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Working shotgun built from Lego by 15-year-old

ChiefMonkeyGrinder Legotastic (2 comments)

What a disturbing young man. But still, how cool! Actually, I'm a bit over Lego. Meccano, on the other hand...

more than 4 years ago
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AU Gov't Wants ISPs To Record Web Browsing History

ChiefMonkeyGrinder What is up with Australia? (1 comments)

This is one of the reasons I left.

more than 4 years ago
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Linux system saves London Stock Exchange £10

ChiefMonkeyGrinder 10 million pounds, not £10 (1 comments)

Submitter's note: This headline was supposed to read £10m p.a. (£10 million per year) but it was cropped by Slashdot's character limit. It's funnier this way!

more than 4 years ago
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European Commission Betrays Open Standards

ChiefMonkeyGrinder What a u-turn (2 comments)

Only last month, European IT and telecom ministers endorsed open standards and interoperability in government procurement of IT. Why is 'open' such a dirty word in Brussels.

more than 4 years ago
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Google sends C&D to groggle

ChiefMonkeyGrinder Grog means booze in Australia (1 comments)

The original headline in the Age is the funniest part of this story. "Groggle boggled by Google mean spirits" Google is pretty ruthless in protecting it brand. But has it gone too far?

more than 4 years ago
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Rockstar involved in 'Cash for Comment'?

ChiefMonkeyGrinder Not the first time (1 comments)

The fact that PR put pressure on consumer titles to write positive editorial is an open secret in the publishing industry. I used to work at a magazine where the publishers would tell the editors to make sure the review of so-and-so printer was a good one, or they will pull their ads.

more than 4 years ago
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Is Microsoft About to Declare Patent War on Linux?

ChiefMonkeyGrinder But Windows Phone 7 is rubbish (1 comments)

Hmm, it seems more accurate to say Microsoft is aiming at Google Android and Apple with the iPhone here. Perhaps Microsoft should quite the patent suits and fix Windows Phone 7 copy and paste issue.

more than 4 years ago
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Linux struggles to make a dent in desktop

ChiefMonkeyGrinder Desktop? What about cloud? (2 comments)

Windows is becoming more expensive, but Linux needs better support from hardware vendors to triumph. We've heard all this before. But when software is moving to the cloud or web-based apps anyway, is there any incentive to run desktop software anymore?

more than 4 years ago
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Operation Titstorm Hits the Streets

ChiefMonkeyGrinder Re:Question (458 comments)

I'm Aussie, and I oppose the filter, but I don't think this protest is going to help. Despite being a westernised democracy, the direction the government has taken over Internet censorship has not shocked me. We may become the laughing stock of the Western world with this stance. But we are not alone in looking at censorship - Wikipedia has an interesting map of Internet Censorship around the world - and I think it's only going to get tougher in other countries. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship We are also famous for appointing Richard Alston, who the Register dubbed 'the world's biggest Luddite', as Minister of the Digital Economy. While in office, Alston famously tried to outlaw any online gambling whatsoever for Australian citizens, opposed the rollout of broadband, and wanted to make people legally responsible for anything they put on the net that was deemed not suitable for children (as decided by the police). Anyway, I wrote about this last week - but it didn't make it past firehose. For those that are interested: http://slashdot.org/submission/1169966/Australias-net-censorship-and-Operation-Titstorm?art_pos=7 or direct to the blog: http://www.computerworlduk.com/community/blogs/index.cfm?entryid=2784&blogid=10

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks shuts down site

ChiefMonkeyGrinder Time to donate (2 comments)

I've been inspired to donate. It's a fantastic resource in a time when the media is being increasingly gagged.

more than 4 years ago
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In the UK, Big Brother Recedes and Advances

ChiefMonkeyGrinder Guardian got it wrong (176 comments)

It appears the Guardian has just parsed the legislative process in a strange way to make it look like the Home Office has changed its position when it in fact hasn't.

more than 4 years ago
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How elephants 'talk' to each other through the gro

ChiefMonkeyGrinder Bad link (1 comments)

I clicked on this link and my browser session was hijacked with fake antivirus ads. I had to shut down the browser session and run a scan. Be Careful!

more than 4 years ago

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Amazon: hardware, not hackers, caused outage

ChiefMonkeyGrinder ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ChiefMonkeyGrinder (1459991) writes "Amazon has denied reports that its European sites were brought down by a DoS attack by a hacker group sympathetic to Wikileaks cause. The retailer was a planned target for the attackers, called Anonymous. But Amazon said it was a hardware failure in its European data centre network that caused the half hour outage in Europe."
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I, for one, welcome our new patent overlords

