* Posts by Matthew 17

356 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

Matthew 17

this shouldn't be encouraged, it's another 1st world problem

We don't or at least shouldn't need 'protecting' from stereotypes, bad role models or anything we might see on the TV, on a billboard or on a computer. We seem to be encouraging a world where people are increasingly fragile and can't think for themselves, we need to tiptoe over endless eggshells to avoid offending them.

Obese people are told to be 'body confident' rather than to lose weight, they cost the NHS £5billion every year, there are so many of these body confident people about no-one notices any more, yet if you see someone who is anorexic then it's rare, people look and stare, this is despite the thin/athletic models in the magazines, on the TV, in adverts etc, or the slim manakins in the shop windows. They then use 'real women' in the adverts to avoid offence meaning that to be one you have to be overweight, if you are slim/athletic then you're presumably part of the problem! If you're a man that's useless around the house or can't change a wheel on a car then you're a stereotype, if you know how to fix stuff and don't have a problem with DIY and keeping the house clean then you're just another man that's keeping women down. If you're a woman who likes being a housewife then you're oppressed! Any model used will always offend someone, it's what they're there for, it gives them validation. It's a competition to see who can be the most frequently offended and self-righteous.

People don't need protecting, children should be taught how to think, not what to think. You should be confident in your own self and mind, your problems are your problems, they're not everyone else's, you're just as special as everyone else, i.e you're not special. No-one is interested in what you identify with if that's all you've got to contribute to the world. Go out and do something, be the best you can. If you find that the way a product is advertised offensive, awesome, don't buy their product, don't complain about it and demand that it's banned. We're bending over backwards for this tiny but very vocal minority of people who contribute nothing but demand everything. It's long past time we just ignored them and got on with our lives as all of these harmful adverts or stereotypes don't bother us, we're don't even notice them as we're just getting on with it. If you object to how something is advertised then just don't buy it. Marketers create adverts they think will help sell a product, if it doesn't work they'll try a different approach.

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John McAfee plans to destroy Google. Details? Ummm...

Matthew 17

Re: I'm a statistic

And so's my wife!

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Guess who doesn't have to pay $1.3bn in back taxes? Of course it's fscking Google

Matthew 17

The EU are always suing US IT firms for $bagillions

Have they ever managed to get any money from doing this, all that seems to happen is that they go back n forth through the courts for a few years then nothing?

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Ever wonder why those Apple iPhone updates take so damn long?

Matthew 17

Other than it taking a bit longer to update

Was anyone remotely inconvenienced with this?

If they'd asked users whether they wanted to change from one file system to another 99% of users would have had no idea what a filesystem was.

Even if a phone did die in the process restoring it is trivial.

If you're ever worried about an update bricking your device then wait to see how the update went for the masses before installing it yourself. They're not forced on you.

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PCIe speed to double by 2019 to 128GB/s

Matthew 17

I wonder what the Peripheral Component Interconnect Special Interest Group do for fun?

And is there a casual interest group also?

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Going to Mars may give you cancer, warns doc

Matthew 17

give the transport ship a magnetosphere

The Earth's magnetic field is physically large but as magnets go it's really weak.

You could create a comparable magnetic field around a small craft without adding much weight or energy requirements, just needs a coil with a few amps going through it.

The solar wind / cosmic rays would then be deflected and the borealis would give the astronauts something to look at whilst they're trapped inside for the trip.

I know there was the idea of filling the hull with a skin of water but that's going to add a lot of mass which makes it harder to get it up there.

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UK PM May's response to London terror attack: Time to 'regulate' internet companies

Matthew 17

Re: Book stores.

it's difficult to see how extra 'bobbies on the beat' would make any difference for this sort of crime.

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Earth resists NASA's attempts to make red and green clouds

Matthew 17

Re: Chemtrails FTW

Wasn't HAARP shut down?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Frequency_Active_Auroral_Research_Program

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Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

Matthew 17

So when it shows advertising doesn't work, no-one is influenced by them

Will the house of cards that is Google finally tumble?

