* Posts by David Hicks

1243 posts • joined 22 Apr 2008

Verity Stob's Big Fat Geek Yuletide Quiz of the Year Part 2

David Hicks
Happy

For those suffering from scrapeware...

... and I spent ages struggling with it last time I bought a machine, may I recommend "PC Decrapifier", available from a websearch near you?

Did the job nicely for me. No more trial versions, no more "we recoomend", and nor more yahoo toolbar.

Actually, that last claim may have gone a bit far, but it's good software nonetheless :)

UK.gov to push Obama for tougher rules online

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@AC

Wouldn't work at all.

Either you give it legal power and then we're into censorship territory, or you make it optional and, guess what, most folks are not going to take part because it's extra effort and they don't care. My webpage is hosted by me, so nobody's going to force me to do anything. Let alone the fact that different countries have different standards and different laws. then there's the fact that people will dishonestly rate themselves to slip past this (think spam) and there's nothing anyone will be able to do about it. It *just* won't work.

What you and the minister forget is that there is no central system to keep honest. The moment I have an IP address, I am a web publisher. If I buy a DNS entry (from a registrar anywhere on the planet) to point to it then I have a name. That's literally all there is to it. We can't keep criminals off the net right now, let alone "rating violators".

The *only* thing that does work is parental guidance, supervision, and whitelist sandboxes installed on home computers. I don't approve of those either, on the basis that it's a whitelist so lots of innocent things are culled, but they work. The important thing here is that it's done by parents and done on the client machines, not forced on the net at large and regulated by people rating their own sites.

Besides which, the minister is actually talking about blocking chunks of content entirely, not just "rating" them.

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@EvilJason

"Why hasn't anyone just made a decentralised anonymous net that rides along side the current net but is not a part of it."

Because it's really difficult?

If you want to see our best efforts so far then go look up stuff like Freenet, WASTE and TOR.

Be warned though, Freenet has content that many would consider really unsavoury and highly illegal. That's sort of the point I guess. I don't take part in it because I don't agree with my resources being used for stuff I don't control (and I'm currently trying to come up with an alternative approach that maintains anonymity and secrecy but takes back control).

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How is he still alive?

"There is content that should just not be available to be viewed. That is my view. Absolutely categorical. This is not a campaign against free speech"

How has his head not exploded with cognitive dissonance? Does he not think about what he says for fear that if he really evaluated it he might go mad or, worse, have to admit he was wrong?

Twat.

"Burnham told the BBC any new rules would be run on a self-regulatory basis by the internet industry."

The internet industry? Lulz. the man clearly has no idea how any of this works and how anyone can publish any site they feel like. All they need is a net connection and a computer. Even one with windows will do. I think he thinks that all websites are controlled by some sort of broadcaster.

Perhaps someone ought to have a quiet chat with him about darknets.

"If you look back at the people who created the internet they talked very deliberately about creating a space that governments couldn't reach."

That's because they saw you coming a mile off mate.

Noise-cancelling headphones head-to-head test

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Happy

Sony MCR-NC22

For those of us that don't want to travel around with Huuuuuge alice-band headphones, the sony alternative works rather nicely on the plane, on the tube or even to drown out annoying excess noise in the office.

Been using them a year or so and they're great, provided you like in-ear headphones. Maybe El Reg should review them alongside these two? Especially given the sub £100 price tag.

Either way, I highly recommend some sort of noise reducing headset for regular use. They can help you sleep on the plane, help you get work done, and I reckon they've got to be good for your hearing too - you can get away with listening to your music at lower volume when you don't have to overcome background noise.

CA issues no-questions asked Mozilla cert

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Unhappy

Strike them out...

"The certificates were obtained by a competing Certificate Authority (“CA”) attempting to demonstrate a perceived vulnerability in one of our Registration Agent’s (“RA”) systems and procedures."

Well, that's not what happened now, is it?

And, to be fair, it looks like the found one.

Myself, I've removed Comodo from the list of certificates I trust in firefox (well, removed the ability of the Comodo root certificates to certify anything, actual removal is difficult). As I hear about more CAs failing their reesponsibilities I'll remove them too. Secure comms with my bank and credit card are more important to me than the ability to converse securely with any old user of a no-name CA that has security problems.

Actually, it would be better if the bank provided their own CA certificate in an offline manner, and if browsers could provide some sort of locked down mode where I only trust a single CA. Then I would be able to talk to my bank safely.

Have you looked at the list of "trusted" authorities in a modern browser? I don't know who they are and I certainly don't trust them all.

