* Posts by JimmyPage

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Ding-dong, reality calling: iPhone slump is not Apple's doom

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You know, sometimes it *really* is that simple ...

Most people who *want* an iPhone have one. So the market is made up of:

1) People who want an iPhone, but can't afford it (by definition of no interest to Apple)

2) "My first iPhone" - as people grow into them

3) "My umpteenth iPhone" - for people who lose/break them.

4) "My new iPhone" - the shinyphiles

Can I have my £100,000 consultancy fee now ?

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Getty Images flings competition sueball at Google Image Search

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Re: this is Getty's fault

victim blaming is not the answer.

Presumably you view scantily clad girls as "asking for it" too ?

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Re: Google gets the image off websiteX to display in its image search.

And *then* could put a watermark on it.

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

Could the solution really be so simple it can be expressed in 9 words ?

Can see why I'm not a lawyer ....

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What do you call an old, unpatched and easily hacked PC? An ATM

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It's a transient problem ...

I suspect the banks relaxed attitude is premised on the decline of cash, plus the availability (in the UK certainly) of retailer cashback (which is a win win for retailer and bank). I'd wager most banks only see ATMs as a service in decline.

How many new anti-fraud initiatives have been developer for cheques (US:checks) in the past 10 years ?

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Is Dublin becoming as unaffordable as San Francisco?

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I think Galileo researched this 400 years ago ...

it's how pendulums work ....

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IBM says no, non, nein to Brexit

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RE: Brexit is all a sham like the Scotland referendum.

Funnily enough, it's hard to avoid a whiff of deja vu here, in particular:

1) The lack of a coherent (or indeed comprehensible) view of what "out" looks like

2) The repeated assertion by Brexiters of what "they" (i.e. the rest of the world) will do when Brexit happens. Meaning I either believe (for example) Obama, and the American establishment when they state their view (first hand), or I believe Boris' "explanation" of what they say.

I knew the independence campaign was rocky when Alex Salmond told his acolytes what I - and the rest of the UK would do when they got independence.

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Re: So get your facts straight

Do you *really* think that's going to happen ?

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'Impossible' EmDrive flying saucer thruster may herald new theory of inertia

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Re: Has it been tested in a vacuum?

Yes. If you watch the (not as dreadful as it might have been) recent "Horizon" on anti-gravity ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0752f85/horizon-20152016-2-project-greenglow-the-quest-for-gravity-control

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Einstein ...

suggests that moving particles distort spacetime. Could it be that this distortion is shifting the centre of mass, and the thrust observed is the drive repositioning ?

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Carders cash out hundreds of millions before USA adopts EMV

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Chip & PIN - so last decade ...

As Josh Widdecombes' routine about paying with contactless shows.

"Where am I off to ? the future. See you there, captain chequebook ..."

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Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods

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So people who pay for content should be spared ads ?

How does that square with Sky and other subscription *TV* services ?

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So you’d sod off to China to escape the EU, Google? Really?

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Chinese industrial strategy

is measured in decades.

Unlike most (not all, but most) UK/US strategy which is measure in quarters (although I have worked in companies where "month-end" was a bunfight).

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How much faster is a quantum computer than your laptop?

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Maybe look to nature ?

There was a pretty good (by current BBC standards*) documentary about quantum effects and how nature may have jumped the shark on this one ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04v85cj

The way that plants extract energy from sunlight in a quantum fashion is intriguing to say the least.

*I was watching "Horizon" in the 1970s about quarks and the like, without the science-lite approach the modern age demands.

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US bus passenger cracks one off for three hours

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The Smoking Gun

Really ?

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Daily! Mail! eyes! up! Yahoo!'s news! arm!

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Website no-one uses to be acquired by newspaper everyone hates

credit to NewsThump

http://newsthump.com/2016/04/11/website-no-one-uses-to-be-acquired-by-newspaper-everyone-hates/

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GCHQ is having problems meeting Osborne's 2020 recruitment target

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And another thing ...

presumably an increase of 1,900 skilled workers needs a proportionate increase in the number of cusodiet custodes ? (Or is that custodiem custodias ?|)

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London to Dover 'smart' road could help make driverless cars mainstream – expert

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Oh, hang on, no mention of

The philosophy (in the UK at least) that private car ownership is BAD. Hence the *deliberately* mistimed light, excessively lengthy pedestrian phases, and "bypasses" (Northfield and Selly Oak on the A38) which take longer than driving through the town (proven many times by myself).

I actually collared a project manager when the A38 bypass was being built, and commented how a simple phase change would let more cars through. He agreed and said the same point had been made to the management committee.However there was a general presumption that nothing should be done to encourage private motoring.

So, next time you find yourself in a queue where you think "if they rephased the lights, more cars would get through", you're right. But they won't.

(The fact this massively increases the pollution footprint of junctions is another tiny pinprick in the AGW hysteria. Once again, if it *really* mattered .....)

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computer aided burglary.

The thing is, in this future, what are people going to steal ?

