* Posts by Purlieu

440 publicly visible posts • joined 21 Apr 2011


Universal Music mulls 'all you can eat' buffet of song downloads



You never did own it, only a "licence" to play it, and then in restricted circumstances.

Zaphod Beeblebrox style third arm cyborg prosthesis unveiled


Re: In case you missed the adverts

Good job I already have this on cassette recorded at the time

Apple granted patent for two-faced iPhone with wraparound touchscreen


You heard it here first

iMirror so that you can read the back screen while looking at the front.

(display on back screen would be, erm, mirrored to enable this)

Cheque to the usual please

London calling: Date set for launch of capital's very own domain name



Albert Halls .... sheesh any fule kno that.........

'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code



They are going to teach them HTML, I see now the difference between "coding" and "programming"

CERN outlines plan for new 100km circumference supercollider



To everything there is a season

Cern Cern Cern


Stephen Fry rewrites computer history again: This time it's serious



Since I was around at the time, the story I have understood for the last 30 or so years is, IBM preferred Digital Research's DRDOS to Microsoft's MSDOS, but when they came calling on Gary, he was up in a plane, and radioed down that he'd get back to then sometime. IBM went away. To Microsoft.

MANIC MINERS: Ten Bitcoin generating machines


Legal ?

Bitcoin mining looks to me a lot like theft or fraud. Is it not similar to repeatedly appearing at a bank teller and asking if this is the right account number if so can I have $400 ?

How come it's even legal ?

Apple’s Mac turns 30: How Steve Jobs’ baby took its first steps


Re: Floppy Eject

Surely that would definitely imply "delete everything on this floppy" ?

Chrome lets websites secretly record you?! Google says no, but...



I have to use Chrome at work, all the others are blocked, no really.

I use FF at home


Street View

It's not like this sort of thing never happened before, eh

Walking while texting can – OUCH! – end badly, say boffins


Think of the children

How many times do you see a mother with a few kids running about crossing a road while staring into a phone or endlessly speaking into one


Re: re: you're going to draw up rules on the use of devices while operating machinery

The study was titled “Texting and Walking: Strategies for Postural Control and Implications for Safety” so I'm hoping that the pilot is using the onboard equipment rather than walking up and down the aisle trying to do it from an iPhone


re: you're going to draw up rules on the use of devices while operating machinery

Rule 1. Don't

MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY


Re: Actually old boy,

Born in 1743 so British, mwerr

Good news: 'password' is no longer the #1 sesame opener, now it's '123456'


The truth is out there

TRUSTNO1 is Fox Mulder's password, any fule kno

Macbook webcams CAN spy on you - and you simply CAN'T TELL



who's surprised ?

Kiwi inventor's court win rains on Apple's parade



Apple is the company that sued podium.com because it "conflicted" with iPod

Microsoft isn't much better e.g. Lindows

Now off to Asda for some tights

On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns


At last a use for the Raspberry Pi

As a guidance computer heat/image seeking on the mini-RPG

Amazon floats 'Prime Air' drone delivery plan


Dear Amazon

I was quietly and happily planting escallonias in my garden, when one of your drones came overhead. It was making a sort of spluttering sound, then it simply fell from the sky. Unfortunately it landed right on my head, causing actual injury. After leaving hospital today, I have instructed my lawyers to pursue Amazon for compensation in the sum of $10,000,000 since I am now heavily traumatised by the incident, and I dare not even venture outside. Thankyou.

'MacGyver' geezer makes 'SHOTGUN, GRENADE' from airport shop tat



When we had a shoe bomber we all had to take our shoes off.

Then we had the underpants bomber and .... nothing


Re: Coming up next on Mythbusters....

actually mentos and coke would make quite a "splash"

Boffins baffled after Sun fails to fry satellites


So it's time to

gather all the plutonium together into a block the size of manhatten

LG: You can stop hiding from your scary SPY TELLY quite soon now


Re: "unwittingly accepted some T&Cs"

Unwittingly "accepted" T&Cs are not actually _accepted_


Win 98

Reminds me of Win 98 (or was it 95) anyway it scoured your comp and sent the details back to Microsoft. When they got found out, MS put in a patch where you could tick a box to say you didn't want your details sent back to them. Guess what, it still sent your details.


