* Posts by veti

3015 posts • joined 25 Mar 2010

Telecom NZ invokes wrath of frisky rugby fans

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WTF?

BFD

Yeah, I don't see how people got their underthings in a bunch about this. I don't understand the campaign, but I'd have been willing to watch it on the offchance that there was a punchline or two in there somewhere.

Instead it's being slated as a gaff. The only "gaff" I see here is that some asshole leaked the story to the media before the campaign was ready for launch. That suggests that either security was a joke or Telecom trusted someone it shouldn't have, but that doesn't even begin to reflect on the campaign itself.

Google+ bans real name under ‘Real Names’ policy

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Coat

Seriously

Am I the only one who thinks this journo is self-evidently a poseur who changed his name for the sole purpose of generating publicity of exactly this type, and is probably now falling foul of a silent "no wankers" policy?

London rioters should 'loose all benefits'

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Facepalm

What could possibly go wrong?

Slave labour. Oh yes, that should sort out the problems of unequal wealth distribution and 25% youth unemployment in jig time.

I'm not saying it's a bad idea, just that you haven't thought it through. It would have consequences, and you need a plan to deal with those.

George Lucas defeated by Stormtrooper helmet man

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Mushroom

Strange sense of "justice" you have there

Well, yes. If Lucas Enterprises were valued at $500, do you seriously think they'd ever have persuaded a court to grant them a $20 million judgment? There's definitely a connection there, for starters.

And it's not American justice that's stripped the reward. As far as American justice is concerned, Lucas is in the right. As I understand it, it if Ainsworth ever sets foot in the Land of the Free, Lucas will be entitled to the shirt off his back and about 800 years of indentured servitude.

"which are actually no less "official" than the units used in the films" - please define "official" in that context?

As for "why an artisan ... is now entitled to continue producing costumes for personal gain"... because the design was Ainsworth's in the first place. He never sold it to Lucasfilm - all he sold was a number of helmets and costumes. If anyone should be sued for copyright violation here, it's Lucas himself.

You seem to be advocating that when an artist does work for hire, the copyright should automatically belong to their employer. If that were the case, then there wouldn't have needed to be clauses in every employment contract I've ever signed saying that the copyrights in works I create as part of my work belong to my employer. If Lucas didn't have a contract to that effect with Ainsworth, he doesn't have a leg to stand on.

Nokia ‘giving away phones at cost’

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Microsoft has been doing the same thing for years

... and it hasn't worked out so bad for them.

It's not particularly unusual, it's yer basic cross-subsidy - take money from one part of the business that's doing well, and use it to prop up another part that's not currently doing so well, but you hope to make more out of in future. MS's XBox division bled cash for at least eight years, but MS supported it anyway.

Of course Nokia is not quite as well balanced for it, but it looks like they're still making plenty of revenues. Unless they go nuts with the R&D spending, they should pull through.

CERN 'gags' physicists in cosmic ray climate experiment

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Facepalm

Nothing to see here, move on

Could it be that it would just be stupid to speculate about the effects of something for which such scant data exist?

Let's assume for a moment that cosmic rays create clouds. Let's further assume that you've got enough historical data to show that peaks of cosmic radiation have coincided with above-average cloud cover. (Very dubious already - I seriously doubt if this data even exists on any meaningful scale.) Still we haven't even touched on the longevity or albedo of the clouds thus formed.

Or we could, instead, compare cosmic radiation history with global climate history. This is inevitably pretty shaky, given that we're comparing two sets of data for which *only proxy records exist* - there are no actual thermometer readings or cosmic ray counts for the year 1300 - and to assume a causal relationship between them would be not merely to jump the gun, it would be to attach a jetpack and overfly the entire arsenal.

This is an interesting finding, but to draw conclusions about climate change from it would be criminally premature.

And finally, contrary to the article's tone, it's not "unusual" for managers to admonish their underlings against unfounded speculation in political hot-topic areas. It happens on a daily basis. The issue is that, generally, researchers *are* encouraged to speculate about the possible impact of their work, but when this would expose them to the kind of attention that instantly focuses on anything containing the word "climate", the caveats about the "very early stages" and "much more work needed" will be swept away in a tsunami of axe-grinding.

So let's not pretend this is news. This is a director doing his job. Give him a nod of thanks or recognition if you like, then move on.

