* Posts by Khaptain

3254 posts • joined 4 May 2008

Microsoft details latest Windows Phone update

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How contemporary

>Import and export contacts to and from the Sim card

This is a joke, right...

Google coughs up what it coughs up to govs - and what it suppresses

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News latest news

2 Major news articles have just been received.

1 : Google have apparently let slip the YouPorn viewing list.

2 : El Regs readers have gone in hiding.

Apparently the list is so long that it had to be uploaded on several different FTP servers during a period of 3 days.

Nokia after the purge: It's so unfair

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Eulogy for the monster that was.

Les etres humaines continue to progress throughout the centuries, companies rise and fall as once did the roman empire, innovation explodes and then calms down as a new cycle beings.

Unfortunately, Elop was given the shitty end of the stick and is having problems cleansing his fingers.

There are no lessons to be learnt, there are no mistakes which can be gleaned over. There remains just a reminder that the infallible are definately not infallible.

When you are ( were) number one, you can only fall and Nokia fell.


( Sheds a tear, not )

Facebook shells out $10m for using users faces in adverts

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Re: The figures are real - Mark told us

Please grammar Nazis don't pick up on the their/there...........

El Reg : Gentle reminder give us the "Edit" button..

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The figures are real - Mark told us

C'mon guys, this is a company that is worth 100 Billion $.

Now if you believe that you must also believe that their are 150 Billion faces being exploited.....

Linus Torvalds drops F-bomb on NVIDIA

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Thumbs up for his wonderful gesture

Don't fuck with Linus.......

'Jogobot' lures lonely lardies

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I like the technology but what a fail.

The idea of running behind a "buzzing", "hovering" piece of plastic and foam that might actually run out of batteries, crash or be shot down just doesn't seem very appealing.

The idea of a second "real-life" jogger is about "verbal" encouragement, it's about having someone you can share a word or two or discuss the local "bird" life etc........

Couldn't it be re-designed for taking the dog a walk ?

iPhone denies existence of Gibraltar, other bits of British empire

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That's not a problem.

The Iphone AutoCorrection utility would not allow an Apple user to write "Gibraltar" , so they wouldn't actually be able to look it up anyway.

Apple adds gay and lesbian icons to iOS 6 messaging

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Atheist and heterosexual icons please.

I feel misrepresented, why are there no obvious Atheist and Hetersexual icons. It's not like we are a minority.

Girl Geek Dinner lady: The IT Crowd is putting schoolgirls off tech

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Re: Quantity is irrelevant without quality

Oops just saw the "Cups of Tee" error.

El Reg please give us the opportunity to edit our posts !!!!!!!!

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Quantity is irrelevant without quality

"In February we took 40 of those GCSE students to Silicon Valley. We saw Google, Stanford, Intel. And seeing so many women working there was important, especially at Google"

What the article does not explain is what the women were doing.

Were they writing and compiling binary trees ?

Were they making cups of tee and watering plants ?

Were they designing new publicity spots ?

Were they creating new google doodles ?

People that work at Google don't necassarily do IT.

I would suggest that IT in general simply doesn't interest most women, the subject seemingly bores them to death. ( It doesnt really interest a lot on men either).

I have worked with several women in the last 15 years but unfortunately none of them ever gave me the impression that they did IT for any other reason than the money. They just didn't seem to hold any personal interest or genuine enthusiasm.

Asus Transformer Pad TF300

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What part of hybrid don't you get ?

See title

BYOD will cost a packet, warn experts

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Re: Oh god

This is exactly one of the reasons i beleive BYOD will become an absolute nightmare for IT.

When you are required to make changes to company material it is not normally a problem via GPOs and scripting. When you are required to make changes to a variety of "personal" material then that it is a whole other ballgame.

'That's a FUBAR train wreck waiting to happen'

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Re: @Curtis Crowson Its FOOBAR

I'm with Frank here, the Original Post definately needs to be explained in order to qualify the recursiveness of FOOBAR.

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Just for info, it's

Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition.......

Our Pedantic Overlords require the correction and they will accept that the "R" could be replaced by Reason or Repair.

An early iPad adopter? You smut-ogling filth-gobbling perv!

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Porn and the Pad

"The first iPad-optimised adult entertainment sites were even launched before the iPad reached the hands of consumers."

Hands that shook in excitement upon receiving said Pad. Hands that caressed and fondled with care their newly found slab. Hands that found unlimited, unhealthy doses of Pron, all within a hands reach.