Zavvi goes titsup

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Unhappy

WTF?

"Zavvi has continued to experience significant difficulty in obtaining stock on favourable credit terms."

How about actually BUYING stock?

You know, like shops used to work, they'd buy stuff wholsale, and sell it on to consumers at a markup, justified by selling in smaller lots and having a high-street presence.

Why is absolutely everything running on huge amounts of debt these days? I'm not surprised it doesn't take much to bring the whole house of cards tumbling down.

EA punts SecuROM-less games on Steam

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Two things -

1. Can I transfer my license to steam?

I want SecuROM off my windows system. Not that I use it for anything but Spore anyway.

2. It's a bit late now isn't it, now that the world and his dog has not only pirated it but also found out how shallow and lacking the finished product is?

Sure, Spore is cute, but there's really not a lot to it.

Last major VHS supplier ejects from tape biz

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Paris Hilton

350 Quid?

"According to research by LG Electronics the average person in the UK will spend £350 ($516) on home cinema equipment this Christmas."

Which orifice did they pull this from? Or are there a few folk spending a couple of hundred million apiece?

I like my Full-HD and games on the xbox or PS3 look fantastic on it. OTOH I hired and watched my first Blu-Ray movies the other day.

Buggered if I can tell the difference between a decently made DVD and the Blu-Ray movies I saw.

iPlayer chief pushes tiered charging for ISPs

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Unhappy

Um, what?

I paid for a net connection so I could do stuff like this.

People across the country are realising the potential of the net because of services like this.

High bandwidth apps are the future of the net. Lets not respond to this new development by pricing them out of the reach of the populace, lets respond by making the UK better equipped to handle them!

Did we invest in a motorway infrastructure when people started using cars more or did we keep to single lane country roads and tell people they could only drive a little bit because roads are expensive and if you use them a lot it's "unfair" to light users?

Get your damn acts together UK ISPs. This shouldn't be a problem on a small, densely populated, rich little island like ours.

MSI mobo ditches Bios for EFI

David Hicks
Paris Hilton

EFI huh?

Does this mean easier hackintoshes perhaps?

Not that I'll be doing that, my non-laptop buying days are over.

Photography: Yes, you have rights

David Hicks
Unhappy

Same old, same old...

Rights? What do you mean rights?

No, you have permissions we grant you and can take away whenever we, your ruling elite, feel like it.

I'm feeling more and more like a serf every day. Pump up the tax a bit more and I'm basically indentured labour anyway.

MontaVista's new ARM11 Linux goodies

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Only commercial and BE solution?

Fair enough, if those things are important.

I've been running Debian on ARM for years...

Fly-tipping yes, dog poo no - Jacqui promises Ripa changes

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@The Other Steve

"Where is the intrusion into privacy ? You walk a dog in public, it shits on the pavement in public, someone takes a photo of you and your doggy pal doing the dirty, in public."

I don't believe that being out in public is in any way implicit permission for my activities to be recorded.

No, I don't believe that dog crap is important enough to justify monitoring the entire population 24/7. Nor do I believe that being on camera is a deterrent to more serious crime. Nor do I believe it has significantly affected the ability of the police to successfully prosecute crime. Every study shows it too be ineffectual.

Studies also show that people abuse whatever powers they are given, you get phone company employees harassing ex-girlfriends and reading their text messages. Politicians pressuring the police to employ relatives etc. It's only a matter of time before we learn of the council employee that was using cctv to stalk women.

"who are the "ever more people" intruding into this non existent privacy right ?"

The system should be available to the police and the police only, if it exists at all. They are trained and they are accountable, sometimes. Council employees are the "ever more people", and they seem to have less and less qualms about using it for anything they feel like. I doubt very much they control access to the system at all, let alone properly.

"RIPA doesn't enable anyone to do anything, it merely mandates that they ask first before undertaking certain kinds of activity."

It spelled out what could be done. It codified a lot of the crap that was already going on. The only bill that should have been introduced was one banning it.

Spooks will be spooks, but council members can fuck off. This country was once free.

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@The Other Steve

You may be comfortable with the tinpot authoritarians at your local council watching your every move, I'm not.

If Labour had been honest about the intent of the RIPA then it never would have got through. Or at least shouldn't have, if open debate had been permitted.

I'm not a Mail reader I am concerned about government feature creep, from both a civil liberties and a financial perspective. I don't want the state involved in monitoring my every move, I don't think dog fouling is important enough to allow the intrusion into privacy by ever more people, I don't believe the systems will ever be good to prevent their abuse, I don't like it. I also resent being asked to pay for it.

