* Posts by g e

3263 posts • joined 16 Jul 2007

Apple's Siri 'hurls insults' at Google Glass

g e
Meh

But we expect snark from El Reg.

Apple are supposed to be some kind of higher-evolved utopian entity unless you think their marketing dept might lie

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Google cripples Chromecast third party replay

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Re: A simple Linux distro ...

Yup, or Xbian or OpenElec (my choice here)

XBMC is pretty flexible :oD

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Report: Secret British spy base in Middle East taps region's internet

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Go

Re: That seems like a very sensitive revelation

Well if the Miranda thing was a journo counterintelligence sting and his USB stick was full of lolcatz then HMG have no idea still what the Graun has which must worry the hell out of them.

Good.

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g e

Jobs at risk

More realistically, so far

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What's all the fuss about, anyway?

If the government has nothing to hide, it has nothing to fear.

Oh.

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Holmes

Re: The more I think about Miranda's detention ...

I think he was an intentional ploy to flush the government out into the open. They'd have expected to be being watched, even tapped.

A good chance the data sticks were just 20GB of encrypted lolcatz imho. Hope they were, too, would be a great 'you've been framed' moment for SO15.

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Holmes

Re: This drip drip drip

Drip drip drip, however, keeps the topic in the public mind whereas a large flood of information can quickly be forgotten by many with a simple media distraction like, perhaps, something happening in Syria at the same time, for example. Or X-Factor. Or football.

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Four ways the Guardian could have protected Snowden – by THE NSA

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Go

Re: How about strapping a micro-SD card to a homing pigeon's leg?

I concur

Full steam ahead!

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g e

Re: Not that daft

When you put it like that the Graun suddenly seems far more shrewd...

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Joke

Steganography

Well DUH.

WTF do you think lolcatz is...

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UK mulls ban on tiny mobiles to block prison smugglers

g e

I didn't even know those things existed

Want one, now!

Oh and how does the 'electrocution' thing work on something with no more than 5V inside it? Did they put a dirty great voltage doubler inside for shits n giggles?

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'Symbolic' Grauniad drive-smash was not just a storage fail

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Meh

Not to mention

An arrogant disdain for what the public opinion will be of the actions.

I'd like to have said 'naive' but even C-for-Cameron's idiotic cabinet and ministerial lackeys are likely very aware of whatever the hell it is they're up to and they're starting not to give a shit if we know, too.

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Brazilians tear strip off NSA in wake of Snowden, mull anti-US-spook law

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Holmes

Re: @Facebook and @Google

And before anyone says 'The Brits did that' (yes, we're looking at you, USA apologists) you really don't think the current pathetic & spineless UK govt would jump up and do that without the Whitehouse yanking their leash do you?

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Re: hmmmm....

Watch 'Failsafe' too (Clooney, Keitel, et al) ;o)

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Holmes

Re: Doesn't Matter

Yep, the US is entirely dependant on cash, non-US cash. Make a conscious effort to buy non-US goods and those that you do, buy secondhand to deny first sale profit.

If everyone did that for just one month...

On that note, if anyone knows a good UK-based alternative to the Irish Amazon EC2 I'm using (price comparable, too) then let me know (yeah cloud-sourcing such info is lazy, I know)

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Sony sets dates for US and Euro PS4 unleashment amid Xbox heckles

g e
Meh

At least with a console

I know I won't have to upgrade any hardware in the next five years to play games in surround from the comfort of the sofa on the 46" TV handily fixed to the wall, so my expenses are covered and I already have the sofa and the TV which I also use for non-gaming pursuits, too.

Beats the hell out of having a PC you have to upgrade when the next killer game comes out and your GFX card can't quite do max framerate at highest resolution (and then you find you need more ram and cpu hence a new mobo) and everything has to be arranged around your computer.