Sophisticated thieves won't be interested in anything the average suburban semi has.

Smackheads would only be interested in something they can sell/trade that's easy to lift and untraceable. Given that Geolocking already locks phones based on location, how long until TVs do the same - bearing in mind stealing a modern SmartTV is particularly dumb, as the second you plug it into the internet, it can alert whoever as to its location ...

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Makes sense/low hanging fruit

I see the move towards autonomous cars happening in discrete steps. The first will be certain roads (motorways) being designated "autonomous control permitted". When an autonomous car joins the road, the driver will be able to press the big button that lights up, and the car will take over.

To be honest I think we're almost there, as assistive technology blurs into adaptive technology.

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Docs need to do remote consultations – report

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Walk *before* you try to run ...

I would suggest the cast majority of GPs (mine excepted) could start with a decent booking system.

AFAIK, ours is the only one locally which has online booking (a godsend). Seems all others insist you have to ring on the day to discover there are no appointments.

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Ultra-rare WWII Lorenz cipher machine goes on display at Bletchley Park

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I wonder how Silicon Roundabout would have gone about cracking Lorenz ?

Logo ? Mission statement ? Branding hothousing and market analysis ?

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1,000 cats await stadium-sized sandwich bag launch

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Wanaka Airport

Anyone else have to read that twice ?

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Commentard April Fool decries Blighty's dodecaquid

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Re: links in article

downvoted.

1) I did say "a tad" - i.e. the criticism was justified, but mitigated.

2) Not really sure any El Regger should be critical of people who don't immediately click links in every article they read - even if it is El Reg.

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A tad (just a tad) harsh

In 2016, the amount of quality journalism around being less than ever means it's impossible to apply critical thinking to every story and work out if it's an April Fools or not.

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Bloaty banking app? There's a good chance it was written in Britain

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cheques/checks

Until such time as the financial services sector comes up with another way to do the job of a cheque, they are here to stay.

Maybe they are cumbersome, clunky, old-fashioned, and laughable.

However they provide a unique function. The ability to transfer money to a person - not an account. As long as there is a need for such a facility, cheques are going nowhere.

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re:The average lines of code (LOC)

I thought we threw this out in the 90's as a "useful metric" for measuring code?

It was pretty dead in the water in the 1980s, when I graduated.

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Blighty starts pumping out 12-sided quids

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iSIS

O'reilly ?

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Brexit: Time to make your plans, UK IT biz

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Re: Time to make your plans

I wanted to guarantee my family the protection offered by ECHR rights

You did know that the EU has nothing - absolutely *nothing* to do with the ECHR before you moved, didn't you ?

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Re: And on the other side of the channel...

Indeed. This was one of the most striking things about the Scottish independence "debate" of 2014. Which was the sight of Alex Salmond telling everybody what *England* would do, what *the EU* would do, what *the US* would do.

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Gartner: RIP double-digit smartphone growth. 2016 has killed you

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The way I read that article is that there is massive trouble for Apple ahead

I heard that on the *BBC* back in October. Although if *I* could manage to sell this "news" as exclusive research, I admit I would.

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Who are these morons ?

And why does anybody give a flying fuck what they think ?

With pearls of wisdom such as :

"The analyst blamed falling consumer confidence, saying worsening economic conditions – factors that had had negligible impact on smartphone sales were finally taking a toll."

No, you idiots. Smartphone sales have eased because (look around you) everybody who wants one has one (any previous slowdown would be where anybody who needs one has one).

It really is *that* simple.

cf PC sales. Everybody who wants a desktop PC has one (or two, or three). Speaking for family Page, we have had since 1996, about 6 new PCs. However, our current one was bought in 2010 (and was a 2 year old model then).

My Smartphone is a Wileyfox Swift. Bought December 2015, and should last 3-4 years. Mrs Pages smartphone is a 2 year old MotoG, and she doesn't need a replacement anytime soon either.

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Woman scales Ben Nevis wielding selfie stick instead of ice axe

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Fucking moron

putting volunteer rescue workers lives in danger

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FBI: Er, no, we won't reveal how we unmask and torpedo Tor pedos

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The US has a doctrine "the fruit of the poison tree"

"Are law enforcement officers permitted to commit other felonies whilst in pursuit of a larger crime?"

The final arbiter here, is the courts. If they allow evidence which has been illegally obtained to be presented, then the assumption is, it's "allowed". If they do not allow illegally obtained evidence, then it's not allowed.

The US has a doctrine "the fruit of the poison tree" which is a principle that illegally obtained evidence - and subsequent discoveries - are not permitted. It's a frequent plot device in shows like "Law & Order", and quite fascinating to a UKain, as there's quite a body of precedent and law around it (for example a cop is permitted to search an arrested suspect, but *only* to ensure his own safety (i.e. no hidden weapons).

Here in the UK, 99% of courts (i.e judges) have repeated made it clear they couldn't give a toss what laws may have been broken to bring a case to court. The (somewhat specious) reasoning being that to punish the state for breaking the rules would deny the individual victim in the case justice. Or, in other words (but not ones they'd like, no matter how accurate) "the end justifies the means". Personally, I subscribe to an old-fashioned notion that the law applies to all. But I know that's not really the vogue now.