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@Tom

I like the idea of a petition to get rid of Ms Smith, but the reasoning - she's destroyed the moral [sic] of the various British Police Forces - is way off target.

We don't need someone who "actually understands how important the police are for the safe operation of a society". We need someone who understands human rights, civil liberties and how important they are compared to snooping on fly tippers. We need someone who is not looking for any excuse to grow the powers of the state.

We need a petition that states clearly that we think she is a danger to British society, not that she doesn't understand the police force.

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@andy gibson

"we have to remember that some crims go to court (especially for rape) and are found not guilty due to lack of evidence or the victim too afraid to speak out."

What is it about innocent until PROVEN guilty that you don't understand?

I'm sorry but assuming someone's guilt because the evidence couldn't be found is a very, very dangerous route, one that undermines the foundations of justice in this country. One does not have to prove ones innocence, the prosecution must prove guilt.

Assuming people got off rape charges because there wasn't enough evidence or the victim didn't speak up is also a great way to ruin someone's life and destroy their family and friendships, all on allegations.

David Hicks
Flame

Jacqui strikes again

Why is it that throughout all of her rambling and explanations of the DNA storage policy that I never once hear her say "and we'll be purging the DNA records of those who haven't been convicted of an offence"

She's now in direct violation of EU law and the EU court.

She should be arrested and removed forthwith.

She's a danger to us all.

EU threatens vendors with smartphone tax

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Wait, what?

I've had handsets that are capable of receiving mobile tv.

I have no interest in ever using the feature, but I guess I'll still have to pay the tax.

It' bad enough the UK gov bumping up their take every so often, but no the EU's at it too!

'Complacent' businesses turn blind eye on IP crime, says UK.gov

David Hicks
Coat

Yes, I can imagine

I can imagine that imaginary property is central to the UK economy, now that the imaginary money we all seem to have been living on for the last decade is disappearing.

Censored scenes from the Congress WMD report

David Hicks
Happy

WOW!

the public needed to be educated, not terrified?

My god, common sense on this matter at last. Now would somebody please send this memo to the UK gov?

or maybe just a uk paper, so that people will stop bleating about "terr'sts" and queueing up to give their rights away.

Be Broadband doubles down on ADSL to catch cable

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Happy

@Anonymous Coward

To have anything close to the max possible speed. I get between 10 and 14 myself (and live pretty centrally in London).

However, I'm impressed by them so far, they seem to steer clear of the general FUP and cap stuff.

The IWF thing? Yes, that annoyed me. You can find my posts all over that thread in their forums.

David Hicks
Happy

I <3 Be

They just seem decent, they're aimed squarely at people that want a fast connection and no limits and aren't going to be on the phone asking why their google stopped working.

This is cool. I must try and get on the next round.

Virgin Media to dump neutrality and target BitTorrent users

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@Julian

You have paid for a service.

If you're not getting it that is your ISP's fault. Not the "freetard" next door. For all you know your neighbourhood just like watching internet tv.

Now, should we be arguing here over whether I need to be sensitive to my ISP's business model? or should we be arguing for transparency of service commitments, higher rate (and more expensive) connections for those that want to use the service, lower rates for those that don't, etc etc?

What we need is for ISPs to stop letting the likes of you and the likes of me onto the same shared connection and then "managing" it. It's not fair to anyone.

Also, FYI, leased lines in the UK start at under a hundred quid a month for 2Mbps, so not as expensive as everyone seems to think. And that could get you up to 632GB in either direction.

Asking ADSL providers to provide at least 100GB throughput for 20 quid a month doesn't seem that outrageous in comparison, especially when you take economies of scale into account. In fact we should be demanding they provision at least that much.

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@fairer AC

"Controversially, I agree with traffic shaping - if someone is negatively affecting a network and service then they have to be limited so as everyone that has paid can utilise the service. A finite amount of resources has to be shared amongst a number of subscribers. The costs for providing those resources plus an amount of profit needs to be made. That total is then split amongst the subscribers."

No.

Absolutely not.

I may have signed a contract with my ISP to use a 50Mbps line. I may also have read the small print about contention ratios and a download cap.

I did NOT see anything there about their upstream connection being a dialup modem and my data being subject to throttling because they've got 100K subscribers contending over 5K lines, which are then contending for a single line somewhere else.

I'm sorry, even taking contention into account, they ought to be able to supply what they promised. All this shaping and throttling is just weaseling out.

