* Posts by jonathan keith

236 posts • joined 14 Aug 2007

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Sexbots could ‘over-exert’ their human lovers, academic warns

jonathan keith

"I met someone who looks a lot like you, she does the things you do - but she's an IBM".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY2P4i4xHy8

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Adblock overlord to Zuckerberg: Lay down your weapons and surrender

jonathan keith

Escalation

At what point are ad blockers going to start using malware methods to hide themselves from being identified by websites?

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Microsoft thinks time crystals may be viable after all

jonathan keith

AHA!

Apparently these are special four dimensional crystals too.

(Obviously once I'd learned that, everything else just fell right in to place.)

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Breaking 350 million: What's next for Windows 10?

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What?

"Customers will likely forget that pushing now, and upgrade hold-outs could move on."

You're on the money with the second part of that sentence at least, if by move on you mean move on to Mint.

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

jonathan keith

Balls to Win 10

When MS strip out the telemetry, allow update installation choice and offer a cast-iron guarantee that they will never introduce a subscription-based usage model, I might consider upgrading.

I'm tied to windows because of games and work software that don't (yet - I live in hope) have Linux versions. The moment that I can be windows free and still use the products I have bought, I'm off.

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Lester Haines: RIP

jonathan keith

Vale Lester Haines

If you judge a man by his works, Lester was an absolutely top-drawer chap. I'm just glad that I've been able to delight in his inspired shed-based excellence.

2016, will you please just stop now?

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Criminals exploit zero day Flash vulnerability

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Mushroom

Nuke it from orbit.

It is, after all, the only way to be sure.

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BT Sport takes Elemental step of software encoding

jonathan keith

Re: Best thing about BT and Sky squabbling over football rights...

But the Grandstand theme tune was both aces and skill.

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

jonathan keith

Won't touch 10 with yours

Telemetry and no control over updates. Those are my two absolute no-nos. Fix those in Windows 10 SE and I'll reconsider.

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Swedish publishers plan summer ‘Block Party’ to thwart ad blockers

jonathan keith

Ask people to pay? Excellent!

That's the correct response. No ads and charge a small fee for content. A pound or two for a month's subscription. The most important thing is for the publishers to make that as reasonable, quick, simple and seamless as possible.

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Google emits Android N developer preview early to smoke out bugs

jonathan keith

Re: It keeps getting more awesome

I expect to see it arrive via OTA update on my Note 4 at the beginning of never.

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AdBlock Plus, websites draft peace deal so ads can bypass blockade

jonathan keith

Re: Used Hosts blocking for years but...

Add Ghostery to your list to prevent tracking, beacons and all the underhand shit that marketers also use.

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Star Wars Special Editions

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Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Taste of a Shit Sandwich

Fine, Lucas has the opportunity to tinker with his films. But the question isn't if what he's done is *right*, it's rather whether what he's done is *good*. The answer, with a couple of very minor exceptions, is "absolutely not". Not because of some purist vision holding the originals up as unalloyed masterpieces, because they weren't, but because almost everything he has added has detracted from what's happening on the screen, or was so bad that it was left on the editing room floor in the first place for a reason. Less is often more in cinema, and that's certainly true here.

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Doctor Who's good/bad duality, war futility tale in The Zygon Inversion fails to fizz

jonathan keith

Re: We got our Osgood answer, though

Speaking of, did anyone else find the "judge of time" line to be particularly ominous?

Is the Doctor going to be going full Dredd on us?

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Every single thing about the Doctor requires you suspend your disbelief. Unless you honestly think there really is a time travelling alien who travels the galaxy in a blue box that's smaller on the outside with a variety of human companions in tow.

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jonathan keith

x 7, allow me to introduce you to a concept common in fiction: Suspension of disbelief. Try it - you might find it helps you to enjoy TV drama a little more.

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

jonathan keith

Do I look like a mug? You expect me to believe that in the future trees will have ears?

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Laid-off IT workers: You want free on-demand service for what now?

jonathan keith

Re: Severance - I sense a ploy

I don't know what the law in the US is, but surely there's some protection against constructive dismissal (as it's known here in the UK)

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

jonathan keith

Gemma had integrated seamlessly into the hipster lifestyle.

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

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Computers - fucking with your head since 6000 BC

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jonathan keith

Babbage's Spot The Difference Engine came with a few undocumented features.

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It's the white heat of the tech revolution, again!

jonathan keith

Corporate welfare

I believe that phrase refers in part to the recent phenomenon of hugely profitable companies paying many* of their staff so little that those staff are only able to get by through receiving top-up benefits from the state.

* Except for the senior executives. They're paid enough not to need state handouts. They also refuse to contribute to those benefits the state has to pay by "mitigating their tax liabilities". After all, it's only the little people who pay tax.

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Bletchley Park remembers 'forgotten genius' Gordon Welchman

jonathan keith

Post-war Enigma

I think I'm right in saying that after the war, the British sold Enigma machines to friendly governments, conveniently forgetting to mention the trivial fact that Enigma had been turned inside out by Bletchley.

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Re: BBC programme

As far as I could make out from the (excellent) BBC doc, it was Welchman's ideas and work on Traffic Analysis, as opposed to code-breaking, that the UK and US governments wanted suppressed, because it was TA that provided the basis of GCHQ and NSA's most powerful tools (and still does, in many ways).

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FOUR STUNNING NEW FEATURES Cook should put in the iPHONE 7

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What's happned at The Graun?

