* Posts by andreas koch

851 posts • joined 14 Jun 2008

Make or break: Microsoft sets date for CRUCIAL Win 8.1 launch

andreas koch
Happy

@ AC 1711h GMT - Re: Question @JDX

No, dear AnonIX, I'm actually who I am. And not ashamed of my opinion or my name.

And that opinion is *my opinion*, nothing more, nothing less. I don't pretend to state facts.

So, let's just agree to disagree, OK?

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@ AC 1603h GMT - Re: @ AC 1519h GMT - Question

Posting that as AC shows a lot of faith in the credibility of your opinion.

And no, they didn't. Who paid you? Oh, wait, they wouldn't know who you are . . .

Arf Arf Arf.

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IT Angle

@ AC 1519h GMT - Re: Question

Regardless whether it's a turd or not, or whether you like Microsoft or not: They have, at least to some extend, changed what users wanted changing. That alone is already laudable, I think.

Although it's so much more efficient to just produce something and make people want it, I have to admit. Microsoft seems to be inferior to companies like Google, Facebook or Apple in this respect. The question is now: Is that a good or a bad thing?

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Japan's largest mobe operator to snub Samsung this winter

andreas koch

@ Nate Amsden - Re: all japanese brands

DoCoMo being practically a government company, it's not much of a surprise that they promote local brands.

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Samsung faces Brazilian rap: Factory bods work '15hrs without break'

andreas koch
Unhappy

I'm wondering

how much of the $110m would reach any workers as compensation, or if it will just be used for some kind of government toy purchase.

On the other hand: someone at Samsung is probably doing a cost/ benefit analysis right now. It might turn out that $110m in fines or some similar sum in bribes is still cheaper than producing with 'first-world-standards' somewhere else.

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Rate-my-boink app scores frisky fanbois, fangurlz' SCREAMS, VIBRATIONS

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Paris Hilton

support question

Can anyone help? I have a friend in Bangor who wants to know if it recognises bleating.

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Norway BANS Apple from Oslo's skies: No aerial Maps app snaps allowed

andreas koch
Coffee/keyboard

Apple asked for permission first?

Wow.

Just WOW.

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Mobe-slurping Wi-Fi SPY BINS banned from London's streets

andreas koch
FAIL

Oops

That should have been ELS, as in Emergency Location Services.

My bad.

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Paris Hilton

@ Don Jefe - Re: @ AC 1930h GMT - Forget the privacy implications

AFAIK ILS != GPS

but some kind of triangulation. Or am I mistaken?

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andreas koch
Happy

@ AC 1930h GMT - Re: Forget the privacy implications

>. . .

I've been doing this since when I lived in the US they made it mandatory for all phones to have GPS and 'tracking' built in.

. . .<

You what? Illegal for a cellphone to not have a GPS? How's that enforceable?

Don't worry, they won't put you away any more than other alien abduction victims and Area51 witnesses.

You're too entertaining.

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Joke

@ AC 1541h GMT - Re: It is really the NSA!

>. . .

Plans to add facial recognition are however on hold

<

While GCHQ's plans for faecal recognition incorporated within the Surveillance of Hitherto Inacessible Terrain/ Toilet Advanced Counter Terrorism Information Camera (SHIT-TACTIC) system go ahead as planned.

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Most UK privacy cock-ups are 'careless' spaffing of personal data - watchdog

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@ dogged -

> . . .

Do they think it's not important?

. . .<

Yep.

> . . .

Do they think their corporate masters can save money by hoping nobody finds out?

. . .<

That's what they're doing now.

So, a 'no change' proposal.

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PayPal's fizzog-based payments app rubbished over reliability worries

andreas koch

How about

> . . .

where customers will be able to leave their wallet or purse at home and pay using their phone or tablet.

. . . <

leaving your rubbish-bin-tracked mobile at home and taking money with you?

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ZTE to flog Firefox OS mobe worldwide via eBay

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@ ribosome - Re: Is it really a smartphone or is it a feature phone

You convinced me; at long last someone with a clever view of the "how to market technology rap".

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Deutsche Telekom launches 'NSA-busting' encrypted email service

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Black Helicopters

BND

Strange that no one has mentioned them yet.

They ɞɧɚɊ ɇȅȜȠↈʝʬ ʘʚ ʧↈᴟ ᴥᴖᴌᵵᵷ ᵯḧṽẚ ỻỺỽₐⅫ ↀↈ ⱱⱴⱦ along.

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Waiting for a Windows Phone update? Let's talk again next year

andreas koch
Holmes

@ Irongut - Re: Nokia Lumia 620 ...

I've just compared my brother's 2013 Ford Mondeo to a 2013 Bentley Continental. The Bentley came out like the Galaxy S4 to the Lumia 620: A much nicer car, just like a much nicer phone.

