* Posts by Stephen Cole

12 publicly visible posts • joined 12 Feb 2008

Intel tries again with flash cache

Stephen Cole


Lynnfield ie core i5 comes out in September along with the P55 chipset mobo's... not in 2010.

Malicious gossip could cost you your job

Stephen Cole

School Kids now hold the power over their teachers?!

If all it takes is 1 unsubstantiated lie to be told & then that teacher is effectively blacklisted from the teaching profession, how on earth are teachers supposed to maintain class discipline?

"You give me a detention & i'll tell my parents that you came onto me!"

Fear of this simple statement may well allow kids the run of the class in more timid teacher's lessons resulting in poor education for the rest of the class.

If I were a teacher i'd be looking elsewhere for a new career right about now...

Doctors: Third babies are the same as patio heaters

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Elderly First?!

Surely it would make more sense to euthanize everyone over the age of 70 first?

We give them 5 years of retirement (ample opportunity to knit a hat & move to eastbourne) then it's off to the soylent green plant with them.

Now i'm not as harsh to suggest that we should process & eat the elderly but perhaps they could be recycled into compost/fertiliser so we are only indirectly consuming them.

I think this is a fair & balanced approach myself... anyone else have a better idea?

EU tells UK to deal with Phorm - or else

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A sad day indeed...

When we have to rely on the EU to inforce UK law because our own government has been bought by phorm (former ministers serving on BT's board) or simply doesn't care that the privacy & rights of tens of thousands of UK citizens has been breached.

If an individual instead of a large corporation had illegally acquired 1000's of BT customers details then I think we'd be seeing swift legal action, instead we get a whitehall white-wash with the government (as always) favouring big business over the rights of the little people who can't reward them with campaign contributions & cushy jobs when they leave office.

Stephen Cole


I for one welcome our new penguin overloads!

Europe drafts law to disconnect suspected filesharers

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The China model...

The net is slowly but surely becoming more & more regulated under the excuse that it will clamp down on the current dual political bogey-men of terrorists & pedophiles, with P2P being a 3rd excuse to monitor EVERYONE.

I think that with the way control & regulation is being imposed by most government's now it's probably going to only take another 5-7 years for the chinese model of internet policing to become the norm i.e. you get access to most webpages & net services but the goverment monitors everything you do online & has a centrally operated (and constantly updated) banned list of sites & services.

The Phorm system but on a larger scale essentially (everything routed through a proxy controlled by the government).

Instead of injecting adds it simply throws up a government warning page instead of the one you wanted.

On second thought they could stick some PSA's in there as well to further educate you on the evils of terrorists & what not (throw in some adds on erectile dysfunction as well to keep phorm happy :-).

US imposes 72 hour pre-reg for Visa waiver travellers

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What's good for the goose...

Why aren't we doing the same then?

Seems only logcal that we screen USA'ers & force them to register their details if they want to travel to blighty as they may be terrorists as well.

Heathrow T5 security tackles Transformers t-shirt threat

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T-Shirt = Window to the soul!

Didn't the 7/7 tube bombers also wear T-Shirts with pictures of guns, bombs & in 1 case the little mermaid?!

I think heathrow security has stumbled onto a good way of identifying the evil do'ers!

I know I never leave the house without wearing a T-shirt that describes my current state of mind & criminal intent...

Now where's that Bambi Tshirt, it's huntin' time!

Stephen Cole

Lucky it wasn't megatron...

This guy is pretty lucky it wasn't megatron with his ball & chain weapon on his T-shirt instead as he would have been charged as a extreme porn abuser & placed on a sex offenders list by now!

BT targets 10,000 data pimping guinea pigs

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The BBC/Phorm

That BBC "article" is really gulping down the Phorm koolaid there...

The whole tone of the article is more about people being paranoid and "spooked" by our ignorance for not understanding how much better our lives will all be with more internet ads from ISP's SELLING OUR PRIVATE DATA TO A DISREPUTABLE 3RD PARTY.

ISPs demand record biz pays up if cut-off P2P users sue

Stephen Cole

We're all crims now!

Will the isp's actually monitor what type of P2P is being used or will they just assume that if you're using bittorrent at all that you're a criminal? What do they do if it's encrypted data?

IPTV was looking to become viable in the next few years but this may put the kybosh on it as many people will be afraid of an isp mistake & being labelled as a P2P offender & loosing ALL net access.

By doing this many people might actually end up loosing their jobs as they simply wouldn't be able to carry out their job anymore ie homeworking, remote assistance, group working, video conferencing etc and that list is only going to get longer!

Stephen Cole

The dirty little secret...

Is that isp's actually need there to be P2P/Bittorrent available for use by it's subscribers or virtually no one would want or need any connection greater than 5-10mb for todays legit net uses.

When VOD becomes viable there would be a need for the 50mb connections from virgin (which are being rolled out this year) but the major obstacle to decent online delivery of music & video is the record & movie industry who are desperately trying to cling to the outdated models of the past by placng too many drm restrictions on what you can & can't do with your own legally purchased titles that it's simply too much trouble when a free, albeit often times poorer quality copy with no usage restrictions is also available.

Also how is this ever going to actually work? Will the isp's be inspecting every single packet in & out of every customers PC & wouldn't that violate the data protection act?