* Posts by sabba

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Google bins white supremacist site after it tries to host-hop away from GoDaddy

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Re: As much as I hate nazis...

Once you start to remove the voice of someone whose message you find distasteful, you are no longer living in a democracy. If this were Trump trying to remove the web-sites of his opponents, there'd be an outcry (and quite rightly). It cannot be one rule for one and another for those you dislike.

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Re: As much as I hate nazis...

Do you think that banning old Adolf's web-site would have removed him from the equation? Highly unlikely. In all likelihood, he and his supporters would have found it empowering. They'd have then used the fact that they were being censored as proof of their being right. And this would have driven more of the disenfranchised to their cause. Removing a medium of publication is analogous to putting a t-shirt on over a skin lesion. The cancer is still there, it will still spread, you just cannot see it.

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Google and its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week in full

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Ok, perhaps I am missing the point but are we now saying that there are not any biological differences between the male and female elements of the human species that might make that gender better suited for some tasks than their counterparts? Things like for example, greater muscle mass in men (and strength to weight ratio), greater empathy in women. Have all of these things now been disproven? Just curious.

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Microsoft's Surface Pro 2017, unhinged: Luxury fondleslab that's good...

sabba

Why would I potentially spend close on 3 grand for a portable computer and then have to fork out more for a pen and a keyboard? In theory it looks like a very appealing device, even allowing for the fact it's running Windows, but it's not practical at those prices. Personally I think the iPad Pro is over priced but compared to this it starts to look positively cheap. Think I will stick with my Macbook Air and a low end iPad for now.

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At last, a kosher cryptocurrency: BitCoen

sabba

I think I will stick with cash and credit cards. Perhaps it is just me but I still do not see the business case for bit coin unless you are trying to perform dark financial operations (and even then it's apparently not quite as dark as you might like it to be). Are they not just the digital equivalent of bearer bonds (only slightly less flexible)? Does the introduction of yet another 'service provider' add anything?

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Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

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Waiting for Greggs' to fire their opening salvo...perhaps, a one square foot cheese and onion pasty for forty five pence!! It's roll-wars!!

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Forget sexy zero-days. Siemens medical scanners can be pwned by two-year-old-days

sabba

Re: Same impression here

Nothing wrong with using vi to create a GUI based application. X-Windows and Motif, however, were a whole together different kettle of fish. Did the job, but buggy as hell, and highly idiosyncratic. If it weren't for the flakiness of that particular platform, I doubt that O'Reilly publishing would be the power house it is today. They were the only ones who published any halfway decent books on the platform.

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Linus Torvalds pens vintage 'f*cking' rant at kernel dev's 'utter BS'

sabba

There are ways and means. Linus is a throwback to the bad old days when IT was king. He needs to learn some social skills.

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Re: As I've said before ...

I have no problem with the kernel being written in C. Good, and bad, code can be written in any language. I do take exception to Linus' approach to handling anything he deems to be critical of his work. That smacks of a God complex and that rarely works out well for anybody. Over the years I have heard many bullies justify their actions by saying it gets things to. The question is, does their approach cause things to get done in an expedient (fast delivery) or appropriate (robust) manner and at what cost?

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Apple appears to relax ban on apps fetching, running extra code – remains aloof as always

sabba

Apple seem to be damned whatever they do...

If they don't allow download and execution of code they are accused of being too draconian. Conversely, if they do allow it and something goes awry they are also castigated.

Personally, I'd go with not allowing hot-patching. As noted elsewhere, this often causes more problems than it solves. I'd rather not have to rely wholly on developer' ethics or QA diligence.

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Amazon granted patent to put parachutes inside shipping labels

sabba

Re: This is Getting Out of Hand

There are likely two reasons for this patent. Firstly, it keeps the competitors guessing. Secondly, it's a market disruptor. Are they ever likely to use it? I doubt it. But if they do find some way to make it feasible then the presence of the patent makes it harder for their competitors to copy and probably dissuades them from exploring similar avenues. To be honest: enclosing a parachute in a container - how is that even allowed as a patent?

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Virtual reality upstart UploadVR allegedly had in-house 'kink room,' drugs, rampant sexism

sabba

If Beavis and Butthead moved into IT...

...this sounds like the kind of company they would run.

What the hell is happening to our industry? Is this what happens when you give self-indulgent boy-men shed-loads of cash and leave them to their own devices?

I am not what might be called PC, and sometimes I think that people are becoming overly sensitive. This place, however, sounds like a particularly corrosive environment.

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Gay hero super-boffin Turing 'may have been murdered by MI5'

sabba
Gimp

I thought Tatchell had gone quiet.

He's obviously not been getting the attention he feels he deserves lately.

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sabba

Re: New Inquiry.

What about the aliens? Don't forget the aliens.

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Canadian family gives up modern tech to live like it's 1986

sabba

Only on the men!!

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sabba

Do you mean to tell me...

