* Posts by Justin Case

135 posts • joined 4 Jun 2007

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Get ready for laptop-tab-smartphone threesomes from Microsoft, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Qualcomm

Justin Case

Re: "binge watch TV shows for 12 hours straight"

>>Apparently you've never flown over an ocean, or had a delay or layover that's lasted more than a few hours.

I prefer a non-battery dependent paper based entertainment delivery device instead of sitting there drooling whilst infusing whatever mindless pap comes out of the screen directly into my brain.

Bookz Rool!

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Investigatory Powers Act: You're not being paranoid. UK.gov really is watching you

Justin Case

Re: Operation haystack...

>>If they can legally keep my entire internet footprint I should make it as legally large as possible

Just imagine if the bots suddenly developed a penchant for visiting websites where Terrible Things™ are displayed. Quelle horreur!

"It wasn't me m'ud, it was my bot wot dunnit."

A legitimate defence if ever I heard one.

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Crown Prosecution Service is coming for crooks' cryptocurrency

Justin Case

We're all guilty now

the threshold is about 500 quid in cash where the cops can confiscate the money

Outrageous and utterly predictable. Still this must be the world we want. Thanks to Michael Howard, Jack Straw, David Blunkett, Charles Clarke, John Reid, Jacqui Smith, Alan Johnson, Theresa May, Amber Rudd. A roll call of shame, if ever there was one. Chisellers and oppressors they are to a (wo)man. Is there one decent, uncorrupt name on that list?

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What's that fresh, zesty fragrance? Oh, Linux Mint 18.3 has landed

Justin Case

Re: No KDE = No Mint for me

Ya mean where it says "As the distro announced in October, it also contains the last KDE edition of the project."?

I did and read the word "last" and that means when there ain't no more KDE in Mint, I'll be gone. KDE was the only reason for my initial dalliance.

Actually, distro tart that I am, I already left. Straight into the lizardy embrace of SuSe

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Justin Case

No KDE = No Mint for me

Prolly have to move back to Slack

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Seven years on, Spain rattles tin cup at Google over Street View slurp

Justin Case
Flame

When I move house...

Google was recording the locations of routers to make it easier for Android phones to find out where they are when they detect the same WiFi network, and this is something relatively uncontroversial which iPhones also do.

...taking my router with me that will make a mockery of that particularly obnoxious freeloading means of location.

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Patch your WordPress plugins: Scum are right now hijacking blogs

Justin Case

Re: Oh Joy?

>> a complete list of user names can be exposed simply by poking the URL:

Yikes!! Sometimes I wonder why I bother, I really do. What a POS.

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Guntree v Gumtree: Nominet orders gun ads site must lose domain

Justin Case

Wrigley's spearmint anyone?

I mean, when was the last time you asked for a packet of chewing gum and mistakenly received a mouthful of Colt 45?

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Scared of that new-fangled 'cloud'? Office 2019 to the rescue!

Justin Case

Re: And everything will ether have a GUI update or functions removed.

BB >> sigs are pointless

Too right. My email signature includes both landline and mobile numbers. Nobody notices. People still ask me for them.

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Why Uber isn't the poster child for capitalism you wanted

Justin Case

Re: @Loyal Commenter "It is bad for everyone else..........."

>>Uber is an example of predatory bandit capitalism at its very worst. They are no example of freedom, they do not enter a market to disrupt it, they enter it to destroy it and impose their own interests on the remains.

What you said. For one shining naive moment back when t'internet was taking off I truly thought it was going to put consumers directly (ish) in contact with producers. Now it's increasingly a market place dominated by big money and thuggish middlemen.

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Brit broke anti-terror law by refusing to cough up passwords to cops

Justin Case
Headmaster

Re: Damn it, 1984 was not a How To Guide!

It's about time people stopped using this line.

I think I first spotted a variant of it last century. It ain't original and its utterance marks you out as a failed wannabe wag.

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How Apple is taming the ad biz. Just don't expect Google or Zuck to follow

Justin Case

What about...

Only allowing cookies from the page domain - that which is displayed in the browser address bar?

I've probably said something extremely stupid there, haven't I.

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Boffins fear we might be running out of ideas

Justin Case

So, what is new?

All the basic everyday "magic" was sorted by the end of the 20th C. Photography, telephony, radio, television, audio and video recording, computers, internal combustion engines, etc. What we have now are the results of incremental improvements to those.

It's not surprising that as the "optimum" is approached, the graph of improvement over time starts to level out. All the low hanging fruit gets taken. The law of diminishing returns kicks in.

Unless something completely new, akin to the discovery of electromagnetic radiation, comes along then I guess it's just shaving a bit off here, adding a bit there and getting marketing to call the result revolutionary for the next few years.

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What's your flava? Ooo, tell me what's your flava... of Ubuntu

Justin Case
FAIL

Re: I must be missing something ...