ChiefMonkeyGrinder ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ChiefMonkeyGrinder (1459991) writes "A significant event took place yesterday: potentially the biggest software patent troll of all has finally woken from its slumbers: Today Intellectual Ventures enforced its rights and filed patent infringement complaints in the US District Court of Delaware against companies in the software security; dynamic random access memory (DRAM) and Flash memory; and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) industries. Intellectual Ventures was founded by Microsoft, Intel and a Seattle based lawfim."
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Cloud will create thousands of IT jobs

ChiefMonkeyGrinder ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ChiefMonkeyGrinder (1459991) writes "Cloud adoption could help the UK achieve economic benefits of £100.7 billion over the six-year period from 2010 to 2015, according to a study by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). Cloud could also create thousands of new jobs, says CEBR. In the UK, 289,000 jobs are expected to be generated cumulatively over the 2010 to 2015 period, contributing to the more than 2.3 million jobs that are expected to be created across France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. The net annual figure for all five economies is forecast to be 446,000 new jobs."
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Wikileaks Julian Assange arrested in London

ChiefMonkeyGrinder ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ChiefMonkeyGrinder (1459991) writes "The UK Metropolitan Police arrested the 39-year old founder of Wikipedia this morning on the basis of a European Arrest Warrant, as he voluntarily turned himself into a police station. He will appear in Westminster Magistrates’ Court later. Assange is accused by the Swedish authorities of sexually assaulting two women. He has said the charges are wrong and are part of a campaign against him as Wikileaks reveals a raft of confidential government communications."
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SAP’s £820m fine will drive up all IT

ChiefMonkeyGrinder ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ChiefMonkeyGrinder (1459991) writes "The ruling which gave Oracle £820 million in damages from SAP has potentially damaging implications for all enterprise IT customers, and it is in no one's interests for it to stand. Regardless of the rights and wrongs, and SAP clearly admitted it was in the wrong, the award bear no relation to any damage Oracle may have suffered through the actions of the now defunct SAP subsidiary TomorrowNow."
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Will Mark Zuckerberg Prove He's Open Source's BFF?

ChiefMonkeyGrinder ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ChiefMonkeyGrinder (1459991) writes "Facebook Messages integrates with Microsoft Office, but open source has been overlooked. Glyn Moody calls on the open source community to petition Mark Zuckerberg to encourage Facebook to support open formats. "Put bluntly, Mr Zuckerberg owes open source a big 'thank you' — or, rather, 41 billion of them.""
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Man loses $20 million after taking laptop for repa

ChiefMonkeyGrinder ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ChiefMonkeyGrinder (1459991) writes "A New York couple have been charged with defrauding a wealthy musician to the tune of $20 million (£12.3 million) after he innocently visited their computer servicing company to have a virus removed from his laptop. The couple cooked up a bizarre plot involving Opus Dei — the Catholic organisation central to The Da Vinci Code — in order to extort the musician out of money."
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Microsoft admits OpenOffice.org is a contender

ChiefMonkeyGrinder ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ChiefMonkeyGrinder (1459991) writes "Microsoft has unwittingly admitted that OpenOffice.org is a rival, by launching a three-minute video of customers explaining why they switched to Microsoft Office from OpenOffice.org. Glyn Moody writes: "You don't compare a rival's product with your own if it is not comparable. And you don't make this kind of attack video unless you are really, really worried about the growing success of a competitor. [Microsoft] has now clearly announced that OpenOffice.org is a serious rival to Microsoft Office, and should be seriously considered by anyone using the latter.""
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Is Facebook Phonebook exposing private numbers?

ChiefMonkeyGrinder ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes  |  more than 3 years ago

" rel="nofollow">ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes "Facebook Phonebook and Contact Sync has been mired in controversy this week, but noone can seem to agree if it is a privacy threat or not. Charles Arthur in the Guardian claims uploads from iPhones using the Facebook app will push all your contacts into Facebook's servers — where they will be matched against all and everyone. His report is largely based on this blog by Kurt van Moos. Facebook has since responded, printed on Computerworld UK in full, and claims Phonebook is a free service, not a security threat. But people object that the sync is bidirectional and pushes the phone numbers onto Facebook. Is this a privacy threat? What do you think?"
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The EU wants your thoughts on net neutrality

