* Posts by fLaMePrOoF

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Chilean clock-cooking could cause computer chaos

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FAIL

Not surprising really...

From a country which circulated a 50 peso coin with it's name spelled 'CHIIE' and it was TWO YEARS before anyone spotted the error...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/adanisherrorcollector/4352168452/

They may as well have spelled it 'FAIIL'

A glimpse at Amazon's app store

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FAIL

Amazon fail...

"while assuring new customers that Amazon is the only store they'll ever need."

...That is unless you want to gift someone some music, in which case you'll have to go elsewhere, wonder if they'll make the same blunder with apps...

Make streaming a felony: Obama

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Flame

The title is required, and must contain stuff...

So, Obama has turned out to be just anothert facist wanker who would ligislate against thought crimes if he could.

Roll on the fall of our current 'civilisation'

IT grad claims £5m for crap degree

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FAIL

The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

"The decision leaves Wogu with the bill for the university's legal fees"

Thus demonstrating that he really isn't the sharpest tool in the box.

(A tool none the less)

Sony tweets 'secret' key at heart of PS3 jailbreak case

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FAIL

Surely...

Sony have just sank their OWN battleship?

Now that they have themselves broadcast the key into the public domain, ALL of their legal challenges fall down?!

Court orders seizure of PS3 hacker's computers

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Go

Obligatory title

LoL, Google had better watch out - maybe they will be next in line to be ordered to 'hand over all of their computers' for freely distributing this information against DMCA restrictions!

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Unhappy

Yep...

Sadly true

The DMCA is an evil and despicable peice of legislation.

Couple crash into church, curse satnav

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Flame

The probloem is not sat-nav, or even stupidity...

The problem here is revealed in this one statement...

"The 76-year-old driver"

While our motor ways are full of BMW / Audi driving knob heads (it is possible to be one and not the other but if the cap fits...) our urban roads are full of completely incompetent elderly drivers who should no longer be allowed behind the wheel!

Flashy fists fly as OCZ and DDRdrive row over SSD performance

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FAIL

DDRDrive FAIL

$2k for an 8GB drive, WTF?!

Google battles Derby cops over access to Street View data

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Good for Google...

For sticking to their guns on this one, the UK is aleady half way to being a police state and it's exactly these kind of checks and balances which must be protected from errosion at all costs!

MPs shocked at Taser supplier overlap

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Flame

Will they EVER learn..?

Hasn't the MPs expenses scandal taught our government and authorities anything?!!!

This STINKS to high heaven; it is not enough for those in authority to claim "we are acting withing the rules" when it is blatantly obvious that they are working completely AGAINST the SPIRIT of the rules!!!

It's rather early in a a new westminster administration to be hearing about 'sleaze' of this sort, if the coalition holds together, God help us in five years time!

Air Force blocks access to sites that covered WikiLeaks

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FAIL

What are you?

A fucking fingerman?

I bet nothing goes unreported in your street.

Berners-Lee: Facebook 'threatens' web future

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FAIL

Do the math...

"Tens of millions"? Out or 500 million..?

Tens of thousands maybe...

Given the standard distribution curve for IQ scores and overall demographic of Facebook users; (yes, there are very distinct 'types' who use Facebook), you certainly wouldn't have to be a genious...

Google accused of hard-coding own links in search

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Flame

The flaw in your argument...

Is that there IS another resteraunt down the street, but in Googles case there itn's another one for miles...

Google has a monopoly on search, fair play to them, but with great power comes great responsibility; this is an inti-trust issue specifically because of this monopoly, together with the fact that Google has been lying about it's practices for years.

Wales loses 'dot-cum' domain to tax haven

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Coat

How about...

.bah

Ryanair wins ihateryanair.co.uk because of £322 ad revenue

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Boffin

Defence team dropped the ball...

Surely this amount of revenue could be entirely off-set against resonable running costs for the site; hosting and the developers time & effort?

The rules state that it's not permissable to profit from another's trade mark, but even a nominal amount of effort and cheap hosting for such a long running site would more than account for this small figure.

It looks like the owner defended himself..? I wonder if there's any sort of appeal because this argument shoould be tested.

High-speed asteroid pile-up prompts X-File

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Headmaster

Semantics...

David Jewitt, of the University of California in Los Angeles, said: "We expected the debris field to expand dramatically, like shrapnel flying from a hand grenade. But what happened was quite the opposite. We found that the object is expanding very, very slowly."

