* Posts by darsyx

15 publicly visible posts • joined 10 Jan 2008

GCHQ: Mastering the Media


Room 641A,

how is this new? Have none of you geeks heard of Echelon?

DHS deploys undercar Kraken tentacle-bombs


@David S

I initially read it as "DFS deploys...." and thought it made a nice change from 1/2-price Sofas

Mazda takes RX-8 for a spin on 'hydrogen highway'


light bulb

I wouldn't normally take El Reg up on a lack of fact checking, but as a (thankfully petrol only) RX-8 owner, I feel it's my duty to point out that the light bulbs branded "Mazda", where made by General Electric, and nothing to do with the Japanese car manufacturer.

you could do with a "light bulb" / "idea!" icon, BTW...

Grand Theft Auto 4 queue man stabbed in head


re: Art imitating Art

"if video games affected children we would all be running around in the dark,eating little white pills listening to repetitve electronic music"

eBay forces Aussies to use Paypal


dumb question time

how can they actually stop people doing bank transfers?

GPS tracking fights teenage trauma


forget the teenage girls...

A much more worrying variation of this would be for corporate mobiles where employers could discover that their development team were actually down the pub all Friday afternoon...

Wikipedia scores $3m donation



"why wikipedia is in a financial rot (sic)"

well, a $1 million per year will only pay 25 people an average of $40k a year, which I personally wouldn't get out of bed for. And that's not counting their hosting/bandwidth costs etc.



FSA acts as rumours send bank shares crashing



there is absolutely nothing wrong with acting on rumours. As the article says, it is starting the rumours that is both morally repugnant and illegal.

New NetApp logo already used by lubricating genie shop


at the risk of getting flamed by techies....

...putting on my old marketing hat, the copyright will apply to the /logotype/ i.e. the logo + the associated text, and from a branding PoV, the two company's logotypes are fairly distinct. And don't shoot me, I've been back in IT for the last 8 years - the 2 years in marketing was a temporary aberration.

BT targets 10,000 data pimping guinea pigs


dodgy browsing

"the opt-out works means the contents of the websites you visit will still be mirrored to its system"

so, you can opt-out, browse some dodgy sites, and then shop Phorm to the kittie-porn-cops?



Data pimping: surveillance expert raises illegal wiretap worries


@Maurice Shakeshaft

for telephone cold calls, you can (in theory) opt out by subscribing to the telephone preference service ( http://www.tpsonline.org.uk/tps/ ).

Perhaps we need a similar service to opt out of Phorm-supplied ads...

Microsoft launches student Java and LAMP challenge


you lucky, lucky bastard...

learning UNIX and C at uni? You lucky, lucky etc. etc. We were subjected to using 1st gen Macs as terminals to code ADA and Pascal on (IIRC) ICL Level 80s, and Occam on transputers(!).

So, that's an education that's served me well in the real world....

Why is Microsoft dancing with Danger?


Shop Smart, Shop AppleMart

This isn't the first time you've used words "smartphone" and "iPhone" in the same context - what's "smart" about the iPhone?

Shell IT staff disgusted at mega profits


"the biggest ever profit for a 'British company'"

That's an unusual way to describe a multinational corporation with it's headquarters in Holland.

Beware the populist mash oozing out of Facebook and YouTube


@evil graham

there's already www.arsebook.com - though it's not entirely SFW.