For me it was KDE 3.5 or thereabouts that hit perfection. Everything was so easy to use. Even Kontact email / calendaring worked great. It's just about getting back to somewhere near now in KDE 5 but the devs seem still to be antagonistic to the idea of a good user experience.

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Microsoft's fix for web graphics going AWOL? Disable your antivirus

Justin Case
Windows

Who'd be a web designer?

...because though it might be MS's fault, it's our problem.

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Daily Stormer booted off internet again, this time by Namecheap

Justin Case

Re: RIP Voltaire

Down the echo chamber of my mind comes the phrase, "I agree with Nick."

That's all.

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How to build your own DIY makeshift levitation machine at home

Justin Case
Windows

Re: Like the idea, but...

Look at it this way. In the olden days a square wave would be generated with discrete components, transistors, resistors, capacitors, diodes, etc (talk about unnecessary complexity...)

Those "olden days" of which you speak, they're my days, they are...

</wipes rheumy eye>

I fully get the point about ease, convenience and all the rest. It just strikes me as ironic that as a result of progress, it now takes millions of transistors to do the work of two.

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Justin Case
Unhappy

Like the idea, but...

...using an Arduino just to generate square waves? That's a fully fledged computational device doing the job of a simple astable multivibrator.

Everything these days seems to have an extra layer of unnecessary complexity. I must be getting old.

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Taken a while but finally here's the first proper smart-home gizmo

Justin Case
FAIL

Re: firmware update

Light bulbs with firmware? FFS!

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Justin Case

Re: One day I will perhaps understand

When I was younger, how I laughed at those further along life's highway than I with their craving for 150W lightbulbs. Now, as presbyopia sets in and a wide open iris results in unfocused images, I too seek out ever brighter illumination...

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Justin Case

Re: Smart things need smart solutions!

Or even make the light switch the clever thing...

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Photon scattering puts a shine on CERN ATLAS boffins' day

Justin Case

Stupid me

I love reading about this stuff, but it makes me realise that I can't understand it and never will.

Good work - carry on.

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Can GCHQ order techies to work as govt snoops? Experts fear: 'Yes'

Justin Case

Anything you want - you got it!

I for one welcome our spooky overlards. They have the guns and the trained thugs - who am I to disagree or antagonise them in any way?

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Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

Justin Case

Hopeless

I've written and rewritten my response to this piece about 5 times now... I've even quoted Bob Dylan's My Back Pages, and I still feel that there's something relevant there.

My considered opinion is that there's nothing to be gained here. I genuinely cannot understand the complete and utter condemnation of Damore's original transgression. Those who can understand why it's such an egregious piece or writing are so certain of their rightness that they are unable to countenance the need to explain their position.

Apart from the undoubted sincerity of Kieren on this matter, I take away nothing to help me grasp why he says what he says.

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

Justin Case

Re: This is a good thing

Little by little, bit by bit. Something is being taken away from us.

At one time the stated role of the ASA was to ensure that adverts were "legal decent honest and truthful". Now, it seems, they wish to control both the message and its manner of delivery so that their social engineering ambitions will be fulfilled.

If my mind has to be raped then I'd rather it was done by voracious capitalists - I know what their agenda is - to screw as much money out of me as possible. I know it, they know it. But this insidious abuse of power just makes me want to puke.

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Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

Justin Case

Re: Just make it subscription.

Give that a short haul flight is the equivalent of 20 years' recycling, the more money that can be taken from the poor to stop them making ludicrously bad choices and endangering the planet with their pathetic need for holidays in the sun, the better. Up the license to double its present value and bring back the workhouses!

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Justin Case

No one needs to watch TV...

I don't, haven't watched TV for years. Don't use iPlayer or any catch up services either.

If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.

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Dear racist Airbnb host, we've enrolled you in an Asian American studies course

Justin Case

Re: It's called fascism, I mean "progressivism".

I'm with DAM here. The let's "re-educate" everybody until their opinions fall into the Venn diagram of acceptability is kind of scary. Got to have all the unwashed conforming to the latest group think, no room for dissent.

Surely the equitable way of dealing with this would be under contract law? She'd already promised to let out the property and was reneging on that agreement.

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Intel bolts bonus gubbins onto Skylake cores, bungs dozens into Purley Xeon chips

Justin Case
Mushroom

Re: Purley ?

Damn! I wanted to say that..

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Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query

Justin Case
Paris Hilton

Re: Just like to point out..

"That while this bug sucks, it may not effect all users of systemd with those versions."

Thanks! A timely reminder that this stuff is written by journalists, technical journalists, but journalists all the same. Also that most commentards have headless chicken with dysentery syndrome.

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Etsy issues pink slips for almost quarter of staff in quest for profit

Justin Case
Flame

Schadenfreude

God it's good to see these cocky upstarts suffering. Especially marketing types who need taking down a peg or two.

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Walmart tells developers to stay away from AWS

Justin Case
Facepalm

Re: Here is an idea

Me too. It's not as if it's hard to connect a server to the internet and have it accessible from everywhere.