Er... Wouldn't 'quite the opposite' involve the object rapidly collapsing in on it's self, possibly resulting in a micro singularity?

TSK!

Much of recent global warming actually caused by Sun

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Stop

Poppycock...

"Haigh thinks, however, that while recent temperature rises may well have been down to the Sun as much as anything humanity has done, over long periods of time solar warming probably has little effect on the Earth's temperature one way or the other, as solar activity cycles up and down regularly."

I'm afraid "Haigh thinks" just doesn't cut it; data from many sources shows that the Sun doesn't just 'cycle up and down regularly', but that in addition to a fairly regular cycle it can and does swing to great extremes, causing for example the 'mini ice age' of the middle ages and equaly extreme hot periods.

Furthermore, it has also been shown that the suns heating effect on the oceans and resulting changes in oceanic CO2 is displaced by several hundred years as such a vast heat sink takes so long to heat and cool, so the increase in oceanic CO2 today is the result of a heating period 300-400 years ago.

The problem with all of these climate studies is that everyone thinks they have the golden goose and anyone reading the rresults with an agenda just picks the bits from here and there which tend to agree with their oparticular bias.

It's about time ALL of the studies and ALL areas were brought together and the results STRICTLY interpreted within a full and complete context, something which sadly, (even in the dear old Reg), has yet to happen.

Good clowns battle evil at the 'Carnival of Screams'

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Joke

Is it hereditary?

" Brenner explained: 'It's very unfair to portray us as evil. I have always been a clown, I have grown up around clowns, my father and my grandfather were clowns and we are not evil.' "

I suppose it's not so bad when clownism runs in the family as in this case, but imagine the shock of normal parents when the recessive gene emerges and their child is born a clown?!

Mozilla Labs dreams of projected keyboard phone

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Boffin

What's new?

OK, fitting a micro projector, laser keyboard and a decent amount of processing power into a moble phone form factor would be 'future' in terms of scale, but all of the technology is already there, nothing new here...

http://www.google.co.uk/images?hl=en&q=laser+keyboard&wrapid=tlif12854931144712&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=ghGfTMnBG8TKswa1n5jmDg&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=6&ved=0CEQQsAQwBQ&biw=1259&bih=633

Apple in 873-page legal claim to word 'Pod'

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FAIL

Steve Jobs...

What a complete twat.

Trident delay by the Coalition: Cunning plan, or bad idea?

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Go

Make that the oppinion of two...

I agree 100% with this analysis.

Robots capable of 'deceiving humans' built by crazed boffins

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Headmaster

"Capacity for deception"?

Call it a semantic argument if you like, but robots cannot have any capacity for deception, only the person programming the robot has such a capacity - the robot will always faithfully carry out it's programing.

'Larry and Sergey's HTML5 balls drained my resources'

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FAIL

Bollocks

I've tested the Google Balls Doodle with 3 PC's, Windows XP / Vista / 7, and IE7 / IE8 and Firefox and the doodle never uses more than around 20% system resources, (and you have to play with your balls pretty hard to get the numbers up that high).

Basically this story is exactly that; a load of balls.

Boffins baffled by mysterious Martian crater

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WTF?

They have to be kidding?

"However, the most likely explanation is that it was made in an oblique impact, when a small body struck the surface at a very shallow angle, perhaps less than five degrees from the horizontal"

Who the F*** are they trying to kid? Just look at the skale of this thing! The crater walls are almost 2 kilometers high for goodness sake! SMALL BODY?!!!

If this is an impact crater then it means Mars was at some point hit by a bloody MASSIVE object, something maybe 50-100 Kilometers wide...

A similar impact on Earth would distroy a large proportion of the atmosphere and wipe out te vast majority of life eventually turning our planet into a lifeless rock like Mars... Hmm.. maybe they just don't want to cause a panic..?

Galaxy S firmware update invalidates Voda warranties

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Grenade

Missing the point...

In most cases a manufacturers or resellers warranty offers the consumer LESS protection than they ALREADY HAVE under the Sale of Goods Act...

While taking advantage of a warranty may be a convenient way to resolve an issue if you meet the conditions, under consumer law it is the retailers (in this case Voda) responsibility to ensure that the item is free of any pre existing defect (excepting normal 'wear and tear') for a period of SIX YEARS (Five years in Scotland).

As electronic devices don't generally have any parts which would be expected to 'wear out' under normal conditions this generally means that a consumer can get a repair / refund / replacement if the device fails within 6 years of it's purchase by approaching the seller / distributor with a claim under the Sale of Goods Act.

