing shouldn't still be paid for.

The people with the "bullshit excuses" are companies like Sony and their secret Rootkit that voided the warranty on my quite expensive CD player.

That was over a decade ago. I remember at the time the bullshit excuse on this forum was along the lines of "if only they'd sell music without DRM, piracy would disappear". Publishers then went on to sell music without DRM. Lo and behold, piracy continued; almost as if the DRM argument was some sort of bullshit excuse to mask just wanting things for free.

As I said before, there'll always be some sort of flimsy excuse for piracy. People understandably want to take shit for free but they also want to feel morally justified whilst doing it. It doesn't matter the mental gymnastics involved to get to that point. For most pirates there'll always be "one last hurdle" before they pay for their content.

FWIW the music industry pissed me off so much with their bullshit that I now only purchase mainstream music second-hand. I do buy new from musicians selling their own material; they're cheaper and I know where the money is going.

That's some serious hipster nonsense right there. You'll only buy artisanal music sold by the musician themselves? So any form of production network suddenly makes them not worthy of your cash? Where do you draw the line? Anything other than individually burned CD-Rs in hand-drawn sleeves is the evil work of Big Music?

BTW, it's considered quite bad form to invent quotes

"Hurr Durr, I'm gonna treat a random internet forum like debate club and point out what I think are fallacies mostly because I can't tell the difference between a sarcastic but accurate summation of my point and a strawman. For my next trick I'm gonna nitpick about your grammatical errors before finally transforming into Spectacularly Refined Gent. Good day to you Sir!"

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Fibbles

Re: hurting pirates

Most who pirate a lot also purchase a lot.

If you say so. If they don't purchase what they pirate what difference does it make though?

If you only pay for half of what you consume that isn't somehow magically made OK because you also happen to consume a lot.

It also depends on how you define "piracy".

"We're all format shifters. Honest, gov!"

I highly doubt that. I can accept people are going to pirate even though they shouldn't. I just wish they'd stop inventing such bullshit excuses for doing so.

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Fibbles

Re: hurting pirates

Some pirate simply because the can

Many pirate because they are pissed off being unable to pay

I think you've got your adjectives the wrong way around there. If we're being realistic, most pirate because they don't want to pay for something when they can easily get it for free. While there are definitely some that pirate because of geoblocking, delayed regional releases and DRM, who then go on to later buy the product; for most its just a convenient excuse to try to legitimise their actions. The numbers of seeds doesn't suddenly drop to zero once a TV show has been released in all regions. I suspect that for many pirates there'll always be "just one last hurdle" that needs to be overcome before they'll pay for content.

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Linux homes for Ubuntu Unity orphans: Minty Cinnamon, GNOME or Ubuntu, mate?

Fibbles

Re: XFCE

Another happy XFCE user here. Switched to Xubuntu when unity was released and haven't looked back.

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BOFH: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back

Fibbles

With the BOFH there no, so I assume some sort of Star Trek fight to the death scene needs to take place before the PFY replaces the BOFH.

Stephen: Did you ever hear the tragedy of BOFH The Wise?

James: No?

Stephen: I thought not. It’s not a story the HR would tell you. It’s an IT legend. BOFH was a Dark Lord of IT, so powerful and so wise he could influence management to increase budgets… He had such a knowledge of the dark side, he could even keep the ones he cared about from being sacked for gross misconduct.

James: He could actually save people from summary termination?

Stephen: The dark side is a pathway to many defenestrative abilities some consider to be... unethical.

James: What happened to him?

Stephen: He became so powerful… the only thing he was afraid of was losing his power, which eventually, of course, he did. Unfortunately, he taught his apprentice everything he knew, then his apprentice had him sacked for embezzlement and use of a cattle-prod without completing the necessary risk assessment paperwork. Ironic. He could save others, but not himself.

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Apple, Mozilla kill API to deplete W3C battery-snitching standard

Fibbles

Re: It's one standard in a long row of idiotic web standards

If mainstream browsers would only implement essential features, web developers wouldn't use all that cruft.

They'd still use all the cruft. It'd just be implemented with proprietary plugins.

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Windows 10 market share fell in September

Fibbles

Breaking news:

Accumulation of floating point errors gives el reg excuse to write clickbait.

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The server's down. At 3AM. On Christmas. You're drunk. So you put a disk in the freezer

Fibbles

Re: "decorations will be up"

Christmas Puddings are already out on the shelves.

I'd happily eat Christmas pudding year round so this is no bad thing. I'm not sure it outweighs having to put up with neighbours plastering their houses in fairy lights on November 6th though.

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Days are numbered for the Czech Republic

Fibbles

If the name change is solely for the purpose of advertising then I'd say Bohemia is the most marketable name in that list. They could have even changed the national anthem to Queen. It would have certainly made the start of international football games more interesting.

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Double KO! Capcom's Street Fighter V installs hidden rootkit on PCs

Fibbles

Re: So that's M Bison's new power

Seems like something more at home in a Metal Gear game. When Psycho Mantis first read the contents of my PS1 memory card it blew my mind.