The problem lay within the fact that it requires 2 hands to hold the damned thing.....bwahhh ha ha

Intel to target TV viewers with facial recognition ad tech

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No longer meant to entertain

The TV has for many years given up trying to entertain people. Selling advertising space is it's only purpose and unfortunately the guineau pigs are the public at large.

I gave up the television more than 10 years ago, I can't think of any plausible reason for ever owning one again.

Its a sad situation when peoples only thought for the evening is which channel to watch......

Pick up a book, go for a walk, do anything instead of sitting in front of a loud machine that bombardes your mind with publicity.........

Facebook tests parental-guidance tools in plan to pull in under-13s

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So sad

This is something very disturbing and very sad about under 13s spending their days on FB.

Behind the scenes it means that someone will be seriously targetting very young kids for marketing purposes.

As mentioned above, the various Religions have been doing it for years, now it's MZs turn.

Council builds £2.8m shared database of vulnerable kids

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Re: Define vulnerable

The answer would be both A & C.

It is very difficult to believe that the same Specifications Document was used for the 25 databases. The importance here being that they all deal with roughly the same subject but were probably developed with differing objectives, different budgets and most importantly different people.

It is therefore easy enough to conclude that they all have one or more fields which describe the "vulnerability", and that the levels of classification are probably different for each database - herein lies the problem.

What are the chances that everyone is using exactly the same criteria in order to classify "vulnerability", almost none.

Therefore during the consolidation process how are they going to consolidate the "vulnerability classification". You can't mix oranges and apples and produce "appanges" or "orapples."

If they keep all the varying classifications from all databases this will lead to mass confusion.

If they decide to adopt a new classifcation system then how will they make the decision as to classifcation that should be implemented, errors at this stage could have very serious consequences for the concerned individuals.

Mapping even "one" level of classification between 25 different systems is difficult. If there are, as you suggest, more than one level then the project will very likely become incoherent.

I would suggest that they analyse the 25 databases and possibly consolidate those that can easilly be consolidated and attempt to reduce the total number of systems down to maybe 6 systems.

These 6 systems could then possibly be updated, adapted so that they share a common reporting interface. This would remove some of the confusion from the end user point of view.

In the long term the 6 "might" eventually be able to consolidated into 1 system.

One step at a time........

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Define vulnerable

There is something kind of worrying about having 25 different databases that might contain "similar" data.

In one database you might be listed as "slightly" vulnerable, in another "extremely vulnerable" and in yet another you might actualy only be a "third party" to another vulnerable character.

When data consolidation begins it will be a "problem" to determine which "level" of vulnerability someone might actually belong to.

Maybe we should create a "Minister of Vulnerability".

UK music-rights collection: Where does all the money go?

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1/2 Million per year

This is why the music industry is really up in arms about pirated music etc... It has nothing to do with the artists, it is all about the executives keeping their very high paid jobs.

I wonder how many artists earn a 1/2 Million per year ?

Windows 8 Release Preview open for download

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A game changer

I don't see W8 failing like Vista failed, I see it failing because it will not serve it's purpose correctly, in fact it's purpose is still very vague and difficult to define.

It is not a full blown Tablet OS and it is no longer a full blown desktop OS. They have bastardized W7, thrown in some Winphone and are praying that we will shout out "New Paradigm".

But it is not a new paradigm, it is a mixture of several existing ones, "prior art" anyone.....

I have the feeling that MS will alienate the office users and that is a very dangerous game to play.

I downloaded the intial release but I am in no hurry to download the RTM. - I found that the Metro interface interfered with the workflow rather than improving it.

Samsung refreshes ChromeOS hardware with first desktop system

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Bring on the little green bot

I have never really understood Googles stance on the OS market. ChromeOS just seems like it is a "nice idea" that doesn't really have any solid ambition, 'it's like a prototype that will never see the daylight.

On the other hand, I would love to see Android on the Desktop and I dont just mean LiveCd demos or Tablets. I don't like and have never liked the various Linux distros.

I do like Android though, its quick, gets the job done and remains minimalist. If Android were to become able to run Linux programs, that would be neat, especially on a desktop.

Google now gets 250k copyright takedown requests EACH WEEK

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The DCMA notifications are still working

Here is an example of what the above AC mentioned


"In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 1 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint that caused the removal(s) at **********.org."


I removed the website name in order to avoid causing them problems.

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Re: From the other point of view.


I used prostition as an example of one of a multitude of vices that could have been used. Google is merely a window of opportunity for any/all of these vices.