They both get me from Reading to Maidenhead though.

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PayPal lets Brit 'burb-dwellers buy stuff using their ugly mug

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Happy

@ AC 0907h GMT - Re: auditing by the IWF

Internet Watch Foundation. But you knew that, didn't you.

Trollfeeding done for today.

Have a nice weekend, all!

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andreas koch
Holmes

Good thing

that most of the test venues are "artisan"-style outlets. They don't have to worry that they might have to look at ugly people.

Now, really: Does it have a function that automatically posts on Twitter and Facebook? Something like:" Joe Tweet just bought 2 skinny soy frappuccino (frappuccini??) for himself and Sue at Jenny's Lovebird Café."

Nasty, if your current bonkee's name is Ellen.

Mind you, by 2015 it'll be law that, if Sue looks as if she might be under 25, camera footage of the purchase will be automatically sent for auditing by the IWF, mumsnet and Claire Perry. Sue could be underage, you pervert. Or your daughter, you incestuous pervert.

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Silent Circle shutters email service

andreas koch
Devil

@ AC 0801hGMT - Re: No Secure Communications

Encrypted meshes or not, all your encryption will be useless when the enforcers come around to you to grab all your computer hardware for assessment. Not using an open, unencrypted channel of communication is practically admitting that you have got something to hide. So you must be either a pervert (CP*, IWF, mumsnet), animal abuser (RSPCA) or terrorist (GCHQ/JIC).

Be afraid.

* Not Child Porn, Claire Perry.

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Bill Gates's barbed comments pop Google's broadband balloons

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@ Captain Obvious/ Christopher Edwards - Re: Intelligence!

Thank you for this information.

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Stop

@ Decade - Re: Bill Gates still needs Microsoft

> . . .

Greater communication allows greater access to the market. It allows people to make deals with other people at larger distances, thereby finding the best prices for their wares. It frees them from having to sell to the nearest market, which is subject to great price variation.

With better access to money, people become richer and are better able to afford mosquito counter-measures, which we take for granted in the United States. And that reduces the infection rate of malaria, Bill Gates' pet project.

. . . <

There is no market, there is no money.

Your argument seems invalid to me. Sorry.

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@ Roo - Re: Intelligence!

You're right.

But not in the places that get hit by Malaria and Dengue. In these regions people couldn't afford a RaspberryPi shared between 4 families, apart from the fact that there's no 'leccy to run it. And most would first have to learn to read as well.

And you're twice right that the people need a roof, [clean water], food and fuel first. And then get some health issues right. And then get an education. And then get an infrastructure. And then, after all that, then get Google.

Or, if you prefer, Bing.

(I'm not a Mega-Microsoft fan, but I think Gates has the priorities 'righter'.)

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Canonical: Last change to Ubuntu Edge phone price – we promise

andreas koch

I don't think this crowdfunding is meant seriously.

My personal opinion is that Mr. Shuttleworth is sounding the market for hardware with this action.

Ubuntu phone as an OS is supposed to run on the majority of modern (Android) hardware, so an actual Canonical-branded phone isn't necessary. I think he'd like to cash in on the mobile hardware sales and just checks how many people would genuinely be interested. From my point of thinking 1000 people giving £5 each are more informative to him than Bloomberg pledging 80 grand.

It's obviously not reaching the goal, let's face it. So we'll see if he personally jumps in and tops the result up by himself (indicating that he thinks there was enough interest), or scraps the whole thing.

Not many software businesses have ever successfully expanded into hardware, so I guess it will be the latter.

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Webcam stripper strikes back at vicious 4Chan trolls after year of bullying

andreas koch
Devil

Re: Disagree with Bootnote

Wow.

Does that mean that a person could actually sue an MP for, let's say Devizes, for harassment, if a reasonable person would find that her course of conduct amounted to harassment?

I feel some CP* cases coming up . . .

Not Child Porn, Claire Perry.

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Infosec analysts back away from 'Feds attacked Tor' theory

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Alien

@ NomNomNom -

For Sobek's sake, man, shut up! You can't just blab that around on the web.

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See a young Brit's mobe? 55% chance it has nekkid selfies on it, claims poll

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@ The Big Yin - Re: So...

QFT.

That's what's going to happen, as soon as the valiant huntress of Wiltshire gets wind of it.

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andreas koch
Childcatcher

@ Mystic Megabyte - Re: interesting radio antenna.

HAM pr0n, I tell you! Is there no one regulating this?

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andreas koch
Devil

Here's what's going to happen next:

Claire Perry will hear about this. And ask herself how it can be that the mobile companies don't have to have a child porn filter on their products. She'll ask for some suggestions from her pals at mumsnet and the IWF and together they will come to this conclusion:

Most of the top people at mobile companies are male, and thereby it's no wonder that they promote this filth.