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Pull the plug! PowerPoint may kill my conference audience

Fibbles

Re: A quick thought

Convert each slide to a JPG image. Most media players can handle photo slideshows.

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Virgin Media costs balloon by MEEELLIONS in wake of Brexit

Fibbles

Re: Another Illustration of the Fact...

The employees can vote for whoever they like, it's a secret ballot after all.

It's not as secret as you might think. There needs to be some sort of tracking mechanism to aid in investigations of electoral fraud.

Each ballot slip has a serial number and records are kept matching voters to serial numbers. The slips themselves are stored in a government warehouse for a year before being destroyed.

It's very possible for the government to find out who you voted for. Considering the reports of lax security around the used ballot slips it wouldn't surprise me if, after greasing the right palms, private parties could find out who you voted for.

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Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

Fibbles
Trollface

Re: "We've reached out to Google to ask "

Glad to see you'll be actioning this change going forward.

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Fibbles

Re: Google is copying Microsoft

I think you've got that the wrong way around. Microsoft have been trailblazers of many shady practices over the years but mass harvesting of personal info is definitely something they learned from Google.

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UK's EE scores network reliability clean sweep, rival dwarves fume

Fibbles

Re: One thing is for sure

I suspect EE throttles their traffic heavily at peak times. In central Birmingham 4G EE gives about 100 KBytes/s whereas Three gives around 4 MBytes/s.

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Adobe reverses decision to kill NPAPI Flash plugin for Linux

Fibbles

Re: Dan 55

All good points. However, whilst get_iplayer is a great program I don't think it should let the Beeb off the hook for their shoddy Linux support.

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Fibbles

Re: Bad

But, but... If the skip button was a plain hyperlink you might never load the intro. If you do that how else will we share with you the main buzzwords of our mission statement? It is imperative that we tell you about how we work with the community to promote synergy; how we leverage our visionary product to promote organic growth. If you don't see these words floating next to stock photos of smiling people you may never realise that we are innovative and disruptive thought-leaders. How will you know that our paradigm shifting business is a game changer that will cause the entire industry to pivot? How will you know?

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It's OK to fine someone for repeating a historical fact, says Russian Supreme Court

Fibbles

They might be a member of the ECHR but it's no guarantee they'll adhere to any ruling.

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Watch SpaceX's rocket dramatically detonate, destroying a $200m Facebook satellite

Fibbles

Re: cant see much

arrayAllEngines[9].Start(); // Start the engine in the middle of stage 1

Is this supposed to start all 9 engines or just the 9th? Because it fails at both.

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Fibbles

Re: Facebook Satellite

"Here's what I think of the new WhatsApp terms and conditions." - Elon Musk

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If you haven't changed your Dropbox password for 4 years, do so now

Fibbles

Re: Sounds fishy to me

Pick a reasonably long eBook and keep it on your phone. Pick a random line number, e.g. line 7 of every page. Every time you need a password pick a random page of the book and use line 7. Then instead of remembering a very long password just remember the page number.

It's not a secure enough method for government work or anything like that but it'll do for most people's private email, forum accounts, etc.

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Linux turns 25, with corporate contributors now key to its future

Fibbles

Re: Linux control to proprietary entities, particularly Microsoft

If there really was some immense conspiracy to remove Linus from the process why wouldn't they just fork the kernel? There's no reason anyone has to listen to Torvalds, they do so by choice.

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You shrunk the database into a .gz and the app won't work? Sigh

Fibbles

We had an American colleague fly to Iceland instead of Ireland. Only realised it when he got into a taxi at Reykjavik and asked to be taken to Dublin city centre.

Ok, just a second whilst I get the pontoons and outboard motor from the boot.

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Londoner jailed after refusing to unlock his mobile phones

Fibbles

Re: Hmm

Antique guns are perfectly legal in the UK though the definition of 'antique' is vague. The police usually go with anything pre WWII. Ammunition for these guns requires a licence though.

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Chinese Android smartphone firm: It packs a dedicated crypto chip

Fibbles

Re: Cool

It has to be vague to protect industrial secrets. Can't have the competition finding out about their amazing triple ROT13 encryption algorithm.

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

Fibbles

Re: Nobody stopped and asked the question; 'Do we need to remake Star Trek?'

Air on vulcan......?

I'm sorry, but that, is just such a classic 'comic book guy' post,...

"Uh, yeah, well, whenever you notice something like that... a wizard did it."

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Fibbles

Re: Nahh, the old Star Trek was for nerds...

Didn't they do an episode of Next Gen where most of the crew were obsessed with some silly game?

As best I remember it was also an augmented reality game. You may be onto something...

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Since you love Flash so much, Adobe now has TWO versions for you

Fibbles
Mushroom

Take off and nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

Edit: Bah, beaten to it.

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Theresa or Teresa May? Twitter confuses nude model and new PM

Fibbles

Teresa May's Punishment Party

I'm sure James Murdoch is awaiting his invite with bated breath.

