* Posts by The Mighty Spang

303 posts • joined 16 May 2007

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User left unable to type passwords after 'tropical island stress therapy'

The Mighty Spang

Re: After vacation

I worked with a guy whose BO stunk the place out at a place in Basildon in the late 90s. on top of this he was *the exact spitting image* of Poindexter out of revenge of the nerds. hair. glasses. skinny. suit. daft voice. the lot.

eventually the director had to have chat with him in his office, which must have been bloody unpleasant.

he also drove an orange morris marina.

actually this was the place i got the nickname 'better than god'... as the previous guy called himself 'god' as he thought he was a genius programmer. i came in and fixed the (stupid) problems he had created so therefore i was 'better than god' :)

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Shock: NASA denies secret child sex slave cannibal colony on Mars

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most entertaining video about alex jones

is on Internet Comment Etiquette

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHbAsndSKXA

though you might want to get a bit of a handle on AJ before watching that so you know which bits are parody...

there is also a theory that alex jones is bill hicks

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Just delete the internet – pr0n-blocking legislation receives Royal Assent

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whats the point?

when teens are sexting each other anyway?

when back in the pre-internet days we all had access to shared wank mags from older brothers and pirated our own grumble flicks by heaving VHS decks to each others houses?

when in the early internet days popular was the man who knew USENET and had a CD burner? (I think my first one cost £400 IIRC) (and popular now will be the man who uses a VPN and megaupload)

when enough people get their rocks off on softcore wank fodder like the tudors, game of thrones etc (if people didn't, they wouldn't put it in)

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Tech contractors begin mass UK.gov exodus in wake of HMRC's IR35 income tax clampdown

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this is an old paul daniels trick...

called 'Dissapearing Income' or 'Shooting yourself in the foot'

bring in ir35 rules to claw back a little money.

contractors leave

no choice but to hire in the big vultures, I mean consultants,

pay 40-50% more per body for mostly low-middling staff who are more engaged in showing what they are doing rather than doing.

each body takes home 30-40% less than standard IT contractor.

and - poof! your overall tax take from the employees goes down, amount of money being spent in the economy goes does and the profits then magically go overseas!

and whats this up my sleeve? the project then goes on 50% longer partly due to middling 'consultants' not being up to the job, and UKGOV being unable to properly manage the project!

now that's magic!

(rip)

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

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Johnny

I've said it a million times before, but it would be great to have David Thewlis, channelling his Johnny character from Mike Leigh's 'Naked'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIeK4zLhUmY

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TV anchor says live on-air 'Alexa, order me a dollhouse' – guess what happens next

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surely

with so many results for 'dollhouse' it would have asked which one you want and how much you wanted to spend?

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Lethal 4-hour-erection-causing spiders spill out of bunch of ASDA bananas

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Scary video about what can happen with a priapism

"Smarter Every Day" talked to a doctor about what can happen, after seeing a similar spider in the jungle.

WARNING. no swears or anything but the description of what can happen and what it can do to you and what the treatments are WILL MAKE YOU WINCE. and maybe crawl into a corner and cry.

however, forewarned is forearmed. all joking aside, if this happens to you GET TO THE DOCTORS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JN0VtHez9xI

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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

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wat?

Brilliant, that's a lot of money paid for data that is 80% bullshit.

After looking at my co-workers profiles a while ago I was shocked at the level of BS, overexaggeration and outright lies that was up there.

At that point I removed everything from my profile excpt words to the effect of 'as the only honest man left in a room full of liars, i refuse to play this game'

and I *still* get link requests. go figure.

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El Reg mulls entering Robot Wars arena

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if it doesn't allow sponsorship, and doesn't pay

you should all tell them to shove it up their arses.

That was the problem with the previous RW series. Things were expensive. Companies would have paid for advertising but the beeb was having none of it. Most galling of all, £3000 (all those years ago, so say £5000 now) worth of kit could be chewed up by the (overpowered) house robots just because the episode was a bit boring that week, and the beeb wouldn't pay you anything.

pay contestants or allow sponsorship, otherwise it is just pure exploitation for cheap tv. and fucking hypocritical considering all the sport stuff they pay millions for with sponsorship all over the place.