There has been a market for the various vices, prostitution / forgery / theft etc existed long before the Internet ever existed ( lets go back at least as far as the Greeks). These markets will never disappear they will merely progress and adapt to their environments.

Removing Google from the equation will force alternative solutions to be found, which they inherently will.

Killing the messenger never resolves problems, it merely pushes them elsewhere.

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From the other point of view.

I am not defending Google but surely the copyright holders should be contacting the Websites owners/creators asking them to remove the material from their websites. Hence when the Google spiders update they will no longer reference copyrighted material.

In this case Google is actually helping the copyright owner due to the fact that Google bring to light the fact that the sites exist publically. The copyright owners would have been unaware that the sites even exist if they were not referneced by google, this by way does not stop the connaisseurs from knowing about their existance..

I know that it is a double edged sword. but it's like asking the newspapers to remove articles for "prostitution services". The only thing that will change is that the publicity will be gone but the "prostitution" will still remain.

Mines the one with "I Killed the messenger" on the back.

Facebookers trigger vote to choke Zuck's data suck

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Oops - Share Price gonna take a tumble, again.

Won't anyone think about the children investors.

China turns on the sprinklers with ambitious rain-making plans

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Re: Solution is obvious

Officialy they do but then how do you explain the population explosion .... from 600 million to 1.3 Billion people , that is a lot of "mistakes"...

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Solution is obvious

Why don't they just stop breeding.

Either they choose to control the population in a rational manner or mother nature will do it for them. Mother nature's solution are generally a lot less "comfortable" though : droughts, plagues, earthquakes etc........ The other standard solution is Civil War..

Off note: Scotland doesn't have a problem with rain, thats why I left....

SpaceX Dragon, first private ship to the ISS, launched successfully

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Sanity Check

Hold on a minute guys, didn't you see that "documentary" with Sigourney Weaver about space lizards......

That damned thing gave me nightmares. It was intelligent, spat acid and produced the kind of offspring that you don't want running around your garden.......

I love Gigers work, I just hope that Elon doesn't bring any of his creatures home.....

Ouch! Facebook slumps below IPO value on day 2

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Make a quick buck and get the f**k out of here.

A resumé of todays stock market.

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12

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Beautiful aesthetics ????

That must be one of the first times that I have seen a B&O design that I really didn't care for. The leather strap and the grill make it look "retro" but without having any sex appeal

Bland and Overpriced.

Twitter signs up for Do Not Track

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Let's hope for a snowball effect

I know that this won't stop publicity/tracking completely but it does appear to be a step in the right direction.

Google+ dying on its arse – shock new poll

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Beware, beware the ides of March

I wonder if this is a heads up for anyone considering entering into the dark realms of the Facebook IPO.

PS : ( It's actually May but let's not get all pedantic ...... not that any commentards have that problem........)

Russian upstart claims BitTorrent-killer

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Get ready for the smart move

And will these sneaky Russians also offer a paid service which will exclude you from their Denial Of Service attacks.

Ten... Ultrabooks

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El Reg, another Amazon Window

No IT in this article, I did see a lot of marketing though.

I understand that "Amazon" sales help El Reg pay the bills but FFS at least try and present the articles on a basis that would hold at least a modicum of interest for the El Reg readership.

I click on these top ten lists hoping to achieve a little more that what I would expect from a "Currys" shop sales assistant. Yes, I could go and research each of them individually myself but then what puprose would El Reg serve at that point !!!!!!!!!!

WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo

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Re: No Ethernet or USB 3 ???

First of all I was not "whinging", I mereley mentioned the fact the it seems limiting to have only a Thunderbolt port.

If you think a little harder you would realise that the addition of ethernet would also give your other computers/colleagues access to the same drive.

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Re: No Ethernet or USB 3 ???

Yes I agree that 1Gb Ethernet would be kinda slow compared to Thunderbolt or USB3 but it would have opened the market a little more.

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No Ethernet or USB 3 ???

I don't understand the intended market, is it just for Apple owners ? Thunderbolt is obviously not a mass market interface, so why not include USB 3 or ethernet ports ?

Seems like a strange, very limited, marketing choice, by adding at least one of the other two interfaces the market would be far greater....

US gov boffins achieve speeds faster than light

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Not a sustainable movement - Does it count ?

If I have understood correctly the movements are only temporary. It is quicker on for half a cycle and slower for the other, thereby averaging its speed to that of the speed of light.

