* Posts by El Presidente

451 publicly visible posts • joined 19 Apr 2011


The Grandmaster: Epic, heart-melting, oh and there's lots of kung fu

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Released .... 2013 ...


Only 1 year late. 1 .. year.

UK.gov rushes out broken 'Orphan Works' system as EU Directive comes in

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A rough-shod coach and 4

Driven through at speed despite 'consultation' and against best advice of most of the industry it will (adversely) affect. I'm glad to see it's crash landed in a pile of farce.

John Cleese said the IT industry hate copyright but love patents and he's right.

Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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Re: In other words, Auntie doesn't like Aussies

"iPlayer downloads can only be played in the place they were downloaded to, and are time limited."


Ferraris, Zondas and ... er, a bike with a 500hp V10 under the saddle

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Hello? Is That Morgan?

I'd like for you to build me a special car with an iPad in the dashboard, please.

Oh, and an ironing board. Yes, that's correct. An ironing board.

Hello? Hello?

Google has spaffed more cash on lobbying this year than Big Cable

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Re: The only thing more staggering...

Mark Thomas has it right, politicians ought to have name badges of the companies they are involved with sewn onto their jackets so when they stand up to speak we can see who they are speaking on behalf of.

REVEALED: The sites blocked by Great Firewall of Iraq

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Re: God is great and Frank Herbert is his prophet.

Disputed area, perpetual war.

Pull up the drawbridge, let them get on with it.

Top 10 tech essentials for the festival season

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Re: 24 pack of stella

"What do you do on the second day?"

Wander round looking for his lost wad of cash after passing out after 8 cans of pish.

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Re: Tents

Vango force 10? Great tent. Until you have to de-snow it and carry it down off Blencathra in a sodden Karrimor rucksack, wearking a smock.

In February, in the dark, with an owl etc..

However good old school stuff was I much prefer new lightweight kit.

I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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Zombie Thread!

Kill it!

Canon offers a cloud just for still photos, not anything else. Weird

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Image sucking, rights grabbing nonsense.

I expect this 'cool service' will be baked in to the firmware of the first Canon bodies to feature 4G

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Re: Free Storage.

32GB thumb drive? Half a day and it's full.

How to strip pesky copyright watermarks from photos ... says a FACEBOOK photo bod

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Shame on Nifty

For exhibiting complete ignorance.

OnePlus One equals 'killer' new mobe running CyanogenMod

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Ok I signed up and I've smashed my phone ...

Please, tell me it's a genuine offer.

I has dollar ....

Boss of Russia's Facebook says Putin cronies have taken over his company

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Re: Second Richest.

Gangster State.

Don't worry, they have a tradition of turning over their ex-presidents.

There'll be another stooge along in a while.

Internet is a tool of Satan that destroys belief, study claims

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So access to information

Banishes superstition?


Next up, pope seen squatting in the woods ...

Roll up, roll up for the Reg Readers' Ball

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"Commentards don't HAVE balls"

Plenty of nuts though........

Terrifying photo special: 'Electric Cannon' anal orgasmo-probe in use ... on a BULL

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Anyone Else

Skip from page one to page 5 without the bits in the middle?

Another U.S. state set to repeal rubber duck ban

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I am pleased

That having sorted out all of their other significant problems, various departments of the US administration have finally arrived at a sensible outcome in the war on plastic duck racing. That said, I wouldn't be at all surprised if, on race day, some power crazed deputy came out blastin' like Yosemite Sam.

John McAfee declares war on Android

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Big Brother

Permission Remover?

Can't believe no one has mentioned the excellent Permission Remover app.

It's surprising how many apps function perfectly well (for the end user) when so called essential permissions are removed.

Shambolic search for new head of EU privacy watchdog halted

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European Data Protection Supervisor?

Edward Snowden and Julian Asange™ Ought to jobshare.

Silk Road 2.0 busted! At least two arrests as federal crackdown begins

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The sooner Our Generation grow the feck up and decriminalise the better.

All the 'soldiers' in the retarded 'war on drugs' are wasting more of our taxes in their unwinnable 'war' than 'benefit scroungers' 'tax evaders' 'immigrants' and expenses troughing members of parliament combined.

70 years of 'war' and nothing to show for it but repetitive crap headlines and middle class hypocrisy.

