* Posts by cs94njw

454 posts • joined 14 Jan 2010

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Europe's 'one patent court to rule them all' vision may be destroyed by EPO shenanigans

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Yup - the dickheads bully and ignore everyone, and everyone seems to be watching and wondering why their polite request was ignored.

This guy may go, but he'll end up awarding himself a golden parachute, and there'll be no justice or consequences.

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Need a change? Well, the Euro Patent Office needs a new president...

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If they can't even fire a dictator in a European-run company, how the heck are we supposed to deal with dictators of countries??

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Fancy fixing your own mobile devices? Just take the display off carefu...CRUNCH !£$%!

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Went to Apple Genius Bar yesterday. Said, effectively, that my gf's iPhone 5s days were numbered, and that most mobiles will probably only last 2 years. Although he added that's mostly due to phone contracts these days.

He also tried to explain why the EU's 2 year warranty didn't apply to Apple stuff.

The only thing he said which sounded remotely true, was that the screen on the iPad (iPad 2) wasn't easily fixable because of the need to keep it thin and light. If it was made to be repairable, the iPad would be thicker. Which at least sounds reasonable.

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Anyone want a private YouTube collab-o-tron? Microsoft hopes you do

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"Stream"? Interesting name.... sounds familiar... maybe something else in a similar space...

Can't see anyone getting upset about it...

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2 kool 4 komputing: Teens' interest in GCSE course totally bombs

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Woohoo! Skills shortage == more pay for us oldies.

Sheesh - young people are mugs :( High pay, chilled out work place, portability across industries,.... oh, and it being the future of everything.

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Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

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I know that people replace mobile phones every couple of years because of contracts.

But replacing a £1000 laptop is a bit different. Especially as it's not as easy to pay for it over time - welll... unless Mobile companies start selling SIM cards with laptops, and offering a contract...

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FreeNAS releases version 11, so let us put the unpleasantness of failed V.10 behind us

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Quite simply - it allowed Crashplan and Plex to run *perfectly*. I've loved now being able to run Crashplan from my NAS, instead of my PC. Trying to get Crashplan running in a Jail sucked :(

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Go, GoDaddy! Domain-slinger decapitates email patent troll in court

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Re: Seriously!?

Having to pay the winner's court fees is one of the few "checks and balances" against assholes.

If I say someone puts babies on spikes, and register this for £50 at court, then other person may need to then spend £100,000 just to defend himself.

If he can't reclaim that money, then that assholes can just sue someone to bankruptcy.

Surely it makes sense that all court/legal fees are paid by the loser?

* special cases can occur, etc, etc, etc.

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

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Yup - good for the government, who has contacts, lawyers, accountants, etc.

Now, what about the rest of us to have to deal with this crap?...

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President Trump-themed escort services may soon open in China

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Re: Donald Trump-themed escort services

Don't forget the massage from incredibly tiny hands...

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Come in King Battistelli, your time at the Euro Patent Office is up

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The awful thing is... I bet he won't be punished in any way. Maybe even paid to leave :(

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Dieselgate: VW pleads guilty, will cough up $4.3bn, throws 6 staff under its cheatware bus

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You can't have every country wanting to jail executives from another country.

I'm guessing Germany are dragging their feet. If Germany started a trial and imprisoned them, I guess the USA would leave them alone.

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Adblock again beats publishers' Adblock-blocking attempts

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AdBlocker is a cheeky git at the moment. They fight for us to not see ads!

Er... unless the site they're blocking pays them a small bribe, and then you have to see them again...

I appreciate AdBlocker have to pay the bills, but their business model leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

Maybe I should create an AdBlocker Blocker, and then charge AdBlocker money to allow their "AdBlocks" through?

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Fleeing Aussie burglar shot in arse with bow and arrow

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If it was a wooden recurve, it is likely to be a training bow. Maybe not even with a sight.

And if so, I applaud that archer for hitting a moving target with it.

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Vatican and musicians at odds over appropriate use of crematorium leftovers

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Pirate

I guess it's harder to start giving up taxes or give up your property, if you're holding people's remains hostage.