Dark HEAVY METAL star fires up jets, vomits hot ROCK into space



what's "nickle" ?

Apple kicks iStuff-sniffer out of App Store


Apple's responsibility

Surely it is the responsibility of Apple to prevent scraping of their own website if they don't want it.

Preventing a third party from doing it does not make their problem go away.

In fact it highlights it.


Nice job, technology. Now we have to work FIVE TIMES HARDER


Re: Further confirmation that things are progressing nicely....

this is sarcasm, yes ?

Wanna be Zuckerberg's neighbor? Tough luck, he bought the block for $30m



Zuck's not so clever. For a start he doesn't employ me.

Hundreds of hackers sought for new £500m UK cyber-bomber strike force


what is a "cyber weapon" ?

NSA in new SHOCK 'can see public data' SCANDAL!


Well, I fin’ly started thinkin’ straight

When I run outa things to investigate

Couldn’t imagine doin’ anything else

So now I’m sittin’ home investigatin’ myself!

Hope I don’t find out anything . . .

Bob Dylan - John Birch Society Blues

Revolting peasants force Wikipedia to cut'n'paste Visual Editor into the bin


Wikipedia is currently stating that "It is now September 24, 2013 (UTC) "

Highways Agency tracks Brits' every move by their mobes: THE TRUTH


I always have my phone switched off while driving, that avoids any temptation to answer it if it rings. I know that I am not so important that I have to be reachable at all times, unlike 99% of everybody under my age.

400 million Chinese people can't speak Chinese: Official


Re: No wonder

"tough (as staff)"

as "stuff" surely?

not if you're from Surrey

Enterprise storage: A history of paper, rust and flash silicon


Re: Storage Desnity...

NAND flash is initialised to all FF's so the more data you put into it the lighter it gets (electrons here)

Battery-free e-ink screen grabs screenshots from smartphones



So you can take screenshots off passers-by, does GCHQ know about this.

Why not use your actual smartphone to steal screenshots from passers-by.

I suppose there's already an "app" for that.

UK mulls ban on tiny mobiles to block prison smugglers


They don't need to smuggle chargers only charged-up batteries.

My phone lasts 3 weeks on one charge (not all phones are iPhones/clones)


What has it got to do with

SOCA ? Since when was selling/buying a small mobile phone a serious organised crime.

SMMT ? They only resemble key fobs, auto makers don't make them. Doh, doh and thrice doh.

Mystery of Guardian mobos and graphics cards which 'held Snowden files'


Unpowered RAM data

How do you get it out without, umm, applying power

British spooks seize tech from Snowden journo's boyfriend at airport



What kind of idiot stores 'that' kind of data on something you take through an airport ?

It's what the Cloud was invented for, oh and don't have live links to it on your laptop etc.

Schoolboy error.

Screw you, Brits, says Google: We are ABOVE UK privacy law


Google search test

Try a google search on something a bit 'iffy' (with safe search off).

Now do the same in Bing.

Notice any difference ?

Why is this ?

'First' 3D-printed rifle's barrel splits after single shot


Re: One up the spout!


this gets better

Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine


Walk Thru

Do they still have McD walk thru's in London, they certainly did in the 90's

JPL wants to fire a laser at MARS!



Well a laser firing outwards from Mars certainly simplifies navigation for the incoming ... oops ....

Mastercard and Visa block payments to Swedish VPN firms


So let me get this straight, MC and Visa ban payments for some VPN services, but their own transactions/data/comms/etc needs security so goes via VPN's ...


Re: Cash is king

ever heard of a top-up visa ?

Modern-day Frankenstein invents CURE for BEHEADING



A whole new meaning to ... giving head

Bolivian president's jet grounded so officials can look for Snowden


Officials ?

Who are / what were these "officials" ?

Apple launches global 'iWatch' trademark blitz


The first day of summer is June 1st not the solstice, and has been since 1780-ish please keep up

Magpie Apple plunders the competition for cosmetics, as egos run wild


Don't get excited

It's an Apple product

Equals tomorrows fish'n'chip paper