* Posts by Gio Ciampa

442 posts • joined 26 Jul 2008


Clara goes to the dark side, with dark secrets revealed in Dark Water

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"Moffatt has set the precedent for Timelords switching gender"

Apart from that time in "The Doctor's Wife"...

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: The plug-in for plutocrats

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"Only one car maker builds truly attractive large saloons and that’s Jaguar"

Nah... they just buy a bunch of tracing paper and copy what Aston are doing (or hire the same bloke who does it for them)

NUDE SNAPS AGENCY: NSA bods love 'showing off your saucy selfies'

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Re: Why am I not surprised by this? (@petur)

I can vouch for this, having worked for (if I guess right) that very company on the developing machines back in my student days - it was a common occurrence, should something deemed "interesting" be spotted, for word to find its way to the print room where an "accidental" second copy would be made...

I also spent a brief period where I was the link point between the post-checking and quality assurance departments - so every photo went through me (my job was to ensure that the paperwork matched the print roll), so I've seen it all... medical shots (lets just say, any closer and the camera would be better described as a sex toy), crime scenes (I'll not forget the caved-in skull by a tower block), as well as what were termed "holiday snaps"...

That said - word would also get around if the police were required to attend...

Apple 5S still best-selling smartphone 8 months after launch

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Re: Perhaps

You forgot about the use of "Gigantic" by the Pixies

I suppose lusting after huge black male members counts as aspirational...

If Google remembers whom it has forgotten, has it complied with the ECJ judgment?

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Seeing as this appears to be all about Google

Just go to Bing or Yahoo! or (if you live in 1998) Ask Jeeves

CIA rendition jet was waiting in Europe to SNATCH SNOWDEN

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Re: TheOtherHobbes

Not sure Benito (or descendants thereof) would be too pleased...

'Inaccurate' media misleads public on European Court's Google ruling

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Most of the reporting I heard went along the lines of "Google will have to remove data"...

...with maybe the occasional "and other search engines"...

...and never "whichever site actually has the data".

By all means remove inaccurate and outdated information - but the reporting on this was horrendous.

Linux distros fix kernel terminal root-hole bug

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Re: In the Microsoft World

And the identity of the body funding the study?

Target finally implements chip and PIN card protections

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Re: You miss the point.

"Fraud is never initially the victims fault. Even in America."

Until the corporate-backed lawyers decide it is...

Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen

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The limited GiffGaff tariffs allow tethering also (the unlimited ones don't)

Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker

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Mumsnet: "By parents for parents"

Are dads not parents too?

Dell Wyse Cloud Connect: Pocket Android desktop

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"Android desktop computing experience"

You mean... like plugging a mouse into the Android tablet I already own? No need for a monitor...

Treat yourself to some FA or NFL action at Wembley

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Out of interest...

Are we talking about the section where - for a fair while after half time - there's usually a distinct lack of bums on seats because they're too busy stuffing their faces to watch the game ... you know, the thing they're supposed to be there for instead of schmoozing?

Osbo's booze, bingo, biz and big data Budget

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Alan Turing Institute

Would "make sure the UK leads the way in big data and algorithm research".

a.k.a keeping tabs on the population in yet more devious ways...

Apple patent will see Siri remind you to keep taking your meds

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Re: The scary part...


Apart from the magic words "on a mobile device"?

(The Dell 450 boxes we were using for this back then weren't exactly portable - though they were working on something similar for tablet PCs)

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Re: The scary part...

Precisely - how exactly is this significantly different from, say, a system to remind doctors when to order blood tests for a patient, based on the dates/times of previous tests, or the results of said tests...

...something that a colleague of mine (in a previous job) was working on in the early 90's?

Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

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Re: Opened up the casual gaming market

"same old exploitation of the same old franchises"

Sounds like most of the other consoles too - at least as far as hype is concerned

No, pesky lawyers, particle colliders WON'T destroy the Earth

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What happens when 2 lawyers collide at high speeds?

