* Posts by Grumpy Developer

8 publicly visible posts • joined 11 Oct 2009

UK citizens will have to pay government to spy on them

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Canute is *almost* the word that springs to mind when I think about Theresa May.

Nippy, palaver and cockwomble: Greatest words in English?

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Re: More words

Testiculate - to talk bollocks whilst flailing one's arms.

Apple plans to waggle iNormous 4½-incher in fanbois' faces

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Re: How about two sizes?


Judge to Apple: You WILL tell Samsung what you got from HTC

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Re: Good news

Gliding majestically over the frozen wastes of Hell.

BT, Scotland Yard form copper theft crackdown supersquad

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Maybe it's irony?

Westminster politicos told to grasp Vista nettle

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Learning new Operating Systems

As someone who has 'upgraded' from XP to Windows 7 on the little ladies laptop and XP to Ubuntu on our desktop I can tell you that it was much easier moving to Ubuntu than to W7. I can't find a damned thing in W7 whereas I found things pretty easy to get to in XP.

After a couple of weeks of W7 frustration, I was asked to put Ubuntu on the laptop too - and she is much happier now. I think that getting the old fogies to learn Linux would be cheaper than trying to teach them W7. Just my personal opinion...

BAE cops to arms-deal violation, pays $400m US fine

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Partly right...

I don't think that fining a corporation for this sort of behaviour has any deterrent effect. They are only fined a tiny proportion of their turnover, and then only if they are caught. The risk/reward balance seems to favour the briber rather than the honest business. The only way I see things being cleaned up is if those responsible for the decision - managers/directors - are made personally responsible and can face some serious jail time if they are found to have broken the law. Grenade 'cos it is BAE...

Phorm takes a bullet for the advertising industry

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Big Brother

I for one would like to thank Phorm

Before I read about Phorm on El Reg many moons ago, I had no idea what a bunch of unprincipled vermin most of those in the advertising industry were and what lengths they will go to just to make a few quid.

Phorm have poisoned the 'Behavioral' or 'Interest Based' advertising well for everyone. Now that I am aware of the lengths that these companies will go to, and the amount of information that these companies keep on us, I use many counter-measures to try to ensure that *no* advertising company has *any* information about me at all.

Phorm have managed to convert me from someone who was indifferent to advertisers to someone who regards them all with nothing but contempt - with very few exceptions, every advert I see now has a strongly negative effect on my feelings towards that brand.

It seems that the Phorm Phiasco has had a similar effect on a number of other people and hopefully as a result legislation will be introduced both here and across the pond to ensure that users can only be tracked with their express permission. One day I hope that we will look back at Kent's antics and thank him for creating a true privacy revolution - just not the sort he envisaged.

Can we have a 'B Ark' icon, please?