Has Charles Arthur, Apple's inside man, been 'let go'?

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CHEAT! Volkswagen chief 'deeply sorry' over diesel emission test dodge

jonathan keith

"Driving shareholder value" strikes again.

I'd quite like to see a Tim Worstall piece on the economics of 'gaming' targets, actually.

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

jonathan keith

This new armour's ridiculous. You've used far too much material.

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Intel's 6th gen processors rock – but won't revive PC markets

jonathan keith

Yes, gaming.

... and I'm still doing very nicely on my overclocked D0 stepping Core i7 920 from five years ago, thank you very much. The GPU's been upgraded a couple of times and I've swapped out the rust for SSDs, but I have absolutely no need whatsoever for a new CPU, and expect not to until this one dies.

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Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive

jonathan keith

Exynos Octoclaw.

With hindsight, the Samsung marketing department realised that releasing live spiders at the launch event for their new octocore chip was a terrible mistake.

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jonathan keith

Hey! Not all spiders, right?

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Vote now: Who can solve a problem like Ashley Madison?

jonathan keith

Oversight!

The obvious candidate is Computer Engineer Barbie.

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

jonathan keith

Amazing!

This gorilla finds an iPhone - you won't BELIEVE what happens next!

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D-Wave promises chip that could SEARCH THE WHOLE UNIVERSE

jonathan keith

The true test.

How well will it run Crysis?

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Mum fails to nuke killer spider nest from orbit

jonathan keith

Daily Fail

You forgot to mention the illegal immigrant angle!

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Hardcore creationist finds 60-million-year-old fossils in backyard ... 'No, it hasn’t changed my mind about the Bible'

jonathan keith

Evidence.

How else do you interpret 60 million year old rocks? That boffins have failed God's test of faith?

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RAF Eurofighter gets a Battle of Britain makeover

jonathan keith

Re: Very nice

They also managed to avoid getting any thumb prints on the canopy too.

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Boffins have devised TERMINATOR style LIQUID METAL – for an antenna

jonathan keith

Re: Fillings...

Wasn't it Against A Dark Background?

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Cheers Ireland! That sorts our Safe Harbour issues out – Dropbox

jonathan keith

Re: Its not clear to me whether...

I'm in the middle of an ongoing correspondence with Dropbox about this. So far they have been unable to list a single concrete example of the specific benefits that being a customer of Dropbox Ireland will give me.

It's rather suggestive to me of the fact that they're doing it for tax purposes rather than out of the goodness of their hearts and concern for their global customers' privacy.

This article might be absolutely on the money, but it feels more like someone's fishing around for a justification after the fact.

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This is Sparta? No - it's Microsoft Edge, Son of Internet Explorer

jonathan keith

Hear that sound?

It's Tim Langdell, weeping in to his cocoa.

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Cheer up songwriters, there's shedloads of money rolling in

jonathan keith

Money

This

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bf1jocbm2M

and this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC1Vfoq3PvU

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Drones to bring DEBT FROM ABOVE in Switzerland

jonathan keith

10/10

Bugger the story, top marks to that sub.

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Googley TENTACLES reach towards YOUR email

jonathan keith

Re: Isn't there a rival product

If you really know what you're talking about though, you use Pulp.

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TTIP: Protect our privacy in EU-US trade deal or ELSE, snarl MEPs

jonathan keith

Really?

That is absolutely the last of the problems with TTIP.

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To defend offshore finance bods looting developing countries of their tax cash

jonathan keith

Re: Must be like Quantum Mechanics

I'd love that to be true, Tim, but my lefty gut reaction is that the workers are simply paid as little as the corporations can possibly get away with, and the money spirited away offshore is instead used to increase the rewards to the shareholders and the executives.

So it's not as if the workers have anything less that can be taken away from them if as you contest they would end up paying the corporation's tax burden.

However, I would be happy if you can prove me wrong!

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Minecraft debuts new block – one that blocks Java crapware, that is

jonathan keith

Gosh.

That might just get me playing some Minecraft again.

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Nokia boss smashes net neutrality activists

jonathan keith

From the "consumer's" POV...

... the main problem is that the "two speed internet" is seen simply - and rightly - as simply a method for corporate interests to rip everybody off. Again.

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Nokia blasts Ericsson out of water, demos 600Mbps data speeds

jonathan keith

Re: COVERAGE FFS

I'll see your 4g and raise you 3g. Rural high speed broadband? Fixed line or mobile, don't make me laugh.

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It's not easy being Green. But WHY insist we knit our own ties?

jonathan keith

Re: The problem with markets

No, Tim needs to change his view of the market :)

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jonathan keith

Comment isn't free

I think the fundamental problem with Tim's argument is that he sees "the market" as perfect when in real life it isn't. Much as it would be lovely to ignore the fact that, for example, "Big Agriculture" fills our meat with steroids and antibiotics, and kills our pollinators with neonicotinoids, in the real world we can't. That's my problem with free market fundamentalists - the clarion call to just deregulate and let the market sort it out is wilfully blind to the human failings of greed etc. which distort the perfect market through monopoly abuse, cartels, unsafe products that we don't know about and all the other underhand goings on that businesses use for competitive advantage.

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Tiger Moth: Old school flying without all those pesky flaps, brakes and instruments

jonathan keith

Nothng like it

I flew from Duxford in one of these a while back. One of the finest experiences of my life, without a shadow of a doubt.

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