#Team Nigella

World+dog: Network level filters block LEGIT sex ed sites. Ofcom: Meh

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Wot they said ^^^^

"Only one website has provided continuing drip drip of misery, harassment and nastiness: Facebook. When will that social hate site be blocked?"


"This cuntry and its vile moral control freak minority make me sick."

Polite round of applause. I despair.

Why is government so inept as to choose the wrong option almost every time?

Analogue radio will CONTINUE in Blighty as Minister of Fun dodges D-Day death sentence

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We used to call it Bird FM

Coming home after a few days on the lash, still vibrating from the music and ... Bird FM.

Even in a dingy flat in an inner city .. close your eyes, pop your cans on and you have a garden.

Ought to be the flagship test station for DAB

Teary-eyed snappers recall the golden age of film

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Film could quickly become an expensive PITA

Not much fun getting a bad batch of stock in the studio, getting a pink caste on the results and having to redo the whole thing. The expense! The delays. Digital has revolutionised photography for the better in many ways.

Universal Credit: £40 MILLION and counting's been spaffed up the wall on useless IT gear

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Forty million? Triple it and you're getting close.

Traditionally, £40,000,000 is Governmentspeak for £120,000,000.

I see no reason why in the case of IDS the above will be any different.

And he'll still get a Lordship.

One-minute Koch-blocking earns attacker two years, massive fine

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Re: The costs sound excessive to me

Headline sentencing, American style.

Se also 1000 year sentences.

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Re: How much free speech can you afford?

@ Shannon Jacobs

"I think they are worthless scum. They did NOTHING to earn their fortune, and everything they have done to protect and increase their fortune has been on the scale from morally despicable to purely evil."

Don't think you can get into trouble for telling the truth. Have a pint on me.

Judge upholds UK ban on HTC phones, but HTC One gets a pass – for now

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So ... That's Why T-Mobile

Called my Mrs. twice last week to offer her a 'deal' on an HTC One Mini.

Calling Doctor Caroline Langensiepen of Nottingham Trent uni

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A bodacious attempt, it sits well with this commentard.

Doffs cap to Watson's chutzpah !

I would like to know if it was a straightforward story pitch or if he let on to his cunning plan beforehand, though.

Either way, good lad!

Bring Your Own Disks: The Synology DS214 network storage box

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Re: Great bits of kit +1

Powerful, zero faff, solution with a tiny footprint and extremely low running costs.

Confessions of a porn site boss: How the net porn industry flopped

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I Googled German Goo Girls

Kind of wish I hadn't. Cannot un-see.

Mass Effect: Ten lightweight laptops that won’t bust your back

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Nexus 7

And a bluetooth keyboard here. Ditched laptops ages ago.

Google: YouTube fights off HUGE ASCII PHALLUS MENACE

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I stopped reading ..

.. at the word 'gotten' because I was reading a UK website.

I was expecting 'since become'

Telcos can be forced to turn copyright cop, block websites – EU law man

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Re: "... workarounds to such bans are a few clicks away online."

@ Frank Ly "the majority of casual downloaders (in the general public) wouldn't be able to find them easily"

No, they just wait for a court order to force an ISP to announce the name of a newly banned service before using a proxy to access a site which previously they had never heard of. Well played, lawyers, well played.

Snappers attack Google Image problem, demand action from EC officials

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Re: So... Sounds to me like bandwagon jumping

Also, not so much bandwagon jumping as trying to get on and stop the horse and carriage that Google is driving through the laws which previously protected many creative industries on their global mission to "do no evil"

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Re: So... Sounds to me like bandwagon jumping

No, you don't understand the issue because it wasn't explained very well in the article. Photographers are seeing *massive* falloff in site visits. There's no need to visit a photographer's website when Google serves the image up for free.

The caveat on Google images "Images may be subject to copyright" is laughable as 99% of images *are* subject to copyright and Google well knows this.

Google ought to state:

"MOST if not all images *are* subject to copyright and you should contact the image owner to obtain permission if you wish to use the image. Failing to do so *will* leave you open to legal action"

But Google prefers to aid and abet.

Tales from an expert witness: Lasers, guns and singing Santas

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loudspeaker cones from a company that builds Formula 1 cars?

Good article but, as usual, it's missing something.