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You can't take the pervs off Facebook, says US Supreme Court

Justin Case
Mushroom

But someone makes money?

If the video goes viral, many people are entertained. Should people not pay for their entertainment? Somebody probably gained something, I don't know, from advertising alongside the video?

Was the reason for the popularity merely the dancing baby? Or was it the combination of the efforts of the music makers and the proximity of a jiggling sprog? If it was the former then a silent video would have done, or a nice piece of royalty free music pap. Otherwise, why should YouTube, baby's mother and all, profit from this and the musicians not?

Freetards the lot of you!

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Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

Justin Case

Clueless & arrogant

Picked up a virtually unused book for £1.49 from a charity shop. Researched it a bit on my mobile, trying to please myself about what a bargain I'd got, how much money I'd saved. Now ads for that book appear every time I use the browser on my phone.

Too much Sherlock Holmes, Google chaps. In reality there is a limit to what you can infer about future intentions from past actions.

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MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech

Justin Case
Joke

Headphones?

>> The first CD I ever listened to was Ashkenazy playing a Beethoven piano concerto on a pair of Stax electrostatic headphones.

Why didn't he use a piano?

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Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

Justin Case
Black Helicopters

It's not the ads, it's the tracking

I really hate how, without an ad blocker, your searches follow you around from site to site, from sidebar to sidebar. By all means put something in front of my face, I probably won't buy it, but keep your nose outta my browsing habits!

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Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

Justin Case

Chrome works better

I use Chrome and Firefox on Linux. I realise the usual caveats about Google's slurping of data but for El Reg, Amazon and my banking websites, Chrome works better with less glitches and less unpredictable behaviour.

Usability and reliability trumps principles when you've got to get stuff done. Sad ain't it?

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Teenagers think Doritos are cooler than Apple

Justin Case

Who gives a stuff what teenagers think?

Inexperienced, idiotic onanists, the lot of them. They should be kept in their place and encouraged to keep quiet. Making them feel like valued members of society with a valid contribution to make will only lead to trouble.

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Dutch companies try warming homes with cloud servers

Justin Case
Facepalm

Nothing new here

Yes, I devised a similar scheme several years ago. I knew it couldn't be original as all of my inventions to date have suffered from the same fault of having been thought up by someone else before.

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Whitehall at war: Govt’s webocrats trash vital digital VAT site

Justin Case
Flame

Yes, it is all shit, isn't it.

People claiming to have just invented stuff we've all been doing for years.

WTF!

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CoreOS's Docker-rival Rocket: We drill into new container contender

Justin Case
Coat

Re: Containers all the way down

>Isn't the point of an operating sytem to provide process isolation whilst offering standardised services?

...seems that way to me. Sometimes it appears that the whole IT thing is one big circular re-invention of the wheel. I must be getting old, time to get me coat, shuffle off and tend my rapidly whitening beard.

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GiffGaff spanked for clumsy attempt at mum-and-dad-humping humour

Justin Case

Admageddon!

When I tried to watch the ad on the article page I had to watch another ad before I could see the ad I wanted to see.

Unless someone acts quickly this could rapidly spiral out of control.

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

Justin Case
Happy

Re: It's got a cat in it...

Beat me to it! Damn you.

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Mastercard and Visa to ERADICATE password authentication

Justin Case

Marta Janus

Any relation of the late lamented Hugh, by any chance?

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GOD particle MAY NOT BE GOD particle: Scientists in shock claim

Justin Case

Re: Just to be clear...

>...data are plural...

My thoughts exactly.

It is kind of worrying that they can't tell the difference between 1 and more than 1.

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Mozilla promises browser just for DEVELOPERS3

Justin Case
Happy

Kids today...

...don't know they're born.

That's all

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NTT thinks it's defined the PERFECT AMPERE with a cunning trap

Justin Case
Coat

Re: @Reg Number of electrons != current

Form an orderly coulomb....

Hat, coat.

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Planning to fly? Pour out your shampoo, toss your scissors, RENAME TERRORIST WI-FI!

Justin Case

Sympathy for the devil

...the authorities, that is.

Let's face it, if the terrorists were of completely sound mind and intent on doing domething naughty with a wi-fi network they probably would not have named it such. Then again, are terrorists who believe in the 72 virgins etc in possession of the complete picnic? I'd say, probably not.

So, given the nature of the adversary, it's probably a good thing if matters like this are acted upon and investigated. If only to deter the hiding of things in plain sight.

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Man bites dog: HTTPS-menacing POODLE is 'hard to exploit' – unless you're on public Wi-Fi

Justin Case

Every cloud...

"Disabling SSLv3 completely is likely to break Internet Explorer 6."

...has a silver lining

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TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'

Justin Case

Conflicted

Whilst not approving of vandalism, if the Apple employee did say that the iPhone could **NOT** be bent then it seems only right and proper that potential customers could validate that claim before making a purchase.

Sounds like just the sort of thing Trading Standards should be doing to protect vulnerable consumers from the over mighty fruity behemoth.

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