(yes i was looking into making a robot years ago, but even though contracting at the time and the money would have been small beer, it was a lot of time to invest in something that could be screwed up for fun and just felt exploitative)

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Watch it again: SpaceX's boomerang rocket lands on robo-sea-barge

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wow super creepy presenter

look at the guy on the left about 28:40 for about 15 second he forgets how to smile and just bares his teeth, almost snarling at one point! its like he's just shat himself but is trying to grin through it....

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E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians

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addiction central

Nobody I know who vapes has ever quit. In fact, they are more addicted than ever. Because it's 'healthy' compared to fags its like a green light to become a nicotine monster. Middle of a meeting thats going a bit boring? Pull out a vape stick! standing around in a queue and a bit bored? why not try that honey salted caramel minty cream drug inhaler?

and sorry, when you buy cheap crap off of ebay who in turn has bought it off some dodgy dealer in china, you can't say anything is safe. This is country that adulterated milk to their own population FFS. I've seen enough small businesses cut corners in safety to realise most of them don't care about your health, just a tidy profit. Should be regulated like a medicine.

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Clive Sinclair Vega+ tin-rattle hits £300,000

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needs native dev kit

Speccy games are nice and such, but to really win a native games dev kit would be nice so new higher specced (see what i did there) games could be made for it. best of both worlds and in effect, harking back to the good old days of homebrew which IMO the speccy did so much to encourage 30 years ago

if it puts a native kit in i'll buy it.

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Aircraft now so automated pilots have forgotten how to fly

The Mighty Spang

Listen to the these podcasts on automation paradox

From the brilliant 99 Percent Invisible podcast. You should be listening to this anyway fellow nerds its brilliant.

Children of the Magenta (Automation Paradox, pt. 1)

http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/children-of-the-magenta-automation-paradox-pt-1/

Johnnycab (Automation Paradox, pt. 2)

http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/johnnycab-automation-paradox-pt-2/

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Steve Jobs mural highlights plight of Syrian refugees

The Mighty Spang

quick Pennycook, Cheyne, Barr et al!

Got the feeling we're going to find some more test subjects you!

http://journal.sjdm.org/15/15923a/jdm15923a.html

Could we stencil a lottery machine next to it to give some idea about the chances of letting in the next Steve Jobs? We've let millions in (legally and otherwise) over the last 20 years and I don't think we've yet found the next Steve Jobs.

Hopefully next he'll spray this abortion clinics. Don't abort that child! It might be the next Steve Jobs!

We could even take the message to the terrorists... don't bomb that plane! It might contain the next Steve Jobs!

Perhaps spray it on parliament - don't bomb that country! you might kill the next Steve Jobs!

etc etc ad nauseum.

(I'm sitting in the corner admiring the winner of this year's Turnip Prize BTW)

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Coding with dad on the Dragon 32

The Mighty Spang

dragon's place in our defence history

1st job, approaching 1990 as a tech support guy, took me all over a large r&d and manufacturing site. One day a guy stopped me and said 'you might be interested in this!' and opened a cupboard to show a dragon 32 with a large hole cut in the case. something used to be attached inside to collect signals, and that was used to run a large CNC mill.

anybody else know something about that?

i should have taken it with me but in those days we were looking forwards. I looked down on the PDP-11s and PDP-8s sat around idle in print rooms, kept in case we needed to work on old systems again, and now I'd give a bollock to own one.

about a year later our collection of giant 19" rack VAXes got almost replaced by small PC sized versions, 9 track mag making way to DAT for backup.

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Post-pub schnellnosh neckfiller: Currywurst

The Mighty Spang

not round here it isn't

from my time eating out in a popular berlin currywurst shop its just ketchup and curry powder mixed in at the point of sale, nothing clever.

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A krayshee sexy Dutch post-pub nosh neckfiller: Stamppot

The Mighty Spang

peeling potatoes when pissed?

thats a recipie for loosing a finger in my house.