ChiefMonkeyGrinder ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ChiefMonkeyGrinder (1459991) writes "Alongside the Ofcom consulation on Net neutrality, the EU too is seeking our deepest hopes and fears on the subject: A consultation on key questions arising from the issue of net neutrality has been launched. The European Commission has a document explaining the key issues. Open source champion Glyn Moody urges you to get involved in submitting your thoughts. "A paramount consideration must be to preserve an ecology that has functioned and continues to functions so well. To allow changes to be made without considerable evidence that they will help rather than harm the functioning of the Internet would be ill-advised." Sir Tim Berners-Lee has also ."
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Government scraps NPfIT's heart

ChiefMonkeyGrinder ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ChiefMonkeyGrinder (1459991) writes "NPfIT, said to be the world's biggest civil IT project, has come under the axe as the UK government announced a radical change to the direction for IT in healthcare.
"Ministers said a 'centralised, national approach is no longer required'," reports Mike Simons at Computerworld UK. Simons writes: "The decision will have profound financial and organisational implications in local NHS organisations, and on the suppliers of core NPfIT systems, who may find that their customer base has dried up."
According to Wikipedia, the National Programme for IT was originally expected to cost £2.3 billion over three years. In June 2006, the National Audit Office estimated the cost to be £12.4 billion over 10 years, but since then officials have reportedly estimated the final cost to be as high as £20 billion. This indicates a cost overrun of 440% to 770%.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NHS_Connecting_for_Health"

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HMRC uses taxpayers to fix database errors

ChiefMonkeyGrinder ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ChiefMonkeyGrinder (1459991) writes "HM Revenue and Customs has begun sending out notices to 1.45 million Pay As You Earn taxpayers, which inform them of a change in coding. The change will require them to pay an extra £26.53 a week on average. HMRC says the average underpayment is £1,380 for the past two tax years. But one of the unspoken aspects of the notices is that the new calculations form part of HMRC’s efforts to correct its data after years of accumulating mistakes."
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Is Your MEP Aware Of ACTA?

ChiefMonkeyGrinder ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ChiefMonkeyGrinder (1459991) writes "A leaked draft of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which is being secretly negotiated, reveals that participating countries are nearing an agreement on Internet enforcement issues.
Simon Phipps writes that this would impose draconian rules on businesses that could result in new forms of legal action. "ACTA goes far, far beyond the scope of its name and in fact attempts to 'harmonise' (read: impose the worst parts of each region's policy) the treatment of copyrights, trademarks and patents internationally. It is attempting to achieve by secret treaty what democratically-elected governments globally have declined to do."
Phipps urges people to contact their MEP to oppose the bill with a Written Declaration that would show the Parliament's view.
"That Declaration is nine signatures short of ratification. I've created a list of the MEPs in the UK who haven't signed yet — why not go now, take a look at my list and contact your MEP if they are on it? Your personal action today could make a real difference to our collective liberties tomorrow."
http://webmink.com/2010/09/06/acta-declaration/"

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New Digg vs old Digg, Old Dogg and new tricks

ChiefMonkeyGrinder ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ChiefMonkeyGrinder (1459991) writes "Digg was mired with controversy last year when a massive censorship was uncovered that involved a voting down or “burying” submissions to Digg. All right wing comments were dugg up on command while left wing comments were dugg down... Love it or hate it, Digg had to change. The site was being gamed by users with an agenda, like TheDiggPatriots, and it was losing subscribers. What’s more, competition has ramped up as other social networks and bookmarking sites have appeared on the scene. But it’s going to be an uphill battle to soothe users’ discontent."
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New Digg vs old Digg, Old Dogg and new tricks

ChiefMonkeyGrinder ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ChiefMonkeyGrinder (1459991) writes "Love it or hate it, Digg had to change. The site was being gamed by users with an agenda, like TheDiggPatriots, and it was losing subscribers. What’s more, competition has ramped up as other social networks and bookmarking sites have appeared on the scene. But it’s going to be an uphill battle to soothe users’ discontent."
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Fake antivirus software uses ransom threats

ChiefMonkeyGrinder ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ChiefMonkeyGrinder (1459991) writes "Fake antivirus programs appear to be adopting some of the money-raising tactics of more threatening ransom malware. The new version of TotalSecurity prevents any applications other than a web browser to run, claiming they are 'infected'(TM). The user is invited to have the infection cleaned by buying the bogus TotalSecurity product."
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