...that it's not still 1986 in Canada!!

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NSA security award winner calls for hearings into agency's conduct

sabba
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Go back to how this started.

And very few had taken the impact of a fully laden commercial jet plane.

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Selfridges dreaming of a snot-themed Christmas

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Paris Hilton

I truly hope they have some restrictions...

...on which body parts they will scan!! :-)

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'Do the right thing and tell on a pirate' - software bods

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FAIL

One in four...

...how on Earth did they manage to come to this 'alarming' figure. Sounds like smoke and mirrors to me.

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Throwing arms let humans rise above poo-flinging apes to play CRICKET

sabba
Holmes

Let's pick on NASCAR next...

...a racing sport, which requires that your steering wheel turn in one direction only (usually to the left). <<yawn>>

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Using encryption? That means the US spooks have you on file

sabba
Joke

Re: Dear Mods

Or you could just stop reading the ones you deem childish!! Just a thought.

Hello!! Hello!! Are you there....did you get my message? Hello!!

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sabba
Gimp

So let's all start...

...encrypting huge blocks of random text and sending them via email (or other means) over the net.

Won't serve any great purpose but it should start to ramp up their server and associated storage costs.

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Why are scribes crying just 'cos Google copied their books? asks judge

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Holmes

Re: My Preciousssss...

Thank fuck you Yanks only **think** you rule the world then :-)

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sabba
FAIL

Re: Seems counterproductive...

I think the biggest problem is with the definition of part. Assuming I scan in your book and then remove the title page, the frontispiece, and perhaps the author's acknowledgements both I post the remainder on my web-site. The main content of the book is still complete but I have only published part of the book. So am I covered by the law? Perhaps not in the spirit of it.

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sabba
WTF?

Re: Seems counterproductive...

Doh!! you seem to be assuming that the book is already published on a website. Did you miss the bit where it said that Google was digitising print books. Not sure where you'd stick a robots.txt file in a print book.

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John McAfee talks of sex, drugs, and bad coding

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Paris Hilton

Perhaps it would have been better...

...if they'd applied the hammer to the other end of his anatomy!! Think head - not foot!!

I bet the current owners of McAfee are well chuffed at being associated with this mad man. Presumably they are now wishing they'd bought Norton instead.

I am not convinced he hasn't been involved in the code for over 20 years; I am sure I can feel hints of his madness in their products.

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Facebook crashes into networking with open switch

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Holmes

At the end of the day..

...it's a free market and you should be perfectly at liberty to buy, or not, an FB designed switch. Whether you (or I) do is in fact buy it is to some degree immaterial. What is important is the message it sends out to the big boys who have had the game field to themselves for way too long. I hope this takes off; I hope it's a success; and I welcome the increased competition. Does it really matter if your box says Facebook, Cisco or Wang Tu Industries so long as it does its job? After all, I am assuming you don't go around flashing your routers to all and sundry.

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Boss of Irish-based R&D hub: Man, this place is the back of beyond

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Paris Hilton

So that'll be...

...a Savage report on bottlenecks at Cork!!

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Pyongyang Photoshop tomfoolery shows wet Norks, skirts blown up

sabba
Devil

Re: Space programme

On that note. How's our, and by that I mean the UK's, space programme coming along?

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MI5 undercover spies: People are falsely claiming to be us

sabba
Holmes

MI7 and three-quarters

are even more secret!!

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

sabba
Trollface

TGINFD -

Thank God it's not Fry-day, perhaps!!

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GoPro accused of using DMCA to take down product review

sabba
Trollface

Re: This comment is protected by DCMA

I am afraid I have had to downvote your posts, not because I do not find them amusing, but simply as an act of defiance. Viva le revolucione!!

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Young model ruthlessly fingers upskirt iPad petshop pervert

sabba
Coffee/keyboard

If she can be recognised from blurred shots of her nether regions...

...then she's probably doing the wrong kind of modelling.

Saying that: I am surprised she didn't just give the idiot a slap and be done with it. It seems a pretty sad way to spend your free time; guess the risk of being caught is probably his main motivation.

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sabba
WTF?

I am impressed...

...I have never managed to even take a photo of a whiteboard with my iPad without (a) nearly dropping it, (b) getting a totally blurred or dark image, or (c) accidentally swapping to some other app at the last second. This guy must put in the hours practising that 'edge' grip. Hats off to him.

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

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Unhappy

Re: Silent Running

Damn, you beat me to it. I was going to mention Silent Running. Excellent film.

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Philips pushes out SDK for multicolour Zigbee LED lights

sabba
FAIL

Christ, what next...

...programmable toilets? £50 quid a time for a bulb? I think I'd rather have a more expensive control network and lower cost bulbs.

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'Million-strong' zombie army devours Raspberry Pi's crunchy base

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Pirate

Or the indefensible doing the irresponsible depending on your perspective.

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Vint Cerf: 'The internet of things needs to be locked down'

sabba
Mushroom

Re: WTF?