New NZ copyright law means ISPs could cash in

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Boffin

Depending on volumes, somewhere between $2 and $10

There's nothing on that list that's (a) required and (b) can't be done by a common-or-garden SQL database.

Think about it. Power companies have been doing this for decades: they send out warnings (in sequence), and eventually (if you don't do anything about it) they raise a service order to disconnect you.

Sure it's complicated, but it's a solved problem. All you need is a decent flowchart, and any competent SQL house could put it together in a matter of weeks. And you're talking about companies that *already have* CIS databases, so it's not going to require massive restructuring or retraining either.

Sunday Times accused of blagging Gordon Brown's records

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Pint

A degree in blagging is much more useful

"Expected to have a degree in journalism" in much the same way as mall Santas are expected to have a degree in children's entertainment.

In other words, what you hear is almost entirely the product of the fertile imaginations of those whose job it is to sell degrees in journalism.

It's an unregulated profession. If you can convince the editor or proprietor that you're the journalist material you're looking for, then you're in. What part a degree plays in that decision depends pretty much entirely on who you're dealing with.

And long may it remain so. The last thing the economy needs is yet another profession closing itself off to people just because they don't have the right paperwork.

Aussie carbon tax in actually-makes-sense shocker

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Not quite

At $18000, the tax-free threshold will still be too low to "remove poverty traps". To do that, you'd have to load the displaced tax onto the higher-tier tax rates rather than the lower-tier ones, as the gov't is doing.

In general, the poverty trap is *caused by* progressive taxation, so the way to eliminate it is to make taxation *less* progressive, not more. The purpose of a tax-free band is to simplify tax collection and record-keeping - if some kid is only earning $60 a week from his paper round or whatever, it's not really worth the time and effort it'll take to collect $9 of it from him. And raising the limit will help with that.

Freedoms Bill: Gov may U-turn on personal data and DNA retention

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Holmes

Could be a long wait

'I will wait for the first case where DNA from a scene is put into the system and more than one match comes out. At which point, the defence have just been handed"reasonable doubt"'

Only if the prosecution chooses to tell them about it.

Good luck with that.

'Robots can save America', says Obama

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Pint

Great idea.

Oh yeah, that worked so well for Japan. Now there's a country that's seen unparalleled growth in living standards for the past 20 years.

Oh wait...

Seriously, if all the low-skilled jobs are done by robots, then how exactly are low-skilled people supposed to make a living? If your answer involves "retraining", then who is going to pay for that, and what happens if the training doesn't work, or if the new job is promptly robotised too?

Just to clarify - I'm not a luddite. I'm all for getting robots to do as much as they can. But I'm also for a universal government benefit - say, 20% of national income, distributed evenly between all citizens, with absolutely no strings attached.

ITU Gen Sec: Why not speaking English can be a virtue

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Headmaster

I hate to be pedantic...

... ah, who am I kidding, who doesn't love to be pedantic?

It's "International Telecommunication Union".

I know it's hard to believe. I once saw Magnus Magnusson himself taking a precious two seconds to correct a contestant who had got it right. But there's no 's' in the name of that organisation.

Now at least El Reg can start getting it right.

Fun and games in NZ politics

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Don't encourage him

Slater is a foaming-at-the-mouth right-winger, whom we saw in court only a few months ago for breaching court orders suppressing the names of both defendants and victims.

The man is an accomplished attention whore, who has no problem with being on the wrong end of the law as long as the maximum penalty is only a fine. He's quite happy to pay for his publicity.

Woman puts shout-out for hitman on Facebook

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Cause and effect

Yeah, that's not so much a conspiracy as the end result of opportunism.

People see the trend and position themselves to benefit from it. Those who make the best job of their positioning end up at the top of our society, hence they're influential. They're not making us stupid because they're powerful, we're making them powerful because we're stupid.

Police ROBOT attacks and BURNS DOWN HOUSE

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Collateral damage?

So... the suspect's presence was confirmed by "heat-sensor" technology, suggesting that someone was inside the trailer...

Has anyone bothered asking who it was?

Google euthanizes newspaper archive scan plan

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Big Brother

We need an antidote to hindsight

Whenever the excrement hits the aircon (in any given system), it's incredibly interesting to look back over old news archives and see what the people who are now bleating and hollering for blood were saying a few years ago.

That's getting surprisingly hard to do, online. For instance, you try finding out (online): when Michael Howard, as home secretary, first proposed the national identity register, what did up-and-coming young talent (and erstwhile home office advisor) David Cameron say about it at the time?