This time it's a Link to where you can buy loudspeaker cones from a company that builds Formula 1 cars.

6/10 see me after.

POWER SOURCE that might END humanity's PROBLEMS: A step forward

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Fusion & Free Clean Energy For All?

£75 Billion spent on serious research or splurged on possibly knocking 20 minutes off the time it takes to get from Brum to that London.

You've been arrested for computer crime: Here's what happens next

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Re: Remember

"when the courts find that you're case is built on thoughts alone."

The vast majority of cases which reach the court are built on what the defendant has said.

Without the assistance of the defendant, fewer cases would reach court.

Why help the police build a case? Why do their job for them?

It is for the police to build a case, a defendant is foolish if they help them.

Participating in a police interview is crass stupidity on the part of a defendant.

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A suspect is under no obligation to leave a cell to be interviewed.

No interview is much better for a defendant than no comment.

There's no copper giving a highly speculative narrative on tape because there is no tape.

Virgin Media suffers growing pains as Cable Cowboy daddy settles in

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The 'cable cowboy' needs to get the metre eaters out to lay some more ducting in previously unprofitable areas and it really should increase the number of UBRs. Tenfold in some areas.

The more a service provider needs to spend on fault handling and call centre drones is correlated to the performance of the service they provide.

Oil execs, bankers: You'll need this 'bulletproof carbon-nanotube-built' BUSINESS SUIT

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Re: Design flaw ?

Diamond carbon tie, obv.

Gasp! Twitter displays pictures in main feed as IPO looms

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Re: Twitter adification

Also free: Don't use twitter. No plugin required.

edit: No changes, just playing with the new edit button.

edit edit: Thus new featyre shuld weed oit a lot of spolling mutakes.

Reg mobile correspondent Bill Ray hangs up his Vulture hat

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So long and thanks for all the fish, Bill!

I'm sure all commentards will join me in wishing you the best of everything and continued success in whatever you're off to do now.

All cool kids' phones run ALTERNATIVE alternative custom Android ROM

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Focal is a great capera app

And I respect the position the developer took when he pulled it from CM.

It is galling to see what was initially free, crowd sourced, data being packaged for sale when those who gathered the data, made the sale possible through their efforts, receive next to nothing in return when the head honcho gets, say, a villa in Florida out of it. You know who you are.

Twitter sets up BEELLION-DOLLAR credit line ahead of IPO

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One day people will look back at this and laugh.

Murdoch calls for world+dog to 'expose' Google

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Re: Anyway...

@ The FunkeyGibbon

There's no evidence that happened but the suggestion that it did allowed the Graun's agenda to gain traction in the conciousness of the UK populace. The rest, as they say, is history.

Whatever the truth that probable myth is stuck in the public's mind as evidenced by your statement.

Ofcom, it's WAR! Mobe networks fire broadside over 2G spectrum pricing

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Could go 2 ways.

One: Network operators will bite the pillow and pay up.

Two: they will restructure their businesses, writing down billions in corporation tax in and due to the process and they will relocate to Ulan Bator for tax purposes, further diminishing their exposure to corporation tax.

They will also inevitably raise their prices.

Printing the Future: See a few of UK’s 6.2 million 3D-printed ‘things’

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"The early laser printers were unable to match the quality of a printing press"

300dpi was plenty good enough to take a print ready artwork to a printer.

"high quality output became the province not of the people but of a new breed of output bureau (I ran one) With it the economics of print changed, and we’re now at the stage where you don’t need to print your publication on a laser printer and hand-staple it - you get it printed online. Assuming, of course, that you print it at all."

A valid point but remember the first prediction of the death of print? Office paper sales have increased year on year ever since that prediction was first made 20+ years ago.

Wonder if we'll see a jump in technology with 3D printing which will confound the predictions the 'bright new things' are making or will see them proved right.

/prints out deck chair, grabs popcorn.

4 Brits cuffed after shutdown of internet drug shop Silk Road

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Re: Nice one ...

"I can't see any redeeming features for Silk Road, the anonymous Internet marketplace"

Connecting people who want to buy something with people who have that something for sale?

"The world will be a better place without it being available."

The Silk Road isn't available and there has been no discernible change in the 'betterness' of the world.

So you're wrong on both counts.