As for the guy saying "why not just buy stuff" - happy to, and I do. But don't come whining to me when the UK infrastructure is left far behind the rest of the world's and we miss out on the next tech revolution, because you and your type have decided that we don't need the bandwidth.

The Swedes already have 100Mbps to their houses. Why don't we?

@Paul M

"Freetards on Virgin: can you SWITCH ISP NOW PLEASE so it's nice and fast for when I join?"

What does it matter how fast it is? the moment you start doing anything other than looking at the web they'll throttle you. You may as well go back to 56K.

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@arrogant AC

"In fairness to Virgin I'd say that the Freetards are probably the most tiresome, irritating, self-important, entitlement-culture wankers on the internet. I'd want to kick them off my network"

No, I'd say you just won that title.

I am not a "freetard" if by that you mean someone that downloads copyright works. If you mean a power-user who uses linux, runs many machines and wants to actually make use of the service I fucking well paid for, then maybe I am.

I transfer lots of stuff around, stream video and audio over the connections, dump files about the place, seed linux torrents etc etc.

I don't give a fuck if your web browsing slows down because, guess what, I didn't sign up to share a connection with you, I signed up for a pipe to the internet to use as I damn well see fit.

You want to charge me more for that service? Be my guest, I'll pay it, but stop advertising these services as unlimited when you've got contractual limits, fair use limits and now protocol based traffic limits.

Fuck virgin and fuck all the anonymous cowards moaning about "selfish" torrent users; we're just ahead of the curve. Sooner or later you'll want to do something high bandwidth (iPlayer etc) and by then you'll have argued yourselves back to paying 20 quid a month for dialup speeds because it's somehow "fairer".

The internet has to move forward. Companies like Virgin and people like you are trying to hold it back.

Apologies after teacher's 'Linux holding back kids' claim

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@Gordon Prya

"She may not know what she is talking about, but she makes a good point.

Giving kiddies a non-standard OS is not going to help them. Who gives a monkeys if Linix is any good? Its not what they will see in the real world."

Hi Gordon, have you ever heard of IT or Software Engineering? AIX, HP-UX, Solaris? zOS?

There are many more operating systems out there in the world. Keeping kids exposed only to windows is useless for educating people. Sure, teach 'em to use word, they'll probably use it. Teach 'em OO.o too, as more and more corps and governments use that now. And give them a flavour of programming with any of the multitude of languages available for free and easy to set up on Linux. And windows too, if you like.

Your premature announcement of the death of all other operating systems is not well received. Linux is good experience for most of the non-windows ones.

Public support for ID cards dips to 55 per cent

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Unhappy

You mean that 55%...

...have bought the propaganda about terrorists, immigrants and benefit fraud?

Wow. The people of this country should be ashamed of themselves.

Junk science and booze tax - a study in spin

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@CABVolunteer

The first thing we need to do in this country (and this applies to many more areas than booze) is to stop the knee-jerk feelgood legislation.

People are binge drinking and getting violent, and abusing alcohol. The government immediately responds by increasing tax because it *must* be the answer, obviously (studies show it doesn't help).

Drugs can cause harm, so the best thing for society *must* be to ban all of them (despite the fact it drives profit into criminal gangs and leads to more problems than it solves).

"Terrorists" want to attack the UK so the answer *must* be to detain people without trial and introduce ID cards (where even the police admit longer detention doesn't help and the laws get misapplied).

All of these things need sensible examination and more than ten seconds thought, we need to look at what can actually help our society, not what immediately feels right.

David Hicks
Happy

Yay! Puritans!

Why is it that the public sphere is full of puritans?

I know that fearmongering, banning stuff and generally going off on a rant about some less than perfect section of society is seen a s a good way to garner votes *and* raise taxes, but imagin how popular a politician would be that said:

"we have evidence that not only is moderate drinking not bad for you, but that's it's far better for your health than not drinking at all, as a result we'll be dropping the tax on booze by a half and setting up counselling course for those that feel they can't partake ion the odd drop or two for fear of enjoying themselves once in their dull lives"

Announce that sort of thing and the British public would probably forgive you for being a serial puppy-murderer.

Netbook SSD usage to fall under 10% in 2009

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@Netbooks = useless for non-geeks

Sounds like she got one of the ones with the tiny 7" screen. They're not much use for anything, IMHO.

I'm not sure why you'd want Java running in firefox anyway, but anything remotely heavyweight is not appropriate for a netbook.

