* Posts by JCL

70 publicly visible posts • joined 12 Feb 2008


Apple pilfers rips off student's rejected iPhone app


in that case

I suppose if it's ok for Apple to call an app "Wi-Fi Sync" because it syncs over Wi-Fi, even though there is another existing app for the same platform called that, then it'd be ok for, oh, some other company to have an app store and call it an app store even though there is already an app store called App Store owned by Apple?

Pixmania users report scam-spam bombardment


Here too

same here, Astro, twice.

Netflix overtakes Bittorrent as traffic champ


I agree

I agree with both those points. We pay the same amount each month for the service, but the amount of content just doesn't compare.

That said, Netflix wins because I live in the middle of nowhere with a slow postal service and no dvd rental store, I can't bring myself to watch movies on cable because of the never ending adverts, and because it's cheap, instant and generally has a good quality picture.

Teen charged for Facebook birthday hoax that drew 200,000



You going for some sort of a record then?

Apple cures iPad buyer's remorse


Don't you believe it

I had an iPod that "ran itself". It was like there was a poltergeist in there. It would write emails to my colleagues, start playing random videos/songs, delete emails as I was attempting to read them, insist on showing me parts of websites I didn't need to see, you name it. It definitely didn't like it when I tried to get involved. To say nothing of the apps that disappear as you are using them.

It's gone now, but, you know, I liked it enough to get it replaced, flaws and all. It was pretty easy when they saw how many times I'd rebooted it or restored it to factory settings.

Flickr thinks again about 4,000 pix loss



He probably can't get out of his office.

Lost ancient civilisation's ruins lie beneath Gulf, says boffin


How about Staines?

Staines on Thames - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-11665197

Google 'Instant Previews' hit Google Analytics with fake traffic



I believe the purpose is to keep you on Google's search results page for longer, making it stickier and giving you more opportunity to look at their ads. Personally I find it incredibly annoying, but not as annoying as their "improved" image search results page.

I assume they still have ads on their results pages?

Google chucks personal ratings to the Hotpot

Black Helicopters


They already know what you're thinking about.

Game-addicted man scores rare win over software lawyers



which one?

Thai mobe outfit warns of deadly roaming charges



You should try living here. The market is sewn up between a couple of companies who are able to gouge you at every turn. Sim charge, sim activation charge, 911 monthly charge, network access charge, pay for incoming and outgoing calls, caller ID & voicemail, though I don't have to pay for incoming texts now. And if you want to move to a different vendor but keep your phone number, not only will it take 4 hours of conversation (with admittedly a nice man), but you will have to pay for a month of contract that you can't use. (At which point I and the nice man started manically laughing at the ridiculousness of it all).

Then there's the price plans. No wonder that mobile/cell phones aren't as popular here as they are in the UK.

US starts charging for online visa-waiver


Not quite true everywhere

At the Canadian border you hand the green card in to the Canadian border staff who pass them back to the Yanks.

Rogue San Fran BOFH given 4 years



But it's not his network.

Yorks cops charge Segway rider under 1835 road law

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Absolutely, I'm sick of leaving stores and risking getting mown down by bikes and such like. @Matthew - I'm not sure it's MontyPole who needs to get real...

Business guru tries to silence bloggers over 'misleading' mailshot


insert Chris Cardell

wow, just had a quick look on google - someone is going round inserting Chris Cardell into all kinds of blogs etc...

Phorm's losses top $100m


your point?

Yes, but what's your point exactly? It's going over my head.

You'll be telling me you're worried about seal clubbers next and the loss of jobs there because the EU banned seal fur imports.

Southpaws up in arms over iPhone 4


headbutt, no but

I think it's to do with which way your head goes and which shoulder you end up on. If you both go the same way you'll end up head-butting each other.

Personally, I've no problem hugging, but do momentarily worry about holding out the wrong hand when I'm about to shake hands with someone.

Tories may scrap IR35 tax rules for contractors



If it sounds like a troll, and looks like a troll...

Whatever happened to the email app?



There's always mail2web.com which will work with your mail accounts. I use it when I'm on holiday and want to keep in touch with the folks.

Man of God backs Beverley porncoder


It goes on.