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UK.gov cuts deal with Microsoft to avoid £15m post-Brexit price hike

Matthew 17

I only clicked the article because it had a C64 on the picture

I feel disappointed now.

Might go n play Delta to cheer myself up.

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Apple’s premium TV plans – the hobby doomed to stay that way

Matthew 17

Content licensing breaks everything

I have an ATV, I quite like it I can use it as an AirPlay device, mirror my Mac on it and I use it for YouTube/Netflix/iPlayer/4OD/Plex. there isn't an Amazon app for it which is a PITA as I've only 2 HDMI sockets on my TV and the other one has the BD player in. Ideally I'd have a smart telly that has all the functionality built in so I can just keep the DB player for the odd occasion when it's used.

But I don't want to have a subscription to Netflix, and another to Amazon Prime, and another to Apple, and another to something else all to just watch the odd thing that I do. Would be nice to just have a box that lets me watch anything on no matter who makes it and I'd just get an invoice at the end of the month paid via direct debit.

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Mac Pro update: Apple promises another pricey thing it will no doubt abandon after a year

Matthew 17

Re: "Once upon a time, you couldn't get a PC of equivalent spec as a Mac Pro"

In 2013 the trash can was good value, you couldn't buy a machine with that CPU/GPU's/RAM/PCIeSSD etc for the price, even a DIY machine would cost far more.

Yes that was way back in 2013 and the world has moved on. I guess for the most part people didn't need expensive Xeon CPU's as they didn't work in music/video production, they just wanted an 'iMac Pro' with a modern i7 and decent GPU in to play games on.

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As of today, iThings are even harder for police to probe

Matthew 17

not without warning

It doesn't automatically update the OS.

If you do it checks / prompts to see if you have a backup of your device.

If you're worried that a software update might break something then don't update your device straight away, if there are issues they'll soon make the news, if nothing happens then it's safe to update your device, but make sure you have a backup first.

:)

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Apple's macOS is the safer choice – but not for the reason you think

Matthew 17

Surely any system is secure until someone finds a way to break in?

If, because there are fewer hackers on MacOS it has less malware, rootkits and other exploits then it's by definition safer. If you put a Windows PC onto the Internet naked then it'll get owned almost straight away, whereas if you're using MacOS, Linux or any other unix-like OS then you're almost certainly going to be fine as long as you keep it all patched and don't do anything obviously daft.

But to argue that it might be like a sieve we just don't know and there isn't anyone to prove it then by the same argument it might be the most secure operating system ever devised. I think the anti-virus people are just annoyed they can't get any money out of Mac users and want to scare them into buying their software subscriptions.

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Apple: Don't panic, but your Mac can be pwned via GarageBand .bands

Matthew 17

Does it affect Logic Pro X?

as it can load GarageBand files.

Also, possibly worth mentioning that if you get a new Mac it does come bundled with what were the iWork / iLife apps. I generally do a reinstall of the OS when I get one just so it's a nice barebones install, it doesn't then install anything extra 'by default' unless you visit it the app store and download them.

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Totally not-crazy billionaire Elon Musk: All of us – yes, even you – must become cyborgs

Matthew 17

I think it's why he wants to move to Mars

He knows that to realise his world view almost everyone will be without a job. He's no concept that not everyone lives in that Californian IT bubble. If he can therefore create his new society/cult of mecca humans then it won't be a problem.

He accepts that if you drive something for a living you'll be out of work.

He then notes that if cars drive themselves people will stop buying them, they'll just turn up, take you where you want to be and drop you off.

He also notes that cars spend 85% of their time parked up so not only will no-one buy them we'll need far less of them too.

If you're not owning or driving a car then you'll not get insurance or visit a filling station and buy some chewing gum and a CD of 80's rock classics whilst you're there.

You'll not clean them or have the bumps taken out or buy a sat nav.