Time for a Kickstarter-funded LLC?

Standing for, fairly obviously, the Large Lawyer Collider

Japanese fanboi first in queue for, er, iPhone 6

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Re: O M F G!

"A new model every year is frequent? yet on Android a new model every 6 months is seen as fine?"

No - it isn't. I bought my S3 mini a couple of months after it came out... and a couple of months later the S4 was announced and it was already obsolete - so much so Samsung didn't bother going beyond the Jelly Bean 4.1.2 it shipped with, and even CyanogenMod couldn't be bothered with an official release for it (it's now happily running an unofficial CM KitKat 4.4.2 port).

A right royal pain in the arse if you ask me

Google's tax returns are trop petite says Hollande

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And what's wrong with a good old corporate version of PAYE Income Tax?

Also... if it's earned here (no matter where the company is based) then it's taxed here.

Cut out 99% of the exceptions... and off we jolly well go...

(Tricky bit, as usual, is getting the politicians to agree...)

ANYONE on Google+ can now email you, with or without your Gmail addy

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"Incoming emails will also be partially filtered using Gmail's new inbox buckets."

And if you don't use them...???

Merry Christmas? Not for app devs: That gold rush is officially OVER

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Wish I'd seen this post .... before saying pretty much the exact same thing...

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This must be a new meaning of the phrase of which I was previously unaware...

"overall download numbers have crashed" vs "downloads grew by just a quarter"

Since when did "crash" mean "didn't rise by as much"???

(Usual apologies to D.N.A.)

NSA alleges 'BIOS plot to destroy PCs'

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Re: Sadly Trevor

If the Justice Department doesn't know what the President is (or is not) allowed to do... how the hell would anyone else know?

How Britain could have invented the iPhone: And how the Quangocracy cocked it up

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When do you start filming the next series of Secret Millionaire...?

Mandela memorial. Yup, let's SNAP A SELFIE, say grinning Obama, Cameron

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Re: Amazing how many leaders...

Why do you think there's now a G8 summit on tackling dementia?

They've obviously realised they'd forgotten their old views, and are trying to figure out what to do about it...

What a plot of nonsense: Ten Master master plan FAILS

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Re: Cadfael for the Master

And then shacking up with a Plasmavore in Halifax

(with the Adipose (super) nanny in tow for good measure...)

BT Sport scores own goal with £897m Champions League footie rights deal

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Re: Mental!

I'll wager that the BBC's F1 coverage (patchy as it is) won't last long because of this - now Sky have a few bob extra to ensure exclusivity there...

Doctor Who nicked my plot and all I got was a mention in this lousy feature

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Re: Original stories

Donna Noble did win the lottery in Tennant's (and her) last episode, so I suppose you could say "rags to riches" has been touched upon, even if very vaguely...

Google Chrome: Extensions now ONLY from the Company Store

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Re: Morally grey?

Alternatively ... if website operators stopped being lazy and hosted their own ads rather than outsource it to <whoever> (thereby also giving up control over what appears), then much of the ad-blocker functionality would become redundant overnight...

While the BBC drools over Twitter, look what UK's up to: Hospital superbug breakthrough

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Re: [snipped by mod]

Does anyone actually still watch The Gadget Show these days?

I gave up on it ages ago - when an iPhone won a "tech" challenge (something to do with GPS navigation if I recall) because (the-blonde-who-wasn't-Suzi-Perry) took forever to choose a dress to change into for the final leg...

Oooh! My NAUGHTY SKIRT keeps riding up! Hello, INTERNET EXPLORER

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Re: If your not Asian, your opinion on this means nothing. (@KarlLin)

And your first paragraph says the same about yours... (even if the second one is actually valid)

Does 'Star Wars' casting call hint at DEATH of LUKE SKYWALKER?

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Re: Twilight Under Two Suns

...or Disney re-hiring Miley...

The CURSE of WHO: WHY has there never been a decent videogame with the Doctor?

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I'm surprised...