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A bad day for DBAs: MIT boffins are replacing you with a mere spreadsheet

Fibbles

Re: SIEUFERD

Sie Ferd.

If you speak German and Norwegian I guess you could take it to mean 'they journey'. It describes what your queries will be doing through the database.

My consultancy fee will be with your office momentarily.

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Oracle says it is 'committed' to Java EE 8 – amid claims it quietly axed future development

Fibbles

Re: Die Java Die

Whilst you wouldn't write your typical application program in it, you can't get at those special purpose instructions even in C.

I suppose that depends on if you count using the asm keyword as writing in C or writing in assembler.

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Bacon is not my vodka friend

Fibbles

Used to have something similar back in ye olde student days to be used for dares, drinking games and the like.

Black liquorice Sambuca infused with Ghost Chillis. We called it Devil's Blood.

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Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

Fibbles

Re: Be careful what you wish for...

So much this.

Instead of trying to convince Leave voters why they should actually vote Remain, the campaign spent a great deal of time decrying anyone with a differing opinion as a racist. Sure, some of them undoubtedly are racist but the majority are likely just disturbed by endless media scare stories of mass immigration and repressive EU regulations. Insulting people is no way to win a debate.

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Fibbles

Re: Anti-democratic?

And if Remain wins next time will we let Leave call for another referendum just to make sure of the result? Best two out of three? Or if the result is still not what you want, three out of five?

At some point you've got to accept that no matter how shit the result, it's not going to change. Personally I'm hoping we'll at least join the EEA. It fulfils the demands of the referendum by leaving the EU but mitigates a lot of the financial fallout.

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Fibbles

Re: wtf?

Come on now, 15 years is fairly reasonable. If you've been away that long you're not likely to be coming back. Most host countries will offer naturalization after being resident for less than 10 years.

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Fibbles

Re: 4Chan pranked

The amount of middle aged and older people I saw on election day asking why we used pencils instead of pens really lead me to despair. How can you get to that age and never have been in a polling station before?

I'd say better late than never but I'm still pissed off about the result. If only the under 30s had embraced democracy with such vigour...

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Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

Fibbles

Yeah, if only there could be some possible lingua franca apart from English, eh?

The original Lingua Franca, from which the term derived, died out centuries ago. It was mostly based on Italian.

So long as the USA is the world's preeminent power, English will be the world's first choice for conducting trade and diplomacy. It would be very odd for the EU not to keep their politicians and bureaucrats in practice.

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Tech firms reel from Leave's Brexit win

Fibbles

Re: " with a third of its staff in the UK from overseas"

Priti is a woman's name...

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Tor torpedoed! Tesco Bank app won't run with privacy tool installed

Fibbles

Re: Best security practice

Don't use a banking app on Android in the first place.

Every sane OS is patched at least monthly, if not more often as bugs and security holes are found. Most phones one per year if you are lucky for core OS parts, occasionally more often for app and that often asks for more permissions.

I don't know where you're getting your info from. I've got a Motorola which received an update to Lollipop and then later Marshmallow. I still regularly receive updates to Marshmallow. The OS also gives me granular control over app permissions; I don't have to allow everything to install an update.

I'd say modern Android is a pretty secure OS. Of course you're much more likely to get pwned if you're browsing porn sites with it or installing apps from warez.cn but that's true of any OS. Even if someone does gain control of your phone I don't understand your fear of banking apps. The most any attacker would be able to do is view your balance or transfer money to a pre-approved list of recipients. You need to use a separate card reader to authorize anything else.

To be honest your post is another example of the self-congratulatory Luddite circle-jerk that seems to happen far too often on these forums.

"Kids using banking apps? Pah! When I was their age we had to walk FIFTEEN miles, uphill, both ways, just to find the bank was closed!"

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Sneaky brown dwarf gives us a bright flash and astroboffins are confused

Fibbles
Coat

That could only be true if the emissions were of black light.

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Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

Fibbles

Re: Champagne Cider

The exclusive right to the name Champagne for a sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region of France is protected under the International Regulation of Marks, aka the Madrid System under a treaty of 1891 and specifically reaffirmed in the Treaty of Versailles.

Does the exclusive right to the Champagne name only extend to sparkling wines? If so that'd explain why the wine producers haven't sued the Champagne Cognac producers. It'd make for an interesting legal battle since AFAIK the Champagne regions in south-west France have been making brandy longer than the Champagne region in north-west France has been making sparkling wine.

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Scots denied Saltire emoji

Fibbles

Re: Adventurous

And? That's still less than half.

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Fibbles

Re: 2 x Twats!

Found the nationalist. Now, where do I claim my £5?

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Belgian brewery lays 3.2km beer pipeline

Fibbles

The alcohol content if beer isn't anywhere near high enough to be antiseptic. Beer is basically liquid bread and is a perfect breeding ground for all sorts of micro-organisms.

Presumably you've heard the old tale that people used to make beer because it was safer than drinking the water. However, this is because part of the brewing process involves boiling the water, not because the beer contains alcohol.

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