But then we're a family so shutting myself away in the office to play games would be a dismal and antisocial route to entertainment on a screen 1/6th the size. Fine if you're a single bloke/gal of course, I too remember being plonked in front of the computer as a single chap in days of yore and I wouldn't go back to those days for anything. Hindsight reveals they were indeed dismal.

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Re: "Sony wasn't forgetting its older-platform customers"

Surely a PC would have been cheaper if you didn't want a games console...

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g e

Raspberry Pi + XBMC

Nuff said.

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US government nabbed $2.9m in May Bitcoin seizure

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Holmes

"establish clear regulatory oversight"

Which would now seem to be the new definition of institutionalised robbery.

The USA. Classy to the last.

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Snowden journalist's partner gave Brit spooks passwords to seized files

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Mushroom

Re: Of coure it isn't

Is it me or are we now just the fucking Israel of Europe?

The EU should kick us out or suspend our 'membership' so we can fully become the fifty-nth State of the Union.

Then hopefully everyone who wants it will be given cheap emigration to mainland Europe cos David C-for-you-know-what keeps me _just_ poor enough to not quite afford to leave this shithole.

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US court rules IP address cloaks may break law

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Holmes

Re: IP cloaking illegal now?

Surely only if it can be shown you're 'without authorisation' which implies that if you have to visit the site in the first place to determine your 'authorisation' then it's like shrinkwrap terms you can't read without opening the shrinkwrap.

Thus invalid. Unless the USA says so then you can be bombed, have your presidential jet grounded, your journalista relatives detained and/or not-stongarmed by their president presumably.

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Re: Don't be so sure

I don't pledge allegiance every morning, does that mean I'm breaking some US law too or is that only the kids at school?

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Getting worried, Assange? WikiLeaks spaffs out 'insurance' info

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Holmes

You know what the data is don't you

A fucking _enormous_ lolcats image

Meanwhile 400,000 CPU hours wasted at the NSA.

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New tool lets single server map entire internet in 45 minutes

g e

Yes but

ISPs could scan their clients quite economically and notify them / de-route them until patched.

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Snowden's email provider may face court rap after closing service

g e

How's that 'not strong-arming' going, Obama?

You lying piece of shit.

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

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Joke

Re: Obama still not strong-arming, then, I see

Good.

Fox, though, eh? Was the headline like 'Thanks to the heroic efforts of brave anti-terrorism officers...' ;o)

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Megaphone

Obama still not strong-arming, then, I see

The man's barefaced mendacity continues to appal us all.

This probably won't be reported (with any prominence) in the US media, the speed information spreads across social networks at must really piss governments off.

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Bug-finder chucked for posting to Zuck

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Happy

Facebork

I shall be adding that into rotation with Farcebook, Failbook and Farmbook.

;oD

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Fear the JOBZILLA! 150ft STATUE of Steve planned 'lest fanbois forget'

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This tells you all you need to know about appleist fundies

I'm just concerned that some non-Google idiots will think it's a great idea to do with a droid and drag Android users down to the same level of lackwit banality.

(I bet they already have, haven't they...)

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Holmes

Re: anti-Apple bias?

More like the WBC of technology - fundie radicals.

Cos if it were popular opinion and 'normal' there'd be statues of Zuckerberg, Jay-Z and Elvis (oh, hang on ) everywhere, wouldn't there.

So, it's dribbling nutbags rather than 'mainstream popularity', obviously.

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YouTube Wars: Microsoft cries foul as Windows Phone app pulled again

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Re: "technically difficult and time consuming"

Ask them

YouTube.com on the desktop certainly has <!DOCTYPE html>

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g e
FAIL

"technically difficult and time consuming"

Of course, if MS were actually _capable_ of building a decent browser they'd already have the ability to do this almost overnight.

It's no one else's fault they can't do HTML5 properly and if Google are picking on this particular failing to give them a spot of a kicking it really only serves to highlight the desperate paucity of coding chops at the world's biggest (still true??) software company.

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GitHub code repository rocked by 'very large DDoS' attack

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Holmes

Re: It IS a bit puzzling.