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Oi, Google! Remove links to that removed story, yells forceful ICO

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what bullshit

are they going round taking a marker pen to the local library archives of newspapers? if not - tell the ICO to go fuck itself.

they should be more interested in local councils whos voter registrar forms are a cunningly worded invitation to have ones details sold to the highest bidder. i.e. you get shoved on the public list with no option NOT to be shoved on the public list. They then tell you about how you should write in and have your details removed from the public list. I'm assuming thats after they have sold your details to scumags....

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Tesla tech top dog downs slug, hikes bug bounty to $10k

The Mighty Spang

good on them

instead of sueing they embrace the problem and thank the finders. Then ask for better [people to help securing things.

BTW like most Brits i'd never heard of Challenge Coins until a few months ago when they covered them on the excellent podcast 99 Percent Invisible. Get the skinny here:

http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/coin-check/

and BTW2 - most people here would probably find this a great podcast I think. Its about design. A good couple of epidsodes a few weeks ago about the automation paradox as how it applies to planes and perhaps coming soon self driven cars.

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Sun? In Blighty? Nah, just build that rooftop data centre, it’ll be fine

The Mighty Spang

i wrote about this before

but quick version. 1990, room fulll of VAXen and drives and shizz. 1st job.

tell the sysop feels very warm behind the 8650. he says yeah but it puts out a lot of heat.

few weeks later... feels a bit warm again. sysop goes and looks at old aircon panel outside, no fault lights. its my imagination.

few weeks later, 1st super hot day of year, cannot access the cluster from desk. run over to find all doors open, screaming teleprinters and worried sysop just powering down disks.

turns out the panel that showed the faults had failed. so we got no fault lights as gradually the 3 units failed (must coincide with me noticing temp changes).

aircon panel was re-engineered to show 'run' lights not 'fault' lights. interesting distinction. we all learned something :)

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however since then at my current place of work we have a small comms room with servers and 150TB san drive for our area. due to building works both aircon units were replaced with brand new units (though with significantly longer pipe runs).

remember that brief heatwave we had a month or so ago? I thought i'd just pop my head in there to see if evertything was ok (because of above). one ac unit dead, no power. I report this to our internal facilities guys as urgent. Even after repeated phone calls it took TWO AND A HALF FUCKING DAYS to get our on site (but subcontracted) engineers to look at it. I was doing my nut.

turns out, some nobhead hasn't marked the trip switch back at the distributor with 'server room aircon do not turn off assholes!' and another nobhead just turned it off by accident.

anyway for 2.5 days in the highest heat we've had this year we were on 1 ac unit with me thinking about what happened 25 years ago was going to happen again...

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Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

The Mighty Spang

if its got all of spike milligan's Q series

then i'd pay for it.

the whole archive should be opened up because its probably a good idea to digitise everything anyway and there is probably plenty of stuff that people remember fondly and would like to see again, as well as the random stuff that only comes up from time to time on other shows. interviews and the like.

part of the fun part about watching stuff like old blankety blanks is trying to work out who the hell 2 or more people on the panel were. obviously were famous enough at the time to be on the show but there is just no recollection of them!

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Open source? HP Enterprise will be all-in, post split, says CTO

The Mighty Spang

grommet looks good

and crucially unlike lots of other client side JS frameworks not full of over-complication. Nice and easy base to build on.

docs need work though.

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Carry On Computing: Ten stylish laptop bags for him

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ManhattanPortage..

went to their site... wow. lots of skanky looking nylon bags, some in ridiculously bright colours. May as well buy crumpler! though if you did you would want to hack off their terrible 90s rave logo if you don't want people to know you are a pauper.

say one thing for the crumpler site though, at least it isnt chock full of weird looking gimps like the ManhattanPortage site.

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The Mighty Spang

look at the back shot of the Fossil Estate

see how the insides squirt out from underneath the flap and let water in? i'm not sticking my laptop in that.

first thing to look at.. if the bag is lightly loaded does its flaps stick out? I've been absolutely drenched before on my 1 mile bike ride home, so I would not buy that bag.

you can see on the barbour little bits at the top that protect that from happening.

The boxford looks like a crap ripoff of a Billingham bag. Although not actual 'laptop bags' (designed for professional cameramen) - you can buy matching laptop slips to go inside them and Billingham bags are pretty much bomb proof, I've had mine for years.