Unfortunately, although all big companies are well aware of these laws, they will invariably refuse the initial claim and will often not fulfil their obligation until they are faced with the threat or reality of court action, thankfully County Court online has made it possible for anyone to easily take such action for a fee of £25 (which can be included in the claim and recovered from the party at fault).

For a retailer to claim 'wear and tear' on a failed electronic device is almost impossible; they may for example claim that EPROM or other memory components have a limited number of flash cycles (if they are the cause of a failure) but they would have to show that this failure should have been reasonably expected by the user, and since product information doesn't tend to state that your new flashy phone may last less than 6 years as the memory chips will fail or the AMOLED screen will fade, such a defence would not be accepted.

Even in the case of items which are subject to wear, (e.g. home appliances), the consumer can often win full recompense or at the least a partial settlement proportionate to the age / usage of the item in question.

In all of this, however, the thing to remember is that the manufacturer is not the party to claim against, (unless it was bought directly from them), it's the retailer / distributor with whom you have your contract of sale.

Most of the information needed can be found in this guide:-

www.bis.gov.uk/files/file25486.pdf

BT Tower to open for first time in 29 years

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FAIL

You can't register on the site...

It says details will be made available online of the email address to enter the ballot, however, the details are also in the guid, whick although they are attempting to charge £3.50 to download, is hosted on a public URL here:-

http://www.open-city.org.uk/shop/downloadfiles/OpenHouseLondon2010.pdf

What's the difference between an iPod and an iPood?

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Joke

Perhaps...

Apple should have bought into iPood instead of demanding the name change, it might have helped them get their shit together!

Nokia snaffles user data on the down-low

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Paris Hilton

Title...

"Nokia has long sought a direct relationship with its customers, and this is one more way to attain just that."

While Nokia has every right to try to woo prospective *willing* 'partners' by offering them stuff etc., this strategy is more like a taxi driver keeping the car doors locked at the end of the journey until his pretty young fare agrees to agree to TOS him, (that is, accept is 'terms of service')...

Paris, because she's inspired many a TOS

Whitehall invites broadband subsidy goldrush

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FAIL

Complete...

"Vaizey gave the latest line last week: "Superfast broadband means broadband of sufficient speed and quality to deliver the services that will lead to Britain having the best broadband network in Europe.""

What complete and utter BOLLOCKS.

Another ignorant twat takes the helm =O/

Son of Transputer powers new Amiga box

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Troll

Is it just me...

Or does Trevor Dickinson look disturbingly like Nick Griffin?

Government says axing Becta will save £10m

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Quite agree...

Becta was a disgracefull love in between a few public sector fat cats, RM and Dell which created a massive and deeply immoral monopoly around education IT spending.

All it served to do was line the pockets of a few companies and individuals, while putting a strangle hold on inovation and developmemnt of IT in schools.

It should be akgnowleged, however, that this dod not begin with Becta, but was a legacy inherited from the previous Tory government which engaged in masses of back room deals for public sector spending.

GOOD RIDANCE!!!

Steve Irwin surveillance-crocodiles travel across oceans

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facts...

"Famous crocmeister Irwin, who died after being poisoned by a stingray in 2006"

1. Stingrays are not venemous

2. Steve Irwin was impailed on it's 'spike' which pierced his heart killing him almost instantly

Stephen Fry's truly terrible mistake

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Dead Vulture

I'm DEEPLY dissapointed...

That you think it in any way informative or appropriate to turn your issues with the the DAB platform into a scathing personal attack on Stephen Fry...

He's an actor and voice-over work is part of his stock and trade, which is certainly less distasteful than pompous oppinionated gutter journalism, (yes you have managed to drag a serious and important debate about DAB into the gutter with this 'article'). Why the hell does a voice over have to be considered an endorsement? Have you checked that every peice of work you've referenced was actually done by him? If a company wants his voice they'll get it anyway either from him or a sound-alike.

He's never claimed to be a 'tech savy' comentator, but rather confessed quite openly and bravely to being a bi-polar gadget addicted shop-a-holic who compulsively buys more technology than he has need or use for.

Shame on you for this garbage, SHAME.

Halting McKinnon extradition not in our power, says Clegg

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Boffin

Please get the facts right about autism...

"He has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a mild form of autism."

I'm getting a little fed up with hearing and reading that Asberger's is a 'mild form of autism', this is a massive over simplification which is quite incorrect and entirely unhelpful to Mr McKinnon or other Asberger's sufferers...