You'll find some sources have disappeared completely and are now only visible as secondhand interpretation, rumour and deconstruction, often written years later with the benefit of hindsight. Even if you do find something that looks as if it was *actually* written in 1995, chances are it's been retrospectively updated to make the author or site owner look better.

Newspaper archives, stored on microfilm, are one of the few safeguards against the perpetual Orwellian rewriting of history that goes on around us all the time. Putting those archives online would have enormous value, and I still hope it'll happen eventually.

Don’t leak WikiLeaks: The NDA from hell

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Interpretation

From Wikileaks' point of view, confidentiality is very important. How else can you offer to protect the anonymity of people who send stuff to you?

This particular document looks like a complete legal dogs' breakfast, and I seriously doubt if it'd be enforceable in any court it's likely to come before. I suspect the objective is not so much to create an actual legal barrier, as to signal to WL staff that Confidentiality Matters.

Australians believe good things about the Internet

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Four separate page? Was that really necessary?

What is this, journalism for the Twitter generation or something? I'm a big boy, I can read whole pages at a time.

Computer glitch opens un-staffed supermarket to happy Kiwis

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Licensing laws

Interesting tidbit: when people tried to pay for wine at the self-service checkout, they couldn't, because it had no way of demanding ID.

(NZ supermarkets only sell wine and beer, anything stronger you generally have to get from a specialised liquor shop.)

So it may be that even more people tried to pay, but the (legally required) system wouldn't let them.

Vatican hails hacking culture, Wikis

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Cue page after page of hate comments...

Calm down. The Vatican isn't saying that hackers are some kind of closet left-footers, nor is it preparing the ground for some kind of takeover bid. This is just an opinion piece in a magazine. It has no more bearing on official doctrine or policy than an editorial in the Guardian has on the British gov't.

Yes, he does know that many hackers are atheists, wiccans, quite possibly even satanists. It doesn't matter. Their faith is simply irrelevant to his argument.

As for all the "pedo" jibes... here's a thought. How about, every time a Brit or American opens his mouth (on any topic whastoever), we shout him down with yells of "Slaver!" "Drug runner!" "Arms dealer!" "Imperialist!"? It'd be about as relevant.

Mobiles really do fry your brains: JAMA

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Facts are elitist

Cue cries of "Luddites", "scaremongers"...

It's very sad, what's happened to debate in our society. We've reached a point where you *can't* even talk about "evidence", without a significant part of the audience assuming that you're lobbying for one side or the other, and reflexively lining up to ridicule you. (See Para 2 of the above story.)

Scientific method is doing its best, but it's up against democracy and free speech.

TV election debate 'worm' graph found to undermine democracy

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Oblig XKCD:

http://xkcd.com/610/

Corporate hospitality is OK, says new Bribery Act guidance

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Speaking as a former snout...

In a previous life I was a journalist, and enjoyed quite a lot of 'corporate hospitality'. So I feel qualified to clarify here:

It's not about 'getting business done', it's about getting people to show up. Send me an invite to two press conferences on the same day, and all other things being equal, I'm going to accept the one that comes with a six-course meal at the Ritz, rather than the one with the cold buffet in a bleak meeting room in Newport Pagnell.

And having turned up, I'll meet the company's flacks, I'll know their names, I'll recognise their logo when I see it on their letterhead, and I'm that much more likely to take time to read it.

Corruption? Maybe. But it's more than common, it's virtually universal practice, and I have yet to hear of any country in the history of the world that has successfully outlawed it (though some have tried).

ISP proposes independent body to police copyright

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FAIL

The piper asks:

So who's going to pay?

The content industry? In which case, how can we have any confidence in the "impartiality" of this body?

The ISPs? Then how exactly is the burden being removed from them?

The government? Ah, then you've cunningly come up with another way of getting taxpayers to pay for copyright enforcement, without going through the hassle of criminalising casual infringement.

Some combination of the above? - would combine all of the above issues without solving any of them.

Police just rubber-stamping US data slurp

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Big Brother

"Received extra information orally"?

Okay, so inform Europol that all their phone conversations will be recorded and all their offices bugged. Discussing work outside the office, or on a private cellphone, is of course grounds for instant dismissal and (optionally) prosecution.

Either that or tell the Americans that "extra information orally" will not be accepted under any circumstances. No paper trail = no information.