Someone probably wants access to some user accounts for some sourcecode most likely, to attempt to inject something unpleasant into it without being detected.

So, likely not the NSA as they'd just put in an order for the data.

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g e
Meh

Just to think

If you're AC you never know if your identity has been uncovered.

Now you'll have to be frightened of anyone with beards and/or sandals (with socks) every single time you venture out or the doorbell rings...

Mind you. Do bridges have doorbells under them these days? Or doors?

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g e

Re: ... beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

From orbit. Natch.

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Google follows Amazon with auto-encryption of cloud data

g e

Hmmm how tricksy would it be

To write a chrome plugin that handles en/decryption client-side as a wrapper to Google Drive

Possible, surely, unsure off the top of my head exactly what'd be needed to achieve it beyond some download hooks.

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Holmes

Re: How does this reassure concerns...

Precisely my first thought.

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Apple files 'Bonk to Gift' near field communication patent application

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Holmes

To paraphrase John Cleese

If Apple were to go on mastermind their specialist subject would be the Bleedin' Obvious.

It's at very least a totally obvious extension of Samsung's bonk-to-share, the trigger event of the bonk is just being used to initiate a different action.

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Open Rights Group revives 'unavailable for legal reasons' HTTP error code plan

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Pint

Re: A list?

How quaint, someone who trusts HMG to provide all the information in an honest & open manner.

Not to disparage your good intentions, commiseration Friday pint!

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How much will Apple cough for ebook conspiracy? Trial starts May 2014

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Black Helicopters

Re: "Punitive"

@Dazed n confused

An excellent point :o) maybe it's actually the lawyers running apple and everyone else has yet to notice !

Of course it could be some elaborate tax-fiddle to move the money from apple's bank account to the lawyers' - has anyone checked who owns the lawyers (or are they all in-house?)

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FAIL

"Punitive"

Well, yes, you idiots. It's a punishment so of course it is 'punitive'.

Now we'll see whether humility (they settle) trumps hubris (they bloody mindedly go all the way to trial).

Of course, this _is_ Apple we're talking about, I expect hubris to rule the day.

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Oz bank closes Bitcoin business' bank accounts

g e

I can explain it

If the gov't can't control it then _you_ can't have it.

Especially when it comes to the movement of money.

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Superstar cluster-Zuck as Facebook tries out celeb-only edition

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Holmes

I'm sure it'll make a mint but only two words come to mind...

Utterly vacuous

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Peak Apple? HOGWASH! Apple is 'extremely undervalued,' says Icahn

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Re: Who would listen to Carl Icahn?

Cook's in the corner with his head (still) up his arse.

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Holmes

@Frank14 Re: Parasites

Nope. It's capitalism.

Though the differences are largely subtle and semantic, agreed.

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g e

Hmmm now...

If you know that your buying of stock will inflate its price because people think you're 'a bit special' (and Icahn certainly fits into that category though perhaps not the one he intended), then isn't that insider trading?

+4.8% on 1BN overnight (pretty much) is a good enough close in of itself, too.

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PayPal's fizzog-based payments app rubbished over reliability worries

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Is there a transaction value upper limit?

Like 15 quid?

Cos you'd be pissed off if I went into a store with your phone I'd nicked and bought a 50" LED TV and slipped the checkout person 50 quid saying 'Have a drink on me. This is me *wink*'

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Elon Musk unveils Hyperloop – the subsonic tube of tomorrow

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We need Elon in the UK

To have him replace the farcical HS2 train project.

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New York State to investigate 'Wild West' Bitcoin industry

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Holmes

If we can't control it then we'll stop you having it.

</nuffsaid>

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Android detective explains Bitcoin borkage breadcrumbs

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Go

Re: Random numbers

Coincidence is a strange thing isn't it. I was just suggesting to someone yesterday that they could use stock exchange or forex values as a crypt seed or something bizarre like the humidity in Bolivia.

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