While Asberger's can indeed be 'mild', (as can any form of autism), it is a multi-spectrum disorder, meaning the various symptoms of an individual sufferer can be placed in differing points on a spectrum of severity.

In the case of Asbergers, the symptoms are limited to a narrow sub-set of typical autistic behaviours generally relating to social awareness, meaning that while sufferers often appear to be quite 'normal', (for want of a better word), on many levels, they will still have mild to severe difficulties in less visible areas.

For this the condition is not always diagnosed, and certainly wouldn't have been 20+ years ago when it was not even recognised.

Captain Cyborg sidekick implants virus-infected chip

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My constructive input...

What a wanker.

O2 limits unlimited broadband packages

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Flame

Title...

Never mind Ofcom's pathetic 'code of practice', it's about time Trading Standards brought consumer legislation such as the trade descriptions act to bear on Broadband providers in order to restrict what they can hide in FUP's and stop them using terms like 'unlimited' in misleading and unethical and illegal ways!

Dell to release first MID on 7 June

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Stop

Full circle..

Is there something new here? We had PDAs and mobile phones, then the two merged into smart phones and the PDA market all but dissapeared...

Now, however, people again seem to want mobile devices which are NOT phones, (at least Apple would have us think so), so we're back to PDA's, except they're now called MID's because the use cases and platforms are narrower, (i.e. they actually do LESS), although some of them will have 3G and eventually 4G connectivity - but they're NOT phones...

I for one am fed up with being told what I want and need by an industry constantly struggling and failing to re-invent their markets.

PC World gets almost-exclusive iPad deal

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Stop

Much ado about nothing..

IMO, but then I'm a confirmed Apple shunboi

Second biggest WiMAX network switches to LTE

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Grenade

I disagree...

Another UScentric view being questionably applied on an iternational scale, (I suppose this is part of the very definition of 'UScentric' so we shouldn't be surprised!)

Although LTE could well get the larger share of the global cake, there are many significant WiMAX networks already in place (e.g. Dubai rail / retail network) and even larger scale networks planned for the near future (e.g. the whole of the Irish Republic) which will, imo, ensure that WiMAX, (for good or ill), remains firmly entrenched in many significant, (if not to the US, at least to the millions of people who live there), regions.

Mass Effect movie deal done

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Go

Optimistic...

Out of all the games I've played Mass Effect has struck me as one with the most potential for a movie franchise (with the possible exception of Vampire the Masquarade: Bloodlines).

Looking forward to seeign what 300 Studio can do with this.

Oz customs search lappies and mobes for smut

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Grenade

Erm...

Don't you mean before the Brits arrived...

FOSS vendors lick chops over ConLib IT plans

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Title...

"It spoke about creating a more “level playing field” for open source technology in government, and the Tories promised something very similar in their manifesto. They also said they would open up the British government’s IT contracts to small and medium-sized businesses by dividing large technology projects into smaller chunks!"

I don't see and similarity between these two policies at all, (or the need for an exclamation mark?!), quite the contrary...

In terms of open source, this will largely mean the adoption of open office or Google Docs, neither of which can be considered opening the door to small - medium size businesses. If gov departments switch to such cloud services, they need to realise that they are effectively inviting mountain view or Sun in to provide a managed service which is unlikely to reduce overall costs, and certainly doesn't break the monopolies that big buiseness have in public service delivery.

Trident, nuke energy looking poorly under LibCons

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Unhappy

We've been decieved about the motivation for new nuclear power stations...

Over the election campaign, nobody mentioned the link between Labour and the Torie's policy on nuclear power and that of the Trident replacement...

Without the former, the latter would be considerably more expensive as we would have to shop abroad for fissionable nuclear matterials and overcome considerable international restrictions, so just as our first nuclear programe was rushed ahead under Churchill so that we could join the US as a nuclear military power, so the new proposed programe has widespread support by parties who want to replace trident.

Most of the other reasons given about carbon targets / renewables etc. are actually secondary for Labour and the Tories, they just want their bombs.

EA imposes used games tax

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Stop

Simples...

Don't buy second hand software (including games) unless any necesary license keys are included, in many cases this is the actual 'product' anyway, not the media...

Most people wouldn't dream of buying an official second hand copy of Windows or Office without a license key, why should games be any different?

Bill Gates chucks cash at climate cooling cloud creator

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Go

It's about time...

Somebody started exploring real practical solutions to global warming rather than fannying around with carbon emissions policies which are nothing more than ecconomic / limited resource preservation trojan horses.

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