* Posts by Mei Lewis

46 publicly visible posts • joined 5 Mar 2008

Google's Schmidt predicts end to global censorship in a DECADE

Mei Lewis


"China, North Korea, Syria, THE UK ... are you listening?"

Ever heard of cleanfeed?


Oh wait, that's not the bad kind of censorship, it's the good kind! The kind that protects you!

So insidious even the tech literate register crowd are barely aware of it.

Apple: How we slip YOUR data to govts – but, hey, we're not Google

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Re: Who's freaking who?

Perhaps they're saying it now because it's true, and when they stop saying it that's a signal that it has become false.

Does Apple make you puke? Take this iOS 7.0.3 update with your tablets

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I don't like the animations but am hesitant to upgrade

because almost everytime I do it's a 3 or 4 hour job, restoring all my music, settings etc. as the upgrade fails numerous times before finally sticking.

Four ways the Guardian could have protected Snowden – by THE NSA

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Re: Be careful Chris

That's what people who want to control you want you to think and say.

It's also useful to an ordinary person trying to live their life in a free way.

Jimbo Wales: ISP smut blocking systems simply 'ridiculous'

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She was criticized not because she's a woman but because she's saying something incredibly stupid.

Reg readers tumesce as they get their tongues round 'podule'

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I have a cat called Podule. He's awesome.

Government admits seizing two months of AP phone records

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Re: They have the authority

Nice troll. Love the deliberate misspelling!

Coke? Windows 8 is Microsoft's 'Vista moment'. Again

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What was wrong with Windows 7?


Not very much? After the new version of 8 comes out we'll be back to a very, very slightly improved version of Windows 7?

Apple share-price-off-a-cliff: Told you that would happen

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Have you got a reference for that, written in terms a non-economist can understand?

Apple: third-party iOS dev tools OK after all

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"We are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, UNTIL WE CHANGE OUR MINDS AGAIN"

iPhone 4.0 SDK bars un-Jobsian code translation

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A joke?

"A consistent user interface is a valuable asset for the end user, and I appreciate Apple's efforts to maintain it."

That's a joke right? Have you seen their laughable, non-standard, attempts at software on windows?

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Jobs Horns

This has gone too far.

A few weeks ago I met a guy who is writing programs for the iphone.

This is probably common knowledge, but I was amazed to discover that he has to pay Apple to be allowed to run code that he wrote on the phone that he owns.

Sony PlayStation Move: your questions answered

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Amazon patents one-click and this clone is OK?


Note to Captain Kirk: Warp speed will kill you

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This makes me sad.

Genuinely. I know interstellar travel is unliklely anyway any time soon, but this is just another nail in the coffin of my star wars kid dreams :-(

Google doppelgänger casts riddle over interwebs

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Google's response is on slashdot



Why can't Google be more like Microsoft?

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Google Vs Apple Vs Microsoft

Google want to own all my data.

Apple want the applications (hardware and software)

Microsoft just want my money.

I actually think I prefer microsoft!

iPhone upgrades - a one-way control-freak street

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Microsoft drops Family Guy like a hot deaf guy joke

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Agreeing to work for Microsoft is he edgiest thing McFarlane has ever done

Just look at how many people are pissed off about it.

World's first motion-controlled headphones outed

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This is sounding a lot like the radio on the Heart of Gold.

Apple iPod Nano 5G

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Shooting on the tube


Virgin Media 'overwhelmed' by broadband customers fleeing BT

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Virgin are terrible

Avoid at all costs, wish we had.

Palm rejected Jobs's 'no poaching' Applers offer

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No problem, just give them citizenship after you've 'imported' them and they'll BE Americans!

100 freetards an hour join Pirate Party UK

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I'd probably vote for them

If they stood in a constituency I could vote in. The system needs a shakeup.

Also stop calling them freetards theregister. It's a social position some people choose to take, calling them retards for it every time you mention them is the very antisthesis of cool-headed, unbiased journalism. It would be okay if it was funny, but it's not - think up a new joke.

Apple denies censoring App Store swear words

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Jobs Horns


"...words that many reasonable people might find upsetting or objectionable..."

so now some d*ckhe*d in his high castle is telling us what it's okay to think?

Amazon vanishes 1984 from citizen Kindles

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I though Amazon were a bookSELLER

Obviously not.

Hackintosh maker rises from the dead

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So OSX is much more expensive that Windows XP/Vista/7 then?

Because you have to buy an artificially expensive machine to run it on?

Google mocks Bing and the stuff behind it

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Even the article misses Gill's point

Which is that Google is building a global (virtual) computer to run all it's applications, wheras Miscrosoft is building different ad hoc (virtual) machines for everything it does.

Put liek that the Google guy makes a lot of sense.

Apple MacBook Pro firmware fritzes third-party HDDs

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Apple: It Just Works

Except when it doesn't.

ISPs vs BBC iPlayer: Missing the point?

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unlimited adj 1 "not limited or restricted."

BT sold unlimited packages, on terms they dictated to their customers.

They should be held legally to their contracts, just like ordinary people are, and perhaps learn from their mistakes (yeah right).

US record industry wins $1.92m from file sharer

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@ Chris C

"However, the defendant was not authorized to distribute the material to anyone, even those authorized to download it, hence she did commit a crime."

It's that kind of twisted, unreasonable logic that leads the vast majority of people think the law is an ass and the RIAA are arseholes.

