* Posts by steward

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New science upsets calculations on sea level rise, climate change

steward
Mushroom

I think they need to get out of the ivory tower...

Take US 206 south to I-295 south, take that over to I-195 East, then take NJ State Hwy 138 over to NJ State Hwy 35, take a turn into Belmar, NJ, and view the scenic destruction.

Then they can come up with an explanation for it that fits reality into their theories.

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Ten technology FAILS

steward
Facepalm

Bob...

A lot of screwy-looking boxes.

I think it's called Windows 8 now.

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Federal advisors urge Congress to look into China's cyber attacks

steward
Holmes

They condemned it...

But didn't actually *deny* it.

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More of Kim Dotcom's booty released by court

steward
FAIL

Re: I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but...

MIAA? What's that?

Do you mean RIAA, or MPAA? How much research did you put into your opinion when you can't even get the abbreviations correct?

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Reagan slams webmail providers for liberal bias

steward
Boffin

Re: Cheers

Actually, Left and Right came - not from the British Parliament - but from the seating of the National Assembly in the First French Republic (1789 until Napoleon declared himself Emperor.) They really don't have application outside of a small period of French history. But it's easy for people to be lazy.

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steward
Mushroom

Re: Cheers

Are you an American, perlcat? If not, you can be forgiven for being ignorant of the Republican-supported US Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case. If so... you're just a hypocrite.

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Sex rating Facebook page publishers jailed

steward
Facepalm

If there were a similar page about guys...

I wonder what the video ratings would be for what can be seen of HRH Henry Charles Albert David?

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Cloud engineering could save humantiy, suggests boffin

steward
Facepalm

Prior art

Heat, by Arthur Herzog ( ISBN-13: 978-0595271498, check your favorite online book seller.)

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Watch out, PC disk drive floggers: Cloud will rust up those spinners

steward
Boffin

Reliable cloud...

like "military intelligence" or "jumbo shrimp"?

The reason I like Dropbox is that it's *fairly* reliable, with a copy in the cloud - and a copy on the hard drive in my netbook, a copy on the hard drive in my tower, and a copy in the RAM in my iPad.

But it's not nearly the size and cost to hold everything. Check the throttling on Carbonite - and the real cost - before announcing the cloud has come to destroy HDD makers.

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Assange granted asylum by Ecuador after US refused to rule out charges

steward
Black Helicopters

Re: Best outcome. @Doug10

Exactly. There's no reason the Swedish delegation couldn't request Ecuador to allow the Swedish legal attache to visit the Ecuadorian Embassy to ask questions. There was no reason for extradition.... unless the US has promised some favorable credits, trade allowances, military equipment, whatever, to Sweden to extradite for *questioning* and then flip him to the US.

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steward
Meh

Re: And aren't you a good soldier

Actually he's a lousy soldier, assuming he is one. The US PR campaign about the US military is completely unlike what he posted. If the US managed to get the UK to get el Reg to cough up his real identity, and he was a soldier, I wouldn't be surprised to see him facing a court for conduct unbecoming.

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steward
Facepalm

a lot of people would start referring to the UK Head of State as Ayatollah Elizabeth.

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steward
Pirate

József Cardinal Mindszenty had to hole up in a US Embassy for 15 years. Wonder if the UK will make Assange wait that long. Maybe after a year or two Assange will get really mad and the Ecuadorian government will be smart enough to make him a citizen of Ecuador and have him research methods of cyberware for them against certain other nations...

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Cloud backup drama: Mozy kicks Carbonite after ASA's had a go

steward
Boffin

Re: ASA is NOT Right JP19!

Carbonite offers a full backup service. I paid for a year even ahead of time it sounded so good (luckily they honored their money-back guarantee.) I had 400 GB to backup. The initial backup, at the throttle rate, would have taken about sixty days to upload (this was after two days at the full speed my enhanced ISP account offers.)

If it's a backup service, and it throttles, and it says it's unlimited... it's not. 400 GB isn't a lot these days with 1TB + drives being sold to consumers.

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HP must throw its PC biz overboard to survive, says analyst

steward
Facepalm

Doing TWO things is not recommended for HP?

News flash: HP designs many Medicaid (a US version of NHS for those on the dole) systems. They have a whole division just to do that.

At least desktops, laptops, and printers are all products you can get at your local computer store.

See https://www.google.com/search?q=hp+medicaid for all the medical insurance design pies HP has its fingers into.

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Judge frees nude TSA protester, citing free speech rights

steward
Facepalm

Given the shootings in Colorado...

Don't be surprised to see TSA-like searches at American movie theatres, followed - at least in Oregon - by naked moviegoers.

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Google ordered to censor 'torrent', 'megaupload' and more words

steward
Stop

I've got another term for them to ban

"Maginot Line".

Because it was about as effective as this court ruling will be.

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Barnes & Noble: You won't need a Nook to read our ebooks

steward
Boffin

Say what?

If B&N doesn't have an iPad app for Nook... then what is this B&N Nook app I've had on my iPad for a couple of years now?

