* Posts by g e

3265 posts • joined 16 Jul 2007

Software snafu let EU citizens get referendum vote, says Electoral Commission

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Re: damn

I do wonder that if EU nations were given a referendum on whether or not to kick UK out...

We're like the dirty little cultureless Americanised blot on the backside of of a bunch of otherwise quite interesting nations. Can't say I'd blame them for voting 'Punt-UK', personally, if given the chance.

Shame, really, we used to be quite good here once upon a time.

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UK Home Office is creating mega database by stitching together ALL its gov records

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Not forgetting...

Good luck getting them to expire data from various sources within the regulations laid down for those datasets to be expunged.

Of course, expect summarised and recombined datasets derived FROM said time-limited datasets to be kept under different rules for far longer, too.

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UCLA shooter: I killed my prof over code theft

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@channel extended

His wife was a possiblw code thief too then, by extension?

Not saying she was, not saying she wasn't

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Kraftwerk versus a cheesy copycat: How did the copycat win?

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Amateur use only

Some SFX records were only for amateur use, I seem to remember the BBC Death & Horror SFX record stipulated this on the sleeve.

Having said that I'm pretty sure FSOL used Dr Jekyll's Laboratory effect on a tune (though they may well have cleared it)

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Take that, Mom! Turns out Super Mario Bros was all about solving complex math problems

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Lazer

I rest my case.

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Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

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Your files are still where you left them

Was the message my laptop displayed to me over the weekend. Needless to say I shut it down immediately and used the other (Linux) laptop to Google for what the virus was I'd somehow installed.

Turns out the virus was called Windows 10 and this was a 'normal' update message from it upon unsleeping, having downloaded some updatey crud...

Utter wankery.

Edit: Not a Sammy lappy, an ASUS Gamer Republic one I recently got for audio work with Reaper, etc

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ISS pump-up space podule refuses to engorge

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Always the red pill

Every time, Neo

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Beleaguered 123-reg customers spot price hike

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LCN.com for me

Been using them for ages, decent straighforward UI, auto-renew if you want it, good notification of upcoming renewals so you can check price if you want, etc.

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Seattle Suehawks: Smart meter hush-up launched because, er ... terrorism

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Or perhaps

If full details of the tender were made public someone(s) would get nicked for greasing the wheels of public office in a dodgy backhanded manner to get contracts awarded.

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Thai bloke battles jumbo python in toilet todger thriller

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Syphon the Python

As per title....

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Troll seeks toll because iPhones work

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"Capable of making a call on Mars or in another Galaxy"

Got you

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Coders crack Oculus DRM in 24 hours, open door to mass piracy

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Re: No they don't have the right to DRM

They made a mint off kickstarter then made a bigger mint off facebook.

Seems to me they can afford to (and SHOULD) lose the KS money if refunds are still available for non-delivered items.

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Boffins achieve 'breakthrough' in random number generation

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I still don't get why

A thermally unstable noise source isn't present on a processor chip connected to a schottky-style gate which is then sampled to generate random numbers.

Using an algo is somehow cheaper/better? (OK, cheaper over mass production volume I can understand, maybe)

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5% of drivers want Nigel Farage to be their in-car robo butler

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No Tomtom Baker?

Bah!

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Non-police orgs merrily accessed PNC without authority, says HMIC

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SO. That's interesting, then.

Logins aren't set to expire on the contract end dates then?

Quality stuff.

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Google kneecaps payday loan ads

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Re: Shame not illegal on TV adverts too

Wonga usedto be about 5800% and I've seen some adverts quoting (in very little fonts) over 6000% in the past.

Apparently Wonga are now 'only' about 1500% APR. Bargain.

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IBM's Internet of Things brainbox foresees 'clean clothes as a service'

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Chocolate raisins

Mice cannae resist 'em

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Facebook debuts WhatsApp desktop apps as Slack adds SSO

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Re: Back to the '90s!

Isn't it end-to-end encrypted now though or something?

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Lauri Love: 'Britain's FBI' loses court attempt to evade decryption laws

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Re: Extradition to a Police State where slavery for black people still exists

Cos they're an Ally. To paraphrase Noam Chomsky :

Ally - Does as they're told by the USA, pretty much blindly

Rogue State - Might do as they're told by the USA, might have the temerity to question it

Terrorist Nation - Doesn't give a flying fuck what the USA wants of them

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French duck-crushing device sells for €40k

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Pint

No NOM icon :o(

So you get a pint

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Investigatory Powers Bill: As supported by world's most controlling men

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Joke

Re: All hail our dear leader!

You find buddy Holly in the attic next ;o)

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PLA sysadmin gets six months house arrest for yanking US Army docs

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Re: Six months only? House arrest, no jail?

No waterboarding either?

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Siemens Healthcare struck by rebranding madness

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Coat

Physician!

Heal Thine ERS

?? OK. Coat got.

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Ex-HP boss Carly Fiorina sacked one week into new job

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I was thinking of a Kickstarter campaign

You could fund a brick for the Great Wall of Canada.

Donate more and have your name inscribed in that brick.

A several thousand mile long petition, in other words, literally in stone.

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Your mother has a smooth forehead, Klingon language lovers roar at Paramount

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Re: rough end of a pineapple

Rough end of a ragman's trumpet, in some parts... ;)

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Getty on Google: It’s all about traffic, duh

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"traffic would go to the infringer’s site"

Errrm that implies a couple of things surely...

1. Google isn't the infringer

2. The infringer can easily be found and presumably fined, hence revenue

Perhaps I misunderstood something there but it sounds like a cheap temp could google for stuff and find many 'infringers' for pursual each day.