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Bring the Banhammer! Microsoft declares WAR on leaky Gears Xbox users

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up with this sort of thing!

they broke the NDA so they can post their crap up onto the net going ZOMG FURST GEERS OV WUR GAMEPLAY VEEEDEO LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE! LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE! and feel slightly better about their pathetic feeble existence for a few minutes.

if it could be possible id like them to send a command to overheat the machines and blow them up as well. perhaps that could be achieved by trying to get the pathetic underpowered devices to try and render 1080p60.

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What to do when the users are watching Nazi dwarf smut at work?

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well...

working for a highly large us comnpany in the uk in mid 90s, there was a mirror server ran by a guy in tech support of some source code trees and public shares by key developers. ****r1\mirror was its name. name removed to protect the innocent but enough to remind people who may not have known what went on..

one day, it stopped working. for a while. the curious went round to see what was going on. the chap had issued IIRC 'net server stop' whilst he cleared up.

turns out one of those mirrored developers had a directory of one of his interests, which we would probably call 'bears'. think grizzly adams. naked. and stretching.

and the job i had straight afterwards had installed ISDN for its more senior members, including my boss. for some reason with no experience I was in charge of this. the fun happened when i discovered the http proxy logs. nothing illegal but it was fun hinting at my boss about the log until he stopped :)

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Spotify springs bloody leak as losses grow to $197m – report

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Re: Must be fucking nice

i aspire to be jeff bezos. creator of a company that has never turned a profit in 20 years, yet however is worth 40 billion dollars.

so far i've got the creator of a company that has never turned a profit worked out pretty well, its the rest i'm having a problem with.

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Synths you've been gone: Vintage tech rules at Musikmesse 2015

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you forgot to mention the Parva

... in the list of crowdfunded stuff (true they probably weren't at MM, but worth mentioning)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/futuresonus/parva-polyphonic-analog-synthesizer

8 voice 3osc analog module for $1000

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JavaScript CPU cache snooper tells crooks EVERYTHING you do online

The Mighty Spang

I've got it now.

Its so you can develop the world's first javascript screensaver.

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The Mighty Spang

whats the problem?

unless you can tell what key was pressed or what was clicked, whats the problem?

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Are you sure there are servers in this cold, dark basement?

The Mighty Spang

first job

partially entailed doing ops on a room full of Vaxen. 780, 2x785, 8600, some microvax, lots of drives.

one day when changing a tape over thought 'feels a bit warm behind the 8600' so go and tell the ops manager. we go in, agree it feels a bit warm. go out and look at the aircon control panel. in those days it wasnt a nice lcd panel, it was a grey metal box with panel lights and a power switch. None of the 'unit failed' lights were on. there were 3 units running the area.

still we are coming out of winter and again a week later i'm thinking 'this is too hot, can't be right'. tell the ops manager, we do the same thing again.

then a fortnight later it was early may and the first lovely warm day of the year. I'm in a diferent building and cant seem to log on to anything in the cluster. rush over to the computer room to see all the loading doors open and people wafting air in. The aircon had failed. the console printers were going mad. as a vaxcluster everything major that happened came out on all the printers. but the heat was affecting the connection and the machines were dropping out, causing all the machines to report on the status not just what it saw, but the status that the other machines in the clusters saw as well, so paper was just churning out.

eventually they took the decision to just turn the power off as they couldnt regain control for an orderly shutdown. not good.

when the aircon engineer turned up, it turned out due to a blown fuse in the control panel, the 'unit failed' lamps were not working. to the best of his knowlege he reckoned we were working on 2 units most of the winter, one failed a month ago (when i noticed it getting warmer) and the last one failed that day when it struggled in the heat.

the aircon panel was re-wired so instead of 'unit failed' lamps we had 'unit running' lamps. If the lamp was off we had a problem - or a blown bulb!

thing to be learned is if you've got a hunch there is a problem, don't trust your instrumentation.

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20 years on: The satirist's satirist Peter Cook remembered

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brilliant things you forgot to mention

Cook on Clive Anderson talks back

Cook in the Rik & Ake film 'Mr Jolly Lives Next Door', with the classic lines:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs3s30t5duw (language, Timothy!)

oh and BTW greatest british comic - Spike Milligan. Influenced everybody bloody else that has been mentioned here....

