* Posts by Trollslayer

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Asus unveils dirt-cheap Chromebox desktops with Haswell chips

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4k or 4k?

There is a big difference.

H.264 on a limited profile or H.265 to UHD standards?

There is a lot more to it than pixels.

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ARM posts sterling revenue growth, but moneymen spank it anyway

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Good time to buy

Since ARM based servers will make a big dent in that market.

Don't buy Intel.

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Russian gay dating app dev: We've been BLOCKED just DAYS before Winter Olympics

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Re: Non-traditional?

There goes on-line dating of any kind.

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Facepalm

So all this anti-gay stuff

And they have shared toilets?

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'Maybe we haven't been clear enough about med records opt-out', admits NHS data boss

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Private companies are involved

And the data includes health details, POST CODE and NHS numbers.

I handed in an opt-out form and my GP wasn't surprised (was seeing him about something else).

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The TRUTH about LEAKY, STALKING, SPYING smartphone applications

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2G

Does me plus a 1-2 week battery life.

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Eurocops want to build remote car-stopper, shared sensor network

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How to hack a police car

Yep, hackers have the best tools and criminals have the money to pay them.

Click, try to stop in a high speed pursuit and CRASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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UK picks Open Document Format for all government files

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Let's give some credit

for a positive step.

We give them Hell for negative ones after all.

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Yes, HP will still sue you if you make cartridges for its inkjet printers

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And this is the reason

I avoid HP.

My Epson R300 still works, it caps the cartridges correctly so I can come back after six months and use it.

Much longer and I may have to replace a cartridge at the exorbitant price of less that £2.50.

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GP surgeries MUST DO BETTER on data handling, says ICO

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Oh what brave new world

Aldus Huxley saw this coming.

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Herschel boffins spot fat dwarf Ceres in TEARS over astro-identity crisis

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Liquid water - woot!

Water warm enough to turn easily into liquid would help to make belt mining feasible in the future.

Carrying energy is one thing, replacing volatiles is another - water isn't a great propellant but without a gravity well it becomes a lot more practical. Now add oxygen by electrolysis.

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Apple badmouthing of court's monitor proves it NEEDS him - judge

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Must be doing a good job.

Keep it up.

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British Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing receives Royal pardon

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Re: At last

Sadly no, people still get beaten up for it and sometimes worse.

Much better than in many other countries though.

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Snowden: 'I am still working for the NSA ... to improve it'

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He is working for the NSA

By showing them how arrogant and complacent they are.

He worked by ASKING people there for passwords which that just gave to him!

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F-Secure won't speak at imperialist lackey RSA's 2014 conference

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Childish

Talk about throwing toys out of the pram.

RSA have made clear statements which can be independently verified - has anyone done this?

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RSA comes out swinging at claims it took NSA's $10m to backdoor crypto

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True?

The journalist stands by a claim being made but but does he stand by the claim being true?

Two separate things.

RSA's statements can be verified.

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DisARMed: Geeksphone's next high-end mobe to pack Intel x86 inside

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Err.. the phone bit

Atom is an x86 CPU, what do they use for the phone bit?

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BT warned: Speed up Openreach repairs or face PUNITIVE FINES

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Agreed

I am with Sky and have been bumped down the queue by Openreach.

Not the engineer's fault, it is what he was told to do.

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Feminist Software Foundation gets grumpy with GitHub … or does it?

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Well done

You have shown that some women can be as asinine as some men.

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BT network-level STOCKINGs-n-suspenders KILLER arrives in time for Xmas

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Failed already

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25430582

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$1,000 BOUNTY offered for FINGERPRINTS of a GLOBAL SPY CHIEF

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Double standards

NSA - you ask for people's passwords and they hand them only.

CGHQ - can't get native Arab translators because of the racism there which the management are afraid to do anything about. Also they have wheelchairs there but they are broken and it isn't their fault because a contractor handles it.

Trust them?

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No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

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How to deal with this

Get significant sites blocked and watch it all burn.

Anonymous - take over!

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Cambs prof scoops $3m Fundamental Physics prize

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Yay!

Good to see someone who is giving back, nice one Milner!

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The ZOD FILES: Climate documents from 2007 'must stay secret'

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Traitors

I was going to be polite but couldn't think of anything else.

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Murdoch stands between your kids and filth with BSkyB network-level SHIELD

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Consigned

To the dustbin

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Tales from an expert witness: Lasers, guns and singing Santas

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Re: Does the expert witness have to get his facts right?

Yes.

Look carefully and he is, first and foremost, an analyst.

I am in a similar situation in some respects.

I am a test engineer at a semiconductor company and deal with the more peripheral testing - power consumption, response to odd use cases etc. which means working across groups of people with their own (often very) narrow specialisations.

A common problem is that they focus on their area and simply don't take other areas seriously, sometimes to the point of making an arbitrary assumption and later stating it as fact.

The tricky part is drawing out from people what is really happening in their area and then aligning information and communicating what is happening.

A combination of consistent attention to detail, cat herding and running a kindergarten.

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FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS: Microsoft faces prising XP from Big Biz

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A major flaw

in the whole idea of OS marketing.