The 9" versions, however, are perfect for browsing the web, checking emails and watching movies on the plane. Some of them run windows semi-adequately, mine came with Xandros but set up in such a way that the update service ALWAYS failed. Eventually it pissed me off enough that I installed debian, and now it's just another GNU/Linux/Debian/Gnome device. perfect for travel.

if consumers see these things as laptop replacements then they're stupid. Go buy a Vaio TZ (or whatever they're called now) for 2 grand if you want a tiny laptop replacement. And it still won't have an optical drive.

Right.... back on topic... SSDs are great. If they disappear from the netbook market right now, then it'll only be temporary. Mainstream SSDs for servers and laptops are just starting to become almost acceptably priced. In another year or so the volume effect will bring them tumbling.

Native-Linux music player Amarok gets major overhaul

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I have no objection to Amarok but....

Does it support the latest generation of iPods yet?

Apple did some sort of crypto hash on index files on the new gen nanos, I think specifically to stop any other programs interacting with the player. Maybe it hurst their iTunes revenue model to have competition. Miserable feckers.

Either way, a friend plugged his nano into my eee 901 just to charge it, nothing dodgy, and up pops Amarok, reads the index and then wrote it back on, without the appropriate Apple magic-hash. The iPod then got very confused and said it was still full but couldn't actually see any files.

Shame on Apple for pulling this stunt, but also shame on Amarok for writing to the device without asking.

Why the IWF was right to ban a Wikipedia page

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@negative ratings? By jai

"i know that no one likes the idea of censorship, but surely we can agree there is a time and a place when it is right and that is at least child pornography?

or are you all sick-twisted-pro-kiddieporn-tards?"

Sure, fight kiddie pr0n with the law. Great.

The objections here are that:

1. We don't believe this is child pr0n

2. We don't like that this is done in secret by an unelected and unaccountable organisation with no democratic exposure or debate, no information or legal guidelines on what they block and no choice to opt out (except by switching ISP, which is hard when ISPs don't advertise their use of IWF).

Also the article we're responding to is disingenuous tosh.

David Hicks
Dead Vulture

Sod off

"Without such an intermediary, the UK would have a less effective means of controlling images of child abuse on the internet. Yes, that is a form of censorship; but not all censorship is evil. Wikimedia should know that."

If we "must" have censorship in the UK then I want it done by the government. Not that I have any faith in them but at least at that point it's subject to some form of democratic review. Censorship by stealth from self-appointed moral arbiters (puritans and busybodies, it seems) is not my idea of freedom.

I didn't sign up to have my internet filtered by these morons.

And yes, they are to blame for the inability of almost the entire UK population to edit wikipedia. The scheme used passes any request for a page from a recognised "bad" IP address through the IWF proxies.

If the IWF had implemented the proxy scheme correctly (IE used the header to give the originators IP address) this mess wouldn't have happened. Do your damned research properly.

They were also stupid enough to block the article but not the image. Not only are the IWF a bunch of PC morons, they're clearly also technically inept.

Me, I'm getting sick of all this moral panic. Sure, we want to prevent child abuse, but need we be so scared of any form of nudity?

Exam board to hear appeal over format cockup

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Got to pity those kids

it sounds to me like the teacher not only didn't read the format rules but was stunningly incompetent and should be looking for employment in another field.

Linking back to material stored on an inaccessible intranet server?

it boggles the mind.

Scorpions tale leaves IWF exposed

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Call me ignorant

But I had no idea my traffic was being snooped and sent to a third party for filtering. Now that I know I'm not happy.

Brit ISPs censor Wikipedia over 'child porn' album cover

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@"Don't complain to your ISP" AC

We absolutely should complain to our ISPs, I didn't sign up for having my connection censored by some self appointed bunch of puritan halfwits, and if the government tried to make an official body or mandatory filtering out of this we would at least have some debate.

This, this ugly facet of PC Britain, this is under the covers, underhand, secret and as a result not subject to even our weak semblance of democracy.

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Unhappy

i think I'll be writing to my ISP

I didn't sign up for a censored internet.

I have no interest in naked children or any Scorpions album cover, I don't care about that. I care that my traffic is being routed via some moral arbiter's transparent proxies.

I didn't sign up to use the IWF 'service' and I don't want their petty fear-based moralising having an influence on the information i can and can't see. Interfering England at its worst.

Aussie government to rig filter testing

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@John

John, compared to the UK, Australia is a free Utopia.

yes, they're trying to follow in our footsteps, but they've got nothing on us right now.