We'd not need white lines or sign posts, traffic lights or junctions either.

And we could 'drive' whilst drunk and watch Youtube and there shouldn't be any congestion which is nice.

But those tens of millions of people who're out of work and won't buy into this utopia are just spoilsports and need to be given a 'basic income' as compensation for now being unemployable, this will be paid by tax on the ever dwindling supply of people who's jobs have yet to be eradicated.

Better to create your own society with the new rules from day one.

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You want WHO?! Reg readers vote Tom Baker for Doctor 13. Of course

Matthew 17

YOU HAVE A WOMAN'S BOTTOM!

That's the role TB needs to resurrect

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Macs don't get viruses? Hahaha, ha... seriously though, that Word doc could be malware

Matthew 17

Malware and viruses aren't quite the same thing though

So a virus should be able to infect another machine on the network without the user doing anything.

Here you have to open a specific word document in Word presumably that's been engineered to include some malware. It's not going to 'infect' any other Mac on the network or replicate itself to be included into any of your other documents.

Whereas if you run an unprotected Windows machine on the internet then it'll run into trouble in minutes whether you open a document or not.

Still don't see any compelling reason to install anti-virus on a Mac, I run malwarebytes if I'm doing some housekeeping, never seen it report that it's found something bad.

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'Apple ate my music!' Streaming jukebox wipes 122GB – including muso's original tracks

Matthew 17

The software has issues but still a user error

If you want a streaming service with no local content then the software will sack off your local music collection. If you're a spod like me that has 15 different versions of the same album and 50 different versions of the same piece then a basic streaming service isn't going to work. If you ever accidentally push the button to let 'iTunes organise your music' and witness the instant clusterfuck it makes of all your perfectly organised files it's instantly clear how such a streaming service isn't going to work. There's little concept of albums, different recordings or performances, they're just tracks, it's 'this song' by 'that artist' that's all it seems to understand, if you have straightforward music listening habits then it might work.

I may be one of those odd people that still buys music but I have 1000's of albums all ripped to the computer and use iTunes to play them, other than the software being really slow and clunky after version 10.x I can't say I've ever had something go missing or lose access to my music. If I'm working on a new song then I'll bounce it as an MP4 to iTunes and copy that to my iPhone to audition in the car, again this is more laborious with all the extra shite they've had to add for Apple Music, it would be nice to be able to switch all the extra features off and turn it back into the good ol' days of the iPod.

But if your music library is important or vital to you, don't run software that you know will delete files!

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Prof Hawking to mail postage-stamp space craft to Alpha Centauri using frickin' lasers

Matthew 17

Wasn't Hawking worried about contacting aliens...

in case it alerted them to our presence and they came over and killed us?

Now he wants to point a frickin' laser at them and bombard them with thousands of tiny drones!

Well I for one welcome our new alien overlords.

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SpaceX's Musk: We'll reuse today's Falcon 9 rocket within 2 months

Matthew 17

Far from boring

Ever since the space shuttle hampered space exploration as it sapped the cash and delivered little the days of NASA being the heros and people visited the Moon seemed gone forever. However with the advent of SpaceX they really seemed to have kicked the whole thing up the backside. NASA and the ESA have new launchers, there's plans to take people beyond LEO again.

In a world where we have people thinking that the US faked their moon landings, and so many who live in fear of science and technology. Perhaps all this progress will help open everyone's eyes again.

Still not convinced that barge landing approach is the easiest or most reliable way of going about recovery but fingers crossed they perfect it, and continue to kick backsides.

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Brits rattle tin for 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

Matthew 17

I like the idea of fuelcel powered vehicles

Quick refuel, fewer batteries to lug about and recycle. No urban pollution, and if the hydrogen comes from zero carbon sources like nuclear and is transported via fuelcell powered vehicles to the pumps then you could argue the whole thing was carbon free.

However, why is there the need to make electric cars or those with an alternative drivetrain look so daft.