You want to pay a modest price for the OS but you want free protection from bad guys forever.

How long can the supplier afford to do this when there is no income?

How about a lower up front cost and a low annual cost (£2?) so they can afford to continue to protect the product? This isn't about their failures but you pay for anti virus and anti malware software so why should OS security be different?

We are killing the golden goose here.

Now add to the mix that, for example, Excel is an extremely important business tool What are you going to run it on? I find it remarkably versatile and wish there was a Linux compatible equivalent but give the 18 month support cycle for Ubuntu it's not worth someone's bother putting that much effort into a product.

Open source has it's place but I can't find really good desktop applications for business that compare with commercial ones.

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Reg readers rise to Vulture 2 paintjob challenge

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My choice?

The Gibraltar flag.

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Foxconn 'fesses up to labour breaches: Made students work long hours

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Why Apple?

I am certainly not a fan but at least they have been carrying out checks which helped get this started.

How many other manufacturing companies are doing the same or worse?

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NASA's Jupiter probe wakes up after unexpected snooze

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Wonderful El Reg phraseology

"Sphincters unclench audibly"

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ECHR rejects free speech plea over offensive online comments

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A good idea

"But wouldn't it be so much easier, if you could all be, well, nice"

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Canadian operator EasyDNS stands firm against London cops

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Above the law?

Basically that police unit threaten people rather than follow established international procedures such as those for ICANN.

Perhaps they should learn how the internet works.

Oh, I notice they are endorsed by big business who are not squeaky clean.

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Turkish TV presenter canned for flashing too much cleavage

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Turkey can't join the EU

As long as people can be prosecuted for saying 'non-Turkish' things, fundamental human rights issues.

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London plod plonks, er, pull request on EasyDNS

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Big Brother

Are the police above the law?

They appear to think so.

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Hollywood: How do we secure high-def 4K content? Easy. Just BRAND the pirates

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HDCP was broken

Twice that I know of, it's just that this wasn't really needed to get at the content so it was an intellectual exercise.

From the article I can see a couple of way to get content that is difficult if not impossible to trace, just there is a bit more effort involved.

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ATOM SMASHER ON A CHIP technology demonstrated

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Re: DARPA

No, that would be a tartan blanket.

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ZERO-G DINOSAUR made from bits and bobs by space station flight engineer

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Joke

I for one

Welcome our dinosaur overlords!

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Our magnificent Vulture 2 spaceplane: Intimate snaps

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Aamzing!

This is the first thing I have seen that really shows how powerful 3D printing is, the internal supports in the wings alone do this!

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Reg readers! You've got 100 MILLION QUID - what would you BLOW it on?

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Pint

Rock club

Big space (warehouse?), massive fully sprung ballroom grade floor, bars right along one wall, 15 metre ceiling for good sound, DJ booth at one end (ones who don't talk), side rooms for rap etc. and a good chippy outside.

Oh, and mini buses so people don't have to drive or pay for taxis.

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OK, so we paid a bill late, but did BT have to do this?

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Bye bye BT

Awful company - like the sneaky 12 month automatic renewal.

I ended 3 months early and told them to shove the whole thing.

It was worth it and am very happy with Sky,great support.

One time the ADSL wasn't working when I got home, rang them up and as soon as they saw my phone number said that a power supply had failed in their equipment at the exchange, the ADSL would be back in service within a few hours. It was.

No messing about or excuses.

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Swiss space plane to launch robotic orbital debris destroyer

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Re: What they need...

And make it a pay per satellite game...

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Amazon to offer FREE smartphone?

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"After all, if Ford had also owned Standard Oil, he may have given his cars away for free."

A serious point.

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

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I like this

It shows how much our world has changed since 1986.

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British spooks seize tech from Snowden journo's boyfriend at airport

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Freedom

We've heard of it but these people haven't.

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Apple big-screen TV rumor zombie RISES FROM THE DEAD

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WTF?

Is this a rumour

Or a rumour about a rumour?

Or gossip about a rumour?

Ad nauseum.

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Win XP alive and kicking despite 2014 kill switch (Don't ask about Win 8)

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They fixed it until it was broken

XP - yes

Win 7 - yes

Win 8 - why?

The first two were good steps, Windows 8 is really cosmetic. There are a few nice things that could have been incorporated into 7.

I know Microsoft are driven by market cycles but isn't the basic problem that the update (virtually all for security) are killing them?

Maybe we should stop thinking of an OS as having a lifetime warranty.

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The hammer falls: Feds propose drastic controls on Apple's iTunes Store

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Maybe

The hiding over 100 billion outside the US has something to do with it.

Either way Apply are slowly fading, it's a matter of are they truly willing to move on.

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'World's BIGGEST online fraud': Suspect's phone had 'location' switched on

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Re: It's all in the details

The problem is when you cover your face but are still recognised.

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Russian co-operation?

It's a novel idea...

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Do you really want tech companies to pay more tax?

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Yes

All companies should pay reasonable amounts of tax.

Countries such as the Irish Republic should be penalised for setting up tax evasion schemes.

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