From http://onlinejournalismblog.com/2010/03/05/hull-daily-mail-hyperlocal-smear-job-backfires/

That comment is particularly salient when reading the Hull Daily Mail’s justification for running the story:

“What Mr Smith has done is not illegal, but it is certainly not consistent with publishing a responsible local website carrying reports, pictures and videos of community events and activities, many featuring children. It is in the public interest that people know the truth about the man behind HU17.net”

Replace ‘Mr Smith’ with ‘the Hull Daily Mail’ and you get an idea where the backlash is coming from.

HDM look like they are still failing.

Existence of 'Sea of Krakens' on Titan confirmed


Patio Heaters - The Big Bang Theory

Written by the late Douglas Adams?

Watchdog files complaint over Facebook 'privacy' settings



When did friend become a verb?

Police snapper silliness reaches new heights

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you could crawl into a hole and talk about the good old days.

Webmasters fume as Google profiles signed-out searchers


I agree

While more relevant results is a laudable goal (and I'm no fan of SEO), by concentrating results on sites that you already use Google is effectively narrowing down the references that you have access to. There are jobs/tasks out there that can be aided by "happening on" a site with a different point of view or a different way of presenting information. This can help produce more creative work or get around a mental block. I'm guessing that this creativity will be made more difficult in the future.

iPhone upgrades - a one-way control-freak street

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Nothing to do with "geeks" thanks. Now, a good friend of mine, a ski instructor and iphone owning non-geek and spent 6 hours (on and off) on the phone to the service provider after an upgrade stopped the thing from working (though it did show the lovely apple logo).After I got the the thing working again (and restored the address book, though that looked dicey at one point) the phone could no longer access emails. Apparently a "known fault" with the service provider with no indication of when it'll be fixed.

You don't need to be a geek to see the sense in being able to roll back updates, but you do need to be objective, which I'm sorry to say doesn't seem to be your way.

As my friend said, I only bought this &^%$&^%$ phone because it is supposed to just work.

MS plasters Ballmer's signature on Windows 7 special edition



@SmallYellowFuzzyDuck, how pweety!

"I have no objections, I'm a grown up adult like I hope everyone else is on here..."

Great name! Though I'm not sure if it ties in with that last sentence of yours.

NZ woman sacked for SHOUTY EMAILS

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I once read a CV that was entirely written in capitals - as was the covering email it was attached to. I had to copy the thing from a PDF file (another doh!) into Word and run the change case option. Not that he was going anywhere.

A colleague had a cv that rhymed. It didn't get far either.

Rogue admin charges cut to size



I'm not sure why, but I thought this was going to be about bank charges or phone bills. I'd forgotten about this.

Now, where did I put my coat?

ISP redesign unites the web in nausea

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Jet Set Willy

Deary me, there's going to have to be a whole lot of whalesong on this one.

Too thick to boil an egg? Buy 'em preboiled


eggs 'n' that

@Duncan Hothersall, I saw them in London - peeled oranges and sliced apples. I also saw an egg sandwich filling that had "Caution, may contain eggs" on the side. Then there's the very very long egg that they put into the middle of pork pies, not to mention "cheese substitute" and predigested cheese-style paste (cheez wizz).

Dutch cat skinner publishes critics' personal details


@Vladimir - Of cats and cows

Vladimir, how much one-to-one experience have you had with cows? Other than seeing it in the meat aisle? Unlikely as it may seem, I've managed to nurse a cow back to health after it had a particularly harrowing birth - so bad that she lost the use of her back legs for eight weeks. So, having experience of cats and cows, I can assure you, that anyone that has spent a great deal of time doing something like this can testify that cows have as much personality as cats and are a lot more useful, you just wouldn't want it curled up at the end of your bed.

Belkin boss 'extremely sorry' for cash-for-good-reviews plan


Not at all AC

Deary me, for shame A. Coward. It's easy to call someone a shill or fanboi behind anonymity just because you don't agree with them. Perhaps I've just been lucky that I've never had any problems with anything I've bought from them, shit happens, I've no beef with them. Mind you, I am comparing the wireless router with a BT Home Hub and some other thing from way back that looked like a crappy green stingray. Rest assured, should I buy something made by them and it doesn't work I'll attempt to become more cynical, hide behind an AC, and let you know what I think.


They didn't have to

They didn't have to do that, their products are good. I've never had problem with anything Belkin (router, cables, cards, etc) and often choose their product over the competition when given a choice. Oh, and no, I wasn't paid to say that.

I'm assuming the employee has had their knuckles firmly rapped.