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Oracle happy to let Apache Foundation adopt NetBeans

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I loved using NetBeans. It's simple and does the job.

....then I graduated to using Eclipse. It's more complex, but more powerful.

So... er... "meh!".

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Ad flog Plus: Adblock Plus now an advertising network, takes cash to broker web banners

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So, essentially, ABP becomes one of those crappy extensions installed by Microsoft/Yahoo, that "insert" ads into pages.

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BT needs to ditch its legacy to be competitive, says chief architect

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> having been there 29 years

*cough* legacy *cough*

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VW finds US$15 BEEELION under the couch to pay off US regulators

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So people bought cars with a certain expectation of emissions in mind. When it was proved false, they are going to get their money back.

Yet when people vote in the EU Referendum with a certain expectation in mind. When it was proved false, they were told to stop whinging :(

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LinkedIn mass hack reveals ... yup, you're all still crap at passwords

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FFS. What really p155es me off at the moment, is websites trying to increase the complexity of passwords that I use.

But it's for websites where I don't store personal information, or where I don't care if I'm "hacked".

LinkedIn - password "1234" is more than ample. Someone hacks it, deletes the profile? I'll re-enter it.

Facebook - hmm... there's some nice history/photos I'd like to keep, perhaps a more complex password.

Banking/shopping website - OK, full-on password here.

By forcing more complex passwords, it makes us re-use the passwords we use for banking.

Or dream up another one, which we're likely to forget.

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Getty Images flings competition sueball at Google Image Search

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Re: Force Google to put a watermark on 3rd party images it displays ?

Awesome idea!

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Shareholder rage freezes Salesforce boss Marc Benioff's package

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Wow, he must pay loads of Tax!

... er... hello?... HELLO?...

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Uh-oh, no mo' dough to 'slow-mo' GoGo: American Airlines aims ammo at Wi-Fi pros

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Re: Good

That doesn't surprise me.

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Google wins High Court fight with StreetMap over search results self-pluggery

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I was a huge fan of StreetMap. But I hate to say it, but Google innovated way beyond what StreetMap could offer.

This lawsuit is sour grapes, but I do mourn their passing :(

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Apple CEO visits EU regulator to discuss tax bill

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"Financial services firm JP Morgan said in a research note to investors in May 2015 that Apple could be liable to pay as much as $19 billion,"

Wow... they need Google's negotiation team...

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Apple introduces new regime, hands more control to investors

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Shareholders are only interested in profit, and they don't really seem to give a shit if a change pisses off customers.

So I almost see CEOs and senior board members, as a way to temper shareholders' demands, but still keep the company afloat.

Let's sell Cadbury's to an American company, the American company then changes the recipe to be cheaper and therefore ruins the USP of Cadbury chocolate - people no longer buy Cadbury chocolate.

I truly miss my Cadbury Creme Eggs :(

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No £160m for you: BT to receive termination notice from Cornwall before Christmas

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Re: Getting out from under.

Definitely!

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Competition watchdog dismisses plans by TfL to uber-regulate Uber

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"Uber enjoys a significant price advantage by not paying UK corporation tax, because jobs are booked through the Netherlands. Despite Uber being a $50bn (£32bn) company, its drivers earn far less than the London living wage; in some cases, they earn a lot less than the minimum wage."

For God's sake! Stop the Tax Credit cut, and make all these companies pay corporation tax!

FFS!

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Sysadmin's former boss claims five years FREE support or off to court

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It does matter if it was the same contract, they could ask the replacement to do the work instead.

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Blighty competition watchdog pokes pointy finger into cloud storage

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Re: Why do they do it?

Because a local hard disk can be stolen, destroyed by power surge, dropped, kicked, become out of date, etc.

Cloud Storage is a hope that they have surge-protected UPS servers, multiple copies of my data, harder to steal, and accessible for "free" from most places of the world.

NOTE: I'm just building a home RAID NAS server because I really really don't want to lose my photos.

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Your taxes at work: Three hours driving to turn on politician's PC

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Depends on the type of "party" ;)

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Drug-smuggling granny's vagina holds Kinder surprise

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So the plan worked! She got into prison, and the rest of the drugs she'd stashed up her ass, she managed to deliver.