To make the world better and protect our children this has to stop so we have to get rid of all the child porn maniacs in the industry and replace them with responsible mothers. There should also be an 'opt-in' option to activate the camera in any case, and an age restriction on it's use. All pictures are to be checked against a National Child Porn Database, and only released after it's confirmed that they don't break any laws.

Interesting times ahead, indeed.

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Xerox copier flaw changes numbers in scanned docs

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@ unitron - Re: I must have blinked and missed it.

All digital, since 2000 and earlier.

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Horrific moment curvy mum-of-none Mail Online spills everyone's data

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@ Adze - Re: Before long...

You have accidentally used the 'joke' icon where you wanted Sherlock . . .

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andreas koch
Devil

@ AC1550h GMT - Re: Right now I am on my knees praying

>

Right now I am on my knees praying

that somehow some "terrible, awful" images were quietly stashed somewhere. Because life wouldn't get much better. Except if it turned out that the hackers involved were massive potheads.

. . .<

Those images should feature CP*, best to be hosted in a hidden folder on mumsnet and then linked to the Daily Mail.

That'd make me smile.

*Claire Perry

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Oi, trolls, BEHAVE! Twitter tweaks rules to tackle abusive twits

andreas koch
Childcatcher

@ Thomas 4 - Re: Hooray!

I haven't tried for quite a long time, but surely /b/ is blocked in all civilised countries by now?

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Gov: Smart TV bods must protect users from smut-riddled badness

andreas koch
Devil

@ dougal83 -

>. . .

I don't have ANY children in my household

. . . <

"Then you must obviously be a pervert because you want to expose other people's kids to your smut! Be ashamed, you sicko!" says Mrs Sloverton from across the road.

That's the kind of response we'll hear more of in the future.

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andreas koch
Devil

@ Gordon Pryra -

> . . .

Whats the real reasons behind this bollocks?

<

The real reason behind this bollocks, in my understanding, is getting votes, which m0rt earlier on already stated. Look at it like this:

You are the current conservative MP for Frimpleton. Your Labour competitor criticises your lack of action about the security of the local primary school where a child was followed by some real pervert with a compact camera. To be seen as more vigilant than you he proposes a law that forbids cameras in the area around this school.

Now, from your position it would be political suicide to speak against that: You would be siding with the perverts. You also can't just say that it is a good idea, because he was first and you would be 'riding the bandwagon'. So, to get ahead you have to step it up so that he appears to not be stringent enough: You suggest to ban all cameras in the constituency.

The ball is now back in his field. He faces the same dilemma and needs to raise the level of action. As a result the school and approaching roads are now to be covered with blackout tunnels, so that parents can pick up their kids as they are, one by one, but through a kind of airlock. You counter this idea by stating that this opens up the possibility of getting the wrong child handed out and advocate a 'chip and pin' system with a code that the parents have to provide to obtain the correct child.

Your opponent brings up the argument that this might be error prone and to complicated to enforce and has the better idea of an automated system with several failsafes: face recognition of both parents and children, together with DNA testing and skin-embedded NFC tags on a cloud-based, nationwide platform*.

And so on . . .

Not to raise means you lose. To lower measures means to lose. The only way is up.

*At which moment the original pervert gets all his kiddie pix from the badly secured (because it was created by some ICT advisory panel that has members qualified by having A-level knowledge in PowerPoint) cloud storage without having to take them himself. But that's not the point.

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US Republican enviro-vets: 'Climate change is real. Deal with it'

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@ Steve Knox - Re: @ Burb - @ AC 0647hGMT - Whatever.

Thank you for your lecture. I now see that you have won the logical debate.

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andreas koch
Stop

@ Burb - Re: @ AC 0647hGMT - Whatever.

Lazy, are we? I'm not going to play Russell's teapot with you; there's lists of them about, google it.

Even Freeman Dyson is somewhat doubtful about it.

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What I have yet to hear

is the freaking 100's of scientists actually telling me what the correct temperature of the planet is, and at which point in time this was. On average, over the lifetime of Earth, temperatures will have been in the, for us, uninhabitable range.

(Unless, of course, the world is 6000 years old. then we have a different picture: it's all the faggots (which GOD hates), hippies (HE really dislikes those) and foreigners (dubious, shifty bunch, all of them) that cause it, with their ungodly ways. WBC)

OK. So, when exactly was the right temperature? When grand uncle Oliver was a little boy, the summers were always a lot warmer, I was assured; That's not it, then. 1748, maybe? 1491? 239 BCE? 15000 years ago? As this <annoying airquote with actual little curtsy> correct </annoying airquote with actual little curtsy> temperature seems to have happened at some arbitrary time and has an equally arbitrary value, I, for myself, declare the baseline to be the 19th of May, 219056 BCE. And 298.8K.