Indulge your fecal fantasies with a doll that craps


If you don't have the cash...

and bearing in mind the state of kid's diets nowadays, you can get your kid an ordinary doll and call in Constipated Katie.

Exam board to hear appeal over format cockup



hmm, so they could submit excel spreadsheets and powerpoint presentations, but not word documents. Why would that be?

Brits decline to 'think outside the box'


Here are a few

picking the low hanging fruit first - ouch

joined-up thinking

golden thread

minded - which politician started that one?




outplace - and other redundant redundancy alternatives including synergy targets - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/11/28/eds_compulsory_redundancies_uk_ireland/

Royal Society of Chemistry defines perfect Yorkshire pud


High Altitude

I tried them in Verbier as a Christmas treat for friends and ended up serving biscuits they were that flat. Now, my wife mind, she seems to do well cooking Yorkshires in Fernie, Canada even though it's about 1km up. In fact she seems to have turned a number of Canadian friends into YP fanatics - we had to take a YP dish out for one of them. I'm moving back in May, so if I can find sausages that don't have chilli or maple syrup in I'll be laughing.

While over there I saw a recipe for Yorkshires in an American food mag, but they seemed to want to call them "Puff Pancakes" I ask you...

Phorm losses shoot up by half



I've asked a couple of people who've never heard of El Reg (well I never!) and they're in the clear. I am too. Maybe BT are excluding readers of these types, maybe the sample is so small we've missed it, and maybe they haven't actually started yet.

I remember when this first came up someone posted a link to an academic page that ran a few tests so that you could determine whether your traffic was being modified or not. Does anyone remember what that link was?

BT's third Phorm trial starts tomorrow


Ta very much

Cheers Sir Runcible Spoon and AC, I'll look them up this afternoon.




I've about had enough and my 12 months is up this month.

Soo, I'm emigrating in 6 months, know anyone that will provide a similar service to BT but without Phorm, and not require a 12 month sign-up?

Right: Which one of you lot invented 'tw*tdangle', eh?


Post anonymously?

god, isn't Friday great?

Web designer sues Brat City for assaulting hyperlink



Hmm, is she a greedy old moo or is there more to this? If I read it correctly it looks like she was part of a campaign to oust the mayor. Did the mayor take umbridge and start up some retaliation via the police? If that is the case, then the real story could be about a couple of citizens 'throwing their toys out of the pram' with a 'personal vendetta' and not really about linking, deep or otherwise, at all.

Couple of BBC style apostrophes in there for good measure.

Sony recalls burning US laptops



Not sure why, but from the headline I had visions of Americans burning piles of laptops a la John Lennon's "bigger than Jesus" upset.

Concrete-jet 'printers' to build houses, Moonbases in hours

Paris Hilton


Their website says it's environmentally friendly, but I'm sure old Kevin McCleod said that concrete is one of the least environmentally friendly way's of building a house. Who's right?

Scumbags punt Trojan with baby kidnap lure



You don't have to be a parent to think that this is a line you don't cross.

Lag log leaks - Home Office contractor loses entire prison population


@ I've heard it reported...

I seem to remember by law govt. departments can't (won't) be held accountable for their misguided mislaying of memory sticks. Culpable contractors and consultants on the other hand will be.

It'll all blow over, then a few months down the line the consultancy will be straight back in Mandelson style.

I hope their public liability insurance is up to date.

Yahoo! board! adds! Icahn! allies!



I'm the same with Facebook stories.

Wikimadness XVII: The Return of Byrne


@Dan Davis

..he's obviously not demented in his overall case if his beliefs have turned out to be right. Also, there is also the broader concern that texts written by anyone, anyone at all, can be used not just in the money markets, but for definitions in a court of law as was seen this last couple of weeks.

I'm happy to use Wikipedia for trivial purposes - finding out about a celeb, film, or a starting point for research into open-source software, but I'd never use it for anything really important. Unfortunately not everyone knows that the articles can't be trusted in this way.

Name calling is a little childish. Given your one-sided rant you should be worried that you are a little too sensitive to criticism.

Orange sees broadband subscriber exodus


Not surprising

Could it be because Orange broadband is less than ideal? It's the DMG (Dixons Group) effect, eventually people get wise.

Mozilla dishes up teasers for concept browser



The only surfacing I know about involves concrete, wood, stone, etc. Can anyone elaborate?