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ICANN CEO, internet community heads clash in accountability row

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The BALLS of these guys. Who setup the organization? Time for some mass firings I think :(

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Laid-off IT workers: You want free on-demand service for what now?

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"So when the fan was well and truly hit six months later, they literally came running and crushed the problems because they knew the system and were motivated to help us out. They fixed first and we sorted the money later."

Really? Contractors? Contractors are paid per hour, it's not really in their best interests to do anything quickly.

Secondly, sorted money out later? Well yeah, they're going to send you a bill. But I would expect some kind of agreement up front too.

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Top VW exec blames car pollution cheatware scandal on 'a couple of software engineers'

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As a software engineer, I would be excited to add extra functionality to a dashboard, or tune the engine efficiency.

If I made a change which dramatically reduced the emissions, the engineers are gonna want to know what I'm doing on their "turf", and what the hell I did.

But where's the incentive for it?

The software engineers (instead of the hardware engineers) really have a KRA to reduce emissions by 300%?

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Michigan sues HP after 'botched' $49m upgrade leaves US state in 1960s mainframe hell

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"Part of that contract stated that if the contract was terminated then HP would still provide technical support for the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) in the interim period. "

So a contract stated that HP should provide technical support, but Michigan terminated that contract, and expects HP to honour that contract... how does that work?

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Apple drinks Putin’s Kool-Vodka, shoves Russians' iCloud data into Russia – report

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I wonder how the Russian government feels about the end-2-end encryption?

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'Major' outage at Plusnet borks Brits' browsing, irate folk finger DNS

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Bugger :( I'm waiting for the engineer to install Plusnet this morning... he might be busy...

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Would YOU make 400 people homeless for an extra $16m? Decision time in Silicon Valley

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He'd make $35m profit.....

Unless he's got some huge plans for cash, he might as well take the lower amount, ensure a clean soul, get a statue built in his honour, and live it up in Hawaii guilt free.

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Parliament wants to splash £6m on network build 'n' run contract

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Who wants to bet that BT wins the deal?

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Backup upstart Code42 is in a world of Payne

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Er.... I've just found these guys and enjoying the backup service they offer....

..... Please don't change please don't change please don't change!

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Unredacted: ICANN's hidden role in fierce battle over .Africa rights

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It beggars belief that a modern organization is so blatantly corrupt!

What kind of egotist was picked to run ICANN, and who the hell do they think they are!?

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Everything you know about OpenStack is wrong

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Re: Skeptical

Really? Annoying :(

I was tempted to have a go at home with OpenStack, but if it's going to be a awkward experience without spending money on something, I might give it a miss :(

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'This ruling does nothing to change the facts' thunders Apple in latest price-fix appeal blow

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Re: "Apple told The Reg in an emailed statement..."

Duplo image, or it didn't happen.

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Sprint: Our 'unlimited' mobe plan has one tiny limit: High-quality video

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Re: History repeating again...

At least when they overbook capacity on an airplane, they'll put you on the next flight out, and give you a free plane ticket.

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Do svidaniya to public record as Russia passes NEED to be forgotten bill

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Sad :(

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Sprint: Net neutrality means we can't stamp out download hogs

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Of course, in the UK, the courts screwed us and acknowledge that "Unlimited" != "unlimited" :(

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Cisco account managers' sales bonuses slashed

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Re: Retrospective?

You get your commission, you buy a car with it, and then the company wants to take the money back???

Even if you were paid extra by mistake, you would expect some care and consideration.

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Go fac' yourselves: US privacy bods walk out of visage recog talks

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Tricky.

Legally you're able to take a picture of anyone you like in public.

And shops are "private property" which can refuse entry, and have cameras everywhere, and usually stop you using your own camera.

If you're on a shop's property, then they could always refuse you entry if you don't accept their T&Cs.

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Screw you, Apple! We're still making phones no one wants – Samsung

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Ahem... that might have been true... until recently when Apple kept denying there was a problem with something.... screen issues? Can't remember now.

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