@ADG - isn't that what the wide's for? Ok, the running costs are greater, and she's not overly reliable, comes with no warranty...but what the heck, at least she can't be hacked.......put that knife down dear and step away!!

<<hope the missus doesn't read TheReg>>

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Look out! Peak wind is coming, warns top Harvard physicist

sabba
Pint

Re: One question I have always asked myself

Don't forget the lizards...pull the legs off the lizards and keep David Ike happy!!

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Amazon ditches 'neo-Nazi' security firm over alleged harassment of workers

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Joke

Re: UK warehouses

I'd never want to wear an outfit that was 'sliming'!! It might make me feel sluggish.

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Own a drone: Fine. But fly a drone with a cam: Year in the clink

sabba
Pirate

Re: Or just....

If looking into people's bedrooms is illegal I'd hate to be a window cleaner - there could be some heavy penalties being handed out :-)

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sabba

Re: "....make the act of attaching a camera to a flying machine illegal."

I wonder how they'd categorise the satellites that are currently photographing the Earth in great detail? Are these defined as flying machines when in geo-stationary orbit? When a satellite re-enter is it a flying or a falling machine?

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Top Firefox OS bloke flames Opera for WebKit surrender

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Big Brother

Re: bah

Lately FF on the Mac is a pile of poo. It chews up huge amounts of memory; takes ages to start-up and shutdown; frequently falls over / locks up; and won't play nicely with a whole raft of web pages. Ok, some of this is not just down to FF but all the same I expect it to play nicely. No browser is perfect I know. So perhaps it's simply that I have come to expect more from FF than from the others.

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Singaporean men in naked web cam extortion scam

sabba
Headmaster

Re: Do we believe this?

You don't know his circumstances. Maybe he is from a very affluent family or perhaps he perpetrated a crime to obtain the funds. Personally I can't ever see a circumstance whereby I'd submit to blackmail - once you have subjugated yourself to their whims you only ever increase their leverage. Tell 'em to fuck themselves and then spend the 95k hunting 'em down and making sure they suffer, slowly!!

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Apple CEO Cook: 'Bizarre' shareholder lawsuit a 'silly sideshow'

sabba
Holmes

Re: Hmm... @ sabba 11:57 GMT

But do you, really or do you just think you do? ;-)

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sabba
FAIL

Re: Hmm... @ sabba 11:57 GMT

You think?

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sabba
Mushroom

Re: Hmm...

You can downvote me all you like. It doesn't change the reality of the situation. The CEOs want to appease the shareholders so they can garner bigger and bigger bonuses. To do this they pay out silly dividends, along with various other malpractices that i have neither the time nor the energy to go in to here, and in doing so over inflate the share price. Speculators jump in; buy; the shares; take the dividends and sell on quickly. Creating an artificial view of the company's worth and so further inflating the price (and the CEO's bonus) even further. And so on and so forth...

No doubt there'll be plenty of down-votes from other greed oriented idiots. Bring it on, baby ;-)

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Facepalm

Re: Hmm...

Yes, I do understand that the Shareholders *own* the company but as the custodian Cook has a duty of obligation to act in the company's interest and that is not necessarily the same as the owner's. He has a duty to ensure that the company is run in a financially prudent way and that it complies with all of its legal and regulatory obligations. This includes but is not limited to making sure that there is sufficient money retained to ensure that not only can the company grow but that it can also survive a down-turn in the economy. The shareholders might expect that all the money that comes in the door be paid straight back out to them in the way of dividends (after paying the bills of course) but this would not be sound business practice. Again, inflated shareholder expectations are the reason we have so many maladministered companies. It is not a sustainable model as has so ably been demonstrated.

Without access to Apple's accounts I cannot comment on what is happening or planned with regards to its cash pile. I do know that having such a large amount of money available changes the market dynamics and in its favour. It is able to react quickly should it need to; it is able to survive a downturn in the market; it gives it better leverage when negotiating credit or other contracts. Getting a 3% return (and I am betting they are probably getting a higher percentage rate than that) on several billion dollars is still not a bad income.

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Mushroom

Re: Hmm...

Hang-on: why is it not theirs but their shareholders? By that token no company should ever retain funds, they should immediately pay it all out in dividends. It's this kind of stupid, greedy engagement model that's caused the screwed economic situation that we're in now. It does not make sound economic sense for shareholder remuneration to keep on climbing at all costs. It sets false expectations and causes CEOs to make unsound judgements just to appease the shareholder and improve their own bonus situation. It gives a skewed picture of a companies financial position and actively encourages speculative investment. Altogether short sighted. If companies spent a little more time planning for the future and a little less pandering to every shareholder whim we'd be in a lot better place all round.

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Capita bosses defend £30m migrant-poking IT deal with Border Agency

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Facepalm

Yes, cos of course....

...Capita are known for their efficient processes, which means they always deliver on time and under budget.

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