Just give me a Mondeo or BMW looking car and whack in a fuelcell. Someone on the Internet recently converted a Corvette to all electric and it still would do north of 150MPH as before.

But regardless, make a practical product that is of benefit to your average person and they'll buy one over the normal petrol or diesel vehicles. Doesn't need any gimmicks or daft styling.

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Elon Musk takes wraps off planet-saving Model 3 vapourmobile

Matthew 17

not a bad looking car, hope it does well

My only concern is the leasing costs for the batteries and keeping them healthy.

Also I prefer more tactile controls in the cockpit, that big iPad stuck on the dash for everything.

Still, would consider one if the numbers make sense when they're available.

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Intel's Broadwell Xeon E5-2600 v4 chips: So what's in it for you, smartie-pants coders

Matthew 17

will do methinks for a new Mac Pro

Almost enough cores I reckon, and the current model has been around nearly 3 years.

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FBI backs down against Apple: Feds may be able to crack killer's iPhone without iGiant's help

Matthew 17

Re: Phone in hand.

There was also the concern that if they were forced to break into this phone, they would then be expected to use their tool to break into other iDevices as the precedent had been set and the software written.

I suspect that if the G-Men want to tarnish Apple over this they simply have to release a story that they broke into the phone (they're therefore not as secure as Apple claim) and that they found an evil plot involving baddies on the phone that wasn't backed up to the iCloud, for some reason.

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UK plans robo-car tests on motorways in 2017

Matthew 17

Given that they still need drivers on trains and the tube...

I can't see driverless cars being that welcome.

I'd have The tube, trains done, then buses and freight (they'd save money by not having to stop whilst the driver has a nap and a prostitute). Once all those are sorted then cars can drive themselves. As we're assimilated by the little identical taxis that move us from A to B whilst we browse the web and data is collected to sell us things then we can all start wearing the silver suits and form part of the hive mind. It was always the vision of the 21st century that we'd all be alike so best start conforming.

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First working Apple Mac ransomware infects Transmission BitTorrent app downloads

Matthew 17

being thick...

You don't install transmission, it's a stand alone app. Nor do you run it as root or grant it privileges. Is it just scrambling the users docs in their home directory, so any backup would be fine to recover or is it able to encrypt the attached volume(s) if so, how?

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Solution to tech bros' disgust of SF homeless people launched

Matthew 17

Reminds me of the article on the Day Today

where they reported that the homeless were going to be clamped.

If I recall Kim Wylde was quite upset about it!

Anyway I'm hoping for version 2 that masks out chubsters as well.

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Under-fire Apple backs down, crafts new iOS to kill security safeguard

Matthew 17

The update makes the phone work, but disables the touch ID

It's a sensible compromise. If you're cheap and get a backstreet techie to swap your home button then your phone will still work but you've lost the touch ID feature. If you want that back take it to an approved store. It's not Apple turning back on their security model.

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Feds look left and right for support – and see everyone backing Apple

Matthew 17

Would amuse me that after all this fuss...

There was an iCloud backup of the phone all along :)

I think that even if Apple were given the phone, made a hack in secret to break into it, took a copy and handed the data over without the details of the hack, the software or whatever never leaves their lab then that might be a sufficient compromise. Assuming they can actually do that.

But to hand over software to the Feds that would enable them to break into any iOS device without asking isn't really on.

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New NASA theory: Moon radiation drops so HULK RIP MOON LIKE SHIRT

Matthew 17

Re: Same old NASA

a very long way to go to conclude that it's a round iceberg in space.

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Little warning: Deleting the wrong files may brick your Linux PC

Matthew 17

if EFI and Linux is problematic

Why does Linux run so well on a Mac?

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NASA books second Boeing space taxi

Matthew 17

Re: "Sustainable future on ISS"

Still happening but they've extended operation beyond 2020 now.

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Star Wars: Episode VIII delayed by six months

Matthew 17
Trollface

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOÕ!!!

etc.