Texas bank robber asked for ID

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I "robbed" my bank like that yesterday

If you show ID and walk out of a bank with $800... that's not a robbery, that's a withdrawal.

What exactly is the crime here?

Lady Gaga puts the squeeze on breast milk ice cream

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It's called "trademark"

From the Intellectual Property Office website (http://www.ipo.gov.uk/types/tm/t-other/t-infringe.htm):

"Where the registered mark has a significant reputation, infringement may also arise from the use of the same or a similar mark which, although not causing confusion, damages or takes unfair advantage of the reputation of the registered mark. This can occasionally arise from the use of the same or similar mark for goods or services which are dissimilar to those covered by the registration of the registered mark."

Hope this helps. Note that I am not expressing any kind of opinion about the law, merely answering your question.

Eurofighter Typhoon: It's EVEN WORSE than we thought

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FAIL

@Anonymous

"... British engineers and technicians are still equipped with the skills to keep on producing military equipment in an independent manner,"

Oh please. Throw enough money and time at a problem, and there is virtually nothing you can't do. "Skills to do it in an independent manner" would imply the ability to do it within a reasonable time and cost framework, which is precisely what they *don't* have.

Seriously, in this fantasy scenario you imagine, where we're abandoned by the Americans and cut off from the Europeans, how much of the total national effort do you think should be spent producing Eurofighters? I suggest that a more rational use of our resources in such a case would be to build handheld rocket and SAM launchers, LAVs and IEDs with which to fight the occupying power. You could equip a whole battalion of real soldiers, for the price of just one Typhoon.

"As someone with a relative involved in the programme", obviously you see the necessity to keep it going. But you have to make that case to the people who are *paying* the bills, not just those who are charging them.

Anon Mail commenters to stay anon

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Precedent

Let's hope this eminently sensible precedent gets remembered, when it's Special Branch or the US Secret Service demanding to know who posted "The sooner someone plants a bomb in $MAJOR_PUBLIC_FIGURE's car the better".

The Register and Australia-New Zealand

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I'm an expat Brit in NZ

... and I read El Reg as a UKian publication.

I've had this argument with Google just recently. If you're going to provide me with "localised content" - fine, I understand why you'd want to do that, but please please PLEASE give me an opt-out - whether it involves just clicking something, or typing a longer URL, whatever, please give me the option.

There are times when I come here for news, sure. But mostly I come here to find what's worth getting riled up about. And from that perspective, there's very little point getting worked up about things that my friends back home have never heard of and care nothing about.

Okay okay, it's your site, your rules, I don't even pay for it. But you asked for feedback, so there it is.

UK.gov doesn't know its IT spend – but insists it will spend less

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Grenade

Why should the government monitor its IT spend in particular?

Nobody asks how much the government, as a whole, spends on office furniture, or air conditioning systems. Try finding out what "the government", in all its branches, spent on petrol last year, and see how far you get. Those budgets are probably comparable to "IT spending".

Budgets are allocated by department, not to vaguely defined global functions.

In defence of Comic Sans

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Grenade

Far from the worst crime against design

I find it rather sad that so much hate is directed against Comic Sans, when so many companies will cheerfully and thoughtlessly use fonts like Times New Roman or Arial, in the apparent belief that they're being smart and professional.

Times looks *hideous* in any format wider than a newspaper column. Arial is just lazy - it used to be one of MS's defaults, so it's at or near the top of every menu, let's not bother with finding something better like Gill or Lucida. But those same people who get apoplectic about joke e-mails in Comic Sans, will see nothing wrong in writing me a letter in either of those.

Mote. Beam. Clue.

Chinese 'repurpose' Top Gun footage

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Pirate

Big whoop

Show me the producer who claims they've never *ever* used stock photography or footage without proper attribution, and I'll show you a liar.

The Chinese had a missile test. Whether or not it went well - who knows, we probably never will - but either way, their own film of it was crap. So they decided to report it as successful, and use some better footage that shows the same thing happening.

A misdemeanour, but hardly a casus belli.

Who are the biggest electric car liars - the BBC, or Tesla Motors?

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FAIL

Why would you charge up your battery en route anyway?

If electric car makers had more brain cells than Spongebob, they would design cars such that the batteries could be easily hoisted out (with suitable lifting equipment) and exchanged, in five minutes or less.

Then garages could advertise prices for fully-charged packs of each model of battery. You'd pull in, a guy with a lifting rig would come out, remove your current battery pack, and replace it with a fully charged one. You'd be done and back on the road in less time than it takes to buy a packet of marshmallows.

