* Posts by Gary McCabe

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Gary McCabe

“But theft is still theft"- ?

Apple cofounder Steve Jobs is dead at 56

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There are stopped jobs.


user@user-macbook-0001:~$ [2011] - Stopped steven_p


Google to digitize world+dog with People View

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Good one...

But you'll only give them ideas!

ISS gets bay window onto Earth

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TIE Fighter?

Isn't that the view from a TIE cockpit?

Men at Work swiped Down Under riff

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"Where the bloody hell are you?"

The reason for the action now is...a snatch of "Down Under" is used as part of the Australian Tourist Board's "Where the bloody hell are you?" ad campaign. Its massive. And I'm betting Colin Hay gets a tiny little royalty payment every time the ad is aired. So it'll soon mount up.

Rich pickings to be had for a foxy lawyer.

Google Chrome OS goes native (code)

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Seen a lot of billboards here in the UK advertising the Chrome browser. Whats that all about? My theory is: Google plan to launch some features of the Chrome OS for other OS's, but will only make this available via the Chrome browser.

Intel says new PCs will cost you nothing

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Sample bias

There's definitely some major sample bias going on here- as others have said, there's no reason a 3 yr old machine should be less secure than a brand new machine- IF!!- they are running the same O/S and applications and patched to the same level! There's nothing inherently less secure about a slower machine- if its infected with a virus, then that virus will just run more slowly, the same as any other app thats running.

I would leave to see just how they chose the machines to be included in this study. Were the older boxes forgotten about wrt patching? Were they running Win98? Who knows- Intel weren't saying.

Big pinch of salt to be taken with this.

Jacqui Smith pulls in another TV psych in violence probe

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Do something

Can I ask all of those who posted a sensible comment here- and there are many, though many were AC- to actually do someone about this and write/email/fax their bloody MPs and if possible Jacqui Smith?

This is too important to ignore. Wholesale criminalisation of men, victimisation of women.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 12Mp µ4/3s camera

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@ Flugal


this was George's point- use something familiar as you dont want to scare users off entirely.

Or didn't you get that?

Nokia N810 internet tablet

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I like it

does it remind anyone else of an updated Psion Series 5/5MX?


Boffin stacks 16 PS3s to simulate black hole collisions

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Nonsense! The Wii can do this.

My Wii can simulate black holes, and in a graphically superior manner as well. Only the other night, there it was- with Mario running about and trying not to fall in.



Supersonic stealth jumpjet rolls off production line

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"Despite being packed with sexy features..."

Lewis, can I take a moment to remind you that this machine is designed to kill

human beings?

You find this sexy?


Facebook accuses MP of impersonating MP

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Who'd heard of this guy prior to this stunt? Nice way of getting your name known

AMD anoints Accelerated Computing chief

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Uhler, Uhler, Uhler

Nice touch.

The question isn't "what is he going to do," the question is "what isn't he going to do?"



Surge in encrypted torrents blindsides record biz

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"Our internet investigations team, internet service providers and the police are well aware of encryption technology: it's been around for a long time and is commonplace in other areas of internet crime."

Its also commonplace in....


Public/Private key technology.

Some forms of computer account logon

Some forms of wi-fi technology


etc, etc, etc...


iSales prop up Apple results

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to me, the term 'prop-up' means to lift up something which is not performing well, or as expected. 'Boost' may have been a better choice?


Pirated Simpsons movie traced to phone

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Its not actually worth seeing..

The movie, I mean. Its okay but... just okay.


TimeUK mounts $22m Evesham bail-out

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Well, they're still taking calls... just got through to domestic sales, 'Matt speaking'.

Whats going on??

Solar-powered ion drive asteroid probe set for launch

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TWIN Ion Engine?


Jobs: one more thing... a browser war

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Hmmm... a browser launch? On Windows?

Seems strange, until you consider that Apple have no office suite as such. Might it be a trojan horse for a suite of hosted applications via Ajax? This would make sense, if you think about it. The much-rumoured Apple Office has not yet materialised, and there's a palpable push on just now in the serviced application arena. And, of course, if Apple launched hosted apps that rely on Windows ActiveX or similar, and then MS pulled that rug from under them by 'updating' IE so that the apps got broken... what better way than to have your own browser?


CD WOW! vows to take £35m High Court defeat to Europe

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"Captive" audience?

What makes these guys think that those denied of buying from CD-WOW will

then want to resume paying their over-inflated prices?

Its my experience that you dont usually go back to paying a higher price when you've paid a lower one. Its just counter to human nature.

I feel instead that those affected by this issue will either a)not buy any more CDs from 'major' retailers, or b)use torrented files.


Florida battles rats the size of cats

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Not Rock n Roll

This is genocide!


Half a million kids' DNA on UK police database

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Vague on detail. How, and under what circumstances have the govt obtained these samples?


US spy chief wants 'some control' over satellite imagery

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To the poster of "They've done it before".

Really? Could you give us some evidence of this, please?


Nivio betas hosted Windows

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Wouldn't this be a great solution (eventually) for an internet gaming firm? Imagine:

-no state-of-the-art PC needed for a start, so no need (as a customer) to keep up with the hardware curve. All thats needed (!) is a high-speed, QoS-equipped internet connection, some kind of display, input devices, and audio in/out

-patching becomes the responsibility of the hosting firm- which suits them down to the ground, as then there's no need for Punkbusters, etc, and they ensure that all players are on the same platform and are evenly balanced.

(This also enlarges the possibility of true league gaming, a bit of a gaming nirvana, as there'd be no need to congregate players in a physical location, as is done at present. It could be centrally-hosted, remotely-accessed.)

I know I'm blueskying a bit, cos I've tried this out myself and hit snags. At present, there's no way to hook any of the 3D API's into a screen-scraping solution (at least, there wasn't for DirectX and OpenGL a year or so back) so this remains an immediate challenge for near-realtime screen updates.

But it will come.


Japan wants levitating trains by 2025

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Hawking is leaving gravity on a jet plane

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Reminds me of the Onion classic:


eBay, PayPal face court action

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Western Union


I generated an auction recently and, fed up with the amount of Nigerians spamming me, I intended to use the words "I will not entertain requests to pay via Western Union" in the listing.

No dice. The Ebay client continually refused to allow me to post the listing, citing some vague error message.

Eventually, after googling, I stumbled on the answer- remove those so-offensive words "Western Union" and all would be well.

Woven threatens to make 10Gig E cheap and stable

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"Customers not so fond of start-ups have a few options to route around Woven. You can wait for 10Gig E costs to come down. Or you can hope that Fibre Channel over IP/Ethernet standards evolve quicker than planned."

Indeed. Or, we can wait for Cisco to buy them. In about, what- June?!!?


Darfur genocide mapped from space

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Hi Matt,

define "we".


Japanese net suicide pact murderer to hang

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The most shocking thing for me in this story is the revelation that Japan has the death penalty.

You live and learn.

Inventor touts Robocop-style armour for use in Iraq

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"User death imminent- morphine administered"

Does this suit protect the wearer against heacrabs?