UK cases where a judge has thrown out dodgy evidence are far and few between, and therefore newsworthy, The last one I can remember (so showing my age, and how shit the system is) is when the judge in the Colin Stagg trial went ballistic at the prosecutions use of tabloid-style psychobabble, and tore the CPS and Met Police a new one - very publicly.

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Closing courts to fling £700m at digital stand-ins will fail, MPs snarl at UK.gov

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You have the laws you can afford ...

that's it basically.

Closing courts makes sense when you reduce the criminal code, not expand it.

By the way, wasn't there a pledge sometime ago about "a new law in means an old one out" ?

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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Bottom line

What do I *Need* Windows 10 for ?

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Met plod commissioner: Fraud victims should not be refunded by banks

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Re: Do you really think online criminals are looking at your card?

@yoganmahew

What I meant (as I suspect you knew) was that destroying the CV2 number on my card(s) reduces he risk of someone who has physical access to the card making a note of it and then using it online.

I *know* bank advice is to not hand your card to anyone. However there are a number of merchants who - for whatever reason - have engineered it so they "need" to put your card in the machine.

Normally I don't worry about being misunderstood. But I think destroying the CV2 is such a neat trick - and certainly within the skillset of an El Regger - that it needs promoting.

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Re: Contactless fraud up by two thirds

Cite ?

my hunch is contactless fraud is very low-level, if it happens at all. Mainly because it's already protected against to a certain degree by the fact that almost all card readers are overlooked by CCTV.

Bear in mind in the UK the maximum loss possible from contactless payments is £90.

And if (as I do) you destroy the CV2 number on your card, the chances of online fraud are vanishingly small.

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Computers shouldn't smoke. Cigarettes aren't healthy for anyone

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Re: New motherboard and memory?

I still have my grandfathers ax. I changed the shaft and my Dad changed the head .....

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Oh, sugar! Sysadmin accidently deletes production database while fixing a fault

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Re: it's so easy

Isn't it DELETE FROM, not DELETE * FROM ?

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French publishers join Swedish 'Block Party' to pester ad refuseniks

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Crack in the dam ....

I suspect there are some folk who would pay (I won't over-egg the claim by saying "willingly") to receive ad-free content.

Let's take El Reg, as an example. How much would we pay for an ad-free Vulture ? £12/year ? £24 ?

Either way, if it turns out that the number (and more importantly *worth*) of people who would pay to dodge ads exceeds what sites like El Reg make from advertisers, then the chill wind will blow through the world of advertising.

I return to my hobby-horse of the moment that I can't believe there are people who *pay* Sky, and STILL GET ADVERTS !!!!!! Surely if you pay for Sky, the very minimum level would be fewer, if not no, ads ?

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Reposting 8-second sports clips infringes copyright

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*English and Welsh* justice

occasionally do throw up well constructed cases which are eminently sensible and practical.

Must have been as mistake.

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Comms 'redlining' in Brussels as explosions kill up to 30 people

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RE:Tighten the nose on civil liberties

Why, oh why, did I suddenly remember "tweak the nose of terror" ?

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Obama bigs up His Man in Havana: Google

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"Veep" is a documentary ...

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Big data boffins crunch GPS traces, find altruistic route planning is good for everyone

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The Dirk Gentley method ?

You may not get where you were going, but you end up where you needed to be ...

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The easiest solution ?

Just tweak the satnav software to offer a random pick from the 3 top routes. This should spread the traffic out enough to realise some benefit with fuck all investment.

After all, how many people have any idea if the route the satnav has chosen is the best ?

As an aside, am I missing something, or is there no feature on any satnav where you can press a single button to say "give me the second choice route - the first is blocked". I noticed this after driving from Eastleigh to Birmingham. The motorway signs on the M3 warned the A34 was blocked. However, trying to turn off just had the satnav redirecting me *back* to the A34. No satnav/software I have seen allows you to "X" a road and circumnavigate it. Certainly not while driving :(

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Apple engineers rebel, refuse to work on iOS amid FBI iPhone battle

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How unAmerican ...

Of course, if the people who *build* the iPhones tried to band together to express solidarity, they'd be labelled commie bastards, and sacked.

If there's one thing worse than no principles, it's selective ones.

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Judge orders Universal Credit internal reviews must be disclosed

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Where do you get the Roman gladius these days?

I have a vague memory that Roman soldiers had to buy their own kit.

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I disagree with your opening statement ...

"The jury is still out as to whether Universal Credit will go down as one of the major IT disasters of our time. "

Who cares what this "jury" thinks ? I know what *I* think.

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Heartless hackers break into Florida cancer clinic network – 2.2 million records exposed

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Patients *and* employees ?

Is it just me, or does this suggest a system not fit for purpose in the first place ?

Let's hope some of the employees exposed were the CEO and board of directors ...

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