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Heathrow Airbus collision 'not a drone incident'

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Childcatcher

Add 'em to the list...

Terrorists, Paedos and now the new ultimate horror - drones.

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Samsung's little black box will hot-wire your car to the internet. Eek!

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Re: So funny :-)

Strangely enough I just paid £263 for my insurance elsewhere when Tesco decided my renewal would be £530 instead of £370 due to an address change (to a 'nicer' area, too). Got the price from the opera-singing-now-robot company.

Which I consider pretty reasonable for fully comp with PNCD and legal for an XKR (hence why I don't want an acceleration/braking/cornering e-nanny).

When an insurance co puts their prices to silly levels I just assume it's cos they no longer want to cover your demographic any more, having focussed on a more 'profitable' one for that year. It all seems like a mahoosive scam anyway, imho, I'm sure these buggers all cahoot and collude together.

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"a rundown of your driving"

Seriously, I don't want an e-nanny. No thank you.

Even if it doesn't spaff all my data to some damned cloud I don't want a bot telling me it doesn't like my driving 'style' - the ruddy in-car camera is bad enough beeping at me when I go round corners too fast 'enthusiastically' (as I believe BMW handbooks call it).

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Panama Papers graph database cracked open for world+dog

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Re: re: ICJ

Well perhaps with luck, some of those 'public servants' who voted against having their own tax/financial records investigated might get the outcome they tried so eagerly to prevent after all.

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Docker hired private detectives to pursue woman engineer's rape, death threat trolls

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Re: @Meldreth -- Utterly unacceptable

To whit: Idiocracy

A tongue-in-cheek but sadly prescient film

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Vanity dating site BeautifulPeople popped

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Re: Mongo

Candygram for Mr Mongo ??

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Remain in the EU and help me snoop on the world, says Theresa May

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Re: Kryptonaut

She's welcome to try but only because that means she'll have to get close enough to me so that I can punch her repeatedly in the face.

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ECHR

Tessie May personally opted out of the ECHR a long time ago, methinks. The 'HR' part, certainly.

Crazy hag.

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Secret UN report finds WIPO chief 'broke procurement rules'

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"refusal to protect whistle-blowers"

Ah, is it ironic that irony is lost on the USA?

Irony++ ? Irony^2 ?

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Ten years in the clink, file-sharing monsters! (If UK govt gets its way)

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Re: His (her) Master's Voice

Not OK to 'steal' (duplicate, actually) what you wouldn't pay for but then, where's my refund when the film I just watched in the cinema was NOWHERE NEAR as good as the intentionally misleading trailer suggested?

Hmmm advertising standards, perhaps?

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Re: You COULD NOT...

Just checked - you get less for Manslaughter with anything other than 'Low Provocation'...

http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/s_to_u/sentencing_manual/manslaughter_provocation/

So the MAFIAA are obviously more important than human life - of course we already knew this, naturally.

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Amazon attempts rule fudge to take exclusive control of new dot-words

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Re: I just want to register...

qui.moi surely? ;)

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FBI spies on how many?

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Re: If you want an honest answer?

I'd expect a totally fudged answer that points in the direction of the truth but from the imagination of professional liars and inveiglers.

He should be compelled to provide his sampling methodology publicly, also, esp if he's only doing 'one run' at the figures.

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

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Re: question

Wasn't that the high energy emission/flinging-off of particles 'stuck' to the front of an Alcubierre warp bubble upon deceleration/deactivation of the bubble.

Seem to remember El Reg had an article some time ago about it.

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Whitehall waste: Cash splashed on consultants and temps up 90% in half decade

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Re: Viz Top Tip:

It won't matter, no-one will want to consult/contract for Gov't in a year's time when the IR35-by-the-customer thing comes into effect.

Downside is they'll still not have the staff, either...

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FBI boss: We paid at least $1.2m to crack the San Bernardino iPhone

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"there are really bad people in this world"

And none too few of them in the USA with taxpayer-funded employment

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Embattled 123-reg flings six months' free hosting at angry customers

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"doing everything in our power "

Except getting the chequebook out for compo

They should at least refund the previous year to those customers at the bare miminum.

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Europe's digi-boss tells YouTube to cough up proper music royalties

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Metallica screwed??

Maybe they shouldn't have snorted all their milliions up their noses or whatever the hell they did with it if they're now in the poorhouse.

Whining (still) and becoming a Country & Western act (or are they back on heavy rock now?) really doesn't help their case at all.

Privileged Pussies.

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$elfies for MasterCard

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Re: Preventing the use of *static* photos?

Just a Terry Gilliam style Monty Python cardboard cutout could work?

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Chinese crypto techie sentenced to death for leaking state secrets

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'For that'

see title

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Hacking Team hole still unpatched, exploit pop doc claims

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Re: What's the embedded device?

A router would seem most likely ?

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Boaty McBoatface 'wins'

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Re: Democracy in action

Which would still be Boaty McBoatface if they were honest about it ;o)

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US anti-encryption law is so 'braindead' it will outlaw file compression

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Re: Maths v the Law

And then make sure all their safety equipment has rotating parts in it. Please.

While we're at it, remove 'Warning sharp' from kitchen knife packaging...

Let's give Darwin's principles a good run at the lot of them.

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South Korea to upgrade national stereo defence system for US$16m

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HHG reminder

Brings to mind Hot Black Desiato (?) who would broadcast his gigs from orbit to listeners in hardened bunkers on the planet below cos he was so loud, iirc

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