* Posts by Jason Bloomberg

2107 posts • joined 8 Mar 2008

Your Twitter app stopped working? Here's why

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Who's Muffin The Mule?

I'm not particularly interested in Twitter but the BBC News RSS feeds have been playing silly buggers today. I don't know what the BBC has been doing of late but they seem to be breaking things all over the place.

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Why is my cheapo Android red hot and switching off Wi-Fi?

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"The device grew hot in his pocket, the battery life rapidly dwindled"

I have had that with my older Android phones. Problem solved by disabling all Google Play Services.

I don't know what they were doing but they could kill my phone in just a day. Now reliably back to a week or more of standby.

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Can, can, can you buy it, CANCOM? Brexit's made it cheap(er), man: Firm inks OCSL deal

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Rule Britannia

I am wondering if there will be any business left in Britain after Brexit which could legitimately be called British.

RCL probably, if one can call it a business.

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ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

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Indiegogo won't do anything, because they can't.

That didn't stop them saying they would do something when they couldn't.

I guess that offering of false hope was purely damage limitation, hoping to come out of this shitfest smelling of roses

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IPv6: It's only NAT-ural that network nerds are dragging their feet...

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Re: Second class netizen

It appears that the engineers were not consulted and the IPv6 protocol was designed to be incompatible with IPv4 - not a good idea.

A very bad idea and why IPv6 has mostly been ignored.

People will move with the times, adapt to new features being added, but most are reluctant to take a huge jump sideways into new territory. Expecting anyone to put aside all they have learned and begin again from scratch is a huge ask, and especially when the need cannot be demonstrated.

I would probably be using IPv4+ now if it existed. I have barely even looked at using IPv6.

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Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

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Re: A bit much...

As a photographer I've had photos taken and used by 3rd party websites and so far I've never had to sue.

This photographer did not have to either. But by doing so he has established case law which will make life easier for every photographer and rights holder in the future.

Fair enough; you got yourself sorted out. This photographer went the extra mile and helped everyone else.

Cheers mate.

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Microsoft's cheapo Surface: Like a netbook you can't upgrade

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Re: what's the price?

£379 inc VAT when I went to look -

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/surface/8V9DP4LNKNSZ

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Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears

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Re: I can't blame Epic for doing this...

And I am hoping the message back to Google is that they need to negotiate their Playstore take with developers like Epic that can bring millions of customers and have strong brand equity outside of the Google Playstore.

"You need us more than we need you" has worked out well enough for Amazon's dealings with HMRC.

Not working out quite so well for brexit though.

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Boffins build a NAZI AI – wait, let's check that... OK, it's a grammar nazi

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Yadda, Yadda, Yoda

Wake me up when it gets to the advanced stage when it can figure out if and means and or and means or and or means or or or means and and quite possibly both.

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UK 'fake news' inquiry calls for end to tech middleman excuses, election law overhaul

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Re: 'Fake news'

I recall a headline in a certain popular newspaper on "4,000 foreign murderers and rapists in the UK"

I recall front page headlines and articles labelling 16 million people as traitors, saboteurs, and enemies of the people, simply for having an opinion they didn't find acceptable.

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Shock Land Rover Discovery: Sellers could meddle with connected cars if not unbound

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Ho hum

One would have expected it to be a simple "Bring it into your local dealer with your paperwork. They'll reset everything for free while you enjoy a complementary cup of tea. And here's a nice glossy brochure and a voucher for 20% off your next service. Welcome to the JLR family".

I guess that's too much like good customer service.

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Rights group launches legal challenge over London cops' use of facial recognition tech

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Articles 8, 10 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights

We had best enjoy them while we can. Once we have brexited, reclaimed our sovereignty, withdrawn from the ECHR to allow the government and its agencies to do whatever they bloody-well like, we will have to lump it.

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HPE supercomputer is still crunching numbers in space after 340 days

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Re: Rad Hard

No pun intended, but it does seem a bit hit and miss. Some people throw cheap off-the-shelf microcontrollers up in CubeSats and the like with no particular protection and suffer no problems at all, hardware nor software. Others aren't so lucky.