Customs warns of killer consoles

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Unhappy

Can you say "Grey market hysterics"?

This is just like sony getting all upset about the PSP being imported to the UK faster and cheaper by grey marketeers buying them in the far east.

Can't have the brits getting their consoles at a reasonable price! Hell no! This is rip-off Britain and we can make three times the profit in this market. All they'll do is whine a little, but they're a population so worn down and used to overpaying that they'll accept it just fine! I'm just surprised nobody's in court over this yet.

Yup, this is the blunt end of globalisation - we can sell where we like, but don't you try and use the same systems to get the best price on anything from somewhere else, oh no. Globalisation is for the advantage of the likes of Sony and Nintendo, not small traders or individuals, that would be wrong.

A*seholes

BitTorrent net meltdown delayed

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Latency?

"Like uTP, Microsoft’s Compound TCP begins to slow down when it detects latency increases."

Why is this a good idea? You just expand the window. Latency MAY be the sign of congestion, or just a long link, doesn't mean you can't still have high transfer rate.

Queen's speech targets bankers, unemployed, and immigrants

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Unhappy

Dissolution's too good for 'em!

shame she didn't decide to take this opportunity to use her constitutional powers to dissolve the parliament.

I mean, not that it would have happened, but the resulting press and chaos would be a pretty clear message to el Gordo that his government were extremely unpopular.

Tightening up benefits sounds like a good idea. It would be nice if they'd tighten up government spending, too. But you can bet your last quid that there are going to have to be thousands of new posts created to police the current situation.

Government just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

Bittorrent declares war on VoIP, gamers

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The internet may have evolved that way

But when they let AOL on it the gentleman's internet was over.

No, what's needed now is realistic pricing and capacity to match. I'd be happy to pay more than what I do now for a truly unlimited service, and some folks would be happy to restrict their use to get it cheaper.

Do this, up the data charges and use the money to increase the capacity. Stop pretending we can all have as much internet as we want for a tenner (but by the way if you use it more than an hour a day you're out), stop packet shaping and whining about congestion.

You charge us money for services we want to use, you can damn well provide them. ISPs and backbones seem to want things both ways. To advertise cheap and unlimited and then not provide it.

Sony Vaio Z11 13in laptop

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Linux

Targeting Mac customers?

True, I was considering a Mac when I got the (very similar) SZ a year ago, but the sony won because it was far more powerful and had the 3d chip. It's targeting people who want a smalll, light, powerful, pretty laptop and don't care about MacOS.

A year ago apple weren't producing anything that small with a decent GFX chip. Now? Well I'd probably go for the cheaper macbook option, if I could overcome my revulsion at the keyboard. I'd say it's apple that have moved into Sony's territory here.

Also I got mine for 700 quid less than the UK list price because I bought it in the US. We are still being *hugely* ripped off here in the UK. From 1400 quid the reg article says. Sony.com has them starting at $1650.

That makes me sick.

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They beat apple to the dual GPU thing with THIS?

I bought a Vaio SZ670 over a year ago that has the dual GPU feature. This is not new for Sony.

Boris cans congestion extension

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Happy

Well done Boris

At least someone in government seems to care what the people that live in these areas think, unlike the rest of the useless f*ckers.

I expect to hear cries from the environmental brigade on this one, and Tory-haters shouting about populism. But here's a thought, wouldn't another word for populism be Democracy?

Rock-solid Fedora 10 brings salvation to Ubuntu weary

David Hicks
Linux

Sounds good

Especially as Fedora feeds into RHEL, the distro of choice (well, one of the main ones) for enterprise. Given I have to interact a lot with RHEL, this is encouraging for the future.

OTOH I'll always be a debian user at heart, ever since I first tried it way back in 1995...

It even works better than Ubuntu on my laptop.

IBM's Transitive buy presents interesting server options

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Stop

Err, IBM already supports older 31 bit programs...

...on newer 64 bit machines. That's one of the selling points isn't it? Run anything that was ever written for mainframe EVER on even the newest box?

The Netbook Newbie's Guide to Linux

David Hicks
Linux

As a non-newb

I recommend the Debian Pure Blend for eee

All the hardware works out of the box and you get the full power of Linux. It's just as responsive as the Xandros that came preloaded.

But then that involves an operating system install, which is not for newbies.

Scots vote out ID cards

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Unhappy

The sad thing is

that the westminster lot don't listen to anything.They don't listen to the people, and they'll find an excuse and some weasel words to justify ignoring this as well.

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