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Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

Matthew 17

is the solar system therefore much bigger (than previously thought)?

The irregularities in Neptune's orbit always suggested there must be something very big further out, when they found Pluto and the rest of the TNO's they seemed to be happy that they had the explanation. But if they've concluded again that there must be something really big out there but further out, then does that therefore mean that Voyager isn't in interstellar space, i.e the influence of the Sun stretches out far enough for this Nibiru planet to maintain an orbit rather than just drift off into space itself?

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SpaceX: launch, check. Landing? Needs work

Matthew 17

what stops it falling over, even if all legs work?

The barge looks tiny, has to be moving about in the water.

With those little legs it looks like the centre of gravity is going to be quite high up.

There doesn't seem to be anything to grab it and prevent it toppling over before it has been recovered.

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'Powerful blast' at Glasgow City Council data centre prompts IT meltdown

Matthew 17

the SNP have an EPO?

I've had many a faulty power supply in a server smoke and trigger the fire system, would never feel comfortable leaving a system with an emergency power off unattended.

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Google chap bakes Amiga emulator into Chrome

Matthew 17

A mear shadow of the Beast!

The original Amiga was really quite special, it's a pity Commodore wasn't able to really take it far, I saved my paper-round money to buy a 500, probably the last time I got truly giddy from owning a computer.

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Taxi for NASA! SpaceX to fly astronauts to space station

Matthew 17

Re: Boo, hiss

I think you mean 1 not 7. 7 was the first manned Apollo flight, the previous ones had been unmanned to test equipment.

Apollo 1 had the fire which killed the three astronauts during a test but it never left the ground.

I don't know why people seem worried about SpaceX, spacecraft have always been outsourced to private enterprise, no-one was ever worried before, the Shuttle, Soyuz and Ariane have all had multiple failures, some at the cost of life, SX have a very good track record, yes one failed but it was unmanned and they've changed it since getting the contract, it wasn't an engine fault, the internal bracing of the tanks snapped, it turned out to be due to a bad batch of aluminium, so they changed the design to prevent it happening again. I wish them well, I'm sure they'll do everyone proud.

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How TV ads silently ping commands to phones: Sneaky SilverPush code reverse-engineered

Matthew 17

Re: Those frequencies are too high

Dude, the 90's called, they want your analog NICAM TV set back.

we're all digital now innit, got more audios now.

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Space fans eye launch of Lego Saturn V

Matthew 17

I'd love one however....

I'd rather have Apollo 15 then it would include the car!

It is a little sad that Lego has become a kit rather than a system to design and build things from.

In my day, etc.....

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MacBooks are so hot right now. And so is Mac OS X malware

Matthew 17

Re: been saying it for decades...

decades?

maybe a decade ;)

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Music lovers move to block Phil Collins' rebirth

Matthew 17

Glad he's back

He's a killer drummer and a decent singer, he comes from an era where you had to be able to play and / or sing to make records, not just have an iPad and a Soundcloud account.

Glad he's back to health and can play again.

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GCHQ's SMURF ARMY can hack smartphones, says Snowden. Again.

Matthew 17

How would he know?

He's been in exile a while now, phones and whatnot have since been encrypted, Apple have made a big play about how they haven't installed any backdoors into their kit, they're supposed to be being taken to court over this.

I think he just enjoys the fame, he comes up creates a bit of FUD and has a bit of a laugh at our expense.

So Mr. Snowden; pics or it didn't happen.

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Blighty's Bloodhound 1,000mph rocket car unveiled ahead of record attempt

Matthew 17

My old Nova GTE would take it

It was ace, had Recaros and some serious Pioneer ICE.

They're lucky I drove it into a tree in 1991 and killed it or they'd have been worried about the competition.

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11 MILLION VW cars used Dieselgate cheatware – what the clutch, Volkswagen?

Matthew 17

A physics question, I'm confused.