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I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit

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Re: I was pro-remain, but this really is "Project Fear" at work.

Raab has been labelling the EU's harsh assessment of hard brexit as "unhelpful". Not wrong mind you. And he is saying he is preparing for all eventualities, including things like food shortages, riots in the streets, and twenty mile tailbacks into Dover if truckers haven't fallen victim to starvation or rampaging mobs, all the while laughing that off as "never going to happen".

I would bet, if he was asked if plans have been made to impose martial law, he would not say no.

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UK spies broke law for 15 years, but what can you do? shrugs judge

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They're okay by me

Can I just remind GCHQ and friends that the people you need to be watching are above and below and elsewhere. No need to waste your time spying on me. Thank you. You're doing a great job.

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Google Chrome: HTTPS or bust. Insecure HTTP D-Day is tomorrow, folks

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Two wrongs don't make a right

At the end of the proverbial day I guess it will come down to whether people consider Google being more wrong to 'block sites' than sites are to not upgrade to https.

I suspect most people won't have an absolutist view and will just consider the greater wrong to be that Chrome doesn't have an option to turn the feature off.

And it's no good telling people Letsencrypt certificates are free while also telling them that if they aren't paying for something then they are the product.

I am somewhat surprised there's not been more of a Net Neutrality argument raised against Google's decision.

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What if tech moguls brewed real ale?

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DevOps

Old slops served up as new.

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British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage

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Re: How can knowing which platform a train leaves from be a security problem?

I can think of several ways I could abuse this knowledge if I were so inclined, generally involving timers planted well ahead of time.

If I were inclined to target a specific train at a certain time I'd just choose another station elsewhere on the line where there isn't the opportunity to switch platforms at the last minute. Or anywhere the multiple tracks into platforms converge into fewer.

Or plant my device at departure, or along the journey, or at whichever platform it does eventually arrive at.

It seems to me that any reduction in genuine security threat by not announcing in advance which platform will be used is at best minimal and more a convenient excuse for not knowing.

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Ah, British summer. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the internet is on the fritz

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Talking of bright things in the sky

The Internet. Supposedly resilient enough to keep itself going in the event of nuclear war. In practice unable to keep granny on-line when confronted with the mighty power of the JCB.

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You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

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Meh

The in-line advertising messes up my GreaseMonkey scripts which removes all the stuff I don't want to see, leaves swathes of nothingness and unaligned article boxes but I guess I can live with it.

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Microsoft's TextWorld gives AI a Zork-like challenge

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Re: Cheating...

If I understand correctly; TextWorld is primarily the game assembling and interaction handler, not the game solving part.

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Fix this faxing hell! NHS told to stop hanging onto archaic tech

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"baa-ruhr-reee-uh-reeee-uh-reee"

May I also give a warm welcome to Kai; last of the Brunnen-G.

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Former wig-wearing Twitterphobe replaces Hancock as UK.gov's Secretary of Fun

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Rats ahoy, me hearties!

"Brexiteers jump ship faster than proverbial shit off a brick"

There don't seem to be that many jumping nor particularly quickly.

Things may change over the coming days but I doubt it. Only a small minority actually want a hard brexit. The notion that everyone who voted to leave wants a hard brexit and 17.4 million will storm Parliament or Downing Street if they don't get it is a brexiteer invention, only believed by Kippers and Daily Express commentards.

Most leavers wanted a return to a trading partnership without EU politics and federal ambitions. Most remainers accept that as the second-best option. We were therefore always going to end up in some kind of vassal state; people knew that, it was just a question of extent.

People might not like May's specific plan but, even if they think it's keeping us too far in, most will still view it as preferable to a hard brexit. The brexiteers are sunk. And they probably know it.

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ZX Spectrum reboot firm boss delays director vote date again

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Indiegogo are proving themselves as much a joke as RCL

"Indiegogo's promised debt collectors have yet to materialise"

That's not surprising. I have long noted Indiegogo will need to have legal grounds to be able to do that and it's not at all clear what they would be. I don't believe they have any.