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UK.gov pushes for SWIFT ACTION against nuisance calls, threatens £500k fines

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i have fun with them

i used to get annoyed and shout at them, now if i've got time to spare I just try to freak them out. ask them their name, where they live, what they are wearing etc... just go hog wild. pretend you're masturbating or even masturbating somebody else. pull up a streaming porn site and play that in the background and describe whats happening.

i want these assholes to go to bed at night and not get that image out of their heads, contemplating doing something useful with their lives.

much more fun than getting angry and reporting them which (in my experience) has done f all to stop them.

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Amazon granted patent for taking photos against a white background – seriously

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people and products?

They might be infringing on MY patent. I've patented photographing *objects* against a white background.

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Tube be or not tube be: Apple’s CYLINDRICAL Mac Pro is out tomorrow

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security and expansion

right, so how we going to secure this to the desk guys? normally cages go over the top but thats going to interfere with the cooling.

and you're not a pro unless you've got a fibre link out to a decent storage solution. used to have pci cards for that.. now out of thunderbolt into a tb->pci adapter (about £700 FFS), leaving dodgy, non lockable cables hanging around ready to be knocked out.

and hold on, how do I secure that as well?

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Post-Profit Prophet RUSSELL BRAND is the HUMBLE CHRIST of STARTUPS

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hypocrite

he has done corporate schill work for HP

http://www.webosnation.com/russeell-brand-shows-his-hp-touchpad-expertise-more-promo-videos

and disney

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2182405/Russell-Brand-channels-Captain-Hook-latest-star-shot-Annie-Leibovitz-Disney-Dream-portraits.html

nice friendly, non profit making companies, both of them.

he talks about companies destroying the earth, then bogs off to the US to make 3rd rate movies, then jets around the world to promote them. how does he get there? row? He could make crap films in the UK and not do the promotional tours and save loads of carbon. but its old mammon again waving a large cheque in your face.

ive personally not voted for a long time. firstly because I was living in such a safe seat it would make no difference, and then after labour was returned for the final time, I gave up. the general public are too stupid to understand the choices they are making either through pure dimness or being totally stuck in a polarised world that cannot accept that another party might have better ideas, stuck shouting 'toff' or 'red' at each other.

i will say one thing though, on facebook, the only people i know who have joined the 'brand for prime minister' type groups and share his updates are the *thickest* people I know.

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YouTube co-founder either HATES Google+ or his vid account just got HACKED

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totally agree

I had a G+ account attached to my google apps for domains account. Only used it to keep up with the statuses of the Dart team (as only about 3 people I know are on G+)

i started getting messages on youtube about do I want to use my real name? no I don't. a week later, same thing. ignored. then it seemed to get to the point that I couldn't do anything, even view videos without this same old shit happening. either use your real name or create a g+ channel for your login. feck off I don't want either. so I deleted my g+ account, telling them why.

just checked. although my youtube account works, when i clicked to add a comment it went back to "if you do this you will have to create a g+ channel with your name". i clicked no, message at top of screen goes "OK, we'll ask you again later".

totally fusking bizarrely I just uploaded a video and made it public and it didnt ask me about creating a google+ channel.

contrary to popular belief I do add useful comments at times :) though this whole g+ channel thing means i'm not posting comments on youtube anymore. screw it, really not worth it. but people will just click ok because they are idiots.

bit like the thing going round FB at the moment, the 'whats your brain age' test where you have to agree for them to be able to see all your contacts and all your posts etc. and people still click ok.

