* Posts by g e

3265 posts • joined 16 Jul 2007

Holy litigation, Batman! Custom Batmobile cars nixed by copyright

g e

So to condense that

The issue is money. Quel surprise.

Mind you the chap is running a commercial venture so he did kinda make a rod for his own back. Licensing fee would be the way forwards, though, all the same, you'd think... that way both parties make luvverly mmmmmmoney.

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PETA monkey selfie lawsuit threatens wildlife photography, warns snapper at heart of row

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Re: "The facts and the law don't matter, it seems."

Sems to me, that as a digital camera can be substantially demonstrated to be a computing device that if 'the monkey tooks its own photo' and that it can be treated 'on an equal basis with a human under law, re copyright' then that naturally extends its rights to be arrested under the computer misuse act or maybe unauthorised access to a computing device. Citing PETA as a conspirator.

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UK.gov wants a cloud wizard at £1,000 a DAY. That's more than the prime minister's salary

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Joke

Re: £1000

That's some 'pork' barrel ;o)

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Chinese ad firm pwns Android users, creates hijackable global botnet

g e

Any details on how you check your device(s) ?

Is there?

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Megaupload extradition: Rotund web baron Kim Dotcom appears in court

g e

Re: UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime

The difference is likely that Google is an American Co., therefore unable to commit sin

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Our cookies save you from TERRORISTS, Facebook thunders to Belgian judge

g e

Re: FFS not again...

Does not blocking 3rd party cookies defeat this crap?

Though I totally agree you shouldn't have to know about it and have to go and do it.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

g e

The computer's bust.

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It's 2015 and a text file can hack your Apple Watch. IS THIS THE FUTURE YOU WANTED?

g e

Re: Wow...

Incidentally, my Liege, this is how we know the Earth to be banana-shaped

</python>

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SCREW YOU, FEDS! Dozen or more US libraries line up to run Tor exit nodes

g e

Re: More things criminals could use

I'd not be surprised if somewhere things like paying for > £100 of shopping in Tesco (for example) with cash was 'logged' in some manner for subsequent 'retrieval'

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We are the Knights who code Ni!

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Pint

It is now NO LONGER the language called Ni

It is now called Ecky Ecky Ecky Fhtagn ....

Pint to whomever can spell the last 'word' of that. Pint to me for getting a Cthulu reference into it.

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BAN the ROBOT WHORES, says robot whore expert: 'These AREN'T BARBIES'

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De Montfort

Hang on... Leicester, of similar geographical De-Montfort-ness as the Snow White & Seven Friends ?

No coincidence, surely?

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Hollywood takes a beating in Oscar cybersquatting battle

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Unfortunately

it's more the converse of that ...

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'Walter Mitty' IT manager admits to buying gun on dark web

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Re: I wonder what he wanted it for?

If he lived in the US he'd probably just go to Walmart.

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g e

Vic, are you there?

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

g e

At last, an El Reg Story NOT about *Trouser* Snakes

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Cuffed Texan woman holsters loaded gun IN VAGINA

g e

Hang on

Now being a Brit I accept that I don't have an all-encompassing knowledge of firearms, we don't seem to need them as much over here but this doesn't seem to work...

magazine, semi-automatic, revolver

Magazine I can settle with (thought that was a 'cylinder') but are revolvers semi-auto? I thought that referred to how the next round was chambered from the firing of the previous one?

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Handing over emails in an Irish server to the FBI will spark a global free-for-all, warns Microsoft

g e

"by sending their data offshore"

Well it certainly seems to work with money for American criminals companies

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Apple's iPad Pro: We're making a Surface Pro WITH A STYLUS over Steve Jobs' DEAD BODY

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Re: Apple's cunning plan

Impressive is charging $150 (~100 quid) for 96GB flash when a 128GB USB3 stick is 21 quid.

Not impressive is a horrific colour choice of shiny, shiny-shiny and 'monochrome beige'. Presumably informed by how spangly it looks on camera during product placement shots.