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iPad app that lets mute kids speak menaced by patent lawsuit

steward
Go

Re: Prior art?

Anyone who's used an iPad knows it's prior art - it's the pattern tag in text entry HTML, which implements a dynamic keyboard (in iPad's case, used for changing the keyboard around for web and email addresses.)

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Cable-cutting rogue engineer caused ultra fast broadband havoc

steward
FAIL

Don't senseless acts indicate mental problems?

"Although defence lawyers tried to bargain that the engineer, who was sacked in September 2010 after just a year in the job, had mental problems, the district judge disagreed, labelling Tan’s crimes 'senseless acts'."

Does the district judge think that mentally normal people would cut 617 cables as 'senseless acts'?

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Apple relents, doubles EU warranty (sort of)

steward
Boffin

Re: "Buy a new one"? Not really.

When the best thing that Apple can do for defenders are anonymous, it raises questions as to who's behind the mask: like maybe an Apple employee?

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Java won't curl up and die like Cobol, insists Oracle

steward
Holmes

Re: So what are the universities and colleges teaching these days?

What universities and colleges teach is not necessarily relative.

What they teach is what they can get most cheaply, preferably for free. This is what made UNIX preferred in colleges and universities and many workplaces when the Bell System still existed, and pursuant to the US Telecommunications Act of 1934, Bell Telephone Laboratories had to give away - for free - all inventions (including software) which were not intended by the recipient to be used to compete with Western Electric or a Bell Operating Company.

Likewise - although not compelled by law - Sun gave away Java (and went broke in the process.) The only way Java will even -survive- is if Oracle realizes that other free or inexpensive languages will take Java's place in colleges and universities if Oracle starts charging hefty fees for Java.

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Steerable bullet aims for mass army deployment

steward
Mushroom

Stretch your imagination

It will be a boon for criminals who wish to eliminate witnesses to a crime. Think of it, being able to kill witnesses from 2km / 1.25 mi away. This will *make* assassinations of witnesses to crime an every-day criminal type of event.

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Shatner faces final frontier as Priceline.com spokesman

steward
Pirate

Not to mention...

the totally forgotten (at least by elReg) character "Jeff Cable" in "Barbary Coast".

At least TJ Hooker made it to DVD. :-)

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George Lucas: 'No more Star Wars'

steward
FAIL

he didn't think anyone would ever need an HDD with a larger capacity than 10 MB.

Times change.

Technology changes.

Many people don't even HAVE a VCR anymore. Tried shopping for one lately or finding any media for it other than on eBay, the online junk bin of the world?

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steward
Pirate

Except for Jar Jar...

1, 2, and 3 were excellent, in the finest tradition of science fiction: disguised, entertaining political commentary. I'm just sorry he never made 7-9.

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Microsoft sharpening axe for marketing heads - report

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LinkedIn whips out begging cap, asks for $500m

steward
Boffin

The main problem...

is that their 'premium' rate is so high, many people who would like more services aren't willing to pay that amount to contact people they can find on Facebook. If they lowered that fee, they'd likely receive more overall revenue.

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El Reg in email address blunder

steward
Pirate

Will you at least...

send an email to each and every one of the 46,524 readers whose emails were compromised telling them that the email was compromised?

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Gay-bashing cult plans picket of Steve Jobs funeral

steward
Pirate

Military people are regimented. Apple fans certainly aren't.

WBC may find out that it's rather difficult to mail a lawsuit from the grave.

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steward
FAIL

There is no evidence to prove

that an anonymous coward is not a Turing bot.

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Chaos feared after Unix time-zone database is nuked

steward
Boffin

Maybe you should have read the Constitution in kindergarten

Or at least before you posted your highly inaccurate polemic on US Constitutional law.

"To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries;" (Art. I, section 8, US Constitution)

If you can't figure out that the "progress of science and useful arts" is "creativity", you should back away from the keyboard. Permanently.

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Euro beaks mull copyright of software features

steward
Pirate

So can the United States...

copyright any manuals it has on new strategies for Olympic competition, and then challenge any medals won in the 2012 games by other countries using those techniques - on the grounds of violation of copyright?

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Microsoft cloud evaporated by one busted file

steward
Alert

I'm glad to know...

that Windows 7 didn't get any less attention than the cloud did in keeping vital files accurate.

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Windows 8 secure boot would 'exclude' Linux

steward
FAIL

?

As news trickles out about Windows 8, I have to wonder:

Other than Microsoft programmers, who is the intended market for this? I'd think even Gates would stay on 7 and not upgrade!

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EU recording copyright extension 'will cost €1bn'

steward

It's *exactly* comparable to the designer

of the IKEA chair you are sat upon. The designer of the chair is the artist. Is there an EU law proposal to give that designer 4% of the sale price of all those chairs people are sat upon?

And the digital distributor of music is in all probability several machines - in fact, the proposed law may reduce the number of machines distributing it, because it will make it illegal for all but a small cartel to publish it at greatly inflated rates, compared to the cost of running the servers for people to download it. After all, freetards aren't into spending a lot of money; ergo, the cost of distribution is de minimis.