The batteries themselves would be clearly marked with an expiry date, or perhaps subject to some kind of six-monthly quality inspection regime. Provided your old battery has an up-to-date quality mark, the garage would only charge you for the power plus an allowance for labour, equipment, storage space used etc.

In short, it'd be very much like filling up with petrol, but cheaper...

National Identity Card holding chumps have buyer's remorse

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... to each according to their needs

Quite. And if these freelance journalists and "investment banking consultants" are likely to starve for want of thirty quid, then just maybe they shouldn't have spent it in the first place.

Seriously, could you imagine any *less* sympathetic plaintiffs?

ASSANGE GRANTED BAIL

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All that means...

... is that the stage is set for a deal. The Americans say "if you extradite him, we promise not to kill him"; the British gov't proudly announces "Look, we won this concession from the Americans!"; then Assange goes off to do 20-to-life in a federal prison, and everyone saves face.

It's happened before, it'll happen again.

Judge puts Assange behind bars ahead of extradition hearing

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By "this guy"...

... you mean the US "intelligence community"?

Come on, these cables were available to someone with the intelligence clearance of a feckin' *private*. Do you seriously think that the Iranian intelligence services didn't already know this stuff?

The real issue here is how much material was (a) written down (when it never should have been at all), and (b) shared with everybugger in the US security forces whether or not they had any conceivable need to know about it. After 9/11 the Americans went absolutely berserk with "sharing" intel internally, and now they're seeing the downside of that approach. About time too.

PayPal banned WikiLeaks after US gov intervention

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Headmaster

No, they don't have "special protections"

Media *don't* have "special protections" to do anything in particular. The First Amendment guarantees "freedom of the press", but it makes no attempt to define what "the press" *is*.

If you're a journalist, then a press card is a useful shortcut to introducing yourself; it buys tolerance, it hints at the promise of favourable coverage (or the threat of the opposite), it explains instantly who you are and why you're being a nosey bugger, but it *doesn't* give you any special legal privileges. None at all. Anything you can do with a press card, is something you could just as well do with a decent Fast Talk percentage.

In the US at least, "media" is not a licensed industry. Anyone can set up a newspaper, in any medium they like, and there is no special form you have to fill out before you can claim your First Amendment rights. Wikileaks is entitled to exactly the same legal protections as the New York Times.

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Not vaguely illegal at all

Regardless of where the publishers are based, publishing classified material *is not* illegal. The Supreme Court has been admirably clear on that. That's why the New York Times is still in business, these past 38 years.

*Stealing* said material (using your security clearance to take copies and distribute them to people who don't have similar clearance) - *that's* illegal. But once it's been stolen by some third party, the government has no standing to prevent its dissemination. If the documents were produced by gov't employees using gov't resources for gov't purposes, there isn't even a copyright issue - they're public domain.

Those govt cuts - slasher horror or history-changing brilliance?

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Grenade

Yeah, right

"Housing benefit is only high because rents are high."

Oh please. You're saying that the "demand" side of "supply and demand" has no effect on the price of housing? That rents would still be just as high even if there wasn't twenty billion quid of taxpayer money propping up the market?

Take off the ideological blinkers. It was the New Labour fiasco that got us into this mess, and the gov't is making an effort to fix it. Are they doing everything right? Of course not. But anyone who held *any* kind of office or influence under Gordon Brown should not be criticising at this point, they should be too busy flagellating themselves for their own, graphically proven, stupidity.

Google search rolls out 'instant' site previews

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Wrong IP law

You're thinking of trademarks. Patents don't get invalidated merely by being neglected, if they did then patent trolling would be a lot harder.

Having said that, if anyone can stop Google from arsing about with the look of their search page, I'm all for it. If that means suing them, go for it.

Google seems to have forgotten that it built its reputation on a simple, minimalist design that worked reasonably well even if you were on dialup. Nowadays they simply can't stop themselves from shovelliing ever more data down our pipes. Maybe it's time to give Bing a try.

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"Innovative"?

I'm all for innovation, if it means giving us better results. What I don't want is features that make it harder/slower to get the information I want.

For instance, take the Google feature that corrects your spelling. Sometimes I deliberately want to search for a misspelled word, because I know the misspelling is going to be a lot rarer than the correct version; but yesterday, I discovered I could no longer find any way to overrule the spelling-correction feature. That's an example of innovation I could well do without.