Anyone can 'send the lads round', or instruct a solicitor to write a letter, to politely ask for money but that will most likely just elicit a "Fuck off; take me to court if you think you have a case". It is of course even easier to threaten to send the lads round and then not do that.

I can only imagine Indiegogo over-promised on what they could and would do in the hope of protecting themselves when the shit finally hits the fan, so they can assert they went the extra mile on behalf of those who have waved goodbye to their money.

I expect Indiegogo have recognised how potentially damaging this fiasco is going to be for themselves and the entire crowd funding business.

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Foot lose: Idiot perv's shoe-mounted upskirt vid camera explodes

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Re: The real question is: did he want to get arrested?

I'm guessing he thought he had some legitimate complaint that he'd been ripped off and/or injured by the guy who had sold him the camera, was expecting the cops to take a greater interest in that than what he had bought it for.

I could have told him it wouldn't end well. When I strapped my Panasonic M1 VHS camcorder to my foot all I got was torn ligaments. But at least the sealed lead acid batteries didn't explode. Proper technology that; not dangerous magic moonbeams compacted in a foil wrapper.

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Potato, potato. Toma6to, I'm going to kill you... How a typo can turn an AI translator against us

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Re: Time to do things the easier way

idioms and meanings are all slightly different between human languages

I'll be checking that momentarily.

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Re: Hmmm

Written English has a huge amount of redundancy -

Sm mstks r sr t crct thn thrs. Fr hmns nywy.

Adding in anything extra to help with context or clarification makes it progressively easier to understand. And speaking what's written with a Scottish accent often helps in my experience.

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Not OK Google: Massive outage turns smart home kit utterly dumb

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On the eighth day machine just got upset

So does this explain why it's so damned hot round here, dogs are dying in cars, and the Pennines are on fire?

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Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops

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Re: Full marks for dedication

// Could have built his own submarine

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Re: Psycho creeps will always be with us.

People defending their families in their own homes should not be subject to arrest. Arrest for anything ever invalidates things like the USA visa waiver elligibility, and that very much does mess with your employment opportunities - at least in the City.

That comes down to the fuckwitts of America not being able to understand that arrest is not the same as being charged nor the same as being convicted.

America's stupidity is not a good reason to change our perfectly good due process procedures. It is however one of many good reasons to think about wanting to go there.

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White House calls its own China tech cash-inject ban 'fake news'

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Re: It's worse than that

Trump's long term legacy could well be to repeat the pattern of the decline of the British Empire.

A good many people who want to see global change and a collapse of what there currently is are quietly quite happy about what Trump is doing.

Railing against Trump, causing him to double-down on what he's doing, booing when he does, while cheering inside, has become a refined form of performance art - Give a man a rope and watch him hang himself with it.

After years of pushing for change and getting nowhere it really does prove that if one wants to break something the best way to do that is from the inside.

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On Kaspersky’s 'transparency tour' the truth was clear as mud

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They hate us and want to kill us

"The "America wants to destroy us" argument was delivered with broad brush strokes, but zero evidence".

That America and others in the west demonise and seek to ban them without producing credible evidence for doing so suggests to me Kaspersky are correct in their assessment.

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Uber's London licence appeal off to flying start: No, you cannot do driver eye tests via video link

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Judge Uber on its record

607 drivers dismissed, 221 immediately suspended on public safety grounds.

I imagine Uber will claim that shows they were doing a grand job of keeping on top of any problems which arise but I'm wondering what sort of job they were doing that those problems arose in the first place.

I would hope we would all have preferred those Uber drivers convicted of rape and assault to have never been allowed to become Uber drivers in the first place.

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Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today

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Those were the days my friend.

"Windows 98 is regarded as the pinnacle of the Windows 9x era, with an update shipping the following year in the form of Windows 98 SE (Second Edition) including a number of minor enhancements such as the inclusion of Internet Explorer 5".

I recall significant improvements for 98SE were far better support for USB devices, DVD support plus Internet Connection Sharing. It was a long time ago but I recall it being a more major upgrade than is being suggested.