...that Auntie hasn't released a cash-in title for The Day Of The Doctor...

Galaxy is CRAMMED with EARTH-LIKE WORLDS – also ALIENS (probably)

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Re: Cosmos...

Your memory is fine (unless mine is just as befuddled...).

Here's hoping that next year's Cosmos "follow-up" is up to the same standard as the original...

Steve Wozniak: 'I wish to God that Apple and Google were partners'

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Re: Microsoft need

"Actually Tim Cook just today sent a strongly worded open letter to congress..."

Are they going to stop shipping iThings to the Russians until they repeal their anti-gay laws?

Thought not...

BlackBerry Messenger RESURRECTED for iOS, Android doodads

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I already had an account tied to my email address...

...yet the signup process didn't recognise the fact until after I got the activation email.

Then - having rebooted the phone for an unrelated reason - it made me enter my details again...

...so I got a second email a few hours after the first.

Doesn't bode well...

Mark Shuttleworth labels Mir opponents 'the Open Source Tea Party'

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Re: Shuttleworth, F.U. and your socialistic pandering!

My hope is that a large chunk of that 300 bn was so that NASA could fund a large one-way mission to Mars, and putting all the politicians on it...

Volvo: Need a new car battery? Replace the doors and roof

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Re: Maybe what's needed is

It'd never get past Health & Safety... (a point made, if I recall correctly, by May et al a while back...)

Apple handed Samsung-busting nuke after Steve Jobs patent U-turn

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From TFP..

"As portable electronic devices become more compact, and the number of functions performed by a given device increase, it has become a significant challenge to design a user interface that allows users to easily interact with a multifunction device"

Does that not mean the patent fails on the "obvious" criteria? Just a thought...

Why a Robin Hood tax on filthy rich City types is the very LAST thing needed

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Re: Purpose?

Tax the profits????

Watch them magically disappear...

Investor lobs sueball at BlackBerry, says it 'misled' shareholders

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Re: As a shareholder

Presumably by ignoring the "share price may go down" part of the investment risk-taking...

O2, Tesco Mobile go titsup for 220,000+ Brits in 13-HOUR 3G cockup

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"routine upgrade work"

a.k.a screwing over the 3G customers because they're rolling out 4G at the moment?

LIVE, my beauty, LIVE! Nokia revives dead phone with LIGHTNING powered Frankencharger

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Does it use...

...the standard charging plug?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it ... Win Phone 8? No, it's APPLE'S iOS 7

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A personal gripe... or three...

Does nobody else find the keyboard annoying?

a) it doesn't display the letters in lower case if that's what will be typed next, so you have to distract yourself by hunting for the indicator on the shift key (unless you just assume that auto-capitalisation is perfect - or just don't care)...

b) if (for example) you're entering a post code, when you press space on the numeric keypad it jumps back to the letter mode so you have so switch back to the numeric mode to finish off...

c) it doesn't have a "long press to shift" so you can type numbers without having to switch to the numeric keypad and back...

No luck at all for BlackBerry as Messenger apps launch stalls

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Not helped by Google...

...allowing countless "BBM Messenger" apps onto the Play store...

Microsoft mocks Apple and new iPhones in vids it quickly pulls

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Re: I don't get it

They're still doing it - as recently as a month ago

The gist of the last one I saw was "Nokia Lumia 900 ... cheaper than an iPhone" (I forget the actual model number, but you get the idea)

Decks and plugs and rock and roll: Tascam CD-A750 cassette and CD combo

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" I had no money do anything with it though"

Most of my friends - being students at the time - funded their kit by investing their student grants in the privatisations of BT et al, then flogging off the shares a week later... (as presumably a lot of others did also)

Microsoft's $7.1bn Nokia gobble: Why you should expect the unexpected

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Re: The proof of the pudding...

Interesting... I wonder if Google did the same when buying Motorola?

(My guess... probably down the back of a sofa floating in the Irish Sea somewhere...)


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