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Is John McAfee running for US president? 'My campaign manager told me not to comment'

g e

Two words

Fawlty Towers

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Heigh ho, oh no! Politically correct panto dumps Snow White’s dwarfs

g e

Re: Being four foot one

Napoleon...

Alexander the Great...

Ahhh Time Bandits

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Partially blind albino porn pirate nabbed for £300k bedroom streaming site

g e

Re: Meanwhile...

Which by definition would surely be a disproportionate sentence?

Presumably that's OK though if the Law is doing it.

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Ship-swallowing GREEN BIO-STORM spotted FROM SPAAACE

g e

Re: Probably means this sea is a bit like Mr. Creosote right now?

Fhtagn Fhtagn, etc

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Sacré bleu! Apple, Nokia, Samsung et al end their three-year sulk over 'home taping' tax

g e

Plus: "that lose earnings when copies are made"

*ahem*

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Pwn2Own Tokyo hacking contest trashed, export rules blamed

g e

Just exclude the USA, surely?

I bet Fujitsu, Honda, Samsung, etc would happily sponsor if a non-yank were needed.

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Amazon slurps Elemental

g e

Errrr

Wouldn't it be a lot cheaper to install VLC or Transcode ???

Obviously missed something here unless these guys can do something ultra special the above can't...?

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Popcorn time at Popcorn Time: More vid slurpers hauled into court

g e

Re: What are they trying to do

Paper clip and/or a screwdriver

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French hacker besmuts road sign right under Les Plods' noses

g e

FTFY

children with YouTube internet access are still going to be able to see the rude words filth

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Turkey cites crypto software find in terror charges against TV crew

g e

Crypto software.

Pah. It's probably pkzip.

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Sony's 4King with us now: Xperia Z5 mobe has UltraHD screen, cam

g e

Was hoping for something a bit more innovative then just 'more'

Might hang onto the perfectly trusty Sammy S4 for another iteration yet, Sammy having failed to wow me with S5 or S6, I was looking forward to the Z5 specs. Bit of an anti climax but battery life is appealing assuming it's comparative to other 1-day battery life claims for other/earlier devices, hence double.

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Bloke clicks GitHub 'commit' button in Visual Studio, gets slapped with $6,500 AWS bill

g e

Re: Nominative Determinism

Does that mean if we don't know who Alan Cox is we shouldn't use (say) filesystems or maybe linux?

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US mulls unprecedented Chinese sanctions in wake of hacks – report

g e

Stealing IP?

I thought a large number of US Co's GAVE China their IP to ... errr.. build it for them nice n cheap.

Many of the tech bigwigs doing the heavy thinking at places like MIT also seem to have mostly Asian or 'Eastern Bloc' names, too, on the published papers...

Not to mention that a false flag op on the internet is a (relatively) simple thing to carry out if you have gear hacked in the right locations. I'm sure everyone trusts the USA, though. At least, as much as they trust China, anyway.

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Fiery old geysers FOUND ON MOON: Volcanic past explained

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Huff post has a cracking debunk of lunar conspiracy

One of the debunks proving we visited the moon being that the astronauts came back with lunar rock that's identical to rock found on earth. Awesome.

Neil Armstrong's face is another debunk bullet-point, lol.

Can't work out if the huff is secretly working FOR conspiracists or not.... there's some quality drivel in that post, good for a giggle.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/07/18/apollo-11-fake-proof_n_5599372.html

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Prof Hawking cracks riddle of black holes – which may be portals to other universes

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Re: Holey information loss, Batman!

Mind you, weren't lasers 'guessed at' not so long ago ?

They're pretty good at this guessing game, has to be said.

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AshMad search outfit Trustify to El Reg: 'Trust us, we're the good guys'

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Also: "Not on this site"

That's changed, too, by the look of it...

http://www.trustify.info/check-no?User[adult_friend_finder_possible_email_address]=ceo@trustify.info

Will take you to what you get when you enter an email addy, plonk any email addy you like on the end there, as far as I can tell. Not received anything in my inbox yet so perhaps the 'Clear yes/no' is already long gone in favour of hoovering emails up.