Those were the days when people welcomed Windows 'improvements' and I recall 98SE being roundly applauded by near everyone. How things have changed.

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Trainee techie ran away and hid after screwing up a job, literally

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Re: Let's call him Jacob, for no particular reason...

Opposite problem for me; too impatient to get a proper removal tool or fiddle with a screwdriver to remove an IC from its socket I decided to pull it out with my finger tips on each end. My cry of "Fuck! That hurts!" as it pivoted and embedded itself in my thumb like a vampire with 18 tiny teeth drew so much attention that running away to hide what I had done was never really an option.

That, and touching a soldering iron tip to check it had cooled down before packing it away, were two mistakes never repeated.

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Cops: Autonomous Uber driver may have been streaming The Voice before death crash

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Except in this case she wasn't "driving". She was a sack of meat in the drivers seat and probably as bored shitless as many passengers become when being driven.

Maybe she should have been more attentive but you can't just throw a driver in a driver seat doing nothing for hours on end and expect them to react as if they had been driving for all that time.

That is an unreasonable expectation to start with and did Uber even test her attentiveness before putting her in that situation? Was the true situation explained to her or was she misled into believing she simply had to sit there and everything would be fine, that her responsibilities were less than they turned out to be?

There are a lot of unanswered questions but it seems to me there is demonisation and a witch hunt against this 'driver' with some people determined to have her held to blame for the death for various agenda reasons.

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Shared, not stirred: GCHQ chief says Europe needs British spies

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Re: Barnier bombastic bullshit

He claims that he is not trying to punish England, but this is exactly what he is doing.

I am still being punished for resigning my gym membership; they still won't let me use their equipment, keep dragging me out.

On top of that I'm now being punished by my insurance company who say I have to cover the cost of my claim myself just because I refused to pay for their policy.

I say "punished", but they keep saying "consequences". Arseholes.

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UK footie fans furious as Sky Broadband goes TITSUP: Total inability to stream unfair penalties

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Re: Well, what do you expect...

Live TV over the internet is a really seriously fucking dumb idea. THAT'S WHAT TV MASTS ARE FOR. They can transmit to literally millions of people AT THE SAME TIME.

In some alternative universe, where they invented an internet first, there is probably some geek being hailed a genius for figuring out how much money and bandwidth could be saved by having a single point transmission system to millions, raised on to a pedestal for realising whole continents could be served by a single satellite.

I don't mind. I don't watch much football and when I do it's on the TV. That gives me two hours of downloading 4K movie rips so they're ready to go when the game's over. That means less inconvenience for me :)

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How to stealthily poison neural network chips in the supply chain

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Manipulating results

The doctors surgeries round my way already seems to be prototyping the system. Everyone going in seems to come out having been diagnosed with a lifetime need to take statins or metformin.

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Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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Re: Oneway screws

most extension blocks in the UK use these nasty pieces

If you can't get them out by simply applying vertical force while turning them; the heads can usually be drilled away, the extension assembly pulled apart, the screws removed with a Mole Wrench.

They are mainly for health and safety, to stop idiots taking apart things they shouldn't be taking apart.

Mine's the one with the cut-down 6" nail 'fuse' in the pocket.

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Re: Devil's Advocate

And what happens if you try to charge it from the mains without using some kind of AC to low voltage DC adapter*.

I would guess that's mostly done for shits and giggles to see how the owner handles it when they find they can't get their super-secure lock open and have to take the whole door and frame out.

In this case though; not so much of a problem.

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Indiegogo lawyer asks ZX Spectrum reboot firm: Where's the cash?

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Sending the lawyer's letter

I expect Indiegogo's letter from their lawyers demanding RCL refund backers will attract the same response as my sending a letter to them would.

It will be a curt "Fuck off. It really has got nothing to do with you. You have no legitimate legal grounds to make us do what you demand. Take us to court".

It reminds me of the Not The Nine O'Clock News parody of That's Life -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2QZprRgxDc&t=50

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Apple will throw forensics cops off the iPhone Lightning port every hour

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Does not compute

"Law enforcement and security teams are unlikely to be the only people affected. iPhone peripherals have industrial and medical uses - and DJs had better not wander too far from the decks"

Surely any owner who wants to allow an ongoing data connection will simply disable the 'disconnect after an hour' function?