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Meh

@ AC 0647hGMT - Re: Whatever.

There are likewise other scientists who say the opposite or something in between, probably with the same credentials. So?

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Tick-tock, Apple: Obama has just days to stop US iPhone iPad sales ban

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@Yet Another Anonymous coward - Re: Wouldn't it be better

I thought he had a degree in Law and not in Politics? Never mind, your argument is definitely valid anyway.

Upvote!

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andreas koch
Paris Hilton

Wouldn't it be better

to let someone who actually has some in-depth knowledge concerning technology and intellectual property decide such a thing? Mr. Obama appears to be a clever man, but he's a lawyer by profession and trying to run a rather substantial country; he surely must have better things to do than reading up on the details of silly squabbles between toymakers to make an informed decision.

If he makes an uninformed decision, then it could just as well have been left to Paris.

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Roses are #f00, violets are #00f. This witty code is a boffinry breakthrough

andreas koch
WTF?

Breakthrough? Boffins?

I'm not all quite that sure, of course, but to me that looks like a bit of text trawling, a two-column table and a random number generator.

Big data and eggheads? More the level of bored 13-year-olds on a Commodore C64 in 1984.

But, who am I . . .

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Nokia sidles up to Qualcomm, hands over bulging map package

andreas koch
Stop

It'll be funny

when Google InDoors™ does the lavatory stalls.

Or maybe not.

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'Mm, we do love tweeters' private info, we'll take 40% more,' say world's g-men

andreas koch
Coat

If you tweet or otherwise post hateful stuff,

then you're an unpleasant person.

If you do it from a traceable account with real life data, then you're an unpleasant idiot.

Serves you right for being unpleasant if you get caught.

Was that too unpleasant? Oops, puts me in my place . . .

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US and China make major bilateral anti-piracy bust

andreas koch
Joke

In other news:

The Apple Stores in Beijing and Shenzhen sell expensive American knock-offs of Chinese technology . . .

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So, who here LURVES Windows Phone? Put your hands up, Brits

andreas koch
Meh

@ Joe Montana - Re: Hmmmm corporate skewing ?

I don't think that you should have such an aggressive opinion about this: Do you usually open your unlocked door with a crowbar? No? Then why would you mention an open source software like FirefoxOS and cracking in the same sentence?

Unless

oh, never mind.

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UK the 'number 1 target' of online gangsters in 25 countries - e-crime report

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@ Irongut - Re: Keith Vaz

>. . .

Mr Fawkes had the right idea.

<

This could already be rated as 'terrorism incitement'.

Not funny in the future, but it gets an upvote from me.

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andreas koch
Unhappy

The wedge goes in.

> . . .

The elected representatives on the committee also want to see a much tighter internet filtering regime. "It is still too easy for people to access inappropriate online content, particularly indecent images of children, terrorism incitement and sites informing people how to commit online crime," a statement by the Home Affairs Committee explains.

. . . <

Here we go. Now that we have dealt with the thread of The Pirate Bay and will, by the end of the year, have dealt with porn, let's start on the next, undeniable issue.

By putting "terrorism incitement", a vague term, and "informing people how to commit online crime" into the same sentence as "indecent images of children", it is ensured that people will not dare to say 'wait a minute, you can't do that!' .

When is an internet site, comment, blogpost, tweet or whatever a terrorist incitement or an information how to commit online crime? Just telling about proxies, VPN, TOR or PGP might be regarded as doing so.

I think I know what this will end as:

The Great British Internet will revert to being CEEFAX. At least we won't need any more bandwidth upgrades . . .

Didn't the current rulers say something about stopping all this "nanny-state" stuff that the last rulers did? I can't see that they're doing that. This shows how much a politician's pre-election pledge is worth: 0.0

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Lingering fingerprint fingering fingered in iOS 7 for NEW iPHONE

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Joke

@ Ross K - Re: Nothing to see here...

Uh-Oh. Google is going to regret that, when Apple will have invented this earlier in a future iPhone and will then apply for a holding order for available and possible future devices by reason of conceivable future (retro-)infringement of a later occurring earlier example of the technology used in those.

Is there a textbook on time-warp grammar in reality-distortion-field cases?

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Kids LIE about age on Facebook, gasps Brit ad watchdog

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Happy

@ Jean Le PHARMACIEN - Re: Britain's best chance ..

Merci beaucoup, Monsieur.

I aim to entertain. ;-)

Sorry about the keyboard though; have you tried switching it off and back on again?

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