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Hacker defaces Irish Catholic paper: 'Gotta love false hope'

steward
Boffin

I have no evidence...

that any Anonymous Coward is anything other than a poor attempt at a Turing machine.

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Al Gore wants to borrow your Facebook and Twitter accounts

steward
FAIL

Lemmings over a cliff

Al Gore couldn't even win his home state's votes in 2000 when he ran for President. If he had, he would have been President even with the Florida Fiasco.

Why would anyone trust someone that thousands of his neighbors trusted less than they trusted George W. Bush?

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UK, US ink boffinry pact on laser fusion 'star power'

steward
Facepalm

Has anyone ever done a cost comparison

between trying to create fusion at LLNL and implement it elsewhere, versus using this technology called "solar cells" to use energy generated every day by a large fusion reactor approximately 8.3 light-minutes away from us?

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Mag bitchslapped in Duchess Kate digi-slimming case

steward
FAIL

So their excuse...

Was that they were trying to photographically eliminate the second-in-line for the British throne.

Methinks that's an even dumber action than the one they were accused of in the first place.

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End of an era: Atlantis hits the tarmac

steward
FAIL

Why don't we have money for the space program?

Because al-Qaeda successfully lured the US into an unwinnable, expensive, "low-intensity conflict" in Iraq and Afghanistan, bankrupting the US.

Terrorists: 1. US Government, Republicans (GWB) and Democrats (BHO): 0

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Google turns off sidelined Labs section altogether

steward
Devil

Look! A shark!

Google just jumped it.

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Microsoft COO: Our greatest enemy is old Windows

steward
FAIL

First they need a working version past XP

I had a computer once running MS-DOS 6.22. I upgraded to Windows 3.11, no problem, From there to 95, then 98 2nd version, then 2000, then XP.

No reinstalls. Used Norton Ghost when I needed a bigger hard drive. Worked fine all along.

Then I installed Windows 7, which not only can't port installs from XP, but can't be upgraded from 32-bit to 64-bit without another full install. (I don't know why, Microsoft figured out how to upgrade 16-bit to 32-bit perfectly fine.) It's already (10 months after install) getting undefined "inconsistencies" in its registry, telling me I need to reinstall the whole thing over and all apps.

First Microsoft needs to get an operating system past XP that actually works. Vista and 7 just don't cut it. If they want to sell upgraded OS's, then provide ways to fix inconsistencies (if they know there's an inconsistency then they should be able to provide a report on what's conflicting), and provide a direct upgrade path without reinstalling everything all over again.

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Vatican launches second website in just 2000 years

steward
Facepalm

Plus..

It's only a holy day of obligation in England and Wales, not the rest of the UK, let alone the world.

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Antarctic meteorite yields exotic new mineral

steward
Stop

So Wassonite...

with a size of 50x450 nanometers is big enough to be an official mineral, but Pluto's too small to be a planet. Huh?

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UK gov 'draws US attention' to Bradley Manning concerns

steward
Alien

Are you from Cardassia?

You seem to adhere to Cardassian standards of jurisprudence: upon accusation, all persons are guilty, even though they get a trial where the decision is already made.

Cardassian standards of jurisprudence are much different from Anglo-American standards of jurisprudence. Maybe if we ever invent warp drive you'd like to move to Cardassia; their culture seems to fit your desires.

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steward
FAIL

Can you cite any laws about treatment of allegedly suicidal prisoners?

Nothing in the UCMJ authorizes what is being done.

On the contrary,

"813. ART. 13 PUNISHMENT PROHIBITED BEFORE TRIAL

No person, while being held for trial, may be subjected to punishment or penalty other than arrest or confinement upon the charges pending against him, nor shall the arrest or confinement imposed upon him be any more rigorous than the circumstances required to insure his presence, but he may be subjected to minor punishment during that period for infractions of discipline."

For those unfamiliar with US legal terms, "insure his presence" means "can't break out of the jail."

Source: an official US military site, http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/ucmj.htm

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Teens who listen to music a lot are at high risk of depression

steward
FAIL

Maybe the researchers were listening to music

instead of reading textbooks on correct sample sizes for statistical validity.

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Judge hits police with massive bill over false Operation Ore charges

steward
Go

What if the police felt that they would lose their jobs, homes, etc.?

Your side of the puddle needs something like United States Code Title 42, Section 1983:

"Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress, except that in any action brought against a judicial officer for an act or omission taken in such officer’s judicial capacity, injunctive relief shall not be granted unless a declaratory decree was violated or declaratory relief was unavailable. For the purposes of this section, any Act of Congress applicable exclusively to the District of Columbia shall be considered to be a statute of the District of Columbia. "

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Judge to music industry: 'Worth trillions? Forget it'

steward
Boffin

This isn't negotiation. This is perjury.

When you're trying to come to terms privately, and take an extreme position, that's a position for negotiation (a legitimate tactic.)

When your corporation swears in legal documents that it's taking a loss greater than the entire product of the planet, that's perjury (a felony.)

See the difference?

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