That may be an inconvenience but not much of a problem. Apple could even arrange for a pop-up to remind users that they will be disconnected if they don't change settings whenever they connect to hardware which desires a persistent connection.

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Woman sues NASA for ownership of vial of space dust

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Re: Heavy handed treatment for possession of dirt

On a lighter note, how did the astronauts get their trophies past officialdom in the first place?

It was presumably a different place back then, when things were more relaxed, less lawyered-up. I imagine if an astronaut asked if they could keep some physical memento of their ventures it was often simply 'sure, why not'.

Only later did they come to see that The Precious had escaped their clutches and, since then, seem to have ruthlessly attempted to take back everything they can.

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Hear that? Of course it's Indiegogo's deadline for a Vega+ whooshing by

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Re: I'm wondering...

So is Indiegogo a shop?

We will never know until we have a judgement on that and we won't get that unless someone takes them to court.

I am certain Indiegogo will claim they are not liable for non-delivery and non-completion of ventures, have no obligation to refund, but a court could find differently.

I suspect it was not wanting to risk the court finding Indiegogo liable which had them suggesting they would get backer's money back on their behalf as part of the effort of avoiding disgruntled backers taking them to court.

If crowdfunding facilitators can be held liable for failed ventures that will change the entire landscape of crowdfunding. The best which can come out of this sorry affair is that we may get better legal clarity on what responsibilities and liabilities are for all parties.

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Re: Think of it as a donation, not a purchase

Crowdfunding is great.

More correctly: Crowdfunding is great when the backer gets what they consider acceptable for what they invested.

It's also great when backers don't get what they expected but they understood the risks of their investment.

It's not so great when backers don't understand what they are getting into and that's compounded by those facilitating crowdfunding not being entirely transparent and ruthlessly honest about what they are getting into.

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Re: I'm wondering...

I would very much doubt it. I am quite sure Indiegogo were acutely aware they could be on the hook for a lot of money if they made themselves responsible for non-deliveries of products and made sure their legal Ts&Cs excluded disappointed backers making claims against them.

It's the old "I'm only a facilitator, any contract is between you and them, nothing to do with me" get-out.

And, if that's the case, it likely means Indiegogo has no authority to recuperate backers' monies or force refunds to be made, has no authority to act on backers' behalf.

"We will be working with a collections agency to attempt to recoup funds disbursed, in an effort to be able to refund backers" also suggests to me that Indiegogo has very little legal leverage to force RCL into giving refunds. The best they can do is ask RCL nicely to do so, or 'send the boys round' to ask nicely.

I have experienced collection agents arriving in the hope of getting money and it's always "piss off; take us to court if you think you have a case". I can't see RCL responding any differently.

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Fingered: Pants-down 'poo jogger' alleged to be corp exec

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The question begged is...

Why?

Was it simply a deliberate act of obnoxiousness or something else, more necessity and lack of other facilities?

The Pope is Catholic and Paula Radcliffe shits in the street.

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Clock blocker: Woman sues bosses over fingerprint clock-in tech

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Re: Stupidity

This is a really stupid use for biometrics. What's wrong with a badge?

That provoked a flashback to my school days and being made to provide answers as to why round manhole covers are better than square. I would have thought anyone reading El Reg would be able to produce many compelling reasons why it's better than badges, could role play selling the fingerprint system as advantageous over badges.

People rarely misplace fingers, they tend to always be where they usually are, no one forgets to take them with them. Fingerprints don't really wear out, damaging them is usually self-rectifying, and losing fingers is hopefully rare. They can't be easily lent to others, they tend to come with the person and don't have to be created separately, and we usually carry around our own spares.

Thinking on how badges would be better than fingers: Being not so easy to slide up backsides avoids unexpected surprises and lawsuits. They can carry human readable information and can be checked without requiring technology. They probably make for better bookmarks if wanting to put a book down.

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