I see this as being the same as any given point on the outside of a wheel, for half of a revolution that point is travelling faster than the axle but the same point travels slower on the second half of the rotation.

The importance being that no part of any object can arrive any quicker than any other part of the object for the same distance travelled.

I am not a physician so I could be completely and utterely wrong, corrections are welcome.

Lockheed bags $454m to tool up Pentagon's Cyber Crime Center

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Half a billion dollars

Thats a hell of a lot of computing power, I wonder what the contract requirements really are !

1 : Build network of undetectable zombies that are capable of knocking out all major data centres within 5 minutes.

2 : Create an algorithm which can decrypt any coded message within 30 minutes.

3 : Create a supercomputer capable of reprogramming all of the goverments computers just in case we fuck things up.....

4 : Ensure that if we get hacked that a media message will automatically inform world and all about the mischevious nature of Anonymous and then randomly select a script kiddie that can be extradited to the States rapidly.

500 Million , thats a lot of wonga for a project that might not even have any positive outcome......

Official: Britain staggers into double-dip recession doom

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Re: Not True

Are they really flourishing ?

Do a quick google on the yearly percentage of increase of these countries debts, in relation to their GDP, and you will quickly realise how their systems will eventually fail as well.

Do not become disillusioned by the temporary growths of these countries, they are not sustainable..

The bankers all over are pushing us for more debt, one day those debts will have to be paid.

Where do you believe the money will come from to make the payback ? Capitilism is not a magic purse .

Debts will have to be paid in one way or the other .....

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Re: And capitalism falls like all the others @J.A.B

The first steps in resolving problems are to understand that they exist ( point them out), define what they "really" are and then start to begin the process of finding a solutions.

If no one speaks about what really is going on then no solution can ever be found. it's not about having any kind of "high-value skill" its about bringing things out into the open.

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And capitalism falls like all the others

What the governments are failing to admit is that capitalism has reached it's limits. "Eternal Growth", Only an utter fool could believe that such a system has any future.

As one of the other commentards mentioned, we have reached a point where we have to sustain ourselves on "No growth". We have to think deeply and honestly and look for solutions where an equitable society can be maintained on a realistic business model. Wealth has to be distributed in a different manner. The banks can't be trusted, shareholders have become far too greedy, politicians should be held accountable for their actions.

Society needs to change, our current political models are flawed, it's time that the current politicians stepped down and allowed for rational thinkers to step up and take control.

Communism doesn't work, Capitalism doesn't either, why can't we find some kind of happy medium between the two ?

The wealthy have become too wealthy,the industrialists too powerfull, the politicians too scared to take the lead. The standard solution is "war" but I refuse to be part of someone else's fuck ups.

Ten... eight-bit classic games

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Shaping the gaming industry

Putting aside the graphics capabilities, these games are the foundation of all the games that we have today, Adventure, Simulation, RPG, Platform.

The sound effects and graphics were a lot less important than game-play, and most of these games had excellent game-play. In part I believe it is because they left quite a lot for your own imagination, everything was not as spoon-fed as it is today.

Intel to ship 30 MILLION Ultrabooks in 2012 - report

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30 Million in 2012

Well something I do know is that no-one in my entourage will be part of that 30 Million in 2012.

I no longer hear any chit-chat or am asked any advice about buying personal laptops anymore. It's almost as if Joe Public has lost his interest, laptops in general seem have lost their appeal. Professionals still care but their companies provide the corporate Latitudes and Thinkpads , not the Ultrabooks.

I wonder who the target market is and who it was that was "Thrilled with the reception of their Ultrabook" ?

Global chocolate crisis looms

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Re: @ Silverburn

As much as I love Sprungli - 12 Layers - Ouch .....

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Re: Snickers

The Sassenachs, just can't help themselves can they, lol...

Mines the one with "You'll never take our Freedom".

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In Geneva there are several "Chocolatiers" on the main street, they are institutuions here, let's hope they stand up to this outrage....

In fact I might just pop into one of them on my way back from lunch, just in case.........

Microsoft to bake Windows 8 in three flavours

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Some Good , Some Bad

Switching of Language (I really hope this will work without rebooting or playing with the registry.)

ISO/VHD Mount - Definately good.

VPN Client ( Hope it works with Cisco)

There is also a lot of guff in that list, in reality there is not that many new options for the end user.

I won't mention the bad as it is all relative to the user and platform ( Tiles - hint hint)

Mail, Calendar etc are now called Apps, lol.

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