Suppose you're at a family gathering and you see a mum tell her son that it's okay for him to eat chocolate today because he's been good.

You happen to have some chocolate so you give the kid a piece. Then BANG! the mother tears into you calling you every name under the sun and screams, "I said he could have chocolate but I didn't say you were allowed to give it to him."

You'd think she was a psychotic bitch wouldn't you?

Apple pulls Tank apps after Cartier complaint

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Some details?

What is tank? What did the applications do?

Google brands ebook monopoly critics 'shortsighted'

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Jobs Horns

This kind of things makes me wish the west was communist

"Do no evil" sounds more and more like the thug calling you 'friend' or 'buddy' when he's about to kick the shit out of you.

Pirate-pursuing lawyers get DDo$ money transfer slap

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Is there yet the equivalent term 'paytard'?

Getting something for free may be stupid somehow, but surely paying for something everyone else gets for free must make you feel even more stupid?

Facebook denies denying Holocaust deniers

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Paris Hilton

A Question

Why are people so rabbid when discussing something that happened before most (all?) of us were born?

I mean people on both sides, although I guess the 'deniers' started the discussion and those who speak against them are just acting defensively.

I'm not trying to make a point here, I seriously want to know. Why are you all so interestd in Jewish history during WW2?

Apple swipes £121 for 'free' MobileMe trial

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The arrogance!

"Your ignorance is not Apple's mistake." !!???!

Wow! And he can't even spell 'cheque' correctly!

Google deigns to comply with a privacy law

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Google is about to give away the privacy of millions of users:


The war on photographers - you're all al Qaeda suspects now

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Thumb Up

We need photographers and other jounralists to watch the watchmen!

The article is great, and I've read similar pro-photography stories in other places, mainly photography sites. They tend to the line that photography is not illegal, there's nothing wrong with and it's a right we don't want to lose, all of which is true, but relates mainly to photographers' interests.

But the issue is far larger than that. I think someone needs to make the point that the public and media being allowed to record the events of the country and world is a vital check on the power of the police, government and authorities generally.

We (the general public) need to know when they do something we might disagree with or which is outright wrong or illegal. The Rodney King beating in America are an obvious example, and the West putting observers in certain countries to monitor arms or elections is the same sort of thing.

And we need more than just 'professional journalists' as is hinted at towards the end of the article. If the barriers to entry are too high, or if it's the authorities who decide who gets to report on the authorities it won't work.

Wikipedia kills Greatest Show On Earth

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@Not a word / Joe K

I think it's like when some teenage girls get in an argument about who fancies who and start defacing each other's myspace profiles.

Why anyone takes it seriously I don't know.

Microsoft proposes gadget feature disabling tech

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Why would anyone buy a gadget like that?

Why would anyone buy a gadget that someone can turn off remotely if they don't like what you're doing with it?

Heathrow T5 security tackles Transformers t-shirt threat

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Cool t-shirt

Stupid rule.

The New Order: When reading is a crime

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al-Qaeda Training Manual, Get yours here!

That's all very tragic / interesting, but the best bit is when you try to download the manual yourself, which of course you now want to do.

Google 'al-Qaeda Training Manual' and the first result that comes up is www.usdoj.gov/ag/manualpart1_1.pdf

Yes, that's a file on the website of the US Department of Justice. They're thoughtfully got hold of a copy, scanned it in, used OCR on it an put it on the website for the world to share. Thanks Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey!

Mozilla guns for Guinness world record with Firefox 3.0

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Nice to see all this backlash.

Why does Mozilla Corp/Firefox get such an easy ride usually, when it's just another for-profit company (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozilla_Corporation) using IP laws (http://www.linux.com/feature/57675) to control what people can do with 'their' browser?

UK to outlaw cartoons of child sexual abuse

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What if...

What if I buy Volume 1 of some edgy manga where a fifteen year old girl gets molested at her high school by some tentacled ogre, the police find out and lock me up, then Volume 2 comes out and it turns out that the 15 year old girl was actually a 30 year old psi-investigator sent in disguise to the school to investigate the tentacled beasties?

Or the other way around, what if a sequel comes out to some adult book and reveals that the characters thought to be adults were children all along?

Are we now being judged for actions we _might_ take as the result of looking at fictional worlds where there is _no_ definitive reality?

International copyright talks seek BitTorrent-killer laws

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Why does Google always get away with links to torrents? They have to be the largest and best torrent tracker there is.

Just Google "xxx torrent" where 'xxx' is the thing you want to download and they'll give you either indirect links via other trackers or a direct link from their own cache, just in case the original tracker has been closed down.

They have plenty of money to go after, maybe too much?

Watchdog demands MSN Music mea culpa

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Can't wait until this happens to iTunes!

And it will.

Apple have already nearly gone bust 3 or 4 times in the last twenty years.

Even if they stay active it's likely that within 5 years they'll be forced to sell DRM free music so their DRM servers will be a legacy support hassle for them they'll switch off as soon as they feel they can.

Then all the people who've bought music from iTMS will have a hissy fit and the general public will realise what a stupid idea DRM is.

Filesharers petition Downing Street on 'three strikes'

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Change the laws to reflect the view of the majority.

If downloading music illegaly is only a problem because it's illegal maybe we should make it legal?

There are probably more downloaders than there are music creators and therefore, in a democracy, where the majority supposedly gets what it wants, it should be made legal.