If I burn a fuel I want to burn as much of it as possible, otherwise I'm wasting it. So during the combustion process I want to turn all of that fuel into an oxide. Therefore in an engine I want the maximum amount of CO (converted to CO2), H2O, NO to come out of the exhaust for a given volume of fuel.

But as far as I can tell on the diesel engines they're deliberately over-injecting the input effectively meaning unburned diesel comes out and therefore the 'emissions' for the fuel going in is less.

This is bizarre, lets make an engine that produces half the pollution by using only half the fuel and piss the rest away, then get a prize for making a clean and efficient engine?!

So the car runs in fuel-wasting, lame performance mode to pass the clean test, but runs efficiently when not. This suggests to me that the problem is more with how the cars are being tested.

Even though I drive a diesel, I know they're dirty and crap but my Mondeo Titanium is quite comfy, reasonably strong and will do nearly 900 miles with a 60 litre tank. I've never forgiven it simply because it's a diesel and drives like one.

I think it's the beginning of the end for this fuel, the road tax for none commercial vehicles will be hiked and hiked and hiked that whilst you'll take the rattly engine and sooty exhaust for the MPG and cheap tax for now if it becomes cheaper to get a petrol car again folk will swap back.

Ideally EV's need to get better as it would take all the pollution away from cities, Christ knows how we'll power them, there will be no such thing as off-peak energy in the future as everyone will be charging their cars over night, but that's a separate discussion.

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All in all, it's just another hit in the stalls: Roger Waters The Wall

Matthew 17

Re: He should stay out of politics....

He used the pig to symbolise greed and oppression, he covered the pig in a whole range of symbols to illustrate this which was used for a moment during one of the songs from the album. No-one else complained. It's true he's against the oppression of Palestine and is quite vocal about it, but if anyone ever is critical of the Israeli government they're immediately accused of anti-semitism as an ad hominem to attack the person instead of their argument.

I don't always agree with Waters' politics but strongly disagree with the notion that he's anti-semitic.

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Matthew 17

A fantastic show

I'm not quite old enough to have seen the original show, the album also wasn't their best (I much preferred Animals), it wasn't until PF released the 'Is Anyone Out There?' concert recording of those original shows that the album seemed to make sense. It had been edited down to fit on the two LP's but now it was there in its full glory.

I was fortunate to see the new version at Wembley, the presentation of it was wonderful, every single brick in the wall is mapped by the projections, they were able to black-fill bricks so they were only illuminated at the correct point. Technically the whole thing was incredible. Musically it was sublime and powerful however has that slight aggression to the performance that was softened by the rest of The Floyd. My wife whom I'd dragged along and definitely not a PF fan had her reservations but soon concluded the show was quite special and unique.

They don't really make rock operas any more, certainly not of this ilk, with the looming streaming world we live in few artists will be big enough to afford to put on such a production and even if they did it would be of the vacuous turd variety.

Not sure how the cinema experience of it will be, it's more of a political manifesto now, but will certainly make the effort to go and see it.

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Shedload of security bugs squashed in iOS 9 – what the hell went wrong with iOS 8?

Matthew 17

Re: One big fix that iOS 9 fixes

But there aren't any devices that were capable of running 8 that can't run 9.

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'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

Matthew 17

The new piracy

The industry of advertising and collecting data is worth $billions, however almost no-one buys anything due to a pop up or banner, if the companies who are questioning the value of paying for these ads then they can be assured that the reason for poor sales is due to blockers.

Just as the reason people BT TV programmes and films is because they're pirates and fund terrorists!

If they try to mask their browsing habbits, perhaps with TOR then they're paedos or terrorists, or both!

If I download an album I'm an evil pirate who is preventing the artist from making a living, I must be fined $10000, instead I should use Spotify from which the artist makes no money.

I don't want your dodgy intrusive 'ads' on my computer, I won't and will not ever click on one or buy your product, if you insist on having them and preventing me from blocking them then I simply will not use your page.

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