* Posts by ShaggyDoggy

697 publicly visible posts • joined 6 Jun 2008


Humongous star ejects jumbo jellyfish



I'm no scientist, but when an oxygen atom is stripped of some electrons, surely it ceases to be an oxygen atom ?

Feds block sale of crooks' favourite messaging client



What business is it of US govt what people in Russia message to each other ?

Oh, wait ...

Breaking Google's last taboo



"that can tell the difference between 320kbps MP3s and FLAC files"

Just listen to the high-hats

US Senator wants Internet seizure rights



"4 State Physics (is not, is, is-on, is-off"

surely that's 3-state

not, is-on, is-off

since 'is' is superfluous since defines by is-on and is-off which can't exist if it's not "is" in the first place

I need a coffee

Apple slapped with lawsuit over 'iAds' monicker



What makes you think iAds are not Flash ?

Just because it doesn't say "flash" on the outside ?



"Apple licensed the iOS name from Cisco"

So Apple DOES check up on and licence names it uses.

But only if they are already owned by a globally reconised large name.

If you're small/unknown your names will be stolen.


Queen gives IP boss a bath in Honours List



You're making this up aren't you

"MBEs for..... invented the method of calculating the target score for a team batting second in interrupted one-day or Twenty20 cricket matches"


Home Office launches urgent review of illegal police stop'n'search


Time to start carrying a film camera

... with no film in it

.... just a dry run to work out shots and angles, erm, I mean pictures and angles

... then when stopped let them go the whole hog, since you're not actually taking pics you're not doing anything contra to s44 are you, court will be a larf

Judge to movie studios: Why shouldn't I dismiss piracy lawsuits?



So basically, the movie studios created a "torrent lawsuit"

Robobeachcop demands licence from Poole snapper



1. Hattie Miles was on the promenade not the beach

2. The beach from the spring tide mark seawards is property of the Queen

3. Where do I get a photography licence

4. Surely Mr Beach 8 would be better occupied preventing people from drowning etc

Oh wait, you said Poole .......

Google infected by World Cup fever


Not a search engine

Final proof were it needed that Google is no longer a search engine.

First we have "sponsored links" = paid for "search" results at the top.

Now we have Google employees tinkering with it.

It is no longer a search engine.

It is an advertising platform.

Met lab claims 'biggest breakthrough since Watergate'


Why bother with ENF

When the power coming into your home already has a background code in it in the first place, which is transferred to recording via "ENF".

And of course the national grid frequency isn'r deliberately changed, in a non-repeating pattern is it.

Mines the one with the audio recorder wrapped in tinfoil.

Sneaky bin chipping still in the bag for UK.gov



"it is likely that councils will still have to collect data from all bins, and therefore all households, in order to select out data relevant to those who are opted in"

No ... those who opted out have bins without chips in .... derrrrrr

Honda CR-Z sporty hybrid e-car


No diesel

There's no point waiting for a Honda 1.4 diesel to rival the Corsa etc.

They've put their eggs in the Hydrogen basket, no more diesels now.

BT quotes pensioner £150,000 to get broadband


Broadband Britain

But our prime minister said that he inteded to get broadband to every home in Britain.

Of course he didn't mention that you'd get a £150k bill as well.


Facebook unveils simpler privacy controls to spur sharing


Give it away instead

Facebook currently badgers the user into "sharing" their personal info with world+dog every time you sign in. Presumably this is "improved privacy" since you would then be choosing to give your info away, thus making it non-private by "choice" and therefore making it not come under any privacy settings in the first place. Well done chaps.

Oz government in filter paranoia meltdown



"set up a website containing all the photos from his yearbook so that he and his friends could rank the girls according to their looks"

.... and this is wrong how ?

Halting McKinnon extradition not in our power, says Clegg



That is bullshit Mr Clegg - there is NOTHING within these Isles and its peoples that is outside government control. Otherwise what's the point of having a government ?

Grow a pair.

Dell to release first MID on 7 June


Dell doesn't seem to know about this

Even searching their website for "streak" brings up nothing.

Says it all.

Terence Conran slams 'appalling' Olympic mascots


Huh ?

I thought the mascot was Lisa Simpson.

... or is that the logo

No refunds for ID card pioneers


Oh no

_NOW_ I want one !!!

Oz customs search lappies and mobes for smut


Erm ...

“If you and your partner have filmed or photographed yourselves making love in an exotic destination or even taking a bath, you will be breaking the law.”

Only if the pic is on this lappy mate, otherwise fuck off.

UK's secret surveillance regime 'does not breach human rights'


Open and Free

The policy of "neither confirm nor deny" does not fit well with the concept of an open and free society.