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Legal eagles pit Apple v. Samsung in thievery test

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FAIL

Re: Idiots

even after spending the better amount of £5k on kit from ebay on my barclaycard in the last 18 months without so much of a twitch, the other day, whilst in the middle of paying an import duty to UPSon the phone I was called by barclaycard.

apparantly my spending pattern had flagged up suspicious activity. that week i had spend £3.24 on a cheap game on steam and paid £50 odd to UPS.

after i rang back the message (as i was still on the fecking line to ups at the time) it said something like 'hi we're barclaycard and we hate you. we think you're doing something dodgy, so please call us back on this number you've never seen before in your life and doesn't match the number on the back of your card. just to prove we aren't some fly by night shyster, log into your mybarclaycard account online and there will be a message in there to prove this is legit. i'd just like to remind you we're regulated by the financial service authority but we still hate you. later looser!'

so i log into mybarclaycard and... lo and behold.... NO MESSAGE. quell suprise! so phone on normal line. listen to barney harwood from radio 4 talking me through typing my number in and shit. get through to confused of india #1. talk talk talk talk. ok putting your though to fraud now... wait wait wait wait...get to go through the same fusking questions again and get to talk to confusied of india #2. i get the spanish inquisition. what was the £50 you just spent for? I'm sorry that's none of your fucking business. OK, what I meant was, this transaction with UPS, what kind of service do they provide? UPS? biggest delivery company in the world? WTF do you think its for? OK thank you sir. This payment of £3.24 to Steam Games what was that for? a game. oh, maybe it was weapons grade nuclear material. no i paid for that on my other card so definately a crappy cheap game. mumble mumble... type..type.... I see you reset your access code 2 weeks ago. was it you who did that? yes. why was that? because i forgot it. ok... (is this the bit where you go 'because i'm a master criminal and i've stolen this blokes identity')... eventually after like 20 mins on the phone this evil witch said 'is there anything I can help you with today'...

not 'appy.

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Worldwide smartwatch shipments predicted to top 5 million next year

The Mighty Spang

so just like watches now

most people don;t wear one as they have a mobile. its only the twats with money to burn of hipsters who will be wearing them

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First look: iOS 7 for iPad

The Mighty Spang

yet again, more fiddling with nothing

... as the version number changes.

lets get this straight. for 99% of stuff, changes to 'THE OS' don't matter. the os is different to the UI. most changes to the UI are fiddling in the corners (unless you do a windows 8 in one step).

i bought my ipad 2 a good few years ago and keep it up to date. what have i noticed change? nothing. im using app and that hasn't changed. like new versions of OSX. over 200 improvement they trumpet. all i can see is a few things missing from the right hand side of finder and an increased load time because i forgot to turn off the numpty "restart all the applications i previously had open" option. oh and 'foldermege' which windows has done since version 1 and doesn't mean the unwary loose data because they expected it to work in a logical way.

they poo-poo android for all these versions, but i got an old motorola atrix phone out my drawer and gave it to a friend. yeah it worked, some stuff was in diffrent places, but what have i gained to my galaxy S3 with its newer OS? erm, nothing.its mainly a phone and an app is an app.

drives me nuts when people go 'oh the apple OS is so much better' then you find out all they do is run a browser (mozilla) and adobe apps, so their total expsoure to the 'OS' is explorer. or the file save dialog.

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So, who ought to be the next Doctor Who? It's up to YOU...

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Mushroom

David Thewlis, playing it like 'Johnny' from 'Naked'

please god, i've endured 20 years of shit, I want this. Mike Leigh directing as well please and Dick Pope on cinematography.

even if he's not channeling Johnny (which wouldnt happen, thats a bit strong) he would be the best doc for years. superb actor. he would have the gravitas that the last couple of ....things... couldn't replicate.

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Study: US iPhone owners tend to be rich, educated, white

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erm what?

i remember a post you did a year or so ago about how i**** users were the most in debt compared to android.

im not sure how education correlates in this.. how paying more for less correlates with education i can only image works like more education = more money = will pay more money for a fashionable brand.

not 'ive made a rational decision about hardware, os and platforms and i even though i've got an arts degree i know whats the best devce for my banal shit like instagram'

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Never mind your little brother - happy 10th birthday, H.264

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Mushroom

re: patents and licencing on camera

really interesting and often missed thing is if you are using something like a canon 5dmk2 or even panasonic eng cameras like 151 and 371 (and all others i would imagine, those are just ones where i've looked the manual) and filming with h264 or avc.

you are ***NOT*** licenced to use the recording for commercial work.

unfort i can't seem to copy and paste out of the pdfs, so check 5d2 english manual pg 241 - "about mpeg-4 licencing' or the panny hpx-370 manual pg 6.