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More deaths linked to Ashley Madison hack as scammers move in

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Cyber-bullying?

Aren't there various laws about that carrying some stiff jail time, especially when it results in deaths?

If I were impact team then I'd really be hoping I could walk the untraceable pro-haxx0r walk as well as talk the guff right about now.

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Boffins raise five-week-old fetal human brain in the lab for experimentation

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Re: Do vat grown brains dream? @ Hollerith

I assume you don't have any kids. Whilst I agree completely with your point, by 8 months you can clearly see a lot of human cognitive behaviour in your offspring plus personality. Language is already beginning to form, albeit at a rudimentary Neanderthal-type grunt for bikkies, shout for not-pleased, gurgle for pleasure kind of way.

I'd actually say 2 months absolute maximum, based on experience, possibly even from 8 months in utero although you'd not be having meaningful (in your sense) communication with a human that small.

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Samsung goes to US Supreme Court to wriggle out of paying Apple millions of dollars

g e

Re: A mere sideshow

And not paying out 1/2BN USD would surely help those profits a little

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Snowball spud gun shows comets could have seeded Earth with life

g e

Well Martin Budden seems to have solved that... take a planet/body/thing which has amino acids on it. Hammer it with some meteors/asteroids and you get peptides. leave it a while to develop into more life-y stuff then thwack it with a very big asteroid, spraying some of that stuff off and into space.

Repeat over billions of years and million-to-one chances happen in their thousands. Life only needs a few hundred million years to go from soup to people.

Hardly beyond imagination.

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Apple: Samsung ripped off our phone patent! USPTO: What patent?

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Re: But... but..

Oh dear oh dear.

I just scan-read that as Golden Vagina.

Time for a little lie-down perhaps.

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Adulterers antsy as 'entire' Ashley Madison databases leak online

g e

Re: True - but unlikely

Card co's will let you store a unique token which is associated with a card within the Card Co's sytems so you have not personal card data to hold. That's one way of potentially rebilling without having the card details.

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Amazon UK conditions 'exhausting', claims union

g e

Re: So where do the Amazon-phobes shop online?

Depends on what it is...

Ebay, Dabs, misco, RS, Wickes, locally if practical

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g e

Re: I've been wondering about this for a while.

Or perhaps perpetuate it...

MUHAHAHAH!!

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g e

Responsible (ethical, presumably) corporate citizen

Largely an oxymoron, surely? Duty to the shareholders n all that

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g e

Colleague

Does mean a fellow employee, though, regardless of your day-to-day or social interaction with them. Even the CEO is 'a colleague' though generally the work relation would be taken to be somewhat closer than that, say between goods-in team and the top brass

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Donald Trump dumps on Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg

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Mind you

Most of the papers I've seen reported by El Reg that emanate from, say, MIT have 'immigrant' surnames on all that excellent work which is, presumably, advancing US interests.... Not that they're not necessarily x-generation of such but they ain't come from 'round here, so to speak.

Merely an observation. Cake / Eating conflicts?

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Drone racing sells robot soul to Mammon with launch of racing league

g e

Micro Machines mini drone league needed!

As per title

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TXT message leaves Corvette wrecked

g e
Joke

HTC ?

Hack

That

Corvette

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Wrist-top virtualisation comes to Apple Watch

g e

RDP from a phone is useful

But it's a bit of a last resort thing. Better on a tablet but you're still constantly zooming to read stuff, etc

I like(d) MS's own RDp client until the latest update just slings out something like Error 0x4 and fails to connect to the Win7 Vbox headless I have running on the (Ubuntu) server at home... so switched to Afree RDP (from memory).

Might well try Parallels, though

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'Sunspots drive climate change' theory is result of ancient error

g e

@Chris Miller | Re: @RIBrsiq

"Cultist" or "Fanatic", probably

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Samsung looks into spam ads appearing on Brits' smart TVs

g e

Re: Easily solved.

As part of a subscription, though

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