It provides shelter for malfeasance in officialdom.

It provides a hiding place for inconventient truths.

It provides everything that our fathers fought against.

Bad bad bad.

DAB lobby launches radio scrappage scheme


No to dab


It's not public wants driving this, it's not even the broadcasters, it's not technical innovation, it's political.


McKinnon family awaits final, final extradition decision



If I shot a missile from the UK to the US and it landed there and did some damage, would the crime be tried in the UK or the US ?

If it did no damage at all but the US said that the damage value was the cost of installing a new missile detection and defence system, would that be ok then ?

Thought not.

Apple said to order 24 million iPhone 4Gs


24 million

They'll need those 24 million.

Here at work most are on their 3rd 3GS in a year and one guy is on his 6th.

Apple = the Amstrad of the 21st century

Mucky private chat could be illegal soon


Private vs public

Twitter is public.

Blogs are public.

Facebook is public.

IRC etc is private, more akin to a phone conversation in text mode.

I do hope the judge realises this.

Oh, wait ...

Steelie Neelie batters at China's Great Firewall


Huh ?

It's the 21st century and there are still trade barriers, protectionism, etc.


'Completely useless' Windows 3.1 hits Google's Android



"dawn of PC computing" I think you need to go back a further 10 years for that

And anyway you only need MSDOS to run Prince of Persia

Welsh police come down hard on Octopussy porn



"14 charges of making indecent images of children"

images (plural)

so how many images in each charge then ?

Google: Street View spycars did slurp your Wi-Fi


And the rest please ...

1. Why am I not surprised

2. What else are they collecting that they haven't admitted to, oops I mean mistakenly collecting

Boffins demo one-molecule DNA 'walker' nano-bot


Oh ...

"nanobots would be able to attach to cells, tell if they were malignant, and if so kill them"

Milspec version --> "nanobots would be able to attach to cells and kill them"

ConLibs to outlaw kiddyprinting without permission



How come swipe/pin cards are ok for our actual money but for a library book they need fingerprints ?


@ NT

ok mate publish your "hash of essential data points" on the internet, since you have nothing to fear

BT preps games-on-demand online service



Since BT have just restricted my bandwidth for "excessive usage" how do I get this in as well ?

City Police still using Terror Act to bother photographers



"taking photographs on private property is not a matter for the police"


If your standing on private property it's a matter for the property owner.

If you're not then it's ONLY a police matter if a S44 in in force or other e,g, MOD property

End of


@ Ac 12th May 2010 10:53 GMT "Confusion"

I don't plaster it all over the internet on an extremely high-profile website.

Google does.



@ dave 54 Pff

First they came for the photographers


After 7/7

If you remember, after 7/7 the police actually pleaded with anyone who could to send in photos taken that day and the days before. They had tourists sending in pics from Canada, Japan, etc.

Of course this can not happen again in the future since taking pics in London is illegal.

Which actually helps the terrorists.

Apple locks resellers out of iPad sales



They recently delayed the Europe launch due to "stock shortage" then a few days ago announced their 1 millionth sale.

Some shortage there, then.


iPad users are young, rich geeks


Use ?

What do people actually use an iPad for ?

I mean, that can't be done better and cheaper by something else.

If it's not much, then this is a fashion accessory.

Voting chaos in not-fit-for-purpose electoral system



"Labour, on 28.7 per cent have 232 seats - and Lib Dems, on 22.8 per cent, have 50 seats"

This can not be fair in anybody's election.

We are not Zimbabwe.

Labour manifesto changes a byte bit



Gotta love those politicians - describing 2Mbps as "superfast"

Sharing bank PINs leaves consumers at risk


Read this then


Researchers spy on BitTorrent users in real-time



Can we use that term yet ?

The Mandybill is not law yet.

Better keep to "unlawful" for now please.


Paid for

So, can they tell whether the download is paid for or not ?

And if not it can still be legal e.g. Virb

Does their research assume that all bit torrent traffic is illegal.

Where is this heading ?

LGA and Socitm call for open election data



Oh are they having local elections on May 6th as well.

You learn something every day.

Should you own your own data?


Throw them out

Indeed, the new industry of selling personal information is the new 21st century version of when the first money lender lent his first money, way back then.

It was immoral then and it's immoral now.

Throw them out.

"Information should be neither bought nor sold"


Stick a fork in floppies - they're done


Burroughs 3.6

Seems to have missed out the Burroughs 3.6Mb 8" floppies.

Used on a B90 they came in a clear plastic sleeve that you inserted

into the drive, then pulled out leaving the disk in there. Happy days.

UK data watchdog to quiz Google on Streetview Wi-Fi database



and what happened to personal privacy in that little scenario then ?