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Hex & plugs & ROM & roll: Computer music stars rock Bletchley

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Headmaster

Re: New Order.

you might be getting confused with Factory Record's co-founder and producer for all their early work. Martin 'Zero' Hannet. He petitioned for FCL to be wound up as basically he wanted to buy a Fairlight. (and basically all the money FCL had was money from Joy Division)

'Anthony Wilson has cited Factory's refusal to purchase a Fairlight synthesizer for Hannett [for £30,000], and to instead earmark £50,000 toward The Hacienda (FAC 51) as Hannett's main reason for taking legal action against FCL.'

http://www.cerysmaticfactory.info/fac61.html

(it calls the fairlight a synth, it wasn't, it was a sampler)

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Furious Stephen Fry blasts 'evil' Reg and 'TW*T' Orlowski

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to my mind the only thing julie burchill did right

was come up with her description of fry.

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Apple exec says music labels, Hollywood, 'old fashioned' on copyright

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bit rich for apple

standard marketing technique is you set your price at the what the market will bear. so their shiny products which are using mainly commodity parts are priced at the point that enough gimp glasses wearing hipsters can get themselves in debt for instead of chasing volume sales.

to critiscise another product is a bit dangerous, to my think anyway.

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OS/2 a quarter century on: Why IBM lost out and how Microsoft won

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FAIL

win 95 did run in 4mb

it was delayed because billg said it would run no slower than 3.11 in 4mb, hence a lot of time consuming optimization.

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Sanitary towel firm's 'CEO' sets traumatised man straight

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Facepalm

dodges the point

when i'm ill/in pain/fucked off i know i'm a tetchy git and hole up in the study to keep from snapping at people. thats because i know i'm being unreasonable and as a loving, caring person I want to avoid causing undue distress.

the wife on the other hand almost goes out of her way to invent invisible traps and let you fall in for a mauling. anything. not hoovering the lounge (even though you cant see anything that needed hoovering, she must be looking at the knap of the bloody fabric), not washing the car (apparantly thats my job, washing the outside of a tin can that other people look at and i dont as im f*cking inside the thing. drives nice, clean inside, the outside could have 'i love jimmy saville' spray painted on it and i couldnt give a toss), not taking out a bin bag i didn't even know was there because i haven't installed cctv in the f*cking kitchen and its been there for 3 minutes (again apparently taking a bin bag 4 meters into the garden is always my job for some unknown reason). at times like that you wonder if there wasn't cars, bin bags and spiders you'd be out on your arse.

an old local comedy band covered this topic years ago in a bitter sweet song ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Isv7CiWtyPk ). The lead singer apparently wrote from his experience in all his songs. gets a little dark towards the end - 'i could think of better ways, than spending my Saturdays, in the ward of Southend casualty, PMT stands for Pre, Meditated Treachery, better duck here comes some more well aimed crockery'

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Microsoft bod dreams up 'Star Trek holodeck' games console

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basically already done.

can't find it but i've seen an sfx showreel of a guy sitting in a room in a sofa with table and the 3d was calculated from a fixed projector position.

then there's this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67pzdxhRbrM which is the same basic idea but using 3d vision solving to find the objects.

this is the next patent revolution.

80's-2000's ... add 'with a computer' to existing patents

2000's to 2010's add 'with a mobile device'

2010+ add 'with a kinect'

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Game devs beg UK taxman: Can we pay 30% less?

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are you 'aving a giraffe?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2009/sep/27/videogames-hollywood

An industry bigger than hollywood begs for tax breaks?

If GTA set as it is in the states with thinly disguises US cities gets it... wow, what's next? its a bit like classifying independance day as a british movie for that bit where a british bloke goes 'is that the americans? bout time they came up with something'

and this has filth written all over it. even if the definition of british culture was tightened and somebody greenlit, erm, GTA: Catford where you drive round in a Ford Sierra trying to collect the complete set of traffic lights to wait at whilst people pour out of pubs shouting 'leave it wayne, eees not worf it' then i guarantee there will be 1000 people 'working' on it and very few on the 'other' titles. totally ripe for abuse.

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