Microsoft is just the same. Lord knows there are plenty of aspects of Office that *could* do with improvement, but instead of addressing those, MS keeps messing with the menus. Menu technology was perfected circa 1985, but they just can't stop themselves.

I wish either one of them *would* spend a bit more time resting on their laurels, frankly. It'd be better than this frantic scramble to come up with new "features" that serve no purpose except to justify some mid-manager's next budget.

Fight cyberwar with cold war doctrines, says former DHS chief

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Pirate

The rules of the game...

are really very simple: "if it's meant to be secure, don't connect it to the internet".

If you put something secret or safety-critical online and it gets stolen - that's your fault, not Iran's and not Wikileaks'. Don't go bombing, framing or ruining people just to cover your own incompetence.

Hefty physicist: Global warming is 'pseudoscientific fraud'

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WTF?

Must try harder.

"... the sceptics weren't even allowed to email other society members."

I see two ways of reading that particular claim. One: that the APS has developed a new and cunning technology for intercepting emails carried by third-party service providers to its own members. Or two: that it declined to provide a complete list of email addresses of its members so that they could be spammed by some publicity-hungry member with a chip on his shoulder the size of Montreal.

I know which one I consider more likely.

I'm not saying he's wrong. Just that the tone of this article, frankly, doesn't stand comparison with the more professional pro-AGW propaganda. Very C-minus material.

Legendary steampunk computer 'should be built' - programmer

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JGC is out of his tree

Babbage spent 20 years trying to build his "Difference Engine", and he damn' near bankrupted the government in the process. And we're talking about the British government at the height of Victorian financial glory, not today's debt-ridden behemoth.

The "Analytical Engine" is far more complicated. It's as sure a recipe for bankruptcy of anyone who tries it as I've ever heard of.

JGC wants to throw his own money away, fine. Even take up a public subscription if you like. But don't come crying to the taxpayer when it all goes tits up.

Car wrecks rise after texting bans imposed

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Not in this survey

The US provides a good laboratory for testing this question while eliminating that kind of variable, because some states have the laws while others don't.

If accident rates in states with bans increase, while there is no corresponding increase in neighbouring states that don't have bans, then you can reasonably conclude that "it might have been even worse without $THING_I_WANT_TO_DEFEND" is *not* a valid argument.

Daily Mail savages Data Protection Act over stolen dog

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Actually, the Mail is not the worst offender in this case

You know, I really hate to be defending the Daily Mail...

But at least their story mentions the fact that the owner hadn't reported the theft to the police. That alone makes the Mail's coverage fairer than the Telegraph's version:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/pets/8015956/Dog-owner-prevented-from-finding-microchipped-pet-under-Data-Protection-Act.html

Wikileaks double dares Pentagon hawks

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@Trevor

Your entire rant is based on the claim that Assange has already made "countless informants" names available to the Taliban.

Whereas I believe, from what I've seen, that the documents thus far released have *not* made this sort of information available to the Taliban.

It's very hard for me to prove you wrong, because your position is hard to falsify. I can point to document references saying "There, here's an example of a document that doesn't reveal an informant's name". (Here's one: http://wardiary.wikileaks.org/afg/event/2004/01/AFG20040101n4.html). But of course that doesn't prove that other documents *don't* leak that information.

But it should be easy for *you* to prove *me* wrong. All you have to do is point at three documents that *do* reveal informants' names. Can you do that?

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You're bluffing

"In this case though, Ass. has revealed huge numbers of informants and classified activities to the Taliban "

Name three of these "informants".

You're saying their names have already been released to the Taliban, so you couldn't possibly do any more harm by telling us here, could you?

So let's hear it - or at least, the document references where they're identified. Otherwise, I shall go on believing that, as far as I've seen, sensitive details have been thoroughly redacted in the documents that have been leaked - and all comments of this type are just systematic character assassination of an inconvenient/embarrassing figure.

End of Microsoft NHS deal means mass deletions

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FAIL

How many cases?

Personally, I'd rather the NHS *didn't* chose software on the basis that it's "perfectly capable (in 8 or 9 cases out of 10)". One or two in ten seems like a terrifyingly high failure rate to me.

Yes, I know the NHS loses patients already, all health services do, it's kinda inherent in the business. But to add another 10-20% to the attrition rate from "using amateurish and unfinished software" - that's not a reasonable way of saving money.

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